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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY AUGUST 17 2004 SPORTS TOP FLIGHT New Braunfels golfer Terrence Miskell contending for match play at the US Amateur in New York Pages SA ZEITUNG ORUM TTERS Readers sound off on magazines at HEB dause of pollutants In air and SCAT finding homes for found kittens Pago Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 238 10 pages 1 section IC K i DEAR ABBY 8A artiy cloudy i High Low 92 70 Details6A COMICS 7A CftOSSWSftO Ylt FORUM 4A 8A SPORTS Public to discuss Texas 46 future By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY The Texas Department of Trans portation is conducting a pub lic meeting Wednesday night to get advice and input on future construction of Texas 46 The meeting will begin at 7 in the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative audi torium located on FM 3159 Greg Malatek TxDOT area engineer for New Braunfels said the purpose of the meet ing is for transportation plan ners to present a concept for future improvements on the main eastwest road through Comal Codity and to hear the publics suggestions and opinions foij the work Right noto Malatek said TxDOT has funding for build ing an overpass at FM 2722 and widening Texas 46 by one lane between Loop 337 and FM 2722 Those two projects are com ing in the next few he said No money has been appro priated for work beyond mat although officials anticipate that plenty will need to be done Malatek said This is our initial meeting See TXDOT Page 3A AT A GLANCE Public meeting on Texas 46 When Wednesday Location Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative audi torium located on FM 3159 NBISD to set election for 2 seats By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Two New Braunfels Independent School District trustees might be counting down their last days of service on the school board i When the board j meets tonight mem bers will vote to call an i election on Nov 2 for I the District 2 and 4 I seats Currently Jorge Mal I donado who also is i board president serves District 2 and Penelope Biggadike serves District 4 Filing for the election began Aug 2 but no one has announced a candidacy AT A GLANCE I What NBISD school board meeting I pm I Location Education Center Board Room 430 W Mill St See NBISD Page 3A HEALTH ALERT ThelfexasCommis Health Alert Health Alert City discusses fiscal year appraisal vote By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council on Monday approved the second reading of ordi nances for the citys fiscal year 2005 budg et and tax rate The third and final reading will be Aug 23 when council is scheduled to adopt a tax rate of per valuation The proposed tax rate is almost 8 cents more than the 2004 rate of cents and includes cents for debt pay ment including a million bond See COUNCIL Page 3A UPDATES Tracking the news Guerrero improves after accident LAST WE KNEW Eustacio Perez Guerrero was struck Wednesday while riding his bicycle on Seguin Avenue LATEST University Hospital offi cials said Monday Guerreros condi tion had improved to fair NEXT Guerrero 82 will be released from tiie hospital when his condition permits Rough waters Recent discoveries in Comal River leave some concerned about safety j MANOY Chris Moos left stands on one of the underwater boulders at the mouth of the Prince Solms Tube Chute while his brother Shawn stands on the natural bottom By Scott Mahon Staff Writer During the summer Charles Reger of Austin drives to New Braunfels each weekend to enjoy the Comal River But two weekends ago he injured himself after slid ing down the Tube Chute and hitting a submerged boulder Reger was taken to McKen na Hospital He thought he had broken an ankle Im an experienced tuber and Ive been down the Tube Chute a thousand he said I knew when I hit that boulder that it was some thing new and hadnt been there before As it turned out my ankle wasnt broken but I tore a ligament so Ive been on crutches and in a walk ing Reger said he wanted to be sure no one was injured The rock I hit is a serious danger to tubers and no one was aware of he said A lot of kids surf the tube chute and dive in at the end If one of them were to dive to the left theres a real possi bility that death could occur if they hit that Bill Averyt of Bryan said he was floating down the river and discovered several steel bars protruding from the riv er bottom underneath the Garden Street bridge just downstream of Stinky They were about 3 feet long and bent at right he said The river where they were was 2 to 3 feet deep and the current was strong Itd be very easy for someone to get a foot or leg caught and wedged between the bar and the riv er Averyt also wanted to pre vent future injuries I understand the river has its inherent hazards and that they will always be he said But this particular haz ard deserved immediate Neither Reger or Averyt blamed anyone for their injuries and city officials agreed with Averyts obser vation that the river has its inherent The river isnt a private business amusement said City Manager Chuck Pin to Its a natural resource used for recreation and sub ject to natural events like floods that move things around and downstream The river can change every night City Attorney Charles Zech pointed out that the citys liability for accidents injuries is limited The Comal River is state he said Typically cities are immune from lia bility because of sovereign Zech said more than a half dozen state federal agencies could have jurisdic tion on the rivers including See RiVIII Page 3A Brauntex Theatre receives sprucing up for third season By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Armed with paint brushes ladders and a box of dough nuts nine volunteers entered the lobby of the Brauntex The atre and went to work Satur day morning With less than a month to go before the third season of live performances opens Sept 10 the workers had a lot of spruc ing up to do Were doing mainly cosmet ic stuff before the season said Jay Brewer presi dent of the theaters board of directors This is a laborinten sive effort that doesnt require a lot of capital Two volunteers clung to lad ders outside the building repainting the ticket booth and poster marquees Inside three more painters worked on the balcony walls which used to be covered in three different colors 4s Jan Kotylo coated trim in lobby and the theater with a glopsy coat of red lacquer she recalled the buildings history as a downtown hot spot people come here for the she said They tell us Atones of courtships played out in this very balcony This theater is an icon to the revi ation of riginally opened in 1942 thej theater showed movies Lit dosed in 1998 The facil ity sat unused for two years before a group of concerned bought renovated and it as a traditional the Now the historic landmark hosts traveling shows with national talent as well as local Ebrmances i Cn t0 Wtand Patty Thompson repaint a outside trie See MAMMTOL Page 3A Brauntex Theatre Saturday afternoon
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