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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY February 6, 2003 ■MMM ___    aMHp    12    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 73Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Planning commission adopts annexation schedule By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission adopted Tuesday an annexation schedule. New Braunfels has tentatively listed IO parcels of land comprising 6.96 square miles of property for possible annexation this year. Most of that property is located on the east side of the city, although small portions that could come under consideration are located off Texas 46 West. What all the areas have in common is that they are uninhabited or sparsely populated, which makes them exempt from state annexation rules that set timetables. City Planner Frank Robbins said his office would provide the planning commission with information on areas to possibly annex this year. ‘We will provide the commission with information about each tract to help them decide whether they want to annex them or not,” Robbins said. ‘Then, they’ll give us an indication where they want to go and we’ll come back the following month with a formal recommendation to the council.” The schedule calls for the city to recommend specific properties for annexation in April. Public hearings would be conducted in July. The annexation ordinance would be read Aug. 20, Sept. 3 and Sept. 17. Annexations would be completed by Nov. 19. “We’re not going to necessarily annex all the properties we’re looking at, or annex them in the configuration on our current maps,” Robbins said. Nonexempt areas — those that include subdivisions or large concentrations of residents See ANNEXATION/6A 50 cents More than a snowball’s chance for white stuff By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Drizzly cold weather that slickened roads and caused traffic accidents around the region Wednesday afternoon and evening is expected to continue and intensify. National Weather Service Meteorologist Bill Runyon said Wednesday night the cold, wet weather would continue into today and tomorrow. “It’s going to continue like this through Thursday, then the cold front is going to push through and it’ll be real cold and windy with a chance of thundershowers,” Runyon said. “I really look for a little heavier rain,” he said. This afternoon and evening the rain could mix with snow in isolated cold areas. Chance of precipitation is about 30 percent. Overnight lows in New Braunfels tonight are expected to dip to the mid-30s. Friday, Runyon said, look for a 40 percent chance of rain in the afternoon. In New Braunfels Wednesday evening, Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe reported few weather-related problems, but said he anticipated them overnight and in the coming days. “We’ll probably see lots of bt t ie accidents,” Mabe said. A Comal County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher said See SNOW/6A Local economy ‘will love’ what Toyota does for it By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer San Antonio’s acquisition of the new Toyota plant could mean new jobs and economic growth for New Braunfels. News reports claim the plant and its suppliers could generate 16,000 jobs, $1.8 billion in investment and $962 million in personal income to Texas. And New Braunfels officials want the city’s share of that wealth. “This is probably a once in a lifetime deal for San Antonio,” Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday, “and now it’s a once in a lifetime deal for our community.” Local officials hope to entice tier one and tier two parts suppliers to the city. Meek said the chamber has been watching the Tbyota saga closely and planning how to benefit from the spin-off industry of possible Tbyota manufacturers. “Once we knew that San Antonio was in the finals, we supported it IOO percent,” Meek said. Parts suppliers could “recruit many millions of See TO YOTA/6 AMan works to improve Christian, Arab relations By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer One day in war tom Beirut in 1976, Hisham Shihab looked through the scope of his sniper rifle and drew a bead on an old woman. She was running through a Christian neighborhood with two others. He saw the wrinkles in her face. He thought of his grandmother. He didn’t shoot. His mentor in the militia told him to shoot. Shihab refused. He pointed out the targets were civilians. His mentor argued they could be carrying supplies. Shihab said they were noncombatants; their hands were empty. The mentor told him to pullSHIHAB the trigger. After three years of intense combat, the 16-year-old handed the mentor his sniper rifle, and Hisham Shihab walked away from war. Shihab, who at 13 was recruited by a Sunni Moslem militia group called The Moslem Group, had been taught to see the world as black and white. “I was taught there was the realm of Islam and the realm of unbelief and the unbelievers were spies for the west and Israel,” Shihab said. “You had to mow them down or subdue them.” After he quit fighting, Shihab got a degree in English and a master’s in Islamic history, became a freelance editorial writer and then a journalist for Future Newspaper in Beirut. Now Shihab, in addition toSee RELATIONS/6A Inside Abby....................................5A Classifieds...........................4-6B Comics................................3B Crossword..........................5A Forum  ..........................4A Local/State.........................6A Movies................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1-2B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 a "*56825 00001    1 NBPD recruits K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zertung New Braunfels police officer Heath Purvis talks to Southwest Texas State University students Zach McBride (left) and Jared Jordan at Wednesday’s Criminal Law Career Day. Jazz cats For Aristocats, dancing is not just a sport, it’s life By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer '/ 1    ne,    two, three, four M    «... strong arms ... \    Mfive, six, seven, V-X eight.” It was team jazz. As the 21 girls of the Canyon High School Aristocats dance team turned, dipped and swirled to their coach’s instructions, you could guess many of them were nursing injuries if you spied the bandages on their twirling feet, or the clear plastic air splint on the knee of one of the dancers. Dance at Canyon High School is a contact sport. The point of contact? Often, bone to hardwood gymnasium floor. There are no cheerleaders. No All-State awards. No college scouts in the Cougar Den gym looking eagerly for high school prospects to give scholarships to. There’s no banner in front of the Cougar Den extolling the national championship the team won last year. To most students, dance team is just “dancing.” To the Aristocats, it’s a life. ■ ■■ What kind of dedication does it take? “It’s your first priority,” senior Jaclyn Clay, 17, said. Clay likes the competition aspect the most. To compete, Clay and the team practice IO to 12 hours a week, dancing through the football season, then compet ing in contests from January through March. Right now, the team is getting ready for competitions in Austin (Saturday) and Houston (Feb. 22). There are a number of national championship competitions. The dancers will compete March I in Orlando in one such competition. With prep time, that will take a week. ‘Theres more state representation at the Florida competition — Tbxas, Florida, New Mexico, Utah. The level of ability is a little different,” Aristocats dance coach Holly Lyons said. Like a football player, Clay plays hurt. She dances with the pain of two knee surgeries. “After practice, she’ll ask for DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung (Top) Colonel Caitlin Sharp leads the Aristocats during a recent practice in Cougar Den. The dancers will compete in a national championship competition in Orlando, Florida on March 1. (Above left) “That’s the hardest part of team jazz — technique and precision,” Aristocat coach Holly Lyons says. (Above) Sophomore Victoria Vacek massages a kink out of junior Chelsea Klar’s neck during a morning practice at Cougar Den. ice. But she never complains,” Lyons said. Lyndsey Hart, 17, another senior, had surgery last December. Shell have it again in March. “If we stopped dancing, we’d all fall apart,” Clay said. “We all have injuries.” Clay, like all the others, wears “lyrical” sandals — thin sandals on the bottoms of her feet that hide her blisters. With busters, yearly tryouts whether you were on the team last year, football games, competitions and constant workouts, how do Aristocats balance their time? Katherine Hendrix, 17, said, “I get maybe four hours of See ARISTOCATS/6A ;