New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 154, No. 224 30 pages, 5 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3ECity to ask for help in removing bandit signs
By Leigh Jones
Vigilantes might soon be forming ranks on New Braunfels streets, prepared to take back their neighborhoods.
No, they are not an inland regiment of the Texas Minutemen
— they are the Bandit Sign Police.
Armed with trash bags and walking sticks, the BSP will hunt down abandoned signs and return the city’s rights of way to its natural beauty.
New Braunfels citizens have always had the right to remove the illegal signs, but with an ordi
nance change vote before city council Monday, Planning Department staff and members of the Sign Ordinance Committee hope to bring more attention to the public’s role in attending to the city’s aesthetics.
Code Compliance Officer James Sellers will be glad to have help.
“I’ve picked up more than 300 so far this year,’’ he said. “It takes at least one hour a day during the week anti two hours on Saturday.” The illegal signs, everything from advertisements for the latest diet fad to directions to open houses in new neighborhoods, often appear on Friday nights,
placed en masse by hired crews.
Sellers said he spends most of his time patrolling County Line Road, Texas 46, Goodwin Lane and Common Street to seek out the cardboard and plastic offenders.
See SIGNS Page 10A
AT A GLANCE
■ What: New Braunfels city council meeting
■ When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ Where: City council chambers, 424 S Casten Avenue
Rezone could lead to more commercial development
By Leigh Jones
AT A GLANCE
s* What: New Braunfels Planning Commission meeting
■ When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
■ Where: City council chambers, 424 S. Casten Avenue
Gruene Road might soon be getting more commercial property.
Local developers Jerry Ford and Mike Norris will ask tile Planning Commission to rezone 17.7 acres of Cotton Crossing from resider)-tial to commercial, paving the way for office buildings to take the place of planned neighborhoods.
Ford said the change was not a big deal, since the land was zoned as commercial in the past.
“We had it changed to residential when KB Homes was going to build 300 houses there," he said. “After they backed out, we decided to do something different."
Ford said a larger tract, 12.629 acres between existing Cotton Crossing homes and commercial property lining Gruene Road, was being eyed by a group of doctors for medical facilities and offices.
The developers are requesting Neighborhood Business District zoning for die property, which would allow buildings for convenience stores, laundromats or bed and breakfast establishments, for example, if the medical facility deal falls through.
A smaller tract, 5.078 acres fronting
See REZONE Page 3A
Gymnastics continues to be a draw for boys and girls in Comal County.
With the summer winding down, it's a perfect time to relax with a good movie. Page IC
By Melissa Johnson
School registration was well under way at New Braunfels I ligh School Thursday afternoon.
Along with their parents, incoming freshmen moved from station to station, signing up for lockers, gathering text books and mingling with new and old friends. Albe Cook, student council and student body president, said the ninth-graders coming by the student council information booth had mixed reactions to starting high school.
“A lot are excited, but theres also a lot who don’t want to come back to school,” Cook said.
Though some students had previously visited the high school for camps or other functions, the thought of the unknown was on the minds of many others. Cook said the transition from the seven-period New Braunfels Middle School campus to the A/B block schedule at NBHS was one of the biggest changes students would encounter — that and a nearly 900-person increase in the student body.
Freshman Jillian Renken was one of many students who viewed high school as a wonderful new opportunity.
“I’m mostly excited and a little nervous about finding my way around and about classes being harder,” Jillian said. “I’m looking forward to there being more people to get to know."
Jillions mom, Norma, said the school had done an excellent job
preparing information packets for students and parents.
“I think that registration was well organized, and its running very smoothly," Norma said. “You can’t think of everything, but you can tell a lot of thought was put into today.”
Jillian agreed that her registration experience had been a pleasant one.
“Its been really easy and fast,” she said.
NBI IS Assistant Principal David MacRoberts attributed the streamlined process to additional planning and a reordering of registration stations.
See REGISTER Page 8A
Corvette fans say owning cars fulfills lifelong dream
By Melissa Johnson
Corvette enthusiasts got a chance to show off their rides Saturday at the first New Braunfels Fiesta Show and Bowl.
The event featured 21 Corvettes, ranging from the C2 to the Z06. While the cars gleamed in the Texas sun outside Fiesta Lanes, their owners relaxed inside by bowling a few games with fellow Longhorn Corvette Club members.
Ernie Beltz, car club member and co-owner of Fiesta Lanes, said the organization hoped to
make the show an annual event.
“This is the first I’ve heard of a bowling business doing this sort of thing, but I got in the Corvette club a couple of years ago, and it seemed kind of natural to combine the two,” Beltz said.
The Austin-based club didn’t take any shortcuts to get to New Braunfels, preferring to travel in a pack along back roads in south
Austin and Lockhart in what members have dubbed a "fun run.” “Whenever we drive by, we get big huge smiles and lots of waves always — theres just that “wow" factor,” said past president Keith Hutchison.
I lutchison, who said he has been in love with the American-made muscle cars since he was
born, owns a 1966 big-block convertible and a carmine red 1998 C-5 convertible.
"I ve always been attracted to fast cars even as a little kid," Hutchison said. "The Corvette has been America’s sports car clear back to 1953, and theres just nothing like it.”
Through the 200-member, socially-based club, Hutchison found others who share his love for Corvettes. The club attends car shows, parades and charity fund-raisers.
See CORVETTE Page 10A
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A NEW ADVENTURE BEGINS
Freshmen show mixed emotions as school nears
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Incoming New Braunfels High School sophomore Jessica Thompson, right, poses for her student ID while fellow Unicorn Allie Cook snaps the picture during registration Wednesday afternoon. Below, Incoming sophomore Zach Chapman turns in forms to NBISD employee Aleisa Shepherd at one of several different "stations" students and parents had to visit during registration.
TIME TO REGISTER ■ For a complete list of remaining registration dates for New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD, see page 8A
Photos bv DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Kyle Martin, left, takes a picture with his camera phone while Jordan Richardson writes down his choice for best looking Corvette out of 21 showcased at Fiesta Lanes Saturday afternoon.
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