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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas iiJNFELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 2 can water todav before 9 and after 7 For information call 6086925 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 251 18 pages in 2 sections October 14 2000 O TF A V Comal County since 1852 tents Larry Phelps looks over some of his handiwork after helping to rebuild a home that was caught in the October 1998 flood Samaritan pair offer skills fix flood loss BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Larry Phelps and Dick Humphreys prove that Good Samaritans can come in all kinds of packages Probably few people would have held any thing against Phelps 63 and Humphreys 73 if they had not taken an active role in helping to rebuild New Braunfels after the Oct flood But the pair have left their mark on the roofs walls floors and doors of dozens of homes around town The two retirees are modest but together they and other volunteers have helped more than 80 families rebuild their homes in the wake of the devastating flood What sets Phelps and Humphreys apart from the other dedicated volunteers are the number of hours they have devoted to their work Humphreys has volunteered more than hours more than any other volunteer with the exception of Phelps But Phelps will not talk about how many hours he has worked I do it because there was a Jesus Christ years ago who would have done the same Phelps said As the wreckage from the 1998 flood con sumed the city a group of local church pas tors and other community leaders gathered at St Paul Lutheran Church to plan a counterattack against the marauding flood waters Phelps already was helping the city recov er as head of the disaster committee at the First United Methodist Church He joined New Braunfels Rebounds as a member of its board of directors but his role developed into much more The group discussed hiring someone for to to coordinate volunteers and work around town Phelps said See Inside List of Cole casualties Bodies of sailors arrive in Germany Middle East attack hits horne on USS Ship death toll rises Investigators begin search for clues in ship blast ADEN Yemen AP With the crippled USS Cole listing slightly in the harbor American investigators Marines and soldiers swarmed into this deepwater port Fri day bringing sniffer dogs and sophisticated equipment to search for clues in the blast that killed 17 American sailors Wound ed sailors and the bodies of some of the dead were flown to Ger many en CLARK route home the Navy said the ship would be repaired and stay in service The Navy released the names of the 17 dead on Fri day All but one were from the enlisted ranks and two were women Lt Terrence Dudley a Navy spokesman in Aden said Navy chaplains had arrived to console sur vivors Im just numb It hasnt sunk in said Patty Wib berley mother of Seaman Craig Wibberley 19 killed in the explosion Western diplomats said the attack was apparently the work of a wellorganized group Bomb experts quickly deter mined Thursdays explosion was a blast from the Adm Vernon Clark the chief naval officer said in an inter Explosion rips Navy ship An apparent terrorist attack on the destroyer USS Cole on Thursday killed 17 American sailors Navy Photo This port side view shows the damage sustained by the Arleigh Burke class guid ed missile destroyer USS Cole DDG 67 after a suspected terrorist bomb exploded during a refueling operation in the port of Aden Three Texans presumed dead RICE Three Texans are among those missing after terrorist bombing in Yemen In all 17 sailors are dead or presumed dead and about 35 are injured including two Texans Information Systems Technician Tim Gauna 21 of Rice was a 1997 graduate of Ennis High School where teachers said he was a quiet student who excelled in base ball and art Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronchester Santiago 22 of Kingsville had been in the Navy since graduating in 1996 from King High School Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr of Rockport joined the Navy two years ago after four years in the Army He was a 1994 gradu ate of Rockport High School Part of the USS George Washington battle group the Cote was en to the Persian Gulf with a crew of about 350 The explosion occurred at Aden where the Cole was in port for refueling Attack on the USS Goto Length 505 feet Weight tons Maximum width 66 feet 30 knots Se6 A Sources Navy Oelense Department INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map The Stretch Williams Band plays Rileys Tavern on Saturday Riverwalk meeting draws 50 SOHN BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer NBGS International focused Friday on the pub lics desires and concerns about a proposed river walk and manmade water trans portation system About 50 people attended the first public town meeting on the project at Schlitter bahn Waterpark Resorts Rapids Pavilion Bob Sohn former New Braun fels Utilities general manager led the meeting and encouraged those present to ask questions and offer suggestions NBGS a sister company to Schlitterbahn wants peoples input he said The company plans at least two more public meetings on the proposal I see it as an honest approach to have a good Sohn said NBGS also distributed postcardsized ques See Drainage fees spark debate BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A review of New Braunfels proposed drainage ordinance will determine whether a proposed development fee will remain part of the developing law The citys drainage advisory committee spent about the past one and a half years developing a proposed drainage ordinance New Braunfels city council is in the final stages of considering the ordinance Council postponed final action on the ordinance Monday to allow the ordinance to be published with changes incorporated since the committee sent the ordinance to council for consideration A public hearing will be conducted before council considers it for final approval City Attorney Floyd Akers said the delay in the third and final reading of the ordi nance was something the city always had planned That allowed the city to publish the ordinance in as close a form to the final draft as possible However Akers said local developers questioned this week whether the proposed watershed system development fee was actually a development fee or an impact fee Part of the difference between the two is the steps required by state law to implement an impact fee Impact fees are for new developments that See OA Atwell Scholl listens to Mike Jaroszewski president of NBGS International at a public meet ing about Wasser Strasse Friday CHRIS Zeitung INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday how some New Braunfels fight ers are beating the odds against breast cancer and helping to coun sel others who are at 1C After sign theft Smokeys back on the job BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE All the Smokey the Bear fire danger signs in the county are back up and doing their jobs This is one of those cases where fact is stranger than Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said Earlier in the summer when Manford posted four Smokey the Bear fire dan ger signs around Comal County he had no idea the colorful warnings would prove so popular In recent weeks Smokey signs at Canyon Lake and Bulverde were stolen Investigators now are processing cases against three teenagers who allegedly took the sign at Canyon Lake The theft is a class B misde meanor punishable by a fine 180 days in county jail or both But the Smokey sign missing from 281 Just north of Cibolo Creek in Bulverde found its way back earlier this week as if by magic Manford said whoever took the sign has saved the county time and money 1 want them to know theyre not going to be prosecuted because we got our sign back without having to use manpower to Manford said While grateful the whole thing has still left Manford shaking his head Its really strange when you have a theft and somebody brings it back and even screws it back onto the he said But were grateful
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