New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas
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mHm'mGBRA lifts water restrictions on area lakes
The recent wet season eased drought ccmditkms and restrictions, but water authorities are still urging caution and conservation measures.
This week, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority lifted
water restrictions for usage on area hydroelectric lakes.
Stage II restrictions have been in place since September for home and landowners with property adjacent to the lakes under GBRA's authority — Lakes Dunlap, McQueeney, Placid, Nolte Gorizales and Wood — that
are all part of the Guadalupe River Basin.
In September, Canyon Lake was placed under a voluntary Stage 1 restriction, but the restrictions have also been removed.
The most recent lake level measured by the U.S. Geological Survey for Canyon Lake
is 899.17 feet above mean sea level (msl). Stage I restrictions kick in when the msl is below 895 feet. Since September, the lake has been as low as 892.7 feet.
Canyon l^e is considered at full conservation level at 909 feet msl.
Though the restrictions
have been lifted, the lake level is not high enougli for many Comal County boat ramps to be opened. Canyon l^ke Village ramp No. 1 and Canyon L^e Hills No. 1 Hast are open, but those requiring more than 900 feet msl are still closed to vehicle access.
"As the lake comes up, there
is a lag period of 30 days from that point to make sun» it stays up," before (iBRA is confident it is safe to remove the restrictions, said David Welch, C.BRA Hxecutive Manager of Business Development and Resource Management.
See LAKES, Page 9ACHS band heading to Cotton Bowl 2 die in collision
By EHc J.WeilbaGh«r
At 8:46 a.m. Monday morning, rain and poor visibility caused a head-on collision on Highway 46 just east of Bul-verde.
Cooper Paul Cochran, 26, of New Braunfels, crossed the centerline in a 2001 Dodge Neon and collided with Stanley Curry, 52, of Spring Branch.
Curry was driving east-bound in a 2010 Ford Explorer.
Cochran and his passenger, 29-year-old Holly Knight of San Marcos, did not survive the accident.
Curry sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
Department of Public Saf e
ty Irooper lason Reyes said Curry tiM)k evasive action, but was unable to avoid the collision. I he collision occurr(*d 4.2 miles east of Bulverde.
Highway 46 near the accident was closed for four hours while Texas Department of Transportation crews iind Di*S tr(K)pers cleaned up the diesel and transmission fluid that spilled from the I ord.
DPS Public Information Officer Travis Hall said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.
"We mig^t never know what happened because they drifted," he said, "it could be the bad visibility, but we just don't have any idea why a lot of times people cross the center line. We just don't know why people cross."
Marissa Vader, left, and others play the trumpet durino class Tuesday inside the Band Hall at Canyon High School. In addition to perfomriina during half-tinne at tne 2010 AT&T Cotton Bowl, the Canyon High School band will be participating in the New Year's Day Parade in Dallas.Band will play halftime and in New Year's parade in Dallas
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The Canyon High School band is again preparing for the national stage.
This past school year, the band performed a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
This school year, they will march in the Dallas New Year's Day Parade, followed the next day with a performance as part of the Cotton Bowl halfdme show in the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington.
The parade begins at 2:30 p.m. on NewMnurls Day and stretches 1.5 miles from the Dallas Arts District to the
SUPPORTTNE CHS BAND
ikit watch them in the Comerica Bank New Year's Parade
Whtn: 2:30 p.m. Jan. 1,2010 on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010; televised live on Fox and streamed live on www.myfoxdfw.com.
Therib watch them at halftime during the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma State University vs. University of Mississippi at Cowboys Stadium. IQckoff is 1 p.m. Jan. 2.
American Airlines Center. The parade v^ include more than 25 floats, and, at its conclusion, pep rallies at the American Airlines Center will feature the Oklahoma State Unh^ersity and University of Mississippi Bands.
The whole trip will last four days, including a one-time rehearsal with 12 other hi^i school bands, followed by a New Year's Eve party on the Southfork Ranch in Dallas.
About 100 students from the CHS band and color guard will attend. Each smdent raised roughly $800 for the trip.
"The application process was nationwide," said Jason Adam, CHS band director. "You send off the form with an explanation of band awards and a video and they figure out whether you qualify or not."
The trip is organized tiirough Nation-
See BAND, Page 9A
By Chris Cobb
Sales tax revenue plummeted in New Braunfels and Comal County in October, according to figures published this week by the Texas Comptroller of l^iblic Accounts.
The comptroller's office released its December sales tax revenue allocation, which tracked money collected by local governments from October sdes.
The amount of tax dollars brought into the city and county each dropped more than 9 percent since the same time this past year — a stark deparmre from the moderate
losses each government has seen during the economic downturn.
"This is the first time in many months that we haven't been real close to our sales tax results from last year, despite a national recession," said Greater New Braunfels (Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek.
The city took in more than $1.3 million this year, down 9.81 percent from the nearly $1.5 million it collected from October sales in 2008.
The county saw similar losses, dropping 9.4 percent — from more than $1.5 million
See SALES, Page 9ADallman, Kotylo, Meek inducted into Chamber Hall of Honor
Gtizens rea^;iiized for their service to àmunimity
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce unveiled thè three newest feces whose ptetiues will be hung in the dtnn^s Hall of HoiK)r.
The haU is reserved for those people who have demonstrated a long-term
Michael M««k 'Bud' Dallmann
Dallmann founded the Landa Park Dolphins in 1962, and has served as head swim coach for 45
commitment to giving back to the community, and this year's honoiees are longtime üvim coach EE "Bud" DaU-mann, perennial volimteer Mn Kii^^ and cfaunber pres-kfentMkhi^Me^
"Over half his life, he's dedicated to teaching our children and grandchildren how to swim and compete/' Meek said. "But this man is not just a swim coach, he's a life teacher."
Dallmann was named the South Texas Swimming Coach of the Year. He holds numerous swimming records at multiple levels, and in 2006, he was inducted into the Texas Amateur AtWetics Hall of Fame.
The Olympic pool in Landa Park bears his name, and he has taught thousands of local swimmers over his more than four decades of dedication.
"When you look at the admiration his former students have for him, it's pretty clear that he taught them a
lot more than swimming," Meek said. "We're all better off because of Bud Dallmann."
Kotylo spent the past 25 years giving back to the community, whether on the dais of the New Braunfels City Council or as a part of one of the many nonprofit organizations she has helped succeed.
But, despite all her years of civic effort, she never thought she'd receive this kind of recognition.
"I'm the most shocked person in town," she said. "You
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do things to give back to the community that you love, and you never really expect anything in remrn, but this is a great, great honor."
Kotylo served on numerous civic boards and multiple nonprofit groups in the community.
"She's Mrs. Volunteer in this community," Meek said. "There's probably not a nonprofit in town where Jan hasn't been on the board or been in charge of."
Kotylo is a past president of
See HALL, Page 9A
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