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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Canyon forward leads area in rebounding See Sports Page 6 50 CENTS The Plaza Bandstand 10 pages in one section Thursday January New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County and surrounding areas or more than 144 years Home of NICCOLETTE KRAUSE tng Vol 144 No 37 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Leo Soliz 23 Luis Valdez Jr Niccolette Krause Rudy Rubio and Jo Pina 21 Pollen Count Cedar Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter ol air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River 294 Cubic Feet Per Second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 American Legion Comal Post meets American Legion Comal Post meets tonight at 410 West Coll Street The executive committee meets at 7 and the regular meet ing starts at 8 Unit Auxiliary meets at group meets The Alzheimers Support Group meets from 6 to 7 tonight at Colonial Manor Care Center 821 81 W Call Janet Bryant at 6257526 for information Refrigerator needed The Comal County Womens Center needs a working refrig erator for a family moving into a safe house Call the shelter at 6207520 if you can help Also needed are blankets LCRA sets workshop The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday Jan 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 Those eligible for grants include cities counties volun teer fire departments regional development councils and other nonprofit economic and community development groups For more information con tact Frank Morgan LCRA 1 8007765272 ext 3340 Garden Club to meet The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday Jan 9 at 2 at the home of Ella Hall The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March The winning numbers LOTTEHV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint No room at the inn City sees motel building boom By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It just takes one sometimes its the domino said Michael Meek Chamber of Commerce presi dent One franchise decides to come to town and then they seem to be springing up all over the place A hew Super8 and a new Hampton Inn are going up A Ramada Limited is replacing the IH35 Inn The Hill Country Motor Inn is joining forces with Budget Hosts Motels all in the space of one winter The Super8 Hospitality Inn is under construction behind KMart on High way 46 Its 50 units with a variety of room said builder Randy Taylor The twostory structure will sport a brick veneer Taylor said Itll have a swimming pool with A Beaumont firm called MDPVS Inc owns the new motel Taylor said he expects it to open May 31 or June 1 Builders are putting the finishing touches on the new Hampton Inn on Interstate 35 South Pat Patel coowns the new franchise as well as the Days Inn next door Were going to have 62 rooms and we hope to open by March 15 of this Patel said The Hampton Inns amenities will include an exercise room and a fairly good sized meeting room as well as a swimming pool with detached spa he said The IH35 Inn on IH35 North is undergoing a metamorphosis into a Ramada Limited Weve completely gutted all the said David Williams director of operations for the Monarch Hotel Group which owns the new Ramada franchise As well as its other amenities the Ramada will feature four completely wheelchairaccessible rooms The vanities are higher so a wheelchair can fit Williams said Everything else is The show ers have wheelchair access ramps grab bars and pull bars Handicap parking spaces will be added as well Doing a market study we found that a lot of elderly people visit this Williams said An ADA room is triple the cost of a normal hotel room but we felt it was More than half of the Ramadas rooms will be enlarged to doublesize rooms Were putting in a small meet ing room a 50foot cocktail lounge and a fullsized continental breakfast Williams said New carpeting drapes and air con ditioning are also going into the old building Weve added a landscape he said The whole comer was Some parking will be removed to make room for the land scaping and the pool area will be enlarged The Hill Country Motor Inn is now affiliated with Budget Hosts Motels another national corporation Theres no change in the motel but now its said Larry Rcckaway office manager New Braunfels is evolving into more franchise Meek said similar to what youd see in San Marcos and in other major New Braunfels locally owned motels do very well he said and offer unique high quality accommodations Some people ask for only franchis Meek said Some feel more com fortable if theyve stayed with a par ticular Even affiliating with a national fran chise can help a motel because of the national advertising People in other states recognize the name from the ads and some are more likely to stop and stay Attracting that first national hotel to a town can be tough Meek said These companies look at the compe tition and look where the competition goes they dont want to be the trail Seeing national companies like Lubys and Target succeed in New Braunfels further reassures those national chains that putting a franchise here would be a safe bet Meek said Motels with more and larger meeting rooms could bring more convention business to New Braunfels not just in the summer but yearround The Convcntiona and Visitors Bureau still seeks hotels with sizable meeting spaces some are on the drawing boards that could be announced in Meek said New Braunfels has been discov ered by these he said Its just a matter of Williams said Man indicted on charge of embezzling from elderly Spring Branch couple By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A man who allegedly embezzled money from an elderly Spring Branch couple last summer was indicted Wednesday by a Comal County grand jury Floyd Merritt Perry 58 of Col leyville Texas was indicted on theft and document fraud charges He was arrested on Dec 22 in Fort Worth by Tarrant County authorities on a war rant issued by a Comal County mag istrate Perry was released on a bond We want to hit him assistant district attorney Dib Waldrip said We want to make it known that peo ple who treat vulnerable people like this will not be tolerated in Comal Perry is accused of making up a land investment deal which he allegedly told the couple would bring them a high return for their retire ment Authorities said Perry met the couple while traveling with his friend