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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY April 13, 2001 ___    26    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung ■V ■ ■     .    .    ..staling*--...................„......  ..J, Vol. ISO, No. 131 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents TPP ■WM* Ut; .jjtt; $■. lf £. * ' .Spy plane crew comes home JOHN A GILES/U.S. Navy News Some of the* detained crew members belonging to the EP3 Aeries ll aircraft pose with crew members of a commercially chartered airline. By Jean CHRISTENSEN Associated Press Writer HONOLULU (AP) — Leaving their damaged spy plane on a Chinese island, 24 U.S. crew members landed in Hawaii on Thursday to cheers and to face two long days of debriefing before weekend reunions with families and friends. “We’re definitely glad to be back,” said Lt. Shane Osborn, spy mission commander, in a short statement to offi-China declares victory/3A dais and military families. President Bush spoke with the crew from Washington shortly after they touched down at Hickam Air Force Base. “They did their duty with honor and with great professionalism,” he said in a statement that held the U.S. crew blameless for the collision with a Chi nese jet that forced their plane to land in China. Bush took no questions. “I know I speak for all Americans when I say welcome home to our flight crew,” he said, adding that U.S. officials were looking forward to talking with the crew about “exactly how the accident happened.” In Hawaii, Osborn said all crew members were healthy and eager to get on with 26 hours of debriefings. See CREW/5 ANB marks Founders’ Day today By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Signs of New Braunfels’ German heritage are all around the “city of a prince” — from its street names to its museums. And today, the city marks Founders’ Day. More than 156 years ago, German immigrants staked a claim on the land where the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church now stands. Led by Prince Carl of Solms Braunfels, the group bought the land the city now stands on for $1,111 — less than $1 an acre. Just days before settlers arrived, Prince Carl crossed the Guadalupe with 25 men to inspect the land he bought.Holiday office closings/4A “We established our German colony here, which I gave the name New Braunfels,” wrote Prince Carl as he camped on the Guadalupe River. The day the first settlers arrived at the encampment in the land between the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers was Good Friday — March 21, 1845. That day, the first wagons of immigrants crossed the Guadalupe and “they were placed in an encampment erected on a bluff overlooking the Comal River.” Since that day in 1845, New Braunfels residents have celebrated Founders’ Day every Good Friday. As the Easter celebration moves during each calendar year, New Braunfels also moves its celebration. More than 6,000 German natives moved to New Braunfels that first year. The founding of the city opened West Tbxas to a thriving economy. Many artisans and craftsmen were among the founders of the brand-new city 156 years ago and generated industry and commerce for See FOUNDERS/5A New Braunfels High School assistant principal Mike Reimer and social studies teacher Sharon Staats are checking the pulse of teacher insurance plans in Texas. CHRIS PACE/ Herald-Zeitung Makin’ a break Above: Celebrating spring break, the girls at New Life Children’s Residential Treatment Center at Canyon Lake feast on crawfish from Bayseas Fish Market and Seafood Restaurant and catfish from Waymer & Associates Thursday afternoon. Left: Shift supervisor Tisha Bradbury precariously perches on a dunking booth donated by St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. K.JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Fiery truck crash backs up 1-35 trafficDriver suffers bums, taken to SA. hospital From Staff Reports SAN MARCOS — Northbound Interstate 35 traffic backed up through New Braunfels much of Thursday after a fiery semi-rig crash closed the highway. San Marcos communications manager Melissa Mil-lecam said a truck driver was critically burned in an accident that occurred in the 1600 block of 1-35 at Aquare-na Springs Drive about 2:15 a.m. The driver was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston for treatment of his burns. He was reported in critical condition Thursday afternoon. Officials did not release his name pending notification of family. San Marcos police reported the driver of the truck, carrying 45,000 pounds of chicken and beef, apparently fell asleep while southbound on 1-35. The rig struck and then straddled the left guardrail for about IOO feet, rupturing its fuel tanks. The truck then crossed the median into the northbound lane after striking three large concrete barricades. In the northbound lane, the tractor-trailer flipped onto its left side. The fuel exploded and the tractor was fully engulfed in fire, with flames reaching 80 feet in the air. The driver, also on fire, walked about IOO feet away from the truck where the flames were extinguished by the first San Marcos police officer to arrive on the scene. Texas Department of Transportation engineers inspected the bridge and roadway and said that 1-35 north would be reopened by late morning. Northbound traffic was diverted to the east access road at Aquarena Springs. Traffic was backed up through New Braunfels and south into Schertz. The interstate was not reopened until just before noon Thursday. County offers new subdivision rules Easter Bunny to visit Legion post From Staff Reports This time of year, children can be found searching — under rocks, behind bushes and in the grass — for Easter eggs. And one New Braunfels group has scheduled an egg hunt for Saturday, just in time to usher in Easter Sunday. The American Legion, Post 179 will have its annual Easter Egg Hunt at IO a.m. Saturday. Children of all ages are invited to attend. The Legion, 410 West Coll St., will give out prizes according to age groups: 0-3, 4-7 and 8-11. Children should bring their own baskets, said organizer Crystal Chighizola, club manager for the American Legion. The event is free and open to everyone. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners will conduct a public hearing Monday on proposed new subdivision rules that will set drainage standards for future development. The public hearing is set for 8:15 a.m. in commissioners’ courtroom at the courthouse annex. If the rules are adopted, a moratorium on small lot construction enacted this past summer also could be lifted Monday. The purpose of the moratorium was to give the coun ty time to revise regulations to protect water supplies and the environment. No new construction was permitted on lots less than one acre requiring subdivision platting. Construction on larger lots was unaffected by the moratorium. If approved, the new subdivision regulations would require developers tp reserve space for drainage setbacks in new projects and ensure that drainage downstream is not increased by construction. County Engineer Tom See SUBDIVISIONS State mulls teacher insurance options By Martin MALACARA Staff Writer Local school officials are keeping a close eye on Austin as state lawmakers work on plans to provide health insurance for public school employees. New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves said school employees in his district and around the country had seen double digit increases in their premium costs. “I hope ifs (new plan) anything that can reduce out-of-pocket expenses for our teachers,” he said. New Braunfels school district pays $220 per month for coverage on single employees. Insurance premiums for single employees are $265 a month, so they must pay $45 dollars out of their own pockets to meet the cost, Reaves added. “Last year we went up on costs,” Reaves said. “That hurts some people — and that’s per month.” Along with reduced out-of-pocket expenses, Reaves said he also hoped the legislative plan could maintain a good level of coverage. Rising insurance costs could be attributed to prescription drug costs and visits to the emergency room, Reaves said. “Rx is really out the ceiling,” he said. “Pharmaceutical com-See INSURANCES Inside Abby.......................... ......7 A Classifieds..................... .6-12B Comics........................ ......9A Crossword.................. ......7 A Forum.......................... .:....6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......7A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ...1-4B Today........................... ......2A Key Code 76 ;