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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 4 can water today after 7 Well users cannot water today HERALDZP i V fG Vol 149 No 179 16 pages in 2 sections July 22 2000 SATURDAY is omal County since 1852 50 cents K JESSIE Amulfo Villela is training for the 100mile Tour de Tucson event Nov 18 to raise funds for cancer research and treatment Cyclist rides for a cure BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Arnulfo Villela always wears a plastic wristband bearing the name Dwight Newbeck in blue ink For Villela the wristband serves as a con stant reminder for why at 68 he will spend hours training for a lOOmile bike race in Tucson Ariz in November is a 13year old San Antonio resident diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia The eighthgrader completed his last chemotherapy treatment this past month and now is in remission We wear these to remember the suffering they are going through It keeps us Villela said looking down at his bracelet Villela ateehafca personal investment in fighting against bloodrelated cancers he lost his father to cancer several years ago Some residents might recognize Villela from his 27 years as a licensed vocational nurse at McKenna Memorial Hospitals emergency room and as an operating room scrub nurse Now retired Villela drives a school bus for New Braunfels Independent School District 70 he looks as physically fit as someone 20 years younger An avid jogger Villela said he began bik ing when he started having problems with his knees And Villela does not seem inconve nienced by his age There was a 72year old participant one he said Villela participated in a 150cycling event from San Antonip to Corpus Christi to raise money for medical research Now he hopes to raise for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society before the 1 00mile Tour de Tucson event Nov 18 He needs sponsors to help reach his See Teen shooter allowed county visits BY HEATHER TODD AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers One of two 15yearold boys involved in a shooting incident this past year got permission Friday to return to the county for three visits prior to his release from a Maryland boot camp However his plea agreement reached with the Comal County District Attor neys office this past year denied any reentry into the county during his 18 month sentence Comal County CourtatLaw Judge Brenda Freeman denied a defense motion in part to allow the juvenile back into the county but she did grant the juvenile three weekend visits in the county during the seventeenth month of his 18month sentence Im going to deny except as to those last three visits immediately prior to his release in February over a 30 day peri od so he can get reoriented into the home I dont want it to be a crash landing I dont want things blowing Freeman said The former Canyon Middle School student was one of two students accused of deadly conduct for shooting a 22 caliber rifle at the homes of two CMS teachers in April 1999 No one was injured in the incident The juvenile was sentenced in August 1999 to spend 18 months at a Im going to deny except as to those last three vis its immediate ly prior to his release in February over a 30 day peri od so he can get reoriented into the home I dont want it to be a crash landing I dont want things blowing Brenda Freeman CourtatLaw Judge Put me in coach CHRIS New Braunfels Blue Major League AllStars ham it up in the Kmart parking lot Friday afternoon before heading to Austin for their sectional tournament game The NB Blue includes Brooks Radla Greg Garza Jesse Zamora Jeremy Erben Laramie Boos Bryan Webb Cody Covington Cody Miller Hendrie Patrick Mills Chad Whitley and Nathan Churchwell They are coached by David Covington Gary Erben and Larry Boos To find out how they did Friday night see Page 1B Leaders look for Bulverde relief BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer County Judge Danny Scheel said Thursday he has been beating on doors and making phone calls doing what can be done to help Bulverde get water Comal County Commis sioners Court raised the issue of the water shortage in Bulverde and western Comal County on Thursday Earlier this week Bul verde declared a water emer gency and aldermen gave Mayor Bob Barton broad power to deal with the short age including the autho rization to institute drastic conservation measures city SCHEEL soon for Bulverde Residents of Bulverde Hills have seen Bexar Met ropolitan Water District semitrucks make more than 300 trips during each of the past three months to haul water to their subdivision in the past year In recent weeks a second subdivision Oak Village wide as North began running out of required water Residents who live in And the higher elevations of that available subdivision have been run evidence ning out of water on a daily suggests basis someCommissioner Jay Mil thing likin whose district includes might Bulverde and Garden Ridge need to said he heard about a num happen ber of private wells running dry as well as the water problems in the two subdi visions One of the water compa nies Apex Water Services which Millikin described Tuesday as a water system in name only because of the drought conditions got an expedited permit Thursday from the South east Trinity Groundwater Conservation District to drill a new well to help alleviate water problems at Oak Vil lage North Drilling began Friday morning Apex own er David Wallace said he hoped to have the new well on line within a week Scheel talked to David Welsch head of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys pipeline project in the western county We had a good meeting and everything is moving along just as if a permit is in Scheel said With all that said GBRA has assured us it is moving as if this permit is already INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map The Derailers ride into town this weekend Find out where inside Lawmen Suspect set up sex business Arrested man might face additional charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH quaint little cabin is nestled in the woods offspring Branch Road a half dozen or so miles north of Texas 46 A windmill stands out front next to a pretty little porch swing kind of like a playhouse or a giant dollhouse a father might build for his little princess But this place was built for someone elses little girls And while the 38yearold San Antonio man who tried to lure two teenaged girls to the place Thursday night sits in the Bexar Coun ty Jail with bail set at a sordid tale of a budding criminal enterprise emerged from a press conference Friday in Universal City Lawmen booked Thomas G Hawes into jail Thursday on a single charge of com pelling prostitution More state and federal charges are pend ing Universal City police Lt Charles Dewey said Dewey said that since initial reports aired on television Thursday night and in newspapers on Friday Universal City police got more than a dozen calls from people offering information and additional interviews with possible witnesses are ahead Dewey said he believed the suspect might have been stopped while he still was setting up his operation As of now weve found no actual victims several young ladies actively pursued by Mr Hawes to go into the sex Dewey said If we didnt have three very courageous girls show up at our police department 1 hate to see what he could have done to these chil dren We got to him at a very early stage of set See INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday Quitters from across Texas will travel to New Braunfels Jor Qutltfest 2000 spon sored by the New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild Thb biannual show will be held at the New Civic Center July and 30 Lifestyle Rural hospitals grab for grant funds BY FRED BLEVENS Staff Writer When the state put million of its tobacco settlement money out in a com petitive grant program for rural Texas hos pitals 97 applications came rolling in for a total of million Criteria were simple construction of new facilities or improvement of old and purchase of capital equipment including information system hardware and software The Center for Rural Health Initiatives divided nearly all the allocation between 33 proposals providing for equipment ranging SIXTH IN A SERIES McKENNA 2000 Mopt from hospital beds ambulances and sur gical tables to scopes scan equip ment and telemetry systems Falls Community Hospital in Marlin got one of the largest grants to reopen its surgery unit But among the 33 winning proposals were at least eight that have more to do with survival than program and facility enrichment in the counties that need it most Those were the grants earmarked for telephone systems asbestos removal roof repair and an emergency generator costs normally associated with general mainte nance and upkeep In Erath County for instance the Cole man County Medical Center got in tobacco cash for a building code update This shows the state of rural hospitals in said Sam lessen CRHls executive director Some oi these grants are for gen eral maintenance and repairs just to get The center also known as the Texas Suite Office of Rural Health is charged with the increasingly difficult task of helping See t 1
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