New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 23, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
IN SPORTS DAY - Smithson Valley drops first loss of year in heart-stopping 35-32 thriller - See Page 5A
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Letters to the editor......................4A
Sports Day .*.................5A-11A
Focus on Women...................1D-5D
Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zoltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Rodger Mack (21, Monday), Susan Stodtje, Melvin Schwab, Drew Campbell, Charles Riley Lackey,
Arnold Boyd Robertson, Ruth Cole, Gloria P. Guerrero, Raymond Sanchez, m (12 years!), Steven Link, Dorothy Link,
Anna Reinshages (belated), Sandra Mendoza (Saturday), Johnnie Hauk (Saturday), Gloria Luna (Saturday), Candy Sober (Saturday), Tracy Valentein (Saturday), Lisa Harter, Evelyn Kropp, Cindy Moos, Mattie Wackwitz, Darline Moos (Monday), Yolanda Sauceda (Monday), C. Mills Reeves, Jr. (Saturday), Richard A. Henault, Richard C. Ohm, Frieda Martin (Saturday), Willie Schraub (Saturday), Ron Mumme (Saturday), Rosie Belcher (Saturday), Jeanne Chatelle (Saturday), Thelma Grab (Saturday), Joe Medellin (Saturday), Jeanette Melat (Saturday), Carl Meschke (Saturday), Yuonnc Sumner (Saturday), Mary Vehrs (Saturday), Laura Behrendt, Bernlece Berger, Rigina Gilbreath, Kitty Huff!, Robert Karabfatus, Maxine Raeor, Ellen Simmons, Nelda Yogas, Gilbert Chichester (Monday), Milbie John (Monday).
Happy Anniversary to Rah A Jennifer Casarcs, Geneva A Red Keoghan.
Interact Chib plana Hallo wean food drive
The Interact Club of New Braunfels High School is planning a food drive to take place Halloween evening Oct. 31. Collected items will be delivered to needy families for Thanksgiving according to Dora Usa Alvarado, club president.
Residents are urged to welcome Interact students at their doors Halloween evening with donations of canned goods and other applicable food items for the needy. "We hope this gives an alternative meaning to Trick-or-Treat in New Braunfels by helping our fellow neighbors who have not been as fortunate, especially at the Thanksgiving season,” said Alvarado.
Canyon Late COP woman sot Hallowoon party A chill supper
The Canyon Lake Republican Women will host a Halloween party and chili supper for their local candidates.
The event will be held at Canyon Lake Action Center at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Members and guest are urged to attend.
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Center of attention
Concern growing for future of city’s busiest, most dangerous intersection
By CRAIG HAMMETT
City Manager Mike Shantis says the issue of traffic around Walnut St., U.S. Hwy 81 and Interstate Hwy. 35 is nothing new. With several large construction projects going up within the next two years, this area could become the busiest and most congested in New Braunfels.
“We’ve been talking about it for years,” said City Manager Mike Shantis, who added that Walnut is the main north-south artery of the city.
It is a fact that traffic will increase after the new HEB, Target and Wal-Mart ate in place. What remains are the ways the city can deal with that increase.
Theories have ranged from widening Walnut north of 81 to making either Hickory or Sycamore streets one-way traffic in order to handle the traffic increase. Shands said that process would be difficult given the heavy residential area.
“We just have to wait and see at this point,” he said. “...What our hope is that it doesn’t become so bad that we have to go in right away and widen Walnut.”
He said the portion of Walnut between Hwy. 81 and 1-35 should be able to handle the amount of traffic.
“I predict traffic backing up on Wal-nut...people turning left into the HEB off Walnut with the northbound traffic coming the other way, I see traffic backing up,” said Lt. John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department.
One of the busiest intersections in town is at Walnut and 1-35. Lt. Wommack said state highway statistics showed that intersection as one of the heaviest for accidents, although most are minor.
Work is scheduled to begin in about one year converting frontage roads on 1-35 to one-way. Shands said the state plans to widen the lanes under the 1-35 overpass.
Shands said people used to turning left out of WalMart onto the access road would have to turn right and either loop back under the interstate or turn right on Walnut and come back around. Either way, an increase in traffic will be seen at the intersection.
“They (state) are going to be working with us on the frontage roads and underpass,” said Shands. ‘There is a potential for a greater bottleneck there.”
