New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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24 pages in two sections ■ Friday, October 24,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Kaftan Fischar
Vol. 145, No. 247
CISD voters concerned about school site
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Birthday wishes from tha Harald Zattung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Charks Jordan (Sunday), Timothy Grinky, Darttne Moos, Dee Oliver, Michael Brooks (Saturday), Donna Leifeste (Saturday^ Harlan Fischer (55 years), Sly Fox Garcia (43), Drew Campbell, Cindy Moos (belated) and Ernesto N. Rodriguez (47 years).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Steve and Roberta Norris (22 years Saturday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.84 feet above sea level, up 03 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —218 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.29 feet above
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vvwnnvr tunis cooler Sunday
Tonight — Fair. Lows in the lower 60s, upper 50s.
Saturday — Partly cloudy and warm Highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Saturday night — Mostly cloudy windy and turning cooler. A slight chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s.
Sunday — A chance of showers and thunderstorm early. Otherwise decreasing cloudiness and colder Highs in the 50s to near 60
Monday — Mostly clear apd.copi. Lows m-tbe 30s to near 40 . Highs in the 60s to near 70
TMa aday — Clear and warmer. Lows in the 40s to near 50 . Highs in the 70s
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Daylight savings time ends Sunday when we “fall back" one hour to Standard Time. Don’t forget to change your clocks Saturday night before you go to sleep or you’ll be an hour ahead of everyone else on Sunday
• Crews are working on Farm-to-Market 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane.
• In addition to routine repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane.
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue.
• Crews are placing buttons, reflectors and stripping on roads in Landa Park.
• Crews have finished paving Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion. Crews will be stripping those roads next week.
• The 600 block of Mather Street between Grant Street and Peace Avenue is closed because of street reconstruction.
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Residents convinced a site already had been fbuhd for a proposed new high school in the Comal Independent School District voiced their opposition at a meeting Thursday night, but were assured by the board that a decision had not been
Voters in the Comal Independent School District will decide the fate of a $92,185 million bond issue calling for a new high school and two new elementary schools.
The proposition does not include specific sites for the new schools. Voting for the proposition is not linked to voting for a specific site.
The board last month approved forming committees to figure out where to put the new schools, hoping to speed up die construction process if they are approved. Each committee was given an area in which to focus its search.
The high school site committee was charged with finding a 50- to 60-acre site within a 3-mile Turn to School site, Page 2A
Center carves new niche in
NB Factory Stores announces Hastings lease, new name
‘Changing tha name of tha cantar is tha first of many slaps wa ara taking in repositioning this shopping cantar in today’s conv petit Iva retail environment.’
— John D. McGurk, chairman and president of Charter Oak Partners
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels book and music lovers will be toting heavier shopping bags and lighter wallets in late spring.
That’s when Hastings book, music and video chain will open a store in the former New Braunfels Factory Stores, renamed New Braunfels Marketplace.
Hastings, which bills itself as an “entertainment superstore,” will add a 19,000-square-foot New Braunfels establishment to its list of 117 stores, said LaMar Johnson of the Hastings corporate communications department.
“New Braunfels will be able to see the new store design,” Johnson said.
The New Braunfels Hastings will include the same sections as the San Marcos store, he said., “... with books, music, videos and software. All of our new stores have those departments.”
The home entertainment giant opened its first Amarillo store in 1%8, and has since spread to 15 states. But don't look for Hastings in a major metro, Johnson said.
“We don’t target the main markets,” he said. “We’re hometown USA. We’re in the secondary and tertiary markets... towns between 20,000 and 100,000 people.”
Hastings stores are designed for families to spend time as well as money, Johnson said, with comfortable chairs for browsing books ami equipment to audition compact disks.
Officials work to keep community involvement a prominent part of the Hastings corporate profile, Johnson said.
“Our corporate focus is on literacy and education,” he said.
The new Hastings stores include coffee bars. “You don’t pay for the coffee at Hastings, but we provide an area to donate money to the local literacy council.”
To date the corporation unofficially has raised about $150,000 for literacy nationwide through coffee bar donations, he said.
The store offers summer reading clubs for children, where they can buy books at a discount, write book reports and receive pnzes for their efforts, Johnson said.
The new Hastings is scheduled to open in April or May. ‘The company should start sending out lots of publicity by early spring,” he said.
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Bottom photo, Now Braunfels Factory Stoma will changa Its noms to Now Braunfels Msrkstpiscs. Top, tha cantor also will add a Hastings, offering compact discs, books, video tapas and othsr entertainment.
