New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels footballers are in a must-win game tonight at Marble Falls.
Readers sound off on city fiscal policy and rollback one way to keep rein in spending. Page 4A
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Big showdown awaits Canyon
By Will Wright
As far as regular-season high school football games go, tonight's contest between Canyon and Lake Travis doesn’t get any bigger.
Cougar Stadium will be packed to see the District 27-4A showdown of unbeatens. It’s the game of the year in Central Texas, featuring one of Class 4A’s
best offenses against one of the state’s top defenses.
“Lake Travis has a great football team,” Canyon coach Les Davis said. “They are well-deserving of their ranking from what I’ve seen of them.
“They have a very prolific quarterback, and their defense has improved from last year. They are extremely well-coached. I’m tickled to death
AT A GLANCE Bl What: Lake Travis (6-0,1-0) at Canyon (6-0,1-0) in showdown of unbeatens for District 27-4A football lead
■ When: 7:30 p.m. today
ii Where: Cougar Stadium, New Braunfels
to be in a game like this.”
Lake TYavis (6-0), last year’s 27-4A champion, visited New Braun
fels last week, beating the Unicorns, 38-16. Meanwhile, Canyon (6-0) won its league opener at Burnet, 35-28.
The winner of tonight’s game likely will win the District 27-4A title. Last year, the Cougars prevailed at Lake Travis, 10-9. The winner also is likely to be ranked next week in the Associated
See FOOTBALL, Page 3
TRIUMPH OVER ILLNESS
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Under the watchful eye of her grandmother Linda, Holly Hoben rides her bike down the street singing a tune in front of her home like any other typical 10-year-old.
Youth fights, beats rare brain disease; enjoys normal life
By Jessica Sanders
Holly Hoben flies down the street on her bike, into the sunset and away from her mother’s call to come inside. Reckless as any 10-year-old, even brain surgery couldn’t keep Holly down for long.
“She wanted to play softball, but then she decided she’d rather do drama class,” said Holly’s mother, Hillary Hobea “That was a relief to me.”
In the spring of 2004, Holly
was diagnosed with a rare brain disease called “Moyamoya” Ste received emergency surgery in May 2004 and now seems to lead the life of a normal fifth-grader — though with a few restrictions.
“She can’t play soccer because something might hit her in the head, and she can’t jump on a trampoline,” Hillary Hoben said “We have to be very careful to keep a water bottle with her at all times because she can’t get dehydrated.’’
According to the National
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Moyamoya is a condition that causes the narrowing of blood vessels to the brain. Researchers do not know what causes Moyamoya.
Dr. Patricia Aronin, Holly’s pediatric neurosurgeon in Austin, said the name Moyamoya comes from the Japanese word for “puff of smoke.” Because the main arteries to the brain are blocked, the smaller blood vessels are forced to
See MOYAMOYA, Page 3
Holly Hoben, right, with her close neighborhood friends Lexi Prince, left, Jackie Lugo, and sister Hailey Hoben, share a laugh together.
Cuellar: Funding for projects to come over next five years
By Ron Maloney
Congressman Henry Cuellar told local officials Thursday that more than $100 million in federal funds earmarked for Comal County projects would be coming here in the next five years.
The projects, part of the local “Transportation
Improvement Plan” developed by the Texas Department of Transportation in consultation with local officials, have been in the planning or development process for years.
About $14 million of the projects fall within the part of New Braunfels that is in Cuellar’s 28th U.S. Congressional District. The remain
der are in the rest of the county, which is represented by District 21 U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith.
“I want to publicly express my thanks and appreciation to Congressman Smith,” said Cuellar, a first-term representative. “He does a tremendous job for Comal County.”
Cuellar said the local projects would move up in prior
ity because more federal funding has been made available for Texas road projects.
“For every dollar we were sending to Washington, we were getting back 88 cents,” Cuellar said. “Under this highway bill the president signed into law on Aug. IO, we’re getting back four more
See CUELLAR, Page 2
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar
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Canyon High School football players celebrate a play during an early season game. They will play Lake Travis tonight for sole possession of first in district.
More information on tonight's games is on page 5A.
Bankruptcy law changes bring rush in filings
By Leigh Jones
Bankruptcy attorney Bill Burrell is spending a lot of time at his New Braunfels office these days.
Thanks to new laws taking effect Monday that will make it harder to file for bankruptcy, Burrell has been overwhelmed by clients anxious to escape from the landslide of debt threatening to bury them.
“I would say business is up 200 or 300 percent over the last two months," he said. “Along with most other attorneys I know, I’ve quit accepting new clients at this point because there’s just not enough time to get all of the paperwork finalized before the deadline.”
Burrell has until Sunday night to file his
See BANKRUPTCY, Page 2
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Schwab might make run for county judge
By Ron Maloney
A veteran Republican and retired county commissioner could once again be a candidate for office — the office of county judge.
County Clerk joy Streater said retired Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab on Thursday filed election papers naming Harvey Pape as campaign treasurer for a possible run for judge.
Schwab retired in 2002 and was succeeded in office by former New Braunfels May-
See SCHWAB, Page 2