HenfrZehung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Mishap at Walnut & 1-35
Accidents such ss th# one which took plsos Friday at tbs Intersection of Walnut and 1-35 have city fathers concerned for future traffic problems ae the area's commercial growth brings Increased traffic.
This accident Involved three vehicles, a 1985 Nlaaen Maxima driven by Brooke Morrow of San Maroos, a 1993 OMC pick up driven by Marc Butler of Sen Antonio, and a 1991 Buick LeSabre driven by Dorothy Cranflll of Canyon Lake.
Maze of construction projects making Walnut hub of retail
By ROGER CROTEAU
Heraid-Zaitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Aerial flight courtesy of MICHAEL BARTELS Construction of tho HEB Super Store Ie nearing completion.
Call it the Hot Comer.
The comer of Walnut and Interstate 35 contains a maze of construction projects, either planned or already started: An H.E.B., a 70,000-squarc-foot strip shopping center, a McDonalds, a Target and a Wal-Mart Super Store.
It all adds up to make Walnut and 1-35 the future retail capital of New Braunfels — quite a contrast to a year ago, when none of those projects was even announced and Walnut Square Shopping Center sat mostly empty.
“Why there and not someplace else? I wish I could tell you, I’d get rich,” said Michael Meek, executive vice-president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of it probably has to do with growth on the east side of the highway. Wal-Mart has also been so successful at that intersection and with HEB going in there... it makes it the
number one retail area in the city. Then add Target and the new Wal-Mart Super Store and you’ve got a synergy going on there like nowhere else in town.”
The projects are all varying stages. The McDonalds is nearing completion and is already hiring workers.
The HEB and accompanying strip • shopping center have a planned Nov. 18 opening.
Target just began demolition at Walnut Square, where it will build its store. And the 200,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Super Store has not yet begun construction.
Meek said the existing Wal-Mart will remain open until the new Super Store is finished, then the old Wal-Mart will be tom down and a parking lot built on the site.
Weinman to appear on TV
From staff reports
NEW YORK - Local resident Anarae Weinman is in New York to appear on a national television talk show.
Weinman claims she was raped in her home New Year's night and is outraged that Comal County prosecutors declined to prosecute the case.
She will appear on the show T.V. Network* on the cable Talk Channel, which will air Tuesday at IO a.m.
The show's producers found out about Weinman because she also appeared in this month's Glamour Magazine in an article about why rapists still go free.
District Attorney Bill Reimer says the case was not prosecuted because three different police officers concluded the case was unfounded, and the suspect passed a lie detector test.
Doug Miller could be city’s next water negotiator Monday night
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Members of McKenna Memorial HoapKai'e staff spent the night on the roof of the hospital Friday night to make good on a pledge to spend a night under the stare after the hospital's employees met a challenge to rales $3,000 for the Comal County United Way campaign. The hospital raised $5,700. Additional funds were raised when employees paid to have “roofers” wear or take to bed special Items such as teddy beers and hair curlers. Roofers Include Johnny Johnson, Joe Moore, Gareth Angelon, Nan Scranton, Qwenn Scott end Cindy John.
New Braunfels city council members will discuss and possibly decide Monday whether to name Doug Miller as the city’s water negotiator through an interlocal agreement with Comal County and New Braunfels Utilities.
Miller, whose contract with the city expired in May but continued to work for the city through August anyway, said he was surprised that he was put on the city council’s agenda for tomorrow’s meeting.
“Several council members had asked me if I could represent the city, but I didn’t think it was going to get in a meeting this quick,” Miller said.
In August, the city refused to pay Miller for attending a meeting as New Braunfels’ water representative. How
ever, City Manager Mike Shands said he wasn’t sure the city told Miller togo the meeting.
At an NBU meeting in August, Mayor Paul Fraser voted not to keep Miller as NBU’s water representative.
Miller has attended dozens of aquifer and water meetings in the last few years on behalf of local governments to keep their interests known.
Council member Jan Kennady put ' the matter on Monday night’s agenda to be discussed because she said it had not been discussed in the council before.
“We need to address it,** said Kennady. “We need to go on record because this is real important.”
Because Miller represents the county and NBU, Kennady said his record should speak for itself.For news, subscription or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0846)