New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 3, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
JUNE 3, 2007
SPORTS New school
Canyon Lake High isreadying facilities, coaching staff for first season. Page 1B
Is it safe to raft or tube?
Latest river speeds and safety guide. Page 10A
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Vol. 154, No. 175 32 pages, 5 sections
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TV GRIDS 2-3E
Residents protest attempt to close OakRun path
Planning commission to consider request to rezone lots, tear out sidewalk
Noah Gregoire and Lauren Kenney walk home with other sixth-graders from Oak Run School along a sidewalk leading to their subdivision near the school on the last day of the spring semester.
By David Saleh Rauf
In response to what some in the Oak Run subdivision are labeling autocratic-style leadership by the man who developed the subdivision and heads the local home owners association, a protest movement has manifested against plans to tear down a IO foot-wide sidewalk used predominantly by schoolchildren.
However, as community mem
bers in the subdivision will tell you, its not just any old sidewalk that Ed Badouh, developer of Oak Run and according to the community newsletter the self-proclaimed “dictator” of the HOA, has plans to uproot.
It is the only path — commonly referred to as the "sidewalk through the ditch” — that connects the subdivision of 500 families to a fellowship church and the OakRun 6th Grade Center, which is set to expand into a full blown middle school in
the coming years; it’s a path that children use to ride their bike across, community members use as a means for walking exercise and parents use to shave time from their morning bustle by dropping their
See PATH, Page 7A
RIGHT: Stryker Saunders of PristineTexas Rivers drags a large, deflated, water trampoline out of the Comal River during one of the company's four day a week river cleanups. ABOVE: New trash cans emblazoned “Keep New Braunfels Clean" logos sit ready for the day's coming floaters Saturday morning at the last tube exit on the Comal River:
Contractor has removed 780 bags of trash from rivers since April I
By Suzanne Ashe
“Keep it Pure and Simple, Keep New Braunfels Clean,” is the new anti litter campaign underway in New Braunfels.
Nathan Pence, River Activities manager, presented the campaign to the city council last Monday.
“Utter was something the council and River Activities Committee identified as a serious problem,” he said. “We need to step up our preservation and stewardship of our natural
resources in New Braunfels and one way to do that is with the anti-litter campaign."
Pence said information on where and how to stash the trash is included on table tents located in hotels and restaurants and direct mail inserted into New Braunfels Utilities bills to residents, Also, all city staff e-mail’s will contain the logo and stencils will be supplied to outfitters to go on rental tubes. Decals, posters, brochures and a Web page also have been created to get the word out.
“This is an ongoing campaign to encourage residents and visitors to recycle and dispose of
litter properly,” Pence said.
District 4 Councilman Pat Wiggins expressed his thanks to Pence for the new campaign.
“I can’t wait to see it all in action,” he said.
PristineTexas Rivers was awarded a $91,000 contract by the city in March to empty trash cans four times a week and on holidays. They also are required to scrub the steps of Last Tuber’s Exit, Garden Street Bridge stairs and stairs at Hinman Island Park with metal
See TRASH, Page 10A
Woman, 3 young sons among 7 victims of wreck near Seguin
The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
GUADALUPE COUNTY — Four members of a Canyon Lake family were among seven people killed late Friday in a head-on collision on Texas 123 south of Seguin.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Jennifer Gonzales, 25, and her children, Jesus Powell, 5, and Dominic Gonzales, 2 were pronounced dead at the scene. A third son, Andre Gonzales, I, was flown to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:37 a.m. Saturday.
The four members of the Canyon Lake family were passengers in a 1994 GMC Jimmy driven by Andrew Pomeroy, 41, of Seguin. Another man, Ernest Gonzales, 57, of Stockdale, also died at the scene.
According to DPS reports, the Jimmy was struck head-on by a 1994 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Jose Amaya II, 24, of Nixon, who died at the scene.
DPS Public Information Officer Travis I tall said Saturday die wreck occurred 2.9 miles north of the Wilson County line at 11:30 p.m. The trooper said it was one of the worst
See KILLED, Page 8A
Removed from rivers since April 1:
780 x 55-gallon trash bags
More than 1,000 pounds of debris
Source: Texas Pristine Rivers
Battling the trash
Still caring for their children
Blue Star Mothers send 4th of July packages
By David Saleh Rauf
CANYON LAKE — Although the 4th of July still is more than a month away, for Suzanne Fancher it’s a day she already knows will resonate deep in her heart this year.
And with good reason.
Her 22-year-old son, Brian
— who graduated from New Braunfels I Ugh School in 2003
— currently is serving a 15 month stint in Iraq, where more than 3,500 U.S. military personnel have been killed since the war began in 2003.
“The 4th of July used to be fun and picnics,” Fancher said. “But this year, it will take on a much deeper meaning knowing that my son is now one of those who is the reason tnat we will be able to continue celebrating the 4th of July.”
On Saturday, Brancher and a group of about 30 members from the Canyon Lake chapter of the Blue Star Mothers, a support group for people who have family and friends serving in the military, sat nearly 6,000 miles
See CARING, Page 3A
Suzanne Fancher of the Canyon Lake Area Blue Star Mothers packs snacks to be sent off to troops serving overseas Saturday at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Canyon Lake.
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