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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 2, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY August' 2, 2003 16 pages in 2 sections mmmmam mmmmmm    mmh    IO    pages    in    2    SCCtKHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No, 221 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Two transformers at an LCRA substation near Zom bum after exploding Friday afternoon. Firefighters from around the area joined forces to fight the fire. Public input needed to plan future roadways By Dylan JimEnezStaff Writer New Braunfels thoroughfare planners are seeking input from anyone interested in where major roads will be laid in the future. A public hearing will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building. Another public meeting could be held in September. The planning commission is in the process of reviewing a 1999 version of the city’s thoroughfare plan. “It’s time we revisit the issue,” Planning Commission Chairman John Dierk-son said. “There have been such significant areas of growth that had not been anticipated when the comprehensive plan was approved.” Tile commission is looking to alter, add and delete routes to address new and proposed development, especially in the southeast and northeast areas of the city. “But before we do that, we’d like to see as much Planning ahead The City of New Braunfels Web site has a draft version of the new thoroughfare plan. Go to, dick on “planning and zoning,” then dick on “spedal projects” to check it out. The direct address is: public input as we can,” Dierkson said. The revised plan will show where an outer loop and other major roads should be and how they should be built. After the public hearing and a workshop tentatively scheduled for August, the commission will make a recommendation to council. The new traffic thoroughfare plan is designed only to show where roads should be in the future. “There are a lot of people who could be affected by whatever we adopt,” said city planner Frank Robbins. Once approved, the plan See ROADWAYS/4APin-in accident Police investigate death of Seguin womanBy Bill O’Connell Gazette-Enterprise SEGUIN — Seguin police and investigators with the Department of Public Safety are probing a homicide that occurred early this morning on the city's West Side. Police officers were called to the 1400 block of Belmarez Street at 3:39 a.m. Friday to answer a suspected burglary call and arrived to discover the body of Evarista Solis, 79, in the backyard of her home. A motive had not been Explosion at Zom power station By Ron Maloney Staff Writer ZORN — Firefighters horn more than a dozen departments Friday evening worked to contain a transformer fire at the Lower Colorado River Authority’s "Zorn substation. Guadalupe County Emergency Management Coordinator Wayman Krueger said officials were informed of the incident about 4 p.m. The substation is located at Texas 123 and Farm-to-Market Road 1979 in Guadalupe County. “We received numerous phone calls of an explosion at the power plant north of Zom. Obviously, this is the facility, but its an LCRA substation, not a power plant,” Krueger said. He said there are three transformers in the part of the substation engulfed in flames. “Two have caught fire already, and they’re concerned about the third,” Krueger said. Oil in the transformers and stored beneath them caused the fire that rose IOO feet into the air and a thick plume of black smoke visible horn New Braunfels. Firefighters attempted to keep the third transformer cool while they waited for the LCRA fire crew to plan an See FIRE/4A established as of late Friday afternoon, and authorities declined to elaborate on the cause of death. “We’re still conducting the investigation, and we’re asking if anyone has information about this horrible crime to come forward,” Seguin Police Chief Luis Collazo said. DPS crime scene technicians and the Thxas Rangers were called in to search for evidence in the city’s first homicide of 2003. See DEATH/4A Show of support DAVID INGRAM/HerakJ-ZertunQ Sheri Rhoades gives her daughter, Jenae, 9, a hand washing the dishes. The teacher and coach at OakRun Sixth Grade Center was diagnosed with breast cancer in November, 2002. “I was healthy and had nothing wrong with me," she said. “The word, ‘cancer’ had never, just never, entered our minds." Woman’s bout with cancer highlights importance of gala By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer Most people imagine it could never happen to them. Sheri Rhoades was like most people until November, 2002. A teacher at OakRun Sixth Grade (’enter and wife of New Braunfels High School football coach Rick Rhoades, she found out she was wrong when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sheri experienced three sharp, shooting pains she’d never had before. She knows now they were a sign from God to get a checkup. The biopsy results rocked her family and left her in shock. “I was healthy and had nothing wrong with me. We thought it was just a cyst. Neither one of us expected it to be cancer. We were completely shocked,” Sheri said Friday. She took four-and-one-half months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation, and, with regular follow up appointments, her prognosis is good.See CANCERS The stars come out The annual Starlight Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Dress is “Texas Cise." Cost per couple is $100. For information, call 606-5810. Tickets are available at The Retreat, China-rv-Things and Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc. DAVID INGRAM/Herald- Zeitung Sheri Rhoades holds her youngest child, Julie, 5, while discussing her battle with breast cancer. _I Inside Dear Abby . 5A Classifieds 3-8B Comics........ .......8A Crossword .......8A Forum........ ......6A Sports......... ......1,3B Today.......... .......2A TV............ .......2B New Braunfels Luby’s closed indefinitely 56825 00001 By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer The sign out front says “closed for remodeling.” At the front entrance Friday, employees who were mopping floors told customers the same thing when they walked up to the sliding glass doors. The New Braunfels Luby's didn’t open for business Thursday, and an employee who called the Herald-Zeitung said employees weren’t told in advance it would be closing. An employee at the store who didn’t offer his name or position didn’t answer questions about whether employees had been notified or the financial condition of the San Antonio-based chain, referring questions to the main office Luby’s opened its first cafeteria in San Antonio in 1948. It opened its 200th in 1996 but has since See LUBY’SMA DAVID INQRAM/HerakTZeitung Mel and Elaine Daniels from Austin stopped for lunch at the Luby’s Cafeteria in New Braunfels Friday only to find a sign posted at the entrance stating the store was dosed for remodeling. i ( i I I [ —ara K. JESSIE SLATEN/Heratd-Zertung New Braunfels firefighters and a volunteer work to free a Seguin woman pinned in her vehicle after a wreck on the frontage road of 1-35 North. Most of the front end of the vehicle collapsed in on the driver and one passenger, leaving both pinned inside. ;