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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A — Herald-Zeitung —Thursday, February 24, 2000Santana sweeps Grammys with ‘Supernatural’ LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Santana, who first gained fame a generation ago with a searing guitar performance at Woodstock, capped a triumphant comeback Wednesday with a record-tying eight Grammy Awards. The 52-year-old guitarist’s multi-platinum “Supernatural” won album of the year. His first No. I single, “Smooth,” capped a sweep of the major Grammys by winning song and record of the year. Santana tied Michael Jackson’s 1983 record of most Grammys on a single night. “Music is the vehicle for the magic of healing,” he said upon accepting the album of the year trophy, “and the music of ‘Supernatural’ was a sign and designed to bring unity and harmony.” To a standing ovation, Santana performed “Smooth” just before winning his final award. He kissed singer Rob Thomas at the end. Only a lack of a writing credit for “Smooth” prevented a record- PRYOR/From 1A serves on the Men’s Ministry Committee at the church. Since moving to New Braunfels • in 1993, he has served on the board of the Comal County Children’s Shelter as both treasurer and vice president and served on the 1998-99 United Way fund drive committee. He’s a five-year member of the New Braunfels Rotary and a member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. As a chamber member, he serves on the Airman of the Quarter committee. Before moving to New Braunfels, Pryor served in the U.S. Air Force for nine years and was selected as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for Nellis Air Force B^se and Tactical Air Command in 1991. While stationed in Nevada, he received a bachelor of science degree in management information systems from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Pryor said he planned to meet with constituents in District 4 in the next couple months to find out their concerns and then develop his stance on different issues. “With experience and leadership, I hope to preserve the natural resources and beauty of New Braunfels with careful, compassionate planning to benefit District 4 and the entire city,” he said. breaking performance by Santana. The song of the year trophy went to Thomas and Itaal Shun “I want to thank Santana for taking this song to the moon,” Shur said. Another nominee whose career began in the 1960s, Cher, won her first Grammy for dance recording. She enjoyed her biggest commercial success last year with the hit single “Believe.” In a mild upset, Christina Aguilera beat out her fellow teen queen and former Mousketeer, Britney Spears, for the Grammy as best new artist. Even she was surprised. “Oh my God, you guys,” she said. “I seriously do not have a speech prepared whatsoever. I’m shaking right now.” Feuding soul divas TLC picked up two Grammys — for best rhythm ’n’ blues performance by a group for their frank put-down of men, “No Scrubs,” and best R&B album for “Fanmail.” “No Scrubs” was also named best R&B song. Sting sprang an upset in the male pop vocal category with a victory for “Brand New Day,” beating out younger, Latin-influenced singers Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin. Sting also won for pop album. “I felt the talent I was up against was extraordinary,” said Sting, who also won for pop album. “I have 14 Grammys now and a very large mantlepiece.” Eminem won two awards, for best rap solo performance and best rap album. Two ’70s icons took home their first trophies ever: love god Barry White’s “Staying Power” won best male R&B performance and Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” was honored as best metal performance. Country’s leading ladies, the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain, won two Grammys apiece. George Jones, who had a near-fatal traffic wreck last year, won male country vocal for “Choices.” CALENDAR/From 1A “I personally feel it’s a tragedy to have kids in school in early August,” he said. Clay said he would support changing Nov. 22 and Dec. 22 back to holidays if teachers pushing for the change worked with the board to reach some kind of compromise. Clay said the board supported the wishes of teachers and administrators by including two one-week breaks and ending the first semester before the holidays. “I think we have wonderful teachers but I’m disappointed with the selfishness of some of them for not coming up with some kind of give and take. I'd be glad to give those two days back as holidays in exchange for that Thursday and Friday in January,” he said. Clay said he voted against the calendar because he would like to see students return from the Christmas break Thursday, Jan. 4 rather than Monday, Jan. 8. In other business, Roy Linnartz, project consultant for the district, said Thursday night he would present trustees a piece of property near Timberwood Parte off Borgfeld Road, located on the west side of 281 in Bexar County, for the new U.S. 281 elementary school. Linnartz said the Borgfeld Road property was not the 20-acre property on Borgfeld Road trustees rejected in a 4-3 vote Dec. 17. Trustees have been stalled in their efforts to move forward on selecting property for the elementary school because of a controversy over the school’s site — either west or east of U.S. 281. At a Jan. 27 meeting, trustees passed a resolution in a 4-3 vote agreeing to build the new school west of 281. Krueger said trustees would need to decide Thursday night whether to move forward on the property or instruct the administration to continue looking at other properties. Trustees also will consider changing the school calendar to add another school day for Spring Branch Middle School students after administrators cancelled school Feb. 18 because of a bomb threat. The board also will look at approving contract extensions for principals, administrators and coaches. Visit us online at www. herald-zeitung. com Revival Led by the First Baptist Church Senior Adults Roy Parker John Rushing I vangelist Music February 25, 26, 27 at