02 Jun 2018

First motel chain in the U.S. had roots in Central Texas

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The first motel chain in the United States grew out of a roadside stop in East Waco called Alamo Plaza Tourist Courts, which in 1929 became the first motel chain in the United States.

In 1929 Edgar Lee Torrance, along with then-54th District Court Judge Drummond W. Bartlett, collaborated to build a small apartment complex in the 900 block of Elm Avenue, in East Waco, near where the East Waco Branch Library is today.

But Torrance, who’d been a car dealer since 1918, saw the potential for a business that provided clean, consistent and convenient lodging along major U.S. highways that were becoming increasingly busy.

He modified the apartment building plan into a U-shaped structure with rooms facing the center courtyard and the front façade was white stucco, built in the shape of the iconic Alamo, in San Antonio.

By 1955 Torrance, Bartlett and a group of about half-a-dozen more investors loosely operated more than 20 Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts using common branding and architecture in Texas and other southwestern states, the first true motel chain in the United States.

The marketing slogan was obvious: "Remember the Alamo Plaza".

Elm Avenue might seem an unlikely place for a motor inn, but back then Elm was U.S. Highways 81, the main road from Dallas to San Antonio, and U.S. 77, which ran between Waco and Houston so pretty much anybody going to Dallas was coming through Waco, crossing the Brazos River, driving up Elm Avenue and on toward Dallas, or splitting off on U.S. 77-south and toward Houston.

Wilburn Willis, a retired Bellmead businessman, was patrolling Waco streets as a police officer back in 1962 and he said that part of town was bustling.

"It was a hot time down there. There was traffic all the time, some of it local folks but a lot off the highways," Willis said.

"There was no interstate, there was no traffic circle, so all the highway traffic between Dallas and San Antonio and between Dallas and Houston came down Elm Avenue and went south until (U.S.) 77 split off."

There were existing travel inns and tourist courts already, so besides employing his Pop Spanish Revival southwestern design, Torrance, in an effort to separate his brand from the others, began introducing amenities in each room like telephones in 1936, and then he introduced Simmons Beauty Rest mattresses on every bed, then swimming pools and later free televisions in every room, an article from the original American Hotel Magazine, said.

"There was Alamo Plaza and right across the street was the Alma Plaza Hotel, there were four or five in just two or three blocks of Elm Street," Willis said.

The roadside use of distinctive and non-traditional architecture to catch a motorist’s eye rapidly proved profitable and quickly other groups, such as Wigwam Motels, out west along Route 66, began building stucco wigwams and Howard Johnson’s introduced its bright orange roofs.

Travelodge first opened in 1935, Best Western Motels group in 1947 and Holiday Inn, 1952.

The chain continued to expand, even through the years of the Great Depression and World War II, when there was a huge and immediate need for temporary housing near U.S. military bases.

Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s, then in the mid-1960s the group abandoned its distinctive Pop Spanish Revival Alamo-style façade.

The last branded hotel opened in 1965 and Torrance died June 8, 1971.

Besides his motel interests, Torrance, who was born on Sept. 13, 1883 in Elk, owned and operated Lee Torrance Stables, in Waco, where he raised prize-winning Tennessee walking horses and routinely was asked to serve as a horse-show judge.

Torrance and his wife Ruth McGrady Torrance, had one daughter.

Torrance attended Douglas Select School and later Toby’s Business College, both in Waco, where he trained as a bookkeeper.

While working as a clerk at American Amicable Insurance Company Torrance began looking for other business interests.

The automobile still was very much in its infancy in 1913 when Torrance began buying and selling used cars, a side business he turned to full time in 1918 and continued until 1933.

While considering what new doors automobiles might open for business, he developed the idea of consistently clean, well-maintained, well-organized, comfortable, and respectable motel units with strictly enforced, stringent rules of propriety.

He was, industry historians say, the first person in Texas to put those concepts into practical application on a widespread basis.

Items from the motel’s history are kept at the Smithsonian, the museum’s webpage says.

Alamo Plaza Tourist Apartments is catalogued there because of the significant impact Torrance, his idea and his hotels had on the U.S. economy.

When Alamo Plaza Tourist Courts opened in 1955 there were likely about 100 motel rooms in Waco, but that’s radically changed, according to data provided by the Waco Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, which showed the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area, which amounts to McLennan County, has 50 hotels that service 3,722 rooms as of March 2018.

Other data provided by WCVB Director of Marketing Carla Pendergraft shows Waco enjoyed over 2.5 million visitors in 2017 and that year the motel rooms in which lots of those visitors stayed generated $86,544,429 in revenues.

All that’s just in Waco.

The latest numbers published by the American Hotel and Lodging Association show the pace of hotel development remained robust in 2016, the latest data available.

