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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW HERALD Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with resses ending In or 4 can water NG Vol 149 No 185 20 pages in 2 sections July 29 2000 SATURDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents BETTY Hazel Mouse Henshaw is the inspiration behind Mouses Smoke House BarBQ Restaurant in Bulverde Mouse working for God BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor Mouses Smoke House BarBQ Restaurant a twostory red building with a country atmosphere sits along 281 North in the Bulverde area The restaurant provides an allyoucaneat buffet arrive through brisket smoked turkey fajitas breakfast tacos and home made cobblers Portions come hi tiny mouse mini mouse mighty mouse and supermouse combo sizes It is the woman they call Mouse Hazel Henshaw who has made the smokehouse much more than just a restaurant You could say it is a place for weary souls or for those who just need to talk to someone A lot of people come through here and a lot of them are Henshaw said Many come to talk to Henshaw and hear her own personal story of how God has helped her Many leave with a full stomach and an even fuller heart A huge cross hangs on the high wall in the main dining room revealing a life dedicated to God I dont Henshaw said There is no way to lose me quicker than if someone starts preaching to Rather she does a lot of listening and pro vides support Many who meet Hazel Henshaw believe if they have experienced a spiritual awakening even if it is just to talk about the weather Henshaw a former office manager said it was not a dream of hers to own a restaurant Rather it was Gods will I was beginning to get a lot of pressure at work and I said You know I think the Lord is trying to force me out of Henshaw said She and her husband George avid barbe cuers began barbecuing after work and sell ing the meat at the convenience store they owned on 281 Eventually they began selling barbecue from a selfcontained bar becue they bought in Pleasanton It started as a means of See A Amistad gets housing tax credits BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Amistad Affordable Housings third attempt to get federal tax credits suc ceeded Friday Now Amistad will use those tax cred its to build an affordable housing project in New Braunfels within a year The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs governing board on Friday approved in federal tax credits for Amistad Afford able Housing to build Evergreen Town homes in New Braunfels The devel opment will be on South Water Lane off Interstate 35 behind the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety Amistad will use the tax credits to offset a portion of its federal company will not have to finance as much of the project as it would other wise decreasing the cost to build the project and allowing the developers to charge lower rents This is the third year Amistad applied for federal tax credits but its application was denied twice before Im really said John Seidel a codeveloper with Amistad The third times a charm I Evergreen Townhomes is about a million project that will consist of 80 units 66 twoand threebedroom townhomes and 16 oneand twobed room apartments Rents will range from to for a onebedroom apartment and up to for a threebedroom unit Some engineering site work and oth er preliminary work still must be com pleted Seidel said The actual groundbreaking probably will be around November or December somewhere in he said Within a year they should be complete with the 80 Evergreen Townhomes was among 55 applicants who got federal tax cred its totaling million Friday Amis tad also got tax credits for an affordable housing project in Rio Grande City Seidel said he was beginning to won der whether Evergreen Townhomes ever would get the tax credits See TAX A Fit for a king Local man maps El Camino Real BY MICHAEL GARY News Editor Edward Moore of TexArch Associates in New Braunfels responded to our call for story ideas about back roads in Comal County and sur rounding areas Moore stopped at the Herald Zeitung office to leave copies of a map he has created showjng the local portion of El Camio Real or Kings Highway that runs from Monterey Mexico to Louisiana The El El Camino Real map detailing New Braunfels OA Camino Real originally was a trailway used by Indians to travel back and forth through Texas and several portions of the roadway travel through San Antonio Garden Ridge Solms New Braunfels Gruene Hunter and San Marcos Moores map shows the routes of the road which includes sections of Nacogdoches FarmtoMarket 482 possibly Landa Street Rock Street Hunter Road Old Post Road a portion of IH 35 and Old Bastrop Road The exact routes of the roads changed but the crossings on the rivers are certain Moore said One of the Comal River crossings for instance was where Landa Golf Course is today and the other is where Broadway Street intersects the river The crossing at Elizabeth Street in the golf course area was abandoned after 1691 Another definite crossing site on the Guadalupe River is at Gruene and farther north the road had to cross Alligator Creek York Creek Purgatory Creek the San Marcos K JESSIE This roadside granite marker near San Marcos is one of many erected along the El Camino Real or Kings Highway that originally connected Mexico to Louisiana The network of trails were originated by Indians and Blanco rivers The reason the routes when the Anglos came El Camino Real crosses these along with their wagons waterways is that the early travelers The road went through New Braunfels when the Schmidt Hotel was built in said Moore a cartographer historian and anthro pologist This area has been a tourist destination for had to stick to routes that led to much needed water supplies Some areas are fixed in con Moore said However the road took different routes in early times when the Spanish rode horses and other years See CAMINO INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Rock and roll with Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88s Find out where inside McKenna dumps Blue Cross Blue Shield Thousands in county likely to be affected BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital trustees vot ed Friday to end the hospitals service agree ment with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas effective Dec 31 meaning McKenna no longer will be an in network BRIERTY provider of health care services The change means some workers in the area and thousands more dependents whose health insurance is pro vided by Blue Shield will have to pay higher deductibles and copay ments if they want to use McKenna for anything other than emergency services Emergency room patients will not be affect ed by the change as long as they are treated for conditions that are true emergencies as defined by Blue Shield Patients who have the Blue Shield Medicare supplemental insurance also will not be affected by the change In the spring McKenna CEO Tim Brierty warned Blue Shield and area employers whose health insurance plans were provided through or administered by Blue Shield that the hospital would dump the agreement if the insurer did not raise reimbursement rates for services pro vided at McKenna Those rates have not been increased in the 10 years Brierty has worked at McKenna he said See INSIDE j Coming Sunday 5A i Abby Key Code 76 ilish your shoes press the tuxedos and try on your ball gowns The clock is ticking if you plan to attend the Starlight Gala Aug 4 benefiting the Comal County Unit of the American Cancer Simpson lays off 90 seasonal workers BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer About 90 Simpson Race Products employees lost their jobs Thursday in a seasonal layoff Simpson Race Products on FM 306 in New Braunfels provides safety products to the auto racing industry Plant Manager Ron Hamel said the racing season is from January to May Our business is he said This is our seasonal However the layoffs usually occur in May or June This year we tried to drag it out and carry it to Hamel said Simpson employs about 250 people dur ing the peak season Additional employees are hired for the peak season and Hamel said he believed they expected the layoffs Because of the New Braunfels economy we seldom see the same people who are hired on each racing Hamel said The employees who were laid off Thurs day worked in cutting and sewing or in advance composites on racing helmets he said Simpson Race Products typically does not provide assistance to the displaced employees Hamel said The New Braunfels economy has made that unnecessary he said New Braunfels unemployment rate is about percent said Jim Scheele eco nomic development director for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Now is a good time to be looking for work obviously with the low unemploy ment Scheele said Signs are up all across town for compa nies seeking workers he said Were hoping many of these employ ees from Simpson will take advantage of these opportunities and find work with these he said   

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