New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Doctor wants legislation to keep hospitals open
AUSTIN (AP) -— The Texas Legislature’s only doctor-lawmaker says he is preparing legislation aimed at helping rural hospitals and rural residents.
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Local sporting events put on ice by weather
All but two of the eight local varsity sporting events scheduled for tonight have been postponed. Smithson Valley’s girls basketball team will still host Canyon, while the Cougar boys will visit Schertz Clemens.
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Vol. 137, No. 62
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Loads of gravel and sand were strewn across bridges and highways in New Braunfels and Comal County by local road crews after die winter assault began Friday night.
Eight to nine truckloads of fine crushed stone from Gifford-Hill and Co. Inc. were placed on county roads starting Friday night, said Comal County Engineer Mac McCoy.
City of New Braunfels Engineer Bill Dobrowolski said city crews began placing a sand and gravel mixture on bridges and hillsides Saturday evening and continued into the morning hours Sunday. Crews put more of the mixture on city streets throughout Sunday night and all day Monday and Monday night. Approximately 190 tons of the mixture have been used.
“The sand puts a gripping base on the road,” said Martin Mayer, New Braunfels Police Department spokesman. “The sand gives you a raised surface and creates a durable surface over the ice.”
“It gives a surface for tires to grab to,” McCoy said.
“We weren’t impacted that much,” he said. “We’ve had situations over the last five years where we’ve had to do more than this.”
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Motorists ignore icy road warnings
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Winnings to avoid the icy world an Alaskan cold front brought Comal County Friday went unheeded by many who went slipping, falling, and crashing in the bitter cold.
“I think we’re real lucky we didn’t get any” fatalities, said Martin Mayer, New Braunfels Police Department spokesman.
New Braunfels police, firefighters, Emergency Medical Service technicians, Comal County sheriff deputies, and Department of Public Safety troopers have responded to more than 36 wrecks since the winter assault began in South Texas Friday.
“Nothing serious” was reported, Mayer said. “We’re lucky.”
Roads and sidewalks became hazardous late Friday night and stayed that way until today after freezing See ACCIDENTS, Page 2
City and county road crews have been working since Friday to cover slick streets with a mixture of sand and gravel to improve traction (Photo by Deryl Clark)
pitation we’re going to see,” said Dobrowolski.
After the bad weather, the stone on county roads will blow away with the traffic and wind, McCoy said.
Dobrowolski said the sand and gravel would remain on city streets until the cold weather breaks. He said the mixture would then be picked up by city workers.
Fireplace spark starts home fire
A house went up in flames alter sparks jumped from a fireplace onto the floor early Monday morning.
“The cause of the fire was sparks that jumped out from the fireplace,
burned for quite a while and did a lot of damage.”
Fire trucks were dispatched at 5:54
There was also a “sizable amount
Frigid temperatures delay schools, business routines
landed on the carpet and smoldered of fire control damage because w e had
for a number of hours before they finally burned through the floor,” said Wes Meyer, New Braunfels Fire Department inspector.
The underside of the house, at 1875 Koehler Ave., then caught on fire, he said. “It took off from there and
to tear the fireplace — part of it ol I to make sure that we didn’t have ... fire extension,” Meyer said.
A firefighter bunted his hand during the fire; he was treated In
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Frigid temperatures, some of the coldest since Christmas 1983, stalled the openings of Comal County businesses and schools Monday as icy conditions kept many huddled inside.
Daily routines were hindered Monday as sidewalks and roadways remained iced over until today. Mail wasn’t delivered Monday and sanitation workers found it impossible to reach some residents to pick up garbage.
School children traded two days of books and teachers for cardboard and an icy hill to slide* down.
Students attending schools in Com
al and New Braunfels independent school districts will shorten their spring break and add a day to the end of the school year to make up the two days missed because of bad weather this week.
The districts cancelled classes Monday and today.
School districts by law must schedule at least two bad weather days during each school year to make up for the closures because ol inclement weather. GSD and NBISD will make up their two missed days on March 20 (Spring Break was to have been March 20-24) and on June 2 (the last
day of school was to have been June I).
