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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Afew Braunfels tooys fake on Me Arthur is regional COUNTDOWN 357 DAYS Braunfels Sesquicentennial March March New Braunfels iMiMfix i HeraldZeitung 12 Pages in one section Tuesday March Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home oi rsl Hereof THOMAS JAY MEDINA Vol 142 No 96 Inside Special on Sports The Stammtiscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Heralds Zeitung extends the following y birthday wishes to Thomas Jay Medina Eirine Schmidt belat Berla Fulks Ferna Harper Elizabeth Chichester Peggy Lawson Delrose Smith Carlo Tatum Herman Yates barbecue cookers sought Anyone interested in competing in the wurst barbecue competi tion in Texas should call Suzanne Herbelin at 6259167 to sign up The Wurst CookOff and Dance is slated for Saturday April 23 on the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park Entry fee is per team for the first meat category or for two or threemeat categories Cookers can also enter the side dish category for After the cookoff RoTel and the Hot Tomatoes will perform at Wursthalle Tickets will be at the gate or in advance Children sought for Kinderchor group the New Braunfels Kinderchor for somenew children to learn German songs Beginneronly classes will start this Thursday March 31 at at the Senior Citizen Center on Landa St For more information please call David at 6291785 or Oma at 6259288 NBPC to host Good Friday services The community Good Friday service will be observed at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Friday April 1 at Clergy and laity from many New Braunfels churches will par ticipated in the traditional service based on the seven last words from the cross About 30 minutes in duration the service is designed to allow people to attend during the noon hour without interupting their work schedules The public is invited 10th Qruene for April 2 The 10th Annual Qruene will be held on April 2 at Oruene and will benefit Friends For Rivers This years run will be high lighted by the appearance of Bill Rodgers sixtime winner of the Boston and New York marathons For more information call 3254 The event is sponsored by Brooks Shoes Roger Solers Sports in San Antonio and Run Tex of Austin Merlon VFD to host breakfast The Marlon Volunteer Fire Department will have an allyou caneat pancake breakfast at the fire station on Sunday April 10 7 to 12 Wire Chief Roger Scheffel at 9142141 for more information ItttOtrman community Wnwti 9 ttttltgplaetfar aunbtrt tf dayi Wt ihvt wj High winds hail hit Comal County By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Some huddled in their bathrooms others wondered if their roofs would fly away and many wondered what calamity had hit as a violent early morning thunderstorm rustled area residents from their sleep Sunday morning Hail high winds and thunderstorms roared through the area at approi mately 1 Sunday with reports of other pockets hitting areas between 2 and 3 The New Braunfels Fire Depart ment reported no responses to storm related calls High See special report winds or a On tornados page 3 small tornaH See photos do did manpage2 glellNew Braunfels Utilities electric towers near Green Valley Road in Guadalupe County causing roughly worth of damage said Chief Electrical Engineer Preston Kennedy The tow ers carried line along the damaged stretch two miles from Sheriffs Posse Arena toward Marion He also said the towers were built to withstand 100 winds Calls due to power outages started coming in around By storms end Sunday morning thou sands were without power Thousands were without power for one Kennedy said We got everybody back on that we knew about by the end of the to concentrate in the southeastern parts with heavy damage occurring in Guadalupe County and down Interstate 35 toward San Anto nio Extensive damage was reported in the Cibolo and Schertz areas The Guadalupe Valley Electric Coop said members were affected and customers were still without power by Sunday Randolph Air Force Base reported gusts up to 104 said Larry Eblin of the National Weather Service office in San Antonio Intense thunderstorms were triggered by a cold front moving through the area Eblin said although small tornadoes certainly might have occurred radar gave no indication In South Texas most of the tor nadoes are short and weak touch down and go right back up What we call straightline winds are the stronger Comal County Chief Deputy El wood Hohertz did say he discovered hail still standing in his yard near Lan cia Park Sunday morning I went out to pick up the paper and there was a sheet of ice where the hail had frozen from the Donna Toedtman said lightning struck her home in the Palace Heights subdivision east of 135 and blew out two TVs a VCR an answering machine garage door opener and oth er electrical appliances It came down the exhaust pipe of the stove and then peeled off a section of the she said It blew a hole in the concrete about the sia of a Sharon Faulkner who lives near Zipp Road past FM 725 laid big marblesized hail began falling ly after 1 The storm damaged cars roofs HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH A McDonalds billboard was snapped In two near Northcllffe Country Club off 135 HeraHZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH A home that was under construction was left destroyed on Green Valley Road in Guadalupe County just southeast of New Braunfels Mr and Mrs James Cowan who had just moved their things Into the home were gone when the storm hit New Braunfels Utilities power line poles said to be built to withstand 100 winds were toppled by the storms force Several nearby poles were bent double or had their tops snapped Qff windows and twisted trees throughout her neighborhood