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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas KUH*********** M-L 53* RDC 780 *ni 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTH^STHlCROrUOLISHERS 2627 I VANDELL^ awispn w» SPORTS A GOOD NIGHT Smithson Valley, Canyon, New Braunfels roll to easy district victories. Page 7A - - MS UPDATES LEARN MORE Get a closer look at some of the stories run recently in the Herald-Zeitung. Pages 2, 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 286 18 pages, 2 sections CLICK WWW? ■MMM H fpwj DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3B IC'Canyon Lake gorge could become park By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has leased to Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority the gorge cut below Canyon Dam spillway in the 2002 flood. The 25-year lease agreement, reached this week, will enable the river authority to develop the gorge created when water rushed over the spillway, cutting a new channel to the Guadalupe River that is 60 or more feet deep in places and expos es layers of geological history along its milelong length. Spring-fed pools of water in the bottom of the gorge have become home to fish that washed into it from Canyon Lake when water, coursing at up to 70,000 cubic feet-per-sec- ond, rushed over the spillway for nearly two months. It is expected to be turned into a park allowing limited, guided tourist access and an educational resource to be used by students and researchers. GBRA Economic Development Manager Tommie Rhoad, who will oversee the project, said it would be developed with guidance from two committees — one made up of See PARK Page 3A Clay festival fills the mold in Gruene By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Remember watching a ceramics demonstration back when you were in school and those very few, special people who could turn a “lump of mud” into something spectacular? Go on out to Buck Pottery in Gruene today or tomorrow and see how the pros do it. Dee and Terry Buck will host the 13th annual Texas Clay Festival beginning at IO a.m. today. The event runs until 6 p.m. and continues from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Bucks promise this is not just another craft show. “This is our 13th year. It’s like a big reunion for us,” said Terry Buck. “All of our best friends are here, and the whole weekend is a fabulous, fun-filled package.” More than 50 artists will show their wares and how they create them — with plenty of items available for purchase for virtually any budget. AT A GLANCE What: 13th annual Texas Clay Festival. When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. ■ Where: Buck Pottery, Gruene Road and New Braunfels Street in Gruene. N Admission: Free A series of demonstrations spread over both days will teach attendees about clay sculpting, use of the potter's wheel and firing pottery. “Its only about one medium, which is clay,” Buck said. “Gruene, of course, has all the other things you usually find at a craft show—restaurants, crofters — so we didn’t have to bother with any of that. This is just about clay, and all the amazing things you can do with it." Four demonstration tents will be operating throughout the festival, where artists will demonstrate techniques. “As varied as 50 individuals can be, each with a distinct See CLAY Page 3A COMING SUNDAY . The Sonier Group ERA-D. Lee Edwards Realty “Unmatched Attention For Your Real Estate Needs" Susan Sonier or Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: [email protected] Students help build agricultural center for NBISD By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Some kids dream of puppies or horses, but KayLyn McKinnis wanted to raise pigs. It wasn’t easy either, living in the city where livestock was not allowed, she said. However, now that New Braunfels ISD has completed its Agricultural and Science Technology Center in Comal County, students have a safe place to raise pigs, goats, sheep and other animals. “I got my pig Monday,” said McKinnis, a sophomore at New Braunfels High School. “I didn’t want to keep one at the old facility because the animals were getting messed with.” Agricultural science teacher Ronnie Wunderlich said NBISD recently relocated its agriculture facility from a plot of borrowed land on I lighway 46. In March, the NBISD trustees voted to purchase die current 1.25-acre property on Union Wine Road for $280,000. The previous facility couldn’t house as many animals and didn’t allow for the See AG Page 3A McKenna accepts words of praise, vows to improve By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Hie hard work isn’t over for employees of McKenna Health System. President and CEO Tim Brierty said the hospital will continue to strive for high-quality care after being reacredited by a national health-care organization. “I would say that everyone did really well, but we can’t sit back and take a break either,” he said. This month, the Joint Commission on Accrediation of Healthcare Organizations gave McKenna a passing score and superior comments concerning service and treatment after completing a survey May 13. Area hospitals, including Guadalupe Valley Hospital, Sid Peterson Hospital and Central Texas Medical Center, also were accredited. The JCAHO gave healthcare organizations a numer ic score in previous years, but has converted to a pass/fail rating this year. McKenna passed in all areas, but was reported to need improvement in the area of heart failure care. Brierty said that the comment is ironic, considering that McKenna was a top choice for congestive heart failure patients, according to a report by the Texas Department of State Health Services. He said congestive heart failure was one of the less common conditions at McKenna. “We are a smaller hospital,” Brierty said. “It could be that we don’t offer as much in the area of heart failure as (the JCAHO) expects for a community this size.” Other comments, especially concerning McKenna’s staff, were very positive. Brierty said the surveyors wrote that they had seen few See MCKENNA Page 3A Smithson Valley, NB continue homecoming traditions Flying high over NB Airplanes of all varieties fill the skies over New Braunfels during the Moonlight Fund Airshow Saturday at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Jamie Campos, left, and Michelle Rodriquez cheer on the Smithson Valley Rangers during homecoming Friday. By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Fifty-four years have passed since Charlie Schriewer marched in the New Braunfels Unicorn band. But the homecoming football game Friday reminded him a lot of his days in school. “It’s a bigger school now with more kids, but there are the same traditions,” said Schriewer, a 1951 graduate. “I went away for 20 years, but now I have season tickets to the football games.” Keith Wersterfer, a ’79 grad- SEE MORE • For a complete report on Friday night football, see Sports on Page 7A. uate, said he also has seen few changes since his days as a New Braunfels football player. Wersterfer and his wife, Kim, continue to attend New Braunfels football games and expect their son to become the seventh Wersterfer to play football for the Unicorns. "We’ve come to every game See TRADITIONS Page 3A A PLACE OF THEIR OWN New Braunfels High School sophomore KayLyn McKinnis tends to a goat Wednesday afternoon at the still under construction vocational agriculture facility on Union Wine Road. Below, New Braunfels High School Ag student Leonard Gomez hands up a piece of flashing to fellow students Michael Baucom, left, Cameron Jones and Dustin Fox as they work on the toot of one of the new livestock pen buildings. ;