New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-ZeitungDespite danger, people keep swimming
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE —Audry Trevino was having a great time splashing in the cool waters of Canyon [.ake Saturday with her family.
She had no idea they were walking less than IOO yards from where 15-year-old Julian Bocanegra slipped off an underwater ledge near Comal Park last weekend and drowned.
"The park rangers never said a thing,” she said, pushing several strands of wet hair away from her forehead.
Even if they had, would TYevino have listened?
The young mother shrugged her shoulders as her two children ran past her.
“People drown all the time," she said. “Even if the kids are in lifejackets, which mine are, you still have to watch them.”
Chris Gillo, who had waded out to the off-shore island near Comal Park with Trevino Saturday, was equally unconcerned.
“A lot of people died on 1-35 too, and I drove down that road to get
here from San Antonio," he said. “I’m not worried about it.”
The Trevinos and Gillos were not the only families to ignore the large, red signs reading “Danger: Steep Drop Off” at the water’s edge.
JaneAnn Scarborough, enjoying a weekend away from San Antonio with her husband, Ed, said she had watched several groups make the trip to the island before noon.
“We’ve been here about two hours, and they’re definitely not the first group to do it,” she said, shading her eyes from the sun as she watched
Trevino wade through waste-deep water.
Itza Rodriguez also was watching the group as they neared the island.
“It makes me nervous,” she admitted, shaking her head. “The park ranger drove by and warned us after we got here."
Rodriguez said her family was always careful in and around the water, even before they heard about Bocanegra’s accident.
“We always have an adult with the
See SWIMMING, Page 2A
Tracking the news
LAST WE KNEW: SMART divers and the Comal County Sheriff's personnel were searching for Virginia Bias, 34, who disappeared while boating in Canyon Lake a week ago.
LATEST: SMART divers were searching for a drowning victim in Lubbock.
NEXT: The search for Bias is expected to resume later this week.
Traffic woes at Canyon High School could ease soon
By Melissa Johnson
After a year of traffic jams, students and teachers at Canyon High School may get some relief before school opens next month.
For the entire 2004-05 school year, vehicles entering the high school via the Interstate-35 access road had to deal with construction, reduced lanes and closed entrances to the school.
But Michelle Kopp, the Texas Department of Transportation assistant area engineer, said the majority of the frontage road will be opened to two lanes around Aug. I, which would relieve most of the congestion.
MORE ROAD CONCERNS ■ Garden Ridge hears proposals to fix problems on FM 3009, see Page 2A
However, the entire project, which is widening die main lanes of Interstate 35 from two to four lanes and reconstructing the frontage road from Texas 46 South to EM 306, is not scheduled for completion until winter of 2008.
Kopp defended the rate of progress of the roads, which have been under construction for one year, saying that the timeframe was typical for a job that size.
“Its moving along very well,” Kopp said. "There’s always an impact whenever you’ve had construction from one lane to two lanes. We have maintained
access to the high school and worked with them.”
CHS principal Bob Wiegand said the construction had a large impact on school access but that TXDOT has cooperated with the school’s needs.
“Hist year there was a major effect," Wiegand said. “We had limited access for various portions of the year. Usually, only two out of the three gates were open. But TXDOT worked with us. All we had to do was call them up and say we have a game and they would lay a temporary road base so we could get in and out and have full access from the gates."
See TRAFFIC, Page 8AUPDATES
Tracking the news
LAST WE KNEW: Robert Rodriguez was named principal at New Braunfels High School, leaving an empty position at OakRun Sixth Grade Center.
LATEST: NBISD has begun accepting applications for the vacant position at the Sixth Grade Center.
NEXT: Trustees hope to have the position filled within two weeks.
Landa Park spring-fed pool offers a cool alternative to summer fun.
Comal trustees move closer to selecting new superintendent
By Melissa Johnson
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week without narrow- I ing the four-person ; pool. Board President Dan Krueger said as of Friday, the board had not made any decisions. Trustees will meet again Tuesday to discuss the qualifications of the four remaining applicants.
T rustee Bill Swim said though the board members may each have their own slight favorite, the board as a whole is not leaning toward any particular candidate.
Though the new school year is fast approaching, Swim said a formal deadline for the selection has not been set.
“I think CISD employees might be feeling
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STEPPING BACK IN TIME
Courthouse renovation details nearly finalized
By Ron Maloney
A new option has emerged as a likely front-runner as the county prepares to restore its historic courthouse.
At a special Commissioners’ Court meeting to be convened at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, commissioners will decide whether to pursue restoring the 1898 courthouse with — or without — the attached Comal County jail built in 1930.
The question came up because officials of the Texas I listoric Commission told Comal County and its architects, Volz & Associates, that it favors a project that would include removal of the jail, the third-floor glass “sky bridge” and would likely offer an additional $1.23 million in Texas Historic Courthouse Conservation Program grants for the project.
With or without the jail addition, the state would fund 85 percent of the courthouse restoration with the county picking up the remaining 15 percent. The state would not pay any money toward restoring the jail because it wouldn’t be restored to its original use.
“The state has basically told us it isn’t interested in funding ‘shell’ restorations," said architect Paul Oldham of Volz & Associates, a well-known Austin firm that specializes in historic preservations
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Commissioners Jan Kennady, left, and Jay Minikin discuss plans to renovate the historic courthouse that can be seen in the rear. Below, the old commissioner's courtroom as it appeared in the 1930s.
A PIECE OF HISTORY
■ Have historic information, photos or items from the county courthouse? Call County Engineer Tom Hornseth to help in the restoration at 608-2090 or contact architectTere O'Connell at Volz & Associates, Inc., 1105 W. 42nd St., Austin, 78756 or call (512) 476-2198.
of classic courthouses and is now involved with a project at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.
Faced with costs for rehabbing the courthouse’s climate control, plumbing and electrical work that were expected to run well north of $2 million, the county began considering whether to renovate the courthouse, footing a bill of $4
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TheTrevino and Gillo families walk along a rock ledge in Canyon Lake where several drownings have occurred.I BLUEBONNET
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