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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY August 2001 28 pages in 2 sections pagcs n scctl HERALDZEITUNG 245 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Gas line cut at CMS Gas leak at school New Braunfels Construction workers cut 3inch gas line Canyon Middle Schools 735 students were evacuated for 53 JESSIE Three ambulances were dispatched to Canyon Middle School Thursday afternoon during a precautionary evacuation of the school after construction workers cut a gas Construction workers tap into line Middle School forced to evacuate BY RON MALONEY AND MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writers Construction workers cut a threeinch gas line near Canyon Middle School Thursday leading to the evacuation of the Firefighters and school personnel treated several students for heatrelat ed illnesses during the hour students waited outside the Two stu dents were taken to McKenna Memori al Hospital for examination and were later The others were released to their Comal Independent School District spokeswoman Kari Hutchison the acci dent occurred at when Hatzen buehler General Contractors of San Antonio accidentally cut a threeinch Reliant Energy natural gas line behind the The company was digging a trench for new underground electrical lines in connection with a school expansion pro gram that just began at the Hutchison Shortly after the the smell of natural gas was pulled into the schools air conditioning system and the building was Staff and students waited on the front lawn in the nearly 100degree temper School staff provided but it was very hot assistant super intendent Nancy Cobb NBFD paramedics and district med ical staff treated several students for heatrelated Among those were two students who reportedly faint A few students reported feeling Cobb New Braunfels Fire Department Para medic Greg incident fire depart ment reported half a dozen students were and two were See Timeline A 3inch gas line is cut behind Canyon Middle School Officials evacuate the school and call A fire engine and an ambu lance Two additional ambulances respond amid reports of All Clear stu dents allowed to return to cafeteria and gym Parents arrived to pick up their children from Canyon Middle School while offi cials dealt with heat related prob lems of sev eral stu dents Thursday JESSIE Zeitung JESSIE Scorched grasses smolder as the second of two men from this private airplane is taken from a Bulverde ambulance to an awaiting Rancher pulls brothers from burning plane BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH A Comal County rancher res cued two McAllen brothers Thursday afternoon after their private plane crashed and then exploded just north The who has ranched in the area for 20 years and declined to release his pulled the two men away from their burning airplane just before it Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Bernice Gutier rez said Jan and Gary Klinck of McAllen suffered lacerations and other possi ble injuries in the crash on the Flying R Ranch just north of the runway at Kestrel Air Both menwere taken by helicopter to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam which has a world renowned burn treatment Officials at BAMC would release no information about the mens Gutierrez said Jan was taking off from Kestrel in 100degree weath er with a full load of His Gary is his younger she What happened after take off was not quite What we heard from the pilot was that the last thing Plane crash Plane crashes at Kestrel Air Park near Bulverde Thursday he could remember was that the plane Gutierrez The rancher was nearby when the accident I heard it take off and it sounded like it was sputter ing a little the man Then I heard some popping or cracking I guess thats when it hit the He said he dialed jumped in his pickup and sped next door to the prop erty owned by Ginna We were Bolton But we didnt see any We werent looking out the We heard a funny kind of just kind of a Then there was an By the time Bolton saw the See Comal ISD trustees approve million budget for 20012002 Tax Rate Comal Independent School District trustees approved a million budget for on The budget is based upon the current tax rate of per Trustees will set the tax rate sometime in BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Trustees for the Comal Indepen dent School District approved the 20012002 budget Trustees voted 51 in favor of the new million which was million more than the 20002001 Trustees John Charles John Dan Krueger and Dora Gonzales voted for the while trustee Nick Nichols voted Trustee Derald LaRue was absent for the I believe had Superintendent Jim Grunert had more we could have had a little more under standing or a better structured bud Nichols Nichols said Grunert could fur ther adjust the At an 9 budget workshop Grunert said about 86 per cent of the new budget paid for per sonnel with the oth er 14 percent paying for nonper sonnel such as equipment purchase and In the district gave teachers a minimum pay along with raises for other The pay raises cost the district Campos To fund the pay budget cuts of more than were including administrative staff reductions in the central The pay increase leaves salaries less than most San Antonio area school districts but about more than New Braunfels Inde pendent School NBISD has a teacher base salary of See No more taxing times for Howell NBISD employee retires after 33 years BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer When most people visit the New Braunfels Independent School District Tax Inez Howell is usually there to greet For nearly 34 tax office has helped the New Braunfels community with various tax questions and But Friday will be the last time people can look to Howell for help with their school officially retires from the districts tax Howell wont miss having to wake up a 6 every weekday to get into work by 8 but she will miss her coworkers and even the Ill miss she Howell started her career with the tax office in June 1967 as a junior at New Braunfels High As a vocational education Howell spent time in the tax office learning her future When she graduated in the district hired her as a fulltime See NBISD Photo New Braunfeis ISD Business Department secretary Connie Waltisperger Barlow and tax office secretary Inez Howell were honored at a retirement reception at The Education Center Wednesday INSIDE Key Code 76
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