New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20,2005
SPORTS SPRING BALL
The Canyon football team goes back to the gridiron during spring practice beginning today. Page 5A
CANYON LAKE YACHT CLUB
The Lake Canyon Yacht Club is offering lessons to introduce new people to the joys of sailing. Page 8A
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I DEAR ABBY 4B | CLASSIFIEDS 6B I COMICS 3B I CROSSWORD 3B | FORUM 4A | OBITUARIES 3A | SPORTS 5A I TV GRIDS 4BDeveloper purchases Mission Valley Mill
By Scott Mahon
A California real estate development company is in the process of buying the old Mission Valley Mill property with plans to redevelop the property.
Based in Long Beach, Urban Pacific Builders focuses on residential projects in markets “that have been consistently passed over by traditional homebuilding companies.” Lee Edwards, who is co-brokering the transaction with the Joe Foster
Company of Dallas, said the company also specializes in urban renewal and historic renovations.
“We had a lot of companies look at the property, but Urban Pacific Builders seemed like a really good fit,” Edwards said. “They’ve got some
concepts in mind for the property, but right now they’re still in the due diligence process and will have to complete an environmental study and economic impact study. But the project will be a multi-use project, including office space, restaurants,
retail stores, condominiums and some residential housing.” Although Edwards would not disclose the sales price, he said it would take approximately 180 days for the deal to close.
See MILL Page 7A
McKenna Children's Museum taking shape
By Leigh Jones
Kyle Parker, 7, had a hard time keeping his hard hat on straight, but he liked what he saw of the future McKenna I lealthlink and Children’s Museum.
Parker was particularly interested in any exhibits that would allow him to climb.
“I ie’s part monkey," said his mother, Katy, laughing. "We’re both really excited about what they’re doing here. It’s neat to watch it develop.”
The Parkers were part of the first group of citizens to tour the shell of the old H-E-B store on San Antonio Street as it transitions into an interactive community gathering place.
Architect’s renderings hung inside
a tent in the building’s parking lot showed glimpses of an outdoor water exhibit and an indoor child-size hospital.
Although impressed with the museum’s attractions, retired pediatrician Vernon James said the facility’s best asset was its planned afterschool fitness program.
“Children have such a problem these days with health issues like obesity,” he said. “The museum will bring kids in, but the activity areas will get them moving.”
The 70,000 square feet building includes a gymnasium with an indoor walking track.
James also was excited about the classroom space available for community seminars.
“I’m already talking to them about
the possibility of offering courses on childhood developmental issues,” he said, walking into die shell of the building, "This is the greatest thing to happen to this area.”
McKenna I lealth System CEO Karl I little told lames and his fellow tour participants the project would be finished in a little less than a year.
“We are targeting a February or March opening, and so far, we’re right on schedule,” he said.
Demolition crews have finished removing the old building’s facade, making way for the new roof installation.
“The real interesting work will start after the roof is complete, when we can work on interior framing,” I little said.
See MUSEUM Page 3A
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McKenna Chief Operations Officer Karl Hittle, left, points out items of interest on the blueprints for the new McKenna HealthLink and Children's Museum to Dr. Stephen Ousley, Renee Couch and Sam MallowTuesday.
A NEW BEGINNING
City council hopefuls go on the attack
Local Catholics celebrate as Pope Benedict XVI elected
By Leigh Jones
By Scott Mahon
Less than 24 hours before the first votes were cast, candidates bidding for a place on the New Braunfels City Council took off their gloves in public Tuesday.
In the past week, the six candidates have squared off against each other in a series of public forums, including Tuesday’s forum at city hali sponsored by the Teague of Women Voters.
In the mayoral race between Bruce Boyer and incumbent Adam (/irk, Boyer continued to attack the current council for spending too much time and money on studies and consultants and not listening to what local residents want.
"Its not the council’s job to set priorities," Boyer said Tuesday. “Residents should tell city government what they want as priorities.”
BEGINS TODAY Early voting runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays beginning today and running through May 3 in Room 104 at the county courthouse.There is also a Saturday oppor tunity from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. April 30.
Along with elections for mayor and two council seats, there are 39 charter amendments on the ballot. The City of New Braunfels' Web site has a sample ballot for each district at www.ci.new-braun-fels.tx.us/secretary-/secretary
See FORUM Page 2A
The bells ringing out across New Braunfels T uesday at noon echoed peals from Rome as the world’s Catholics celebrated the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Although the new pope, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is from Germany, local German Catholics did not seem to notice.
The excitement miming through the Sts. Peter and Paul Church offices transcended anyone’s heritage.
“The church is universal.” said Administrator Rusty Brandt. “It does not matter where the pope is from.”
Bill Smith, the non-German director of religious education, said the pope belonged to everyone.
“I imagine it might be neat during our Wurstfest mass to have a German pope, hut that’s about it. John Paul s statement when he was elected was that he was everyone’s pope. That applies here too," Smith said.
While the church’s phone rang off the hook during the live broadcast of the pontiff’s first public appearance from the Vatican’s papal balcony, Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan was on the golf course.
“I wasn’t expecting the announcement so soon," O’Callaghan said in his thick Irish brogue. “I will tell you my game got a lot better after I found out I had a new pope."
Once he returned to his office, O’Callaghan joined his lay leadership in downplaying the popes nationality, saying Ratzinger’s con-
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Holy Family Catholic Church secretary Amelia Lankford, left, and youth minister Diana Alanis take a break from their work Tuesday to watch coverage of the election of Pope Benedict XVI in the church's parish house. Below, Dee Ann Becker and her son, Stephen, pray at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Tuesday afternoon.
sensitive doctrine would be more important to traditional New Braunfelsers.
“Conservatives gain strength from each other," he said. “His dedication to values will play very well in this town.”
As Benedict’s papacy unfolds, O’Callaghan said he was looking forward to seeing how he would bring the gospel message to a changing world.
“Ile will make his mark on the church and our culture, just like John Paul did, but it will be different,” O’Callaghan said.
Ratzinger was selected after only three votes of the Papal Conclave,
See POPE Page 3A
THIS IS YOUR BEER
Relay for Life
Annual event that raises money for cancer research come to New Braunfels.