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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG J Vol 149 No 25 18 pages in 2 sections December 23 1999 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels High School JROTC member Yvonne Moreno helps 6year old Lilians Serrano unwrap a Christmas pre sent delivered Wednesday by the Toys for Tots program WAI Zeitung Santas helpers deliver toys BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer Santa Claus is coming to town Friday night but some of his elves made a few early stops this week Hundreds of local children will have a brightly colored package or toy to open Christ mas morning thanks to the generosity of the local community and some hardworking San tas helpers Students with the New Braunfels Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps collected and delivered about toys to children in the area this week as part of the annual Toys for Tots program Master Sgt John Medrano a JROTC instructor at NBHS said it was the largest donation since he began coordinating the local Toys for Tots drive in 1997 Toys for Tots was started by the Marine Corps Reserve in 1947 The national pro gram delivered 11 million toys to nearly five million children in 1998 Medrano said several local businesses including WalMart Don Maxwell Chevro let Target and Konos Sports Bar and Club donated hundred of toys to make the 1999 donation drive the best year ever Toys for Tots is alive and well in New Medrano said Weve helped a lot of kids and the students have come together to make this Medrano said Don Maxwell Chevrolet See Pm just glad to be Miracle Christmas WAI Lynn Poe fulltime registered nurse for Hospice New Braunfels assesses the physical and emotional conditions of Jake Hartman his patient since May during a routine visit to Hartmans home Local man says hospice saved him BY CHAZ FOSTERKYSER HeraldZeitung Correspondent Jake Hartman already got the best Christ mas present ever his life This past Christmas Hartmans health was so poor that he thought he might not see another Christmas This Christmas is special because Im doing he said Im just glad to be For most people the word hospice con jures up an image of a place where the ter minally ill go to die in It sounds terrible but the alternative is to be at the hospital with apparatus and tools and strange said Lynn Poe a regis tered nurse for Hospice New Braunfels Our philosophy is that to die at home is a better way to go with your friends and family around you who love When a cardiologist referred Jake to the hospice in May Hartman said he was startled associating hospice with imminent death Although Jake and his wife Nancy knew Jakes condition was serious they didnt want to believe he was in that deep of medical trouble Actually if you could have seen him you wouldnt have given a nickel for him living six Nancy said But he did Jake was one of the rare people who entered hospice care and not only survived but improved Most patients seek hospice care when they no longer can benefit from curative treatment and have a life expectancy of a year or less Yet 15 percent of the patients who came into hospice care in 1999 recovered People like Jake sort of fall into the med ical miracle Poe said Jake realizes the hospice had a lot to do with this miracle Had it not been for hospice chances are I would have he said The World War n Naval Intelligence veteran has been through a lot in life and doesnt plan See Lawmen offer driving tips for holiday traffic BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer As many as 30 people could die on Texas roadways during the 54hour Christmas holiday the Texas Department of Public Safe ty reported Residents who plan on hitting the open road this weekend can follow a few simple tips to make their journeys as safe as possi ble local law enforcement offi cials said Although the holiday gridlock cannot always be avoided motorists can save themselves some frustration by leaving about 30 minutes early for their desti nation New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said Serious accidents during the holiday season often are caused by drivers who are in a hurry or illprepared for the congestion on the roadways he said Drivers should slow down closely observe other vehicles and increase following distance to allow for the extra holiday traffic he said Comal County Sheriffs Lt Ed Whitson said travelers also should be aware of construction on some of the major roadways and always abide by the posted speed limit Drivers planning on taking Interstate 35 should watch for highway crews working between Solms Road and Loop 337 exits where the posted speed limit is 55 miles per hour 281 also is under con struction where crews are build ing an overpass at FarmtoMar ket Road 1863 Also northbound and south bound construction on 135 frontage roads might cause traffic to slow unexpectedly Drivers beware speeding in See DRIVING TIPS Preventive maintenance is the best way to avoid problems Check all fluids regular ly pay attention to battery and radiator fluids in extreme weather Check for leaks Any leak with a petroleum look or smell or water with a green or pink color is a sign that trouble is on its way Check tires including the windshield wipers and safety belts for abnormal wear Check tire air pressure Keep fuel tank at least half full Have your vehicle checked periodically by a professional mechanic In case of a breakdown Move your car as far off the roadway as possible Turn on emergency flashers Exit your car away from traffic Raise your hood Tie a lightcolored cloth to the antennae or the door han dle If possible wait for a uniformed law enforce ment officer If someone other than a uniformed officer offers to help keep your doors locked and ask them to call police for help Source Texas Department of Public Safety INSIDE Archives Key code 76 District attorneys cramped quarters expand Office getting square feet BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Connie Williamson has seen a lot of changes in the district attorneys office in her 20 years as a Comal County employee When I first started here the DAs office had three attorneys a secretary and an said Williamson the executive office manager Now there are seven attorneys and about 24 employees in To keep up with growth in the county the district attorneys office is undergoing a expansion and remodeling pro ject that will add about square feet of space said Ed Krai of the county purchasing department County employees began dis cussing in 1998 the need for growing room in the cramped offices on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 S Seguin Ave Construction on the project began in May Williamson said The office was getting awfully she said The district attorneys office has increased more than 50 percent in case loads in the last few years To accommodate its needs the district attorneys office will expand into the adjacent office space formerly the district clerks office The district clerks office already has moved across the hall into a larger open room that until recently was used by grand juries The grand jury room had a lot of space that probably wasnt being used as much as it Williamson said The new district attorneys office will include seven rooms with five additional offices a large storage room and an evi dence room and the law library will be remodeled so it can be monitored better by the librari an The office also will add a clerk position in January County purchasing office car penter Mike Hoebel is doing all of the remodeling with painting and cleanup help from the maintenance department and the community service restitution program
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