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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas INSIDE CONCERNED New Braunfels' residents tell city council that buses from Schlitterbahn cause problems. Page 2A mumm mumm Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 308 14 pages, 2 sections 500 ’56825 000011 Sunny High Low 63 38 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B , . ...  , .. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17,2005 WH****™* »LL FOR floe 780 Kill 1000571 SOUTHWEST HICR0FU8LISHERS rzai E VARDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 ||m|l.l..l.lnll I1'"'1" /wtlTUNG Unicorns begin quest for title Leadership, unity carry NB into state Developer to share lofty plans with 4B board tournament By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN MARCOS — Each August, as the summer sun swelters everything on the outside, the New Braunfels volleyball team begins warming up inside. The-traditions established during those two-a-day practices have continued success at New Braunfels, which now is two games away from reaching its yearly goal. The Unicorns (28-10) will play Klein Oak (31-8) at 7 p.m. today in a Class 4A state semifinal at Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum. New Braunfels, which didn’t make the state playoffs last year, began the season determined to not only making the postseason, but go several rounds deep. That’s because every year, the Unicorns expect to go to state. And this year, with strong hitting and ample defense, they have. "This sport at New Braunfels has had a huge tradition and has a lot of pride,” senior defender Samantha Ungamfelter said. “A lot of us all grew up and knew about that, and it’s how we should represent our school.” It’s New Braunfels’ eighth trip to the big dance, and its fifth in 11 seasons under coach Phyllis Fowler. Fowler has guided New Braunfels to a pair of state finals and the state tide in 2000. Through the years, New Braunfels has earned a certain swagger that demands respect from opponents. And this year’s bunch, most of them not around for the Unicorns’ last state trip in 2002, had to know it. “You can walk into a gym and have a reputation of being good just because you’re from New Braunfels, just because of all those players that came before,” Fowler said she told her team as this year’s playoffs began. “I think they needed to hear that.” By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Creekside, a pro- ; at A GLANCE posed I million ; 9 what: New Braun- square feet retail j fels Industrial Devel- development north j opment Corporation of New Braunfels, I Board meeting has been the talk of j ■ When: 7 P-m- todaV the town for weeks, i * Where: City Hall tmh tonight the I Conference Room A, and ton gilt the = 424 s. Casted Ave. project will be front : and center with the Industrial Development Corp. Board. Developer jim Ray will take his plans to members of the 4B board tonight, but Chairman Matt Ilarrison does not expect him to ask the group for money. “The presentation is just to let us know what he’s planning,” Harrison said. Ray could not be reached for comment Wednesday. When he announced the 300-acre, $200 million development earlier this month, Ray said he probably would ask the city for a Tax Increment Finance District to help fund the PM 306 expansion east of Interstate 35. Harrison said he thought a TIF would be perfect for Creekside because it consists primarily of retail space. See DEVELOPMENT Page 3A What now? County Court-at-Law Judge Brenda Chapman announces her plans for the future. Comal trustees hire assistant superintendent By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer ■Mi HMM Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels coach Phyllis Fowler answers questions from a television station while taking a break from practice Tuesday. Fowler will lead New Braunfels into the state tournament against Klein Oak tonight in San Marcos. Below, senior setter Rachel Brown, one of four seniors on the team, passes the ball to a teammate during practice. AT A GLANCE ■ What: UIL state semifinals between New Braunfels and Klein Oak. ■ When: 7 p.m. today ■ Where: Strahan Coliseum at Texas State University in San Marcos. ■ Tickets: $5 for student session; $10 for adult session. All-tournament tickets are $18 for two days; $25 for three days. The Unicorns ran over foes en route to state, winning all of their matches in the three-game minimum. That steamroller mentality, forged very early and tempered throughout the season, is now coming to fruition. “I just think we’re focused on what we want, and we’re going for it,” said