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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY March 2001 16 pages in 2 sections pascs n secti HERALDZEITUNG 101 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Blood shortage strikes Center sends urgent appeal for blood donations this week BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer Local residents are braving drea ry weather and large needles for a good The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in San Antonio issued an urgent appeal for blood donations this citing extreme supply The STBTC is a nonprofit organi zation that provides blood to 80 hos pitals in 43 counties throughout South All blood comes from and STBTC must collect at least 400 donated units or pints per day to meet The center has been averaging 325 donations per We simply cant keep spokes woman Gayle Prettyman Residents can donate blood from 10 to 12 today at Wal Rip Griffin Travel Center hosted its third annual blood drive on collecting donations from STBTCs Cindy James This is a bad time every year for dona We have Christmas and then New A lot of people decide they want to use their time off to have At 3 STBTC had collected 30 pints of blood and hoped to have 50 pints by the end the blood Gerald of gave blood for the first His wife Beverly gave blood for the fifth time and said that she donated because there was a She was not worried about her hus band but said that he was a little See CHRIS Beverly and her husband Gerald donate blood Thursday atsthe Rip Griffin gas station off 135 in New Phinney described as fighter by coworkers Whats Up The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will hold a blood drive benefit ing Sylvia Phinney at WalMart in New Braunfels today from 10 to Donors must be at least healthy and weigh at least 110 Donor will receive a Tshirt and a coupon for a free ChickfilA BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer Sylvia Phinney is terminally She was diagnosed with Lupus four years ago and has undergone chemotherapy and blood Phinney an Assistant Manager at WalMart has awed her coworkers by repeatedly returning to work between hospital When you have Lupus you cant do a lot of said Sandra electronics manager at Earlier this year Phinney was presented with a scooter from the Scooter Store after representa tives from Scooter Store heard about Phinneys She declined to have surgery to remove a brain tumor that could save her If she had agreed to the surgery she would have lost her memory and ability to swal After suffering from a small stroke caused by the Phinney has been in the hospital for two Her coworkers are expecting her to return to work A blood drive benefiting Phinney takes place from 10 to noon today at detained after CHS lockdown WIEGAND BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels police took a 15yearold Canyon High School freshman into custody Thursday in connection with threats that locked down the school the previous The boy has been suspended from school and further disciplinary action is school offi cials Also detained in connection with a bomb threat Tuesday at Canyon Middle School were three seventhgrade ages 14 and All three have been turned over to juvenile authorities for falsely communicating a which is a state jail They will spend the rest of the semester in the Comal Independent School Districts alternative the Comal Discipline State jail felonies carry a possible jail sentence of six months to a fine of up to school district officials said they would try to recoup costs from the families of suspects proven to have made the As police wound up their investigation into the latest threats at CISD district officials conducted a news conference They announced develop explained why and how they locked down CHS and asked for public understanding as the district works to end the threats that have inconve nienced staff and students and cost taxpayers thousands of CISD Interim Superinten dent Tony Constanzo and CHS Principal Bob Wiegand told reporters that the NBPD investigation had led to a CHS student they would not We dont want to compro mise the police Wiegand Wiegand described how the schools custodial staff early Wednesday had found two threats written in black felt tip marker on restroom stalls at the The school was locked down while officials looked into the and then the academic schedule was A little at the break for second they found a third threat and locked down for the rest of the Constanzo I dont think Ive ever seen a school locked down like this one He praised Wiegands lead ership and the actions taken by staff and police to secure the School officials and police wouldnt release the precise contents of the messages that set off the Wiegand acknowledged one had used the word shooting while detectives later in the day said they had involved threats against students and an The admin istrator was not New Braunfels police arrived at the a com mand center was set up in a conference and the campus was The just before was for students to be fed in waves of three rooms at a and that was what dis trict officials told media pre before police asked the press to leave the After the plan was Police John McEchern said one threat had been directed specifically at Police decided safety had to be paramount they could not risk allowing students to See County to collect more chaching from jail payphones Inmates have access to payphones at the Comal County JESSIE Zeitung BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The telephone service that let Comal County jail inmates reach out and touch someone is poised to change Evercom the largest supplier of prison inmate payphone service in the United outbid Southwestern Bell for the contract collect call service used by jail In the Comal County as in lockups across the prisoners are allowed to make only collect calls even for local Commissioners voted 30 to approve the new 1 Commissioner Jack hospitalized with heart was 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin expressed reserva tions with the collect call system and abstained from Inmate except for communications with attor are monitored and and signs are post ed in the county jail warning them of Jail could save big dough on bread FROM STAFF REPORTS Overseeing the dough at Comal County Jail involves more than just counting dollars and Jail cooks informed jail chief David Ott that they were paying 59 cents a loaf for bread at Wal The county jail pays per loaf for bread delivered to the The cooks wanted to know why the county had to pay the higher Ott began looking into it and considered sending a vehi cle to WalMart twice a week to buy That would be a savings of per Ott Our employees brought it to my We get some of our best ideas from the people who work OTT Storm all little show BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A cold front that roared through Comal County Thursday evening brought tornado warnings and caused a few but little reported National Weather Service Meteorologist Pat Mc Donald that there had been reports of golf ballsized hail near Canyon and oneinch hail north of New Braun After daylight McDonald area resi dents may notice hail dam age to their homes or Comal County Sheriffs dispatcher Georgie Courtney reported some brief heavy rains partic ularly in the countys west ern reaches the 40 mph wjjids and lots of So were she said at Shed had one caller report that a funnel cloud briefly touched ground about three miles south of the sheriffs office at but that hadnt been con she and there were no reports of damage there or anywhere else in See W5ATHEFV3A INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Key Code Winner of million lottery jackpot remains out of sight AUSTIN AP winner of an million lottery jackpot remained out of sight Thursday while the curious descended on the Austin convenience store that sold the single winning No one had come forward by Thursday afternoon to claim the said Texas Lottery Commission spokeswoman Kristina Its just kind of a wait and she noting that the winning ticket holder has up to 180 days to make a The ticket is a cash option meaning it would pay one lump sum of million before Childress At Shoppers where the ticket was specula tion centered on the unknown
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