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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Birthday withes from the HaraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to Barbara Plzel Kristin Whitley 12 years Dolores Jimenez Erllnda Ramirez Jeanettc Dickinson Brian Hada Scott Voges Chasity McCoy Jordan Hoos 3 years Lee Stange Robbln WoodGriffin Jesse Dominguez 44 years old Juan Armundariz belated To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Area code to switch in Comal County Beginning Monday the area code for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Borne Gonzales and Kerrville will change from 210 to 830 Residents will have a grace period until Oct 6 to get used to the new number Register to vote Residents wanting to vote in the Aug 9 constitutional amend ment election or New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees election have until Thursday to register to vote To register come by the Comal County Tax Office For more information call 6205521 Watch for bicyclists during summer break Its summer time and bicycle enthusiasts young and old have hit the streets again Please remember to look both ways when exiting driveways Riders are known to travel in bjpth Inures of traffic traveling agafrist traffic Dont miss Comal River tubing exit With the Guadalupe River closed to tubers traffic on the Comal River is tubertotuber Law enforcement officials had to rescue numerous tubers Satur day who had missed the last Comal River exit and gone on to the highflowing Guadalupe Riv er Tubers are urged to use cau tion and watch ahead so they exit the river safely Heat in store for area Comal County seems to get either lots of sun or lots of water and today and the next few days are no exception Todays forecast calls for part ly cloudy skies with less than a 20 percent chance of afternoon or evening showers and thun derstorms and highs in the low 90s and a southeast wind at about 10 mph the National Weather Service said Tonights weather should be mild with fair skies and temper atures reaching the low 70s The forecast for Monday through Thursday calls for most ly sunny skies with highs in the low 90s lows in the 70s and no rain expected Protect kids pets from summer heat Make sure that younger chil dren have plenty to drink In addition when leaving your house for a while leave plenty of water for your pets to drink and shade to keep cool under Best time for kids1 shots is right now The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county health department Get a jump start on this For more information call the county health department at 6205595 New Braunfels HeraldZeit SUNDAY 26 pages in two sections Sunday July Serving the Comal County area tor more than 145 Home of Brian Hada Vol 145 No McQueeney woman feared dead Resident missing after boat collision By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Texas game wardens search the waters of lake McQueeny Saturday afternoon for a woman who is feared drowned after the boat she was In collided with another late Friday evening McQUEENEY A 50yearold McQueeney woman is believed to have drowned as a result of a twoboat colli sion late Friday night in Lake McQueeney state game wardens said The woman who was the only occu pant in a 20foot fiberglass boat alleged ly was thrown from her after colliding with a similarlysized boat with three occu pants said Doug Parker a sergeant game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The other boats occupants are from McQueeney and include a father mother and child two of whom were taken to the Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin where they were treated and released police and hospital officials said The woman likely was knocked uncon scious from the accident and later was believed to have drowned officials said Game wardens were still dragging the accident area Saturday with four boats and eight officers in a search for the missing body Parker said The womans husband was at home at the time of the incident officials said adding that they believed the occupants of Turn to Woman Page 2A misses Comal exit leads to search New Braunfels EMS and other offi cials said they were led on a twohour search for a tuber who missed die Comal River exit and went onto the highflow ing Guadalupe River The 22yearold woman from Hous ton went over Mission Valley Dam and was found in Lake Dunlap by EMS per sonnel in a rescue raft officials said Numerous witnesses saw the woman found in Lake Dunlap during her trek down the river who suffered only minor bruises after being rescued officials said A New Braunfels Fourth of July Herald Zeitung photos by Michael Darnall David Hammann watches the fire works at Landa Park Friday night capping off New Braunfels Independence Day festivities High flow on the Guadalupe River leaves the Comal River packed with thousands of tubers on the holi day weekend See page 9 for photos of area festlvltes County area get new area code Monday By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The new area code of 830 for Comal County will become effective Monday along with a threemonth grace period that telephone officials said they hope would smooth the transition Last year state officials and industry representa tives made the decision to create new area codes for South Texas to accommodate the boom in demand for telephone lines Telephone officials stressed that using the new code rather than relying on the threemonth grace period was a much better plan for adjusting to the change Even though people dont have to dial the new area code they ought to start using the numbers and telling their friends and business said Anne Roussos information specialist with the Public Utility Commission Roussos said businesses especially would be affect ed by the change and should update business cards let terhead phone system programming and modems To avoid loss of sales businesses should contact customers even if they call once per year she said A 956 designation is assigned for a region to the south and west of San Antonio also effective Monday Roussos said many individuals and businesses expe rienced avoidable problems in the Houston and Dallas areas when those cities were assigned additional 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 Cooperative Turn to Phones Page 2A McKennas legacy of care began with 550s movement By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Elliot Knox recalls the moment in the early 1950s when the movement to build a modem hospital in New Braunfels was born Knox Howard McKenna and other executives of New Braun fels Textile Mills were lament ing the condition of the citys 75yearold hospital and dis cussing the need for a new hos pital in New Braunfels A visit ing executive from the compa nys corporate office in New York whom Knox calls the New York suggested that Knox and McKenna group take on the project So they did The New York Man returned to the corporate office and secured what Knox termed a substantial donation that provided the seed money for what was to become New Turn to McKwma Page 5A Hospital linked to growth By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospi tal is one of those local insti tutions that Comal County res idents depend upon but take for granted Virtually anyone who has lived in New Braunfels or the county for any period of time has at least one memory of the hospital whether it be for the miraculous birth of a first child or a trip to the emergency room Elliot Knox a hospital board member from 1954 to 1991 and board chairman from 1979 to 1991 said the hospital was one of the engines that has dri ven the current growth When industry or people look at moving into an area they look at the schools and health care as the deciding fac Knox said Part of a series For 44 years McKenna has provided the community with a local source for health care and a professional staff of doc tors nurses and specialists Aside from the health care resources it offers McKenna is one of the largest employers in the county The private not forprofit 116bed hospital currently has 58 active med ical staff members 52 con sulting physicians and more than 600 professional techni cal and support staff McKenna also serves the county by providing indigent health care for the needy regardless of ability to pay Hospital records indicate more than million is spent on indigent patients each year HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Workers construct a driveway for the new McKenna Memorial Hospital ambulatory care center Hospital Chronology 1846 A pavillion of cedar posts covered with branches and thatched with long grass was erect ed on the grounds of the First Protestant Church to serve as a hospital for cholera patients 1892 The Krankenhaus opened on the cor ner of Seguin and Zink streets This building served as the community hospital until 1953 1919 The Comal Sanitarium is opened in the building that currently houses Prince Solms Inn 1953 New Braunfels Community Hospital opens 1981 Hospital expansion project adds a threestory tower to the original structure 1997 Hospital expansion project adds two additional patient wings and an ambulatory surgery center thwarts publics right to know See opinion page 4A   

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