New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 166BEST AVAILABLE COPY
TuesdayServing NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of David HuddlestonJuly 9, 1991
One Section, 10 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Tracy Luna, Jennifer Hoots, Trellis Carson, Darlene Dauer, Sabas Gonzales, Risa Culpepper, the Rev. Eugene O’Callaghan, Isaura Guerrero and Sabas Gonzales.
Belated birthday wishes to Walter W. Nolte, Dina Martinez, Don- , na Martinez and Erlinda Medina.
Celebrating an anniversary today, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Rutherford, Melvia and Dorothy Fetters and Mike and Jan Manley.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.
New Braunfels Republican Women will meet Monday, July 15 at 1000 North Walnut Avenue at 9:30 a.m. Carol Belton, member of the Comal County Redistricting Committee, will speak. Members should note there will be no meeting in August.
Book, paper show
The New Braunfels Book and Paper Show is slated for July 13 from IO a m. to 6 p.m. and July 14 from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Civic Center, 390 S. Seguin Ave. Admission of $2.50 is good for both days. Children under 12 enter free. More than 150 tables will be set up featuring antiquarian, rare, used, new and out-of-print books including Texans, Latin and Western Americana, English and American fine literature, illustrated and children's books, fine bindings and signed editions, military and natural history, books (Mi books, travel and transportation, science fiction, books on cooking, art, music and sports.
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109 will meet tonight at 7:30 ai the Masonic Hall. The district deputy will make an “official visit" to the lodge.
The Cancer Support Group of New Braunfels will meet tonight at 6:30 at McKenna Memorial Hospi* tai in the Elliott Knox Boardroom. The Rev. Elmer Guntpcr will be the guest speaker
Rosemary Allen of Entex is the featured speaker at tonight's regular meeting of the New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club. Meeting lime is 6 p m. at Oma * Haus Restaurant.
Main Street seminars
The New Braunfels Main Street ftojeci will sponsor two seminars tonight arid July 16 at 6 pm. at the Municipal Building, 424 South Casten.
Kay Howard, merchandising specialist with the Texas Main Street Center will instruct merchants un how to belier display their merchandise tonight John Welton, advertising specialist, will offer information on how to make the most of an advertising budget on July 16 Ik is vice president of advertising and marketing for Our Lady of the Lake Uiuversny. For more information call die Main Street office ai 625 1425.
Red Cross volunteer
Persons interested ut becoming a volunteer al McKenna Memorial Hospital or any of die area nursing
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Rail crossing comments encouraged
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Wrttaf
One of the most hazardous situations encountered when driving an automobile is when the vehicle crosses railroad tracks In 1990, there were 5,66 J highway rail collisions in the Untied States which resulted in 700 deaths and 2.350 injuries New Braunfels resident L N Lyon recently had a close call with a train at an unprotected crossing in die mill area.
“We were approaching the crossing ami another car was coming tow aru us and they went over dus hump with the railroad link on top at exactly the same moment we did," Lyon said
“Well, naturally my wife was looking at the car so she wouldn't hit it and she said 'oh my God — here conies a train ’ It was right upon us and it
scared the living daylights out of me **
Lyon says that trains usually sound their horns there but dus particular lime the tram didn’t.
“I hate to say it but this is one of die most dangerous cities Eve ever seen as far as railways go,” he said.
Lyon said that his father was with die railroad all his life and thai he has “seen a number of very horrible accidents “
“I was on a train once when ii tree people were killed when the train hit a car — it has always made a big
impression un me.” he said I know the railroad has problems — I just don't know the answer lo it"
The Union Pacific Railroad recognizes that there are problems and encourages citizens who would like to provide input regarding rail crossing safety or who would like lo poilu out where improvements could be made to call their San Antonio office ai (512) 92MI0I, said Felix Lopez, superintendent of operations
“They can call us up and we’ll take the mf omul tun and re ter it to die proper department "
The Texas Department of Public Safety also has been trying to make railroad crossings safer with us
“Trooper on die Train" program DPS troopers armed with both a video recorder and a two-way radio ride aking with the crew rn the cab of a
When a violator of a crossing signal or sign runs in hunt of the train, the acttuns me recorded un camera and a description ut the vehicle is radioed to patrol cars stationed in the * tunny.
(in a nationwide scale. Operation Lifesaver *s a program thai attempts to make motorists more aware of highway-rail crossing hazards This program was designed to reduce the number of tram-car undies and the injuries md (kadis dun result through public awareness
passes test of big rain
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Monday’s morning heavy downpour — as much as four inches in some areas around New Braunfels — gave the city a good chance to gauge its recent drainage projects.
