New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wurstfest is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a paid admission to the event.
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Residents challenge language on ballot
By Scott Mahon
Four days before the election, supporters of Proposition 2 that would designate the Comal County fairgrounds park land, claimed city officials
have intentionally misled voters by tampering with ballot language.
Tliesday’s city ballot includes three propositions: Proposition I, which would freeze property taxes for senior citizens 65 and older; Proposition 2, which
would designate the Comal County fairgrounds park land, and Proposition 3, which would ban glass and aluminum containers on rivers and lakes within the city limits.
Council has already voted to donate the fairgrounds to the
Comal County Fair Association if Proposition 2 fails.
The language for Proposition 3 includes language from Chapter 86 of the city code, which according to the ballot is titled “glass and aluminum beverage containers prohibited
in park areas and on rivers, lakes and streams.”
The ballot proposes to amend Section 86-8 of tile city code with language in subsection (b): “It shall be considered a misdemeanor offense for anyone exhibiting, using, carry
ing or disposing of glass and aluminum beverage containers while on or in rivers, lakes and streams within the city limits including, but not limited
See BALLOT, Page 5A
CISD board looks at exemption
By Leigh Jones
Comal Independent School District trustees came one step closer to approving the Freeport inventory tax exemption Thursday.
Although no vote was taken, Jrustees indicated to Greater New Braur f» I»C T lamber of Commerce President Michael Meek they would be interested in talkiiig w itll Freeport-eligible businesses in the district about Financial compensation to make up for money lost to the exemption.
Freeport exemption is a tax abatement for businesses that n lanufacture or store inventory within the district before shipping it out of state. The district currently receives roughly $341,423 in Freeport-eligible inventory taxes.
Meek initiallv suggested the district pur sue an exemption phase-in to reduce the impact of losing tile money all at once, but Superintendent Nancy Fuller had a better idea.
“A payment in lieu of taxes would be of great benefit to the district,” she told Meek "You can approach these businesses (with our blessing) if you let me help you negotiate the payments. I’ve done that before.”
Meek was quick to agree, telling tmstees a similar situation was worked out with Waco businesses when the city adopted Freeport.
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44th annual event begins with ‘biting of the sausage’
By Leigh Jones
AT A GLANCE
I What: Wurstfest 2004 opening ceremony
■ When: 5 p.m. today
■ Where: Wursthalle
■ A list of activities to be held at Wurstfest tonight.
For the next IO days, local dentist Don Bedford will set down his drill and concentrate on spreading the spass (fun).
Bedford is Grosse Opa and "Spass Meis-ter” for Wurstfest 2004 — the 44th annual salute to sausage.
Running around town in his I^ederho-sen and multi-colored vest, Bedford is relishing his once-in-a-life- ; time role.
“I’m the guy in charge of fun," he said. “(The festival) is all about fun and preserving German heritage.”
I lerb Skoog, director of Wurst relations, said Wurstfest was fun for everyone, even people without German bloodlines.
"On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish ’’ he said. "During Wurstfest. everyone is German.”
All Wurstfest activities revolve around three elements vital to every culture — food, drink and great music.
In the German tradition, that means sausage, beer and “oui it pah’ bands Food booths, operated by community and civic organizations, w ill offer the usual delectable — strudel, fried Oreos and potato pancakes — and some new treats
See WURSTFEST, Page 3A
Wurstfest President Doug Miller, left, and 2004 Grosse Opa Dr. Don Bedford offer up a toast and a hardy "Ein Prosit" prior to the opening of the 44th annual celebration of German culture. Wurstfest officially opens today at 5 p.m. with the "biting of the sausage."
Greater Life United Pentecostal renovates old church for use
GREATER UHE UNITED PENTECOSTAL
Pastor: Jack Dool
Meeting times: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday
Location: 134 Enchantment Lane
Worship style: open
Mission: The whole Gospel to the whole world.
By Leigh Jones
Staff Writer i
When Daniel Tristan stepped off a plane in Israel two years ago, he had no idea that an eight-week mission trip would turn into a life-long calling.
Tristan might have been surprised by tile discovery, but Greater life United Pentecostal Church Pastor Jack Dool was not.
When the two men met in 1998, Dool was preaching to an aging congregation, and Tristan, in his early twenties, was seeking meaning for his life.
“I loved the warmth of the Doois,” Tristan said. “When I visited (the church), I felt right away that’s where I needed to be.”
Six years later, Dool’s congregation is getting younger, and Tristan has found meaning and a mentor.
Dool encouraged Tristan to go back to school to get a theology degree from Texas Bible (Tilluge, and now he Chares his weekly preaching responsibilities with his young charge.
“It’s really changed my life,” fristan said.
“I was never a risk-taker before. Now, I step out in faith all the time.”
Tristan returned from his trip to the Middle Fast convinced he would end up as a foreign missionary some day. He has done mission work in I londuras, FT Salvador and Mexico. At home, he acts as a missionary and translator for Spanishspeaking church members cmd visitors.
Greater Life’s congregation is not the only thing to go through a t nuisfonnation since the church was founded IO years ago. The bright white church building is something of a resurrection parable.
When Dool and his wife, loyce, toured the property in 1995, the small church building had been abandoned for seven years. T he only thing holding up die front porch were some overgrown bushes.
Dool was undaunted by the building’s renovation needs — before becoming a preacher, he worked as a construction contractor.
See CHURCH, Page 3A
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Workers watch crowds come and go every year at event
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