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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY fangers5 Cougars to clash on court Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 10 pages in one section Tuesday December 80 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Andy 2627 c EL 146 No 33 79903 Inside Market Stain mtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lee Alanis IH Andy Velasquez 18 Paul Hud son Lupe Suarez Sofia Camareno Celeste Torres 24 years and Courtney Renee Ramsey 5 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen unavailable Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 335 cubic feet per sec ond Monday down 25 from Friday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level Monday up 04 from Friday Canyon Dam discharge 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 235 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 Clouds show up later in week Today Sunny Highs near 70 Tonight clear and laws in the mid 3Qs Wednesday Highs inthe upper 60s Wednesday night partly cloudy Lows in the upper 40s New Years Day Partly cloudy Highs in the 70s Friday Increasing cloudiness Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s Saturday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s Heritage Society shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today is the Her itage Society This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight HeraldZeitung closing for holiday The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung off iceswill be closed New Years Day The New Years Day edition of the Her aldZeitung will be delivered Thursday morning Christmas trees have second life The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities sponsor the 11th annual Christmas tree recycling pro gram Residents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area in the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot at Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Landa Park through Jan 19 Schools out until 1998 Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Friday Employees return Monday while students begin the second semester Jan 6 Comal ISO offices and schools will be closed until 8 Monday School will resume Jan 6 Feel the need to speed Lawmen say its going to cost you BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal County residents as well as drivers across the state might be in for a surprise if they drive faster than posted speed lim its in construction zones Thats because after Jan 1 traf fic fines will double in those zones Drivers out in the county also might want to slow down as well because the Comal County Sher iffs Office is beefing up its patrol efforts Many San AntonioNew Braun fels commuters travel Interstate 35 daily and enter a narrow eight mile twolane stretch of highway northbound and southbound between New Braunfels and Schertz Soon they might want to back off the gas pedal somewhat and allow more time to get to their destinations Speeding through a construction area could result in a fine Hopefully it the increase in fines will slow some people said John Ritter with the Texas Department of Public Safe ty in New Braunfels We have a lot of people who come through that construction zone with a total disregard for the 55 miles per hour Fines double if Texas Depart ment of Transportation employ ees or subcontractors are at the construction site Large cement dividers along the IH 35 construction area made traf fic stops difficult but not impossi ble said Ritter Enforcing the 55 mph speed limit on northbound IH 35 was not hard because there was a wide improved shoulder But south bound lanes presented a problem because there was either no shoul Turn to Speed Page 2 Tony Musgrave Comal County deputy sher iff monitors motorists speed along Loop 337 Monday HeraldZeitung photos by Susan Jakobsen Behind the wheel fines for violations in construction zones will double beginning Jan 1 County Sheriffs Office plans to install 10 new radar devices in patrol cars They can monitor the speed of vehicles in front of and behind patrol cars as well as oncoming traffic in January six new officers will join the Comal County Sheriffs Office Motorists often violate speed limits on county roads Interstate 35 and school zones Radar devices like this one allow officers to detect motorists rates of speed in front of and behind their patrol cars as well as in oncoming traffic Wrecks claim two lives From staff reports Two men died in separate auto accidents Sunday and Monday in Comal County A Crosby Texas man died in a onecar accident early Sunday morning near Sattler according to Comal County Sheriffs Office reports Michael Duane McGuire 40 was driving on Farm toMarket 2673 a half mile west of Sattler at am Sunday when he failed to negotiate a curve Reports showed the vehicle veered off the road and flew along the fence line into a utility pole spun clockwise rolled onto its left side and came to rest Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pronounced McGuire dead at the scene at 4 reports showed Passenger David Wayne Speer 38 of Baytown was injured A 27yearold Mexican national was killed Sunday evening when a bicycle he was riding collided with an automobile near Garden Ridge According to Department of Public Safety reports Santiago OliveraGonzales was southbound on Farm toMarket 2252 at when he attempted to cross to the other side of the road OliveraGonzales was hit by a 1995 Pontiac driven by Marshall Gibson of Marion who was traveling northbound on FM 