New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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No. 5 seed Canyon begins play today at the District 27-4A team tennis tournament. Page 5
Look inside for coupons for a buy one, get one adult or children's ticket to the Alzafar Shrine Circus. Page 3
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Vol. 154, No. 277 10 pages, 1 section
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Council modifies drainage ordinance
By Leigh Jones
City council unanimously approved modifications to the drainage ordinance Monday that reduce the stormwater connec
tion fee by $650 but keep it mandatory within 3,000 feet of an existing drainage utility system.
If the new drainage ordinance is passed on its second reading,
the fee will be set at $600 per residential lot. Revenue generated by the one-time fee, paid at the time a lot is plated, will be collected in a fund that can only be used for maintenance,
operation and administration of the city’s existing drainage utility systems.
City Engineer Mike Short told council he came up with the new fee by estimating how
much it would cost to enable the existing drainage system to handle IO years worth of growth and dividing it by the number of anticipated new lots.
See CITY, Page 2
Councilwoman Gail Pospisil
Two volunteer to lead Junior Basketball League board
By Jessica Sanders
* To volunteer for New Braunfels Junior Basketball League, call Jimmy Tucker at 830-660-7880 or Dea Moore at 830-237-6529.
The New Braunfels Junior Basketball League got a reprieve this week when Jeff and Sandra Shelton volunteered to lead the league during the coming season.
The Sheltons agreed to serve as president after former President Jimmy Tricker announced he was stepping down. When he announced he would no longer serve, Tricker said the 20-year-old league faced extinction without a president and a frill board of directors.
“I was president the last four years before a new president volunteered in April,’’ he said. “He had to step down, and now there is no one in that position.’’
Dea Moore, vice president of boys’ basketball, said about 600 children participate in the league each season who might not otherwise have a place to compete.
“We need to keep this going for kids who cannot afford to play select sports,’’ she said.
Tricker said volunteering for the board is a lot of work but extremely rewarding. He said the job is best for someone with children in the league or a love of basketball.
“It’s a satisfying job,’’ he said. “With 600 kids playing basketball, it’s fulfilling to see what a seven-member board can accomplish.”
He said the ideal candidates must be organized and willing to work with schools, board members and parents to smooth out difficulties. Most of the work takes place before the
See BASKETBALL, Page 2
Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club hosts annual Shrimpfest to help local groups.
RINGING OUT MEMORIES
Church dedicates tower for historic bells
By Jessica Sanders
Carl Shader brought two bells to New Braunfels in 1845, but Sunday was the first time his decedents heard them ring.
“It’s hard to describe," said I leidi Reeh, a descendant of the Shaefer family. “I did see them when they were kept in a room, but I’d always wanted to hear them ring.'
First Protestant Church dedicated its new hell tower Sunday, allowing tho belk to peal for the first time in more than I OO years.
The bells, made in Braunfels, Germany, were a gift from Prince Carl of Solms to New Braunfels’ first settlers. They were installed in the original church and used to summon residents to worship, school and town meetings. When a new stone church was built in 1875, the bells were moved to an archive room.
“They represent the beginning of our community," said David Hartman, a member of New Braunfels’ Partnership Committee. “In the early days, this church was not only a church, but a hospital, school and community center."
For others, however, the bells have a more personal meaning. Vicki I lamel said her late mother, Melba Roth, wanted to leave a lasting memorial to First Protestant Church. When Gene Mornhinweg, the church historian, suggested a bell tower, Hamel said her mother was delighted.
“It’s been two years and two months since we started this," Hamel said. “I’m so happy we could do this for Mom, or maybe she did this for us."
Hamel said that when the bells were in the archive room, few people saw them or knew they were there. Now they are on display for all residents and visitors to enjoy. Roth left money for the memorial after her death, and funds also were contributed by the descendants of (Jarl Shaefer and other families. The completed
See BELLS, Page 2
Above, the congregation from the First Protestant Church dedicated a bell tower Sunday morning constructed to hold the bells originally brought from Germany. Left, Emily Riding, left, and Nancy Johnson enjoy refreshments after the ceremony.
Photos by MANDY REARY/
Jeremy Pafford sits at his desk as the new managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.
Pafford named managing editor of Herald-Zeitung
Jeremy Pafford, the presentation editor at The Bryan-College Station Eagle, has been named managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung.
Pafford is hardly a stranger to New Braunfels and Comal County.
“This was where my family came for vacation every year back when I was a kid in the 1980s,” said Pafford, 30, who is originally from Trirn-ersville, a small Central Texas town 45 miles west of Waco.
“We always enjoyed the hospitality here and the intrinsic beauty of the Hill Country.
“As a kid, I often thought it would be great to live in the town where Schlitter-bahn and the Guadalupe River were right down the street — and now I do.” Pafford’s first day at the Herald-Zeitung was Oct. 4.
Pafford comes to the Herald-Zeitung from Bryan-Col-lege Station, where he worked for more than two
years and last served as presentation editor, helping coordinate the editing and design of the newspaper. A 10-year veteran of the publishing industry, he has worked as a sports writer, news reporter, city editor and copy editor at newspapers in Texas and Ohio.
The new Herald-Zeitung editor has won numerous awards, including a first place in headline writing from the Texas Associated
Press Managing Editors in 2004 and a first place in Investigative Reporting from the same organization in 1999.
“I look forward to meeting the readers of the Herald-Zeitung and bringing in new ones,” Pafford said. “I want this newspaper to be an even more vibrant part of this community and to be a forum for the news and
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