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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas MIXED ADC. 781 1000571 05-16AJ5 S0UTHUF3T H.ItROPllGLIbHERo 2o£ I ANDELL Ok a MSO TX WO? 111 It i111 I I I' ^' FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17,2004 erald-Zeitung SPORTS ALL STATE Four New Braunfels players, one from Canyon are named to the AP's Class 4A all-state football teams. Page 7A FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on downtown merchants and how CISD trustees must lead by foresight. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 28 16 pages, 2 sections B50C I a 56825 00001 v Mostly sunny High Low 60 37 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4BCommissioners take look at tax district By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners Thursday got an in-depth look at the funding scenario for a proposed hotel and convention center and appeared to like what they heard. And if Michael Coker, the former Dallas planning director who proposes the revital ization of the vacant Mission Valley Mills site into a $50 million, 200 to 300 room hotel and convention center had attended commissioners’ court, he’d have liked what he heard. Commissioners listened to presentations by New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Hnto, and Coker Corp. Project Manager Richard Boyd, asked questions about the project and its l ax Increment Financing District funding scenario, and expressed support for the concept. No vote was taken because the presentation was part of the county’s workshop agenda. If the city votes to establish a TIF district at its Jan. 24 city council meeting, the question See DISTRICT, Page 3A Casteel previews legislative issues By Scott Mahon Staff Writer State Rep. Carter Casteel said school finance, worker’s compensation and Child Protective Services would be among the top issues facing the 79th Texas Legislature. Casteel, R-New Braunfels, gave a legislative preview Thursday at I lonors I jail to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee. “Who is going to be Texas’ next governor will have an impact on the session,” Casteel began. "Personally, I don’t have a clue, although State Comptroller Carole Keeton Carter Casteel Strayhorn will develop a lot of issues, and I ve heard that Sen. Kay Bailey I futchison will run.” The 79th Texas Legislature convenes in regular session Jan. 11,2005. Casteel, who was first elected to represent District 73 in November 2000, will begin her second term as a state legislator. District 73 includes Gillespie, Comal, Kendall and Bandera counties. Because state District Judge john Dietz of Austin ruled in September that Texas must create a new school finance See CASTEEL, Page 6A Made from scratch Recent class at The Sophienburg offered tips on how to make tamales. 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate— ■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check 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. Mighty Ranger Band prepares to cheer on football team at state game Thanks to the following for their support: ■ Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Goodson ■ Carmen and John Malcolm ■ S.L. Phillips By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Andrew Motley, a senior drum major with the Mighty Ranger Band, is having a very busy week. In the middle of studying for his AP final exams, Motley has had to find time to make preparations for the band’s long road trip to Dallas for Saturday’s state championship football game. “It has been crazy this week,” Motley said. “We’ve had to get sign-up lists for the charter bus es and coordinate meal stops.” Motley is one of 195 band members who will make the trip to Texas Stadium. While the logistics are a nightmare, Motley said the roar of the crowd would make it all worthwhile. Bands do not always get the crowd appreciation their hard work deserves. Most people come to see the football team and do not appreciate the technically difficult routines the band performs. But last week, crowds in the Alaniodome gave the Rangers musicians a standing ovation for doing something a little different. After the instrumentalists marched into a “SV #1" formation, they began to fall down, domino style, while yelling at the top of their lungs. The straight formation connected together and turned into a cursive display, while the band members continued to play, finishing the Smithson Valley I ligh See SVHS, Page 3A SVHS 2004 POSTSEASON SCORES « SVHS 38, San Marcos 21 ■ SVHS 48, San Antonio Clark 20 ■ SVHS 51, San Benito 0 ■ SVHS 42, San Antonio-Taft 24 m SVHS 18, Houston Clear Lake 10 FAT f ridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feat Ute a different house of worship. CHRIST INTERNATIONAL TABERNACLE B Pastor: Carolyn Stovall Gilbert g Denomination: nondenominational g Attendance: Under 50 g Meeting time: 7 p.m. Thursday ■ Location: Landa Park Recreation Center, second floor, 164 Landa Park Drive ■ Phone: (830) 822-6988 ■ Worship style: nontraditional ■ Mission: Unity, love and reconciliation Christ International Tabernacle works to bring unity By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Four years ago, Carolyn Stovall Gilbert was driving through New Braunfels when she felt moved to pray for the city. As with most places she looks, Gilbert saw a need for reconciliation. “We all live in our own little worlds and cultures,’’ she said. “I want to see walls broken down.” Gilbert prayed for the city for two years, continuing to drive through it on Interstate 35, until she felt compelled to start a mission church. Christ International Tabernacle New Braunfels had its first meeting in June 2003, in Landa Park. During the praise service, Gilbert and the small congregation received a sign. “Three ducks walked up to us — a yellow duck, a white duck and a black duck,” she said, laughing. “I took that as a strong sign of reconciliation.’’ Christ International Tabernacle jumped right in to local mission work, partnering with the Parks and Recreation Department to serve the city’s youths. T hey hosted basketball and dodge ball tournaments at the Landa Park recreation center, providing food for aftergame gatherings. Knowing her small congregation cannot meet ail of the city's needs, Gilbert believes strongly in collaborating with other churches in the area. Twice a month, she meets with six other pastors from New Braunfels anti die Canyon I ake area to pray for unity. “We can make progress if we work together to make our community better,” she said. Alter the beginning of the year, Gilbert and her congregation are planning a concentrated evangelical push into the city’s housing projects. “We are in the early stages of planting now, but we are expecting a great harvest See CHURCH, Page 6A MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Carolyn Stovall Gilbert, pastor of the Christ International Tabernacle, at the Landa Recreational Center, where services meet in an upstairs room. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeituny As Smithson Valley High School assistant band director MarkWatley (left) supervises Ranger Band drum majors Andrew Motley, Amanda Johnson andTom Anderson prepare to load up the band's trailer with equipment for their performance in Texas Stadium at the Class 5A Division ll State Football Championship Saturday. DRUMMING UP SPIRIT Christ International Tabernacle ;