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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEIiUiNG Vol 149 No 10 18 pages in 2 sections December 2 1999 ID A V Servill8 Comal County since 1852 50 cents FM725 could be open by next week BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer McQUEENEY Farmto Market Road 725 could be open as early as Wednesday The road the major thor oughfare through McQueeney has been closed since Nov 5 after a garbage truck hit and damaged a Union Pacific Railroad bridge The closed road has meant a 20minute detour to Farmto Market Road 1044 and lost revenue for many businesses who say the detour steers away potential customers who normally drive right by TxDOT Segiun area engi neer Frank Holzmann said the highway department opted against opening FM 725 Currently Union Pacific uses temporary supports under the bridge and has con tinued to run trains across the tracks The supports obstruct one lane of traffic leaving a 25 foot space open from the sup ports to a side guardrail including the roads shoulder This is just enough room for two lanes of traffic to pass by at a slow speed residents said But Holzmann said high way officials did not have enough distance to transition lanes properly You need 400 to 600 feet to he said But not even 400 feet available he said because of buildings near the road This little space for transition could cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle he said UP started working on the bridge Tuesday he said UP plans on replacing the beam on Monday and clean ing up the site Tuesday We hope to have the road open again Wednesday or he said Kelseys days Kelsey Doege 8 was a normal happy child until this past May With no warning she came home unusually tired one day and later slipped into a coma and awoke unable to speak She now battles brain cancer WAI Kelsey Doege relies on her mom Kim to help her walk top photo and to watch over her as she sleeps BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer SEGUIN Eightyearold Kelsey Doege showed no warning signs of the debilitating cancer that attacked her brain in May She was a typical little girl partici pating in gymnastics and a cheerlead ing class riding her bike and bouncing on her familys trampoline in the back yard And then one day she came home from school so exhausted that she fell asleep at 4 and her parents couldnt wake her even 17 hours later Kelsey slipped into a coma and woke up several days later a different person She was a lot like a stroke said Kelseys mother Kim Doege pro nounced Kelsey couldnt speak or use the right side of her body She limped when she walked and suffered violent seizures Doctors didnt discover the cause of her condition until July when a biopsy prompted when the swelling in Kelseys brain changed appearance showed a brain tumor called astrocy toma According to officials with the department of neurosurgery at the Uni Tralalalalalalalala The Smithson Valley Middle School girls choir sings Wednesday at the Annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting held at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce WAI Zeitung Accident victim dies officials consider manslaughter charges FROM STAFF REPORTS Intoxication manslaughter charges might be filed against a 25yearold woman involved in an Oct 3 accident on FarmtoMarket Road 2722 Leticia Perez 51 of New Braunfels died Nov 28 as a result of injuries she received in the accident Texas Department of Public Safety offi cials were considering filing an intoxication Zeitung could not confirm whether those charges were filed The woman allegedly was driving on the wrong side of EM 2722 about on Oct 3 when she collided with a van driven by 53yearold Gonzalo Perez Leticia Perez suffered the most serious injuries in the accident She was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Perez was released from BAMC shortly after assault charge against the 25yearold woman Thanksgiving and transferred to a nursing As of press time Wednesday the Herald home for rehabilitation before she died WHATS UP The developer is Bluegreen Southwest Land Inc A master plan for the project is in the works Water will be provided by Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation Subdivision stakes claim northwest of Canyon Lake BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Developers are planning an almost singlefamily subdivision at the northwest corner of Canyon Lake Bluegreen Southwest Land Inc closed on the property in October and is in the process of devel oping a master plan for the yet unnamed subdivi sion said Jack Dean regional manager for Blue green Southwest Land Inc The subdivision will be on both sides of Farmto Market Road 306 near North Cranes Mill Road and will include signifi cant lakefront property We are just in the pre liminary planning stages for the Dean said We should have more information available by midJanu Developers have not finalized the number or size of the lots or the amenities that will be included in the subdivi sion Dean said Water for residents of the subdivision will be provided in part by a new Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation treated surface water plant that will be on the north side of Canyon Lake next to the proposed subdivision CLWSC gener al manager Dale Yates said The million water treatment plant and storage tanks are planned to provide up to 6 million gallons of water per day to CLWS customers The north side plant will be completed in three each package unit providing up to 2 million gallons of water per day The first unit of the treatment plant is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2000 Yates said In addition a million 10mile pipeline will be built that will run along 306 to 281 and the Lake of the Deer River subdivi sion area Developers of the new subdivision are paying for water capacity service for up to 1 million gallons per day from the new pipeline The majority of construction and infrastructure costs of the pipeline will be paid for by the devel oper Yates said Customers water rates will not increase as a result of this Yates said The new treatment plant will not run at full capacity and will be used in conjunction with groundwater wells on the Trinity Aquifer The Comal Independent School District also is in current negotiations with Bluegreen South west Land Inc about the possibility of buying a school tract in the development said Roy Lin nartz CISD parttime administrator Things look real good at this Linnartz said We are just ironing out the kinks to work with the county and Bluegreen as far as access roads and traffic around the The proposed school will be a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school that will serve about 800 students in the new subdivision as well as subdivisions to the east and south of the development he said Red Cross offers families advice for Y2K preparations BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Residents who are suffering from Y2K related anxiety should follow advice given by the American Red Cross Be but by all means do not panic Although most experts are predicting the year 2000 will come and go with only a few minor glitches residents should be edu cated and ready for any event that might cause a community disruption Red Cross officials said Texans should prepare for year 2000 like they would for any other potential said Claudia Codina public relations coor We have fires tornadoes hur ricanes and floods much everything but earth quakes All residents should have disaster supply kits Claudia Condlna American Red Crow dinator for American Red Cross of Central Texas We live in the most disasterprone Codina said We have fires tornadoes hur ricanes and much everything but earthquakes All residents should have disaster supply kits Disaster supply kits should include items such as extra flashlights batteries nonper ishable foods and prescription medications she said Emergency supplies should be stocked to last for several days up to a week Red Cross has been preparing for Y2K for more than a year and a half and was one of the first organizations to distribute a brochure to help residents respond safely to potential Y2K disruptions Codina said We get a lot of phone calls from people asking us if we are going to be there to help them if anything she said The Red Cross Disaster Operation Center will be up and running throughout the New Year to help people cope with any disasters or emergencies Red Cross also has been working closely with city county and state emergency offi cials to get ready for Y2K Dwyer Stringer Y2K coordinator for Comal County said the best thing residents can do is not wait until the last minute to pre pare for potential New Years Day disrup tions Y2K family safety tips from the American Red Cross include Check with manufacturers of any essen INSIDE Archives Key code 76   

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