New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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■ Vol. 142, No. 165lnside I Cause of 1-35 accident still unknown
Weather..........................................3 . ^
Opinion...........................................4 I CROTEAU
Sports Day......................................6 I City Editor
Crime Watch...................................7 , , , . ,
The Marketplace.....................10* 13 New Braunfels police are continuing the tnves-
Obituaries.....................................14 | ligation into the car wreck on Interstate 35 Tuesday, that killed a Thorndale couple. However,
they still do not know what caused the driver of the Toyota to swerve across the median of the
Guadalupe River 296 cfs I highway and smash into the Buick driven by the
Comal River.......................330 cfs Thorndale couple.
• cfs - cubic feet per second | Jenny Wang, who was driving from her home
in Austin to San Antonio to meet friends on her birthday, does not remember anything about the
Birthday withes from ' acddent
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Ruben Valdez, Scan Anthony Fitzsimmons, Lon ie Soell, Lillie Hartwick, Christine Kivlin,
Jody Spreen, Caroline C.
Manus, John David Smith, Laura Beene
Driver of Toyota cannot remember accident
She has been released from McKenna Hospital and is home in Austin.
“She remembers leaving Austin and driving, but she remembers nothing about the accident at all/' said Lieutenant John Wommack. “That is not unusual in this kind of traumatic accident."
Wommack said everyone in the Buick was related to one another. The three- and six-year-old girls were with their grandparents and great-grandparents.
The deceased couple were the children’s grand
parents, Theodore Wcstcrman, 64, and his wife Doris, 56, of Thorndale.
The children's great-grandparents remain hospitalized. Edna Arldt, 79, of Giddings, is in fair, guarded condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. Her husband, Erwin Arldt, 81, is at McKenna Hospital in good condition.
Six-year-old Ashley Westerman, of Lafayette, Louisiana, is at University Hospital. Her condition is not known at press time.
Her sister, Brittany Westerman, was uninjured
in the accident.
Jesus Guillen, 37, of Dallas, the driver of a pickup truck involved in the accident, has been released from McKenna Hospital.
Kandi Clanccy, 26, of New Braunfels, driver of another pickup truck involved in the wreck, was uninjured.
The wreck occurred at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 35, about a mile south of Walnut Street, when Wang’s car veered from the southbound lanes, across the median and struck the Westcr-mans’ Buick, which was driving north in the left lane.
Offices to close for holiday observance
In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will be closed Monday. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, July 5.
Also, city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday as well as the U.S. Post Office. All banks arc scheduled to be closed, also.
City trash pickup will begin at 5 a.m. Monday, due to the hot weather.
Early retail advertising deadlines for the Herald-Zeitung are tomorrow at noon for Tuesday's edition, tomorrow' at 3 p m 9clas-sificd -1 p m.) for the Advisor, and tomorrow at 5 p.m. for Wednesday’s Herald-Zeitung. Deadlines for the Tuesday edition for news arc Friday at 5 p.m. No other changes are scheduled for news deadlines.
Conservation Society calendar available
The New Braunfels Conservation Society’s Limited Edition 1995 pictorial Sesquicentennial Calendar is now available in the Forke Store at Conservation Plaza for S8 (ta' deluded). For more information, call 629-2943.
Aqua aerobics class begin held at Landa
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering aqua aerobics classes again this summer Three monthly sessions arc held at 8 a rn. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the Olympic Pool in Landa Park Call Nadya Lehmann at 625-9295.
The Senior Center is also offering ongoing aqua aerobics classes. Scheduled classes are from 8:15 to 9:15 arn and 9:30 arn to 10:30 a rn. Tuesday and Thursday, call Nadya Lehmann at 625-9295 for information.
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Cooling off at Landa Park pool...
Youth recovering after 70-foot fall
from river cliff
By JENNFER ROMPEL
A New Braunfels teen-ager who fell from a cliff on the Guadalupe River last week is recovering well, according to his father
Dennis Ryan Ray Jr., 17, is “doing fine” said Dr Dennis R. Ray, a doctor in New Braunfels. Ray said his son will be in the hospital for a couple of weeks and it is too early to tell w hat the extent of the injuries will be.
Dennis Ray Jr. fell 70 feet from a cliff near the Bungy Jump Site on Edwards Boulevard at the Guadalupe River. He waited IO hours before help arrived
In initial interviews Battalion Chief John Herber, of the New Braunfels
Police Department, said officials did not know whether or Dennis Ray Jr. was at the cliffs with friends when the accident happened Dr. Ray said he could not answer whether or not his son was with friends because his son has not yet regained his memories of the incident.
The teen was discovered by rafters who were traveling down the river on Saturday. According to reports, the river rafters asked the teen-ager if he was OK and received a negative response. The rafters then called 911 and paramedics from the New Braunfels Police Department arrived on the scene
The AirLife helicopter was called to the scene, and the man was taken to a San Antonio hospital.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Ashby Dsmasco, swimming instructor at Landa Park pool, removes th* support of her hands from the back of one of her pupils to allow her to float on her back during swim lessons held yesterday. Landa Park pool, as well as the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers have been popular "heat-beaters” for local citizens as temperatures continue to hover around the 100-degree mark.
