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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 43 24 pages in 4 sections December 31 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 Happy New Year INSIDE Stay resolved Made a resolution to live healthier in 2001 See Lifestyle today to read local experts advice on keeping your Alamo Bowl The Nebraska Cornhuskers take on Northwestern in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio Check Sports to see who Texans to see partly cloudy skies today BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Partly cloudy skies were forecast for most of Texas on Sunday with chances of snow showers and rain in northern and western portions of the state The Texas Panhandle was expected to get more snow in the form of showers with high temperatures in the 20s Chances of rain or snow were also predicted in part of North Texas where the high temperatures was forecast in the 20s to 30s Temperatures were forecast in the high 50s in far West Texas along with sunny skies to melt some of the snow that hit the area on Tuesday and Wednesday Clouds were predicted to hover over most of the state on New Years Day into Tuesday Sunny skies were forecast for parts of West Texas High temperatures were expected to range from the 20s to 40s and the low temper atures from the teens to 20s INDEX Week My 77 er and better Childrens Museum settles into larger quarters CHRIS Julie Swift executive director of the New Braunfels Childrens Museum stands Friday in the museums new space near Hastings at the New Braunfels Marketplace BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will reopen Tuesday in a space twice the size of its previous location And while the new loca tion allows the museum to expand its programs one particular change might interest the busloads of squirming children who visit The number of bathrooms is doubling from two to four each decorated in a different theme such as flamingos and frogs Executive Director Julie Swift said Thats an important addi tion for the school children she said When they arrive in groups of 30 or 40 the bath room is the first place they go Swift said laughing But Swift and the others who have invested years in the museum are excited about much more than the bathrooms We just have a very bright Swift said The museum previously had square feet in Suite 530 in the New Braunfels Marketplace 65 i N Business 35 The new location is still in the See Full plate in 2001 Comal New Braunfels struggle to make room for more Above Houses sit under construction Saturday on North Ranch Estates Boulevard in P T1 the dty and county as more move hereBelow at FarmtoMarket Road 725 and Interstate 35 Saturday in New Braunfels ic is heavy FROM STAFF REPORTS To know what Comal County and New Braunfels have ahead in 2001 one merely needs to look back on 2000 Then add more people more homes more cars and virtually more of everything except money and water The region has a pretty full plate on its governmental table for 2001 Comal County and New Braunfels lie in the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin to the north and San Antonio to the south That location is at best a mixed blessing GROWING PAINS Sprawl and urban flight from San Antonio affect the countys southern and western edges In the Canyon Lake area infrastructure is stretching to keep up with growth In western Comal County the City of Bulverde will be enlarged next month if it votes to consolidate with Bulverde Northwest Its government is fighting growing pains as it works to reconcile two disparate and opposing visions One seeks to protect a rural lifestyle while the other wants to add services that come with being an incorpo rated city Parched western county and Bulverde residents are waiting for the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority to build the Canyon Lake pipeline they hope will be the answer to their water problems That will not happen in 2001 County officials are watching develop ments warily and warning again and again that theres a bottom to Canyon In New Braunfels officials are reach ing out to enhance infrastructure and ser vices The county population has grown 51 per cent in the past 10 years It is expected to double during the coming few decades Virtually every issue the county the city and the school districts deal with relates in some way to growth and its effects From the countys standpoint it becomes easy to wonder how to shoehorn all this growth into 561 square miles The city watches what is happening in the county and tries to find the money to deal with infrastructure improvements and amenities 2001 A Look Ahead Today Comal County school districts make room for growing population Tuesday City of New Braunfels adjusts to ever increasing demands 135 work Wednesday Redistricting at state county and city levels Thursday Jack Warren Davis murder trial set for May Friday Water officials keep close eye on levels After Y2K Will the real millennium stand up FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS DALLAS Mike Coxs millennium dinner came from his favorite restaurant in a takeout box Like thousands oi other workers he rang in last New Year at work awaiting fallout from the Y2K computer glitch thai threatened to wreak havoc but didnt I had my entire staff at said Cox who was then spokesman for the Texas Department of Safety Threadgills sent over chickenfried steak and we had fake champagne Then we just sat by waiting on problems It was probably the safest New Years Eve Dont call Cox tonight For him and others who missed the fun last year this holiday will be an excuse to party like its 1999 Under the widely used Gregorian calendar which started with the year 1 the third millenni um doesn t begin until Jan 1 2001 In New Braunfels the Elks Lodge is planning a New Years Eve party tonight The band Rio is slated to perform For information call 6255217 For youngsters ages 5 through 12 Gymnastics is hosting a New Years Eve Party and Sleepover at the gym 1437 S Walnut Call 6060375 Local music venues also are presenting hot acts to entertain New Years revelers Gary P Nunn will perform a soldout concert at Gruene Hall while the Groobees and Slaid Cleaves will keep toes tapping at Saengerhalle 255 Saengerhalle Road Rileys Tavern also has live music planned Forecasters are predicting a 50 percent chance of light rain possibly changing to light freezing rain late tonight so officials are urging partiers to use caution dress warmly and choose a designat ed driver Officials take oath of office Monday FROM STAFF REPORTS Many Comal County elected officials will take their oaths of office Monday At 10 every official elected or reelected in the Nov 7 election will be sworn into office The ceremony will be conducted in the district court on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex The ceremony will be open to the public and will be followed by a photo session and a brief reception Refreshments will be served Officials to be sworn in will include Sherman Krause the countys new tax Also Commissioners Cristina Zamora Precinct 3 and Jack Dawson Precinct 1 and Sheriff Bob Holder who ran unopposed for reelection will take the oath of office Constables Randy Galindo Lester Leissner Jim Hanley and Ben Scroggin will be sworn in as well The courthouse annex will be open only for the swearing and reception County offices are closed for the New Years Day holiday   

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