New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Lutheran Church cm Monday night.
The group wants to use abandoned railroad tracks — unused by Union Pacific for several years — that stretch from Solms Road past the soccer fields off of Live Oak Avenue through downtown and Landa Park, along Torrey Avenue and Gruene Road, crossing the Guadalupe River north of Gruene and to Hunter Road.
Rails to Trails secretary Ann Bartholomew said the meetings were meant to inform and educate citizens on the proposed project.
“The public forums are to enlighten all of the people in New Braunfels, particularly tbs ones who live along the corridor of the trail which runs from Solms through the heart of New Braunfels all the way to Hunter (off Farm-to-Market 306),” Bartholomew said.
About 30 people attended the meeting Saturday morning at Eden Home, including representatives from the National Park Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
; Mayor Jan Kennady, Councilwoman Juliet Watson and Schlitterbahn owner Gary Henry also attended.
Bartholomew said the group discussed ways to fund the project under the federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act.
“We can go out for grants to fund this project,” Bartholomew said. “We
can receive 80 percent of this money (under ISTEA). We will not go out for a bond issue to cover this greenbelt.”
Rails to Trails wants to buy the existing track from Union Pacific.
“We want to be ready,” Bartholomew said. “We would qualify under the ISTEA grant because we would be connecting communities. We would be connecting Gruene to Preiss Heights and Landa Park and the soccer fields in the west end.”
Bartholomew said eight or nine bridges on the abandoned railroad track could be converted to surfaces to support walking, running and inline skating.
“We could hard surface part of it or all of it and soft surface part of it so that it could be used for bikes or walking or Rollerblading,” she said.
Bartholomew said it was important to protect the area’s natural beauty as the city and county grow.
“The greenbelt runs straight through the heart of our community,” Bartholomew said. “By 2010 we will have 90,000 people (in Comal County). We need to preserve some parkland.”
Bartholomew said the city would have to participate in the (STEA grant for the group to become eligible for it.
“There may be a possibility it may become part of the (city) park system,” she said.
MRS. BURL VALENTINE Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Mrs. Burl “Dean” Valentine of New Braunfels. She died Monday at her residence at the age of 59.
Erika Woodward passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 68 years. She was co-owner of the Comer Stop Drive Inn along with her husband, Heflin Woodward. Survivors include her loving husband, Heflin Woodward of New .Braunfels; one daughter, Marion Woodward Atkins of New Braunfels; two sons, Henry Woodward and wife Nancy of Waco, Texas, and Frank Woodward and wife Elizabeth Elena of New Braunfels; four grandchildren, Brad, Frank Lane and Michael Woodward and Curtis Atkins. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Linda Woodward in 1987 and Roswitha Herbom in 1980. Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1997, at the Zoeller Funeral Home with services at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. IO, at the Zoeller Funeral Home, with interment to follow in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice.
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tunity for these businesses to showcase what they do and develop a client list.”
Tetrault said the event has grown each year, and an estimated 1,700 people were expected to visit this year’s show.
The show begins today with a Sneak Preview from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets for the preview are $15. During the preview, all exhibits will be open and door prizes will be awarded. Visitors will be treated to hors d’ oeuvres and entertainment by “Paint the Town.”
The Trade Show will be open IO
a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. Advance tickets are available through Tuesday for $2 and tickets at the door will be $3. Concessions will be available throughout the day in the lobby. Happy hour, with free beer, lemonade and snacks will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and noontime entertainment will be provided by “Wandering Troubador.” “Spirit of Texas” also will perform.
Door prizes will be awarded during the day, and visitors can register for the grand prize, a seven-day cruise for two to Cancun, Cozumel and Honduras. The winner wflV bef intnounced at 5:55 p.m., and will be broadcast live on KGNB.
Texas, big tobacco head to court
By KATIE FAIRBANK
AP Business Writer
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — The tobacco industry is putting all state settlement talks on hold while it girds itself for trial in a $14 billion lawsuit filed by the state of Texas.
Texas is one of 39 states with lawsuits pending against tobacco companies. The case will go to trial even while Congress considers a nationwide settlement.
The trial likely will last into 1998, said Texas Attorney General Dan Morales.
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of discussion about an out-of-court settlement. The odds of that are essentially zero,” Morales said. ‘‘Suffice it to say, we anticipate jury selection to begin the 29th of September!”
