New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
struction in Texas will include a variety of funding scenarios, and Comal County, feeling its traffic growing pains, is beginning to explore the new landscape.
In an annual TxDOT meeting to discuss transportation improvements Tuesday, County Judge Danny Scheel vented long-held frustration at the funding—or lack thereof — for highway projects.
In Commissioner^’ Court Thursday, officials discussed transportation, recent legislation
road project funding during the workshop
“comments” portion, of the agenda.
Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson said recent legislation authorizing counties to establish a commission called a “Regional Mobility Authority” that could levy tolls to pay for road projects would probably be adopted on a widespread basis — particularly in counties like this one, close to growing metropolitan areas.
% Road projects currently are paid for by gasoline taxes. Each gallon of gas is taxed 38 cents —18 cents for the state and 20 cents for the federal government. More than 80 percent of what Texans pay in federal gas taxes comes back to this state in federal highway projects.
But state gasoline tax is divided among 19 funds that do a variety of things. Some of them — such as the grant fund that helped restore the Faust Street Bridge or the money used to seed wildflow-ers along Texas highways — are loosely, if at all, connected
Merchant Teresa Nagy looks over a marble suncatcher Saturday morning while shopping at Weihnachtsmarkt.
Everything from clothes to hot sauce to Christmas decorations is available again today at the civic center.
Weihnachtsmarkt decks dvic center’s halls
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By Ron Maloney
Christmas music wafted through the air Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center as the holiday season inched on with Weihnachtsmarkt, the annual German Christmas market.
There were gifts.
There were ornaments and decorations.
Bette Spain gave a class in creating Christmas cookies.
Louise Lloyd served tortilla soup at the Janie’s Table booth., and
offered everything from pork*tenderloin to soup mixes to jalapefto pepper jelly.
There was, as merchants and vendors everywhere like to say, “something for everybody.”
Hobows Boutique of Bracken Village, a shop
that sells women’s cloth- ....................
ing, accessories and apparel, might** have had some of the most offbeat offerings among the holiday ornaments and gifts.
There were shirts with slogans
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such as “Men are from Mars, women are from Visa,” a take-off on the title of the primer on the differences between the sexes, and another that speaks to the married condition — “Hold me, hug me, squeeze me, pretend I’m the remote control."
But the fastest-selling
item Sunday, said I lobows co-owner Teresa Nagy, were ladies’ hairpieces. “We've had fun. This has been
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Weihnachtsmarkt continues from 11 arn to 5 p.m. today at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Admission is $5.
Santa will be taking photos with children.
Family, colleagues, friends mourn one of a kind’ servant
By Ron Maloney
New Braunfels lost an icon Saturday. Ramon R. Chapa Sr., husband, father, businessman, public servant and friend, died at Methodist I Iospital surrounded by his family.
Chapa, chairman of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. and owner of Chapa Electric, succumbed to leukemia at age 70.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home. An obituary with service information will run in the Tuesday edition of the Herald-Zeitung.
“This community has been great in its support to my dad and to our family,” son Ramon Chapa Jr. said Saturday. “We express our gratitude to them. Ramon Chapa We’re going to miss him, but he was suffering, and we were suffering for him. lies in a better place. Maybe he can continue to help us from up there.”
lf anyone could, it would be Ramon Chapa. People who remembered him Saturday spoke of his heart, determination, and dedication — and to the connections he cultivated over a lifetime.
Mayor Adam Cork expressed sorrow at Chapa’s passing.
“I think to sum up best, everyone loves Ramon. Ramon loved this city, and the city loved him back," Cork said. "The mark he’s left on all of us will last eternally. If there’s one thing he taught everyone he touched, that was to serve your community with love and respect.”
County Judge Danny Scheel said he learned a lot about respect from Ramon Chapa Sr.
"Everyone in this county knew this man. Ramon was a mentor when I was in high school and he was a reserve deputy,” Scheel said. “When I was a kid, everyone
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Cheer fund on a roll, but donors, drivers needed
From Staff Reports
j The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is halfway to its goal of being able to bring food to 200 needy families for the Christmas holiday.
Organizer Rosie Willingham said contributions are coming in — but more are needed “People are responsive and are contributing, but we are still short on enough money
to buy all the baskets we need,” Willingham said.
“You can come by here to donate or mail donations in. We print the names of donors in the newspaper unless you’d prefer to remain anonymous,” Willingham said.
The newspaper also provides a receipt for anyone who needs one for tax purposes.
Donations to the hind will be accepted through Dec. 12.
All hinds will be used to purchase food.
Each year, the llerald-Zeirung and its readers join in an effort that culminates when volunteers deliver food for a holiday meal to 200 families.
The food will be delivered Saturday, Dec. 13.
Willingham said volunteers would also be needed for the deliveries.
“If they can help deliver j three or four baskets, that’s I fine,” Willingham said. “The more people we have the sooner the work will get j done.”
To donate to the Cheer j Fund, stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa j St. or mail a check to the to j Cheer Fund, New Braunfels j Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa I St., New Braunfels, 78130.
Traffic projects strapped for cash
By Ron Malonay
The future of road con-
dies in hospital
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