Following the 15)84 education reform act, the Texas Education Agency requires districts to have 175 days of school. State Commissioner of Education William Kirby can waive the requirement so districts will not have to make up the bad-weather days; however, he said Monday that school districts must demonstrate it has used its two bad-weather days before he will consider waiving additional school days.
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Burglars break into CISD again
Once again, Comal County Independent School District was burglarized with Comal Middle School falling victim this time during Sunday and Monday.
The burglars broke a window southeast comer of building.
A blood pressure kit and a stethoscope valued at SKK) were taken Damage was estimated at more than SIDO.
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Falls, broken bones winter sculpture
keep doctors busy
Some residents found that a simple walk down the sidewalk this weekend led to a much longer trip — to lite hospital emergency room or a doctor’s office.
Dr. Dennis R. Ray and Dr. Richard Schram of New Braunfels Bone »uid Joint Clinic treated 12 persons this weekend for fractures.
“It was mainly wrists and hips,” said one of the clinic staff. “We had
people walking outside to pick up the newspaper ending up with broken hips.”
Conditions at lite clinic were aggravated this morning when the water to the building at 705 Landa was turned off. A burst pipe over Ute weekend caused die ceiling to collapse in Dr. Gary S. Barr’s office.
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Autopsy results show man died of injuries
An autopsy released Monday revealed a 70-year-old Comal County man died of internal injuries when the vehicle he was driving hit a tree last week on Interstate 35.
William T. Hardy, MCR 4, Box 801, died from internal injuries and a contributing heart problem, stated an autopsy performed by Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Bayardo.
Hardy was driving a 1979 Ford van
Feb. I at 7:23 p.m. when the accident occurred less than a mile from Interstate 35 mile marker 185.
He was southbound on the interstate when he left the roadway on the right side. Tile vehicle then traveled 53 feet and collided with a reflector post and light pole. The van continued 310 feet across the southbound access road and hit a nee, live New Braunfels police report stated.
Freezing rain and below-freezing temperatures the past few days have turned bushes and other familiar objects into works of art with dangling icicles. The forecast included warmer temperatures today — all the way up to 40. Tonight’s low is expected to
drop to about 22. Wednesday’s weather looks about the same. Warmer temperatures are expected to arrive in the area by the weekend with temperatures in the upper 40s by Friday. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Things arc looking up weatherwise. Today’s high was expected to reach 40 with northeast winds at about 15 mph. tonight's temperatures arc expected to drop to 22 with partly cloudy skies and a northeast wind at IO mph. Wednesday should be partly cloudy w ith a high of 40 and northeast winds at 15. Hic outlook for the weekend shows a high I hursday of 40 with partly cloudy skies and a chance of rain or drizzle. The low should drop to about 32. Friday’s high is forecast to be 40 with a low of 32 and Saturday is expected to mostl) clouds vs itll a high of 55 and a low of 39. Inside:
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Some of the activities that have been postponed or cancelled because of the weather include: Comal County Democratic Women were lo meet tonight, but will meet March 14 with the same program — Diane Jacobs, legislative aide to Sen. Judith Zaflirini.
American Association of University Women were to meet Monda> but will now meet March 6.
Laureate Upsilons Bingo Fart) al Laurel Plaza originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. It) has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.
No Community Education classes will meet tonight. To find out if any classes will meet Wednesday, call GSD at 625-8081 or NBISD al 620-6200 tomorrow.
The Family Fun Night and Hot Dog Supper at Lamar Primary School which was scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for Thursday. The school’s book fair will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the hot dog supper at 6 p.m. and the movie “Cinderella” at 7 p.m....
Tile Cancer Support Group meeting set for tonight has been postponed. The program will resume its regular schedule next Tuesday with Sally’s Social Survival Services (availability of community resources and services) by Joan Jamela, McKenna’s director of social services. What would have been tonight’s topic — Staying Fit When in the Pits will he combined with the program on lab work and blood tests on Feb. 21. The meetings are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. iii die Garza Street
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Local law enforcement officers and wreckers were kept busy during the weekend and Monday as they responded to more than 36 accidents caused by slick streets (Photo by Stephanie Davis)