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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 90 t NEW tfrblffWELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 42 48 pages in 4 sections January 17 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Hotrods Local racing enthusiasts cross the generational gap as their love for the sport brings them 1B Cant beat feet We use them everyday and we usually dont think about them until something goes 100th birthday Relive the past and share in the history of the Comal County Courthouse in a special section inside todays paper INSIDE WEATHER Partly cloudy skies with highs In the 70s and lows in the 40s thats the fore cast for the early part of the week Get the details on Page 2A INDEX Prosecutors Remove Clinton or hurt presidency WASHINGTON a final flourish House prosecu tors demanded President Clin tons removal from office Satur day telling a hushed audience of senators that otherwise the pres idency itself might be deeply and perhaps permanently dam Senate leaders sparred over the issue of witnesses at the historic impeach ment trial Morally seri ous men and women can imag ine circumstances at the far edge of the morally per missible in which a president could shade CLINTON the truth for the good of the nation said whitehaired Rep Henry Hyde the lead prosecu tor summing up three days of opening arguments But under oath for a private pleasure he asked It was a question that cut to the core of the case allegations that Clinton committed perjury and obstructed justice in an attempt to conceal his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky Moments after Hyde conclud ed the prosecutions presentation Clinton attorney Gregory Craig Said the presidents legal team would be ready with a strong vigorous defense based on the facts the law and the Constitu tion when the trial resumes on lUesday Senate officials estimate that people have stood in line each day to witness a few minutes of tiie drama The trial with Chief Justice William Rehnquist pre siding is the first such presiden tial impeachment proceeding since SV meningitis alert School county health officials try to contain disease rumors BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School students and staff are taking extra precautions after a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis Jan 12 One SVHS student who has not been identified was sent to an intensive care unit Jan 13 after being diagnosed with acute bacte rial meningitis Jan 8 Comal Independent School Dis ttict officials who wereakrted of tfie infected student Jan 11 said SVHS personnel were taking mea sures to protect students and staff from infection by disinfecting water faucets door handles and drinking fountains in the school Bacterial meningitis is not an air borne disease and is transmitted through close contact Shel McWilliams Comal Coun ty Health Department nurse said parents and students should be con cerned about the disease but should not panic We want informed parents but not panicked ones If students shared the same air space it is not a she said Close contact with the infected student would include contact with the immediate family and actions such as using the same dining uten sils or drinking glass kissing or being sneezed or coughed upon SVHS students and staff have been instructed to refrain from actions that could spread the dis ease However Yvonne Vanegas a freshman at SVHS said she still was concerned about her own health ROBIN Smithson Valley High School janitor Kelly McCullough wipes down one of the classroom door knobs after class Friday I dont know who the infected student is So how do I know if Ive been in contact with him or not she said Kathryn Welch a SVHS junior said concern about the spread of bacterial meningitis on campus var ied among students I know some people who went and got tested I think most of us See What is it Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of the mem branes that cover the brain and spinal cord It is spread through close contact with an infect ed person Symptoms Fever Headache possibly severe neck shoulders or back Severe shooting pains down the back of the neck Inability to tolerate bright light Nausea and vomiting Mental con fusion drowsi ness seizures and loss of consciousness Treatment Large doses of intravenous antibiotics Compiled by News and Observer Raleigh Sources American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine Johns Hopkins Symptoms and Remedies The Complete Home Medical Bulverde East OKs joining 3 South BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BULVERDE Voters of Bul verde East moved this west Comal community closer to being a uni fied city by approving a consoli dation proposal Saturday Bulverde East residents voted 13912 to consolidate with Bul verde South which leaves a final consolidation election May 1 before Bulverde residents are part of a single city with resi dents Bulverde incorporation sup porters say consolidation is nec essary to prevent the communi tys annexation into San Antonio Election judge Vicki Martin said the election generated a great The November vote to consoli date Bulverde West and Bulverde South passed by a margin of 752 Martin said more than 60 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period for Saturdays elec tion The citizens to the south now go to the polls in May to decide whether to consolidate with Bul verde East Martin said Saturdays election boded well for the last consolidation election in May The consolidation process began in November 1997 when the cities of Bulverde North South West and East voted to incorporate In separate elections this past year Bulverde North and Bul verde West were consolidated with Bulverde South Saturdays election finally end ed an ongoing discussion between Bulverde East and Bulverde South about which city had the greater population State law mandates the smaller city must conduct the first election to consolidate County breathes easy despite emissions hikes BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Comal County does not appear ready to stake a claim as an industrial area Several factors however have con tributed to deterioration of air quality in this county but state environmental offi cials say it is better than many areas in the state that have the same kinds of indus trial emissions Comal County particularly New Braun fels has evolved into a bedroom com a reference to the areas popu home white commuting to a job in Austin or San Antonio Added to the flow of commuter traffic commerce rumbling daily through this See how Comal stacks up PagelOA area since the adoption of the North Amer ican Free Trade Agreement The amount of traffic passing through the Austinto San Antonio corridor had a significant effect on air quality state environmental officials said Traffic plays a huge role in what we have to deal Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission spokesman Tom Kelley said Economic development in New Braun fels led to a growth in the number of man ufacturing plants starting operations with in the city limits since the 1980s Some of the companies that built plants in New Braunfels were recruited by the city oeca New Braunfels General Store International is one of several companies with state permits for air emissions sionally with property tax abatements exemption typically is given in exchange A property tax abatement is a total or for the business guaranteeing to create a partial tax granted to a business certain number of jobs and investments for a designated period of time The 5ee S I
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