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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Volunteers at the Brauntex are well on their way to a standing-room-only crowd for Saturday night’s gala. Lois Roberts (far left) said everyone was working hard to have the theatre up and running.Symphony takes stage for Brauntex premiere By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Residents can become part of New Braunfels cultural history Saturday evening by attending the Premiere Gala of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theater, 290 W. San Antonio St. The celebrated San Antonio Symphony will take center stage at 8 p.m. when the curtain rises at the opening performance, which benefits the ongoing restoration and renovation of the theatre. Immediately after the performance, the gala party will be in full swing, with attendees toasting the evening with a champagne reception, said Ernie Lee, member of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association. “It’s going to be an uptown performance in downtown New Braunfels,” Lee said. “The symphony is supposed to be simply wonderful.” General admission tickets cost $20. Organizers What’s Up ■ WHAT: Premiere Gala ■ WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday ■ WHERE: Brauntex Performing Arts Theater, 290 W. San Antonio St. ■ TICKETS: $20 for show, $100 includes champagne reception. Call 627-0808. recommend buying them in advance of the event to ensure availability, but tickets also will be sold at the door. Tickets can be bought at the Brauntex office, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and China-N-Things in New Braunfels. 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Thanks to a $145,000 grant from the Kronkosky Foundation, a $10,000 Community Block Development grant and $50,000 raised through donations and contributions, the shelter will continue to provide much-needed services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Today, the Comal County Women’s Center will host a ground breaking ceremony to kick-off an expansion project that will, when completed, add three bedrooms, four offices and an indoor playroom to serve local clients. Perez said the project, which is expected to be completed in five to six months, will add 2,987 square feet of space to the 7,000-square foot facility. The ceremony will take place at the center, 1547 E. Common St., at 5:30 p.m. Perez said the center has seen a 5 per- . cent increase per year in the number of local domestic violence and sexual assault victims seeking shelter. “I think it comes from the growth in the county and because people are becoming more aware of the services available,” he said. Karen MacDonald, volunteer coordinator for the Comal County Women’s Center, said the expansion would doubles the number of people who can stay in the shelter and allow the center to offer more services to non-resident clients. Perez said the four new offices would provide space for counseling and legal services. “Right now the counselors are sharing offices and with the new offices they won’t have to,” he said.Bond issue without a campaign? By Heather Todd Staff Writer Registered voters in New Braunfels will vote May 6 on a $32.72 million, seven-proposition bond package that will fund major capital improvement projects in the city as well as two special elections that could determine future use of the city’s hotel/motel tax revenue. City staff' mailed brochures outlining the bond propositions and Special Elections I and 2 to every New Braunfels resident with a valid address. But unless local residents are members of a civic organization or have attended recent city council candidate forums, they might know very little about the issues they are voting on. Mayor Stoney Williams said the city has made effort to inform the public about the bond election by publishing everything on the ballot, including sending a mailer explaining the bond propositions and special elections to every New' Braunfels resident. The city also has published the bond propositions in the newspaper and aired them on the radio station, he said. Williams said council members and city staff have given presentations to groups outlining the facts of the bond propositions but have not advocated for or against specific propositions. But those presentations were given on an invitation-only basis and the city has not sponsored any kind of public forum addressing the bond issues, city manager Mike Shands said. Local residents had the opportunity to become informed on the bond propositions and the special election issues, however, during city council workshops and meetings prior to calling the election. “We are also very cognizant of the law,” Shands said. “We cannot spend public dollars to promote the bond issue. If we had a public forum on city property, we don’t want to take the chance that people will think we are promoting it.” Private groups, such as the League of Women Voters or the Citizens Police Academy, could sponsor public forums about the bond propositions, he said. City attorney Floyd Akers said council members or city staff could not use public funds to advocate for or: against bond propositions. For instance, council members cannot speak for or against bond propositions during city council meetings when city-owned television equipment is in use. “In their individual capacities, they can speak either way for or against,” he said. But officials with two local school districts said proactively talking to residents about bond propositions playedSee CAMPAIGNSVol, 149 No. 114    14    pages    in    2    sections    April    27,    2000    m    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Thursday Candidates speak out on bond, bed tax By Heather Todd Staff Writer Local candidates running for New Braunfels City Council seats in districts 3 and 4 said they do not support all of the propositions in a $32.72 million bond package on the May 6 ballot. District 3 candidates Debbie Flume, Don Talley and Gale O’Hara Pospisil and District 4 candidates Mary Cameron Wall, Robert Kendrick and Dave Pryor answered questions from local media and city residents during a candidate forum Wednesday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and KGNB-KNBT Radio New Braunfels sponsored the forum, which was broadcast live on KGNB 1420 AM. New Braunfels residents will vote on a $32.72 million bond package May 6 and district 3 and 4 residents will elect two new representatives to council. New Braunfels residents can vote early from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Comal Coun ty Courthouse annex room 101 through May 2. Special early voting hours will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Margaret Edmonson, managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, asked the candidates if approving all seven bond propositions on the May 6 ballot, which would more than double the city’s tax rate, would be in the best interest of the city. All six candidates said they would not vote for Prop. 7, the widening of Walnut Avenue. District 3 candidate Pospisil, a residential real estate appraiser, said she would vote in favor of the six remaining propositions. She said the city would still have one of the lowest tax rates compared to other cities of comparable size. Talley, a District 3 candidate and special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, also said he supported propositions I through 6.See FORUM/3A AMANDA BECK/Herald-ZeiturigDistrict 3 candidates (from left to right) Don Talley, Gale O’Hara Pospisil and Debbie Flume answer questions during a forum as New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung editor/publisher Doug Toney (center) moderates. Far right from left to right, District 4 candidates Mary Cameron Wall, Dave Pryor and Robert Kendrick also participated. Josh Parada of Canyon Lake surveys damage to the entry of William Edge Salon, 876 W. San Antonio St., at about 3 p.m. Wednesday. Parada was a passenger in the vehicle towing the utility trailer that broke loose and slammed into the front door of the business. RON MALONEY/ Herald-Zeitung Walk-ins welcome, but... By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Walk-ins are always welcome at the William Edge Salon — but no more drive-ins — and certainly no drive-thrus, thank you very much. Shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, employees at the beauty salon at 876 W. San Antonio St. were in the back of the building in a staff meeting when they heard a loud noise coming from the front entrance — and the closed customer lobby. “We heard a boom and the glass breaking,” said Jamie Schueiz, salon customer care director. A block-laden, rented utility trailer being pulled westbound by Chuck Baxley and Joshua Parada had broken loose of its hitch, crossed the sidewalk and ran through the salon’s plate glass door, destroying it and its masonry casing. Parada said the pair, driving a Chevy Suburban, went over a dip in the road just east of Church’s Fried Chicken and the trailer’s towing tongue apparently lifted from the tow hitch. “We didn’t feel it at all,” Parada said. “It popped off of there so fast, the next thing I knew Chuck is saying, ‘Trailer’s off! Trailer’s off!’ Then it was moving right by us. It was going faster than we were.” The salon had been closed at I p.m. for a staff meeting, Schuetz said. “If this had happened during business hours, we would have had 30 people in the building and a number of them would have been in the reception area, waiting in chairs by the door. We’re thankful to God we were closed for our meeting.” Inside Abby......................... ..... 5A Classifieds.................. .....4-6B Comics....................... ...... 3B Crossword.................. ........3B I Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................ .......4A Movies......................... ........5A Obituaries................... Sports........................ ...1-2B Today......................... .....2A Television........................ ........3B 6) c I I i com Key Code 76 ;