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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas —MC181 wm** THE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2004Ierald-Zeitung SPORTS FOOTBALL Former New Braunfels,Tech star Kliff Kingsbury trying to succeed in the NFL. Page IB t    eta    w    *£ A9 n/ v    '*    vv    '^* FORUM LIFE New Braunfels in Motion, which has helped the community to get fit, now focuses on businesses. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 267 30 pages, 4 sections CLICK WWW, $1.00 00002 Partly cloudy High Low 96 68 8 I Details 3B DEAR ABBY 6C CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS IB TV GRIDS 5-6CAccidents on Canyon Lake leave 2 dead By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE—TWO men died in separate incidents Saturday at Canyon Lake. Comal County Sheriff’s Cpl. Gregg Van de Loo said an unidentified young black male about 20 years old from San Antonio drowned about 6:30 p.m. near the swimming beach at Comal Park near Startzville. He was reportedly swimming with friends when he went under water and did not come back up. San Marcos Area Recovery Team divers recovered the body about 9:15 p.m. in about 24 feet of water about 50 yards from the shore, Van de Loo said. With the help of the man’s friends, they marked the area an began recovery efforts. “The SMART team helped us tremendously,’’ Van de Loo said. This was the third drow-ing this year at Comal Park. In an unrelated accident See DEATHS Page 8A COMING TUESDAYQueens of the fair, rodeo Out of 25 contestants, find out who reigns supreme as the 2004 Comal County fair and rodeo queens. Forward New Braunfels to help deal with recent setbacks, attracting visitors By Scott Mahon Staff writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of (Commerce has unveiled a three-year, $500,000 program aimed at accelerating the creation of new jobs and attracting more visitors to the area. (Called Forward New Braunfels, the initiative was created to respond to recent setbacks in the local economy and to capitalize on opportunities such as the proposed Toyota plant in San Antonia “Although the national economy as a whole is starting to rebound, we’re still feeling the effects of several plant closures in New Braunfels,” said Carroll Hoffmann, a tri-chairman of the Forward New Braunfels initiative. “At the same time, we want to take advantage of a great opportunity to attract some quality industries to New Braunfels.” In addition to Hoffmann, the campaign is being led by John Lovett and Dennis I feitkamp. (Chamber President Michael Meek said the initiative was composed of three elements, including marketing to potential new businesses, tourists and meeting planners and measures to improve the business climate in New Braunf els. “The initiative was designed to position the community as a key business location and visitor destination,” he said. Meek said one of the primary marketing efforts would be a strategy to recruit Toyota suppliers. “The chamber formulated a strategy late last year targeted toward the automotive suppliers that will locate to the area over the next decade,” he said. “Also, we will complete the construction of a new visitors center on 1-35 at Seguin Street and promote the expansion or See PROGRAM, Page 8A AFTER-SCHOOL FUN Cork: City will solve fairgrounds liability problems By Scott Mahon Staff Writer If environmental issues are discovered on the Comal County fairgrounds property, New Braunfels Mayor Adam Cork said the city would resolve any potential liability problems before donating the property to the fair association. (Council voted to donate the property to the fair association, pending the results of the Nov. 2 election when voters could designate die property a city park. A San Antonio appraisal firm was hired to appraise tile prop erty, but council decided to complete an environmental study before continuing the appraisal. Raba-Kistner Consultants of San Antonio completed the first phase of a site assessment in August and noted in its report that a five-acre portion of the property was used as a city landfill from the early 1920s to 1969. Also, the company noted that an incinerator stack still existed on the property, and a vent pipe on the property’ indicated that an underground See PROPERTY, Page 10A Down-home cooking DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung David Guerrero, left, Robert Alvarez, Rick Casarez and Leonard Leija enjoy a cold beverage, brisket tacos and good conversation as they and the rest of the Barbecue Brew Crew" participate in a barbecue cookoff Saturday afternoon at the Comal County Fair. Early county fairs sometimes ugly Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung During study time at the Mountain Valley after school care program, sixth-graders can go outside and practice their newly acquired instruments. Community Education department offers child care By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ibis state’s largest county fair goes into its 111th year this week with its future threatened by — of all things — city politics. if this annual favorite down-home celebration of ourselves is on its sickbed today, that ’s kind of ironic. Because what lias come to be considered tile first Comal County Fair was conducted in 1892 as a celebration of the opening of the Neu Braunfelser Krankenhaus — this city’s first hospital. That fair was held on the hospital front lawn at what is now the parking lot beside the Sts. Peter and Paul thrift store at Seguin Avenue and Zink Street. It was well-received and the citizens knew they were onto something. “We claim the 1892 fair onward as part of our tradition,” said former fair association president Adon Hermes. See HISTORY, Page 10A COMAL COUNTY FAIR B Coming Tuesday, more county fair coverage. ■ Editor s note: One year ago today, Staff Writer Ron Maloney wrote of reminisces of the Comal County Fair from the 1950s into the 1960s. This year, he looks a little further back. B Myra Lee Adams Goff, Karen Boyd, Kim Reynolds and Arlon Hermes contributed to this report. By Leigh Jones Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — The Canyon Lake area might be a great place to raise children, but it can be difficult for families with two working parents to find child care facilities. Melinda Shinn, director of Comal Independent School District’s school -age child care program at Mountain Valley Elementary School, said most parents had two problems— convenience and price. “Canyon Lake has a few day care facilities,” she said. “But it’s not always easy for the children to get to them after school, and day care is usually expensive.” CISD solved both problems when its Community Education Department began offering child care on campus after school. The cost is minimal — $40 weekly per child — and it could not be more convenient. “The children just walk to the cafeteria after class,” Shinn said. When the 78 students arrive, they are greeted by six staff members and loads of fun. Shinn said activities were structured to be educational without turning into another class period in their school day. The afternoon starts with a healthy snack prepared by (Left) Caela Dunn, Savanna McKee and Brionna Kelly, all third-graders at Mountain Valley, lose interest in a game of kick ball and begin practicing back bends during after school care. the school’s cafeteria. Then students romp around outside to burn off the after school energy. “Twice a week we do an organized fitness activity,” Shinn said. “TTtat way I know they’re getting good exercise.” See SCHOOL, Page 8A ;