New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, JUNE 12,2007
SPORTS NBA FINALS
History is keeping the Spurs humble despite a 2-0 lead over the Cavs. Page 7
The sale and use of certain fireworks will be among the topics county officials will discuss this week. Page 3
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 182 14 pages, 1 section
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OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 7 TV GRIDS 10Funeral services set for girls killed in crash
By Suzanne Ashe
Services have been scheduled for another of two Smithson Valley High school graduates killed in a single-vehicle accident Friday in Startzville.
A memorial service for Kayla Gage, 17, will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Fellowship, 8427 Farm-
to-Market 2673 in Startzville, said a representative from Doeppen-schmidt Funeral Home.
Gage died late Saturday afternoon at University Hospital in San Antonio after a Friday night rollover accident on Charter Oak Drive off of FM 2673.
Gage and Megan Herring, 18, were passengers in a 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan when the driver, Richard “Ray” Manly, 18, lost con
trol of the vehicle and veered off of tile street, said Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. Richard Alvarez. The vehicle then struck a tree and flipped over onto its roof, partially ejecting Gage and Herring.
Herring was pronounced dead at the scene.
A third passenger, Alysse Ojeda— a 16-year-old incoming senior at Smithson Valley I Ugli School — was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center
Memorial services for Kayla Gage will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday at Shepherd of the Hills Christian Fellowship, 8427 Farm-to-Market 2673 in Startzville
in San Antonio, where she remained in critical condition Monday, said Kari Hutchison, public information
5 Funeral services for Megan L. Herring will take place at 2 p.rn today at Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 Loop 337 N.,
New Braunfels. Burial will be in Country Memorial Gardens.
officer for the Comal Independent See SERVICES, Page 6
Council members name Zipp, Stamps to city’s 4B board
By Suzanne Ashe
Tim Zipp and Wes Stamps were appointed Monday night by the New Braunfels City Council to the city’s Industrial Development Board of Directors.
Zipp, the senior vice president of The Scooter Store, and Stamps, who owns a chiropractic center, were interviewed along with four other applicants prior to Monday’s city council meeting. Council members voted on their choices for the board during the meeting.
In the end, Zipp had the most votes at four, winning Kirk Kistner’s unexpired term that was extended by council
vote to Oct. 9,2009.
Stamps and Jim Hawkins were tied with with three votes each for the second seat until Councilwoman Gale Pospisil changed her vote from I lawkins to Stamps.
Zipp and Stamps were selected out of six applicants after Robert Nohrm withdrew his application prior to the interview process.
In preliminary voting, Gordon L. Hughes and Bill Norvel each received one vote and James H. Hawkins received three votes. Jay Patrick did not receive any votes.
The two unexpired terms were left vacant by James Dunks’ death in March while
See COUNCIL, Page 6
New Gruene Road bridge to be unveiled by 2008
By Mark Koopmans
For years pedestrians who cross the Gruene Road bridge spanning the Guadalupe River have been forced to walk a tightrope of a path with often raging waters on one side and cars whizzing past on the other.
But they might have only one more summer to endure such crossings.
Drivers, pedestrians and local merchants who rely on die bridge to bring in much of the historical district’s business, are expected to get some relief with the projected opening of a wider—and taller — bridge by the beginning of next year’s tubing season, officials with the Texas Department ofTransportation said.
To emphasize this, TxDOT will host an open house and meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the New Braunfels
city council chambers to discuss the Gruene Road Bridge replacement project.
“Funding is in place but, as we wanted to do this in the tubing off-season, the gameplan is to release bids in August and have a contractor in place by October,” Greg Malatek, TxDOT area engineer for New Braunfels said Monday. “We don’t have a lot of extra time, but we ll shoot to be done by April — in time
See BRIDGE, Page 6
Compromise road bill signed into law
By Jim Vertuno
The Associated Press
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry signed a compromise transportation bill into law Monday, avoiding a special session showdown with state lawmakers over state road building policy.
Perry had vetoed an earlier version of the bill, saying it would shut down road construction, kill jobs and prevent access to federal highway money. He threatened to call a special session if the Legislature couldn’t send him a compromise bill.
Lawmakers quickly complied. The bill Perry signed into law puts a two-year freeze on most new privately financed toll road projects but makes several key exceptions around the state.
Rick Perry Perry said it
also gives local governments more authority to build new toll roads while keeping toll revenue for more projects
See BILL, Page 6
Trey Kurtz straightens up San Antonio Spurs shirts inside his tent at Landa Street and North Walnut Avenue on Monday afternoon. The NBA licenses its official clothing but nothing prohibits vendors from selling various unlicensed team-related gear.
Stickers denote licensed NBA clothing
By Suzanne Ashe
The Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs are two games away from winning the whole NBA enchilada and fans are busy suiting up in team gear in support of the home team.
But buyer beware — what some are wearing might not be the real thing.
Trey Kurtz, Spurs gear vendor,
is selling both licensed and unlicensed T-shirts at his booth on the corner of Landa Street and Walnut Avenue in New Braunfels. However, he said his gear is not “bootlegged."
“The hologram sticker shirts are licensed by the NBA,” he said. “Shirts don’t have to be licensed if they don’t say NBA Finals, have the San Antonio Spurs or the NBA logo on them.”
The official metallic sticker with
a holographic image of the NBA logo behind another image of a basketball is virtually impossible to duplicate, according to the NBA Web site.
Kurtz said bootlegged gear is more likely to be seen in big cities.
“Some of the bootleggers will have Spurs put on their shirts—they buy the shirt for one dollar, print it for $3 and sell it for $8 to $10."
See GEAR, Page 6
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Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Traffic passes over the bridge in Gruene over the Guadalupe River on Monday afternoon. Officials with theTexas Department ofTransportation will host a public meeting Monday to discuss the creation of a new, taller bridge by the summer of 2008.
he surface of the Gruene iver bridge over the iuadalupe shows the ie ar and tear inflicted on by traffic and water.
The New Braunfels police closed the Gruene bridge about 4 p.m. Monday because of the rising water level
CANYON LAKE LEVELS
I As of Monday evening, the elevation at Canyon Lake was 910.13 feet above sea level. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continue -their efforts to bring the lake down to the summer recreation level of 910 feet,
Judy Scott, acting lake manager said. Monday's release rate of between 2,900 to 3,000 cubic feet per second means the flow on the Guadalupe River is still too fast for tubers.NOW OPEN1525 S. Seguin Avenue. - New Braunfels 830-221-3*>00 W WW.lch.eom Member FIW * fel