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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ***** i y: ******** lifter* . SPORTS FOOTBALL Practice, focus has helped Smithson Valley overcome early-season demons, reach the state title game. Page 8A TJ TT THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16,2004 ^F M ^rald-Zeitung FORUM COLUMN Guest columnist Candace Lynch writes how an impromptu songfest put cheer into post office wait. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 27 14 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW? ^^lostly ™ cloudy High Low 57 40 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 4B Airport board to update master plan I; By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Aviation consultants will meet with the New Braunfels municipal airport advisory board today to begin developing a 20-year master plan. The process of developing a master plan will take almost a year, and cost close to $250,000, said airport manag er Andy Spinks. Most of the cost for developing the plan will be funded by a $216,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division. The city’s matching portion will be $21,000. Because the Federal Aviation Administration typically awards grants for expansion and improvement of munici pal airports, it requires that airports develop and update master plans periodically. Spinks said $6 million in See AIRPORT, Page 3A AT A GLANCE What: Airport Advisory board When: 10 a.m. I Where: Municipal Airport terminal, 2333 FM 758 RALLYING THE RANGERS vja'i c':\> tm./ wmjSB * ■•; rn rn Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Lori Hill adds some trimming to a sign for the Smithson Valley Ranger playoff game Saturday that was made by third-graders at Specht Elementary School. Coaches’ wives bring SVHS spirit to players SVHS 2004 POSTSEASON SCORES B SVHS 38, San Marcos 21 m SVHS 48, San Antonio Clark 20 B SVHS 51, San Benito 0 B SVHS 42, San Antonio-Taft 24 B SVHS 18. Houston Clear Lake 10 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer While their husbands study game films and scrutinize play books, Lori Hill and Lori Moczygemba are preparing for this Saturday’s state championship game by painting spirit signs. The women, who both teach at M.H. Specht Elementary School, created the banners as a way for their second- and third-grade students to send good luck wishes to their favorite team. “Our little ones get so excited about the playoffs,” said Moczygemba, whose husband, Joe, is an assistant coach. “We’re trying to Cady Moczygemba, daughter of Smithson Valley Ranger coach Joe Moczygemba, helps paint a sign created by Specht Elementary third graders to show support for the upcoming state championship game. build a bit of community, even though we’re so far away from the high school.’’ Despite the distance between Smithson Valley and Specht, the students know each other. Every week, members of the football team and cheerleading squad drive down I Iwy. 281 to read to the younger students. Hill, whose husband, Larry, is the head coach, taught her class cheers so they could give the “Ranger Readers” a mini-pep rally before the end of every assembly. By Friday, ail of the elementary school grades will have made their own signs for Hill and Moczygemba to hang in Texas Stadium before the game. The job of a coach’s wife does not end with butcher paper and finger paint. Tonight, the dedicated See SVHS, Page 4A UPDATES Tracking the news ‘Green Santa’ to give gifts to 270 children Wares still critical after house explosion LASTINE KNEW: Britton Ware Jr. and his wife Susie were critically burned Nov. 28 in an explosion at their home outside New Braunfels. LATEST: A Brooke Army Medical Center spokesman said Wednesday both remained in critical condition. NEXTTreatment for second-and third-degree burns will continue at BAMC. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Santa Claus isn’t always a jolly fat man in a red suit — and he doesn’t always arrive on Christmas Eve. For 270 Comal County children in IOO families, he’ll look an awful lot like a sheriff's deputy. That's because their parents will be going to the sheriff’s office Monday and Tuesday to get thou-sands of dollars worth of gifts paid for by donors and volunteers around the county under the sheriff’s 15th annual “Green Santa” toy drive. Organizer Sharron Faulkner said this year’s drive is the biggest ever. Wednesday, volunteers were wrapping the gifts, which will be bagged for families who have been contacted and asked to pick them up the first part of next week. “We're just as busy as a longtailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs,” said Faulkner, taking a moment out from setting up volunteers to wrap and bag. “We’ve got a lot of toys. Some were left from last year, some were donated this year, and peo ple went out and bought even more items. We have some good toys back there.” This year, community response has been so good, Faulkner said, “Green Santa” could have helped even more families. “We had to just finally say, ‘We can’t take any more,'” Faulkner said. “We just didn't have the manpower.” To be helped by “Green Santa,” a family could not be on the helping list of any other local agency — or one that the sheriff’s office aided in 2003. See SANTA, Page 5A First step taken for new river committee By Scott Mahon Staff Writer An ordinance establishing a new river activities committee that would report to the parks advisory hoard was approved on its first reading Monday by the New Braunfels City Council. Council appointed a river activities committee in October 2000 in response to problems on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. Subsequently, the committee developed a river management plan designed to maintain and improve conditions on the rivers. Nathan Pence, project manager for See RIVER, Page 3A ‘Cheer Fund’ looking for volunteers By Ron Maloney Staff Writer I lave the holiday spirit? The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung offers people a unique chance to share it Saturday by volunteering to deliver a little holiday cheer to some of the region’s poorest families. Volunteers will deliver food to 250 needy families in New Braunfels and its outlying areas in Comal and Guadalupe counties culminating this year’s 15th annual “Cheer Fund” drive. Organizer Rosie Willingham said H-E-B is compiling the food for the drive, which will be delivered to the I ler-ald-Zeitung’s printing plant located on See CHEER, Page 3A 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still bein acceptee Fund. To donate - accepted for the 2004 Cheer Oh Monday through Friday or mail a check Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., ■    -    ay made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18. ■ To volunteer to deliver for the Cheer Fund — Call 625-9144, ext. 203 or show up at the Herald-Zeitung printing plant on Industrial Drive at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Thanks to the following for their support: B New Braunfels Marsch-Und Wandergruppe ■ David and Kathryn Lamon Tour of Faith Christ International Tabernacle will be featured in the weekly series of churches. HMWMWMMMMWiaWMIWN ;