New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 17, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas *W *W WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17,2007 Herald-Zeitung Newspaper of the Year SPORTS TENNIS Heat nearly gets the best of top-seeded Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open. Page 6A FORUM MCKENNA Chairman Bill Morton speaks out on why the McKenna Memorial Hospital board decided to sell. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 147, No. 52 16 pages, 2 sections 5O0 www> herald-zeitunq.com! s1 Wintry mix High Low 38 30 Details ____2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 4B Conditions leave city out in the cold Sleet, ice keep local road crews, police busy By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter Comal County residents can expect icy conditions to stick around until this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. "There's a goodchance of freezing rain and sleet in the morning," said National Weather Sendee fore-caster Jim Ellis. "We will have about a fourth of an inch of ice accumulating and low temperatures in the upper 20s."......... .._____________......... ________,.........,....._...... DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Like Tuesday, the roads will Tne driver of a truck involved in a one-vehicle wreckTuesday morning on an icy Interstate 35 overpass at Erigle Road onTuesday morning talks on his cell phone as he waits for the police to arrive. Icy road conditions were See WEATHER, Page 8A blamed for several accidents Tuesday but none were reported to have caused serious injuries, police said. MORE fflfflFO I CallTxDOT at 800-452-9292 or visit dot.state.tx .us to check road conditions^_ 1 Winter weather sweeps the nation. Page 7A CLOSURES The following meetings and events have been postponed or canceled because of today's icy conditions: 3 New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts have cancelled all classes, activities and events scheduled for today. iThe Comal County Fair Association shareholders meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Jan 24 at the county fairgrounds.____ 8 Texas State University-San Marcos will delay opening until noon today. Classes started before noon are canceled and university offices will be closed before noon except for offices involved in emergency operations. __ i City of San Marcos offices will be closed until 1 p.m. Tuesday night's city council meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m.Thursday^ Paper printed early The Herald-Zeitung went to press early Tuesday night to allow additional time to print arid deliver the paper in the icy conditions that have engulfed the Hill Country. Some local residents report power outage By D. Ashley Verrill StaffWriter Freezing temperatures and icy roads mean more people are at home cranking up the heater and lounging on the couch watching television. Pedernales Electric Cooperative public information officer Ann Harvey said it is times like this that people are most likely to overload their electrical system and trip the main breaker, interrupting electrical service all together. "It's when you have the heater on high, tlieT.V on, the kids on the computer, and it's just more than a lot of houses can take," Harvey said. In these situations, switching the main breakers off and See OUTAGE, Page 3A MORE INFORMATION To report power outages call the following: H Pedernales Electric customers: 1-888-554-4732. � NBU customers: 930-629-4NBU The following tips are recommended in preparation of possible powerxjutages: & Keep a flashlight and batteries on hand____ H Have a cell phone charging when at home Conditions so rough work crew gets stuck B Have cash on hand in case ATMs don't work � Keep water bottles in the refrigerator and freezer to keep perishables cold longer ____ SOURCE: Pedernales Electric fiV- �i^*L,*U' i�!M)i * *-"w*r ii'"irl'Jsh\'&^. 'lift DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels police closed down Interstate 35 southbound at the Engle Road overpass to clear two separate traffic accidents and wait for crews to apply more sand to the roadway Tuesday morning. Road conditions were so treacherous that one Comal County crew was forced to abandon a dump truck, which could not make it up a stretch of Texas 46. By Mauri Elbel StaffWriter Andrew Velasquez knows first-hand that anyone who doesn't have to be on the road today should stay at home. "Take our word, it is bad out there," said Velasquez, a site operator for the Comal County Road Department. Velasquez was one of the first drivers on the road early Tuesday morning when he headed out about 2 a.m. in a Bobtail dump truck to put ice rock on bridges on Spring Branch Road. "When it freezes, the bridges are usually the first to freeze and ice rock helps create traction to reduce sliding," Velasquez said. As the two-man crew began throwing ice rock on the bridge, the mixture of rain and sleet started coming down harder, he said. "It got to the point where the ice rock was useless because the water froze over the rock," Velasquez said. The crew decided to drive toward Texas 46 to get back to the Comal County Road Department's truck yard, five miles west of New Braunfels. "We tried driving out to make it to Highway 46, but we started hitting ice so we pulled over for a little while," Velasquez said. "We finally threw a little more ice rock on the road so we could make it to 46 and we finally did - about one-and-a-half hours later. We were traveling at the See CREW Page 8A Perry sworn in for second full term as governor at indoor ceremony AUSTIN (AP) - Driven indoors by a winter storm that glazed the Capitol with a sheet of ice, Gov. Rick Perry began his second full term Tuesday with the oath of office and a message that reached beyond Texas. Perry will be the longest serving governor in state history-10 years-if he completes his term. But he has also been mentioned as a potential Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008. The inaugural theme was "Texas: Imagine the Possibilities," but Perry's speech to legislators and political sup- porters struck a tone that stretched well beyond the state's borders, touching on such issues as the war on terror, AIDS in Africa, ethnic strife in the Dar-fur region of Sudan and immigration problems in the United States. "We are now in an era of great global anxiety," Perry said. "Two conflicts on Israel's border, and one in Iraq, threaten the stability of the entire Middle East, as well as the safety of America's bravest men and women." Perry even highlighted themes similar to President Bush's "compassion- ate conservatism" campaign of2000. "Young Texans must never be taught about rights without also learning about responsibilities," Peny said. "As a society, we have a responsibility to those who languish in poverty, to empower them with the tools needed to live a life of self-sufficiency." Perry, 56, has said he's not interested in going to Washington, D.C., but hasn't said outright he wouldn't accept an offer to be the vice presidential nominee in next year's campaign. Tuesday's speech is sure to raise more questions about his ambitions. Perry was re-elected in November, winning with 39 percent of the vote in a crowded field that included Democrat Claris Bell and independent candidates Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Perry started his political career as a stale representative in the 1980s - then as a Democrat - before getting elected agriculture commissioner then lieutenant governor as a Republican. He ascended to the state's top post in December 2000 when Bush resigned to become president, then won re-election in 2002. On TUesday, some of Percy's strongest remarks were about the border with Mexico. With governors of several Mexican states attending his swearing-in ceremony, Perry said he does not believe in amnesty for illegal immigrants, nor does lie think it realistic to deport 12 million already in the United States. He said he supports a guest worker program and "strategic fencing" in densely populated areas. UJUIUUUJI1UUJU Uptown, on Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411 0856825000011 ;

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