New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 82
42 pages in 4 sections March 12, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Inside► Super Tuesday
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Canyon High Schools hits its goal with Friday night win./1B
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Key code 77San Marcos considers conference center
By Christina Minor
A proposed conference center just a few miles up Interstate 35 North might serve as a role model or a competitor for such a facility in New Braunfels.
San Marcos City Council took action Monday to adopt a reinvestment zone of more than 1,000 acres of land near Posey Road and Old Bastrop Highway for a possible hotel/conference center.
Melissa Millecam, spokeswoman for San Marcos City Council, said council members adopted the ordinance in a 6-1
“They now are considering a tax abatement package,” she said. “Its still a long way off.”
Texas County Club Inc. presented San Marcos council members with plans to build a hotel with meeting facilities and a golf course not far from the factory outlet stores on Center Point Road.
Meanwhile, New Braunfels residents are headed for a May 6 vote on whether
the city can use part of the hotel-motel tax revenue to build a convention center.
New Braunfels city council voted Feb. 11 to place on the ballot a petition initiative limiting the tax’s use and a plan freezing the money for two years. Residents can approve both, one or neither.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said the city of San Marcos was not limiting its options.
“They have talked to a developer,” he said. “That’s what we’d like to do. All along our goal has been to build something citizens don’t have to pay for. With the
right developer, I think we can do that, but if this (proposed) ordinance passes, we will be limited in what we do. I think anyone who has worked in construction knows that $100 per square foot is not too much.”
New Braunfels City Council has considered whether to spend part of the city’s bed tax revenue on a convention center — a plan endorsed by the chamber of commerce The chamber gets the largest portion of the city’s 7 percent bed tax revenue — 55
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Councilman ‘sick and tired’ of accusations
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer
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Reece Zunker was one of many kids at Kmart’s Kids Race Against Drugs Saturday morning. New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Bill Groff (seated) and Joe Timmins were among those helping to raise money for NBPD’s DARE project. The free event runs through 5 p.m. Sunday. For each registered racer, Kmart donates $5.00 to the project.
■ WHAT: New Braunfels City Council
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
Unlocking the subconscious
Forensic, therapeutic hypnotists open NB institute
By Heather Todd
Want to improve your golf swing, perform better on tests, or finally stop smoking? The key to improving athletic skill or kicking those bad habits actually might be all in your head.
Four local therapeutic and forensic hypnotists say local residents can reach their personal goals — whether it’s losing weight, conquering phobias or managing physical pain — by simply unlocking the subconscious.
And, a natural way to tap into the left side of the brain is through hypnosis, said Michael Boulch, a state board
For most people, the word hypnosis often conjures images of people clucking like chickens on stage, gold watches swinging side to side or maybe even mind control.
Boulch, who also is a forensic and investigative hypnosis instructor, said hypnosis was a legitimate practice that helped law enforcement officials with criminal investigations for the past 20 years and could help people improve their lives and their health.
Boulch, retired Texas Ranger Jim Peters, district attorney’s investigator Rudy Rubio and Dr. David Oringderff are all board and state certified hyp
notherapists who recently opened the Therapeutic and Forensic Hypnosis Institute in New Braunfels. Oringderff' also has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology-
The first and only one of its kind in New Braunfels, the business offers services, such as therapeutic and forensic hypnosis sessions, handwriting analysis, questioned documents certification and forgery investigation.
The office is in Suite 320-G in the Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union building at 555 Interstate 35 South.
For an appointment, call the Thera-See HYPNOSIS/5A
At least one New Braunfels city council member is sick and tired of accusations of “backroom deals” and “hidden agendas” and plans to address the issue at Monday’s meeting.
“I wanted an opportunity to simply get some things off" my chest publicly,” District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said.
Several residents have accused council of being heavily influenced by the chamber and allow ing disproportionate influence from the group, which boasts more than 1,700 members. These same residents have asked council to take some action.
At a meeting in January, resident Reagan Hicks said the city was ready for a change.
“For too long, the chamber of commerce has run this city,” he said. “You represent the chamber and not your constituents.”
Vanstory said he was fed up w ith attacks on council’s integrity.
“If you disagree, that’s fine, but let s not make our first line of defense an attack,” he said.
Several residents pointed out that several council members, including Vanstory, are chamber members.
Four council members are listed in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. membership guide as either individual members or members through their business: Mayor Stoney Williams, Larry Alexander, Lee Rodriguez and Vanstory.
Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez and councilwomen Jan Kotylo and Juliet Watson are not listed as members. Kotylo’s husband, however, is a member.
State laws call for removal of accident memorial
By Heather Todd
A small memorial in an empty field next to Loop 337 in front of New Braunfels High School soon might have to be replaced with a state-approved marker.
Resting 150 feet from the roadw ay, the well-kept memorial includes several bouquets of fresh flowers, a few wooden crosses and religious emblems encircled by a ring of stones.
Friends and family members of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz created the memor
ial in October after the two teens were killed in a car accident in front of the high school.
Farnsworth, 16, and Diaz, 15, both cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, died Oct. 9, 1999, when their car collided with a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup in front of New Braunfels High School at 2551 North Loop 337.
For the past five months, ROTC cadets, family and friends have maintained the memorial, regularly replacing the flowers with new ones and
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Renee Farnsworth and Cody Harmer were visiting the memorial across from New Braunfels High School Thursday afternoon. Renee doesn’t want to lose the small memorial where her sister, Shelby, and Fernando Diaz died.
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