Total number of properties in the U.S. grew from 52,000 to 53,432 and the reported number of rooms grew from some 4.8 million to 4,978,705 rooms, in just one year, the latest report shows.

The lodging industry contributed $141.5 billion in business travel tax revenue, up $6.5 billion from the previous year, AHLA statistics showed.

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24 May 2018

Texas land prices aren’t so cheap as more people flock to Lone Star State

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Economic growth and an influx of new residents are pushing up the price of land statewide, according to research published this week by the Texas A&M Real Estate Center.

Texas, the land of wide open spaces, had long been known for its abundant supply of cheap land. But that might be changing.

Economic growth and an influx of new residents are pushing up the price of land in the Lone Star State, according to research published this week by the Texas A&M Real Estate Center. As a result, land costs are accounting for an increasingly larger share of the price of a home here, while remaining low compared to the U.S. as a whole.

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Statewide, 20.4 percent of the cost of a typical single-family home went to the land in 2016, up from 5 percent in 2011, the research shows. In San Antonio, the share rose to 15.2 percent in 2016 from 5 percent in 2011 when the market was still recovering from the recession.

The median price of a home in Texas rose from $138,000 at the beginning of 2011 to $230,500 in April, while in the San Antonio metro area it increased from $147,000 to $218,250, according to the real estate center.

In the local area, a tight supply of homes on the market and a shortage of construction workers — problems that plague large parts of the U.S. — are causing home prices to surge.

Economic growth is drawing thousands of new residents to Texas, but there is a limited supply of land that is available to be developed, with access to all the required infrastructure, said Jim Gaines, the real estate center’s chief economist. He noted that municipal fees, such as impact fees intended to cover the cost of water infrastructure, are also on the rise.

“It’s a common-sense, obvious thing — as you grow the number of people and households, they’re going to need housing somewhere,” Gaines said. “The supply of the land is fairly plentiful, but supply is always relative.”

At 20.4 percent of the cost of a home, Texas land prices are still relatively cheap compared to elsewhere in the U.S., according to Texas A&M’s research. In 2016, the cost of land accounted for 33.5 percent of the price of a typical home nationwide, up from 24.8 percent in 2011.

But Texas has lost some of its edge in home affordability, which has historically helped the state attract residents from elsewhere, according to the research. In 2016, the median price of a home in Texas was 78.8 percent of the nationwide median, while in 2005 it was 61.6 percent.

Land prices are still cheap in San Antonio compared with other major metros in Texas, due to the relatively large amount of available land here, Gaines said. In the Dallas metro area, land costs accounted for 29.4 percent of the cost of a home in 2016, while in Houston it was 25.1 percent; and in Fort Worth, 22.4 percent.

The share of a home’s price that goes toward land is still lower in the San Antonio metro than it was in the years before the recession. The share hovered around 20 percent for much of the 2000s, the data show.

Land prices are likely to continue their rise while Texas’s economy grows, Gaines said.

“Until we figure out how to develop and convert that raw developable land into developed land, and to it at a cost-efficient ratio, we’re going to have this continuing thing,” he said.

Richard Webner is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read more of his stories here. | rwebner@express-news.net | @RWebner

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15 May 2018

San Antonio Not Looking for a Republican Invasion

SAN ANTONIO — Tourism and the military are bedrocks of a steady economic expansion here. Pro-business local power players have been pushing to host a party convention for decades. And President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign manager calls this city home.

So it was no surprise when, just days ago, the 2020 Republican National Convention looked like San Antonio’s for the asking.

And then, the Alamo City said it would not ask.

The potential economic juice, the mayor and council concluded, was just not worth the certain political squeeze.

Salivating chamber of commerce types were told they’d have to wait for a safer opportunity, one that would not guarantee clashes between thousands of nationalist base voters in the convention hall and many thousands more infuriated Americans out in the streets.

The story does more than highlight the differences between the nation’s polarized state of mind and the more complex cultural and political life of the third biggest metropolitan area in Texas, which is by far the biggest metro area in the nation with a Latino majority — 56 percent, almost 1.3 million, and climbing steadily.

It also speaks to questions getting pondered increasingly on Capitol Hill, at party committee headquarters and along K Street: Is the time past when presidential conventions are guaranteed to infuse the gross municipal product of one lucky city without any downside? And in an era where the standard-bearers are predetermined and security precautions must be over the top, is it wise to devote a whole week every four years to what’s effectively a trade show for political industry insiders — with just one night of prime-time exposure for the nominee?

In addition, of course, San Antonio’s spurning of the GOP convention is the latest reminder of how virtually every venerable civic institution becomes contentious the moment the incumbent president enters the picture.

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Bexar County, with San Antonio its anchor tenant, has doubled in population just since the early 1980s while remaining a presidential bellwether. The winner carried the county in 11 consecutive elections before Hillary Clinton thumped Trump by 13 points. The result underscored how a burgeoning Hispanic electorate has put the region on the leading edge of the demographic shift that’s turning Texas politically purple — and is destined to make it blue sometime in the next two decades. It also was fresh evidence the GOP does not mend fences with Latinos at its peril.

