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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS CLOSER New Braunfels 910yearold allstars one game away from the Sectional title and a berth in the state championship Page 5 kY JULY RALDZEITUNG FORUM LETTERS Writers rail against a tax freeze for seniors and designating the Comal County Fairgrounds a city park Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 12 pages 1 section CLICK I i a DEAR ABBY teat index 102 High Low 95 72 COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM SPORTS 4 9 S 8 Boy dies from injuries sustained in wreck By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN New Braunfels boy injured early this week in an auto accident on East Common Street died from his injuries Wednesday in a San Antonio hospital An official in the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office said late Thursday afternoon that Zachary Vestal 9 was pronounced dead at Wednesday The coroner listed Vestals cause of death as accident related multiple blunt force injuries Vestal and his sister Aman da 8 were passengers in a minivan driven by their mother Donna Vestal in the 1500 block of East Common Street The van was Tboned by a pickup truck as Donna Vestal turned into a parking lot at a medical office build ing Physicians who rushed to aid the family reported to paramedics the boy had gone into cardiac arrest at the scene of the accident but was revived Both children were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio which initially reported the boy in critical condition and the girl in sta ondition Donna Vestal 43 who was taken to the hospital by ambulance was reported in stable condition At the familys request the hospital released no further information catch DAVID o shows off the prosthetic leg he and his cousin found while swimming in Lake Dunlap Tuesday afternoon Right Rubin Meurm boats around Lake Dunlap with the prosthetic leg he found upstream from where Lopanec found the matching left leg Lake Dunlap residents tale of what they found floating really stands on its owrf By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Clayton Lopanec 13 and his 15 yearold cousin Brian Mizell were out for a swim in Lake Dunlap about 3 Tuesday when they noticed what looked like a beer bottle When we came up to it my cousin he was right next to it and he was like Its a leg and he took off one way and I followed Lopanec said Swimming fast as their arms would take them away from the sockfooted ankle bobbing omi nously in the current the boys screamed to Lopanecs sister Brit tney 10 on the banks to get help Their mother and father Christie and Gene Lopanec ran to the shore Gene Lopanec borrowed a neigh bors boat and rowed toward the white muckcovered sock in the middle of the lake While they watched and waited on the shore the family gasped in horror as a ski boat came roaring by It missed just barely As he approached Gene Lopanec stood up in the boat and carefully poked the foot with an oar All of the sudden he reaches down in the lake and jerks this leg out and plops it in the Christie Lopanec said We like to have had a stroke He waved it up over his head and came paddling back up It was a prosthetic a full On the other side of Lake Dun lap about that morning Bar bara and Rubin Meurin were out for a ride in their boat We were going up the water toward the bridge and there was some trash floating in the Barbara Meurin said My husband said Look theres something float ing over there It looks Rubin Meurin reached over the edge of the boat with his cane poked at the object and reeled in a prosthetic leg Neither Barbara Meurin nor See LEGS Page 3 Williams steps down as SVHS principal By Brand Grissom Staff Writer When Smithson Valley High School football players take the field against Jud son High School for the first time this fall theyll see a famil iar face on the other side of the stands Principal Brad Williams announced Thursday he had accepted the position of principal at Judson in San Antonio Jim Rodrigue SVHS assistant principal will serve as campus man ager until a new principal is hired said Comal Independent School District spokeswoman Kari Hutchison Hes a very very strong Hutchison said ofWilliams Its our loss and their gain at During the six years Williams served at SVHS the school achieved recognized status under the states accountability system Hutchison said He also saw the school through an See PRINCIPAL Page 3 Brad Williams CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH I Pastor Don Prater Denomination Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Attendance 300 Meeting time and 11 am Sunday Location 2171 E Common St Phone 6290406 Web ate I Worship style tra ditional I Mission Statement By Gods grace we are a growing church family teaching and shar ing His word in truth and purity so that all may know Christs forgiving love Cross Lutheran school emphasizes God in every lesson By Leigh Jones Staff Writer The goal of Cross Lutheran Church and School is to share the love of Jesus with the community and educate as many of its children as possible Our leadership felt having a school was a powerful way to spread Gods love and to educate said Pastor Don Raker Christian education is one strong trait of the Lutheran Cross Lutheran was founded in 1928 Two years ago it moved to 17 acres on Common Street that allowed them room to grow Last year was the first year for the full dass capacity of pieschool through eighth Principal Steve Winkelman said the rel atively smaUstiKiem body createdavvarm familylike atmosphere on campus The students have a lot of he said Everyone knows one another here Stu dents interact across grade levels and many parents are involved pn a daily Winkelman said his students were edu cated on a variety of subjects including daily religion classes We are academically driven and Christ he said We do what we call integrating the Students religious education is not lim ited to religion class and weekly chapel time Teachers incorporate a Christian emphasis to all subjects Test scores show evidence the schools low studentteacher ratio 151 pays off Winkelman said Cross Lutheran stu dents performed in the top 20 percent nationally on standardized tests Enrollment for next year is steady but the school has room for more students in every class Although the school receives a lot of it is only one of die churchs ministries See CHURCH Page 3 Pastor Don Rater of Cross Lutheran Church holds one of the racks members were given when the church was butt
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