New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 156
22 pages in 2 sections
June 25, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Hays County death ruled accidental
Judge: Indiana man was mn over by his vehicle
By Chrs Crews
A Hays County judge ruled Thursday that a 40-year-old Indiana man died after being run over by his own van, not in an assault as was previously believed.
Justice of the Peace Becky Sierra said the death of David Starr was the result of being run over by his box van about IO p.m. June 18 on the shoulder of Interstate 35, less than a mile north of the Comal County line.
A preliminary autopsy report from the
Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office indicated Starr died as a result of fractures to his head and neck caused by a motor vehicle rolling over him.
Hays County Sheriff’s Office spokesmen said blood and other physical evidence gathered from the front and rear wheels on the right side of the van indicated Starr had been run over by the vehicle.
No evidence indicated Starr’s death was intentional, the statement said.
Some reports indicated Starr was involved in a fight on the side of the road shortly before his death.
Witnesses said the box van pulled to the side of the road and a late model Chevrolet or
GMC pickup truck pulled in front of the van.
An older model Chevrolet Cavalier also pulled in behind the van.
Police responded to die scene after receiving reports of a fight between the occupants of the box van and the occupants of the other two vehicles near mile marker 198.
Hays County officials said they were continuing the investigation into the altercation.
Starr was a member of a four-man, Midwest-based crew that built radio towers across the country.
They had completed a job in Austin and were headed for another in San Antonio when the incident occurred.
Two members of American Coasters Enthusiasts test Schlitterbahn’s Master Blaster water coaster ride on Thursday. Coaster fans from across North America took a side trip to New Braunfels after visiting Sea World and Fiesta Texas in San Antonio this week.
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Water well survey begins unannounced
Group apologizes after failing to notify officials
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Walter Schulle was a little leery when strangers approached his Krueger Lane home and asked for permission to test the water level in his private well.
Those strangers were water resource experts visiting Comal and surrounding counties this month in preparation for a water well survey of the Edwards Aquifer.
Representatives of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, U.S. Geological Survey, Texas Water Development Board, San Antonio Water System and the Edwards Aquifer Research Data Center are going door-to-door, seeking permission to enter private property to conduct water level tests on public and private wells.
The formal testing will begin next month.
The project got off to a rocky start this week as many residents questioned the purpose of the representatives who approached them.
County Judge Danny Scheel said he received numerous telephone calls asking if the people coming to their doors were legitimate. ' —
On Thursday, Scheel received information from the EAA about the program and an apology for failing to notify county officials and the public before beginning work. He urged residents to cooperate with the agencies conducting the survey.
‘They’re not trying to infringe on anybody’s rights. They’re just trying to gather information on the aquifer,” Scheel said.
Schulle said the agencies conducting the survey should have done a better job of notifying local officials and the public.
“When they showed up (on Tuesday), I was kind of leery. It kind of caught us off guard,” Schulle said.
Schulle said his well was sealed and was not a candidate for the survey.
EAA spokeswoman Virginia Molina said the data would be used to develop water level contour maps and to develop a computerized Edwards Aquifer model.
‘‘We’re trying to get a snapshot of the aquifer at different times of the year,” Molina said. TtV a tool to help us with our research.”
Similar surveys were performed in 1993 and 1996, but the surveys will be done annually at the same time each year to make the maps and computer models more accurate, Molina said.
The first survey is scheduled for the week of July 19, right after the irrigation season over the aquifer. Two other surveys will be conducted in the fall and next April or May, just before the irrigation season begins, Molina said.
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National Senior Tour volunteers Wib Amacher and Joyce Kennedy update scores during the first round of the $60,000 New Braunfels Open Thursday at The Bandit Golf Course. Hank Cooper of Sanger shot a 68 in the first round, good for a one-stroke lead over Tom Elfers of Cincinnati and Babe Hiskey of Galena Park. The tournament continues through Saturday. For more on the Open, see page 1B.EAA
despite boost in aquifer
From staff aho wire reports
SAN ANTONIO — Lawns are green and the Edwards Aquifer level is up, thanks to a steady soaking from recent showers.
But weather and water experts say another hot, dry period could be in the offing and rainfall for the San Antonio area remains below normal for the year.
“The weather is the weather, and it can turn around in a heartbeat,” said Greg Ellis, general manager of
the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
Gretchen Reuwer, spokeswoman for New Braunfels Utilities, said residents would be wise to practice voluntary water coaservation even though the aquifer was more than 20 feet above mandatory conservation level.
“‘That 21 feet can be run through in less than three weeks,” Reuwer said.
Reuwer said New Braunfels residents were subject to year-round
landscape watering restrictions. Residents are prohibited from watering between IO arn and 4 p.m. each day, except for handheld garden hoses, buckets or drip irrigation systems.
Just IO days ago, water officials warned the aquifer’s level at the Bexar County index well was at 659 feet above sea level and the aquifer level was dropping about a foot per day.See EAA/5A
Master plan committee focuses on higher education
Vocational-technical campus on the horizon
By Heather Toot)
Comal County residents seeking higher sducation can drive no more than 50 miles in my direction and find a college or universi-y campus to fit their needs.
But some say the lack of a vocational or echnical school campus in New Braunfels imits educational and employment oppor-unities for many residents.
The absence of post-high school programs here was addressed by the education sub-committee for the city^s master plan.
Goals set by the committee included expanding present post-high school courses offered by MEEK San Antonio College and
encouraging other universities to offer satellite facilities and programs.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., said he would like to see a multi-purpose higher education center in town.
“We need to get passed the mentality that everyone needs to go to a four-year college,” he said. ‘‘But you do need to have specialized skills far beyond what was needed in die 1950s and 1960s.”
Meek said vocational and technology training was needed to help local residents get highly skilled positions, earn better salaries and improve their quality of life.
Mike Fitsko, New Braunfels coordinator for SAC, admitted vocational and technolo
gy training opportunities in New Braunfels were limited The local San Antonio College satellite program offers residents working foll-time jobs opportunity to earn college credit.
“I think there’s no doubt. Again. SAC is certainly not vocational, but academic. I’ve counseled people who have expressed an interest in more of a job skills program. There is a real need here for that,” he said.
David Sansing, chair of the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation, Inc. said the need for a continuing education
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