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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Opinion  ....................4A Sports Day................................1-4B Marketplace  .....................3-12C Dear Abby  .....................SA SLimmli .( h Birthday tddas from tho HorakUaittaig! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Alice Robbias (belated), Merry Brtakkoeter, Christina Gaerrero (belated), Lorrl Anderson, Victoria Garcia, Anna ZAentck, Chack Doaohoc (belated), Ida Wenzel, RaalC Espinosa (Monday) and Christiae Venegas (14 years). Happy anniversary to: Jenny and Joe Bradley (50 years Saturday), Scan and Teresa Pinnas (I year) and Fred and Mary Jane Zavala (32 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. ooMjp —Sumy. Highs in the lower 70s, upper 60s. Tonight, increasing clouds. Lows in the mid 40s, near 40. Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 60s. Monday night, cloudy with a slight chance of rain or drizzle. Lows in the upper 40s. 1bMdbylliwdillii» ■y—Mostly cloudy with a chance Oi rain or showers. Lows in the 40s to near 50. Highs in the 50s to near 60. VHT tot 7110 The Holiday River of Lights’ Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for Monday is Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 71 to. This non-profit organization will supply two workers to help staff the light display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and hand out information about it. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes ' through Cypress Bend Park Monday evening. Advent Vespers, with more than IOO voices, will be performed today at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 733 Cross. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund. Every penny donated goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy. Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. during regular business hours. Checks also can be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung. Make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Am Avery at 625-9144, ext. 228. Recent contributions include: ■ Irene Miller — $35 ■ The Jensen Family — $75 ■ Alan and Betty Bartlett $25 ■ New total —$2,780 Thanksgiving is over, and many of you already have started stringing lights around your home and yard. lf you have a must-see residential or commercial display or if you know of one, let us know so we can share the information with the rest of our readers. Call us at 625-9144 rn r;_- ' ■V.j * \ . , ■ -v' ■ ' * I f . ,• ■ ■' " ' ’ * ; r; ‘ -f . New Braunfels ww a J rw- H£r&iu*Z£ YANDELL BK Bl' SUNDAY $1.00 EL P^SO, ] x 7 9 9 0 3 ~ 32 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, November 30,1997    Serving    the    Comal    County    area    for    more than 145 years ■ Home of Merry Brlnkkoeter ■ ■ ■J Vol. 146, No. 12 Unicorns’ playoff road goes on New Braunfels faces MacArthur Saturday For Rangers, party ends in final seconds From staff reports CORPUS CHRISTI — Sweet revenge. That's what foe Unicorns can focus on this week after a dramatic 31-21 victory over Harlingen in front of more than 12,000 fans Friday at Buccaneer Stadium in foe Region IV-5A semifinals. New Braunfels (12-1) will face MacArthur (11-2) in the IV-5A finals at 2 pm Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. The Brahmas handed foe Unicorns their only defeat of foe season, 17-14, on Oct 24. NBHS coach Tim Kingsbury said Friday he wouldn’t be choosy about the Unicorns’ opponent for foe regional final, but a rematch with MacArthur was appealing. As for as Saturday's regional final conflicting with foe Big 12 Championship game in the Alamodome, Kingsbury said, “Who's going to want to go watch Nebraska and AAM?" It's likely not many folks in New Braunfels will feel the urge. From staff reports Kung photo by Tom Erickson A Nzw Braunfels Hkth School fan displays hor support ■iring a sand-off pop rally Friday at ti, -     a---a uB nign scnooc. ALICE — The memories of Smithson Valley’s 1997 season will be brought to life in the years to come, but none more than the final four minutes of Saturday’s Region IV-4A semifinal game with No. 3 Corpus Christi Calallen. The Rangers got a field goal from Ian Flores and a touchdown from Jeff Shinn for a 10-0 lead before the Wildcats Game summaries — Page 1B scored twice in the fourth quarter for a 14-10 victory. The Wildcats (13-0) will play Edcouch-Elsa (13-0) in the IV-4A final. Smithson Valley (11-2) drove into sooting range numerous times all afternoon, but Calallen’s defense allowed only the field goal and touchdown. Let there be light About: The Comal County | iigms up vw nigra ■ny during