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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New    WF els "W“ -W-    S°:Ve$Tl1°%?    10/2?SC QHeralds: sung K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald Zeitung As the excitement grew around the high jump area Thursday at Austin’s Burger Center, New Braunfels’ Jacob Villanueva jumped higher and higher. Already the winner of the district high jump contest, Villanueva went for a personal record and tied a District 14-5A record with a leap of 6-10. Vol. 149 No. 105 20 pages in 2 sections April 14, 2000    Nerving Comal County since 1852    50    centsNight-time work planned for next phase of Interstate 35 construction Wells Fargo stage coach rolls into town MS fund-raising walk personal for local man By Ron Maloney Staff Writer About five years ago, Ed Maloy’s life changed forever, and his first hint came when he hurt too much to brush his hair. “There was severe pain in my head,” said Maloy, a father of five who lives in New Braunfels. “I couldn’t even brush my hair because my head just hurt from one side to the other.” His family physician, Dr. Randall Jacks, worked with Maloy to find what was wrong. “I was treated for different things, epilepsy and so on, and Dr. Jacks put me in for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging),” Maloy said. ~T~~Neurologist Dr. Bill Davis was walking by when Jacks I was reading the MRI, looker    gH    *n8 at scar tissue left by I    ii    lesions on Maloy’s nerves, L    JI    which show up brightly and ■L    JI    as white as paper. ■ m Aa    “Your patient has multi- P^e sclerosis,” Davis said. “I was shocked,” Maloy MALOY    said. Maloy fears for his future, but he’s learned to live with MS over the past five years, and he’s fighting back. He exercises to keep his strength up for fighting off the ill ness, and he’s active with the Lone Star Chapter of the National MS Society. Saturday, he’ll walk five miles at Retama Park in Selma for the annual MS fund-raising walk, which begins with registration at 8 a.m., the walk at 9:30 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. Refreshments and lunch will be available. The event is open to the public. Personal donations are appreciated; a $25 donation is recognized with a T-shirt. Maloy said he hoped New Braunfels and many of its residents would join him Saturday. See MALOY/5A By Heather Todd Staff Writer It’s not the Wells Fargo wagon, but it’s the next best thing. Local bank officials kicked off the merger of Norwest Corporation and Wells Fargo and Company this morning with a hot air balloon launch at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 1209 Interstate 35 South. Effective midnight Thursday, all Norwest Banks in Texas, including three branch offices in New Braunfels, officially converted their names to Wells Fargo Bank Texas, NA as part of a merger between the two companies in November 1998. Texas is the fifth state to convert all Norwest Bank stores to Wells Fargo after a merger of equals more than a year ago, said Sandy Miller, media representative for Wells Fargo Bank of Texas, NA. Bill Cone, former president of Norwest Bank in New Braunfels and now president of Wells Fargo in New Braunfels, said the drive-in motor bank at 217 E. Mill St. and the branch store inside Wal-Mart at 1209 1-35 South officially changed their signs Thursday evening. The main bank office at 1000 N. Walnut Ave. should have a new sign by today, he said. Cone said the conversion would affect about 7,000 households in the New Braunfels area who previously banked with Norwest. But, he said the name change should not bring any significant changes in service for bank customers. “We don’t see many changes for our market,” Cone said. “We’ve known about this for more than a year. We love the Norwest name, but the Wells Fargo name is a lot more recognizable.” Cone said Norwest Corporation officially bought Wells Fargo and Company in a merger of equals but the company decided to convert to the Wells Fargo name because of the familiarity of the name and logo. “That stage coach is familiar all over the world,” he said. Cone said there would be no changes in staff at the local bank branches. All Norwest Bank accounts should be automatically converted to the combined banking system and account numbers should stay the same. Miller said Norwest customers could continue to use their ATM cards and their Norwest Bank checks until their cards expired or they needed to order new checks. Miller said all Norwest customers were informed of the name change at least 30 days ago. “If there were going to be any changes to their account, they were told at that time,” she said. Miller said the change would be beneficial for both Wells Fargo and Norwest customers. “They’ll have more locations across the state,” she said. “There will be 380 walk-in locations in Texas since we merged the two together.” Now, Norwest customers can use any Wells Fargo branch in the state and more than 600 ATMs without ATM fees, she said. “We took the best of both organizations. For example, Norwest offers free checking and they’ll still get that. Wells Fargo has the No. I Internet banking and now customers wiJI have new bank access over the Internet,” Miller said. Record high By Heather Todd Staff