New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 122
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Budget talks bring proposal to re-open closed fire station
By Amy Clarkson
Opening a closed fire station at Kerlick Street may be an addition to next year’s budget.
At a budget workshop Monday night, New Braunfels City Councilman Robert Kendrick suggested re-opening the station to provide additional fire protection in the
northern part of New Braunfels.
“That would require adding 12 additional fire fighters, not to mention renovations to the building and equipment,” said Fire Chief Jack Collier. ‘That’s in addition to the six new firefighters we’ve already asked for.”
Kendrick said he would like to s e budget figures on what it would
take to renovate the building and open the fire station.
“If we’re talking about annexing Hunter’s Creek this year, then we need to look at opening that station,” he said. “I think police and fire are two things that people agree to spending money on.”
Currently, fire protection in District 4 is divided into thirds, Collier
said. Each of three fire stations is responsible for answering calls in that section of town.
The fire budget also includes a new assistant and EMS chief at $55,000, six new firefighters at a total cost to the city of $181,000, increases in uniform expenses and building repairs. The budget also includes purchasing a new Quint
fire truck, already approved by council.
“With the new firefighters, there is a decrease in overtime,” said Chet Lewis, chief financial officer for the city. “That savings equals about $100,000, not including benefits savings.”
Increased police protection on the See BUDGET/3A
Latest case not related to SVHS, health officials say
By Martin Malacara
Comal County Health Department officials have confirmed another case of bacterial meningitis in the Comal Independent School District.
County Nurse Karen Preiss said Monday
an 8-year-old boy at Bill Brown Ele-m e n t a r y School has contracted the illness.
“There’s no connection with the cases at Smithson Valley High School,” Preiss said.
Two high school students con-t r a c t e d meningitis this past month. Health officials initiated a vaccination program at
■ What: Neisseria Meningitis is the bacteria that causes spinal meningitis. It is very contagious, and is carried in the mouth and nose. It can be spread by contact.
■ Risk: Meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly with antibiotics. In survivors, it can cause nerve or brain damage including loss of hearing, vision, speech or intelligence or paralysis.
■ Symptoms: Severe headache, body aches, fever, weakness. Anyone who might have had contact with an infected person should contact a physician immediately.
Smithson Valley High School to curb the disease.
Preiss said, however, no vaccine recommendation exists at this time for the elementary students.
“If its an isolated case,” she said, “we simply treat with antibiotics.”
The second grade student is undergoing treatment at a San Antonio hospital.
County Public Health Authority Dr. Dojfothy Overman said that as of Sunday the boy was in the hospital’s intensive care unit and in stable condition.
“We don’t see too many cases of meningitis in Texas in general,” Overman said, “but we’ve seen more cases than usual. We can’t say why.”
Preiss said Bill Brown Principal Jackie Sundt contacted parents of students in the boy’s class on Sunday.
Parents met with Preiss, Overman and school officials Monday morning.
They were told to have their children receive an antibiotic treatment from their family physician. Overman also provided prescriptions to parents who requested them.
Notes detailing the situation were sent home with students, CISD Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said.
Hutchison said information also is available on the district’s Web site at www.comalisd.org.
Further investigation at the elementary
CL boy, 2, drowns in swimming pool
From Staff Reports
CANYON LAK^l — A 2-year-old Canyon Lake boy drowned Sunday afternoon in the family swimming pool.
Zachery Ballard slipped away from his mother and sneaked out the back door, sheriff’s Capt. Dennis Koepp said.
“His mom was in the kitchen, cooking, and the little one climbed down from his high chair and slipped out the back door. Our investigator, Donna O’Connor, said the swimming pool was very close by,” Koepp said.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS paramedics and
Comal County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the HOO block of Lakeshore Drive to help the toddler, Koepp said.
The small boy’s father, Gary Ballard, performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until emergency workers arrived.
When EMS crews got to the scene, they took over resuscitation efforts and Zachery was flown by helicopter to University Hospital. Doctors pronounced the toddler dead at the hospital, Koepp said.
“All indications are this was a tragic accident,” Koepp said.Inside
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Mayo testifiesSlander lawsuit enters second week
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Defendant William N. Mayo took the witness stand in his slander trial Monday and described his sadness at the disintegration of his marriage. He also remained steadfast in his allegation
that plaintiff, Franklin D. Foley, M.D., had an extramarital affair with his exwife, Jeannie Mayo.
Mayo told jurors that he meant Foley no harm when he spoke of the alleged affair to at least two other physicians, a hospital administrator and others in the community.See TRIAL/3A
WHAT IS NINE-PIN BOWLING?
Nine-pin bowling is one of this area’s German traditions.
Pins are set in a box or diamond pattern, and the object is to knock down all of them or the eight around the pink center pin, making a “ringer.”
It lends itself to team play with its unique scoring system. The pins are left in place until all are knocked down.
So two, three, four or whatever number of team members are needed will take two shots at whatever pins are standing until all are gone — before any points can be scored.
With the vagaries of bowling, the various splits and other problems that can be left on the lane, it can happen that an entire frame passes without score for a team.
A game is eight frames.
The sheriff’s office was victorious in Saturday’s tournament
Bowling for bragging rights
Sheriff’s office wins annual tournament
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Everything was on the line for Sheriff Bob Holder Saturday night, and his people pulled him through — but just barely.
No, it wasn’t a high profile criminal case, although the effort put forth by the county’s law enforcement employees might have brought in John Dillinger or maybe Bonnie and Clyde.
What was at stake was bragging rights, and Holder has them for another year in the local rivalry with Comal County Courthouse employees.
Tile four teams Holder fielded in Saturday night’s annual county employee nine-pin bowling tournament pulled out their third straight •win — but only by two pins. They defeated the courthouse employees 2,063-2,061.
The county nine-pin bowling tournament goes back to 1988. With Saturday’s win at the Mission Valley Bowling Club, the county’s law enforcement team pulled even with the courthouse employees, 7-7 in the series.
Saturday night, each side fielded four teams of six players each in a
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Top right, trying to pick up the pace for the courthouse employees, Weldon Preiss rips a bowling ball down the alley. Above, at 15, Jakob Willmann is planning on a career in criminal justice. On Saturday, he was on the winning law enforcement team in the county employees’ annual nine-pin bowling tournament.
As the bowlers warm up with three pins,
Jordan Grubbs sets in for a long night of setting pins.
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Ode to the
It’s a dangerous job, but someone’s got to do it
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Jordan Grubbs and four of
his friends worked hard Saturday night, resetting pins for the annual county employees’ bowling tournament.
Older, nine-pin alleys such as the Mission Valley Bowling
See PIN SETTER/3 A