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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY JANUARY BBS ROUNDUP Cougars fall to Del Valle 6460 SV girls keep district lead with 6942 win Page 8A QUEST COLUMN VVeodall asks why sheuld waste money on an unneeded luxury like a space program Page 4A Vol 163 Me 62 12 pages 2 sections K I VWVW heraltkeitunpom FRONtand CENTER Water activist community leader J J Kenneth Fiedler honored with the Besserung chambers Citizen of the Year award DAVID Lorene Fiedler holds a proclamation from State Rep Carter Casteel while talking about her late husband Kenneth in the living room of their home Kenneth Fiedler won the Besserung Award Friday night at the 85th annual chamber banquet From schools to hospital Fiedlers impact farreaching By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The man who won thisyears Besserung Award carried the water for yearsfor this city on flood control and water quali ty The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc recognized Kenneth Fiedlers recent years of work to ensure his neighbors an adequate supply of good clean water and his lifetime of communi ty service giving him the hon or reserved each year for this outstanding citizen Fiedlers wife Lorene accepted the award for her husband at the 85th annual chamber banquet conduct ed at the New Braunfels Civic Center On his behalf I thank you so she said He would have been very proud and very honored to have this awardAt the same time I want to thank the many peo ple who have been so kind during our time of Fiedler 84 died in Novem ber and never learned hed been chosen for the award His death came within days of the passing of Ramon Cha pa 2003 chairman of the chamber who was supposed to present the honor Chamber 2004 Chairman John Dierksen who filled in for Chapa hailed the self taught water expert and self motivated public servant as the only choice for this years Besserung It was clear to the cham bers awards committee in early October last year that there could be only one Besserung Award winner for his Dierk sen said In his last years Fiedler was instrumental in organizing the Guadalupe Basin Coalition an organization of chambers of commerce businesses and governments along the river See PIIDLIR Page 3A RiBfCCA S Lorene Fiedler accepts the Besserung Award for her late hus band Kenneth from Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Chairman John Dierksen as her son Uoyd looks on PMostly cloudy High Low BEAR ABBY 3S COMICS 2B PORUM 4A 6 SPORTS ii Car chase ends with officer hurt 1 escapes By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A New Braunfels police officer and a burglary sus pect sustained minor and escaped The suspects are believed responsible for a number of motor vehicle burglaries in New Braunfels and Seguin injuries in a confrontation after a highspeed car chase suspect now an cus early Friday morning odf who was Jnving the The suspect a 19yearold Jeeing jar would be booked New Braunfels for evading detention with a man had not been motor vehicle and processed into Comal County Jail Friday afternoon and his name was not released He was treated at McKenna Memori al Hospital for minor injuries and released to police Scott Lan9e aggravated assault of a peace officer with a motor vehi cle Both charges are felonies Langes injuries came when he tried to pull the driver from the car and the driver attempt ed to speed off me police officer Scott T Lange was not treated offi haiW tan the drivers door He reached in to grab the driver to try to restrain him after the Gabbard said As the driver acceler ated forward the officers cials said and was cleared to return to work for his Sat urday shift Officers are seeking a sec ond suspect in connection with the incident and antic ipate an arrest The second man fled the vehicle for neafty woods gunbelt got caught The guy was trying to get back onto See CHASE Page 3A Simridge closes Flexonics expands By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Although New Braunfels lost another manufacturer in December more jobs could be on the way Simridge plastics injections closed its doors in late December The bottom line is they got caught up in the said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce pres ident The two owners formerly held key manufacturing posi tions and bought out the company in 2001 They kept the jobs here for quite a Meek said We were very pleased about that But a competitive industry and a bad economy finally caused the company to fail Meek said Meek said 30 people were laid off despite media reports indicating the number was 86 That blow might be soft ened by the local expansion of manufacturer Senior Flexon ics Pathway The company will move its manufacturing activities from Tennessee and consolidate them in New Braunfels by the end of 2004 according to a company news release The New Braunfels plant will be modernized and expanded to more than square feet In the mid1990s New Braunfels enjoyed a strong plastics injections base com prising onethird of local manufacturing jobs That business has thinned out with manufacturing jobs lost in the past two years Things that were once hightech became a com Meek said And when it becomes a commod like China take your business Phone calls to Simridge Technologies were not returned Friday and Flexonics corporate officials did not comment COMING SUNDAY Deal gives Bulverde its first community park By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVEflOE County commissioners gave the City of Bulverde a big boost toward Us first public park Thursday Commissioners unani mously approved a lease on acres of land purchased after the 1998 flood The park which will be caJJLet Bulverde Coamiuniiy is located on Bulverde Laae across from the BuJ verde airport Precinct 2 Com missioner Jay Mil Ulan whose district includes Bulverde said the park would include footbailaiui soccer practice fields as well as ball diamonds with pic nic areas and a playground The land located along side Indian Creek north of ifee CiboJo Cieek was an area residences that washed JayMillikin away in the October 1998 flood It was bought out by the county and the Federal Emer gency Management Agency Under fed eral rules no new improvements can be made to the property that would result in insured flood loss es It was ow intent to con vert this land into a commu nity park for the Bulverde Millikin said Currently Bulverde resi dents make an eightmile drive up 281 to Jumbo Evans Sports Park which Millikin said would still hap pen for sports events Theyll go there for real ball games but their practice fields will be closer to Millikin said Bulverde City Administra tor Phyllis Petersen said the 99year lease allowed Bul verde to invest in the facility See 3 A
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