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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY, JUNE 11,2005 m'S'S3m 781 2627 r vadffFLUSHERS [[ Pfien’’WE I. ."SO TX 79905 I Ul>v SPORTS SWIM FEST City swim championships will be decided as IOO local swimmers compete at Landa Park this morning. Page 5A FORUM COLUMN Columnist J.T. Woodall says maybe those who complain about abuse should deal with prisoners. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 176 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 High Low 96 73 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BTexas 46 widening project ready to begin By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Work will begin in little more than a week on a Texas 46 project that adds a second inbound lane between Oak Run Parkway and Loop 337. The $757,000 project would widen the road by some four to six feet. It includes new pavement and striping, and plans are that it will be completed by the time school ojiens in August. Friday morning, officials of the Texas Department of Transporta tion, the Dean Word Corp., New Braunfels Utilities and other agencies affected by the project met for a “preconstruction” conference. Michelle Kopp, TxDOT assistant area engineer for New Braunfels, opened the meeting with a brief description of the work. “It’s a relatively small project that begins two-tenths of a mile west of PM 1863 and runs to Loop 337,” Kopp said. “Its pretty much a restrip-ing job, but theres a little widening involved.” The project, an expansion of restriping done over the past two years to help facilitate traffic flow through the area, is expected to help inbound traffic that typically snarls See WIDENING Page 3A CHAMPIONS TO THE END Fans flock to Round Rock Yacht regatta scheduled at Canyon Lake ---Susan Sonier or Jerry Sonier830.832.8815    210.885.6188Email: TheSonierGroup^ to cheer on Rangers Startzville, Spring Branch both considering incorporating By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A petition calling for an election that would decide whether the Startzville area incorporates as a city will be delivered Monday to county officials. Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said Canyon l,ake attorney Paul Swearingen has made an appointment to discuss the matter Monday morning. “Mr. Swearingen will be here at 10:30," Scheel said. County Counsel Geoff Barr said what happens next would depend upon what type of municipality the petition signers wished to create. “There are five types of municipalities: Type A general-law (such as the city of Bulverde and the city of Garden Ridge), Type B general-law, “It’s a big decision. The bottom line is, its going to raise your taxes. But if you’re annexed, you’re going to be raising your taxes anyway.” — Scott Watson Spring Branch businessman type C general-law, home-rule (such as the city of New Braunfels) and special-law," Barr said. “Home-rule and special-law municipalities require Constitutional and legislative approval and amendments.” Swearingen hadn’t discussed with Barr what type of municipality Startzville residents could be considering. Under the Texas Local Government Code, a community with between 4,001 and 9,999 inhabitants could have up to nine square miles of surface area — which is what the Startzville petitioners are reportedly contemplating. Under the code for Type A and B general law municipalities, a petition must include the signatures of at least 50 qualified voters who are residents of the community and describe the boundaries, provide the name and be accompanied by a plat. If the application meets the requirements, die county judge is required to order an incorporation election, appoint an officer to preside, and two election judges and two election clerks to conduct the election. Within 20 days of receiving the results, the county judge then calls a meeting to record See INCORPORATE Page 3A Rollover accident snarls traffic in San Antonio SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A tandem-trailer rig hauling more than a ton of explosive charges rolled over early Friday, forcing the shutdown of two busy freeways and the evacuation of nearby neighborhoods. Police and fire officials said the danger of explosion was low. Interstate 35 and Interstate 4 IO in the city’s northeast corner had reopened by mid afternoon, earlier than expected. T he rollover occurred near a nursing home, prompting the evacuation of nearly 200 elderly residents to an elementary school. Sandy Gutierrez, a police spokeswoman, said about 2,(XX) residents and workers had to be moved out of an area in a half-mile radius of the crash. Gutierrez said a passenger in tile tandem-trailer was taken to a local hospital, and that police were interviewing the truck’s driver. Police say they believe the rig was traveling too fast when it tipped over on a ramp connecting 1-35 and westbound lanes of 1-410. Part of its cargo was an estimated 3,200 pounds of detonating charges, which are set oft to ignite larger explosions in mines and other industrial uses. By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer ROUND ROCK — I Iundreds of Smithson Valley baseball fans gathered around the Dell Diamond from foul line to foul line to root on Smithson Valley during the UIL state semifinals Friday. While the Rangers came up short, falling to Rockwall, 5-2, the fans cheered throughout the contest, stopping only after the contest came to an end. Fans bad many motivations for attending, from watching their sons on the field to scouting the competition. Ed Nasis, a coach for the Alamo City select 11 and under team, came out to see how some of his former players had progressed. Nasis coached many of the Smithson Valley players in little League during his 12 years in the New Braunfels area. “My son pitched when (Kendal) Volz was playing Little League,” Nasis said, referring to son, Brad, who will play for Smithson Valley as a freshman in the fall. “I tell my boys — you remember these names. They’re gonna be on TV pitching for the Astros and hitting for the Rangers." Glancing at the scoreboard, Nasis said it was hard work rather than luck that brought the teams to the state tournament. “These four teams that got here today are not here on a fluke,” he said. “They are here because of sacrifice. School is out for the summer, and they’re still out here playing. They have football training beginning the Monday following tile tournament — and they’re still out here.” By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — j AT A GLANCE I he Lake Canyon ; ■ what:Texas Hill Yacht Club will host j Country Stampede the Texas Hill Coun- j B When: sunday try Stampede 2005 ; through Thursday, Catalina 22 Nation- j practice race a1 Championship ! begins at 3.30 .. u .    .    :    p m., Sunday Regatta beginning ; Lw. . Pam/on Saturday. More than I i_a]^ Canyon 55 competitors from ; 14 different states will be participating in this year’s open competition event. A practice race will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Official competition will begin Monday with Spinnaker races beginning at IO a.m. and Genoa races at 2 p.m. The competition continues through Thursday. The 22-foot family racing crafts will make upwind and downwind laps, racing around inflatable markers to be the first to cross the finish line. See YACHT Page 3A Honor the flag Local civic groups take time to hone the symbol of the United States on Flag Day. Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Wendy McCulston cheers on the Smithson Valley Rangers as they played in the UIL state baseball semifinals Friday at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. below, a Smithon Valley fan looks onto the field dejectedly as Rockwall scores another run. Parents Mike and Lisa Zinchini came to support their son, Jacob, who was playing backup shortstop in the game. “It’s very exciting to make it to the state finals,” Mike said. “It’s really great that both football and baseball made it to state this year. That says a lot about our seniors." Lisa explained that the game was even more meaningful because tile family would be moving out of state in July. As vendors walked the crowd See RANGERS Page 3A ;