New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Burton named new director of Sophienburg
Bonne Burton has been named executive director of the Sophienburg Burton comes to the museum from the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
By Bon Maloney
Bonne Burton loves learning about history and culture — and teaching others about both subjects.
That will make her new job as executive director of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives an exciting one.
Burton replaces Michelle Oatman, who left the position in April.
‘‘ The Sophienburg Museum and Archives Is an excellent facility with a great group of dedicated employees and volunteers,” Burion said. “I’m just excited to be here and partied
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Is the CIA revelation sinking President Bush's ship? Argus Hamilton offers witty insight on the White House. Page 4A
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Tome of a book sale has 65,000. volumes
By Dylan Jimenez
About 65.000 books will be up for grabs during the Friends of the New Braunfels Public Library's annual book sale Thursday and Friday.
Books of all types will be sold, including titles on the Civil War, World War ll, religion, railroad and Texana.
Books on electric trolleys and old Amtrak, Southern Pacific and Mis souri Pacific timetables are available.
And there are magazines, games, puzzles and vintage records up for sale.
A small group of volunteers have been sorting. collecting and cleaning the books all year.
Books have been pouring in every week, said Mauna Porter, who is helping with the hook sale.
All proceeds go to the library.
Friends anticipate more than $10,(XX) in profit.
“Everything we get goes back to the public," Porter said.
The organization will give awa\ “National Geographic" magazines and encyclopedias to schools.
Bibles also are free.
Alter 4:30 p.m. Friday, nonprofits will be allowed in lo pick out any books they would like.
Children from local organizations will be allowed to choose two hooks each for themselves, and counselors will he invited to choose books for their school.
The program is meant to allow' more children access to books. Library Director louise Foster said.
“They’re trying to get books into the hands of as many children as possible to encourage them to be lite time readers,” Foster said.
Items that are not sold are thrown away after the sale.
“It breaks our hearts," Margaret Brazie said. “We much prefer to sell them.”
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pate in their new move.”
Burton recently relocated to New Braunfels from Albuquerque, where she had worked with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of New Mexico.
She was on the staff of the planning department of Albuquerque’s New Mexico Planning Resource Center, and worked on the Native American Health Research Database, the Native American History Database and the Center for Southwest Research at the University of New Mexico.
She has a bachelor’s degree in antliropology
See BURTON. Page 3A
By Dylan Jiminez
There will be no civic center near the river, New Braunfels City Council decided Tuesday.
Council dismissed the idea, which had received rave reviews from council members when it was presented earlier this summer, because the city was unable to acquire nearby land necessary for the project.
The proposed option was thought to be the most attractive of four civic center expansion ideas. It would have been built on a iwo-levei parking garage and located between Mill and Bridge streets near the tube chute on the Comal River. It would have featured a view over l,anda Park, Schlit-terbahn and the river.
Owners of vacant land near the proposed site on the Comal simply would not speak to city staff, who hoped to acquire land lor parking, City Manager Childe Pinto told council.
Cxjuncil agreed Tuesday tile city should go forth with tile expansion of tile current facility—a decision that eliminates three of tile four proposed options.
Expanding the current facility could limit space.
The structure near the Comal River would have been as large as 60,000 square feet, while a proposed expansion of the current facilities would be 48,700 square feet.
There are some logistical concerns with expanding the existing 15,000-square-foot site, Mayor Adam Cork said.
Moving tile civic center would have freed up $2.3 million in city-owned infrastructure near the existing site.
* The space would have been used to expand city hall facilities.
The properties wpuld have sustained the city’s need for city office space for decades, architects working on the project have said.
Pinto hopes to present to council a proposal for expanding the civic center at its current site by the mid-October meeting, he said.
It has not been determined whether expanding the existing facility would be cheaper than building a new one.
Expanding the civic center is said necessary if the city is to be competitive in attracting conventions and meetings.
Unknowns in determining funding sources, location mid parking have tied up the project.
Plastics manufacturer unveils operations
By Dylan Jimintz
Zoila Rivera was laid off from her manufacturing job when Flextronics, a plastic-injections molder, closed its doors in New Braunfels.
She spent three years there and has been on unemployment for the past year, she said.
“It’s kind of hard finding a job around here,” she said.
Flextronics left I,(XX) people out of work, including 270 full-time New Braunfels employees. The city lost about 2,0(X) man
ufacturing jobs between the first quarters of 2001 and 2003.
Rivera and about 130 of her Flextronics coworkers found frill-time jobs when Moll Industries, also a plastics injections molder, opened in May.
She took a pay cut because she dropped from a supervisor to mi operator position, hut she’s happy to be back to work, helping her husband support their four children.
Moll officials hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the plant Tuesday.
See MOLL, Page 3A
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Moll Industries employee Zoila Rivrera trims excess it. Moll is a plastic-injections manufacturer and per-plastic from an interior part before printing a label on formed its ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
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