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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                il HERALDZEITUNG H Vol 148 No 241 26 pages in 2 sections October 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Hummel Museum facing foreclosure seeks new lender BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Officials with the Hummel Museum in New Braunfels said Thursday they were confident they would find another lender to keep the museum open and forestall a fore closure sale scheduled Nov 2 Since 1992 the museum 199 Main Plaza has housed one of the worlds largest collections of historical Hummel figurines on public display The more than figurines are based on the drawings of Sis ter Hummel a Franciscan nun In the past year the museum faced finan cial difficulties and in December 1998 officials announced the museum had a City board Spend tax revenue for street work BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A city board agreed Thursday to rec ommend New Braunfels City Council authorize spending 48 percent of the sales tax revenue available for street and drainage projects The percent would fund four pro jects totaling The biggest ticket item worth of improvements to a drainage channel along Camellia Lane would improve drainage problems for between 60 and 70 homes Thats a lot of bang for our Infrastructure Improvement Corpora tion treasurer Bill Mayo said If approved by council the four pro jects would use 22 percent of the fiscal years expected available sales tax rev enue for street and drainage The fiscal year runs from July 11 1998 to June As of August 31 the city has about in sales tax revenue available But Chet Lewis the citys chief finan cial officer said he expected the city to receive about million from sales tax revenue for street and drainage pro jects for the entire fiscal year New Braunfels levies a percent sales tax which is divvied up between the general fund the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation 4A board and the New Braunfels Infra structure improvement Corporation 4B The 4B board recommends how New Braunfels City Council should spend of 1 percent of the sales tax This portion the Infrastructure Improvement Corporation receives is divided up again part going toward street and drainage projects and part going toward infrastructure projects The board recommended Thursday that council also approve for two pieces of equipment which would fall under infrastructure expenditures longterm debt of and might be forced to close its doors Enough contributions and successful fundraisers allowed the museum to stay open but the museum recently was posted for foreclosure on a note John Lovett Hummel Museum presi dent said the foreclosure note was a legal procedure to give museum officials more time to find another lender The building is not in in jeopardy Chase Bank of Texas is the lender for the mort gage on the museum and it has delayed the procedure for a year We invited them to accelerate the process so we could take care of it this Museum officials borrowed in 1991 to buy the building but still owe more man on the loan Lovett said museum officials reached an agreement with Chase Bank to pass over the foreclosure sale to give board mem bers the chance to find another lender What is going to happen now is one of two things One a group of local investors are going to buy the note from Chase he said The building also could be loaned to the museum as a donation by the group of individuals he said Fourteen members on the museum board were scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss their options Past president Tom Purdum said museum officials would like to stay in the building on the Main Plaza but the museums biggest expense was building overhead We dont know whether well be able to stay in the building Its an expensive build ing to stay Purdum said Lovett said the mortgage and a monthly payment to the county for its share of the building were the two major static costs of the museum Comal County owns the back half of the building Museum officials said a number of pro grams already have been initiated to help increase community awareness of the muse um Lovett said the museum offered art class es for local youth Candles for peace WAI Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Tim Kolbe represents area law enforcement at Thursdays candlelight vigil conduct ed by the Comal County Womens Center About 60 people gathered to stand up against domestic violence Community members unite to end domestic violence BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Thjeir words tell a haunting story I didnt like it when you slapped my I feel sad when my parents break their My dad kills We are Those were just a few of the mes sages written by local children who are victims of domestic violence At a candlelight vigil held by the Comal County Womens Center Thursday night community members were able to see firsthand the devas tating effects of family violence Tshirts decorated by victims echoed a message that the center WAI Angela right and her son Jalen 6 were among the domestic violence victims attending Thursdays vigil hopes the public will hear loud and clear The power to end domestic vio lence lies in a community said Daniel Perez executive director of the womens center The purpose of the vigil was to remember those who have suffered and ultimately lost their lives to domestic violence and also to give hope to those who are currently living in a violent situation and want to find a way out About 60 community members gathered by candlelight at 7 at Landa Park pavilion 16 to hear pre sentations from staff members local law enforcement and others whose lives have been touched by violence Chief Walt Meyers of the Garden Ridge Police Department urged resi dents to become more aware of the problem See Not a lot of grownups come in with their wallets but it brings the community in There is a fee and that helps Lovett said The museum also has a contract with the New Braunfels Christian Academy to offer art classes Lovett said youthoriented programs increased the museum Is ability to get grant funding He also said board members were look ing into expanding the museums exhibits to include other artists In September museum officials announced the Hummel Museum was shift ing its focus to its most popular art collec tion the historical Hummel figurines NBISD candidates talk issues BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer District 5 candidates Sue Hahn and Jim Gabbard cited the future of educa tion in local schools and the allocation of million in bonds as the most impor tant issues facing New Braunfels Inde pendent School Dis trict in the year 2000 Hahn and Gabbard are vying for trustee fJeve seat on the board in the Nov 2 election discussed issues such as school finance raising stu dent performance and school safety dur ing a candidate forum Thursday night Early voting in the trustee election runs until Oct 29 District patrons can vote from to at the Comal County Courthouse Annex first floor room 101 at 100 Main Plaza or cast their ballots 8 to 5 at the Education Center 430 W Mill St The district is offering early voting from 8 to 5 on Saturday at the Education Center The forum which was sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Vot ers also offered an informational session on 17 constitutional amendments up for voter approval Nov 2 District 3 candidate Lee Edwards was declared elected to office Oct 5 because he was running unopposed in the race Edwards was not present at the candidate forum He will not take office until after the Nov 2 election Gabbard who has a daughter attending Seele Elementary School called him self an advocate for creative solutions to save and earn the district money Gabbard said the district should look GABBARD HAHN Family enjoying trip to Candy Land The Lindsey family from left Stephen Anna Sarah and Kathy is spending the weekend in Herehey Pa The Canyon Lake family won a trip to the home of Hershey candy bars when Annas contest entry was drawn Contest entry lands Lindseys in Hershey BY ERIN MAORUDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Its every childs dream Boxes of chocolate and assorted sweets delivered right to the front door for an entire year A magical trip to a fantasy park dedicated entirely guessed The dream is coming a Canyon Lake family that won a trip for four to HersheyPark and enough candy to make all of the kids in the neighborhood sick Stephen and Kathy Lindsey will be traveling to Hershey Pennsylva nia this weekend with their daugh ters Anna 5 and Sarah 7 Anna won the first prize after sending in a postcard with answers from trivia questions that appeared on the Fox Family Channel I cant imagine how many kids entered that Kathy Lind sey said You never expect to win something like this 1 didnt even believe the man when he The trip will include air trans portation hotel accommodations at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center breakfast and dinner car rental and 200 amusement park ride tickets The trip will be Anna and Sarah first plane ride Kathy said I am very very excited about going on the Anna said I dont know about going on the roller coasters I am kind of scared of INSIDE OB Key code 7fl XV   

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