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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels have perfect day Page 1B 50 CENTS raldZeit 18 pages in two sections Wednesday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jo Zunkor Vol 145 No 215 Inside Stain mtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Betty Jo Zunker Richard Kensing Kathleen Martin Dora Perez Melissa Townsend Sarah Fest Michele Shipley Megan Mitchell 11 Linda Mac chia and Ira Schmidt Happy anniversary wishes go to Terry and Karen Mitchell 15 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pigweed trace Cedar Elm 24 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 459cfs Canyon Lake inflow 261 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surfacewater Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Expect partly cloudy skies highs near 90 Tonight Mostly fair skies Low in the mid 60s Light wind Thursday Mostly sun ny High in the lower 90s Wind becoming east and southeast near 10 mph Friday Partly cloudy Highs in the 80s Saturday Partly cloudy Lows near 60 Highs near 90 Sunday Partly cloudy Lows in the 50s Highs near 90 SOS food bank seeks donations The SOS Food Bank needs to restock its shelves The items needed the most are canned milk canned meats vegetables fruit peanut butter soups cereals laundry items shampoo and bath items To make dona tions call 6293663 or bring them to 248 Merriweather St To apply to receive the food come by the office and fill out an application You will need to state the source of your income and go through a screening process with the food bank board of directors Clean up Lower Guadalupe The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe Riv er Cleanup will be Saturday Landbased water and div ing volunteers are needed Registration will be from to at Double Rockin R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on Farm toMarket 306 Volunteers are welcome to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park For information call 6290939 Dont forget about school zones School is back in session so remember to slow down in school zones Also watch for children loading and unload ing school buses In most sit uations it is illegal to pass a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off chil dren Storm sparks blaze downs trees in city Lightning touches off house fire on Encino Drive By OAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Lightning and high winds caused destruction in the River Oaks subdivi sion and a house fire Tuesday The 42miIeperhour winds that rolled into New Braunfels about 5 knocked down trees and mailboxes in River Oaks and scattered branches and debris in streets and yards Sue Karger witnessed the weathers effects on her neighborhood It is a mess out Karger said I couldnt see any of it It was so white The rain and hail were so hard We have got trees down fences down shingles down A lot of trees were split in half Our yard looks like we had a tree trimmer who didnt do anything for a New Braunfels Fire Department offi cials said lightning was the cause of a fire that damaged a home on Encino Drive forcing the residents to evacuate Captain Ray Hacker said firefighters were called to the fire at Battalion chief Wes Meyer said lightning struck an outside electrical meter near the garage igniting the fire We saw an arc on the utility Meyer said We suspect it was caused by Hacker said firemen did not leave the scene until The fire destroyed the garage the living room attic and the kitchen Robert Arnold said the fire struck his home quickly We heard a flash of lightning and in minutes the flames were so high in the attic I realized I couldnt get it out with a garden Arnold said It was a matter saving what we could old photos business records and hanging Arnold and his wife Tina have two children Arnold said he believed the light ning hit the outside electrical panel then went into the inside of the garage The panel inside the garage against the wall was in he said It also was a hard busy night for NWS winds not twister led to damage By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Above flames shoot through the garage of this house in the Mission Hills subdivision Tuesday evening after witnesses say it was struck by lightening Top right photo Mike Carey and Everett Fulton assess the damage in Fultons yard Tuesday when strong storms blew down several trees in River Oaks subdivision We heard a flash of lightning and in minutes the flanies were so high in the attic I realized I couldnt get it out with a garden hose It was a matter sav ing what we could old photos busi ness records and hanging Robert Arnold home burned Tuesday New Braunfels Utilities crews who were busy dealing with power out ages in the Solms Road area along FarmtoMarket 482 It may have been only 10 minutes long but it was Isaid general manager Paul DiFghzo We have sev eral Ikes andpolefc down We have a few people without Wires were wrapped and torn DiFonzo said she hoped to have power restored to people in the area by midmorning She said power outages were report ed off Texas 46 near Hueco Springs Loop Road and on Hunter