New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153. No. 69 14 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-8B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS 3B
Senior Kayla Thornton closes in on all-time scoring record for New Braunfels Unicorns soccer. Page 5A
Oooh La La Salon offers discounts on services; Rhoads Floor Coverings is having a "Super Bowl" sale. Inside
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I IIM Cl B I “Ifs a point spelled out in blood.... Ifs a shame we have to lose that 10-year-old and the guy on the motorcycle. ”
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher
doesn’t Stretch of 1-35 a safety concern
quench bum ban
By Ron Maloney
In spite of recent rains, county officials Thursday said they would keep in place a month-old hum ban — at least for now.
The reason, officials say, is the amount of dead grass and other vegetation that can easily catch fire.
Since rain began a couple of weeks ago, the sheriff’s office, the fire marshal and county officials have received calls from residents asking the ban be lifted or that they be given emergency burn permits, which are only issued in cases involving financial hardship.
In Commissioners’ Court Thursday, Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady noted the morning rain and said she hoped the county would soon be able to lift the ban.
County Judge Danny Scheel wasn’t so sure.
“I understand — I’m getting bombarded with calls, too,” Scheel said. “I continue to receive e-mails from the county fire chiefs and the fire marshal encouraging us not to lift it.”
The problem, Scheel said, is that the moisture that comes with the rain quickly evaporates after a couple days of sun and breeze.
“We do not want to get in a situation where we endanger lives and property,” Scheel said. “Please bear with us. I need to follow the recommendations of the people who are in the business and in the know. I’m going to continue doing that.”
Deputy county Fire Marshal Wayne Ellington reported that embers from a house fire one week ago ignited fires everywhere they touched down, complicating work for Canyon Lake firefighters.
“It’s definitely dry out there, and that grass will soon be dry as hay again,” Ellington said.
The problem is complicated, Ellington said, by the amount of dried dead vegetation on the ground.
“We have lots of areas of the county that have a large fuel load,” Ellington said.
Ellington wasn’t sure when the ban could be lifted.
“We’re trying to keep everybody in the community safe. That’s our job,” he said.
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New Braunfels Police Officer Chris Peltier checks the speed of vehicles traveling southbound on Interstate 35 just south of Texas 46 East. This location has been the site of several major accidents recently.
Number of accidents in one spot has officials worried
By Ron Maloney
A group of bikers riding northbound this fall on Interstate 35 through New Braunfels suddenly ran out of pavement in what they believed was the fast lane.
One, Thomas “Buddy” Dickerson Jr., 50, of El Paso, died in the resulting four-bike, chain-reaction crash.
Earlier this month, Gregory Castelo, IO, of Austin died in a crash that occurred when the car his mother was driving crossed a narrow median and slammed into southbound traffic.
A week later, five were injured in an accident caused when a northbound driver ran out of lane and clipped another car as he tried to merge right, causing the second car to cross the median and slam into southbound traffic.
What all three accidents have in common is they occurred in exactly the same spot just north of the Guadalupe River where the newly constructed — and widened — I-35 narrows down to two lanes.
When the last segment of 1-35 construction is completed north of New Braunfels, die entire stretch
See WRECKS, Page 3A
DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung
Vehicles travel past where recent road construction is finished and new construction is about to begin on Interstate 35 The location near the orange markers has been the site of several major accidents because lanes merge from four to two.
Keep children occupied during CISD winter break
THE CHILDREN S MUSEUM
B Regular hours, 9 a m to 5 p m. Monday through Saturday
LANDA PARK RECREATION CENTER
■ Regular hours 3 30 p m to 9 p m Monday through Friday
■ 1 p.m. to 7 p m Saturday
■ The recreation center is free to New Braunfels residents and $2 daily for those who live outside the city limits
MCKENNA CLUB WINTER BREAK CAMP
Rates per child:
■ Recreation members: daily, $40; weekly, $140
■ Fitness members daily, $50, weekly, $180
■ Nonmembers: daily, $60. weekly. $220
■ Each additional family member will get a $5 discount
■ Call 606-2829
By Dylan Jimenez
Beginning li»b. 9, (Annal (iounty students will be out of school for winter break, and McKenna Club is offering a camp for elementary-level students.
“We’ve had a winter break in (Annal ISI) for several years now,” said Kari i lutchison, CISD spokeswoman.
A committee of parenls, teachers and admit listrators liave suggested the one-week break since 1995.
One reason is because so many of the county’s children are involved in raising animals, and the break usually coincides with the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, I lutchison said.
The break takes the place of three- and four-day weekends CIS!) otherwise would have throughout the year.
School will start back Feb. 16 with regular hours.
Parents whose children are already enrolled in the CISD afterschool program can sign them up for all-day camp during the winter break.
Many parents either take the vacation with their children or find daycare among relatives, I lutchison said.
For parents looking to keep their elementary^ school children occupied, the McKenna Club will offer winter break camp. The camp meets from 9 a.in. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9 to 12.
Children in grades kindergarten to fifth are welcome.
There are a number of fitness activities planned, including obstacle courses and swimming lessons by Red Cross certified stalf. Children also will be able to
do crafts like bead work and painting.
“Crafts are one of our favorite activities," said Holly Batterton, camp director.
Children will need to wear swimwear and bring a change of clothes and a sack lunch. They will be closely monitored by McKenna’s professional staff, Batterton said.
“We pay a lot of attention to their development according to their age,” she said.
The camp is limited to 25 children, hut extra staff will be available if necessary.
Parents are urged to sign up for the camp by Feb. 6.
“We've been extremely successful, and word of mouth has been our greatest ally," Batterton said. “Kids love the camp. We have a lot of fun.”
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