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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY January 22 2003 UA J V MTMtf 16 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 60 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 23 vehicles crash none dead Motorists say fog construction dust were contributing factors BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 23vehicle pileup on Interstate 35 Tuesday morn ing left 15 people injured closing the northbound lanes for four hours and backing traffic up to Schertz The accident occurred on the Walnut Avenue bridge just before 10 Motorists reported fog and dust from nearby construction work as contributing factors in the accident The vehicles involved included four semitractor trailer rigs one 18 wheeled mov ing van and a jail van carry ing five Dallas County pris oners who remained under guard throughout their time at the scene and at the hospi tal None of those trans ported to hos 13 to McKenna Memorial Hospital and two to Brooke Army Medical Center had major or life threatening injuries New Braunfels Police Lt John Villarreal said officers and firefighters were dis patched to the scene a very narrow two lanes between concrete barricades in the interstate construc tion zone just before 10 New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Mabe said the dis patch sounded like a routine one at first God sure was smiling on us today Everything went just right for us Initially it was a singleambulance sin gleengine company dis Mabe said It was a routine motor vehicle acci New Braunfels firefighter Rick Edwards is assisted by construction workers in carry ing an injured man to an awaiting ambu lance at the scene of a 23car pileup on Interstate 35 at Walnut Avenue Tuesday dent in the 1200 block of Interstate 35 Truck 1 got up there on scene first At that point they realized it was more than a minor accident and they began calling for additional It was the same for the New Braunfels Police Department See Photos by DAVID New Braunfels police officer Eric Cuellar yells for the driver of the pickup truck with the car wedged beneath it to return to his vehicle Above More than 20 cars pile up Tuesday at the Walnut Avenue bridge on Interstate 35 Fog and dust from nearby construction work drivers said were contributing factors to the accident No seri ous injuries were reported Left John Abeyta and Kelly Abies speak with New Braunfels police officer Eric Cuellar at the scene of Tuesdays multicar accident They hadnt even made the first payment on their new Lexus which now is totaled 50 cents County to honor student athletes BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Unicorns and Rangers banners will fly in the same room Thursday in peace and in togetherness Comal County commis sioners will honor the coun tys high school athletes who went to the state finals this year and offer a prayer for the soldiers sailors airmen and marines who could soon be fighting Saddam Hus sein Other Action Thursdays Commissioners Court agen da includes Consider authorizing a grant submission to the Texas Parks and Wildlife for the Village West Boat Ramp Appoint members to the Comal County Historical Commission and Open bids for document imaging service for the Road Department and County and District clerks Commissioners Court meets at Thurs day in the commissioners courtroom Commissioners Court Building 199 Main Plaza Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson will preside as acting county judge in the absence of Danny Scheel The New Braunfels Uni corns football and volleyball teams and the Smithson Valley Rangers all will be honored for their accom plishments Dawson said Im proud of our youth in Comal County and of what theyve achieved These are truly leaders of tomorrow athletically and academical Dawson said In praising the local teams Dawson couldnt resist the urge to take a swipe at his football rival Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin who hails from Ohio and Ohio State Were so proud of our vol leyball team and high schools who made it and we had our third high school almost make Dawson said If you combined them all into one team theyd probably have beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fies ta INSIDE 5A Abby Classifieds Comics 7A Crossword 5A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 8108 Today 2A Key Code 76 Habitat helps moms dream come true BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The next time Habitat for Humanity builds a home in Comal County Patty Villar real will be on the paint crew helping the members of another family realize their dream of owning their own home When she does shell be thinking about what it was like Tuesday for her and her daughter Brooke 7 when they attended the dedication for the new threebedroom Mill Street home they helped build About 50 people most involved with Comal County Habitat for Humanity or the New Lake Area Association of Realtors attended the dedication It was opened with an invocation and a series of symbolic gifts to the Villar reals who by this weekend will move into Comal Coun tys ninth Habitat home The gifts included a loaf of bread a bottle of wine and something a little more prac tical a set of tools Inside were wooden blinds and a washer and clothes dryer donated by the Real tors the first Patty War real has ever owned We would like to thank Villarreal told the CCHFH and the Realtors Meeting you all was a wonderful experience Thank you for making our dreams come Villarreal said Brooke a Carl Schurz Ele mentary secondgrader thanked them too Thank you for coming out every Saturday and working on our she said The Villarreals got with the Habitat program rather late Patty works at Barkel Inter national out on Loop 337 and she had saved and hoped and was trying to buy a home last year when she found she didnt qualify Mr George Lowe was mortgaging a house over there on the corner He said I was a perfect candidate but I needed a second Villarreal said Being a single mom I had See DAVID Patty Villarreal and her daughter Brooke 7 accept the keys to their new home Tuesday morning as members of the New Lake Area Association of Realtors look on Their home was dedicated to them by the Comal County Habitat for Humanity