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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SUN COUPON GET PAMPERED New beauty salon Oooh La La offers off salon service Dragortflies and Daisies gift boutique offers 16percent off purchases Page 36 r JANUARY KXKKXKXKKXKXKX ALL FOR ftPt 780 m SOUTHVEST 2627 E YANDELl OR EL FASO TX 79903 SPECIAL SECTIONS BIZ BABIES Proud parents show off their babies in Babys First Chamber of Commerce highlights accomplishments Inside 1852 Vdl 163 Ne 03 26 pages 4 sections CLICK I www Mostly sunny i High Low Details 3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS lift COMICS 46 CROSSWORD 46 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B B6C PROisiTand CENTER Refocusing With new director and new space Sophienburg ready for big changes REBECCA S Above Sarah Reeves Bonne Burton and Michael Spain look over blueprintsfor renovations at The Sophienburg museum and archives By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Contractors were putting the finishing touches on the ambitious expansion of the Sophienburg Museum Renovation of the square feet old city library building should be completed by March 1 said Michael Spain board president At least thats our target he said We will at least be partially When the work is done the muse ums campus will consist of squarefeet of space in three sepa rate existing urn building the newly renovated building and the old city library which is currently used for storage The museum campus is on the site of the original town founded by Prince Spain said The existing museum houses artifacts and archival collections including books papers maps municipal documents and The existing building was built in the 1935 Spain said In 1992 the museum acquired the old city hall building on Seguin Avenue In 2001 the city built a new library and city council knew we were interested in the old Spain said So they transferred ownership to us We also own two lots behind the library building which could give us another square feet of See CHANGIS Page 3A Smithsonian official discusses museum s future By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A senior official with the Smithsonian institute is coming to town Monday to discuss the future of the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Smithsonian Director of Affili ate Programs Michael Carrigan will host a community forum to talk about future programs and devetopinji community support for the museum The meeting will be conducted from to 9 pm at the muse um which is located at 1259 GrueneRoad The New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music opened as the Hummel Museum in the early 1990s showcasing the art of Sis ter Maria Innocentia Hummel a nun in World War JJ aermany Her paintings of happy and cenfaced children were later interpreted in plates and fig urines that are famous around the world In 2000 it returned the Hum Kiel coUecoon and changed its focus to the locaJ arts and music heritage adding its affiliation with tne Smithsonian Legal issues surrounding park ing delayed construction and opefuiigoftheniuseumfctrmore than a in late December with the help of lenders and local businessmen the museum put those problems behind it and is now moving forward Museum Executive Director Charles Gallagher said Monday nights meeting would be teld to explore what the museum and its Smithsonian affiliation can mean for New Braunfels and its educational arts and cultural community Carrigan will be flying down here from Washington specufieatty to meet wjtb the people of New Gallagher said This will be a See COMING THURSDAY Check us out on the web at ft MILLER II Retail study results are in By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The second phase of a comprehensive retail study compiled by a Fort Worth company will be presented Wednesday to city officials The study is intended to iden tify specific retail demands that could translate to new commerce in New Braunfels The project is a joint effort by the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce and the City of New Braun fels to identify and group consumer profiles and match those findings to appropriate retailers The idea was ini tially Mayor Adam said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Com munity ID a consulting firm in Fort Worth was hired to do a study that would help us go after particular AT A GLANCE Retail study meeting 6 Wednesday Honors Hall 390 COMING THURSDAY What retailers does the study suggest could make it here What retailers does the com munity think the town lacks See RETAIL Page 3A City school fiberoptic agreement months out By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City officials are months away from final izing an agreement with New Braunfels Independent School District to connect the computer systems of the city New Braunfels Utilities and NBlSDs cam puses through a fiberoptic network The agreement which has been in the works for a year would allow the three entities to share computer databases and telephone sys tems We budgeted for this last year and were working on the final draft of the agree said City Manager Chuck Pinto Pinto said council set aside million in reserve funds last year to pay for the change AT A GLANCE I City council meeting Monday I Council cham bers 424 S Castell Ave See FIBtBOPTIC Page 3A town New Braunfsis
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