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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD M Ml Vol 149 No 135 26 pages in 2 sections May 26 2000 New BraunfeU Utfltttet cus FRIDAY ounty since 1852 50 cents PLAYING IT SAFE Make sure to drink enough water to avoid dehydration Children younger than 13 are required by law to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket Remember that mixing alcohol and water recreation can have deadly consequences Always wear sunscreen Know your limitations Stay out of the water when youre very cold very tired or overheated Pay attention to where you are on the river and watch for posted exit signs Always swim with a buddy Avoid swimming at night in unlight ed areas Do not chew gum or eat while swimming You could choke Avoid swimming in strong river currents Get out of the water if you see lightning or hear thunder ramp Never dive into the river Visibility is poor and the water is deceptively shallow in places Wear tennis shoes or other noslip shoes to protect feet Remember No glass containers No littering No plastic foam No diving No trespassing on private proper ty Public entrances and exits are pro vided Diver paralyzed Austin man jumps into shallow water breaks neck K JESSIE New Braunfels Fire and Rescue paramedics rush a diving victim to the AirLife helicopter for transport to University Hospital in San Antonio FROM STAFF REPORTS A 19yearold Austin man might be paralyzed after jumping into shallow water in the Guadalupe River from a private dock The accident occurred shortly before 6 in the 2200 block dfGruene Road Dori Zercher said There was a raised platform mere and he climbed up onto it and dove into water knee deep He didnt know what he was diving into He was lucky they saw him They supported him in the water kept his face above it until we got there When we got there he was still in the Zercher said He has a fractured neck and was paralyzed from the neck down Unless hes very lucky hes going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his The man was taken by a rescue helicopter to Uni versity Hospital in San Antonio where he was listed in undetermined condition Officials would not say whether alcohol was a factor in the accident The man was alert and conscious when paramedics arrived Six paramedics lifted the man out of the water and onto a backboard An ambulance transported the man to a nearby water treatment plant where the heli copter was waiting Officials Make safety BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer While soaking up the sun at Canyon Lake or floating lazily down the Guadalupe River this Memorial Day Weekend residents and tourists should remember a fun time quickly can turn tragic if safety is not a top priority If river and water enthusiasts follow a few simple rules they could save their lives or those of loved ones New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Bat talion Chief John Herber said The biggest problem that we see every year is definitely mixing recre See The boys did a good job CHS valedictorian salutatorian best friends roomies RON Derek Wohlfahrt salutatorian and Hunter Leber valedictorian will lead their class dur ing commencement Saturday BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Hunter Leber and Derek Wohlfahrt will be roomies next fall at the University of Texas in Austin And why not Theyve been good friends for four or five years Neither Canyon High School senior is really sure how long the 2000 CHS graduating class Leber is valedic torian Wohlfahtt is salutatorian Ending up one and two was just kind of a bonus for the pair who say their relationship is a supportive one they had no Weve been friends for a long Wohlfahrt said Well be able to help each other out in col We work really well Leber said I They do everything together said Wohlfahrts think its better to go into a big university with a mom Patsy Wohlfahrt Thursday friend with someone you One of the things they did together was lead See RON Elizabeth Sanders left hugs her son Matt Zahn upon meeting him at his New Braunfels Home Thursday evening His adoptive mother Judy Zahn right looks on Mother son meet in time for graduation BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The most terrible thing in Elizabeth Sanders life happened in 1981 just as she was turning 17 years old At an age at which she should have been thinking of proms high school graduation and college she was dealing with the horrors associated with doctors lawyers and an unplanned pregnancy The son she called Dylan Blaine would be taken from her at age 5 days in an adoption her family felt was best for all con cerned It was said Sanders who lives and works in the Dal las area I was so young my daddy arranged everything I couldnt say 1 couldnt do anything It was the worst experience of my life Its depressed me Ive thought about him every She also worried about what he later would think of the young girl who gave him up because she couldnt rear him In New Braunfels Thursday night she met that boy for the first time in 19 years He has grown up to be Matthew Scottj by his adoptive parents for 1960s Gunsmokej television marshal Matt Dillon j Zahn graduates Saturday from Canyon High School Elizaj beth Sanders and two of her other children daughter Brenna 12 and Alec 10 will watch as Zahn picks up his diploma Her fourth child Megan 17 wont be able to make it Zahn had decided he wanted his birth mother to be able to attend his high school graduation so he asked his adoptive par ents Judy and Michael Zahn to make it happen for him And they did Id been thinking about it for Matt said wonder ing if I wanted to see her after all these years My mom kind of explained to me that it was in my best interest for Elizabeth to give me up I understood that I dont have any hard feelings at all I want Run for Habitat get free pass to Schlitterbahn Volunteers runners still needed for Saturday race BY HBATHER TOOQ Staff Writer Local residents can beat the heat tois Manorial Day weekend splashing in the cool watwa at SchUtteitahnWaterpark without spending a dime at the admission booth cause all for a good Race tion of the waterpark The course for the 5K run For a advance registration winds through Landa Park and fee local residents will partici ends back at the BlastenhofF sec pate in a 5K walk or run with all tion of the park where partici proceeds benefiting the nonprof pants will be greeted by music it organization and free food provided by Taco And the beat part of Cabana admission to the waterpark all day Saturday Sherrie Brammall public rela tions director for Schlitterbahn dents must either visit Roger Sol the registration fee is for Brammall said the first 500 people registering for Die would also receive a free Tshirt ers Sports store 2589 Jackson Keljer Road in San Antonio or register online at Roger Solerk Sports is open 11 to 7 today For more information call 210 adults and for children up to the age of 11 The regular price of admission to the park is for adults and for children up to 12 Brammall said the event has raised about for Habitat ity benefiting to local Habitat Winners in eajcli age category alto included a quarteHnUe lads receive award plaques made by run Advance registration for Great American Products To register IpnmaU said online registra for Humanity during me past four tion would probably end around years Brammall also said Schlit terbahn was still in need of volun teers to help coordinate Saturday Is race Ucal residents interested in volunteering should preregister by 5 today by calling the noon today Residents can also register starting at at the RapWs Pavilion on Lincoln Strott The race begins at 81 INSIDE
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