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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Inside^ Diamond Lions The history of the Noon Lions Club is a virtual who’s who in New Braunfels from the past 75 years. Learn more about the service organization and their plans for celebrating a diamond anniversary on Saturday. / 1C^ Saint Ricky Former Longhorn Ricky Williams steals the attention from a parade of quarter-backi and is chosen fifth overall by the New Orleans Saints in the NFL Draft. / 1B► Runaround * Get all the results and winners from cKstrict track and field meets, as well as the Comal County athletes who advanced to their respective regional competitions. /1B Weather The cool front is gone, and sunny skies are expected all over Texas today. Expect a warming trend continuing through the rest of the week. See Page 2A for a look at the forecast.Index Abby.........................................2C Business...............................10A Classified............................6-16C Crossword................................2C Forum.......................................6A Local/Metro.................................8A Movies.......................................2C Obituaries....................................3A Sports....................................1-6B Today........................................2A Television...............Montage/1    -200 Weddings/Engagements 40 wwwJwndd-iaitung^oin Kay Coda 77 NEWjjtidflNFELS Herald _ Vol. 148, No. 107 52 pages in 4 sections April 18, 1999 DAY    ^ount7    since    1852    $1.00 Frazier Elementary students earn wingsThird-graders tour airport, get licensed By Heather Togo Staff Writer Third-grade students at Frazier Elementary School earned their “pilot’s licenses” on Friday and are now ready to take off. Sitting in the cockpit of a Citabria airplane, students in Sandra Little^ and Bridget Garwood^ third-grade classes received all the training they needed to become expert pilots. The students went on a special tour of the New Braunfels Airport as part of a unit on aviation. Before local residents get nervous about letting an 8-year old behind the controls, these kids proved they knew their stuff. Words like ‘lift,” “drag” and “wind resistance” were part of their vocabulary. Lucas Orona pointed out that the “N” in the identification number of an airplane indicated it was horn the United States. “When you take off, you’re sup posed to fly into the wind,” he said. Little, who has been a pilot for seven years, said the tour was an excellent way to demonstrate concepts learned in class. “A whole unit on flight works really well because you can incorporate elements of math, science, reading and writing,” she said. “Students learn about the pioneers of flight, mythology, and the forces of flight. And out here, they can see that in action.” Ethan Nichols showed the keptSee WINGS/3A ROBIN CORNETT/Herald-Zeftung Frazier Elementary third-graders check out one of the planes Friday at the New Braunfels Airport. The students were completing a unit on aviation. Special ReportWaterwaders reappearing on area rivers By Chmotna Mmor Staff Writer With another tubing season beginning, local outfitters are dusting off their tubes and stocking up on Waterwaders. Waterwaders, invented by Dennis “Skip” Bailey in 1979, were first made of Styrofoam. After battling problems with the Styrofoam breaking and littering the river, it was outlawed in 1990. The new Waterwader, made in Comal County, is round and offers a locking lid that helps hold items in place without spilling them in the river. The lid is coated which helps preventSee WATERWADERS/3A “This wasn’t a 100-yearflood — it was one for Noah.” — Mike Stands, New Braunfels city manager Flood of 1998: Road to recovery NATO issues warningCommander tellsMilosevic to change policies or face bombs BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) — NATO’s commander bluntly told Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic on Saturday to change his policies in Kosovo or see his military machine destroyed Rain, hunger and exhaustion lashed at tens of thousands of Kosovo refugees dri- MILOSEVIC ven from homes in the province and seeking safety in Macedonia or Albania. “President Milosevic is losing, and he knows he’s losing,” said Gen. Wesley Clark, the supreme allied commander in Europe, visiting NATO troops in Macedonia. “And if he doesn’t change his policies, we’re going to destroy ... those things that President Milosevic values.” Hours later, NATO launched its 25th night of bombing. Missiles struck a major oil refinery in Yugoslavia^ second largest city, Novi Sad in what Serb television described as the strongest attack so far of the air campaign. At least two missiles struck the refinery, the state-run Tanjug news agency said Targets also were hit around Belgrade. Yugoslav media reported several loud explosions on the outskirts of the city and that NATO warplanes were swarming over the capital. Serb authorities said a 3-year-old girl was killed and five people were injured in an attack in Batajni-ca, about 12 miles north of Belgrade, where a military airfield is located.Six monthslater, residents still putting lives together By Chris Crews Staff Writer Lynda Coble likes to hear the sound the falling waters of the Guadalupe River make as they pass over a rock formation near her riverside home. She often will crack open her bedroom window at night and let the river’s gentle lullaby ease her into peaceful, dream-filled slumber. Coble’s home on Crest Lane near the Common Street bridge was exactly what she was looking for when she moved to New Braunfels from Houston 1£ years ago. “I loved it as soon as I saw it from the Common Street bridge,” Coble said. “It was a nice, quiet place near the water.” On Oct. 17,1998, Coble came to realize that the river she so treasured was not always a passive, benevolent ally. On that Saturday morning, Coble knew the river would rise. She didn’t have any idea just how high. “It was raining harder than I had ever seen it,” Coble said. By 11 a.m., the water had risen and covered much of her back yard. But the yard had been underwater before. By noon, her son, Jody, had come to evacuate Lynda and her 5-year-old grandson, Joel. The front yard was covered with water as they waded out to Jody’s truck and safety. Coble spent the night at her sister^ house that night, unaware of the breadth and depth of the disastrous flood. “Do you think water got in the house?” she naivety asked her son. “I’m pretty sure it did, ROBBI COflNETT/HeraM-Zertung On Friday, Genaro Gonzales, 69, stands in front of the rubble taken from his Strateman Lane home after the October 1998 flood. Six months later, New Braunfels Rebounds still is awaiting word from the federal government on funding for Gonzales. Part of a Series This weekend marks the six-month anniversary of the October 1998 flood. Four local residents died, 1,000 people had to be rescued and 750 more had to be evacuated from their homes. More than 2,000 homes and businesses were damaged. Beginning today, the Herald-Zeitung takes a look back at the flood, what we learned and what many of us need. — Coping with the disaster and rebounding, Pages 4-5A. — Editorial and column, Page6A ROBBI CORNETT /Herald-Zesting Lynda Cobia sweeps up the slab where her home once stood near the Guadalupe River and Common Street. mom,” Jody answered. When she returned to the site the next morning, all that remained was a concrete slab. Her house and virtually all of her worldly possessions had been swept away by the raging river. “It was just gone,” Coble said The flood was brought by what National Weather Service officials called a freak occurrence. Extremely saturated and unstable air in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere was moving from the southwest to the northeast from the Pacific Coast of Mexico. %See FLOOD/4A ;