New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 7,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ARTHUR WAGES
Vol. 143, No.82
Birthday wlshas from th# Horald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Arthur Wages, Erica Renee Leal (4 years), Anita Leal Rios, Esther Herrera, Janet Hummel (belated), Nancy Dietz (belated), Nancy Guerrero (belated), Tammy Barber.
Happy Anniversary to Jeff & Marty Lindley (25 years!).
Freeze warning in effect tonight, Tonight, clear and cold with a freeze. Low in the low 30s North wind near 15 mph Wednesday, sunny and cool High in the low 60s North wind near 10 mph
Founders’ Day Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale
As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Ceiebra tion, the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a rn at
the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21 The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee The city-wide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21, 1845 Internationally known author pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker Tickets are $10 per person and are on sale at the Chamber, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church,
St Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385
Parenting With Intimacy sat for March ll at FPO
New Braunfels area churches. in cooperation with the Center for Marriage & Family Intimacy in Austin, will present "Parenting With Intimacy," at First Protestant Church, located at 172 W Coll Street in New Braunfels The 8 30 a rn - 4:30 p m seminar is set for Saturday, March 11.
The seminar will be led by Dr Paul Warren and Terri Ferguson of the Center for Marriage & Family Intimacy Subjects to be explored include making good families better, preparation for parenting challenges, and providing hope and healing to hurting relationships
Registration is $30 per person and can be done at the FPO office or at any local church office
Call 1-800-881-8008 for more information
Aquatic program begins at McKenna
The Arthritis Foundation, in conjunction with McKenna Memorial Hospital will present an aquatic program with a recre ational program done in a heated pool The program will begin today
For more information, call McKenna Memorial Hospital Rehab at 606-9111, ext 154
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Bust nets half-ounce of cocaine
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Adam Soto (left, on the ground) of San Antonio and Rene Trevino (right) wait on the ground in front of their car while officers from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force conduct a search of their vehicle. Task force officers found what they believe to be a halfounce of cocaine in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Officers made the bust after a routine traffic stop at a Shell gas station on Union St. at approximately 12:30 p.m. yesterday. (Right) Officers count money ($989) found in one of the suspect's wallet.
From staff reports
AUSTIN State Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) filed legislation on Monday which would deny state and county inmates access to weightlifting equipment and accessories while they are confined in state and county correctional facilities.
“Constituents who responded to my district survey last year overwhelm
ingly let me know that they do not want their tax dollars used for bodybuilding by convicted felons.” Wentworth said.
"At the same time, I believe inmates should have the opportunity to exercise (Jtherwise, prisons and jails could face a restless and disruptive prison population.”
Wentworth’s bill would require the General Services Commission to dis
pose of weightlifting equipment and accessories as surplus property. The proceeds from the disposal of this equipment will be dedicated to paying for other forms of recreational facilities and equipment such as basketball courts and basketballs.
Wentworth’s bill would apply to all state correctional facilities, including private facilities and county-operated jails.
NE man listed as critical after discus accident
Discus strikes local man in the head after errant throw at SY track meet
By THOMAS GODLEY
Sen. Wentworth sponsors bill to ban weightlifting equipment from state, county prisons
SMITHSON VALLEY - A 38-year-old New Braunfels man remains in critical condition at Brook Army Medical Center after being struck by a discus during a track meet Saturday at Smithson Valley High School.
Hector Aguirre was observing field events at the Ranger Relays when a discus thrown by a high school track athlete flew out of the boundaries and struck Aguirre in the head. Don Clark, public information officer for Comal Independent School District, said.
“It’s a tragic accident that was not anyone’s fault,” Clark said. “It happened under normal competition circumstances. The spectator was not where he should not have been. It’s just an unfortunate thing."
Aguirre was sitting about IOO feet from where the discus left the throwing circle.
Several trainers and coaches rushed to his aid after the accident. Bulverde/ Spring Branch Emergency Medical Service was called to the scene at 12:20 p.m.
Aguirre was taken to the intersection of FM 1863 and U.S. 281 where he was transferred to AirLife helicopter and flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
Aguirre had attended the track meet to watch his son, DeAngelo, a sophomore on the New Braunfels team, compete in the discus event. The two were near each other when the accident occurred, according to witnesses.
