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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas xiii 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHWEST HICROmUSHERS 2627 E YANDELL OR EL POSO TX 79903 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17,2004erald-Zeitung SPORTS FOOTBALL New Braunfels, Canyon players named to 27-4A elite foot ball teams. Page 7 A FORUM LETTERS Readers sound off on yellow ribbons, drug testing at schools and senior tax freeze. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 2 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK WWW? 500 herald* i 8"»56825 00001 80% chance of storms High Low 75 60 Details .... 2B CISD trustees to look at TIF district By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District budget is tight. So tight, trustees might have a hard time forgoing tax revenue now in anticipation of future economic development. But that is exactly what they will be asked to do during tomorrow’s board meeting. Michael Coker, owner of the Dallas consulting firm hired to develop the old Mission Valley Mill property owned by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association, will ask trustees to consider adopting a Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) to help pay for a new $50 million convention center and hotel complex. “It makes good business sense for the district because once the debt is retired, all of the tax revenues go back to the taxing entities,” Coker said. Created by the state legislature as a way to finance economic See CISD, Page 3A DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4B MHHHH AT A GLANCE R What: Comal Independent School District board meeting ■ When: 6 p.m. ■ Where: Bill Brown Elementary School Photo illustration by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Like a trip back in time, the detail in this picture of the former commissioners' courtroom is so good it offers architects the next best view to actually being there in 1927. Tom Hornseth, left, and Willie Fischbeck, right, have been superimposed into the original photograph in this photo illustration. Photos, items sought for courthouse restoration By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In the November 1926 general election, Alex Mueller heat Emil Voelcker, 466 to 357, to become Precinct I Justice of the Peace. A proud Mueller posed for a photo at his new bench just after assuming office in January, 1927. People know that now because several months ago, the photo was given to Willie Fischbeck, who brought it to Comal County, which is making preparations to restore the historic courthouse. County Judge Danny Scheel and County Engineer Tom I lornseth say they would like the HISTORICAL INFORMATION R Have historic information, photos or items from the county courthouse? Call County EngineerTom Hornseth to help in the restoration at 608-2090. community to scour closets, attics or any place any old courthouse photos or artifacts might be because they could be invaluable in the effort to restore the building. “Since we’re going to do this work, if anyone has any photos or any of the old, original parts, wed certainly be interested in trying to put them back in if they’re willing to part with them,’’ Scheel said. Scheel said he’d already heard from some folks. “A guy came by the other day and said he had an old coat rack out of one of the rooms,” Scheel said. A few artifacts — a bench and other items — are around the community. Scheel said he’d like to get as much help with the restoration as possible. That was what Fischbeck had in mind when he brought the photo to the county. “I had a fellow give it to me over at the Eagles one night,” Fischbeck said. “I think his uncle was a JP here one time. I just figured it was something they could use in the restoration of the courthouse. I said, ‘I’ve had this picture for six months. ITI take it down there and see if they wanted to put it in a display case or something.’” Its been said again and again that a picture is worth a tliou-sand words. But the photo Fischbeck brought in left County Engineer Tom Hornseth and restoration architect Tere O’Connell nearly speechless. At first, Hornseth wasn’t even certain the photo was taken in the Comal County courthouse. "There were no dates, there was no information/’ Hornseth said. “I scanned it, enlarged it See COURTHOUSE, Page 5A Thunderstorm brings tornado warning, little damage By Ron Maloney StaffWriter A violent thunderstorm that brought a tornado warning to western Comal County Tuesday night apparently passed with no reports of serious damage. A heavy line of thunderstorms that moved eastward into San Antonio and then north had enough power to generate tunnel clouds, forecasters warned at about 6 p.m. A pair of storms broke northward into Comal County. By just WEATHER FORECAST H What will the weather be like for the next several days? See the weather section on Page 2B. alter 9 p.m., one had moved into Kerr County while the other went through Fischer to Wimberley in I lays County. No one reported flooding at press time other than at the regular low water crossings, although a National Weather Service flood watch was extended through 4 p.m. today. Canyon Lake firefighter James Villarreal said few problems had been reported by 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, though. “It’s raining right now, but we haven’t heard of anything significant other than the rain,” Villarreal said. At the New Braunfels Fire Department, Battalion Chief Frank Gonzales reported a couple of traffic collisions on Interstate 35. “It was pouring when we went out,” Gonzales said at 9:30 p.m. “We just had a one car rollover in the 11(X) block of Interstate 35 northbound, but the young lady was out of the car when we got there.” National Weather Service Meteorologist Cristy Mitchell said tornadoes had been reported in far west Bexar County, Travis County, Gillespie County and Blanco County. They reportedly touched down in Bexar and TVavis counties, but only damaged trees had been reported by 9:30 p.m. Heavy rains could last until I a.m. today, followed by continued rain. Pair thanks Krueger for help at station By Bon Maloney StaffWriter Former Ambassador and U.S. Sen. Robert Krueger flew home Tuesday, apparently none the worse for having suffered a Nov. IO cardiac arrest. Tuesday, a Canyon Lake resident Krueger was trying to help when stricken called Krueger and his wife, Kathleen, “amazing people.” Dee Everroad, who lives in Canyon Springs Resort near Startzville, was the woman police and paramedics said Krueger was trying to help when he collapsed in the parking lot of a Seguin Avenue convenience store. Krueger was treated at the scene by onlookers and then by paramedics who took him to McKenna Memorial Hospital. T he following day, he was flown to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for tests. Everroad said that even in the early days of Krueger’s treatment, Kathleen Krueger called to express concern for her — that site was OK and didn’t blame herself for what had happened. A prepared statement released by Krueger’s office Tuesday reported that a “medical complication” stopped Krueger’s heart — but that he had not suffered a "heart attack." “Cardiologists said that although a medical complication had caused Krueger to collapse ... that Krueger did not have a heart attack and that ‘cardiac See KRUEGER, Page 5A MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Dee Everroad, left, and her daughter, Monica Driver saw Robert Krueger fall after he helped place Everroad in the passenger's seat of her car. Postseason action Smithson Valley continues to play in state football playoffs. rn ii (unum ;