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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Fisher prepared for Australian Wheelchair Games See Page 1B 50 CENTS NewBtaunfels Heralc 18 pages in two sections Friday March PASO Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Monty Vol 145 No 87 Inside Market Birthday wlthM from The New Braunfeii Herald Zeilung extends birthday wishes to Jennifer Scott Maria Leach Jan Wingate Satur Brandon Cisco Hernandez Hester Amber Lotten 12 years Frances Stephcnson GaU Allen Enrique Garcia Donald Stid ham Beth Matulkh Bryan Tabor Satur Amy Meyer Clarissa Mendoza 16 years Beatrice Garza Carmdlta Pinkie Koran Happy anniversary wishes go to Carol and Corum To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 PoUan Count Moldunavailable Mountain Kackberry unavialable Oak PoHeo measured In parts per cubic meter air Intormatton provkted by Dr Frank Rlvar Information Comal cubic feet per sec same as Thursday Edwanfa Aquifer Panther Canyon Well sea level Above conservation NawBrauntoteUtllKkM NBU reports pumping mllHon gallons of surfaoa water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Community Chorale concert on tap April 13 New Braunfels Commu nity Chorale is holding its final rehearsals for an April 13 con cert of Broadway tunes Tick ets are now ol sale at Chinan Things and Johnson Furniture The concert will be held at First United Methodist Church Visitor Center needs volunteers The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers for the new Highway Visitor Center planned to open In midMay The Chamber cur rently has a great volunteer core but new volunteers are needed to staff the hew center Anyone Interested can call Lyn dl Moon at the Chamber office 6252385 SVHSclassof87 plans reunion The Smithson Valley High School Class of 1987 has planned its 10year reunion for July 5 1997 Information was mailed out March 15 If you are a classmate or know of a class mate who has not received the Information by March 21 please call 9044733 or 9044009 to update addresses CI8O planning group The Comal Independent School district seeks volunteers to help with Its Long Range Pjanning Committee Those interested can call 8857674 or ext 203 LflPC meet jrip are March 25 at fountain Valley elementary April 8 at Comal Elementary April 22 at Smithson Valley Mid dle School and 6 at Frazier County puts vet van plait on hold By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer Plans to provide county veterans with transportation at little or no cost to medical facilities in San Antonio and Kerrville were dealt a blow Thursday when the assistant county attorney told commissioners court it would be unconstitutional for the county to enter the proposed agree ment Under the proposed contract the services would have complemented existing services The senior citizens van would be utilized on the days it goes to San Antonio for a charge of and if there are five or fewer riders the existing Alamo Coordinated Tran sit system would be used at per person On days when the senior cen ter van was not available or more than five veterans needed transporta tion an ACT van would be dedicated to the county to transport the veterans A trip to San Antonio would cost and a trip to Kerrville regardless of the number of riders Those veter ans able to pay would be charged a ride using the ACT system The dedicated van is slated to be avail able beginning April 1 but veterans can already use the services Comal County commissioners were to review the contract and poli cies for the transportation Thursday but assistant county attorney Ellen Salyers recommended the court take another approach to helping the vet erans Salyers said the county can not financially assist one group of residents and not others Even if the county receives a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to purchase a van it would have to be available to all elderly disabled and veterans in thecounty It would be unconstitutional to provide a subsidy for the Salyers said It would have to be available to all elderly and disabled in the county and not just the veter Veterans Service officer Gus Cul well said he was disappointed when he found out the process would have to go back to square one Weve certainly put a lot of effort and work into this getting something acceptable to everyone and I think we Culwell said I think prob ably we can still work something Veteran Ray Robinson who chaired a committee working to get transportation said the veterans would continue to work on getting a van He said it is possible for the veterans to get their own van and let Veterans Affairs handle the insurance but they had hoped to work something out with the county first He said he thought they were making progress and he was unhappy with the latest development It sounded to me like theyre mostly looking for a way out than a way Robinson said The county was our first choice in getting a van but it wasnt our only way we just have to wait and The court tabled acting on the pol icy and contract and indicated it would contact the local senior center to discuss the possibility of increasing funding for additional transportation services Top Texan v V HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Darnall Kay Bailey Mutchlaon racalvaa trw Texan of the Year Award from Comal County Judge Carter Catteel on Thuraday night at the kickoff of the 1997 Texaa Legislative Conference Hard work pays off for states junior By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Kay Bailey Hutchison rushed into the New Braunfels Civic Center to receive the Texan of the Year Award Thursday night after a lengthy day on the floor of the Senate in Washington Her mind buzzing with delight that a tion she backed to partner with Mexico in the fight against drugs had passed by an over whelming majority the former state treasurer touted herself as the only hardworking Senator from this state I work six days a week so Phil Gramm the other Senator from can take the she joked Im really proud that we are the independent and wonderful people that we are and certainly New