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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Fl TX 9903 ZEITUNG Vat 148j tfd 165 14 fiaiges in 1 tfctioft IUIV81W THURSDAY County since 1852 50 cents Commissioners hope to modify intersection Canyon Lake roads seen as dangerous By Cwriis CREWS 1997 Qeosystems Gtobal Corp County commissioners will vote jtoday on a proposal to reconfigure the intersection of Cindy Drive and Drive near Canyon Lake Comal County officials could spend more than to reconfigure an inter section considered dangerous by residents County commissioners will vote today on a proposal to buy two lots in Canyon Lake Village Westi one of the countys largest subdivisions The improvement would be made where Cindy Drive meets Colleen Drive Commissioners will meet at in the commissioners court room in the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin Ave County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the inter DAWSON section was built as a and local drivers cut corners at the intersection making it even more dangerous He said the land would allow the county to transform the intersection into a tradi tional T crossing Officials said the cost to acquire the half acre property would be about with another to rebuild the area Kathryn Hornsby president of the prop erty owners association said more than 900 lots and 602 homes were in the subdi vision Hornsby said the price tag for the land was a fair one Thats not bad up here where some lots go for to Hornsby said Hornsby said she was thrilled that Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson said the commissioners court wanted to protect drivers rather than risk a tragedy MEETING WHO Comal County Commissioners Court WHEN today WHERE Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin Ave Dawson said growth in the area required a change be made This intersection is so built up and over crowded we needed to take some action It has been a problem for he said Dawson said if the plan was approved it should be finished by the end of the year County nurse moving on HEATHER Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams left gives instructions to immunization clerk Denise Torres center on Wednesday Also pictured is parttime receptionist Ginny Meyer McWilliams will retire on Friday after 11 years as the countys top health official McWilliams retiring after 11 years of jtjelping healing others BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams has gone from giving shots to calling the shots at the countys health department McWilliams will hang up her nurses hat Fri day as the countys top health official after 11 years She was hired in September 1988 but has lived in the New Braunfels area for 25 years I was really in the right place at the right time I looked at it as an interesting opportuni ty for a really challenging she said However McWilliams said the role cifcoun ty nurse has changed I used to give 300 shots a day but the job has changed over the years Initially I yifas pri marily the nurse who gave all the immuniza tion shots but thats changed into more of an administrative she said Nanette Burkhardt health department office manager said McWilUams would be missed Shel is the health she said worked with closely with her for five years and I dont think she can be Burkhardt said McWilliams helped the health department grow into an entity for the whole community Everyone in this town lowincome or high income is welcome here Shes been here for every emergency and she said The Comal County nurse is primarily responsible for planning and implementing programs to enhance good health As the top county health official McWilliams was charged with investigating communicable diseases and making sure the health department followed state laws and See Cliff dive ends in tragedy BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Bradley Dietrich added his name Tuesday to list of a dozen victims who have lost their lives while diving from a hazardous cliff into Canyon Lake Divers with Comal County Sheriff fc Office and Canyon Lake Fire Department retrieved the body of the 45yearold San Antonio man from the lake near the North Park cliff area around Tuesday The victims brother told authorities Dietrich had been diving from a fenced restricted area when he apparently struck his head on a rock outcropping Travis County Medical Examiners ruled Wednesday the cause of the mans death was drowning not the head wound Jerry Brite Canyon Lake manager with the Army Corps of Engineers was at the scene with sheriffs deputies and Canyon Lake Fire Department officials He said the head wound although not the direct cause of death probably con tributed to the drowning Having a head wound like that can incapacitate someone and cause them to quickly drown because they cant save them he said Brite who has been with the Canyon Lake Army Corps of Engineers for 13 years has seen 12 others lose their lives in similar accidents in the area People get on the rough side and they try to jump to miss the rocks below but sometimes they he said CCSO Sgt Jimmy Limmer who investigated the case agreed We get these on a pretty regular basis maybe once or twice a he said Divers found Dietrichs body in 45 feet of water but Brite said depending on the shelf level the drop could be from five to 80 feet He also said the water beyond the rocks was 80 to 100 feet deep The cliff has been a restricted area for 25 years because of the danger the rocks pose to divers he said Brite said the rough cliff area was near the bluff line of the old channel of the Guadalupe River where it once cut along Jonas bluff which is part of North Park He said Dietrich and his broth er rented a campsite in North Park and were warned by a gate attendant not to enter the restricted area They agreed the area was dangerous and said they had been coming to the park for 20 years The attendant gave them the same warning he gives to 100 people a day but he didnt know See Library foundation seeking funds BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer With the walls of the New Braun fels Public Ubrary up a group of supporters is looking for help buying equipment for the library set to open later this year The New Braunfels Public Ubrary Foundation is accepting donations CHRISTINA lUNOR7Heraid2flituna Construction on the library is Sue Biedermann treasurer for the New Braunfels Public Ubrary scheduled for completion this sum Foundation shows off the new Ubrary at 700 g Common St mar After inspections are completed collections will move finm Dittlinger Memorial Library to the new build ing 700 E Common St Director Vickie Hocker said the library should open this fall Foundation treasurer Sue Bieder tnann said We have started our cor porate campaign which includes tar geting bigger corporations We also have had private individuals and busi nesses in town give President Ramon Chapa Sr said TXJ Hunter Cement presented the foundation with making them silver sponsors We had one person donate All monies given to the founda tion will be used to buy equipment including tables chairs books and electronics for the meeting room We will have more shelving and when the collection moves over itll give us more room to grow We had an increase in our materials budget allowing for more Hocker said Donors can request how their mon ey is used or they can give unre stricted gifts which allows money See INSIDE 10 Key code 76
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