New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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From the Dispatch
A 46-year-old San Antonio woman remained in extremely critical condition Friday afternoon after an early morning accident in which the parked car she was sitting in was rear-ended by a semi truck.
New Braunfels police Lt. John Wommack said the woman was being treated at University Hospital for major injuries sustained in an accident that occurred at 4:20 a.m. Friday on southbound Interstate 35. about 260 feet south of Solms Road.
A University Health Center official early Friday evening described the woman’s condition as “extremely critical.”
Wommack said New Braunfels police got a report of a car parked in the inside or fast lane of the interstate with its lights off.
“We don’t know why it was stalled there,” Wommack said. “Within a minute, another call came in at the same location for a major accident.
The major accident came when a semi-truck and trailer driven by a Canadian man slammed into the rear of the car, Wommack said.
Police arrived to find that a woman sitting in the car, a 1989 subcompact, had sustained what Wommack characterized as major injuries.
The rear of the car was pushed to the back of its front seats in the accident.
Wommack said the truck’s driver reported seeing a man standing in the lane in front of him, and slammed on his brakes before he hit the car.
What happened to the man, who was the injured woman’s 59-year-old husband, was not clear Friday.
But Wommack believed he had jumped out of the way of the truck, over a concrete barrier and fallen on the other side. He had head and chest injuries but not serious ones.
The couple were taken to University Hospital in San Antonio where the husband was in good condition Friday and expected to be released.
Wommack said the man was not much help when it came to relaying what had happened. The couple had left their shifts at a New Braunfels area metal fabrication plant where they worked and were returning home when the accident occurred, Wommack said.
“He remembers nothing of the accident, Wommack said. “He remembers leaving work, but that’s about it. This may be one of those things where we never know just what happened.’’
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — board of trustees, 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Education Center,
Bulverde mayor calls for water conservation
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton called on residents this week to make every possible effort to conserve water.
“I think there’s enough water in the Trinity Aquifer to limp along, but water conservation has to be the keystone of our efforts. Unless we start getting some good rain, we’re still going to have problems,” he said.
“Its a very difficult question as to how we're going to survive a few more years if we don’t have access to more water.”
Barton, alderman Warren Alston and Chris Dullnig of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District met with Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority general manager Bill West to talk about the proposed Canyon Lake pipeline that Bulverde hopes will ameliorate its water troubles when completed.
Barton and GBRA officials have estimated it could take 2-1 /2 years for the pipeline to be completed. Bulverde has requested 400 acre-feet of water per year from the GBRA.
Barton said he had good discussions w ith the GBRA, but nothing really was worked out yet.
In its search for water, Bulverdereached an agreement with the San Antonio Water System a few months ago to apply to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission for a Certificate of Convenience and
Need (CCN) to establish a water system in Bulverde.
Bulverde is looking to own a system that SAWS would manage. Bulverde also is looking for help in building the system, which SAWS has offered to do.
GBRA might be w illing to help as well, officials suggested after a board meeting in Seguin.
“The water situation is so complex it looks like it changes each time you look at it,” Barton said. “In my opinion, in the long term, I’m talking 2040-2050, there will not be enough water to supply the needs of western Comal County if we don't find other sources of it.”
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New fire truck funds
Spring Branch Volunteer firefighters recently accepted a check for $24,000 to be applied to a new brush truck. From left to right: Perry Trammell, DeNae Park, Pedernales Electric Cooperative. Val Smith, PEC Board of Directors, Scott Campbell, Spring Branch Fire Chief, Paul Cogswell, Ola Armstrong, PEC Board of Directors and Bob DiFonzo, PEC District Manager.
Spring Branch firefighters get LCRA’s help
SPRING BRANCH —The Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department has been given a S24.000 grant to help purchase a new fire truck.
Fire Chief Scott Campbell said the Pedernales Electric Cooperative and Lower Colorado River Authority awarded the grant in a brief ceremony on Monday.
“It’s to replace a 30-year-old brush truck that's been getting kind of tired” Campbell said.
“We re looking at a Dodge I-ton with a 250-300 gallon poly tank for water."
Scott Campbell SBVFD Fire Chief
“We're extremely pleased to receive this money. It will go to good use.”
Campbell said the fire department must raise the rest of the cost of the new truck, w hich is a “brush” truck, used for fighting grass and woodland fires.
“We're looking at a Dodge 1-ton w ith a 250-300 gallon poly tank for water,” Campbell said. The total estimated cost is
around $50,000. Spring Branch has one year to raise the matching money or it will lose the grant.
“We’ll be raising an additional $25,000 through fundraisers,” Campbell said. One of the fundraisers, Homefest, will be held the first Saturday in October. Also, a four-wheeler will be raffled Campbell said.
The grant is one of 33 totaling $500,000 that have been awarded through the LCRA’s Community Development Partnership, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, fire departments and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s 58 county service area.
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Members of the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society celebrate the recent $60,000 grant they got from the Kronkosky Foundation.
CLASS gets Kronkosky grant
From Staff Reports
STARTZVILLE — The Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society has been awarded a $60,000 grant that will enable it to complete phase one construction of its new animal shelter.
Leah Kantoff announced the Kronkosky Foundation made the award in a ceremony this week.
CL.A.S.S. president Cathy Fredrickson said the organization hopes to move into its new shelter by early fall.
“This is a well-deserved honor because of all the hard work on the part of our community as well as wonderful volunteers,” Fredrickson said. “The Kronkosky Foundation members were most
impressed with CL.A.S.S. because of all that we’ve accomplished in such a short period of time.
Goals of the organization include putting in place a stray cat program, a lost and found hotline, a computer system — and achieving a high adoption rate.
“Not only have we met each of these goals, hut we’ve exceeded them in less than two years,” Fredrickson said.
Second phase construction will begin with a finish-out of the inside. Dan Mmica will be the volunteer general contractor.
Anyone wanting to help C L.A.S.S. in any way can call 830-905-PFTS.
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