New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, December 30,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
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146, No. 33
| The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lee Abulia DI; Andy Velasquez (18 yews), Paul Hudson, Lupe Suarez (Monday), Soda Camarera), Celeste Torres 24 years) and Courtney Renee Ramsey (5 years).
■7o have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 336 cubic feet par second Monday, down 25 from Friday, tawaros Aqmw r antner canyon ww — 626.24 feat above sea level Monday, up 04 from Friday.
Canyon Dam dtocharga — 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 236 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.25 feet above
NOU reports pumping 5271 mMon gallons of surface water Monday and 134,000 galons of wel water.
Clouds allow up
Today — Sunny. Highs near 70. Tonight, clear and cold. Lows in the mid 30s.
dMMaaday-Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Wednesday night, partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.
•Caw Ta ara Day — Panty cloudy. Highs in the 70s.
PHdey — Increasing cloudiness. Lows in the 50s Highs in the 60s.
Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 60s.
The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today is the Heritage Society. This non-profit organization will supply two workers lo staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung offices will be closed New Year's Day. The New Year’s Day edition of the Her-ald-Zeitung will be delivered Thursday morning.
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities sponsor the 11th annual Christmas tree recycling program. Residents can drop off live trees at a specially marked area in the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot at Landa Park Drive and Golf Course Road in Landa Park through Jan. 19
School's out until ISM
Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Friday Employees return Monday while students begin the second semester Jan. 6. Comal ISO offices and schools will be closed until 8 a m. Monday. School will resume Jan. 6.
Feel the need to speed?
Lawmen say it’s going to cost you
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Comal County residents — as well as drivers across the state — might be in for a surprise if they drive faster than posted speed limits in construction zones.
That’s because after Jan. I, traffic fines will double in those zones.
Drivers out in the county also might want to stow down as well, because the Comal County Sheriffs Office is beefing up its patrol efforts.
Many Sui Antonio-New Braunfels commuters travel Interstate 35 daily and enter a narrow eight-mile, two-lane stretch of highway northbound and southbound between New Braunfels and Schertz.
Soon, they might want to back off the gas pedal somewhat and allow more time to get to their destinations. Speeding through a construction area could result in a S400 fine.
“Hopefully, it (the increase in fines) will slow some people down," said John Ritter with the Texas Department of Public Safety in New Braunfels. “We have a lot of people who come through that construction zone with a total disregard for the 55 miles per hour speed limit.”
Fines double if Texas Department of Transportation employees or subcontractors are at the construction site.
Large cement dividers along the Bi 35 construction area made traffic stops difficult but not impossible, said Ritter.
Enforcing the 55 mph speed limit on northbound LH 35 was not hard because there was a wide, improved shoulder. But southbound lanes presented a problem because there was either no shoul-Tum to Spttd, Page 2
Muagravu, Comal County deputy shar-*ff, monitors motorists' spaad along Loop 337 Monday.
Herald-Zertung photos by Susan Jakobsen
Behind the wheel
•Traffic fines for violations in construction zones wiH double beginning Jan. 1.
•Comal County Sheriffs Office plans to install 10 new radar devices in patrol cars. They can monitor the speed of vehicles in front of and behind patrol cars as wen as
•Beginning in January, six new officers will join the Comal County Sheriff s Office.
• Motorists often violate speed limits on county roads, Interstate 35 and school zones.
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Wrecks claim two lives
From staff reports
Two men died in separate auto accidents Sunday and Monday in Comal County.
A Crosby, Texas, man died in a one-car accident early Sunday morning near Sattler, according to Comal County Sheriffs Office reports.
Michael Duane McGuire, 40, was driving on Farm-to-Market 2673 a half mile west of Sattler at 2:20 arn Sunday, when he failed to negotiate a curve.
Reports showed the vehicle veered off the road and flew along the fence line into a utility pole, spun clockwise, rolled onto its left side and came to rest.
Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pronounced McGuire dead at the scene at 4 a.m., reports showed. Passenger David Wayne Speer, 38, of Baytown, was injured.
A 27-year-old Mexican national was killed Sunday evening when a bicycle he was riding collided with an automobile near Garden Ridge.
According to Department of Public Safety reports, Santiago Olivera-Gonzales was southbound on Farm-to-Market 2252 at 6:25 p.m., when he attempted to eross to the other side of the road.
Olivera-Gonzales was hit by a 1995 Pontiac driven by Marshall Gibson of Marion, who was traveling northbound on FM 2252.
Olivera-Gonzales was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:52 p.m., according to reports.
Woman trapped in vehicle after Loop 337 accident
From staff reports'
New Braunfels police and fire department rescue team extricated a woman who was trapped inside a Chevrolet Blazer that collided with an 18-wheeler on Loop 337 Monday evening.
