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Kerrville Daily Times (Newspaper) - April 18, 2003, Kerrville, Texas Friday 2003 Fifty Cents Local Easter services Area churches plan special activities this weekend PAGE 1C State Waco survivors 10 years later former Branch Davldians still trying to come to terms with raid PAGE 3A K E R R V I L L E DAILY TIMES Weather Low 63 Mostly cloudy See more on IDA Barricaded bridge crumbles into Quinlan Creek By Gerard MacCrossan Times Staff Writer A large portion of Travis Street Bridge fell into Quinlan Creek Thursday two months after Ker rville public works staff closed the road between Park Street and Texas 27 More than a dozen square feet of tarmac caved in on the Park Street side of the Bridge leaving only a narrow strip of roadway Paul Knippel director of public works said the structure already was undermined when it was closed and said it was only a matter of time before itcollapsed Its a good thing we saw it when we Knippel said Thursday afternoon When we first noticed a sinkhole it revealed another hole underneath According to Knippel the July 2002 flooding on Quinlan Creek severely damaged the bridge washing out abutments and undermining the integrity of the bridge We closed it down then pumped the water out of the he said That investiga tion revealed the full extent of the damage leading staff to per manently close the bridge Knippel warned that no one should attempt to walk on the bridge which is blocked by warning tape and barricades Its not passable even by he said adding the bridge is very unsafe Knippel said two alternatives are being considered for the crossing He said the bridge could be replaced by a similar struc ture or the street may be perma nently closed A new bridge connecting G Street across Quinlan Creek is being considered to tie into Travis Street Knippel said that alterna tive was already considered as a future crossing in last years com prehensive plan Were going to look at the cost Knippel said Itll be a month or so before all the evaluations are The Travis Street bridge that spans Quinlan Creek near Schreiner University has begun collapsing The bridge suffered damage In the July 2002 flooding which undermined the structure Times photo by John Schmld Couple turns building from the 1800s on Ranch into a specialty store Above Ashleigh Kay and her daughter Calsey move metal bird sculptures to the front entrance of their Safari Store on Thursday morning while opening the spot that carries unique pieces from Africa Story by Jeff Raymond Times Staff Writer Photos by John Schmid Times Chief Photographer MOUNTAIN HOME Almost every item in Ashleigh and Ricky Kays Safari Store at the Ranch has a story behind it This is an antique Ashleigh Kay said holding up a carved wooden headrest worn smooth from nightly use The chiefs would have one that is really well decorated They will walk for miles and miles and miles in the bush with a stick in one hand and a pillow in the The unpretentious pillow likely the better part of a century old as though it spent the previous night next to a campfire Thats like the smell of Africa to she said a bit wistfully The Kays have refurbished what was a sturdybutrundown building more than 100 years old and turned it into a repository of several months of traveling around Zimbabwe seeking out representative items from throughout the country The Kays were forced to leave their home because of violence against white landowners and political instability in the country Describing the six areas of Zimbabwe she scoured for deals Ashleigh Kay said I actually bartered and bargained with people in the bush and bought the stuff You could go to Botswana and not see anything like Members of the Schreiner family Kerr County pioneers and owners of the Ranch said they were pleased the Kays opened the store and that it com plemented the ranch and the exotic game that roam it Tb have this African store here with us being the keeper of so many African animals this is just the best of both said Lori Schreiner as she snapped pictures for the Kays photo album See AFRICA page 6A troops wmm thwart Iraq bank robbery Saddms captured By David Espo Correspondent American forces seized a half brother of Saddam Hussein in a commando raid Thursday eager to interrogate him about secrets of the old Iraqi regime The FBI joined the hunt for irre placeable antiquities stolen from the National Museum in Bagh dad In northern Iraq there were grim hints about life and death under Saddam Kurds brought American officials to what they said was a large area of unmarked graves around Kirkuk a region where thou sands of Kurdish men disap peared in the 1980s With the fighting all but over Americans struggled through another day of trying to restore security and vital services for civilians Soldiers thwarted a Baghdad bank robbery over the protests of Iraqis eager to share in the loot and Marines sought to calm tensions in Mosul after shooting 17 Iraqis to death in On the Hill Gbiintry ENl Danny Ybarra a 1983 graduate of Tivy High School is on the USS Gunston Hall and is stationed in Virginia He is serving in the Persian Gulf Ybarra is the son of Ramon and Mary Ybarra of Kerrville He is married to Margarita Carreon Ybarra His family wishes him a safe return clashes over the past two days The war is not Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfeld warned an audience at the Pentagon But the State Department awarded Bechtel Restoration of San Francisco a See IRAQ page 8A Cancer survivors urged to participate in Relay for Life By Melissa McEver Times Staff Writer Nearly 40 teams likely will participate in Kerrvilles first annual Relay for Life May 2 through 3 organizers said Thursday Local organizers are pating that the overnight event a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society might draw as many as 500 people said Kerr County volunteer chairman John Murawski Thats a wild he said So far eight teams have com mitted to participate making a donation to reserve their places An additional 30 teams have not yet committed Murawski said Earlier this year organizers set a goal of 350 people partici pating in the relay Some relay teams already See RELAY page 7A TRTTN 6420 HEALTH 9A OBITUARIES 6A RELIGION 130 TV 95 No 16 40 LOTTERY 2B OPINION 4A SPORTS 14B DAILY TIMES 429 JEFFERSON ST KERRVILLE TEXAS 78028 III vvwWiUilvtiuutMiHii 1 yum newspaper
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