Friday, May 9, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY UIL to add wrestling for school See Page IB New Braunfels Herald 79 kl TX 79903 20 pages in three sections Friday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Lindsay Bottenfield 50 CENTS Vol 145 No 127 Inside Starhnttisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lee Roy Mayfield Satur Pam Leek Lindsay Bot tenfield David Boos Erika Blanchard 16 years old Satur Eddie Machuca III Charles Woods Cheryl Williams Kathy Kiesling Emily Giacobbe 11 years Patrick Goode 6 years Happy anniversary wishes go to Curtis and Tootie Nolte 50 years Ricardo and Antonia Gonzales 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold oak trace pecan 24 mulberry 34 grass 46 River Information Comal River 270 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 Canyon Dam discharge 800 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 701 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Headed south on 35 dont be in a hurry If youre driving south on Inter state 35 expect delays Work crews have channeled traffic into a newly constructed cen ter lane from Solms Road to FM 482 near Busseys Flea Market And beginning Monday that southbound lane will be whit tled down to one lane That move is scheduled to last for one week to allow work crews to set up barriers along the sides of the highway That means no exits will be accessible from Solms Road to FM 2252 while the transition occurs officials said The center lane has two lanes and will continue to serve as the man thoroughfare for southbound traffic for six to nine months The move is part of an ongo ing project to expand the high way to six lanes Only three days left dont forget mom Sunday will be the day to hon or those women without whom none of us would be here Mothers Day Children of all ages still have time to honor their moms Dont plan a lot of outdoor activities Unfortunately rains may con tinue through this weekend Good time to stay indoors to watch a movie or cuddle up in that favorite chair of yours and read a book OK just watch a movie and grab some popcorn Rain is expected to continue today with heavy rains possible Temperatures are expected to drop from the low 70s to the mid60s this afternoon with a 40 percent chance of thunder storms and lows in the mid50s and a north wind near 10 mph Saturday should have mostly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of rain with highs in the low 70s and a brisk 10 mph wind from the north Airport mishap HeraldZeitung photo by Abe Levy New Braunfels Police officer John Villarreal closes off the site where a singleengine plane crashed into a fuel dispenser at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon The incident is under investigation by the FAA and local police Plane crashes into fuel unit By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Swerving to miss a hangar and fuel farm the pilot of a singleengine plane crashed into a fuel dispenser at the New Braunfels Municipal Air port on Thursday afternoon police and witnesses said No injuries were reported to the two male occu pants of the Frenchmade Socata MS 894A pro peller plane even though one occupant reported ly jumped off the right wing before the collision occurred police said The plane never left the ground and was on a test run when the pilot lost control and ran into an airplane fuel dispenser just a few feet from a fuel pump and underground tank police and witness es said Firefighters were called to the scene and said it was fortunate that no explosion occurred The plane hit a parked truck on its way to knock ing the fuel dispenser off a concrete pad causing damage to the planes wings and cab officials said New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Donald Zercher said the incident could have been more dangerous It could have taken out the main fuel he said If he would have hit the pump station we could have had a major fire Theres not a good Turn to Plane Page 3A County OKs new cars for sheriffs office By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs Office will be getting a few new sets of wheels Commissioners Court approved the purchase of up to 15 new vehicles for the Sheriffs Office on Thursday It will be an open purchase The office plans to purchase five vehicles imme diately Chief Deputy Richard Bennie said 10 of the offices patrol cars have more than miles on their odome ters Bennie said the Sheriffs office wants to establish a policy in which patrol cars would be able to go up to miles After miles the patrol cars get worn down Bennie said When cars get to to miles the front ends wear he said The shock absorbers wear out and you get into steering problems We want our deputies to be safe Deputies lives are worth more than Bennie said he hoped to strip the cages radios and other equipment from the patrol cars which have gone over miles and put them in the new cars by this summer The old cars will be given back to the county which will decide whether to use them or sell them We will be saving interest money by buying five cars now and 10 later this Bennie said In other business Commissioners Court approved the final settlement in the lawsuit filed by former County Attorneys office employee Yolanda DAntuono She was fired by newlyelected County Attorney Bill Reimer in Janu ary DAntuono was the clerk and docket coordinator under former Coun ty Attorney Nathan Rheinlander During her free time last year she helped