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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27,2005 SPORTS GETTING READY New Braunfels, Canyon teams prepare for 27-4A cross country championships. Page 5A INSIDE NEVER FORGET A candlelight vigil remembers U.S. servicemembers who gave their lives in Iraq. Page 2A MU************ RLL RP1 J®5 #01 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTHWEST ItlCROPUBLISHERS 2627 E VWIDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 290 12 pages, 2 sections I 56825 000011 K" ^0% chance of rain High Low 71 53 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B City landmark shuts its doors DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Betty Krahn brings out one of the last meals she served at the Hill Country Inn. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Carmen Hernandez baked her last pan of biscuits Wednesday morning at the Hill Country Motor Inn Restaurant. Waitresses Nancy Burner and Betty Krahn served their last tables. Manager Jerry Burner is getting ready to take a little time off — and hopes he’ll soon open his own restaurant. The staff of the Hill Country Motor Inn will get plenty of time off because the New Braunfels landmark, which opened in 1965, closed its doors Wednesday to make room for a CVS Pharmacy and an adjacent retail center that were approved by the New Braunfels Planning Commission in August. Jerry Burner worked in the restaurant kitchen Wednesday while his wife Nancy and Krahn worked the front of the house, posing for photos with customers See LANDMARK Page 2A By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Kimberly Caudle expected the worst when she was called to the principal’s office Tuesday afternoon. “I thought I was in trouble,” said Caudle, a first-grade teacher at Hoffmann Lane Elementary. “I thought there was a parent or someone here to see me.” The last thing she expected was a teary reunion with her husband, Staff Sgt. Carlton Caudle, who had returned early from a five-month tour in Iraq. Carlton Caudle said he wasn’t expecting to return for another two weeks, but his replacement came early. After returning to the United States, he placed a phone call to convince his wife he was still in the Middle East. “I made it sound like there was static on the line so she would think I was calling from overseas,” he said. Kimberly Caudle said the filmily had been planning some special surprises for her husband's return. They bought a house while he was away and are anxious to show him their new home. “Now that he’s back, he can help me move," she said with a laugh. The Caudles’ children — Margaret, Madeline, Hannah and Jack — also couldn’t wait to hug their dad and fill him in on all their plans. From I lalloween costumes to new friends, the kids chatted while their dad grinned from ear to ear. “We have a barn at the new house, and we already put corn out for the deer," Madeline said. “Now that you’re back, we’re going to eat at the Magic Time Machine.” Carlton Caudle, a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, said he was deployed to Afghanistan last year and expects to be deployed to Iraq again in either February or March. The reservist said he came ANSWERED PRAYERS Chaplain surprises his family after returning from Iraq Comal ISD trustees agree to buy land for new school Photos by DAVID INGRAMHerald-Zeitung Staff Sgt. Carlton Caudle is surrounded by his daughters Margaret, left, Madeline and Hannah after a surprise reunion in the principal's office at Hoffmann Lane Elementary Wednesday afternoon. Below left, Kimberly Caudle reacts to seeing her husband. Left, Carlton and Kimberly Caudle share a hug. directly to the school before telling any other friends or family that he had returned. Margaret, IO, Madeline, 9, and Hannah, 7, attend school at I loffmann Lane. “You are the only ones who’ve seen me,” he told the children. “Even Jack doesn’t know I’m here.” Kimberly Caudle said she planned to bring a camera to capture 2-year-old Jack’s reaction when his father came to pick him up at the baby-sitter’s house. I loffmann Lane Principal Bon nie Patrick said she was thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful surprise for Kimberly. Patrick let Carlton Caudle hide in her office when she called his wife from her classroom. “Its a thrill,” she said. “Its great that we can do this for her.” Margaret, IO, said she was expecting to have a surprise for her dad, but she didn’t expect him to turn the tables. “I told my mom we should have a surprise party,’’ she said. “I didn’t think it would be at school.” By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter lust more than a month before a bond election to fund future growth, Comal ISI) trustees voted Wednesday to purchase property for a future school. “Its all to benefit the kids, and its a great deal for tax payers if we purchase before land prices go up," Board President Dan K. Krueger said after the meeting. The board voted 5-to-l to buy the land, located south of Canyon I ligh School near Interstate 35. Trustee Rose Cervin voted against the purchase and Trustee Bill Swim was absent. Superintendent Marc Walker said the money for the property and two other potential land purchases will come from the fund balance account. The board voted Wednesday to reimburse the account with proceeds from the bond election. The proposed bond packages will go before voters Dec. 13. Proposition I, for $155 million, would allow for improvements and renovations to existing schools, three See LAND Page 3A Board President Dan KruegerParents voice concern about sex offendersBy Ron Maloney StaffWriter Times change. It used to be people who called police departments just before Halloween were reporting vandalism or looking for trick-or-treat safety tips for their children. This past week, New Braunfels police have been getting calls from people asking about sex offenders. New Braunfels Police Department Crime Analyst Libby Rinehart said much misinformation seems to exist about the rules governing convicted sex offenders, and with Halloween coming, shes getting quite a few calls. More than one caller recently has asked Rinehart whether sex offenders are allowed to turn on their porch lights on Halloween. 'Riming on the porch light is considered a sign to trick-or-treaters that someone is home and welcomes them to stop. See OFFENDERS Page 3A New Braunfels gears up for range of Halloween festivities By Jessica Sanders and Ron Maloney Staff Writers Visions of SweeTarts, Snickers and candied apples usually dance through the heads of children this time of year, and there are plenty of opportunities locally to satisfy those sweet teeth. A cornucopia of events centered around I lalloween and fall are scheduled through Monday, including a unique I lalloween party being held Saturday by the Empower Youth group. Patsy Saputa, a program coordinator for Education Alliance, said the group has been working with students at Villa Serena Apartments since die beginning of the school year. She said children tire encouraged to view die party as ail open house to show their parents what they are learning. “We want the whole neighborhood to get to know us and let the kids show the work they’ve been doing,” she said. Empower Youth is an afterschool pro- SEE MORE ■ For a complete list of Halloween events in the community, see Page 3A grain for at-risk students ages 5 to 13. Volunteers work with students during die 9-week program to strengthen social and academic skills in a sale environment. “We work on homework, character education, respect and manners,” she said. “We also try to help the parents help their kids.” Saturday’s event will run from I to 3 p.m. at the Villa Serena Education Center at 109 Rosa Parks Drive. The party is open to die public and will include I lal-loween safety tips from New Braunfels police. The New Braunfels Middle School Ijeo CJub will oiler games such as ring toss, and First Commercial Bank will ofter goody bags for party participants. Refreshments will be available for sale. See HALLOWEEN Page 3A More than pals Smithson Valley students help out younger children by participating in PALS program. DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung City of Garden Ridge employees set up a haunted house at the Jay Feibelman Community Center.All U Can Eat CATFISH Friday IM0PM @ DAVILA’S 259 I oo|) .LIT • New Braunfels. I \ TXI HI (X30) 625-7X44 I r ;