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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Rangers want to take care of unfinished! business hi mitt wen 19 New Braunfels San Antonio Spurs fait to the Washington Wizards, 98-94, at home Wednesday. IVamaIjI *7^ Herald-zc HO 09 v 01 *"' TlCROPUBtlSHlHG 24 pages in three sections ■ Thursday, November 27,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ I- Vol. 146, No. 10 ZZ - _ _ ——— .'.I- .I III ■— Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1B-2B Comics..........................:..........10A Market Place..........................3B-6B Dear Abby....................................3A St.immtisch Birthday wishes from Ilia Harakl-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lindsey Brocks, Judy Schmidt, Rosa Linda De La Cerda, Donna Lehr, Amesty Angelique Saenz (3 years), Joshua Reininger, Mrs. Raymond Abel and Julisa Tristan. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. PoNan Count Not available (Man measured in parts parable meter af ar. Hormalcn prodded by Dr. Frank Harpe!.) River Information Comal River — 322 cubic feet per second. same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Weil — 625.96 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge — 244 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —191 cfs Canyon Lake level —909.11 feet above sea level. — wfc I UUU! ■ ■ NBW DvBUniBVB wfMVuBB NBU reports pumping 5.836 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday and no well water ffloWajBUP Be thankful H*s ■a tiCma jkMSaaa■ not freezing Thanksgiving — Cloudy with occasional drizzle or light rain. High in the mid 70s. Southeast wind near 15 mph. Chances of measurable rain less than 20 percent Tonight, cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or Thunderstorms. Low near 60. Friday — Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of morning showers or thunderstorms. Partly cloudy breezy and mild afternoon High near 70. Homespun shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights' Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Home-spun. This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cie that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight . mum mmm    .    IW '    0^    0} Happy Thanksgiving Arnolds say thanks for caring community Fami)y gives thanks despite house fire By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer Even though they lost their home to a devastating fire, the Arnold family says they have a lek to be thankful for as they celebrate Thanksgiving today. The Arnolds — Tina, Robert, Nate, Travis and Hannah — will eat Thanksgiving dinner at a relative's ranch in George West. But two months ago, the Arnolds’ lives were turned upside down when their home on Encino Drive burned in a fire on Sept. 9. New Braunfels Fire Department officials said lightning struck an outside utility panel near the garage, sending an electrical surge to an inside utility panel. . The blaze destroyed the garage, kitchen, attic and living room. The Arnolds saved all they could, such as paperwork and baby pictures. Support from family and friends had been vital in getting their lives together, Tina said. “It was friends and neighbors who gave us the support needed through the first couple of weeks,** she said.. “Our church family gave us food for two straight weeks. This Thanksgiving we feel we have so much to be thankful for.** The Arnolds attend Mercy House H#rakJ-Zertung photo by David D*Kunder Th* Arnold family — Hannah, Travis, Hobart, Tina and Hunter (dog) — stand outside tbs now horns they are constructing on Encino Drive. They hope to move into the new house next spring. Ministries in New Braunfels. Tina is a teacher at New Braunfels Christian Academy. Some of her former students helped clean the site of their former home. The family is staying temporanly in a house they are renting on Timber Dnve until they complete their new home on Encino Drive, They ako borrowed furniture from friends and family members. “We just started this week,” Tina said retemng to construction on the new home. “We are hoping it will be done in four to six months.” At first the effects of the fire devastated her family, Tina said. “Well, it has been hard,” she said. “You feel aimless. Everything is in disarray.'* The fire took an emotional toll on Travis, 12, and Nate, 15. “They were upset,” Tina said. “h was pretty traumatic for them.” But Tina said her sons’ friends helped them overcome the initial shock of losing their home. “It was kind of neat. They had a lot of friends who came over and comforted them,” she said. Hannah, 18, was not at home at the time of the fire because she had started college at Texas A&M University in College Station. Robert said the ordeal reminded him of a Jimmy Stewart movie. “I almost feel like Jimmy Stewart in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’” he said. “You feel like you are all alone in a crisis, but you realize you are not alone. Everything will come out OK.” New Braunfels lights up downtown Friday From staff reports Saint Nick and his elves will be in town Friday for the New Braunfels Downtown Association’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Every tree on the Main Plaza will come alive with lights to usher in the Christmas holiday season. The festivities begin with a parade, featuring Santa Claus and his elves in a fire truck, at 5:45 p.m. The parade will begin at the main fire station on Hill Street arni then turn nght onto W. San Antonio Street before ending at the plaza. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said Hill and San Antonio Streets would be closed during the time the parade was taking place, which means there would be parking available. The Main Plaza will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:15 p.m. Pete Stocking, presidentelect of the Downtown .Association, said the trees would be lit arter the parade at about 6 p.m. The Hospice tree atop the New Braunfels Utilities building would be lighted at the same time. A futogpMWfc dips* off in downtown Nw Braunblid 5:46 pm Tbs pin* wE bb dowd to trade* SIS pm i Tho Flit tolbb ll BS PJP Sp ' Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, will be master of ceremonies. Mayor Jan kennady will be on hand to flip the switch for the lights. “There will be entertain- Light up Hospice’s tree Light up a life this holiday season with a girt to the Hospice New Braunfels Tree of Lights. The annual campaign starts Friday night during die citywide tree lighting celebration on Main Plaza. Throughout the season, donations in memory or honor of a loved one or event will be symbolized by lights on the Hospice Tree on top of the New Braunfels Utilities building. A tree in the lobby of Norwest Bank at 1000 N. Walnut will bear a white dove for every person honored during the Hospice Tree of Lights campaign. Travelers along North Walnut Avenue also will be made aware of the progress of the annual fbnd-raising campaign thanks to a wooden “tree-ometer.” For information about Tree of Lights, or Hospice New Braunfels in general, call 625-7500 or 606-1717. ment from the Comal County Community Band, the Hill Country Chorus and the Happy Travelers,” Stocking said. Santa Claus will hang around a while for people to take pictures with children. Fruit snacks will be given compliments of the Comal Independent Men’s Association. CISD to get land donation BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District is getting a land donation reportedly worth approximately $250,000 from a county resident. An undisclosed number of acres that border Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 Texas 46 in Bulverde, are slated to be given to the school as a gift from Ronald Romero of New Braunfels. Before the area is turned over to school authorities, the parcel of land must undergo rezoning before Comal County Commissioners Court, according to Romero. “We feel very fortunate here,” said Romero, president of PSH Professional Services, Inc., a medical malpractice agency and developer of small medical buildings at 32335 Hwy. 281 N. for about three years. “The whole community has been very nice.” Romero said die donation had nothing to do with the outcome of the recent CISD bond election; rather, he just wanted to give something back to a community that has been so generous to him. “We have our largest client in the community,” said Romero. PSH Professional Services worked closely with McKenna hospital, he said, and hoped to attract more doctors to the Comal County area. When contacted at home Wednesday afternoon, CISD superintendent Jerry Major said he was unaware of the donation but had been in contact with PSH Professional Services officials. A softball and soccer field already have been planned for development, said Romero, but a budget must be determined by CISD officials before development begins. A $92 million CISD bond election was voted down by Comal County residents Nov. 8. The outcome left school officials, teachers, parents and students wondering about the future of already crowded classrooms, halls and gyms in CISD schools. “This hopefully will help a little,” said Romero. Romero, a native of Santa Fe, N.M., has lived in Comal County for about 12 years and previously worked as a stockbroker, he said Little Indians npiu iwuiiu    uy    unvkj    uwimmkjvi Students st Gloss Lutttsrsn School in Now Braunfels don flhsir Pilgrim end Indten costumes for s Thanksgiving luncheon Hwy shored wMh family snd frisnds Tussdsy. Navarro ISD superintendent taking leave From staff reports Navarro independent School District trustees appointed middle school principal Mike Peveto as interim superintendent Tuesday. Peveto will fill in for superintendent Harold Besson, 56, who has a brain tumor. “He (Besson) learned last Friday he had a tumor at the base of his brain,” district spokeswoman Lillian Cargil said. “He will be undergoing surgery Tuesday. It is in the area that affects his balance and hearing ” Cargil said doctors told Besson the tumor was in the area of the brain that should make its easy to remove. Besson was expected to be out (hiring December and back at work by Jan. 3, Cargil said. While interim superintendent, Peveto will continue his duties as middle school principal. On your mark, get set — shop! Friday known as busiest shopping day BV SWAN JAKOBSEN Surf! Writer Shoppers should be making mad dashes for local stores Friday, recognized nationally as the busiest shopping day of the year. This year, American consumers are expected to spend an average $813 on holiday-related items, according to the International Mass Retail Association. And a good number of those purchases will be made the day after Thanksgiving aa shoppers get a jump start on their shopping and try to bum off calories from big holiday meals. Local merchants are bracing themselves for a big turnout. “We’re expecting to do about a $9,000 day,” said Shanett Lee, assistant manager at Casual Comer Outlet, which specializes rn women’s apparel. Casual Comer is in the New Braunfels Marketplace, formerly New Braunfels Factory Stores. Lee said an average Friday income at Casual Corner Outlet ranges between $2,500 and $3,000. “We’re expecting a huge turnout,” Lee said. “AH our people are pumped up” about doing a lot of business on Friday, she said. Turn to Shop, Pigs 2A CHMT Fund will help arM’i needy The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund. Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office on 707 Landa Street during regular business hours Checks can also be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery al 625-9144, ext 228 Hors id Totting offices closed todey The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung offices will be closec today for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal business hours Friday. We have plenty tor which to he thankful — Pac/*.* 4A ;