New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon forward leads area in rebounding. See Sports, Page 6.
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MCCOLETTE KRAUSE
Vol. 144, No. 37
Inside I No room at the inn?
Ii=iil City sees motel building boom
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Leo Soliz (23 years), Luis Valdez Jr. (belated), Niccolette Krause, Rudy Rubio and Jo Pina (21 years).
Cedar —210 Mold —1,000
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Water Information Comal River — 294 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.23 feet above sea level, down .01
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets tonight at 410 West Coll Street. The executive committee meets at 7 p.m. and the regular meeting starts at 8 p.m. Unit #179 Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p.m.
Alzheimers/Dementia group meets
The Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia Support Group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight at Colonial Manor Care Center, 821 U.S. Hwy.
81 W Call Janet Bryant at 625-7526 for information.
The Comal County Women's Center needs a working refrigerator for a family moving into a safe house. Call the shelter at 620-7520 if you can help. Also needed are blankets.
LCRA sets workshop
The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996. to inform area leaders and nonprofit groups about LCRA’s new grant program to assist community development projects in its service area.
The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room, 263 E. Main Plaza, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Those eligible for grants include cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other non-profit economic and community development groups.
For more information, contact Frank Morgan, LCRA, 1-800-776-5272, ext. 3340.
Qardsn Club to moot
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p rn. at the home of Ella Hall.
The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March.
The winning numbers
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This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
“It just takes one, sometimes — it’s the domino theory,” said Michael Meek, Chamber of Commerce president. One franchise hotel/motel decides to come to town, and then they seem to be springing up all over the place.
A hew Super-8 and a new Hampton Inn are going up. A Ramada Limited is replacing the IH-35 Inn. The Hill Country Motor Inn is joining forces with Budget Hosts Motels — all in the space of one winter.
The Super-8 Hospitality Inn is under construction behind K-Mart on Highway 46. “It’s 50 units, with a variety of room sizes,” said builder Randy Taylor.
The two-story structure will sport a brick veneer, Taylor said. “It’ll have a swimming pool with spa.”
A Beaumont firm called MDP VS Inc. owns the new motel. Taylor said
he expects it to open May 31 or June I.
Builders are putting the finishing touches on the new Hampton Inn on Interstate 35 South. Pat Patel co-owns the new franchise, as well as the Days Inn next door.
“We’re going to have 62 rooms and we hope to open by March 15 of this year,” Patel said. The Hampton Inn’s amenities will include an exercise room and a “fairly good sized” meeting room, as well as a swimming pool with detached spa, he said.
The IH-35 Inn on IH-35 North is undergoing a metamorphosis into a Ramada Limited. “We’ve completely gutted all the rooms,” said David Williams, director of operations for the Monarch Hotel Group, which owns the new Ramada franchise.
As well as its other amenities, the Ramada will feature four completely wheelchair-accessible rooms. “The vanities are higher, so a wheelchair
can fit underneath,” Williams said. “Everything else is lower.” The showers have wheelchair access ramps, grab bars and pull bars. Handicap parking spaces will be added as well.
“Doing a market study, we found that a lot of elderly people visit this area,” Williams said. “An ADA room is triple the cost of a normal hotel room, but we felt it was necessary.”
More than half of the Ramada’s rooms will be enlarged to double-size rooms. “We’re putting in a small meeting room, a 50-foot cocktail lounge and a full-sized continental breakfast area,” Williams said.
New carpeting, drapes and air conditioning are also going into the old building. “We’ve added a landscape package,” he said, “The whole comer was dismal.” Some parking will be removed to make room for the landscaping, and the pool area will be enlarged.
The Hill Country Motor Inn is now affiliated with Budget Hosts Motels, another national corporation. “There’s no change in the motel, but now' it s nationwide,” said Larry Reckaway. office manager.
“New Braunfels is evolving into more franchise hotel/motels,” Meek said, “similar to what you’d see in San Marcos, and in other major cities.” New Braunfels’ locally owned motels do very well, he said, and ofTer unique, high quality accommodations.
“Some people ask for only franchises,” Meek said. “Some feel more comfortable if they’ve stayed with a pat-ticular firm.”
Even affiliating with a national franchise can help a motel, because of the national advertising. People in other states recognize the name from the ads, and some are more likely to stop and stay.
Attracting that first national hotel to
a town can be tough. Meek said. “These companies look at the competition and look where the competition goes — they don’t want to be the trail-
Seeing national companies like Luby’s and Target succeed in New Braunfels further reassures those national chains that putting a franchise here would be a safe bet, Meek said.
Motels with more and larger meeting rooms could bring more convention business to New Braunfels — not just in the summer, but year-round. The Convcntiona and Visitors Bureau still seeks hotels with sizable meeting spaces, “...but some are on the drawing boards that could be announced in 1996,” Meek said.
“New Braunfels has been discovered by these folks,” he said.
“It’s just a matter of time,” Williams said.
Man indicted on charge of embezzling from elderly Spring Branch couple
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A man who allegedly embezzled money from an elderly Spring Branch couple last summer was indicted Wednesday by a Comal County grand jury.
Floyd Merritt Perry, 58, of Colleyville, Texas, was indicted on theft and document fraud charges. He was arrested on Dec. 22 in Fort Worth by Tarrant County authorities on a warrant issued by a Comal County magistrate. Perry was released on a $50,000 bond.
“We want to hit him hard," assistant district attorney Dib Waldnp said. “We want to make it known that people who treat vulnerable people like this will not be tolerated in Comal County."
