New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 8, 2004 : Front Page

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung December 8, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas -J ▼ TT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8,2004 smP ^RALD-ZEITUNG I 'iff J*    "rn SPORTS BASKETBALL New Braunfels girls basketballer lose; Canyon girls, Smithson Valley boys win. Page 7A COUPON SAVE Walgreens offers coupons for savings and bargains at its store. Inside Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 20    |    ■npH    I DEAR ABBY 4B 16 pages, 2 sections    j mp    I    classifieds ob CLICK    500    j    ft 9 I COMICS    3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM    6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A ■56825 00001" 1 I flotailc 9R I TV GRIDS 4B www: herald-zeitung.com j 8 Mostly sunny High Low 71 45 Details .... 2BMission Valley Mills site chosen for center COMING SUNDAY Bl The Herald-Zeitung will take a look at the Mission Valley Proposal By Bon Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members voted Monday to name the Mission Valley Mills site on the Guadalupe River as its choice location for a convention center. But in an amendment to the resolution, council stopped short of endorsing the concept it was shown in Monday night’s meeting for a $50 million, 200 to 300 room hotel and convention center a consultant proposed for the 41-acre site. The project would be partially funded through a special tax dis trict called a Tax Increment Finance District. The vote was 4-3 to name what was once the site of the city’s largest employer the preferred location for a convention center. In favor were Beth Sokolyk, Valerie I lull, Mayor Adam Cork and Mayor Pro Tem Lee Rodriguez. Gale O’Hara Pospisil, Sonia See CITY, Page 5A Commissioners discuss Walnut Avenue problems By Bon Maloney Staff Writer The planning and traffic commissions met in joint session Tuesday to give a consultant a taste of what the public perceives as problems with Walnut Avenue. Engineer Jeff Moeller of consulting engineers ('arter & Burgess met with planners to consider what problems exist on the street, which is one of the city’s few north-south thoroughfares that crosses Interstate 35. The meeting was intend ed to update the city on a $22,500 Walnut Avenue traffic study to he completed early next year — and to hear input that goes beyond mere engineering and traffic counts. “One of the things we struggle with doing a study like this is you can analyze the numbers, but a community can have a different definition of the problem,” Moeller said. “What does the community believe the problem is?” Cheryl Casteel, who serves See PLANNING, Page 5A Down to the wire Can the Smithson Valley Rangers continue their quest for a state title? Trustees approve refinancing of bonds By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees didn’t hesitate Monday night to take a vote that would save the district money. Thanks to a disappointing Labor Department jobs report, bond market rates shifted f riday, enabling the district to refund a portion of the 1999 bonds for a net savings of $944,541. 2004 CHEER FUND Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate — B Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18. Thanks to the following for their support: ■ Samuel and Patsy Wotipka ■ Mildred and Harvey Ruppel ■ Gerald and Rosalie Groves ■ Frances Fiedler I Comer and Barbara Alden ■ Fitness made Fun Low Impact Aerobics Trustees had not expected another opportunity so quickly after missing a $960,(XX) savings in November. “It was a nice early Christmas present," said Trustee Laura Kistner. In September, Duane West-erman, the district’s financial advisor, presented trustees several refunding scenarios for their consideration. The savings was estimated at See CISD, Page 5A Tim and Yvonne Haegelin Donald Schmalz Marsha Spaeth Les and Lavada Caffey Arvel and Iris Schulle Troy and Dolores Bureh Inez M. Young Christopher and Judy Wallisch Dewey and Connie Owens Several anonymous donors By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The crowd who gathered Tuesday to pay tribute to the men and women who served during the attack on Pearl I lar-bor consisted mostly of people old enough to have lived through it. Many of the men wore Veterans of Foreign Wars caps and saluted the flag with a snap that only comes from performing the motion repetitively over a number of years. At the edge of the group, a young motlier stood with her three children, explaining the purpose of the tall, needle-like monument on the edge of Prince Solins park. Sue Barber said she wanted her children to understand the sacrifices made so they could live in a free country. “Being here gives them an opportunity to honor some of the history of our country first hand,” she said. “Seeing these men and hearing their stories puts some skin on what they read about.” lustin, 11, Carolyn, 9, and Abigail, 7, listened quietly its the list of ships on battleship row was read. "I like hearing the stories,” Carolyn said. Justin, who spent several months last year studying World Wat ll, said it was one of his favorite periods of history. World War II veteran Midge Haneiwich said she was tin filed to see the next generation learning about the events of her lifetime. “I feel strongly how important it is to have children exposed to our heritage,” she said. Although none of Comal County’s Pearl Harbor survivors made it to the ceremony, guest speaker B J. Young, who lives in Wimberley, shared his story of the events that unfolded at I lickam Field the morning of the attack. Young was just emerging from the shower when the Japanese bombs started falling. “ The barracks began to shake, and we thought the Navy was having practice,” he said. But when Young l< Hiked out the bathroom window, he could see the japanese planes Hying in. He tried to wake up his roommate, to warn him, but the young man did not believe him, rolling over to go hack to sleep. The planes outside the hanger were lined up wing to wing, but Young managed to See VETERANS, Page 5A Man, 19, sentenced to probation, fine for arson By Bon Maloney Stair Writer CANYON LAKE — A 19-year-old Canyon I.ake man was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution in the June 2003 fire that destroyed a River Road outfitter’s store and warehouse. Comal County First Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer said Aaron M. Allen pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to arson and burglary of a building. Tuesday, 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel sentenced him to nine years of deferred adjudication probation on the arson charge and five years deferred adjudication probation on the burglary charge. Allen was also fined $ 1,500 and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to the owners of Janie’s Riverbank outfitters. Allen broke into the business June 2, 2003, stealing candy and oilier property and set the fire afterward, investigators said. I Ie was arrested alter some of the candy was recovered at a final motel and investigators connected him to the arson. Allen posted $40,000 bail on July 16,2003, and was released from custody. Janie’s is a steel-framed, tinsided 1,100-square-foot, two-story building that is set back against a ledge and elevated oil the ground to avoid all but the worst river floods. It had just been rebuilt in the wake of the 2002 flood, and was in the final days of preparation See CASE, Page 5AYou Are Invited! Christmas Party & SaleThursday December 9m 10am to 8pm    SAVE    15% TO 50%Refreshment, door prizes, free gift wrap.    {Upen    Sunday 'th Christmas) Jewelry '/actory ow 625.32*3 EKNESID8 651 N. Business LH. 35 240 NI V, BRAUNFELS) M ar KUH. ack I'MliiiHIIMiillWllillliMMIIIIIBlMMMMMWMWlWMWMWWHM    '    'SIMI—MW—iH I'iWIWlfiiiWriiHr Veteran Clinton Ludwig salutes the American flag while civilians Sue, back, Justin, 11, Abigail, 7, and Carolyn Barber, 9, place their hands over their hearts during a ceremony to honor those who served during the attack on Pearl HarborTuesday afternoon. Ceremony Honors Pearl Harbor veterans DAY OF INFAMY Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Bagpiper Bill Jones, left, plays "Amazing Grace" during a Pearl Harbor memorial service presented by American Legion Post 179 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 at Prince Solms ParkTuesday afternoon. Above, veteran Eugene Koenig salutes the American flag during the presentation of the colors by the New Braunfels High School Marine JROTC. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: December 8, 2004

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