New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Constable Leissner to run for re-election
R The filing period for the 2004 election cycle is Dec. 2,
2003, to Jan. 2.
R The primary election will be conducted Tuesday, March 9, 2004. The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2004.
By Ron Malonoy
Lester Leissner will seek re-election as a constable in 2004 — but not to the precinct he now serves.
Leissner will be running in Precinct 2, which serves Bulverde, Garden Ridge and part of New Braunfels. He joins Kenneth Smith of Garden Ridge in the race.
The precinct is the one the former New Braunfels police officer, sheriff’s deputy, 34-year lawman and three-term constable has historically served, although he had been re-designated Precinct I constable when the county realigned its districts in 2001 — after voters in
Precinct 2 resoundingly re-elected him.
Now, Leissner said, he wants those same voters to elect him one more time.
“Everyone’s been asking, ‘When are you coming back?”’
Leissner said. “I was elected by them last time, but never got to serve because of redistricting. I was moved over to the south side of the lake.’’
Leissner, a Republican, hopes his voters in Precinct 2 haven’t forgotten him.
“I know more people out in Precinct 2 than I really do up at the lake,” Leissner said. “I started in Precinct 2, and
I’d really like to finish in Precinct 2.” In 1973, Leissner, part of a team of officers who responded to a report of a loud party at the lake, was shot twice — in the stomach and in the shoulder.
More than IOO were arrested at the party that night on a variety of charges that included drug and weapon allegations.
“We all got hurt some fashion that night, hit in the head or something," Leissner recalled. “Jim Scheele was a game warden then. He saved me. He pulled me back under the car.”
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Back to square I for civic center
‘All I want for Christmas...’
By Scott Mahon
AT A GLANCE
H What: New Braunfels City Council workshop
H When: 6 p.m. Wednesday
H Where: Conference Room A Municipal Building, 424 S. Caste!! Ave
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New Braunfels City Council members will reopen discussions Wednesday on whether to expand the existing civic center or build a new facility.
Council decided months ago to expand the current facility, but Wednesday’s workshop will include, once again, talk about building a new facility.
“I can’t say we’re getting to the head on this, but we're close to the middle,” said City Manager Chuck Pinto. “I think we’re going to have to consider where we are and where we want to
Officials have been working toward a new civic center since 1998 when the city’s comprehensive plan called for its construction.
Over the years, suggestions of moving the civic center to the Comal River, the Wurstfest facility and even to the old H-E-B building have come and gone.
But, as recently as last month, council came to a consensus that the city should go forth with expanding the current facil-
Expanding the existing 15,000-square-foot facility could also limit space and would require 800 new parking spaces. And there are some logistical concerns with expanding the existing site.
Questions about finances, traffic 'impacts and the benefits of renovation compared to new construction left council members convinced they should study the issue further before making a final decision.
So they scheduled another workshop.-
Architect Ken Rehler, of Rehler, Vaughn and Koone Inc., has detailed four options for the council to consider, including expanding the current facility to 48,700 square feet or building a new $14 million facility near the Comal River.
“We need to take a look at both projects,” District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull said.
Photos by DAVID MtfORAM/Herald-Zeitung
Ariel Cochran, 11, thinks for a moment before telling Santa Claus what she would like for Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus are visiting the Christmas Showcase of Arts and Crafts at the New Braunfels Civic Center this weekend and will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Out of the mouths of babes: Children present Santa with wish lists
Janet Voges tells Santa he wants cameras, a transforming car, computer parts and a “serpent cycle' Saturday at the civic center
WARNING: The following story could be detrimental to the holiday beliefs of young children. Parental discretion is advised.
By Ron Maloney
Christmas, the second-most important holiday in Christianity, is a season of hope and joy that is special for many reasons.
One of which is children.
What can equal the joy of a child who wakes up Dec. 25th to find exactly what he or she asked Santa for under the Christmas tree?
Santa and Mrs. Caus were at the New Braunfels Civic Center Saturday, taking requests from children of all ages — and posing for photos — at the annual Christmas Show
case of Arts and Crafts.
Erika Pfeuffer, 7-1/2, doesn’t need to talk to Santa — her grandfather, Larry Kunkel, bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the jolly fat man — but she did Saturday, just for good measure.
“I wanted a red sleeping bag, a new bike and ... I forgot!” Erika said.
A bike is a pretty easy holiday gift to understand. But why a red sleeping bag?
“Because I have a sleeping bag, and I don’t really like it because I’m not really into it that much,” Erika said.
Christmas is a good time for Erika.
“I like to give toys and stuff to people.”
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