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Vol. 145, No. 127
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lee Roy Mayfield (Saturday), Pam Leek, Lindsay Bot-tenfleld, David Boos, Erika Blanchard (16 years old, Saturday), Eddie Machuca III, Charles Woods, Cheryl Williams, Kathy Kiesling, Emily Giacobbe (ll years old), Patrick Goode (6 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Curtis and Tootle Nolte (50 years, Saturday), Ricardo and Antonia Gonzales (25 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
mold —647 oak —trace pecan —24 mulberry —34 grass —46
Comal River — 270 cfs,down a from Thursday
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.97 feet above sea level, down 04. Canyon Dam discharge — 800 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 701 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.54 feet above level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NSU reports pumping 5.113 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 835,800 gallons of well water were used
Headed south on 35, don’t be in a hurry
lf you're driving south on Interstate 35, expect delays. Work crews have channeled traffic into a newly constructed center lane from Solms Road to FM 2252/FM 482 near Bussey's Flea Market.
And beginning Monday, that southbound lane will be whittled down to one lane. That move is scheduled to last for one week to allow work crews to set up barriers along the sides of the highway.
That means no exits will be accessible from Solms Road to FM 2252 while the transition occurs, officials said.
The center lane has two lanes and will continue to serve as the main thoroughfare for southbound traffic for six to nine months.
The move is part of an ongoing project to expand the highway to six lanes.
Only three days left, don’t forget mom
Sunday will be the day to honor those women without whom none of us would be here — Mother’s Day. Children of all ages still have time to honor their moms.
Don’t plan a lot of outdoor activities
Unfortunately, rains may continue through this weekend. Good time to stay indoors to watch a movie or cuddle up in that favorite chair of yours and read a book. OK, just watch a movie and grab some popcorn
Rain is expected to continue today with heavy rains possible. Temperatures are expected to drop from the low 70s to the mid-60s this afternoon with a 40 percent chance of thunder storms and lows in the mid-50s and a north wind near 10 mph.
Saturday should have mostly cloudy skies and a 20 percent chance of rain with highs in the low 70s and a brisk, 10 mph wind from the north._
Herald-Zeitung photo by Abe Levy
New Braunfels Police officer John Villarreal donee off the site where a single-engine plane crashed into a fuel dispenser at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon. The incident ie under investigation by the FAA and local police.
Plane crashes into fuel unit
By ABE LEVY
Swerving to miss a hangar and fuel farm, the pilot of a single-engine plane crashed into a fuel dispenser at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon, police and witnesses
No injuries were reported to the two male occupants of the French-made, Socata MS 894-A pro
peller plane, even though one occupant reportedly jumped off the right wing before the collision occurred, police said.
The plane never left the ground and was on a test run when the pilot lost control and ran into an airplane fuel dispenser just a few feet from a fuel pump and underground tank, police and witnesses said.
Firefighters were called to the scene and said it was fortunate that no explosion occurred.
The plane hit a parked truck on its way to knocking the fuel dispenser off a concrete pad, causing damage to the plane’s wings and cab, officials said.
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Donald Zercher said the incident could have been more dangerous.
“It could have taken out the main fuel tanks,” he said. “If he would have hit the pump station, we could have had a major fire. There’s not a good Turn to Plane, Page 3A
County OKs new cars for sheriffs office
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Comal County Sheriffs Office will be getting a few new sets of wheels.
Commissioners Court approved the purchase of up to 15 new vehicles for the Sheriffs Office on Thursday. It will be an open purchase. The office plans to purchase five vehicles immediately.
Chief Deputy Richard Bennie said IO of the office’s patrol cars have more than 115,000 miles on their odometers.
Bennie said the Sheriffs office wants to establish a policy in which patrol cars would be able to go up to
Atter 130,000 miles, the patrol cars get worn down, Bennie said.
“When cars get to 120,000 to
130.000 miles the front ends wear out,”
he said. “The shock absorbers wear out arui you get into steering problems. We want our deputies to be safe. Deputies’ lives are worth more than cars.”
Bennie said he hoped to strip the cages, radios and other equipment from the patrol cars which have gone over 130,000 miles and put them in the new cars by this summer.
The old cars will be given back to the county which will decide whether to use them or sell them.
“We will be saving interest money by buying five (cars) now and IO later (this year)," Bennie said.
In other business, Commissioners Court approved the final settlement in the lawsuit filed by former County Attorney’s office employee Yolanda D’Antuono.
She was fired by newly-elected County Attorney Bill Reimer in January. D’Antuono was the clerk and
docket coordinator under former County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander.
