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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2007 Ap Newspaper of the Year  SPORTS BASKETBALL Smithson Valley teams play hard but fall to Reagan in doubleheader. Page 8A FORUM PARKLAND Fischer Park on County Line Road is a welcome addition for area residents. Page 4A lLi ^ i *M V _ .WOT � Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. C L Vol. 147, No. 43 18 pages, 2 sections 5o0 www. 8 mm n DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B 20% chance of showers High Low COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A 54 40 I SP0RTS 1 i Details ____1B TV GRIDS 8A 3B sale By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor Hospitals from across Texas have contacted McKenna Health System leaders this week to express interest in buying the New Braunfels group. McKenna President and CEO Tim Brierty said Friday the response from potential buyers means a sale in the next four to six months is likely. "I see it as a possibility," he said. "But we're not going to rush." Who is interested in McKenna? Brierty declined to name specific organizations who have expressed interest in McKenna, but said calls have come from around Texas. �Tl. I've gotten a lot of phone calls," he said. "These calls are coming from people I've heard from for many years, who have had an interest in New Braunfels." The entire hospital infrastructure has been renovated and updated within the past eight See SALE, Page 10A City checks out land deed By Gerard MacCrossan and Suzanne Ashe Herald-Zeitung staff City officials were scrambling Friday afternoon to research the McKenna Memorial Hospital land deed. Voters dashed efforts to build a tax-supported hospital in New Braunfels in the 1940s, before the city donated the land on which the private hospital - renamed McKenna in 1972 - was built on Union Avenue. In 1952, when the city decided to donate the property, See DEED, Page 10A Seton Family of Hospitals purchases 205-acre tract of land for a new hospital in Hays County. Page 10A - r.- - t- - Winnin Exercise group participates in 'Biggest Loser5 fitness effort By D. Ashley Verrill Staff Writer Most everyone has made the oath on New Year's Eve to ; lose weight. But about 50 New Braunfels Jazzercising women are doing what many don't do after New Year's: competing to make sure. Angela Norris, mother of six and a 14-year jazzercise student and instructor, is hosting the first annual New Braunfels "Biggest Loser" contest, modeled after NBC's competitive television show. Several other instructors in Wimberley and Dallas also are putting on the competition, but each has their own style, Norris said. "We are trying to keep people interested by doing new workouts and using new music by Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Kid Rock-just kind of a variety," Norris said. Competitors join the contest by teaming up into groups of three to try to lose more weight in two months than other teams. Norris said many of her students are friends or became friends when they joined the class and picked their own teams for die competition. The official contest begins Jan. 15 and ends March 12 with a final weigh-in to see which team achieved the highest percent of body weight loss. Team members wear color-coded shirts to each Monday weigh-in that monitors their progress. "I'm really excited about it," said Carol Somers, who formed her team Friday. "I had started losing weight before, but the holidays kind of set _______~......._____^_____..... losin Photos by MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung Barbara Uehling, right, follows jazzercise instructor Angela Norris during an exercise class onThursday evening at Landa Recreation Center.The women in the class are participating in a weight-loss program Norris is sponsoring called the "Biggest Loser Contest." MORE INKMUWATION r h f Try. a jazzercise class for free this week. .�f � L 'i J*r '1 � Classesat the Element of Dance Studio begin ^8 a;rn. Monday, and Friday, >S /l 1 i"- f , V Classes at the, Landa Recreation Center begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. A. 4 * . L h - me back a little. I think this will really give me a jump-start." Come Jan. 15, every participant will have a chance to compete for 15 prizes, including massages, hair cuts and styles, manicures and two Schlitterbahn tickets. The competition is sponsored by See LOSER, Page 7A Jazzercise instructor Angela Norris, center, has started a weight-loss competition with the women in her class called the "Biggest Loser Contest," in an effort to encourage women to win by losing the.most weight. City acquires 58 acres of parkland on County Line Road By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer New Braunfels soon will have a new park thanks to a generous donation and the city's acquisition of 58 acres of undeveloped land on County Line Road, immediately south of FM 725. On Wednesday, the city of New Braunfels completed the $2.1 million purchase of the 58 acres. In conjunction with the acquisition, the property owners donated three acnes to The New Braunfels Parks Foundation. In recognition of the donor family's generosity, die recreational area planned for this site will be known as Fischer Park. City Manager Michael Morrison said the city paid approximately $43,000 per square foot for the land. He said city officials think the deal was fair. In comparison, in 2006, the city rejected See PARK, Page 3A - ' - �;� S\'m* f 1 - V " \ DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung NBISD Director of Facilities Daryl Stoker stands under two missing ceiling tiles and the stain from a water leak in one of the girls' bathrooms in the 100 wing of the New Braunfels Middle School on Friday. Stoker said the tiles were supposed to have been replaced during the Christmas break. inspectors spur school repairs By D. Ashley Verrill Staff Writer Braunfels Middle School student. The continuing asthma and seasonal allergy problems Marci Shuey's eighth-grade daughter has been experiencing seemed normal to the concerned mother. That is until Shuey said she realized her daughter's condition seemed to worsen when she went to school. "She would wake up feeling fine, but then go to school and begin getting headaches and start wheezing," Shuey said of her New "The nurse actually sent her home on four separate occasions." Concerned, Shuey contacted a county health department official who visited the middle school on Wednesday. Joe Lara, Comal County Health Department supervisor overseeing code compliance said he found more than a dozen ceiling tiles that appeared to be discolored from leaks. See REPAIRS, Page 3A MacCrossan named new managing editor From staff reports Gerard MacCrossan has been named managing editor at the Herald-Zeitung, Editor and Publisher Doug Toney announced Friday. MacCrossan, a native of Deny, Northern Ireland, was assistant managing editor at the Kerrville Daily Times, where he has worked since 2000. "I'm delighted to have been offered this opportunity to advance my career while staying in the Texas Hill Country," MacCrossan said. "Comal County is a beautiful area where I look forward to raising my family and becoming involved in the community." In Kerrville, MacCr previously served as business editor and as a reporter. "The Herald-Zeitung has a fine reputation amongTexas newspapers," he said. "I will endeavor to Gerard MacCrossan maintain and build upon the already high standards in the years ahead." MacCrossan came to the United States 10 years ago See EDITOR, Page 10A MORE FOR YOU,.. the POWER of NEWSPAPERS EDUCATION Newspapers make great teaching tools! 4 if.f, .+ r rP i, � t V 0856825000011 ;