San Antonio was told it would have to come up with $70 million (some public funds but mainly corporate donations) to spend playing the generous host — plus tens of millions more for security, which Congress has always covered in the past but isn’t required to.

The anticipated return would be at least $200 million in hotel bookings, restaurant tabs, taxi rides and T-shirt sales.

The city formally bid for the GOP gathering that went to Houston in 1992, the Democratic confab that was in Chicago instead in 1996 and the Republican convention that ended up in Philadelphia in 2000.

Economists at the College of the Holy Cross, in Massachusetts, studied every convention from 1972 and 2004 and concluded they had “no discernible impact” on host city jobs or income. (The same professors more recently concluded that hosting the Olympics is a consistently bad investment.) But separate studies after the 2016 conventions found GOP host Cleveland and Democratic host Philadelphia both made decent money.

None of those gatherings, though, were remembered for the sort of violent televised protests in 1968 that hobbled Chicago’s convention and tourism industries for decades — and just the sort of clashes already being contemplated by anti-Trump groups, no matter where he goes to get nominated for a second term. Going to San Antonio, just 150 miles from the Rio Grande, would have particularly inflamed Hispanic voters angry at the president’s drive for a border wall, his description of Mexican “rapists,” his ending the program to shield so-called Dreamers from deportation and his castigation of trade policies that have fueled the economy of South Texas.

“Cities don’t want him,” former Mayor Phil Hardberger told reporters after members of the GOP site selection committee first visited in March and made clear it was because other places had turned them down. “I don’t think this would be good for San Antonio either, because of the drumbeat of racism that he’s promulgated.”

But the current mayor, Ron Nirenberg, insisted that financial pros and cons were all the city council discussed, for almost three hours behind closed doors May 3, before backing away from a bid. And, in an expansive sense, he could have been speaking the truth: Partisanship and short-term balance sheets aside, a cacophonous convention centered on such a polarizing figure might curdle the reputation of a city where one in eight jobs is connected to the hospitality industry.

Of course, Brad Parscale, who is the president’s re-election campaign manager after running Trump’s 2016 digital strategy from his San Antonio office, does not see it that way. “A city council of left-wing activists destroying the economy of #SanAntonio,” he tweeted. “@Ron_Nirenberg and city council just made the business community their enemy. Have fun with that.”

That prompted this similarly sharp response on Twitter from another former mayor, Julián Castro, the former Housing secretary whose twin brother is Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio: “The Trump campaign is so SCARED of losing Texas in 2020 that it is DESPERATELY trying to get San Antonio to bid for the RNC convention as political insurance. It won’t work, Brad. RNC loses millions for its hosts. And you’re going to lose Texas anyway in 2020.”

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Those echoes of Trump’s combative style point to the question of whether presidential candidates — especially those with brands so reliant on Twitter outbursts — can benefit in the social media age from the traditional four days of carefully sequenced made-for-TV convention testimonials.

Three of the last six conventions were truncated to three days: Hurricanes prompted Republicans to call off their Monday sessions in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2008 and Tampa, Florida, in 2012, and the Democrats chose not to meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Labor Day 2012. None of the convention organizers reported regretting those decisions.

The final night of the conventions, when the nominees have unfiltered access to the country when delivering their acceptance speeches, draw significantly more viewers than all other nights.

But in 2016, the expected ratings bonanza expected from the GOP meeting did not materialize. Trump’s 75-minute “I alone can fix it” stem-winder drew 32.2 million viewers, by Nielson’s count, just 7 percent more than Hillary Clinton’s speech the following week and 6 percent more than Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech in 2012.

How many people will want to absorb another speech like that in two years is uncertain. Moreover, the scene for a week in the convention city is a transported, condensed but intensified version of the Washington “swamp” culture from which both parties profess interest in creating distance.

Paring back the insiders’ schmooze fest, and the formalities inside the hall, could make sense in the name of modernizing the image of today’s politics — even if a more streamlined system could make the economics and politics of playing the host city even more tenuous.

Four years ago, eight cities submitted formal bids to host the GOP. Now that San Antonio is out, the only cities known to be under consideration for 2020 are Las Vegas (which only got in the hunt this month) and Charlotte. A decision is due by July.

Last week, Democratic National Committee officials let slip that eight cities have applied to host the challenger’s convention: Atlanta; Denver; Houston; Miami Beach, Florida; Milwaukee; New York; San Francisco; and Birmingham, Alabama. That selection isn’t expected for a year.

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06 May 2018

Nautical Boat Clubs Launches Westlake/Lake Austin, TX Location

AUSTIN, Texas, May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Nautical Boat Clubs® proudly announces the grand opening of Nautical Boat Club – Westlake – the company’s fourteenth national franchise, and a fifth location for Austin members.

