New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
The start of school is still days away, but some students at Mountain Valley School work to educate their classmates.
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Local teens can close out the summer in style during a Friday Night Live celebration. Page 2Workers find body in railroad coal car
By Leigh Jones
TXI Hunter Cement workers discovered a body in a railroad coal car they were about to unload at the plant on FM 1102 Wednesday.
The unidentified white male was spotted around 6:45 p.m. by a worker supervising the unloading from a tower above the train tracks just before the ground crew was about to dump the load into the plant’s coal hopper.
Comal County Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said the body was lying on top of the coal, leading investigators to believe the man got on the train after it left its origination point in Colorado Aug. 12.
“Sometime between then and
Wednesday night he died,” Ward said. “Right now, we’re saying the cause of death was accidental or possibly suicide.”
Results from an autopsy performed Thursday by the Travis County Medical Examiner showed
the man’s injuries were consistent with a jump onto the coal pile.
Although detectives are trying to rule out homicide, Ward admitted he could have been pushed.
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High school bands also get ready for Friday nights
By Leigh Jones
Neighbors endeavor to clean ‘wasteland’
By Leigh Jones
Erwin Braune knows better than to walk around the Faust Street Bridge after the sun has sunk below Ute horizon.
"A lot of times during the night I hear noises from groups over there, drinking and yelling," he said. "It worries me. We need more police protection down here.”
Through his living room windows, just a few hundred yards from the mouth of the historic structure, the 17-year Faust Street resident watched the bridge’s restoration in 1998, and has watched its gradual decline ever since.
Overgrown with tall weeds, the hanks of the river make a perfect place for loiterers, homeless people and troublemakers to conceal themselves from law enforcement officials.
But, the neighbors see just about everything.
Area resident Angela Lampton walks across the
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Faust Street Bridge cleanup day
■ When: 9 a.m. Saturday
■ Where: Groups are asked to meet at either end of the bridge
■ Bring: Gas powered line trimmers, chainsaws, rakes, shovels, trash bags, ice chests full of cold drinks and snacks and a bathing suit for the "after work" pool party hosted by Cypress Bend Apartments.
bridge every day, passing trash, graffiti and "questionable characters" on her way.
“There is a definite change since last summer," she said. "Now that the (Mission Valley) Mill's practically abandoned, waiting for new owners, this place has mn led into a virtual wasteland."
Instead of badgering city hall to do something about the trash and tall weeds, Lampton decided to take matters into her own hands.
Saturday. Lampton and neighbors from both sides of the bridge will gather on the
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City, county fail to resolve issues over NB library
By David Rupkalvis
For 23 years, the New Braunfels Public Library has opened its doors to county residents for no charge.
In October, that will change.
After a long-standing agreement between New Braunfels and Comal County fell through recently, the city will begin charging county residents $25 a year to check out items from die lib ran-.
Thursday, County Judge
Danny Scheel and Commissioner Greg Parker explained that since 1982, the county has paid the city to allow county residents to use the library.
When the agreement was first reached, the library in New Braunfels was the only library in die county, lite original agreement called for the county to pay $25,500 each year, plus 20 percent of the
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Football players get most of the glory under the Friday night lights, but the high school band pours just as much dedication, hard work and sweat into its preparation as the athletes do.
Both football players and band members have been preparing for the first game of the season since Aug. I — a grueling but rewarding task to pursue under the brutal Texas sun.
Unicorns Band Director Beth Bronk said her students were almost as good at keeping cool as they were at marching and playing at the same time.
“We have our own water sprinkler diat die sections take turns running through,” she said. “It’s a way for them to have fun and keep cool.”
As dedicated and hardworking as her students are, Bronk said it was impossible to keep a spirit of levity completely at bay.
“We have lots of water fights. If you come to practice, even if its just to watch, you had better plan on getting wet,” she said with a chuckle. “Any time you get a large group of kids together, funny things happen.”
Bronk’s group is very large this year, almost 300 musicians strong. The numbers make for some interesting foibles during the marching routine portion of practice.
“It s difficult to clean up that many young marchers, truly," Bronk said. "But having that many kids is wonderful because it just means more support from parents and the community.”
Bronk is not the only band director to work with more students during this summer’s band camp.
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Canyon High School saxophone player Scott Perry, left, leads the Cougars during marching band practice. Below, Colby Callaghan keeps time on a bass drum during summer band rehearsal for the New Braunfels Unicorns band.
Walt Sparkman has almost 200 in the Canyon High School band, although not all of them have been on the field at the beginning of practice.
“One day I went out there and had only half a band,” Sparkman said. “Finally we realized the rest were late because the freeway exit in
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New Braunfels band members began camp on a high note when Band Director Beth Bronk announced last year's concert band took third place in a Division 4A statewide summer competition.
"That's the highest we have placed in a state event," she said. "We are so proud of the kids." Bronk sent recordings of the band to the Texas Bandmasters Association at the end of last school year. The award was presented at the group's annual conference in July.
Deadly wreck display to highlight summer train show
By David Rupkalvis
IWo weeks before Christmas in 1947, a quiet night near New Braunfels was shattered with the worst train accident in city history.
Just before midnight on Dec. IO, 1947, two steam-engine locomotives hurtled down the railroad track, colliding at near top speed less than eight miles out
side the New Braunfels city limits.
When the engines hit head on, the force of the explosion killed four people and threw debris hundreds of feet. Dozens more were injured.
Saturday, train lovers in the area will learn a little more about the accident during the summer train show at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Bryan Weidner, the host of the show, said the display will include photos of the accident, debris collected from the accident site and models of the two engines that collided.
“Years ago, John (Rightmire) and I went out to the site of this wreck,” Weidner said. “We went
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AT A GLANCE
■ What: Summer model train show
■ When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
■ Where: New Braunfels Civic Center
■ Cost: $5 adults, $1 youth 17 and under
■ Information: (830) 935-2517
4B Board sends McKenna packing, helps sports group
The Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board voted Thursday night not to help fund the new McKenna Healthlink and Children’s Museum facility.
Board members did approve funding for the New Braunfels Municipal AirportThe Uptown Piano Bar is the Romantic place for Birthday Parties and Anniversaries
air traffic control tower and agreed to help the New Braunfels Youth Sports West-on Complex. The sports group asked for funds that will be used to match a grant.
For more information, check Saturday’s edition of the Herald-Zeitung.
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