The accident occurred about 6 pm
The driver of the 18-wheeler reportedly was unable to stop when a traffic light on Loop 337 changed lo ted, and he proceeded through the intersection, according to Dennis Conran, NBPD officer.
The driver of the Blazer drove through the intersection after the light turned green for traffic on River Road, and the Blazer was hit by the 18-wheeler, police said.
The injured woman was airlifted to Sui Antonio, according to law enforcement officials.
Banks and govammant offices wM dose New Year’s Day, bul people mating a grocery, dmg or super store Thursday wi ba in luck.
■ Qty of New Braunfels — dosed Thursday; regular houra Wednesday and Friday
■ Comal County — 8 am to noon Wednesday; dosed Thursday; open Friday^^H
■ Post office
hours Wednesday, 8:30 am to 5 p.m.; doted Thursday; regular hours Friday
■ Bink of America — doest al 3 pm. Wednesday. dosed Thursday; regular hours Friday
■Central Taxes Bank — reader hours Wednesday. lobby doses al 3 pm. and d^s thrombi dots at 6 pm.;
lar hours Friday
■ First Commercia! Bank — lobby and drive-through dose at 3 nm. Wednesday, doted Thursday, lobby and drive-through open ■ 6 pm.
Friday ■ First
Mmmm 9ta» Bank — luau-lar hours Wednesday, lobby open MI 4 pm., drive-through MI 6 pm.; dosed Thursday,
TWm hours Friday ■■Frost Bank — regular
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Gesundheit! Cedar fever keeps us sneezing
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The New Year’s winds will blow an unwelcome red confetti New Braunfels’ way — cedar pollen.
Noses all over Comal County will begin looking like Rudolph’s, and tissue sales will skyrocket.
The pollen count could rise within the first couple of weeks in January, said New Braunfels allergist Dr. Frank Hampel, Jr.
“Peak season is usually the latter part of January," he said “(The cedar pollen count) can get as high as 50,000 to 60,000 grains per cubic meter."
The "cedar” trees found on practically every Hill Country slope are two species, J urn penis ashen and Junipers sabinoides, Hampel said.
People allergic to their pollen react basically the same way, he said — with runny noses, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes.
“It can affect the lungs for asthma-type symptoms — wheezing and coughing," Hampel said
A person who is very allergic to cedar pollen will develop the same symptoms as one who is less sensitive.
“The really sensitive will respond when there are just a few grains," he said. “I have patients who say, ‘You don’t have to tell me when the cedar’s out — I can tell.”’
When the pollen count rises into the thousands, even people who are not allergic can be affected in
Pooplo who ara Mfergic to codnr pollen can adjust their environment to minimize the pollen’s effects:
■ Keep windows shut
■ unange nsaw or air (XXKMuonor nnors frequently.
■ When the sky ie blue, the air is dry and the wind is brisk, alay indoors as much as possible. Those are the conditions under which pollen spreads moat easily.
Who said ‘cedar’ trass irs evergreen? Junipers like this literally turn red with pollen this time of
the same way they would during a dust storm — with imtation in eyes, nose and lungs.
When over-the-counter antihistamines don’t dry up allergic noses, it’s time to sec a doctor, Hampel said.
Prescription antihistamines and decongestants
could work with less side effects than over-the-counter medications, he said. Doctors also might prescribe nasa) steroids.
"Preventativeiy, you can get allergy shots,” Hampel said.
It’s too late to get preventative shots for this year’s season. Allergy sufferers wanting to (pa the desensitizing shots before the next season should start them right after the current cedar pollen season is over, usually by the first week in February, he said.
The cost of the shots varies, depending on the type of insurance a patient has.
“Most insurance plans will cover it," Hampel said.
Southwest Texas State trying to move up
SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Large financial contributions and national attention for degree programs has the president of Southwest Texas Stale Uni-veraty pushing to make Me university one of the state’s top three public universities by 2005.
Two muhimiilion-doUar (pits from Roy and Joanne Mute of Austin have helped give throat tothenearfy 21,000-
student campus located in the hills of central Texas.
The Mines gave S12.5 million in April for 125 academic scholarship* to be given annually. They followed with a $5 million gift in August to endow five academic chairs of SI million each The nationwide search to MI the chaus begins next month, said S.W. Texas President Jerome Supple.
The school’s first doctoral program, in a naoonully recognised geography department, began last year.
Those developments have helped the school, the alma mater of Lyndon B. Johnson, rebound from a critical 1996 state audit that said the^university had overspent its athletic budget, overpaid for an apartment complex near the cam-pus and bought Aquaregia Springs
theme park for $2 million too much.
After the theme park lost S1.4 million, the university changed the focus of the park two yean ago to an educational-environmental resource center.
Supple said the financial dniaruw and recognition for degree programs make the tone right lo focus on muscling into the same ranks as Texas and Texas AAM.Cel