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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY May JLTJLtlJ V J J n Scctj0ns HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 170 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Heck of a ride comes to end Angela Sr Renee Lalne DH Sr Amanda Escalante C Jr Amber Mueller 1B jr Jessica Polhamus OF Jr So So Lauren Colby OF So Taryn Murtoz P tfr BY BRYAN ADAMS Sports Editor AUSTIN Defending Class 6A state Softball cham pion Bryan High School turned a fifth inning Smith son Valley throwing error into four runs and beat the Rangers 51 in the Class 5A State Semifinals Friday night Bryan senior pitcher Lisa Gorzycki MVP of the 2002 championship game allowed one hit while striking out eight Smithson Valley 246 got its only hit in the game from Taryn Mufioz to lead off the first inning and took a 10 lead on a throwing error by the Bryan 332 third baseman off the bat of Angela Higby For Smithaon Valley it was just their third loss in 24 games We had a heck of a Smithson Valley head coach Wayne Daigle said Look at the year Taryn Munoz had and some of the younger kids had The fact that we got beat 51 doesnt bother me at all Im going to enjoy those other ball games that wo In what was supposed to be a rebuilding for the Rangers freshman Taryn Mufioz stepped in and won 16 games with an earned run average of less than one Muftoz recorded six wins one save and struck out 52 batters in 38 innings in dis trict play including a nohit ter in her first district game See Full response saves West End family from blaze K JESSIE A disappointed Smithson Valley Ranger softball team gath ers on the field following a 51 loss Friday night to Bryan High School in the 5A state semifinals in Austin BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A McGaugh Street home was heavily damaged in a fire Friday evening Three residents escaped Christina Diazs home locat ed in the 200 block without injury Four others were not home at the time of the fire New Braunfels Fire Lt Stretch Rousseau said Sta tion 2 firefighters saw heavy black smoke rising above the West End and were already getting into their truck when a full response was dis patched Full response means every available firefighter is pressed into service Friday night offduty firemen also answered the call Chief John Herber went to the scene Engineer Roger Brinkkoeto who wasnt working Friday went to the fire in civilian clothes to help operate Truck 1 I felt Brinkkoeter said I didnt want these men to have to do this by New Braunfels was left without fire coverage any where else in the city for nearly an hour while firemen fought to save the home Battalion Chief Steve Mabe sought mutual aid help from Seguin but was told that city had no avail able units to send A call for an emergency medical unit elsewhere in New Braunfels was placed on hold for some minutes until a crew could be freed up to respond We dont have enough said Fire Marshal Dar ren Brinkkoeter Theres just no one to send right Rousseau said seeing the smoke before his station had been dispatched saved valu able time that contributed to saving 75 percent of the home Wed seen the smoke and See K JESSIE New Braunfels firefighters saved threequarters of a McGaugh Street residence Friday evening From left fire fighters Todd Welch Nick Weber and Joel Simmons from the nearby Loop 337 station work to extinguish the blaze Starbucks sets eyes on New Braunfels Landmark makeover DAVID Virginia and Dan Janway visiting from Natalia take a break on Main Plaza near the bandstand New Braunfels most recognized landmark Facelift project set to mark handstands 100th birthday BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Around when George Goepf was about 10 years old fire trucks used to race down to Main Plaza on July Two groups of five or nix firemen would compete to see who could get their hoses ready first the prize being able to spray the other1 team with a blast of water Main Band stand in downtown New BraunfeJfl has always boon a part of GoepfH life His father started Goopf Jewelers in 1925 on the plaza Although the shop moved a few times before settling down at 347 Main its always boon close to the bandstand Goepf remembers when the was the hub of the city When ho wan in high school pep rallies wore hold on the plaza and ho played piccolo and flu to in the American Legion Band which performed concerts on the The bandstand wan built in 1905 at a watering place on Main The structure is nearing 100 years old arid the city in considering restoring the bandstand for its lOOlh birthday Today visitors to the bandstand see the obvious cracks chips swelling and holes in the mostly wood structure A restoration pro ject would replace rotted See BY DYLAN Staff Writer Although Starbucks Coffee Company maintains it has no confirmed plans to open a store in New Braunfels it in definitely looking We are actively looking for the perfect location in New Praunfela but at this time we do not have any con firmed plans for a retail Nancy Kane market ing manager for Starbucks said in an email We are always looking for great new locations like New Braunfels that know and appreciate great coffee and we look for ward to opening our doors in New Braunfels How soon in still unknown March 27 Starbucks received a parking variance which allows thorn to have fewer parking spots than code requires The prelimi nary site plan came in May 5 for review and the citys com ments on that plan were fin ished May 20 But a contractor has not come to the city for a building permit The variance was for the former Vivroux Sporting Goods location on the corner of South Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 Tar a Rowland who has managed Vivroux Sporting Goods for 10 years said Star bucks had been looking at opening at the location for years and when the sport ing goods store didnt renew its lease the coffee chain took advantage of the opportunity Vivroux employees moved to a new location in the Mar ket Place May 19 The store is having its grand opening this weekend The new store has square feet more space bet ter parking and better access from the road Traffic was Row land said and although the store is a favorite of local sports teams it always was difficult to get business in there When Sandy Fontana of Caf6 Fontanas found out Starbucks Coffee Company was looking to open a store in New Braunfels she said she was worried See INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Annexation lawsuit could come to an end BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The legal dispute that erupted in 2001 over New Braunfels annexation of two subdivisions has been resolved Residents of Hunters Creek Northwoods sub divisions who sued the city over sewer services after they were annexed had until Friday to sign off on a set tlement worked out in medi ation between their respec tive homeowners associa tions the city and New Braunfels Utilities City Attorney Charles Zech said Friday was the deadline for the signed agreement to be delivered to his office Pending city councils accep tance of its terms Zech said he couldnt discuss details of the agreement Friday Well have an executive session Monday to discuss he said City Manager Charles Pin to confirmed the agreement is on Mondays agenda but abw said he couldnt discuss its terms New Braunfels Utilities had it on its agenda Thurs day Pinto said We have it on our agenda Monday 1 really cant say Pinto said
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