New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2004
ZeitungBoy dies from injuries sustained in wreck
By Ron Maloney
SAN ANTONIO—The New Braunfels boy injured early this week in an auto accident on East Common Street died from his injuries Wednesday
in a San Antonio hospital.
An official in the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office said late Thursday afternoon that Zachary Vestal, 9, was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday. The coroner listed Vestal’s
cause of death as accident-related multiple blunt force injuries.
Vestal and his sister, Amanda, 8, were passengers in a minivan driven by their mother, Donna Vestal, in the 1500 block of East Common
Street. The van was T-boned by a pickup truck as Donna Vestal turned into a parking lot at a medical office building.
Physicians who rushed to aid the family reported to paramedics the boy had gone
into cardiac arrest at the scene of the accident, but was revived.
Both children were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio, which initially reported the boy in critical condition and the girl in sta-
Donna Vestal, 43, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance, was reported in stable condition.
At the family’s request, the hospital released no further information.
Williams steps down
(Left) Clayton Lopanec, 13, shows off the prosthetic leg he and his cousin found while swimming in Lake Dunlap Tuesday afternoon. (Right) Rubin Meurin boats around Lake Dunlap with the prosthetic leg he found upstream from where Lopanec found the marching left leg.
Lake Dunlap residents’ tale of what they found floating really Stands on its own’
By Brandi Grissom
Clayton Lopanec, 13, and his 15-year-old cousin, Brian Mizell, were out for a swim in Lake Dunlap about 3 p.m. Tuesday when they noticed what looked like a beer bottle.
“When we came up to it, my cousin, he was right next to it, and he was like, ‘It's a leg!’ and he took off ope way, and I followed him,” Lopanec said.
Swimming fast as their arms
would take them away from the sock-footed ankle bobbing ominously in the current, the boys screamed to Lopanec’s sister, Brittney, IO, on the banks to get help.
TTieir mother and father, Christie and Gene Lopanec, ran to the shore.
Gene Lopanec borrowed a neighbor’s boat and rowed toward the white, muck-covered sock in the middle of the lake.
While they watched and waited on the shore, the family gasped in horror as a ski boat came roaring
by. It missed, just barely.
As he approached, Gene lopanec stood up in the boat and carefully poked the foot with an oar.
“All of the sudden, he reaches down in the lake and jerks this leg out and plops it in the boat,’’ Christie Lopanec said “We like to have had a stroke. He waved it up over his head and came paddling back up. It was a prosthetic, a full prosthetic.”
On the other side of Lake Dunlap, about 9:30 that morning, Barbara and Rubin Meurin were out
for a ride in their boat.
“We were going up the water toward the bridge, and there was some trash floating in the water,” Barbara Meurin said. “My husband said ‘Look, there’s something floating over there. It looks human.”’ Rubin Meurin reached over the edge of the boat with his cane, poked at the object and reeled in a prosthetic leg.
Neither Barbara Meurin nor
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New Braunfels 9-10-year-old all-stars one game away from the Sectional title and a berth in the state championship. Page 5
Writers rail against a tax freeze for seniors and designating the Comal County Fairgrounds a city park. Page 4
By Brandi Grissom
When Smithson Valley High School football players take the field against Judson High School for the first time this fall, they'll see a familiar face on the other side of the stands.
Principal Brad Williams announced Thursday he had accepted the position of principal at Judson in San Antonia Jim Rodrigue, SVHS Brad Williams assistant principal, will serve as campus manager until a new principal is hired, said Comal Independent School District spokeswoman Kari Hutchison.
“He’s a very, very strong leader,” Hutchison said of Williams. “Its our loss and their gain at Judson.”
During the six years Williams served at SVHS, the school achieved recognized status under the state’s accountability system, Hutchison said.
He also saw the school through an $18
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CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH
B Pastor: Don Fraker
B Denomination: Lutheran Church. Missouri Synod
■ Attendance: 300
B Meeting time: 8:30 and 11 a m. Sunday
■ Location: 2171 E. Common St.
m Phone: 629-0405
■ Web site:
B Worship style: traditional
B Mission Statement: By God s grace we are a growing church family, teaching and sharing His word in truth and purity so that all may know Christ's forgiving love.
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Cross Lutheran school emphasizes God in every lesson
By Leigh Jones
The goal of Cross Lutheran Church and School is to share the love of jesus with the community and educate as many of its children as possible.
“Our leadership felt having a school was a powerful way to spread God's love and to educate children,” said Pastor Don Fraker. “Christian education is one strong trait of the Lutheran Church.”
Cross Lutheran was founded in 1928. TWo years ago, it moved to 17 acres on Common Street that allowed them room to grow.
Last year was the first year for the lull class capacity of pre-school through eighth grade.
Principal Steve Winkelman said the relatively small student body created a warm, family-like atmosphere on campus.
“The students have a lot of ftin," he said. “Everyone knows one another here. Students interact across grade levels, and
many parents are involved on a daily basis.”
Winkelman said his students were educated on a variety of subjects, including daily religion classes.
“We are academically driven and Christ-centered,” he said. “We do what we call integrating the faith. ”
Students’ religious education is not limited to religion class and weekly chapel time. Teachers incorporate a Christian emphasis to all subjects.
Test scores show evidence the school’s low student-teacher ratio, 15-1, pays off.
Winkelman said Cross Lutheran students performed in the top 20 percent nationally on standardized tests.
Enrollment for next year is steady, but the school has room for more students in every class
Although the school receives a lot of attention, it is only one of the church’s ministries.
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Pastor Don Fraker of Cross Lutheran Church holds one of the rocks members were given when the church was built.
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