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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY JULY 20 2004 fill FOR AK 780 SOUTHUEST 627 OR H fA0 TK 79901 ZEITUNG SPORTS LITTLE LEAGUE New Braunfels all stars teams have mixed results in games at the Sectionals tournament high lights from games Pages 5A FORUM LETTERS Readers applaud efforts of police Lake Dunlap fire departments Proposition 13 and sudden inter est in fairgrounds Page Serving New Braunfels and Cpmal County since 1852 DEAR ABBY 3B Vol 163 No 214 12 pages 2 sections K WWW 8 IIII56825II0000 Sunny heat index 100 High Low 97 73 Details1B COMICS 28 CROSSWORD ft FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3t SPORTS 58A TV GRIDS City hears study results By Scott Mahon Staff Writer According to a convention center consultant hired by the New Braun fels City Council New Braunfels could attract a major segment of the con vention business if it had a multipur pose civic center with a headquarters hotel nearby Bill Krueger with Conventions Sports and Leisure gave a rapid 45 minute Power Point presentation to the city council Monday and empha sized that the key to New Braunfels success in competing for convention business would be a major hotel with in walking distance of a convention center Krueger also emphasized the need for a multipurpose facility including exhibit space ballroom space and meeting space A fullservice hotel near the civic center facility would be a critical fac he said Krueger estimated that a squarefoot civic center would cost about million to construct and a facility would cost million The cost of construction is starting to rise and interest rates are begin ning to he said So if you commit to a new facility the sooner you begin construction trie better off youll Kruegers firm was hired in Febru ary to study New Braunfels conven tion industry after council agreed to do a feasibility study before expanding the existing civic center or building a new facility The study cost Council could chose to ask Krueger to do a second phase study for but council agreed Monday to wait until council members had time to See COUNCIL Page 3A MANDY Bill Krueger goes through slides for the city council detailing a survey done on the use of a new convention center Accident leaves 1 in critical condition By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 10yearold New Braunfels boy suf fered lifethreatening injuries Monday afternoon in a traffic collision on Com mon Street A University Hospital spokesman said Zachary Vestal 10 was being treat ed in the trauma center for injuries sustained in the accident in the 1500 block of East Common Street He was in critical condition Monday evening His sister Amanda 8 and mother Donna 43 were listed in stable condi tion Police Sgt Craig Christopherson said the accident occurred when Vestals Dodge minivan which was eastbound on Common Street made a left turn into the parking lot at New Braunfels Pediatric Associates and New Braunfels Pediatric Dental Associates in front of a 2001 Ford F150 pickup driven by a 47yearold New Braunfels woman The pickup struck the minivan in the passengers side The pickup driver was uninjured She said she did not have time to hit the Christopherson said The driver of the pickup told police she had just looked at her speedometer and was traveling at 43 mph when the accident occurred Fire Department Acting Capt Mike Wehman said firefighters arrived to find three physicians working over the boy who they reported had gone into traumatic cardiac arrest after the acci dent which ripped off the minivans passenger side sliding door We started advanced life support procedures with the help of the doc Wehman said The girl was taken into the nearby dental office and treated there An AirLife medical helicopter was See WRICK Page 3A TCEQ issues Air Quality Health Alert for area Photos by DAVID New Braunfels Fire and EMS personnel help the crew of an Air Life helicopter load 8yearold Amanda Vestal after the van she was in was involved in an acci dent in the 1500 block of East Common Street Monday afternoon Left Donna Vestal is overcome with emo tion while being low ered onto a stretcher before being transport ed to University Hospital Vestals van was struck on the pas senger side by a pick up truck in the 1500 block of East Common Monday afternoon Vestals son and daughter were trans ported by separate Air Life helicopters to the same hospital New Braunfels police qfficers prepare to start their investigation into the cause of a twovehicle accident that sent three occupants of this minivan to University Hospital By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Today would be a good day to take a deep breath early and hold it because the air later isnt expected to be fit to breathe The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Health Alert today for the greater San Antonio area The alert covers Bexar Comal Guadalupe and Wilson coun ties It is the first time this year officials anticipate the regions air will be bad enough to represent a health risk The health partsperbillion of ground level ozone or smog in the atmosphere is likely to be surpassed officials say Dorothy Birch transporta tion and natural resources specialist with the Alamo Area Council of Govern ments said the ozone sea son got off to a very slow start this year By this time last year we had already had 13 Air Qual ity Health Birch said She recommended that people with asthma or emphysema the elderly and young children stay inside to avoid as much as possible breathing the polluted air Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Meteorologist Ron Wells declared the alert based on weather conditions Monday and todays forecast which calls for a stationary ridge of high pressure Were starting to see ele vated ozone numbers today and we expect them to con tinue Wells said Its sunny and not we have light winds and we expect the conditions to Wells said the rainy and A I R U 11 A t IT V Health Alert The Texas Commission on EnvirorF mental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declar ed today an Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip Avoid use of drive through lanes or services Dont refuel during daylight Avoid use of gaspowered yard equipment Avoid exterior painting ON THE WEB Pollution levels are posted online at cloudy June was the reason the area hadnt experienced an Air Quality Health Alert prior to todays Last year the meteorolo gy was quite Wells said Thats the big reason We had bunches of rain and a lot of clouds and it just did nt let our numbers build Now that the pattern has broken Wells said San Anto nio and with it New Braunfels could expect to see more health alert decla rations August and September tend to be the high Wells said Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin is chairman of the Air Improvement Resources Committee at AACOG He said no one should take any comfort from going so deep into summer without an Air Quality Health Alert I dont think were pollut ing any less than we did last See Page 3A Food bank experiencing summer shortages By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Melissa single mother with four small children waited patiently Monday at the Spirit of Sharing Food Bank for a 50 of food obtaining canned goods beans meat sugar flour and rice She just moved back to New Braunfels from Oklahoma she said Her farmer husband who she was in jail somewhere doesnt pay child support Im trying to find a job but Ive no one to watch the kids and I dont have a she its Without any income the toad she picked up wlhdp get nfldoratenil ciiood Eddie picks up a box at the food bank once a month for his grandmother Shes 84 years old and all she has is Social he said So about the middle of ihe month she starts to run out of money This really hdps In a back room Frances Divine was helping pack the boxes of food which contain meat bread sweets and canned goods Divine 82 is just one of the many volunteers who work one day a week at the food bank located at 248 Wfest Mer riweather Shes been a volun teer for 20 years Last month the food bank See Page 3A HOW TO HELP i Food donations can be mads from 1 to 4 Monday through Friday at the SOS Food Bank bidd ing at 248 W St I For information caH torn Bajntt at 6272863 or 832 0681
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