New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Community mulls cost of expansion for NBISD
Alcohol, drug charges top list of offenses from recent holidayFour children injured in accident on FM 306
projects as a test run before addressing trustees later this month.
The committee plans to recommend a bond referendum this fall, with an election tentatively scheduled for Oct. 2.
The $74.7 million plan is based on a $84 million recommendation by Total Program Management, a school management and planning company based in Grapev ine. TPM presented a facility, land use, and demographics study in December 1998.
Reaves said the recommendation pre
sented Thursday was developed by a consensus of the facility task force, comprised of district teachers, patrons and parents.
“The committee made some additions, some deletions, and modifications and came to a consensus on the $75 million plan,” Reaves said.
NBISD maintenance director David Owens said the majority of renovation and construction work would address handicap accessibility requirements, safety' code
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Whether or not beefed-up law enforcement patrols on the Guadalupe River are keeping rowdy behavior at bay depends on how you look at the number of arrests and citations this past weekend.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested 118 persons over the holiday weekend, 11 more than the Memorial Day holiday.
Complete list of holiday arrests, citations on Guadalupe
— Page 12A
That total is 16 more than the 92 arrests during Labor Day weekend this past year — the first time the county increased the law enforcement presence to deter rowdy and illegal behavior on the Guadalupe.
County Judge Danny Scheel said the sheriff’s office was doing a “fabulous” job in deterring aberrant behavior on the river, but alcohol still was causing some tubers and rafters to behave badly.
“When people get so much beer in them, they lose their ability to think and they go and do something stu-
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or get citations,”
Alcohol and drug charges made up the bulk of the charges against the 118 people arrested. Between midnight July 2 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, deputies made 42 arrests for public intoxication, 32 for possession of marijuana, 14 for minor in possession of alcohol, six for possession of a controlled substance and five for driving while intoxicated.
After dozens of complaints and meeting with property ow ners this past summer, county officials decided to control the problem w ith enhanced law enforcement instead of pursuing an alcohol ban on the river.
Scheel said because many of the visitors on weekend holidays were from out-of town, it would take time for the word to get out that outrageous behavior on the river would not be tolerated.
“Until we get that message out to the public, there are going to be a lot of arrests,” Scheel said.
Officials said 118 arrests might seem like a lot, but it should be kept in perspective w ith the number of visitors to the county.
Authorities remove evidence from a Ford Thunderbird involved in a collision with a Ford Mustang around noon Thursday on Farm-to-Market Road 306. Six people, including four children, were airlifted to San Antonio and Austin hospitals from the accident scene. Three boys from the Canyon Lake area were listed in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Reaves, others discuss $75 million bond plan
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Community leaders gathered Thursday night to give their input on a proposed $75 million plan to address construction needs in New Braunfels Independent School District.
The biggest question on the minds of
many at Oak Run School was how much the plan would effect their pocketbooks and how it would address expected student growth.
Members of the district’s Facility Task Force
and NBISD Superinten-REAVES tjent Ron Reaves pre
sented recommendations for future construction and renovation
Three Canyon Lake boys among six airlifted to area hospitals
The driver of the car was not injured.
Canyon Lake Fire Department officials said two helicopters were called to the scene.
The driver of the Mustang and a 13-year-old passenger were transported by Star Flight helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. Shea said the 13-year old was listed in guarded condition.
Authorities said the Jaws of Life was used to remove passengers from the Thunderbird, which was smashed on its right side.
Travis Brannon and Tony Gonzales of San Antonio said they witnessed the accident and stopped to help passengers in the two vehicles.
“There were six people riding in the Thunderbird and four kids in the backseat. The driver’s OK, but all the others were injured,” Brannon said.
Gonzales said the children in the Thunderbird suffered severe injuries.
“The 3-year-old was not in good condition and the older boy had a broken leg and severe lacerations on his face,” he said.
Shea did not know the identities of the victims in the Thunderbird, but said both families were from the Canyon Lake area.
He said he did not want to disclose the name of the driver of the Mustang, pending the results of the investigation.
“Investigators feel alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the accident,” Shea said.
Investigators are waiting for results of a blood test, which might take several weeks, he said.
The scene of the accident was about two miles south of Farm-to-Market Road 2673 and FM 306 intersection, across the street from Murray Homes, Inc. at
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Three children from the Canyon Lake area were listed in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio after a two-vehicle collision Thursday afternoon on Farm-to-Market Road 306.
Three boys, ages 3, IO and 11, suffered major injuries when the tan Ford Thunderbird they were riding in was struck by a red Ford Mustang around noon Thursday.
Six people, including four children, were airlifted to San Antonio and Austin hospitals from the scene.
Trooper Jim Shea with the Deputy of Public Safety said four children were passengers in the Thunderbird, but one child, a 7-year-old girl, was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital with a minor arm injury.
An adult passenger in the Thunderbird also was transported by AirLife to University Hospital.
Feeling a need to reduce traffic speedCamellia Street residents address city’s traffic board
By Christina Minor Staff Writer
Residents at Thursday night’s Transportation and Traff ic Advisory Board meeting came seeking answers to the speeding problem on Camellia Street.
A solution could come from a proposed speed hump policy.
The street, which meets Mesquite
Avenue to the south, connecting Walnut Avenue and the Interstate 35 access road, averages more than 1,000 vehicles per day. Residents asked the board to place speed humps along the street.
Tavane Flaharty said she conducted a radar survey twice, with vehicles traveling over tile posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour.
“With a school close by, we need to slow traffic down,” she said. “I passed around a petition with everyone on three streets signing it, except for one house who was not in favor of the speed hump.”
The board drafted a speed hump policy, discussing criteria each neighborhood would have to meet to receive them.
The board discussed the possibility of increased traffic flow on Gardenia Street if the speed humps were placed on Camellia.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager said speed humps would be gradual rises in the roadway, not the steeper ones found in parking lots.
“They are successful in reducing
Key code 76Amtrak train hits truck, derails west of Houston
EAGLE LAKE (AP) — An Amtrak train carrying 235 passengers collided with a truck trailer Thursday, derailing nine of 13 cars and leaving 18 people hurt. One of the injured, the engineer, was in guarded condition.
The eastbound Sunset Limited was traveling from Los Angeles to Orlando, Fla., when it collided w ith the ng and derailed at 11:43 a m. in a rural area of Colorado County 62 miles west of Houston, Steven Taub, an Amtrak spokesman, said.
About 8(H) feet of track was tom during the accident. Two engines and seven cars were oft'the tracks.
The engineer and an engineer in training had to be pulled from the wreckage by rescuers