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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ▼ ▼ FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31,2004 H ^rald-Zeitung SHUKIS GREAT EFFORT Canyon turns in outstanding effort on offense, defense during a 65-38 victory over Fredericksburg. Page 6A NEWS HORRID TALES Islanders had to fend off starvation and starving crocodiles thrown ashore by tsunamis. Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 39 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 WWW, i 8 56825 000011 /Uinai ^uuru PT Mostly cloudy High Low 76 61 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B rnPolice: Ring in new year, but stay off streets afterward By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Anyone who has a habit of drinking and driving might not want to do it this New Year’s Eve in New Braunfels. NBPD Patrol Et. John Villarreal said his department had overlapped shifts and would have four squads on the streets today between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. "We will have an abundance of patrol officers on duty,” Villarreal said. "We’ve got the resources, and fortunately we’ll schedule accordingly." Villarreal urged partygoers — and all drivers on the road — to exercise caution. “If you’re going to consume alcohol, designate a driver. If you’re going to drink, do so reasonably and responsibly because there are consequences,” Villarreal said. "Don’t drink and drive. There’s no sense in ruining a reputation, a career or someone’s life when it could have been totally avoided.” Department of Public Safety Cpl. Rick Alvarez said his department would be on the Interstate and county roads looking for violators and would be backstopping New Braunfels police and Comal County Sheriff’s deputies wherever needed. “Our shifts are really showing emphasis on any and all hazardous violations, which, of course, includes speeding, drunken driving and seat belt violations,” Alvarez said. "We’re going to be nonforgiving on this. You don’t have your seat belt, you’re going to get a ticket.” See DRIVE SAFE, Page 3A HOLIDAY SCHEDULES ll City offices will be closed today but will reopen Monday. M New Braunfels Utilities will be closed today. For assistance with utility problems during holidays, call 629-4628. *! Comal County offices will be closed today and will open Monday. O The city sanitation department will collect garbage today. N All major grocery stores will be open today and Saturday. V The New Braunfels and Bulverde post offices will be open today but will be closed Saturday. ii Most local banks will be open for regular hours today but will be closed Saturday. O The Herald-Zeitung will be open today and Monday. VO-AG BONANZA/or NBISD Bracken-area ESD plans tax election By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BRACKEN — A second ol the county's Emergency Services Districts will seek a tax election in f ebruary seeking to raise money to support fire services. County officials report Emergency Service District 6, which contracts with the Bracken Volunteer = DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung NBISD School Board Trustee Ed Clark, left, and board President Jorge Maldonado discuss the future of the 21 acres on Union Wine Road that the district hopes to purchase for use by the agriculture program. Acquisition of 24 acres would be boon to ag program By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District agriculture program will get a late New Year’s present in 2005 — a home of its own. Trustees discovered the property, 21.247 acres on Union Wine Road, after months of looking and have entered negotiations with current owners, Nathan and Karen Skjonsby, to buy it for $280,000. Just acquiring the land would be a step in the right direction for the district, which has seen its agriculture program dwindle for lack of a facility, but the property is practically move-in ready. With good soil, agriculture zoning, pipe fencing, a 2-acre stock pond, electricity, running water and a metal building, students will be able to start housing animals with a minimum amount of work. “Its a good value, especially with the building,” saidThistee and real estate broker Lee Edwards. "We think it s a reasonable acquisition price.” Agriculture teacher Jim Tucker said the facility was a great deal, something to get excited about. “I’m hoping we get more involvement from kids who don’t have a place to keep their animals now,” he said. "I can see the program really start to boom.” Currently, most of the students who take agriculture classes or par ticipate in Future f anners of America have places to house their anima! projects. Students who do not have a barn in their backyards often miss the opportunity to participate. Trustee Ed Clark, who has worked hard to keep the need for a facility at the top ol trustees’ “to-do” lists, said the work required to make the property ready for animal projects — pens and at least one See LAND DEAL, Page 3A Fire Department for fire service in the Bracken and Garden Ridge areas, would seek a half-cent sales tax for fire protection. T he election will be conducted Feb. 5. It comes against a backdrop of increasingly tight Q)mal County budgets and repeated warnings by Commissioners’ Court that the county would no longer support rural fire service. Over the past four years, the county has cut from $60,(KH) to $12,(XX) each year its support for fire service in Bracken, Bulverde, Spring Branch and Canyon I .ake. Under the enabling legislation for the See TAX VOTE, Page 3A DID YOU KNOW? ■ Emergency Service District 6 has a 3 cents-per-$100 ad valorem tax, which is $30 per year on a $100,000 house ■ The district wants to increase that by half a cent. Bowl preview 2 New Braunfels residents hope to help lead A&M to a Cotton Bowl victoryLaughter and love bind together congregation of 2-year-old church FAITH Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. LIGHTHOUSE FULL GOSPEL CHURCH ■ Location: corner ■ Pastor: Bill Moore ■ Denomination: nondenomina tional ■ Attendance: 65 ■ Meeting time: 10 a m. Sunday of Deborah Dr. and Texas 46 ■ Phone: (830) 832-2388 ■ Worship style: blended By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Lighthouse Full Gospel Church Pastor Bill Moore does not mind being called peculiar — he welcomes it. Moore, who punctuates almost every sentence with a breathy laugh, said he believed God wanted his congregation to be different, in a good way. "We’re definitely not average,” he said. “People are loved when they come here. We are a real family.” The members might be different, but the church itself is a downright miracle. Moore only had $280 in his bank account when he wrote a $2,400 check to the building’s owner for the first and last month’s rent and prepared to move in. “I told the him it would be good when he cashed it,” Moore said, even though he had no idea where the money would come from. The next day, Moore was standing in the church’s parking lot when a man drove up and handed him a check for $5,000. “I knew it was a miracle,” Moore said. “I believe God has placed me here to raise up this church.” Sixteen people attended the first worship service, but the crowds have grown steadily over the last two years. The congregation, made up of people from all segments of society, is bound together by two key ingredients, said I lead Board Member Albert Glenewinkel — laughter and love. "We have a lot of fun all the time, even though most of us have past See TOUR OF FAITH, Page 3A MANDY REARY'Herald-Zeitung Pastor Bill Moore, left, and Albert Glenewinkel, president of the church board, stand in front of a wall hanging done by a member of the church commemorating when the church first started services in May 2002.uiujuumumuui ;