New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
LAST WE KNEW: Amy
Lauren Bauman, 17, was reported missing since Saturday.
LATEST: Comal County detective Wayne Lehman, Schertz police and Texas Rangers located Bauman unharmed Wednesday. NEXT: Officials will investigate to see if any charges will be filed.
Tracking the news
FIRE RULED ARSON LAST WE KNEW: A Feb. 24 fire destroyed the Watts Lane, Canyon Lake, home of Michael Woodard, causing $232,000 in damage. LATEST: Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Wednesday the fire was intentionally set.
NEXT: Investigator Wayne Ellington is working to determine who set the fire.
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church keeps two edicts in mind Love God, and love your neighbor.
Party chair: Local Demos will unite
By Leigh Jones
With John I id wards officially out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, John Kerry can locus his attention on wooing the nation in November.
But Atanacio "Nacho" (Campos, Qnnal County Democratic Party chairman, is concentrating on Tuesdays primary.
"We still have a number of names on the ballot,” Campos said.
As party chairman, Campos does not express opinions on any one candidate, but he believes Texas democrats will
come together behind Senator Kerry.
"I think the Democratic party in Texas, as well as the nation, is united to beat Mr. Bush," he said. "We still feel the sting of losing the last election."
Campos believes the most important issue in the campaign will be jobs.
Now that Democrats have unofficially picked their candidate, talk centers on Kerry's running mate. Campos has no gut feeling about that choice, but acknowledges the runner up has been a strong candidate.
“Inwards would have to be a possibility," Campos said.
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By Scott Mahon
Senior Flexonics Pathway announced it will expand its New Braunfels’ operations and invest $2.3 million in capital equipment, additional manufacturing space and 50 to 60 new jobs.
An independent division of Senior Operations Inc. of the United Kingdom, the company is the worlds’ largest designer and manufacturer of expansion joints and dampers.
Senior Flexonics controller Carl Armbrister said the
company is consolidating its manufacturing capabilities.
“We actually approved this decision several years ago, prior to 9 /11,” he said. “But it got put on hold. We’re consolidating our manufacturing plants in New Braunfels and Oakridge, Tenn., and relocating to New Braunfels.”
Senior Flexonics Pathway manufactures metal and fabric expansion joints used in the petrochemical refining process and in coal and nuclear power generation plants.
See FLEXONICS, Page 3
1,700 acres jettisoned from ’04 annexation
BUILDING HER FUTURE
Former NB tennis star Lauren Walker hopes to ace an engineering degree. Page 5
FORUM GUEST COLUMN
Canyon Lake resident Jim Fitzgerald writes that America is broke and spiraling toward its eventual collapse. Page 4
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Flexonics to expand
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Planning Commission eliminated 1,700 acres from 5,700 acres considered for annexation this year.
The largest tract eliminated was a 1,374 acre tract on the Word Ranch, adjacent to Loop 337.
The city can annex no more than 30 percent of its total acreage. Currently, there are 25,464 acres inside the city limits.
Before Tuesday’s meeting, the commission was looking at a total of 5,700 j acres for annexation, including 1,985 acres not annexed in 2001 and 2003, said Jocelyn Murphy, city planner.
“The commission is looking at the
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AT A GLANCE
Maps and annexation information are available on the city s Web site at nbtexas.org. under planning commission and annexation.
4 A public hearing takes place with the planning commission April 6.
■ City council will first discuss annexation May IO. with public hearings set for July 14 and 26.
■ The final vote on the 2004 annex atton is set for Sept 27
Canyon Middle School eighth-grader Ian Fowler gets a kick out of operating a street sweeper under the watchful eye of New Braunfels city employee Bennie Gutierrez while participating in Shadow Day Wednesday morning. Although Fowler enjoyed his ride, he says he would rather become a helicopter pilot.
By Dylan Jimdnez
Local eighth-graders got the chance to get an inside view of more than 45 different businesses Wednesday.
Shadow Day, a Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce program in its 15th year, helps students consider career choices before they enter high school.
Ashley Dzuik, a Canyon Middle sichool student, visited Creek View Veterinary Clinic.
Although she is not sure she wants to be a veterinarian, she got a behind the scenes tour of animal care.
Mike Doherty, a veterinarian at the clinic, said he had seen many Shadow Day students come through the clinic doors during the past several years. Some left determined to become vets, some left determined not to. The opportunity to see for themselves makes Shadow Day important, he said.
"The nice thing about Shad-
Canyon Middle School students Ashley Dzuik. right, and Clarissa Morales spent the day at work with veterinarian Mike Doherty Wednesday as part of a program that exposes students to various career options.
ow Day, is that it introduces them to the idea of a work environment,’’ Doherty said. “It gives them a taste of what they’re looking into."
The chamber's Business Education Partnership Committee sponsors the Shadow Day in the spring and fall with eighth-grade students from
Students also visited retail, manufacturing, banking, health care, government and customer service businesses.
Rim Ewing, a NBMS student, toured New Braunfels city services to explore the variety of careers local government offers.
“You can learn more about the jobs you never thought about doing before,” Ewing said.
Ewing and dozens of other students toured city hall and got to climb into garbage trucks, Fire trucks and even a street sweeper. They learned about tile voting process and participated in a mock city council meeting.
Kris Tarvin, a NBMS student, decided he didn’t want to be a firefighter but thought he might want to be mayor.
“You can do a lot more things in the city,” he said.
The program helps students make those choices, said Rita Kaufmann, chamber staff member in charge of the event.
"It gives students a real-life learning experience, whether it is with a business they are interested in or not,” Kauf-mann said. “How do you know wiiat career path to choose if you haven’t been exposed to a variety?”