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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas W TT SATURDAY, JANUARY 13,2007 Herald ^Jf Ap Newspaper of the Year Zeitung SPORTS BASKETBALL Canyon boys basket-ballers break four-year winless drought against ^ Del Valle. Page 8A FORUM RIVER ISSUES Decision must be made to keep Comal, Guadalupe rivers clean and safe for all to use. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 147, No. 49 20 pages, 2 sections CLICK 50$ www: i mmmmMMmMMMBMm i 60% chance i of showers i High Low I 73 53 1 ! Details ____1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B McKenna has no buyer yet, official says By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer No deal has been struck to sell McKenna Memorial Hospital President Tim Brierty said, quashing a rumor Friday. Even so, McKenna can be sold to a for-profit organization, but Brierty said it is not what the hospital's board wants to do. "We're trying to find a buyer that has a non-profit intent," he said. "Intent is the important part, not the Document board to sell to for-profit hospital group tax base." The scope of the sale of McKenna Hospital got broader when a document dated Dec. 14, 1981, came to light. The document, signed by then New Braunfels Mayor O.A. "Skip" Stratemann, City Secretary Veronica Carrozi and City Attorney Irvin H. Boarnet, reversed the restriction made in the original land deed in 1951, that McKenna Hospital remain a non-profit entity or the property donated by the city would revert back to it. In 1981, the city council waived the clause from the original deed with the understanding that the land was to be used for hospital purposes, Stratemann said this week. Stratemann said he remembered when the city council reversed the clause allowing McKenna to start a bond push to purchase more land around the hospital. "It was a long time ago, but I recall between 1980 and 1983 we (the city council) took action on property," he said. "There was an old fire station arid land behind it. "The owners gave over die land to the hospital for collateral on a bond. The land was given to the hospital because it was voted (by the city council) to keep that property as part of the hospital." Serving the city 25 years ago, Stratemann said the council still wanted the hospital to remain a nonprofit entity. "This was a long time ago, and we See MCKENNA, Page 3A Home where a heart is Report: Mold found in school exercise facility By D. Ashley Verrill StaffWriter Health officials said Friday that New Braunfels Middle School has repaired many of the problems identified by the City Sanitarian's Office on Jan. 3. A report on the visit and subsequent re-evaluation were released Friday revealing that inspectors found mold in a school weight room. Health department officials said they visited the middle school on five separate occasions following a parent's complaint that her daughter's health became worse when she went to school and she had noticed ongoing leaks for more than year.. See MOLD, Page 10A Commissioners hope for conservation grant Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Chloe Hrechko, left, adjusts one of many portraits of area children available for adoption while Denise Hubicsak and Jarri Odom look on at the McKenna Events Center on Friday afternoon. Gallery displays youths waiting to be adopted By Mauri Elbel StaffWriter Sometimes pictures truly speak a thousand words. . Gazing into the eyes of three dozen photographs of area children in need of safe, loving homes, you might find the pictures speaking words that touch your heart. Today marks the opening of the Hill Country Heart Gallery, a project organized by the Child Welfare Board of Comal County to display photos of children in Comal County who need permanent homes. The photos will be displayed at the McKenna Children's Museum from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today. "This is a way to raise awareness about the children who are available for adoption," said Denise Hubicsak, board member for the Comal County Child Welfare Board who is heading up the local Heart Gallery project. "These children need a home. They've already been through photos of area children waiting to be adopted will be on display at the McKenna Events Center as part of the Hill See HEART, Page 10A Country Heart Gallery from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Comal County Commissioners are hoping a government grant will help preserve wildlife habitat. Commissioners voted on Thursday to submit an application for a land acquisition grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The county applied for both the acquisition grant and a planning grant last year, but was given only the planning grant, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said. "It would be helpful if we got the money to purchase property that we need to preserve the integrity of the county," he said. "Hopefully, we can get the money on the purchasing side." The planning grant, which the county received for 2006, will provide about $613,000 to research and develop a Local church celebrates 36 years of service By Mauri Elbel StaffWriter New Braunfels Christian Church will celebrate more than three and a half decades of fellowship this Sunday. "New Braunfels Christian Church is a great place to call home," said Rick Bartlett, church pastor for the past 15 years. "We are very much a family." The church, located at 734 N. Loop 337 since 1975, conducted its first service on Jan. 17, 1971, in the Girl Scout House on the corner of Howard Street and Fredericksburg Road. The church's 200 members and anyone wishing to share in church services are invited to celebrate the anniversary during a fellowship dinner at noon on Sunday. "We've had a lot of changes," Bartlett said of the church's 36 years in existence, which has undertaken four separate building programs to accommodate its growth. "And we See ANNIVERSARY, Page 3A habitat conservation plan, County Engineer Tom Hornseth said. The county has has not yet received the planning funds or selected consultants to complete the plan. Hornseth said there are two endangered species of birds- the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo- that the county is especially interested in protecting. The land acquisition grant would match county funds by 75 percent for purchase of land to protect endangered species. The county was turned down for the grant in 2006 because the government's available funds were exhausted, Hornseth said. County staff will submit the acquisition grant this month, but will not seek additional planning funds. Hornseth said he hopes the acquisition grant will provide $524,000 to $870,000. Members of the New Braunfels Christian Church enjoy a meal at the church's family reunion every Wednesday evening before breaking into individual Bible study classes. DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung- 2000 FORD TAURUS SB 4Dr.,V4,Auto,A!r6agir CD Pliycr, Crude, PL, PW, TiH, Alloy*, Factory Wtnwty, lOWMttM BLU EBON NET � ter; Jeep , New Hiaiiiilels, 'IX 1 ' IS THE DIFFERENCE! itp://www.tobirio.lors:coiTi 866-446-1243 0856825000011 ;