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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                Local playoff action NEW BRA FRIDAY November 2001 20 pnjjcs in 2 sections l 20 pujjcs in 2 scvtii m f vriNpri i I I m f0o fx r T ni LJNG 3 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents School Updates Comal Independent School District will begin school two hours late this For updated infor call the district At press the New Braunfels Independent School District planned to start today at its regular For tune AM 1420 or log onto Storms pound area JESSIE NBFDs John Robinson directs the rescue unit and boat at a lowwater crossing on River Road Thursday afternoon on the way to a highwater trucks and school buses were rerouted all over Comal County as rain contin ued through the Weather wreaks havoc through Hill Country FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Belts of thunderstorms slashed South Texas causing cyclonic winds and localized flash Nearly two dozen counties including Comal and all the coun ties around Bexar County were on a tornado watch for much of Thursday In New Fire Station 1 recorded 5 inches of rainfall for a 15hour Around the two people drowned Thursday when their vehicles were washed away by swollen rivers as storms packing heavy rain and tornadoes ripped through Central About homes lost power in Austin and students were kept at schools until the storm system Portions of Interstate 35 near Buda were blocked by cars overturned by a The body of a pregnant Amaril lo woman was found at more than four hours after the car she was riding in was swept off a state highway near Rock springs in Edwards about 90 miles northwest of San Anto She had not been identified by officials Thursday In Blanco Santos Perez of San drowned after his pickup truck was swept away as he tried to cross a flooded lowwater crossing on a county road around 9 officials His body was found downstream around The storm spawned a number of tornadoes in its including the one in Buda about the Hays County Sheriffs Depart ment The Division of Emer gency Management for the Texas Department of Public Safety acti vated the center at a Level escalated response No requests had been made for state assistance Thursday spokesman Don Rogers Monitoring of the situation was expected to continue throughout the This is turning into more of a flood event than any thing Rogers Hays County Deputy Leroy Opiela said the interstate between San Antonio and Austin was com pletely blocked for a time because of overturned a tornado warning was issued for Comal and Guadalupe counties at about after National Weather Service Doppler radar showed a cloud in the Gar den Ridge area that had the potential to spin off That passed through south western New Braunfels at around See Anthrax scare grips DAs office JESSIE Mike fire John County Fire Marshal Lin Manford and Deputy Steve Thompson work to remove all mail delivered to the courthouse FROM STAFF REPORTS District Attorney Dib Waldrips office was evacuated for a short time Thursday morning after an employee opened an envelope addressed to him and a white powder fell from Waldrip said the envelope contained a written but thats really nothing new around his Ive been threatened Waldrip This is just an unfortunate aspect of the and I understood that before I ever took the Its shameful that an office like this has to be disrupted by this TWCs new digs could help more people BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer Gina Ochoa did not want to become a welfare But when her work hours were cut at Mission Valley in the single mother was torn between accepting public assistance or independently providing for her four Gina had very little work experience and was in great Rick man ager of the Comal County Texas Workforce An open house to promote the centers new location at 183 Interstate 35 South and to inform the public of its ser vices is set for 10 to 11 Ochoa is a model of the type of successful transition from underemployment to a gainful wageearner that the centers 17member staff wants to Zamarripa Ochoa now works as a cor rections officer with the Comal County Sheriffs I couldnt live off of the income I was making there Mission Valley Textiles after my hours were but I did nt want to go on Ochoa Tve always been and Ive always I didnt realize they workforce center could help me as much as they See INSIDE Key Code 76 County eyeing museum building BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County could be on the way to solving most of its court and office space problems for the foreseeable County Judge Danny School told commissioners court Thursday that he would place an item on Wednes days agenda to ratify purchase of the building on Main now owned by the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Comal County owns half of the building under a condominium agree ment made with the former Hummel Museum in The Comal Appraisal District and county public health and purchasing departments are now located in the square feet of the building the county Scheel and museum officials did not disclose terms of the sale Scheel said the information would be prepared for next weeks commis sioners Right this is just my wishful he Museum board member David Lamon said the museum would issue a news release on the sale and its terms if commissioners approve the sale on Right this is only a proposal See Local tech school gets grant funds BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The regional office of the federal Economic Development Administra tion earmarked about million in grant dollars Thursday for the pro posed Central Texas Technology Cen ter in New The million higher education slated for construction at the New Braunfels Municipal will address what supporters say is a crit ical shortage of skilled workers in the CTTC is one of only three public infrastructure projects chosen from the fivestate region for formal sub mission to EDA headquarters in Washington said Michael president of the Greater New Braun lels Chamber of They regional office officials are See SCHOOL75A Trustees yield to TxDOT on CISD traffic problems CHRIS NBU workers Justin Burkhardt and Mike Vineyard watch the water level remain high at the Landa Park hydro Thursday The when allows runoff water from the Comal Springs to flow into the Comal Late Thursday Waldrip said hed been informed by authorities that the initial tests revealed the whatever it was not likely New Braunfels police David Wil son said police and firefighters went to the Comal County Courthouse1 Annex at 11 The envelope and the powder were collected and taken to a San Antonio lab for Wilson The FBI was Comal County Emergency Manage ment Coordinator Carol Edgett said test results should be known sometime BY MARGARET EDMONSON Managing Editor omal Independent School District trustees did not get thf news they hoped to hear Thursday about traffic prob lems facing the Superintendent Jim Grunert told the board that the Toxus Department of Transportation would not put a light at Texas 46 and Farm toMarket Road HI 59 to con trol traffic from Hmithson Valley High despite from district officials and looks like the best thing they can do right now is drop the speed and well have to provide the resources to deal with the rest of Grunert See   

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