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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Unicom coach pleased with track meet results See Page 5 New Braunfels Herald 20332 Ii009 2627 E PASO TX 79903 50 CENTS BO 10 pages in one section Tuesday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Kris Mund Vol 145 No 129 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Janet Fellows Pedro Muniz Sylvia Taylor Kris Mund 16 years Alex Brotze Justin M Watson To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Oak trace River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 691 eft Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water Oneway traveling through Sattler Factor in some extra drive time if youre headed through Sattler A 7mile stretch of road on FM 306 throughSattler will have oneway traffic through a lead vehicle while the Texas Depart ment of Transportation installs an overlay for the next two weeks The stretch includes the inter section of FM 2673 but one way traffic will only extend along intervals of up to three quarters of a mile For more information call TxDOT at 6256278 CLI leads off area graduations tonight Graduating students in the Comal Leadership Institute will participate in a graduation cer emony at 7 tonight at the Canyon Middle School com mons Another fine day on tap for New Braunfels Today will be another great day to head out to the park or the golf course or just do some yard work The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies The high should be in the mid80s and a light breeze from the south at 5 to 10 mph should keep you from getting too warm Tonight will be partly cloudy with patchy tog after midnight The fog will hang around as you head to work Wednesday but should burn off throughout the morning Wednesday will be another great day for sitting by the pool or on the front porch with highs in the upper 80s and a 10 to 15 mph wind from the south east New City Council members take seats Kotylos husband glad long road to election is finished By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Among the packed audience at city hall Mon day was Bill Kotylo who eagerly sat next to his wife Jan waiting for her to be sworn into the District 4 city council position He smiled because the end of the road was here after a long campaign But it wasnt without sacrifice He lost 17 pounds during the campaign and missed his Monday night Bible study fellowship for the first time in five years Im very proud of said Bill president of Stan dard Casualty Insurance of New Braunfels who arrived with his wife a full 30 min utes before the meeting I think shell do a great job I know shell study the issues I was nervous and felt the same anxiety she Jan said she was excited about serving in pub lic office for the first time but realized her week ends would now include additional reading to prepare for the bimonthly council meetings You can tell how excited I Jan said Turn to Kotylo Page 2 Jan Kotylo Vanstorys friends family expect fierce dedication to post By ABE LEVY Staff Writer When Ray Still was a candidate to be the pas tor of Oakwood Baptist Church five years ago Randy Vanstory served on the churchs selection committee that eventually recommended him for the job Monday night Still showed his support for Vanstory who took the oath of office for the Dis trict 3 city council spot Randy is a quality person and individual and I know that hell do an effec tive job in serving the citi said Still who moved from Houston to take the pas tor position Roxi Vanstory also attend ed the meeting to show sup port for her husband Roxi said her expected to give up Monday nights dur ing his threeyear term because of his dedication to his new position Anytime he makes a commitment hes very dedicated to Roxi said Vanstory coowner of Quick Align Brakes and Suspension defeated former mayor and council man Rudy Seidel on May 3 and said he was glad Turn to Vanstory Page 2 Randy Vanstory Gotcha HeralaZeltung photo by Michael Darnalf Garrison Maurer rustles a pig in the agricultural facility that was built by volunteers for the agricultural students at Smithson valley High School Ag facility a true success story By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY When Smithson Valley High School needed a facility in which students could house their animals the communi ty responded in a big way When the prefinished metal agricultural struc ture with concrete floors and cinder block mason ry held its first event the Smithson Valley High School Future Farmers of America chapter show in January 1996 the efforts of numerous teachers businesses parents students and kindhearted patrons were realized Gary Southard president of the Smithson Val ley FFA Boosters club said the agricultural facil ity shows the spirit dedication and heart of the community in putting the kids first It speaks highly of the citizens of the commu nity who gave their time to Southard said Most of their children wont benefit from this It was a purely unselfish act on their The agricultural facility is located southeast of the football stadium on the Smithson Valley High School campus Southard said more than worth of donated material and labor was put into the facil ity No tax money was used Sam Womble SVHS agriculture teacher said the facility was needed because a growing number of students who live in the area didnt have the space at their homes to care for and feed an animal The facility was planned because of the urban ization of this Womble said The majority of students live in subdivisions most of them which restrict animals As time goes on we antic ipate more kids living in subdivisions than those who do not The ag teachers had a vision for a place for kids who live in subdivisions to raise their animals The longrange plan was to meet the educational needs of students studying agricul tural Womble said the facility had pens for cattle sheep and goats The ag facility has storage rooms and bathrooms that have yet to be completed There is a show arena which is a covered area which gets students in a safe enclosed area to work with animals in developing their show skills and handling Womble said Although there were many people involved in Turn to Facility Page 2 Mother son critical after carschool bus collision Driver student on bus sustain minor injuries By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A 43yearold woman and her 12 yearold son remain in critical condi tion this morning after the car they were traveling in broadsided a Comal Independent School District bus Mon day afternoon on Highway 281 authorities said The two Bulverde residents were tak en by AirLife to San Antonio hospi tals after skidding about 180 feet and hitting the bus at a high rate of speed said Bexar County Sgt Jerry Torralva The driver of the bus and one student who were the only occupants suffered minor injuries that did not require immediate hospital treatment he said The mother and son were pinned under the bus for at least 30 minutes while emergency personnel from Bul verde and northern Bexar County used the Jaws of Life a hydraulic ram and a saw to free them from the wreckage officials said The impact of the Chevrolet Lumi na lifted the right side of the bus onto one side of its wheels which EMS lifted onto wooden blocks to free the cars occupants Torralva said I dont know how they survived the impact because the front of the car was sticking out the other side of the he said The mother was taken to University Hospital and the son to Brooke Army Medical Center both with critical head wounds officials said adding that they were not able to release the names until later today The bus was at the end of its after noon route and was turning left from Borgfeld Road when the collision occurred at about inside Bexar County near the Comal County line officials said Traffic was stalled for about two hours during the ordeal and extended close to Bulverde officials said Corps decision bodes well for tubers rafters By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer NEW RELEASE RATES Photo submitted Ready for travelers The new visitors center at Interstate 35 and Post Road was dedicated Monday For the complete story see Page 2 CANYON LAKE A policy change by the Army Corps of Engineers in the release rate from Canyon Lake will mean more water this summer for tubers and rafters going down the Guadalupe River After being persuaded by chamber of commerce officials from both New Braunfels and Canyon Lake Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District businesses and river outfitters the Army Corps of Engineers announced that once water flows go above the conservation pool of 909 feet above mean sea level they will hold that extra flood water instead of releasing it immediately The following release rates from Canyon Lake have been put into effect by the Army Corps of Engineers Unless changed by rainfall or inflow rates the releas es will go as follows to 910 mean feet above sea level release 100 cubic feet per second more than requested by GBRA but not more than 350 cfs 910 to msl release 700 cfs daily to 911 msl release cfs during the week and reduce rate to 700 cfs on week ends 911 msl and above normal flood releases according to the plan of regulation Source Army Corps of Engi neers David Quebedeaux a park ranger at Canyon Lake said the Corpss pol icy was a big change from last year The biggest difference in the past years is that anytime we went above 909 we released the water as fast as possible until we got to Quebe deaux said Now anytime the lake Turn to Change Page 2 Kudos to the people of New Braunfels See Page 4   

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