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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas mmra nriAfAnn r%f*rrw%rr% r/%n ▼in«' Anr^iinr    laiaiki‘rrr%• i\cYvm\u urrcncu rui\ iironouui iviuoi vvmi^icu classipieds, 8 50oNew Braunfels TUESDAY AUGUST 30.2011Herald IíZeitung *ySERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852 Woman found dead on 1-35 By Dakxido Moultrie Ttwi flfiraldZfiitiing A Nt*w BrtUinU’Is woman was found (l(M(l in the mirldle of the highway and authorities are trying to (k'termine how and why. lucy Ni(ole Ma(l^owell, 21, found dead Sunday morning in a grassy median along Inter-st.)t(‘ in S( hertz, said Brad Bai ley, city public affairs direc tor. He said investigators are determining whether she fell, was pushed or jumped from a moving vehic le. "We currently are investigating whether she was hit by a vehicle," Bailey said. "There is no evi-den( e at the scene to determine whether there was impact from a vehicle." He said [)olice reieived a call ai)out 7; iO a.m. Sunday about a person being hit by a vehicle on the highway. The calU^r report<'d seeing MacDowell in the mc'dian. lnvc*stigalors closed an estimated mil(’-long str(‘tch of the road between exit numbc'rs 176 and 177 for lic'tween 90 minutes and two hours to search tor due's, Bai- ley said. \ le said the searc h turnc’d up Macl')oweirs identification, a lowing [)olic (' to contact her nt'xt of km. "We're very fortunate we've made it this far in the invi*stigation with the h(*l[) of family and pen) )le c .illing in and t.ilking," he saic. See DEATH, Page 10 UNDERPASS Downtown Board says ‘no’ to pass widening By Greg Bowen The Herald Zeitting By the slimmest of, the (ity's Downtown Boarcf voted not to endorse the |)roposc'd rc'placement ot the hi'^toric two-lane Seguin Avenue underp.iss vvitii a new $*). 5 million loui-lanc* strui tnr(>. lh(* bo.irrl s vote was (> lor, 7 ag.iinst, I abstaining. Board nK'mixM Nancy Bower, who said traffic tic'-ups c aused by (he Iwo-lane underpass make* the area unsate, tn.ide the motion to r('( ommc'nd the' widening pro)(>ct to the Nc'vv Braun-tcT> C itv ( ounc il, ( ounc il IS sc heduled to vote' Tuc'sday, Sept. 6, on v\hether or not to go forward with the widening. lh(‘ Downtown Board's "no" vote now joins resolu-tiofis on til(' from three oth-C'r munic i[)al org.tnizations the Historic landmark ( ommission, the* old New BiauntcTs Downtown Asso-( uition and thc' New liraun-t(Ts ( 'onsi'rvation Society - -against lh(' rc'plac emc'nt of the' 7S-yc'ar-old underpass. T think thc're'd be a muc h stronger chancc' of people supporting it if we could h.ivc' more in[)ut into the design," said Downtown Board chairman Ashley Sc ott Davison. Some' board members c'xpre'ssed the vic'w that the» 7S-ye.*ar-old underpass is not only a historic landmark, but a g.iteway to downtown. One proponent c alk'd the old under[)ass a sort of Arc De lriomphe' tor Nc'w Braunfels. And thc'y described the [)roposed U'xas D('[)artment of Trans-|)ortation design for the widenc'd underpass as "very ugly" and "ilat-out ugly." "The utilitarian kind of look is what most ot us are struggling with," s.iid board member F rc'cl Heimer. ('¡eri Iordan said she .ibstainc'd from voting in part l)c'( ause ot the una[)-pc'.iling dc'sign. While' the' Texas Depart-mc'nt of Trans|)ortation pro-pose's to re'c laim the' existing structure's limc’stone, scrub It of its road grime', and use it on the walls ot the new under[)ass, board members wante'd to see a more |).irk-likc' setting, with feature's like landsc aping and [)C'ri-od-style street lam[)s incor-[)oratt‘d into the dt'sign. See UNDERPASS. Page 10 RESIDENTS PRAY FOR RAIN ON PLAZA PtKjtos tiy LAURA MclŒNZIE ^ Hwald Zeitung Oralia Valadez raises her hand durinq a song at Monday evening's prayer meetinq at Mam Plaza RAIN («ME 200 gather for prayer meeting Bret Graham leads the group gathered at Main Plaza in song on Monday evening. By Will Wright The Herald Zeitung With the sun beating down on them, thc'v came to Main Pla/a from all ovc'r town -voung and old - all to pray divine intervention to c'nd the' se*emingly endk'ss drought. "Right now, we' need the rain -and the only way to get it, is to [)ray," said |oe' Gonzak’s, of the Igle-sia Bethel C'hurc h in San Antonio, who was one of dozens of cle-rgy who helpe'd lead about 200 belic'v-e'rs in an hour and a half service Monday night. The f)rayer mc'eting was the sc'c-ond such gathering stagc'd in the' past two vears. It rainc'd two