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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW ittalkiaNFELS i HERALDZEI ruNG Vol 149 No 24 20 pgs in 2 sections December 22 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bulverde plane crash sends two to hospital FROM STAFF REPORTS The pilot and passenger of a Cessna 210 were airlifted Monday evening to a San Antonio hospital after the small aircraft crashed near Cibolo Creek in Bulverde Bulverde resident Richard Monahan 62 who was piloting the plane apparently was not seriously injured but was transported as a precautionary mea sure Airlife from University Hospital landed in a field across from the accident scene on Obst Road in southern Comal County Monahan also is the owner of the Bulverde Air Park where he was trying to land the plane when the crashed occurred Trooper Randy Wells with Texas Department of Public Safety said Monahan had lacerations and bruises but no apparent serious injuries The passenger of the plane described as a man in See Hair to help Comal stylists go to great lengths to help cancer patients WAI Linda Caldwell styles a wig at Shear Success in the Canyon Lake area Caldwell works with cancer patients to help them feel better about themselves during the healing process Shear Success specializes in cranial prostheses BY DANA JONES HeraldZeitung Correspondent CANYON LAKE Inside a newly remodeled salon beliind a partition to ensure privacy Linda Caldwell fits cancer patients with locks of love By fitting cancer patients with what Caldwell termed a cranial prosthesis she hopes to cater to those who need to feel bet ter about themselves while undergoing treatment I dont know of any salon that offers this service in Comal Caldwell said Hair loss from chemotherapy and radia tion treatment causes hair follicles to weak en and fall out Once treatment ends the hair will grow back but it might take a year to grow back completely Feelings and emotions pay a big part in the healing Caldwell said Helping the patjent to feel better about himself and his appearance will aid his See They grow their Locks of Love BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Just 10 inches of hair can make a childs dream come true and with a little help from a local beauty salon that dream is becoming a reality Kreative Kuts 1112 N Walnut par ticipates in Locks of Love a nonprofit organization based in Florida that provides hairpieces for children ages 18 and younger Norma Martinez of Kreative Kuts became interested in the program after see ing a segment on the television show Inside The show was talking about how people can donate hair for the she said I thought it was a good idea so I decided to start growing my hair out so I could donate Martinez who spent a year and a half growing out her collarlength hair received mixed reactions from friends and family Her husband Ray knew why she was CHRISTINA Delia Aleman front left and Shelley Schulle back cut Norma Martinez hair for the Locks for Love program growing her hair but was a little upset to see it cut He hated to see it short she said See Walnut Avenue Expansion costs are in the details BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Walnut Avenue expansion is on New Braunfels proposed bond ballot but city council hasnt ironed out several details that could greatly affect the cost The number of lanes and just what the city does with the prop erty it might buy could increase the total cost now an estimated million But some argue those details shouldnt be worked out instead council should scrap the project altogether and find an alternative solution Others say Walnut is the only northsouth thoroughfare in town and needs to be expanded to ease traffic already there The average daily traffic count along Walnut Avenue near the rail road tracks is cars city records show New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said he considered Walnut one of the highest traffic areas of the city Its an antiquated street for the he said But Walnut is a neighborhood first and foremost District 6 coun cilwoman Juliet Watson said Despite her objections the rest of council voted Dec 13 to acquire the 33 properties on the south side of Walnut if voters approve the proposition in May What would happen to those prop erties has not been decided Initial estimates show the Wal nut project by itself could raise the current tax rate of 31 cents per valuation about cents A resident owning a home with a taxable value of would pay in city taxes instead of plus in county taxes and more than in school BOND SERIES Today Walnut expansion Sunday Street and drainage bond projects and staff requests Tuesday Public safety bond pro jects and staff requests Dec 29 Communication system Dec 30 Sports complex Dec 31 Park improvement bond projects and staff requests But this could increase or decrease depending on various factors The cost of demolition or removing a structure hasnt been figured into the citys cost esti mates And the city could end up paying property owners more for the property than currently esti mated or end up paying legal fees to negotiate prices It could be more work than I could city attorney Floyd Akers said At least one affected home owner is concerned about getting an equitable price for his property Vance Langley who lives at Walnut and Stonewall said coun cil needed to decide whether it would buy properties at commer cial rates or residential rates Are they going to buy it a res idential rate and then sell the property not used for the road at See WHATS UP ON WALNUT MILLION Could cost more depending on How much property sells for 1 Legal fees associated with negotiating prices for property Whether council includes drainage improvements How council handles existing properties Width of street DWI STATISTICS Alcohol Involvement remains the leading factor in motor vehicle deaths Traffic Crashes are the greatest sin gle pf death for every age from 6 through 33 Almost half of these fatali ties are in alcoholrelated crashes An estimated million drunk dri ving crashes victimize 4 million inno cent people During the 1998 Christmas holiday weekend 173 alcoholrelated fatalities were reported nationwide fatalities nationwide were caused by drinking and driving in the period from Thanksgiving to New Years Day Lawmen on holiday alert for drunk drivers BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Residents can enjoy the spirits of the Christ mas season without actually drinking them especially if they plan to get behind the wheel of an automobile Traditionally the number of alcoholrelat ed accidents and fatalities in Texas increases during the holiday season Texas Department of Public Safety reports If thjs season proves no different residents going to Grandmas this weekend will have a much bigger foe than Interstate 35 con struction Drinking and driving is the leading cause of more than 39 percent of motor vehicle deaths each year the National Highway Traffic Safe ty Administration reported New Braunfels Police Department Lt John Wommack said heightened public awareness about the dangers of driving under the influ ence from highprofile organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving has contributed to a decline in the local driving while intoxicated arrest rate Right now DWIs in town are Wommack said 1 thank the general public for that They are realizing it is not a safe prac Although NBPD officers make more DWI arrests on holidays such as New Years Eve Wommack said officers will actively look for drivers who are intoxicated during the week end Comal County Sheriffs Department also will be out in full force this weekend to make sure motorists do not turn their vehicles into deadly weapons DPS highway patrolmen said they planned to be ready to protect motorists Residents can report drunk motorists to law enforcement officials on county road ways by calling the Comal County Office at 6203400 or in the city by calling 6082180 INSIDE Key Code 76