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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle New Braunfels resident lays surgeon for stars Cow Leisure Circle Arts Theatre takes laughs inside NEW BRAUNFELS Sports Girls basketball playoffs begin B SUNDAY February 9 2003 J 40 pages in 5 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 153 No 76 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Whats the deal New Braunfels skat player Vemon Schultz tosses but his best lead as he and Helmut Brinkmann of Los Angeles not Bob Leonhardt left and Don Feltman play the last few hands of their first round in tournament play Saturday morning Tournament helps keep German card game alive K JESSIE BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff writer The phone rang at the Elks Lodge Saturday morning just as the annual inter national skat pronounced skat tournament got under way Not one of the 65 players flinched They counted cards in their heads and slapped cards on the tables They laughed and teased about the hands they played and talked strategy Eventually the phone stopped ringing For the past 11 years the in ternational tournament has brought skat players from all over the country and Canada to halls in New Braunfels Seven teen players made the trip from Minnesota The group has been coming down for eight years Other groups traveled from Canada and Florida Uwe Clausen 47 was one of the Florida group Born in Ger many Clausen follows the skat scene in North America with the German Americans Club He said everyone plays skat back home from the poor to the aristocracy Clausen learned skat in school at the age of seven In Germany you learn to read and you learn to play he said James Stolte of the Texas Skat Association said many of Satur days players were Germanborn Only about 15 of the players competing were locals He said about 25 locals follow the New Braunfels skat scene Local George Goepf said skat used to be popular in the New Braunfels native Noland Koepp prepares to lay down his cards in the final round of skat NB Council mulls loan for plastics industry BY DYLAN JIMENEZ AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers New Braunfels City Council members will be asked Monday night to approve a threeyear nointerest loan with a clause that includes forgiveness of to lure a major injection mold ing firm to the city Council members will also consider whether to offer Moll Industries Inc a 10year tax abatement on million worth of equipment that will be moved to New Braunfels The firm would pay full taxes on million more worth of equipment inventory and property that would be added to the tax rolls under the proposal Also on the table Monday night will be an item calling for spending matched by the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce Inc to deter mine how best to use economic deve lopment funding Moll Industries a plastics firm is a major player in injection molding with plants located around the world Council will meet in closed session to discuss incentives pro posed by the Corp 4B Board and then will vote on a resolution outlining the deal in its open meeting Moll Industries Inc now has facilities in San Antonio and in Austin that it is con sidering relocating either to New BraunfeLs or Round Rock said Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce Inc President Michael Meek Were in the Meek said If you were to draw up on a piece of paper an industry that you wanted to come in to fill an empty building and hire people that have been laid off we couldnt have drawn it up any The business is interested in relocating to one of the former Flextronics buildings They wrote us a letter of what they wanted us to do for them We took that to the 4B board They tweaked it a little bit and theyre making a recommendation to city council on Monday that Moll be given an incentive to come Meek said Moll asked for a tax abatement Meek said What the 4B board is offering the industry is a loan to cover the relocation See CITY lime place The New Braunfels City Council meets in executive session Monday at followed by its regular open ses sion at in the council bers at City Hall 424 S Castell Ave HOT topic Will council go back to voters on civic center BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The vote this past May to allow the city to dedicate Hotel Occupancy Tax money to expanding the New Braun fels Civic Center could be re visited at city council Mon day night Council meets at in the City Hall council chambers 424 S Castell Ave Mayor Adam Cork in 2002 proposed throwing the initial question to the vot ers has placed an item on the agenda that could bring another civic center vote in the coining May election consider a res olution allowing HOT money to be spent for the mainte nance enlarging equipping repairing improvement and construction of a civic center in the downtown area of New Braunfels and any currently operating civic The resolution expands on the similar one passed in the May 2002 election by a 21 margin by opening up the use of HOT money to fund any civic center project down town and not just expand ing the existing one If passed by council and then approved by voters the measure would be a step nec INSIDE Jesse Gomez business civic leader dies BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A local businessman who was one of the first two Hispanics to serve on the New Braunfels City Council has died Jesus Jesse Gomez 80 died ear ly Friday in his home Visitation will be Monday from 1 to 9 at Holy Family Catholic Church with a Rosary to be recited at 7 Funeral Mass will be 1 Tues day at Holy Family Catholic Church with entombment to follow in the Sts Peter and Paul Mausoleum Gomezs family said Friday his upbringing set the tone for a Life of public service He was born not far from New Braunfels in Barbarosa a little town near Geronimo His father died young and members of his extend ed family raised Gomez His father died at 29 so I think my dad didnt basically know recalled son Joe Gomez He was brought up by his uncle Cristobal My granduncle came here from Mexico He bought the block my dad lived on He instilled in my dad the hard work ethic and he believed in education as a way to better your Gomez said Thats what my dad believed in Thats why he did everything he did He always tried to do it to the best of his Gomez joined the Army Air Force and served as ballturret gun ner in a B17 Flying Fortress bomber in the European Theater of World War II flying the maximum See JESUS GOMEZ Obituary Page3A The legacy he left his com munity extends far beyond the West end Page 6A
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