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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas IT W NOVEMBER HERALD IX ZEITIJNG SPORTS GETTING READY Soccer teams at New Canyon and Smithson Valley prepare for Page 5 FORUM Guest columnist Mary Williams says theTye Preston Library is a gem in Comal Page 4 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 318 12 1 section CLICK 5O0 Sunny High Low 68 31 Details DEAR ABBY CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 9 10 Floodplain repairs could impact hundreds By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Thomas Call hopes that his residence in the Guadalupe Riv er floodplain will be Calls home on Walnut Heights Boulevard was one of hundreds of New Braunfels residences added to the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps in He is expecting his property value to take a nose dive thanks to the new floodplain designa but not for On the New Braunfels City Council will con sider modifications to the South Tributary watershed that could put Calls home on higher ground once again and help alle viate some of the citys most infa mous drainage City Engineer Mike Short will give council members a study of the created by con sultant Halff and sev en options for improvements that will decrease flooding in the Short said Monday he would like to focus councils attention on the two proposed alternatives that would remove the most properties from the 100year The first listed as Option 4 in Halffs calls for million in channel mod ifications to the tributary between FM 725 and Pahmeyer The changes would widen the bottom of the channel from 30 feet to 200 feet and would remove 183 properties from the The second listed as Option combines the chan nel modifications with a 35acre storm water detention basin upstream of County Line The additional structure would double the project cost to mil lion but would remove 311 prop erties from the Call said he would support either option because both would remove his home from See Page 6 AT A GLANCE What South Tributary improvements workshop n When Wednesday m Where City council 424 Castell THE MIRACLE OF SIGHT Student has dearer future after cornea transplant By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Heriberto Flores is a Complete with shades and a class room full of its easy to believe mat hes a fourthgrad er born to But the softspoken Heriberto probably would trade it all for a chance to jump on a I feel happy to be back at he said through a transla a native of is recovering from cornea transplant He was diagnosed with a condition that causes the cornea to become He returned to Memorial Elementary on 14 but must wear dark glasses and cannot play Exa vision teacher for the New Braunfels Independent School said Heriberto must be very careful not to bump his which could lead to He also takes anti rejection drops every few Curtis said Heriberto was referred to her when he was in sec ond shortly after his family moved to New He works very hard and has gotten a lot of she He uses large a monocu lar and closed circuit But he is still very lowvision thats gotten progressively Heribertos Rocio Flo said through a translator that her son had eye problems when he was a very young When he was a his eyes became very she He would rub them and com plain that they were Photos by DAVID With his eyes protected with special Heriberto Flores reads a book while attending class at Memorial fourthgrader recently had a cornea school nurse Melissa Leos puts drops in Flores Communities in Schools repre sentative Marcie Martinez helped the Flores family find an optometrist through the Lions Henry a therapeutic started treating Heriberto in second short ly after the Flores family moved to New Curtis and Hull worked togeth er to find a therapy that would work for They tried hard contact lenses and a combination of hard and soft in addi tion to About a year I got him a consultation with a corneal sur Hull We decided that See Page 6 3 boats damaged in Canyon Lake fire MANDY Water and foam spray 9ut the window of a boat as firefighters attack a fire By Ron Maloney StaffWriter CANYON heavily damaged three boats Monday afternoon at a storage facility on Cranes Mill No one was injured in the Firefighters dispatched to the facility adjacent to the Canyon Bait House in the 15900 block of Cranes Mill arrived to find a barge engulfed in a fire that had spread to an adjacent sailboat and motor Canyon Lake Chief Shawn Wherry said he was unsure what started the It appears it started in that which is the hull of a Wherry From it looks like it impinged on that sailboat and was just spreading to the office when we As 10 Canyon Lake firefighters prepared to fight the the Spring Branch Volun teer Fire Department was dispatched under the countys mutual aid We had Spring Branch en route with a tanker and but we canceled them because we were able to contain and control it prior to their Wherry An office trailer was damaged by fire and the firefighting as was a car adjacent to one of the Citys top finance officer introduced to council By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The New Braunfels City Council wel comed a new member to the citys staff dur ing Mondays city council Interim City Manager Marcus Jahns intro duced Deborah Korinchock as the new chief financial who will begin her duties after replaces former CFO Jeff who left the position atthe end of Im excited to be Korinchock told Im really looking forward to work ing with all of Korinchock currently works for Bexar County and has previously worked for the city of San who has worked with Korinchock said he selected her for the position See Page 2 Drink up AnnualWassailfest rings in the Ghristmas season with music and drinks to keep Grass fire scorches close to 50 acres From staff reports LAKE 50 acres of grass and brush were blackened Monday afternoon near Altwein Lane by a fire thought to have been caused by an elec tric No injuries were New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said Lake McQueeney volun teer firefighters were dispatched to the 1200 block of Altwein at about 1 for a report ed grass Firefighters from Lake New Seguin and New Braunfels were called in under mutual aid to help control the They had a very fastmoving grass fire started by a cattle Brinkkoeter With todays relative humidity so low and winds gusting to 20 miles per it led to a very progressive Brinkkoeter was flown over the scene by an AirLife The fire endangered sever al mostly barns or other outbuild ings that were protected by he In the house on the property and two nearby homes were Firefighters brought the blaze under con trol in about an hour and a half after they used earthmoving equipment to cut a fire line around Brinkkoeter GREAT TASTE GREAT TIMES
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