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Vol. 149 No. 14 20 pgs. in 2 sections December 8, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
CHS puts head coach on leave
By Bill O’Connell
Canyon High School athletic director and head football coach Les Goad could be fired as soon as Dec. 16, school and Comal ISD officials confirmed Tuesday.
School district superintendent Dr. Jerry Major declined to give a reason for placing Goad on administrative leave, saying the first-year coach and athletic director was “released of his duties’’ in the “best interest of the athletic program.”
Goad, who came to Canyon after coaching at San Antonio Southwest High School, earlier this year agreed to a one-year contract worth nearly $60,000. He led the Cougars to a"()-4 record in 1999, but the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Goad’s contract will expire June
30, 2000, Major said.
Goad could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Comal ISD’s board of trustees will decide whether to reinstate or fire Goad at a scheduled Dec. 16 meeting, Major said. The school district would have to pay Goad the reminder of his contract if he were fired.
The first-year coach and athletic director was placed on paid leave Friday after a meeting between Major and Canyon principal Bob Wiegand, neither of whom would comment Tuesday on what was discussed.See COACH/5 A
Businesses rejoice at FM 725 re-opening
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
MCQUEENEY — Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 725 is open after almost a month of detours and residents’ complaints.
A section of the road was closed Nov. 5 after a trash collection truck collided with a Union Pacific overpass bridge.
The closed road has meant a 20-minute detour to Farm-to-Market Road 1044 and lost revenue for many businesses, whose owners said the detour steered away potential customers who normally drive right by.
But the bridge has been repaired and the road was opened late Monday.
And at least one restaurant already
could tell the difference on Tuesday.
"There was a difference immediately," said Ida Bore, a waitress at Stars and Weezel’s Restaurant on FM 725. "We have noise out front. It’s buzzing."
Christine Beall, owner of the restaurant and a vocal opponent of the road closing, hung a sign outside the restaurant that said, "Hallelujah! Praise the railroad!"
While the road was closed, Beall said she estimated business was down at least 30 percent.
While it was closed, Union Pacific used temporary supports under the bridge and continued to run trains across the tracks.Primary filing season under way; candidates have until Jan. 3
By Heather Todd
Filing for county and state office is under way in Comal County with only one official primary candidate so far and a handful of candidates announcing their intentions to run for office in 2000.
Filing for the 2000 primaries ends 6 p.m. Jan. 3.
Comal County candidates seeking posts from constable to state district judge have announced their plans, though most have
not officially filed for office.
The 2000 primaries will be March 14. The general election is Nov. 7.
Positions up for election in 2000 include all four Comal County constables; Precincts I and 3 Comal County commissioners; Comal County tax assessor-collector; Comal County sheriff; and the state district bench in the 22nd Judicial District.
As of Tuesday, only one candidate officially filed to run in the March 2000 primary.
Randy Galindo, an officer with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, said he would file for the Pct. I constable position Tuesday with Atanacio Campos, the Comal County Democratic chairman.
Galindo is chair of the Comal County Tejano Democrats and has IO years of law enforcement experience, including service with Guadalupe, Gonzales and Bexar County sheriffs’ offices.
Democratic incumbent Joe Gomez, who has served as the Pct. I constable since
1992, said he had not filed officially for office but intended to run for re-election.
The Precinct I constable position covers the New Braunfels area.
Galindo said he wanted to help the community.
“I want to get out there and work with the community and help build a better and safer community. When it comes to crime, the public are your eyes and ears, and if you take care of them, they’ll take care of you,” he said.
Unofficially, Campos said he expected candidates to file with his party for the tax assessor-collector position and the Pct. 3 county commissioner position.
Gloria K. Clennan, Comal County tax assessor-collector since December 1975, said she had not filed but ^tended to run for re-election.
Clennan, who has served the position for 24 years, filled an unexpired term for 13See FIL1NG/5A
Man injured after jumping out of moving vehicle
From staff reports
A 17-year-old New Braunfels man was transported by helicopter to University Hospital early Tuesday morning after he jumped out of a moving vehicle on Walnut Avenue near Wood Road.
