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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 7v J YHHDf VL Ul HERALDZEI FUNG Vol 148 No 216 24 pages in 2 sections September 17 1999 FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents RIGHT TURN ONTO SEVILLE DRIVE Righting a wrong Dont turn on Seville This sign recently posted by Texas Department of Transportation officials warns drivers of a potentially dan gerous situation at interstate 35 and Seville Drive BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Northbound motorists exiting Interstate 35 and looking to get onto Seville Drive shouldnt turn right from the access road transportation officials warned Texas Department of Transportation officials recently posted signs to warn motorists of this at exit 188 a spot where two accidents have occurred in the past year The people on the frontage road assume theyll go straight but they turn New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said And smash Hel lo two scrunched The Class C misdemeanor traffic violation also could cost a motorist up to in fines Northbound motorists take the exit the first one after the Guadalupe River bridge and instead of following the natural curve of the road straight they cross over tiny speed bumps to turn right onto Seville Drive Greg Malatek Texas Department of Trans portation Comal County resident engineer sug gested motorists continue north on the frontage road up to Texas 46 and take the turnaround to die southbound access road Motorists should turn left on Business 35 and then take another left on the boat ramp access road which will wind back around to the north bound frontage road From here motorists can safely turn right onto Seville Or motorists could always exit sooner Wommack said Choice sch WAI Ryan Elder 17 studies a reading assignment at the New Braunfels Independent School District Learning Center 902 W San Antonio St Elder said he preferred the selfpaced learning environment at the center and planned to graduate in December Alternative classes give students more options BY Staff Write local students go to school everyday where there are no lockers no crowded hallways and no school bells to signal the end of classes Each student has a different reason for being there Some work long hours to support their families while others have spe cial educational needs But now they all have one thing in common a chance to succeed These students at risk of drop ping out are staying in school and working to get their diplo mas through selfpaced recovery programs in Comal and New Braunfels school districts Seventeenyearold Laura Henk was a good student at New Braunfels High School until she hit her junior year and her grades began to fall Because of a financial situa tion at home Henk works at Wuests Supermarket to support herself and to save money for college Henk has attended the School of Choice at the NBISD Learn ing Center 902 West San Anto nio since 1998 WAI Laura Henk 17 applied for the selfpaced study for more flexi ble school hours Henk said she could now work longer and fin ish school faster as well as save more money for her future studies at Southwest Texas State University Ringing bells celebrate Constitution Churches courthouses will mark signing anniversary at 3 today BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Let freedom ring its Constitution Day Our Founding Fathers will get a chiming tribute today as Americans celebrate the 212th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution At 3 local time thousands of bells will ring simultane ously across the United States in honor of the document that made our liberty possible Citizens are invited by the Com mission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution to ring bells for up to 212 seconds which is how long forefathers took on Sept signing of the Constitu tion Dick Robinett a New Braunfels resident and member of Sons of the American Revolution said Constitution Day was as impor tant to the history of our nation as Independence Day The Constitution is the greatest document of any free people in the history of the Robinett said All you have to do is stand somewhere like Arlington Ceme tery and feel the tingling to appre ciate the humbleness of the Con Since its signing the Constitu tion has lasted longer than any other recorded document Robinett said In the past 212 years that document has seen everything from the invention of ice cream to the he said The Constitution was signed by 39 men who gathered at the Constitutional Convention from May to September 1787 in Philadelphia Those whose signatures are on the Constitution reads like a Whos Who of American history Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at age 81 The youngest signer was Jonathon Dayton from New Jersey who was 26 Other notables include James Madison Alexander Hamil ton and George Washington With only words the Constitution takes about 30 minutes to read Robinett said The Constitution has been amended 27 times Mayor Stoney Williams said he was grateful for all the Constitution has provided It is the cornerstone of the American way of he said FACTS AND FIGURES The Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution invites citizens to ring bells for up to seconds the amount of time it took to sign the document on Sept only words the Constitu tion takes about 30 minutes to read Benjamin Franklin at age 81 was the oldest of those who signed the Constitution Jonathon Dayton 26 was the youngest Volunteers gathering to clean up Guadalupe FROM STAFF REPORTS The ninth annual Lower Guadalupe River cleanup is scheduled for 9 to 3 on Saturday Registration is from am to at Dou ble Rockin R1 River Rides on Loop 337 and White water Sports on FarnvtoMarket Rpad 306 Scuba divers can register at the Gruene River Company Volunteers will remove trash from about 20 miles of river from FM 306 at Canyon Dam along River Road to New Braunfels The event is organized by Friends For Rivers formed to promote a balance between the conservation and the use of both the Comal and Guadalupe rivers INSIDE Expect lane closures at 135 Walnut next week BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Walnut Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction around the Interstate 35 bridge starting Tuesday Linda BlumeGrisley Texas Depart ment of Transportation project man ager said the lane reduction on the north side of Interstate 35 would begin at HEBs first driveway at 651 South Walnut Ave On the south side of 135 South Walnut Avenue will be reduced to one lane beginning at WalMartfe first dri veway 1209135 South she said This lane reduction is necessary to start construction in the bridge BlumeGrisley said All businesses and driveways will remain accessi The bridge work is part of a larger project to improve Interstate 35 BlumeGrisley said construction crews would lay pipes for the new drainage system and would install a drill shaft for the new bridge Dean Word Company of New Braunfels started work on the interstate from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue in January 1999 a project that will take more than three years to complete The Texas Department of Trans portation will seek bids for a project onehalf mile north of Walnut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 in February 2000 The last project from onehalf mile south of Texas 46 to FarmtoMarket Road 306 will begin in late 2001 Dean Word Company recently com pleted work from the FarmtoMarket Road Road 482 overpass to Solms Road a project that started in February 1996
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