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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas 1 II II I SPORTS WINNING WAYS Cougars new head football coach Les Davis continuing the winning tradition Brad Wright began Page 6A T TT WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER LIFE REUNION TIME Relive old memories and create new ones with traditional favorite dishes at family reunions Page 1B Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 257 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW j a Mostly sunny High Low 88 61 Details1B DEARABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 38 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 68A TV GRIDS 48 Commission wants traffic study parameters set By Scott Mahon StaffWriter the New Braunfels Planning Commission balked at asking council for for a con sultant to study Walnut Avenue before knowing what the scope of that study would be Planning Director Frank Robbins recommended the commission ask council for the funding but the commis sion agreed at least one of its members should be involved in defining the scope of the study before requesting fund ing The planning staff is rec ommending that a consultant be hired to complete traffic counts and acquire a very detailed understanding of the characteristics of the traffic on Walnut particularly at inter Robbins said Commission member Randy Vanstory said he want ed to be involved in the process of selecting A consult ant before asking council for funding Commission member Sandy Nolte also expressed reservations and commission member Jan Kotylo said the commission should be pre pared to justify hiring a con sultant before asking for fund ing Robbins said council dis cussed improving Walnut Avenue for several years Council talked about widening South Walnut three years ago but in the end there are going to have to be improvements he said Robbins said because Wal nut Avenue has become a connecting street between 135 and Loop 337 traffic See WALNUT page SA A NIGHTMARE JOB Firefighters training exercise teaches them to work with another set of eyes DAVID Above New Braunfels firefighter Jason Fasel emerges frorri a dark and smokefilledbuilding holding the doll that he helped rescue during training exercises at the old police department building Tuesday morning Top NBFD training division chief Stacie Zercher center adds hand warmers under the dolls clothing so firefighters can use a thermal imaging camera to locate it Keith Hoegenauer left and EMj Jason Wallace had just rescued the doll from inside the old police station By Ron Maloney StaffWriter The scenario was every firefighters worst nightmare Two children ages 7 and 10 were play ing hideandseek Somehow an explo sion or a collapse was followed by a fire The oldest boy got out to tell the arriving fire department what happened Two firefighters Jason Wallace and Kei th Hoegenauer donned breathing equip ment and protective gear and went inside to find a child whose life expectan cy was measured in seconds They strug gled past flames through blinding smoke and debris that threatened to trap them too and a burning wall fell on them Luckily Tuesday it was only a training exercise This week at the former police depart ment building located on Castelle Avenue across from city hall New Braun fels firefighters are practicing rescuing a child from inside a collapsed home The training is designed to teach them search techniques and how to use the fire departments new thermal imaging cameras The training is rigorous for the fire fighters and is made a little more difficult by the onthespot adaptation of the scenario by their boss Battalion Chief Don Zercher a 30year veteran who has held every firefighting job there is while working his way up through the ranks at theNBFD Zercher hasnt lost a man yet on a fire scene and hopes to keep the record intact until he retires Like his wife NBFD training division chief Stacie Zercher he takes training very seriously As Wallace and Hoegenauer worked their way through the building filled with smoke created by a disc jockeystyle smoke machine things begin to go wrong Your flashlight Don Zercher See FIREFIGHTERS Page 5A Police citations down during slow holiday weekend By 3on Maloney StaffWriter Law enforcement officials report ed a mild Labor Day holiday week end on the countys waterways marred by a drowning Sunday We did unfortunately have a drowning but otherwise there very very few said Sheriffs Lt Mark Reynolds It was like any other average summer Friday Reynolds said saw a light rainfall during the afternoon urday a heavy storm came through Monday it began raining in the late morning and continued through most of the afternoon Sunday we had some bumps and Reynolds said Mon day anybody who was going to do a day trip pretty much left after the rain What arrests there were Reynolds said were for misde meanors typical of the river crowd but fewer than on a typical hol iday weekend It wasnt anywhere close to a Memorial Day or Fourth of Reynolds said We had three teams on the river each day all of our reserve River Road units and the boat and let Ski patrols on the lake Fjccept for the drowning it was a nice weekend to end the The remaining weekends this month and next Reynolds said would see no formalized schedul ing for river teams In the event we get crowded well make the necessary adjust Reynolds said In the New Braunfels city limits patrol Lt John VUiarreal said his officers reported a relatively slow weekend as well They issued 34 warnings 62 citations and made 16 misdemeanor arrests I was out Saturday I was told it was not that VUiarreal said They described it as less than a normal Saturday It was even less than a normal Sunday VUiarreal worked and officers found themselves busy he said I was here until 7 I know at the end of the day the officers were engaged more at Gruene which is typical because thats where the people get Villarreal said Monday was all rained Enrollment at CTTC exceeds expectations By Leigh Jones StaffWriter Two weeks into the first full semester of classes Central Texas Technology Center students have settled into the routine of lectures labs and homework Interim Director Mike Morphew said fall registration totals exceeded his expec tations We are about 100 over what I had hoped Morphew said Registration numbers blew everyones doors CTTC enrollment includes 253 students taking classes for college credit 50 stu dents in the GED program and 100 signed up for customized manufacturing train ing The center can hold roughly 700 stu dents at capacity One program automotive technology does not have as many students as expected due to a misunderstanding over email addresses We had a little communication prob said Vickie Pursch Comal Indepen dent School District executive director for curriculum and instruction When we went to the open house there was no equipment We never received communi cation that they got equipment and a teacher because they emailed it to an old Although no CISD students are involved the automotive technology class is full of students from Seguin and Navar ro and one from New Braunfels High School Undaunted by this semesters prob lems CISD administrators are looking at options for next semester We do want to partner with the Pursch said In the spring we hope to identify additional students to partici pate in the In October enrollment numbers will increase with the addition of more cus tomized training classes The classes are tailored to meet the instructional needs of local businesses or government entities Two of the first clients include Acme Brick and the City of New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto said the CTTC was the perfect place tor govern ment employees to get some muchneed ed homeland security training See CTTC Page 5A
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