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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas ■ FOOD, 6 The history of the Bundt pan ■ HIDDEN HISTORY, 2 Old corrugated metal warehouse has a past ■ GIRLS BASKETBALL, 7 Lady Rangers makes it six in a row with win over Lockhart WEDNESDAY JANUARY 19, 2011 ► AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES Austin judge recommends approval of rock-crushing plant permit Public comment must be filed by Feb. 14 By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung A judge is recommending approval of a state air-quality permit that would allow Aggregate Industries-WCR Inc. to build a new rock-crushing plant on Farm Road 482 west of New Braunfels. If die permit is approved, as much as 5 million tons of limestone per year would be quarried at the site and processed for materials to be used in the construction industry. I he final decision on the permit will be made by the three-member commission of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which will consider the issue at a future meeting, TCEQ spokeswoman Andrea Morrow said Tuesday. “It’s unlikely to come before the commission before March, maybe even later,” Morrow said. Austin judge Penny — Wilkov of the State Office of Administrative Hearings issued her “proposal for decision" on Jan. 13, recommending that TCEQ approve the permit application. The permit seeks authorization to construct and operate a rock-crushing plant at 5900 FM 482 in Comal County, three miles west of New Braunfels, on approximately 1,000 acres. The site is located direcdy between two existing quarries with a lime manufacturing plant and a cement manufacturing plant operating within a few miles of the proposed site, according to Wilkov. In her proposal for decision, Wilkov wrote that she is recommending approval of the permit because she “is persuaded that the operation of the facility will not create a nuisance, does not present a risk of adverse health effects and will not have an adverse effect on air quality.” Morrow said TCEQ as well as various See PLANT, Page 5 PUBLIC COMMENT: Permit # 83755 By Mail: Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105 TCEQ P0 Box 13087 Austin, TX 78711-3087 Online: www.tceq.state . tx.us/ Questions? Call (512) 239-3300. Vol. 158 12 pages, Inside CLASSIFIEDS 11 COMICS 10 CROSSWORD 10 FORUM 4 OBITUARIES 3 PLANNER 9 SPORTS 7 TV GRID 12 CLICK No. 59 1 section Pt. cloudy High Low 64 50 Details 9 www: herald-zeitung.com !W 8""56825 00001 50 cents Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Texas Newspaper of the Year Zeitung 500 Police look for man who attacked girl, 16 By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung In a bizarre attack, a 16-year-old New Braunfels girl was hit in the face and knocked unconscious by a stranger around 10 p.m. Sunday night. The incident occurred in the 400 block of McKenna Avenue, said Lt. Michael Penshorn. I he victim and her friends were walking. The (Dodge Durango) stopped, a male exited the vehicle and started yelling (profanities) at them and then punched (the victim) in the face, knocking her unconscious. The man got hack in ARRANGEMENTS Funeral arrangements for Devin McCartney are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home. By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Impulsive, generous, caring — three words that described Devin McCartney; three words that might have led to the 32-year-old New Braunfels woman's tragic death after being struck while trying to cross 1-35 on foot Monday night. And now, devastation has touched Devins mother twice. Linda McCartney lost a daughter four years ago to a killer in Rockport, and another to a senseless accident Monday on the northern edge of Comal County’s busy stretch of 1-35. She was trying to cross the freeway around 7:30 p.m. after her vehicle was in a minor accident with another car near the Watson Lane exit. “One car pulled over to the left side of the road and one car pulled over to the right side of the road ... (the victim) was hit while trying to run across the highway to make contact with the other vehicle,” said Trooper Deon Cockrell, public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety. A graze on the rear right side of her red Honda Accord parked on the shoulder of the northbound fast lane after the wreck supported the account of a minor wreck that turned into devastating loss. Devin called her ex-husband, Jed, and said she had been in a fender-bender — and that her car wouldn’t start. She was in her red Honda Accord, stranded against the inner median of 1-35. Linda McCartney tried to imagine what was going through her daughter’s head. “Maybe she hit her head, maybe she was dazed or had a concussion... I think she was nervous, because she couldn’t get her car to start. And she had just gotten that CPR training. She was checking to see if thev were OK,” Linda said. “Jed said to