New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Smithson Valiev's Kyle Henry, left, and Cody Beyer celebrate during the Rangers' victory over San Antonio Madison on Saturday. See Sports, Page 1B
Waterpark says rezone request is for additional parking spots
By Leigh Jones
Schlitterbahn plans to expand its Liberty Avenue parking lots if the New Braunfels Planning Commission approves a rezoning request for 13 residential properties.
The homes, located on North Liberty Avenue and Mulberry between Torrey and East Commerce streets, currently
are zoned as R-3 Multifamily.
Although the rezoning requests state the properties could continue to be used as daily or weekly rentals, the C-4A Resort Commercial District zoning would allow Schlitterbahn to demolish the structures to make way for more parking spaces.
A lack of onsite parking has been a problem for the waterpark, which is surrounded by residential property, medical offices and McKenna Hospital.
Schlitterbahn representative Sherrie Brammall would not say how many parking spaces the waterpark currently has available adjacent to or near its original site on Liberty Avenue, known as Schlitterbahn West.
Brammall also would not specify how many additional spaces all of the properties covered by the rezoning requests would give the park.
“What I can tell you is that we have been working for years to acquire convenient and safe off-street parking for our guests,” she said.
Brammall did say that several of the rezoned properties would help expand
See REZONE, Page 8A
SPORTS SO CLOSE
A late rally falls short as the Canyon girls basketball team falls in the Cougarette Classic title game. Page IB
More room for Schlitterbahn?
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ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS sheriff picks
former agent as chief deputy
By Ron Maloney
Sheriff Bob I folder named Sgt. Gregg Van de Loo as his chief deputy Friday.
The post is the “Chief Operating Officer” of the sheriff ’s office and Holder’s second-in-command.
Van de Loo will replace Chief Deputy Richard Bennie, Holder’s long-time friend and confidant, who is retiring Jan. I, 2006 due to illness.
“Richard Bennie set a very high standard for a chief deputy in Comal County,” Holder said. “But Cregg Van de Loo is the person who can attain that standard because he has the very same qualities.”
Van de Loo, 61, is a retired, 28-year FBI special agent who came to work in Comal County as an entry-level deputy nearly seven years ago because he loved — and missed — basic police work with people in the community.
See DEPUTY, Page 11A
Santa visits New Braunfels to hear from local children
Bv Bon Maloney
Santa’s a busy guy this time of year, but he made sure he stopped for breakfast Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
After all, even Santa’s got to eat — and he gets to talk to the local kids to find out what they want for Christmas.
Just like in the world of business and commerce, that’s an example of “multi-tasking” and what’s called a “win/win situation” up at Santa's Workshop near the North Pole.
And it doesn’t hurt that, even on a cloudy, drizzly morning, the weather in South Texas is way better than what Santa’s used to.
“Ho, ho, ho!” he exclaimed to Alora Fox, who was sitting with her mom, Cheryl; her brother, Andrew; and her friends, Nate and Niko Zamora. “How are you? You’re awfully pretty, in a little while, I want you to tell me what you want for Christmas so I can let my elves know.”
Alora, 5, who attends Memorial Primary School, wanted a doll — a pink one.
Nate and Niko, who also go to Memorial, are budding musicians.
“I hope I get a guitar!" Nate said. “A brown one. I just love guitar. I never got a guitar before.”
Niko wanted a green guitar — but that wasn’t all.
Jenn Johnson, 5, has a heart-to-heart talk with jolly old St. Nick at Breakfast with Santa at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Saturday morning. Below, Kaitlyn Johnson, 2 1/2, isn't so sure about this whole Santa thing and clings to her mom as St. Nick makes his appearance.
“I also want a band. A drummer!” Niko said.
Andrew, 3, isn’t interested in music — at least not yet.
“I want a robot,” he said.
Santa looked around the table and smiled.
“It’s also good to write me a letter,” he told the children. “I'm really busy this time of year.”
One of the kids offered him a hug and a kiss, but Santa stopped him.
“No smooches,” Santa said. “I can’t let anyone get sick this time of year, and we can't get the reindeer sick, can we?”
See SANTA, Page 12A
Pony Expresss riders make history of Schmitz Hotel come to life
By Ron Maloney
A piece of the past was relived Saturday at the Schmitz Hotel on Main Plaza.
When Sandy Self, April Wiedenfeld and the rest of the riders who participated in Saturday’s 17th annual “Christmas Along the Corridor” rode through New Braunfels, they were carrying the mail.
And the mail hadn’t been delivered — or taken out of — the Schmitz
since very early in the 20th century, when it was still a stagecoach stop.
Saturday, that changed when the riders came into die Schmitz carrying a Christmas proclamation from Gov. Rick Perry — and even delivering mail handed to rider Sandy Self while she was trotting down Gruene Road as part of a relay of 120 “Pony Express” riders who converged on Fort Sam Houston from four directions Saturday.
See HISTORY, Page 9A
Student remains in critical condition
From Staff Reports
SAN ANTONIO—A 12-year-old Canyon Lake boy remained in hospitalized Saturday after being struck by a pickup as he left a school bus Friday afternoon.
A University Hospital spokeswoman said Smithson Valley Middle School seventh-grader Ryan Padilla was still in critical condition.
The boy was flown to the hospital Friday afternoon after Roy Mack Miller Jr., 68, of Canyon Ixike, passed several vehicles on the right side — including the stopped school bus Padilla was exiting in front of his home on FM 3159.
Traffic on the route between Smithson Valley and Startzville was backed up for more than three hours while Department of Public Safety troopers investigated the accident.
Charges had not been filed against Miller Saturday, although Department of Public Safety Cpl. Rick Alvarez said they were pending.
April Wiedenfeld carries theTexas flag as members of the HeritageTrail Riders Association of New Braunfels make their way toward the Schmitz Hotel on Saturday.
Trying to vote
Canyon Lake man receives a he’s told he is living in Louisiana.www.beheardblog.com