New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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“This is a good thing. I wish them happiness."
dream come true
Tears flow freely on long-awaited wedding day
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By Jessica Sanders
It wasn’t the first marriage that Pastor Ed Bilderback officiated. It wasn’t the biggest or most extravagant. But it’s clear that Hope and Roland Rangel’s wedding day will never be forgotten.
“I don’t think I ve ever seen a person so filled with joy and excitement over her wedding day as Hope," said Ed, pastor of Living Waters Worship Center in Seguin.
Maid of Honor Sonia Morales said she and Hope have been planing their weddings since they were little girls.
When Hope’s day finally came, Sonia couldn’t help wiping away tears. She never dreamed her lifelong friend would have such a rocky road to happiness.
“It’s breathtaking to see this happen,” she said.
Hope, 35, was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma in 2002. The terminal
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A FIVE-PART SERIES
■ DEC. 11: Wish of a lifetime
■ TUESDAY: The help of Hospice
■ WEDNESDAY: Faith in trying times
■ THURSDAY: Getting ready for the big day
■ TODAY: Wedding bells
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Hope Macias, right, sheds a tear of joy as she looks into the eyes of her new husband, Roland Rangel, during their wedding ceremony Saturday at Living Waters Worship Center.
Gift of food brings cheer to hundreds
By Leigh Jones
Sharon Kimbell looked slightly dazed when she opened her front door to two strangers carrying a box of food between them.
“Hello! Merry Christmas,” said Sandy Stevens and Terry Buck in unison.
Kimbell smiled faintly and stepped back into her living room to allow the volunteer delivery duo from the Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund to carry the box to her kitchen table.
Three young children hovered on the edges of the scene, interrupted in their Saturday morning cartoon vigil by the
Next to the television, the lights on the family’s Christmas tree provided a warm glow to the room.
Kimbell’s husband, a diabetic who just recently had his leg amputated, stayed out of sight in the back of the house.
After listening to the children recite brief histories of the Christmas presents under the tree, Stevens and Buck headed back toward the door.
“Thankyou very much,” Kimbell said to her visitors as they stepped back into the cold morning. “My husband’s been out of work because of his leg, and this will really help us. We ll
get through this one, but we really appreciate what you’ve done.”
The women smiled brightly and waved as they headed back down the driveway where Stevens’ husband, Burt, was waiting by the truck.
The Kimbell home delivery was the last stop on the morning’s rounds for the friends. Teams who gathered at the newspaper’s production plant before 8 a.m. Saturday delivered 250 boxes of goodies to families in need throughout the community.
T he deliveries were made pos-sible by the generosity of
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Volunteers Sandy Stevens, left, and Terry Buck carry a box of food to a needy family during the Cheer Fund delivery Saturday morning.
Bible literature classes could be in NBISDs future
By Jessica Sanders
Students in the I AT A GLANCE New Braunfels hide- I ■ What: NBISD board pendent School Dis- I of trustees meeting trict may be picking I ■ When: 7 p.m. up their Bibles dur- I Monday ing literature classes j ■ Where: The Educa-nextyear. I tion Center, 430W. Mill
NBISD trustees I St, New Braunfels will consider adding high school curriculum on the Bible as literature Monday.
Optional classes in Bible literature are offered in other public school districts, such as North East ISD in San Antonio. Comal ISD does not offer secular Bible classes as part of its curriculum.
According to NBISD policy on religion in the classroom, “the study of the Bible or of religion for its literary and historic qualities, when presented objectively as part of a secular program of education, is consistent with the First Amendment.”
Also during the meeting:
■ Committees from each school will present campus improvement plans to trustees. Reports include statistics on performance and goals such as improving attendance, raising TAKS scores and reducing referrals.
■ A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. for the NBHS volleyball team, which won the Class 4A state championship last month.
■ The board will discuss pay, recognition and evaluations for administrators.
By David Rupkalvis
BULVERDE — Bexar Metropolitan Water District has agreed to give residents of Bulverde Hills subdivision filters to deal with contaminated water, but there still are questions as to whether the filters will work.
BexarMet, which has offered water to Bulverde I fills since 2004, plans to distribute drinking water filters to all 311 homes in the subdivision Monday.
The filters are intended to relieve concerns of residents who found out several weeks ago that their water has contained levels of trihalomethane that have exceeded federal standards for more than a year.
Despite the announcement from BexarMet, Bulverde Mayor Sarah Stevick thinks more needs to be done.
“I’m still not happy with the progress,
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Mayor Sarah Stevick
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