New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Barbara Pixel (Monday), Kristin Whitley (12 years old), Dolores Jimenez (Monday), Eriinda Ramirez (Monday), Jeanette Dickinson (Saturday), Brian Had*, Scott Voges (Monday), Obesity McCoy, Jordan Hoos (3 years old), Lee Stooge, Robbin Wood-G tiffin (Monday), Jesse Dominguez (44 years old Monday), Juan Armundariz (belated, Friday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Aim codo to switch In Comal County
Beginning Monday, the area code for New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin, Borne, Gonzales and Kerrville will change from 210 to 830.
Residents will have a grace period until Oct. 6 to get used to the new number.
Roglstor to veto
Residents wanting to vote in the Aug. 9 constitutional amendment election or New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees election have until Thursday to register to vote.
To register, come by the Comal County Tax Office. For more information, call 6205521.
Watch for McycHats during summer break
It’s summer time and bicycle enthusiasts young and old have hit the streets again. Please remember to look both ways when exiting driveways.
Riders are known to travel in Oth lanes of traffic traveling hgainst traffic
Don’t miss Comal River tubing exit
With the Guadalupe River closed to tubers, traffic on the Comal River is tuber-to-tuber. Law enforcement officials had to rescue numerous tubers Saturday who had missed the last Comal River exit and gone on to the high-flowing Guadalupe River.
Tubers are urged to use caution and watch ahead so they exit the river safely.
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Comal County seems to get either lots of sun or lots of water and today and the next few days are no exception.
Today s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with less than a 20 percent chance of afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms and highs in the low 90s and a southeast wind at about 10 mph, the National Weather Service said.
Tonight’s weather should be mild with fair skies and temperatures reaching the low 70s.
The forecast for Monday through Thursday calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the tow 90s, lows in the 70s and no rain expected.
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Make sure that younger children have plenty to drink. In addition, when leaving your house for a while, leave plenty of water for your pets to drink and shade to keep cool under.
BmI Hmm for kids’ shots Is right now
The time to immunize your school and preschool children is now.
The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county health department. Get a jump start on this.
For more information, call the county health department at 620-5595.
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Vol. 145, No. 168
McQueeney woman feared dead
Resident missing after boat collision
By ABE LEVY
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Texas gams wardens search the waters of Ssturdsy sflsmoon for a woman who Is feared drowned eft sr the host she wee in collided with soother Isle Friday avenine
McQueeney - a 50-year-oid McQueeney woman is believed to have drowned as a result of a two-boat collision late Friday night in Lake McQueeney, state game wardens said.
The woman, who was the only occupant in a 20-foot, fiberglass boat, allegedly was thrown from her tpat after colliding with a similarly-sized boat with three occupants, said Doug Parker, a sergeant game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife
The other boat’s occupants are from McQueeney and include a father, mother and child, two of whom were taken to the Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin where they wire treated and released, police and hospital officials said.
The woman likely was knocked unconscious from the accident and later was believed to have drowned, officials said.
Game wardens were still dragging the accident area Saturday with four boats and eight officers in a search for the missing body, Parker said.
The woman’s husband was at home at the time of the incident, officials said, adding that they believed the occupants of.
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Tuber misses Comal
exit, leads to search
New Braunfels EMS and other officials said they were led on a two-hour search for a bier who missed the Comal River exit and went onto the high-flowing Guadalupe River.
• The 22-year-old woman from Houston went over Mission Valley Dam and was found in Lake Dunlap by EMS personnel in a rescue raft, officials said.
Numerous witnesses saw the woman found in Lake Dunlap during her trek down the river who suffered only minor bruises after being rescued, officials said.
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County, area get new area code Monday
By ABE LEVY
The new area code of 830 for Comal County will become effective Monday along with a three-month grace period that telephone officials said they hope would smooth the transition.
Last year, state officials and industry representatives made the decision to create new area codes for South Texas to accommodate the boom in demand for telephone lines.
Telephone officials stressed that using the new code rather than relying on the three-month grace period was a much better plan for adjusting to the change.
“Even though (people) don’t have to dial the new area code, they ought to start using the numbers and telling their friends and business acquaintances,” said Anne Roussos, information specialist with the Public Utility Commission.
Roussos said businesses especially would be affected by the change and should update business cards, letterhead, phone system programming and modems.
To avoid loss of sales, businesses should contact customers even if they call once per year, she said.
A 956 designation is assigned for a region to the south and west of San Antonio also effective Monday.
Roussos said many individuals and businesses experienced avoidable problems in the Houston and Dallas areas when those cities were assigned additional area codes this past year.
The new area code will affect most customers in Comal County whose providers are Southwestern Bell and Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative.
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McKenna’s legacy of care began with ’50s movement
By CHRK CREWS
Elliot Knox recalls the moment in the early 1950s when the movement to build a modem hospital in New Braunfels was bom.
Knox, Howard McKenna and other executives of New Braunfels Textile Mills were lamenting the condition of the city’s 75-year-old hospital and discussing the need for a new hospital in New Braunfels. A visiting executive from the company’s corporate office in New York, whom Knox calls “the New York Man,” suggested that Knox and McKenna group take on the project So they did.
The “New York Man” returned to the corporate office and secured what Knox termed “a substantial donation” that provided the seed money for what was to become New Turn lo McKenna, Page SA
Hospital linked to growth
By CHRIS CREWS
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McKenna Memorial Hospital is one of those local institutions that Comal County residents depend upon (nit take for granted.
Virtually anyone who has lived in New Braunfels or the county for any period of time has at least one memory of the hospital, whether it be for the miracukxis birth of a first child cr a trip to the emergency room.
Elliot Knox, a hospital board member from 1954 to 1991 and board chairman from 1979 to 1991, said the hospital was one of the engines that has driven the current growth.
“When industry or people took at moving into an area, they took at the schools and health care as the deciding factors” Knox said.
For 44 years, McKenna has provided tire community with a local source for health care and a professional staff of doctors, nurses and specialists
Aside from the health care resources it offers, McKenna is one of the largest employers in the county. The private, not-for-profit. 116-bed hospital currently has 58 active medical staff members, 52 consulting physicians and more than 600 professional, technical and support staff.
McKenna also serves the county by providing indigent health care for the needy, regardless of ability to pay. Ho^xtal records indicate more than $2 million is spent on indigent patients each year.
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Workers construct a driveway for the new McKenna Memorial Hospital ambulatory care
■ 1846 - A Pavillion of cedar poets covered with branches and thatched with long grass was erected on the grounds of the First Protestant Church to serve as a hospital for cholera patients.
■ 1892 - The Krankenhaus opened on the corner of Seguin and Zink streets. This building served as the community hospital until 1953.
■ 1919-The Comal Sanitarium is opened in the building that currently houses Prince Solms Inn.
■ 1953 - New Braunfels Community Hospital
■ 1981 - Hospital expansion project adds a three-story tower to the original structure.
■ 1997 - Hospital expansion project adds two additional patient wings and an ambulatory surgery carter.Legislature thwarts public's right to know. See opinion, page 4A