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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY January 2001 pages in 2 sections HER ALDZ EITUNG 68 Z Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents OHair suspect pleads guilty to could receive 20 years Remains found on ranch believed to belong to missing atheists BY JIM VERTUNO Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP The chief sus pect in the disappearance of atheist leader Madalyn Murray OHair and her family pleaded guilty to a single extortion charge in exchange for leading investigators dis membered District Judge Sam Sparks on Monday unsealed David Waters plea which was reached last week but kept secret by court A weekend search aided by Waters at a Hill Country ranch revealed the remains of three people believed to be the missing All were buried in a single shallow grave and were partly dismem is already serving See related lengthy state and federal prison terms on other charges and could get another 20 years under his plea agreement when he is sentenced March Waters was indicted on five counts of kidnapping and extortion in the OHair case and was sched uled to go on trial Monday before agreeing to the deal with prosecu He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to interfere with com merce by robbery and The missing atheists disappeared with in gold The money had been taken from the familys atheist Prosecutors agreed to drop the other charges in the indictment and recommend that Waters not face other charges in the Assistant Attorney Gerald Carruth said the government was prepared to go to trial but saw Waters plea as an easy resolution to a lengthy This seemed to be a just resolu tion that would allow us to solve this so to Carruth Prosecutors have recommended that Waters be allowed to serve all of his time in federal Carruth said Waters age com bined with potential sentences make it likely Waters will spend the rest of his life behind You do the This might not have been a great See Balancing acts Galleria owner puts faith in downtown Back to Nature closing CHRIS Michael owner of Eaglebears Galleria on West San Antonio plays a Native American flute Monday inside the new store that opened this past BY RON MAUONEV Staff Writer Native American flute music caresses you as you walk into Eaglebears and its difficult to in your sur that what you are hearing is not wafting over the Great Plains but coming through a public address When youre talking to Michael the big friendly guy with the pony know that the music wellcouldbe his from his compact Eaglebars 265 San belongs to the who might be better known by his given name Michael But nobody named Smith really could own Eaglebears which goes with Eaglebears the place he has had for eight years in Eaglebear said his kind of business was more suit ed for its historic San Antonio Street location than it would have been for a shopping center or outlet I hope people know what a great town New Braunfels he Eaglebears is from New the daughter of Hugh and Delia His is a fresh man at New Braunfels High Michael Eaglebear or whichever you pre had to open a store in New Braunfels and had to do it You ever go on faith Thats what this You go on knowing some thing is he When I see this I dont see what it is I see what it will And itll be nice to be here to be part of See CHRIS Back to Natures windows tell the story the business is closing Nature shop shutting doors BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer As a special sort of shop opens its doors another is closing Back to 264 San Antonio a couple of doors down from the closes its doors for good Big closeout sale signs are on the All items in the store will be sold at 40 to 50 percent See 4B board adjusts to expanded role Group to continue discussing funding requests during Wednesday meeting BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ STAFF WRITER New Braunfels Infrastruc ture Improvement Corpora tion will tie up loose ends Wednesday at a special meet The also known as the 4B will meet at 7 in Conference Room A of the Municipal 424 The corporation had so many it waded through more than 20 requests for 4B money to address at the regular meet ing that board mem bers had to call a special president Karen the board would review requests it did not discuss We decided to meet because for one there was just so much to McDonell Just to get through the public hearings took most of the and there was really no time for us to discuss the items thor The more than fourhour meeting was the groups first since the November election that expanded its scope and the first since council appoint ed three new For one we have three new and that always the face of McDonell And the elimination of 4A tax has certainly opened up more although its not that much more In the November voters eliminated the 4Atax named for the legislation that created it and the Eco nomic Development Corpo ration that watched over Residents also voted to add the equivalent tax rate into the also named for its founding and expanded the list of projects the 4B fund could This opened the 4B fund for the first time to all allowable uses under state Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis The infrastructure improve ment or 4B recommends how city council spends 4B tax which is now of 1 percent of the sales tax the city col Although city council can reject or decrease the corpo rations council cannot add to the list See County presenting new subdivision requirements FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County has been changing the way it approves subdivision and officials will meet Thursday to talk about County Engineer Tom Hornseth and subdivision coordinator Betty Lien will conduct a meeting at Thursday to explain what the new subdivision rules are and how theyre being The meeting will take place in the commissioners court room on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Thursdays meeting is set to explain the new procedures to professionals in the build ing Our intent is to deal with the individuals who work with these regulations on a routine such as engi surveyors and devel but its open to any Hornseth Since this past Comal County has developed new regulations for onsite sewage facilities and water availability A county committee now is working on new drainage and impervi ous cover We will be showing the recent subdivision regulation revisions and a new applica tion form Hornseth MB airport gets million TxDOT grant for upgrades BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A million grant from Texas Department of Transportation will help make New Braunfels Municipal Airport like new this The Texas Transportation Com mittee approved the grant for the air port this past The money will provide funds for a variety of upgrades at the The work goes handinhand with construction of a new airport terminal off Farmto Market Road scheduled to be finished this Airport Manager Darrell Phillips said the million would pay to overlay both runways and taxiways at the airport and to build a new taxiway from the new terminal to one of the Every so many we do a fresh overlay on the Phillips They were starting to show some One was and the oth er has some cracking and Theyll patch the cracking and redo sur face on both of Cracks in the taxiways and the ramp also will be he TxDOT reported in a press release that the money includes funding for construction of a terminal or aircraft and installation of aircraft navigation as pre cision path lights The city had to match 10 percent of the grant and already budgeted for the Phillips TxDOT makes rotating visits to air ports around the state every five Every five they come out and look at the airport and see what needs to be Phillips we can go in for a grant for They do the recommendations on what needs to be and we look at what we can afford to do and go from The city is scheduled to open bids from contractors for the airport project on and Phillips said he hoped INSIDE Key Code 76 AI
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