Saturday, July 31, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas tffi SATURDAY JULY 31 2004 JULY 31 2004 ALDZEITUNG SPORTS COIN NETTY NBHS volleyball coach Phyllis Fowler begins her 10th season with the Unicorns as practice begins Monday Page SA FORUM GUEST COLUMNS William Norvell Jr says fencing in Garden Street bridge will keep jumpers out David Buchanan wants seniors to have tax break Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 224 14 pages 2 sections CLICK j sot wwwr Partly cloudy High Low 94 75 Details1B DEAR ABBY COMICS 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS B6A TV GRIDS 3B They can build it we can help Home Depot gets local state incentives for service center By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Two years of behindthe scenes negotiations culminat ed Friday when Gov Rick Per ry and local officials announced The Home Depot Supply would build a cus tomer service center in New Braunfels that would create 350 new jobs Officials said the center would occupy eight acres and would have an annual payroll of million Local officials kept the announcement cloaked in secrecy for weeks including Perrys plans to attend Perry said companys deci sion to build a service center in Comal County was the result of a joint effort between the state city and county This was a classic example of the state and the city work ing he said Also attending the announcement were Mayor Adam Cork state Rep Carter Casteel County Judge Danny Scheel Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Presi dent Michael Meek and The Home Depot officials Meek said the city competed against a site in Illinois The Home Depot nar rowed its choice to New Braunfels or a site in Illinois but I feel the deciding factors were our location our work force and good financial incen he said When completed next year the center would be only the second customer service cen ter in the country for The Home Depot Supply division but officials wouldnt disclose the proposed site for the facility DAVID Above Gov Rick Perry talks with Shay Kowalik 6 while Home Depot employees look on after a press conference Friday morning announcing that The Home Depot Supply would build a new customer service center here that will create 350 new jobs Below Perry said the new call center combined with a Home Depot technology center in Austin will give the state an million economic boost The Home Depot also plans to build a new technology cen ter in Austin The technology center and the New Braunfels service center represent an million capital invest ment in Texas officials said Todays announcement wouldnt have happened with out the hard work and support of Governor Perry Mayor Adam Cork the Austin Cham ber of Commerce and the New Braunfels Chamber of Com said Bob DeRodes executive vice president of The Home Depot Supply DeRodes said the Austin technology center would employ 500 people and would open within 18 months Cork said financial incen tives offered by the state and New Braunfels to The Home Depot included a sharing of sales We cant disclose the exact details of the financial incen tives until we know the site location but the most impor tant thing is the city will get a portion of sales taxes from products shipped from any distribution center in Cork said Thats going to amount to a significant amount of sales tax revenues for New Perry said the state con tributed an million incentive package from the Texas Enterprise Fund TEF for the Home Depot expan sion The Home Depot Supply has three distribution centers in Texas San Antonio Houston and Dallas The customer service cen ter in New Braunfels will take orders for products which will be shipped from The Home Depot Supply distribution Meek said The Home Depot Supply is a leading supplier of mainte nance repair and operations products to multifamily edu cational and commercial properties COMING SUNDAY boxes creates traffic hazard WORD questions gorge partnership By Brand Grissom Staff Writer A grant proposal seeking techni cal assistance from the National Parks Services River Trails and Con servation Assistance Program to develop trails along the gorge below Canyon Dam has been submitted by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority GBRA and the Comal County WaterOriented Recreation District are preparing a joint proposal to the Army Corps of Engineers to develop the gorge as a recreational and educational area The gorge was created when floodwaters flowed over Canyon Dam spillway in July 2002 GBRA however submitted the grant request to the Parks Service without approval from WORD WORD members are concerned GBRA isnt considering their board a full partner in the development endeavor WORD began more than a year ago WORD board counsel Holly Gilman said wording in the grant application was also troubling GBRA and WORD are partners in this and they need to treat us as See GORGE Page 3A Greg Parker HI I I I II lUiH Parker calls on Zamora to quit By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamoras Republican opponent called on her to withdraw from the election and apologize to her con stituents for alleged election law viola tions Greg Parker who joined Zamoras Democrat primary challenger Ramon Chapa in allega tions her campaign mishan dled mail in ballots said Thurs day Zamo ra should be ashamed of the accu sations Allega tions included obtaining mail in ballots for elderly voters who did not request them fill ing them out or mailing them in for the voters and not recording the assistance in accordance with the law and checking candidates not sup ported by the voters Zamora has denied the alle gations None have been proved and no charges have been filed In a prepared statement Fri day she said Parker is being irresponsible and untruth ful to the voters of Precinct 3 I do not intend to withdraw from the commissioners race Mr Parker wishes to win the November election by intimi Zamora wrote may have succeeded in scar ing the few volunteers that help the elderly community to vote in my district For that 1 am deeply Zamora acknowledged that recent revisions of election law could have resulted in minor technical rules infractions I am told there is an ongo ing review and I intend to be See ZAMORA Page 3A Cristina Zamora Lucky Duck Derby host makes crowd quack up By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Everything just went quackers Friday afternoon in Landa Park Ten thousand ducks floated the Comal River for a good they werent dining on fountain darters Thats because they were rubber duckies competing in the third annual Lucky Duck Derby which benefits the Comal County Senior Citizen Center The Lucky Duck Derby a sort of offbeat traveling fundraising circus like donkey basketball or cow chip throwing contests is emceed each year by Cameron Brad fute who is so good he could call the Ken tucky Derby or at least a demolition derby And here they come down around toe in the lead its a yellow duck fol lowed by a yellow duck and a yellow duck and let me get my glasses a whole herd of yellow ducks To be a duck derby emcee requires stall and concentration Bradrute said I guess I just dont mind talking and acting a little he allowed To be an emcee one also must know how to work a crowd and Bradrute is a master Folks were racing for a million dol Brddiuie told the crowd Thafs right we have a million buck duck In fact we have three of em To win the million the first place duck had to be one of three out of the Picture2Vldeo didnt have one of those clucks but Jamie Velasquez who picked up the prize didnt care We just came here to take some pho she said Bradfute turned to Andrei Serban who is visiting this summer from Romania with his sister lulia They do not have duck races like this in Romania do they not Bradfute asked Serban acknowledged they did not See that Bradfute asked turning to the crowd It was worth the price of the airplane ticket just to see The race is a memory of America Serban will long relish Ifs he said laughing We dont have them in Romania for Melody McClajy won the second Alette Nixon of the Comal County Senior Citizen Canter place prize and Zane ShuJJanberger won pulls the first place duck out of the Comal River third place and ing the annual Lucky Duck Derby