New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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Walnut extension goes before city council
■ Short-term plan is to connect County Line, Klein roads with two-lane thoroughfare
By Suzanne Ashe
The proposed extension ofWal-nut Avenue from County Line Road to Klein Road will be the focus of a New Braunfels City Council workshop meeting at 6 p.m. tonight.
Representatives of Klotz Associates, the engineering finn hired by the city to design the project, are scheduled to present a preliminary report on its findings on how best to extend the roadway.
The engineering firm’s recommendation is the city select the
proposed road alignment that has the shortest turning radius and that aligns with the boundary of the new Klein Road Elementary School property. The western portion of the Walnut Avenue alignment right of way has already been dedicated or is soon to be dedicated, according to the report.
Klotz said it recommends the roadway alignment that is the
most cost effective, since it has a slightly shorter overall length than other proposals and long pipe extensions would not be necessary for drainage.
The firm’s recommendation for the roadway alignment reportedly has the least right of way acquisition and parallels the drainage easement. According to the report, this option would not require curbing or storm piping
thereby reducing short term construction costs.
For the roadway section, Klotz recommends a section that provides a two lane option without sidewalks, combined with four-foot bike lanes and includes drainage ditches on both sides.
The project is an extension of the existing Walnut Avenue, from County Line Road to Klein Road. The report states that the city’s long-range plan is for a five-lane major arterial, with four-12 foot lanes, a 14-foot center turn lane,
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Find out tonight if New Braunfels firefighter Jason Wallace succeeds in his quest to be SpikeTV's Bullrun champion. The last three teams compete in tonight*s final run at 9 p.m.
CME* ACQPPTFinalists for police chief job named■ Candidates came through ranks in Dallas, Houston forces
By Suzanne Ashe
The two finalists for the New Braunfels police chief will be in town this week for the final round of interviews.
The candidates are Robert J. Mock, a patrol lieutenant with the Houston Police Department, and Ronald W. Everett, assistant chief of police with the Haltom City Police Department, near Fort Worth.
City Manager Mike Morrison said the remaining candidates display qualities that fit with what New Braunfels police, city leaders, community organizations and citizens said they wanted in a new police chief.
“I think we have a couple of strong candidates," he said.
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Ingrid Lee, mother of Cpl. Tony Bradshaw of New Braunfels who was killed with five members of his Stryker Brigade squadron the city council on Iuesday and have their final
May 6 in Bakubah, Iraq, holds his military identification tags and a portrait of her deceased son Monday. Bradshaw will be interview with Morrison on Wednesday, Mom-
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According to Mock’s resume, he has worked■ Relatives recall Tony Bradshaw as intelligent young man who loved being with his family [oln^a patrol officer.since 1986 when he
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By Gerard MacCrossan
Tony Bradshaw was “in deployment mode.”
That’s how his older brother Alex Pitts described how being in the army had affected the 21-year-old infantryman killed along with five of his squad members by a roadside bomb in Bakubah, Iraq, on Sunday, May 6.
His brother Sam, home on emergency leave from deployment in Iraq, said that coming back to the United States is a culture shock for soldiers serving in the Middle East.
When his family saw him two months ago, he was part-way through his extended deployment which would see him return to Iraq where he would make the ultimate sacrifice.
“At the back of your mind, you know you’re going back,” Alex said.
Mourning a son and brother
When Cpl. Tony Bradshaw returned to Iraq on March 6, he went to fulfill his duty. His Strkyer squad had been attacked before during their stints in Baghdad, Mosul and now Bakubah.
Born Anthony Mitchell Bradshaw, he was younger than twin brother Samuel by IO minutes, his mother Ingrid Lee said Monday. She last spoke to her son Thursday, May 3.
“He told me he had ordered some shoes
See CHIEF, Page 3Speaker faces coup attempt
By April Castro
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Republican activists are working to rally the troops behind beleaguered House Speaker Tom Craddick, reportedly facing a rare coup attempt as the Texas Legislature prepares to adjourn.
A GOP activist in Central Texas sent out an urgent plea to the party faithful this weekend aimed at heading off a vote to “vacate the chair.” In parliamentary language, that means Tom Craddick depose the leader.
“There is reportedly a movement in the House to call for Speaker Tom Craddick to vacate the chair," wrote Skipper Wallace, legislative chair of the Texas Republican County Chairmen’s Association. “This move would greatly empower the Democrats in the next election.”
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Members of the late Cpl. Tony
Bradshaw's family pictured holding his picture Monday in New
Braunfels. From left: Sam
Bradshaw, Tony's twin, Sam's wife Andrea, his father Jimmy Bradshaw, his mother, Ingrid Lee, his sister Anna Bradshaw and his brother Alex Pitts.
and he wanted me to send them on to him,” she said. “The next Monday, we got the package, but it was too late.”
Tony’s younger sister Anna said once the Army chaplain delivered the news to her mother, who was babysitting for her grandchildren, news spread quickly to Tony’s family and friends. They will gather Wednesday afternoon to bury him at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
When he joined up — two months after Alex and a week behind Sam — he enlisted as an infantryman.
“We all wanted to go in and be infantry,” Alex said. “We wanted to something unique to the Army. The infantry is something unique to the Army. That’s the backbone.” Bradshaw was a family guy, his mother
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