New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 5, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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A deadly weekend at Canyon Lake
By Melissa Johnson
What was supposed to be a festive three-day holiday weekend turned tragic when two people drowned in Canyon Lake in unrelated incidents this weekend.
The San Marcos Area Recovery Team ended its search for a 14-year-old Julian Bocanegra at 5:08 p.m. Monday when the boy’s body was found within a few feet of where he first went under.
Sgt. limmy Ummer said the boy
was found at a depth of 74 feet.
“He more or less went straight down,” Iimmer said.
Witnesses and law enforcement personnel said the teen was walking along partially submerged rocks toward a small island off the south shore of Comal Park when he and his younger brother, 12, slipped off the rocks and into deep water around 2 p.m.
Michael Johnson of San Antonio said he was also making his way to the island when he heard children yelling that someone was drowning.
Johnson was able to pull the 12-year-old out of the water but never saw the boy’s older brother.
“I was walking to the island and I saw one kid doggy-paddling,” Johnson said. “I never saw the other kid. We got to the shore and he was saying ‘my brother is out there.’”
The pair was wading to the left of the designated swimming area, which Ummer said has a history of drownings and is characterized by uneven terrain and strong currents. Dark and light patches of water as well as red danger signs warn swim
mers to stay out.
“One of the things that makes this area of the lake so dangerous and why there’s a marked off swimming beach is because you can walk three feet and suddenly encounter ledges and drop-offs,” Ummer said.
Ummer said the boys were poor swimmers and not wearing life jackets.
The accident marked the second time the SMART drivers were called out Monday. According to Captain
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Family members comfort each other after the search for 14-year-old Julian Bocanegra concluded.
LET FREEDOM RING
Planning panel to consider subdivision
By Leigh Jones
The City of New: AT A GLANCE Braunfels might soon j B what: Planning be $883,750 richer and I Commission 707 homes bigger if the j meeting Planning Commission j ■ When: 6 p.m. approves the Oak = today Creek Estates master plan tonight.
The new subdivision could be the first plat approved under the city’s new drainage ordinance.
Hie 205-acre tract of land Atween Goodwin Lane and 1-35 spans Alligator Creek, placing it well widiin 3,000 feet of an existing drainage system and invoking the ordinance's mandatory fee to connect.
Development owners Sabine Investment Company will pay the city $1,250 per lot to make use of the newly established drainage utility. The neighborhood will not he required to include detention ponds.
■ Where: City Hall, 424 S. Casted
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Bandstand has memorable party
By Melissa Johnson
America wasn’t the only one celebrating a birthday on the Fourth of July.
As the nation waved streamers to commemorate of independence from Britain, the New Braunfels Plaza Bandstand turned IOO. Following the downtown parade, the bandstand was rededicated and sung “Happy Birthday” by several hundred residents and visitors.
In honor of its centennial birthday, the bandstand was dressed up in its finest wear in a renovation project during the past 13 and a half weeks. Outfitted in a new coat of paint, waterproofed foundation and $17,(XX) sound
system, The Plaza Bandstand was turning some heads.
“We’ve restored a symbol of our heritage, and it s beautiful,” restoration project fund-raiser [.aura Kistner said.
To commemorate the history of the bandstand, the 50-member Comal Community Band played patriotic songs and sousa marches. Attendees sang along to old favorites such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “America the Beautiful’ and “The Battle I lymn of the Republic."
Children clapped in time to the music, waved miniature Hags while playing kazoos and using other noise
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Local teacher says a visit to Saudi Arabia was a learning expert once.
Legislature taking up other bills — just in case
By Natalie Gott
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry called lawmakers back to Austin for a special legislative session to find a public school funding solution, but lawmakers are also finding time to debate other topics, such as pay raises for judges, eminent domain and telecommunications regulations.
The special session agenda is limited to education reform, but Perry has indicated he will consider adding other issues if lawmakers address school finance. So far, the I louse and Senate have approved versions of education reform, setting the stage for lawmakers from each chamber to woik out the differences. And a House committee has approved an accompanying tax plan to offset property' tax relief, also part of the school funding plan.
In the meantime, legislators are working on other issues.
“We think we are taking advantage of
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Photos by MANDY REARY Herald Zeitung
Patrick Swanson, 6, holds his flag high and proud as the New Braunfels Independence Day parade passes in front of him Monday.Top left, Kirti, right, and Kavi Kana watch the fireworks over New Braunfels. Bottom left, Regan Shea, dressed in full red, white and blue, watches the Fourth of July parade.
way around The Plaza and exiting at Seguin Street.
I Iistoric cars, including restored Model-I s and a fire engine, drove alongside preschoolers riding bicycles with decorated training wheels. Boy Scouts showed their love of country by proudly carrying a 30-foot United States flag
Local businesses got into the spirit of the Fourth by pulling trailers decked out in red, white and blue crepe paper behind company trucks.
The entries competed for annual prizes given by the Sophienburg
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Residents remember troops on Independence Day
By Melissa Johnson
New Braunfels residents and visitors lined The Plaza streets Monday to celebrate the nation’s 229th Independence Day.
Patriots of all ages gathered on The Plaza’s four corners and circled around die newly r^n- > ovated bandstand to get the best view of the annual parade. Enthusiastic bystanders waved miniature flags and shook noise makers as the procession made its way through downtown.
Parade co-chair Stephanie Bergquist said this year’s parade was one of the best ever.
“This is the culmination of efforts from a lot of people,” Bergquist said. “It’s wonderful to
see that so many people love our community enough to come out to support it.”
Hundreds of spectators, both from New Braunfels and visitors
from outside the area, celebrated the country’s birthday by remembering and honoring the troops currently fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
San Antonio resident Christy Miller said she braved the San Antonio traffic to watch the New Braunfels celebration.
“It was very nice to see that it was so American and supportive of our troops,” she said, echoing the sentiments of many, including several Armed f orces veterans who proudly saluted the American flag all morning long.
Berquist said that while supporting our troops was not the theme of the parade, it was on many minds Monday.
“We’re proud of our troops," Bergquist said. “We hope the men from New Braunfels and Comal County come home safely.”
Autos, pedestrians and equestrians began their procession on Bridge Street, moving through downtown, three-quarters of the
A group of children lead New Braunfelsers in the Pledge of Allegiance before kicking off the birthday celebration of the bandstand on the Plaza.