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Vol. 154, No. 301 16 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4BVoters approve ban on same-sex marriages
By Kelley Shannon
AP Political Writer
AUSTIN — Texans overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional nan of same-sex marriage Tuesday, making the state the 19th to pass such a prohibition.
like every other state except Massachusetts, Texas law prohibited same-sex marriages, but the constitutional amendment was touted as an extra safeguard against future court rulings that might allow it. With 50 percent of precincts
reporting, 76 percent, or 1,010,260 voters, favored the ban while 24 percent, or 312,767, opposed it.
“I think Texans know that marriage is between a man and a woman, and children deserve both a mom and a dad. They don’t need a
PhD or a degree in anything else to teach them that,” said Kelly Shackelford, a leader of Texans For Marriage, which favored the ban.
No Nonsense in November, a group opposed to Proposition 2, the gay marriage ban, called the elec
tion a success because it drew Texans’ attention to civil rights issues regarding gays and lesbians.
“Many people for the first time began thinking about this and what
See VOTE, Page 2A
TODAY'S EVENTS WursthaNe
5:30 p.m. — Jubilee Polka Band 8 p.m. — Litfl Fishermen Orchestra Das Grosse Zett (The Big Tent)
5:30 p.m. —Terry Cavanagh &
6:45 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio
8 p.m. — Terry Cavanagh & Alpine
9:15 p.m. — Al MeixnerTrio Dm Kleine Zett (The Little Tent)
5:30 p.m. — Eurofest 6:45 p.m. — Die Frbhliche Dorfmusik 8 p.m. — Eurofest 9:15 p.m. — Die Frohliche Dorfmusik
Gator the Clown
SIO a.m.-3 p.m. -Tour of Conservation Plaza 10 a.m.-4 p.m. -The Sophienburg-New Braunfels Archives &
Museum of History 10 a.rr .-5 p.m. — Art Stein Parade Sneak Peek/New Braunfels Art League Gallery
Even the wurst things are worth collecting
By Ron Maloney
At a concert, you can buy a T-shirt.
At a baseball game, you can buy a blow-up bat.
At Wurstfest, you can be as traditional — or as outrageous — as you could want.
The choices for souvenirs and mementos are broad and can fit most any bank account.
At the New Braunfels Band Boosters booth, Greg Dockery has this year’s new item — an Opa bobble-head for $15.
“We’re doing pretty well with them,” Dockery said. “We’ve sold
■ Wurstfest began in 1961 as a one day "Sausage Festival" attended by 2,000. It grew into "Wurst Week" and finally, "Wurstfest."
about 80 of them so far.” Wurstfest, which continues through Sunday, enjoyed a busy opening weekend, Dockery said.
“We sold as much as we did the entire week last year,” Dockery said.
Another new item this year is actually an old item—old hat pins. Wurstfest commemorative hat
pins, like the mugs, steins and buttons, are unique each year. This year, Director of Wurst Relations Herb Skoog worked with the company that produces the hat pins to create sets of the last five that sell for $20 — a savings of $1 each on the regular price of $5.
“The hottest item we sell is the hat pins,” Dockery said. “We have the last five years in a set.”
To do it, the previous years had to be reproduced because, like so many Wurstfest items, Dockery said, they were sold out.
Dockery’s booth carries foam beer
See WURST, Page 8A
HELP OUT 9 To volunteer donations or help at one of the two Thanksgiving Day community dinners, call:
9 Westside Community Center — 830-629-2011 ext. 4
■ Our Lady of Perpetual Help — 830-625-3534
Sam Cholico hates the j idea of anyone spend- i ing Thanksgiving Day j alone.
So for the last seven j years, Cholico has spent j his holiday serving din- I ner to hundreds of his I neighbors in the hall at j Our Lady of Perpetual i Help Church.
“I love watching their : faces as they sit and talk to each other,” he said. “Yes, we provide a meal, but the most important thing we give is companionship.”
With Thanksgiving still three weeks away, Cholico already is making his shopping lists and counting the number of turkeys he will need to feed the estimated 1,200 people who will sit down to dinner with him. “We’re still a few turkeys short of what
See GIVING, Page 2A
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By Jessica Sanders
It took an eternal half hour for the judges to announce that New Braunfels I Ugh School was a finalist in Tuesday’s State University Interscholastic League Marching Band Contest.
“It’s flippin’ sweet!” said freshman flute player Breanna Ortega. “When they were going down die list, it was really nerve-wracking.”
Twenty-one bands from all over die state were selected to compete in thr Alamodome, but only IO were selected for the finals. Beth Bronk, New Braunfels band director, said the senior band members have been to state competition before, but this was all die students’ first time in the finals.
“I couldn’t see much because I was directing, but it felt like a good performance,” Bronk said. “I felt like the kids were really playing their show, and that’s what we try to do.”
After placing seventh in the preliminaries, the Unicorns slipped to ninth in the finals. But that did nothing to derail their enthusiasm.
“It was all worth it,” senior flutist Melissa Davila said. “It’s a once in a lifetime experience to know we were gtxxi enough to go to state. Especially because it was my senior year, it made it awesome.”
Senor percussionist Colin Nash said the band played the best it could and just hoped the judges would enjoy the show.
“Ms. Bronk told us to do our best because we want to,” he said. “I really wanted to make the finals,
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Lacey Martinez, left, Samantha Nieto and Maggie Palomo react after New Braunfels High School was named as one of the 10 bands competing for the state titleTuesday. Below, colorguard member Diedre Littleton performs her part during the state finals.
so I played the best I could.”
The show wasn’t only for the judges, however. Unicom fans also packed the stands. Decked out in blue and amied with glittery signs, band families settled in for the day-long competition.
Sue Lynn Ortiz,
Lydia Aleman and Yolanda Cantu took off work to cheer on their favorite band members.
“Everything went into this,” said Ortiz, whose daughter, Andrea, is a sophomore flute player. “I just want to cry every time they step onto die field.”
Ortiz said watching die competition brings back memories of the days she and Cantu were part of the Unicorns marching band.
“Everyone in town knows about
See BAND, Page 2A
A REASON TO CELEBRATE
City council narrows list of city manager candidates
By Leigh Jones
City Hall is seven candidates closer to having a new administrator.
New Braunfels City Council members narrowed their list of city manager candidates to seven Monday in preparation for face-to-face interviews during the first week in December.
Mayor Bruce Boyer said he was encouraged by the quality of the applicants.
“We have people with a variety of experiences in cities of different sizes. We even have a few candidates from out of state,” he said. “It won t be an easy task to pick one.”
Mayor Pro Tem Gale Pospisil said that while not all of the candidates currently were serving as city managers, they all were well qualified.
To help council narrow the list further, Pospisil requested each one do a 10-minute presentation, as they might do during a city council meeting.
"People might interview one way and then come across differently in another setting,’’ she said. "This allows us to see that side of them, which is so important.”
See MANAGER, Page 2A
New Braunfels takes its place among best bands in state
A child’s day
Children take center stage as Wurstfest opens its gounds to the youngest in the community.For many, Thanksgiving is about sharing
By Leigh Jones