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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY March 14 2003 pages jn 2 sections HERALDZ EITUNG Vol 152 No 104 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Deputies to continue work at Canyon Lake parks BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Comal County and the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday renewed a nearly two decades old agreement to provide law enforcement in Canyon Lake campgrounds and parks During the summer months the Corps of Engi neers augments the rangers who operate and patrol the parks around Canyon Lake with reserve sheriffs deputies The deputies work during peak parkuse periods enforc ing state laws park rules and local ordinances Corps of Engineers Lake Manager Jerry Brite present ed the newest draft of the agreement to commissioners This is the 19th year we have had this Brite said Its a cooperative agree ment between the United States of America and Comal County for the provision of additional law enforcement Brite said the Corps was contracting for between and hours of service between April 4 and Sept 28 Under the contract the maximum the Corps would spend is Comal County Sheriffs Office Chief Deputy Richard Bennie said the contract would pay the county for each hour worked by the reservists which includes per hour for a patrol car assigned to each deputy It provides some extra manpower for the Corps of Engineers in their parks and helps us by paying for extra personnel in those Bennie said Regular deputies are freed up to work the roads and riv er Bennie said This gives us the extra per sonnel we need in the sum mertime and doesnt cost the county anything for the man Bennie said The Dads Club Photos by K JESSIE Susan and Brian Dickens left and their daughter Ashley far right visit with neighbor Lorraine C Jankins and her sons Brandon and Blake while waiting for parents to drop off cans for recycling Brian Dickens says he and other members of the Specht Elementary Dads Club hope to use the money they raise to provide the newly built school with park benches a walking trail and other simple extras the school does not yet have More than that Dickens says Its to get people Informal group helps elementary school BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer In todays both parents must work multitasking world theres a group of men who decided it would be a good idea to show they can help their kids and their childrens school too They call themselves the Specht Elementary School Dads Club And Specht Elementary Vice Prin cipal Sean Maika is glad the fathers are lending a hand Theyre Maika said Theyre always willing to do anything we need them to Things like building a playground Because were out in the Hill Coun try and we dont have a lot of level ground we dont have a lot of field area for kids to run and throw foot balls and things like said Maika We have a playground area which is somewhat The dads talked to GPS and Cemtex homes and they found some fill dirt for free So theyre building us a playground area Theyve done library nights theyve done skating nights Theyre just real ly active and they want to do it Its neat to see dads doing Maika admitted that often its the mothers who are most involved in support groups such as the PTA But to see dads who are involved with their education extracurricular fun and helping the school get excited is rarer See Social Studies teacher George Barrera drops off a few more pounds of cans as Brian Dickens his wife Susan and daughter Ashley prepare to wrap up the can drive for another week This is the second collection for the Dads Club The first says Dickens netted them a little more than 100 pounds At a glance To find out if you have an outstanding Comal County warrant call 620 3411 From Canyon Lake call 8854883 To find out if you have an outstanding New Braunfels traffic warrant call 6082145 Regional roundup clears up old warrants BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Local law enforcement officials report great success with the weeklong region wide war rants roundup completed this past Sunday The New Braunfels Police Depart ment and Comal County Sheriffs Office were two of dozens of law enforce ment agencies between Round Rock and San Antonio that participated in a roundup in the Interstate 35 corridor Locally more than 200 outstanding or unpaid traffic warrants were paid off and dozens of arrests were made of suspects who had either failed to appear in court to answer charges or had failed to abide by previous payment agree ments Sheriffs Sgt Max Wommack com mands the countys Warrants Division He periodically conducts local warrant sweeps with the help of reserve deputies and constables Ben Scroggin and Randy Galindo This is the first time his office has participated in such a large weeklong effort involving so many agencies Going into it we werent sure how it would work but it went really well Including the ones who responded to media attention and came in to pay their fines voluntarily we cleared 99 Wommack said Nearly half 47 were cleared by arrests and 14 individuals went to jail Wommack said The whole objective was to get people to come in and pay their fines rather than us having to go and arrest them I think we saw a pretty good success Wommack said 1 think this was a good joint effort Id See Grant would help CL fire department meet mandate BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Canyon Lake is looking for money to enable the agency to report medical aid calls to the Texas Depart ment of Health Fire Chief Shawn Wherry went to Commissioners Court Thursday asking for a resolution supporting his department as it seeks a grant The money would be used for computers and related equipment that would enable the department to comply with state report ing requirements Previously fire depart ments were only required to report to the state calls involving trauma The 77th Texas Legislature in 2001 passed law requiring that all calls for emergency medical service be reported Its almost ironic but Texas has never known how many EMS calls they have in the Wherry said Canyon Lake answers about calls each year for medical aid in its 250 square mile area which encompasses about residents around the lake in the northern reaches of the county Between 30 and 40 percent INSIDE 5A Abby Classifieds Comics 3B Crossword 5A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries Sports 12B Today 2A Key Code 76 Rail depot earns historic designation BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The New Braunfels His toric Landmark Commission approved the designation of The Railroad Depot as a his toric site Thursday the first step in protecting the structure The depot is located on land owned by Union Pacific though the building is owned by the city and leased to the New Braunfels Historic Rail road and Modelers Society Don Offerman landmark commissioner said the des ignation is several years in the making He said the NBHRMS wants to protect the property from being demolished or altered They have fears that the railroad is going to come Offerman said and they would like to make the public more aware of the depots historical significance So hopefully if the railroad tries to come in and do something with the railroad depot at least someone might give it some thought before they demolished The railroad museum cur rently has no property rights to the building International and Great Northern Railroad laid the track on the property in Nov 1880 and a depot was built in 1885 The present depot was built in 1907 to accom modate increased rail traffic In 1984 Union Pacific gave the building to the city but the railroad maintained ownership of the land The railroad wanted to relinquish any liability issues with the old structure At the time several ideas spread about how to use the building it was even sug gested it be turned into a McDonalds restaurant It became a museum of railroad history in 1986 to be run by the newly char tered NBHRMS The rail road society is now restor ing the building and trying to protect its future by applying for city designa tion See
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