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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon athlete named to Texas Olympic team See Page 9A The Plaza bandstand Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Gene Hada Diane Watson Annie May Stoeltje Janet Boyer Mary Millett Mari lyn Smidt Arlan Hermes and happy belated birth days to Alice Espinoza and Felix Velez Sr Happy 46th anniversary to Leo and Marilyn Smidt East Torrey Street closed for two weeks The City Street Department is reconstructing East Torrey Street from South Union Street to Lakeview Boulevard East Torrey Street will be closed to road vehicle traffic at South Union Street and Lakeview Boulevard for two weeksstart ing Monday June 12 from 7 to 4 each day Detour route will be via Lake view Boulevard Austin Street Stores and parking will be accessible as normal Register now for Business Trade Show The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Monday June 12 to be a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept 12 and 13 After that time regis tration will be opened to the public Public hearing on sexual assault program slated The Comal County Wom ens Center will hold a public hearing concerning the reap plication for funds for the Cen ters Sexual Assault Program This program is funded in part by the Texas Department of Health The board of directors will meet on Tuesday June 13 at at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza Hummel Club to meet The Museum Chapter of the Hummel Club meets at 7 June 13 at the museum Canyon Lake event Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June at the Hill Coun try Nursery Scottish Rite Club to meet The Comal County Scottish Rite Club will meet at John Newcombes Tennis Ranch on Friday June 16 All area Scottish Rite Masons are invit ed Bring a friend The speak er will be Sheriff Jack Bremer Social Hour at din ner at 7 Reservations needed by June 13 Call Virgil Gaskins at 6254403 or Bud Wright at 9643154 The winning numbers Lotto Texas w mm LOTTERV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Taking their shots Former Longhorns try to make it in the CFL with the San Antonio Texanfe See Page 8A the survey Readers tell the Herald Zeitung the should stay out of the war in Bosnia See Page 4A Fire Museum makes its entrance New Braunfels1 newest museum makes its debut with a parade and barbecue See Page IB New Braunfels 4DAY 40 Pages in three sections Sunday June 1 1 1 995 River Road crossings criticized as dangerous Serving Comal County for more than 1 43 years Home of ALICE ESPINOZA I Vol 143 No 151 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer River Road is a dangerous place to drive because the bridges over the Guadalupe River there lack guard rails according to one woman with personal experience On July Kathy Bates was riding her bike on Moun tain View Ranch where her husband is a caretaker Bates said she realized how close she was to the edge but before she could alter her position she fell off the bridge Bates sus tained massive back and spine injuries and said she believes she was extremely lucky she did not die I do not drink I do not smoke I do not take stupid risks In fact Im a health fanatic and I still she said That proves its not only drunks falling The bridge Bates fell off of was one of the six bridges on River Road that cross the Guadalupe River and do not have guardrails she contacted the Texas Department of Public Safety and asked them to compile copies of all the accidents on River Road in the past 36 months The department produced 23 reports of accidents at the crossings and one was a fatali ty However the list of accidents is not complete These are only accidents involving motor vehicles where a DPS officer was on the scene or the accident was later reported by an individual involved In talking with the law enforcement officials Bates found that at least one officer realized the danger of the situation and wrote two letters over the past five years warning the county of the danger Jim Inman Manager of the Water Oriented Recreational Dis trict said getting guardrails placed on the bridges has also been an objective of the WORD board which has a long range plan of getting rails put on one bridge each year I think if more people had to float the river and look up at those cars knowing theres only a little curb keeping them from falling down on you they would think he said Tom Hornseth Comal County Engineer said the county realizes the danger present on River Road and is working to improve it The county has allocated funds to construct guardrails at the bridges However these guardrails will be on the approaches to the bridges and not actually on them Two crossings at Slumber Falls and at the fourth crossing already have some guardrails on the approaches The main problem we have is at the approaches where peo ple leave the said Homseth The majority of those are people who cant make the 90 degree turn and go off the road at the The material to construct the guardrails has already been pur chased and consfiuction should begin after the summer tourism season has ended so roads can be closed While work is being done on the approaches the actual bridge will be studied to see if the design is suited for guardrails If the bridges were designed to be submerged the guardrails could block water flow and cause a damming effect said Homseth Many outfitters who have businesses located at these cross ings say the guardrails on the approaches may be more effec tive than having them actually on the bridge Many of them believe the main problem is drivers are unfamiliar with the area and are driving toofast dont think the bridge is the problem so much as the said