campaign for assistant county attorney Stephanie SmithBums in her race for county attorney against Reimer Reimer narrowly defeated Smith Burris in the Republican primary elec tions last spring After he was elected in November Reimer gave DAntuono her termination notice During a Com missioners Court workshop in Novem ber regarding the consolidation of the county and district attorneys office Reimer was asked by DAntuonos husband if the termination was political and Reimer said Yes On Dec 31 DAntuono filed a suit against the county contending that the termination violated her civil rights She had asked for million for slan der lost benefits and wages civil rights violations and punitive damages An agreement was reached by both parties last week in which DAntuono will receive in what County Judge Carter Casteel described as a very minuscule modest settlement and four months of back pay She was also given a job in the county courtatlaw office and will start work in that posi tion Monday County Clerk Joy Streater said DAntuonos rehiring came at the right time especially since criminal court cases filed by the County Attorneys office have almost tripled since last year Streater has supervision over the countycourtatlaw clerks She will be a welcomed addition to the county courtatlaw because of her experience in the County Attorneys office and her knowledge of a court room and what it takes to run Streater said CISD welcomes new trustees reorganizes board By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two new trustees including the first MexicanAmerican took their seats on the Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees at Thursdays meeting Social worker Dora Gonzales defeat ed 12year incumbent Lee Ikels by 39 votes in the May 3 election to take over the District 1 seat Gonzales said since her election she had gotten numerous cards calls and words of support from residents in and out of the district Ive got a lot of positive feedback from the she said I look forward to working on the board Eveiyone has been really In District 5 semiretired business man Lester Jonas was sworn in as the new trustee beating Calvin Kempin and Bill Burnam Jonas said he was excited about begin part of the CISD board We have many challenges ahead of us and Im excited and glad to be a part of the he said Im ready to start moving District 2 trustee Dan Krueger ran unopposed Thursday marked the beginning of his second term on the board I have some background and a board thats excited about working Krueger said A lot of things have changed over the years and Im excited about whats Turn to CISD Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Denise Dziuk CISD director of finance Abel Campos administers the oath of office to trustees LesterJonas Dora Gonzales and Dan Krueger Start thinking change now Dont procrastinate about effects of new 830 area code By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Heres the bottom line update busi ness cards letterhead phone system programming modems and whatever else you can think of before Comal County receives the new area code of 830 I Business personal update reminders 2A If youre a business owner who depends on customer phone calls let ting them know how to reach you could go a long way during this poten tially confusing transition The new 830 designation and 956 for a region to the south and west of San Antonio will become effective July 7 Last year state officials and industry representatives made the decision to create the new area codes to accom modate the boom in demand for tele phone lines in South Texas Telephone officials stressed that planning now would avoid headaches and possible lost revenue and time lat er ought to start changing their habits now and not wait for the new area code said Anne Roussos information specialist with the Public Utility Commission If they wait until the last minute they wont have the time to change it That could be a Roussos said many individuals and businesses experienced avoidable prob lems in the Houston and Dallas areas when those cities were assigned addi tional area codes this past year The new area code will affect most customers in Comal County whose providers are Southwestern Bell and Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop erative To ease the transition PUC and tele phone officials will offer a grace peri od and recorded message campaign for a limited time From July 7 to Oct 6 calls in the current 210 area code region will be allowed even though they are made in the 830 or 956 regions After Oct 6 calls will no longer go through but rather a recorded message will explain area code changes to 830 or 956 The recorded message which will last for 60 days will ask callers to Turn to Change Page 2A AFFECTED AREAS The new area code begins July 7 with a grace period lasting until Oct 6 After that a record ed message will explain the cor rect area code to use for two months and then youre on your own The affected areas and the new codes are 830 a region circling Bexar County including New Braun fels Boerne Seguin Hondo Marble Falls Gonzales Del Rio Kerrville and the Canyon Lake area 956 a region that covers the cities of Encinal Laredo and most of Webb County 210 a region that includes most of Bexar County and the San Antonio area cities of Helotes St Hedwig Elmendorf and Universal City Source Public Utility Com mission Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative Archives Anonymous See Page 8A