New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BLightning strike leaves pair unharmed
By Jessica Sanders
Iwo local residents escaped serious injury Wednesday after being shocked by lightning in a grocery store parking lot.
New Braunfels Fire Capt. Wayne “Stretch” Rousseau said a 47-year-old man and 49-year-old woman were shocked by a holt of lightning in the parking lot of Albertson’s at 955 N. Walnut Ave.
When firefighters arrived at the scene about 1:30 p.m., they found die man and woman conscious with no visible injuries, Rousseau said. Both were taken to McKenna Memorial I lospital for treatment of injuries that were not considered to be life threatening, he said.
Rousseau would not release the victims’ names, but said both are New Braunfels residents.
As rain began falling, a crowd of shoppers and Albertson’s employees gathered
around the pair to help. New Braunfels resident Cindy John said she was pulling into the parking lot when the lightening struck.
“I heard a crash and I saw people laying on the ground,” she said. “I thinik it s nice that so many people were around to help, and EMS came right away.”
According to the National Weather Service, an average of 66 people in the
See STRIKE, Page 8A
LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
^ Take precautions when electrical storms are in the area to prevent serious injury.
I Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from an area where it's raining, ll you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance.
B Coaches or those in charge of outdoor events should keep watch and have a lightning plan ready.
Stay off corded phones, computers and other equipment that puts you in direct contact with electricity.
SOURCE: National Weather ServicePartnership could speed up Creekside development for councils decision
County’s third district court waiting on judge
By Jessica Sanders
Comal County has a new court, but no presiding judge.
The 430th general jurisdiction court for Comal County officially was formed on Monday. I lowever, the county still is waiting for a judge to be appointed by Gov. Rick Perry’s office, Comal County judge Danny Scheel said.
"We want it to become a reality, but that wont happen until the governor’s office appoints a judge,” Scheel said Wednesday.
The Legislature set the district’s start for January 2007, hut the court cannot move forward until a judge is appointed. Representatives from Perry’s office told him
an appointment might be made in late March or early April, Scheel said.
“lf the governor had not gotten re-elected, he would have had to make all of his appointments before he left office," Scheel said. “Since he got re-elected, he’s not in any hurry."
Currently, Comal County is served by two district courts. The 207th district court is shared between Comal, Hays and Caldwell counties, and the 274th judicial District Court is shared between Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties.
Comal County’s three judges — 22nd Judicial District Judge Charles Ramsay, 274th
See COURT, Page 7A
River committee waits
By D. Ashley Verrill
The local developers of the proposed Creekside retail complex have teamed up with a Houston company boasting a $700 million development portfolio.
Hie New Braunfels Creekside development is scheduled to break ground in April if negotiations with the city are successful. Texas Commercial Investments and Lockhard Developments are spearheading the $500 million retail and commercial development to be located on 400 acres at the northeast intersection of Farm-to-Market 306 and Interstate 35.
TCI and Lockhard officially partnered with New Quest Properties on Dec. 15 in an effort to attract quality commercial tenants to the mixed-use development.
“We had been talking with several different folks, but decided on New Quest because they
See CREEKSIDE, Page 8A
By Suzanne Ashe
The New Braunfels River Activities Committee met Wednesday evening for the last time before presenting its recommendations go to the city council.
Committee member Ramon Chapa lr. unanimously was voted to be the group’s spokesman. I Ie will present the committee’s recommendations to city council members at a council workshop on Jan. 11 in council chambers.
“Its an honor to be selected as spokesperson and that the committee has that much faith in me," Chapa said Wednesday.
■ See the list of recommendations River Activities Committee members will present to the city council later this month. Page 7A
City Manager Mike Morrison said the workshop will be a round table forum where city council members can discuss the recommendations in a more comfortable setting than a formal council meeting. Morrison said the council will discuss each recommendation and can adopt or reject any or all recommendations.
River committee member
See RIVER, Page 7A
Man seldom misses lunch with favorite companion
By Mauri Elbel
Lloyd Bremer is Adeline Schwab’s real-life guardian angel.
Bach day, 86-year-old Bremer prepares a lunch consisting of Schwab’s favorite foods, packs them in his navy blue Little Playmate ice chest and drives to Kirkwood Manor where he patiently feeds his best friend in the world.
“We’ve been friends since we were teenagers,” Bremer said as he carefully spooned bites of pineapple into Schwab’s mouth at lunch time on Tuesday. “We used to meet and dance together at dances in Bulverde and Anhalt in the late 1930s and early 40s."
Years later when both were married and had two children each, Bremer and his wife would get together with Schwab and her husband to play dominos in New Braunfels.
‘‘We remained friends through the years and visited each other ail the time," Bremer said. “We never dated before, but always cared for each other and were good
Lloyd Bremer feeds his longtime friend Adeline Schwab homemade apple pie in the dining room at Kirkwood Manor. Bremer visits Schwab daily, bringing with him some of her lunch favorites.
“I love her like the best husband would love his wife. She certainly is my best friend.”
In August of 1994, Bremer’s wife passed away. Schwab’s husband died the following january. A year later, the two moved in together and took care of each other, enjoying shared hobbies such as playing dominos, gardening and
— Lloyd Bremer
New Braunfels resident
visiting children and grandchildren until Schwab needed additional care and was moved into Kirkwood Manor in April.
“I love her like the best husband would love his wife,” Bremer said. “She is certainly my best friend."
Schwab, who will be 89 in May, is plagued with arthritis and can no longer feed herself.
Bremer devotes two hours each day to his companion, lovingly feeding Schwab a cafeteria meal as well as a few of her favorites he brings along such as cantaloupe slices, homemade apple pie or peach cobbler and, of course, cherry tomatoes.
“She loves those tomatoes,”
See FRIENDS, Page 7A
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