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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY TUV X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X MXD SAN ANTONIO TX x x TEXAS MIXED PINK A X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Tuesdays area volleyball results 18 pages in two sections Wednesday August 27 1997 aunfels go rx 50 CENTS Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Erie Wayna Koepp Vol 145 No 205 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Eric Wayne Koepp Barbara Meurin Reynaido Padilla Shirley Schmidt Maria Compos Rebecca Stafford 11 Krystle Morales 9 Ariel Morales 7 Chris Cholico belated and Louisa Alvarez To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pigweed 4 18 Grass 10 Pollen measured in ports per cubic meter ot air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 291 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used P Heat goes on Mostly clear Lows in the lower 70s South winds 51 Omph Thursday Partly cloudy Highs in the mid and upper 90s South winds 510 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 65 135 update Texas Department of Trans portation work crews are con tinuing construction of addi tional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz Numerous exits will be closed Crews also will be applying a new overlay on 135 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 GuadalupeBlanco River Authority crews can conduct a washout and inspection of one of the three spillgates Work will be completed by Fri day and the lake level will return to normal before the Labor Day weekend Ozone action day Today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner including avoiding excessive driving and reduc ing driving by carpooling Avoid using small gas engines such as lawnmowers and small generators AQ Morales visits Texas Attorney General Dan Morales will be at the Senior Citizen Center Thursday at 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 135 funding Officials seeking expansion between Texas 46 FM 306 By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Local and state officials are heading to Austin Thursday to ask for Interstate 35 to be widened starting at FarmtoMarket 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 expan sion in New Braunfels The million project which includes the stretch from Texas 46 to FarmtoMarket Road 306 has a low priority despite assurances from state officials last year that it would be ranked highest for consideration this If youre going The Transportation Commission meets at 9 Thursday at the DeWitt Greer Building 125 E 11th St in Austin year officials said The Texas Transportation Commis sion will consider next years funding recommendations at a meeting Thurs day in Austin officials said Construction is set to begin on a million project this fall on I35 from South Loop 337 to south of Texas 46 That project will expand the high way 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 rec ommendation 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 Transporta tion officials said the money was not available because they only had enough money to pay for 33 percent of all requests statewide We dont want to have bottlenecks along said Randall Dillard TxDOT spokesman I know our department is disappointed that theyre Turn to 135 Page 2A A swing at retirement McKenna hospital administrator looks forward to golf travel By ABE LEVY Staff Writer It wasnt supposed to work out this way for former hospital administrator Johnny Johnson but hes 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 Corps of the Army He came to Fott Sam Houston after service abroad and retired on Aug 1 as president and chief executive officer of McKenna Memorial Hospital after 16 years I went into the Army expecting to stay two said Johnson who spent 30 years in the army It hasnt been the same I saw a whole new world there I love the drama the excitement the Johnson joined the ROTC in college where he expected to be in the infantry but because of an eyesight problem he chose medical service At McKenna his colleagues and coworkers said Johnson displayed attention to detail and a strong work ethic He had lots of papers and said Rose lyn Fey his secretary for 10 years He went down to the last digit the period and the com ma 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 thorough ly Fey said Johnson used to come into the office at McKenna as early as each morning and leave around Tim Brierty a coworker of Johnsons for 15 years and senior vice president of operations he considered Johnson a mentor who brought McKenna to success as a community hospital Hes brought us from a small rural hospital to a wellknown wellrespected community hospital not only in size but in Brier ty said Under his leadership McKenna was able to pay off a 10 million debt on bonds 15 years ear ly and coordinated construction of the ambulatory service center and other buildings and brought more physicians to the area Brierty said These days the 65yearold 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 Im an avid golfer and a seniors golfer but Im not very he joked But the life Johnson has led did not come easy HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Johnny Johnson has time to play more golf since his retirement as administrator of McKenna Memorial Hospital Born in Fort Valley a town of 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 Valley is much smaller than New he said It had one traffic signal It was a place where we knew each other The welltodo were socially liked and the poor would be called the He received a music scholarship to attend the University of Georgia where he earned a bachelors in music education in 1953 Thats a far cry from the medical field in which he spent most of his life Johnson was a colonel for 14 years and went Turn to Johnson Page 2A Bulverde chamber hosts incorporation gathering By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer 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 to 4 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooper ative auditorium Chamber president Bob Welch said some resi dents proposed to the Bulverde Hills and Bulverde Estates subdivisions 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 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 San Antonios extra territorial jurisdiction extends to onequarter mile north of the Cibolo Creek where Bulverde Road crosses 281 San Antonios city limits end at Marshall Road and Loop 1604 near 281 The ETJ extends five miles beyond the city limits Bulverde Hills resident Stan Blaylock said incor poration would give Bulverde more power to deter mine issues such as water safety and land devel opment You either have your own business or make your own rules or have San Antonio do it for Blaylock said Blaylock said if San Antonio extended its ETJ into Bulverde within the next few years it proba bly would be too late to incorporate If they move the city limits now and their ETJ takes us in you cant incorporate without their Blaylock said Blaylock said this is not the first time that the idea of Bulverde Hills and Bulverde Estates incor porating has surfaced It was tried 15 years 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 couldnt convince people this would happen Therefore it wasnt critical but things have changed a An attempt to incorporate Oak Village North subdivision on FarmtoMarket Road 1863 also tailed in the early 1990s Our theory is once Bulverde Hills and Bui Turn to Bulverde Page 2A CISD elementary debate not a question of whether but how By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The patter of little feet may be a pleasant sound to parents but for administrators in Comal Independent School District it means more bodies for which to find class room space CISD currently has two primary cam puses five elementary campuses and three intermediate campuses As of Thursday they housed of the districts students All of those campuses are nearing capac ity Superintendent Jerry Major said The LongRange Planning Committee formed to develop a growth plan for the dis trict 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 deter mined schools were needed in the west em and eastern sides of the district Again the num bers in the out years five or six years from now show thats what its going to take to accommodate stu Major said Part III art TodayNeed fornewelemen taiysehoote A pot POUrri Of nxjueeteinthe The committee also recommended con verting Goodwin Primary into an alternative school The committee said keeping it as a primary campus would require major ren ovations and expansions which would be costly Expanding it would also be difficult because otlimited space at the current site In its report the committee said the pre sent size of Goodwin Primary Campus would allow expansion space for an alter native school It also said some of the ren ovations needed for the school to house prek and 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 has not sparked much debate Turn to CJSO Page 3A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Daniall Goodwin Primary firstgrader Leonardo Miranda checks out his pencil Many Comal Independent School District elemen tary schools are at or above capacity Eat your way to healthier bones Pages 910A catch up on local arts scene Page 8A
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