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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas #xxx*x*#*x#*#* ALL FOR ADC 780 MOI 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST HICROPUDLISHERS 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 7990? lliiiliiliililnlltimlliiilill SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20,2004rald-Zeitung SPORTS PLAYOFFS Smithson Valley out to stop SA Clark's Wilkerson in 5A-Division ll playoff today. Page 7 A 6* tx. rn ■1    A f I jam.    I> Sx FORUM COLUMN J.T. Woodall writes how bus-sard patrol duty would be a powerful deterrent to crime. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 5 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK    500 www: i 8 00001' 4 4 LAI 4 4 BBLk f t Y|Y ▼ I 60% chance of rain High Low 72 59 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM BA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BCISD caution costs taxpayers $960,000 By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Caution can he a good thing, especially when dealing with taxpayer money, hut Thursday, Comal Inde pendent School District trustees learned it could be costly. Trustees were poised to approve refunding a portion of the 1999 bonds for a $960,000 estimated savings. Unfortunately, they took too long to make the decision, and interest rates went up, erasing the savings and any reason to refund. Klaus Weiswurm, who serves on the Comal Public School Foundation board of directors, took trustees to task for what he called micromanagement. "Your inaction has resulted in the loss of a huge amount of money that could have gone back to the district,” he said. “Inability to come to a consensus on the bond is unconscionable.” The administration and the district’s financial advisor, Duane Westerman, See CISD, Page 3A 4B board to consider seeking proposals By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Industrial Development (4B) Corporation plans to request proposals for the development of an industrial park to see if a site other than the municipal airport would attract the interest of developers. In October, the board reviewed the results of a feasibility study for an airport business park, but 4B Chairman Matt Harrison said that other sites should he explored. The study was done bv TIP Strategies, an Austin consulting firm Tom Stedman, TTP Strategies president, said an airport business park would he compatible with existing plans to expand the airport, and that a 200-acre industrial park would generate $130 million in annual payrolls. Stedman said the airport industrial park would consist of aviation and auto-related businesses but wouldn’t be limited to Toyota suppliers. I lowever, the 4B board agreed Thursday to convene a workshop to study request for proposals (HI PS) for the development of an industrial park at the airport and at other sites in New Braunfels. "We want to look at two separate possibilities,” Harrison said. Because the city owns the land at the airport, the land can’t be sold, it can only he See BOARD, Page 3A Holiday season begins with lighting ceremony By Scott Mahon Staff Writer With the flip of a switch, hundreds of Christmas lights lit up Main Plaza Friday night and marked the official beginning of the* holiday season in New Braunfels. Onlookers cheered, and children stood in line for the arrival of Santa Claus, who finally appeared on top of a bright red fire engine. Escorting Santa were the Dragon Slayers, firelighters with the New Braunfels Fire Department on their Harley motorcycles. Slate Hep. Carter Casteel and Mayor Adaty Cork opened the CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES ** Looking forward to celebrat ing the holiday season early? A list of citywide events going on during Festtage is on Page 1B. ceremony, which was the official kick off of Festtage, or the holidays in German. Lighting of the Christmas lights at Main Plaza began almost 35 years ago. “Helmuth Salage and Wallace Johnson started the ceremony,” said Judy Young, convention and visitors bureau director for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “They got other downtown merchants to help make it an annual event.” While people waited for the lighting of the Christmas lights, tile New Braunfels Community Chorale sang Christmas carols. Carl Nowotny coordinated recorded music in between songs. The Downtown Association sponsored a concession stand, and New Braunfels Utilities installed the lights around the plaza. The county also contributed to the ceremony. Robert Hayfield, chairman of the chamber’s Festtage committee, said the committee decorated islands on Seguin Street. T he New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department also con tributed to the event. The chamber’s blue coats, or ambassadors, formed a welcoming line for Santa Claus. "The annual Christmas lighting ceremony is to showcase the community, and to bring the spirit of the holidays to downtown,” said Young. The lighting of the Christmas lights began at 6:30 p.m., but fesse and Fish Rosales were standing in line for Santa Claus at 5:30 p.m. “We’ve done this every year for the past ll years," lash Rosales said. “The First year we did it. was when oui daughter Jessica was just one year old.” WINTER WONDERLAND Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Clockwise from left, the Main Plaza fountain is illuminated underneath light covered trees shortly after the lights were turned on during the annual Christmas lighting ceremony; after waiting in line for several hours, Hailey Gutierrez, left, decides Santa wasn't all she thought he was, while her sister, Brianna, lets him know what she wants for Christmas; Kali Dunbar, right, Krista Slate, and Riley Stirm watch in awe as the switch is flipped and the Plaza is bathed in light Friday evening. DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung A united New Braunfels team watches the coin toss from the sidelines prior to the start of the annual Wurst Bowl. Football players feel impact of fan support during season, at school By Leigh Jones    he    feels    a    flutter    of    nervousness    They    know    lite    school’s    \ By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Sam Clark loves football, a game he has played competitively for seven years. He plays for fun, but as a member of the New Braunfels High School varsity team, he knows his job is to win. Every Friday night when he puts on his pads and his jersey, he feels a flutter of nervousness in his stomach. “Playing football is fun, hut its also intense,” he said. “You realize how big it is when you see all the people in tile stands." Clark and his teammates know how much the screaming fans, fellow students and school officials want the team to win — it s a lot of weight for a group of Miami 17-year-old boys to carry. hey know tin* school’s pride is at stake every time they take the field. Small town high school football players are part hero and part movie star. When the Unicorns won the Wurst Bowl, Clark got a lot of attention the next night at Wurst-fest. See FOOTBALL, Page 3A FOOTBALL FIVER Second in a three part series on football fever • Today: What football means to the players N Sunday: What football means to the coaches 13.41%    gjmmnteeI* year* American Equity Bonus Gold I ‘1st year effective yield assuming a 10% Initial Premium Bonus (issue ages 0 BO. 5% 81-85) Contract Form INDEX 1-05 | with 100% ot premiums allocated to the fixed value at 3.1% interest (assumes no withdrawals). 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