New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10,2004iald-Zeitung
New Braunfels football team seeks its 24th straight win against rival Seguin.
FORUM GUEST COLUMN
Former NBHS Principal Rickey Williams writes how former principals shouldn't criticize their successors. Page 4A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 153, No. 259 12 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 44B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3B SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3BAlcohol poisoning possible cause of death
By Ron Maloney
SPRING BRANCH — The Spring Branch teenager who died Tuesday after being found unconscious in front of
her home likely died of alcohol poisoning, an investigator said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Ward said preliminary autopsy results show Elizabeth Autumn Perry, 18, likely had a
lethal amount of alcohol in her system when she was found in front of her Line Camp Loop home early Thursday.
Investigators are working to trace Perry’s activities in the
hours before she was found.
San Antonio media have reported sexual assault allegations in connection with Perry’s death. Ward assailed the reports connected to Perry as neighborhood rumor.
“A lot of the stuff being put out in the TV media, they’re getting it from kids in that area,” Ward said. “I’m not going to confirm or deny anything right now because we’re still looking into this
case and the seriousness of this case. It’s hard to say what went on that night and who was there. It’s early in the investigation.”
See CASE, Page 3A
Comal courthouse to be restored; cost about $7 million
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Commissioners voted 4-1 Thursday to restore the county courthouse rather than renovate it.
County Judge Danny Scheel cast the lone vote against restoration — after offering ideas that would more than replace office space lost in the project and facilitate moving employees out for the two-year duration of the project, which could begin in the fall of2006.
The county’s population, Scheel said, is expected to more than triple in the coming 20 years to well over 200,000. County government will need much more space as time moves on, he said.
“I would recommend as part of this that we hire an architect, bite the bullet and put a third floor on this building," Scheel said. “Then, we can move the district attorney
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* The county courthouse restoration project, which would cost about $7 million, would restore the exterior of the building to its 1930 appearance.
* The public areas of the interior would be restored to their original 1896 construction with its second floor district courtroom and commissioners' courtroom on the first floor
* The facility's original, third-irtory balcony overlooking the courtroom would be replaced as well.
Under old management
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Bob Abbey is once again running the historic Faust Hotel.
Faust Hotel returns to owners after brief closure
By Ron Maloney
The sign out front of the Faust Hotel pretty much says it: Bob Abbey. Now hiring, ii positions.
A New Braunfels icon closed briefly this past week and has reopened — under its old management.
The Faust Hotel has returned to its owners, Bob and Judy Abbey.
Richard Boite, who leased the hotel from the Abbeys and operated it since October 2003 as the I lotel Faust,
could not be reached for comment. His attorney, Michael Morris, did not return calls for this story Thursday.
But New Braunfels police have received several reports from people who say they paid Boite deposits for future events at the hotel and have not been repaid their money.
Detective Lt. Mike Rust said investigators were looking into the situation and that Abbey was not involved.
Abbey didn't comment on
what had happened to Boite except to say that he and his wife had retaken operation of this city’s most prominent and historic hotel, open since 1929.
“I received a phone call that the hotel was locked and closed for business at 6 p.m. Sept. I,” Abbey said. “Richard Boite, doing business as the Hotel Faust, surrendered possession of the hotel through liis attorney to myself Sept. 2.”
The Faust could have been dosed for a day or two, Abbey said, but he wasn’t sure. He
opened it for business Sept. 2 and is moving ahead with reactivating his licenses for alcoholic beverages, the brewery and the restaurant.
Abbey said anyone who made reservations with Boite or his staff should contact him at 625-7791 to confirm the arrangements.
“There were numerous advance reservations here. Many guests were not aware of the change of ownership. They should call and make
See FAUST, Page 3A
School teaches safety around strange animals
By Leigh Jones
SATTLER — Two Mountain Valley Elementary Sch<x)l fifth-graders learned a valuable lesson'Tuesday in die importance of avoiding wild animals after having a run-in with a rabid bat.
The boys were standing outside the school alter class when the bat swooped down and landed on one of diem. When die other boy tried to help his friend by shooing the bat away,
it bit liim.
After .seeking medical attention and undaunted by their brush with danger, born boys were back in school the next day.
“They don’t seem to be traumatized," said Principal Denise Kern. “They are kind of minicelebrities.’’
Kern is taking the opportunity to remind all 780 Mountain Valley students about the dangers of interacting with
See BATS, Page 3A
Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH
■ Pastor Charles DeHaven
B Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
I Attendance: 625
■ Meeting time: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
■ Location: 181 S. Santa Clara Ave.
Website: www. spktiurch.org
Worship style: blended
Mission: SPLC is a Christ-centered, gospel-driven community of faith called to worship, witness, learn and serve in the name and for the sake of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Puppets help bring Bible to life at St. Paul Lutheran’s
By Leigh Jones
If Jim Henson’s Muppets joined the “700 Club,” Becky Voges from St. Paul Lutheran Church could give them a tip or two.
Voges, who works with the children’s choir, also manages a team of puppet performers who regularly regale the congregation with their animated antics.
When Voges decided to start the team in 1998, she worried more tradition-minded congregation members would not appreciate the puppets’ appeal.
“I was tentative about the church response, but everyone loves them,” she said. “We started with one puppet, and now we have 20.”
Voges’ troupe, operated by children from fourth through 12iii grade, performs Christian songs from a specially built stage at the front of tile sanctuary.
They have a puppet with a guitar and one with a piano. And, of course, they
have a Jesus puppet. At Christmastime, the performers don wings and golden crowns.
"They’re as cute as can be, but it’s the song that makes it work,” Voges said. “We have done.some that have brought people to tears and some that leave the congregation in stitches.”
In addition to livening up Sunday morning worship, the puppets perform at local nursing homes and community functions. Voges is trying to help other congregations start their own puppet ministries.
“Maybe I don’t have to grow up, since I have the puppets,” she said, laughing.
Pastor Charles DeHaven said the children were not the only ones to benefit from Voges’ efforts.
"The puppet ministry is an opportunity for children to use music to communicate,” he said. “But people of all ages love it.”
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St. Paul Lutheran Church's Rev. Charles DeHaven.