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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8,2005 ***MXKK«KM*K*tf ALL FOR ADF 780 SnffSiSSfflo. fart VADELL DR a PASO TK TWOS tHUNG SPORTS VOLLEYBALL Smithson Valley faces Reagan; New Braunfels, Canyon also in volleyball playoffs tonight. Page 5 FORUM SOUND OFF Guest columnist Kortnee Lamaree writes how comparing potential renters to terrorists crosses line. Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 300 10 pages, 1 section 500 WWW. _ j 56825 00001' QP 20% chance of rain High Low 87 68 DEAR ABBY    7 CLASSIFIEDS    8 COMICS    6 CROSSWORD    6 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES    3 SPORTS    5 TV GRIDS    7Police say‘no dice’ to Bulverde casino By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE—Authorities say three Bulverde Road residents threw the dice and came up short over the weekend when they thought they could operate an eight-liner casino in this community. Bulverde lYjlice Chief Boyce Goodson said Monday the trio were arrested on third-degree felony charges of engaging in organized criminal activity by maintaining a gambling place. If proved, the charges are punishable by two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine. Arrested Monday morning was Ijeia Margerum, 27. Arrested early Saturday in a raid on the suspected facility were John Edward Clark, 44, and Terry Dale Buffington, 40. Police said they seized 24 eight-liner machines worth about $100,000, two handguns and $6,300 in cash. Buffington posted $20,000 bail, and Clark posted $30,(HK) bail. Both were released Saturday. Margerum still was being processed at tile Comal County jail on Monday afternoon. All three lived in the home that police think was converted into a gaming operation. Goodson said Officer Mark Andrews began the investigation when store owners told him people had come into the stores seeking directions to a casino. “Officer Andrews notified Lt. WURSTFEST 2005 VOCAL INSTRUMENT Yodeler uses voice, talents to bring cheer at festival By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer It's a chicken, it's a trumpet... No, it’s Kerry Christensen, master yodeler. With only an accordion and a repertoire of songs, sound effects and vocal gymnastics, Christensen packed The little Tent at Wurstfest Monday night. Julia Jones said her father has been coming to Wurstfest for years and never misses Christensen’s annual performance. Though this was her first audience with the master yodeler, Jones said she was equally impressed with Christensen’s final perfonnance at this year’s Wurstfest. “I’m amazed anyone can yodel like that," she said. “I lave you ever tried to yodel? It’s not easy.” Christensen, an Idaho resident, said he taught himself to yodel See YODELER, Page 2 DIDY0U KNOW? ■ Days after the October, 1998 flood that devastated New Braunfels, Wurstfest went on as scheduled in spite of the damage. The festival matched every dollar donated by guests for flood relief, contributing more than $50,000 to the Community Service Center. Wurstfest donates days ticket sales to United Way By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Giving back to the community was as simple as going out on the town for Monday’s Wurstfest-goers. Monday was “United Way Day," and all of the ticket sales from that day will be donated to the United Way of Comal County. Director of Wurst Relations Herb Skoog said the Wurstfest organization usually gives a generous donation to United Way, but this is the first time that a donation is part of the event. “We have no idea how much money will come in — this is all brand new,” he said. “But at any rate, it will be a great donation.” Doug I lammerstrom, executive director of the local United Way, said his organization has the opportunity to See TICKETS, Page 3 New St. Paul Lutheran pastor looks toward future in ministry By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Life in Texas still holds a few surprises for the Rev. Jennifer Fite. “My husband and I went on a picnic in Landa Park on Nov. I, and I couldn’t believe I didn’t need a jacket or gloves,” she said. Fite, the new pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church, moved to New Braunfels last week from Preston, Minn., where she also was a Lutheran minister. She will work with youth and other ministries and help oversee the running of St. Paul, a congregation of about 2,000 people. Dr. Charles DeHaven, St. Paul’s senior pastor, said Fite’s ability to work with people of all ages was one reason she stood out as a candidate for pastor. “We looked long and hard to find a match, someone who could minister to The Rev. Fite people at a variety of stages,” he said. DeHaven said he also was impressed by Fite’s long history with the Lutheran church. Her family has a reputation of involvement and dedication to their congregations. Fite said her family’s sup- Jennifer Port was one reasons she decided on a career in ministry as a teenager. “When I was in high school, a lot of people I loved and respected asked me if I’d considered being a pastor," she said. “I was thinking and praying about it, and decided this was God’s way to clue me in on his plans for me.” Fite is a native of Neenah, Wis., and attended the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Luther College in St. Paul, Minn., and has ministered in Washington and Minnesota. Her husband, losh, See PASTOR, Page 2 (Donna) O’Conner, who notified me, and we used a private car in plain clothes to try to see what was happening.” While the officers were at the residence, a man came outside, and the officers told him they’d See SLOTS, Page 2 Election to decide issues By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Officials expect today’s constitutional amendment election to have better turnout than most off-year amendment elections. Locally, Comal County Elec-tions Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said she thought Proposition 2, the one defining marriage as a bond between one man and one woman—and prohibiting all others—would be the reason for higher-than-expected turnout. Statewide, the office of Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams predicts a 16 percent turnout. See VOTE, Page 2 Easy banking Randolph Brooks Credit Union opens new branch in New Braunfels. NBHS band to play for state title By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer The New Braunfels High School band battles today to be the best out of 20 other Class 4A bands from across the state. Tile Unicom Marching Band will perform in the University Interscholastic League State Marching Band Competition at 2 pm at the Alamodome in San Antonio. At 6:45 pm, judges will announce the bands that have been accepted into the finals, which will begin shortly after the announcement. The Unicom Marching Band earned a spot in the state competition after receiving the top score from judges at the UIL Area Contest on Oct. 29. After the UIL area competition, New Braunfels Band Director Beth Bronk said that the per-fonnance’s trouble spots have been eliminated, but there is See BAND, Page 2 iMWIV.beheardblOD.COm TODAY'S EVENTS Wursthail* 5:30 p.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra 9 p.m. — Terry Cavanagh 81 Alpine Express Dee Grosse ZeHt (Tits 8(9 Tent) 5:30 p.m. — Alpenfest 6:45 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio 8:00 p.m. — Alpenfest 9:15 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio Dss Kleins ZsIt (The Little Tsnt) 5:30 p.m. — Ed Kadlecek & the Fun Bund) 6:45 p.m. — Terry Cavanagh St Alpine Express 8:15 p.m. — Rennie Guenther 81 the Happy Travelers 9:30 p.m. — Ed Kadlecek & the Fun Bunch Roaming Gator the Clown Other Events 9 a.m.-4 p.m. — Open House/Sts. Peter & Paul Cs th otic 1 Church 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — Tour of Conservation Plaza 10 a.m.-4 p.m. —The Sophienburg-New Braunfels Archives & Museum of History IO a.m.-5 p.m. — ARTFest/New Braunfels Art League Gallery 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — Art Stein Parade Sneak Peek/New Braunfels Art League Gallery 10 a.m.-5 p.m. —The $100 Box/New Braunfels Art League Gallery 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Kaffee Haus/Conservation Plaza 1-4 p.m. — Heritage Village/Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture 2-5 p.m. — Tour of Ferdinand Lindheimer Home 7:30 p.m. — Old Time Melodrama: *StarWurst''/Circle Arts Theatre MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Master Yodeler Kerry Christensen yodeled for Wurstfesters Tuesday evening in the Das Kleine Zelt (The LittleTent.) ;