"We’re thrilled to be launching Nautical Boat Club – Westlake, right in the heart of Austin," effuses Tom Gardiner, a longtime franchisee who took ownership of Nautical Boat Clubs® in 2012. "Now Austinites can enjoy the benefits of membership with us wherever they are – our locations at Volente or Lakeway on Lake Travis, our private locations at Austin Country Club or Westwood Country Club, or our new public location at Westlake on Lake Austin."

Founded more than two decades ago, Nautical Boat Clubs® was a pioneer in the boat-club business. The company’s Boating Country Clubs® are a simple alternative to buying a boat: for about one-third of the cost of purchasing a single boat, members get unlimited use of a selection of brand-new boats and the convenience of valet boating service. Monthly dues cover all expenses except for gas.

"For our members, a day out on the water is as easy as 1-2-3," Gardiner affirms. "You make a reservation for the boat you want; you arrive at the marina at your reserved time – the boat you’ve chosen will be clean, fueled and loaded with whatever water toys you request; and you just hop in, turn the key and go! Once you’re done, you gas up, return your boat and head home – with your day well-spent and some lifelong memories, too."

All Boating Country Club® members receive unlimited boat use, guaranteed reservations with an availability rate over 97%, complimentary use of water toys, premium dockside valet service, and reciprocal guest privileges at all Nautical Boat Clubs® nationwide.

Nautical Boat Club – Westlake will be located at the Lake Austin Marina, the lake’s only full-service marina, providing 168 boat slips, fuel and a fully stocked ship store. Certified by ValvTect, Lake Austin Marina is also the lake’s only Certified Clean Texas Marina, demonstrating its commitment to environmental responsibility, clean activities, and best management practices.

"The marina’s central location and awesome amenities, combined with our unparalleled benefits, means Nautical Boat Club memberships will be in high demand," predicts Gardiner. "The wait for a boat slip at the Lake Austin Marina is extremely long, so we’ll have a limited number of memberships available at this location. We urge folks to join quickly in order to secure their spot and start loving life out on the lake!"

As further incentive, Nautical Boat Club – Westlake is offering a special bonus for those who act promptly: The first 40 members at the new location will receive Charter Memberships – and will never have to pay an annual renewal or rejoin fee.

"Now is the time to join Nautical Boat Club – Westlake," Gardiner concludes. "We invite Austinites to call and come for a tour today – the boats are new, the lake is beautiful, and getting out on the water is easier, more affordable, and more fun than ever!"

For more information about Nautical Boat Club – Westlake, please visit http://NauticalBoatClub.com/austin-texas-lake-austin-westlake/.

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27 Apr 2018

RealtyMogul and Comunidad Realty Partners Close $30 Million in Texas Multifamily Properties

RealtyMogul’s MogulREIT II Completes $6.22 Million Total Equity Investment

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RealtyMogul, a pioneer in providing private real estate to discerning investors, announced that MogulREIT II, its real estate investment trust or “REIT,” has completed investments in multifamily apartment complexes in Fort Worth, Texas and San Antonio, Texas, consisting of over 450 units.

The properties were acquired through a partnership with Comunidad Realty Partners, a dynamic real estate investment firm specializing in workforce housing communities in culturally diverse neighborhoods. Core to Comunidad’s investment strategy is focused on creating culturally-relevant, inclusive communities that are tailored to the various ethnicities living at its properties. The company specializes in revitalizing apartments in infill locations by implementing a proprietary cultural management platform which includes specific cultural upgrades, community initiatives, and social impact programs that build togetherness and may enrich lives.

“We are pleased to have added these two properties to the MogulREIT II portfolio,” said Aaron Halfacre, President at RealtyMogul. “Comunidad’s investment expertise in creating culturally relevant communities is a strategic fit with MogulREIT II’s investment objective designed to seek out value-add multi-family investments with affordable rental rates in growth markets.”

The investment opportunities were offered to RealtyMogul’s accredited investors as an individual deal and to all investors via MogulREIT II. These transactions represent the fourth and fifth assets added to the MogulREIT II portfolio. MogulREIT II has previously made investments in Texas and New York in multifamily apartment communities that offer value add opportunities.

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18 Apr 2018

Yet another month of increased home sales in San Antonio – San Antonio Business Journal

San Antonio’s housing market continued its upward trajectory as March ended with more homes sold month-over-month and year-over-year.

According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) Report from the San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR), 2,770 homes were sold in San Antonio in March, with 2,914 sales still pending. Home sales are up from February 2018, which saw 2,012 total sales, and last March, which saw 2,608 homes sold.

