New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 76 24 pages in 2 sections March 3, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsTexas, our TexasTowns celebrate state’s declaration of independence from Mexico
Myles Kuykendall of the Sons of the American Revolution carried the Texas Flag in the New Braunfels parade Thursday evening.
By Erin MAGRUDER
It not for the cars buzzing by and the man dressed like Davy Crockett talking on his cell phone residents at Thursday night’s tribute to the mighty state might have been transported back to the frontier days of Texas civilization.
The Prince Solms mural on ( astell Avenue was the backdrop for a Texas Independence Day celebration at the Main Plaza hosted by the New Braunfels chapters of The Sons and Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
More than 50 residents attended the 6 p.m. parade (low n San Antonio Street and subsequent “Toast to Texas” and salute to the brave men who put their signatures on the
Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
“This is a great day for the state of Texas,” SRT New Braunfels chapter president Pat Parks said as he stood across from The Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard dressed in full-period regalia.
SRT New Braunfels member Charles Billings read a moving letter written Feb. 24, 1836 by Lt. Col. Comdt. William Barrett Travis as he and his men were surrounded at the Alamo.
It reads in part,
“..I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come
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Megan Adame, Lauren Winn and Ceara Bryant of Jefferson Elementary were enjoying the sights and sounds of the celebration in Seguin.
Early voting strong for primary elections
By Heather Todd
The Republican presidential primary race between Gov. George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain seems to be driving a lot of local voters to the polls during the first week of early voting.
Early voting in the March 14 Democratic and Republican primary races began Monday at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin St., on the first floor in room 101.
Local residents can vote early weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the courthouse through March IO.
Comal County residents also can participate in early voting at temporary early voting polling locations:
• Saturday— H-E-B, 651 S. Walnut Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday — Canyon Lake Action Center, 1941 Farm-to-Market 2673 in Sattler, from IO a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Tuesday — Bulverde Community Center, 1747 E. Ammann Road in Bulverde, from noon to 7 p.m.
• Wednesday — Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 9357 Schoenthal Road in Garden Ridge, from noon to 7 p.m.
Applications for early voting by mail will be accepted at the Comal County Clerk’s office until Tuesday.
As of Thursday afternoon, 575 out of the 50,000 registered Comal County voters cast their ballots in the Republican primary election and 105 local voters went to the polls for the Democratic primary races.
Don Hensz, Comal County Republican party chairman, said so far voter turnout in the Republican primary races was above normal for early voting, which he credited to the highly publicized race between Bush and McCain.
“I think a lot of people are taking an interest in this election,” he said. “I think a lot of people are stimulated to get the polls and vote because of the Republican primary race between Bush and McCain, but we do have a lot of interest in the county races as well.”
Hensz said the four county constable positions and the race for the Republican tax assessor-coI lector nomination generated a lot of interest among voters in the Canyon Lake area.
Local candidates off icially running for the Republican nomination include Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder, tax assessor-collector candidates Sherman Krause and Sherry Higdon, Pct. I County Commissioner incumbent Jack Dawson and candidate Douglas Kirk, Pct. I Constable Lester Leissner, Pct. 3 constable Jim Hanley and Pct. 3 constable candidates J. Ronald “Star” Carey, Lee Hernandez, Jim Higdon, Wylie I. Queen and Ben Scroggin.
Republican Judge Charles Ramsay with the 22nd Judicial District also is running for reelection.See ELECTIONS/4A
Walgreens store plans continue
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Plans for the new Walgreens store on Business 35 and Walnut Avenue are full speed ahead, despite controversy surrounding the recent zoning change.
According to Walgreens corporate office in Deerfield, IU., Wal
greens has no “definitive plans” or formal agreement on the project. But Russ Sims, vice-president of real estate and finance for the Place Commercial Real Estate, said officials had “every intention to go ahead and build the store.” Construction should start in May or June, and the store should open before Christmas, he said.
While some have spoken at council meetings in support of the project — saying it would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood — others aren’t looking forward to the new store or the new traffic it will attract.
Some said the zoning request should never have been granted.
“Having it there does not benefit
our neighborhood” Cheryl Gilpin said.
At a council meeting Feb. 14, Gilpin spoke against the zoning change request, which asked the city for a special use permit for a 2.3-acre site at Business 35 and Walnut. The site previously wasSee WALGREENS/4 A
Resident questions zoning
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Allowing Walgreens to encroach into a neighborhood is opening the gate to commercializing an old residential area of town, one resident says.
And the city needs to do what it can to protect the neighborhood — specifically by down-zoning them, Cheryl Gilpin says.
“We’re zoned to be sacrificed for commercial development,” she said.
Currently, the area surrounding the new site for Walgreens — Business 35 and Walnut — is zoned R-3 Multifamily District. But Gilpin says it should be zoned R-l for single family homes.See ZONING/4A
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Bulverde H-E-B expected to open this fall
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — A year ago officials of the largest grocery store chain in Texas completed the permitting process for a 62,(XX) sq. ft. H-E-B supermarket in Bulverde.
Now, the natural limestone-clad masonry walls are going up and everything is on track for opening the new store on Highway 46 just west of US. 281 later this year.
“We’re looking at a fall opening,” said H-E-B Manager of Public Affairs Greg Flores. “It should be a very nice store. It will have a native limestone front and will fit well with
its location. It’s a nice feature that w ill allow if to blend with the area there.”
The store will have a dt ive-through pharmacy, a bakery and deli, photo processing and a floral department.
It is being built, along with 20,000 sq. ft. of space for smaller stores in an “L” shape as the first part of a two-phase shopping center project.
Also included in phase one, H-L-B officials told the Bulverde City Council last year, is a pad for a gas station and parking for 642 cars.
When complete, the store will be about half the size of the H-E-B at U.S. 281 and
Loop 1604, several miles away.
“Typically, these shopping centers have a video store of some kind, perhaps a bank branch or office of some kind or a dry cleaners,” Flores noted.
The next phase of construction on the 29-acre lot is expected to be constructed in coming years as commercial conditions warrant. It will include about an additional 60,000 sq. ft. of footage for smaller retail, restaurant or professional services in another “L’-shape formed by a pair of smaller buildings. It also will offer an additional 330 parking spaces.
“Its a long term deal,” said developer
Richard McCaleb last year when he addressed the city council. “Certainly, nothing w ill happen there in the near future.”
An interesting aspect of the project is how far H-E-B is going in its effort to make the store “blend in,” as Flores noted.
This effort, he said, is visable in H-E-B’s attention to environmental concerns and the natural features of the site — particularly its Live Oak trees.
McCaleb and H-E-B off icials considered a number of sites around Bulverde before choosing that location, and worked closely