New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 95
16 pages in I section April 1,1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Hepatitis A in Comal: No news is good newsHealth officers report no new cases
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Comal County Health Department reported no new cases of Hepatitis A after the diagnosis of a Paramount Bowl employee this past week.
Health officials issued a Hepatitis A alert on March 23 when a bartender at the Hoops bar was diagnosed with the highly contagious liver disease.
Customers who bought drinks at the bar or used the men’s restrooms at the bowling alley, 1202 Huisache Ave., between March 5 and March 20 might have been exposed.
Shel McWilliams, county nurse, said health officials still did not know hew the bartender contracted the virus.
“People can pick up the virus anywhere, which makes it difficult to link the individual’s exposure to another person or facility,’’ she said.
Hepatitis A is spread from person to person by improper hand washing following a bowel movement, sharing food and drink, using a contaminated bathroom or by consuming food or beverage prepared by an individual contagious with the liver disease.
Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stool and yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Officials urged those who might have been exposed to the disease to contact the Comal County Health Department immediately at 608-2015.
Exposed individuals can be given an injection of immune globulin within 14 days of exposure to protect them from the disease or lessen the severity.
McWilliams said health officials did not know how many people the bartender had been in contact with during the two-week period.
New Braunfels Sanitarian Joe Lara said, “The period of exposure is long past in terms of people who are using the facility right now.*’
The incubation period of the virus varied from 15 to 50 days, but the average was 27 to 28 days, Lara said.
“Theres always some anxiety because you never know how it will turn out, but I am somewhat happy by the simple fact that we don’t have any additional cases at this point,” he said.
The spread of the disease was tempered because the man identified worked exclusively with beverages and not food, Lara said. Beverages containing food items such as limes, cherries or olives were particular risks.
Richard Goss, acting manager of the Paramount Bowl, said people who had eaten there during the period in question were not at risk.See HEPATITIS/5
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Welcome to tourist season ’99
Paul Shelton, front, and Brent Hanks with R&K Monroe Construction and Welding work to install a new metal fence alongside River Road Wednesday afternoon.
County prepares for its first big weekend of new season
By Chrs Crews
Spring officially began on March 21, but hundreds of area residents begin spring with cookouts, family gatherings and a ride down the river.
Local law enforcement officers are preparing for a busy Easter weekend, long recognized as the first big bang of the tourist season.
New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas said patrol officers and park police will be monitoring Landa Park to make sure no one altered the park too early.Source-d out
Dennis Peek, one of the three co-owners of the Music Source, said competition from larger chains in San Antonio and slow business after the October 1998 flood made It cflfficuit to keep the store open.Music Source gives farewell performance for New BraunfelsBy Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Local musicians are playing a farewell song to the only musical instrument retail store in New Braunfels.
Music Source, 154 South Business 35, is closing its doors Saturday after supplying musical instruments and supplies to local band students and musicians for more than four years.
Dennis Peek, owner of Music Source, said competition from larger chains in San Antonio and slow business after the October 1998 flood made it difficult to keep the store open.
“Business has been teetering since we moved to the larger location here,” he said.
Music Source was on Landa Street for three years.
“There’s not a lot of profit in musical instrument retail, and then, when we hit the flood, business became very slow because people were naturally preoccupied
with rebuilding and not with buying instruments,” Peek said.
Larger retail chains in San Antonio and Austin, who offered more competitive prices, were hard to compete against, he said.
“The bigger stores have more inventory and more financial backing so they can offer cheaper prices. People will drive the extra miles to San Antonio to save $10. At this level, we can’t compete,” Peck said.
“What used to happen was that people would get here the night before to try to claim tables early, and fights would break out and other problems would develop,” Douglas said.
Police Sgt. David Wilson said the park’s curfew was from midnight to 6 a.m. Most of the tables in the park were reserved, but a few were on a first-come, first-served basis.
Douglas said the police department was preparing for a big summer in the Comal River and the section of the Guadalupe River in the city limits this year.
