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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas V 7 1ELS RALD ITUNG Vol 148 No 217 56 pages in 5 sections September 19 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Clothes Closet offers help The New Braunfels Womens Chamber of Commerce will open its closet this week The Clothes Closet stocked with gentlyused pro fessional clothes and acces sories will swing its door open at 6 Tuesday Find out where the womens chamber came up with the idea Checking your neighbors CdVN a security and safety program for senior citizens was launched countywide this past Friday The service began in Garden Ridge Coogs bounce back vs Tlvy Just one week after it suf fered a humiliating defeat at Schertz Clemens No 9 Canyon got back into the win column with a onepoint victo ry over Kerrville Tivy this past WEATHER Theres a chance of rain in todays forecast but the heat continues See page 2A INDEX Drainage committee seeking direction Members say instructions from council are too broad BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Mayor Stoney Williams said hed like to see the drainage advisory committee find a way to raise funds for maintenance and future Editorial capital improvement projects Page 6A At a meeting this past Wednes day the sevenmember committee said it needed more direction from New Braunfels City Council fees to fund routine maintenance or fees to cover more expensive con struction projects or both Without knowing this committee members said they wouldnt know how much money they needed to raise through possible drainage fees making it dif ficult to set any fee structure The difference is substantial Thti citys master plan estimates yearly drainage maintenance costs at about a year But improvement project can cost more than double that jCity officials have estimated the Church Hill Dri drainage project for instance at million District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said he fcoped the committee would set fees to fund future projects and worry as much about rec tifying old problems See Drainage committee members from left Mary Cunningham David Owens David Hal Herbelin and Lendon Gilpin listen to a speaker at a recent meeting Brauntex ready for a sequel Local group acquires theater makes plans for renovation BY PERI AND HEATHER TODD Staff Writers Its showtime for the Brauntex For more than a year the lights at the historical theater have been dark but the Brauntex 209 W San Anto nio could have a bright future in New Braunfels The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association Inc signed an earnest money contract Aug 31 with owner David Roberts to buy the the ater for Roberts also owns the Starplex Theater in San Marcos A final deal will close no later than Oct 15 But future plans for the Brauntex dont include popcorn matinee movies or bigname stars on the sil ver screen Mac McCoy president of the association said the group planned to launch a million ren ovation project to transform the Brauntex into a cultural and perform ing arts theater McCoy said the building would not lose its signature Brauntex sign We want to keep the original facade but do some upgrades and he said The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is scheduled to open January 2002 McCoy said the new Brauntex ST New Braunfels commuruty See Membera of Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre gathQr undef famous fecade Qt 2aog w San st group plans to restore the former movie theater which closed in May 1 998 ERIN Members of Boy Scout Troop 757 gather around some the debris they pulled from the Guadalupe River on Saturday Guadalupe gets annual cleaning Friends for Rivers event draws more than BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer More than volunteers braved the heat Saturday to help make the Guadalupe River look its Sunday best The ninth annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe cleanup successfully removed about pounds of trash from the water and banks of the river FFR president Tom Talcott said The cleanup was a smashing Talcott said We really appreciated every ones Volunteers covered a 25mile stretch of the river from FarmtoMarket Road 306 to Inter state 35 Boy Scouts made up the majority of the volunteers with 700 scouts from all over the state participating said Burns Cleland scout master for Troop 757 In addition to cleaning the Guadalupe 60 scouts were dispatched for trash duty at the Comal River Clelands troop organized the effort which included a weekend campout at Double Rockin R River Rides campground on Loop 337 This was our fifth year to do the clean Cleland said We are proud of what everyone has In the water also were 40 local Girl Scouts Fair parade marshals leading the way this Friday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The Comal County Fair is nothing new to Merlin and Melinda Birdsong but for them the event is as big a thrill today as ever The Birdsongs who have lived in New Braunfels since the early 1940s will serve as parade mar More on the fair Page12A shals for this years Comal County Fair parade which begins 10 on Friday Melinda said she has been involved in the County Fair now in its 106th year for more than 30 years but the event has never grown old I like to meet she said I like to see new ideas and theres always something new and exciting to do Melinda is a lifelong resident of New Braunfels The Birdsongs married here in 1944 and raised three children Mal colm Michael and Marilyn Melinda currently serves as chair woman of the arts crafts and photogra phy division of the fair but said she did not have a favorite event I like to see all of the booths she Merlin said I think the Carnal Coun ty Fair is the biggest and best fair in South Texas or even in the state of Few in Comal County would argue with that This years fair offers the traditional favorite events such as the parade live stock and carnival rides but the Comal County Fair Association has added some new attractions as well an antique tractor pull an arts and crafts show featuring handmade items the childrens rodeo clown contest and the Hill Country gunfighters event just to name a few See Melinda loft and Merlin Birdsong will marshal Fridays annual Comal County Fair parade
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