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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PEL HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 14 20 pgs in 2 sections December 8 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Homes for the holidays Annual Christmas tour will tell New Braunfels story on Saturday BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Saturdays annual Christmas Tour of Homes will give guests a glimpse into New Braunfels past and present Guests will go back in time 150 years in the Joseph Klein Home and visit places such as the Faber Home built in the 1990s This tour represents several stages of New event chairwoman Cindy Williams said Itll be an enjoyable after noon and a chance to give peo ple a peek at the exquisite homes of New Braunfels they normally wouldnt be able to The tour sponsored by New Braunfels Republican Women will run from 1 to 5 Saturday and include tours of more than five homes Williams said she was partic ularly excited about the Klein House Owners Bob and Pat Brent who also own Prince Solms Inn started renovating the Klein House in October 1998 and opened it as a guest home in March This is the most popular piece of property we Bob Brent said But most of New Braunfels has never seen it Williams said The house originally was built from cypress lumber at East San Antonio Street and Market Street in 1852 The house was moved to the rear of the lot when the Prince Solms Inn was built Joseph Klein a German car penter built the house and used the living room for a workshop Brent said And once a month the den tists would use his bedroom as their office and pull residents teeth Dentists only came to town once a month Brent said Brent will share plenty of sto ries Saturday about the house WAI Prince Solms Inn owner Bob Brent sits in the living room of the Joseph Klein House 295 E San Antonio St Beloyy Cinoy years QhrjstrjfTias Jowr pf Homes chairwoman sits in the Library room at Prlhoe S61ms Inn 2KfE Antonio Sti r r old Eiband Dairy the home of Tom and Ali cia Stevenson 66 Guada Coma Circle with its view of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers the home of Rick and Jana Faber 153 Chelsea which fea tures a large doll collection and the home of Bob and Pat Brent 295 E San Antonio Street one of Texas most famous landmarks the Feed Store Admission to the tour is Tickets are on sale at Bed and Breakfast Getaways the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce China and Things The Collection and The Cottage in Gruene For information call 629 4219 and the Prince Solms Inn which he and his wife took over 10 years ago The inn was built in 1898 and has been in continuous opera tion since then Other houses on the tour include the stone home of Robert and Betty Kendrick 2229 Gruene Road overlooking the Guadalupe River the home of Gene and Nell Davis 522 Granada once the CHS puts head coach on leave BY BILL OCONNELL Sports Editor Canyon High School athletic director and head football coach Les Goad could be fired as soon as Dec 16 school and Comal ISD officials confirmed Tuesday School district superintendent Dr Jerry Major declined to give a reason for placing Goad on admin istrative leave saying the firstyear coach and athletic director was released of his duties in the best interest of the athletic pro Goad who came to Canyon after coaching at San Antonio Southwest High School earlier this year agreed to a oneyear con tract worth nearly He led the Cougars to record in 1999 but the team failed to quali fy for the playoffs Goads contract will expire June GOAD 30 2000 Major said Goad could not be reached for comment Tuesday Comal ISOs board of trustees will decide whether to reinstate or fire Goad at a scheduled Dec 16 meeting Major said The school district would have to pay Goad the reminder of his contract if he were fired The firstyear coach and athletic director was placed on paid leave Friday after a meeting between Major and Canyon principal Bob Wiegand neither of whom would comment Tuesday on what was discussed See Businesses rejoice at FM 725 reopening BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer McQUEENEY FarmtoMar ket Road 725 is open after almost a month of detours and residents com plaints A section of the road was closed Nov 5 after a trash collection truck collided with a Union Pacific over pass bridge The closed road has meant a 20 minute detour to FarmtoMarket Road 1044 and lost revenue for many businesses whose owners said the detour steered away potential cus tomers who normally drive right by But the bridge has been repaired and the road was opened late Monday And at least one restaurant already could tell the difference on Tues day There was a difference immedi said Ida Bore a waitress at Stars and Weezels Restaurant on FM 725 We have noise out front Its Christine Beall owner of the restaurant and a vocal opponent of the road closing hung a sign out side the restaurant that said Hal lelujah Praise the railroad While the road was closed Beall said she estimated business was down at least 30 percent While it was closed Union Pacif ic used temporary supports under the bridge and continued to run trains across the tracks Primary filing season under way candidates have until Jan 3 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Filing for county and state office is under way in Comal County with only one official primary candidate so far and a handful of candidates announcing their intentions to run for office in 2000 Filing for the 2000 primaries ends 6 Jan 3 Comal County candidates seeking posts from constable to state district judge have announced their plans though most have not officially filed for office The 2000 primaries will be March 14 The general election is Nov 7 Positions up for election in 2000 include all four Comal County constables Precincts 1 and 3 Comal County commissioners Comal County tax assessorcollector Comal County sheriff and the state district bench in the 22nd Judicial District As of Tuesday only one candidate offi cially filed to run in the March 2000 pri mary Randy Galindo an officer with the Bexar County Sheriffs Office said he would file for the Pet 1 constable position Tuesday with Atanacio Campos the Comal County Democratic chairman Galindo is chair of the Comal County Tejano Democrats and has 10 years of law enforcement experience including service with Guadalupe Gonzales and Bexar County sheriffs offices Democratic incumbent Joe Gomez who has served as the Pet 1 constable since 1992 said he had not filed officially for office but intended to run for reelection The Precinct 1 constable position covers the New Braunfels area Galindo said he wanted to help the com munity I want to get out there and work with the community and help build a better and safer community When it comes to crime the public are your eyes and ears and if you take care of them theyll take care of he said Unofficially Campos said he expected candidates to file with his party for the tax assessorcollector position and the Pet 3 county commissioner position Gloria K Clennan Comal County tax assessorcollector since December 1975 said she had not filed but intended to run for reelection Clennan who has served the position for 24 years filled an unexpired term for 13 See Man injured after jumping out of moving vehicle FROM STAFF REPORTS A 17yearold New Braun fels man was transported by helicopter to University Hos pital early Tuesday morning after he jumped out of a mov ing vehicle on Walnut Avenue near Wood Road The man who did not regain consciousness before he was transported was treat ed for abrasions in the emer gency room of University Hospital and released later Tuesday The man opened the pas senger side door of his girl friends 1996 Chevy Blazer about and jumped out while it was traveling about 30 miles per hour on Walnut Avenue said New Braunfels Police Department officer Craig Christopherson Witnesses said the man had been drinking and might have been intoxicated when be jumped out of the vehicle INSIDE Key Code 76 Walgreens proposal approved BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The New Braunfels Planning Commission approved Tuesday a new location for Walgreens and a proposal for an openair market The recommendations will be brought to city council for final approval At Mondays meeting no one spoke against the proposal to offer Walgreens a special use permit for a acresite on Walnut Avenue and Business 35 That property is now zoned com mercial and residential Walgreens is currently at Walnut Avenue and San Antonio Street The new store would offer about 30 more parking spots and a drive through Glen Hitzfelder whose property is located directly next to the proposed site told the commission he had no objections to it Its just what the neighborhood he said Neighbors werent so supportive of a proposal for what developers called an upscale openair market on Interstate 35 and Doeppenschmidt Road Jimmy Quin who said he lives near the site said he and 39 neigh bors were against the proposal I dont care what name you put on it its a flea he said Quin and others cited concerns of traffic water pressure security and overall ambiance of the quiet area Commission chair John Dierksen said the area along Interstate 35 was meant for commercial development The commission voted to recom mend to council that the city change the residential zoning to commercial   

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