New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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employee claims discrimination
By Ron Maloney
lite employee fired this past May whose allegations led to the firings of 11 other street department employees claimed he was a victim of discrimination by Hispanic supervisors.
Michael Massey, discharged by City Engineer Mike Short May 3 for allegedly striking another employee in the face
with a can of Copenhagen, -subsequently made a number of allegations against his supervisor, Roland Martinez, another foreman, and street department crew members.
At a press conference conducted by the League of United Latin American Citizens on the steps of city hall Friday, LU LAC officials and fired
See FIRINGS, Page 6AMan, 20, drowns in Guadalupe River
By Ron Maloney
Sheriff’s deputies were working Saturday to identify a man who drowned Friday afternoon in the Guadalupe River.
Spokesman Tim Kolbe said the man, believed to be about 20 years old, was swimming with a group at the Guadalupe River Campground just downstream of the second crossing on River Road at about 3:40 pm
“A sheriff’s deputy patrolling in the 6300 block of River Road was flagged down by River Road Campground employees for a drowning,” Kolbe said.
The deputy saw a group of swimmers performing cardio
pulmonary resuscitation on the far bank of the river, Kolbe said.
A raft was used to bring the victim across the river, where Canyon Lake Fire/EMS continued their efforts. The man
was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival from apparent drowning.
“Witnesses said the victim had eaten a little before going swimming, and that he went
under the water before being rescued by bystanders,” Kolbe said Saturday. “No one in the group had a positive identification for the young man. We’re attempting to locate a family member.”
Local lore, legends
Residents take in local storks, spirited stories at Comal Cemetery during Local Lore Tout
Reaves to present NBISD 2004-05 goals
AT A GLANCE
■ What: New Braunfels Independent School District board meeting
■ When: 5:30 p.m. Monday
■ Wheie: Education Center board room, 430 W Mill St.
NBISD 2004-05 GOALS
■ Ensure every student will learn and demonstrate mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards at every school, every day, in every classroom, in every content area.
■ Nurture school-family-community partnerships to ensure high academic achievement and successful development of all students.
■ Recommend a balanced budget for 2004-05.
■ Develop a plan to draw elementary school boundaries
■ Develop a proposed schedule for dealing with long-term district growth
■ Maintain current efforts and reporting protocol involving the execution and completion of current bond projects in accordance with existing facilities plans.
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves will hear Monday what trustees expect him to do during the remainder of the school year.
The annual performance goals workshop normally happens in June, giving Reaves time to create a plan to meet trustees’ expectations and include any necessary expenses in the budget.
This year, trustees put off setting new goals after they decided not to extend the superintendent’s contract, leaving Reaves with only seven months left to work on this year’s requests.
“I hope for reasonable time lines and resources,” he said. “I’m looking for clear, specific direction."
Board President forge Maldonado said he did not anticipate many changes over last year’s goals.
“It may be a carbon copy of what we did last year,” he said. “We expect it to be a productive meeting."
Maldonado has incentive to be productive — it might be his last meeting, at least for a while.
Two NBISD board seats are up for grabs Nov. 2. Maldonado is facing Reynaldo Ortiz Jr. in District 2 and
See GOALS, Page 6A
A view of Mission Valley Mill. A Dallas consulting company concept for developing the property includes a $50 million, 300 room riverside hotel and convention center. Construction could begin as early as 2006.
Company looks at Mission Valley Mill property
By Scott Mahon
If a Dallas consulting company’s concept for developing the Mission Valley Mill property materializes, construction of a $50 million 300 room riverside hotel and convention center on the site could begin as early as 2006.
Owned by Plains Cotton Q>operative Association of Lubbock, Mission Valley Mill was once New Braunfels’ largest employer.
KIA wliich has 16,000 members, produced denim at the plant.
The association manages about 20 percent of the cotton produced in the United States, including the bulk of cotton produced in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
They currently have denim plants in Littlefield near Lubbock, in Oklahoma and Kansas.
Located on the Guadalupe River near the historic f aust Street bridge, tile mill still employs about a dozen workers, but PCC A plans to completely shut down the facility at the end of this year.
Rather than abandoning the property,
An artist's rendering of a planned riverside hotel and convention center.
city officials sffid PC X A expressed an interest in finding a use for the 40-acre parcel that would benefit New Braunfels.
For the past three months, the concept of developing the property for a convention center and major hotel has been spearheaded by the Coker Company, a Dallas development company hired by PCX A
“Coker has talked to a lot of people in New Braunfels,” said (lity Manager Chuck Pinto.
In fact, Pinto said Coker representatives and city officials were scheduled to meet Thursday in New Braunfels with representatives from a niajot hotel builder.
See MILL, Page 8A
Web site offers help, location to polls
By Ron Maloney
County residents who are unsure where to vote in the Nov. 2 general election can now get help from the County Engineer's Web site, www.cceo.org.
Erie Gibson, who maintains County Engineer lorn Hornseth's Web site, added
the feature this past week using Geographic Information systems software that superimposes voting precincts on a detailed map of Comal County.
Anyone who is not sure about where to vote can either enter their address in the space allotted or draw a box on the Comal County
map over the area of their home.
The box will zoom in, and another box can be drawn on the more detailed map until the user finds his or her exact address. Then, just look for the local polling place, Gibson said.
See VOTING, Page 6A
WHERE TO VOTE
■ Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth's Internet Web site, www.cceo.org is full of information about Comal County. To find out where to vote in the upcoming county election, click on the “Where do I vote" button and enter your address.
■ Or call tile Comal County Voter Registrar's Office, 620-5520 or the New Braunfels City Secretary's Office, 608 2100, ext. 211 or 251, for assistance.
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