Road Ronnie Rutkowski spokesman for the Schertz Police Department said officers responded to a report of a pos sible funnel cloud near FM 1103 and Interstate 35 but only found evidence of high winds The roof of the Cibolo Valley Bap tist Church on FM 1103 was blown off Rutkowski said We did have a lot of wind and dam age to power lines and signs in that he said Power lines were reported to be down near Seguin as well HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall New Braunfels Emergency work ers put on another airpack to go back into the blazing structure in Mission Hills subdivision Storms moved through New Braun fels quickly Tuesday evening leaving behind little rainfall and lots of damage according the National Weather Ser vice in New Braunfels NWS forecaster Daryl Williams said a prefrontal disturbance moved through New Braunfels between and Tuesday The cooler air ahead of the cool front mixed with warm moist air sparked the thunder storms Williams said Williams said the storms dropped less than an inch of rain across most of the area Most parts of New Braun fels only received to inches of rain The New Braunfels airport recorded inches of rain while an area five miles south of Canyon Lake recorded inches The San Antonio airport reported inches There wasnt a lot of rain with the said Williams Residents in New Braunfels Seguin and Schertz reported damage they said was caused by a twister However Williams said the damage was caused by gusting winds Winds at the airport were measured at 42 miles per hour and these winds uprooted trees broke limbs and downed electrical lines Peasized hail also was reported There was damage but no said Williams We had lots of damage People tend to associate that with a twister but there wasnt Williams said thunderstorms moved through the area at 20 to 25 mph and brought a fluctuation in temperatures At 4 the temperature was 97 degrees At 5 it was recorded at 98 degrees but at 6 after the Turn to High winds See Page 2A Trade show Visitors got a sneak peek at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce ninth annual Business Trade Show Tuesday The show which features 66 booths will be open 10 to 6 today Tickets at the door will be Door prizes will be awarded during the day and visitors can register for the grand prize a 7day cruise for two to Cancun Cozumel and Honduras The winner will be announced at HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Driver pleads no contest in New Years Eve hitand run accident By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Houston attorney John Lancaster Sharman entered a plea of no contest in Comal County dis trict court Tuesday to failure to stop and leave information after a New Years Eve hitandrun accident in Gniene A McQueeney mans leg was amputated at the knee because of the accident Sharman 51 was handed a sentence of six months deferred adjudication which means the charges will be dropped if he does not get in any other legal trouble for the next six months record will show that hes been arrest District Attorney Dib Waldrip said It wont show a conviction for anything but the traf fic violation In addition to probation Shannan was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and reimburse the DAs office He was ordered to donate to the Comal Health care Organization to be used for the McKenna Rehabilitation Network The agreement also called for the settlement of pending civil litiga tion Sharman was indicted by a Comal County Turn to Driver See Page 2A Library instills love of reading By ABE LEVY Staff Writer At age 7 Julia Gremmer knows what she wants when she walks into the library I just pull books out and start read ing she said All of us in the family love to read We read in the morning and at night I learn a lot from Its a simple strategy but one that Dittlinger Memorial Library officials ore trying to promote through the sum mer reading program Gremmer is one of about 60 children who showed up for seven weeks this past summer on Thursdays to partici pate in the program the library 373 Magazine Ave Volunteers made presenta tions on scij ence and story telling in an effort to encouf age children to maintain reading skill levels achieved during the matters school year Childrens librarian Barbara Kerb said the program has helped children retain what they learned despite the summer break between grades Reading is a tool for she said Reading is not just a school activity Its a lifetime About 80 children from kindergarten through sixthgrade received certifi cates at the end of the program for reading either a total of 24 hours or 20 books Gremmer has attended the program for two years At age 5 one year after learning to ride a bike she got her first library card Her favorite books are the American Girl a fictional series about young girls who grow up during different his Tum to Library See Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Rebecca Kennedy sits in the middle of an aisle reading at Dittlinger Memorial Library Tuesday Easy healthy snacks for your family Pages 9f 04 calendar of arts events Page 8A
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