New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Dylan Jimdnez
New Braunfels Civic Center might be a parking issue away from answering the 5-year-old civic center question.
Officials have been working toward building a new civic center since 1998 when the city’s comprehensive plan called for its construction.
“I’m glad to it’s down to just a parking issue,” said Michael Meek, president of Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Over the years, suggestions of moving the civic center to the river, the Wurstfest facility and even the old H-E-B building have come and gone.
But city officials are back to the idea of expanding the current facility and are moving forward with the project, which is on the council’s priorities list.
There is still some disappointment among officials who hoped to see a civic center over the Comal River with flowing-river landscaping and scenic views
But architects are trying to spice up the expansion project by planning to close off the part of West Garden Street between city hall and the sanitation storage yard.
Landscaping a front entrance to a new city hall
City Manager Chuck Pinto
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At left. Cougar senior Elise Keoghan hugs Canyon High School senior Meredith McDonald, second from left, hugs New Bruanfels Band Director Walt Sparkman Saturday after learning the band's High School Band Director Beth Bronk as they celebrate advancing score at the UIL marching contest at the school. At right. Unicorn to state competition. CHS and NBHS earned state berths Saturday.
Canyon, New Braunfels outplay IO for state berths
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Canyon High School and the New Braunfels High School marching bands qualified Saturday to compete in the 4A UIL state band competition.
The bands were the only two of 12 Central/South Texas area schools to go on to state competition slated for Nov. 4, Alamodome in San Antonio.
“I am so proud of these kids,” said Beth Bronk, director of the 260-member NBHS band. “We’re really excited to get the opportunity to go on to the state marching contest for tile second time since I’ve been here.”
She said she was proud of both
This story is the first in a four-part series about the college application process, academic preparation in high school and financial resources required.
By Dylan Jimtnez
Colleges are gearing up for freshman admissions, and high school counselors say students need to get on board or risk being left behind.
Seniors graduating this spring need to apply for college soon — this week, if possible, counselors * say. And local seniors are on top of things for the most part, schools report.
“I would say half of the seniors have applied," said Sherry Miller, Canyon High School career center coordinator.
There are always a handful who wait until the last minute, but seniors should be applying in August of the fall semester.
But students should not be shopping for colleges
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“We’re very happy for them because we got to go two years ago and it’s really great for the kids,” Bronk said.
Walt Sparkman, who directs the 150-member CHS marching band, said he was proud of his students — and New Braunfels band members.
“They did an awesome job,” Sparkman said after the qualifiers were announced late afternoon Saturday. “I’m about ready to cry.”
Monday, the CHS and NBHS bands were two of five regional bands to qualify for the area contest after the Region 12 Marching Contest
in San Antonio.
Both bands have been practicing several hours each week since the beginning of school to perf ect their routines.
CHS performed “Mendelssohn Reformed” by Mark Waymire. NBHS performed parts of “Celebration’’ and “The Year of the Dragon” by Phillip Sparke.
Sparkman said there is still a tough road ahead.
“I’m just happy to be going,” he said. “Of course, the more you do this, the tougher the competition gets. Everyone there will be in really good shape.”
Texas potters ‘throw’ wares this weekend at Gruene day fest
By Dylan Jimdnez
It was a family reunion of potters Saturday as more than 50 artists gathered in Gruene for the lith annual Texas (day Festival.
The festival began IO years ago when 12 Central Texas
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their senior year. Instead, seniors should focus on completing applications and meeting a de facto deadline of Christmas, counselors said.
Juniors, however, should be visiting campuses and deciding on schools to which they want to apply.
Last week, admission representatives from regional post-secondary schools visited New Braunfels
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(Continues today from 10 a.rn to 5 p.m. in Gruene
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potters wanted a way to support each other. The festival has grown to include vendors from across Texas.
Pottery buffs can find everything from the elaborate to the basic, the functional to the sculptural and everything earthen in between.
Several hundred shoppers and visitors packed around Buck Pottery for the
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Don’t delay, seniors; apply today
Juniors should start considering colleges now, counselors say
New Braunfels High School seniors Kayla Thornton, left, and Natalie Coles chuckle with career center coordinator Julie Salsman while talking about dorm life.
Ram Ameduri throws a piece of pottery for group gathered under a tent at the Texas Clay Festival on Saturday.