New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 19, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 20332 rt““’BoPUW^SHlNt I I ll    ZZ. » IIT C^"N EW (UiBUtfts FELS r62f f ^NDEL -r y 79903 paso ■w* <W    St.Herald-Zeitung I.   :.........:...-........ IZZSMML.Jn; ,:; ■ ..,..    ...rig.;:    h        ■.*- Vol. 148, No. 217    56    pages    in    5    sections    September    19,    1999    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00Brauntex ready for a sequel Local group acquires theater, makes plans for renovation Inside ^ Coogs bounce back vs. TTvy Just one week after it suffered a humiliating defeat at Schertz Clemens, No. 9 Canyon got back into the win column with a one-point victory over Kerrville Tivy this past Friday./1BWeather There’s a chance of rain in today’s forecast, but the heat continues. See page 2A.Index Abby.............................................2C Business..................................5-6B Classified................................1-12D Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television............................Montage www.herald-zeitung.com Key cod# 77Drainage committee seeking direction Members say instructions from council are too broad By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Mayor Stoney Williams said he’d 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    seven-member    committee said it needed more direction from New Braunfels City Council — fees to fund routine maintenance or fees to cover more expensive construction projects or both. Without knowing this, committee members said they wouldn’t know how much money they needed to raise through possible drainage fees, making it difficult to set any fee structure. The difference is substantial. The city’s master plan estimates yearly drainage maintenance costs at about $250,000 a year. But one capital improvement project can cost more than double that. City officials have estimated the Church Hill Drive drainage project, for instance, at $1.75 million. District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said he hoped the committee would set fees to fund future infrastructure projects and worry as much about rectifying old problems. See COMMITTEE/5A WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Drainage committee members (from left) Mary Cunningham, David Owens, S.D. David, Hal Herbelin and Lendon Gilpin listen to a speaker at a recent meeting. By Peri Stone-Palmquist and Heather Todd Staff Writers It’s showtime for the Brauntex. For more than a year, the lights at the historical theater have been dark, but the Brauntex, 209 W. San Antonio St., 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 theater for $ 190,000. Roberts also owns the Starplex Theater in San Marcos. A final deal w ill close no later than Oct. 15. But future plans for the Brauntex don’t include popcorn, matinee movies or big-name stars on the silver screen. C.B. “Mac” McCoy, president of the association, said the group planned to launch a $3.3 million renovation project to transform the Brauntex into a cultural and performing 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 repairs,” he said. The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre is scheduled to open january 2(X)2. McCoy said the new Brauntex would offer something currently missing in the New Braunfels community See BRAUNTEX/9A WAI LFHerald-Zeitung Members of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association, Inc. gather under the famous facade at 209 W. San Antonio St. The group plans to restore the former movie theater, which closed in May 1998. ► Clothes Closet offers help The New Braunfels Women’s Chamber of Commerce will open its closet this week. The Clothes Closet, stocked with gently-used professional clothes and accessories, will swing its door open at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Find out where the women’s chamber came up with the idea. IIC ► Checking your neighbors COYN, a security and safety program for senior citizens, was launched countywide this past Friday. The service began in Garden Ridge. /10A ERIN MAGRUDER/Herald-Zeitung 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 1,000 By Erin Magruder Staff Writer More than I .OOO volunteers braved the heat Saturday to help make the Guadalupe River look its Sunday best. The ninth annual Fnends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe clean-up successfully removed about 9,000 pounds of trash from the water and banks of the river, FFR president Tom Talcott said. “The clean-up was a smashing success,” Talcott said. “We really appreciated everyone’s effort.” Volunteers covered a 25-mile stretch of the river from Farm-to-Market Road 306 to Interstate 35. Boy Scouts made up the majority of the volunteers, w ith 700 scouts from all over the state participating, said Bums Cleland, scoutmaster for Troop 757. In addition to cleaning the Guadalupe, 60 scouts were dispatched for trash duty at the Comal River. Cleland s 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 cleanup,” Cleland said. “We are proud of what everyone has accomplished.” In the water also were 40 local Girl Scouts, See GUADALUPE/5A Fair parade marshals leading the way 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 More on the    have lived in New fair    Braunfels since the — Page 12A    early 1940s, will - serve as parade marshals for this year’s Comal County Fair parade, which begins IO a.m. on Friday. Melinda said she has been involved in the Comal County Fair, now in its 106th year, for more than 30 years, but the event has never grown old. “I like to meet people,” she said. “I like to see new ideas, and there’s always something new and exciting to do there.” Melinda is a lifelong resident of New Braunfels. The Birdsongs married here in 1944 and raised three children, Malcolm, Michael, and Marilyn. Melinda currently serves as chairwoman of the arts, crafts and photography division of the fair, but said she did not have a favorite event. “I like to see all of the booths,” she said. Merlin said, “I think the Comal Coun ty Fair is the biggest and best fair in South Texas, or even in the state of Texas.” Few in Comal County would argue w ith that. This year’s fair offers the traditional favorite events, such as the parade, livestock, 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 children’s rodeo clown contest and the Hill Country gunfighters event, just to name a few. See PARADE/12A this Friday WAI U/Herakl-Zertung Melinda (left) and Merlin Birdsong will marshal Friday’s annual Comal County Fair parade. Ja -■ -TTT rn ;

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