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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2004 ll Uiw SPORTS FOOTBALL Late interception seals Smithson Valley's win over SA MacArthur. Page 6A SBH® FORUM GUEST COLUMN Martin Nealeigh discusses why people should look at what candidates are doing, not what they've done. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 283 16 pages, 2 sections 500 56825 00001 44    4 30% chance of rain High Low 83 65 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS 3BLEARNING EXPERIENCE Fly-in boardgrounds NB annual show AT A GLANCE ■ What: Computer lab ■ When: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday ■ Where: Lone Star Elementary, 2343W. San Antonio St. ■ For information, contact Tara Thompson at 643-5739. COMPUTER CLASS TOPICS ■ October-word processing ■ November-Internet and search strategies ■ December-desktop publishing and word processing ■ January -spreadsheets and databases ■ February - multimedia and PowerPoint Class teaches adults basic computer skills By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Citing concerns over safety, the I experimental Aircraft Association Southwest Regional Fly-In Board of Directors has notified the city it would no longer hold its annual airshow in New Braunfels. The fly-in has been held at the New Braunfels Airport the past two years, but SWRFI said it would move the airshow to Hondo next May. Although the city signed a five-year contract with SWRFI, city council members recently approved changes to the contract. The SWRFI board sent its decision to the city this week before agreeing to the terms of the new contract. While one airport advisory board member said SWRFl’s decision was simply a matter of concern over safety, others said SWRFI wanted too much control over the management of the local air port during the airshow. “We’ll always speak fondly of New Braunfels, and we would never imply we were unhappy with New Braunfels or the management at the airport,” said Don Staats, who is a member of the airport advisory board and also a vice president of SWRFI. Staats said he recused himself when the airport advisory board discussed matters relating to SWRFI. “We got a lot of comments from people after the last fly-in last May about safety,” he said. “Although I don’t think anything was unsafe, we were mixing too many planes with too many people on the ramp. We needed more space to taxi planes to avoid people because we had people walking across the taxiway while planes were taxiing and starting up. So we wanted to take the airshow someplace where safety would not be an issue.” See BOARD, Page 2A By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Dora Luna is scared of computers. Sitting in front of an eMac in the Lone Star Elementary computer lab, she stared at the screen with consternation. “I’ve resisted for so long, but finally I decided I have to learn," Luna said. Usually, the lab is full of second-and third-graders, but on Thursday afternoon, it is open to community members who want to expand their computer skills. Teacher Dee Dee Roberts started the adult computer classes last week. They will continue every Thursday through February at least. The curriculum is generally the same one the younger students use during the day. Each month, Roberts will teach a new skill — word processing is Zoila Rivera studies her computer screen during computer Lab at Lone Star Elementary Thursday afternoon. October’s task. Luna was not even sure what word processing was. “I’m so illiterate,” she said, laughing nervously and poking at her computer's mouse. Sharon Jenkins knew a little more than lama, but not much. “I haven’t had computer training since they used floppy disks,” she said. Jenkins does not use computers at her current job, but she said she might need to start using them soon. Roberts patiently explained to her three students what each program icon meant and showed them how to open Microsoft Word. “To help us learn how to use word processing techniques, we will be working on our Christmas form letters,” she said. “When we’re done, we can even scan a picture and add it to your document.” Roberts said she picked the form letter project because it is something she does herself every year. But her new students were not quite ready to start typing their latest family news. After she showed them how to open the program, Roberts started with a simple task — typing their names. See CLASS, Page 2A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause said 88,000 tax bills were mailed today, mid will Ik* coming to mailboxes beginning Saturday. “Others will get them next week,’’ Krause said. Property taxes are due by Jan. 31,2005. I Iris year is the first in which county property taxpayers need to look for only one statement for each property they own. That’s because Comal County now collects taxes for the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Independent School District, which See TAXES, Page 2A Fridays, the Heraid-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. NEW BRAUNFELS BIBLE CHURCH ■ Pastor: Phil Congdon ■ Denomination: Evangelical Free ■ Attendance: 130 * Meeting times: 10:30 a.m. Sunday ■ Location: New Braunfels Christian Academy, 995 Mission Hills Drive ■ Phone: 624-8288 ■ Web site: ■ Worship style: contemporary New Braunfels Bible Church growing faster than ever By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels is an old town with old churches — several congregations have worshiped in the same location since the late 1800s. Their members have no idea what it would be like to meet in a temporary location and listen to the church’s first pastor every Sunday, but the New Braunfels Bible Church congregation does. NBBC was started by members of Garden Ridge’s North East Bible Church in 2003. Everything is brand new. Sunday school classes have been meeting for less than a month, and Pastor Phil Congdon has occupied the pulpit for only two months. During their short history, the congregation has grown from seven families to 200 people last Sunday. Elder Steve Leavitt said the rapid growth was somewhat overwhelming. “We are growing faster than we can keep up,” he said. “There are so many things coming our way.” New opportunities include the possibility for a permanent home. Currently, the church meets in the New Braunfels Cliristian Academy gym. livery weekend, five men spend several hours setting up for Sunday service and returning books, furniture and band equipment to a cargo trailer when it is over. While die facilities committee considers options for purchasing land and constructing a building, elders are thinking about renting a vacant space for the interim. People who make the effort to find the church in the gym are treated to what Leavitt said was a unique teaching style. “We focus on hermeneutical and exegetical teaching," he said. The unpronounceable theological words mean the pastor teaches through See CHURCH, Page 2A DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Phil Congdon is the first pastor for the New Braunfels Bible Church, which currently meets in New Braunfels Christian Academy. fUstawnt and Private Bwnt Facility Thick CM Steaks, Seafood, Salad Bar and Mont Banquet Facility Available C2C4M7S • 1440 N. Walnut Ave* Ham > lpm Friday A Saturday • Ham * 10pm Cltnfd Sunday www.llvtoaliBrill.cMi i I Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Dora Luna, left, tries to figure out where the “return" button is located under the watchful eye of instructor Dee Dee Roberts while Zoila Rivera and Sharon Jenkins change the size of their fonts in the computer lab at Lone Star Elementary Thursday afternoon. Globetrotters Readers traveled the globe with newspapers in hand for annual contest Property tax bills mailed out, due end of January ;