New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY August 1, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 220
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
FEMA's consultants will determine cost and scope of the countywide flood insurance study by Aug. 15. The project will take two years.
Project maps out Comal County’s flood risks
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Local, state and federal officials Thursday began a study that could assess Comal Coun-. ty’s flood risks.
Digital maps could be used to compute flood insurance rates and to make decisions
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about future growth and development in flood-prone areas.
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Comal County, New Braunfels and Bulverde officials were among those who attended a three-hour meeting Thursday afternoon to help a consultant to determine the scope and cost of the study,
which will take at least two years to complete.
The first step — to be completed by Aug. 15 — is for the consultant, Halff Associates, to put a price on the study.
Jack Quarles, of the Region VI FEMA office in Denton, said flood maps in Comal County go back as much as 17 years
— and, in some cases, are based on decades-old information.
“We have had bad maps in parts of the country for many years, and we’ve had to deal with that. We have to update our maps,” Quarles said.
In 1997, FEMA authorized a map modernization program,
which Congress funded in 2003.
FEMA offices were tasked, Quarles said, with deciding what mapping priorities were. Comal County is in the top IO percent of that list, Quarles said.
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By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels and Comal County parents can have their children vaccinated for school for a small charge.
Comal County Public Health Office will provide boosters cheaper than private practice physicians, but the shots are not free. Administrative fees are charged for each shot. These fees are based on the child’s age.
Fees are as follows:
■ 4-year-olds can have shots for $12;
■ IO- to 15-year-olds can have shots for $15;
■ ll- to 19-year-olds can have shots for $15; snd
■ If needed, TB skin tests cost $5.
The cost of these immunizations in the private sector could range from about $40 to as much as $300 per child.
“It’s a real economical way to get your immunizations, but it’s not free,” said Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss.
Comal County Public Health Office will provide vaccinations at the following schools:
■ Afton R. Seay Intermediate. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday
■ Specht Elementary: 8:30 to 11:30 am. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday
■ Smithson Valley Middle: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
■ Smithson Valley High: 8:30 to 11:30 arn. and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday
■ Hoffman Lane: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.
■ New Braunfels High: 8:30 to 11:30 am. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Aug- 7
■ Rebecca Creek: 8:30 to 11:30 am. and 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 7
■ Goodwin Primary: 8:30 to 11.30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 8
■ New Braunfels Middle 8:30 to 11:30 am. and I to 3 p.m. Aug. 8
■ OakRun: 6:30 to 11:30 am. and 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 12
■ Canyon High: 9 to 11 am. Od.
■ Comal Elementary: 8:30 to 11:30 am Aug. 29
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herakl-Zeitung
(Above) Natalie Carillo (center), Victoria, Michael and Juan Ruiz (from left) practice for the egg race that will take place during Tuesday’s National Night Out party at Bavarian Manor. (Above right) Garden Ridge police officer Jonathan Atwood-Bryant says his department will have a photo and fingerprint booth set up for children Tuesday. (Below) Getting into the swing of things, Charlotte Hood, Bavarian Manor services manager, shows off her hula-hoop style Thursday as she readies for her National Night Out neighborhood block party.
Residents gear up for National Night Out
By Dylan Jimenez
Bavarian Manor low-ineome apartment complex in New Braunfels is a model example of how National Night Out helps reduce crime in neighborhoods.
“We did have a lot of problems here on property a few years ago," Charlotte Hood, Bavarian Manor services manager, said. “It seems that since we’ve been having the National Night Out, services on property and good management, we’ve been able to get a lot of the drugs off the property. (Now) it’s pretty crime-free. There are very few calls for crime or drugs.”
Thursday, Hood and other staff members at the complex were gearing up for this year’s citywide National Night Out event, which is Tuesday.
The party there will include a resi
dent potluck dinner, a jumping castle for children, a dunking booth, craft booths, contests for both adults and children, a live band and speakers, including an ex-gang member who now leads a drug-free life.
About 150 residents from the neighborhood surrounding the 53-unit complex came to last year’s party.
“Most of the (residents) are one-parent families or families that are struggling, and this is a good outlet for them to get to know each other,” Hood said. ‘The demonstrations are most valuable with the firetrucks and police coming.”
New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Mike Rust said participating in National Night Out sends a message to criminals that neighborhoods are willing to fight crime. Networking
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Event brings local law enforcement to communities
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Monday, the Safe City Commission will name the recipient of this year’s Burney Boeck Award in a reception at the New Braunfels Police Department.
Tie Boeck award, named for a former police chief, is the city’s annual “officer of the yea*” recognition. The ceremony is a prelue to Tuesday’s National Night Out activities.
The award caps an evening of refreshments, displays and talks intended to teach people about law enforcement and its role in the community.
New Braunfels Chief of Police Russell Johnson said the Safe City Commission bases the award on an officer’s achievements.
‘They’re looking for someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, who has given a little more than anyone else,” Johnson said. “TTiey look at a person’s integrity and work record. They consider how he represents this department and serves the city."
Police Det. Lt. Mike Rust said Monday’s activities begin at 6 p.m. The event includes demonstrations by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and NBPDs police dog handlers.
Police Det. Pete Villarreal will give a seminar on
Canyon Lake man arrested on child pornography charge
From Staff Reports
CANYON LAKE — A 56-year-old Canyon I>ake man was arrested Wednesday on child pornography allegations.
Det. Mike Penshorn said Gary T. Hayes, 56, was arrested at the New Braunfels Police Department after making a statement to officers.
Hayes was booked into Comal County Jail on a charge of possession of child pornography, which is a third-degree felony punishable by
two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
He posted bail early Thursday and was released from custody.
Penshorn said police searched the suspect’s residence Wednesday morning,
“During the execution of the search warrant, a number of items were noted that could be considered pornographic,” Penshorn said. “All of the images we’ve found appeared to be off the Internet.”
The officer didn’t describe the items.
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By Dylan Jimenez
The University of the Incarnate Ward will offer the first four-year degree in New Braunfels starting January, 2004.
Representatives from the San Antonio university conducted an education fair Thursday at The Scooter Store, where they hope to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
The satellite will offer programs allowing adults who have been out of school for at least five years the opportunity to earn a college
degree. In many cases, college credits will be awarded for incoming students with occupational experience. The satellite will also offer a master’s program.
Phyllis Schertz, 71, of New Braunfels, said she hopes to continue her education after more than 50 years. She said she had wanted to go to college ainee she graduated high school, but instead, she got married. She attended the education fair Thursday and plans to do online coursework.
She was one of many who
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