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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ADMISSION FRIDAY Students FREE until 6 pm 11 arn. until 11 p.m. Adults (12 8t Over)    $3 Children (6-11 yrs)    $1 Under 6 yrs.    FREE SATURDAY 10 arn. until 11 p.m. Adults (12 & Over)    $3 Children (6 -11 yrs)    $1 Under 6 yrs.    FREE SUNDAY 11 arn. until 6 p.m. Adults (12 & Over)    $3 Children (6-11 yrs)    $1 Under 6 yrs.    FREE After 6 p.m.    FREE FAIRGROUNDS PARKING: $5 Free parking and shuttle is available Friday and Saturday night from Schlitterbahn's Surfenburg on Union Avenue. Shuttle bus service schedule: Friday, 6 p.m. to 12.30 arn. Saturday, 5 p.m. to 120 am. CARNIVAL TlflE! Heart of America Shows 2004 Friday Open 6 p.m. to midnight Arm Bands (6 to 11 p.m.)    $11 Photos by DAVID INGRAM and MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung The "Century" Ferris wheel takes passengers for a ride at the Comal County Fair carnival. (Top), kids enjoy several of the rides available at the fair. ‘Big’ Ferris wheel brought back after absence By Bon Maloney Staff Writer Andrea Garrett, her daughter, Grace and Whitney Williams all got a view of New Braunfels Thursday evening that hasn’t been seen in a couple of years. That’s because Heart of America Shows, which has brought its carnival to the fair for decades, was able to bring back its “Century” Ferris wheel, which didn’t make it to New Braunfels in 2003. It didn’t make it anywhere after a severe storm up in Kansas blew it over in lune 2003. Butch Cory, one of the owners of Heart of America, said Thursday 40 rides and attractions came to the fair this year — including the wheel, a bungee jump attraction called “Gravity Storm’’ and a J t. 'J • Whitney Williams, 6, left, Andrea Garrett and Grace Garrett, 2, enjoy a bird's eye view of the Comal County Fair from the Ferris wheel Thursday. Porky the Pig ride for the lithe ones. “livery year we look forward to coming to New Braunfels,” Cory said. “We love the community and its hospitality, and we try to bring something special for everyone.” Heart of America Safety Coordinator Dick Pagnac said the wheel had to go back to its Wichita, Ran. manufacturer to be rebuilt from the ground up. "Listen to that,” he said, standing just off Common Street beside the quietly whirring ride. “Hear how smoothly it runs. It’s better than new.” Kenny Hart, Heart of America ride supervisor, said everywhere it’s been set up this year people have commented on the “new” wheel, not realizing that in reality, it’s the one Heart of America had right up to last year. “It’s much larger than the one we See WHEEL, Page 5A By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The River Task Force wants to prohibit large flotation devices and restrict the number of tubers outfitters can put on the Comal River. Heavy rains in June caused the Guadalupe River to flow too fast for tubing, shutting down the river. Outfitters were allowed to shuttle tubers to the Comal River. But a mass of tubers on the Comal River caused a human logjam at die last public exit, raising concerns about public safety. The New Braunfels City Council appointed a river task force to recommend solutions. Wednesday, committee members agreed to ask City Attorney Charlie Zech if the city could legally prohibit tubers from carrying large coolers, kegs, rafts and other flotation devices that slowed their ability to get out of the river at the last public exit. Also committee members plan to ask if the city could legally restrict the number of tubers outfitters put on the Comal River when the Guadalupe River is closed. Panel members said one way to limit the number of tubers would be to use a city permit to restrict the number of seats on shutdes. Another way would be to use a wristband system, where outfitters would be allowed to rent a limited amount of tubes when the Guadalupe River is closed. “The task force seems to be going in two directions,” said Mayor Adam Cork, a member. "Tubers with large coolers and attached floats slow down the number of tubers that can get out of the river at the last public exit. Plus, they want to See RIVER, Page 5A COMING SUNDAY Courtside Cafe Courtskk Cafe, located in the basement of old city hall, features a bit of Tuscany and New Orleans flavor. it A School speed limits to become uniform By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — Comal County Thursday adopted new rules that will make special speed limits in school zones more uniform — and make them apply only on school days. In a related action, commissioners ordered three yield signs on Spanish Moss Drive intersections in Spring Branch converted to stop signs. Under Texas laws, areas adjacent to schools are posted as "school zones” with lowered speed limits during the hours children travel to and from school. County Engineer Tom I lornseth told commissioners the county reviewed its school zones after Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Susan Dvorak raised questions about the clarity of the rules near Rahe See COUNTY, Page 5A &0 TX 799(ii TT lf FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,2004 RALD Zeitung FUN ALL AROUND River group calls for fewer tubers FOOTBALL The Smithson Valley football team tries to keep its district win streak alive as it plays San Antonio Churchill. Page BA FORUM GUEST COLUMN Joy Streator writes to set the record straight on mail ballots and voting machines. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 271 14 pages, 2 sections wcom '56825 0000T DF 30% chance of rain High Low 89 68 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 38 mmsmmmmmmmmmm SPORTS Seascapes, other visual aids help bring sermons to life Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship. TREE OF LIFE CHURCH ■ Pastor: Mike Fehlauer ■ Denomination: nondenominational ■ Attendance: 2,200 ■ Meeting time: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday ■ Location: 652 Loop 337 ■ Phone: 625-6375 m Web site: ■ Worship style: contemporary ■ To empower people to find their place of ministry. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Attending church at Tree of Life is a unique experience. When congregation members arrived last Sunday, they were greeted by an aquatic theme for Pastor Mike Fehlauer’s sermon series, “How You Sea Your World.” The front of the sanctuary was covered with waves, fish, dolphins and a whale with a working blowhole. “We are into visual analogies," Fehlauer said. If he is talking about it, Fehlauer wants the congregation to see it. He was even willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane to make a point. During a sermon about taking leaps of faith, Fehlauer showed a videoclip of his first skydiving experience, taken specially for the occasion. Church Administrator Tony Brubaker said the congregation loved it. “People’s jaws were dropping,” he said. “There was quite a bit of laughter. They couldn’t believe he did it.” By the end of the year, the fun-loving congregation will have a new, adventure-filled home. "We have some great ideas for children," Fehlauer said. “We have a sand volleyball court and have proposed a go-cart track and a train running around the parking lot. With a cafe on site, we hope people will stick around for family time after church." The 54-acre site on Interstate 35, former home of Roam Open-Air Market, will give the church room to grow. Phase one includes 100,000 square feet with an 1,800-seat auditorium and a tent-like structure for the children’s space. Future plans call for a 5,000-seat sanctuary. Brubaker, former assistant athletic director for Texas State University, is See CHURCH, Page 3A DAVID INGIIAM/Herald-Zeitung Tree of Life Pastor Mike Fehlauer's sermon series "How You Sea Your World" includes many aquatic-themed pieces decorating the church. ;