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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY retains junior golf trophy See Page IB 50 New Braunfels WOOV V 2A27 YAWUfcll UK 24 pages in three sections Friday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Carl and Pearl Marion avlnn Vol 145 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Christa Lovett Carri Mer cer Julie Radtke 13 years Hector Valdez Justin McGilvrey 16 years old Satur James Gooden 23 years Len Vodron Jessica Hodges Tammy Crumrine Shaurice Heard Happy anniversary wishes go to Carl and Pearl Marion 60 years and James G and Melin da Smith To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold grass River Information Comal River 286 16 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 Canyon Dam discharge 714 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 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 Take care of business before Monday All city county state admin istrative offices and the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day Emergency and law enforce ment services will be available and city sanitation crews will be working Cash that check and mail those payments today because the banks and the post office also will be closed Local public school offices will be open on Memorial Day The HeraldZeitung offices will also be closed on Monday Lanes open but exits still closed on 135 Though construction contin ues on Interstate 35 all lanes are now open and southbound traffic should flow more smooth ly However exits between Solms Road and FM 2252 are still closed All northbound lanes from San Antonio to New Braunfels will remain open during the con struction Holiday may be somewhat damp Hopefully rains wont dampen Memorial Day festivities Tonight there is a 40 percent chance of showers or thunder storms with heavy rainfall pos sible lows in the upper 60s and a southeast wind of 5 to 10 mph Saturday may be a better day with a 30 percent chance of rain and mostly cloudy skies highs in the mid80s and a south 5 to 10 mph Saturday and Memorial Day should have partly to mostly cloudy skies with only a slight chance of showers or thunder storms lows in the 60s and highs in the 80s Nowotny tenders resignation at CHS By ABE LEVY Staff Writer After a fivehour executive session Comal Independent School District trustees accepted the resignation of Athletic Direc tor and Head Football Coach Larry Nowot ny early this morning The move comes after a threeweek cut side investigation of the entire school district by Austin attorney Bill Krueger and the fil I Students enter pleas in hazing case 3A ing of two simple assault charges against five varsity football players at Canyon High School A total of nine players and Nowotny were disciplined in April after CISD con ducted an investigation into reports of haz ing of freshmen within the football pro gram The reports cited coat hangars as the objects used by upperclassmen to conduct hazing rituals on campus I just want to thank the people from Canyon and New Braunfels that supported the program and thank the players that per formed and most of all the coaching said Nowotny who has been coach for sev en years after coming from La Marque Thats all I have to Nowotny declined to comment on his chances of finding future employment The board approved the resignation short ly after 2 and also approved a motion for Superintendent Jerry Major to repri mand an undisclosed administrator offi cials said Board president Dan Krueger no relation to the Austin attorney said the move was Turn to Nowotny Page 3A Larry Nowotny 72 flood Day the impossible happened Mother Nature wreaked havoc left permanent scars on area By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Rudy Seidels voice still halts with emotion when he talks about a night that changed his life His memories of the Great Flood of 1972 are still that vivid in his mind H Remembering the flood in photos 89A Historical account of the flood its aftermath 3A I always thought that when you saw someone on television who had been through a tornado or a flood you could imagine how they Seidel recalled But when it happens to you you realize that you On May 11 1972 15 people died as a result of the flood more than 300 families were left homeless and the flood caused an estimated million in damages Seidel lost his house a boat and a car in the flood but he said the loss of smaller more mundane items brought the tragedy into focus for him It really hits home when you wake up and realize that all you have left is the shirt on your back All of the little things that you take for granted toothpaste a toothbrush salt and pep per You dont have a handkerchief in your pocket Seidel said The Army Coips of Engineers had assured Seidel and other people want ing to build homes along the river that it was virtually impossible for New Braunfels to flood again after Canyon Dams completion in 1964 With this in mind Seidel built his home oh the north bank of the Guadalupe River about 200 yards east of the Interstate 35 bridge Then the virtually impossible became stark real ity File photo A family residing in the Krueger Avenue area flees child in arms before the onslaught of Comal Creek Seidel remembered that it had rained every day for about 10 days prior to the flood He recalls reports of a