New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, July 2,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Edna Fink*
Vol. 145, No. 165
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Edna Fluke, Tony C. Gidter-rex (17 years), Dirk Hedden (26 years) and Pete Moss.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Jimmy and Dora I lagunas (20 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 333 cubic feet per second, down 2 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 626.72 feet above sea level, down .04 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,562 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 2,717 cts Canyon Lake level — 936.03 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
NBU reports pumping 5.854 mien gallons of surface waler Tuesday, and 1.827 mason gallons of we! water were used.
The rest of the week will be hot and sunny, with only a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms on Friday.
Today’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies, a high in the low 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph. The low tonight will be in the mid 70s, with late night clouds.
Thursday will be sunny, with a high in the low 90s and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph to cool things off
Fourth of July will be partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms and a high in the 90s.
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The Herald-Zeitung office will be closed Friday in honor of Independence Day. To ensure editorial copy is included in the Friday and Sunday papers, deadlines for submitting articles for publication are: 5 p m. Thursday for obituaries to be published Friday and noon Thursday for births, engagements, weddings, club notes, personals and military notes.
The Friday edition will be delivered to customers early that morning, lf you do not receive your paper by 7:30 a m. Friday, call 625-9144 from 7 to 11 a m.. Friday.
Beginning Monday, New Braunfels and surrounding cities will have a new area code
The new area code will be 830 for New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin,
Boerne, Gonzales and Kerrville. There will be a grace period until Oct. 6, during which calls will continue to be connected using 210 code. A two-month period will follow in which callers will hear a recording instructing them to redial using the new code.
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Greene Bridge and Rebecca Creek Road are still closed because of water on the roadway and may remain closed for up to four more weeks.
NBISD hires assistant principals
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees on Tuesday finished filling the vacancies in the high school's administrative team by hiring three assistant principals.
“In talking to the principal, he was very pleased with the ones that applied," said board vice president Carlos Campos. “He was especially pleased with these three."
Campos said New Braunfels High School principal Keith Garinger, with fee help of a selection committee comprised of high school faculty members, reviewed all applications and
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recommended Bob Rodriguez, Elisa Racanelli and Mike Reinter for fee three positions.
“I’m very happy with these tholes,” said Campos. “I know they’re very excited and enthusiastic about getting started at fee high school, and I think they’ll bring that excitement to
everyone up there.”
Campos said all three applicants already live in New Braunfels, so “we all run deep blue in our veins.” Rodriquez began teaching and coaching at New Braunfels Middle School in 1989. He moved to the high school where he became a history teacher and coached varsity soccer and football Since 1995, he has served at administrative assistant to the principal at Carl Schurz Elementary, while continuing to serve as the high school’s head soccer coach.
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Gene Alves teaches his grandson Anthony Alves the fine art of mowing the lawn with a tractor Tuesday afternoon on North Live Oak Street.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
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Firecrackers not allowed in city but OK in county
By DENISE DZIUK
For many people, the Fourth of July and fireworks go hand in hand. However, you may need to think twice before setting off that bottle rocket or lighting that sparkler, especially if you live within New Braunfels city limits.
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Fneseuhahn laid ii it lUsytf topriM—( sell or discharge fireworks in the City
limits. He said even driving through the city with fireworks is a violation.
"You can get a ticket for it and they will probably be confiscated as well," said Fnesenhahn. “They’re too dangerous. They cause too much bodily injury and too much property damage.”
According to Prevent Blindness America, nearly 13,000 people are blinded, maimed or killed annually from fireworks. More than half are children and nearly 40 percent of fireworks injuries affect bystanders.
The three types of fireworks feat cause the most injuries during the holiday period are bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers, the agency*-reports.
Fourth of July can be a busy holiday for emergency personnel, wife many residents using fireworks to celebrate, Fnesenhahn said
The tire department will keep extra people on duty to help answer fire-works-related calls, he explained. Unlike last year, those residents caught wife fireworks will be penalized, he said
“This year, we will not be warning, we’ll be ticketing,” he said “because I think everyone should know fee rules by now.”
Violating fee fireworks ordinance is a class C misdemeanor, and cames up to a $500 fine.
In the county, fireworks are allowed in any area. Although Bexar County has set up safe areas to discharge fireworks, similar to Comal County’s actions last year, County Fire Marshal Milton Wittmann said Comal County is not limiting fee discharge the fireworks.
