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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas UNO Vol 149 No 62 58 pages in 5 sections February 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Lifetime tove For local fami lies long mar riages are a family affair Four of the LaLanne sib lings and their spouses have been married for a com bined 216 years Find out how they make it Empty Brauntex The old Brauntex Theater remains vacant now but a local group has bigger plans for it Find out how to lend a helping Score Find out scores from Friday nights WEATHER Unseasonable warm weath er is expected today with highs in the low 80s Monday will be a bit cooler with highs in the mid 70s For the com plete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Key code 77 Council to discuss bed tax use E BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A vote Monday could cut into funding for a proposed convention center before a petition plan even has the chance At its meeting New Braunfels City Council will decide whether to fund the 52day drive through Holiday River of Lights with tax revenue money dedicated to tourism promotion Council tabled the issue at its last meeting Jan 24 The city has used more than of bed tax money to fund the holiday project but the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Inc has proposed saving that money for two years to fund a down payment for a million convention center Some say the two projects could coexist although the city might need to save longer for a down payment Another group of residents who launched a petition initiative this past week believe now is not the time for a convention center I love petition organizer Wayne Rahe said I dont object to having them here But we need to give them something to The petition calls for the city to amend Section of the Ordi nance Code and require the city to spend a minimum of percent for maintenance and improvement of the civic center historical restoration and preservation projects arts cityoperated promotional programs New Braunfels resident Bemice Couvillan signs the petition Friday at Landa Park Served New Braunfels Independent School District since 1974 Coach retirin Tim Kingsbury New Braunfels High School head football coach announces his retirement Friday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer After more than 20 years in lockers rooms and on football fields New Braunfels High School head football coach and athletic director Tim Kings bury will to try something new next being a spectator For the past 21 years Kingsbury has devoted himself to Unicorn foot ball often missing watching his own sons play the game When my son was playing football in middle school and as a freshman I didnt get to see him play Kingsbury said Friday afternoon Now that he has the opportunity to play in college its a great chance and one that doesnt happen very often and I want to make sure Im a part of At a press conference Friday after noon Kingsbury announced he would step down as the NBHS athletic direc tor and head football coach at the end of this year to pursue other interests one of which will be sitting on the sidelines watching his son Kliff Kingsbury play football at Texas Tech University Future of NBHS football Kliff a sophomore at Texas Tech is slated to start as quarterback next fall for the Red Raiders Tim and his wife Sally also will watch as their oldest son Klint grad uate from Texas University this year with a mechanical engineering degree Coach Kingsbury said Friday the time was right to step down from the head coaching position after mulling it over the past two years after his youngest son left for college I make a 100 percent commitment to what I do and if I cant commit 100 percent to what Im doing then I wont do he said After 21 to 25 years of coaching in New Braunfels I wanted to go out a Unicorn and Ill always be a Unicorn I will be the No 1 Unicorn With misty eyes Kingsbury expressed the sadness of leaving his players but promised to not disap pear from their lives The thing I will miss the most is Kingsbury COACHING EXPERIENCE 197478 football coach at NB Middle School 197981 defensive line coach at NB High School 198290 defensive coordinator at NBHS 199195 defensive coordi nator at San Antonio Madison High School 19952000 head football coach and athletic director at NBHS 11 His enthusi asm for the team and the way he fired us up before each game I dont think they can find anybody else who can do it like he Aldo DeUGaim junior As a parent and an ex coach I obvi ously think Im very very proud of the fact that my son got to play for Keith Gerlnger NBHS principal my relationship with the kids and coaches in all he said After choking back a few tears he said I love the kids I will always be there for them if they need See He has helped me out personally and hes helped out everyone who has come through the program not only in football but in life Gooff Hangartner senior Walnut plan stijl under fire BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels City Council will finalize Monday what bond issues will go before voters in some are hoping the package isnt already a done deal At its meeting in January council voted to lump the million Walnut Avenue expansion project into a general street and drainage propo sition that totals million This is one of six propositions which total million and could if approved more city tax rate Since that meeting a group of residents has started circulating a petition asking council to hold a public forum and introduce three alter native plans for Walnut If the forum cant be held the petition asks council to separate the Walnut proposition from the million proposition and let residents vote on it separately Critics argue that Walnut would doom the rest of the proposition or eat up money for the other muchneeded street and drainage projects But including Walnut gives the city more flex ibility allowing it to use money from other pro jects for Walnut if needed members of council said If Walnut comes in under budget the city also could allocate surplus money to other pro jects New Braunfels resident Betty Dunkin said she likely would present the Walnut petition to council Monday But it wont have any legal bearing unlike an initiative to prevent tax from being spent on a convention center see Dunkin and more than 35 others are working on both petitions The Walnut petition is basically sending a See Registration deadline looms for voters FROM STAFF REPORTS Local residents who want to vote in the March 14 primaries but have not yet regis tered or have changed addresses must register by mail or in person by Monday afternoon The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary election is Monday at the Comal County Voter Registration office 205 N Seguin Ave County officials said residents who register by mail must have their applications post marked by Monday Only residents who have not yet registered to vote or have a change of address need to register by Monday Linnell Hinojosa elections coordinator for the county said requests for mailin ballots must be received by the county by March 7 The first day of early voting in the March primaries is Feb 28 Early voting ends March 10 The general election is Nov 7 ;