massive storm cloud that would not budge from its newfound home just below Canyon Dam Mother Nature had circumvented the engineers their dam and their flood control plan The rainsoaked ground could not accept the 10 inches of rain the cloud poured into the river just below the dam The killer flood had begun Seidel and his wife were going to bed about 11 when his teenage son came in and reported the rising water What followed was an unin telligible swirl of homes being washed off their foundations trees uprooted and everything from cars to livestock being swept away We consider ourselves fortunate we got out Seidel said A lot of people Seidel said he lost virtually every thing in the flood He had built the house in 1968 just four years before the flood He still owed a large amount of money on the mortgage You know my insurance agent had been after me to buy a lot more insurance Its funny but he never mentioned flood Seidel said the people of the com munity were very helpful after the flood and the government provided temporary housing Seidel moved the mobile home the government provided as temporary housing onto the lot of his home that had been washed away My wife never did like water especially at Seidel said Just a few drops of rain on the roof and we had to get out It still chokes me up to think about Local DJ turns hero on the air By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Herb Skoog scoffs at the sug gestion that he was a hero during the flood of 1972 He said he was just a citizen trying to help out dur ing a crisis as best he could Skoog was the general manager of KGNB the local AM radio sta tion then located in downtown New Braunfels He defied The Federal Communication Commission and faced the possibility of having his broadcast license suspended for unauthorized operation of his radio station At the time our AM station was only licensed to be on during the Skoog said But the public needed information during the so I decided to stay on the Skoog said the station usually signed off for the day around 7 He returned to the station about 9 restored the signal and stayed on the air until about noon the next day We didnt run any commercials it was all talk and people calling in and reporting on the flood from around the area We had direct lines to all the public service agencies like the police and fire departments and the Skoog said he never heard from the FCC regarding his act of insub ordination He said that within the year the agency actually issued a directive to all halfday radio sta tions to stay on the air during emer gency situations I dont think the directive was a response to our situation here in New Braunfels but rather a response to ours and similar situa tions around the Aside from official reports on the flood and relief activities Skoog said he heard from many citizens calling to reassure their families We had a lot of people calling to say things like I was swept down the river but I want to tell my wife Im all People were aware we had to do extraordinary things to get through it At the time it seemed the normal thing to Memorial Day river tragedy changes young mans life By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GONZALES After he graduated a year ago from Texas Univer sity Toby Boenig was looking forward to a bright future The 24yearold Marion resident had just wrapped up his fiveyear academ ic career at by serving in the Student Senate as speaker and by being elected student body president for the 199596 school year In addition Boenig had a marketing job waiting for him at IBM in Dallas A few weeks after he graduated Boenig and his friends took a Memor ial Day rafting trip down the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels The trip would change his life for ever Boenig described the trip as he took a break between stretching exercises at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital Wednesday morning I was on the edge of the raft taking a nap lying Boenig said 1 was lying on my stomach and had scooted my whole body in the water We had just been in deep Boenig did not know that his raft was entering shallow water and before he knew it his body hit the stone bed of the Guadalupe River 1 was just lying there in the Boenig said 1 was trying to push myself up but couldnt It was the most helpless feeling I had in my life I had my eyes closed All 1 could see was When his friends saw him lying down Boenig said they thought he was joking But when they saw blood in the water they started to pull him out and put him on the raft to stabilize him The friends then pushed the raft to a house on the river Luckily the house was that of a doctor Boenig was transported by EMS to McKenna Memorial Hospital where Xrays showed he dislocated his neck He was then air lifted to Northeast Baptist Hospital Boenig found out that he had a spinal cord injury While he lay in his hospital bed the only movements Boenig could make were sliding his right ami and turning his forearms A doctor said there was a chance he Turn to River Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by David OeKunder Toby Boenig center does stretching exercises with the help of his thera pist Kerstin Fosdick left and his father George right Kudos to outgoing principalJane MacDonald See Page 4A 1 T
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