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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas JANUARY 18, 2004ZeitungServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 57    I ■RVrJHH| j DEAR ABBY 6C 28 pages,    4 sections    I    V    J    classifieds    id click    I    $1.00    16/    I    COMICS    4C I    *    t    I    CROSSWORD 4C I    I    ^ cloud^    I    F0RUM    4A I    I High Low    j    OBITUARIES    3A ! 56 32    |    SPORTS    1B    I    8    ”56825 00002 a    | Details 3B    i    w GR,DS    MCNEWS SPORTS Two-vehicle accident Saturday night on Interstate 35 injures 5 people. Firefighters had ^ to extricate all the    1 victims. Page 2A Area soccer action heats up with tournament play. ^ NB wins Unicorn Bk Invitational finale. Page IBStreet work discussion almost at an end By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council will review Monday night final plans for a $27 million street and drainage improve ment project. “We’re coming to the end of the discussions on streets and drainage,” said Mayor Adam Cork. “City Engineer Mike Short will present his recommendations for the project, New civic center consultant set to meet with council By Scott Mahon Staff Writer City officials will meet in February with a Minneapolis consultant to consider a new study on the civic center. “The council felt we needed a second look at why we’re going to be in the convention center business,” said City Manager Chuck Pinto. “Plus, we need to update the 1999 study.” The four-year-old study completed by PKT Consulting in I louston proposed a new civic center on Gruene Road; however, since then, council has discussed expanding the existing civic center, building a new $14 million civic center on the Comal River or building a new facility on South Casteel Avenue. The initial concept for a new convention center was to help get more year-round convention business to New Braunfels. “We’ve talked to several consultants recently, and we need to rethink how we’re going to approach this now,” Pinto said. “I’m not talking about throwing the 1999 study out the window, but there have been so many changes since 1999, wed almost have to start from scratch.” See COUNCIL, Page 7A so basically we’ll decide Mon-day how big the project should be.” Historically, the city has spent less than $200,000 per year on street repair, but Cork said council appear to be leaning toward a $27 million bond issue to fund a five-year street improvement and drainage plan. "I hear a lot of positive support from the community, and I think people want to see us keep moving forward on this," said District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil during council’s last workshop. Cork said plans call for $10 million of street repair and reconstruction and $17 million worth of drainage projects. District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine said street maintenance has been neglected over the years. See STUBITS, Page 8A FRONTand Center main stay Program re-energizing downtown development By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Dylan Felger, 11, waits for the judge’s answer while holding onto her lamb, Seely, at Saturday's FFA show at the Comal County Fairgrounds. Felger went on to win first place in medium wool and Jr. Showmanship, along with reserve champion lamb. Lords of the show ring DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Bragging rights on the end of the line By Bon Maloney Staff Writer No question, fishing is one of the most challenging sports. For millennia, men have worked hard to outsmart what is supposed to be one of the simplest-minded vertebrates on the planet. And, when the fish has won — which happens in the vast majority of contests between man and fish — man has had to adapt. When that doesn't help, which is also usually the case, theres always the fallback, ego-salving fishing story — usually about the one that got away. But sometimes about the one that was caught, always many years ago. The thing about that story, as everyone who tells such stories knows, is that with each retelling it gets better. That’s how it was at Troutiest Saturday morning for lake Dunlap residents Dusty Belle and Mathew and Jacob I lubble, who decided to give the old concrete pond at I anda Park a try again this year. Saturday morning, the fish weren’t biting — not for anyone but Belle and the Hubbles, anyway. They had a stringer of several nice rainbow trout. I low did they do it? What was their edge? They weren’t saying. But they were standing pretty close to a “no fishing” See PISH. Page 6A Mathew, left, and Jacob Hubble fish suspiciously close to a “no fishing'' sign while participating in Troutiest at Landa Park. They seemed to be the only ones catching fish Saturday morning DAVID INGRAM/HerakJ-Zeitung I \ 1 *1 V B New I LU Braunfels. T> El o Jeep #jr TJWMT mvw mrr ** mc jut mr r 800-7 25-1 515 Look in tho classifieds Fri, 6 Sun for our pre-owned Specials! aBMMMMMW DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Main Street Director Jan Soechting talks with Scott Morris, owner of Morris Antiques, while a couple of passersby stroll the sidewalks and look in the shops. Soechting says the “core downtown- is becoming an arts community. Don’t let the “for rent” and “for sale” signs worry you. Downtown property owners agree business is good. Penny Oyler, owner of the Gaudy Chick Boutique, said her business is great, loan Franks across the street at Thumbalina’s Antiques agreed. A new Italian restaurant, Cap-parelli’s, plans to open its doors any day next to Chase Bank. The recovering economy might have something to do with the upbeat attitude, but some might say the Main Street Program has helped revitalize downtown New Braunfels. “I suppose some people don’t understand what the Main Street Program does,” said Jan Soechting, Main Street manager. “We try to keep downtown alive and thriving.” Administered by the Texas I lis-torical Commission, the Texas Main Street Program has worked with communities statewide to re-energize historic commercial areas. “The Main Street Program was developed to save historic commercial architecture and as an economic tool.” Soechting said. A graduate of Smithson Valley High School, Soechting was a shopping mall consultant prior to becoming Main Street manager. She consulted for mall owners in San Antonio, Victoria and See MAIN STRUT. Page 8A Native tongue German American Society promotes area’s heritage with German language classes. ;