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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Do you agrfee with alcohol sales hours See 4A COUNTDOWN 37 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March March Inside Sports 3B Valentines Day Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Stanley Hummel Wilma Mclaughlin Archie T Culpepper Mar tinez Pat Hansbauer Cather ine Gay Mary Jane Zavala Timoteo Guer ra Emma Shultze Cindy Munoz Zee Simmons Gene A Sawyer Dick M Crownover Mike Peevyhouse Hugh L Talbott Sesquicentennial Arbor Day event set A Sesquicentennial Arbor Day celebration will be held Tuesday Feb 14 at 2 in the Landa Park Arboretum near Pavillion 7A Three trees will be planted Members of all Garden Clubs are invited to attend as is the general public Business counseling held Tuesdays at chamber The business counselor from UTSAs School of Business is in the Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counsel ing in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering start ing a business Topics cover financing per sonnel business planning taxes expansion and many others The service is free and confi dential Appointments may be made by calling 6252385 HZ seeks Citizen of the Year nominations The HeraldZeitung is current ly accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards Deadline for submitting nomi nations is Wednesday Feb 15 Nominations can be mailed or brought by the HeraldZeitung office located at 707 Landa St Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the commu nity and members of the commu nity during the past year Unsung Heroes are members of the com munity who regularly do things to help others but do not normal ly receive much credit for it For more information contact managing editor Mark Lyon at 6259144 AARP tax help continues AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to Thurs day from 10 to 1 and Saturday from 10 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 to noon Wednesday from 1 to 5 and Satur day from 9 to 1 The winning numbers Lotto Texas 19 22 Est million I nrTrnU LUlTtHY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Babies on Parade Monday is entry deadline Submit your babys cutest photo to the HeraldZeitung by tomorrow at 5 Sports Day 10A Cougars capture district championship Canyon tops New Braunfels 4440 earns berth into state playoffs AA New Braunfels Her a IdZeitu 44 Pages in three sections Sunday Feb Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of PAT HANSBAUER Vol 143 No 66 Comptrollers report says appraisals were accurate By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer When property value appraisals rose an aver age of eight percent last year in Comal County many residents were angry Many appealed these raises Some won some didnt County Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers now has a report from the state comptrollers office that reaffirms that appraisal raises mirror a rise in market value especially for residential prop erty The main purpose is to check market value to see if you were at market he said We were right at what theyre selling The state comptrollers office acts as an over seer for appraisal districts in this state They perform this review by checking market sales Appraisal increases mirror rise in market values and performing their own appraisals then apply ing numbers to a formula The key is hitting the average or mean If for example there arc 13 homes appraised at six should be above that mark six below Also the ends of that range should not be too low or too high The county office registered a 99 percent mark of sales market value for 1994 Of course the goal is 100 percent but thats pretty said Rodgers Another mark is the coefficient of dispersion a fancy term that measures that range of appraisals It has gone down here from to in 1993 and in 1994 Why are these numbers important Its the law says Rodgers Also appraisal rates affect school district tax rolls The state determines the wealth of a district and consequent funding from property value assessments Both districts in the county saw a rise in prop erty values The larger CISD rose about million while the smaller NB1SD also rose about million in total values The NBISD appraisals had million more on the local rolls than the state estimate The CISD had million less on the local rolls than the state Lonnie Curtis assistant superintendent for finance at the NBISD said that number is so close that an appeal isnt necessary He said the district could be looking a little more money for Tier II programs but as in any educational program money is also based on student popu lation growth Our values will be right on what they say they he said We dont need to make an Abel Campos finance director at CISD said rises in student population and the overall rise in property values would be greater factors than the difference between local and state estimates He said the CISD would likely not be affected much by this small difference A LABOR OF LOVE Huisache Grill more than just a restaurant By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Huisache Grill is more than a new restaurant Its historical building renovated with an intriguing modern design It has truly unique menu And its a labor of love the love of owners Lynn and Don For res The place seems to have a special energy about it Have you noticed that when you come in here everyone is smiling the cus tomers and the employees said Lynn The menu at the Huisache Grill is not typi cal for New Braunfels Noticeably absent are burgers sausage barbecue Instead are healthful dishes with an emphasis on seasonal vegetables and fruits seafood and poultry herbs and spices We didnt said there seemed to be a pentup You can get chickenfried steak at the Huisache though We werent going to have it on the said but its the biggest All of the concoctions on the Huisache menu are the products of the Forreses cre ativity and years of expertise Both have extensive experience in the restaurant busi ness We dont have a said Lynn Im well trained The Forreses use ideas and skills from their kitchen staff I encourage people to try said Lynn The Forreses attitude toward their restaurant and staff makes work ing there fun and fulfilling Thats part of the energy here the said