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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1,2005 ,, ^S.° J* 7990J ''"'""iililiilllnnllml'H LETTVNG wamsummmmmaamm SPORTS PLAYOFFS Area volleyball teams take next step in state playoffs to go to the state tournament. Page 5A Mf FORUM COLUMN State Sen. Jeff Wentworth writes how Proposition 7 may be a benefit for seniors. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 294 14 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW; 56825 00001' Mostly sunny High Low 76 44 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B“It’s time to go to that next level, and this project will do that.”Jim RayDeveloper on a proposed development, known as CreeksideBush nominee could mean CREEKSIDE CONCEPT    t The proposed 300-acre, $200 million development currently known as Creekside will be located east of Interstate 35 and north of the future FM 306 extension. Creekside would include a 200-room resort-style hotel, a multi-screen movie theater, a hos-pital and medical complex, multi-family residential areas and outdoor entertainment. Master plan courtesy Carter-Burgess Major development proposed for city By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Visitors to New Braunfels soon could have extra incentive to make a trip to town — I million square feet of high-end retail shopping. The proposed 300-acre, $200 million development currently known as Creekside will be located east of Interstate 35 and north of the future PM 306 extension. In addition to a shopping center that will rival the 1.2 million-square-foot outlet mall in San Marcos, C Creekside would indude a 200-room resort-style hotel, a multi-screen movie theater, a hospital and medical complex, multi-family residential areas and outdoor entertainment. Developer Jim Ray of Texas Commercial Investments described the project as a labor of love. “People love to come here, and we know why," he said. “We’re not here by accident. We chose this area knowing it will be the new gateway to this community" See CITY Page 8A Characters of all ages come out for Halloween By Bon Maloney Staff Writer Ask a kid what the biggest holiday of the year is, and Halloween is second probably only to Christmas. That’s about how it is for Skyler Wiley, 6, who attends Memorial Primary School, and was out Monday night with her older brother, Coltin, and her parents, Teresa and Scott. Skyler walked up to Matt Smith, who was handing out the candy in front of Hastings in the Marketplace. She told Smith what her favorite candy is. With a couple of missing baby teeth, the words came out sounding a little like “chutsy rolls.” “This is always fun,” said Coltin, who is 8 and attends Memorial Elementary. “You get to wear costumes and you get candy.” Skyler’s costume was Tinkerbell, while Coltin’s was a bloody skeleton — a “killer skeleton,” as his mom called it. Smith, a Canyon I ligh School senior, wore a costume that included a I lawai-ian shirt, a goofy hat, shorts and a pair of shades almost immediately recognizable to anyone in the news business. “I want to be a journalist," Smith said. “I’m dressed as Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Have you heard of him? He invented ‘Gonzo’ journalism.” He had the costume down, too — everything except the ivory cigarette holder, Smith’s one nod to political correctness. At his relatively advanced age, all Smith gets to do now is hand out candy, which he’s been doing, he said, ever since he stopped trick-or-treating himself, back about the seventh grade. See HALLOWEEN Page 8A Junior Livestock Association facility plans nearing start By Bon Maloney Staff Writer The plans are in, and officials with the Comal County Junior Livestock Association are fast reaching the point where fund-raising and other preparations will be made for its new facility on Texas 46. The project, which could be worth $4 million to $5 million, will include a 60,000- square-foot, climate-controlled barn that will be bigger than New Braunfels High School’s Unicorn Stadium. Livestock Association Secretary and Project Coordinator Liz Mooney said the facility would be large enough — and its doors large enough — to drive four semi-rigs through at one time. It will include three meeting rooms, a computer lab, a full AT A GLANCE ii A fund-raising campaign hasn't yet been launched for the new Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association bam on Texas 46. Donations, in-kind donations of services and volunteers are needed. Anyone who can help is asked to call Liz Mooney at (830) 608-3184. commercial kitchen, a 10,000-square-foot banquet facility and parking for 500 cars and 28 recreational vehicles. At more than two acres, it would be one of the largest enclosed public spaces in the county. The banquet setting would seat more than 1,100 people. Comal County purchased the 20-acre property the facility is to be built on four See LIVESTOCK Page 3A Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito By David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON — President Bush nominated Appeals Court Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court on Monday, hoping to usher in a historic new era of judicial conservatism while ending a Republican divide that doomed an earlier pick. Members of the Senate’s Democratic minority signaled a potentially bruising confirmation battle ahead, with abortion a key issue. Sen. I larry Reid of Nevada, the party’s leader, asked whether Alito was “too radical for the American people” and wondered aloud “why those who want to pack the court with judicial activists are so much more enthusiastic about him” than I iarriet Miers. Bush, naming a replacement for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor four days alter Miers withdrew her name, said /Vito “has a deep understanding of the proper role of judges in our society.” “He understands that judges are to interpret the laws, not to impose their preferences or priorities on die people,” the presi-dent said. Within hours, Alito collected support from many of the critics who had opposed Miers. Alito’s politically conservative views were not in dispute. “Of course he’s against abortion,” his 90-year-old mother, Rose, told reporters at her home in I lamilton, N.J. Despite the unguarded comments of a proud mother, Sen. Arlen Specter, who will chair Judiciary Committee hearings, told reporters in die Capitol, “There is a lot more to do with a woman’s right to choose than how you feel about it personally.” The Pennsylvania Republican cited adherence to legal precedent in rulings over 30 years upholding abortion rights. irater, after a private meeting, Specter said, “I have no reason to catalogue him as an ideologue.” Schools’ pride to collide in Wurstbowl By Bon Maloney Staff Writer In Texas, high school football Is the only reason for Friday nights. Ibis week, it’s also the wurst reason for Friday night in New Braunfels. The New Braunfels High School Unicorns and Canyon I Ugli School Cougars will meet for die 24th Wurst Bowl — a series New Braunfels has won 19 times, including die last two, both decided bv scores of 17-13. Both -.ides this year already have earned playoff berths. What’s on the line Friday night when New Braunfels’ air game meets Canyon’s ground game will be crosstown pride—and bragging rights. If New Braunfels loses Friday night, it will have its first losing season since 1996. And while the Wurst results have been remarkably onesided, Canyon isn t — and shouldn’t — give anydiing up going into Friday, said Randy Pawelek, president of the Canyon Athletic Booster Club. i Ie should know — his son, jordan, plays for the Cougars, DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF CANYON VS. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday WHERE: Unicorn Stadium TICKETS: Advance tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for students at Canyon and New Braunfels high schools. Tickets may be purchased Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NBHS and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at CHS; and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at NBHS and from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CHS. Tickets at the gate will be $6 for adults and $3 for students. and he’s been listening to the kids talk. “I diink the Cougs are coming out fired up this Friday,” Pawelek said. “I think this See WURSTBOWL Page 8A Breaking ground LandAmerica Lawyer Title breaks ground on new facility in New ;