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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Caroling on the Plaza WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Comal Community Band’s Brass Quartet members (above, from right) Ken Frazer, Jack Miscoe, Joe Rogers and Steve Evans lead the crowd to sing different Christmas carols at the 18th annual Caroling On The Plaza, sponsored by the Arts Council, on Thursday. It was the quartet’s third-year performance in the event. (Right) New Braunfels residents Ashley Yalch, 3, (left) and her sister, Tamara, 6, listen to the music downtown. Their father, Terry, said it was the family’s fourth year attending the event.Vol. 149, No. 21    24    pages    in    2    sections    December    17,    1999    '    Serving    Comal    County    since    185 Canyon coach resignsSign of the times U.S. Signs New Braunfels owner Lydell Toye (left) installs the new sign of WestPoint Stevens Mill Store, formerly known as WestPoint Pepperell, with the help of his father Harry and employee Alfred Pineda. The store was renamed six years ago and a new sign was put up on Thursday. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung A New 20332 MOOS 10/22/00    BB SO - WE S T ii IC RO PU BL I SH I NG 2627 E YRNDELL DR Herald By Bill O’Connell News Editor Les Goad resigned from his duties as athletic director and head football coach at Canyon High School on Thursday, signaling the start of the school’s fourth search to fill that position in the past four years. “I really appreciated my time at Canyon,” Goad said Thursday. “The only disappointment I have in coming to Canyon was that I hoped it would have been a long term situation.” It remained unclear Thursday why Goad’s wish to stay at Canyon went unfulfilled. Comal ISD GOAD    superintendent Dr. Jerry Major placed Goad on administrative leave Dec. 3 but declined to say why. The school district board of trustees were scheduled to decide whether to fire Goad at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting, but the first-year coach quit before trustees could meet. Major said on Thursday that Goad was not placed on leave earlier this month because of any wrongdoing. Goad, who came to Canyon after coaching at San Antonio Southwest, said he was not aware of why he was placed on leave in the first place. “Nothing was shared with me,” he said. A Canyon player who requested anonymity said players and parents were displeased with Goad’s abrasive coaching style. When asked about that on Thursday, Goad said he wasn’t sure if his dismissal was tied to his handling of the team or simply a result of this past season’s 6-4 record. Canyon was scheduled to start looking for a new coach starting today. Several inquiries had already been received Thursday, Major said. Candidates file for spots on primary ballots By Heather Todd    Filing    for    the    2000    primaries    ends    6 Staff Writer Seven Comal County residents officially added their names to the list of candidates running for office in 2000. Candidates for precincts I and 3 county commissioners, precincts 2 and 4 county constables, Comal County sheriff and Comal County tax-assessor-collector officially filed to run in the March 2000 primary. p.m. Jan. 3. The 2000 primaries will be March 14. The general election is Nov. 7. Positions up for election in 2000 include all four Comal County constables; Precincts I and 3 county commissioners; Comal County tax asses-sor-collector; sheriff and the state district bench in the 22nd Judicial District. Don Hensz, Comal County Repub lican chairman, said Wiley Queen, a retired Canyon Lake resident, filed Dec. 9 for the Pct. 4 constable position. Republican incumbent Ed Mullins, who was elected in 1992, has not announced his intention to run for reelection. The Pct. 4 position serves the Canyon Lake area. Jack Dawson, Pct. I Comal County Commissioner, was the first official See BALLOTS/5 A United Way campaign short of goal Residents still have time to give, help local agencies By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer United Way of Comal County needs the community's help to reach this year's $425,000 fundraising goal. United Way already has committed to reach its monetary goal by Dec. 31 to fund 29 local agencies next year, executive director Joe Rogers said. "Those agencies are depending on our support," Rogers said. "If we do not reach our goal, we will have to dip into our reserve funds that are set aside for emergencies, and we don't want to do that." For residents who might have forgotten to give at the office, it is not too late to make a donation that could change the life of someone forever. "Giving to United Way is important because the agencies that receive this money are helping the most needy people in the community," United Way of Comal County president James Dunks said. Residents who extend their generosity by making a donation to United Way get a lot of bang for their buck, Dunks said. "Ninety-eight cents