The man, who did not regain consciousness before he was transported, was treated for abrasions in the emergency room of University Hospital and released later
The man opened the passenger side door of his girlfriend’s 1996 Chevy Blazer about 12:15 a.m. and jumped out while it was traveling about 30 miles per hour on Walnut Avenue, said New Braunfels Police Department officer Craig Christopherson.
Witnesses said the man had been drinking and might have been intoxicated when he jumped out of the vehicle.
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Walgreens proposal approved
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer
The New Braunfels Planning Commission approved Tuesday a new location for Walgreens and a proposal for an open-air market.
The recommendations will be brought to city council for final approval.
At Monday’s meeting, no one spoke against the proposal to ofter Walgreens a special use permit for a 2.3 acre-site on Walnut Avenue and Business 35.
That property is now zoned com-
mercial and residential.
Walgreens is currently at Walnut Avenue and San Antonio Street.
The new store would ofter about 30 more parking spots and a drive-through.
Glen Hitzfelder, whose property is located directly next to the proposed site, told the commission he had no objections to it.
“It’s just what the neighborhood needs,” he said.
Neighbors weren’t so supportive of a proposal for what developers called an “upscale open-air market” on Interstate 35 and Doeppenschmidt
Jimmy Quin, who said he lives near the site, said he and 39 neighbors were against the proposal.
“I don’t care what name you put on it, it’s a flea market,” he said.
Quin and others cited concerns of traffic, water pressure, security and overall ambiance of the quiet area.
Commission chair John Dierksen said the area along Interstate 35 was meant for commercial development.
The commission voted to recommend to council that the city change the residential zoning to commercial.
Homes for the holidays
Annual Christmas tour will tell New Braunfels’ story on Saturday
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Saturday’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes will give guests a glimpse into New Braunfels’ past and present.
Guests will go back in time 150 years in the Joseph Klein Home and visit places such as the Faber Home, built in the 1990s.
“This tour represents several stages of New Braunfels,” event chairwoman Cindy Williams said. “It’ll be an enjoyable afternoon and a chance to give people a peek at the exquisite homes of New Braunfels they normally wouldn’t be able to see.”
The tour, sponsored by New Braunfels Republican Women, will run from I p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and include tours of more than five homes.
Williams said she was particularly excited about the Klein House.
Owners Bob and Pat Brent, who also own Prince Solms Inn, started renovating the Klein House in October 1998 and opened it as a guest home in March.
“This is the most popular piece of property we have,” Bob Brent said.
But most of New Braunfels has never seen it, Williams said.
The house originally was built from cypress lumber at East San Antonio Street and Market Street in 1852. The house was moved to the rear of the lot when the Prince Solms Inn was built.
Joseph Klein, a German carpenter, built the house and used the living room for a workshop, Brent said.
And once a month, the dentists would use his bedroom as their office and pull residents’ teeth.
“Dentists only came to town once a month then,” Brent said.
Brent will share plenty of stories Saturday about the house
Prince Solms Inn owner Bob Brent sits in the living room of the Joseph Klein House, 295 E. San Antonio St. Below: Cindy Williams, this year's Christmas Tour of Homes chairwoman, sits in the Library room at Prince Solms Inn, 295 E. Antonio St.
and the Prince Solms Inn, which he and his wife took over IO years ago.
The inn was built in 1898 and has been in continuous operation since then.
Other houses on the tour
• the stone home of Robert and Betty Kendrick, 2229 Gruene Road, overlooking the Guadalupe River;
• the home of Gene and Nell Davis, 522 Granada, once the
old Eiband Dairy;
• the home of Tom and Alicia Stevenson, 66 Guada Coma Circle, with its view of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers;
• the home of Rick and Jana Faber, 153 Chelsea, which features a large doll collection; and
• the home of Bob and Pat Brent, 295 E. San Antonio Street, one of Texas’ most famous landmarks — the Feed Store.
Admission to the tour is $5. Tickets are on sale at Bed and Breakfast Getaways, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., China and Things, The Collection and The Cottage in Gruene.
For information, call 629-4219.