New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County aince 1852.
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Comal jurors hear testimony in 2008 stabbing
A New Bmunfeli man stands trial this ««e^ for the alleged March 2006 murder of his brother-in4aw.
Edwardo Sanchez» 26, pleaded not guilty to the murder of Fernando Ortegon, 37. Authorities allege Sanchez stabbed and killed Ortegon in the early morning hours of a summer day in 2008.
Sanchez faces from five to 99 years in prison if convicted. The trial is being heard by 207th District Judge Jack Robison.
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Witnesses at the scene told police that Sanchez stabbed Ortegon in the midst of an argument
Police said Ortegon believed Sanchez had taken cash and credit cards from a mutual friend's house where they were having drinks that night Ortegon trailed Sanchez to Winston Avenue.
Wimesses tokl police that when Ortegon confronted Sandiez, the deiendant pulled aknie from his pocket stabbed Ortegon and flkl through the W^nut Mobfe Home Community He leportecfiyhkl underneath a mobile home.See SANCHEZ, Page 3A
Liberty Bell replica making local stop
David and Phyllis Hall of Keller, Hexas, want everyone to imend)«-the sound of lib-«ty.
The HaUs are proud owners of die only traveling Liberty B^ WfUxM in the nation.
On Satuiday, the bell will make its wi^throu^down-tovm NSW BiaiiRfiBis ditfl^
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For the past 15 years, the Halls have traveled around Texas and several other states to display the 2,000-pound bell at parades, memorial services ami evBi^tBiioiioriiig veterans.
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River on the rise
Victoria waterneeds mean higher flow rates on Guadalupe•yCtirteCobb
Residents and visitors enjoying the Guadalupe RWer this Fourth ofjuly can thank a dty more than 100 miles away
Suffering from extreme drought, the city of Victoria requited additional water be released from Canyon Lake beginning Tuesday — inadvertently boosting local flows on the Guadalupe just in time for the busy holiday weekend.
"The Fourth of July has always been a pretty big weekend with a number of visitors coming to New Braunfels," Mayor Bruce Beyer sakl. "This should allow our visitors to enjoy two venues, the Comal and the Guadalupe, over the hoUday."
Like many cities downstream, Victoria relies on the Guadalupe as its primary
U,mm New BmmSgk and Gomat Colmty, has been coping with a long period of extreme drought As a result, the city requested the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority release an additional 600 acre-feet of water out of Canyon Lake during a five-to six-day period to meet its supply demands.
"The river is very low in Victoria, as it is throughout all of the Guadalupe River Basin," Victoria Public Works Director Lynn Short said. "This release is going to help us make it through a very difficult period."
It could also help solve what might have been a potential overcrowding problem on the Comal River this Independence Day.
With flows so low on the Guadalupe River this summer.
"This will allow us to have both our rivers open and everybody can have a ^eat M^kena'
Comal County Judge
tubers and other river visitors primarily had been flocking to the Comal to get out of the Texas heat. With the release doubling from 60 cubic feet per second to 125 cfs during the weekend, local officials said the Guadalupe should now be able to help the Comal accommodate the Fourth of July tourism rush.
"That'll be the highest flow that we've had all year," Boyer said "Hopefully that will make a difference on where people choose to float."
The additional release will drop water levels at Canyon Lake faster during the next week.
The lake is already at historically low levels with the
TOP: A group of tubers get in the Guadalupe River for an afternoon float Tuesday. ABOVE: Water from Canyon Lake is released Tuesday into the Guadalupe River. Victoria's water needs will allow for higher flow rates this weekend on the Guadalupe River.
water line at 895 mean feet above sea level on Tliesday— 14 feet below normal. But while it could continue to sink witliout significant rain, GBRA General Manager Bill West said the lake itself essentially was intended as a laige storage unit to assist cities downstream in situations such as these.
"It's doing its job," West said.
While unexpected, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said the request from downstream couldn't have come at a better time.
"This will allow us to have both of our rivers open and everybody can have a great weekend," he said.
Committee, public consider two-hour downtown parking
Th« nation's only travelina Liberty Bell will be stopping In Hm Braunfels over July Fourth weekend on Its way ^tfiiAlamo.ByTheron Britmin
A proposed two-hour limit on downtown parking met with mixed reviews Tuesday night at New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center.
About 50 people attended the town hall meeting to voice their opinions on ordinance changes proposed by a city appointed committee studying downtown parking issues.
Public opinion seemed evenly split between those who believe the parking restrictions were unnecessary and those who believe the time limit would free up space needed for street front busine^es.
Shannon Mattingly, planning director for the city and Nancy Bower, chair of the Downtown Association Parking Committee, presented the proposed ordinance and took questions from the audience.
Though some downtown merchants expressed concern about the elimination of employee parking in front of their businesses, other owners and Bower pointed to 212 spaces available in six new public parking lots downtown.
The proposed ordinance limits parldng to two hours on San Antonio Street as it runs through Main Plaza,See RARKINQ, Page 3A
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