New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 189 14 pages in 2 sections August 3, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
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Sales tax holiday countdown
By Heather Todd
Some residents are getting a head start on taxfree shopping for back-to-school clothes before the 72-hour sales tax holiday begins Friday.
Lupe Farias, soft line manager at K-Mart, 1050 Interstate 35 East, said many customers already were putting tax-free items on layaway so they could come in during the weekend and buy the items tax-free.
Some shoppers were at local stores scoping out clothes to decide where they warn to spend their time and money during the tax-free shopping period.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, local parents can take advantage of a three-day “holiday” from local and state sales tax on back-to-school clothes and footwear.
Senate Bill 441, which the State Legislature passed and Governor George W. Bush signed this past year, gives Texas families 72 hours of tax-free shopping through Sunday.
Children’s and adult clothing and footwear costing less than $100 will be completely exempt from state and local sales taxes.
For local residents, the holiday will exempt most items of adult and children’s clothing and See SALES TAX/5A
The sales tax weekend kicks off Friday.
Shoppers will find back-to-school clothes and other items untaxed throughout the weekend.
new downtown flavor
K. JESSIE SLATEN
Above: Giovani’s Executive Chef Bruce Pike prepares a pasta side dish Wednesday afternoon in his new kitchen. The herbs and spices used in the kitchen will no doubt entice customers the minute they walk in the door. Right: Owners Kathleen and Jaime Joaquin were excited to find the diner space up for sale, and immediately quit looking for a place in San Antonio to open their restaurant. With the exception of the health inspector not showing up on time, they said things have “just fallen into place here.”
Giovanis opening to replace void left by Plaza Diner
By Michael Cary
Chef Bruce Pike will be in New Braunfels at lunchtime today serving up tantalizing dishes of Italian cuisine.
Giovani’s Ristorante Italiano is open for business today, serving lunch in Main Plaza.
The renowned chef has won over competition at the Dominion, was featured in Texas Monthly Magazine, and has filled up an impressive lunch and dinner menu at the new establishment, which serves up high quality Italian food.
Pike has worked as a chef for the past 25 years, and now brings his expertise to the former Plaza Diner in downtown New Braunfels.
Mark Lauer closed the Plaza Diner May 31 to pursue other career opportunities.
Pebble Brook neighbors win Night Out contest
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Residents of Pebble Brook Drive in Gruene walked away with the “Best Block Party” award for the 2000 National Night Out Against Crime after they impressed judges Tuesday night with their creative crime prevention methods.
While other neighborhoods
enjoyed food and drinks, Pebble Brook residents had to answer multiple choice questions about crime statistics in New Braunfels during a game of “Who Wants to be a Crimestopper?” modeled after the popular show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”
Later in the evening, residents learned a hard lesson about increasing security around the
home when block party organizer Jan Kotylo and others unveiled items taken from residents’ unlocked cars and open garages during the week.
This ingenuity that won praise from members of the Safe City Commission, who judged the contest, and Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
“The attendance was spectacu
lar and they had a strong focus on crime prevention,” Ferguson said.
The Evergreen Lane and Willow Avenue neighborhoods tied for second place in the block party contest, and the “New Kid on the Block” award went to the Bonner Street block party.
Evergreen Lane won the best block party award in 1999.
Missing man’s body might be recovered
Corpse found Tuesday near search area
From Staff Reports
A body found near a ranch northwest of New Braunfels Tuesday might be the corpse of a missing man who was the subject of an extensive search 11 months ago.
Comal County Sheriff’s detectives released no information late Wednesday while they awaited results of an investigation by the medical examiner.
However, an official familiar with the situation said the body could belong to Roger McCown.
McCown, 55, disappeared Sept. IO, 1999, from the Schumann Ranch oft'Elm Creek Road, where he lived in a mobile home.
He was reported missing by folks who arrived at his home to bring him to a medical appointment, officials reported. Mcf'ow n w as taking a number of medications and was reportedly experiencing psychological problems, officials reported.
He became the subject of an
extensive, days-long search that involved a number of sheriff’s deputies, bloodhounds and officials of the Texas Department of Public Safety — including a DPS helicopter.
Despite the search of the 200-acre ranch and its environs, McCown was never found.
Deputies theorized McCown might have caught a ride or otherwise left.
“I feel pretty sure, had McCown been somewhere on the ranch, we would have found him,” a sheriff’s sergeant said this past September.
The body found midday Tuesday was in a fall of cedars, not far from the search area, said an official familiar w ith the discovery.
“We had everybody under the sun looking for him, and we looked for a long time. We searched and searched and searched, but it’s real rough out there,” the official said.
The official also said that during the search this past year, he had passed w ithin a few' yards of the spot where the body was found Tuesday.
Sheriff’s Det. Tommy Ward Wednesday afternoon said he wasn't positive whose body was found, and he was waiting for the results of the medical examiner’s investigation late Wednesday, when he would issue a press release. No cause of death had been determined by press time.
Garden Ridge debates higher water charges
By Ron Maloney
GARDEN RIDGE — The Garden Ridge City Council imposed Stage 3 watering restrictions in February and has been repeatedly
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warning its residents to conserve their w ater. In spite of the effort, an official reported Wednesday that water usage in the community reached an all-time high in July of 107 acre feet or more than 35 million gallons surpassing the former record set last August by more than 7 million gallons.
“I’m still shaking my head over this,” said Public Works Director, Randy Luensmann in his water pumpage report to city council.
lf the water level in the Edwards Aquifer dips below 636 feet above mean sea level it was (>43.1 feet Wednesday Garden Ridge officials w ill not be the only ones shaking their heads, lf the Edwards Aquifer Authority kicks into Stage 3 restrictions it is now wavering just above the threshold for Stage 2 water bills for the heaviest users in Garden Ridge will rise exponentially under that city’s water ordinance.
“I hope we never get to 636,”
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