New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BAccident snarls traffic on 1-35 for hours
By Ron Maloney
A rollover accident closed northbound Interstate 35 early Thursday, causing traffic to be diverted around Loop 337 for almost five hours.
New Braunfels police Sgt. Chris Snyder reported the accident occurred at 4:44 a.m. when a woman driving northbound in a tractor-trailer struck the inner shoulder of the road.
“Basically, it was a UPS truck going northbound with a fully loaded cargo trailer. We’re not sure of the cause yet, but she struck the inner
edge of the road and rolled over,” Snyder said. “She was uninjured.”
Police Sgt. john McDonald said firefighters and police officers arrived to find the truck and trailer overturned on its side in the 1000 block of the interstate — just south of the Texas 46 overpass — blocking both northbound interstate lanes.
“Interstate 35 was shut down for approximately four and one halfhours,” McDonald reported. “Hazmat crews were summoned to the scene to remove diesel fuel released from the tractor’s engine.” McDonald said the accident
remained under investigation, and no charges had been filed late Thursday.
I Ie did not release the name or age of the driver pending outcome of the investigation.
Texas Department of Trans-portation Maintenance Supervisor john Cox said traf fic backed up to Walnut Avenue as police closed down the interstate and diverted northbound traffic to Loop 337 at Ruekle Road.
As morning rush hour approached, Cox said it was fortunate the traffic snarl wasn’t much worse.
“It backed up about two miles from the accident site,
which was just south of the State Highway 46 overpass,” Cox said. “It could have been worse, especially after seeing where the accident was.”
The accident scene was in the construction zone where I lunter Industries is rebuilding and widening the interstate.
The center northbound lane was closed for an additional three hours while crews reconstructed the guardrail, reopening close to 3 p.m.
“Once they got the truck offloaded and back on its wheels and out of there, I lunter Industries then went in there and did the guardrail repair,’’ Cox said.
Seniors get erroneous tax liens in the mail
By Ron Maloney
A letter sent this week by the county’s collection agency to the owners of more than 7,500 pieces of property in Comal County was not a pleasant one.
It demanded payment of back taxes to avoid foreclosure on tax liens totaling some $6 million.
But the “Notice of Tax lien” mailed Tuesday was especially unpleasant for 516 property owners who are over 65, pay their taxes by installment and whose final installment isn t due until the end of this month. Therefore, their taxes were not past due — much less subject to foreclosure.
Phones began ringing Wednesday at county offices as taxpayers called to clear up the issue — and deliver messages of their own.
Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause explained the problem to county commissioners Thursday.
“We made a mistake," Krause said. “We’re sorry for
Krause told commissioners the county has contracted for many years with McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, an Austin law firm that specializes in collecting back taxes and other money due local governments.
Krause’s office generates a list of tax deadbeats for the law firm based on balances outstanding as of july I.
“Each July, the law firm sends out letters stating you need to pay your taxes or we will go through foreclosure,’’ Krause said.
Everyone who has a balance other than zero goes on the computer-generated list, which is supposed to be computer-filtered for bankruptcies or other issues that affect payment and the county’s ability to collect. One of those “filters’’ did not get applied to the list, Krause said — the one that was supposed to screen out seniors who pay their taxes by installment.
“All of these letters went to
See LIENS, Page 2A
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Wrecker drivers prepare to move an United Parcel Service tractor-trailer that overturned on l-35Thursday.
Are changes coming?
After being approached by area builders, the New Braunfels Qty Council will reconsider its drainage ordinance.
CHAMPS FOR A DAY
Local children spend day at SBC Center
Malachi Moreno, sporting Manu Ginobili's number on his face, watches the scoreboard at the SBC Center Wednesday as a video showing highlights from the San Antonio Spurs and Silver Stars plays on the screens.
Lindsey Rittiman, left, Jackson Sanchez, Bobby Morales and Casey Johnson, along with YMCA staffers Blake Bonn and Laura Cummings, ooh and ahh over pictures of their favorite Spurs.
Casey Johnson, left, and Tristan Wallace pose for a silly picture in the San Antonio Spurs locker room.
Gina Gomez, left, Tristan Wallace, Shelby Fennell, Zachariah Prewitt and Malachi Moreno experience what it would be like to be a San Antonio Spur as they sit in the Spurs' locker room at the SBC Center in front of their favorite basketball player's lockers. The children were participants with the YMCA of Comal County, which toured the facility Wednesday along with other areaYMCAs.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald Zeitung
New principal Robert Rodriguez talks with secretary Blanche Frey at New Braunfels High School.
Rodriguez vows to bring stability to NBHS
By Melissa Johnson
Robert Rodriguez got die job of a lifetime last week.
Rodriguez, a lifetime resident of New Braunfels, was promoted to principal at New Braunfels High School by the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees.
After getting the job, Rodriguez went right to work setting up the principal s office at NBHS.
Rodriguez’s lifelong ties to the community made him the clear choice out of 39 applicants, Trustee Ed Clark said.
“I believe he is an excellent
MORE CHANGES ■ The Comal Independent School District hires three assistant principals, page 3A
choice for our school district, and I think its important to find someone widiin die school district that is familiar with the traditions, community Mid parents of New Braunfels High School,” Clark said. “Being a former Unicorn and graduate of the high school makes him an excellent candidate."
The Class of 2006 has seen a principal change for each of its four years at NBHS, but Rodriguez promised to stay in the position longer than his
“I’m really fortunate to get the opportunity to work in my community and hometown,’’ Rodriguez said. “ I’m a local boy. This is where I want to be. I look forward to giving the school some stability because we’ve gone through several changes in the past."
Rodriguez said, as with any new appointment, there would be changes made but bis focus was on creating a sense ol direction for the high school.
"With any new principal
See RODRIGUEZ, Page 3ASimmons takes over at OakRun
By Melissa Johnson
New Braunfels I Ugli School /Assistant Principal David Simmons was named the new principal at OakRun Sixth Grade Center Monday
NBISD Public Information Officer Stephanie I Ferguson said Simmons was selected out of 11 applicants on the basis of his proven track record with the district.
“When there is a principal opening, the district always looks first to promote from wititin if it can,” Ferguson said. “David has been widi the
See SIMMONS, Page 3A