New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 250 14 pgs. in 2 sections November 4, 1999
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Eatery closes temporarily after blaze
Rudy’s planning for Friday re-opening
By Erin MAGRUDER
A local barbecue restaurant probably will re-open Friday after a fire forced the evacuation of about 300 people and caused more than $ 10,000 worth of damage on Tuesday.
The fire at Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q, 936 Loop 337, forced evacuations of both Rudy’s and Johnny Carino’s, an Italian restaurant next door.
The blaze started about 7 p.m. in a large barbecue pit in the kitchen, said Blake Browri, one of four owners of Rudy’s.
A restaurant employee noticed smoke coming out of the back of the pit and alerted manager Irene Teneyucue.
“When I came into the kitchen, I saw the fire in the back of the pit through the pit doors that were slightly open,” she said.
Cashier Belinda Kimble and another employee attempted to use fire extinguishers to put out the blaze, but the fire was too intense to control, Teneyucue said.
“I was worried about the safety of my employees and customers, so we called the police and got everyone out of the building,” she said.
About 15 customers and eight employees were evacuated from Rudy’s, as well as 270 employees and customers from Johnny Carino’s.
New Braunfels Fire and Rescue were dispatched shortly after 7 p.m. and arrived at Rudy’s about 7:10 p.m., Fire Marshal Elroy Friesen-hahn said.
Three fire stations and 13 fire and rescue personnel responded with three fire engines, two staff' vehicles and one ambulance, he said.
“There was a major fire going on when we got there,” Friesenhahn
Rudy’s co-owner Pete Bassett points to a vent that was damaged during Tuesday night's fire. The restaurant expects to reopen on Friday.
said. “The fire was in the cooking area of the barbecue pit as well as coming out from the exhaust through the roof.”
Firefighters took about three to five minutes to control the blaze with water, and the fire was extinguished shortly afterward, he said.
Friesenhahn said he credited the fire department’s quick response time for halting the spread of the fire.
“If we had arrived about two or three minutes later, we would have had a major structural fire on our hands,” he said.
The fire probably was started primarily by an accumulation of grease along with other combustible buildup in the cooking chamber, Friesenhahn said. This material ignited because of high temperatures created by the wood burning in the firebox of the pit, he said.
See FI RE/3 ACISD moving to acquire land for campus upgrades
By Heather Todd
A new 800-student pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade elementary school for Comal Independent School District will be built just south of Farm-to-Market 306 and Hoffman Lane.
The new elementary school is just one of several projects in a $141 million, 10-year facility plan approved by voters in May.
The district is looking at major renovation and expansion projects at all 15 elementaryFind out how expansions at CHS, SVHS are progressing in Friday’s Herald-Zeitung.
and secondary campuses. Construction already has begun on improvements to Adon Seay Intermediate and Spring Branch Middle School, including new bus loops and storage buildings.
Most bond projects are currently in the design development or bidding stages.
A new practice gym at Smithson Valley Middle School has entered the bidding stage with completion expected by July 2000.
The board gave its OK in October to conceptual floor and site plans for Bill Brown Elementary School. Renovations to the school, including additional restrooms and a remodeled kitchen, are expected to be completed August 2000.
In October, CISD board members approved buying about 20 acres of proper
ty at FM 306 and Hoffman Lane for one of three new elementary' schools in the district.
The FM 306 and Hoffman Lane school is expected to be completed by December 2001 and will relieve overcrowding in the Goodw in Primary, Frazier Elementary and Canyon Middle School zone.
The board also approved conceptual floor and site plans for the campus.
Roy Linnartz, director of maintenance for CISD, said the land cost about $280,000, although a final price had not
The district also is negotiating for two other pieces of property north of Canyon Lake and in the Cibolo Creek area on U.S. 28 k
Linnartz said the district was working on a contract for property in the Crane’s Mill Road area, near FM 306 and Farm-to-Market 484. That school, in the Mountain Valley school area, would address growth in the north part of the district.See CISD/3A
New Braunfels Utilities employees Joyce Reininger, left, and Gloria Herfurth organize :oats collected for tie “Share the Warmth” clothes Jrive.
Deadline to ‘Share the Warmth’ is Friday
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Residents have until Friday to donate coats, jackets, sweaters, vests, blankets and other outerwear to folks who otherwise might be without warm clothing during the winter.
The “Share the Warmth” clothing drive, sponsored annually by the Employee Activities Organization of New Braunfels Utilities and local dry cleaners since 1995, started Oct. 23.
NBU already has collected nearly 300 items, but officials expect close to 1,000 by Friday, NBU spokeswoman
Gretchen Reuwer said.
“People have always been generous about it,” she said. "We had some clothes donated before the drive even started.”
Because of the flood this past year, NBU did not have the “Share the Warmth” clothing drive, but in 1997 employees collected about 1,000 items and helped more than 300 people.
“We’re expecting to help even more this year,” Reuwer said.
All local dry cleaners have participated, she said, serving as drop-off' points and some even cleaned the jackets before bringing them to NBU.
Clothes w ill be distributed 9 a.m. to I p.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall, 572 W. San Antonio St.
Any leftover clothes will be donated to the Comal County Women’s Shelter, Teen Connection and area nursing homes.
Donations can be dropped oft' at the NBU main office, 263 Main Plaza, or at any local dry cleaner.
Donations made Friday should be dropped off'at NBU. Donated clothes do not have to be cleaned but it is preferred. For information, call Reuwer at 629-8486.
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Sophienburg Museum volunteer Deborah De La Rosa, behind the Christmas tree, shows off ornaments to students from La Grange High School. The students were among more than 2,000 participating during Student Day Wednesday at Wurstfest.
German language students sample taste of Germany in New Braunfels
By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer
Students from across Texas had a chance to experience a little Gemutlichkeit New Braunfels style at the annual Wurstfest Student Day on Wednesday.
About 2,400 German language students from 40 high schools and middle schools welcomed the opportunity to swap a day of classes for a little German fellowship.
The event was sponsored and co- hosted by the New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School German clubs, said Benno Engel, NBHS German teacher and Grosse Opa of Wurstfest.
For the past 27 years, students and their sponsors have been granted exclusive access to Wurstfest from IO a.m. until 3 p.m. before the grounds open to the public.
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This year, students came from as far as Fort Worth to participate in the festivities.
Most of the booths at Wurstfest were open for Student Day — minus the beer vendors, of course, Engel said.
Entertainment was provided by a variety of acts, including Wurstfest regulars Alpen-fest.
In the Big Tent during lunch time, Alpen-fest performed such classics as Myron Flo-ren’s “Champagne Polka” and “Edelweiss.”
A group of children ages 8-10 from area schools called Kindertaenzer, which means little dancers, performed German folk dances for the students.
The New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School polka bands also entertained the crowds.
NBHS Polka Band member Carlo Schmidt, 15, said one of the best things about Wurstfest was definitely the music.
“It is fun to see bands like Alpenfest that play with instruments like an alp horn and a xylophone with cowbells on it,” Schmidt said.
CHS students also led a sing-along that taught students a variety of popular German folk songs.
“The event allows students to practice the language because a lot of the signs are in German. They also get to visit with students from other schools and have a taste of German food,” CHS German teacher Heidi O’Keefe said.