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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18,2005 ***********xnn HUL TUK HUL roil rn hmm 12mm ?? !™£ JJJtfc mmisuxs 2o27 E '/MOELL DR EL PASO TX 79905 Iliiillilii||||l|fllail||a|||||) SPORTS GAME TIME Canyon takes its quest for a state championship to Round Rock to meet Austin LBJ. Page 8A CHEER CANYON GO COUGARS Get a color banner to cheer on the Canyon football team inside today's Herald-Zeitung. Pages 5f6A Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 309 18 pages, 2 sections 509 www: *56825 000011 pm r ^ Partly Sunny High Low 61 39 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B 1    .....    . J-    y,    U£    _ . iiiDeveloper: McKenna may move hospital By Leigh Jones and Ron Maloney Staff Writers Creekside developer Jim Ray might have more than a few anchor stores showing interest in his 300-acre development at the intersection of Interstate 35 and PM 306. Ray told Industrial Development Corporation (4B) board members Thursday that McKenna Health System representatives had authorized him to say they were consider ing his development as a possible site for a new hospital. “We don’t have an agreement yet, but they came to us and they’re very interested,’’ he said. Despite Ray’s comments on the project, McKenna Health System President and CEO Tim Brierty would not confirm the organization’s interest in the site. “The hospital is looking for See HOSPITAL, Page 2A Details about Creekside development begin to emerge By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B) board members could not have been happier with developer Jim Ray’s presentation on Creekside Thursday, especially since he did not ask them for any money. Ray, who has been on a two-day whirlwind tour of governmental entities and local businesses to promote his 300-acre retail development, told board members the project See DETAILS, Page 2A ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO County policy on TIF districts established By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners on Thursday approved a policy for helping to finance economic development projects using tax increment financing. Referred to by its acronym, a TTF is a funding scenario under which an agreed-upon percentage of the tax dollars realized in a project over an agreed-upon time are used to help pay for the project. The new policy came just a day after developer Jim Ray presented to the county a second proposal for a major project that would use tax dollars as part of its financing. Ray’s Creekside project, which would go in across Interstate 35 from FM 306 and would include an extension of that road toward EM 1101, is a $200 million, I inillion-square-foot mixed-use development that would include commercial, retail, professional and residential properties — and possibly a hospital. There was no connection between Ray’s See TIF, Page 3A Shopping craze Weihnachtsmarkt, a popular German-themed market, opens at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Mission to begin work on center By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Sheriffs office says goodbye to chief DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Sheriff Bob Holder, left, gives Chief Deputy Richard Bennie a hug at his retirement luncheon. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Sheriff Bob Holder gave Chief Deputy Richard Bennie his badge Thursday and thanked him for his part in building the Comal County Sheriff’s Office into the organization it is today. Bennie, a retired Texas Ranger and I lold-er’s right-hand man since the sheriff took office in 1997, will retire at the end of the year. Holder will announce his choice for his next chief deputy in December — but said Bennie will not be replaced. Bennie was recognized Thursday afternoon at an appreciation luncheon at Fire Mountain, a popular eatery with local law enforcement. About IOO people attended, including Bennie’s family, county and city officials and officers and a half-dozen state officials. “This guy has set a standard for the chief deputy position that’s going to be extremely, extremely hard to fill because he has it all,” Holder said. "Command presence? He has it. See CHIEF, Page 3A AT A GLANCE ■What: Mission of Divine Mercy Apostolic Center ■ When: 9 a.m. Saturday ■ Where: Indian ChiefTrail, off FM 2722 ■ Information: The Mission of Divine Mercy started small, but its members and supporters have experienced some growth spurts in the last six months. In May, the group dedicated the first structure on its property near Canyon Dike. Saturday it will celebrate the next step toward its dream with a groundbreaking ceremony for a new apostolic and retreat center. The buildings will help the group with its contemplative retreats, providing classroom space and dormitory-style housing. Lead fund-raiser Don Maxwell said he hoped to gather enough money to build living quarters for the order as well. See MISSION, Page 7 A New Braunfels will compete for state title Saturday By Will Wright Sports Editor SAN MARCOS — Businesslike. Efficient. Those are the words that best described the New Braunfels Unicorns Thursday in their 25-22,25-22,25-17 victory over Klein Oak in a Cass 4A state volleyball semifinal at Texas State’s Strahan Coliseum. There wasn’t a lot of emotion or a lot of drama exhibited by the coaches and players following the match, leaving the impression they know there’s one more game left to play. “We played as a team and we’re happy," said junior hitter Taylor Jonas, who finished with six kills and 13 digs. "We came out there and played hard.’’ After opening with 15 ties in the first game, the Unicorns slowly pulled away from the Panthers in front of a crowd of 1,267 that predominantly rooted for tile blue and white. New Braunfels easily won the second and third games against the Panthers to advance to Saturday’s 3 p.m. state championship game against defending champion Lewisville Hebron. “I think we were more excited than anything in the first game — we really wanted to go out there and play our best,” Jonas said. “We just started playing, and it went from there.” New Braunfels (29-10), in its eighth state appearance, will advance to the final for the fifth time. The Unicorns lost to Red Oak in 2002 and in 2000 defeated Longview Pine Tree in their previous finals under coach Phyllis Fowler. Tile Unicorns, known as a power hitting team, didn’t have the feroc- Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Zack Joost shows just how much he loves New Braunfels volleyball with his friendsTony Soechtina, left, Jay Bueche andTaylor ShepperdThursday evening at Strahan Coliseum. Below, BonugliToney watches his granddaughter, Chelsie Fowler, plays for the Unicorns. ity they displayed in their previous match, a three-game win over Canyon in the Region IV final a week ago. Still, they had enough to dispatch the Panthers (31-9), who were led by 6-foot-tall hitter Bridget Laplante. “I think that they played well," Fowler said. "I thought that they played with a few jitters, maybe at the very beginning, but they stayed mentally tough. I didn’t think they had many mental breakdowns, and I was proud of that. I thought they did great.” Tile match was devoid of the kind of rowdy cheering and jeering Uni- corns fans had stored up for Canyon. T he footballers came en masse, getting vocal only twice as the Unicorns won the second and third games. There weren’t any brooms for the sweep. 'This game was all business. lf there wasn’t much emotion following the win on New Braunfels’ part — players and fans alike — it probably had something with knowing its work isn t yet finished. Thursday only served as the appetizer. “We don’t know a lot about (Hebron),’’ Jonas said. "But I think it will be a good game.” ^  —   -The Uptown Piano Bar is the place forIIIIIIIIIJIIJIIIlllllll Birthday Parties and Anniversaries Downstairs in tho Prince Solms Inn 295 r. San Antonio 830 620 /OOO ;