davs after thc' first c'vc'nt, held in |uly 2009. On Mondav, all k'tt the Pla/a in high spirits and hopc'tui ot a rc'pc'at. "Praise the Lord we'rc' exf)e'c ting the same thing to happc'n this time," said Dotty f)uke, who with husband (Charles le*ci the 2009 service and Monday's event. "I see ,1 lot of k)lks out there v\ho all brought their umbrellas," ( hark's Duke said. "Hallelujah!" See RAIN. Page 10 7 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11a.m. 2 p.m. 104 108 High 111 Sunday’s temps one shy of record By Wlli Wright The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels wtMit out of the frying pan and into the fire over the we^ekend, as the city came close to all-time high temperatures, and the state set new marks for electric usage. But the good news is that relief is in sight. Suntiay's high of 11 I degrees at New Braunfels Municipal Airport, was one degree short of the previous record of I 12, se't on Sept. 5, 2000. Thermometers at San Antonio International Airport read 110 — one degre'e short of that city's all-time high of 111, also set on Sept. .5, 2000. National Weather Service meteorologists erred in their [previous reports about the all-time mark, which was believed to be 109 degrees, and their review of the New Braunfels record books ^)ro-duced the revised record. "We'll take the blanie for that one, and we're not sure what happened," NWS meteorologist Bob Fogarty said on Monday. "But 112 is what is showing in the database for Sept. 5, 2000. "Yesterday was still the all-time high for the day and for the month ot August." On Thursday, the area re’ceived .02 inche^s of rain that snapped a I ^-day string of 100-plus highs. It got up to only 92 degrees on Thursday, but the heat returned with a vengeance on Friday, which had a high ot 101 ciegre'es. With humidity k'vels dropping into the tt'ens over the we^ekend, the air heated c^uickly. Saturday's high was 107 dt'gre't*s and all day on Sunday, the temperature kept rising. From a low of 7b ck'grees just before 7 a.m., it was 88 See SUNDAY. Page 10 ► WESTSIDE City buys Westside center Library to provide classes, services beginning Sept. 10 ByGnigBowwi The Herald-Zeitung The ( it>' of New Braunfels .mnouncc'd Monday that it has ac cjuirt'fl the- We'stside community ( ente'r and will use it as a sort of branc h library', c lassrcxmi and re'c re*-<jtion te‘nte*r to luring ne*e'de*d municipal servic e*s to the' c ity's west side. "Having grown u[) just a tew bloc ks f^rom the cc'ntc'r. It is tMsy to imagine what a benefit this will be to the surrounding eommunitv -ind tor the' entire c it\," said ( ity ( ounc ilor Ric hard Zapata. ( it)' Mmager Mik(' Morrison said re'[)r('sentativ(‘s of f irst Prc'sbyterian ( hurc h approac he'd thc' c ity ottc'r-ing to sell the c c'ntc'r, whic h IS locatc'd at 29 52 l-iSS .a tc'w bloc ks e<ist of 1 do[) H7. "This v\as an unexpc-t !ecl <inci uni(|ue op[)ortunitv," Morrison said. "The' c ity has no prc'sence* in the' west side. This was an opportuni-l\ to ('xtc'nd s('rvices and partnc'r with an c'xistmg c ommunity organization." In addition to ne'w (ifv-provifk'cl servic c's, lovv -c ost lunehc's and othc'r service's currently being oftc'red at the' center by ihc' Institute tor Pul)lic He'alth and Idu-cation Ke'se'arc h iTIPHI K) will continue. "(Tty counc il has ck'nion strate'cl its unck'rstanding ot the importance' of provid ing these' opportunities to what has bc'en an und('r se'rvtHi area in our community," Mayor (lale Pospisil said. "W(' are' c'xc ited to incorporate a varic't\' ot e-du c ational and rcc reational options at the Westside ( ommunity ( c'nte'r into the programs the c itv cjfters." Sheri Masterson, thc* city's public information otiicer, said the cit)''s $727,f-)()0 pur-chase of the center was compk'te'd Friday. Included in the accjuisition are the See WESTSIDE, Page 10 WEATHER, 10 SAMANTHA BORGFELD LAMAR ELEMENTARY One more super-hot day High: 103low. 76 Abby_________.9 Comics________ Crosswords Eomm____ Obituaries ...... Planner........... Sports___________ TV 7 .7 .4 3 8 5 9 Vol 158 I No. 250 1 ‘■jection, 10 pages 56825 00001 50 cents ^ : For breathing nuws, sports scores, weather, traffic and mid day updates, follow us on Twitter ONawBraunfeisHZ Learn wtiat's in tomorrow's paper, offer news tips, receive alerts. Become a New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Facebookfan. Receive ttie Herald-Zeitung e-newsletter in your e-mail box eacti morning Click 'Herald-Zeitung Mailing List' ;