... while Texas temperatures heat up
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it, so goes the old saying. People arc talking about the heat now, especially when temperatures are pushing past the century mark the way they have the this past week Temperatures have soared past the 100-degree line recently, well above the norm for June say the people at the National Weather Service The high thus far was 102, recorded on Friday, June 24, but temperatures also hit IOO degrees on Saturday and this past Tuesday Officials at the weather service predict the trend to continue although brief spotty showers could provide relief to a lucky few Hot temperatures affect people whether they are indoors or outdoors. Ow of the key issues that always comes up are utility bills, especially air conditioning "People’s bills go up and it puts a demand on us," said Glenn Lcincwcber of New Braunfels Utilities of the high temperatures. "We’ve found through years of study that just raising the thermostat when you leave is better than shutting it off completely ."
Air conditioners account for 50 to 60 percent of the utility bill during this part of the year He said shutting the
system off creates a huec demand on the compressor when people get home ai 5 or 6 p.m. This increase usage ends up costing people more than running the air conditioner during the day on a slow' cycle and cooling the house a little
Leinewebcr also suggested ceiling fans do save money and help circulate air with the air conditioner. Decreased use of ovens or ranges is also a simple way to save
Bill Tcpe of NBU said August traditionally has the most water usage, about 9 3 million gallons a day on average. He said that the highest reading last year came on a day in September, 12 46 million gallons He added that July and September traditionally outpace June in water usage People with plants around the house know they have to w ater. Weston Pachar/ina of the Plant Haus said most of the common variety of plants arc tropical in nature and arc used to the heat That doesn’t mean the plants don’t need water.
"The best time to water is early in the morning,’’ he said "Don’t wait until late in the afternoon ”
Pachar/ina said even in the shade, some plants appear to wilt even though they are simply conserving water Watering in the morning helps plants conserve that water during the heat of the day.
Today Show coming to Schlitterbahn Friday
Live segment to feature park’s newest attraction
From staff reports
The ‘Today” Show is scheduled to broadcast a live segment on the world’s first uphill water coaster from Schlitterbahn Waterpark on Friday July I.
Andy Pargh, the “Gadget Guru,” will ride Schlitterbahn’s Dragon Blaster uphill water coaster during his feature on new amusement park attractions.
The show is seen between 7 a rn and 9 a m by approximately six million people nationwide “Today” show fans arc invited to w'atch the filming in the Surfenburg section of the park where the Dragon Blaster is located “There will be no charge for admission to the Surfenburg section of the park between 7 a rn and 9 a rn. on Friday, July I," said Tern G Adams, Schlitterbahn’s general manager “We will have all of the attractions in the Surfenburg section open at that time so guests can play in Surfenburg and
■ When - Friday. July 1 from 7 a m to 9 a m
■ Where - Scriiitterbann's Surfenburg section on Union St
■ What - Today Snow live broadcast
watch the ‘Today’ show filming. We will close Surfenburg at 9 a m to prepare for our normal 10 a rn opening," Adams added
Schlitterbahn’s Dragon Blaster is being hailed as one of the most creative new ideas to hit die water park market It is the first ride to move people up hill on w ater It was created by Water Ride Concepts and New Braunfels General Store, sister companies of Schlitter-bahn
Schlitterbahn’s 25-acre Surfenburg section is located in Union Street in New Braunfels
City officials vow to keep eye on Landa Park traffic
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels officials said they will do everything they can to make Landa Park safe this July 4 weekend since the barricades going into the park will not be in place on Landa Park Drive
The New Braunfels City Council voted this week to move the barricades from the current location on Landa Park Drive to Playground Drive The decision was made Monday and will go into effect July 4 weekend
Sgt. Mac MacEachem with the New Braunfels Police Department said his concern is public safety
Police department continues to study alternative routes through Landa Park as new system moves into place
“I voiced my opinion I believe this (having the barricades on Landa Park Drive) was the best of the compromises," he said However, he said he will work w ith the new system, and he does not expect it will require officers who are needed in oilier areas of town this weekend MacEachem said the police department has continued studying alternatives to route traffic through the park Stop signs arc expected to be erected in the park this week
The new stop signs will be located at the intersections of Landa Park Drive and Monument Drive, on Landa Park Drive near the Train Station, and at the intersection of Landa Park Dove and Aquatic Circle City Parks Director David Whatley said he also will work with the new system
“We received our marching orders and we will do everything we can to make the barricade situation work,” said Whatley.
Whatley said that more than 3,000 people arc in the park dunng summer weekends He explained that Landa Park is unique because its roads are used by both park users and people tiying to get from one end of the town to another The barncades have been in the park since 1981 Whatley said he expects some people will be confused this weekend when the barricades arc moved
The issue of barricading paiks is lux
. I have never seen a park area criss-crossed by so many roads.’- David Whatley City Parks & Rec Director
Whatley said many ixher parks in t state use barricades “It’s not an unusual issue Howev I have never seen a small park ai criss-crossed by so masy roads,’ said
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