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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS 20332 MOO9 SO WEST M IC RO PU BLISHI NO 2627 E DR HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 84 16 pages in Z sections March THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents County worker killed in traffic accident A Comal County sheriffs deputy directs traffic on North Seguin as Herb Caldwell washes away debris from the scene of Wednesdays fatal accident at the intersection of Seguin and Mill Street ROBIN HeraldZeitung Fellow employee Courthouse is in shock BY HEATHER TODD AND BILL OCONNELL Staff Writers A 60yearold Comal County employee was killed in downtown New Braunfels Wednesday afternoon when she was hit by a pickup truck at a busy intersection New Braunfels Police Department offi cials said Yolanda Trevino a longtime county employee in the tax assessorcol lectors office at 205 N Seguin was crossing the street about 2 when she was hit by a pickup driven by 33yearold Seguin resident Rudolpho Orona The whole courthouse is in assistant Comal County court coordinator Karen Garcia said Police spokesman Lt John Wommack said Orona reportedly had a green light when he turned onto North Seguin from Mill Street She was in the crosswalk when she was Wommack said Comal County health department employees rushed to the scene from their offices inside the courthouse and attempt ed to resuscitate Trevino New Braunfels EMS crews arrived short ly afterward and took over lifesaving efforts but failed to revive her Trevino died at the scene before a Lifeflight heli copter from San Antonio arrived Trevino was pronounced dead at Republican party chair seeking some energy Weddington hoping for continued GOP success in 2000 election season BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY The leader of the Republican Party in Texas no not Gov George W here Wednesday to visit with local GOP women and enjoy some Hill Country cooking Republican Party of Texas chairperson Susan Weddington was the guest speaker at a brunch hosted by the Canyon Lake Republican Women Weddington said her visit was an opportunity to energize a political party that traditionally dominated Comal County She warned local Republicans about the dan ger of resting on their laurels in the 2000 gener al election That obviously is a concern after the success of 1998 That would definitely be to the detriment of our Weddington said at a meeting with the media before Wednesdays brunch at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Several unknown political factors cast an uncertain light on the 2000 general election Weddington said Gov Bushs status as a presidential candidate and a scheduled political redistricting of Texas voting precincts could bring Texans to the polls in large numbers In the event the governor did make a bid for the Residency Weddington predicted a major infu of public interest in the 2000 vote Thats icing on the cake Clearly that will guarantee a lot of she said The flip side of a Bush presidential candidacy could prove dicey to the GOP in Texas accord ing to Weddington She said it would benefit the party to work to prevent a vacuum if Bush were to abandon the governorship halfway through his present term for a move to Wash ington Weddington said she believed Republicans should build a party on ideas not personalities in case Bush moves to the White House in 2000 ROBIN Above Canyon Lake Republican Women president Sarah Butler left listens as Republican Party of Texas chairperson Sarah Weddington talks to new members Wednesday Right Kit White center laughs at one of Weddingtons jokes during her mid morning presentation The 2000 election was not the only item on Weddingtons agenda She said Republicans throughout the state were keeping a close eye on Austin where a bill supporting deregulation of the stated electric power industry was being discussed by law makers this week Weddington said some form of electric dereg ulation was likely to be passed this year and added that her experience as GOP chairperson told her that state lawmakers were serious about passing a bill that was beneficial to consumers City races are on Two more file BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Lastminute filers appeared on the local political horizon Wednesday and created three twoway races for the May 1 city election Mayoral candidate Robert KeittJftek aftid Dislritf 5 City Council member hopeful Clif Courtney filed their applica tions within hours of the dead line Kendrick a 60yearold self employed architect announced his intent to oppose Stoney Williams in the upcoming mayors race Williams 33 is a contractor with GuadaComa Mechanical Kendrick said Wednesday in a press release that his goals were to maintain and improve our natural resources for everyones enjoyment increase focus on the youth programs and facilities rejuvenate down town and maximize efficiency of city services within existing budgetary Williams could not be reached for comment Two candidates will vie for the District 5 City Council seat relinquished by Cathy Talcott who was not eligible for reelection because she is mov ing away from her district Eli gibility rules require council members to represent districts in which they reside Courtney 41 is a telecom munications specialist with the Treasury Directing more city resources toward the local population is his priority I want to see things done for the local residents and youth of New Braunfels instead of all the resources being used to entice more RACES Candidates for the 1 999 New Braunfels city election scheduled for include Stoney Williams 33 mechanical contractor Robert Kendrick 60 selfemployed architect DISTRICT 5 CITY COUNCIL SEAT Lee Rodriguez 39 restaurant owner Courtney 41 works for Telco Spec DISTRICT 6 CITY COUNCIL SEAT Juliet Watson incum 32 selfemployed David L Nigh 45 attorney tourists Im not antitourism but I think we can do a lot more for the local residents who live here all year Courtney said opponent for the District 5 council seat is local restaurateur Lee Rodriguez 39 who pointed to his own participation in local youth based programs I havent been the past president of Communities in Schools for Rodriguez said Ive also been involved in various local boards and commissions for the areas District 6 also has two city council candidates Local attorney David L Nigh 45 filed Tuesday and will run against 32yearold incumbent Juliet Watson INSIDE More delays gn the way for Interstate 35 drivers BYHBATHIRTODD Staff Writer Just when local residents thought it couldnt get much worse con struction along Interstate 35 within the city limits will cause added traf fic delays this spring The Texas Department of Trans portations New Braunfels office and Dean Word Company Ltd out linedconstruction nroificts and latia MMW WWHW WlWM WMR 0mMV closures for the next six months along 135 from Solms Road to Walnut Avenue The construction work is part of a million project to recon struct and widen the interstate from half a mile south of Solms Road to half a mile north of Walnut Avenue The project began in November 1998 and is scheduled to be com plered by July 2001 Local motorists can expect the Walnut Avenue Rueckle 337 and Schmidt Antonio Street inter sections to be reduced to one lane ui each direction beginning in April The lane closures will allow con struction crews to rebuild and widen all major bridge structures to align the overpasses withthe all widening of the interstate said Greg Malatek area resident engi neer for TxDOT i These intersections will have to be closed and traffic will have to detoured at certain times during the removal of existing bridges and he said Malatek said street closures gen erally would occur at night and would be for short periods of time On March 22 the northbound frontage road from Rueckle 337 to half a mile north of Walnut Avenue will be reduced to one lane for storm drainage work The southbound frontage road already is reduced to one lane for the same job Malatek said both frontage roads would remain onelane roads for at least a year Access to several local business es along the 135 corridor at the south end of the city will be limited during construction See   

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