New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
EL PASO, TX 7990
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Kris Mund
10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, May 13,1997
Unicom coach pleased with track meet results. See Page 5
Corps decision bodes well for tubers, rafters
By DAVID DEKUNOER
NEW RELEASE RATES
Kudos to the people of New Braunfels. See Page 4.
The following release rates from Canyon Lake have oeen put into effect by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Unless changed by rainfall or inflow rates, the releases will go as follows:
■ 909.0 to 910 mean feet above sea level — release 100 cubic feet per second more than requested by GBRA, but not more than 350 cfs.
■ 910 to 910.5 msl — release 700 cfs daily.
■ 910.5 to 911 msl — release 1,500 cfs during the week and reduce rate to 700 cfs on weekends.
■ 911 msl and above — normal flood releases according to the plan of regulation.
Source: U S Army Corps of Engineers.
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Janet Fellows, Pedro Muniz, Sylvia Taylor, Kris Mund (16 years old), Alex Brotze, Justin ii. Watson.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River—274 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.05 feet above sea level, same. Canyon Dam discharge — 1,030 cfs. Canyon Lake inflow — 691 eft Canyon Lake level — 910.61 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 4.694 million gallons of surface water Monday, and 679,000 gallons of wen water.
Om-way traveling through Saltier
Factor in some extra drive time if you’re headed through Sattler.
A 7-mile stretch of road on FM 306 through Sattler will have one-way traffic through a lead vehicle while the Texas Department of Transportation installs an overlay for the next two weeks.
The stretch includes the intersection of FM 2673 but oneway traffic will only extend along intervals of up to three quarters of a mile.
For more information, call TxDOT at 625-6278.
CU toads off atm graduations tonight
Graduating students in the Comal Leadership Institute will participate in a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight at the Canyon Middle School commons.
Another Ana day on tap for Now Braunfels
Today will be another great day to head out to the park or the golf course or just do some yard work.
The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. The high should be in the mid-80s and a light breeze from the south at 5 to 10 mph should keep you from getting too warm.
Tonight will be partly cloudy with patchy tog after midnight. The fog will hang around as you head to work Wednesday, but should burn off throughout the morning.
Wednesday will be another great day for sitting by the poo or on the front porch with highs in the upper 80s and a 10 to 15 mph wind from the southeast.
Ag facility a true success story
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SMITHSON VALLEY — When Smithson Valley High School needed a facility in which students could house their animals, the community responded in a big way.
When the pre-finished metal agricultural structure with concrete floors and cinder block masonry held its first event, the Smithson Valley High School Future Farmers of America chapter show in January 19%, the efforts of numerous teachers, businesses, parents, students and kind-hearted patrons were realized.
Gary Southard, president of the Smithson Valley FFA Boosters club, said the agricultural facility shows the spirit, dedication and heart of the
community in putting the kids first.
“It speaks highly of the citizens of the community who gave their time to it,” Southard said. “Most of their children won’t benefit from this. It was a purely unselfish act (on their part).”
The agricultural facility is located southeast of the football stadium on the Smithson Valley High School campus.
Southard said more than $80,000 worth of donated material and labor was put into the facility. No tax money was used.
Sam Womble, SVHS agriculture teacher, said the facility was needed because a growing number of students who live in the area didn’t have the space at their homes to care for and feed an animal.
“The facility was planned because of the urbanization of this area,” Womble said. “The majority
of students live in subdivisions, most of them which restrict animals. As time goes on we anticipate more kids living in subdivisions than those who do not. The ag teachers had a vision for a place for kids who live in subdivisions to raise their animals. The long-range plan was to meet the educational needs of students studying agricultural science.”
Womble said the facility had pens for cattle, sheep and goats. The ag facility has storage rooms and bathrooms that have yet to be completed.
"There is a show arena, which is a covered area, which gets students in a safe enclosed area to work with animals in developing their show skills and handling skills,” Womble said.
Although there were many people involved in Turn to Facility, Page 2
Herald-Zertunq photo by Michael Oarnall
Garrison Maurer rustles s pig in the agricultural facility that was built by volunteers for the agricultural students at Smithson Valley High School.
