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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 30 14 pages in 2 sections December 30 1999 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents TOP STORIES OF 1999 Violent times Columbine tragedy rocks nation local school districts BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer This year offduty police officers patrol all middle and high school campuses in Comal Independent School District New Braunfels school dis trict also is making safety improvements including more lighting and better communication systems thanks to a million bond package approved this year These are just a few of the precautions school districts implemented this year in response to a school shooting in Littleton and a wave of phony threats in 1999 Signs of violence Hours before two Col orado teens killed 12 students and a teacher at Colorados Columbine High School on April 20 two New Braun fels teenagers shot a high powered rifle at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teachers No one was injured in the shooting spree The two Colorado teens shot and killed themselves See SCHOOU5A AP Photo A woman embraces her teenage daughter on April 20 just after two teenagers opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton and killed 12 students and one teacher Thanksgiving slaying remains unsolved File photo Thanksgiving traffic backs up on Interstate 35 on Nov 24 after someone shot and killed 28yearold John Adkins as he was driving to San Antonio for the holiday weekend BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Another holiday probably will come and go without any answers as to why New Braunfels resident John Adkins was shot to death one day be fo re Thanks giving on Interstate 35 in Schertz With the killers still at large friends relatives and former students of Adkins are left ADKINS wondering whether road rage took the life of the 28 yearold high school teacher In the wake of the tragedy fears about big city crime coming to New Braunfels were realized and residents voiced concerns about the safety of a once insulated community A reward has been offered for information lead ing to the arrest and grand jury indictment of Adkins of which was put up by San Antonios North East school district where Adkins taught The See FLANAGAN NBhit hard by flu virus Number of influenza cases on the rise in area nation BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Forget about the Y2K bug New Braunfels has its hands full with the flu bug McKenna Memorial Hospital reported seeing this week alone about 100 patients most of them suffer ing upper respiratory flu symptoms Dr John Flanagan medical director for McKenna Emergency Center said Tuesday nights run of patients was the most he had seen Ive been working here for 15 years and I havent seen it this he said Weve been twice as busy this year than this past The Comal County Health Department has reported 110 influenza cases so far in Decem ber In 1998 the health depart ment reported 104 cases for the entire year Office manager Nanette Burkhardt said Not everyone reports flu cases This year most of the cases have been type A This past year it was type The health department also reported people received flu shots this year an increase of about 100 people from 1998 Flanagan said the main reason for the increased number of flu cases was peoples exposure to the virus People need to be careful about spreading it to oth he said Rrople dont realize that it is contagious You can catch it from others coughing or sneezing near you So dont sneeze or cough on Flu symptoms include fever sore throat coughing congestion body aches and fatigue or feeling run down Flanagan said fevers could average up to 103 degrees If caught in the first 48 hours influenza can be treat ed with antiflu medicine If the flu is not treated patients might suffer from pneumonia bronchitis or another secondary infection which must be treated with an antibacterial or antibiotic Other severe symptoms include headaches shortness of breath and difficulty retaining fluids which can cause dehy dration It takes about four to seven days to get over the Flanagan said During that time people need to drink plenty of fluids spend time in bed resting and take their medication They also shouldnt work dur ing that time so they can keep up their strength and not contaminate Dr Carolyn Bridges medical epidemiologist with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention influen za branch said all states were reporting influenza cases This is the time of year when we see more she said Flu season runs from December through March Flanagan urged residents to visit their doctors or the emergency room if they have flu symptoms Most of the overthecounter medicines like Tylenol and Advil dont control the he said You are going to need something INSIDE Archives Key code 76 Youth sports groups address complex issues BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer When New Braunfels tempera tures cool about 35 local swim mers start making earlymorning treks to San Marcos while others dont take a dip into a pool until the next summer In the fall and spring hundreds of young soccer players cram onto a worn field often pitted with holes More than 400 girls who play softball haul drinking water to their fields and play only during the day and more than boys who play baseball share six fields Hundreds more kids who love basketball or volleyball vie for gym space so tight that programs remain limited This is the state of New Braun fels youth recreational facilities parents and volunteers say and the city needs to help City council has responded by placing a proposed sports complex with an indoor pool several fields and a gymnasium on a bond ballot scheduled to go before voters in May Mayor Stoney Williams has dis cussed the need to trim the million sixproposition bond pack age He hasnt said what projects should be trimmed City council will finalize the bond list by midFebruary Im hoping the people of New Braunfels are willing to support our said Stephanie Meurin president of New Braunfels Youth Soccer League To support the project the public must be willing to raise their prop erty taxes but just how much still is uncertain Costs Volunteers with the nonprofit New Braunfels Youth Sports the driving force behind the complex met with architects Wednesday to firm up cost estimates Those numbers could be brought BOND SERIES Today Sports complex Friday Park improvement bond projects and staff requests   

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