2252 OliveraGonzales was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at according to reports Woman trapped in vehicle after Loop 337 accident From staff reports New Braunfels police and fire department rescue team extricated a woman who was trapped inside a Chevrolet Blazer that collided with an 18wheeler on Loop 337 Monday evening The accident occurred about 6 The driver of the 18wheeler reportedly was unable to stop when a traffic light on Loop 337 changed to red and he proceeded through the intersection according to Dennis Conran NBPD officer The driver of the Blazer drove through the intersection after the light turned green for traffic on River Road and the Blazer was hit by the 18wheeler police said The injured woman was airlifted to San Antonio according to law enforcement officials Holiday closings Banks and government offices will close New Years Day but people needing a grocery drug or super store Thursday will be in luck City of New Braunfels closed Thursday regular hours Wednesday and Friday Comal County 8 am to noon Wednesday closed Thursday open Friday Post office regular hours Wednesday to 5 closed Thursday regular hours Friday Bank of America clos es at 3 Wednesday closed Thursday regular hours Friday Central Texas Bank regular hours Wednesday lobby closes at 3 and drivethrough closes at 6 closed Thursday regu lar hours Friday First Commercial Bank lobby and drivethrough close at 3 Wednesday closed Thursday lobby and drivethrough open till 6 Friday First State Bank regu lar hours Wednesday Ipbby open till 4 driyethrpugh till closed thursday regular hours Friday Frost Bank regular hQurs Wednesday Ipbfciy open till 4 and drive Turrt to Closings Page 2 Gesundheit Cedar fever keeps us sneezing By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The New Years winds will blow an unwelcome red confetti New Braunfels way cedar pollen Noses all over Comal County will begin looking like Rudolphs and tissue sales will skyrocket The pollen count could rise within the first couple of weeks in January said New Braunfels allergist Dr Frank Hampel Jr Peak season is usually the latter part of Janu he said cedar pollen count can get as high as to grains per cubic The cedar trees found on practically every Hill Country slope are two species Juniperus asheii and Juniperus sabinoides Hampel said People allergic to their pollen react basically the same way he runny noses sneezing and itchy watery eyes It can affect the lungs for asthmatype symp toms wheezing and Hampel said A person who is very allergic to cedar pollen will develop the same symptoms as one who is less sen sitive The really sensitive will respond when there are just a few he said I have patients who say You dont have to tell me when the cedars out I can When the pollen count rises into the thousands even people who are not allergic can be affected in Breathing easy People who are allergic to cedar pollen can adjust their environment to minimize the pollens effects Keep windows shut Change heater or air conditioner filters frequently When the sky is blue the air is dry and the wind is brisk stay indoors as much as possible Those are the condi tions under which pollen spreads most easily Photo submitted Who said cedar trees are evergreen Junipers like this literally turn red with pollen this time of year the same way they would during a dust storm with irritation in eyes nose and lungs When overthecounter antihistamines dont dry up allergic noses its time to see a doctor Hampel said Prescription antihistamines and decongestants could work with less side effects than overthe counter medications he said Doctors also might prescribe nasal steroids Preventatively you can get allergy Ham pel said Its too late to get preventative shots for this years season Allergy sufferers wanting to get the desensi tizing shots before the next season should start them right after the current cedar pollen season is over usually by the first week in February he said The cost of the shots varies depending on the type of insurance a patient has Most insurance plans will cover Hampel said Southwest Texas State trying to move up SAN MARCOS Texas AP Large financial contributions and nation al attention for degree programs has the president of Southwest Jexas State Uni versity pushing to make the university one pf the states top three public uni versities by 2005 Two multimilliondollar gifts from Roy and Joanne Mitte of Austin have helped give a boost to the nearly student campus located in the hills of central Texas The Mittes gave million in April for 125 academic scholarships to be giv en annually They followed with a million gift in August to endow five aca demic chairs of million each The nationwide search to fill the chairs begins next month said Texas President Jerome Supple The schools first doctoral program in a nationally recognized geography depart ment began last year Those developments have helped the school the alma mater of Lyndon B Johnson rebound from a critical 1996 state audit that said thetoniversity had overspent its athletic budget overpaid for an apartment complex near the cam pus and bought Aquarena Springs theme park for million too much After the theme park lost mil lion the university changed the focus of the park two years ago to an educa tionalenvironmental resource center Supple said the financial donations and recognition for degree programs make the time right to focus on muscling into the same ranks as Texas and Texas Celebrate New Year wisely Page 4
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