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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas /AVNew ^UiIbnfels 2 03 3 2 n009 10/2 2/9 9    71 SO-WEST hiCROPUBLISHING 2627 E YRNDELL DR T MI    _ _ JEL PP SO, TX 79903-Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 84    16    pages in 2 sections March 18, 1999 rp    Serving    Comal County since 1852    50    cents -Thursday-County worker killed in traffic accident A Comal County x sheriffs deputy directs traffic on North Seguin Avenue as Herb Caldwell washes away debris from the scene of Wednesday's fatal accident at the intersection of Seguin and Mill Street. ROBIN CORNETT/ Herald-Zeitung Fellow employee: ‘Courthouse is in shock’ By Heather Todd and Bill O’Connell Staff Writers A 60-year-old Comal County employee was killed in downtown New Braunfels Wednesday afternoon when she was hit by a pickup truck at a busy intersection. New Braunfels Police Department officials said Yolanda Trevino, a long-time county employee in the tax assessor-col-lector’s office at 205 N. Seguin Ave., was crossing the street about 2 p.m. when she was hit by a pickup driven by 33-year-old Seguin resident Rudolpho Orona. “The whole courthouse is in shock,” assistant Comal County court coordinator Karen Garcia said. Police spokesman Lt. John Wommack said Orona reportedly had a green light when he turned onto North Seguin from Mill Street. “She was in the crosswalk when she was hit,” Wommack said. Comal County health department employees rushed to the scene from their offices inside the courthouse and attempted to resuscitate Trevino. New Braunfels EMS crews arrived shortly afterward and took over life-saving efforts but failed to revive her. Trevino died at the scene before a Lifeflight helicopter from San Antonio arrived. Trevino was pronounced dead at 2:50 See ACCIDENTS some energyRepublican party chair seeking Weddington hoping for continued GOP success in 2000 election season By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — The leader of the Republican Party in Texas — no, not Gov. George W. Bush — stopped here Wednesday to visit with local GOP women and enjoy some Hill Country cooking. Republican Party of Texas chairperson Susan Weddington was the guest speaker at a brunch hosted by the Canyon Lake Republican Women. Weddington said her visit was an opportunity to “energize” a political party that traditionally dominated Comal County. She warned local Republicans about the danger of resting on their laurels in the 2000 general election. “That obviously is a concern after the success of 1908. That would definitely be to the detriment of our party,” Weddington said at a meeting with the media before Wednesday’s brunch at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative. Several unknown political factors cast an uncertain light on the 2000 general election, Weddington said. Gov. Bush’s status as a presidential candidate and a scheduled political redistricting of Texas voting precincts could bring Texans to the polls in large numbers. In the event the governor did make a bid for the presidency, Weddington predicted a major infusion of public interest in the 2000 vote. ; “That’s icing on the cake. Clearly that will guarantee a lot of enthusiasm,” she said. The flip side of a Bush presidential candidacy could prove dicey to the GOP in Texas, according to Weddington. She said it would benefit the party to work to prevent a vacuum if Bush were to abandon the governorship halfway through his present term for a move to Washington. Weddington said she believed Republicans should “build a party on ideas, not personalities,” in case Bush moves to the White House in 2000. ROBIN CORNETT/ HeraW-Ze'lu*-'; Above, Canyon Lake Republican Women president Sarah Butler, left, listens as Republican Party of Texas chairperson Sarah Weddington talks to new members Wednesday. Right, Kit White, center, laughs at one of Weddington^ -jokes during her midmorning presentation. The 2000 election was not the only item on Weddington’s agenda. She said Republicans throughout the state were keeping a close eye on Austin, where a bill supporting deregulation of the state’s electric power industry was being discussed by law makers this week. Weddington said some form of electric deregulation was “likely” to be passed this year, and added that her experience as GOP chairperson told her that state lawmakers were serious about passing a bill that was beneficial to consumers. City races are on: Two more file By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Last-minute filers appeared on the local political horizon Wednesday and created three two-way races for the May I city election. Mayoral candidate Robert Kendrick and District 5 City Council member hopeful Clif Courtney filed their applications within hours of the deadline. Kendrick, a 60-year-old selfemployed architect, announced his intent to oppose Stoney Williams in the upcoming mayor’s race. Williams, 33, is a contractor with Guada-Coma Mechanical. Kendrick said Wednesday in a press release that his goals were to “maintain and improve our natural resources for everyone’s enjoyment, increase focus on the youth programs and facilities, rejuvenate downtown and maximize efficiency of city services within existing budgetary constraints.” Williams could not be reached for comment. Two candidates will vie for the District 5 City Council seat relinquished by Cathy Talcott, who was not eligible for reelection because she is moving away from her district. Eligibility rules require council members to represent districts in which they reside. Courtney, 41, is a telecommunications specialist with the U.S. Treasury. Directing more city resources toward the local population is his priority. “I want to see things done for the local residents and youth of New Braunfels instead of all the resources being used to entice moreRaces Candidates for the 1999 New Braunfels city election, scheduled for May||, include: Mayor: • Stoney Williams, 33, mechanical contractor • Robert Kendrick, 60, self-employed architect District 5 City Council Seat. • Lee Rodriguez, 39, restaurant owner •Clif Courtney, 41, works for Telco Spec District 6 City Council Seat • Juliet Watson (incumbent), 32, self-employed • David L Nigh, 45, attorney tourists, i’m not anti-tourism, but I think we can do a lot more for the local residents who live here all year long,” Courtney said. Courtney’s opponent for the District 5 council seat is local restaurateur Lee Rodriguez, 39, who pointed to his own participation in local youth-based programs. “I haven’t been the past president of Communities in Schools for nothing,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve also been involved in various local boards and commissions for the area’s youth.” District 6 also has two city council candidates. Local attorney David L. Nigh, 45, filed Tuesday and will run against 32-year-old incumbent Juliet Watson. Inside Abby................................7A Business.............................SA Classifieds.....................5-8B Comics...............................8A Crossword..........................7A Forum.................................4A Local...................................2A Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1-3B Today.................................2A Television...........................8A More delays on the way for Interstate 35 drivers By Heather Todd Staff Writer Just when local residents thought it couldn’t get much worse, construction along Interstate 35 within the city limits will cause added traffic delays this spring. The Texas Department of Transportation’s New Braunfels office and Dean Word Company Ltd. outlined construction projects and lane closures for the next six months along 1-35 from Solms Road to Walnut Avenue. The construction work is part of a $36.7 million project to reconstruct and widen the interstate from half a mile south of Solms Road to half a mile north of Walnut Avenue. The project began in November 1998 and is scheduled to be completed by July 2001. Local motorists can expect the Walnut Avenue, Rueckle Road/Loop 337 and Schmidt Avenue/San Antonio Street intersections to be reduced to one lane in each direction, beginning in April. The lane closures will allow construction crews to rebuild and widen all major bridge structures to align the overpasses with* the overall widening of the interstate, said Grog Malatek, area resident engineer for TxDOT. i “These intersections will have to be closed and traffic will have to detoured at certain times during the removal of existing bridges and construction,” he said. Malatek said street closures generally would occur at night and would be for short periods of time. On March 22, the northbound frontage road from Rueckle Road/Loop 337 to half a mile north of Walnut Avenue will be reduced to one lane for storm drainage work. The southbound frontage road already is reduced to one lane for the same job. Malatek said both frontage roads would remain one-lane roads for at least a year. Access to several local businesses along the 1-35 corridor at the south end of the city will be limited during construction. See DELAYS/5A ;