New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Summer reading program at Tye Preston Memorial Library attracts hundreds. Page 8A
SPORTS ROLLING ON
The Little League baseball playoffs continue with several local teams picking up big wins. Page 5A
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wmRobbins gets IO years for injuring grandson
By Ron Maloney
A man who pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injuries that contributed to the death of his grandson was sentenced to IO years in prison
District Judge Gary Steel sentenced Gregory Robbins, 54, in the wake of his April guilty plea in connection with the death of his 15-month-old grandson, Brandon Lee Robbins II.
With credit for more than a year
already served in Comal County Jail, Robbins will be eligible for parole in about a year and a half.
Steel heard witnesses for the prosecution and defense in a seven-hour hearing that ran well after 8 p.m.
The toddlers parents both testi
fied they believed Robbins loved his grandchildren, they loved him and he wouldn’t have intentionally caused injury to the boy.
Brandon Robbins Sr. testified to finding his estranged father and inviting him back into his life.
“I Ie was a very good grandfather,” Robbins testified under questioning by defense attorney Joseph Garcia III. “He felt he had a second chance to be part of our lives. I ie was glad to
See ROBBINS Page 7A
By Ron Maloney
A $2.8 million project to improve access to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport will get under way Aug. I.
Officials with the Texas Department of Transportation and several local agencies met Tuesday to discuss a project to widen 2.7 miles of PM 758 between Texas 46 and Entrance Drive at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The project would widen the two existing nine-foot lanes to 12 feet and add six-foot shoulders to the roadway.
The contract was awarded to Ray Baris Construction Inc.
of San Antonio, which has one year to complete die job.
Tans official Jerold Gold said he believed the job could be completed by March.
“Theres nothing too complicated out there," Gold said. “ This is a very nice project diat should go very well."
TxIX XT Assistant Area Engineer for New Braunfels Michelle Kopp said the project was divided into four sections and two of them would be under construction at any given time.
“There are no detour routes for traffic,” Kopp said, noting there could be delays as traffic is reduced to one-way duiing
See ROAD Page 7A
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A second chance at life
Garden Ridge woman gives her time, money and heart to help out cats and dogs that need a home.
Complexes can lead to economic success
Project to widen FM 758 to get under way Aug. I
Above, electricians Stan Matcek, left, and Whaley Lawson install light fixtures in the Main Plaza Bandstand Tuesday afternoon. Center, the bandstand as it looks today with summer flowers greeting visitors to downtown. Below, the bandstand in the early 1900s with the county courthouse in the rear.
A century later, bandstand is still center of city
Photo courtesy of the Sophienburg
By Leigh Jones
One of New Braunfels’ most iconic landmarks will celebrate its 100th birthday with a communitywide celebration and a new look july 4.
Workers are putting the final touches, including a new roof and a fresh coat of paint, on the Plaza Bandstand, completing almost six months of renovations that will restore the structure to its 1920s era glory.
While the bandstand will look much the same as it always has, locals will notice some differences.
The roof will be restored to its former dark red, instead of the bright color shown in more recent photos and drawings, and the stark white will give way to a softer off-white scheme.
Project Manager Annie Sauser said selection of the new colors came out of comparisons with old photographs and consistency with other structures.
“I hoped we could find evidence of color schemes with scrapings as the project progressed, hut unfortunately, the entire wooden portion of the structure was sandblasted at one time,” she said. “Even though the photos we had were black and white, it was very obvious the colors had changed over time.”
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drips underneath and in crevices that had been out of the sun,” she said. “When I compared the new color choice to those drips, I was amazed — it was dead on.”
The Historic Landmark Commission approved Sauser’s recommendations last week and painting will commence this week.
Restoration project fundraiser Laura Kistner said while she doubted any current New Braunfels residents would remember the bandstand when it had a similar color scheme — in the 1920s — she hoped people would appreciate the significance of the “new” choices.
“This is a restoration, and we want to be as historically accurate as we can,” she said. “The new color will he very close to the original."
While some final details will remain unfinished at the end of next week, enough of the major construction will be complete to allow the handstand to he celebrated in style on its centennial birthday.
As part of the Sophienburg’s
See BANDSTAND Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels city and chamber of commerce officials are always looking for ways to bring economic development to town.
Recent successes with the I louie Depot (Jail Center and Ashley Furniture have shown the city is capable of hitting a home run with major corporations, but is business enterprise the only way to increase the city’s tax base?
More and more Texas cities are supplementing or redirecting their economic development efforts toward attracting youth sports events and are reaping the benefits.
lf the experiences of League City, Round Rock and Euless archway indication, youth sports could bring a major economic windfall to New Braunfels.
League City recently completed construction on its
■ This week, the Herald-Zeitung will explore the city's options for sports complexes. Thursday, we will focus on whether private funds should be used to build facilities.
sports complex facility — Big League Dreams.
The park opened May 14, and already is booked for the rest of the year.
While it will occasionally host events for local youth teams, the city invested bi the park to bring in outside money.
"We opted for a sports park as an economic development project,” said Doug Frazior, League City Economic Development Corporation director. “It is designed to be a destination venue."
See SPORTS Page 3A