New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8,2005
INSIDE A NEW START
The historic Krause's Cafe is undergoing a facelift to prepare for the opening of a new restaurant. Page 2A
COUNTY FAIR RODEO QUEEN
Eight contestants to battle it out to be named Comal County Fair Rodeo Queen Sept. 17. Page 4B
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
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j DEAR ABBY 3B I CLASSIFIEDS 4B j COMICS 2B j CROSSWORD 2B I FORUM 4A I OBITUARIES 3A j SPORTS 5A I TV GRIDS 3BPlans for 104-room hotel in Gruene delayed
By Leigh Jones
Plans to construct the largest hotel in Gruene were delayed Tuesday by the Planning and Zoning Commission, which refused to grant a special use permit for the building without more information.
After looking over site plans and scale drawings, commissioners asked developer Ted Alexander and the Vanhorn family to come back with more details on the project — elevation drawings and a financial report.
Chairman Mike Ybarra said the group’s caution was triggered by the
hotel’s proposed location.
“We only have one Gruene, and it’s very unique. We’ve heard great plans before that did not work out,” he told Alexander, who seemed slightly hesitant to provide more information than the commission usually requires to bless zoning changes.
Alexander said his reluctance to put more work into the project was a consideration for the landowners’ finances.
“A decent elevation drawing could cost close to $10,000,” he said. “It’s expensive, and it’s not required. The Vanhorn family is funding this out of their own pockets. We can’t get oth
er investors until we know whether or not we will be able to do this project.”
The proposed hotel, referred to as the Vanhorn River Lodge, is a 69,566 square foot, 104-room building on 4.9 acres fronting the Guadalupe River.
See HOTEL, Page 2A
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Convoy heads to Mississippi on mission of mercy
By Ron Maloney
Bill Womack, Sarah Bu Lier and a number of local residen ts left the New Braunfels Marketplai x at noon Wednesday on a road tri p to Gulfport, Miss.
It wasn’t for fun.
When they get there, th tey won t go gambling or fishing — t hey re on a mission of mercy.
They carried clothing, diapers and many other items in a convoy of half a dozen micks ai id trailers — not to New Orleans, I nit to nearby Gulfport.
Much of the clothir ig was donated by San Antonio couni jy and western musician George 5 Strait. Diapers were donated by Ai jstin physician Terry Bacon.
Sweat equity was put in by a number of locals, indue ling Butler, New Braunfels High .School biology teacher Kathleen S Shindler and Jim Dudley of Oakwoc d Baptist Church, that enabled die group to depart New Braunfels ir i three days. They plan to return h ere Saturday and make another tv ai afterwards.
Until last w eek, Womack, a Canyon Lake b usinessman with a charter busines s in Mississippi, had homes in Gulfp on and Comal County
The one in C Millport where he was planning to he lp build a new marina, is gone.
Womack, i ,vho was here on business when Hurricane Katrina hit,
See CONVOY, Page 3A
Kingsbury signs with Broncos
New Braunfels High School star Kliff Kingsbury saw his NFL career extended Tuesday when he was signed to the practice squad for the Denver Broncos.
Kingsbury graduated from New Braunfels in 1998 and had a record-setting career at Texas Tech before graduating in 2003.
He was drafted by tile New England Patriots in 2003 and spent the season on the injured reserve. In 2004, he signed with the New Orleans Saints, again playing on the prectice squad. Earlier this week, the Saints released Kingsbury.
For details, see Sports on Page 5A.
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Bill Womack checks his trailer, loaded down with clothing and diapers, as he and his convoy bound for Gulfport, Mississippi depart the New Braunfels Market Place Wednesday.Womack, right, loads up a trailer with clothing and diapers while sharing a joke with Susan Butler and Ronny Johnson. Country singer George Strait donated much of the clothing.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
■ Bill Womack and Sarah Butler are preparing for a second convoy to Mississippi. They will better understand what the needs are after they arrive there today, and can be reached at (830) 237-2293.
■ The Gulfport, Miss., Emergency Operations Center is coordinating relief in that community. It can be reached at (228) 865-4285.
called a friend in Gulfport who works in that city’s Emergency Operations Center. He found the devastation to be unreal and largely unsung because of the
Raymond to face off against Cuellar in congressional raceTracking the news Valen tine makes it official
LAST WE. KNEW: The city of New Braunfels call ed a special election to fill the vacant District 6 council seat.
LATEST: Former councilman Ken Valentine w as the first candidate to file his paper work Wednesday.
NEXT: Other candidates have until Oct. 7 to de cide to run.■ ■■NE»ISD election not needed
LAST WE KNEW: Anita Stipnieks and Rob Jol inson were the only two candidates to file for the New Braunfels Independent School District November election. SLipnieks filed to replace Lee Edwards ir i District 3. Johnson was seeking re-e lection for his District 5 seat.
IJVTEST: No other candidates came forward by Wednesday's filing deadline.
NEXT: NBISD trustees will cancel the election at a future board meeting.
By Ron Maloney
Freshman incumbent Congressman Henry Cuellar will be looking over his shoulder as next year’s campaign season for a second term approaches.
State Rep. Richard Raymond, who holds Cuellar’s fomier seat representing Ixiredo in the Texas Legislature, announced Wednesday in Laredo, San Antonio and at the New Braunfels home of former U.S. Senator and Ambassador Bob Krueger he will seek to send Cuellar home in 2006.
Cuellar represents the 28th U.S. Congressional District, which includes all or part of 11 counties and stretches from Laredo to San Marcos along the Interstate 35 corridor, including several precincts in downtown New Braunfels.
In his announcement, Raymond thanked Bob and Kathleen Krueger for their mentorship and thanked his family for their support.
“If you don’t have your friends and family helping you and supporting you, you can’t make it in public service," he said.
Then he took the fight straight to Cuellar, assailing him as others have as a Republican in Democrat clothing — and noting he had supported George W. Bush in his 2000 campaign for the White I louse.
“It makes a difference who you have representing you in the U.S. Congress. I know Henry Cuellar, and I ve known him for 22 years and served with him in the Legislature,” Raymond said. “I didn’t believe then, and I don’t believe now he’s someone who will represent the constituents of this district. If you’re a Republican, he’s your deal. On a lot of the big issues that define us as Democrats and Republicans, there are important differences. You can’t be a Democrat and reject your party’s nominee for president. George Bush has never campaigned for Democrats.”
In his introduction, Krueger said his support of Raymond is rooted in a relationship that goes back more than two decades to 1983, when Raymond, then a
See CONGRESS, Page 3A
New Braunfels looks for its first victory when Texas 46 rival Seguin comes to town Friday.
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Former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, left, talks with state Rep. Richard Raymond while City Councilwoman I; Kathleen Krueger looks on. Raymond announced -; • Wednesday he was running for Congress.
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