Market inventory stayed low at 3.3 percent — unchanged from February — and the average and median prices of of homes sold climbed 4 and 8 percent year-over-year, respectively. The average San Antonio home sale price in March was $254,628 and the median price was $219,600.

“With the tight supply, we counsel home buyers to be ready to make a quick decision,” Lorena Peña, SABOR’s 2018 Chairman of the Board, said in a statement. “It’s important to note that 97.9 percent of listings sold for list price, so you need to bring a strong offer to the table.”

In March, homes priced at $199,000 or less made up 41.9 percent of sales and homes priced between $200,000 and $499,000 accounted for 52.06 percent of sales. The remaining home sales – 6.17 percent – were priced at $500,000 or more.

March reported 8,669 listings actively on sale and 4,178 new listings. Bexar County home prices experienced year-over-year increases for March with 2,116 sales, an 8.9 percent increase. The average home price in Bexar County increased 5.6 percent to $243,822 and the median jumped 9.1 percent to $210,000.

“March’s average home price in Texas increased nearly 5 percent to $284,952," Gilbert Gonzalez, SABOR’s Interim CEO, said in a statement. "The state, overall, has low inventory, just 3.2 months, so it’s a great time to buy and sell in the San Antonio area.”

Texas reported 27,121 total sales in March, a slight 0.5 percent year-over-year decrease, with the median price at $230,500, a 4.8 percent increase.

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09 Apr 2018

Inspiration from the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Landscape ideas and planting suggestions overflow at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
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With 38 acres of lush grounds landscaped with both Texas natives and exotic tropicals, the San Antonio Botanical Garden provides an endless array of ideas for residents. After all, the garden’s mission is to connect people with flora and fauna while also helping them understand the importance of plants in our life, and since 1980, it has done just that.

Homeowners can derive inspiration from many areas of the garden, which opened 8 new acres in the fall and an additional 2.5-acre family-centered garden in March. The Hill Country section of the Texas Native Trail features live oaks, juniper and Texas mountain laurel, among other limestone tolerant plants, while the South Texas area of the trail showcases dryland trees and thorny brush varieties, like Texas ebony. The new Family Adventure Garden offers ideas for backyard landscapes best suited for little explorers, including native muhly grass, cactus and Hill Country wildflowers.

But no area has more residential application than WaterSaver Garden and WaterSaver Lane, says Bob Brackman, the garden’s executive director. The former offers water-friendly gardening techniques and samples of mulches and plants that perform well in San Antonio’s climate. The latter showcases six cottages with various kinds of drought-tolerant landscaping, perennial flowerbeds and herbs, and native and adapted plants.

Says Brackman, “We are now 38 acres of plants that people can see and learn from and hopefully take those messages back home and utilize them whether they are on an apartment patio or deck or if they have a larger backyard.”

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31 Mar 2018

Werner is celebrating its Tenth Year as the Official Ladder of the NCAA® Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships

GREENVILLE, Pa., March 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Werner announced today that it will again partner with the NCAA® to provide custom, special-edition Podium Ladders for the net-cutting ceremonies following both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball® Regional and Championship games. The custom Podium Ladder used for the net-cutting ceremonies is designed with a wider platform and taller guardrail designed specifically for the college basketball players. The NCAA® Division I Women’s Championship will take place at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on April 1, while the NCAA® Division I Men’s Championship will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX on April 2.

"As we commemorate a decade of partnership with the NCAA® we are humbled by the history and memorable moments associated with the net-cutting ceremony. The celebration at the end of the regional and championship games bring out the best in what college sports and athletes have to offer," said Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing at Werner Co.

Providing additional opportunities for fans to experience the excitement during the tournament, Werner has also renewed the sponsorship of the exclusive Spanish broadcast of the Final Four® games with Westwood One.

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Complementing the TV and radio experience, Werner is sharing exclusive NCAA® tournament highlights by hosting a series of vignettes with past Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year winners and the best Dunks and Blocks from the games. Fans can get caught up in the excitement at www.cbssports.com/wernerladder.

Fans interested in winning a unique piece of Final Four® memorabilia can enter Werner’s annual Rise Above The Rest Sweepstakes. Visit http://riseabove.wernerco.com to register for the giveaway; entrants will be eligible to win a custom 3′ replica of the Championship Podium Ladder used to cut down the nets. No purchase necessary.

With warmer weather and home projects right around the corner, Ladder Madness™ is also the best time to buy Werner ladders. Great deals on featured products can be found at www.getwerner.com, including new lightweight multi-purpose ladders. A full selection of Werner ladders for both consumers and professionals are available at Lowe’s, an Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA®, and at www.Lowes.com, as well as most professional, hardware and paint retailers nationwide.

