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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas mbthS** 780 r^jymLLoTlsm Et F-AQft Ty W _ ll    III    *,    799>H the SUNDAYn«. v.Herald-Zeitung LIFE TIME TO SHOP Weihnachtsmarkt promises to be bigger, better to help New Braunfels shoppers prep for the holidays. Page 1C SPORTS FAST START Smithson Valley opens the Class 5A football playoffs with easy win over San Marcos. Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 305 30 pages, 5 sections $1.00 *56825 00002 DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2.3E .    J.’.    ■■    ‘    -    ....    .Incumbents could face tough challenges Comal County election process formally begins next month By Ron Maloney Staff Writer With filing just weeks away for the 2006 election cycle, there are early signs that there will be plenty of candidates for county offices. Each odd-numbered year is a constitutional amendment election year. Each even number is a primary/general election year, with about half of the local government offices up at the county level. The county's election staff completed the constitutional amendment election this week and now is preparing for a December bond election to be conducted by Comal Inde pendent School District. The staff will the get ready for the 2006 election cycle, said Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa. “We get all the paperwork ready,” Hinojosa said. “This year we’ll be using touch screens. We’ll try to have both systems — touch screen and optical scan — in place during the March primary.” New this year is a statutory change that dictates elections in Texas will be conducted in only May and November, which means that off-term elections in January, August or September are no more. Primaries will remain See ELECTIONS, Page 8A ELECTION TIMELINE ■ Dec. 3, 2005 to Jan. 2, 2006 -Candidate filing period. W Feb. 20-March 3 — Early voting, primary. ■ March 7 — Primary m April 3-7 — Early voting, runoff. ■ April 11 — runoff. ■* Oct. 23-Nov. 3 — Early voting, general election. m Nov. 7 — General election.WURSTFEST 2005 A FITTING PROPOSAL Council to amend TODAY'S EVENTS (Admission is free after 3 p.m.) Wursthalle 11:30 a.m. — Jimmy Sturr Orchestra 2:30 p.m. — Lufthansa Drawing 3 p.m. — Litt'l Fishermen Orchestra 3:30 p.m. — Polka Contest 6:30 p.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra Das Grosse Zslt (The Big Tent) 11:30 a.m. — Alpenfest 12:45 p.m. — Die Frohliche Dorfmusik 2 p.m. — Alpenfest m+wrnm  .ii    -■ High School Band (Riverwalk) 4 p.m. — Comal Community Band 5:15 p.m. — Ed Kadlecek & the Fun Bunch 6:30 p.m. — Die Frohliche Dorfmusik 7:30 p.m. — Ed Kadlecek & the Fun Bunch Des Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent) 11:30 a.m. — Eurofest 12:45 p.m. — Mark Halata & Texavia 2:00 p.m. — Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express 3:15 p.m. — Boerne Village Ensemble 4:30 p.m. — Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express 5:45 p.m. — Joe Rogers Band Roaming Gator the Clown Other Events 8 a.m. — Heritage Sunday ll/First Protestant Church 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Annual Wurstfest Regatta II-Keelboats and Multihulls/Canyon Lake 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. — The Wurst Craft Show & Sale in Texas/New Braunfels Utilities Parking Lot 10:30 a.m. — Heritage Sunday ll/First Protestant Church 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. — Kaffee Haus/Conservation Plaza 11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Heritage Arts & Crafts Market/Civic Center 11 a.m.-8 p.m. — Kunsthalie (Arts & Crafts)/Landa Recreation Center adjacent to Wurstfest Gate #2 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Tour of First Protestant Church Noon-4 p.m. — Tour of Conservation Plaza Noon-5 p.m. — ARTFest/New Braunfels Art League Gallery Noon-5 p.m. — The $100 Box/New Braunfels Art League Gallery Noon-5 p.m. — Art Stein Parade Sneak Peek/New Braunfels Art League Gallery 1-4 p.m. — Open House/Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church 1-4 p.m. — Heritage Village/Museum ofTexas Handmade Furniture 2-5 p.m. —Tour of Ferdinand Lindheimer Home Actor gets his girl after dramatic overture By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Greg Waller got the girl. in a crowd warm-up skit where narrator Robin Williams asked Kelly Powers questions about the produc-tion, Powers’ boyfriend, Waller, about to star as “Fluke Landwalker” in a wurst-themed Star Wars send-up “Star Wurst" came out onto the Circle Arts Theatre stage Saturday and popped “the question” to Powers. Talk about drama. Powers screamed in surprise and needed just a heartbeat to regain her composure, but said, “Yes!” in front of both their families, who attended “Wurst Wars” for the occasion, as Waller slipped a diamond onto her finger and kissed her. It was only fitting because the pair—he’s an office manager, she’s a nurse — met at Circle Arts in April and, over the summer, played husband and wife in “Oliver Twist.” They also fell in love. So life also mimics the theater. “I don’t think she saw that See PROPOSAL, Page 10A Kelly Powers reacts in shock after her boyfriend, Greg Waller, proposed Saturday during the Wurstfest Mellerdrammer "Star Wurst" at Circle ArtsTheatre. Powers regained her composure and said "Yes." To many, Wurstfest is about good music, dancing DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Sheryl and Doug Sultenfuss dance to polka music Saturday afternoon. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Forget about Green Day or Kelly Clarkson and try to think Cloverleaf Orchestra or the Al Meixner Trio. Some folks know that the accordion has been around an awful lot longer than the electric guitar, and they don’t think dancing is something that happens in a mosh pit at a hard-rock concert. They live in duple time on three short steps and a hop — and they rest in waltz time. They feel a tuba’s basso profundo in the depths of their hearts. For them, a dance band must have DID YOU    bothKNOW? insttu- ** In 1987, Wurstfest was rated in the top IOO events in North America by the America Bus Association.    _ ments and a horn section that would make Chicago pack up and go home in shame. And that’s how it is at Wurstfest, the 45th annual rendition of New Braunfels’ signature sausage festival, See DANCE, Page 10A drainage ordinance By Ron Maloney Staff Writer T his week will be a busy one for New Braunfels City Council with meetings set for Monday and Tuesday evenings. Monday night’s regular meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a closed session to consider proposals for the Church Hill Drive drainage project and a legal matter involving a lease at the airport. The regular agenda is a long one that will include a first reading of the city’s proposed drainage ordinance. Council will reconvene Tuesday for a workshop session in which the body will discuss priorities for council and city staff and procedures. Monday’s meeting will be conducted in the council chambers at City I fall, 424 S. Casten. Tuesday’s will take See COUNCIL, Page 6A Traffic flow could soon improve on FM1044 By Ron Maloney StaffWriter It soon could become easier to get in and out of New Braunfels on EM 1044. The question Thursday night was how. Texas Department of Transportation officials rolled out a half-dozen preliminary concepts for how PM 1044 could be connected to the south end of Loop 337 before a crowd of about 80 who attended a public meeting at Memorial Elementary School. The idea, which has been batted around for well more than a decade, is a part of the New Braunfels thoroughfare plan. It is not part of a concept for creating a southern See TRAFFIC, Page 3A NHMMMMMKMNI mm MMWi ;