Braunfels is part of that Comal County Carter Castccl presented the award to Hutchison with an ovation from the almost 500 state senators representatives major industry officials and of course local New Braunfels residents I love being a Texas Hutchison Turn to Senator Page 2A Debate on parking limits tabled until after posting By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners tabled discussion and action on park ing restrictions in the community of Hunter after the assistant county attor ney said posting requirements had not been met When Rileys Tavern was in oper ation neighbors complained about parking noise and the conduct of patrons The day before the court was to act on restricted parking the owners of the tavern said they planned to close Last week a district judge ordered County Judge Carter Casteel to sign a liquor license for Don Anderson Anderson is in the process of securing a lease to reopen the tavern as a cafe The court was scheduled to dis cuss and take action on the parking restrictions at Thursdays meeting However the topic was tabled Ive been advised by the assis Hant county attorney that we have to do tilings a little different and call for a publip Casteel said Assistant County Attorney Ellen Salyers said that in September the public hearing was tabled until the fol lowing week The tavern owners then said they were closing the establish ment so the hearing and restrictions were a moot point the following week So no hearing was ever held on placing parking Salyers said Casteel said that to meet trans portation code requirements an item will be placed on next weeks agenda to seta public hearing date A notice will be published in the paper and a hearing will be held seven to 30 days after that notice is printed I apologize to all those who came out here But under the circum stances and because of the impor tance of this item we want to be very careful that we follow the proper pro Casteel said to roughly 10 people present for the agenda item Salyers said the intent is to allow residents an opportunity to find out about the issue and speak to the court pn its regard TAVERN TIME LINE September 1933 Riley opened Rileys Tavern in Hunter 1991 Rileys closed October 1995 Rileys reopened under the ownership of Rick and Donna Wilson Sept 19 1996 Residents attended a county commission ers meeting where they voiced concerns about parking noise and decency problems The commissioners considered mak ing certain areas in Hunter no parking zones but tabled the issue for one more week of con sideration Sept 25 1996 The day before the court was to take action on parking concerns county Judge Carter Casteel received a letter from an attorney representing the Wilsons The letter stated the Wilsons Inten tions to discontinue operations and voluntarily surrender their liquor license Sept 27 1996 The Wilsons last day of business March 1997 A district judge overrules decision by the county judge and orders her to sign a liquor license for Don Anderson who plans to lease the tavern and reopen it as a Hunter Cafe March 12 1997 The coun ty judge signs the liquor license March 20 1997 The coun ty commissioners tabled dis cussing parking restrictions in the community of Hunter until the court can set a public hear ing The hearing will be set at next weeks meeting t edition of New Hori zdrif the HeraldZeitung takes a look 4 at sportsand recreation in our com alternative forms of particTpatory activities and coaching sec what optidns are avail t able to fill your leisure time Home Depot to open area store By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Officials from Home Depots office in Atlanta said Thursday they expect to begin construction of a new store in New Braunfels by the end of the year Home Depot spokesman Don Harrison said real estate experts arc currently ing a location for a new store that would include a building and employ up to 150 workers Company officials have indicated to the city planning department that a plat of land 3raunfels is a posfuble loca tion for the new store city officials said The plat which is to the east of the inter section nt Interstate 35 and Highway 46 is owned by Betty Gault and is zoned for com mercial development The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the 34acre plat at its March 4 meeting Home Depot officials said they had been looking for more than a year for a silc in New Braunfels to add to their growing num ber of stores in Texas Were looking seriously at the New Braunfels area in the fourth Harri son said Theres a lot cooking in Texas We think the entire Texas market is another key part of our Home Depot opened a southwest region office in Dallas that covers eight states The chain plans to open a total of 111 stores in 1997 Harrison said Regionally Home Depot has plans to open a store in North San Antonio by April bringing its total stores in the San Antonio area to six Harrison said The company began in 1978 and for the first 18 years built 500 stores which officials said they plan to double in the next 3 years and add more than new jobs Currently about people work for Home Depot The stores are located nation wide and in Canada and Santiago Chile Harrison said Typically an average store carries about products in the home improvement industry including lumber floor and wall coverings and lawn and garden supplies company officials said FAST FACTS Home Depots share of the billion home improvement industry has grown from 4 percent in 1990 to 14 percent today In 1996 the company made billion in gross sales of up to home improvement products The company opened up a southwest division office Fobmary in Dallas that oversees stores in eight states including 45 stores in It opened a store in Round Rock this week and plans to open one in north Sari Antonio scheduled next month The proposed store in Now Braunfels is expected to generate up to 150 new jobs for clerks warehouse personnel and experts in various home improvement Source Home Depot Kudos to Hay market volunteers and Arboretum donation Page 4 A   

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