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22 Mar 2018

IKEA Breaks Ground on Future Store in Live Oak, TX Opening Spring 2019 – San Antonio Business Journal

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IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, broke ground today on its fifth Texas store with company representatives, Live Oak Mayor Mary M. Dennis, Live Oak City Manager Scott Wayman, local officials and community leaders in attendance. The future 289,000-square-foot IKEA Live Oak will be built on 31 acres at the southwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Loop 1604, approximately 15 miles northeast of downtown San Antonio.

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“I am pleased with our continuous growth in Texas and look forward to bringing the IKEA shopping experience closer to our San Antonio-area customers,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president.

IKEA has contracted Tribble & Stephens Construction to manage the construction, and the store is scheduled to open in spring 2019. The store will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, multiple inspirational room settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area and a restaurant serving traditional Swedish and American fare including IKEA’s popular meatballs. IKEA is also evaluating the possibility of on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at 90% of its U.S. locations.

In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens.

About IKEA

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 414 IKEA stores in 49 countries, including 47 in the United States. IKEA has been included in the rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and as further investment in its coworkers raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Latisha.Bracy@IKEA.com
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Lizet.Gonzalez@bm.com

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13 Mar 2018

Finalists announced for Texas AP Broadcasters competition

DALLAS — Finalists have been announced in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest.

The list of finalists was released Wednesday by the TAPB board of directors.

The awards in actual order of finish — first and second places — will be announced on Saturday, April 21 at the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Banquet at the Headliners Club in Austin. Banquet registration information will be posted to http://discover.ap.org/contests/texas-broadcast .

Thirty-seven TV stations and 11 radio stations submitted 789 entries in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest, which featured newscasts and sportscast entries from 2017.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Finalists in the 2017 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters contest:

TV Division I:

Commentary-Editorial: Bob Ballou, KEYE-TV, Austin, “What Ballou Me Away”; Randy Beamer, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, “San Antonio’s Voice.”

Feature (Light): Marvin Hurst, Michael Humphries, KENS-TV, San Antonio, “We Don’t Want to Let it Die”; Greg T. Johnson, Jobin Panicker, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “Amen.”

Investigative Report: Charlotte Huffman, Mark Smith, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “Criminal Caretakers”; KHOU-TV, Houston, “Holding for Help.”

Photojournalism-Station: KENS-TV, San Antonio, “Un Año Negro y Azul”; KHOU-TV, Houston.

Photojournalism-Individual: Michael Botsford, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “A Year in Images”; Kyle Porter, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Portervision.”

Sports Story: Bob Ballou, Anthony Geronimo, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Copeland Strong”; Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Fishing with an Angel.”

Documentary/Magazine or Special: KHOU-TV, Houston, “Missing Pieces”; KXAN-TV, Austin, “Fallen.”

Series: KHOU-TV, Houston, “Selling Girls”; KXAN-TV, Austin, “Fallen.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: Scott Noll, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Investigating After Harvey “; Ryan Wolf, KABB-TV, San Antonio, “Cash for Kindness.”

Reporter: Bettie Cross, KEYE-TV, Austin, “There’s No Such Thing as too Much Natural Sound “; Foti Kallergis, KTRK-TV, Houston, “What a Year!”

General Assignment: Tanya Eiserer, Brandon Mowry, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “So Much Pain”; Stef Manisero, Robert Vaughn, Spectrum News-TV, Austin, “Sign Says Open.”

Sportscast: Spectrum News-TV, Austin, “Sports Night.”

Continuing Coverage: Sandra Ibarra, Emily Baucum, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, “Deadly Church Bus Crash”; Scott Noll, Stephanie Kuzydym, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Hurricane Harvey Investigations.”

Digital: KPRC-TV, Houston; WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth.

Deadline Editing: General News: Brian Bell, Bettie Cross, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Living Small”; Brian Bell, Melanie Torre, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Organized Chaos.”

Feature Editing: General News: Bill Carruthers, KPRC-TV, Houston; Kyle Porter, KHOU-TV, Houston.

Online/Special Content: KENS-TV, San Antonio, “Ingram Square Fire: A Hero Dies, a Suspected Arsonist Speaks”; WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “7/7 The Mobile Experience.”

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Mike Barnes, KVUE-TV, Austin, “Barnestorming.”

Sports Special: Or Moyal, Dale Hansen, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth; Daniel Gotera, Mike Orta, KHOU-TV, Houston, “Pearland Oilers.”

Weathercast: Jim Spencer, KXAN-TV, Austin, “Tracking Harvey”; Chikage Windler, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Tracking Harvey.”

Morning Newscast: Jennifer Luna, Josh Larson, KABB-TV, San Antonio, “Firefighter Dies Fighting Strip Mall Fire Overnight”; KHOU-TV, Houston.

Daytime Newscast: Roxanne Gass, Lorrie Cook, KABB-TV, San Antonio; Katie Kreider, KEYE-TV, Austin, “Lawmakers Ambushed.”

