New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Deborah Ray, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “Here s To Your Health,” w,i 11 broadcast live from the New Braunfels C ivic Center from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Ray, along with Dr. Ronald ( urrow, one of the nation’s lead-ng alternative health practitioners, will broadcast live to more ban 115 aff iliates nationally from he KGNB Health and Wellness I'.xpo, Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
“Here s To Your Health,” can be heard on KGNB AM 1420 weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m.
Ray has been voted one of the “IOO Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” by Talkers Magazine, and her program, “Here s To Your Health,” is lie most listened-to alternative health radio show in the nation.
The program focuses on alternatives to traditional medicine, a field that continues to grow in popularity. “Heres To Your Health” has more than one million listeners nationally, and nat-iral products and services, such is therapies, vitamins, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies and more, are a $21 billion a year industry.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, there were 200 million more visits to alternative practitioners last year and now more than 75 percent of all medical schools teach courses in alternative medicine.
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Ugly Miss 2000 contestants field questions from emcees Garrett Sullivan and Cody Werth during the pageant Thursday at New Braunfels High School. Mark Richards, Sam Burr, Michael DiFonzo, Chris Moos, Jeff McQuiry, Joel Gonzales, Erie Sultemeier, Matt Sievers and “Precious Peaches” donned “formal attire” to raise money for the high school’s drama department.
Schools, state talk traffic concerns
The KGNB Health and Wellness Expo will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
By Heather Todd
State legislators and officials with the Texas Department of Transportation introduced a new program Tuesday night designed to improve traffic safety in and around local school zones.
John R Kelly, district engineer with the TxDOT office in San Antonio, said the initiative, called Precious Cargo, would enhance school traffic safety through better planning and communication between TxDOT and local communities.
Kelly said the goal was to encourage local school districts and transportation officials to work together in the early stages of school design and construction.
“It’s more effective and less expensive to prevent traffic safety problems rather than fix them after the fact,” he said.
Kelly introduced the program to a handful of San Antonio area government and school district leaders Tuesday night, including Comal County Judge Danny Scheel, Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin and Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major.
Tuesday’s meeting, co-hosted by State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, was the third in a series of meeting this month in the South Texas area.
Kelly said the new program was developed in response to dramatic growth in the San Antonio area, especially in rural and suburban areas.
Statistics provided by TxDOT indicate the population of Comal County has grown from 51,832 in 1990 to 72,354 in 1998, or a 40 percent increase.
The number of students enrolled in schools in Comal County increased from 11,003 in 1990-91 to 15,584 in 1997-98, or a 42 percent increase.
Rapid growth has forced communities to build more schools, especially in rural areas, and has increased the amount of traffic on local highways, Kelly said.
“This creates more traffic on highways that were once remote, rural Toads and creates great potential for more crashes,” he said.
Kelly also said schools built in rural areas often created dangerous situations because nearby highspeed roadways were not designed
to carry the higher volumes of traffic associated with schools.
Kelly said the solution to traffic problems near schools was to get transportation officials involved in the school planning process as early as possible.
“The program works in three ways,” Kelly said. “By TxDOT and each community doing the best that they can then combining our efforts to do what we can’t do alone.”
As part of TxDOT’s role in the Precious Cargo program, Kelly said transportation officials would offer their expertise to local school districts.
Kelly also said TxDOT would provide designs for coordinating traffic flow near schools.
The community can help enhance traffic safety by reinforcing the community’s presence and posting civic pride or highway signs, he said.
TxDOT officials also said consistent enforcement of traffic laws by local law enforcement was a necessary part of traffic safety.
By working together, TxDOT and local communities could share construction materials, labor and materials for projects, Kelly said.
Council approves contracting with Comal County
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE - City council members voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Bob Barton to negotiate interlocal agreements with Comal County for law enforcement and animal control.
Council also authorized Barton to explore the possibility of creating the position of health officer for the city.
An effort to increase law enforcement coverage with the county began about three months ago. The need for increased animal control protection became part of the debate earlier this month after a woman’s dog was attacked by two Rottweilers.
As in other communities, county sheriff’s deputies only provide enforcement of state laws in the unincorporated areas of Bulverde.
Barton told aldermen at the Jan.
11 council meeting that Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder had told him it would cost about $26 per hour to have a deputy and patrol car dedicated to Bulverde.
“We could get a patrolman assigned to Bulverde, if we want to go that route,” Barton said at the council meeting Monday.
“We don’t have too many ordinances to enforce,” said Barton. “Sheriff Holder seemed to think that if all we needed was traffic enforcement, we probably did not need much more help.”
But concerns raised by Bulverde residents and aldermen concerning loose animals and vandalism means that the city probably will need to enter an interlocal agreement to hire the services of the sheriff’s department.
Alderman Rick Gravens made a motion that Barton enter into an agreement with the county at his discretion, and bring it before aldermen for review at their next
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In Other Business
In other business Tuesday night, aldermen:
■ Discussed buying two lots south of the library on Cougar Drive as a possible site for city hall.
■ Accepted with regret the resignation effective Friday of City Secretary Florence Upton, who accepted a position in the San Antonio City Attorney’s Office.
■ Agreed to set a special meeting Jan. 31 to consider a replacement for Alderman Wallace Berkholtz, who will resign because he is leaving the community.
The replacement alderman will fill out the Berkholtz’s term, which ends in the spring.
According to a meeting agenda, Barton will recommend Warren Alston for the position.
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council meeting in two weeks. It passed unanimously.
After the council meeting, Barton said he would speak with the sheriff and the animal control officials to see if an agreement could be reached.
“I would hope to have an arrangement for animal control in about 30 days, and hopefully, 45 days for law enforcement,” Barton said. “We don’t want to let it drag.” Patricia Arena, a Bulverde resident who is a health inspector and registered nurse, discussed the services she could provide the city.
Arena has contracted to provide health inspections for other cities for 23 years.
She said she was qualified to inspect businesses, restaurants and perform other health related services.
“I thought I retired a couple of weeks ago, but I just can’t stay away from my work,” Arena told the council. “I love it here in Bulverde and I live here. I would be happy to help out.”
She said she could charge less for her services here than in other cities because she would not incur the same travel expenses.
Aldermen made no commitments, but directed Barton to explore the possibility of creating a position for a public health officer.
CISD board filing starts on Feb. 21
The annual board of trustee election in Comal Independent School District is May 6. Candidates interested in filing for one of the three seats up for election can do so from Feb. 21 through March 22.
The school district is divided into seven single-member districts, each represented by a member of the board of trustees. For 2000, only patrons in single-member districts I, 2 and 5 will vote in the CISD school board election.
Dora Gonzales currently represents district I. Dan Krueger, school board president, currently represents district 2, and Lester Jonas, school board secretary, currently represents district 5.
People interested in filing for the election must be registered voters, live in the single-member districts for which they are filing, and have been a resident of the district for six months. Applications for a place on the ballot, or additional information, are available from the CISD Central Office, 1421 North Business 35, New Braunfels TX 78130.
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