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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY April 19, 2003 16 pages in 2 sections ""UP"1"    mmpmmmmmmmm    16    pages    in    2    sect    llHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 134Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsMan dies after car plummets into Guadalupe By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — A Spring Branch man died early Friday when his northbound car struck a bridge abutment and was catapulted into the Guadalupe River. Department of Public Safe ty Trooper Steve Tippett said Precinct I Justice of the Peace William Schroeder pro-nounced Danny Wayne Coots, 25, dead at the scene of the accident at 5 a.m. Coots’ body remained in the submerged and demolished car for more than three River committee OKs hiring summer manager By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer The New Braunfels River Activities Committee diMided Thursday to hire a full-time river manager for the 2003 summer season. lf city council approves, RAC would put aside about $19,(WK) to hire the manager for six months. The river manager would work under the parks department and would be a community liaison, working with outfitters and the public. The manager would not oversee river spotters. The contributions of the parks department would not change. hours after the 2:50 a.m. accident while Spring Branch firefighters prepared the vehicle so a salvage wrecker could lift it 60 feet onto the northbound U.S. 281 bridge. “It appears he left the roadway, hit the guardrail and vaulted over into the river,” Inside RAC board members went back and forth about the starting point of the position and how much money to spend. Iris Neffendorf, purks department director, told RAC members they would have to decide whether they wanted a quality staff member for the season or a lower-quality hire for an extended period of time. She said if she didn’t have a budget restraint, she would suggest a high-quality man ager at $37,500 per year. RAC decided to fund that for half a year. See RIVER/3A Abby...... Classifieds SA 488 Comics.......................... ?B Crossword................... PR Forum.......................... 6A Movies.......................... 5A Obituaries.................... 3A Sports........................... 148 Today.......................... PA TV Grids....................... 38 Key Code 76 a ""56825 00001    » Tippett said. “You can see from his tire tracks where he left the road. We don’t know other than that. We might never know what happened,” Tippett said. The car traveled more than 200 feet through the air before it first struck the ground under the bridge and then rolled, tearing its way through trees on the riverbank and landing in the center of the river. Parts of the 2000 Ford Escort, including a front wheel, headlamps, tie rods and its front bumper were sprayed across US 281 and onto the bridge. Other parts, including the passenger’s side door, were torn off as the vehicle went through the trees Sheriff’s deputy David See DIES/3AMotorcycle rider killed after running head-on into truckVictim pronounced dead at scene By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Department of Public Safety troopers late Friday night were invest igating a head-on collision in which a 45-year-old New Braunfels motorcyclist was killed. County Judge Danny School pronounced the man dead at the scene of the accident. Scheel and DPS officials did not release his name pending the notification of his next of kin. DPS trooper Vaughn Pack said the man was driving eastbound on his late model Yamaha motorcycle on Texas 46 when Nolan Bees Jr., 38, of New Braunfels turned in front of him. The motorcycle was crushed under the front end of the truck, and its rider was thrown a short distance to the side of the road by the impact. Pack said the 1998 3/4-ton 4-wheel-drive pick-up truck Bees was driving was owned by another New Braunfels resident. > As witnesses reported the accidents on cell, phones, county and city dispatch sent out emergency medical crews from the New Braunfels Fire Department and Canyon Lake Fire/EMS. Trooper Rick Alvarez and New Braunfels paramedics prepared to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim. The New Braunfels firefighters cancelled the additional paramedic and fire units. “He was tlead at the scene,” Pack said. The 9:30 p.m. accident occurred about 1.5 miles west of the Farm-to-Market Road 2722 intersection. Traffic was slowed by Comal County sheriff’s deputies while the accident scene was cleared. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakl /ertuny Comal County Judge Danny Scheel (right) finishes his investigation of an accident Thursday night with the help of Constable Larry Leissner and others at the scene of a head-on collision on Texas 46 near Range Road. Scheel pronounced the driver of the motorcycle dead after CPR attempts by New Braunfels paramedics were unsuccessful. County asked to back food drive At a glance By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County officials were asked Thursday bi support an annual food drive conducted by postal workers. Don Mc Broom, a New Braunfels-based letter carn er, attended commissioner’s court Thursday looking for help with this year’s 10th annual National Association of latter Carriers food drive, On the second Saturday each May, letter carriers across the country collect millions of pounds of food for local food banks. In Comal County, McB-room said, food banks in New Braunfels and Canyon Baku would benefit from this year’s effort. Post office employees will conduct the annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive May 10. Put nonperishable food items out wherever you pick up your mail. Food collected in New Braunfels and Comal County will be distributed here. For information, go to “We’ve been told that then,* has been a kit of demand and the food hank is nearly out of food,” Mc Broo rn told commissioners. As school winds down, he said, pressure on the food banks would mount, “Children in summer used to getting some of their meals at school won t Im* able to and they’ll be going to food banks,” McBroom said. “I’m here to get the word out and ask you to help us.” County Judge Danny Scheel asked for residents countywide who could to help out with nonper ishable fcxmJ. “Put it by your mailbox or take it to post offices so we can got it distributed to our food banks," School said. “I think this is an admirable undertaking.” Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson said tho drive is important for many of his constituents. See FOOD/3 A BBWMHWMKMI iff c' . i'rtl1 ‘I spy’ weekend full of events K. JESSIE SLATEN/Horatd-Zoitung Take a peek into the miniature world of model trains at the 16th Annual Model RaUraod Jamboree at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The exhibit takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the civic center and the Elks Club on Seguin Avenue. The event is a fund-raiser for the Railroad Museum. DAVID INGRAM/Horakl Zertung (Above) Rusty Mills (left) and Billy Dawson discuss the restoration on Billy's 1958 Corvette at the 11th annual New Braunfels Area Car Club Swap Meet Friday. The show continues through Sunday at the Comal County Fairgrounds. On-site parking for the event is $3 per carload. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakj-Zeitung (Left) Joe Coots holds up a section of a model railroad display while Vince Smith lends a helping hand in stabilizing the table in preparation for the 16th Annual Model Railroad Jamboree. Admission for adults is $6, and children 17 and younger are admitted for $1. ;