New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2004
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Boy, IO, girl, 20, die in separate accidents
By Ron Maloney
A 10-year-old Austin boy died in an Interstate 35 accident Monday morning in New Braunfels — one of two killed in area auto accidents in two days.
New Braunfels police Sgt. Sean Gabbard reported Gregory Castelo was dead at the scene of a 7 a.m. accident on 1-35 just south of Texas 46.
Gabbard said Castelo’s mother,
Guadalupe, 48, was northbound on 1-35 just north of FM 725 when her car, a 1991 Geo Prizm, crossed the median into the path of a 2001 Ford Focus, which struck it broadside.
A 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier was also involved in the accident, although its driver, a Colorado man, was not hurt.
The driver of the Ford was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace
Diana Campos pronounced the boy dead at the scene of the accident, Gabbard said. His mother was flown to University Hospital in San Antonio, where patrol Lt. John Villarreal said she was in critical condition.
Police shut down southbound I-35 for more than two hours while they investigated the accident, diverting traffic through New Braunfels.
In another fatal accident early Sunday, Amber Marie Batey, 20, of New
Braunfels, was found dead in the wreckage of a 1991 Chevy Blazer off FM 2722, about 1.5 miles south of Startzville.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Anthony Rodriguez said his preliminary investigation into the cause of that accident suggests that Batey fell asleep while driving down FM 2722.
“She had been driving on the improved shoulder, overcorrected to the right and lost control off the
road to the right,” Rodriguez said.
The Blazer vaulted over the end of a guardrail and rolled four times down an embankment, Rodriguez said. He did not know exactly when the accident occurred.
“We’re working to reconstruct that now,” Rodriguez said. “She wasn’t seen until a motorist flagged down a deputy.”
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Jennifer Saunders pronounced Batey dead at 4:27 a.m., Rodriguez said.
Ginger, left, and Philip Rogers were glad to see their daughter. Sarah, arrive home last Wednesday from deployment in Kuwait. Rogers said that while she was overseas, she missed “good food" and the little things we Americans tend to take for granted.
Tug of war
She followed her heart and found honor in service
By Scott Mahon
like most students, Sarah Rogers just wanted to finish college. Instead, she ended up halfway around the world in a war in the Middle Fast.
She said something inside tugged at her, so she followed her heart and joined the U.S. Army Reserves.
Un March 19,2003, she was deployed to Kuwait.
She came home Wednesday, after a nine-month deployment.
Dressed in her military uniform and sitting between her mother and father, the 22-year-old seemed more poised and mature than the
typical college student. She sat perfectly straight and with a military bearing while she talked about her war experience.
Her parents, Philip and Ginger Rogers, listened quietly as Sarah spoke about the war. Yet, Ginger Rogers’ eyes welled up with tears as Sarah spoke.
It was obvious the young war veteran in the starched uniform was still, in many ways, the little girl they watched grow up.
A 1999 graduate of Bracken Christian School, Rogers went on to I louston Baptist University. At the end of her sophomore year, the war with Iraq was a threat, not a reality.
Yet something told her she should join the Army.
“I called my parents and told them I wanted to join the Army,” she said. “It was just something I felt I needed to do, to serve my country, kind of a patriotic feeling.”
“We were shocked when site told us what she was going to do,” her mother said. “But Sarah has always been a responsible person, and we’ve always supported her in whatever she wanted to do.”
After completing basic training at Fort leonard Wood in Missouri, Rogers was sent to job training at Fort Bustis, Va., where she was trained in transportation management. After she graduated from her job training for the
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AUDIT AMD PmPOMIAMCB MVHWS
City Council will meet today with auditors from Holfman, Wagner Et Co to review the city's annual audit.
The audit covers the 2003 fiscal year, which ended July 1, 2003.
Council will also convene in executive session. in accordance with the Texas Government Code. to review Chuck Pinto's performance. Pinto is in his second year as city manager.
'It s a chance for me to find out what the council likes, what they don't like, and which direction they want to go.'
— Scott Mahon
Cable pact amended; start date of 2008
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels City Council amended Grande Communication’s francliise agreement Monday to give the company time to build a cable television network, but with the stipulation that construction begin by Jan. I, 2008.
Officials with the San Marcos company asked council to amend its June 2000 contract “because the availability of debt and equity capital has failed to recover as anticipated"
The company intends to build a fiber-optic cable television network to serve New Braunfels and other areas
along the I -35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin. But officials said a poor economic recovery has delayed the plans.
“They just wanted more time to complete the system,” said Assistant City Manager Don Ferguson. “They want more flexibility.”
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Last bonds of ’99 vote for schools to be issued
Superintendent: Growth could send NBISD back to taxpayers in 2 years
By Dylan Jimenez
New Braunfels Independent School District soon will issue the last $12.5 million in general obligation bonds from the $75 million bond issue passed in 1999.
But Superintendent Ron Reaves said growth could force the district to ask taxpayers to approve another bond issue, possibly within two years.
Financial adviser Duane Westerman told the board Monday night that the timing is right.
“You’re about at the time when you would be needing the money and the market is such that it wouldn’t be a bad time t o do it,” Westerman said.
Bond ratings have been as low as 4.2 percent in June 2003. But Westerman said those rates could go up this year.
The $12.5 million would be borrowed over 20 years at between 4.5 and 4.75 percent.
“Aly time you can borrow money at less than 5 percent, its a good idea ii you have to borrow the funds,” Wester man said.
Westerman would initiate the sale of the bonds but would come back to the board to approve the actual sale. I hat should be soon based on rates, Wester man said.
The money would be used primarily on technology upgrades, and on the ()ak Run School and Seele Flementary proj ects.The projects should be completed by 2006.
Reaves said he is looking into whether growth in the district might require another bond issuance.
“lfrobably within two years we’re going to have to make some preliminary’ decision to get a new school out then*, lie said.
'Hie district might be a1 lie to I x im av ai miller $30 million at that time.
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