Writer Local motorists fed up with congestion at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 might face fewer hassles when construction work begins near Farm-to-Market Road 725. Greg Malatek, area engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office, said contractors woyid try to schedule more work at night during the next phase of the $93 million project — from a half mile north of Walnut Avenue to a half a mile north of Texas 46. “Basically, contractors have learned from the past and are going to try to set up barriers that require lane closures at night,” Malatek said. “Walnut, FM 725 and Seguin Avenue are busy intersections, and we are trying to minimize the conflict out there,” he said. TxDOT is working on a construction project to widen 1-35 to four lanes in each direction from just south of Solms Road to just south of FM 306. Three phases of the I-35 expansion project still must be completed. The final phase of the pro- .... .wp.y    ject is expected to be MALATEK    Jcompleted;n 2004. Construction work from Solms Road to a half-mile north of Walnut Avenue is scheduled to be completed in May 2002. The work on Walnut Avenue beneath the 1-35 overpass will continue until the spring of2002. At a business forum in March, Malatek told local residents and business owners work on the Walnut overpass, including setting new overpass beams and pouring concrete, would mostly take place at night. Deavor’s Construction of Austin will start work on the highway from one-half mile north of Walnut Avenue to one-half mile south of Texas 46 in May or June. That project will last about three and one-half years. The last project, from one-half mile south of Texas 46 to FM Road 306, will begin in the fall of2001 and should be completed in three years. Malatek also said TxDOT was offering incentives to companies that finished projects early. But, Malatek warned some lane closures would be necessary during the day. “When you are tearing down a bridge and building it back up, there are times Mien you can’t have traffic underneath,” he said. Bill Kotylo, chair of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. business advisory committee, said efforts to complete more construction work at night would be welcome news for business owners and motorists. “I think it’s a big plus because it’s not going to block up traffic at those busy intersections and construction during the day is chaotic,” he said. Kotylo said business owners frequently asked questions about the timing of construction work and the number of crews working at the projects. In response, the business advisory committee sponsored an informational forum inSee 1-35/12A Rte photo Construction at Business 35 and Walnut Avenue slows traffic. ponder dress codeTrustees By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It was show and tell time at Thursday night’s meeting of the Comal Independent School District’s board meeting. Middle and high school administrators showed clothing appropriate under proposed dress code guidelines — and clothing that isn’t. Comal trustees are considering a dress code that would bring high school standards in line with those already in place at middle schools. Chief among the differences, if adopted, would be the prohibition of screened art or printing on shirts at the high schools except for small trademarks in the crest area of the shirt. No action will be taken before the next board meeting — and before parents are afforded the opportunity to respond to a survey on the district’s website at www.comalisd.oig and students, administrators and school committees mull over the code’s implications. For Mishaleen Allen, assistant principal at Spring Branch Middle School, the code has taken the subjectivity out of the standards at the middle school level — and made the dress code easier to enforce. “It’s been great for us, it really has,” she said. “It makes everything clear. We don’t spend all our time enforcing it. It’s allowed us to deal with the things we need to deal with in school.Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................3-8B Comics...............................7A Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies  ....................7A Obituaries  ..................3A Sports............................1B Today  .......................2A Television........................  8A Key Cod© 76 Can stomping one highlight at Saturday’s recycling fair From staff reports Some folks are going to be throwing some weight around Saturday when New Braunfels celebrates Earth Day 2000 with its second annual recycling fair and its first ever — at least first ever municipally sanctioned — can stomping contest. The contest will take place against a backdrop of events that include displays, drawings for 50 free composting bins and speakers on subjects that range from com posting and gardening to building sustainable housing. Activities begin at IO a.m. and run until 3 p.m. at the Landa Haus in Landa Park. Admission is free; refreshments are available. Don Ferguson said early entries in the can crushing contest are expected to include three-member teams from the City Recycling Committee, Comal County Recycling, Great American Products, H-E-B, Color Express, Texas Industries and McKenna Memorial Hospital. ;