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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS UJC YV h I n Hf f i rciiiMfi i HERALDZEITUNG ROBIN Anne Swaney manager with Security Finance Corporation carries boxes Tuesday from the back room that was damaged in the Feb 3 fire Vol 14B No 60 14 pages In 1 sections February Cold front expected to arrive by noon BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The weather gods have smiled upon Central Texas The early days of February have been springlike People meander about in shorts and shirtsleeves Even a couple of early bluebonnets have been spotted in the area You had to tune in the Weather Channel if you wanted to see snow and cold weather But forecasters predict the balmy weather will leave the area by this afternoon bidding a temporary farewell to the warm days and nights Officials at the National Weath er Service in New Braunfels said to expect a front to come through sometime before noon today The front will bring a chance of show ers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures to the area By Friday night forecasters pre dict temperatures below freezing in the Hill Country and in the mid 30s elsewhere Temperatures should begin a gradual warming trend on Saturday The cold temperatures could pose a to trees arid plants in the area Marty Gibbs county extension agentagriculture said many warm season plants such as oak pecan and mesquite trees and Bermuda grass had begun to bud unsea sonably early Once the temperature drops below freezing and stays there for four hours or more were going to get some tissue Gibbs said Budding fruit trees such as peach apricot and pear trees might lose mis years fruit if a signifi cant freeze sets in Gibbs said There might not be much of a crop this Gibbs said Gibbs said established trees would not be greatly affected just set back about three to four weeks People with perennial garden plants such as asparagus should cover them with a commercial woven netting available at most gardening outlets the extension agent advised He said milk jugs had been used for the same pur pose in the past Basically what you are attempt ing to do is set up a greenhouse Gibbs said Because no crops are in the ground this time of year agricul ture will not be affected by the cold temperatures Gibbs said Even if plants get through the upcoming weekend unharmed they might not be out of danger The average date for the last freeze in the area is March 10 Gibbs said THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cent Back to business Castell Avenue shops recover from Feb 3 fire BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer The Feb 3 fire that ignited three doors away from Dale Moellers florist shop on North Castell Avenue could not have come at a worse time Fortunately for Moeller the fire spared his business and left him and his staff time to concentrate on Valentines Day one of the most profitable days on the calendar of any professional florist Were definitely back in Moeller said On Wednesday other businesses at the 100 block of North Castell continued cleaning up in the aftermath of the fire New Braunfels Fire Department investi gators said Wednesday the circumstances surrounding the incident were suspicious but it was too soon to call the blaze arson City fire marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said the inves tigation could last another few weeks Most of the businesses affected by the fire suffered minimal smoke damage The blaze began around 3 at First Plaza Finance a loan company at 140 N Castell and caused an estimated to damage to that business Security Finance a loan company next door was the only other business on the See Hes the boss ROBIN Sandra Aguirre WalMart electronics manager pins various movie buttons onto Paul Munozs vest Wednesday Munoz who has cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasis this past summer spent the day as the store manager WalMart makes cerebral palsy patient manager for a day BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Elevenyear old Paul Munoz might not look intimidating but hes not afraid to show people whos the boss WalMart employees answered to a new chief Wednesday when Paul a Canyon Intermediate student was pro moted to store manager for a day Paul has cerebral palsy and was diag nosed with Ataxia Telangiectasis this past summer Despite his handicaps he had no problem being the head honcho While touring the store with Wal Mart account auditor and family friend Lana Harrell Paul found an automo tive part lying on the floor and instruct ed an employee in the automotive department to have it cleared Pauls the first store managerfora day weve had here at the Har rell said I just wanted to introduce him to the people here at WalMart so they could learn how special Paul Although Pauls mother Sandra Munoz said her 11year old son was usually a talker at home he was noticeably shy around WalMart employees and the media Wednesday Harrell said Paul had admired her See HOPE FLOATS The third annual Hope Floats walkathon and floatforacure is sched uled for May 1 in Cypress Bend Park in New Braunfels to raise funds for AT research Amy Madison who has three children with AT is helping to orga nize the event All the money raised by the event will be donated to AT Childrens Project State Comal flu cases on the rise BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Texas physicians are reporting a rapid increase in flu cases throughout the state in the second week of February The National Flu Sur veillance Network has declared the state at an influenza warning stage this week after surveillance sites in Texas reported peak lev els of the flu in February preceded by a steady rise in flu cases in January Shel McWilliams Comal County health department nurse said physicians throughout the county reported 75 cases of influenza during the last few weeks Jf January In all of 1998 we had 104 cases of the flu so 75 cases in January is a marked increase and this is pretty much following the trend across the she said McWilliams said the flu season generally ran from January to April each year The NFSN a network of flu surveillance sites around the country reported an ear ly outbreak of influenza in Texas at the first of Novem ber which put the state at influenza watch status The organization put Texas on influenza alert sta tus in late December when cases of the flu occurred at a surveillance site every other day Dr Dorothy Overman with Hill Country Medical Associates said she had examined a steady stream of flu patients since Janu ary but the number of influenza cases was not above normal We generally see an increase of cases about this 4ltjft ftf A 1 tn 10 me nmuons 01 Amer icans who contract il each year the flu is nothing more than an annoying fourday virus that usually results in the loss of a day of work or school However physicians warn that influenza can be a potentially fatal illness for individuals susceptible to complications The NFSN estimated that more than influen zarelated deaths occurred on average each year in the US Overman said the elderly children patients with car diac problems or diabetes or anyone with compro mised immune systems were at risk to develop seri ous complications from a case of influenza Many older patients can develop pneumonia or become dehydrated and have to be she said People who are more at risk for additional med ical problems should see a doctor if they are coming down with influenza symp Flu symptoms include fever cough headache muscle aches chest con gestion sore throat run ny nose and extreme fatigue INSIDE Abby 5 5 Classifieds Comics 7 Crossword 5 Forum 6 Local 4 Obits 3 Sports 2 Television 7 Master plan Highpaying jobs critical to citys future Editors Note todays story is the fifth in a series on the compre hensive plan for the city of New BY Biu OCONNEU Staff Writer Attracting and keeping high pay ing jobs within the area was seen by a group of strategists as a key element to the success of New Braunfels economic development Providing city residents with a high quality of life depended on cultivating a qualified workforce to keep up with anticipated popu lation growth the strategists eluded New Braunfels vision and goals are not achievable without a vibrant economy and tax the subcommittee said in a 31page draft document prepared for city officials The subcommittee was one of nine formed in 1997 to help create a 20year guideline for city offi cials Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce president Michael Meek said This element economic development is proba bly the cornerstone of the other eight because without money and wraith youre not going to get the things you want on your wish The economic development strat egy proposed ty the suivconiraittee put a high priority on the ability of the local workforce to sustain the city The tax base gen erates the funds that pay for com munity services and projects and support the local school the subcommittee reported Bill Cone president of the New Braunfels branch of Norwest Bank Texas Theres nothing terribly new in this that we havent heard Cone served as chair of the sub committee that assisted a private consultant with the economic development section of the pro posed comprehensive plan The plan was designed to guide city officials during the next 20 years The input from about 330 city residents serving on nine subcom mittees will be discussed Tuesday nwg and zoning commission See MASTER   

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