New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungMorgan Wilson finds an egg at the American Legion Post 179’s Easter Egg Hunt Saturday morning on Coll Street. Plastic eggs filled with goodies and real hard-boiled eggs lured babies to pre-teens to the annual event.
Vol. 150 No. 133Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Flood dam funds within county’s reach
Jamboree on track to boost museum_ SUNDAY
New Braunfels April is, 2001Herald-Zeitung
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“Even though it looks like nothings happening, the wheels are turning. ” — Danny Scheel County Judge
veys, Homseth said, a FEMA official has said the projects could be approved.
“We’re going to be talking about all of this on Tuesday,” Hornseth said. “We’re looking at every funding opportunity that’s out there. This is just one of them. This seems like a slow process. You have to have the patience of Job.” County Judge Danny Scheel said he was pursuing legislative funding through U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith.
Smith included Guadalupe River flood control dams in the U.S. House transportation committee’s nationwide omnibus water bill, called “Water 21.”
Smith told local officials that he supported the projects and regarded them as “reasonable and doable.” Since the October 1998 flood, Comal County, New Braunfels and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority have been studying ways to prepare for the next IOO- or 500-year flooding event.
In Comal County, five places have been identified as potential sites for floodSee DAMS/5A
more than four decades of a love affair with trains.
“I guess I’ve always been interested in trains,” said Baese, a member of the New Braunfels Railroad Museum Association and organizer of the group’s largest fund-raiser. “Since I was 8 years old. My grandfather used to take me out on long country drives every Sunday. We’d go and watch the trains.”
About 2,000 people joined Baese at the New Braunfels Civic Center for the railroad museum’s fund-raiser.
The museum, which is at West San Antonio Street and the railroad tracks two blocks from Main Plaza, is run by volunteers who rallied to save the old
train depot, which dates back to the early 1900s. They organized in 1985 and turned the station into a museum.
“We’re a group of people who love trains, who are interested in history,” Baese said. “Some of us used to work for the railroad; some of us only collected trains.”
Saturday’s attendees looked through booths of model train sets, in three different sizes, to complete their collections. One man, with a bag full of three cars, tried to decide between a Union Pacific and a Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe car.See JAMBOREES
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Post office window clerk Martin Puente Jr. hand cancels an income tax return envelope Friday. *
Income taxes due Monday
By Martin MALACARA
The Easter Bunny is not the only thing to expect in April.
In case you’ve forgotten, the deadline for filing a 2000 income tax return is the day after Easter, April 16.
It’s not just you: taxes more complicated/11 A
After 5 p.m. Monday, the New Braunfels post office will have a letter collection box in the lobby for all those procrastinators who put off filing their taxes until the last possible moment.
Window clerks Uke Martin Puente, Jr. will hand cancel the returns placed in the box by midnight.See TAXES/5 A
By Ron Maloney
Comal County officials say they are optimistic that state and federal money could help fund up to $45 million in flood control projects in the Guadalupe River watershed.
Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth told county commissioners this past he had been told that more than $1.7 million could be made available to start building flood control dams.
Hornseth will meet Tuesday with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in Denton.
As much as $5 million could be earmarked for the Guadalupe River by FEMA, to be channeled through the Texas State Division of Emer-gency Management, Hornseth said.
“We’ve been kind of in the starting blocks on flood control for a long time,” Hornseth said Thursday. “Now, they’ve fired the gun, and we’re going to start jumping through hurdles.”
FEMA and Comal County will investigate three possible sites for flood control projects. The county has not yet decided which ones, Hornseth said.
At the state and local level, a historic site survey, looking for artifacts or historic landmarks, might affect the projects.
At the federal level, consultants will do environmental impact studies.
If the sites clear both sur-
About 2,000 pack NB civic center
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungPaying careful attention to the expert, Adrian Gonzalez, 5, and his father Art listen to David George (right) explain the workings of one of the train layouts at the model railroad show Saturday.
Kermit Baese has loved trains since he was a small boy. He remembers his grandfather taking him on long Sunday drives to watch the trains thunder by, blowing their whistles. Decades later, Baese still collects model trains.
At Jamboree 2001 on Saturday, Baese walked among vendors, pointing out different sizes, types and prices of each model train — sharing
Bill Brown Elementary student battles back from meningitisBoy celebrating Easter at home
By Martin Malacara
Justin Gamez has much to be thankful for this Easter — he’s still around to share Easter candy with his two brothers at their Spring Branch home.
About two weeks ago, Justin’s mother Barbara Smith was not so sure he would live to see Easter.
8, came home from BUI Brown Elementary School March 30 and took a short nap. He woke up an hour later with a fever and complaining about pain in his neck.
His mother gave him
something to break the fever and waited. The fever broke but came back.
Smith took her son to McKenna Hospital to find out what was wrong.
She told doctors about her son’s symptoms. Doctors drained some fluid from Justin’s lower spine. After running necessary tests, doctors told Smith her son had meningitis.
“Within eight hours, he was critical,” Smith said.
Justin later was taken to
Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in downtown San Antonio and admitted into its pediatric intensive care unit.
Santa Rosa doctors told Smith the first 48 hours also would be critical.
Justin’s head and body began to sweU.
His blood pressure had dropped dangerously low.
Doctors said his white blood cell count was low and he needed plasma.See MENINGITIS^Meningitis—
■ What: The Neisseria Meningitis bacteria causes spinal meningitis. It is very contagious and is carried in the mouth and nose.
■ Risk: Meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly.
■ Symptoms: Severe headache, body aches, fever, weakness. Anyone who might have had contact with an infected person should contact a physician.
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