New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 27, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas wed—nay Tuesday’s area volleyball results50 CENTS” aunfels ************** ********PIXD SAN ANTONIO, TX 780 * * TEXAS MIXED * * SO-utsr”0?! 10/22/99 o,^rsssn^ k^rakl'Zeitunu 18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday. August 27.1997    Serving    Comal    County    and    surrounding    areas    for    more    than    145 years ■ Home ot Mc Wayne Koepp Vol. 145, No. 205 Inside Editorial.......................................-4A Sports......................................1*2B Comics.........................................3B Marketplace.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A Stammtisi h Birthday wMim from tho Harold galtunal The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Erie Wayne Koepp, Barbara Mearin, Reynaldo Padilla, Shirley Schmidt, Maria Compos, Rebecca Stafford (ll years), Krystle Morales (9 years), Ariel Morales (7 years), Chris Chotico (belated) and Louisa Alvarez (belated). To have a birthday or anniver-l sary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollan Count Molds —3,100    Pigweed —4 Ragweed—18    Grass —10 (Potter measured n ports per cube metw of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 291 cubic feet per second, same aa Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 825.51 feet above sea level, down .01 from Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.91 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels UtMMee NSU reports pumprg 7.091 m*ion galons I of surface waler Tuesday, and 1.962 million gallons of wen water were used. flBfladllP Nm! SOM on Tofdpht Mostly clear. Lows in th© lower 70s. South winds 5-10 mph, Thursday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid and upper 90s. South winds 5-10 mph. friday — Partly cloudy Highs in the mid 90s to near 100. Saturday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the mid 90s to near 100. The high Tuesday was 93 and the low was 65 1-35 updoto Texas Department of Transportation work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. Numerous exits will be closed. Crews also will be applying a new overlay on 1-35. The northbound lanes through New Braunfels will be reduced to one lane today. Dunlap work People using Lake Dunlap this week need to use extra caution. The water level in the lake will be about 18 inches below normal so the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority crews can conduct a “washout and inspection" of one of the three spillgates. Work will be completed by Friday, and the lake level will return to normal before the Labor Day weekend. Osona action day Today is an ozone action day. People should do what they can to make the air cleaner, including avoiding excessive driving and reducing driving by carpooling. Avoid using small gas engines such as lawnmowers and small generators. AO Monte* vfatts Texas Attorney General Dan Morales will be at the Senior Citizen Center Thursday at 3:15 p.m. to sign the Triad pact with Sheriff Bob Holder. Dignitaries from the county, city of New Braunfels and city of Garden Ridge will attend. Local leaders pitch 1-35 funding Officials seeking expansion between Texas 46, FM 306 By ABE LEVY Staff Writer lf you’re going Hi# Transportation Commission mosts at 9 a.m. Thursday at th# DaWltt Grssr Building, 125 E. 11th St in Austin. Herakf-Zertung photo by Michael Demall Local «nd «tf oMcM» an hiding lo AmMn TN*»d«yto^<°f tnttritirt* 36 to bs wkfantd starting at Farm-to Market 306 and extending through town. Local and state officials are traveling to Austin Thursday to ask the Texas Transportation Commission to fund completion of the Interstate 35 expansion in New Braunfels. The $32 million project, which includes the stretch from Texas 46 to Farm-to-Market Road 306, has a low priority, despite assurances from state officials last year that it would be ranked highest for consideration this year, officials said. The Texas Transportation Commission will consider next year’s funding recommendations at a meeting Thursday in Austin, officials said. Construction is set to begin on a $50.6 million project this fall on I-35 from South Loop 337 to south of Texas 46. That project will expand the highway to eight lanes. That section of the highway was approved one year ago after a delega tion of local leaders and public officials traveled to Austin to lobby before transportation commissioners. Commissioners approved the recommendation but did not include the remaining section of highway. Local leaders believed that last section of narrow highway would cause a traffic bottleneck. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the money was not available because they only had enough money to pay for 33 percent of all requests statewide. “We don’t want to have bottlenecks along 1-35.” said Randall Dillard. TxDOT spokesman. “I know our department is disappointed that they 're Turn to i-35, Page 2A A swing at retirement McKenna hospital administrator looks forward to golf, travel By ABE LEVY Staff Writer It wasn’t supposed to work out this way for former hospital administrator Johnny Johnson, but he’s not complaining. He was to be a choir or a band director all his life, but the military changed his plans from making music to making assignments around the world in the Medical Service C orps of the U.S. Army. He came to Fort Sam Houston after service abroad and retired on Aug. I as president and chief executive officer of McKenna Memorial Hospital after 16 years. “I went into the Army expecting to stay two years.’’ said Johnson, who spent 30 years in the army. “It hasn’t been the same I saw a whole new world there. I love the drama, the excitement, the people ” Johnson joined the ROTC rn college where he expected to be in the infantry, but because of an eyesight problem, he chose medical service. At McKenna, his colleagues and co-workers said Johnson displayed attention to detail and a strong work ethic. “He had lots of papers and notes,” said Rose-lyn Fey, his secretary for IO years. “He went down to the last digit, the period and the comma. He took responsibility and he knew he was the final step when it left his hand. He asked many questions to make sure it was thoroughly approved.” Fey said Johnson used to come into the office at McKenna as early as 6:30 each morning and leave around 5:30 p.m. Tim Brierty, a co-worker of Johnson's for 15 years and senior vice president of operations, Said he considered Johnson a mentor who brought McKenna to success as a community hospital. “He’s brought us from a small rural hospital to a well-known, well-respected community hospital, not only in size but in service,” Bner-ty said. Under his leadership, McKenna was able to pay off a $10 million debt on bonds 15 years early and coordinated construction of the ambulatory service center and other buildings and brought more physicians to the area. Bnerty said. These days, the 65-year-old Georgia native spends a lot of time on the golf course and plans to travel with his wife Becky, he said. “I plan to get a lot of golf in. I’m an avid golfer and a seniors golfer but I'm not very good,” he joked. But the life Johnson has led did not come easy. Bulverde chamber hosts incorporation gathering By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer % H*r*ld-Z*rtung photo by Michael D*mall Johnny Johnson has tim* lo play mort golf tine© his r*tiram*nt as administrator of McKenna Memorial Hospital. Bom in Fort Valley, a town of 7,000 people in central Georgia, Johnson said he grew up poor. Both his parents worked, his father as a mechanic and his mother as a munitions plant worker during World War II, among other odd jobs. “(Fort Valley) is much smaller than New Braunfels,” he said “it had one traffic signal. It was a place where we knew each other. The well-to-do were socially liked and the poor would be called the majority” He received a music scholarship to attend the University of Georgia where he earned a bachelors in music education in 1953. That’s a far cry from the medical Field in which he spent most of hts life. Johnson w as a colonel for 14 years and went Turn to Johnson, Page 2A BULVERDE — Bulverde residents will tackle the issue of incorporation at a community meeting Thursday. The meeting, sponsored by the Bulverde Area Chamber of Commerce, will last from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone C«.operative auditorium. Chamber president Bob W elch said some residents proposed to incorporate the Bulverde Hills and Bulverde Estates subdiv isions. With concerns that San Antonio could annex Bulverde within the next few years. Welch said local residents had a choice in the direction of their community. “We are in a position right now where people in Bulverde can effect change.” Welch said. “We are in a position in Bulverde to help Bulverde stay the same to maintain its heritage, the beauty and the safety of the streets .” San Antonio’s extra territorial jurisdiction extends to one-quarter mile north of the Cibolo Creek where Bulverde Road crosses U.S. 281. San Antonio’s city limits end at Marshall Road and Loop 1604 near U.S. 281. The ETJ extends five miles beyond the city limits. Bulverde Hills resident Stan Blaylock said incorporation would give Bulverde more power to determine issues such as water, safety and land development. “You either have your own business or make your own rules or have San .Antonio do it for you, Blaylock said. Blaylock said if San Antonio extended its ET J into Bulverde within the next few years, it probably would be too late to incorporate. “lf they move the city limits now and their ETJ takes us in, you can’t incorporate without their permission,” Blaylock said. Blaylock said this is not the first time that the idea of Bulverde Hills and Bulverde Estates incorporating has surfaced. “It was tried 15 years ago,” Blaylock said of the measure that failed at the polls. “It should have been done years ago. San Antonio was not that close then, and you couldn't convince people this would happen. Therefore it wasn t critical, but things have changed a lot.” An attempt to incorporate Oak Village North subdivision on Farm-to-Market Road 1863 also failed in the early 1990s. “Our theory is once Bulverde Hills and Bul- Tum to Bulverde, Page 2A CISD elementary debate of whether but how By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The palter of little feet may be a pleasant sound to parents, but for administrators in Comal Independent School District, it mains more bodies for which to find classroom space. CISD currently has two primary campuses, five elementary campuses and three intermediate campuses. As of Thursday, they housed 5,327 of the district’s 9,635 students. All of those campuses are nearing capacity, Superintendent Jerry Major said. The Long-Range Planning Committee, formed to develop a growth plan for the district, looked at the population growth at the lower levels and decided new schools were needed. However, unlike the high school situ-ation where the main need for a school is in the Hill Country area, the committee determined schools were needed in the western and eastern sides of the district. “Again, the numbers in the out years, Five or six years from now, show that’s what it’s going to take to accommodate students,” Mayor said. of JI ©WW Tnrtoir Nnnrt for now elamtrv I ti* trim* The committee also recommended con verting Goodwin Primary into an alternative school. The committee said keeping it as a primary campus would require major renovations and expansions, which would be costly. Expanding it would also be difficult because of limited space at the current site. In its report, the committee said the present size of Goodwin Primary Campus would allow expansion space for an alternative school. It also said some of the renovations needed for the school to house pre-k arui kindergarten students would not be needed for an alternative school. While district leaders and patrons could not agree on whether to expand Smithson Valley High School or build a new high school, constructing new elementary schools Ilas not sparked much debate. Turn to OSO, Page3A Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaM Goodwin Primary fhrat-gradar Leonardo Miranda chack* out lory *chooi* ara at or abow* capacify. ;

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