Fowler’s daughter, Chelsie, a senior hitter. “Nothing’s going to stop us.” Fowler said theres no particular trick in how she always gets teams to this point. But she did list two attributes as common to her state squads. “I think it has to be good team See UNICORNS, Page 5A INSIDE BACKED UP Accident on lnterstate-35 backs up traffic for more than two hours. Page 4A Coat drive hopes to combat the effects of cold weather Mother’s milk is a gift of life By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Cold weather has just arrived, but one group of residents already is working to keep the community warm this winter. Coat the Community, a coat donation drive, started with a small Bible study group and has grown to a citywide effort. Matt Kyle, one of the drive’s organizers, said they got the idea from a program called “40 Days of Community” at Oakwood Baptist Church. The 40 Days of Community program was developed by author Rick Warren to encourage churches to reach out to their communities in a practical way. “One of the small study groups meets at my house, and we were trying to come HELP OUT Coat the Community collection sites: ■ New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, 390 S. Seguin St. ■ Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 Loop 337 ■ Hill Country Cleaners (263 Loop 337, 965 N. Walnut St. and 103 Business 35) ■ Sears, 904 S. Seguin St. ■ Josef Studios, 405 S. Seguin St. ■TipTop Cleaners, 321W. Mill St. ■ Matt Kyle's law office, 200 N. Seguin St. up with a community service project,” he said. “We came up with Coat the Community” Coat the Community collects new and gently used coats to be distributed to local See COATS, Page 3A By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer New mothers share lots of things — stories, advice, baby clothes — but breast milk is not usually on that list. Hence, Isabel Sanchez felt a little strange about donating breast milk after the birth of her second child. “I kept thinking, What mother would want her baby to have my milk?”’ she said. “But I knew how important it is for babies’ growth, and I didn’t want to just throw it out.” Sanchez said her first child was born premature and benefited greatly from breastfeeding. Convinced that breastfeeding was best for premature and weak babies, Sanchez did some research and found the Mothers’ Milk Bank in Austin. “I had a huge overflow of milk after my second baby was born,” she said. “Since I had so much, I started looking into ways to use it.” McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels, where Sanchez works as a certified nurses’ aide, recently LEARN MORE ■ For information on the Mothers' Milk Bank program, call the Mothers' Milk Bank at 512-494-0800 or visit ■ For information on McKenna Hospital's Lactation Center, call Terry Jackson at 606-9111. became a collection site for the milk bank. Mothers who have excess milk may donate at the hospital. McKenna stores tile milk according to stringent guidelines and sends it to Austin to be tested and pasteurized. Terry Jackson, women’s health coordinator at McKenna, said the milk is distributed to critically ill or premature babies throughout the state. She said breast milk contains antibodies that help premature babies fight infection and grow to a healthy weight. “I luman milk is the easier to digest than any species’ milk,” jackson said. “It’s easier than cow’s milk, soy milk or formula." See MILK, Page 4A Just a few months after hiring Mark Walker as superintendent, Comal ISI) trustees brought in an old friend to help Walker lead the district. Trustees voted unanimously to hire Thomas Bloxham for the new position of assistant superintendent Wednesday. Bloxham will be in charge of overseeing the district’s growth and development. I Ie currently works for Pflugerville ISD, the district Walker worked at as assistant superintendent, as director of facilities management. “I have a background in construction, and Ive worked on two bonds in Pflugerville in the last few years,” he said. “I also have a background in maintenance, groundskeep-ing and custodial services.” Walker said during his time as an assistant superintendent in Pflugerville ISD, he worked with Bloxham on a number of development projects. In the last few years, Bloxham has overseen several bonds totaling more than $208 million and has helped build several schools. “He’s also quite the craftsman,” Walker said. “He’s very knowledgeable about everything from plumbing and heating to building permits and buying property.” Bloxham, a father of six, will start at CIS!) on Nov. 30.1 Ie said he can’t wait to begin See COMAL, Page 2AWWW. behea ;