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Kristopher Gutierrez, KXAS-TV, Fort Worth, “Gutz & Boots”; Chris Saldana, KEYE-TV, Austin.

Spot Coverage-Station: KPRC-TV, Houston, “Hurricane Harvey: Days of Devastation”; KVUE-TV, Austin, “UT Stabbing.”

Spot Story-Individual: Courtney Schoenemann, German Cortez, KEYE-TV, Austin, “That’s What Neighbors are for “; Brandi Smith, Mario Sandoval, KHOU-TV, Houston, “A Trucker’s Rescue.”

Feature (Serious): Tanya Eiserer, Michael Botsford, WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, “Family Secret”; Stef Manisero, Robert Vaughn, Spectrum News-TV, Austin, “Adaptation.”

Newscast: Alicia Guerrero, Evan Henson, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, “Sutherland Springs Church Massacre”; Jessica Headley, Ryan Wolf, KABB-TV, San Antonio, “Las Vegas Massacre.”

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TV Division II:

Feature (Light): Bobby Schuyler, Adam Schumes, KIDY-TV, San Angelo, “Juddy — Fighter”; Lonnie Valencia, Samantha Lewis, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Boyd Sanatoriam.”

Investigative Report: Angel San Juan, Drue Barrilleaux, KFDM-TV, Beaumont, “Harvey 911 Calls”; Christian Von Preysing, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Life for Sale.”

Photojournalism-Individual: Nick Bradshaw, KTXS-TV, Abilene; Andrew Wood, KJTV-TV, Lubbock.

Sports Story: Jessica Morrey, KCEN-TV, Temple, “V is for More Than Victory”; Henry Ramos, Andrew Wood, KJTV-TV, Lubbock, “Frenship Homecoming- Nick’s Special Date.”

Documentary/Magazine or Special: Steve Carmack, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, “60 Years of KBTX”; Sylvia Villarreal, Matt Hines, KXXV-TV, Waco, “Remembering Jarrell: 20 Years Later.”

Series: Genevieve Curtis, Juan Cazares, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Becoming the Badge”; Stephanie Valle, KVIA-TV, El Paso, “Born Addicted.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: DeAnn Lopez, Chris Duesler, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa, “Marine Boot Camp”; Tara Mergener, Clint Webb, KWTX-TV, Waco, “What’s your Story?”

Reporter: Bill Churchwell, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, “Covering the Coastal Bend”; Tara Mergener, KWTX-TV, Waco, “Breaking News and Beyond.”

General Assignment: Lonnie Valencia, Kezhal Dashti, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Deadly Canal “; DeAnn Lopez, Michael Rodriguez, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa, “Exclusive with Accused Killer.”

Sportscast: Jessica Morrey, KCEN-TV, Temple; Evan Nemec, KTXS-TV, Abilene.

Continuing Coverage: Bill Churchwell, KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, “Landfall”; KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, “Hurricane Harvey Hits the Texas Coast.”

Digital: Doug Myers, Jamie Burch, KTXS-TV, Abilene; KXII-TV, Sherman.

Deadline Editing: General News: Sam Gauna, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Delia’s Tamales”; Kathleen Serie, KWTX-TV, Waco, “Stolen Keepsakes Mysteriously Returned.”

Feature Editing: General News: Noelle Bellow, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, “Love Always”; Senora Scott, KIDY-TV, San Angelo, “The Crucible — A Flight that Heals.”

Online/Special Content: Leslie Aguilar, Amanda Alaniz, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Special Report: A Last Hope”; Paul Livengood, Jillian Angeline, KCEN-TV, Temple, “Returning Fort Hood Soldier Surprises Kids at School.”

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Jake Gadon, KOSA-TV, Midland-Odessa; Kurtis Quillin, KCEN-TV, Temple.

Sports Special: KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station, “Aggie Gameday: Alabama”; KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi, “District 30-5A High School Football Championship Game.”

Weathercast: Matt Hines, KXXV-TV, Waco, “New Year’s Eve Freeze”; Brady Taylor, KWTX-TV, Waco.

Morning Newscast: KVIA-TV, El Paso; KVIA-TV, El Paso.

Daytime Newscast: Julie Hays, KWTX-TV, Waco; KXII-TV, Sherman.

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Stephania Jimenez, KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi; Karla Castillo, Rusty Surette, KBTX-TV, Bryan-College Station.

Spot Coverage-Station: KWTX-TV, Waco, “DPS Trooper Killed”; KWTX-TV, Waco, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Spot Story-Individual: Nick Bradshaw, Will Jensen, KTXS-TV, Abilene, “Right Before our Eyes”; Angelo Vargas, KRGV-TV, Weslaco, “Traveling Troubles.”

Feature (Serious): Patricia Maese, Oscar Almaraz, KDBC-TV, El Paso, “Hiding in Plain Sight- the Desiree Skaf Story”; Erika Castillo, Oscar Almaraz, KFOX-TV, El Paso, “Skyjacked.”

