New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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GLENN ELROY RIEDEL
Glenn Elroy Riedel passed away May IO, 2005 at the age of 54.
Graveside Services will be at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Marion on Sunday May 15, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are pending at ZoeUer Funeral Home for Elizabeth DuBus,
104 years old, old New Braunfels who passed away at her residence on Thursday, May 12,2005.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Ruby Schlicht-
ing, who passed away at the Eden Home in New Braunfels on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at the age of 86 years.
Calvin Spencer memorial service today
A memorial service for Calvin Spencer will be held at 4 p.m. today at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Spencer died last week in a tragic train accident in New Braunfels.
He was buried in a service in
San Angelo earlier this week.
Norma Garvey, a friend of the Spencer family, said the service was going to be a celebration of Spencer’s life and an opportunity for his friends in the New Braunfels area to remember his life.
Proposed legislation aims to avoid base closings
AUSTIN (AP)—With the Pentagon embarking on a new round of military base closures this year, state lawmakers are working to make sure Texas service members and their families are provided for.
Legislators have filed more than 50 bills offering a wide range of benefits, tax exemptions and services to military personnel and their families. Quality of life is one factor considered by the independent base closing and realignment commission, known as BRAC.
“In an effort to inoculate ourselves against BRAC reductions, we wanted to make sure we had strong policies that would show Texas’ commitment to military families and their quality of life,” said Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio.
Texas has 18 major military installations that employ about 230,000 uniformed personnel and civilians. The economic benefit is about $43 billion a year, according to state officials. Since 1988,17 Texas military bases have been closed and several others realigned.
On Friday, Texas had several installations on BRAC’s initial closure list, including Brooks City Base in San Antonio and Naval Station Ingleside in South Texas. While the state would gain a net of about 9,000 military jobs, several
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Police find stolen truck less than mile away
About an hour later, the truck was found abandoned at the 200 block of East Common Street, less than half a mile from the where the robbery occurred. The weapon believed used in the robbery, a .223-caliber semiautomatic rifle, was found nearby.
Evidence collected at the scene and from the vehicle included fingerprints, Renken said, and police are working to determine whose they were.
“We don’t know who they belong to,” Renken said. “We’re confirming all of the information the officers received Thursday night.”
The suspect in the robbery is a Hispanic male, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, Renken said. He is believed to be between 5-feet -4 inches and 5-feet-6 inches tall and weighs between 150 and 180 pounds. He was wearing a button-up shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information can call Renken at 608-2185. Anyone with information who doesn’t want to talk to police or who would like a reward can call Comal County/New Braunfels Crime Stoppers at
Texas officials said they plan to fi^bt the recommendations before a final list goes to President Bush in September.
At least 51 bills related to military member welfare have been introduced in this session. In the previous three sessions, an average of about 25 of such measures were introduced.
Four Texas bases are in Van de Putte’s hometown, and she has filed eight bills seeking military benefits.
But there may be little lawmakers can do to influence Pentagon decisions, according to Department of Defense officials and a defense analyst. Quality of life is just one of many factors in deciding which bases will stay open, which will dose and which will receive service members reassigned from Asia and Europe.
“It’s all well and good to be a good neighbor,” said Chris Heilman, policy analyst for the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. "But this is really about war fighting and not really about how well we get along.”
Base infrastructure and training facilities, as well as the ability to quickly equip and deploy troops, are the most important issues in closure decisions, Heilman said.
But Texas lawmakers hope improving quality of life can give the state an edge.
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Losing armory worft have big impact on city
while Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio could gain 9,364 military and civilian jobs.
Brooks City Base has been scheduled to close.
Rusty Brockman, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce director of economic development, said the potential increase in jobs at Fort Sam Houston could overshadow the economic loss of the closing of the New Braunfels’ armory.
"I think only four to five people at the armory live in New Braunfels,” he said. “So the economic impact to New Braunfels hasn’t been that great in the larger scope of things. And although I wouldn’t want to mitigate the loss of the armory, we’ve suffered much larger economic losses, like the closing of Flextronics, when New Braunfels lost about 1,400 jobs.
“On the other hand, the number of military and civilian people who live in New Braunfels and commute to Randolph Air Force Base has about a $1 million a year impact on the local economy. If additional jobs are created at Fort Sam Houston, it’s possible it could have a very positive economic impact on New Braunfels that would far outweigh the closing of the National Guard armory.”
The Herald-Zeitung visited the armory Friday where an employee declined to comment and said no one was allowed into the area.
U.S. Congressman I^mar Smith, R-San Antonio, also said the recommended realignment could have a positive impact on New Braunfels. While the Defense Department has not said where the 4th Battalion may move, they could stay close to home.
Smith said one BRAC recommendation included closing the Army Reserve center in San Marcos and relocating other units, including the 4th Battalion, to a new facility in San Marcos.
“One of tile recommendations is for the Army to acquire land in San Marcos for a new facility that would accommodate the National
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center No. 2, Dallas
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center, El Paso
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center, California Crossing
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center, Ellington
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center, Lufkin
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center, Marshall
■ Army National Guard Reserve Center, New Braunfels
■ Brooks City Base, San Antonio
■ Defense Finance and Accounting Service, San Antonio
■ Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant, Texarkana
■ Naval Station, Ingleside
Navy Reserve Center, Lubbock
■ Navy Reserve Center, Orange
■ Red River Army Depot, Texarkana
■ U.S. Army Reserve Center No. 2, Houston
Guard unit in New Braunfels,” he said. “If that happened, then the staff who live in New Braunfels could more than likely commute and not have to relocate.”
Smith’s district director, O’Lene Stone, said a BRAC committee would conduct hearings this summer, and then forward its final recommendation to President Bush sometime in September.
“President Bush can’t change the committee’s recommended list,” she said. “He can either accept it in its entirety, or reject the entire list.
“It’s an all or nothing decision. Once the president makes his decision, the list will go to Congress, which also must either accept the list or reject the entire list. The all or nothing process was designed years ago to take the politics out of it.”
The deadline for the president to approve or disapprove the BRAC recommendations in its entirety is Sept. 23.
If die president rejects the recommendations, the BRAC commission would have until Oct. 20 to submit a revised list.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the BRAC list released Friday was “a first step ... and by no means final.”
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Marie and J.B. Moore, members of theTop Hat Dance Club, move around the dance floor to the sounds of big band music.
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first dance last November, plan to designate funds from future events to a local charity. Although they have not picked a worthy cause yet, Moore said she would like to see the money put toward helping children.
When Moore is not dancing, she enjoys talking with the variety of couples who attend the club’s events.
“We have people from all different walks of life,” she said.
Moore is hoping tire club
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will begin to attract younger members who can be taught to appreciate the elegant and romantic form of entertainment.
Club members even give free dance lessons twice a week to reduce the “fear factor” associated with venturing onto a dance floor with couples who have waltzed together all their adult lives.
“You’re just missing out if you don’t know how to dance,” Moore said. “It’s never too late to learn.”
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