Lynn The Forreses are now in the process of developing a new Huisache menu Well take off the slow movers try some new said Lynn They plan to revise the menu every three months One factor in the menu selections are the fresh produce of the season We dont want to get pricey We Chamber seeking new leader By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The building which Is home to the Huisache Grill was built In the 1920s and was renovat ed before the restaurant opened want to keep it said Lynn Seeing Ihc I hiisiiche Grills building is half the fun of going there Tucked back behind Lux Appliances its appearance is a surprise Anyone who appreciates beauty and good design will love being in the Huisache The building and decor too arc labors of love for Lynn and Don Forrcs The Huisache Grill building itself was built in the 1920s as a shed When the Forreses acquired it the floors were so uneven It was like the gravi ty saiil Lynn They stripped away caipet over concrete over wood floor before they poured the pre sent concrete door With another expert cre ative touch the Forreses scored the concrete to look like huge ceramic tiles They have renovated downtown buildings as a hobby for years 18 buildings in fact They do not swoop in and do u quick job then resell for profit They choose materials care fully individually creatively and do installa tion themselves It takes one to two years to finish a said Lynn When one or two houses get upgraded the whole neighborhood takes on a new Their enjoyment in their hobby is evident They love to describe from where each decor item came many were gifts from friends and wellwishers Once people knew we were doing this they started driving up with said Lynn Mary Jane Nallcy a partner in the Grist mill gave the huisachc tree as a gift Bob Smith of Texas Commerce Bank believed in us and gave us the she said The concept of the Huisache decor grew as gifts arrived and materials became available It had a spirit of its said Lynn this isnt how we envisioned it They made the tables themselves until two in the morning two days before the opening The authentic historical marker at the front door is a whimsical touch typical of the love and fun that went into every step of the Huisache The Forreses business is definitely on the grow Weve purchased this building and the one in front where Lux said Don They closed Monday on the purchase of the Lux Appliance Building We havent yet decided what plans we have for said Lynn Weve served over meals said Don Seventy percent of the customers are repeat business Not a surprise The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a big transition Tom Purdum will step down as chamber president after 30 accumulated years of ser vice at the end of June Purdum has mixed feelings about leaving the chamber On the one hand it will be good to get away from the pressure and the stress of the said PurT0m Purdum dum But on the other hand 1 will miss the exciting aspects of working in community The chambers board of directors voted on how to select Purdums successor at their last meeting said Chair of the Board Carter Casteel The board will accept applications until April I think we will receive applications from all said Casteel She said that she hoped Michael Meek would be among the appli cants Chamber Executive Vice President Meek will indeed be one applicant for the chamber presidency I will have been here seven years with that goal in said Meek Thats why 1 was The chambers executive committee will peruse all the applications and narrow the field down to a group of the most promising candidates We will then go to the full board with the top said Casteel The chambers board of directors will make the final choice of a new president What will Meek be doing in the months ahead as the chamber deliberates over its choice All that I can do now is continue to do the job to the very best of my abil he said Purdum has a consulting contract with the chamber until December 1995 He will advise the new president and ease the transition Jt is a nonexclusive said Purdum 1 will be free to do other Purdum plans to keep New Braunfels as his home I love New Braunfels My wife and family are he said Purdum docs hope to do consulting work for oth er chambers Area leaders carry on fight for highway construction funding efforts beginning to pay off By CRAIQ HAMMETT Staff Writer City and county leaders continue to push for increased highway construc tion in both New Braunfels and Comal County Last night at the City Munic ipal Building they again asked state highway personnel for increased fund ing especially on Interstate 35 Efforts such as these are beginning to pay off Several projects on 135 orig inally scheduled to begin four to ten years from now have been moved up by the state The highest priority continues to be funding the six to eightlane widen ing project of said Mayor Paul Fraser Local Texas Department of Trans portation Engineer Duvid Kopp said a portion of 135 at Schwab and Huge Road to widen structures to six lanes begins this month Work will begin in August to start widening 135 lanes from the Guaclulupe County line to Solms Rd Much of this work was originally scheduled in the 410 year Project Development Plan When projects are moved into the threeyear plan funding is secured and work on the projects can start Other 1995 projects include widen ing Loop 337 to four lanes one mile from the railroad tracks to just north of Common Street scheduled to start in September Also the Lewis Creek bridge on FM 1863 is scheduled for 1995 Former local TxDOT engineer Bob bie Hasert who now is chairman of the Chambers Transportation Com mittee called for the continuation of a loop around New Braunfels to help alleviate traffic problems in the grow ing southern section of town There could also be a problem on FM 1044 because most traffic will fun nel north through Walnut he said especially after twoway access roads are converted to oneway Officials mentioned the everincreas ing traffic on State Hwy 46 moving between New Braunfels and Seguin and west through the county to Hwy 281 Mayor Fraser said an aver age of vehicles a day were headed west on Hwy 46 a twolane highway For subscription advertising or news information call 6259144   

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