Officially, New Braunfels had 1.68 inches of rain, as recorded at KGNB radio station, the official local National Weather Service station, KGNB newscaster Don Ferguson said during the City Council meeting Monday. But many areas of town had more, especially the southern pan. where weather watchers reponcd up to 4.01 inches, he said.
“That was an amazing storm," City Manager Paul Grohman said. In some parts of town, the thunderstorms that lasted about three hours produced rains in the magnitude of a 100-ycar flood, he said. A 100-year flood means there s a I-percent chance that such a rain could happen annually.
“Such a storm is measured by inches per time frame, If you have five inches in five days you're not going to flood. If you have five inches in 20 minutes, you could wash away." he said.
City officials took the opportunity to survey the city's recent drainage system improvements. The biggest, the Grucnc Valley project, designed to drain the arca cast of 1H-35 and lo handle a 100-ycar storm, was at
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Eclipse stirs some interest in community
By ROBERT STEWART
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Thursday '• eclipse of the nm will be visible in the New Braunfels area and a few local merchants are getting into the act A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun A total eclipse occurs when the moan's shadow completely covers the sun Mid the sky turns dark Total eclipses occur along a narrow path (typically 100-200 miles wide) called the track of totality and last only a few minutes at any point un the track The eclipse will begin at about I pm and will he most visible at 2 15 pm and will end at 3 Wpm .accord mg to a National Weather Service spokesman ut San Antonio “The eclipse will block out about TO percent of the sun here but you’re not going to Douce it because it wilt nill be bright enough." the spokesman sud
The path fur total eclipse will hr from die island of Hawaii, over the Pacific to Baja California, through Mexico and C entral America, and tnu> South America and Brazil's ram forest
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installation of stop signs
In one of New Braunfels oldest continuing traditions, the New Braunfels Schueuenverem this weekend held its annual King Shoot The marksman with the most centered shot, above. wins the prize Honored this year as Schuetzenkoenig is Jim Byte, left. of San Marcos Shooting queen for the fifth time is Gay Wimberley, club secretary Capturing the Simon Medal. right, was Hiram Walker Jr of Geronimo (Photos by Anna lies Schickennedef)Good Day
Hic lo* tv ah for today and much ut die weekx calif tor partly cloudy condition* with high* rn the low 90*, low* in die mid-7Qs and a chance for late afternoon or evening thunder *ho wet* Monday'f high in New Braunfels was 17 and (he overnight low wa* 74. Rainfall recorded from 7 im Munday until 7 am today totaled IAK Far mure weather information, please see Page 2.
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By MARA WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council un Monday approved an ordinance calling for installation of stop signs ai three intersections Council members unanimously approved signs un Hackberry Avenue al Lee Street, on Mulberry Avenue at Austin Sued and un New Braunfels Sued al Grume Road In a memorandum to die council, Traffic Safety Coordinator Martin Mayer of the New Braunfels Pullet i wyynptyfy tftui resident requests prompted traffic surveys in the neigh bur floods, w hich led lo the recommended new stop signs In other business, the council • Heard from residents about Mazadan Charlies on Hut aer Road ua OnMM, Cindy Miller and Darla Hanson, residents of Rapids Road, nod die restaurant's loud live music ai
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City accepts national award in financial reporting excellence
Nora Chavez right, state representative of tm Government Finance
Officers Association, Monday presents a certificate of excehervoe in financial reporting lo Mayor James Goodbread, canter, and city Finance Director Richard Bor Oma (Photo by Mark Warnkan)
The city ut New Braunfels received a Imam tai reporting -excellence award from the oauuowuk Govern meta Finance Offkert Assoc tenon Munday
The Certificate of Achievement fur Excellence ut Financial Reporting wa* awarded fur the city's com |vehru*ive moue) financial report
Nora Chaves, state UFOA rep-ic venial ive, precented the certificate, the highest form of recognition ie the area of governmental accoxmoHg and imam, tai reporting, rn Mayor lame* GouJbcead and at) Finer* r Director Bokard Burdine during the Cay Council Monday Chaves also is finale director for the city of San Aaum*)
“We set high sumdards for (man
Cia! reporting Cay Manage* Paul Dishman said The GHIA award gives our cay public recogmouti for the tremendous amount ut behmd-ihe scenes work done by urn naif The vinserts of New Braunfels cern be assured (hat the cay s funds are bring accounted ha *vi reported m a thorough and complete maimer *
Burdine also received art Award of Financial Reporting Achievement as ii* individual primarily icapon* our for preparing the award winning fUkan* tat report
fhe city's award can be attributed bi the diligent efforts of Cay Unci oat Audace Darrell Sulkies get and the
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