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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Bangedup Cowboys limp toward the post season See Sports Page 64 New Braunfels 50 CENTS 485Tolle Historic Landmark HeraldZe 410 G 0 W E S1 II1C R 0 P 18 l 1 M G 2627 E YAHDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 IB 2 14 pages in one section Tuesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 yeare Home of DEREK WOELFEL Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Derek Woelfel eight years Debora Deason Denise Jacob Diana Schreefer New Years dance Holy Family Church will hold its third annual New Years Eve Dance Sunday Dec 31 from 9 to 1 Music by La Distancia Advance tickets are or at the door For more information call 609 5320 or 6207678 between 9 and 5 GOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday Jan 2 from to 7 The candidates for the 1996 pri mary election will be intro duced Come meet and visit with the candidates For more information call Dona Bruns at 6250872 City offices holiday schedule set All city offices will be closed Dec 25 and 26 and Jan 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day but will be available for regular service on the 26th and on New Years Day For more informa tion or asistance call 608 2140 from 8 to 5 on any business day LCRA sets workshop The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday Jan 4 1996 to inform area leaders and non profit groups about LCRAs new grant program to assist community development pro jects in its service area The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room 263 E Main Plaza from 6 to 8 At the workshop LCRA staff will be available to assist participants in filling out grant applications LCRAs Board of Directors recently approved establish ing a million fund to enable the LCRA to provide grants in the 58 counties serviced by LCRAs wholesale electric and water customers The program called the Community Development Partnership program was formed in conjunction with LCRAs 44 wholesale electric customers The program will provide grants for capital improvement projects Those eligible for grants include cities counties volunteer fire departments regional devel opment councils and other nonprofit economic and com munity development groups The New Braunfels work shop is one of seven sched uled to date in the region Invited to the workshops are mayors city managers coun ty judges and commissioners school superintendents vol unteer fire chiefs chamber of commerce representatives and general managers of electric cooperatives and oth er LCRA customers For more information con tact Frank Morgan LCRA 1 8007765272 ext 3340 Sharp drop in sales mystifies officials By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A report from the state comptrol lers office shows gross sales for Comal County were substantially lower during this years second quarter in both all industries and in retail trade despite an increase in the number of businesses The report shows that the number of reporting outlets for all industries in Comal County increased from in 1994 to in 1995 However dur ing hat time the gross sales had a percent decrease Gross sales in the second quarter of 1995 were compared to in 1994 The gross sales for retail trade saw an even larger decline The number of outlets increased from 956 to 989 Less activity at WalMart warehouse troubled Mexican economy and adjustments last yeaf among possible reasons cited while decreased from to This was a percent decrease Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the decline in sales in April May and June is He also pointed out that the figures are from before the new Target and HEB stores began operation Meek said part of the answer may be that 1994 was a good year It was a big year The economy was really he said Meek said another impact on the numbers may be from the WalMart Distribution Center He said more cen ters have openecl up in the state and the local wharehouse is likely servicing fewer of stores He said this could account for thei decrease County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said it is also important to look at the numbers for the San Antonio Metro politan Statistical Area which includes New Braunfels The MSA had a decrease of over million in man ufacturing over million in trans portation and utilities and over million in general merchandising He said this totals about million and New Braunfels accounted for about twothirds of that drop The MSA con sists of Bexar Comal Guadalupe and Wilson counties When you look at the whole MSA its not that meaningful But when you pull it out of the MSA you see twothirds came out of New Braun fels and suddenly it becomes more he said Bartholomew said he believes the major reason for the drop is the deval uation of the peso He said people are not coming here to shop He also said the WalMart Distribution Center prob ably cut its shipment south because of it He said this would account for the substantial drops in sales Theyre not here People arent coming here to shop and WalMart probably isnt sending much he said Sharon Day Director of Finance for the city of New Braunfels said she noticed the drop However she said sales tax revenue has continually increased She said she has put a call into the state to see if she could get more information but had not received any as of yet They did tell her it could be due to outlets making adjustments and larger payments during the sec ond quarter of 1994 The general manager of the local WalMart Distribution Center said the company does not release information on the number of stores being serviced and the effect of the peso devaluation County shows strong job growth By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Texas Employment Commis sion put good numbers in Comal Countys Christmas stocking an unemployment rate of percent for November and an increase of 941 jobs since Nov 1994 The unemployment rate has been fluctuating between and per cent through the said Bob Bluhm director of the local TEC It indicates a strong The New Braunfels area has a fluid economy Bluhm said Were having companies open up and come into the However small busi nesses can be hard to sustain Nor mally some are quietly laying off workers or closing while others cele brate ribbon cuttings he said The total employment numbers say that Comal Countys economy is in good shape said Alfred DeBarros TEC labor market analyst If you look at employment over the year up 941 from a year ago it comes out to a annual growth DeBarros said Comal County employment figures stack up well against Texas and the overall rates DeBarros said Unemployment in the for Nov 1995 was percent Texas unem ployment was percent for the same period When you get down to the indi vidual basis the people who show up on that report as being unemployed are the ones I think Bluhm said I feel for them at this time of the I hope we can think about those people during the holiday season and think of how to get them on the other side of the employment Building burns at Canyon Lake By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A Canyon Lake building was destroyed by fire late Saturday night The twostory building was located in a wooded area in the 1600 block of Mclver It had already burnt to the ground when Comal County Sheriffs deputies arrived on the scene just after midnight according to Comal County Arson Investigator Raylon Schlueder The Canyon Lake Fire Department responded to a call and put out what was left of the fire Schlued er said The Spring Branch Fire Department and Schlueder also responded to the call The cause of the fire is still under investigation Schlueder said HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Car rolls A car rolled over several times in a single car accident early this morning at northbound Interstate 35 between Solms and Engel Road The driver was the only ocupant in the vehicle and he was thrown from the car New Braunfels Police responded to the call The black sport truck rolled down the grassy knoll at the side of the highway and came to rest near the access road The driver was flown by AirLife to a San Antonio hospital The identity and condition of the driver were unknown at press time HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Cheer Fund comes through for local families New Braunfels residents showed that this is a city that cares once again donating more than to the Cheer Fund The money bought food baskets for 200 area families this year The baskets were delivered Saturday morning by more than 30 volunteers At left George Guidrozcarries a food basket to the back of his truck behind the HEB Above Judith and Penny Prigyl deliver a basket to a local home For advertising or subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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