New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 11, 2004 : Front Page

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung February 11, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS ROUNDUP Canyon soccer teams both win 1-0; CHS girls baskt ball team closes season with a win. Page SA WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2004 LIFE 40 DAYS Local churches set to kick off a program based on the popular book, "The Purpose Driven Life." Page IB befviiiy New uiuuinwiu «..w. — Vol. 153. No. 79 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK WWW. herald-zeitung.com 8 "56825 00001    1 since 1852. likely High Low 47 38 Details .... 2B DEAR ABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS 6-8B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 48 Council pedals past bike lane idea By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council opted Monday not to extend a proposed bike lane on Walnut Avenue from County Line Road to 1-35, saying traffic at Wal-Mart was too dangerous. “I can’t support having a bike lane all the way to 1-35,” said Mayor Adam Cork. “We’re talking about a very short stretch but a lot of traffic. It s dangerous.” The city began a bike-and-hike program last year in conjunction with the Comal County frail Group, which has proposed a bike route to link downtown New Braunfels, Landa Park and live Oak soccer fields with adjoining neighborhoods, civic areas and other commercial activities. “It’s a good group, and they helped initiate the hike-and-bike program,” said City Manager Chuck Pinto. “We want that kind of concept, a hike-and-bike program. But we don’t want to encourage anyone to ride a bicycle in a high-traffic area, especially inexperienced riders and children.” District I Councilwoman Sonia Munoz-Gill said the entrance and exit traffic at Wal-Mart presents too much of a problem for a bike lane. “People seem to think theres only one entrance into Wal-Mart,” she said. “So I agree... its a problem, and I have some real concerns.” Council did. however, approve a bike route along Mill Street as a bike route without any parking prohibition. SITED METHODIST CHU Tour of Faith Bracken UMC has marked family milestones since 1871. MILLER & MILLER FRONTand Center Guitar workshops comes with Strings attached DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Novice guitar player Nell Smith, left, talks with Tony Nobles about the types of wood he used in the construction of one of his guitars at the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music. The three-part series, which began Sunday night, features the work of three master guitar makers. TAKE YOUR PICK Sunday — Tony Nobles on electric guitars. Feb 22 — Tom Ellis on inlays, mandolins and banjos I Time 6 p.m. I Place. New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music. 1259 Gruene Road Reservations: 625-5636 I Cost $10 Smaller crowds enable participants to dictate talk's topics By Dylan Jimtnez Staff Writer Musicians looking to develop an inside-out relationship with their instruments have the chance to pick the brains of some of area’s great guitar makers. For the next two Sundays, Tony Nobles and Tom Ellis, well-known custom guitar experts, will lead workshops at the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music. The workshops will cover electric gui tars, mandolins and banjos. Last Sunday, Nobles spoke to a small group of guitar enthusiasts and novices. I Ie let the crowd dictate the content. “It was so small, I just asked people what they wanted to know about and let them guide me through it,” Nobles said. Because of the diverse crowd, everyone can lake something different from the workshops. “Theres so much to know. It’s really infinite. If I help somebody move in the direction of better understanding and enjoyment, that’s the goal,” Nobles said. Nobles has written a monthly column for "Vintage Guitar” magazine for 12 years. A Texas Slate University-San Marcos alumnus, he also has done a few talks at the school. Although he spends little time educating the public, he finds himself exchanging with musicians and other guitar makers. “I do repairs for select people," Nobles said. “A lot of repairs don’t have to do with what’s broken; its to see what can I do to improve it.” Education is an important part of playing instruments well. Nobles finds many musicians aren't receptive to how important instrument education can be. See STRINGS, Page 3A Texas 46 projects move into fast lane By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Texas 46 west of New Braunfels is now in the fast lane for work that witliin months could improve traf fic conditions. County Judge Danny Scheel said Texas Department of Transportation District Engineer David Casteel assured I lim the roadway from lx>op 337 to I arm-to-Market Road 2722 could be widened and improved within the next several years. TxDQT also is taking a very preliminary look at a project dear to Schools heart — an outer loop around New Braunfels that could, among other things, one day provide Canyon I-ake traffic a way to get to southbound Interstate 35 without coming to New Braunfels. In the meantime, smaller parts of the Texas 46 project, such as turn lanes at First (Commercial Bank and Newk’s Tennis Ranch, have already been completed, and within one year, TxDOT anticipates widening eastbound Texas 46 from l imber I lollow to Loop 337 to two lanes. Rights-of-way for the overall widening project still have to lie secured, projects designed and penults sought. But, as recently as this past fall, the projects weren't even on TxDOT's planning horizon, Scheel said. “I want to give all the praise in the world to TxDOT for recognizing our situation and for being able to help us out,” Scheel said. Ibis past fall, Scheel hammered Casteel, who was then TxDOT's new San Antonio district engineer, because the Texas 46 project, which the county has repeatedly placed on its list of requested projects, did not appear on TxDOT’s list of planned projects. Casteel, who went to county seats to meet Jill the county judges in his district, went out to Texas 46 with Scheel and Greg Malatek, Tx! JGT’s New' Braunfels area engineer, to survey the traffic situation. “The judge had a good presentation and lie made a good case," Malatek said. “He’s right. The proof was there; Some of this stuff should have happened awhile back.” Malatek said the field trip with Scheel made it clear to Casteel m A stopgap widening of eastbound Texas 46 from Timber Hollow to Loop 337 H An overpass at FM 2722 to be put out to bid in four to five years 8 Widening of Texas 46 from Loop 337 to PM 2722 to be put out to bid in six years. m Also see TxDOT s vision for the future transportation. Page 3A Related editorial. Page 4A See HIGHWAY. Page 3A Insurance Agency - Check us out on the web at: www.miller-millerinsurance.com 625-3000 186 S. Casten Ave. - Downtown New Braunfels riffirBBiiH8iiiHiiiBliiroi4MBilliiiiBilBiBMliiMMiMMWIM    WTT    mr wit >Tim i is ii ‘imrr im..........irn Safety first Stacie Zercher. New Braunfels Fire Department division chief for training, checks the straps on Aurora Lily Villalobos' car seat while training division secretary Gloria Herfurth looks on The fire department was on hand Tuesday afternoon at Prodigy Learning Center to check the adjustment on car seats and replace unsafe ones. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: February 11, 2004

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