Perry is accused of making up a land investment deal, which he allegedly told the couple would bring them a high return for their retirement. Authorities said Perry met the couple while traveling with his friend, an insurance agent from Dallas, in
June. A couple of weeks later, Perry returned and visited the couple himself after his friend allowed him to borrow his car. Perry, using the alias Robert Dunn, began to talk to the couple and the subject of retirement came up, authorities said. That is when Perry allegedly mentioned the land deal, law officials said.
Perry allegedly told the couple to sell their car and that he would use the money from the sale of the car to invest in the land deal. The wife and Perry went to a San Antonio used car dealer and sold the car for $6,000, authorities said. The couple then gave Perry an additional $1,500. Police said Perry gave the couple a promissory note of $7,500, which Perry allegedly said would have been the profits from the initial investments plus the interest. It was agreed between the car salesman and the wife that she could buy back her car within a few weeks, authorities said.
However, the couple never saw all of their money again because Perry allegedly gave the couple only $ 1,500 and disappeared with $6,000.
Waldrip said he believes that Perry could have possibly victimized more couples in Comal County and the surrounding area. Perry also used the aliases Floyd Edwards, Mason Perry, Floyd Mason and Bob Edwards. If anyone recognizes these names and had contact with Perry, they should contact the authorities as soon as possible, Waldrip said.
Waldrip said if Pony is convicted of the charges he could automatically be put on probation for two to five years and face one to two years in a state jail. The more strong cases the county has against Perry, Waldnp said, the more his jail time could go up from two to IO years in a state penitentiary. The charges against Perry are a fourth degree felony.
Perry has been indicted in fraud cases in Kerr, Johnson, Cameron, Hidalgo, Burnet and Johnson counties. Waldrip said he has information from the State Securities Board in Austin which shows Perry and his associate allegedly conned people between Fort Worth and the Rio Grande in excesses of $600,000.
NBISD pursues grants for new technology
By DENISE DZIUK
It’s a new year, and the second semester of the school year is underway. As the students return to their classrooms with memories of Christmas break, adminstrators are returning with thoughts of what lays ahead of them.
Charles Bradberry, superintendent for the New Braunfels lndpendent School District, said the district is ready for the spring semester, and one thing the district will be hard at work on is a technology grant. Brad-beny said the district already received (Hie of the largest technological grants from the Texas Education Agency. However, they would like to augment that with funds from a federal grant.
“We’re doing a lot of work on that seeing if we can get some federal
money to followup the state (grant) since it was so good,” he said.
If the district receives the grant, the money will be used for district-wide technological training. Bradberry said the first grant is being used on a couple of campuses, and the second grant would be used to “make sure every person in the district is literate” in computer technology.
“We feel like to continue to be a cutting-edge district, you have to start preparing for the future, and that includes training everyone for the technology," he said.
Bradberry said another key issue the district will be working on is a list of goals to direct staff and administrators. Two years ago, the board of trustees developed a list of 13 goals for the district. Bradberry said they have all been accomplished except for a portion of one, but “it is well
under way to being done.” The staff will now develop a new list for the board to finalize and approve. The new list will cover all aspects of the district, and will have a completion date of 24 to 36 months.
“It will take the full spring to actually generate those,” said Bradberry. “Those are basically the things the board holds the superintendent and the staff accountable for achieving.”
Bradberry said he also expects enrollment figures to continue with the 3 to 3 1/2 percent increase. He said the distnct is addressing this issue using funds from the 1994 bond election. However, he said, as the enrollment continues to grow, the district will also look at specific campuses such as OakRun and the north attendance zone to address possible space problems “before the campuses exceed capacity.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Filling the pool
Malcolm Johnson dumps catfish into the Olympic swimming pool in Lands Park yesterday. Anglers will be allowed in starting today as Troutiest begins. About 1,000 pounds of catfish and 1,000 trout have been put in the pool. The event starts at 4 p.m. today. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekends through Dec. 14. Children can take home 10 fish for $3 and adults can take 10 fish for S5.
CISD bond opponents wait until last day to keep lawsuit alive
Judge had given Duggan and Greene until Jan. 2 to refile suit to prevent bond issue
Kind of chilly for a swim...
But those ducks taking a dip in Landa Lake this morning don’t seam to mind.
The weather forecast calls for sunny skies through the week, with the temperature hitting a high of 65 tomorrow, before cooling off to 46 Friday night. The forecast calls for temperatures dropping into the mid-20s by Monday night.
By DENISE DZIUK
On the last possibleday. two Canyon Lake residents refiled a suit with tile district court against the C omal hide pendent School District Kurd ol trustees to stop the CXt. 14 bond election limn taking effect.
Lots Duggan and Wallace eocene filed the original suit at the end of November, alleging that the district did not follow piopei state election laws oi education codes when the election was held. A “special exceptions hearing
was held in December, in which a judge ruled that the plaintiffs needed to refile their petition clarifying several points.
Hie judge gave the two until Jan. 2 to resubmit their suit. and on Tuesday, the refiling was completed The district now has until Jan 8 to respond to the suit. and a tentative court date of Jan. 11 has been set.
Duggan declined to comment on the suit. However, she said the suit was a public matter and anyone interested could go to the distnct clerk’s office to review it.
“The court’s going to handle it now. I hat’s the only comment I have, anti I feel the court will do the right thing because it is an objective and fair court," she said.
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