New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels woman is injured overnight in what police call "accidental shooting." Page 7
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Vol. 154, No. 168 12 pages, 1 section
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7 mf mn* It' vNBISD sides with parents on dress code
By Melissa Johnson
New Braunfels Independent School District administrators sided with parent suggestions Tuesday when making revisions to the Secondary School Dress Code.
The code aims to create consistency among OakRun, New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School campuses.
The revision process included four feedback meetings, where parents and administrators discussed graph
ics on clothing, boys’ shorts and jewelry definitions. From the meetings, four working drafts were created.
“All of the changes stemmed from comments parents and staff had made,” NBISD Information Officer Stephanie Ferguson said.
Superintendent Ron Reaves said he accepted virtually all suggestions recommended in the final draft.
“Essentially, what was submitted to me, I endorsed,” Reaves said.
Major changes to the dress code, which had not been updated in 15
years, included provisions that New Braunfels Middle School boys not wear shorts, that all secondary campus boys wear belts and that shirts designed to be tucked in must be
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Sign panel agrees to less restrictive billboard law
By Leigh Jones
The Sign Ordinance Committee gave a nod to the local business community Tuesday by incorporating less restrictive language into the billboard section of the proposed ordinance.
If city council approves the ordinance as is, new billboards will once again go up around the city, with a few new rules.
Billboard or other off-premise sign construction would be prohibited within 150 feet of residential areas.
The signs also would be controlled within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, something not happening now, and the downtown area also would be free of billboards.
Although the city does not currently have any stacked or side-by-side billboards, they also would be prohibited under the new language of the proposed ordinance.
Despite the four new restrictions, Planning Director Frank Robbins said he did not believe the proposed ordinance would make much practical difference.
“This version of the ordinance is not much different from what we currently have on the books," he saifl. “I wouldn’t be able to predict which one would allow more signs.”
The language approved by the committee, with just one dissenting vote from member Peter Olsen, was lifted directly out of an alternative ordinance drafted by a group of business leaders, led by attorney John Dierkson.
While Olsen clearly was unhappy with the changes, he said after the meeting he understood the business community’s perspective.
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Shoppers in New Braunfels, Bulverde and Canyon Lake can lode for flesh produce and more.
A NEW BEGINNING
Home Depot Call Center starts off small, has big plans
By Leigh Jones
The phones at the Home Depot Call Center began to ring Tuesday as 15 customer service representatives settled into their cubicles and started to take orders.
By Wednesday, the small group had the routine down pat, and the electronic call board was cycling phone numbers and wait times in colorful reds and greens.
“Thank you for calling Home Depot. How can I help you?” asked Katrina Horne, smiling at her supervisor as she adjusted her headset.
I lorne and her coworkers currently take up a very small corner of the new building on Common Street.
Their room, dedicated to customer service representatives, holds 200 desks, 150 of which the company hopes to have filled by the end of the year.
When the facility is fully operational, it will contain enough cubicles for 565 representatives.
Every three weeks, 30 new recruits will cycle through the makeshift training area and take their places in the call receiving queue.
Although it is still unfinished, the call center building already looks like a fun place to work.
The walls are covered in bright orange, green, purple and red paint, some of it still wet. Columns hiding the wiring that connects each workstation computer and phone to the main system are covered in metal paneling, a product any consumer could purchase at the local Home Depot store.
When the construction is complete in a few months, employees will have access to a full cafeteria and a trendy looking breakroom with a coffee bar and kitchenette. Greater New Braunfels Cham-
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Trainers Joy Cosgrave, left, and Damian Sanchez answer calls at the new Home Depot Supply Call Center Wednesday afternoon. Below, Kaye Stambaugh walks past one of many rows o des that will eventually hold 200 employees at the Home Depot Call Center.
ber of Commerce President Michael Meek and Economic Development Director Rusty Brockman toured the facility during its first day of operation and watched with satisfaction the culmination of years of hard work and planning.
“It makes me really proud to know this came out of so much hard work,” Brockman said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Like any good economic development supporter, Brockman is always happy to welcome a new business to town, but during his tour of the call center, he received extra confirmation that his job makes a difference to people in the community.
“As we walked around, this young lady turned around and called my name,” he said. “I recognized her right away as a student at Canyon Middle School during
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High winds, lightning leave hundreds in the dark
By Ron Maloney
Several thousand New Braunfels Utilities customers lost power early Wednesday as a line of thunderstorms and liigh winds rolled through the area.
Utilities Information Manager Gretchen Reuwer said the outages, which came around 4 am, were scattered around New Braunfels.
“They were mostly due to high winds and lightning strikes,” Reuwer said.
Crews had to repair six poles pushed over by the wind along with
As of midafternoon, Reuwer said there were still about 20 customers in die River TYee subdivision without power, along with scattered outages at individual homes in other areas.
“Our crews are focused on that," Reuwer said.
The storm was intense, she said.
“This thing was pretty big. They said they had it from Mary Boulevard to River Tree, FM 1863, 2722 and Kroesche Lane,” Reuwer said. “It was all over.”
National Weather Service Meteo
rologist Clay Anderson reported that weather was caused hy a line ol thunderstorms that fired up over the Panhandle, organized into a line and moved southeast across the Hill Country overnight, reaching the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas between 2:30 and 6 arn.
“We’ve had numerous hail and high wind reports with this line,” Anderson said. “The largest hail was golf-ball-sized in Kerr County."
Inch and a half hail was reported
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High winds blew down a cinderblock dugout at the New Braunfels Little League fields on Loop 337.