her on the phone, ‘Devin, do not get out of the car, Linda said. “He said the phone went dead.” Linda McCartney wept as she remembered the loss of another daughter, Teresa Tracy McCartney, who Photo submitted Devin McCartney, 32, died Monday night after being struck and killed along 1-35 after getting into an accident with another vehicle was shot and killed in a brutal Texas manslaughter four years ago, when a crazed meth addict went on a crime spree in her Rockport neighborhood. Aransas County jurors heard testimony that Nathaneal Chipps, 22, was hallucinating at the time and thought Teresa was demon-possessed. Devin sat with her sister — her best friend — for 48 hours while Teresa was on life support. When all hope was gone, it was Devin who convinced Linda to allow Teresa a final act of generosity. The family agreed to donate Teresa’s organs so others could have new life from the tragedy. “‘Ixt her go out of this world doing something good,’ Devin said,” Linda recalled. For Leo Forget, the San Antonio man driving the 2006 Chrysler van that struck her at highway speeds, Linda McCartney had a message TUesday evening. “He’s got to feel devastated. It’s just (Devin’s) poor See McCartney, Page 5 NBPD helps slow high-speed chase Monday By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Quick thinking on the part of New Braunfels police helped end a chase that started in San Antonio early Monday. The New Braunfels Police Department responded to a request for assistance around 2:30 a.m., said Lt. Michael Penshorn. “One of our officers was able to deploy spike strips, which flattened two of the vehicle’s tires,” he said. “We actually tried deploying it a couple of times, but the suspect was able to swerve around them,” Penshorn said. All NBPD units have the spike strips with them. The mechanisms are attached to lines so they can be quickly pulled across a roadway, flattening tires to keep suspects from getting to very high speeds. The pursuit actually continued on, with the hobbled Ford F-250 Supercab pickup somewhat slowed. A cover unit and a K-9 unit from NBPD continued the chase because there weren’t any K-9 units available to the north, Penshorn said. The Hays County Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle at Texas Tollway 45 and Pierce Lane. The suspect was* taken into custody there on charges of suspected DWI and the felony of evading arrest/detention. LADIES, QO UPTOWN on Wednesday Nights! the vehicle and left," Penshorn said. I hey do not know him.” New Braunfels police are looking for a 1 lispanic male, about 5’ 11 ”, 235 pounds, bald head, tattoos and a goatee heard. led said to her on the phone, 'Devin, do not get out of the car.’ i I le said the phone went dead. LINDA McCARFNEY, mother of woman struck, killed on 1-35 1-35 Victim Identified Mother describes daughter Devin McCartney, 32, as impulsive, caring Jan. 20 Where: Commissioners Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels ► COMMISSIONERS Public comments moved up on agenda By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Citizens who want to speak to Comal County Commissioners’ Court at its weekly meetings will no longer have to wait as long to do so. For several years, citizens’ comments have been taken at the end of meetings, which WANT typically last an TO GO? h° ur or more. When: 8:15 But begin- a.m. Thursday, ning on Thursday, citizens comments will be moved up to an earlier slot on the agendas of the county’s governing body. New County judge Sherman Krause, whose term began earlier this month, is behind the change. “It appeared to me that because of the times we have the commissioners’ court meetings and because some folks might have to take off work to come and present their comments and opinions or whatever they’d like to share with the court, we might get better public participation if we provided for citizens’ comments earlier in the agenda,” Krause said Tuesday. “ ITie intent was just to change it back to die way it was before to give citzens a better opportunity to share their comments and thoughts with the court.” Before citizens’ comments were moved to the end of meetings, Krause said, the agendas traditionally started with approving the county’s weekly bills, then approving items concerning roads and engineering department matters, followed by citizens’ comments. He said the commissioners will be flexible, but will generally return to that structure. ( itizens who’d like to speak to commissioners’ court are asked not to verbally attack any individual member of the court and to address their comments to the entire court. A three-minute time limit is sometimes imposed. But Krause said time limits have not been “real heavily enforced because there hasn’t been an issue with the amount of time citizens’ com- See COMMENT, Page 5 Downstairs in the Prince Solms Inn 295 E. San Antonio 830-708-5411
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