Some of the crowds in the city might be a response to an expanded law enforcement effort die
See TOURIST/5NATO, Serbs expand their campaigns
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) — Widening its air assault on Yugoslavia, NATO pounded targets Wednesday near a major Kosovo city and vowed there would be “no sanctuary” for Yugoslav forces trying to rid Kosovo of ethnic Albanians.
Late Wednesday, NATO said three U.S. soldiers on a reconnaissance mission were missing in Macedonia near the southern Yugoslav border after possibly being abducted by Serb fighters.
“They received small arms fire and said they were surrounded,” NATO said in a statement.
A ground and air search was under way at press time on Wednesday.
With the air campaign against President Slobodan Milosevic’s forces entering its second week. Western officials acknowledged that NATO’s missiles and bombs had so far failed to stop Belgrade’s offensive in the province.
Russia backed its disapproval of the NATO campaign with a shew of force Wednesday, saying it was dispatching a frigate to the Mediterranean and putting other warships on standby. NATO warships firing cruise missiles at Yugoslavia are deployed in the Adriatic Sea, off the Mediterranean.
With hints from Western diplomats that NATO bombs and missiles could soon be raining down on the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade, NATO spokesman Jamie Shea on Wednesday reiterated the alliance’s insistence that Yugoslav security forces are bent on purging Kosovo of both ethnic Albanians and their culture.
Shea said Yugoslav forces were destroying archives including property deeds, marriage licenses, birth certificates, financial records.
“This is a kind of Orwellian scenario of attempting to deprive a people and a culture of the sense of past and the sense of community on which it depends,” he said.
The Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Wednesday it had indicted Serb paramilitary leader Zeljko Raz-natovic for Bosnian war-era atrocities — an announcement seen as a warning signal to Milosevic about what legal action awaits him and other Yugoslavs for their actions in Kosovo.
Kosovo, a southern Serbian province, has been wracked by war since Milosevic launched a campaign against separatist ethnic Albanian rebels in February 1998. Serbia is Yugoslavia’s dominant republic.
It’s no star-spangled rodeo, but Comal seeks contract cowboys
By Chris Crews
If the idea of being a modern-day cowboy appeals to you, Comal County Sheriff’s Office might have a deal on the table.
Comal County is seeking people to remove livestock that occasionally run wild on county roads and rights-of-way. The county gets between four and 15 calls per month reporting loose livestock in the county.
Chief deputy Richard Bennie said getting loose stock off rural roads often was a public safety issue.
A deputy sheriff in Guadalupe county remained in critical condition in a San Anto
nio hospital Wednesday after his patrol car stuck a stray horse while responding to a call for service.
A patrol car driven Cpl. Tony Slaughter of the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office apparently struck the horse near Marion just after midnight this past Friday.
His car then left the roadway and landed in Santa Clara Creek at Holman Road and Farm-to-Market Road 78.
Lt. Ed Whitson of the sheriff Is office said the accident easily could have happened to a family traveling two-lane highways in the area.
Anyone who has the time, equipment and
facilities to capture and transport livestock was welcome to apply, he said.
“It* time consuming and it’is not really a money making project, but it is for someone who wants to help the county,” Whitson said The people currently on contract with the county herd, haul and pen only horses and cattle, Whitson said He said the county needed people who could work with pigs, sheep, goats, emus and ostriches.
“We would like to have someone who could take care of every type of animal,” Whitson said Cowboys responding to calls also would be paid on a per head per day basis for keeping
the animals until the owner could be found or the animals were taken to auction.
Whitson said he did not want anyone to believe that being a contract cowboy would be easy.
“Trying to get an emu in a cage or trying to load an old range bull can be an ordeal,” Whitson said.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Har-borth said many Central Texas counties had a difficult time keeping cowboys on contract.
lf you are interested in becoming a contract cowboy for the county, contact Whitson at 620-3420 at the sheriff’s office during regular business hours.
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