During her free time last year she helped campaign for assistant county attorney Stephanie Smith-Burris in her race for county attorney against Reimer.
Renner narrowly defeated Smith-Bums in the Republican primary elections last spring. After he was elected in November, Renner gave D’Antuono her termination notice. Dunng a Commissioners C ourt w orkshop in November regarding the consolidation of the county and district attorney’s office, Reimer was asked by D’Antuono’s husband if the termination w as political and Reimer said “Yes sir.”
On Dec. 31, D’Antuono tiled a suit against the county contending that the termination violated her civil rights. She had asked for $8 million for slander, lost benefits and wages, civil rights violations and punitive damages.
An agreement was reached by both parties last week in which D’Antuono will receive in what County Judge Carter Casteel described as a “very minuscule, modest settlement’’ and four months of back pay. She was also given a job in the county court-at-law office and will start work in that position Monday.
County Clerk Joy Streater said D’Antuono’s re-hinng came at the right time especially since criminal court cases filed by the County Attorney’s office have almost tripled since last year. Streater has supervision over the county-court-at-law clerks.
“She will be a welcomed addition to the county court-at-law because of her experience in the County Attorney’s office and her knowledge of a courtroom and what it takes to run one,” Streater said.
CISD welcomes new trustees, reorganizes board
By DENISE DZIUK
Two new trustees, including the first Mexican-American, took their seats on the Comal Independent School District board of trustees at Thursday’s meeting.
Social worker Dora Gonzales defeated 12-year incumbent Lee Ikels by 39 votes in the May 3 election to take over the District I seat. Gonzales said since her election, she had gotten numerous cards, calls and words of support from residents in and out of the district.
“I’ve got a lot of positive feedback from the community,” she said. “I look forward to working or. the board. Everyone has been really supportive.”
In District 5, semi-retired businessman Lester Jonas was sworn in as the new trustee, beating Calvin Kempin and Bill Bumam. Jonas said he was excited about begin part of the CISD board.
“We have many challenges ahead of us, and I’m excited and glad to be a part of the CISD,” he said. “I’m ready to start moving forward.”
District 2 trustee Dan Krueger ran unopposed. Thursday marked the beginning of his second term on the board.
“I have some background and a board that’s excited about working together,” Krueger said. ‘‘A lot of things have changed over the years, and I’m excited about what’s ahead.” Turn to CISD, Page 2A
Don’t procrastinate about effects of new 830 area code
By ABE LEVY
Here’s the bottom line: update business cards, letterhead, phone system programming, modems and whatever else you can think of before Comal County receives the new area code of 830.
Business, personal update reminders 12A
Herald-ZeHung photo by Denise Oz
CISD director of finance Abri Campo# administer! the oath of office to trustees Lester Jones, Dora Gonzales and Dan Krusgsr.
If you’re a business owner who depends on customer phone calls, letting them know how to reach you could go a long way during this potentially confusing transition.
The new 830 designation and 956 for a region to the south and west of San Antonio will become effective July 7.
Last year, state officials and industry representatives made the decision to create the new area codes to accommodate the boom in demand for telephone lines in South Texas.
Telephone officials stressed that planning now would avoid headaches and possible lost revenue and time later.
“(People) ought to start changing their habits now and not wait for (the new area code deadline).” said Anne Roussos, information specialist with the Public Utility Commission. “If they wait until the last minute, they won’t have the time to change it. That could be a problem.”
Roussos said many individuals and businesses experienced avoidable problems in the Houston and Dallas areas when those cities were assigned additional area codes this past year.
The new area code will affect most customers in Comal County whose providers are Southwestern Bell and Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative.
To ease the transition, PUC and telephone officials will offer a grace period and recorded message campaign for a limited time.
From July 7 to Oct. 6, calls in the cuiTent 210 area code region will be allowed even though they are made in the 830 or 956 regions.
After Oct. 6 calls will no longer go through but rather a recorded message will explain area code changes to 830 or 956.
The recorded message, which will last for 60 days, will ask callers to Turn to Changa, Page 2A
The new area code begins July 7 with a grace period lasting until Oct. 6. After that, a recorded message will explain the correct area code to use for two months and then you’re on your own.
The affected areas and the new codes are:
■ 830 - a region circling Bexar County, including New Braunfels, Boerne, Seguin, Hondo, Marble Falls, Gonzales, Del Rio, Kerrville and the Canyon Lake area
■ 956 - a region that covers the cities of Encinal, Laredo and most of Webb County.
■ 210 - a region that includes most of Bexar County and the San Antonio area, cities of Helotes, St. Hedwig, Elmendorf and Universal City.
Source: Public Utility Commission, Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative
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