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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas                                FEBRUARY Newspaper of the Year SPORTS SOFTBALL Smithson Valley Softball teams sweep first games at own Page SA FORUM LOTTERY New revenue sources are needed for the but selling lotto shouldnt jeopardize Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since CL 83 16 2 sections j I Sunny i High Low I 58 36 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS SA TV GRIDS 3B CDC works to find source of salmonella outbreak ATLANTA sci entists struggled Thursday to pin point the source of the first sal monella outbreak linked to peanut the kid favorite packed into millions of lunchboxes every Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since and federal health investigators said they strong ly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of WalMarts Great Value house brand both manufactured by ConAgra Foods Shoppers across the country were warned to throw out jars with a product code on the lid beginning Nearly 300 people reported ill from virustainted peanut butter with which denotes the plant where it was How the dangerous germ got into the peanut butter was a But because peanuts are usually heated to germkilling temperatures during the manufacturing government and industry officials said the contamination may have been caused by dirty jars or equip We think we have very strong evi dence that this was the brand of peanut Now it goes to the next step of going to the place where the peanut butter was made and focusing in on the said Mike an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and The suspect peanut butter was produced by ConAgra at its only peanut butter in federal investigators ConAgra said it is not clear how many jars are affected by the But the plant is the sole producer of the nationally distributed Peter Pan and the recall covers all peanut butter smooth and chunky alike produced by the plant from May 2006 until Were talking a lot of jars of peanut said David chief medical officer of the Food and Drug Administrations Center for Food Safety and Applied FDA inspectors visited the now shutdown plant Wednesday and See Page 8A Local peanut butter returns From Staff Reports HEB and WalMart will allow customers to return opened or unopened jars of Peter Pan brand peanut butter and Great Value WalMarts store brand peanut Albertsons will accept open or unopened jars of Peter Pan brand peanut butter if the prod uct code on top of the lid begins with A draining issue Debate continues over improvements at Creekside project DAVID Members of the 4B board met Thursday night to discuss a contract with In the grocery chain requested from the board to improve drainage on their proposed store site at Interstate 35 and FarmtoMarket pictured By Suzanne Ashe StaffWriter Matt Harrison told 4B board directors that a contract with HEB that should have been finalized more than two years ago is on their desk ready to be president of the 4B said the board recendy performed an audit and found the city had not put a contract in place in July 2004 when the city gave the grocery chain for drainage improvements under Interstate 35 and FarmtoMarket In July the grocery chain requested the funds from the 4B board to improve drainage on their proposed store site at the northwest corner of 135 and FM Harrison said they came to the board and said that there was a onetime opportunity to complete the drainage under 135 while the Texas Department of Transportation was expanding the Harrison said the money was granted because the board thought having HEB would be incentive enough for other busi nesses to develop Other businesses are proposing to develop in that The Town Center at Creekside and Canyon both retail Antoniobased grocery chain owns land on the north side of the 135 and FM 306 Dallasbased Direct Development reportedly is interested in the but hasnt commented Canyon Crossings Surecap Village Partners of Austin have proposed a 40to 70acre retail development that would mix national big box tenants with smaller retailers in a master planned outdoor A multi phase mammoth retail and leisure development that the Houstonbased managing partner NewQuest says will cover 330 A physicians group has bought neigh boring land for a ranch owners face budget cuts Meeting set to review plan to reorganize Farm Service Agency By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Local farmers and ranchers can voice their opinions on a Farm Service Agency reor ganization plan during a meeting next The a federal program that coordi nates aid for farmers and is facing federal budget cuts that could include the closing of the HaysComal County regional said Jacob county execu tive director for the HaysComal County Chapman said a public meeting will be held March 6 at the Hays County Texas Cooperative Fjctension This will be a town hall meeting to let our producers voice their concerns about what will be he The San Marcos based office serves more than Comal County farmers and Chapman See Page 8A have been proposed for development across 135 from the HEB The drainage culverts were created to pro vide drainage from the HEB property under 135 to the Creekside Creekside developers said drainage is not their problem and have asked New Braunfels City Council to approve a tax increment reinvestment zone to refund them for drainage and road New Braunfels and Comal County would give up future tax revenues to pay for road and drainage infrastructure built upfront by According to Steve managing partner of Creekside developer the See Page 3A Perry predicts big bidding war for Texas lottery AUSTIN AP The Texas lot tery would be attractive to poten tial buyers because of its cash flow and the opportunity to make money off new a financial consulting firm told Rick Per rys office in documents obtained by The Associated Perry said Thursday that a pri vate sector company is likely to run the lottery more efficiently than the state They will make substan tially more mon ey out of and I promise you these are smart Perry told reporters in Di o his Capitol Perry Tve gPot p there will be a great bidding war for I think there will be a lot of interest in the Texas And why in the world would we not want to use that asset Over the past few weeks and Perrys office received financial advice on the lottery from UBS Investment Mor gan Stanley and Goldman The companies analyzed ways to make money off the lottery through a partial lease or other according to the which were obtained Perrys aides said the full sale of the lottery through a longterm concession with a private sector company made the most sense because of the sizable upfront payment to the based on information from the financial has See LOTTERY Page 8A Officials to seek wanted residents Warrant roundup set for March By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Skipping town is no longer an option for Comal County residents with outstanding Officer Larry the warrant offi cer for New Braunfels Police said that the annual warrant which begins March will include law enforce ment agencies from all over In years the warrant roundup has been a regional but this year it will be he Comal County sheriffs office Mark Reynolds said more than 150 agencies are expected to participate in the At this time of year we usually have a lot of people who turn themselves he They want to avoid the embarrassment of being arrested at thek home or Reynolds said notices have been sent to people with active warrants for their The emphasis is on Class C which include criminal penal code See Page 8A 1 UUU U   

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