New Braunfels Athletic Director Lew Simmonds, who along with other coaches visited Aguirre and his family at the hospital on Saturday, said Aguirre was expected to undergo a CAT scan today.
“A freak accident is the only way to describe it," Simmonds said. "All we can ask at this point is for the community to keep him and his family in their prayers.”
School districts reaching out to students who saw accident
By MARK LYON
Officials with Comal and New Braunfels I SD say they are ready to help students who witnessed Saturday's freak accident at the Smithson Valley High School discuss ring.
Coaching staffs at Canyon, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley have been talking with student-athletes who either were nearby or actually saw the accident happen.
Also, counselors at each of the high schools are available to talk with students about the mishap, however none have come forward yet, according to district officials.
"We're very cognizant of what they're going through," said Don Clark of Comal ISD. "There's a border there where we don’t want to force this on kids, but we want them to know that it is available. Coaches have been talking with the students a lot since it happened."
Likewise at New Braunfels High and Smithson Valley High, according to SVHS principal Joe Rogers and NBISD public information officer Leslie Knewaldt.
SVHS coach Larry Hill and NBHS coach Lew Simmonds have been discussing the accident with several athletes.
"Our students have just been asking how he’s (Hector Aguirre) doing. They’re concerned," Rogers said.
County pounded by thunderstorms, high winds
By CRAIG HAMMETT
High winds and thunderstorms pounded Comal County early Tuesday morning, almost a year to dat»* from a storm that cost millions of dollars in damage last March Downed power lines, trees, signs and roof damage seemed to be the thrust of the damage as early reports surfaced Tuesday.
“We had reports of a lot of damage to trees, storage buildings, some nx>fs,” said Chief Deputy Elwood Hohertz of the Sheriff s Office. “That wind must have gotten pretty dem powerful.” Powerful enough were the winds that the National Weather Service office in New Braunfels clocked the wind at 62 m p h. before the wind gauge blew down. Steady wind was reported at 30 m p h. The rain gauge also took a fall, but the San Antonio Airport recorded .22 of an inch, with reports of up to three-quarters of an inch in other areas.
"It was basically a combination of cold air from the north and warm air from the south and enough moisture and instability in the atmosphere to trigger a storm,” said Tom bever, a meteorologist at the NWS. We were lucky there* wasn’t more daytime heating (yesterday).”
Golf ball sized hail was reported in
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A tree was blown over at a residence on W. Zipp Rd. during the storm.
Comfort with other hail reports coming lightning played havoc with power
from Kelly Air Force Base and Gonzales. The weather service said no hail had turned up on radar or been reported in Comal County.
The New Braunfels Fire Department received no calls of injuries from the winds although damage was widespread and calls were constant.
“There was one call after another," said Fire Investigator Robert Reed, "It was mostly live wires blown down, things like that."
Power lines took a beating. New Braunfels Utilities crews worked throughout the night as winds and
equipment, especially fuses and circuits.
NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said there was “extensive” damage, mainly a number of outages at various locations throughout the city. She said NBU crews responded to different areas based on priority, such as the hospital
“It (outages) was very widespread. I wouldn’t say any area was hit harder than another,” said NBU’s Roger Big-gurs " The wind causes larger outages and takes longer to replace. The lightning usually blows a fuse, those are
Herald-Zeitung photo by MARK LYON The Hair Station, located at 485 Landa, suffered approximately $6,000 In damage to its roof during the storm.
easier to fix."
Biggurs said NBU “should have a pretty good handle” on repairs by noon today.
Sheriff s deputies reported many trees on their side and limbs scattered throughout the area. Also, numerous bams and sheds are at least partially rootless as of today.
Jerry Zercher, maintenance supervisor for the Texas Department of Transportation Office in New Braunfels, said more than 50 damaged signs would probably he counted before the day was through
Zercher said the signs, anywhere from the large green ones mostly shown along Interstate 35 to small road signs, were damaged The signs are built to give rn case a vehicle stnkes the sign, even standing on one support if needed. He compared the storm to last year’s storm when high winds and hail caused much damage in the county.
"It was just about the same thing,” he said. "..We’re still trying to get a count and will be until tonight."
(City Editor Roger Croteau contributed to this report.)For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144\ , _