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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TF SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18,2004erald-Zeitung '••xXMxxxHXXfcMxxx* HIXED ADC 781 ^01 :1.0ui)S7i 05/16/H5 SOUTHWEST MCROPUBLISHERS 2621 ii'. VANDEL!. OR EL PASO TX 79903 11ni!11! 11111 ti 111 iii i iI it11(11 SPORTS STATE FINAL Smithson Valley is in a high noon rematch with Southlake Carroll for the state football championship. Page 9A FORUM COLUMN J.T. Woodall writes how Bush won because Americans did not want a weak leader. Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 29    DEAR ABBY 5B 20 pages, 2 sections    classifieds bb CLICK I 500    COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 4B FORUM 8A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 9A TV GRIDS 5B WWW? ICTTC board looks at plans for expansion By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Because enrollment at the Central Texas Technology Center surpassed projections, the center’s advisory board is already looking at plans for expansion. The $2.6 million technical center is operated and maintained by the Alamo Community College District of San Antonio. Funding for the facility was provided by New Braunfels, Seguin and federal grants. The CTTC was planned to fill a gap in the region’s educa tion system that would enable local students who are not college-bound to learn high-paying trade skills. It also will allow area workers to upgrade their skills without having to commute to San Antonio or Austin. Located on FM 758 in Guadalupe County near the New Braunfels municipal airport, the center opened in May and offered summer classes beginning June I. Fall classes were offered by St. Phillip’s College, San Antonio See CTTC, Page 3A ON THE ROAD TO STATE Cervin censured by trustees DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley High School football player parents James McKinney, left, and Steve and Darcy Keller cheer on the Ranger players as they file out of the fieldhouse Friday morning to board waiting charter buses for their trip to the Class 5A-Division ll State Championship game inTexas Stadium at noon today. Parents, students give Rangers spirited send-off SVHS 2004 POSTSEASON FOOTBALL SCORES ■ SVHS 38, San Marcos 21 ■ SVHS 48, San Antonio Clark 20 ■ SVHS 51, San Benito 0 ■ SVHS 42, San Antonio-Taft 24 ■ SVHS 18, Houston Clear Lake 10 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Kim Rosendahl stood outside the Smithson Valley I Ugli School fieldhouse Friday, jumping up and down in the frigid morning air. She was trying to stay warm, but she also was having a hard time containing her excitement. Rosendahl and roughly 30 other parents had gathered to give the SVHS Rangers football team a spirit-filled send-off. “We’re all so excited,” she said. “I’m missing work right now, but this was important.’’ Rosendahl said her son, Scan, a senior linebacker, spent this week trying to stay calm and focused. His girlfriend, Taylor MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung In preparation for the state playoff game today, students at SVHS, like Brittany Hunt, decorated their vehicles using car chalk in support of the football team. Brandt, a junior on the varsi- but he was afraid he would ty cheerleading squad, said not be able to sleep Thurs-Sean might have been calm, day night. From the sidelines, Brandt said the cheerleaders would give the team all the support they could muster. “We’re going to cheer our boys on as best we can,” she said. “We’re so excited.” Carol and J.W. Wooten both held spirit signs while they waited for their son, Truxton Fox, a senior defensive end, to take his short walk to one of the three waiting charter buses. “This is so meaningful because of the history involved and the memories they are making,” Carol said. “Thousands of little boys don’t ever get a chance to play in a state championship game,” j.W. added. See SVHS, Page 3A 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. Sa 18. >aturday, Dec. Thanks to the following for their support: ■ Cheryl Rayne ■ Charlie Deady ■ Dons and Lloyd Westervett ■ John and Barbara Kerb ■ Fred Koester Airport begins to develop master plan By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As the New Braunfels municipal airport begins to plan for expansion and improvements over the next two decades, consultants will have to take into consideration a proposed airport industrial park, spillover from San Antonio International airport, a growing demand for small airplanes and the expansion of the Central Texas Technology Center. Thursday, the airport advisory board met with consultants from Lubbock and Fort Worth who will develop a 20-year master plan. Funded mostly by a $250,000 grant from the Texas Department of T ransportation's Avia-tion Division, the plan is required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Consultants involved in developing the master plan include Parkhill, Smith & Cooper of Lubbock, Leslie Sagar & Associates of Roanoke and the Schultz Group of New Braunfels. "A master plan is a planning tool,” said TxDOT representative Michelle I lanah. “But it also allows the FAA to review any changes the airport plans so airspace is adequately protected.” Larry Valdez with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper said aerial mapping of the airport began Wednesday. “And we’ve already got surveyors working,” he said. Sagar said the process of developing a long-range master plan would take almost a year. See AIRPORT, Page 3A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees publicly censured fellow board member Rose Cervin Thursday, claiming she had behaved unethically. Roughly 20 minutes after trustees went behind closed doors to discuss the issue, Cervin stormed out. “This is just malice, and I don’t appreciate it,” she said, while heading for the exit. “I work for the taxpayers, not the school." Cervin’s husband, Calvin Kempin, who was waiting in the audience, asked her what had happened. “They won’t let me do anything,” she said. Kempin told her to return to the meeting, hut she declined. “Our attorney will be in touch,” he said, as he followed his wife and two daughters out the door. When the six remaining trustees emerged from closed session almost two hours later, with their attorney in tow, Trustee Charles Burt read the censure statement. See CENSURE, Page 3A Trustee: GSD board violated Open Meetings Act By Leigh Jones Staff Writer While Comal Independent School District board members accuse Trustee Rose Cervin of acting unethically, she has accused them of acting illegally. Cervin alleges trustees violated the Texas Open Meetings Act during the Nov. 18 executive session in which they picked a replacement for resigning board President Nick Nichols. Trustees received three applications for Nichols’ replacement, and interviewed each one behind closed doors. Acting President Dan Krueger determined they could not come to an agreement, after he asked them to indicate, by show of hands, how they intended to vote, Cervin claimed. The Open Meetings Act requires all See BOARD, Page 6A Family Dollar opens store in New Braunfels, offers home essentials, fun gifts IMM UMI ;