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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas | Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | 5A5 biggest crash sites revealed 1-35, Walnut, Loop 337 have most accidents By Daiondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Motorists, be careful when driving in New Braunfels. You could be passing one of the top five areas where traffic collisions are most frequent. According to numbers provided by New Braunfels Police Department's traffic Sgt. Heath Purvis, from January 2010 until present, the most crashes nave occurred at the intersection of I-35 North and Texas Hwy. 46 South, where police have recorded 37 motor-vehicle crashes. Next is the intersection of I-35 and S. Seguin Avenue, with 30 crashes, followed by a tie at 22 crashes in the 1000 block of S. Walnut Avenue and the 200 block of Loop 337, Purvis said. He said rounding out the top five is the 600 block of S. Walnut Avenue. To be fair, Purvis said, of the 126 crashes at the top five worst spots in town, only 15 wrecks involved injuries. "That's any injury. If they complain of any injury, we have to report that," he said. Avoiding most automobile crashes in New Braunfels requires one simple thing, Purvis said: concentration. "Most of them are very preventable but people are not paying attention," he said. He said a few contributing factors pop up in many of the crashes. Motorists turning left oftentimes miss the green arrow and fail to wait for oncoming traffic. He said another common contributing factor is drivers failing to stay in their igne or turning to hard and hitting vehicles on their left. Purvis said the intersections are demarcated well assigned lanes when turning left, drifting to the right enough, with signs above the street and broken white lines on the street. "The turn marks in the intersection that tell you one should stay on the left side of those dashes and the other on the right, people disregard those dashes," Purvis said. "They will disregard that sign and the turn marks and not realize it." Knowing the problem areas allows the city to target those areas and try to improve conditions, Purvis said. Using a STEP (Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program) Grant allows the department to pay an officer overtime to work only traffic detail, he said. Officers working this detail specifically look for things such as speeding, seat belt and driving while intoxicated violations. "If an officer sees something that almost causes an accident, he can act on that too," Purvis said. "But they are specifically targeting those actions." He said STEP Grant money has been used for three years in New Braunfels, with speeding being one of the more targeted offenses. Purvis said crashes related to speeding have continuously dwindled in the city in that time. "So the program does work." The bottom line is to be aware of your surroundings and watch out for the other guy, Purvis said. Herald-Zeitung graphic “The turn marks in the intersection that tell you one should stay on the left side of those dashes and the other on the right, people disregard those dashes. They will disregard that sign and the turn marks and not realize it." Sgt. Heath Purvis New Braunfels Police Department traffic division Bike ride and float provide park funds By Jana Coolldge The Herald-Zeitung Beer, barbecue and the Guadalupe River. Nothing sounds better after miles of biking through the Hill Country in scorching Texas heat, right? The second annual Shammies N' Koozies bike ride and float is Saturday, and is hosted by Cadence Sports of Austin. "The demographic of people participating are people who like to ride (their bike) outside and also people who like to have fun," said Gary Metcalf, Cadence Sports president and co-owner. Friends of Blue Hole, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and developing Blue Hole Park in Wimber-ley, will receive a portion of the event's proceeds. Participants can choose between attending a 60-, 50- or 25-mile ride. Sixty-and 50- mile bikers start the race at 7:30 a.m. at Wimberley's Blue Hole Park at 504 Old Kyle Road. The 25-milers will begin at New Braunfels' Rockin' R River Rides at 1405 Gruene Road. All bicyclists will end the ride at Rockin' R where they can receive cold beverages, barbecue and tubes for a three-hour float on the river. The cost of the ride and float is $85 per person, and water, food and mechanical support stations are offered every 10 to 15 miles of the ride. In addition, shuttle buses will transfer personal items such as coolers and swimsuits to Rockin' R. Metcalf said participants departing from Wimberley will ride through the Devil's Backbone alongside the Comal River through River Road at Canyon Lake. "It is just a gorgeous ride," he said. Participants can lock their bikes at the bike corral for safe keeping during the float. Participants can take a shuttle back to ride's start in SHAMMIES ’N KOOZIES When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday for 50-and 60-mile rides and 9 a.m. for the 25-mile rides Where: