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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas // nf I* 799,X "'""''"I'lnll (|,ll/i(( SPORTS VOLLEY TIME Children flock to Canyon High School to learn the finer points about volleyball. Page 5A w/FDNESDAY, JUNE 8,2005rald-Zeitung CANYON LAKE A LITTLE HELP County commissioners agree to pay for signs on boat ramps to help out at Canyon Lake. Page 7A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 173 16 pages, 2 sections 50$ I 56825 00001 tty Cloudy High 94 Details Low 77 ... 2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS SB COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 4B *< pf M u I Playground Shade canopy ‘ Trailhead -v entrance to park Parking COMINGTHUI 1SDAY A step forward Technological improvements in local courts go a long way to helping the judicial system. Moore to headline Independence Day celebration By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer Christ Presbyterian j & GLANCE Church will be host- I - Former ing a community- ; Alabama Supreme wide Independence j Court Justice Roy Day celebration I Moore headlines headlined by former I Da® Aration” Alabama Chief Jus- j christ Pres-tice Roy Moore. i byterian Church. Moore was | a The celebration removed from office I will be held at after defying a feder- j 6:15 p.m. June 30. a1 court order to I $ig5()SCOSt move a monument I .' c rr, ^    •    ■ Forinforma- of the Ien Com- ; tion, call 629-0405 mandments from the rotunda of the Alabama Supreme Court building. Christ Presbyterian Church Pastor Dick Jones said he selected Moore as a speaker because of the recent Ten Commandments debate in Austin. “Moore’s presentation is timely because the courts are deciding whether or not See MOORE Page 3A NB Soccer Association has big plans for H-E-B fields By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The young soccer players released from camp Tuesday morning scattered into the parking lot of the H-E-B Soccer Complex, weaving in and out of cars and dodging knee-high weeds. Their circuitous route to their parents’ mini vans is the most dangerous part of their practice schedule — a gauntlet of sorts, stemming from the facility’s state of disrepair. Because the dirt and gravel lot is in such bad shape, cars park haphazardly to avoid the worst spots, and getting back on the road is a chaotic, go-any-direction-you-want exercise. All of that could change soon, as part of a recently completed master plan for the complex. The design, created by Land Design Partners of Austin with input from the Parks Department and the New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association, upgrades the park from a single-use venue to a neighborhood recreation hub. LDP Project Manager Jason Cheng said he approached the design inspired by what the facility could become. “This 16-acre tract is in the center of what could become an unbelievable park entity for this side of town,” he said. While soccer will remain the park’s primary focus, the new plan calls for the inclusion of more typical neighborhood park amenities. Picnic pavilions, playgrounds, aI DI I ICDAy&ICT Missouri-Kansas andTexas railroad __________ concession sand volleyball court and a three-quarter-mile walking trail would surround the nine existing fields and a proposed adult league field. The design also would include a 225-space parking lot, improved restrooms and concessions facilities and better lighting and signage. NBYSA Director of Operations Larry Levermann said the new design was a great thing for the whole city. “It’s not just for soccer but for all the community and the surrounding neighborhoods,’’ he said. “Now, we just have to figure out how to get it all done.” The plan, submitted Monday to Parks and Recreation Advisory H-E-B Soccer Complex Board members, would cost the city a little more than $1 million. Parks Director Stacey Laird said the improvements likely would be made one at a time. “Now its just a step-by-step process, unless someone steps up to give us the $1 million to do the whole thing at once," she said. T ... storage area Cheng indicated H-E-B officials would not be opposed to giving up the facility’s naming rights, if another sponsor offered to pay for them. While Laird works on grant applications, Levermann and other association members are brainstorming fund-raising opportunities. “We’re trying to work on mom and pop’ places and local small businesses to generate advertising,” he said. “We have 900 kids in the association who play on those fields several times each season. Not only do their parents come watch them, but also See SOCCER Page 8A OVER 700 VEHICLES M STOCK TAURUS FORD Cnmn, PIL, Pm, mkmmwmmmm WNK0MHMMN mmWalnut Avenue project moves to council By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The problems associated with the Walnut Avenue widening proposal now belong to New Braunfels City Council. Transportation and Traffic Advi sory Board and Planning Commission members decided Tuesday to sign a joint resolution recommending council make the road improvements suggested by consultant Carter and Burgess in its February 2005 study. Planning Director Frank Robbins was charged with drafting the language of tte resolution and providing it for each chairman’s signature. The joint recommendation will add one important caveat to the Carter and Burgess study—a prohibition of truck traffic on Walnut Avenue between 1-35 and Loop 337. Without heavy truck traffic, members of both groups said, traffic flow should increase and the road condition should deteriorate at a slower pace. In an important difference between the new recommendation and the previous proposal attached to the 2000 failed bond proposal, the resolution will suggest the street be kept to four lanes, a move approved by Robbins. “I see no evidence we need a turn lane through the nonintersection See WALNUT Page 8A By TA. Badger Associated Press WriterHardberger opens lead in SA mayor’s race SOCCER FOR EVERYONE SAN ANTONIO — Retired state judge Phil Hardberger held a narrow lead over youthful city councilman Julian Castro late Tuesday in the mayoral runoff in the nation’s eighth-largest city. After counting the early vote and election day ballots in just over half of the city’s 589 precincts, Hardberger had 46,480 votes, or 51.3 percent, while Castro had 44,165 votes, or 48.7 percent. Both men are Democrats and lawyers, but those similarities aside, Castro and I lardberger are a study in contrasts. Castro, 30, is an ambitious Hispanic city councilman who grew up poor and who has had his eye on the mayor’s office since his college days at-Stanford. He has boyish charm and a quick, wide smile, yet he’s also earnest and always ready to delve into wonkish detail on policy matters. I lardberger, 70, is a retired state appellate judge who made a lot of money as a private attorney before being elected to the bench. He exudes Texas-styie folksiness and has a long list of adventures to his credit, among See MAYOR Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Chandler Faulkner, left, and Lauren Cooper remove their shin guards, socks and shoes among the weeds growing in the parking lot of the H-E-B Soccer Complex after their practice Tuesday morning. Below, an architects rendering of the plans for the complex ;