New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 30 14 pages in 2 sections December 30, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
NB hit hard by flu virus
Number of influenza cases on the rise in area, nation
By Christina Minor
Forget about the Y2K bug — New Braunfels has its hands full with the flu bug.
McKenna Memorial Hospital reported seeing this week alone about IOO patients, most of them suffering upper respiratory flu symptoms.
Dr. John Flanagan, medical director for McKenna Emergency Center, said Tuesday nights run of patients was the most he had seen.
“Eve been working here for 15 years, and I haven’t seen it this bad,” he said. “We’ve been twice as busy this year than this past year.”
The Comal County Health Department has reported 110 influenza cases so far in December. In 1998, the health department reported 104 cases for the entire year.
Office manager Nanette Burkhardt said, “Not everyone reports flu cases. This year most of the cases have been type A. This past year it was type B.”
Ute health department also reported 3,883 people received flu shots this year — an increase of about IOO people front 1998.
Flanagan said the main reason for the increased number of flu cases was people’s exposure to the virus.
“People need to be careful about spreading it to others,” he said. “People don’t realize that it is contagious. You can catch it front others coughing or sneezing near you. So don’t sneeze or cough on someone.”
Flu symptoms include fever, sore throat, coughing, congestion, body aches and fatigue or feeling run down.
Flanagan said fevers could average up to 103 degrees.
If caught in the first 48 horns, influenza can be treated with anti-flu medicine. If the flu is not treated, patients might suffer from pneumonia, bronchitis or another secondary infection, which must be treated with an anti-bacterial or antibiotic. Other severe symptoms include headaches, shortness of breath and difficulty retaining fluids, which can cause dehydration.
“It takes about four to seven days to get over tile flu,” Flanagan said. “During that time people need to drink plenty of fluids, spend time in bed resting and take their medication. They also shouldn’t work during that time so they can keep up their strength and not contaminate others.”
Dr. Carolyn Bridges, medical epidemiologist with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention influenza branch, said all states were reporting influenza cases.
“This is the time of year when we see more cases,” she said. “Flu season runs from December through March.”
Flanagan urged residents to visit their doctors or the emergency room if they have flu symptoms.
“Most of the over-the-counter medicines like Tylenol and Advil don’t control the symptoms,” he said. “You are going to need something more.”
Key code 76
Youth sports groups address complex issues
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
When New Braunfels’ temperatures cool, about 35 local swimmers start making early-morning treks to San Marcos while others don’t take a dip into a pool until the next summer.
In the fall and spring, hundreds of young soccer players cram onto a worn 2.8-acre field, often pitted with holes.
More than 400 girls who play softball haul drinking water to their
fields and play only during the day, and more than 1,400 boys who play baseball share six fields.
Hundreds more kids who love basketball or volleyball vie for gym space so tight that programs remain limited.
This is the state of New Braunfels’ youth recreational facilities, parents and volunteers say, and the city needs to help.
City council has responded by placing a proposed sports complex — with an indoor pool, several
fields and a gymnasium on a bond ballot, scheduled to go before voters in May.
Mayor Stoney Williams has discussed the need to trim the $38.6 million, six-proposition bond package. He hasn’t said what projects should be trimmed.
City council will finalize the bond list by mid-February.
“I’m hoping the people of New Braunfels are willing to support our youth,” said Stephanie Meurin, president of New Braunfels Youth
To support die project, die public must be willing to raise their property taxes — but just how much still is uncertain.
Volunteers with the nonprofit New Braunfels Youth Sports, the driving force behind the complex, met with architects Wednesday to firm up cost estimates.
Those numbers could be broughtSee COMPLEX/5ABond SeriesTodaySports complex FridayPark improvement bond projects and staff requests
Top Stories of 1999
Thanksgiving slaying remains unsolved
Columbine tragedy rocks nation, local school districts
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
This year, off-duty police officers patrol all middle and high school campuses in Comal Independent School District.
New Braunfels school district also is making safety improvements, including more lighting and better communication systems, thanks to a $75 million bond package approved this year.
These are just a few of the precautions school districts implemented this year in response to a school shooting in Littleton, Colo., and a wave of phony threats in 1999.
wondering whether road rage took the life of the 28-year-old high school teacher.
In the wake of the tragedy, fears about “big city” crime coming to New Braunfels were realized, and residents voiced concerns about the safety of a once insulated community.
A $6,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of Adkins’ killers,—$5,000 of which was put up by San Antonio’s North East school district where Adkins taught. The
Signs of violence
Hours before two Colorado teens killed 12 students and a teacher at Colorado’s Columbine High School on April 20, two New Braunfels teenagers shot a high-powered rifle at the homes of two Canyon Middle School teachers. No one was injured in the shooting spree.
The two Colorado teens shot and killed themselves.
A woman embraces her teenage daughter on April 20 just after two teenagers opened fire at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., and killed 12 students and one teacher.
By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer
Another holiday probably will come and go without any answers as to why New Braunfels resident John Adkins was shot to death one day before Thanksgiving on Interstate 35 in Schertz. With
the killers still at large, friends, relatives and former students of Adkins’ are left
Thanksgiving traffic backs up on Interstate 35 on Nov. 24 after someone shot and killed 28-year-old John Adkins as he was driving to San Antonio for the holiday weekend.