New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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500McKenna Village under new ownership
Fort Worth-based Covenant Group and Legend Retirement Corp. finalize purchase of senior care facility
By J. Louise Larson
The McKenna System is out of the senior residential care business.
McKenna Village, the facility that offered senior living and memory care services for seniors, has been sold to Fort Worth-
based The Covenant Group and its affiliate, Legend Retirement Corp., for an undisclosed amount.
McKenna System chairman Wes Studdard was pleased with the final sale, which was announced late Tuesday afternoon.
"We don’t have to focus on
running a large seniors home... We can focus on the foundation ... and advancing the well-being of the community," he said. “Now we can move forward.”
Officially, control of the facility was transferred immediately upon Tuesday’s 4 p.m. closing.
“They’re running it ... They were going to have a team of
people there today," Studdard said.
Studdard said while there were no specific guarantees included in the sales contract regarding the cost to the tenants, he didn’t expect price hikes.
“(The new owners) got to be
See SOLD, Page 7
ABOUT LEGEND RETIREMENT
According to Legend Retirement Corp.'s website, www.LegendRetirement.com, the company has one property in Tulsa, Aberdeen Heights, and a list of Texas properties that include: Heritage Place in Burleson, Lakeview at Josey Ranch in Carrollton, Mirabella Assisted Living in Benbrook (Fort Worth), Waterview in Granbury, Adante Senior Living in San Antonio and The Heritage Retirement Community in Tombali. The company's management arm also recently won contracts to manage five Conservatory Senior Living Communities’ properties in Austin, Spring, The Woodlands, Keller and Plano.
Jobless rate falls to 6.4%
Comal County’s unemployment drops to 6.9%
By Greg Bowen
Unemployment in New Braunfels fell slightly in February to 6.4 percent from January’s 6.7 percent rate, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
“Our tourist-related employers are starting to ramp up,” said Cookie Wallace, employee services liaison for the New Braunfels office of Workforce Solutions Alamo. "Places like restaurants and hotels are starting to bring people on in anticipation of their big season in the summer months.”
Wallace said she’s also seeing a lot of staffing agencies hiring for employers needing temporary workers in retail, warehouse and manufacturing. Those jobs often evolve into permanent positions, she said.
The city’s jobless rates continued to trend below the state and national rates. The Texas unemployment rate in February was 8.2 percent and the U.S. rate was 8.9 percent.
The number of New Braunfels residents without jobs in February was 1,807, an improvement from January's number of 1,880.
TWC said the number of city dwellers holding jobs in February was 26,446. That's 235 more than the 26,211 who were employed in January.
The size of the city's labor force in February grew to 28,253, from 28,141 in January.
Comal County's unemployment rate also dipped a bit in February, to 6.9 percent from January’s 7.2 percent. The number of residents without jobs in Comal County was 4,039 in February, compared to 4,190 in January.
The number of people employed in Comal County in February was 54,303. January’s number was 53,923.
The county’s February labor force totaled 58,342, compared to 58,113 in January.
HIGH-WATER EARLY WARNING SIRENS
This map shows the locations and types of the eight high-water sirens the City of New Braunfels is installing.
t. Slumber Falls (solar)
2. Gruene Wastewater Plant (electric/voice)
1 fire Station No. 3 (solar/voice)
4. Torrey Park (solar)
5. Prince Solms Park (solar/voice)
6. Boy Scout Hut (electric/voice)
7. H-E-B soccer fields (electric)
& Camp Comal (electric)
Solar solar powered Etediic: Electric powered Voice: Siren also equipped to transmit voice warnings
Light pink boundaries: sound rate — 70 db Medium pink boundaries: sound rate — 75 db Red boundaries: sound rate 80 db
RIVER CITY SIRENS
New Braunfels has 4 of 8 flood warning whistles ready
By Will Wright
High-water siren installation is moving along at eight sites in New Braunfels, and city officials say the project is nearing completion.
Emergency Management Coor-dinator Steve Harris said the $280,000 project to install eight sirens along the Dry Comal, Comal and Guadalupe Watersheds is on schedule.
Construction is complete at four sites — Gruene Wastewater Treat-
ment Plant, Fire Station No. 3, the H-E-B soccer fields and Camp Comal—with work on four others to finish within the next week.
Each of the sirens — resembling giant, threaded Q-Tips — need to be fixed to 40-foot poles that are mounted at the site. Because each foundation will require drilling through rock, it’s difficult to predict if that could present a delay.
“We’re looking for the installs to be completed by April 7. It all
See SIRENS, Page 7
City workers install flood warning sirens.
Couple celebrate 55th anniversary in hospital after wreck
► AIRPORT FUEL FLAP
Judge extends TRO for two weeks
City contends NB Aero received, stored illegal fuel
By Greg Bowen
A temporary restraining order restricting fuel sales at the city airport by New Braunfels Aero Service was extended another two weeks on Tliesday.
Visiting District Judge Bert Richardson of San Antonio approved the extension after New Braunfels City Attorney Alan Wayland told him the city and NB Aero had agreed to an extension of the temporary restraining order, originally granted March 8, while Fire Marshal Patrick O'Connell continues his investigation into a disputed March 5 fuel delivery.
The city, which leases facilities at New Braunfels Municipal Airport to NB Aero, claims NB Aero on March 5 took delivery of and began illegally storing and dispensing an unidentified non-aviation fuel.
Cross-contamination of fuels can fatally compromise the operation of an aircraft engine, according to the city.
City officials obtained the restraining order to stop sale and use of the disputed fuel and confiscated an NB Aero fuel-hauling truck for testing of the contents.
The court had been scheduled Tuesday to hear a city motion that could have led to a temporary injunction against the aviation firm, as well as the scheduling of a hearing on a permanent injunction.
See FUEL FLAP, Page 7
This photo of Harold Coop being taken to hospital by air ambulance was submitted by Herald-Zeitung reader Glorie George.
By J. Louise Larson
Harold Coop is a lucky man.
The Gruene resident celebrated his 55th anniversary in University Hospital after a brush with death Saturday on 1-35.
“The call came in at 1:22 p.m. Saturday, involving a 75-year-old male who was riding a motor scooter and
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apparently had been cut off by another vehicle. He ended up laying the scooter down, and as a result of the crash, he received severe injuries and was airlifted to University Hospital by Airlife,” said Lt Michael
See COOP, Page 7
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