f1 I First Baptist Church 733 Cross St. Services begin at 6pm on Friday and Saturday, Sunday at 10:45am “This is not a dying downtown,” Corte said. “There s not boards up all over windows. ... We have a few ‘For Rent’ signs up but that’s normal, especially the first of the year.” The two-year freeze will allow the city time to study the issue and give different groups time to organize proposals. The Downtown Association is developing such a proposal but not necessarily to get a piece of the bed tax pie. “It’s (the city’s) job to figure out where the money comes from,” Cork said. And using bed tax money on downtown might not be the best way to spend that dedicated tax, he said. Marty Lindley, owner of Comal Inn, 424 Comal, agreed. “There’s other money available,” she said. But plenty of people associated with downtown said the hotel/motel tax could benefit downtown. Sandy Kelley, vice president of the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery, said she was concerned about the freeze. “We’ve never applied for that money, but we hope to,” she said. HOAG raised money for the first outdoor mural on Casten Avenue and is seeking funds for a second mural, she said. Mac McCoy, president of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association Inc., said the group would not ask for hotel/motel tax revenue but wouldn’t reject it either. “We decided not to get involved with political issues,” McCoy said. BPATA is raising money to restore the Brauntex Theater downtown. Paul Martinka, owner of Henne Hardware Company, 246 W. San Antonio St., said he believed downtown needed some of the hotel/motel tax revenue soon. Get your Car ready for a HOT Summer!  VISA MASTERCARD ■ DISCOVER r EXPERT RADIATORS i I "Big or SmaII . . WUU Cool ThcM All"_ For Only - *14" + Anti-Freeze We ll Pressure Flush and Replace your Anti-Freeze! t/l-F 8-5 pm onoiiRiUi 218 Trade Center Dr. t. 8-12 uuit-ooou New Braunfels, tx 7813 Juan Silva - Luis Valdez, Mgr. 15 yrs. Experience “Two years is too much,” he said. “If we’re going to work on downtown, we need to do it soon.” Bill Groff, owner of Country Faire, 230 West San Antonio St., agreed. “It should have been done a long time ago,” he said. “Now that we can spend the money on potentially good things, we should.” Last month, the city renegotiated the Greater New' Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s contract for tourism promotion, freeing up more than 15 percent of the tax revenue. Council shouldn’t wait two years to spend this money, Groff said. He suggested the city look into the legality of spending the bed tax on things like old-fashioned lights for downtown, benches, trash cans and improved signage directing people to downtown. Hotel/motel tax, by state law, is a dedicated tax. Revenue can be spent on convention facilities, tourism promotion, promotion of arts and historical restoration or preservation programs. District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson suggested the city use the tax to buy and restore historic buildings or otter low-interest loans. Morgan Hill, the developer working on turning the old Comal Power Plant into a destination hotel, said he possibly could use some of the hotel tax revenue, although that’s not something he’s seriously considered. “We might ask to use that money,” he said. “I’d hate to see a plain, clear two-year freeze.” Hill said he also would hate to see the convention center idea taken off' the table — as the referendum would do if approved. “Uncertainty is a problem for developers,” he said. “I’d like to be developing this project in a community that’s looking thoughtfully at expanding a convention center.” Jay Rogers, owner of New Braunfels Coffee, 489 Main Plaza, said he thought it was premature to take the convention center idea off the table. “A convention center, if it’s done right, could be very beneficial to downtown,” Rogers said. Groff said a convention center could revitalize downtown, if put in the right spot — like the old H-E-B building on San Antonio Street. But if put in the proposed Cotton Crossing development in Gruene, a convention center could hurt dow ntown, Martinka said. Both Groff and Martinka agreed the convention center referendum was good for the community. “I think the public should have a say in it,” Groff said. “Council isn’t representing the city like it should.” OPINIONS/From 1A Top right: Lisa Sacco won first place in the Wurstfest/ Fuji Film Photo Contest with this picture of her daughter Kareece Sacco. Top left: Second place in the contest went to Bob Smith for the photo of his granddaughter Kameron Smith. At right: Sara Flores received third place honors for the photo of her daughter Emily Flores with Jimmy Sturr. Wurstfest recognizes photo winners Local and area amateur photographers entered a total of 45 photographs in the 1999 Wurstfest/Fujifilm Photo contest. The contest required photos taken at the 1999 Wurstfest or any Wurstfest-related event. Grand prize was awarded to Lisa Sacco for the photo of her daughter, Kareece Sacco; second prize went to Bob Smith for the photo of his granddaughter, Kameron Smith; and third prize went to Sara Flores for the photo of her daughter, Emily Flores, with Jimmy Sturr. The first place winner got a Fujifilm DX-IO Digital Camera; second place, a Fujifilm Endeavor 1010 APS camera outfit; and third place, Fujifilm Discovery 290S 35 MM camera outfit. Additional winners got a Fujifilm Quicksnap APS multiview camera. They were Darlene Cook, Jay Schriewer, Judy Graves, Linda Ken worthy, Joe Miller and Cathy Marcoux. Wurstfest Association Public Relations Director Herb Skoog said the photo contest was created to highlight fun times with family and friends and at the same time, expand and update Wurstfest photo files for use in promoting the annual festival. The top three winners were guests of the Wurstfest Association at its annual meeting in January. Prizes were presented by Wurstfest Association outgoing president Maurice Fischer and Larry Perry, Fuji Foto Film USA key account manager. f I I ;

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