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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                If FEBRUARY fTf HERALDZEITUNG Newspaper of the Year SPORTS RECRUITING New Smithson Valley footballers sign letters of intent with Page 6A NEWS REZONING The citys planning commis sion agreed to grant three property owners permits for shortterm Page 3A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 76 16 2 sections K i WWW Mostly Cloudy High Low 67 50 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 3B Council defers Creekside tax zone request By Gerard MacCrossan Managing Editor More negotiation is needed before New Braunfels city leaders will com mit to establishing a tax increment reinvestment zone for the Town Cen ter at Representatives of the proposed 330acre development met behind closed doors with the New Braun fels City Council on Wednesday morning for two Mayor Bruce Boyer said the council wasnt ready Retailers making rival developers compete to take action to start the process for establishing the which developers want to refund their investment of building road and drainage improvements at the Inter state 35 and FarmtoMarket 306 We covered a lot of Boy er We had a very indepth con versation about the project and retail in Newquest the Hous tonbased managing partner of has requested a mil lion tax increment reinvestment Newquest Managing Partner Steven Alvis said Wednesday after noon that most of that is not associ ated with streets and roads within the It has to do with solving existing According to drainage prob lems created on the west side of 135 when the freeway was built would be as well as the FM 306 extension being Our proposal is an absolutely risk free scenario for the he Weve got to create the tax base to someday repay us for the infrastruc ture that weve Without the Creekside wont be Alvis Before the closed repre sentatives of Surecap Village developers of the proposed Canyon Crossings shopping to be located immediately south of the Creekside their Surecap principals Mark Wheeler and Steve Griessen said their company has acquired 40 acres and could develop the project up to 70 Unlike Creeksides Canyon Crossings faces no drainage issues See Page 10A Building for the future River committee to recommend two cooler sizes By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer Tubers might have less to carry this summer if the Riv er Activities Committees lat est recommendation for six and 12can coolers on the citys rivers is approved by the city Members of the river com mittee voted Wednesday night to present the council with a recommendation to allow only coolers that can hold six cans on the Coma River and coolers that can hold 12 cans on the Guadalupe River within the city River committee member Wayne made the motion to recommend the sixand 12can cooler After seconding the motion for committee member Valerie Hull left her seat and walked over to a table where coolers of differ ent sizes lined the wall of the council Sheplacedasixcan cooler next to the commonly used 48quart demonstrating to the See Page 3A Photos by DAVID Construction crews prepare the exterior tilt walls for cement on the new portion of the New Braunfels Civic Center on Wednesday City centers longawaited expansion set for completion by May 08 By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer The space behind the New Braunfels Civic Center looked like a big hole in the ground but workers hope to raise the walls next month for the first phase of the cen ters expansion Construction is like open heart and sometimes it looks like were killing the said project super intendent Chad Rathke of Boyle General It looks rough right but once we get the walls up it will change Michael president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of said phase one of the project is the new including a squarefoot exhibit hall and an entrance from Castell The second phase will include remodeling the exist ing building to include a ball room and meeting In the original building we had square but the main hall was only square he Once See Page 9A Police look into crash after man strikes truck Work on the addition and remodeling of the New Braunfels Civic Center is slightly behind schedule because of unfavorable weather during the past two By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer A Laredo man struck by two vehicles on Interstate 35 was listed in critical but sta ble condition Arturo was taken to Brooke Army Med ical Center after he darted into northbound traffic on 135 near the Rueckle Road exit about 9 New Braunfels police Sean Gabbard Gonzalez was walking along the right side of the road when he crossed into the right lane of traffic then ran into the side of an 18 wheeler in the next When the 18wheeler tried to the driver of a Nis san Pathfinder swerved to avoid colliding with the truck and ran over Gonzalez Gabbard All the witnesses we talked to said that he looked back and then bolted into the lane of At this point we dont know if he intended to strike a vehicle or Gab bard We are still inves tigating if its determined that he did this intentionally See Page 9A School vouchers continue to be a hotbutton issue for area residents rally at Capitol in support of educational choice AUSTIN CAP Sandy Vidal believes that her 9yearold son Alec is too kindhearted to brave a rough and tumble public Theyd tear him Kids in our neighbor hood that attend public they come and play with its just totally Vidal said of a shy and cherubic third grader at the private Christian Academy of San Alec is one of about students who attend private schools in San Antonio courtesy of a voucher program funded largely by con i FOHD TAURUS Air BajT CD 1 Factory Low Hilef troversial millionaire and voucher advocate James His million Horizon Program is due to end in 2008 and he doesnt plan to renew The Vidals were among an estimated students and voucher advocates at the Texas Capitol on rallying to send a message to lawmakers Give Texas par ents school I know whats best for my child and I would See Page 3A Marias says issue isnt a top priority this session By Suzanne Ashe Staff Writer Local residents spoke out as thousands of supporters of school vouchers rallied at the state Capitol in Austin on Those who visited Austin praised the Hori zon a million effort by San Anto nio millionaire and school voucher advocate James Nathan Macias The program has given parents of students in San Antonio a choice for their who otherwise would attend public to enroll at private The program is set to end next year and the San Anto nio physician has said he When contacted by phone District 73 Nathan whose See Page 3A I BLUEBONNET i Ford Mustang Jeep K lit II I I 8664461243   

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