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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ffllDAY Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 SPORTS COUPON Vol 163 No 49 12 pages 2 sections RELAX Use this coupon to receive off a onehour massage with Trisha Barthels at Mystic Salon and Day Spa Page 3A WWW GOOD Cougars edge Round Roc as soccer season opens Smithson Valley rallies to tie Pflugerviile 11 Page HA 1 I Partly cloudy High Low 62 35 Details 1B COMICS CROSSWORD ft FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 64A TV GRIDS 38 FRONT a n d CENTER Museum gets a milliondollar IRACLE New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Executive Director Charles Gallagher and Business Manager Debbie Vorhees are relieved that an anonymous local businessman has guaranteed more than million in refinancing THIS HAS BEEN MIRACULOUS THE COMBINA TION OF THESE THINGS HAS ENABLED US TO PUT ISSUES BEHIND US Charlie Gallagher executive director Deal ensures will stay open By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The story of the New Braun fels Museum of Art and Music isnt quite Its a Wonderful but it sure could be The saga comes replete with everything one could ask in an epic tale of perseverance in the face of adversity A week before Christmas a foreclosure notice was tacked up on the wall of the build ing located in the 1200 block of Gruene Road and Execu tive Director Charles Gal lagher and Business Manager Debbie Vorhees were con tacting exhibitors trying to determine where to return property after the museum shut down But they hadnt given up Now Gallagher said both believe in miracles The of few with an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute has been saved Smithsonian Institute Director Michael Carrigan will come down from Washington later this month to discuss future programming with the and with the community Just before Christmas a prominent local businessman who wants to remain anony mous stepped in and guaran teed more than million in refinancing and helped nego tiate a lease for a restaurant operator another promi nent local businessman who will soon reopen the for mer Rivers Edge Restaurant adjacent to the museum Lender Bill McCaskill craft ed a deal that enabled the museum to gain ownership of its reduced debt service so the restaurant lease could cover the muse ums payments A longstanding parking hassle with Gruene and the City of New Braunfels that helped run the Rivers Edge See MUSIUM Page 3A Examiner Jail inmates death natural By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 42yearold New Braun fels man died Wednesday night in the Comal County Jail of natural causes a med ical examiner said Comal County Sheriffs Office Public Information Officer Lt Mark Reynolds said Gilberto Gonzales Jr was pronounced dead at in the McKenna Memo rial Hospital Emergency Room Assistant Jail Administra tor Capt John Bell said Dr Diane K Molina of the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office conducted an autopsy Thursday morning on Gon zales remains At this point in time it appears it was a heart dis easerelated Bell said The autopsy revealed no indications of trauma he added Shes ruling it as a natural death at this Bell said tissue toxicology tests had been ordered and that a conclusive causeof death ruling would come when results of the tests are returned in three to four months New Braunfels police arrested Gonzales Tuesday He was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a dispute at his West End home in which See DEATH Page 3A Garden Ridge OKsnewpark By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Garden Ridge residents will soon have a new park In a 50 vote Wednesday with Coun cilman Bobby Roberts abstaining Gar den Ridge City Council approved development of the new pocket park at the corner of Bat Cave Road and Park Lane The lot is already owned by the city and was the site of the former water pumping station In order to approve the park coun cil turned down a offer to buy the property The potential buyer intended to purchase the two adjoin ing lots not owned by the city and replat all three into two homesites The issue first arose at the last coun cil meeting when Georgia Zugay spokeswoman for the informal com mittee formed to investigate the potential costs associated with the parks development addressed coun cil members At that time there were no offers to buy the said Mayor Jay Feibelman Turning the lot into a park seemed to be a The proposed park layout includes See NEW PARK Page 3A Jay Feibelman OTHER ACTION In other decisions council Designated an existing police department vehi cle as a criminal investigation and crime prevention unit Approved the request by Trophy Oaks sub division for traffic enforcement Decided to rename Municipal Parkway as John T Phillips Municipal Parkway in honor of the former judge who died Nov 21 2003 Blood substitute tests could begin in a month By Dylan Jimdnez Staff Writer University Hospital wont use an experimental blood substitute on area patients for at least a month Hospital leaders met Wednesday with a dozen Cfimjl County residents The meeting was one of at least 10 pfnrmfltinn9l mpftings shout PolyHeme a blood product they hope to test in trauma patients soon Under consideration is a study to give PolyHeme to University Hospital trauma patients who have lost more than quarts of blood In many of the 22 counties the medical facility services meetings will be conducted during the next month to get community consent for the study Although individual con sent is traditionally required for all medical trials the test will not require it because the hospital will be studying trau ma victims who will not be able to give consent when they need the blood The patients who could most benefit from this are not in a condition to give said Dr Ron Stewart princi pal investigator for the study Residents turned in anony mous surveys Wednesday giv ing their opinion of whether PolyHeme should be given to county residents without their consent Once the hospital completes its community meetings it will determine whether the study can go forth in Gomal County and other communities County residents will be noti fied at that time The study would last between one and two years During that time San Antonio Airlife crews would give as many as six units of PolyHeme to some trauma patients in the first 12 hours after injury About 20 hospitals nation wide will study PolyHeme in 720 patients It is undeter mined exactly how many comity residents would be part See BiOOD Page 3A MILLER MILLER Check us out on the web at 6253000 186 8 CaatellAve Downtown New Braunfels
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