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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas fftiil X W W Y JUNE ZEITUNG CANYON LAKE GO WILD Summer reading program at Tye Preston Memorial Library attracts Page 8A SPORTS ROLLING ON The Little League baseball playoffs continue with sever al local teams picking up big Page 5A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 185 16 2 sections CLICK 5O0 Partly Cloudy High Low 95 74 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 48 Robbins gets 10 years for injuring grandson By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A man who pleaded guilty to reck lessly causing injuries that con tributed to the death of his grandson was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday District Judge Gary Steel sentenced Gregory in the wake of his April guilty plea in connection with the death of his 15monthold Brandon Lee Robbins With credit for more than a year already served in Comal County Robbins will be eligible for parole in about a year and a Steel heard witnesses for the pros ecution and defense in a sevenhour hearing that ran well after 8 The toddlers parents both testi fied they believed Robbins loved his they loved him and he wouldnt have intentionally caused injury to die Brandon Robbins testified to finding his estranged father and inviting him back into his He was a very good Robbins testified under questioning by defense attorney Joseph Garcia He felt he had a second chance to be part of our He was glad to See ROBBINS Page 7 A RESTORING HISTORY Photos by DAVID electricians Stan and Whaley Layvson install light fixtures in the Main Plaza BandstandTuesday the bandstand as it looks today with summer flowers greeting visitors to the bandstand in the early 1900s with the county courthouse in the A century bandstand is still center of city Photo courtesy of the Sophienburg By Leigh Jones StaffWriter One of New Braunfels most iconic landmarks will cele brate its 100th birthday with a communitywide celebration and a new look July Workers are putting the final including a new roof and a fresh coat of on the Plaza com pleting almost six months of renovations that will restore the structure to its 1920s era While the bandstand will look much the same as it always locals will notice some The roof will be restored to its former dark instead of the bright color shown in more recent photos and draw and the stark white will give way to a softer offwhite Project Manager Annie Sauser said selection of the new colors came out of com parisons with old photo graphs and consistency with other I hoped we could find evi dence of color schemes with scrapings as the project pro but the entire wooden portion of the structure was sandblasted at one she Even though the photos we had were black and it was very obvious the colors had changed over Sauser had more luck deter AT A GLANCE HWhat Band stand Birthday Bash When 10 July 4 H Where The Plaza mining die original color of the metal Althou gh the top was we were able to find drips underneath and in cre vices that had been out of the she When I com pared the new color choice to those I was was dead The Historic Landmark Commission approved Sausers recommendations last week and painting will commence this Restoration project fund raiser Laura Kistner said while she doubted any current New Braunfels residents would remember the bandstand when it had a similar color scheme in the 1920s she hoped people would appre ciate the significance of the new This is a and we want to be as historically accurate as we she The new color will he very close to the While some final details will remain unfinished at the end of next enough of the major construction will be complete to allow the band stand to be celebrated in style on its centennial As part of the Sophienburgs See BANDSTAND Page 3A CtMttT Complexes can lead to economic success By Leigh Jones StaffWriter New Braunfels city and chamber of commerce offi cials are always looking for ways to bring economic development to Recent successes with die Home Depot Call Center and Ashley Furniture have shown the city is capable of hitting a home run with major corpo but is business enter prise the only way to increase the citys tax base More and more Texas cities are supplementing or redi recting their economic devel opment efforts toward attracting youth sports events and are reaping the If the experiences of League Round Rock and Euless youth sports could bring a major economic windfall to New League City League City recently com pleted construction on its SPORTS COMPLEXES Bi This the Herald Zeitung will explore the citys options for sports we will focus on whether private funds should be used to build sports complex League The park opened May and already is booked for the rest of me While it will occasionally host events for local youth the city invested in the park to bring in outside We opted for a sports park as an economic development said Doug League City Economic Devel opment Corporation It is designed to be a destina tion See SPORTS Page 3A COMINGTHURSDAY A second chance at life Garden Ridge woman gives her money and Heart to help out cats and dogs thatneed a Project to widen FM 758 to get under way 1 By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A million project to improve access to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport will get under way Officials with the Texas Department of Transporta tion and several local agen cies met Tuesday to discuss a project to widen miles of FM 758 between Texas 46 and Entrance Drive at the New Braunfels Municipal The project would widen the two existing ninefoot lanes to 12 feet and add six foot shoulders to the road The contract was awarded to Ray Paris Construction of San which has one year to complete die Fails official Jerold Gold said he believed the job could be completed by Theres nothing too com plicated out Gold This is a very nice project that should go veiy TxDOT Assistant Area Engi neer for New Braunfels Michelle Kopp said the project was divided into four sections and two of them would be under construction at any giv en There are no detour routes for Kopp noting there could be delays as traffic is reduced to oneway during See ROAD Page 7A Health Alert June 9 through TheTexas Commission on Environ mental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert H Reduce unnecessary Carpool if H Avoid use of drive through H Dont refuel during Avoid use of gaspowered yard Information 606 3285
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