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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 29, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS MI fTf WEST I1TC HERALDZEIrf IT fi o WEST E YHHDFLL DR 115 18 pages in 2 sections April 1999 THURSDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents CISD District 4 candidate withdraws from race Holbrook says move will prevent split vote for the bond package BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer i A candidate in the race for the District 4 seat on the Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees has withdrawn from Commuter rail issue discussed BY PERI STONE Staff Writer SAN MARCOS Transportation officials ought to think twice about reactivating a train station in down town New Braunfels and about how to fund a commuter rail Thats what two New Braunfels res idents attending a public hearing said More than 30 people heard the results of a commuter train feasibility The commuter train proposal is one of many ways being considered to address traffic A 110 mile line that would run from George town to south San Antonio would offer an alternative to the nightmare of Interstate San Marcos Mayor Bill Moore The train would stop at 12 including one near the fire station in downtown New That would disable the fire depart objected New Braunfels resi dent Ralph adding that the property there was owned by Union Pacific The proposed line would parallel Union Pacifics tracks in New Braun but a definitive route has not been approved and Union Pacific has not agreed to share its right of Even if it issues like parking would need to be addressed for a downtown train Metz Parking is virtually impossible in downtown New he Peter senior project direc tor for whichcon ducted the study for the state trans portation said the details still needed to be New Braunfels resident Dean Word said taxpayers shouldnt foot the If only or people are going to ride they should pay for he According to the peo ple a day are expected to use the while are expected in Input from the as well as a meeting Tuesday in Austin and one today in San will be includ ed in a final report sent to cities and counties along the proposed Copies of the feasibility report can be found on the World Wide Web at Saturdays Judy an 18year resident of the district and the only female is no longer running for trustee Doug Nails seat as of The move left four John John Bill Mil ton and Jim Higdon are vying for Nails an assistant in running a trans portation office in San said she bowed out of the race to prevent a split vote between three candidates who did not support the districts bond along with Milton and Hig are against the two proposition bond package developed by CISD to handle the districts student over population for the next 10 The fate of the bond also will be decided in Saturdays Holbrook said she did not have time to campaign as strongly as other Its been a quiet and now were down to the she Some times you have to do things to better the chances of whats best for the upon hearing of Holbrooks with Im sorry to hear but its certainly her choice to drop out if she Milton said he did not know if Holbrooks withdrawal would affect his Bertelsen Being elected to the board is a major commitment on behalf of the probably more than hours over the next three so if some one wants to pull its better now than after they get Higdon Something had to be done for the district and the because a split vote is CISD patrons failed to approve a 1997 bond issue to build and remodel Aftermath Teen in trenchcoat shoots two at Canadian high kills one ROBIN New Braunfels High School sophomores from left Shane Kristin Tanya Taylor and Chrissy Laubach await instructions from school officials Wednesday after a note saying a bomb had been placed in the school was Smithson Valley High School students planted a tree Wednesday in memory of those killed in School violence still troubling area students BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Area students continue to struggle with the reality of school violence in the wake of a shooting spree at a high school and a foiled terrorist attack at a junior high school in nearby As school officials beef up security at campuses and explore more security students at Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools are responding to the Colorado tragedy as a wake up call for heightened aware Comal ISD The Smithson Valley High School Student Council plant ed a tree in the schools front lawn Wednesday in memory of Alberta AP A Canadian teen wearing a blue trenchcoat who former class mates identified as a high school dropout returned to the campus Wednesday and shot two killing A 14yearold boy shot two 17yearolds at Myers High police The suspect was taken into custody by the school resource who also is a member of the Taber Police One of the victims died and the other was in surgery said Mark a spokesman with the Leth bridge Regional The shooting came eight days after two wearing black trench coats and belong ing to a group that called itself the Trenchcoat ter rorized a school in fatally shooting 12 stu dents and one teacher before killing The victims Wednesday were 11th grade students Students on the quoted by the Lethbridge Herald news said the shooter wore a blue trench coat and they iden tified him as a ninth grade stu dent who dropped out and was being taught at Taber is a farming commu nity of Annual AT benefit now includes charity river float BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local residents will set out to prove on land and in the water Sat urday that hope floats in Texas in the face of devastating The first charitable river float in Texas will take place Sat urday in Cypress Bend Park as part of an annual fight for a cure to a debilitating childhood The third annual AT for a appropriately named Hope Floats in Texas has expand ed to include a river float to benefit AT Childrens a public charity funding specific research on AT is a neu rodegenerative disease that com bines symptoms of cystic muscular cancer and cere bral AT children are unable to walk by age 10 and usually do not live past their See Bulverde says yes to HEB BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer AND RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent BULVERDE After two years of rumors and unrewarded amateur detective the official word is out HEB will build a foot store in HEB officials and interested par ties took up nearly half the seats in an unusually crowded Bulverde City Hall Tuesday seeking a variance to the municipal tree ordinance and official acknowledgement of the pro ject by Bulverde with the acknowl edgement that officials had no prob lems or issues with the concept Bulverde South City Council unan imously approved the which will include a drivethrough pharma cy and gas The store and square feet of retail shops will be built on a 29acre tract bordered by Texas 46 and Old Boerne The project is within the Bulverde extraterritorial jurisdic tion in an area that is expected to be incorporated in the Saturday election for Bulverde Weve looked at a lot of different sites in the last two years Weve determined this is the best place for said Dick a partner in RMF the company developing the The next nearest supermarkets are several miles south on including an Albertsons at Evans Road and an HEB at Loop The HEB proposed for Bulverde would be about half the size of the one at Loop McCaleb HEB needed a variance to the tree ordinance to permit cutting of more than the 20 percent of native hardwood trees allowed under the In the part of the project located within Bulverde city limits within about 200 feet of Texas there will be no construction and 52 percent of existing hardwoods with more than 6 inches diameter will be In the area outside the city which includes the park ing areas and forested buffer zones to See Members of the Madison mother and are preparing for Saturdays third annual AT for a The event has expanded to include a benefit for AT Childrens a charity funding research on ataxia ROBIN HeraldZeitung INSIDE Key code 76   

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