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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Three soldiers die in bomb accident 3A Ill I NEW BRAUNFEL liliii l in RSDAY 2001 s in 2 sections 20 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents Workers applaud Pintos abilities New city manager expects to start work in January BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Orange City Manager Charles Chuck Pinto has never been on the cover of Rolling Stone but he has been featured in He is even prominently mentioned in Carlton Stow ers true crime nov Inno c e n c e But Pin tos 15 minutes of fame con t i n u e because New Braunfels City Council unan imously him as its choice for the next city man The councils 60 decision prompted City of Orange offi cials to conduct an informal vote of their own We all took a and the consensus was that he could nt Gail Orange director of He is a likeable per son who has the ability to get along with He is real easy to work with and is always willing to listen to our The endorsement comes from colleagues who were present in when Pinto laid off nearly onethird of all city employees during his first year on the But that is because his pre decessors spending practices PINTO Jolly old visit CHRIS Saint the German greets children and parents Wednesday in the Sophienburg Museum on Coll Street before asking the children if they have been good or Good children receive and bad ones get a The Sophienburg has hosted Saint Nicholas visit to New Braunfels for more than 25 Saint Nicholas drops in on Sophienburg BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer You better not pout you better not cry at least not if you were one of several dozen children on hand for Saint Nicholas traditional visit to the Sophienburg 401 Coll That is because the forerunner to Christmas keeps tab of which children have been naughty or nice and makes a full report to Santa according to the ancient German legend that muse um personnel have kept alive for more than 25 Local children tend to know the story of Saint but newer people to town dont know much about Michelle Sophienburg Museum and Archives executive Santa Glaus and Saint Nicholas are two entirely different The traditional Saint Nicholas bears See SAINT77A Scooter Store loses chance for tax break BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The Scooter one of Comal Countys largest will not get a 10 year property tax freeze on its new office complex near Loop 337 and Texas New Braunfels City Council decid ed Council voted 33 to deny the zoning change that state law requires before a compa ny can ask for an Mayor Stoney Williams joined council members Deb bie Flume and Juliet Watson in defeating the first reading of a resolution to designate the acres surrounding the companys new office as a reinvestment zone for tax abatement Council members Robert Lee Rodriguez and Sonia MunozGill supported the Councilman Larry Alexan der was out of town on busi ness Wednesday but voted to try to give the abatement during the 26 council meeting when Doug Harri The Scooter Store founder and chief executive pitched the idea to The tie vote kills the deal for the New Braunfelsbased distributor of mobility equip Im very but we still have a great vision and a great plan for New Harrison We feel like we have been a good corporate so this Before the tie vote doomed the zoning council voted 51 that The Scooter in met the states criteria for a reinvestment The Texas Tax Code per mits reinvestment zones where it is reasonably likely as a result of the des ignation that the business would retain or expand employ WILLIAMS The states statute is so loosely and poorly phrased that any business could meet the rezoning criteria for tax abatement council member Juliet Watson Who in town wouldnt make the same argument Watson Couldnt any one say theyd like to be in a reinvestment zone It The Scooter Store does meet the but how do you choose which companies get the designation and which ones dont Based on this poorly written criteria Sec tion 312 of Texas Tax who wouldnt meet the crite ria for a reinvestment zone if all they had to do was promise to hire more Approval would have rushed the time frame need ed to reach an abatement agreement by and would set a bad precedent for in New Braunfels busi Williams The abatement would have helped the com pany expedite hiring and develop Harrison City Attorney Charlie Zech said the projected employ ment gains would not neces sarily be a result of the zon ing My legal analysis is that you The Scooter Store have to prove Zech The zoning designa tion must directly cause the See Bock sells Seguin radio station to Story Communications BY BILL OCONNELL Seguin Gazette Enterprise SEGUIN vPublisher Mike Sto ry added KWED Radio to his grow ing stockpile of assets in a deal that was expected to be finalized in ear ly Story Communications and Sto ry Media plan on assisting the sta tion to become even more of a pos itive media force in the years to Story said in a press release Story Media is the majority own er of Seguin Media which bought the radio station from local businessman Bennie Details of the deal were not Bock bought KWED Radio in 1994 and refused to sell the sta tion on numerous occasions to buy ers from outside one of which wanted to change the sta tion format to Tejano Another prospective buyer would not tell Bock what the future of the station would be if it were and that was all Bock needed to He ceased negotiations and contin ued to oversee his plan to reform the adding emphasis to local coverage of news and I probably could have sold it for more but I came to realize that I was in a position of public Bock Its a privilege and an honor to be involved in the and I have a renewed respect for what the media Upon hearing that the radio sta tion might be available and that several outside interests had approached Bock in the Story began negotiations with Bock to keep KWED a locallyowned enter The deal that resulted would accomplish that goal as well as ensure that the format emphasizing country music and local news would As new owner of KWED Story said that there were no major changes planned for the General Manager Hal Widsten and News Director Darren Dunn would continue their accord ing to a press I was really aware of the history of and we felt strongly that it was important to stuy as espe cially in the news Sto ry When radio stations change hands its not unusual to see a for mat We were concerned about that happening KWED Radio has changed hands between three family ownerships since it was founded in 1948 by Gnrfiold When Bock took over seven years his goal was to modernize the station and expand its role in the The emphasis on local reporting led to the addition of full time staff positions in weather and See Local attorney announces run for county treasurer FROM STAFF REPORTS A local attorney and busi nesswoman announced Wednesday that she will be a candidate for Comal County Susan former prosecuting attorney in Kendall and Gille spie will seek the office now occupied by Bart who will retire at the end of his current As the office of Treasurer was created by the Texas Constitution in I am looking forward to upholding sxich a vital structural posi tion in our county govern Patterson said in a See INSIDE The HeraWZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund Don and Valerie John and Betty Evans Veda Send donations to the HZ at 707 Key Code 76 Cheer Fund donors answer annual holiday giving call FROM STAFF REPORTS HeralclZeitung readers have responded generously to the papers annual Cheer Fund With eight days loft to col lect almost have been Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson On Wednesday donors gave1 almost to help area needy families have n good holiday meal this On a preschooler even gave his savings in change and his favorite These acts of community sharing are very and we hope others will fol low their Edmonson
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