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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW I III I Id IIn I i 111 I1 I1 lll PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 22 48 pages in 5 sections December 26 1999 OT TTV Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Blue Santa New Braunfels police officers were out in force this weekend but stopping crime was not the only item on their agenda Area cops brought presents to underprivileged Stainmtisc MidTexas Symphony debu tantes and Symphony conduc tor David Mairs worked a photoop into their busy sched ules recently For a list of area events see 3C Cotton query Does this generation of Longhorns and Razorbacks appreciate the history their schools shared during the old days of the Southwest Conference Arkansas coach Houston Nutt doesnt seem to think WEATHER Balmy weather is back on the horizon as the countdown to 2000 enters its final week For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Key code 77 Flashback 1999 New Braunfels rides through storms of the past year File photos Images from 1999 captured by HeraldZeitung photographers A golfer makes a point during debate about golf fees at Landa Golf Course top a Blackhawk drops water on wildfires in the Fischer area top Interstate 35 traffic slowed to a crawl after New Braunfels resident John Adkins was killed the day before Thanksgiving and members of the Marine Corps Junior Reserve OfficersTraining Corps served as pallbearers at the funeral of cadets Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz bottom Year leaving indelible mark on community FROM STAFF REPORTS Adele Hartwig 62 will probably ring in the New Year from her cell at the Comal County Jail Changes are on the way for New Braunfels High School after two students were killed in a car accident in front of New Braunfels High School Students in New Braunfels and Comal school districts will benefit from improved facilities and more classroom space after two bond issues were TOP STORIES OF 1999 passed by voters The year 1999 will leave a mark on New Braunfels because of stories issues and debates such as these Inside todays edition the HeraldZeitung takes a look at some of New Braunfels top sto ries of 1999 See pages 4A 7A 8A and 9A Look for more to fol low in the Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday editions Fatal wreck leading to changes at NBHS BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Almost three months since the fatal accident in front of New Braunfels High School the memories of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz have not faded In honor of the holiday sea son students and friends have added a Christmas tree and statues of saints next to the flowers and letters surround ing a small wooden cross beside Loop 337 several yards from where the Oct 9 accident occurred On that Saturday afternoon in October about 40 cadets from the New Braunfels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps pro gram returned to New Braun fels High School from an ori enteering trip in San Anto nio Farnsworth a 16year old cadet sergeant in the MCJROTC and Diaz a 15 year old second lieutenant cadet in the MCJROTC were leaving the campus about 3 when their car collided with a truck in front of the See City might have to cut some street projects Mayor threatens to vote against propositions if not pared down BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels million street and drainage proposition carries the heftiest price tag on the proposed bond ballot but that could change Mayor Stoney Williams said he was con sidering a recommendation to drop some street projects from the proposed ballot Although council has said streets and drainage are the citys top priority Williams said the proposed bond issue was too expen sive If all mil lion worth of projects were approved the tax rate would more than double in the next four years We need to pare this list down or Im going to vote against Williams said at the Dec 13 council meeting A proposition for a million municipal sports complex would be the largest single item on the bond ballot and therefore would carry the heaviest tax impact Staffing and maintenance needs of the sports facility were a large part of the funding plan in the multi million dollar sports package Williams didnt mention which specific projects he would consider cutting However city engineer Bolner said Wednesday he believed projects on Church Hill Drive Gruene Road Landa Street and Wright Avenue were most Those are the ones that have maximum traffic usage and maximum drainage con he said The Walnut Avenue expansion now listed as a separate item on the ballot also was a critical project he said Council has until midFebruary to finalize its million bond list which will go before voters in May If council trimmed the street and drainage proposition and included only the four projects See WILLIAMS BOND SERIES Today Street and drainage bond projects Tuesday Public safety bond projects and staff requests staff requests Wednesday Communication system Thursday Sports complex Friday Park improvement bond projects Local stores brace for holiday returns today BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Tis the season of long lines bad gifts and huge sales While store employees in New Braunfels hope everyone was happy with their Christmas gifts employees and managers are prepared for today the biggest return day of the We are going to have extra people working the refund counter that Kmart opera tions manager Edward Pacheco said Were going to have two refund counters to help with returns instead of Kmart also offers the Kmart Cash Card to those who return items without a receipt The card gives shoppers instore credit allowing them to buy items for the same price as returned items People will be able to use the card immediately instead of hav ing to wait for it to come in the Pacheco said WalMart Supercenter store manager Tony Morrison recom mended customers bring receipts If they dont have a receipt then they need some identifying information like a drivers Morrison said Although Target employees are ready for the rush team rela tions leader Dion Davis said most people returning gifts came later in the week Most of our after Christmas shoppers are those looking for she said Hastings Books Music and Video manager Randy Jonas said refunds would be given for compact discs and tapes in decent conditions Most of the stores will have after Christmas sales offering customers up to 50 percent off on Christmas items STORE HOURS 1209 Interstate 35 South open at 6 HASTINGS 651 North Business 35 open at 9 TARGET 642 S Walnut Ave to 10 KMART 1050 Interstate 35 7 to 10 fii
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