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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas W W THURSDAY FEBRUARY H tSTJ A T lltlvALU ft flt ft SPORTS HAVING A BALL NBHS grad Matt Hague is now enjoying basketball and college life in general at nearby Trinity University S COUPONS LOVI TO SAVE Riverview Baskets Gaudy Chic j Money Mart Pawn Lone Star i Wireless Blumenmeisters offer Valentines deals Inside Serving New Braumeis anu tysince 18B2 Vol 163 No SO 10 pages 1 section CK FRONT and CENTER Three days eight bands and all the oompaft music you can handle Area polka band leaders prepare for this weekends Polka Fest Clockwise from bottom are Pearly Sowell Rennie Guenther Roy Haag Gordon Zunker John Kaderli and Urban Kneupper Polka Fest celebrates area heritage By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Theres more than 200 years of polka music playing among the eight bands scheduled for Polka Fest this weekend The Polka Band Leaders of NewBraunfels have hosted the multiday conceit and dance for nine years trying to main tain New Braunfels rich cul tural heritage The bands keep it said Pearly Sowell of the band Oma and the Oompahs We wanted to keep the spirit of the polka music Last year about people from 17 states attended Polka Fest Most who come to the event ate 40 to 80 years old said David Smith percussionist for Oma and the Oompahs Smith has been polka danc ing since he was a small boy But for those new to the polka scene Smith said danc ing to the music is as easy as counting onetwothree And Sowell who has played polka music for 60 years says polka still is a strong institu tion in New Braunfels Last year 1 was Sowell said There were a number of younger Several with a different up the citys polka sound Sowell said Oma and the Oompahs is booked for more than 50 shows a year We play all over the place all year Smith said Sowell said many other areas looked to New Braunfels for polka I music and I local band lead ers hope to keep that culture going Were trying to remind peo ple how many bands there used to be in New said Roy Haag who hosts a German music show online at The show started Braunfels radio more than 50 years ago highlighting local Germanstyle music v Haag is working to put together a display of local pol ka band history for Saturday and Sunday Polka Fest shows Gruene Hall even started out as a polka band he said DAVID HeraldZeitung NINTH ANNUAL NEW BRAUNFELS POLKA FEST Schedule to 9 Friday American Legion Hall 410 W am to Saturday Knights of Columbus Hall 111 landa St 11 am to 7 Sunday Knights of Columbus Hall In advance all weekend Saturday Sunday Advance tick ets available at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce or At the door all weekend Friday Saturday Sunday Information Call Pearly Sowell 6259288 WWW i i DEARABBY 8 CUSSIFIEDS I COMICS 7 FORUM 4 High Yew i OBITUARIES 3 aa so i SPORTS s i ilium mill nil IIII ill S68i5lloodoiMI11 I i 8 inspired by downtown Retail center off the loop will even have a gazebo By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Developers of a proposed retail center told city and chamber officials Wednesday they would recreate an old downtown atmosphere in one of the citys higher traffic areas A proposed square feet twostory retail develop ment at Loop 337 and Sum merwood Drive will include include a squarefeet ballroom restaurants a gaze bo clothing outlets and other retail stores developers said James Boyd vice president of Premier Systems said the project will be reminiscent of old downtown New Braun fels and will have a view of Itll be called Uptown Plazapand we hope to start construction within the next Courtesy Premier Systems six Boyd said We expect to complete the project within one to two Boyd said his company will be working closely with the chamber and the city We hope to recruit retailers like Red Lobster and Landrys he said Uptown Plaza will be restaurant based but it will also be a multipur pose development that will See RETAIL Page 2A Hotel tax income hits a record high From Staff Reports New Braunfels1 revenue from hotel taxes has reached a record high This revenue increase is crucial to keeping local property tax rates down said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce president Hotel tax revenue reported in the 2003 calendar year is up percent more than the previous record year of 2001 and 22 percent more than the flood year of 2002 Meek said Last years fourth quarter hotel tax revenue exceeded the previous years fourth quarter earnings Hotel tax revenue is indica tive of strong sales tax rev enue because tourists buy locally After the 2002 flood hotel tax and sales tax revenue dropped dramatically impacting the city which relies on the income for 20 percent of its budget Following the flood the chamber instituted a recov ery plan that generated thou sands of dollars in publicity statewide We estimated at the time of the flood that the recovery would take two to three years to reach the same revenue levels of Meek said We were very pleased to learn that we reached that goal in one See HOTEL TAX Page 2A Cold weather in store no burning today By Ron Maloney Stiff Writer Wednesdays rains will give way today to blustery north winds and cooler temperatures behind a front that blew through overnight The expected winds have caused Coma County Fire Marshal Lin Manfordtc issue a warning against outdoor burning days after tne county lifted its bum baa Even though the ban has been lifted and it has been raining for several days outdoor burning will not be allowed Thursday Feb Manford said Those are state rules Its not something I can Manford said state law prohibited burning when vvinds were predicted to be less than 6 mph or more than i STSftS Way outlook Any burn ing Manford said must comply with Texas Commission on EnvironmentalQualiry rules National Weather Service Meteo rologist Mark Brundrett said sus tained winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph would fetor an upperlevel disturbance that came through overnight bringing colder temperatures Were expecting highs in the 40s maybe 50 Brundrett said Lows tonight are expected to be In the low to to freez ing Friday night Brundrett said some Hill Country areas could see snow flumes Right now the models are show ing toe possibility but not all the models are stowing it Slay tuned the forecasts could change radical Tracking the news TOP DOG LAST WE KNEW Local dal matian Gambler and his owner Suzan Casey were on their way to the West minster Dog Show in New York LATEST Gambler did not place in his group Monday NEXT Gambler will attend more dog shows and enter the stud market as a cham i sire Lookintho Fri ft for our
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