New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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ALL-STATECouncil wants updated civic center data
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Council Monday opted to ask consultants for updated data before deciding on a final plan for the civic center.
“We’ve changed the scope of the project, so I think we need new
data to see how this facility would perform in today’s market,” said Mayor Adam Cork. “It’s too expensive to make a mistake.”
Council reviewed three designs for a civic center last week, including the design for a $14 million civic center on Comal River.
The least-expensive design calls for renovating the existing civic center.
A third plan calls for building a new 50,000-square-foot facility on South Castell Avenue, which would require demolishing city hall.
However, Ken Rehler with Rehler,
Vaughn and Koone Inc, said last week expanding the existing civic center would hinder any need for future expansion.
Rehler said building a new 50,000-square-foot civic center would allow the facility to be expanded in the future to 83,000-square feet,
although city hall would have to moved, possibly to tile existing civic center.
Council agreed Monday to let City Manager Chuck Pinto contact consultants who would be able to update data compiled by PKF of Houston in 1999.
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SA woman dies in early morning car wreck
By Dylan Jim6nez
Anna Marie Hernandez, 18, of San Antonio, died early Saturday at the scene of an accident on lnterstate-35 North.
The second driver in the two-vehicle accident has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
At 3:04 a.m. Saturday, New Braunfels Police and Fire Departments responded to an accident on the southbound lanes of . * 1-35, south of Kohlenberg Road.
Two cars collided on the main lanes.
Hernandez and a man riding with her sustained serious injuries.
“The driver of the second vehicle (I ler-nandez) suffered trauma in the collision and did not respond to efforts to resuscitate her,’’ according to an NBP!) press release.
Comal County Precinct I Justice of the Peace William Schroeder pronounced Hernandez dead at the scene.
The passenger of I lernandez’s car. a 21-year-old San Antonio man, suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to Uni versify Hospital in San Antonio.
He was in serious but stable condition Monday morning and “is expected to sui vive his injuries,’’ according to police reports.
Anthony Ruiz, 19, of Brownsville, is being held in the Comal County Jail in connection with the accident, i Ie was charged with driving while intoxicated, intoxicated assault with a vehicle and intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle, said NBPD Sgt. David Wilson.
Ruiz is being held on $77,(KH) bail.
He sustained minor injuries and refused treatment on the scene, police said.
“Preliminary indications are that the driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident,” police said in a press release.
Veterans mark ‘infamous’ anniversary
By Dylan Jimdnez
Although local Peart Harbor veterans are passing away, the memory of the attack they endured continues to be celebrated.
Members of the Comal County Veterans Council, a group of representatives from each of the local veterans’ organizations, celebrated the 62nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks Sunray.
“We had a good crowd,” said Konstanty Haneiweich, event organizer.
About 30 people joined the group as they lowered the flag at the veterans memorial at Prince Soling Park tohaif mast. They also prayed, played the National Anthem, and Haneiweich read Roosevelt’s famous Pearl Harbor speech.
Many in the crowd were veterans and their families, Haneiweich said But he doesn’t know of any surviving Pearl I larbor veterans in Comal County.
“I didn’t make any effort to locate any survivors,” he said. The last two he knew of have died, he said.
Still, since the infamous attack, people have wanted to remember it.
“It was a date that’s famous in our history,” I laneiweich said. “Its what got us into World War IL"
And that fact is important to those who lived through the war, or even, like I laneiweich, fought through it.
“It’s a date we should honor like Veteran’s Day,” I laneiweich said. “Uke Roosevelt said, ‘It’s a date that will live in infamy.”’
(Far left) Bill Jones plays “Amazing Grace' on his bagpipes for veterans and their families.
(Left) JRROTC cadets Samuel Schuleman and Keith Ploeger unfold the American Flag and raise it half-mast in honor of Pearl Harbor veterans.
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Bob Brockman. Chick Mueller. David Friesenhahn and Alton Schwartz, from left, pay homage to their fallen commrades on Sunday morning during the Pearl Harbor ceremony at Prince Solms Park.
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U.S. Postal Service clerk Usa Hardy stamps mail T.L. Barber dropped off Monday at the Post Office off Seguin Avenue.
postal officials and airline officials, he said.
People should be prepared to fill out the necessary forms, such as insurance, customs, certified mail and registration, before getting to the window.
In addition, all mail must have a return address, for security reasons.
Any parcel weighing more than one pound has to be handed to a window clerk at the post office.
Express Mail starts at $13.65.
Larger packages cost more.
Christensen said the Postal Service would guarantee delivery to certain larger cities on Christmas Day if the package is mailed Express Mail on (Christmas Eve.
A UPS spokesman said Friday is the last day to send packages for delivery by Christmas by ground transportation.
“But we have three other services that guarantee delivery by Christmas,” said Fernando Aris-teguiepa, owner of the local UPS Store in New Braunfels.
Dec. 18 is the last day to mail packages using Three-Day-Select with UPS.
“Then Dec. 22 is the last day for our two-day delivery guaranteed to arrive by Christmas Eve,” Aris-teguiepa said. “Dec. 23 is the deadline for next-day delivery. We will not be delivering packages on Christmas Day.”
By Scott Mahon
There still is time to send Christmas packages, but it will cost more.
Saturday was the deadline for the least expensive way to mail packages with the U.S. Postal Service — parcel post.
“Theres still time, but we still encourage people to mail their Christmas packages early,” said Frank Christensen, customer service supervisor at the New Braunfels Post Office. “And after Dec. 20, we encourage people to mail their Christmas packages by Express Mail because it guarantees delivery before Christmas.” •
Christensen offered more tips for mailing Christmas packages.
“Be sure and remove any batteries in toys and other items, because a ticking sound from a toy with a battery would be suspicious by
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