Roy Vordenbaum owner of Roys Rentals What they need to do more than anything else is put up warning signs and reflectors If they cant see the bridge com ing the guardrails wont make a bit of said Bob by Hanover at the Second Crossing Homseth said the county has been working on improvements of the road for about three years The county has cleared brush restriped parts of the road and added warning signs and reflectors along the curves Were continuing to make improvements because we realize something needs to be done to make it safer The main thing is to make it as safe as possible but we also need to follow posted speed limits and warnings Thats beyond the road departments said Homseth However Bates said part of her concern is for the kids who are passengers in the cars or are playing on these bridges Ive seen kids skateboarding roller Wading and riding their bikes across a bridge thats 30 feet above the river How safe is she said The biggest part of the problem is the apathy of the people who live here and dont recognize the dan ger of it Im proof that even stone cold sober people can fall off HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Cliff jumper plunges to death Dive team members and Comal County Sheriffs Deputies were called to the Guadalupe River at Preiss Heights cliffs at about 2 Saturday Witnesses said Steve Barnwell 22 of Alvin Texas tried to do a flip when he jumped from the cliff and landed facefirst He surfaced briefly and then went under Witnesses Jumped in and tried to find him but could not Divers recovered the body at about in 25 feet of water At left Barnwells body lies on the shore at the scene Above tubers continued floating by as dive team members prepare to enter the water There were also two reports of major head injuries and several other accidents on the river yesterday They didnt do it New Braunfels police pulled over a van with six people in it after a customs agent spotted them in San Marcos and reported that he believed one of the men was a fugitive want ed on a charge of murdering a police officer After the van was stopped south of Rueckle Road at about yesterday police ran identity checks on the occupants which turned up nothing All of the people detained were turned loose at about About 10 police cars were involved in the stop and one lane of Interstate 35 was closed Backers say the time is right for a local Y By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A lot of people from New Braunfels came here from somewhere else Some of those got involved in local YMCAs in their previ ous communities I have seen the Y work a textbook example of how a Y works to serve a Commercial Real Estate Broker Julio Lybrand said Some in New Braunfels have misconcep tions of what a YMCA is and how it operates Lybrand said A misconception is that the Y would be in competition with existing youth soccer baseball and football programs The Y is a he said If we had a Y in New Braunfels it would have the New Braunfels flavor it would reflect what New Braunfels Carl Schurz ElementaryPrincipal Jane McDonald said The YMCAs goal is not to compete with existing services but to dovetail and cooper ate maximizing resources and avoiding dupli cation McDonald said I was the principal of a very special school in she said We were back to back with the Post Oak Y we did lots of things The school and YMCA branch shared the costs and ben efits of a swimming pool and sports field McDonald said The San Antonio Northeast Branch has collaborated with the Northeast school district See related story on Page 2A and built ball fields on school Executive Director Joe Bueno said The YMCA is synonymous with after school care in many cities Bueno said Schools and Y branches cooperate closely in San Antonio Farris said letting students attend after school programs at their schools Moms in the community could feel com fortable that their children would finish school then go to the gym or the cafeteria with trained he said They were help ing them have fun stimulating The Indian Guide and Indian Princess pro grams are fatherson or fatherdaughter recre ational programs Not many programs exist where both father and child participate togeth er Farris said Some of my most memo rable times that my daughter and I had togeth er are the camping trips we took with the Indian he said The need for youth services has recently become a buzzword in New Braunfels Help ing One Student To Succeed HOSTS Coor dinator Linda Bingham said Weve made our community beautiful the town looks absolutely she said But theres a lack and we need to face If they have a place where somebodys there to play basketball a safe place to go with an adult or somebody who had some Bingham said If we had a Y in New Braunfels it would have the New Braunfels flavor it would reflect what New Braunfels Jane McDonald The Y could perhaps fill another local need Bingham said for parent education We have 35to 40yearold women who have 16yearold daughters who have childreji of their she said For a long time people here in New Braunfels have been talking about it and dancing around the idea of a McDonald said The community has pulled together to make programs like Communities in Schools and HOSTS successful McDonald said CIS is a place that has made a significant contri bution but theyre just one piece of the Bingham said HOSTS is another piece but we need to pull it all she said Funds to begin a Y can come from United Way and private donations Lybrand said 1 cannot tell you the resources that the Y can bring the he said Its a real com munity 1 think the time is Bingham said Know about news happening in our community Call the newsroom at
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