New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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, No. 224
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
By Ron Maloney
A family of eight lost nearly everything they owned in a Sunday morning fire that destroyed their Roselawn Circle home.
Damage to the home, which the family leased for the last year-and-a-half, was estimated at $105,000.
No one was injured in the fire, but it was a narrow escape.
Scott Heiden had left the home very early Sunday to begin his New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung motor route.
At 6:30 a.m. Beth Heiden awoke to hear a cracking sound coming from somewhere in the house.
As she walked down the hallway, she saw the home’s back deck and den were on fire. Her first thought was to get the four out of the house.
“I just started screaming for the kids to get out of the house,” she said.
Two of the children, a boy and a girl, ages ll and 12, were sleeping in the living room, adjacent to the den,
where they had fallen asleep while watching television, Heiden said.
Two other girls, ages 6 and IO, were in a bedroom down the hall. Two children were not home Sunday morning.
As she made sure the children were out of the house, she picked up a telephone to dial 911.
“It (the phone) was already dead. We ran to a neighbor’s house, and they called the fire department.”
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said firefighters were dispatched to the Heiden home at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
A full response was called out, involving 29 firefighters, two engines, an aerial ladder and eight other trucks.
Cause of the fire was believed to be accidental: a charcoal smoker somehow ignited the rear deck, and the fire extended into the home, the fire marshal said.
Heiden said she wanted to thank everyone in the neighborhood who was so very helpful on Sunday.
She also wanted to thankFamily_ needs help
The newspaper has set up a fund to help the Heidens. Donations can be dropped off at the newspaper office, 707 Landa Street.
The family is attempting to find a rental home in the New Braunfels area. They can be reached at 832-2166.
• 1 girl: 6-6x
• 2 girls: 8-10
• 1 girl: Jr. 5 pants; medium shirt.
• 1 boy: size 8 pants; size 10 shirt.
• 1 boy: size 12 pants; size 14 shirt.
• adult woman size: 10 pants; medium shirt;
• adult man: 29x36 pants, medium shirt.
Also needed are indoor toys, puzzles, etc. for 2-4 year olds.
the people who are looking after seven other children, whom she normally cares for in the day care service she operates out of her home.
“I have wonderful backup care providers who are helping us out,” Heiden said.
Key Code 76Woman injured in accident
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
A female driver headed toward 311 on Rebecca Creek Road tore through a barbed wire fence and ran into a tree just inside this gate Monday evening. The driver’s condition was unavailable at press time. Emergency crews responded to the one-car accident Monday afternoon on 2000 block of Rebecca Creek Road in Spring Branch. The woman driving the vehicle was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio. A spokeswoman for the Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS said the woman sustained head and abdominal injuries.
Making a move
Charter school relocating to find more space
Nancy Ney Charter School Principal Carole C. Lewis sits in one of the classrooms at the school Monday in the Connections building on San Antonio Street. The school will be moving next year to the Cross Lutheran School building on Hickory Avenue for much needed space.
By Martin Malacara
Nancy Ney Charter School will have a new home by next year.
The school will relocate summer 2002 to 169 S. Hickory, where the Cross Lutheran School presently exists.
At the same time, Cross Lutheran will move to its new location off Common St., just north of Gruene Road and south of Farm-to-Market Road 306.
Connections Executive Director Kellie Stallings said the Nancy Ney school has outgrown its current facility on W. San Antonio St.
“We’re accredited for 400 students. Right now we only have room for 55 students, and we have 50 people on a waiting fist. The new school will allow us to double in size,” Stallings said.
Connections is the nonprofit organization that oversees the charter school locally. The Texas Education Agency grants contracts, or charters, to provide an alternative school for students.
Charter schools service students identified as being at risk of dropping out of public schools because of disciplinary problems or other problems like drug abuse, domestic violence or neglect.
Charter schools also offer bilingual programs and special education programs.