My husband made a video of the hail piled up against the she said was kind of funny that the next day the rose bushes looked pret ty Claims to local offices of insurance companies were hitting a frenzied pace mainly due to hail damage of cars and homes I started answering phones early this mornirig and havent said Hoffmann Agencies Marylon Johnson Monday afternoon Ive had more than 50 calls and were a small Richard Brandes a local agent of the United States Agriculture Stabi lization and Conservation Service said he immediately drove around the area Sunday morning worried that extensive hail damage had hurt crops All things considered it seems like we got through this pretty he said It will be a few days until we can really Brandes said it appeared the area around Garden Ridge was hardest hit but said overall estimates indicated a 10 percent damage amount Brandes said cash crops such as com and sorghum planted in the spring would be most vulnerable especially com He said the sorghum or milo was not yet up but the corn stood at about six inches Early reports said damage was not as heavy as might be expect ed The farmers say the big damage is not from the hail he laid It tends to stack up freezes the plant Thats what does the most HmldZeltung photo by JOHNTjhlUSETH Pots and other merchahdlseWrh Garden Ridge Pottery were toft scattered across a long fence on the opposite side of 135 County has minimal warning system officials By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer In the event of a tornado or major storm residents of New Braunfels and Comal County need to tune into radio or television broadcasts to receive any advance warning According to New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker the only early warning system available is through the Emergency Broadcast System and the National Weather Service mat i broadcast over the radio or television We have minimal early warning he said We have to take care of things after the He said there is no siren to sound out over the commu nity to warn area residents Baker serves as emergency management coordinator for the city of New Braunfels He said if an emergency would strike the city the senior elected officials would be in charge by law but that he would coordinate recovery efforts Baker said works to educate people about how to protect themselves and their homes In addition all organizations that would be Involved in emergency recov ery efforts conduct drills each year Those would be involved include the city of New Braun fels Hew Braunfeli Utilities Emex Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts the American Red Cross local radio stations McKenna Memorial HOB county Firo Mir as emergency take charge of a situation that might come said Bak er The mayor and the city manager would be the main people in charge I would be an information If an emergency would occur Baker said efforts would concentrate on getting municipal ferities fune tioning restoring electrical power phone service trans portation and providing fresh water food and emergency housing The city has not had to perform this type of service since 1972 when the floods hit To a smaller extent service have bemprovidod for peo ple escaping hurricanes on the coast Baker said he helps find housing and services for those people coming to New Braunfels during hurricanes As far as Saturdays storm Baker said the damage seemed to be very localized Most of the damage occurred East of Interstate Highway 35 and toward Seguin he said As far as I know there was no report pf a tornado didnt actually see a tornado There was wind damage wanome According to the National Weather Service the last tor nado reported in Comtl County occurred Msy 21 1992 less than in damage The National Service also said i tornado was and had width of Ifwefeltltneccmryto City council approves submission TNR By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The New Bnunfeli City Council approved a resolution Monday night authorizing the sub miiston of a gnat application to the Texas NatunU Resource Conservation Commission in order to obtain funds for a community waste reduction The request to submit the application for the grant wai brought to the city by the New Braun fell Recycling Committee If the grant was obtained it would provide fundi for chipper truck and related equipment The wmmittee is wquegting The purpose of the program If the funding is received would be to reduce thei amount of green as tree lirnbi going into the landfill by 20 percent The green wwtc used would come from the 16 parka operated by the city of New Braunfels and from residents who bring their green wajfig to I Pirk once per month for chipping Recycling committee officials the chips would be uaedln the parkfori J sion control and would also be offered to home owners at no cost In other business the council and city council candiijate Jim Mooney got involved in a heated diKuasion about the Household Hazardous Waste program Mooney expressed his concern about the fact that funding for the second collection day is lim ited OrBdali report that there is available the second collection which is scheduled for 1 their house i waste to the collection day offl is being partially funded by g from the Tews Natural Resource Conservition Comraii county to open wtellite itationi in the rural City officials said there were never my plans to build satellite stations City Council Member Paul Fraser said the dis cuisioni cerdexed around providing portable col lection Qty Manager also pointed out thai decisions abua the collection are not made by committee ii made up of Mayor Rudy Sei del COTS Cowty CprOTluiongr MOB Comal County Fire Mwstel Milton Wulrasw For news or advertising information call 6259144 Metro 6060846   

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