New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
THE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1,2004
RLL f l;K
SOI 100(1571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST HICROPUBLl'SHERS 2627 E VANDELL DR EL PASO TX WW ll.i.li.li.lilt,ll.rn.Ho.lilt
Not conte after a life ice, Moe !
Jo, decide LU UCOUIIIC ll ll I weepers . Page IC
SPORTS SUPER STORY
New Braunfels resident Dennis Swilley enjoyed his stint in the NFL but says there s much more to life than football. Page 1B
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 153, No. 71 26 pages, 4 sections
CLICK I $1.00
Details .... 3B
DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 5-6C
NB council seeks other opinions on civic center
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Council will meet Monday with yet another consultant to get one more opinion about what to do with the city’s civic center.
But this time, City Manager Chuck Pinto said local business owners have been
AT A GLANCE i invited to put their j two cents in.
^ New Braunfels City Council
m a ^ I people from the
* 6 p.m. Monday , , c
I chamber of com-
* K°unCM charTV I I merce, members of
hers, Municipal : , , ,
Building. 424 S I the local restaurant
Casten Ave I and motel associa-
■ Related editorial, j lion and anybody
Page 4A I else who wants to
attend,’’ Pinto said. “This is of interest to everybody, and we want anybody who may have questions to be there."
Pinto said Bill Kruger, a consultant with Conventions, Sports & leisure International (CSL), will be present to field questions.
“The council, as we know, has been wrestling with the civic center issue,” Pinto said. “So Monday, Mr. Kruger will meet with the council and give them his opinion as to what he thiiiks the needs would be in the event council wanted to do another feasibility study. For instance, there has been some talk about accommodations for a symphony. Mr. Kruger would be able to address that issue from a variety of viewpoints.”
CSL specializes in providing consulting services to sports, entertainment and leisure industries and has offices in Minneapolis and Dallas.
Pinto said if council approves a new study with CSL, it would take approximately 90 days to complete.
“This time, we plan to give the consultant some parameters to work with,” he said. "And those parameters will include the fact that CSL will be working specifically for city council in a very public format.”
Garden Ridge library began with $400 and a cheap shelf.
R Primary Election Tuesday, March 9.
¥ Early voting in person
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 23-March 5., Room 104, first floor.
Comal County Courthouse.
■ Early voting by mail
Applications accepted through Tuesday,
March 2. Applications may be accepted in person through Feb. 20 After Feb 20. applications must be mailed. To get one. write a letter with name, registered address, address to which ballot should be mailed, the reason for seeking a mail ballot (65 or older, disabled or out of town. Note: lf out of town, ballot must be mailed to address outside the county.) Applicants must indicate party preference and must inckida the signature of the voter. __
■ Early voting temporary branches:
X? Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 9357 Schoenthal Road, Garden Ridge, 10 a m to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb 26
• Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Lake (formerly Canyon Lake Action Center) 1941 FM 2673, Settler,
10 a m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2.
H Bulverde Community Center. 1747 Ammann Road, Bulverde. 10 a rn. to 7 p rn Tuesday, March 2.
Saturday voting at the courthouse 9 a rn to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28
New county voter registration cards mailed to homes
By Ron Malonoy
The last day to register it) vote in the March 9 primary election is Fen. 9.
This past week, Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause malled about 60,000 voter registration cards, which will be important to New Braunfels residents because some vot ing precincts were shifted and others were added to deal with the recent I J.S. congressional redistricting.
Krause said a moment taken to study the voter registration card could save voters possible confusion and inconvenience on Election Day.
First, Krause said, anyone who didn t get their voter registration card by mail should call 620-5520 to see if there was some problem that needs to be resolved before the registration deadline passes.
In the center of the card, Krause sail!, is a box labeled “Free. No (Pct. Num.)” that can be compared to the precinct list included on l*age 6A of today’s I ler-ald-Zeitung. Simply find the number on die list and check tile address of its polling place.
Most peoples’ polling places will not change in this election, although a few will experience changes, Krause said.
See CARDS. Page 6A
Ramon Chapa Jr. Crag Parker Cristina Zamora
Candidates take on county’s big issues
By Ron Maloney
The way lack Dawson sees the March 9 primary election that will decide whether he series a third term as Precinct I county commissioner, it’s about protecting the county’s quality of life for the future.
I Us opponents, Bol) Wield nan and Diane Dasher, see it the same way, aldiough they might otter a different focus on the challenges facing the county — and propose different solutions.
In the Precinct 3 race where incumbent Democrat Cristina Zamora faces challenges in her own party by tonner New Braunfels Mayor FTo Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and from Republican Gregory Parker, the big issues facing their district — which encompasses much of New Braunfels and its poorer, Hispanic neighborhoods — die challenges and potential solutions are more diverse.
“Hie biggest issues we have, and its been that way since 1997, are growth and natural resources,” Dawson said. “We have long-range plans to help manage these priorities that I
participated in creating. That plan-j ntng needs to continue.”
The county has been recognized for eight straight years as one of the best in Texas for its proactive approach to planning and growth, Dawson said.
The incumbent would also like to see more cooperation between city and county through interlocal agreements.
“Why duplicate our efforts?” he said.
“We also need to come up with answers for funding fire and emergency medical service in unincorporated areas,” Dawson said.
C hallenger Diane Dasher said she believes the county needs a “positive conservative vision.”
“My message is clear: One of hope, opportunity, limited government, family values and saf ety for all our citizens,” Dasher said.
Dasher said she’s running for office because county residents deserve leadership that reflects their values and principles.
“I will fight for the businesses and the residents and not for the special interests," Flasher said. “I will encourage local contracts to
See ISSUES. Page 3A
■ This is the first in a series about the county commissioner candidates and their stances on issues
■ Today, they address the issues they feel most important
S Over toe next three Sundays, toe Herald-Zeitung will pick three issues facing tf>e county and ask each candidate to addnfes only •lose issues
Antique dealers offer variety of wares at show
GOOD OLD TIME
8 What: New
Braunfels Antique Show
• Where: New
Braunfels C.t/ic Center, 380 S Seguin Ave
■ When: 10 a rn to 4 p m
4 Cost: $5 admission
By Dylan Jimdnez
Every good antique deserves a good look.
Thousands of antique shoppers leaned in close to prints, jewelry and quilts, judging quality and authenticity at Saturday s New Braunfels Antique Show.
There was already a crowd by the time the show started at 9 a.m., and promoter Emmitt Knuppel expects the more than 20 dealers to be busy with shoppers until this afternoon.
“ Ibis is a great place for an
antique show,” Knuppel said. “My goal is to make this antique show the hest in the San Antonio/Austin area.”
He has been promoting the New Braunfels show for 20 years.
The New Braunfels show only has two local dealers. The rest come from all over Texas, especially East Texas.
Ben Fulhright of I louston sells a variety of home and industrial American and German clocks from the 1920s.
His oldest piece in the show is an 1880 French brass clock
that still works “perfectly,” Ful-bright said.
"We do not carry any new clocks or any reproductions,” he said.
Other dealers also sell silverware, furniture, glass, linens and household items.
Paula and Retie Freeman came down from Boerne to sift through all the goodies. They vis-it many of the area shows to browse. They weren’t sure what they were looking for Saturday hut iiad lots to look through.
“We know it when we see it,” Rene said.
- ' .Ar
8illl^WIMIillttlB>i1t»tiiMW''l'll1il>lii'tW' ii 'n' MifWir
DAVID INGRAM/Herald /eitung
Rene and Paula Freeman of Boerne look over antique glassware for sale at the Antique Show Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.