New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, February 23, 2003
Sibbie Albe Bennett Ashley, 90, beloved Christian mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and Mend, longtime resident of New Braunfels, Tfexas, passed away Feb. 12, 2003.
She was bom July 30,1912, in Kingsbury, Texas, to Walter and Martha (Ross) Bennett. Her family moved to San Marcos when she was a baby, and she splent a happy youth there. She moved to N.B. upon marriage to J.D. Ashley. As founder of the First Baptist Church of N.B. Kindergarten, Sibbie continued to teach there many years. She was a devoted member of the Women’s Missionary Union and will be greatly missed by all whose Eves she touched.
Sibbie is preceded in death by her parents and her hus
band, J J). Ashley; her sisters,
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Selma Penshorn and Mary Bennett, and her brother, Wilton Bennett. She is survived by her daughters, Beverly Jo Ashley of Celina, Ohio, Sally Ashley of New Braunfels; grandchildren, Lisa Grass, of Seguin, Laurie Wickzer, of Southbend, Ind.; four greatgrandchildren; brother, Howard Pershing Bennett; sisters, Margaret Henk and Edna Davidson; and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at IO a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels. Interment followed at the Guadalupe Valley Cemetery in New Braunfels. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to:
Thomason Funeral Home
Josephine Froelich Ott passed away Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003, at her residence in New Braunfels, Texas, at the age of 94. Visitation will conducted horn 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday at Doeppen
schmidt Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial conducted by Monsignor Edward Bily will be held Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, at IO a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with interment to follow in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.
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By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer
New Braunfels District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick wants to eliminate a city ordinance requiring trains to honk at street intersections within city limits.
Monday night council will hear Kendrick’s presentation, which he said is a response to several complaints by his constituents who live in the areas of Gruene and Landa Park Estates.
“Some of them have built very expensive homes behind what they thought was dead railroad tracks,” Kendrick said.
He said the Union Pacific that runs through Landa Park was inactive for years and the public was told it wouldn’t return to active status.
Since that time the tracks have been renovated and re-
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Brittney Feltmann, daughter of David and Stephanie Feltmann, won the New Braunfels Junior Miss Scholarship Program Saturday night at the civic center.
This is the 46th year for the program, which is considered one of the best in the state, both in terms of the quality of the program and the amount of money awarded.
Scholastics counted for 20
percent of the overall score. The interview was worth 25 percent; talent, 25 percent; fitness, 15 percent; and poise, 15 percent.
A silent auction took place, as well as a raffle for a 2-by-4 all-terrain vehicle.
We would like to thank our friends and relatives for their prayers and support during our time of sorrow.
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She and 29 other girls were competing for more than $70,000 in college scholarships and $10,000 in cash.
First runner-up was Jennifer Shumway, daughter of Larry and Karen Shumway, who also won the talent and “spirit of Junior Miss” portions of the competition.
Second runner-up was Sky-lar Hodgson, daughter of William Pebbles and Susan Hodgson.
Third runner-up was Sara Vernon, daughter of Mark and Cindy Vernon. She also won the fitness portion of the competition.
Winner of the scholastic category was Lesley Schwind, daughter of Scott and Karen Schwind.
Courtney Wofford, daughter of Greg Wofford and Karen Pruitt, won in the poise category.
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In Other Action
In other action, New Braunfels City Council will:
■ Discuss eliminating the exemption of hotel occupancy tax for stays of more than 30 days;
■ Consider appointments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Landa Golf Course Advisory Board and the Construction Board of Appeals;
■ Discuss action regarding the city’s legislative agenda;
■ Look to raise public library fees for the first time in 30 years; and
■ Hear a report on deer population survey.
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Federal law requires train engineers to honk a 96-decibel horn that can be heard at least IOO feet ahead of the lead locomotive. Most railroads have regulations that their engineers honk four consecutive times at intersections.
Kendrick said the Union Pacific locomotives honk constantly in residential areas.
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This is especially a problem at night when residents are trying to sleep, he said.
Kendrick said he approached Union Pacific Railroads officials a couple of years ago with the problem, and they refused to compromise their regulations.
A city ordinance also requires the operator of a train to “blow the engine whistle continuously while the railroad train is in motion approaching and driving over any street crossing within the city limits.”
Kendrick said crossing arms have recently been installed, and his effort to eliminate the ordinance is the first step to revisiting the train noise issue.
He said the least council could do is remove the ordinance that demands the horns are honked continuously.
Because train noise is such
a popular problem nationwide, the Federal Railroad Administration speakes to the issue online at
“In addressing Vour concerns, we realize that train horns, whistles, and bells may disturb those living near railroad tracks,” the Web page states. “However, these warning devices have significantly reduced grade-crossing collisions by providing motorists with audible alerts of an approaching train.”
A FRA study from 1995 found collisions with trains are 84 percent more likely at railroad crossings in “quiet zones” (communities where train horns are banned).
Still, the FRA page states “quiet zones” are legal as long as communities establish alternative systems at rail crossings that maintain the same level of safety as train horns.
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