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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Herald 'i !■ -    - —  ■ ■ Vol. 149 No. 195    14    pages    in    2    sections    August    IO,    2000 Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 6, 7, 8 or 9 can water today before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 6 or 7 can water today before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. * JNG - ...■It... 3 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Construction workers continue work on a new entrance to Smithson Valley High School on Wednesday, but it will not be ready for the first day of school Monday. SVHS road construction still ongoing By Heather Todd Staff Writer A new entrance to Smithson Valley High School to alleviate traffic jams on Texas 46 will not ready for the first day of school Monday, so students will have to adjust to a new traffic pattern later this fall. For the time being, traffic patterns at the school will remain the same with students entering and exiting from the main driveway on Texas 46, SVHS principal Brad Williams said. “We’re going to try to keep (the new entrance) just for after-school hours right now,” Williams said. A traffic officer will be at the scene next week to control traffic when school starts. Comal Independent School District has finished construction of a second entrance to the campus on Smithson Valley Road just south of Texas 46 and north of the school’s back entrance. But, the Texas Department of Transportation still is working on improvements to Smithson Valley Road, Texas 46 and Farm-to-Market 3159, including widening the lanes and adding deceleration and acceleration lanes. Greg Malatek. resident engineer with the Tx DOT New Braunfels office, said die department’s work should be completed by mid-October. “Right now they’re extending box culverts and widening 46 and widening the intersections at Smithson Valley Road, Texas 46 and a portion of FM 3159,” he said. “Once its all done, the whole goal is to move traffic from the main entrance on See SVHS/7A Effective Thursday August 10,2000 NO LER TURNS OFF OF FM725 TO INTERSTATE No left turns CHRIS KOURI/Herald-Zeitung Starting today, motorists will not be allowed to make left turns from Farm-to-Market Road 725 onto Interstate 35. Motorists are asked to use the Walnut and Texas 46 intersections to get on I-35.GBRA, San Antonio Water System vying for Bulverde By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — The little western Comal County city whose officials sometimes believed their troubles went nearly unnoticed in the big picture also is in the middle of a tug of war between a pair of giants: the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the San Antonio Water System. SAWS lias expressed interest in helping Bulverde by building a water system to be owned by the city that would be managed — for a fee — by SAWS. Hie GBRA would like to see SAWS BARTON — and Bexar Metropolitan Water District, provider of water for Bulverde Hills subdivision — move back south over the Bexar county line and out of the zone the legislature has empowered GBRA to serve. Bulverde has sought to buy 400 acre feet per year of water from Canyon 0 See BULVERDE/7AInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies..................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 EAA modifies Stage III restrictions From Staff Reports The Edwards Aquifer Authority board approved Tuesday an amendment to Stage III water restrictions that will allow the of use hand-held hoses, hand-held buckets, soaker hoses or properly installed drip irrigation systems for landscape watering The EEA directors approved Tuesday the amendment to the Emergency Drought Management Rules for 2000 to allow limited landscape watering from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to IO p.m. only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sprinkler irrigation will be allowed once every two weeks based on the last digit of the address. In addition, all landscape watering w ith any type of sprinkler system would be prohibited should springflow at Comal Springs decline to 150 cubic feet per second (cfs). The amendment applies to all residential and commercial landscape watering. Currently, well users are under Stage I restrictions and can water one day per week from midnight to IO a.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight. The day a customer can water corresponds to the last digit in their property address. Stage II watering restrictions w ill be triggered when the J-17 Index Well falls to 640 feet above mean sea level. The J-17 well is the indicator of the water level in the Edwards Aquifer for the San Antonio area. The J-17 well level Wednesday was 641.2 feet above mean sea level. Stage II restrictions allow landscape watering one day a week, but watering hours would be reduced to 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to IO p.m. I Signs of support NB standing behind trooper’s family By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Funeral Service ■ A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels. ■ Interment will follow in the Comal Cemetery. New Braunfels. ■ Residents to show their respect during the funeral procession by coming outside and standing on the sidewalks along San Antonio and Common streets. ■ Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Zoeller Funeral Home. Blue Ribbons New Braunfels Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association asks that everyone display blue ribbons to show support for the Vetter family and local law enforcement. Ribbons are available free at: • Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa; • Color Express, 193 W. San Antonio St.; • New Braunfels Police Department, 1488 S. Seguin Ave.; • Comal County Sheriffs Office, 3005 W. San Antonio St.; • KGNB-KNBT Radio, 1540 Loop 337; • Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.; and • New Braunfels Public Library, Commerce St. Get lapel ribbons at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara Ave. Vetter’s cousin murdered 14 By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The family of Trooper Randall W. Vetter knows tragedy as no one should. Vetter, 28, died this week after he was shot in the head during a traff ic stop oft' Interstate 35 near Kyle on Aug. 3. But this isn’t the first time the Vetter family has lost a loved one to violence. On Sept. 4, 1986, Vetter’s cousin, Donna Lynn Vetter, was sexually assaulted and stabbed to death in her San Antonio apartment. Her parents, Virginia and Jerome Vetter, live just outside New Braunfels. “I would never have wished that what we went through, that some member of our family had to go through the same thing,” Mrs. Vetter said. Donna Lynn turned 22 on Aug. 13, 1986, less than a month before her death. The Vetters described years ago Donna Lynn as a “quiet, shy person,” who “had her nose in the books.” She graduated 31st in her class at New Braunfels High School out of more than 300 students. “In school, she always tried to break her ow n record of reading the library books,” See COUSINO New Braunfels is showing its support for the family of slain Trooper Randall W. Vetter with more than just words. The Rev. Dr. Charles DeHaven, who will preside over Vetter’s funeral Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, described the preparations for the funeral as “one gigantic team effort,” from the funeral to the reception afterward. Vetter died Monday after he was shot during a traffic stop this past week. “We’ve had such an overwhelming response from restaurants and grocery stores and eating establishments that a lot of the major food items have been donated” for the reception, DeHaven said. The church has received many calls from people offering to donate food and asking what they can do to help. “lf people want to participate with food, we’re suggesting they bring cakes and cook-ies or vegetable trays,” DeHaven said. He asked people to focus on non-perishable items, or food that did not have to be refrigerated. The reception will take place at the New Braunfels Civic Center, and DeHaven said food should be taken there on f riday, not to the church. The funeral, which begins at IO a.m. Friday at the church on Santa Clara Street, should last about an hour. Then, DeHaven said the funeral procession should take an hour to go from the church to Comal Cemetery where Vetter will be buried. “Traffic in this town is going to be worse than it is,” he said. “Many people will have arrived at the cemetery before others even leave (tile church).” He advised those who w ish to take food to the reception to K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Flowers, cards, mementoes were joined by this wooden cross at the site where Department of Public Safety Trooper Randall W. Vetter, of New Braunfels, suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head on Aug. 3 near Kyle. Vetter died Monday in an Austin hospi-tal.Top photo: Interstate 35 overpasses between Kyle and Austin were decorated with two-tone blue bows in memory of Vetter. make appropriate plans based on the traffic situation. “They won’t be able to cross town for about an hour,” he said. People and businesses have donated tea, coffee, eating utensils and meat, he said. “It’s all the restaurants in town. Everybody has con tributed,” DeHaven said. “There hasn’t been a soul in town that has turned us down See TROOPER/7A J ;