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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Tliesday February Contact Features Editor Brian Grant Crop Walk to benefit 3 organizations CANYON LAKE Three local organizations will ben efit from monies raised by the upcoming 2003 CROP Walk The Canyon Lakebased Community Resource and Recreation Center CRRC Food Bank formerly Canyon Lake Action Center and Smithson Valley Food Bank will share 25 percent of the proceeds while the New Braunfelsbased Rebounds flood relief organization will receive an additional 20 per cent The remaining 55 per cent of the proceeds is ear marked for CROPs parent organization Church World Service and will benefit international hunger relief programs In 2002 nearly 300 partic ipants raised over at the first CROP Walk in Canyon Lake The 2003 CROP Walk organizing team has set a new goal of This years walk is slated for March 8 beginning at at Canyon Lake Dam Registration will be held at St Thomas Catholic Church at Trans portation is available for those who need assistance Individual fundraising packets may be picked up at the CRRC administrative offices at 1917 FM 2673 in Sattler or at local churches Groups are encouraged to participate as teams Following the CROP Walk a celebratory event hosted by the CRRC will be held to dedicate the new Dam Access Road bridge opening Area residents are welcome to attend Call 8309642324 for information on the CROP Walk or bridge ceremony Meetings COMAL COUNTY COM MISSIONERS COURT T special meeting 45th Annual County Judges and Commis sioners 8 Tuesday through Thursday Doubletree Hotel 6505 N IH 35 Austin NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL workshop meet ing 6 Tuesday council chambers New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL regular meeting 7 Tuesday council chambers Municipal Complex 1400 Schertz Parkway Schertz NEW BRAUNFELS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT BOARD 7 Wednesday Conference Room B New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave MARION ISD regular board of trustees meeting 7 Wednesday Marion Secondary Cafeteria 503 Bulldog Drive Marion SCHERTZCIBOLOUNI VERSAL CITY ISD regular board of trustees meeting 7 Thursday Dobie Junior High School new addition 395 Borgfeld Cibolo NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL regular meeting Monday council chambers New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave COMAL COUNTY COM regular meeting Feb 27 commissioners courtroom Commissioners Court Building 199 Main Plaza ALAMO AREA COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS pub lic hearing on rural public transportation service 10 March 3 AACOG head quarters 8700 Tesoro Drive San Antonio COMAL COUNTY COM MISSIONERS COURT regular meeting March 6 Water main bursts DAVID Rocky Wilson from Rusty Mica and Art Garza check New Braunfels Utilities plans for the location of water cutoff valves after a water main broke Monday afternoon at the intersection of South Castell Avenue and Merriweather Street Monday afternoon Resi dents in the area suffered low water pressure for about two hours as crews worked to repair the line Line popped and water shot skyward BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Water shot up almost 30 feet high throwing pieces of asphalt into the air in a res idential area of New Braun fels Monday afternoon The main line servicing the 100 block of Merriwea ther Street in New Braun fels broke at the corner of South Castell Avenue Water spewed onto the street and into the front yards of several residents as New Braunfels Utility crews rushed to contain the gusher Mary Chavez lives in a mobile home located in a lot on the corner where the break occurred She said she heard a which she ignored as traffic hit ting a pothole until her hus band spotted the water shooting into the air from Chris Cavazos tosses pieces of asphalt out of a crater created after a water main broke his front porch Chavez said the water flowed for about a halfhour before she called the city Chavez said NBU crews were on the job within min utes of her call Juan Ozuna NBU assis tant division manager of the Water Department said the pop was a 10foot asphalt bubble caused by the water leak As water filled the top layer of street the pressure eventually broke through Ozuna called the pipe break routine and estimat ed that his crew could get the street repaired in an hour or two Insurance reform bill expected to get House approval today BY NATALIE GOTT Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP The House gave preliminary approval Mon day to legislation meant to help lawmakers as they attempt to reform the way the Texas home owners insurance market is regu lated The bill requires homeowners insurance companies to release to the Texas Department of Insur ance their current and future rates as well as the data the companies use to determine the premiums The department will then compile a report based on the information The legislation is expected to get final House approval Tuesday and then be sent back to the Senate Sen Troy Fraser the Senate spon sor of the bill said he expected the bill could land on the governors desk by the middle to end of the week Were gathering information at this said Rep John Smithee a Republican from Amar illo who carried the legislation in the House All I know is the sys tem is The bill comes as homeowners have seen their insurance premi ums rise dramatically over the past several months even as some com panies reduced their coverage or stopped writing new policies Insurance companies blame the increased cost on water and mold claims and other factors The state can do little to control the homeowners insurance rates because about 95 percent of the policies in Texas are written by subsidiaries that are exempt from rate regulation Jerry Johns president of the industry group Southwestern Insurance Information Service said the legislation illuminates the existing problem The data will clearly demon strate that insurers have lost hun dreds of millions of dollars in homeowners insurance in Johns said The lawmakers debated an amendment by Rep Senfronia Thompson DHouston that would have required