New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 18, 2007

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas *W Tf THURSDAY, JANUARY 18,2007 fHf Herald-Zeitung Newspaper of the Year SPORTS GAME TIMES Complete list of rescheduled games, including District 27-4A soccer openers. Page 5A NEWS POWER OUTAGE The Comal County sheriff's office and jail lost power for a short time on Wednesday. Page 8A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 53 j 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK www, herald-zeitunq.com 500 10% chance of rain High Low 41 38 Details ____ 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3B Icy weather not expected to return soon Warmer temperatures forecast through weekend By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Comal County is thawing out this morning, and forecasters don't expect icy conditions to return this week. Jim Ellis, a National Weather Service forecaster, said that freezing rain has been replaced by light precipitation and slightly INSIDE I Road conditions in Canyon Lake area are improving but officials still urge caution. Page 2A warmer temperatures. The winter storm warning for Comal County was replaced at noon on Wednesday by a less-severe winter weath- er advisory. "The winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 a.m. (today)," he said. "That means that we may still have a light freezing rain Wednesday night, but the accumulation will not be significant." Ellis said that temperatures will warm up to 41 degrees today, See WEATHER, Page 3A ..................j"jin.'wgffiyT A wrecker driver1 prepares to hook up to a SUV facing south on northbound Interstate 35 over Spur Street after the vehicle slid on an icy patch of the road Wednesday morning. DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung Healing art By Mauri Elbel Staff Writer Art is the best medicine for Thomas Clyde. "It's very therapeutic," said Clyde, a 33-year-old New Braunfels resident. "I start with no ideas, and I don't plan anything. I just start out with a paintbrush and let it all come out." Looking around his modest studio brimming with emotionally charged, inventive oil-on-canvas paintings for which Clyde has coined the term "emotive expressionism," only life and its excitement is felt. There are no signs of the anxiety and distress so often associated with paranoid schizophrenia that Clyde battles. And after listening to the story of his struggles, what is arguably even more impressive than the art hanging on the walls and propped up against his pool table is the Pedernales Electric will not be getting $70 million refund Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Artist Thomas Clyde of New Braunfels was chosen from a select group of young artists to participate in an art exhibit in Amsterdam this spring. ' By Mauri Elbel Staff Writer Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials last week accused the Lower Colorado River Authority of holding more than $70 million in over-collected fuel revenues from its 43 wholesale customers. "Our major concern is the LCRA's over-collection of $70 million over the last three years, $26 million which is from our customers," the cooperative's spokesman Bill Cunningham said last week. But the power supplier, which provides electricity to Comal County's rural population, rejected the claim, calling the funds cash reserves from customers needed for emergency situa- tions. "We are not sitting on $70 million dollars of customer money the way PEC claims," LCRA spokesman Robert Cul-lick said on Tuesday. "LCRA has cash reserves like any other business, and that is the prudent tiling to do." Cullick said he thinks most people would prefer to pay a lower rate than to pay a higher rate and rely on occasional refunds. "Our customers prefer to keep their money in their own pocket," Cullick said. PEC officials also have claimed that LCRA is charging the cooperative a substantially higher-than-aver-age price for electricity. "We are their single biggest purchaser and we should not See REFUND, Page 8A fact that Clyde was chosen from a select group of young artists around the world to participate in a prestigious international weeklong art exhibit in Amsterdam this spring. "It is just unbelievable - I don't even have the words to describe it," Clyde said. "Having people see my artwork is something I've wished for my whole life." JCI Amsterdam Interna-" tional has selected artists from 40 countries around the world and offered them a space in its modem art exhibition in Amsterdam April 7-15. The modern art exhibition, ART for AID, organized by JCI to raise funds for the United Nations Children's Fund, is designed to give young artists an international platform to promote their art while benefiting the world's children. The news comes as an astonishing surprise for Clyde, who was diagnosed with a Local artist Thomas Clyde uses art as an outlet to help him deal with his diagnosis of a paranoid type of schizophrenia. The artist will display his work in Amsterdam. COMIIMGSUNDAY Ageless music Area residents of all ages join in for | a rocking time during the Senior Citizens Country Music Jam. paranoid type of schizophrenia when he was 27. "When the schizophrenia started in my head, 1 started to get real paranoid and thought See ARTIST, Page 6A Waterline repair work to be completed today Blood supplies low in wake of winter weather By D. Ashley Verrill Staff Writer Hospitals were asked to postpone surgeries not considered critical until more people donate blood in the next few days, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center representative Carmen Davila said Wednesday. "This is a really critical situation because the weather has affected almost all of Texas," Davila said. "Normally, we can import from surrounding areas like Houston or Dallas, but the whole state has seen a drop in donations." Davila attributed the shortage to icy roads which forced the blood and tissue centers' officials to cancel almost all of its mobile blood drives for Tuesday and Wednesday. Normally, more than 500 people donate at the San Antonio nonprofit private bipod bank every day, but fewer than 100 visited on both Tuesday and Wednesday, causing a shortage in blood supply. McKenna Memorial Hospital is one of more than 100 health care facilities in 43 counties that receives blood from the center every day, Davila said, adding that the center has been asked to request blood only for nonelective surgeries. It could See BLOOD, Page 6A By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Icy weather threatened Bulverde residents' water supply after a pipeline broke on Tuesday. While the break was caused by increased rain and not recent winter weather, the icy conditions compounded the problem, said Dale Yates, general manager for Canyon Lake Water Supply. Icy roads slowed the repair of a pipeline that supplies water to 1,200 connections in the Bulverde area. The break occurred when increased rain caused the soil to move the pipeline, Yates said. "We excavated the site, but the suppliers who usually bring us that equipment couldn't get there because of the ice," he said of the break located about a mile north of the Guadalupe River near U.S. 281. "Because roads were closed and we couldn't get to the break, we asked if (BexarMet Water District) would go in there." Many roads in northwest Comal County, including U.S. 281, were closed to traffic Tuesday and Wednesday because of ice. See WATER, Page 8A FIND IT IN OUR CLASSIFIEDS ORE IN IT FOR YO www.Herald-Zeitung.Com TV 0856825000011 ;

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