Sunday, January 4, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas COUPON KIDS BAT FREE Children 12 and younger get a free buffet with an adult buf fet purchase at regular price at Mr Qattis Page 3A SUNDAY RALD JANUARY SPORTS HOOPS Unicorns keep it close but fall short to Bastrop i 27 Page 18 i Vol 183 NO 44 26 pages 4 sections CLICK Chuck Pinto CivicCenter city be in convention business Pinto Maybe private sector should do it By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Even if New Braunfels opts to build a scaleddown addition to the existing civic center rather than a new facility some say the idea should be left to pri vate investors who can afford the risk I like to call it inverse said City Manager Chuck Pinto If gov ernment doesnt have to do it and if the pri vate sector can then government should nt do Pinto said he would guide city council in whatever direction the members choose I do think a con vention center will work but maybe the private sector should do he said Besides I think we need to stick to the basics like fire pro tection and maintain ing the citys infra structure And if the convention center business is such a good idea someone in the private sector may do The initial concept for a new convention center was to help get more yearround con vention business to New Braunfels Now some officials say expanding the existing civic center on a smaller scale rather building a new facility might be the citys best option The 1999 study proposed a squarefoot facility in Gruene but the city has since opted to keep the civic center Pinto said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president said although the chamber funded the 1999 study ft also favors expanding the exist ing civic center on a smaller scale See CIVIC CiNTiR Page 5A A 1999 study proposed a new civic center on Gruene Road Officials say that study is outdated The city has held tvyo elections regarding expanding or building a new civic City council has discussed expanding the existing center con verting the old HE8 building con structing a new facility on the Comal Riyer and building a new munici pal complex on South Castell Avenue 1000571 SOUTHUE8T NHRQMIGLISHERS 2627 E VAHDELL lft EL FfiSO TX Partly cloudy High Low 76 44 Details 3B COMICS DEAR AB8Y 8C m 6C 4A SPORTS FORUM Rowrand CENTER FAFSA frustration DAVID Danielle Dias gets help from her mother Janis filling out the necessary forms for her FAFSA application The application process can be tedious with some forms consisting of 25 pages or more and for many colleges the deadline for financial aid is fast approaching For students mounds of paperwork can be daunting as deadlines loom By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer Paul and Janis Dias have been think ing about college tuition for their daugh ter Danielle Were wondering where its going to come Janis said laughing Danielle is a New Braunfels High School senior with a great academic record But if she is eligible far any assistance experts say financial aid applications need to be turned in to schools and the gov ernment immediately The Free Application For Student Aid FAFSA form the general application for government aid is considered the first and most important step to any tuition assistance The government began accepting FAF SA applications Jan 1 They can submit them for quite a long said Kristin Grouse spokesperson for ACT creators of the ACT assessment exam But its impor tant for families to get the FAFSA in as soon as they Scholarship agencies and states use the FAFSA as a guideline for giving tuition assistance The Dias family plans to jump on the financial aid question as soon as possi ble They also have applied for scholar ships based on Danielles academic record Many scholarship applications were due Jan 15 Janis said Parents and students should be aware of all deadlines Grouse said Some colleges require forms other than the FAFSA and might have different deadlines Danielle has applied to the University of Texas Gal StatelA and San Diego State University See FINANCIAL AID Page 5A coauthor of crunch time retwfci ens or mere QNW maw skills i sure y xmc M are fitted ut completely Pont panic twnspostnwted by the deadline financial aid info mationpaga mwrtflnancjalaid aid scam Commission looks at 2004 annexation areas From Stiff Reports The New Braunjels Planning Comniissifln Tuesday will begin reviewing its annual list of two areas adjacent to the Frank Robbins director of ptennlng and comjnunuy devel opment said the two areas adja cent to jhe airport aje under con sideration for annexation aje the end of ajr port AJniost every Umewfi get inlo annexation its potentially con troversial Bobbins said The two areas adjacent to the airport are fanning areas so I suspect well have some people show up Tuesday night at our Robbins said the commission will also consider annexing an area up 135 north of the exist ing city limit Were reaching out as far as we fan up to toe m he said Thats almost to tbjepflim of the citys inter local agreement with the city of San Marcos near Watson Robbins said the commis sions list of potential areas for annexation include an area north on Texas 46 We will keep armexjng where growth he said And one area on our list is a subdi vision past Waco Spring Road put north on Texas 46 It includes County Judge Danny Scheels property which wasnt on our list last ATACIANCf N6 Planning Commission Municipal Building 424 S Cast ell