Changes under way
■ New Braunfels Factory Stores now is named New Braunfels
■ Hastings, a retail chain offering music, books and videos, will open a superstore at the center. It will occupy the space that formerly housed Pfaltzgraf and space now occupied by Rue 21 and Bugle Boy. Rue 21 and Bugle Boy are relocating in the center.
■ O’NeM Th—teat will open a 12-screen complex in late November.
M Gayly nn’s Creations moved from downtown to the center on Oct. 15.
■D.C.’s neetaurani wiN open about the same time — the movie complex. Owners Don and Carol Thornton plan to offer a sports-bar type atmosphere serving beer, wine and American food
Marketplace alters focus to meet shoppers’ needs
By MARGARET EDMONSON
New Braunfels Factory Stores, Texas’ first factory outlet shopping center, is changing its name and its focus to meet the challenges of a changing market.
The 48-store center now w ill be known as New Braunfels Marketplace, management company (.'barter Oaks Partners announced Thursday.
With the news of its Hastings lease Thursday and the opening next month of a 12-screen movie theater, the center is transforming itself into a multi-use center to attract more shoppers
“Changing the name of the center is the first of many steps we are taking in repositioning this
shopping center in today’s competitive retail environment,” said John D. McGurk, president of Rothschild Realty, Inc., owner of the center, and chairman and president of Charter Oak Partners
Anne Liggett, center manager and regional director for C harter Oak Partners, said merchants at the center were excited about the news.
“We made the announcement (Thursday) to the tenants, and the reaction was good,” Liggett said. “Everybody’s really excited.”
New Braunfels is known by shoppers for the outlet center, which opened in 1984 and was acquired by Charter Oak Partners in 1990. Shoppers flocked to the
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Canyon Lake resident finds hand grenades in shed
Officials: One was
live, other no good
From staff reports
A Canyon Lake man cleaning out a storage shed made a startling discovery when he found two hand
grenades there Thursday, Comal County Sheriffs Office spokesman Ll. David Oft said.
On said the man found the two hand grenades before noon at USA Storages on Farm-to-Market 2673, one mile west of Settler.
The Fort Sam Houston bomb
squad team was called to handle the situation, Ott said.
“The Fort Sam Houston bomb squad took X-rays of them,” Ott said. “One of them was shown to be a live grenade and otjifr one was no good.”
Deputies will investigate to deter-
UCC conference minister responds to First Protestant secession — Page 6A
mine how the grenades got into the storage shed, Ott said.
Ott said a hand grenade is a prohibited weapon under Texas law. Possession of a hand grenade is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in prison and a $10,000 fine
County gets lease for Specht crossing
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County secured a lease Thursday for land at Specht’s Crossing that will be used to launch and recover personal watercraft from the Guadalupe River.
Commissioner Moe Schwab delivered the news to Commissioners Court during its Thursday meeting. Specht’s Crossing is in western Comal County on Ok! Spring Branch Road west of U S. 281.
County Engineer Tom Homseth said the county on Wednesday reached a 10-year lease agreement with George A. Bear, owner of the 8-acre tract for $ 1,500 a year.
The lease required that the crossing be called Nichols Landing in honor of Beere’s mother, Homseth said.
Commissioners had approved the lease in February. Homseth said it took several months to complete because Bcere and the county were try ing to work out lease payments.
“He w anted to be compensated fairly,” Homseth said after the meeting. “He wanted to be reimbursed for his property taxes. That is how we wound up with the lease payments.”
The land will be used to help serve the public's recreational needs, Homseth said.
“The main purpose is to launch and to recover watercraft in the river,” he said. “It is one of the first public accessibility points on the river.’’
The county took the old low-crossing bridge at Specht’s Crossing out three years ago. It was replaced by a new highway bridge built across the river on Spring Branch Road.
Specht’s Crossing has been a favorite recreational spot for generations for area families. When the old bridge was destroyed and the new one built, property owners along the crossing began to complain about drunks, drug users, trespassers and rowdy people loitering along the river and damaging private property.
One property owner said at a Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District meeting in Spring Branch last year the situation had gotten so bad that he would not let his daughters go to the area alone.
Schwab said the agreement would allow county law enforcement officials to have greater control over the area.
“Since we have a lease on it, we don’t have to look tor somebody (property owner) to file charges (if somebody is arrested),” Schwab said. “The investigating officer can file the charges “The next step is to enter into an interlocal agreement with WORD.” WORD has considered maintaining a launching area for tubes, canoes, kayaks and rafts at the crossing for the past few years. The district has set aside $64,000 for the project.
For now, the county has no plans to put a park there, but that did not preclude having one in the future, Homseth said.Local doctor addresses impact of breast cancer — Page 8A