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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas /AV N EW jkyghjFELS s o'1 Jf st' 'n re Rr r /22/ 9 9 262? ^ vXt&ish NG ??Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 31 46 pages in 4 sections January 3, 1999 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside► Exercise mamas Getting your figure back after pregnancy is the wish of every mother, and with some dedication, help and hard work, it is an achievable goal. Find out the best way to recover from your body’s “baby blues” in Lifestyle./ 1C ► Soccer returns .. ( 'n Now that the Cowboys are out of the playoffs and the NBA lockout continues, local sports fans can turn their hearts to soccer, which kicks up this week./1B► At the Depot Office Depot manager Henry Woodward expects a crowd Monday for the official grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new store in New Braunfels./ 9AWeather Somebody opened the door up north and let the cold weather come down to Texas this weekend. Check out our chilly forecast./2AIndex Abby.........................................2C Business............................9-10A Classified............................5-12C Crossword................................2C Forum.......................................6A Local.........................................4A Obits.........................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today........................................2A Television........................Montage Snow kidding: Flurries possible ROBIN CORNETT/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels High School soccer fans bundle up to keep warm during Saturday’s boy’s soccer scrimmage against the alumni at Unicom Stadium. From Staff Reports Arctic air swooped into the Lone Star State on Saturday, bringing gusty winds, bone-chilling temperatures and even the possibility of snow in some areas. The brisk air is expected to stick around for a few days. High temperatures on Saturday ranged from 34 degrees at Amarillo to 66 at Brownsville. The forecast for North Texas called for increasing cloudiness Sunday with highs only in the A nation under freeze — Page 3A low- to mid-30s. In West Texas, light snow is possible for most areas Sunday, and some clearing was expected Monday. Ifs expected to warm up slightly on Monday. The coldest weather of the season is expected to hit South Texas today. A dome of high pressure was predicted to bring clear skies and a hard freeze overnight. A few snow flurries are possible in the Hill Country, where temperatures were to drop into the lower 20s. Today’s forecast for the New Braunfels area is skies becoming cloudy with a few afternoon snow flurries. Highs are expected in the mid and upper 30s. Tonight, expect cloudy skies with a few snow flurries with lows near 20 outlying areas to mid 20s in town. Monday, mostly cloudy skies with a few snow flurries are predicted. Highs will be in the mid and upper 30s. Ifs in the plan 1999 issues look familiar, not-so-familiar to area leaders From staff reports Out with the old and in with the new. Comal County ushered out 1998 Thursday night, and area residents said goodbye to a tumultuous year complete with a flood, a drought and a capital murder trial. City, county and school district leaders now face new challenges, and maybe some old ones, in 1999.Comal County County Judge Danny Scheel said the county will spend a great deal of 1999 dealing with issues that affected residents in 1998. “We’ll be spending the first part of 1999 recovering the flood of last October,” Scheel said. Efforts to LW rn *I SCHEEL clean up River Road and private property along the river bank already were under way at the end of 1998. The cleaning of the river channel is set to begin sometime early this year. “We need to get the river clean by spring break,” said Paul Rich, a member of the board of directors Water Oriented Recreation District. The county decided not to ask the legislature for the power to implement an alcohol ban on the Guadalupe River to curb rowdy behavior on the river. County officials are depending on an increased law enforcement effort on the river to control behavior on the river during the 1999 tourist season. “My No. I priority is to see that the situation on the river is handled well this year,” Scheel said. Scheel said water issues would continue to be a hot topic for all counties in the state, especially Comal County “I see an ongoing dialogue about water issues and the possibility of an underground water district in the western part of the county,” Scheel said.New Braunfels City residents will elect a new mayor in May. Jan Kennady, who has been on New Braunfels city council since 1993 and who has served as mayor since 1996, will step down then. Her successor will help oversee a newly installed comprehensive plan, deal with ongoing stormwater drainage issues and track the progress of expansion at the municipal airport. Additional duties will include working with a fledgling buildings standards com-See PLAN/5A KENNADYMake Note JANUARY • Bulverde East is set to vote on Jan. 16 on consolidation with Bulverde South. • The 100th anniversary of dedication of Comal County Courthouse set Jan. 22. • Work set to begin on a traffic light at Business 35 and Casten Avenue. FEBRUARY • New Braunfels High School program committee to come to a consensus on a schedule for the 1999-2000 school year. MARCH • Comprehensive Plan, a guideline for land use, annexation and other key municipal issues, up for approval. APRIL • The State Comptroller’s Texas School Performance Review Audit of Comal Independent School District will be released. • McKenna Memorial Hospital expansion to be completed. MAY • CISD patrons vote on two-propo-sition, $141 million bond election. • Memorial Day weekend kicks off county's additional law enforcement presents on Guadalupe. • New city library, a project worth about $3 million, to be completed. AUGUST • Transportation officials to hire contractor for a construction project at the railroad overpass on Loop 337 near Molly Joe’s. SEPTEMBER • Comal County jail expansion set for completion. OCTOBER • Officials will begin looking for a contractor for highway construction at Walnut Avenue and Texas 46. Schlitterbahn finds opportunities in Indiana, home Bv Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, considered by many to be the premiere water theme park in Texas, reportedly is planning to expand during the next few years. Waterpark officials are putting together plans to add another ride to the New Braunfels park as well as build a Schlitterbahn in Indiana. Word that Schlitterbahn was negotiating for a third site at South Padre Island also came in late 1998. Schlitterbahn announced the New Braunfels expansion and plans for Schlitterbahn Indiana in November, when waterpark officials from around the world gathered in Dallas for the weeklong International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions annual trade show. Plans for Schlitterbahn Indiana include a 20-acre waterpark that would be incorporated into Enter-citement City, a $200 million Ramada resort hotel and conference center. The resort and amusement park complex will be built near the Indianapolis International Airport. Entercitement City was scheduled to open May 1,2000. “I’m very proud of the work our team has accomplished in this truly innovative approach,” said Jeff Henry, chief executive officer of waterpark manufacturer New Braunfels General Store International. Schlitterbahn Indiana will feature a 65,000 square-foot indoor waterpark that will provide year-round recreation to guests of the 300-room hotel. Schlitterbahn officials, together with NBGS International, alsoSee SCHLITTERBAHN/5A ;