‘We aren’t trying to compete with other schools, we simply want to serve those youth who might otherwise fall through the cracks,” Stallings said.
The Nancy Ney school provides free education for fourth- through 12th-grade students who live in Comal County. Although it exists to primarily service troubled youth, the TEA has granted it open enrollment for three years.
Comal and New Braunfels Independent school districts refer such students to the charter school.
The school has accredited teachers as well as volunteers who teach non-academic courses, like guitar
Officials expect to lift water restrictions
By Martin Malacara
Residents of three subdivisions near Canyon Lake will have watering restrictions lifted within a week, a spokeswoman for the subdivisions’ water purveyor said on Monday.
Candace Hoskins, administrative assistant for Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp., said the subdivisions, Springs of Rebecca Creek, Deer River and Lake of the Hills have been under watering restrictions since July 23.
“Historically they go on restrictions for a month or
two,” Hoskins said.
Stage I water restrictions for Canyon Lake Water Supply customers are: hand held hose watering only, no sprinkler use, no filling of swimming pools and voluntary water conservation measures in the home.
Watering livestock is
exempt from Stage I restrictions, Hoskins said.
Hoskins said the water supply corporation has been “doodle bugging,” or having supplemental water hauled from one of its water systems to another via tanker truck for the subdivisions.
See WATER/3 A
Officials want help finding cause of suspicious fires
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
BRACKEN - County officials reported another pair of suspicious grass fires in the Bracken area Monday afternoon and once again asked for help in finding whoever may be setting them.
Bracken Fire Capt. Bill Anz said firefighters went to the 22000 block of Old Nacogdoches Road at 2 p.m. Monday for a reported grass fire.
They arrived to find a strip of grass burning alongside the road that was 15 feet wide by about 50 feet long.
It threatened nearby property, Anz said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire.
“We have no good firm cause on the fire,” Anz said.
At the same time another fire started not far away off Schwab Road.
The Schertz Fire Department was dispatched to that blaze.
Anz said it occurred in the same field as was burned in a suspicious fire last summer.
“It was the exact same field, but a different part of the field,” Anz said.
Firefighters were called out to a pair of fires in the same area last Wednesday, Anz noted. At the same time, another fire was reported on Ekhardt Road in nearby Guadalupe County.
The region is the same one where there were a number of fires last summer that officials believed were intentionally set.
Monday afternoon, Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford asked again for the public’s help in either stopping the fires or bringing to justice anyone who could be causing them.
‘We can’t be everywhere,” Manford said.
“If anybody sees anything suspicious or out of place, take down a license number and a description and call your nearest law enforcement, either in the county or the city.”
If anybody has any information about the fires, Manford can be reached at the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, 620-3400.
Little League All-Stars
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
The New Braunfels Red All-Stars leave the second game of their state tournament game victorious Saturday evening after beating West Sugarland. The 12-year-olds were knocked out of the tournament Sunday night by Orwall. See the story/1 B.
Fire claims family’s home
Austin man killed Sunday in crash
From Staff Reports
CANYON LAKE — A 25-year-old Austin man was killed and three people injured Sunday afternoon in a broadside collision on Farm-to-Market Road 306.
An official with the Department of Public Safety said Eddie Yuen-Loong Yong, 25, of Austin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Pct. 4
Justice of the Peace Howard Smith.
Yong was a passenger in a compact car driven by Sew Lew, 26, of Austin.
Lew and two other passengers, Chwanie Lee, 24, and Ngailan Ho, 24, were all flown to University Hospital in San Antonio.
Lee and Lew had been released from University Hospital Monday.
A hospital spokesman
said Ho was in critical condition.
DPS Trooper Randy Wells reported Lew pulled out of the Dam Access Road onto FM 306, in front of a southbound pickup truck driven by Robert A. McFarlane of Converse. Lew was struck by the pickup truck.
The accident occured around 4 p.m.
Officials said McFarlane was uninjured.