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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas U ULY SPORTS SWIMMIfcti New Braunfels Dolphins swimming team heads upstream for meet with good prospects in all age groups Page 7A ZEITUNG LIFE HEALTHY BITES Simple tips and recipes to get all the taste and flavor of summer without all the calories and carbs Page IB Serving New Bteiinfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 14 pages 2 sections CLICK i www 8seooooi1 20 chance of storms High Low 95 72 2B DEARABBY 48 CLASSIFIEDS 44ft COMICS 38 CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 78A 48 j CIVIC j discord Convention study result is prompt mixed reactions from city officials By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A consulting firms suggestion that a new anchor hotekwould be critical for a downtown con vention center provoked a wide range of reactions Tuesday Its a pretty grandiose said Dan Henry New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Associ ation past president Im not saying its a bad proposal but the association suggested expanding the existing civic cen ter and building a new parking garage three years A study presented Monday to the New Braunfels City Council showed the city ranked above others as a desir able convention destination Bill Krueger with Conventions Sports and Leisure said a mil lion to million multipurpose facility with a nearby hotel would be needed to successfully com pete for the states convention business CSL was hired in February to study New Braunfels conven tion industry after council could nt decide whether to build a new civic center or expand the exist ing civic center A stateoftheindustry facili ty would require at least to square feet of exhibit space to square feet of ballroom space and to square feet of meeting space Krueger said But a fullservice hotel within walking distance to the civic cen ter facility would be a critical fac Krueger said See STUDY Page 4A Photos by DAVID San Marcos plan strikingly similar By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN MARCOS A week before New Braunfels City Council heard a report recommending a hotel and conference center their counterparts here heard pretty much the same thing City Manager Dan OLeary made a presentation July 12 to San Marcos City Council Next Monday theyre hearing infor mation in order to adopt a resolution of said Nina Lester OLearys assistant Phil Neighbors president of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce said he believed council would adopt that reso lution Neighbors sees New Braunfels and San Marcos as two jewels that could become important convention destinations along the Interstate 35 corridor See SAN MARCOS Page 4A NBISD city work in tandem on traffic By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District and the city will explore ways to make the area around the Memorial schools safer for arriving and departing students New Braunfels May or Adam Cork visited NBISD trustees Tues day at their July meet ing to express his con cerns about the mix of vehicle and pedestri an traffic in the area of County Line Road and Walnut Avenue and called on NBISD to work with the city toward a safety solu tion He also asked that a solution be planned for in advance when the dis trict builds new schools to the south of the area on West Klein Road Three NBISD schools Memorial Pri mary Memorial Elementary and Memo rial Intermediate all open and close at the same time each day With school buses parents arriving and departing by car and student pedes trian traffic city and school district offi cials have long had concerns about safe ty and have received calls from patrons and constituents With three schools on that corner it creates a traffic and safety Cork told the board The city had conducted a traffic study of the intersection but it doesnt yet meet engineering standards for a stop sign or traffic signal on County Line Road Cork said He acknowledged the district provides bus service area residents could use but Cork said he didnt see that usage increas ing When someone can hit a baseball from the school and almost hit their home theyre not going to wait for a bus to cross the Cork said But Coun ty Line Road is unsafe We dont have a crossing guard there because its so unsafe That tells me that something needs to be done and I think we have to See NBISD Page 3A Adam Cork All dogs might go to heaven but Scrappy Beaster cant go to Italy By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Leaving family behind is the hardest part of being sent overseas said Navy Mas ter Chief Bill Lacy Bill Lacy and his wife Lea leave for the USS Emory S Land in La Maddalena Italy in less than two weeks but their two Labrador retrievers wont be going with them Scrappy a 2yearold yellow Lab and Beaster a 3yearold black Lab Great Dane mix have been together all of their lives Theyre big Bill Lacy said Thats whats so disappointing and so hard on us about finding them a place to Since a friend who had promised to take the dogs told them late last week he could nt do it the Lacys have been scrambling to find a home for Scrappy and Beaster With packing for the big move getting doc uments in order and making lastminute doctor and veterinarian visits tracking down a nice family has been an uphill battle And time is not on their side The Lacys have to find a home by July 30 or drop their babies at a shelter a prospect that nearly brings them both to tears If you ask me whats the toughest part its seeing myself having to take them to a shel ter Those two dont deserve a Bill Lacy said TWo smaller family cats Buddha 3 and Cally 15 have gotten all the shots and papers they need to cross the ocean But yards in Italy just arent made for big dogs See i Page 3A Lea Lacy and her husband Navy Master Chief Bill Lacy are looking for a good home for their dogs Beaster left and Scrappy before hes trans ferred to Italy in less than two weeks DAMP ew RAUNFELS SPM MEMBERS NQN MEMBERS HURSDAY ULY