Saturday, January 31, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas FftSO TX 799ftJ SPORTS SHUTOUTS Canytm beys and girls soccer teams both manage to keep opponent Wimberley less Page SA COUPONS SUPER SAVINGS Super Bowl party at Los Cucos offers halfprice appetizers Rhoads Flooring Super Bowl sales offers 26 percent off flooring Inside FRONT and CENTER Serving New f K i 504 Girl 7 struck after steppin S A hospital lists firstgrader in critical condition By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 7yearold girl was injured Friday when she was struck by a car and dragged 80 feet after getting off a school bus Officials said the girl a Goodwin Pri mary School firstgrader whose name was not released suffered major upper body injuries and possible head injuries She did not regain consciousness at the scene before she was flown to University Hospital She was breathing on her own and a plastic tube was placed in her throat to keep her airway open University Hospital spokeswoman Leni Kirkman said Friday night the girl was in critical condition Ive spoken with the family They would appreciate all the prayers of the Kirkman said New Braunfels police Sgt Mike Ruther ford said the accident occurred about when a Comal Independent School District bus with about65 kinder garten through sixthgrade students on board stopped to let off passengers in the 500 block ofVentura Drive behind Home Depot A 1991 Toyota fourdoor driven by an 18yearold New Braunfels woman turned left off the 1800 block of Valero Rutherford said She struck a 7yearold child who had just gotten off the The child had just stepped in front of the bus Rutherford said Preliminary investigation casts no blame on the school district All indications are that the bus lights were on and functioning normally and the stop sign was out from the drivers side of the Rutherford said The driver of the Toyota was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for exami nation Rutherford said Alcohol and drugs were not believed to be involved in the accident The drivers name was not released pending the outcome of the investiga tion Rutherford said he believed charges See GIRL Page 2A Photos by REBECCA S Above Crystal Carrillo center comforts Alexis Carrillo after an accident seriously injured Alexis neigh bor and friend A 7yearold Goodwin Primary School student was run over while crossing the road after getting off the school bus Friday afternoon Josie Machuca in back pulled the child from beneath the car Left New Braunfels police Cpl Lorenzo Mireles surveys the scene of Fridays acci dent Top The victims backpack with her school books and stuffed teddy bear sits in the road at the accident scene in the 500 block Ventura Drive in a subdivision off FM 1101 behind Home Depot tly cloudy High Low j 62 43 i Details 16 SPORTS 64A Annexation plan to get a couple of revisions By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning Commis sion which began its annual annexation process in January meets Tuesday to refine its recommendations to city council Frank Robbins director of planning and community development said Tues days meeting would include talk of annexing approximately acres adja cent to the airport the Word Ranch off Loop 337 and almost acres of vacant land off FM 306 north of New Braunfels The planning staff will point out some adjustments to our initial recommenda Robbins said Well also spend some time discussing zoning adjacent to the Robbins said land adjacent to the municipal airport needs to be protect ed from residential development We dont believe residential zoning is appropriate usage near the he said simply because of the noise We dont want people living adjacent to the airport because eventually they would complain about the According to Robbins the best use of land adjacent to the airport would be commercial and industrial businesses related to the aircraft industry Were trying to take the longterm he said However longtime farming families in the area have expressed their concern for years regarding the possible annexa tion of their farm lands I understand their Robbins said Annexation would mean city taxes and a change in land use but I think agri cultural use of the land near the airport is not a detriment to airport operations and in fact is very common around many Marvin Westmeyer who owns a farm adjacent to the airport told the com mission in January his greatgrandfather purchased farmland in Comal County in the 1860s See ANNEXATION Page 2A RECENT EXPANSIONS Technology 1 CT nuclear medicine digital mammog raphy upgrade hone densitome try equipment Imaging Center dining room and The CM construction in building McKenna set to open specialty center By Dylan Jim6nez Staff Writer After final inspections this week the McKenna Specialty Center should be close to taking patients in mMFebruary The center is one of the final pieces in a major expansion of McKenna Health Systems facili ties The million facility has beencomtructfidout of the squarefeet pound floor of the McKenna Ambulatory Surgical Center which used to be staff parking When the building was built on Garza Street across fjomMcKen oa Memorial Hospital almost a decade ago the bottom floor was teft open in anticipation of a future expansion 5As we became busier and busier with outpatient surgery we tell tte need to sai4 Jen The new equipped with equipment said Martha Stone The new facility will have two operating rooms two endoscopy three recovery room bap and nine preopera Tte w will hp MSSHJ fiy colonoscopies and gastrointesti nal exams cataract surgery cornea transplants eye laser pro cedures pain management pro cedures otter surgicd procedures and IV and infusion therapy The new facility wiU help McKenna provide more services from a griming pool local doc tors have new surgeons corn ing into Jhemarfcpttto to account said Kari liittle diief of professional services ThecomniLUiityhasaiieedfor njjgigljf surgeries and other servic es Malatek said Three uew staff positions will Jerry Paniagua left explains the new nurse calling system to RN Steve Foster and Director of Patient See n 2A center located across the street from MeKenna Hospilal