Newscast: Chris Rogers, KCEN-TV, Temple; KVIA-TV, El Paso.

….

RADIO Division I:

Commentary-Editorial: David Brown, KUT-FM, Austin.

Spot News by a Reporter: Cameron Fairchild, KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, “Northlake College Shooting”; L.P. Phillips, KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, “Paramedic Shooting.”

Spot Coverage-Station: KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas, “Northlake College Shooting.”

Use of Actuality-Production: Mose Buchele, KUT-FM, Austin, “Turtle Funeral”; Matt Largey, KUT-FM, Austin, “ATXplained Blue Flaps.”

General Assignment: Becky Fogel, KUT-FM, Austin, “State Caseworkers Navigate Risks”; Syeda Hasan, KUT-FM, Austin, “Criminal Background Housing.”

Sports Story or Sports Series: Jimmy Maas, KUT-FM, Austin, “Refugio Homecoming “; Michael Marks, KUT-FM, Austin, “Astros Win World Series.”

Continuing Coverage: Stella Chavez, KERA-FM, Dallas, “Muslim Prayer Room”; KUT-FM, Austin, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Digital: Stephanie Federico, Andrew Weber, KUT-FM, Austin; KERA-FM, Dallas.

Feature (Serious): Christopher Connelly, KERA-FM, Dallas, “Just a Piece of Plastic: Bump Stocks Thrust Tiny Texas Town in Spotlight After Las Vegas”; Bill Zeeble, KERA-FM, Dallas, “They’re Breaking the Law and Using Marijuana, but they Want to Help Their Daughter.”

Feature (Light): Dennis Foley, KTSA-AM/FM, San Antonio, “Whataburger Grinch Returns”; Matt Largey, KUT-FM, Austin, “Hippie Hollow.”

Online/Special Content: KERA-FM, Dallas, “Artist Spotlight”; KERA-FM, Dallas, “One Crisis Away: No Place to Go.”

News Anchor or Anchor Team: Don Morgan, KTSA-AM/FM, San Antonio; KLIF-AM/FM, Dallas.

Reporter: Christopher Connelly, KERA-FM, Dallas; Stephanie Kuo, KERA-FM, Dallas.

Investigative Report: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, Austin, “Buying Up 12th Street”; KERA-FM, Dallas, “One Crisis Away: No Place to Go.”

Documentary: Audrey McGlinchy, KUT-FM, Austin, “A Cousin’s Mission to Say all the Things David Joseph Couldn’t.”

Series: Joy Diaz, KUT-FM, Austin, “Help Wanted – Get Out”; KERA-FM, Dallas, “One Crisis Away: No Place to Go.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: Mose Buchele, KUT-FM, Austin; Jerome Weeks, KERA-FM, Dallas.

Sports Play-by-Play: Brian Estridge, WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas.Best Local Talk Show: KERA-FM, Dallas, “Think: The Texas Church Shootings”; KUT-FM, Austin, “Me too in Texas Politics.”

Newscast: Marlee McCormick, WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas; KRLD-AM/FM, Dallas.

RADIO Division II:

Spot Coverage-Station: WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Use of Actuality-Production: George Hale, Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Buried”; Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Does Texas Have a Hog Problem? Yes. So How did we Get Here?”

General Assignment: Mark Haslett, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Commerce Water: What do Those Postcards Mean? “; Mark Haslett, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Norris Residents: Sidewalks, Ivory Moore Park Essential to Revitalization.”

Continuing Coverage: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau”; WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Hurricane Harvey.”

Digital: Mark Haslett, Jerrod Knight, KETR-FM, Commerce; KURV-AM, McAllen.

Feature (Serious): Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, “What Conservative Women Say (and Don’t) About Sexual Harassment “; Tom Turbiville, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Vet’s Reunion.”

Feature (Light): Scott Morgan, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Does Texas Have a Hog Problem? Yes. So How did we Get Here?”; Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “Rosie the Riveter Statue Dedication.”

Sportscast: Zach Taylor, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Taylor Travis, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

Reporter: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Chelsea Reber, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

Investigative Report: George Hale, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Buried.”

Specialty or Beat Reporting: George Hale, KETR-FM, Commerce, “Environment and Development”; Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “College Station City Council.”

Sports Anchor or Anchor Team: Jared Taylor, BJ Laudermilk, KETR-FM, Commerce.

Sports Play-by-Play: John Mark Dempsey, Kevin Jefferies, KETR-FM, Commerce.

Best Local Talk Show: WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “The Infomaniacs-College Station School Rebranding”; WTAW-AM/FM, College Station, “The Infomaniacs-Hurricane Harvey.”

Newscast: Bill Oliver, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station; Chelsea Reber, WTAW-AM/FM, College Station.

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