“The tobacco companies are either going to get the global resolution or we’ll go to trial one state at a time, starting in Texas. This case is a mainstream case that needs to go to trial,” said Dan Webb, the lead attorney representing the tobacco industry.
LOUISE SPEARS Louise Spears of New Braunfels passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997, at Eden Home, Inc., in New Braunfels at the age of 68. She was bom July 14, 1929, at Belton, Texas, to John Leonard Spears and Mary (Meadows) Spears. She worked as a housewife and was a member of the Assembly of God church.
Survivors include sons Jimmy Dixon of Hanford, Calif., Leonard Dixon and wife Lorn of New Braunfels and Danny Dixon of Waco; four brothers, Troy Avery, Uris
Ethel Avery of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. IO, 1997, at Docppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels with the Rev. Hilmar Flugrath officiating. Burial will be at the Comal Cemetery. Visitation will be from IO a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 a m. until service time Wednesday.
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
MR. MATEO E.
Mr. Mateo E. Caballero, Sr., of New Braunfels passed away
Saturday, Sept. 6, 1997, at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 76. He was born Sept. 21, 1920, in Guadalupe County to Antonio Caballero and Nasaria (Eftrada) Caballero. He married Lupe Martinez. A World War II veteran, Mr. Caballero was a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lupe Caballero of New Braunfels; daughters Gloria Lanham of Pittsburgh, Calif., Juanita King of Lafayette, Calif., and Maria Ann Reyna of Pfeufville, Texas; sons Mateo Caballero, Jr., of New Braunfels and Juan Antonio Caballero of New Braunfels; sisters Angelito Alcarez of San Antonio, Francisca Vargas of Austin and Agapita Vargas of Austin; brother Tomas Caballero of New Braunfels; eight grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.
A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in die Morales Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be IO a.m. Wednesday, Sept. IO, 1997, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Father Richard Oberstar officiating. Burial will be at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mateo Caballero HI, Enrique Munoz, Ross Lanham, Edward Martinez, Jose Aleman and Arturo Caballero.
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STEPHEN ALLEN AINSWORTH, SR.
Stephen Allen Ainsworth, Sr., 47, bom Oct. 24, 1949, LaGrange, Ga., died Sept. 6, 1997, after a 10-year battle against heart disease in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Bellaire High School in 1968. He married Susan Ann Thomas Nov. 9, 1968. Steve was a Rotarian, a member of the San Antonio Executives Chib, an Alumni Initiate of the ETA RHO chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at Southwest Texas State, and was awarded Alumni of the Year by ti* chapter. He taught youth Sunday school, sang in the choir and preached at Star of Hope Mission. He was a poet, a thespian and a humorist. He was a true believer and supporter of Hospice. Steve was employed by Atkinson-Crawford Sales Company as Branch Manager for nine years. He was a wonderful and unselfish husband, father, grandfather and frigid. Survived by wife Susan, children Allen and wife Missy, daughter Staci McGree and husband Kevin, and son Anson, grandchildren Hope, Chance, Noah; brother Sam and wife Linda; sister Linda Adams and husband Bill; and his nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends at Porter Loring, 2102 N. Loop 1604 East, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept IO, 1997, at Porter Loring Mortuary North. The family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice New Braunfels.
Porter Loring Mortuary North 2012 N. Loop 1604 East 495-8221
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The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will conduct a tax rate hearing at 7 p.m. today at the education center board room, 430 W. Mill St.
The board can consider a tax rate increase of 4.25.cents or less after a vote taken last week, but residents still should get a smaller tax bill this year.
The NBISD board set the maximum rate at $1.5075 Tuesday night.
The proposed rate broke down into a maintenance and operations tax rate of $1.245, an 8 -cent increase over last year, and a debt service rate of 26.25 cents, a decrease of 3.75 cents.
Last month, the board approved the 1997-1998 budget with expenditures totaling $33,698,933, up
With a tax rate of $1.5075, the district would still be required to take about $500,000 out of the fund balance, or the district’s savings account, to balance the budget.
The average home in NBISD was valued at $66,101 in 1995. With a $5,000 homestead exemption and a 1996-1997 tax rate of $1,465, the homeowner would have paid $895.13 in taxes.
Assuming the value of the home increased by 7.1 percent in 1996, the value of that same home would have increased to $71,059. This year that same homeowner would pay $845.09 in taxes if a tax rate of $1.5075 was approved. Most homeowners will see about a 4 percent decrease in taxes,
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