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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY CHS JVBHS girls basketball results Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeiti 12 pages in one section Tuesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Edward and Jossett No 8 Inside Stmnmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Brmmfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to David Ingram Jamie Varn er Steven Startz Amanda Marie Lopez 10 Kim berli Adams 9 years Adela Rojo Garcia Olivia Wilkinson and Josh Stolinski 18 Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Edward and Jossette Garza 2 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 322cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 241 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water p Thanksgiving shaping up to be cloudy warm Tonight Mostly cloudy Lows in the mid 60s to mid 50s Wednesday Mostly cloudy Highs near 80 Wednesday night mostly cloudy with light rain or driz zle Chance of rain less than 20 percent Lows in the upper 60s upper 50s Thanksgiving Mostly cloudy breezy and warm with a slight chance of showers Highs around 80 Friday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows near 60 Highs in the 70s Saturday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s DPS offices closed for holiday Texas Department of Public Safety offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving This will allow DPS office staff an opportunity to spend the holidays with loved ones See Page 2 to find out which offices will be closed over the Thanksgiving week end Road closures City crews will continue work on Landa Street near Zoeller Funeral Home Expect lane closures City crews will set out cones to direct traffic from Loop 337 down Common Street for the Holiday River of Lights in Cypress Bend Park Community center sharing the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the Community Service Center This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to Tuesday and hand out infor mation In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight State troopers hoping for safe holiday weekend By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Nearly 60 people died each of the past two Thanksgiving Day weekends a Department of Public Safety official said As a result troopers will be watching the states highways this holiday weekend in an effort to pre vent more deaths DPS spokesman Paul Waggener said 57 people were killed in traffic accidents last year during the Thanksgiving holidays compared to 61 deaths in 1995 The DPS statistics cover a period from 6 Wednesday until midnight Sunday Waggener who works with the DPS district office in San Antonio said most people died in traffic accidents for two reasons Drinking and driving and excessive speeds are two of the main reasons why people are killed in traffic he said In 1996 20 of the 50 accidents during the Thanksgiving weekend involved alcohol Waggener said Last year out of the 61 Thanksgiving deaths 25 were DWI Waggener said Waggener said DPS troopers would be on Texas highways during the holiday to ensure everyone is abiding by the law Turn to Weekend Page The three Ss The Department of Public Safety urges drivers to practice the three Ss secure your safety belt Hsave your drinking until after you reach your destination Reason for thanks Fire victims who lost home glad to spend holiday together HeraldZeituna photos by Susan Flynt England The Rodriguez family burned out of their South Street home Thursday are living with son Jose Rodriguez Jr until they restore their home From left are Jose Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez 3 Roberts mother Rachel 19 Rosa Rodriguez and Phillip Rodriguez 21 By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The Rodriguez family is counting their blessings this Thanksgiving they are all alive and well The Rodriguez home which they owned and lived in for 23 years was extensively damaged by fire Thursday night Jose Rodriguez his wife Rosa son Phillip daughter Rachel and grandson Robert now live with Jose Jr until their house is livable They do not know how long that will take The basic structure of the house on East South Street remains intact Everything else is burned or smoked or melted7Jose Jose Rodriguez Rosa and a nephew were asleep when the fire started Jose Jr said It originated at the living room couch he said My dad works at Jose Jr said His regular alarm went off and my mom woke up My mom noticed the living room was brighter than Rosa Rodriguez woke her husband and nephew and rushed them out the back door Jose Jr said When they opened the back door it fed the he said There was a lot of smoke already in the Rosa Rodriguez called the New Braunfels Fire Department from a neighbors home At least we get to spend Thanksgiving Jose Rodriguez Jr New Braunfels The fire department responded to the call at said city fire marshal Elroy Friesenhahn Three trucks responded with 16 people on the he reported Firefighters contained the fire in 10 min utes but heavy smoke and heat already had caused considerable damage Friesen hahn said Dad and Mom were treated for smoke Jose Jr said Jose Sr was able to open a sliding glass door and remove a television and video cassette recorder from the house Jose Jr said Those are the only two items the family retrieved that night A lot of our relatives over the weekend came over to help clean the building Jose Jr said They cleaned major appliances burnt belongings cabinets doors and sheet rock he said The Rodriguez family does not have