Wednesday, February 22, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Playoff season ends for New Braunfels Canyon See Page 9 ISO CENTS COUNTDOWN 27 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennlal March New Braunfels Herald 4 0 vl 1 0 2 1 8 SOWEST 2627 E YAHDEL OR TX 16 pages in one section Wednesday Feb Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of GEORGE SOEFJE Vol 143 No 73 Inside Arts Sports The Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following oirthday wishes to Faye Ivy Kirk Smith Werner Kiesling Margarita Castifleja Sr 88 George Soefje Margarita Padilla Sharon Tate Gerta Kohlenberg Vallie Lanier belat Howard Hun Happy Anniversary to Mr Mrs Melvin Tausch 48 Don Maxwell to break ground today at 4 By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Don Maxwells Chevy New Braunfels ChevroletGeo breaks ground at its new location that will be onethird bigger than its current home this afternoon at 4 The dealership is located at 386 W San Antonio St and will move to the east side of Interstate 35 between the Seguin Street and Walnut Street exits Owner Don Maxwell said he started looking for a larger loca tion about 18 months ago We need a larger facility and we are landlocked at our current facility so we cant get any bigger he said The sevenacre site at 725 IH 35 South will house a square foot building Our com munitys business base has shift ed towards the area where Wal Mart Target and HEB have moved he said It made sense for us to go to where our customers are going and spending their money already And being on the highway gives us increased visibility to people dri ving Maxwell said the new site will offer several other advantages such as easier access better abili ty to control hazardous wastes from painting operations and petroleum storage and reduced runoff from parking lots He said the target date for opening the new location is the first week of July Business After Hours scheduled Feb 23 The monthly Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Business After Hours membership mixer will be held at Kraft Mobiletel 679 S Seguin St on Thursday Feb 23 from 5 to 7 The mixer is an opportunity for chamber members to make new contacts and exchange ideas with other members of the business community Play count the Elvis Sightings Correctly count all the number of times Elvis appears in the Herald Zeitung this week and win prizes See This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Biker truck collide Karen Blankenship of New Braunfels was struck by a truck while peddling on her moun tain bike on the 135 service road yesterday afternoon near RandolphBrooks Federal Credit Union Blankenship was taken by New Braunfels EMS personnel to McKenna Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released with minor injuries Right photo Emergency personnel work to make sure Blankenships neck will not move before trans porting her to McKenna HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Two Guadalupe County Democrats announce move to Republican side By BOB THAXTON Special to the HeraldZeitung SEGUIN Guadalupe County District Judge Dwight E Peschel and District Attorney Bud Kirkendall have announced that they are changing their political affiliation to the Republican Party They addressed a gathering this week at Guadalupe County Republican headquarters in the Plaza Building where they were welcomed to the GOP by County Chairman Ed Baxter former Chairman Tom Schoolcraft and former state Rep Henry Fletcher After the event in Seguin they traveled to Austin where Gov George W Bush Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison and State Chairman Tom Pauken welcomed more than 20 dis trict county and local officeholders switching parties Im very grateful for their decision lining up with the true peoples Fletcher told the local gathering We know that the socalled peoples party has left the he said recounting his own change of affiliation six or sev en years ago after serving in the Texas Legislature as a Democrat Fletcher said conservatives no longer have any place to go other than the Republican Party and Baxter concurred saying conservative officeholders like Kirkendall and Peschel hadnt left the Democratic Party but rather the party had left them 1 think the Democratic Party left them some time Baxter said Peschel announced that he would seek reelection in 1996 as a Republican Formerly an assistant district attorney on Kirkendalls staff Peschel won the Democratic nomi nation for judge of the 25th District in a party primary runoff in April 1992 and subsequently was appointed to the post by Gov Ann Richards He was elected to a full four year term in November 1992 It was not an easy decision nor made in Peschel told the local gathering But we the people of Texas have always been conservative and the Republican Party best rep resents that philosophy Peschel said a bipartisan group of supporters worked for his election in 1992 and had pledged their continued support in 1996 They know that I will be the same person tomor row that I was yesterday working to do the best job I can as a judge representing all the people in the 25th Peschel said Kirkendall said that for many years people in Texas and the 25th District with conservative beliefs like himself had found likeminded people in the Democratic Party Today as demonstrated in the last several elections conservatives have largely entered the Republican Party to such an extent that the political views that 1 hold so dear are much more adequately reflected by membership in the Republican Par he said Kirkendall also said that he hoped Texas someday would have nonpartisan elections for judicial branch candidates including prosecutors and judges Many of the requirements of these offices transcend Pauken told the Austin gathering that Texas is becoming a Republican state Our party is making significant inroads throughout the state particularly in rural and mediumsize counties which traditionally have voted Republican for the top of the ticket while reelecting Democrats to local office What we are seeing is a fundamental realignment here in Pauken said nation for judge of the 25th Distnct in a party primary Pauken said Fraser Kahlig to appear before Judge Joe