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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26,2005 #01 1000571 12/30/05..... SOUTHUEST HICR0PU0LISHLRS 2621 E WIDELL DEEL FASO TX 79903 11 ii i ll i i i i 1111111111111 f 11, |, j ] By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Dennis Saur is was so excited that his face turned red ... and white and black. Saur, his family and other Canyon High School football fans couldn’t wait to accompany their team to Corpus Christi Friday. Canyon faced off against Class 4A Division II region al semifinal game against Edcouch-Elsa. Fans followed en mass for more than 170 miles to watch the game. “The Cougars are going to go all the way,” Saur said. Varsity players Caesar Alvarez and Chris Lynch said they are thrilled to be in the playoffs, and a long road trip will only help pump them up. “It gives us time to think about what we have to do,” Chris said. Caesar said they are mostly excited to still be playing, but the road trip will provide a chance to nap or be inspired through film. "We watch some hardcore movies like ‘Gladiator,’” he said. “ITI probably fall asleep too.” For fans, the good times SPORTS PLAYOFFS Canyon, Smithson Valley win football playoffs to advance to state quarterfinals. Page 8A Fans cheer CHS off to game awaited at the end of the line. Seniors Haley Coleman and Lauren Brucks, who were driving in a caravan, said they expect that getting to the game would be half the fun. “We’re all going together so we don’t get lost,” Lauren said. “We’re supposed to stop at Water Street to get See PLAYOFFS, Page 7 A DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Canyon Cougar football fans cheer on the team as their charter buses pull out of the high school parking lot bound for Corpus Christi Friday afternoon. FORUM COLUMN James Dorbranich writes how baby Jesus can be seen as a pro-life symbol. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol.154, No. 316 18 pages, 2 sections C K 500 '56825 00001' □F 70% chance of rain High Low 76 57 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3B‘BLACK FRIDAY-    Drug    testleads to dismissal of firefighter By Ron Maloney Staff Wr iter The City of New Braunfels has fired its highest-ranking female firefighter — allegedly for failing a drug test. New Braunfels Fire Department Division Chief Stacie Zercher was dismissed Tuesday after city officials were informed she had been found “positive" for smoking marijuana. Zercher, an 18-year veteran who began her city career as a volunteer and then moved up through the ratiks to head the department’s training division, is the wife See ZERCHER Page 34 Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Target management, right, stands by as the doors to the store are unlocked at 6 a.m. Friday and an estimated 300 hundred people waiting outside make their way into the store hunting for Christmas bargains.Shoppers go for bargains By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer If it wasn’t for her daughter, Mimi Vara wouldn’t have been up before dawn. She wouldn’t have been among hundreds of after-Thanksgiv-ing shoppers who swanned Kohl’s at 5 a.m. But Vara was a woman on a mission. “My daughter’s birthday is next week and she told me she really, really wanted this DVD player that was on sale,” Vara said. “I live in San Antonio, but the store there was too crowded, so I came all the way to New Braunfels." Kohl’s store manager Katherineout in force after holiday Stripling said electronics were a huge draw for shoppers during the holiday season. The store opened to almost 300 shoppers who cleaned out some items before noon. “We sell a lot of electronics, which Is funny because we are not an electronics store,” she said. “We had a sale on DVD players, a telescope and this crazy hand-cranked flashlight.” Crowds at Circuit City were searching for high-tech treats as well, but with more advanced offerings. Store manager Brooke Shelton said customers were looking for deals on See SHOPPERS, Page 3A Circuit City employee Philip McLennan, right, helps customer Jack Ralph pick out a digital camcorder Friday morning. Bulverde Christmas Festival brings community together By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — Limey Klar of San tonio knows what she wants for ristmas. ihe’s hoping Santa Claus brings r a Pixel Chix toy. Vnd Friday night, at Bulverde’s th Annual Christmas Festival, she got to make her request to Santa — in person. Each year, the Bulverde area merchants and the Bulverde/ Spring Branch Chamber of Commerce put on an old-fashioned Christmas gala that includes a little bit of everything from pony rides to writing letters to Santa. Festival goers also could have talked to Mayor Sarah Stevick or any of Bulverde’s city staff, all of whom volunteered to help out with the occasion. Stevick was doing a little bit of everything—hauling ice, handing out cookies, candy canes, hot chocolate or balloons, whatever was needed. “This is the first time the City of Bulverde has taken part in this,” Stevick said. “I’m extremely pleased. This is one of the things Ive wanted to accomplish — I’ve wanted to help bring this See BULVERDE, Page 7AMan, 35, dies in morning car wreck By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 35-year-old Seguin man died of injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Texas 46 early Friday. New Braunfels police Sgt. Craig Christopherson said lavial Ruiz was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Christopherson said the man was trapped in a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire involved in a collision with a 2002 I lon-da Civic at 2:19 a.m. in the 1000 block of Texas 46 South near Alves Lane. When officers arrived at the scene, the Civic was burning and its driver, Jose Gomez, 29, of New Braunfels, was trapped inside. Officer Michael Cochran extinguished the Fire and New Braunfels Firefighters and paramedics worked half an hour to get both men out of their destroyed vehicles. Both were driven to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio because See WRECK, Page Rider coming The Pony Express comino to New Braunfels to help deliver Christmas Cards. HH ;