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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THE xxxxxxxxxxxxxx GLL FOR ADC 780 MOI 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTHWEST HICROfmiSHERS 2627 E VANDELL OR EL PASO TX 79903 I 1111 I 1111>111 I 1111 111{11H 111 ll SUNDAY NOVEMBER 27, 2005 ERALD - ZEITUN G SPORTS PLAYOFFS Canyon, Smithson Valley relish wins, look ahead to state football quarterfinals. Page IB COUPONS SAVE Save with coupons from Mark and Mary Rhodes, Walgreens and CVS. Inside Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 317 34 pages, 5 sections CLICK | $1 .OO I 56825 00002 n Mostly sunny High Low 83 46 Details .... 3B HHHI §    '    Va    j    \ Valentine set to return to council By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine will return to public office Monday after an almost 7-month absence. Valentine served one three-year term on city council that ended this past May when he lost his re-election bid by 13 votes to political newcomer Lynn Limmer. After less than three months in office, Limmer resigned, citing family reasons. She subsequently was named by District Attorney Dib Waldrip as the subject of an embezzlement investigation involving her former employer, First Commercial Bank. Waldrip’s office has not completed its investigation into the missing funds, and no charges have been brought in the case. Valentine was the only candidate to file for the special election See CITY, Page 8A DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4E CROSSWORD 4E FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 2,3E AT A GLANCE ■ What: New Braunfels City Council meeting ■ When: 6:30 p.m. Monday ■ Where: City council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave. ‘SIGNS OF THE TIMES’ SWEEEDEALS Seguin 830-303-1192 Mercury AVAILABLE 0-609-SIGN DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung More and more billboards dot Interstate 35 and other county roadways.The billboard issue was raised again during a commissioners court meeting last week. Issues mount as billboards sprout up at rapid pace By Ron Maloney StaffWriter I low s this for a cash crop? They seem to pop up out of the ground like weeds — particularly, these days, along Texas 46. They don’t require any cultivation or watering, don’t wilt in the hot sun and stay rooted, it seems, forever. Large communication corporations are willing to pay big, big money just to plant them. They’re billboards, and counties around Texas, including Comal County, aren’t especially fond of them and are trying to control their placement without much luck. Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin raised the billboard issue in commissioners’ court last week with an impromptu presentation he called "Signs of the T imes.” And the signs, Minikin said, are not particularly good. Minikin lobbies hard in Austin on environmental issues and in favor of granting counties pressured by growth such as this one the authority through local option to exert some control over it. When it comes to billboards, Minikin said, counties have very little control. There are some state guidelines about where billboards go, their size and how they are placed. But local officials have become alarmed because just as they’re discussing realigning — and widening — Texas 46, billboards are beginning to grow alongside the east-west artery that cuts the county in half. Many of those are going up in what will become right-of-way for the new roadway, and will increase the costs die state and the county will have to absorb when the right-of-way is purchased. In a recent session of the Texas Legislature, San Antonio state Rep. Mike Villarreal See BILLBOARDS, Page 10A Wassailfest I offers cheer to visitors I Early voting on Comal bond issue begins Monday By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Irene and Jim Beall are expecting a stampede through their downtown New Braunfels store Thursday. The crowds will not be drawn in by eyecatching sales or rockbottom prices — they will come in search of wassail. The apple juice-based Spiced drink is a traditional holiday concoction that has been celebrated in song, verse and prose and is the reason for the beginning of the downtown Christmas shopping season in New Braunfels. Wassailfest began in 1992 as a way to help promote local businesses and their products. The event attracted 400 visitors in its first year. See WASSAILFEST, Page 12A AT A GLANCE ■ What: Wassailfest ■ When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday ■ Where: Downtown New Braunfels Playoff fever Canyon High, Smithson Valley High School continues on quest to state championship. By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter WHERETO VOTE I Monday is the first ■ A list of poll- I day that voters can cast ing places for j a ballot in the Comal the Comal j Independent School Sdiod District I District bond election, bond election is i Early voting for the $89 is on Page 3A j million proposition continues until Dec. 9 at locations throughout the district. Polls open again on Election Day, Dec. 13. Voters can choose “for” or “against” two separate propositions. Proposition I is for $155 million and includes three elementary schools, one middle school, renovations, conversions, See CISD, Page 3A New Faith United Church of Christ pastor has big plans, ideas By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Scott Martin was impressed with stories about the warm welcome New Orleans evacuees received in New Braunfels, but he was not surprised to hear members of his denomination, at Slumber Falls Camp, were right in the middle of the relief efforts. He knew he wanted to be a part of a group that gave so willingly, so when he heard Faith United Church of Christ was looking for a new pastor, he did not hesitate to apply for the job. “I was so impressed with the community's response to the evacuees, and the church is so active in the community,” he said. “I’m really excited to be here.” Martin preached his first sermon in New Braunfels on Nov. 6, and he already has big plans for his new congregation. Scott Martin His first project will be to start an adult Christian education program at the beginning of the year. Eventually, he hopes the classes will grow to include topics of interest to the entire community. “I served as an adjunct professor at Butler Community College for seven years teaching comparative religion, introduction to philosophy and New Testament courses,” he said. “I plan to use some of that material for community-wide classes.” Until he starts teaching again, Martin will be busy getting to know his new congregation and working on plans for evangelistic outreach. “We have a great facility at a great location,” he said. “We’re looking forward to addressing the community’s needs.” Martin graduated in 1981 from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He then spent 25 years serving as pastor at three different churches in Kansas.The Sonier Group ERA - D. 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