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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels TUESDAY March 4, 2003 12 pages in 2 sections 12 pages in 2 sectKHerald-Zeitungnnni^Mnn /bl. 152, No. 95Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 ■■■■ 50 cents FUMC 150th By Ron Maloney Staff writer Sunday was a high moment for the pastor and congregation of First United Methodist Church. More than 600 attended services for the church’s 150th anniversary, and 340 DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Above (from left), Bishop Joel Martinez, First United Methodist Senior Pastor Jon Lowry and District Superintendent Virgilio Vazquez-Garza look over a photo of the Karbach Memorial Church that was built in 1913 at 572 West San Antonio Street. attended the church luncheon. Included were visits by several previous pastors and Bishop Joel Martinez, who preached during services. “We had a wonderful day,” said Senior Pastor Jon I jowly. “It was a good time.” Lowry said those who made the luncheon conducted at the New Braunfels Civic Center enjoyed birthday cakes and a “wonderful” lunch. “It was a real special day,” he said. Several former pastors who offered reminisces were honored during the event. “It was good to see old friends and new friends and have a good time together,” Lowry said. “It was a good celebration and a real good day in the church.” Livestock show nets $705,000 By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer The Comal County Junior Livestock Show brought in more than $705,000 this year. “We’re real pleased," Liz Mooney, treasurer of the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association, said Monday. She said it would take a week to tally everything for an official count, which could be $10,000 or $20,000 more. Though money collected by specialty clubs and the silent auction have not been added, the number is low compared to last year’s $840,000 and the $772,000 made in 2001. “Going into this, we knew we would be down,” David Waldrip, president of the livestock show association, said. He said a number of factors, including the threat of war and bad weather, might have contributed to the lower sum. Mooney Is not sure why the show made less this year, especially since buyer participation was similar. “We had as many buyers At a glance Preliminary figures indicate that the $705,000 raised in this year’s Junior Livestock Show would be distributed by points as follows: ■ Steers: $213.96 per point earned. ■ Hogs: $202.34 per point earned. ■ Goats: $138.32 per point earned. ■ Lambs: $124.58 per point earned. ■ Rabbits: $111.11 per point earned. ■ Turkeys: $82.56 per point earned. ■ Broilers: $73.77 per point earned. as ever and a good number of new buyers,” she said. The community showed strong support on every' level, she said. “The top buyers will be somewhere around half and the rest are the people who spent $200 or so,” Mooney said. “We’ve been so appreciative of how many people See LIVESTOCK SHOW/3A County considers credit option for fines, fees By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County might soon be able to bring a new level of convenience to people who must pay fines, fees or money for other county services. County commissioners will consider a contract with Wells Fargo Bank Thursday that would enable the county to accept credit cards for the first time. Commissioners’ Court is conducted at 8:15 a.m. in the commissioners’courtroom of the Commissioners’ Court building, 199 Main Plaza. “We’ve been talking with the auditor’s office, the tax assessor/collector and some of the justices of the peace over the past couple of years trying to come up with a program where we could have people use their credit cards to do county business,” said County Judge Danny Scheel. County Treasurer Susan Patterson and Auditor David Henken have been meeting with Wells Fargo officials, hammering out the details of how the system would work. “We’re looking most at fines and fees. People get a ticket on the weekend on the Inside Abby....................................5A Classifieds...........................4-6B Comics................................3B Crossword..........................5A Forum.................................4A Movies................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1-2B Today..................................2A Key Code 76 8 1 56825 00001    1 Students learn value of state’s history By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Five hundred seventh-graders filed into the New Braunfels Middle School gymnasium Monday to hear a different kind of history lesson. The Sons of the Republic of Texas conducted an assembly to celebrate Texas Independence Day. It was SRTs seventh year to commemorate the day Texas declared its independence from Mexico in 1836. Guest speakers from the city and county governments and the New Braunfels High School color guard were on hand. NBMS Principal Demetria Cummins told the crowd Texans should study not only U.S. history, but also the history of the only state to be able to boast its independence as a republic. After introductions the crowd quietly listened to the story. Cummins said it is important to understand the hard work and resilience of the founding Texans. “Those settlers loved this land we call Texas just as we love it,” Cummins said. Tom Green, district representative of SRT, told the assembly that it’s.important for students to understand the Tbxas history that surrounds them in historic sites like the Alamo. “You’re a part of it,” he said. After the assembly, Green said .that he tries to get the students’ attention by interacting with them and asking them questions. “Our objective is to get them interested in Texas history,” he said. Green said assembly went well and the students seemed to be listening. Mayor Adam Cork and Commissioner Jan Kennady also addressed the assembly. Cork pointed out that without the state’s founders, Texans alive today would have nothing to believe in. Kennady said the future is tied to the past. “Pay attention to what happened before us,” she said. “It means a lot about what happens in our future.” Eighth-graders Brenda Olmos, 13, and Courtney Ray, 14, of See HISTORY/3A river and they go back to Houston. We just feel we would have a better chance of collecting that fine if we had credit card collection availability,” Scheel said. “We’ve worked on it for quite some time and I think we’ve come up with a solution that will enable us to do •a n it. The system would also be available for payment of taxes, although Scheel is less comfortable with that idea. “That’s a two-edged sword. I want to be sure that’s offered only as a convenience and not as a method for prolonging the agony of paying your taxes,” he said. "When you take your tax bill and then add the interest rates credit card companies charge on top of that, it can make it pretty expensive. You can be in a real bind if you haven’t completed paying that by the time your next taxes come due. But officials think the main benefit would be the collection of fines from out-of-town violators. “I think it would be a convenience and probably a good collection tool for the county,” the county judge said. A member of the New Braunfels High School JRROTC program stands at attention prior to presenting the colors at a Texas Independence Day assembly Monday at New Braunfels Middle School. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Above, Milee Ray joins in singing hymns of worship and praise at Sunday’s Jesus Jam Fest held at Judah Christian Center. Originally, the concert was to take place outside in the parking lot of the center located next to Beall’s, but rain forced most activities inside. Top photo, Lisa Allen clasps her hands in prayer during the singing. Above, Judah Christian Center pastor Adam Haley. At right, Jessa and Zachariah Lussier listen to the Christian group Seven Blessings perform. rn,'. rn «¥ fed Jammin’ for Jesus Rain fails to dampen their spirits By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Sponsors of Sunday’s Jesus Jam Fest were elated about the outcome — in spite of the rainy weather. “We’re just really excited about it,” said Pastor Adam Haley. “The weather was a little bit of a deterrent, but we wouldn’t be stopped. It was very successful. We had a lot of churches from different cities come around and support us,” he said. An estimated 500 people attended the event, which had to be moved inside because of the weather. The Judah Christian Center and the Soul’d Out 4 Jesus Youth Group sponsored the event. “Youth pastors Fernando and Mary Jane Gonzalez were essential in making the thing hap-pen. They were a tremendous blessing,” Haley said. “Lives were touched and changed, hurting people were helped and a lot of salvations took place — especially during the last act, Seventh-Day Slumber,” Haley said. ;