New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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NOT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
Emergency dispatchers have to work during the holiday. Rag* IBTxDOT makes 46 widening a priority
By Ron Maloney
All it took to get a commitment to widen Texas 46 was a ride for Texas Department of Transportation officials with County Judge Danny Scheel.
TxDOT told county officials the agency is planning $25 mil
lion worth of work in widening Texas 46 west of New Braunfels. The projects include realignment and an overpass at Farm-to-Market Road 2252.
TxDOT Area Engineer for New Braunfels Greg Malatek said Tuesday no dates had been set for the work, but his agency was
making it a priority after Scheel took him and San Antonio District Engineer David Casteel on a drive pointing out problems.
New to the office, Casteel has been meeting local officials to learn of their needs.
“He's introducing himself and learning priorities of the local
officials,” Malatek said. “And driving Texas 46 with the judge convinced us we need to move some of these projects up.”
Malatek said TxDOT had directed him to begin planning to make the projects happen.
“We still don’t have definite dates. We hope to let the projects
to bid within four to five years,” Malatek said.
In November Scheel told TxDOT officials in a public meeting he was not a “happy camper” to see the county’s road priorities not on the planning horizon — and not likely to be
See HIGHWAY, Page 3A
Letter recounts holiday memory
Rainbow Play Systems chooses New Braunfels for first factory outlet store.
By Scott Mahon
On a cold and wet Christmas Day in Italy during World War II, Charles Walter found time to write home.
His letter, dated Dec. 25,1944, began with the words, “we took a jeep and with axes and guns we rode out to the wood to select a Christmas tree.”
Charles Walter was the uncle of Bill Thompson of New Braunfels, and Thompson still has a copy of the letter.
“My uncle Walter mailed that letter to my grandmother, Tilly, in 1944,” he said. “My mother made a copy of it on one of her visits to her mother in St. Louis, and she gave it to me years ago.” Born in 1910, Walter was drafted during^WorldWar II at the age of 32, Thompson said.
“He was drafted right after the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Thompson said. “He was three years older than my mother,
See LETTER, Page 3A
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Tax break aimed at Toyota suppliers
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners Tuesday voted to implement a stepped tax break to attract Toyota suppliers that could bring new jobs and income when the automaker opens its San Antonio plant.
Commissioners voted unanimously to create a free-port tax exemption on goods that are assembled or stored in Texas for a short time before they are shipped out of state.
The county joined the City of New Braunfels in offering the exemption. It will be introduced as a 20-percent tax reduction next year that would increase by 20 percent each year until fully implemented. It could cost several thousand dollars in lost tax revenues in its first year and up to $79,000 when fully in effect in 2008.
But officials believe increased tax income from attracting new industrial parts suppliers will amply offset the initial tax reduction.
“I believe the court is comfortable with this,” said County Judge Danny Scheel. “We realize that industrial growth is advantageous.”
Police, fire and other infrastructure are less stressed by industrial development. In many instances, houses don’t generate enough taxes to offset the costs of services they require.
Scheel said the tax incentive is an investment in tile county that would promote economic development and high value industrial tax base. Other counties are offering similar incentives, Scheel said, and Comal County and New Braunfels are trying to level the playing field. Early in 2004, the county’s school districts will be asked to extend the exemption as well.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin said it is vital to try to bring business to
See TAX. Page 3A
Bill Thompson holds up the Bronze Star that his uncle, Charles Walter, was awarded for heroism in action Dec.
26. 1943. Walters was away from home for two straight years at Christmas during World War ll.
AND CHRISTMAS CHURCH SERVICES
H St*. Fetor and Paul Catholic Church — Christmas Eve Children’s Mass at 5 p.m.; youth Mass at 7 p.m. and family Mass at midnight. Christmas services will be at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a m.
■ Bracken United
Church — Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m.. 7 pm. 9 p.m. or 11 p.m.
Canyon Lake United
Church — Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
■ rh at Protectant Church — Christmas Eva services
..St 5 pm. (children's service). 7 pm. and 9:30 pm__
■ Brat United
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vvwinoGin Church — Christmas Eve family and children service at 5 pm.; a contemporary candlelight service at 6:30 p.m., and traditional communion services at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
■ Northeast Bible Evangelical
Free Church —
Christmas Eve service at 4 p m and 5:30 p.m.
B Oakwood Baptiet Church
— Christmas Eve Services at 5 pm. and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 11 p.m.
B Ste. John's
Church — Christmas Eve Services at 5:30 p.m. and a candlelight service at 10:30 pm.
■ Tree of Life Church —
Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m.
(For other services not listed here, call individual churches)
’Twas the night before Christmas
REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung
Madison Gibson, 2, received a visit from Santa Claus Tuesday morning at the North Pole Village in Canyon Lake.
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Sagan Jimmons plays on the Bandstand Tuesday night on Main Plaza.
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Members of the Songs of Angels home-school choir serenade groups waiting to enter Natural Bridge Caverns at the fifth annual Caroling at the Caverns.