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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Comal Countys Most Wanted See Page 8B NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY 2001 HERALDZE I I I sections 11 12 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Guadalupe claims two lives during weekend Womans body recovered beneath bridge Car skids off FROM STAFF REPORTS Searchers recovered Sunday the body of the 33yearold San Antonio woman lost in a Guadalupe River kayaking accident on Comal County Sheriffs Clay Garland reported that Juliete was found beneath the bridge where she was last seen at on The kayak was hung up under the bridge and she was right under Garland Garcia and her husband were kayaking in separate boats Saturday afternoon when they approached the Ingram Ranch bridge just north of the third crossing of the Guadalupe Garcias husband reported turning his head for a and when he looked his wife was He reported he saw her life jacket float ing Saturday Canyon Lake divers and sheriffs deputies searched for Garcia without finding See CHRIS Volunteer firefighters Sammy Sikes of and of Bulverde search for a man who drove off the 281 bridge in into river man missing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Less than a day after the Guadalupe River claimed a womans life in a kayaking searchers looked for a man missing in the river and believed Department of Public Safety Trooper Rick Alvarez said the a 40yearold See M itting 130 job Mission Valley reduces workforce by nearly twothirds Council vote puts Scooter Store tax break on fast track CHRIS A customer walks out of the Mission Valley Fabrics outlet store Monday across the street from the factory where workers were released for the second time in seven BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Mission Valley one of New Braunfels largest cut its workforce Monday by 60 per A slumping economy and declining denim sales led Lubbock based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association to release 130 workers effective company offi cials We certainly regret having to take this but this is the result of economic forces beyond the control of this particular oper said John PCCA communication Whats effected this development more than anything else is con sumer During the past couple of I have seen an unprecedented amount of adver tising by denim companies pro moting the product to boost After years of battling lowcost Asian the textile manufac turer laid off 350 workers this past May when it stopped making dyed yarn fabrics and switched to pro ducing The plant has been in a shut done mode since 10 and will resume operations plant manager Brian Gregory Mission Valley will keep 82 employees for production of ring spun yarn and other support func We believe well be able to put these 82 folks back to work and be in this for the long Gregory Reductions were based on employee job seniori ty and Johnson See MILL73A History 1921 Founded as Planter Merchants Mill 1928 Mill shut 1931 1957 Name changed to Mission Valley 1972 Became a division of WestPoint 1993 Dallasbased investment group backing four mill managers acquire mill in leverage 1998 Became a division of Cooperative a farmerowned coop based in May 2001 Lays off 350 work announces plans to convert to denim 26 Lays off 130 announces plans to make ringspun yarn Marines fire on convoy BY DOUG MELLGREN Associated Press Writer SOUTHERN AFGHAN ISTAN AP Marine helicopter gunships attacked an armored column Monday in the vicinity of the new base the Americans created in the Afghan desert to press their war on a Marine spokesman The Cobra gunships destroyed some of the 15 vehi cles in the column after it was spotted by fastmoving air David Romley told He did not say whether the convoy belonged to the The attack was the Marines first known action since establishing a foothold Monday within striking dis tance of the Taliban strong hold of Kandahar Romley said the attack was still going on shortly before The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund Abraham Ybarra Comer Alden James and Alma Rae Wilder Coreth Send donations to the HZ at 707 Landa INSIDE Key Code 76 BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted 52 Monday to set in motion the accelerated action needed to give The Scooter one of Comal Countys largest a tax abatement estimated at up to Council members Juliet Watson and Debbie Flume voted against council mem ber Larry Alexanders motion directing city staff to do what ever they can to give the company a break from city and county taxes for the next 10 Doug Scooter Store owner and said the New Braunfelsbased manufacturer and distributor of mobility equipment could pump nearly million into the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District tax base during the time frame after the stores new now under opens next year at the corner of Loop 337 and Texas But the 31 deadline to give company officials the tax break left Mayor Stoney Williams feeling par ticularly since the citys for mer policy expired in Octo The states tax law stipu lates that abatements are based on the appraised Jan uary land value in the year when a contract is The property is now appraised at just under million but will appreciate considerably after the mil lion office complex is Harrison If the city were able to put the process on the fast the Scooter Store would not pay taxes on the increased Whats Up Tax abatement process creates and approves a tax abatement policy seven day notice of public hearing to create re investment zone public hearing three at three to consider reinvestment zone into tax abatement agreement between city and business value of the property until The Scooter Store may be the most worthy candidate to receive this kind of abate ment to have ever come to New Williams I appreciate the and my friends and relatives who work there appreciate the Scooter But I want to go on record by saying that I am terribly vexed by the I wish you would have come to us a lot The city may concurrent ly devise a new abatement policy while designating the property as a reinvestment Michael Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said Saturday the chamber was preparing to submit a tax abatement proposal to coun cil in The zoning classification requires a public fol lowed by three separate meetings to approve the ordi Councils last schedule meeting of the year is Watson said she is philosophically opposed to See Most Wanted nets six arrests so far FROM STAFF REPORTS Six wanted felons are behind bars because of tips generated by Comal Coun tys Most Wanted printed Tuesdays in the Herald Were really happy with said Teresa who coordinates Comal Countys Most Wanted for the Comal County Sheriffs Out of 16 people with out standing warrants weve list ed in the New Brnunfels weve cap tured six of Sheriffs detective Tommy Ward said Comal Countys Most Wanted has been very People want to be and this both in New Braunfels and at Canyon Lake has proven he Just since we started running this in the weve hud six arrests five 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