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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 2627 E YRNDEL PELS POSO TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG 159 18 pages in 2 sections June 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Main Landa keep drivers on alert Downtown circle proves risky for puzzling to newcomers BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Pedestrians beware Thats the warning given by businesses located on Main Although its a historical site most people dont want to see several businesses and local residents agree something needs to be done to alleviate traffic They also agree pedestrians have a hard time crossing the streets and Main Plaza can be scary for firsttime When someone mentioned eliminating that person almost got New Braunfels city manager Mike Shands Many of our citizens consider it It might be hard to but people like The Plaza has been a part of New Braunfels since its Around the construction on the bandstand and fountain was started and shrubbery was added Until the Main Plaza was designed for twoway Theres been city engineer Bolner of shifting traffic away from downtown to Comal but its an unlikely You dont want to take traffic from Shands Main Plaza comes under the Texas Department of Greg Malatek of TxDOT said the Plaza was not a top priority for We might get a couple of calls a year about he John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police said there were not as many accidents there as most would The main accidents come from cars coming from behind and hitting those who have yielded to Plaza he Because of the growing the Plaza is PERI Drivers and pedestrians are often puzzled when they encounter Main an intersection as old as the New Braunfels Police John Wommack said drivers should navigate the traffic circle by using their signals and staying in the outside considered one of the high traffic Accord ing to businesses around the 8 and 5 are the busiest traffic I dont live but something needs to be done about the said Caroline Harper of Bed and Breakfasts and Getaways Reservation 471 Main No one knows who has the especially the As the population there will be more The business has been on the Plaza for about a Employees said accidents came from drivers failing to yield and cars exiting the The tourists want to know how to get to the middle of the Plaza but because there is so much its hard for them to Harper If theyre there is no way they could make it Harper suggested making the area into a square with stop signs or red lights which will allow for easier traffic There is a parking problem on the maybe they could make it into a parking she Carmen another employee at Bed and Breakfasts and said the Plaza was a great giving the appearance of an old Its very quaint especially during Christmas time with all the she But something See Dont hold your breath for a wider Landa Street Part of a series on the roads we drive Thursday The Herald Zeitungs road warriors take you through the Seguin Avenue BY PERI STONE Staff Writer Landa Street probably wont be changing anytime in the near so motorists should get used to the fact its twolane The Texas Department of Transportation has no plans to expand the street in the immediate said resident engineer Greg But motorists on the eastwest crosstown road between Walnut Avenue and Landa Park need not guess any longer its definitely a not a fourlane Malatek Theres not enough for four lanes the way it he Itd just be too New Braunfels Police John Wommack He said most accidents on the road occurred when dri vers did not see the cars in front of them slow to turn into a They should widen it to four he The daily average traffic count on Landa is according to TxDOT Thats down slightly from in PERI The Texas Department of Transportation might widen Landa Street between Walnut Avenue and Landa but that project would be several years which maintains the street from Main Plaza to Walnut might decide to widen Its way out Malatek Its on the Its reached a priority but not enough to start acquiring right See turned right onto Sycamore Ferguson Map Company New Braunfels Police are looking for the driver who struck a pedestrian on Monday night on Business 35 near Avenue Hitandrun wreck kills Scooter Man Police searching for driver involved in Monday accident BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer New Braunfels Police are looking for a hitandrun driver who struck and killed an elderly New Braun fels man Monday night on Business Ray known to many HEB cus tomers as the Scooter was pronounced dead on the scene by 2 Justice of the Peace Bill Police said an unidentified southbound struck Big gadikes batterypowered scooter about as he crossed Business 35 from the east toward Avenue New Braunfels Police John Wommack said witnesses described the vehicle as a white or light gray twodoor foreign car with the numbers 33 in the license plate Skid marks indicated the driver braked through the point of let off the brakes and turned right onto Sycamore Big gadike was thrown almost 58 feet from the point of One witness said the vehicle passed possibly going as fast as 60 miles per hour in the 45 mile per hour Police recovered fragments of the passengerside headlight and turn signal from the accident Wommack pieced the fragments together and found an identification number that might lead to more spe cific information on the Friends and relatives said Biggadike often would spend the day at then drive the scooter down Avenue A and Butcher Street to his home on Santa Clara Bill a member of New Braunfels hide pendent School District board of said his father loved the It just seems like everywhere I I meet people who knew Biggadike He always had a smile on his face he loved living Biggadike said his father never lost his sense of One day I asked why dont you go to WalMart anymore He told me the girls were prettier at Biggadike Detective Sean Gabbard said when worked secu rity at Ray Biggadike was stationed near the See BIGGADIKE Steve Cox left from The Woodlands and Phil of Andrews work to repair Saturino Castillos kitchen floor on More than 70 Texas youth are in New Braunfels this week to serve the commu nity and worship as part of World a volun teer mission HEATHER HeraldZeitung World Changers share faith BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Saturino who has Parkinsons Dis ease and a is unable to make repairs to the house he shares with his The Castillos got a little help from above this week when a crew of Texas youth armed with hammers and a love of serving God arrived at their More than 70 Texas youth are here through Saturday to repair roofs and replace flooring for These World Changers are part of a volunteer youth mission program sponsored by the North American Mission Youth and sponsors from The Brenham and Andrews gave up a week of summer break to serve the community and share their This marks the fifth year the World Chang ers have come to New This 10 construction crews are working on 10 houses in New Braunfels and At Castillos a crew of high school braving 90 degree are working to repair the kitchen and bathroom floor and part of the kitchen ceiling and to paint the outside trim by While operating a drill to fix the Castillos See INSIDE Key Code 76
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