New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Suzanne Ashe
New Braunfels High School soon will have more of a certain piece of equipment coaches and faculty hope they never have to use.
Automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, could lie life savers in a cardiac arrest episode on campus. They are portable medical devices used to restore heart rhythm by delivering an electric shock. They can auto
Defibrillators must be on high school campuses by Aug. I
matically analyze the heart rhythm of a patient in cardiac arrest and advise a rescuer on whether a shock is needed to restore a normal heartbeat.
The school recently received one new defibrillator, adding to the two already at the campus. New Braunfels Independent School District Public Information Officer Stephanie
Ferguson said more are on the way.
“We just ordered two AFDs Thursday at $1,500 each,” Ferguson said. “We are paying for them with a grant through Safe and Drug Free Schools. Our goal is to get them on all campuses and facilities.”
Dean “Doc" Laird, New Braunfels I ligh School athletic trainer, said the school received its newest AED just
before the winter break. It was paid for with a grant through the Texas Association of School Boards.
In October 2006, the University Interscholastic League issued a mandate under a rule adopted by its legislative council that all UIL member high schools must have at least one AED on campus as of Aug. I.
Penalties for UIL schools not hav
ing AEDs would range from reprimands to disqualifications and suspensions, the same penalties as other UIL rule violations, according to UIL Director Bill Farney.
New Braunfels High School has had AEDs for the last three years. In 2004, two AEDs were donated to the school by Wells Fargo Bank.
Laird said all of the high school’s coaches and assistant coaches have
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Online accident reports getting few takers so far
By Jessica Sanders
Accident reports filed with the New Braunfels Police Department are available online now.
Drivers, insurance companies and other interested parties can access die reports for a fee for accidents that took place Monday or later.
Jackie Viramontes, a receptionist at the police department, said she has handled only a few ques-tions and comments about the site.
“So far I ve only had two people ask about it over the photie, and they didn’t call back with any complaints,” she said.
“One caller asked if there was a fee, and when I said that there was he decided to come in instead."
Before Monday, anyone involved in an accident within the city limits had to come to the police department to pick up an accident report. The report, which is necessary for
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■ To access an accident report filed in New Braunfels online, visit policereports .us or nbpd texas.com.
N The cost to download a report is $3.
Bulverde City Council to consider ordinance
By Jessica Sanders
The mayor of Bulverde is asking city council members to rethink the city’s approach to outlying subdivisions during the group’s regular meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Sarah Stevick said the city’s current subdivision ordinance is not in compliance with state law.
She said the Texas government code does not authorize cities to zone or place specific restrictions on developments in the extraterritorial jurisdiction.
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I What: Bulverde City Council meeting
When: Regular meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
I Where: City Hall, 30360 Cougar Bend
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New naming trend shows parents want individuality
By Mauri Elbel
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Although Jaxon Keith Ammons, born at McKenna Memorial I hospital last week, is new to this world, his parents picked a name that will help the tiny infant put his unique stamp on it.
Jaxon, an alternative spelling for Jackson, is just one of the many babies today possessing a unique name and spelling — epitomizing baby name trends in recent years.
In 2006, Emma was the top girl name, followed by Madison and Ava, while Aiden was No. I for boys with Jacob and Ethan trailing close behind, according to BabyCenter.com.
“People just want their baby name to he unique,” said Mik-ki Tharp, birth registrar/certifier at McKenna Memorial I lospital.
Jaxon’s parents checked into the hospital without a name picked out, but chose a name soon after he was delivered.
“We wanted to name the baby something that went with his two older brothers’ names, Ingan Keith and I lud-son Keith Ammons,” said Jaxon’s mom, Cry stal Ammons, explaining that all of the boys in the family, including their father, uncles and male
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Crystal and Rando Ammons admire their third son, Jaxon Keith Ammons, who recently was born at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Alden, Emma top a baby name survey
NEW YORK (AP) — What’s i going to happen to Michael?
Will he go the way of Jennifer and Amy, fading out of the spotlight, or will he learn a lesson I from Matthew, who avoids the | headlines but always turns in a solid, consistent performance?
Either way, Michael is at a turning point: After more than three decades as the top name for boys, I Michael is not on BabyCenter. corns top IO list of most popular names. It slipped to No. 12 on the I 2005 list and has stayed there.
Most people who track trends know that children are pretty good arbiters of what’s hot, whats not and what’s next. It turns out this all starts on the day they’re bom, as the names they are given often fit into larger social and cultural trends.
When the colonists arrived on U.S. shores, they purposely spurned classic English names in favor of biblical ones. In the 19th century, literature served as a source of inspiration — hence the popularity of Ida, a princess in a
Tennyson poem. And beginning in the 20th century, people have named their children after movie stars and TV characters.
So, what’s up with Michael, which reigned supreme as a boy ’s name for 50 years?
Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of the BabyCenter Web site, says too much publicity about how popular the name was led some parents to avoid it. “What’s happening is that hoys’ names are
See SURVEY, Page 7A
By Jessica Sanders
No prescription is no problem for some local drug users.
“People realize that many illicit drugs come from Colombia or from someone’s garage,” said Dib Waldrip, Comal County criminal district attorney. “So they turn to prescription or ‘designer’ drugs because they’ve been made in a controlled environment and are approved by the (Federal Drug Administration).”
Waldrip said many illegal drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamines, often contain contaminates. Though prescription drugs are more pure, they still are dangerous, he said.
“You’re not safer with prescription drugs. You’re only cutting out the contamination factor,” he said. “Misuse of any drug can be fatal.”
Abuse of prescription drugs was deadly for
Michaelee Smithers, a 19-year-old New Braunfels resident who overdosed on fen-tanyl in 2005.
New Braunfels police recently arrested four men in connection with her death. New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Rust said that Santos Ortiz supplied Smithers with the drug, a strong painkiller frequently prescribed to cancer patients.
Ortiz is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
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