of every dollar raised by United Way of Comal County stays in the county," Dunks said. "There are about 65,000 residents in the county. If each resident gave $ IO, imagine how much money we could raise." Local agencies that benefit from the support of Comal County United Way include: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Connections, Comal County 4H, Communities in Schools, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Hill Country Mental Health Mental Retardation, Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, Canyon Lake Action Center, YMCA, Women's Center, Comal County Child Welfare Board, Adult Literacy Council and the Emergency Children's Shelter. Rogers said he did not think many residents realized the magnitude of the need in the county. "People who need assistance call our office every day," Rogers said. "Many residents work and strive on minimum wage and there is a maximum need at home, such as an elderly relative or a sick child." Rogers said all of the agencies involved with United Way checked to make sure those who asked for assistance truly were in need of help. "If someone wants to make a donation, I will even come to their house to pick it up," Rogers said. Residents can make donations to United Way of Comal County by calling 620-7760, or stopping by the local office at 421 S. Seguin Ave. Convention center idea gets nod By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer If we build it, they will come. New Braunfels could become home to a $6 million convention center that could have as much as a $14.5 million per year impact on the local economy. Preliminary reports from a feasibility study commissioned by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in September showed that New Braunfels could support at 60,000-square-foot facility that would allow MEEK    the    city    to    ben- et it from a year-round tourism market, Chamber president Michael Meek said. “The preliminary reports are very favorable,” Meek said. “The occupancy tax paid by visitors is growing every year, and we feel like the convention center could be paid for entirely by room taxes— and not by the local taxpayers.” The results of the $35,000 feasibility study, which was conducted by Houston-based PKF Consulting, will be announced today, Meek said. The study looked at multiple sites in the New Braunfels area as potential locations for the convention center, including Cotton Crossing and the Comal Power Plant, and will probably recommend a preferred site for the meetings facility in the report, Meek said. The Chamber will provide the members of city council with the results of the study, Meek said. Whether or not the city will pursue the project, or how it See CENTER/3 A Religious leaders taking spiritual angle on Y2K By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Most local churches aren’t predicting the end of the world w hen the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31. But with or without Christ’s return, the eve of the new millennium remains a time of spiritual reflection, they say. And a time to recognize that Jesus could return at anytime, said the Rev. Phillip Vaseur, pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist church — a denomination found ed by a man predicting the end of the world. William Miller, the founder of the Seventh Day Adventists and several other denominations, actually set a date — March 22, 1884 — as the day Christ would return. According to the book “Midnight and Morning,” by Clyde E. Hewitt, Christ’s return had become spiritualized by the 1800s. In the 1830s, Miller, a New York state farmer, initiated what is called the Adventist Awakening, or the Millerite movement, and emphasized the reality of Christ’s physical return to earth. Although Christ did not return when Miller predicted, people did not desert the movement or the teaching that the Lord’s return was near. The local Seventh Day Adventists aren’t setting dates anymore but maintain Miller’s focus. “Jesus could come anytime,” Vaseur said. “And if you die, the next thing you effectively know is Jesus. That’s why you always need to be prepared.” Debbie Edmiston, the church’s clerk, said she believed the time was coming closer. People growing more selfish, kids killing kids and an increase of natural disasters are just a few of the signs. She said, (The Bible) says watch and be ready.” Several local pastors agreed. Larry Soape, minister of education at New Hope Baptist Church, said his church wasn’t planning on going atop a mountain Dec. 31. “We’re not expecting it to be the end of the world — that could be any day,” he said. Although Dec. 31 might not be the last day in time, the Rev. Daryl Higgins of First Protestant Church said Christians still should consider it a spiritual time. Christians should be “awe-inspired” on New Year’s Eve as they ponder opportunities that might lie ahead to spread the good news of their faith, he said. 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