The 50-and 60-mile riders start at Blue Hole Park, 501 Old Kyle Road, Wimberley. The 25-miles riders leave from Rockin’ R River Rides, 1405 Gruene Road, New Braunfels. All of the bicycle rides will end at Rockin’ R River Rides. Cost: The price of each ride is $85.00. Contact: Gary, (512) 386-7966 (registration: [email protected]) Wimberley for $20. "This is does not a race. This does not have to be competitive. It is a completely a leisurely ride througn the beautiful Hill Country followed by a relaxing float down the Guadalupe River," he said. Metcalf is excited about Saturday's weather forecast. He said last year in inauguration of the event was moved to August because of the June 9 flood. "The river is looking great right now," he said. "There will not be any walking in the river. The water is mov-ing at a very leisurely pace." I— County to consider change order From staff reports Comal County commissioners will meet Thursday to consider a change order for the ongoing Comal County Courthouse restoration. The two-year, $8 million restoration will return the old courthouse to its original 1898 look. RBR Construction of Weatherford began the restoration last year. The change order, which includes no change in contractor costs, includes changes regarding doorway thresholds, hardware, tile and plumbing. Commissioners are also scheduled to: • Discuss a proposed change in the superintendent directing the courthouse restoration for RBR. • Take comments from citizens. • Consider an order prohibiting certain fireworks — rockets with sticks and missiles with fins — during the upcoming July 4 holiday season. IF YOU GO When: 8:15 a.m. Thursday Where: Commissioner’s Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza, New Braunfels Hotel evacuated after dryer fire Tuesday No one hurt in Faust Hotel basement blaze SCHOOLS By Dalondo Moultrie The Herald-Zeitung Fumes from a dryer fire Tuesday evening chased employees and a few patrons out of a local notel, a manager said. No one was hurt in the fire that started about 5:20 p.m. in the basement of the Faust Hotel, 240 S. Seguin Ave. The fire was probably caused by a mechanical failure, said Capt. Patrick O'Connell of New Braunfels Fire Department. He said firefighters used a hand-held extinguisher to put out the flames as clothes burned in a dryer. Firefighters then ventilated the property. Property assistant manager Dana Kummins said she was thankful that, for a change, the hotel was not booked to capacity. She said one room was booked but the occupants were not in the hotel. "We had a few customers in the bar, but we got them out in time," Kummins said. She said her bar manager approached her about 5 p.m. and said he could smell fumes. She investigated and saw no smoke but herself began to smell fumes. Kummins said she called the police non-emergency number to report the smell. The smell intensified, leading her to call the non-emergency number again. This time, firefighters arrived and began investigating. One went to the basement, discovered lots of smoke then rushed back out to put on his fire gear, Kummins said. She said more emergency personnel showed and got the situation under control. "I'm glad I called the non-emergency number," Kummins said. "Who knows what could have happened." Continued from 1A roof, skylights for natural lighting in the library, rainwater harvesting, energy conservation systems, water conservation fixtures and geothermal heating and cooling systems. "I'm very pleased with the progress at Kinder Ranch," said Thomas Blox-ham, Comal ISD assistant superintendent for Support Services. "It will be one of our most beautiful schools. It's in an idyllic setting and the green building features will be incredible. We should be able to start moving in the first week of July." The Indian Springs campus will be a mirror image of Kinder Ranch Elemen tary, with all of the same green school features. "We're ready to get started this summer on another magnificent campus," Bloxham said. "It will definitely be another energy efficient Comal ISD school."' Five projects are in the final stages, which includes touch-up work and site clearing. The district's new $3.8 million transportation/bus facility, located adjacent to Smithson Valley Middle School, will be finished in August. All that's left is interior finishing. The middle school is undergoing a few interior renovations and additions. "Everything is going well — we're doing well on budget and time," Bloxham said. 429 bodies found in 2 north Mexico states MEXICO CfTY(AP) Mexico's government says police have unearthed 429 bodies since April from a series of clandestine graves in the northern states of Durango and Tamaulipas. Both states are wracked by drug violence. Federal Attorney General Marisela Morales says police have found 236 todies in Durango's state capital. SAN ANTONIO (AP) SA man convicted in paifcing lot slaying A San Antonio man has been convicted of a fatal shooting in the parking lot of an apartment complex in a dispute over a woman he wanted to date. 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