New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
FFRRUARY 22, 2004
Canyon softball team takes third place. New Braunfels softball team wins consolation prize in their respective tournaments. Page IB
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mMan killed in early morning car wreck
By Dylan Jimenez
A Comal County man was found dead early Saturday morning in his car on Schoen-thal Road.
A New Braunfels man on his way to work about 3:50 a.m. discovered Lucian Landry, 37,
and his wrecked Toyota Avalon.
"The witness didn’t see what happened; he just drove up on it. Lie saw headlamps down on the creek bottom, pulled over and realized what it was and called 9-1-1 right away,” said Department of lAiblic Safety Cpl. Rick Alvarez.
Although at least one headlight was shining, Alvarez said he couldn’t say how long Landry had been there.
The wreck occured about a mile northeast of Farm-to-Market Road 3009 on Schoen-thal Road near where the road sharply dips, Alvarez said.
Alvarez said Landry lived nearby and would have been familiar with the road.
“People that drive Schoen-thal Road are familiar with it, and even those who aren’t, they slow down because it looks like the Earth just disappears looking down,”
Speed probably was not a cause of the accident, Alvarez said, although Landry apparently had trouble negotiating a curve.
He was coming out of a curve and didn’t straighten out, Alvarez said. I Ie overcor
rected and skidded off the east side of the road into a culvert. The car rolled, wrapped around an oak tree and crushed the driver.
The accident still is under investigation.
Landry might have been drinking alcohol, Alvarez said.
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Early voting starts Monday; county has new machines
R Early voting in person: 8 a m. to 4:30 ; p.m. weekdays Monday through j March 5, Room 104, first floor,
Comal County CoiHthou.su.
■ Early veiling by mail Applications accepted through j March 2.
Applications must I be mailed To get one. write a letter I with name, registered address, address to which ballot should be mailed, tile reason for seeking a mail ballot (65 or older, disabled or out of town Note lf out of town, ballot must be mailed to address outside the county.) Applicants must indicate party preference and must include the signature of the voter
R Early voting temporary branches
Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 9357 Schoenthal Road, Garden Ridge. 10 a rn to 7 p m. Thursday
Community Resource and Recreation Center of Canyon Like (formerly Canyon Lake Action Center) 1941 FM 2673, Sattler, 9 a m to 6 pm Monday, March 1
Bulverde Community Center, 1747 Ammann Road, Bulverde 10 a rn to 7 p m Tuesday, March 2.
Saturday voting at tile courthouse 9 am to 3 p m
m INSIDE: Comal Area League of Woolen Voters Voter Guide
By Ron Maloney
Those who vote early beginning Monday will get to try the newest thing in the polling place for this primary election.
Tor a listing of candidates, see the insert in today’s New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung provided by the Coinal Area League of Women Voters.
(xmial County Elections Coordinator Linnell I iinojosa said the county’s first computerized touch-screen voting machines are set up in Room 104 of the Comal ( utility Courthouse,
Early voting begins Monday and runs through March 5.
“We have the new iVotronic touchscreen voting machines, and we’ve hired extra staff to implement our new system," I Iinojosa said." We ll walk the voters to the booth, get them started and answer any questions they have."
Hie new machines are required to be fully in place by 2006 under the I lelp America Vote Act (HAVA). HAVA was passed in the wake of the 2000 Florida voting dispute.
See KARLY VOTING. Page 5A
Candidates tie economic development to lower taxes
By Ron Maloney
Only once in the past eight years — st after the 2002 flood — has Comal minty raised its property tax rate, hich now is 33.37 cents per $100.
Part of the reason for that is steadily [creasing property values caused by tore residential e velop ment. he county’s row th in recent ears lias oill-
ripped spend- _
ig increases. I bis year’s general fund udget is about $25 million.
County officials say conservative fis-al management also helps keep the tx rate down,
Incumbent commissioners and the tut challengers who seek to unseat tem were asked this week how they zooid protect the county’s low lax rate
This is the fourth of a four-part series on the county commissioner race
id still provide services voters expect. See CANDIDATBS. Page 5A
New Braunfels ISD Driver Trainer Roland Ward, right, instructs bus driver Pam Kruse in the proper setup of her triangle reflectors. School bus drivers check 46 points inside and outside their bus at least twice a day.
H Online games help children learn vehicle safety at www.nhtsa.dot gov Click on ‘Communications and Outreach," then click ‘Safety City’
■ About 440,000 public school buses transport 24 million children to and from schools and activities daily
R When comparing the number of deaths of children 5 to 18 during ‘normal school transportation hours," in 1989 through 1999, school buses are 87 times safer than passenger cars, light trucks and vans
■ From 1989 to 1999, 10 passengers on average
died each year in school bus crashes.
■ From 1989 to 1999, an average of 30 pedestrians died each year while getting on or off school buses.
23 of which were children struck by the school bus The other seven were struck by another vehicle
Despite all the headline-grabbing accidents, drivers work to ensure buses are a
By Dylan Jim6nez
Source: U S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Krust* has developed a mind for safety during the past two years of driving school buses.
“I ve become more observant of traffic behavior since I’ve become a bus driver,’’ Kruse said. "I think it s because we emphasize safety so much.”
Through daily inspections and student guidance, school bus drivers help make school-provided transportation the safest way to get to and from school.
“It’s the safest way to get anywhere,” said T im I iurd, a National I lighway Traffic Safety Administration spokesman.
According to NI I I SA, comparing the deaths of children ages 5 to IB during the school day, school buses are B7 times safer than passenger cars, light trucks and vans.
An average of IO occupants of all school buses in the IJ S. die each year in crashes, Hurd said. About 30 pedestrians die each year while getting on or off the school bus.
School bus drivers have a hand in preventing both kinds of accidents.
See BUSKS. Page 10A
City council revisits civic center study
By Scott Mahon
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New Braunfels (Tty council will vote Monday on a $60,000 convention center study by a Minneapolis consulting firm.
Bill Krueger, a consultant with (conventions, Sports & Leisure International (CSL), told council I eh. 2 his company did feasibility studies for Temple, McAllen and laredo.
"We only do feasibility studies for convention and civic center type facilities,’’
Krueger said. “We’ve done over 350 fea-
(Tty Manager Chuck Pinto said Krueger advised Temple not to build a new convention center unless the city partnered with a corporate hotel.
"Although I haven’t talked to anyone in Temple, I know they were* advised by Mr. Krueger they were too close to Waco to compete for convention center business,” Pinto said. "And its very possible,
See CIVIC C1NTKR. Page 10A
Special education student learns math in the kitchen at OakRun.
■ Primary Election Tuesday, March 9.