Mother, son critical after car-school bus collision
Driver, student on bus sustain minor injuries
By ABE LEVY
New City Council members take seats
A 43-year-old woman and her 12-year-old son remain in critical condition this morning after the car they were traveling in broadsided a Comal Independent School District bus Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 281, , authorities said.
The two Bulverde residents were taken by AirLife to San Antonio hospitals, after skidding about 180 feet and hitting the bus at a high rate of speed, said Bexar County Sgt. Jerry Torralva.
The driver of the bus and one student, who were the only occupants, suffered minor injuries that did not require immediate hospital treatment, he said.
The mother and son were pinned under the bus for at least 30 minutes while emergency personnel from Bulverde and northern Bexar County used the Jaws of Life, a hydraulic ram and a saw to free them from the wreckage, officials said.
The impact of the Chevrolet Lumina lifted the right side of the bus onto one side of its wheels, which EMS lifted onto wooden blocks to free the car’s occupants, Torralva said.
“I don’t know how they survived the impact because the front of the car was sticking out the other side of the bus,” he said.
The mother was taken to University Hospital and the son to Brooke Army Medical Center - both with critical head wounds, officials said, adding that they were not able to release the names until later today.
The bus was at the end of its afternoon route and was turning left from Borgfeld Road when the collision occurred at about 4:30 p.m. inside Bexar County near the C omal County line, officials said.
Traffic was stalled for about two hours during the ordeal and extended close to Bulverde, officials said.
David Quebedeaux, a park ranger 909 we released the water as fast as
at Canyon Lake, said the Corps’s pol- possible until we got to 909,” Quebe-
icy was a big change from last year. deaux said. “Now anytime the lake
‘The biggest difference in the past years is that anytime we went above Tom to Chang*, Page 2
Kotylo’s husband glad long road to election is finished
By ABE LEVY
Among the packed audience at city hall Monday was Bill Kotylo who eagerly sat next to his wife, Jan, waiting for her to be sworn into the District 4 city council position.
He smiled because the end of the road was here after a long campaign. But it wasn’t without sacrifice.
He lost 17 pounds during the campaign and missed his Monday night Bible study fellowship
Keady tor travelers
The new visitors center at Interstate 35 and Poet Roed wee dedicated Monday. For the complete story, aes Page 2.
CANYON LAKE — A policy change by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the release rate from C'anyon Lake will mean more water this summer for tubers and rafters going down the Guadalupe River.
After being persuaded by chamber of commerce officials from both New Braunfels and Canyon Lake, Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District, businesses and river outfitters, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that once water flows go above the conservation pool of 909 feet above mean sea level, they will hold that extra flood water instead of releasing it immediately.
Vanstory’s friends, family expect fierce dedication to post
By ABE LEVY
When Ray Still was a candidate to be the pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church five years ago, Randy Vanstory served on the church’s selection committee that eventually recommended him for the job.
Monday night, Still showed his support for Vanstory who took the oath of office for the District 3 city council spot.
“Randy is a quality person and individual and I
I know that he’ll do an effec-iii tive job in serving the (citi-zero),” said Still, who moved I from Houston to take the pas-
H tor position.
I Rox‘ Vanstory als0 attend-
ed the meeting to show sup-
A port for her husband.
■ ■ Roxi said her expected to ^^mjmm give up Monday nights dur-Randy Vanstory ing his three-year term because of his dedication to
his new position.
“Anytime he makes a commitment, he’s very dedicated to it,” Roxi said.
Vanstory, co-owner of Quick Align Brakes ana Suspension, defeated former mayor and councilman Rudy Seidel on May 3 and said he was glad Turn to Vanstory, Page 2
for the first time in five years.
“I’m very proud of her,” said Bill, president of Standard Casualty Insurance of New Braunfels, who arrived with his wife a full 30 minutes before the meeting. “I think she’ll do a great job. I know she’ll study the issues. Jan Kotylo I was nervous and felt the
same anxiety she felt.”
Jan said she was excited about serving in public office for the first time but realized her weekends would now include additional reading to prepare for the bimonthly council meetings. “You can tell how excited I am,” Jan said.
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