Sunday, July 31, 2005

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THE SUNDAY fftSO rx 79903 HERALDZEFTUNG LIFE LAST CHANCE With summer almost area businesses make one last push for summer busi Page 1C BACK TO SCHOOL REGISTRATION Student registration in New Braunfels and Comal school districts gets under way this Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 218 28 5 sections CLICK Sunny High Low 99 68 Details3B DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS Final workers say goodbye to mill Mission Valley Mill employed generations of NB residents By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Richard Hanz spent his last day of employment at Mission Valley Mill saying goodbye to his coworkers and reflecting on the 313 years he spent helping make cotton fabric on the banks of the Guadcilupe The sprawling imill compound was eerily silent Fri day as the last 14 mill workers wandered in and out of the buildings and tossed boxes into the beds of waiting pickup Its kind of Hanz You hate to see like this go After handing out the companys final paychecks just before Hanz sat in his office and remem bered his first day at the mill in May It was a busy place back he pushing his green Produc ers Coop hat up on his We had three shifts working seven days a Hanz started as a helper in the welding shop and gradually worked his way up to a supervisory He said the mill was a good place to foreign trade began to take its toll on the American fab ricproducing The dedicated shop worker sur vived numerous rounds of layoffs but knew his job could not last for I wish it could have kept he shaking his The place was always good to While Hanz prepared to eat the lunch he had carried to work with him in a battered red miniature Reynaldo Ancira leaned with folded arms against a short post outside the main Although the 23year mill veteran said his last day on the job was just like any his lethargy betrayed a sense of It was like a family he We tried to help each other Ancira began his career in the fin ishing He later became a boiler operator and security For the last few he helped the skeleton crew disassemble the See Page 3A Superintendent Ron Reaves DAVID Francisco and Gilbert Bustos walk 9ut of the Mission Valley Mill with paychecks in hand for the last time Friday after two have worked a combined 79 years at the Developer hopes to move forward quickly with mill project By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The For Sale sign planted at the front of Mission Valley Mill might soon be ready to come Realtor Lee who has been wortang to sell the 42acre facility for almost a said nego tiations with California developer Urban Pacific Builders are moving They are doing some great design work on the project and have finifihed a portion of their due diligence in order to purchase the he Because of the mills historical use of dyes and potential some area residents had expressed concerns about what might have leeched into the soil in and around the but Edwards said initial Environmental Protec tion Agency tests conducted so far had found nothing bad at As long as the presale process continues to go the site of one of New Braunfels largest Photo courtesy of John Rightmire With the Mission Valley seen here in a developer is hoping to redevlopthe area with a commercial and residential employers could become home to one of its most ambitious develop Urban Pacific Builders special izes in purchasing older historical buildings and converting them to commercialresidential When one of the companys co owners ran across the mill prop erty while visiting friends in New he knew it was a per fect candidate for preservation See Page 3A Mill has been mainstay in city for 83 years By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Construction on what now is known as Mission Valley Mill began in November 1921 and was completed in August Workers produced the first cotton cloth in September Five years later in the middle of the the mill own ers declared clos ing the plants doors for three In the mill reopened as New Braunfels Textile operating under that name until March See Page 3A NB Middle School takes steps to end bullying By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Greg Porters experience on the football field will come in handy in his new position at New Braunfels Middle The former de fensive coordinator is joining the mid dle school staff as one of two assistant charged with improving behavior on Theres not much difference between running an athletic team and running a school in terms of the keys to Porter Consistency and discipline are very Porter might not expect his new stu dents to run horses or drop and give him pushups when they act but he does expect them to followthe I think tlie kids will feel a differ ence on campus from day he There have been a lot of con cerns expressed in the but we have a really good plan of attack to address those Weve been talking about it all Porter joins the middle school lead ership team following a year of criti cism for bullying problems and gener al disregard for respectful behavior among students on New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves said Porter was the right man to help impart the schools strong expecta tion for positive He will bring a good discipline pres ence to being a former Reaves But he also has a big heart for Reaves said he approached Porter about the middle school position after the coach announced he wanted to step off the field and back into admin Porter is replacing Assistant Princi pal Brenda Pimentel who is moving to Carl Schurz Elementary this school Middle School Principal Demetria Cummins said she was excited to have Porter on See Page 7A UPDATES Tracking the news Meeting changed LAST WE KNEW A meeting todiscuss the pros and cons of incorporating Startzville as a city was set for LATEST The meeting was moved up to 5 Wednesday at the Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative audito 36101 FM 3159 in Smithson NEXT Startzville voters will decide whether to incorpo rate in an election set for District leaders wield influence at Capitol By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer watch the state Capitol from afar and know the details of school finance legislation better than some lawmakers They hold power positions in their and over the past few days theyve spoken in a loud chorus about what they thought were flaws in the Legislatures education funding They are school superin and lawmakers are listening to Their opinions contributed to the death of a House edu cation spending bill and The superintendents have really beat our members up the last few The school people are against It makes it tough to Two suffer minor injuries when helicopter crashes Tom Craddick Speaker of the House accompanying tax measure this past week and to the derailing of a Senate educa tion plan all dimming prospects for school finance legislation to pass in the sum mers second 30day special legislative On the this was not going to move education for Amarillo Superinten dent Rod Schroder said after the Mouse bills Republican House Speaker Tom Craddick of Midland said superintendents influ enced House The superintendents have really beat our members up the last few Craddick said Tuesday The school people are against It makes it tough to State Carter See Page 7A By David Rupkalvis News Editor A pilot and a trainee suf fered minor injuries when a helicopter crashed at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Chris Snyder with the New Braunfels Police Depart ments Patrol reported that police and fire department personnel received a call of a helicopter crash just before 1 Sat The a Bell belonged to Silver State Heli copter The two peo ple on board were perform ing training exercises when the helicopter Both people on the heli copter sustained minor injuries and were treated and released at the Police did not release the names of the two Because the incident involved the Federal Aviation Administration out of San Antonio conducted the The cause of the crash has not been Air traffic into the airport was not ERA Edward Realty