New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2003
SPORTS OM THE MEND
New Braunfels girls' basketball team suffers another loss, but they're ready to bounce back next Tuesday at San Marcos. Pogo SA
adviser to mull job cuts
By Dylan JimOnaz
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees spent $27,500 Monday night on a financial consultant who will consider recommending staffing cuts to balance the district’s 2004-05 budget.
Trustees gave unanimous consent to hire John Wilson and Associates, of Houston.
Superintendent Ron Reaves will negotiate the details of the deal. Wilson will address the district’s immediate need to reduce the budget by $1.6 million — the district's 2003-04 deficit.
Wilson told board members they would have to make some tough decisions once the his job is done.
JtJbB m.ajority.jof your budgets are in personnel costs,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to look at how to allocate your staff.”
The district annually spends more than $30 million on payroll — about 85 percent of the district’s $35.6 million budget.
Wilson will focus on saving district money on human resources, comparative analysis with other districts, district organization and facilities use.
Although the board must cut $1.6 million
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Although out of the playoffs. New Braunfels and Smithson Valley football teams have a lot to be proud of. Pogo 4JL
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.On tour again
See the second pert of the tour of homes brins sponsored by the Republican
Firefighter Brandon Riojas holds a box for coats being collected by Ashlee, left, and Alyssa Larsen. Now through Dec. 12. the girls are gath-
ering coats, raincoats and umbrellas for Coats for Kool Kids. The collected items will be distributed to needy children beginning Dec. 15.
Two local teenagers gathering coats for needy children
By Dylan Jimdnaz
Alyssa and Ashlee Larsen of New Braunfels were awake and out early Saturday preparing for their own holiday volunteer project.
They visited all four local fire stations before noon dropping off boxes for Coats for Kool Kids — a coat drive the sisters designed to help children all over Comal County.
“We just want to help out other people," said Alyssa, 13.
Ashlee, 15, a New Braunfels High School sophomore, said the volunteer hours would help on college applications.
The girls know children at New Braunfels Middle School who need coats,
As a family, they have fed homeless people in San Antonio for the past three years.
“We wanted to do something a lithe more local,” said Maggie Fischer, the girls’ mother.
Through Dec. 12, donors can give coats, raincoats and umbrellas at all New Braunfels fire stations, Canyon High School and New Braunfels High School. All sizes are welcome.
Cleaning is being donated by Hill
Drop off coats at a fire station or Canyon or New Braunfels high schools.
For information, call Ashlee and Alyssa Larsen at (830) 6240699
Country Cleaners. Donations will be distributed by Communities in Schools and the Community Service Center beginning Dec. 15.
The sisters started the project because of the great need for coats dur-
ing the winter months in
They heard about a group in San Antonio organizing a similar campaign, Ashlee said.
The girls are excited about the project, but weren’t always interested in volunteering.
“The first year was a push, now
every year they ask if we re going to do it,” Fischer said. “They have a good time."
The sisters have learned humility and the importance of giving, Fischer said.
“I was a single mom for a few years,” Fischer said. “They know what it’s like to do without.”
If the project goes well this year, the girls hope to continue the project until Alyssa graduates, when they hope to find someone else to keep collecting.
“It’s good for their spirit," Fischer said. “We want to encourage other kids to do things in the community on their own.”
Be prepared on the road, officials urge
Thanksgiving is busiest travel weekend of year
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels-area churches and organizations will open their doors Wednesday and Thursday to the hungry community looking for a place to celebrate a Thanksgiving feast.
The congregation of Grace Memorial Church offers a chance to eat a Thanksgiving meal, enjoy fellowship with others and give thanks.
“It’s like an open house,” said Pastor Don Somerville.
The church will serve a light meal before an informal worship service Wednesday.
“We’U sing hymns, read scripture and offer folks a chance to say what they’re
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thankful for," Somerville said. “Everyone is invited.”
Going somewhere for the holiday?
The American Automobile Association of Texas estimates that 3.3 million Texans will travel more than 50 miles for this Thanksgiving holiday — 2.9 million by car.
Statewide, gas prices have inched upward in recent weeks.
The average price of a gallon of unleaded regular is $1.40 in Texas — the same as last year’s November holiday. In San Antonio, the average is $136 per gallon according to Rose Rougeau of AAA-Tfexas.
Thanksgiving meal and service, 6 p.m., Grace Memorial Church. 3240 FM 725; 626-3046.
Worship service. 6 p.m.. Faith United Church of Christ. 970 Loop 337 North.
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Pastor Don Somerville of Grace Memorial Church organizes food his congregation donated for a needy family for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Council orders city staff to study parking standards
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels is going to examine its rules for off-street parking—particularly contract or leased parking.
City council Monday directed planning department staff to study the city’s parking rules and bring a recommendation back to council.
The recommendation will come before the city completes work on a unified development code, which is expected to take a year or more.
The parking issue has been part of an ongoing situation in Gruene involving the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music, which reported this past
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