New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jose A. Nunez cuts newly laid carpet for one of the walkways near Boogie Bahn at Schlitterbahn. The water park opens Saturday.
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Smooth sailing for ‘slippery road’
By Dylan Jimenez
'IVo days from the firHt crowds of the Hummer season, about 30 workers groomed Schlitterbahn Waterpark Thursday, making last-minute preparations for tin* opening weekend.
The 66-acre facility the country's most-attended seasonal waterpark according to Amusement Business magazine wan all hut empty. Work crews drove pickups
Saturday — 10 a m to 7 p.m.
Sunday —- 10 a m to 6 p m.
From April 26 to May 11 the park is open Saturday and Sundays The park is open daily May 17 to Aug 24 Hours range from IO a rn. to 6 p.m. to 10 a m. to 8 p.m.
through empty parking Iota. Others hung signs outside empty park facilities, or orga
nized merchandise in the empty gilt shops.
‘ Most of the lag stuff has already been done,” Keith Fontenot, park general man ager, said.
Schlitterbahn, which means “slippery road,” opens its gates to the* public at IO a.in Saturday, and Fontenot is charged with readying the park for the big day.
Though the preparations have ls*en wind mg down this week, preparing the park for
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Duffers tee off for yearly Golf Fest
By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer
More than 1,330 golfers will stroll through a new and improved I .anda (loll (burse this weekend for (loll Fest one of the country's largest amateur tournaments.
In its 32nd year, Golf Fest has been an important tourist magnet for the city al the height of the season for the New Braunfels munici pal golf course livery yew golfers come from around I he country to seven courses in three counties.
The chandlers of commem* from New Braunfels, Seguin and San Ma rn is work tngelh er to put on the event, which begari as an econoimc deva! opment project to spur sales tax and hotel occupancy tax funds, said Judy Young, con volition and visitors bureau director.
'I’he response across the
country is tremendous, and the event has proven to he a big attraction to out of town ors Young said 60 |s*rcent of participants are from places IOO or more miles away This year 1,344 golfers are registered to play in the men’s invitational, which always fills. There are HO men on the waiting list to get into the tournament, and they probably won t gel in next year either, Young said Once they make it on the tournament, many golfers stay on Some group* have ls*en playing for 18 or more years, others have been try mg to get rn the tournament for years The three day tournament is growing, and this year a course has !**en added Lu the event
Golf Fest should bring in about $20,DOO to the golf
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Cany on, soldiers
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(Top) Now Braunfels High School Junior HOIG cadets Cody Jerntgan, Jennifer Bees, Justin Jaros/ewskt and Michael Gribbon (from left) stand fast as they await the signal to present the colors Thursday evening at the civic center
(Above) New Braunfels High School senior Yvonne Moreno visits with friends before the start of Thursday’s Marine Corps Jurttor NOTO end of the year banquet Moreno later rel ieved the Shelby Farnsworth Memorial Scholarship Award
By Sean Bowlin
With tile war in Iraq all hut over, New Braunfels High School Marine Corps J Item,’ students praised the military’s performance and talked about their own plans to serve their country.
The school hosted an awards banque! Thursday night at the civic center for the J KOTT' students.
Yvonne Moreno, a senior cadet captain, haul site’s thinking alinit going in the Marine Corps as an officer when she graduates from college. She’ll start taking courses this Mummer at Texas A&M University Kingsville, Then she hopes to transfer to San Diego State University iii California From there, Moreno hojss to tiecome a Marine Corps attorney
“Most of my uncles and relatives have lieen in the military, and they’ve given me something to ffiok at and
something I want Ut become," Moreno said.
Moreno said the military did a gull job in Iraq.
“I believe they performed greatly," Moreno said. “They did what they had Ut do and they stuck with it ” Battalion Commander Cadet Et. Col. Joseph Mehrer, the unit’s senior cadet, also praised the military’s per formarice in Iraq,
“They minimized casualties, and they did an excellent job with getting their objectives done quickly with maximum efficiency and minimal col lateral damage,” Mehrer saki.
The senior said he’s enjoyed his J ROTO career.
“I love being battalion commander, and drill team’s been great,” he said Mehrer's going to Texas AAM and, despite receiving a full Army KOTT scholarship, desires an officers amt mission in the Marine Corp*.
At awards banquet, ROTC students speak about plans to continue service to country
Name game gives Schwab reason to poke fun at judgeInside
By Ron Maloney
Five months into his retirement, Utriller Precinct 4 Com* mission *r Mn* Schwab doesn't make the trip to commissioners ’ court meetings every week
When he cb HW, its usually for ail important tutjiHuni, and Thursday was int different He laid a certificate to present to the county judge, Hchwah said “I’ve I*-en holding onto Uhs for quite a long tim* around three years, one month, 24 days, six hours and 24 minutes,” Schwab said, bilking at his watch
flack in 2000, <ininty Judge
Danny Scheel had asked Schwab Ut attend a Division of Emergency Management (tin farers* on his belial!
Tis* commissioner dei as In* was asked, and a few week* biter, his certificate for attending a rn veil in the mail.
It “certifies” to all who read it that County Judge Moo School attended the conference,
“I ll taught you sliould have it," Schwab told tile judge.
’Thats ... an embarrassment a real Int on one of us, and I don't know which," Settee! stud
ThisTl go right next to my admiralty ut tis* 'Routs Navy," School said
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County to switch to purchase card plan
By Ron Malone y
Comal County commissioners voted 'thursday Ut try a purchasing program its hanker say* could save the county more than it quarter of a mi thou dollars each year Under a pilot program with Wells Fargo Bank, tile coon ty will he issued 3M “pm chase" cards to he used by elected officials and d<*part men! lu*ads for travel rslaUd purchases,
(bounty Treasurer Busan Patterson said the cards could replace about 600 dus ks per month and ail tho administration that goes into tracking and accounting for them.
T ile system, called a Well
*( hie' card, would Is* used al tut c/rnt to the county ls*t ween May I ami Iks-, 31, Patterson toll! commissioners Th ors day morning “We d like to receive corn rn is* toners' court approval to sign a contract for Cornu! (bunty to enter into the pibtl program," Patterson said The system includes accounting safeguards and account insurance that sliould leave little or no nu tm for abuse, she said
lf a card were stolen, the county would Is* responsible for tut purchases made after the theft was reported The fraud insurance would cover up to a $50,000 loss Patterson, Purchaser KU Krai and Auditor David
Renkon would audit purdas* en oil a daily basis.
Pun:!lase* would Is- paid lur with one check once a month much Ilk** consumers use credit cants "Were lumping tins will **X|i dite t-very tin fig fur is*, anil we believe we* minimize our risk through supervision, Patter tutti said < i linty Judge I tautly Hcheel said accountability was his main concern in terms ol employees anil elided offs nils.
Tine ol the lag concerns I liave is ahum* and ere*Ut card fraud But there are safety nets built into this,” Bch* el said.
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