rnosy Association's awol Christmas Traa Lighting. A orated gathered rn Ria Main nill lo ooh mo Mn «t mo i ignis, wfucn war* turned on att (un. Right: wm mm vBuiy wan umw ciMrai Mil ogp 4; Reid, aga •; and Lauren, age 4, applaud aa Ilia Mghta on Utopian coma on. HanAd-ZsNung photos by John Thomos Shoppers keep local merchants’ registers ringing Crowds fill stores on busiest shopping day BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Thunderstorms, out-of-town company and heavy meals couldn’t keep shoppers down Friday, as local residents and visitors began whittling down holiday gift lists at area stores and shopping centers. Natalie Shade, manager of Target in New Braunfels, said more than IOO people were waiting to enter the store at 7 a.m. Friday—in a downpour. “We let them in early up at the front of the store since it was raining,” said Schade. A snack area sold coffee and cookies to foe early birds and handed out free shopping bags w hile they lasted, until about IO a.m., she said. “Ifs going great,” said Schade. “We’re extremely busy.” Larry C. Bottenfield, manager of WestPoint Stevens Bed, Bath and Linens rn New Braunfels Marketplace, said shoppers were entering the store by 8:30 a.m. Comforters, sheets and towels were selling well, he said. Customers there included Debbie Paul of Houston, who said she was shopping rn New Braunfels again because of fewer elbows and carts in the aisles. “I came here a long time ago.” said Paul. “It’s not as crowded.” Her daughter. Amy Urban of Austin. said she was shopping in New Braunfels because of the selection. “You can find things here you can’t find other places,” said Urban. Brother and sister Phil Francis of Dallas and Cynthia Lyde of Houston were shopping for him w hen they took an unexpected detour. “I saw the 50 percent off sign and had to come in” to the Dress Bam at New Braunfels Marketplace, said Lyde. Kirk and Annas Medley of New Braunfels began shopping about IO a.m. Friday with their uncle, Steve Medley, visiting from Albuquerque, N.M. "We’ll start here, go to Garden Ridge and head back to San Marcos,” said Kirk Medley. Cormng-Revere Factory Store manager Jennifer Mills said although the doors were open at 8 arn, the influx of shoppers didn’t occur until about IO a.m. “Many are shopping for gifts for Christmas and picking up other gifts, too,” said Mills. New Braunfels Wal-Mart manager Turn to Shopgirl, Page 6A How to shop smart this yule season Consumer Credit Counseling Servico offers tho following advice to •hoppers this holiday season: ■ Stay within spending limits. Set limits tor each person on the list to fit within a personal budget. Disciplining oneself to not exceed theee limits is key to avoiding unmanageable bit. ■ Be efficient. Cal stores to see if they have name to avoid wasting to. Shop where there is a variety of stores. Road newspaper ads and fliers for sales and comparison shop. ■ Beware of ‘txry now, pay Later'* offers. It sounds appealing, but if ll cant ba afforded in December, win it ba paid for in March? ■ Pay cash wherever possible. Take a predetermined amount of cash when shopping to keep from overspending lf using credit cards, to card purchases to one or two cards with the lowest interest rates. City taking hard look at rules to address dilapidated structures BV SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer windows, dilapidated buildings aryl ocher eyesores in local neighborhoods might tee facelifts in foe near future if New Braunfels city council wWwi proceed with t local R»»»t*fcng ftfAnh Commission —Housing Code. Council members approved Monday foe first reading of an ordinance that would empower foe city to reduce substandard structures that pose a threat to foe health, safety and welfare of foe public. As proposed, a five-member Building and Standards Commission would be given the responsibility of enforcing laws relating to foe improvement or abatement of dangerous struc- The ordinance would allow commission members to order repair, w ithin a fixed tune period, cf buildings found to be in violation of the ordinance and foe immediate removal of persons or property therein. The commission would be empowered lo determine the amount and duration of any civil penalty assessed against the property owner. Councilman Randy Vanstory said the ordi nance had been in the works for a long time. Council members have had calls about run-down buildings in several areas of town. “In any part of town there can be a house dial’s boarded up... and invites vagrants and drugs,” said Vanstory. lf a building violates the minimum standards set Turn to City, Page 2AHospice    coordinatorr/ofs topnotch    —    Pnge    14A ;