New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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November 25,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Edward
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: David Ingram, Jamie Yarn-cr, Steven Startz, Amanda Vfarie Lopez (IO years), Kim-bern Adams (9 years belated), Adda Rojo Garcia, Olivia Wilkinson and Josh Stolinski (18 years).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Edward and Jossette Garza (2 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pollen measured in pails per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hamper)
Comal River — 322cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.99 feet above sea level, down .01 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 241 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —191 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.11 feet above sea level.
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NBD reports pumping 5.948 mMion gallons of surface water Monday and 176.400 gallons of well water
Thanksgiving shaping up to ba cloud* warm Tonight — Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 60s to mid 50s
Wo Snoods? — Mostly cloudy. Highs near 80. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy with light rain or drizzle. Chance of rain less than 20 percent. Lows in the upper 60s, upper 50s.
Thanksgiving — Mostly cloudy, breezy and warm with a slight chance of showers Highs around 80.
Friday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows near 60 Highs in the 70s.
Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 60s
DPSofNcas cioaad for holiday
Texas Department of Public Safety offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. This will allow DPS office staff an opportunity to spend the holidays with loved ones See Page 2 to find out which offices will be closed over the Thanksgiving weekend
• City crews will continue work on Landa Street near Zoeller Funeral Home.
Expect lane closures
• City crews will set out cones to direct traffic from Loop 337 down Common Street for the Holiday River of Lights in Cypress Bend Park
The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the Community Service Center • This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9 30 p m Tuesday and hand out information In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight
State troopers hoping for safe holiday weekend
By DAVID DEKUHDER
• Nearly 60 people died each of the past two Thanksgiving Day weekends, a Department of Public Safety official said.
As a result, troopers will be watching the state’s highways this holiday weekend in an effort to prevent more deaths.
DPS spokesman Paul Waggener said 57 people
were killed in traffic accidents last year during the Thanksgiving holidays, compared to 61 deaths in 1995.
The DPS statistics cover a period from 6 p.m. Wednesday until midnight Sunday.
Waggener, who works with the DPS district office in San Antonio, said most people died in traffic accidents for two reasons.
“Drinking and driving and excessive speeds are two of die main reasons why people are killed
in traffic accidents,” he said.
In 1996, 20 of the 50 accidents during the Thanksgiving weekend involved alcohol, Waggener said.
"Last year, out of the 61 Thanksgiving deaths, 25 were DWI involved,” Waggener said.
Waggener said PPS troopers would be on Texas highways during the holiday to ensure everyone is abiding by the law.
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The three S’s
The Department of Public Safety urges
drivers to practice the three S's:
■secure your safety belt
■save your drinking until after you
reach your destination
Reason for thanks
Fire victims who lost home glad to spend holiday together
H«red-Z«itung photos by Susan Rynt England
The Rodriguez family, burned out of their South Street home Thursday, are living with son Joes Rodriguez Jr. until they restore their home. From left are Jose Rodriguez Sr., Robert Rodriguez, 3; Robert’s mother Rachel, 19; Rosa Rodriguez and Phillip Rodriguez, 21.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Rodriguez family is counting their blessings this Thanksgiving — they are all alive and well.
The Rodnguez’ home, which they owned and lived in for 23 years, was extensively damaged by fire Thursday night. Jose Rodnguez Sr., his wife Rosa, son Phillip, daughter Rachel and grandson Robert now live with Jose Jr. until their house is livable.
They do not know how long that will take. The basic structure of the house on East South Street remains intact.
“Everything else is burned or smoked or melted.” Jose Jr said
Jose Rodriguez Sr., Rosa and a nephew were asleep when the fire started. Jose Jr. said. It ongmated at the living room couch, he said.
“My dad works at night,” Jose Jr. said. “His regular alarm went off and my mom woke up. My mom noticed the living loom was bnghter than usual.”
Rosa Rodnguez woke her husband and nephew and rushed them out the back door, Jose Jr. said.
“When they opened the back door, it fed the fire,” he said. “There was a lot of smoke already in the house.”
Rosa Rodriguez called the New Braunfels Fire Department from a neighbor’s home.
‘At toast we get to spand Thanksgiving together.’
— Jose Rodriguez Jr. New Braunfels
The fire department responded to the call at 10:46 p.m., said city fire marshal Elroy Friesenhahn. “Three trucks responded, with 16 people on the scene,” he reported.
Firefighters contained the fire in IO minutes, but heavy smoke and heat already had caused considerable damage, Friesenhahn said.
“Dad and Mom were treated for smoke inhalation,” Jose Jr. said.
Jose Sr. was able to open a sliding glass door and remove a television and video cassette recorder from the house. Jose Jr. said.
Those are the only two items the family retrieved that night.
“A lot of our relatives over the weekend came over to help clean the building out,” Jose Jr. said.
They cleaned major appliances, burnt belongings, cabinets, doors and sheet rock, he said.