companies to turn over information about their investments in the stock market and on the cost of reinsurance State Rep Steve Wolens DDal las said the information seemed relevant to the report because insurance companies can increase rates if they lose money in the stock market The amendment failed on a 93 53 vote after Smithee argued that any information including stock market losses that insurance com panies used to determine rates had to be turned over to the insurance department under the bill Smithee said Thompsons amendment would require that companies turn over quite a bit of information and some of it might not be relevant CAPITOL ALMANAC An estimated students would be denied free college tuition promised to them by the state be cause of cuts designed to ease a projected billion budget shortfall lawmak ers were told Monday Hundreds of school board members educa tors parents and others gathered at the Capitol on Monday to seek increased funding for public schools Eliminating the finance system known by some as Robin Hood has emerged as one of the ses sions top issues Unpaid fines could net jail time during March 1 sweep BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Remember that traffic tick et you didnt pay Nobody came and picked you up Youre running out of time if you dont want to go to jail Comal County Sheriffs Office Warrants Division commander Sgt Max Worn mack New Braunfels Police Department Warrant Officer Usbaldo Patino and a few dozen of their friends will be looking for you next month Local law enforcement agencies will be participat ing in a regionwide warrant roundup beginning March 1 More than notices have been mailed out to peo ple with active unpaid war rants in areas of the Inter state 35 corridor stretching from Round Rock to south of San Antonio More than one thousand of the notices have gone out in New Braunfels and Comal County Were concentrating on Municipal Court and Justice of the Peace Court warrants but were looking for every body who is Worn mack said About the best advice we can give is to come in and pay the fines take care of them Wommack said Patino agreed Were trying to get people to come in between now and March 1 and clear these he said Max and I are going to work together on how were going to do this At the NBPD well have a day shift squad helping and well go into the night Were going to be knocking on doors and arrests will be Patino said If they can take care of it and pay for it well allow them to do that People who arent reliable enough will be hooked up and taken to Where do you pay your fines Anyone wtth art outstanding tick et or warrant should read the docu ment to determine which court they owe Municipal Court wWch adjudi cates Infractions In the dty limits of New Braunfels is located at the Law Enforcement Center 1486 S Seguln adjacent to the New Braunfels Police Department of the Peace warrants should bepaid at whichever precinct they are written In The sheriffs office 3005 W San Antonio St can handle any county warrants Anyone wishing to pay an out standing ticket or warrant at the sheriffs office should go to the lobby located in the center of the building and ask for the warrants division The office is open from 8 am to 5 Monday through Friday Be sure to bring a money order or cashiers check Wommack said No personal checks or credit cards can be accepted Fines can also be handled by mail Wommack said Call the war rants division at 830 6203411 for court name number and the total fines due Mail cashiers check or money order to Comal County Sheriffs Office 3005 W San Antonio New Braunfels 78130 Patino said Its better you come in Wommack Patino and Comal County constables have worked together on warrant sweeps in the past Whats different about this one is its scope Dozens of agencies will be participating and the sweep will last for a week instead of just one afternoon Were going to be looking for a To keep from be ing embarrassed at work or at home we encourage you to come in and pay your fees or turn yourselves Wom mack said This whole thing is designed for people to come in and pay off their tickets If you dont come in youll be subject to Wommack said Police believe excessive speed cause deadly wreck BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Excessive speed is believed responsible for the Feb 4 accident that killed a 37year old New Braunfels woman New Braunfels Police Sgt Kevin Stevens said Dee Ann Y Cornelius apparently crashed off Walnut Avenue into a dry creek bed because she was driving too fast The Bexar County Medical Examiner ruled she died instantly of major head trau ma Cornelius left behind four children who live with her former husband Cornelius had apparently driven off Walnut Avenue just before the Dry Comal Creek bridge rolling her 2000 Ford Windstar minivan and land ing upside down in the bed of Eikel Creek beside the bridge Officials believe the acci dent occurred late on the night of Feb 3 or very early on the morning of Feb 4 Police reported Cornelius Terry Aikman didnt return home from work on Feb 3 Comal County Judge Dan ny Scheel pronounced Cor nelius dead after her body was found still belted into her seat at Feb 4 The roof of the van was crushed Scheel ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death Employees at Johnny Cari nos Country Italian restau rant in New Braunfels will hold a fundraiser Wednes day for Cornelius children Dave Roukey general man ager of Johnny Carinos said tips and donations collected Wednesday would go to a fund to benefit the children He said employees will also donate money and he hopes corporate headquarters will match the amount raised Roukey said Cornelius was well liked and that quite a few staff members attended her funeral although she had left her job at Carinos four months ago Schertz fire inspector certified as investigator Schertz Fire Department Fire Inspector Terry Aikman is now a state certified fire investigator Aikman joined the Schertz Fire Department in 1987 as volun teer firefighter then served parttime until 1996 when he joined the department on a full time basis He was appointed to the fire inspector position in 1999
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