an insurance agent from Dallas in June A couple of weeks later Perry returned and visited the couple himself after his friend allowed him to borrow his car Perry using the alias Robert Dunn began to talk to the couple and the subject of retirement came up authorities said That is when Perry allegedly mentioned the land deal law officials said Perry allegedly told the couple to sell their car and that he would use the money from the sale of the car to invest in the land deal The wife and Perry went to a San Antonio used car dealer and sold the car for authorities said The couple then gave Perry an additional Police said Perry gave the couple a promis sory note of which Perry allegedly said would have been the profits from the initial investments plus the interest It was agreed between the car salesman and the wife that she could buy back her car with in a few weeks authorities said However the couple never saw all of their money again because Perry allegedly gave the couple only and disappeared with Waldrip said he believes that Perry could have possibly victimized more couples in Comal County and the sur rounding area Perry also used the aliases Floyd Edwards Mason Per ry Floyd Mason and Bob Edwards If anyone recognizes these names and had contact with Perry they should contact the authorities as soon as pos sible Waldrip said Waldrip if Perry is convicted of the charges He could automatically be put on probation for two to five years and face one to two years in a state jail The more strong cases the coun ty has against Perry Waldrip said the more his jail time could go up from two to 10 years in a state peni tentiary The charges against Perry are a fourth degree felony Perry has been indicted in fraud cases in Kerr Johnson Cameron Hidalgo Bumet and Johnson counties Waldrip said he has information from the State Securities Board in Austin which shows Perry and his associate allegedly conned people between Fort Worth and the Rio Grande in excess es of NBISD pursues grants for new technology By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Its a new year and the second semester of the school year is under way As the students return to their classrooms with memories of Christ mas break adminstrators are returning with thoughts of what lays ahead of them Charles Bradberry superintendent for the New Braunfels Indpendent School District said the district is ready for the spring semester and one thing the district will be hard at work on is a technology grant Brad berry said the district already received one of the largest technological grants from the Texas Education Agency However they would like to augment that with funds from a federal grant Were doing a lot of work on that seeing if we can get some federal money to ibllowup the state grant since it was so he said If the district receives the grant the money will be used for districtwide technological training Bradberry said the first grant is being used on a cou ple of campuses and the second grant would be used to make sure every person in the district is literate in computer technology We feel like to continue to be a cuttingedge district you have to start preparing for the future and that includes training everyone for the he said Bradberry said another key issue the district will be working on is a list of goals to direct staff and admin istrators Two years ago the board of trustees developed a list of 13 goals for the district Bradberry said they have all been accomplished except for a portion of one but it is well under way to being The staff will now develop a new list for the board to finalize and approve The new list will cover all aspects of the district and will have a completion date of 24 to 36 months It will take the full spring to actu ally generate said Bradberry Those are basically the things the board holds the superintendent and the staff accountable for Bradberry said he also expects enrollment figures to continue with the 3 to 3 percent increase He said the district is addressing this issue using funds from the 1994 bond election However he said as the enrollment continues to grow the dis trict will also look at specific cam puses such as OakRun and the north attendance zone to address possible space problems before the campuses exceed Filling the pool HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Kind of chilly for a But these ducks taking a dip in Landa Lake this morning dont seem to mind The weather forecast calls for sunny skies through the week with the temperature hitting a high of 65 tomorrow before cooling off to 46 Friday night The forecast calls for temperatures dropping into the mid20s by Monday night Malcolm Johnson dumps catfish into the Olympic swimming pool in Landa Park yesterday Anglers will be allowed in starting today as Troutfest begins About pounds of catfish and trout have been put in the pool The event starts at 4 today Hours are 4 to 8 weekdays and 10 to 8 weekends through Dec 14 Children can take home 10 fish for and adults can take 10 fish for CISD bond opponents wait until last day to keep lawsuit alive Judge had given Duggan and Greene until Jan 2 to refile suit to prevent bond issue By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer On the last possible day two Canyon Lake residents rclilcd a suit with the district court against the Comal Inde pendent School District board of imstees to stop the Oct 14 bond election from taking effect Lois Duggan and Wallace Gicene filed the original suit at the end of November alleging that the district did not follow proper state election laws or education codes when the election was held A special exceptions was held in December in which a judge ruled that the plaintiffs needed to refile their petition clarifying several points The judge gave the two until Jan 2 to icsubmit their suit and on Tuesday the refiling was completed The district now has until Jan 8 to respond to the suit and a tentative court date of Jan 11 has been set Duggan declined to comment on the suit However she said the suit was a public matter and anyone interested could go to the district clerks office to reviewit The courts going to handle it now Thats the only comment 1 have and I feel the court will do the right thing because it is an objective she said Attempts to contact CISD Superin tendent Jerry Major were unsuccessful For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at   

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