The Rodnguez family does not have
A burned teddy beer end e chikf'e blanket were among the Heme recovered from the Rodriguez home.
They already have received some help H-E-B where Jose Sr. works, the salon where Rachel works and Oma’s Haus Turn to Thanks, Page 2
ChMr Fund •Mks donations
Ths Naw Braunfels Herald-Zeftung is accepting donations for Ha annual Christmas Cheer Fund lo buy food baskets for the needy.
Donations wN be aooepled at the Heratt-Zeitung ottos at 707 Landa St. Checks also can ba maied to the HentkJ-Zekung.
Recant uontribuMons include:
■John and Gteabet) Brutoak* •I—*10
■ HalgardSuhr — *80
■ Maw total — $2,410.52
Local churches make plans for Thanksgiving
Special services set through Thursday
From staff reports
Comal County residents can give thanks at special Thanksgiving services planned this week.
Members of St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church will conduct a joint Thanksgiving eve service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther
Dessert and coffee will be served after the service.
Oakwood Baptist Church will have a Com-
Residents oppose gas station plans
Council tables rezoning until Dec. 8 meeting
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels residents told city council Monday that a filling station planned for Loop 337 and Texas 46 West posed a danger and would add to an already high number of gas stations in the area.
The filling station and other entities, including a grocery store, office buildings and a restaurant, are among plans env isioned by Quanalyze, Inc., a development
In other action
Council approved Monday:
• An across-the-board increase for city employees. The pay increase equals 5 percent of the median salary.
• Installation of stop signs on Denise Drive at Gruene Road and Azalea Lane at Gruene Road
• Adjusted hours for speed limits in school zones
• Changing the current use of a Victorian house from guest rooms only to either guest rooms and a restaurant and allowing retail use and sales *
• An interlocal mutual aid agreement with the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services
• Economic development assistance for a tricounty labor survey for Palo Alto Design Group,
rn union service at 7 p.m. today at 21154 Loop 337.
Holy Family Catholic Church will conduct Thanksgiving Day Mass at 8 a.m. Thursday at 245 S. Hildago
First Baptist will have special music and hear testimonies dunng a 6 p.m. Wednesday service at 733 Cross St.
Cross Lutheran will conduct a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Hickory and Cross Streets.
First Protestant will have a Thanksgiving service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Seguin and Coll Streets.
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will have a Thanksgiving Mass at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 386 N. Caste!!.
company in San Antonio. To build the filling station. Quanalyze sought the rezoning of a 300-foot tract of land within city limits to provide access from Texas 46 in west New Braunfels.
Quanalyze officials appeared before council in October to describe pions for the $50 million development project.
Homeowners in the immediate area, however, told council Monday they did not believe the project would benefit the community.
“Within one mile and a quarter radius of that site, there are at least six convenience store-filling stations,” said Barry Shea, a representative of Hunter’s Creek Homeowners Association. “We’d hate to see a pretty piece of property be bulldozed, basically.”
The tract, known as the Andreas Sanchez Survey No.
286, belonged to the Coreth family prior to Quanalyze’s purchase. In the midst of the acreage are ruins of an immigrant homestead. Quanalyze officials said they hoped to build around the ruins and preserve them out of respect for the Coreth family
“I think we’ve been very amicable to do deed restrictions and whatever needs to be given,” said Quanalyze representative Diana Farm.
Dunng a planning and zoning meeting in October, Quanalyze agreed to deed restrictions against mobile home and used car lots Company representatives said the development would look like a native Hill Country setting, complete with masonry work.
Of the 200 acres, only about 20 acres of the land fall within New Braunfels city limits. Mayor pro-tem Ray Schoch said if the rezoning was passed, council members would not have any say in terms of what types of businesses developers w arned to build there.
“We can’t be so restnctive as to tell you what you can and can’t have,” Schoch told Farris.
City planning director Harry Bennett said legal notices were placed in local newspapers and until this week, no residents had complained about the development. Notices also were sent to homeowners within 200 feet of the proposed development, and no responses were received, he said.
The rezoning of the land was part of a nine-part consent agenda dunng the Monday council meeting. The consent agenda includes items that members usually vote on in one motion.
John Saisman, a member of the Hunter’s Creek Homeowners’ Association, said tear of the unknow n prompted him to anend the meeting
“There is a lack of knowledge of what’s going in there (on the property),” said Saisman. “It’s very vague at this point.”
Hunter’s Creek homeowner Andrew Lmdemann said he was concerned about the proximity of New Braunfels High School and New Braunfels Christian Academy and safety of the students in the event of an accident. Quanalyze officials said they planned to store about 40,000 gallons of fuel rn above ground fuels storage tanks.
“I don’t want to drive by one of those (convenience stores and filling stations) everyday,” said Lmdem&nn
Council called for more Quanalyze officials to appear during the next meeting Dec 8 to clarify development plans. Action on Quanalyze’s request was tabled.Canyon High School cheerleaders prepare for national competition — Page 3