A burned teddy bear and a childs blanket were among the items recov ered from the Rodriguez home homeowners insurance They already have received some help HEB where Jose Sr works the salon where Rachel works and Omas Haus Turn to Thanks Page 2 Cheer Fund seeks donations The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund to buy food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraJdZeitung office at 707 Landa St Checks also can be mailed to the HeraldZertung Recent contributions include John and Elisabeth Brubak New Local churches make plans for Thanksgiving Special services set through Thursday From staff reports Comal County residents can give thanks at special Thanksgiving services planned this week Members of St Paul Lutheran Church and St Johns Episcopal Church will conduct a joint Thanksgiving eve service at 7 Wednesday at St Johns Episcopal Church 312S Guenther Dessert and coffee will be served after the service Oakwood Baptist Church will have a Com munion service at 7 today at 21154 Loop 337 Holy Family Catholic Church will conduct Thanksgiving Day Mass at 8 Thursday at 245 S Hildago First Baptist will have special music and hear testimonies during a 6 Wednesday service at 733 Cross St Cross Lutheran will conduct a Thanksgiving service at 7 Wednesday at South Hicko ry and Cross Streets First Protestant will have a Thanksgiving service at Wednesday at Seguin and Coll Streets Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church will have a Thanksgiving Mass at 6 Wednes day at 386 N Castell Residents oppose gas station plans Council tables rezoning until Dec 8 meeting BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels residents told city council Monday that a fill ing station planned for Loop 337 and Texas 46 West posed a dan ger and would add to an already high number of gas stations in the area The filling station and other entities including a grocery store office buildings and a restaurant are among plans envisioned by Quanalyze a development company in San Antonio To build the filling station Quan alyze sought the rezoning of a 300foot tract of land within city limits to provide access from Texas 46 in west New Braunfels Quanalyze officials appeared before council in October to describe plans for the S50 mil lion development project Homeowners in the imme diate area however told coun cil Monday they did not believe the project would benefit the community Within one mile and a quar ter radius of that site there are at least six convenience store filling said Barry Shea a representative of Hunters Creek Homeowners Association Wed hate to see a pretty piece of property be bulldozed The tract known as the Andreas Sanchez Survey No 286 belonged to the Coreth family prior to Quanalyzes purchase In the midst of the acreage are ruins of an immi grant homestead Quanalyze officials said they hoped to build around the ruins and pre serve them out of respect for the Coreth family I think weve been very amicable to do deed restrictions and whatever needs to be said Quanalyze representative Diana Farris During a planning and zoning meeting in October Quanalyze agreed to deed restrictions against mobile home and used car lots I Company representatives said the development would look like a native Hill Country setting complete with masonry work j Of the 200 acres only about 20 acres of the land fall within New Braunfels city limits Mayor protern Ray Schoch said if the rezon ing was passed council members would not have any say in terms of what types of businesses developers wanted to build there We cant be so restrictive as to tell you what you can and cant Schoch told Farris City planning director Harry Bennett said legal riotices were placed in local newspapers and until this week no residents had complained about the development Notices also were sent to homeowners within 200 feet of die proposed development and no responses were received he said The rezoning of the land was part of a ninepart consent agen da during the Monday council meeting The consent agenda includes items that members usually vote on in one motion John Salsman a member of the Hunters Creek Homeowners Association said fear of the unknown prompted him to attend the meeting There is a lack of knowledge of whats going in there on the said Salsman Its very vague at this Hunters Creek homeowner Andrew Lindemann said he was concerned about the proximity of New Braunfels High School and New Braunfels Christian Academy and safety of the students in the event of an accident Quanalyze officials said they planned to store about gallons of fuel in above ground fuels storage tanks I dont want to drive by one of those convenience stores and filling stations said Lindemann Council called for more Quanalyze officials to appear during the next meeting Dec 8 to clarify development plans Action on Quanalyzes request was tabled In other action Council approved Monday An acrosstheboard increase for city employ ees The pay increase equals 5 percent of the median salary Installation of stop signs on Denise Drive at Gruene Road and Azalea Lane at Gruene Road Adjusted hours for speed limits in school zones Changing the current use of a Victorian house from guest rooms only to either guest rooms and a restaurant and allowing retail use and sales An interlocal mutual aid agreement with the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services Economic develop ment assistance for a tri survey for Palo Alto Design Group Inc Canyon High School cheerleaders prepare for national competition Page 3
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