New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
That’s my momma
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeltung extends the following birthday wishes to: Dona Fielder, Sylvia Penrose, Ellen Wilton, Karan Brawner (Monday), Val Fischer (Monday), Malania Penny (Monday), Rick Rhoades (Monday), Brandon Kuen-stler, Hilda Bohne (84 years old), Charles M. Garrison, Joshua Upton (13 years old, Monday), Amanda Mueller (6 yoor® oia;, nanneiore dtotzOi Katharine Johnson (Monday), Xavier D. Morales (3 yearn old, belated), Melinda Sosa DeLeon,
Happy anniversary wishes to: John and Betty Evans (47 years),.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Lowering off lake, brings call for caution
Lake Dunlap will be approximately 18 inches below normal beginning Monday through Friday to enable the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority hydroelectric crews to conduct routine inspection and maintenance of the dam and spillgates, according to Larry Moltz, manager of hydro operations.
Moltz advises anyone using Lake Dunlap for recreation purposes to exercise caution and good judgment during this period, since lower lake levels may expose debris and other potential hazards which are normally under water.
The public is advised that scheduled operations may be canceled or adjusted in the event of adverse weather conditions.
Betting to ton Antonio Just got tougher
Beginning Monday expect delays as you are driving down southbound Interstate 35. Work crews will be whittling down southbound Interstate 35 to one lane. Work crews will be channeling traffic into a newly constructed center lane from Solms Road to FM 2252/FM 482 near Bussey’s Flea Market.
That move is scheduled to last for one week to allow work crews to set up barriers along the sides of the highway.
After that work is done, the center lane will return to two lanes and will continue to serve as the main thoroughfare for southbound traffic for six to nine months.
That means no exits will be accessible from Solms Road to FM 2252 while the transition occurs, officials said.
The move is part of an ongoing project to expand the highway to six lanes.
The moves may be subject to further changes depending • on weather conditions, officials said.
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Today will be a good day to take mom out for Mother's Day as temperatures are expected •to hit the 80s.
; It will be mostly cloudy with a ;high near 80 and southeast ! winds at 5 to 10 mph with a low •in the mid-50s this morning.
Monday could spell the return lot rain in the New Braunfels area. The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a patch of morning drizzle and a 30 percent chance of late afternoon ^showers and thunderstorms. •Monday’s high should be in the :80s.
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Friendship knows no bounds
By ABE LEVY
Marion resident Bennie Miller donned a wide smile as she scanned through memories in her mind of her late cousin and best friend, Willie Faye Hodge.
Miller, a 53-year-old mother and grandmother, had a childhood friendship with Hodge that ran deeper than with her three siblings.
The two were inseparable as they helped Miller’s
grandmother raise a group of younger relatives in Seguin.
“(As children) we’d lay in bed and read books and tell jokes," Miller said. “We’d get up at five in the morning (on Sundays), feed the cows, feed the chickens, get dressed and go to Sunday School.”
Their bond continued past each of their weddings despite Hodge mov ing to Houston to start her married life.
"We were buddies,” said Miller, who has
worked as the director of central supply for Colonial Manor Care Center for almost 30 years. “She’d come up to get away from the city life and I’d spend time with her to get away from the country life. She was an only child. I got along better with her than with my own sister. I guess we were both quiet-natured.”
Naturally, it was a shock when Hodge was diagnosed in 1978 with breast cancer.
“She’d come up and stay with me for days Turn to Friendship, Page 2A
Probe of crash under way
FAA investigating plane collision with fuel dispenser
By ABE LEVY
Airport Manager Darrell Phillips said federal aviation officials plan to review reports of an airplane collision Thursday afternoon with a fuel dispenser near a New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
Phillips said Nick Drake, aviation inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration, looked at the wrecked plane Friday afternoon and requested reports from New Braunfels Police, the pilot and city aviation officials.
The pilot’s flight manual and maintenance records were turned over to Drake. Phillips said, as the FAA beearn its investigation into the wreck.
Drake could not be reached for comment Fnday or Saturday.
Police identified the pilot as Philip Koehne, 55, of Seguin but had not confirmed the name of the male passenger who reportedly leaped from the right wing of the plane before it crashed.
Police said the pilot was testing the plane on the airport taxiway when he lost control and narrowly missed Brauntex Aviation and a fuel farm before hitting a fuel dispenser.
The passenger, witnesses said, was not injured by the jump and left with the pilot and the dnver of a truck before police or other emergency personnel arrived at the scene.
The FAA will investigate the crash to detemunc whether it was an incident or the more serious finding of an accident tliat cames more restrictive penalties.
Phillips said Drake alluded that the crash could be classified as an accident because of the damage to the plane.
“It was a little more serious than we thought,” Phillips said. “It may be listed as an accident because one wing came off.”
Brauntex Aviation, the company tliat owns the fuel dispenser, may be disassembling the plane for the owner to haul off, Phillips said.
City outlines proposal involving LORA building
By ABE LEVY
Herald-Zettung photo by Michael Darnell
Graf Chalupa ride* hit tricycle for Boy Scout Cole Dayton at Saturday’* bicycle rodeo at Ste. Peter and Paul School. Fifty bicycle helmet* war* given away and bicycle registration eras available at the event the Scout Justin Parchman coordinated to earn hi* Eagle Award.
The New Braunfels City Council will consider a proposed agreement Monday that maps out the city’s involvement with determining the use of the Comal Pow er Plant building in Landa Park.
The proposal is the result of talks with Lower Colorado River Authority officials and the city and would guarantee that the city could participate in the process of determining the future use of the building.
However, LCRA would have the final decision for the eventual use, the proposal states.
The proposed agreement would also keep the city from liability for the environmental contamination of the building and about 18 acres around it.
The land was designated to the city in a 1987 lease with LCRA for Landa Park. expansion but LCRA is seeking termination to conduct a cleanup of the land and the building.
The proposal would terminate the city’s lease with LCRA and stipulates that LCRA could keep some of the 18 acres in the current lease for its own use.
LCRA expects to receive tost estimates for various alternatives fra- the use of the building
IF YOU RE GOING
The New Braunfels City Council meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. For more information, call 608-2100.
by June and agrees to solicit public input in deciding the final direction, the proposal states.
The Monday night meeting also will include:
■ Consideration and approval of an emergency river safety ordinance proposal that city officials said would satisfy a settlement agreement with plaintiffs of a wrongful death lawsuit.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom met with plaintiffs attorney Jack London and the city’s outside attorney Lowell Denton last week.
The proposal would satisfy London, she said, but added that she plans to offer the council some alternative suggestions such as pursing an interlocal agreement with county agencies on the Guadalupe River.
She said every party agreed that posting signs on the river was a good idea but no one has agreed on a threshold of when flows woe
too dangerous for recreation.
She also said enforcement of an ordinance could present a problem but that proposed signage in the agreement would encourage safety on the river.
■ Discussion and action regarding whether to accept an LCRA grant of $23,054 for a holiday lighting project at Cypress Bend Park. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce dropped the project as part of Fest-tage. Estimates show the project would cost about $277,000 and bnng in about $300,000 in the first year. Most of the cost would be the electrical upgrade that in future years, officials said, would not be needed and would result in greater profit.
The lighting display would be visible as people drove through the park during the Christmas season.
■ The first public hearing of next year’s proposed budget.
■ The swearing in of two new council members, Jan Kotylo and Randy Vanstory, who will replace outgoing members, Paul Fraser and Brenda Freeman.
■ Presentation of the design progress of the new library to be built on Common Street across from the Fair Grounds.
A celebration of motherhood. See Opinion. 4A.