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City officials cracking down on fireworks
By ABE LEVY
Pssst. Enjoy fireworks this Fourth but keep them outside the city limits of New' Braunfels.
In years past, tire officials gave people warnings about possessing fireworks inside fee limits. This time around they’re issuing citations of fee class C misdemeanor type, w hich cany a possible fine of up to $500.
They’re not making a secret of it, either. What they’re doing to enforce this city ordinance is watching the city borders for people w ho just depart a fireworks stand.
What’s more, if you’re caught, the goods are confiscated, officials said.
“Nationwide fireworks are very
dangerous as far as bodily injury and deaths especially for children,” said Elroy Fnesenhahn, fee city’s fire marshal. “Our policy this year is we will cite anyone wife fireworks in fee city. Our action is to get the word out.”
Fire officials issued one citation to a man on Farm-to-Market 725 between McQueeney and New Braunfels on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly bought more than SIO worth of fireworks.
Fnesenhahn said the man. upon receiving a citation, was upset when he realized fee fireworks would be confiscated.
The confiscated fireworks will be set on fire inside a metal barrel after this Independence Day season, he said.
A free alternative
■ A free Fourth of July celebration starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Landa Park with a concert featuring Comal County Community Band, Hill Country Chorus and Community Chorale.
■ The concert will run until 9 p.m., about 15 minutes before a professional fireworks display over Landa Lake.
■ The Fourth of July show will be aired on KGNB. 92.1 FM.
■ The fireworks display is designed and presented by Alpha-Lee Enterprises. The city and H-E-B are funding the event.
Work crews improving Saltier intersection
Stoplight will control traffic at River Road, FM 2673
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Changes are under way at a Sattler intersection to make it safer for motorists who travel through it daily.
For weeks, Texas Department of Transportation work crews have worked on road improvements at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 2673 and River Road to make way for a new signal light, which could be up and running sometime this summer.
TxDOT interim resident engineer Greg Malatek said work crews are making road improvements that will make traffic flow more smoothly through the intersection.
Presently, the intersection has two stop signs, one on River Road and one on South Access Road coming from New Braunfels and Canyon Dam. A blinking light cautions drivers on FM 2673 to slow dow n and be cautious at the intersection.
Motorists coming from both River Road and South Access Road have to yield right-of-way to traffic going west and east on FM 2673.
The problem is the roads intersect at an angle that can create a blind spot for drivers, the engineer explained
Malatek said the intersection will be reconfigured to give drivers more lanes to make left and right turns.
“On (FM) 2673 at the intersection as you are going (eastbound) up toward (FM) 306, what you will have is a right turn lane only, a through lane and a left turn only lane,” Malatek said. “Then what you have going (westbound) is a through lane and a left (turn) only lane to go on River Road and a little bit of a shoulder .”
New lanes also will be created on River Road and South Access Road. Malatek said.
“It will be the same configuration (as FM 2673),” he said. “You will have a through lane, a nght lane on both sides and a left turn lane on both islands.”
When the road improvements and the traffic signals are up, motorists should find the intersection will be easier to travel, Malatek said.
A two-w ay spur in front of the convenience store coming from River Road will be converted into a oneway, right turn lane.
Malatek said the signal work will begin sometime this month and will take about three weeks.
Local woman lives with hidden disability day by day
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Everyday is a struggle for hope and survival for local resident Jean Hill.
The 62-year-old lives in an apartment, not able to do much as-a result of a disease feat makes moving or bending very painful.
Because of fee persistent pain, Hill said it is impossible to sit fra* a long period of time.
“I can’t sit through a movie,” she said. “I can’t even go to church. I can’t sit for more than an hour in a car. lf I do, I am in spasms.”
From first glance, one can’t find any sign of fee disease feat makes fee pain in her bick unbearable.
Hill suffers from degenerative disc disease, a disease feat affects the spine.
Dr. William Reeves, Hill’s physician, said fee disease was very debilitating.
“It is kind of like an arthritis in her spine,” Reeves said “Wliat happens is the disc begats to degenerate and the spine starts to stiffen. Many times, painful bone spurs develop.”
Hill said she first was diagnosed with fee disease eight years ago. Ever since feat time, she has been in pain wife the worst of it beginning two years ago
During the day Hill has to sit in her recliner wife four to six cold packs below her back, which
help numb the pain ‘The pain is unreal,” Hill said. “People in public say,
‘You look good.’ Then I go home and cry about it. I have questioned God, ’Why me?”’
Because of fee disc degeneration, Hill said she has lost Jean Hill
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