Dibrell By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND TllHoP mav rnlp rm The suit asks that either 1 Kahlig be Staff Writer J UUtiC HldY lUlC On By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr and Gary Kahlig will appear in district court today in a trial before Judge Joe Dibrell Dibrell may rule on the lawsuit Gary Kahlig filed against Fraser on Friday June 10 Witnesses have been subpeonaed by the district clerk to appear at the trial No jury will be present Judge may rule on suit in todays trial Kahlig alleged in his suit that elec tion irregularities had made the May 7 election invalid Among the allegations were that illegal votes had been cast for Fraser in the Dist 4 election Kahlig ran against 11 user in that election The suit asks that either 1 Kahlig be declared the winner of the election or 2 the election be declared void and a new election be held The other possible outcome is that Kahligs suit will be found invalid Fraser and Kahlig came before the district court on Jan 25 requesting a summary judgment from Dibrell That would have brought the lawsuit to a quick resolution The judge refused to rule at that time City to have another hotel in near future Name of hotel chain not yet determined By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Another hotel will spring up to house New Braunfels tourists in the near future said Andrew Ozuna of Great American Companies A hotel is planned for the tract of land on 135 behind the new McDonalds 135 near Walnut by Great American in partnership Victor Botrie of Houston The tract is about acres about square said Ozuna The hotel is planned to have 150 rooms What brand of hotel it will be has yet to be determined The partnership owns several pads or adjoining properties to the hotel tract They want to build a restaurant on one of the pads It will be a sit down breakfast type of said Ozuna A schedule for the hotels construc tion is not yet solidified but the timetable is said Ozuna Its no secret that New Braunfels is host to a multitude of tourists in the summer A hotel room is hard to come by during the peak tourist times Does the city need more hotels During the summer we could use more hotels no ifs ands or said Jim Scheele Jr of the New Braunfels Con vention and Visi tors Bureau Not only does New Braunfels Sdweto Jr need hotels but a certain type of hotel would help boost the convention trade said Scheele Theres not one hotel in New Braunfels that can handle a conven tion of 500 he said To house a convention the hotel needs to have a large enough meeting room and ideally a restaurant We can now handle the group of said Scheele Conventions can mean a real boost to the local economy especially during the leaner offseason times Wed certainly like to have a bigger piece of the said Scheele New Braunfels can be appealing as convention destination because of the lower taxes lower crime rate and casu al atmosphere said Scheele In July New Braunfels hotels bed breakfasts etc are percent full said Scheele But that figure falls off sharply in the offseason so that the yearly average occupancy is only percent So theres a desire for a hotel in New Braunfels and developer is ready to invest in one Why not just build it If you want your hotel to be a nationally known chain it turns out to be not so simple The hotel chains such as Quality Inn Holiday Inn can choose their locations So developers and cities court the hotel chains Hotel chains have an equation for accepting or rejecting a certain location said Becky ORourke of Choice Hotels International which manages Clarion Quality Comfort Sleep Friendship and Rodeway Inns and Econo Lodge They look for two demand genera tors such as a tourist destination a university airport convention center said ORourke There has to be a reason for people coming in and out of a particular she said Retama will be additional attraction By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Put Saturday May 20 on your calendar Thats when Retama Raceway will hold the New Braunfels Stakes said Retama Marketing Director Joe Straus III In the fall when were running the quarter horses during Wurstfest well try to tie in with that as he said The new horse racing facility will open its gates April 7 said Straus Naming the New Braunfels Stakes will be the beginning of a friendly and mutually profitable relationship between Retama and New Braunfels Theyre very interested in working with the Chamber of said Jim Scheele of the Convention and Visitors with New Braunfels hotels restaurants and the racetrack are possible joint efforts Retama will be another year round attraction for New Braun said Scheele Retama offers a new type of nighttime amenity for New Braunfels tourists he said Were just as close a drive for the summer tourists in New Braun fels as for the convention tourists said Straus That played a big role in selecting their location he said Being on the J35 corridor was a key factor Retama wants to appeal to a broad spectrum of age groups said Straus He believes the night time races in the spring and fall will attract a younger crowd while the traditional daytime races will pull in a different audience Many developers are thinking Retamas close proximity to New Braunfels will bring more hotels and restaurants to the city Theres not one hotel In New Braunfels that can handle a conven tion of 500 Jim Scheele Jr Convention Visitors Bureau GNBCC Just as in any other real estate its location location said Scheele What the decision really boils down to is a number called revenue per available Thats the key numr ber that will make or break the deci said ORourke Several factors go into figuring rev enue per available room how many rooms the rate per room amenities nonroom spaces but most import tantly occupancy rate The number one reason a hotel will or will not move into a community is the occupancy said Scheele ORourke would not divulge the minimum occupancy rate Choice Hotels would accept in order to build That rate is a closely guarded secret among many of the hotel said Scheele Victor Botrie and Great American the developers hoping to put another hotel in New Braunfels appear to have their work cut out for them The Marketplace Classifieds Onestop shopping five days a week