New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY. OCTOBER 1,2006
a*************** rJiXLU HPI roi
*01 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTHWEST HICROPUBIISHERS 2627 E VARDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 lliiilliliililiidmiiffiiif ill
Smithson Valley tops Judson, 21-7 in a key district matchup; Canyon crushes Uvalde.
UPDATES LEARN MORE
Keep tabs on the National Guard, a fire in New Braunfels, yard sale for evacuees. Page 5A
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 269 18 pages, 2 sections
Details .... 1B
DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3BMayor: Make civic center shelter ready
United Way offers funding as soon as Red Cross can train volunteers
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels has seen its share of natural disasters, so when hurricane victims began arriving in town a month ago, people responded instinctively.
They donated money, prepared meals and even opened their homes to their neighbors from Louisiana and the Texas Gulf Coast.
Mayor Bruce Boyer said Friday he could not have been more proud of the city’s efforts and
announced a plan to help make future disaster responses even more effective.
“It was marvelous how everyone in this community stepped up,” he said. “All we need is a little coordination. It’s clear that we need a plan.”
Boyer found two problems with the response — a lack of designated shelters and not enough specially trained volunteers to man them.
In the future, the mayor hopes to be able to invite evacuees into the civic center.
“Once the facility’s expansion is complete, it will be a multipurpose building. One of its purposes needs to be a shelter,” he said.
The timing for any necessary modifications to the building’s design is perfect. City council has not approved final detail drawings yet,
See SHELTER, Page 3A
San Antonio Red Cross tells evacuees to go to New Braunfels, See Page 3A
EVERYONE’S A WINNER
DPS troopers investigate at a head-on collision Thursday that left two Canyon Lake girls clinging to life.
Canyon Lake girls seriously injured in head-on accident
By Ron Maloney
Students and staff at New Braunfels Christian Academy Friday offered prayers and coordinated an aid campaign for members of a Canyon Lake family injured in a head-on collision a day earlier near Startzville.
At presstime Friday, Aubrey Hazel, 6, and her sister, Kristin, 8, were being treated for major injuries at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Officials said the younger girl was in serious condition. Kristin I lazel was in critical but stable condition.
Department of Public Safe-
i New Braunfels Christian Academy officials are seeking help for the members of the Hazel family injured in a headon collisionThursday. Prayers, a vehicle and cash donations are needed. Anyone who can help is asked to call NBCA at 629-6222.
ty Cpl. Rick Alvarez said the girls were passengers in the westbound CMC minivan driven by their father, Randall A. Hazel, at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday when the vehicle was struck by a Chevy S- IO pickup driven by Kristopher Shane Bagwell, 40, of Sattler.
“Mr. Bagwell, traveling
See ACCIDENT, Page 5A
What a catch
Children try their hand at fishing thanks to a free program offered in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels police find homegrown officers
By Ron Maloney
Within days of graduating two new officers from a police academy, the New Braunfels Police Department is preparing to send five more out for training under its new cadet program.
Officers Chris Gates and Michael Monaghan completed four months of police training this month and have now entered the NBPD’s 120-day Field Training Officer program.
The cadet program, based on one used in the NBPD in tile 1970s, was resurrected earlier this year by Chief of Police Russ Johnson to help recruit new officers.
Each prospective officer is required to sign a three-year commitment to work for New Braunfels.
In exchange, the city provides each applicant with die equipment needed to complete the four-month Capitol
See OFFICERS, Page 3A
Special OlympianTilli Lynch, right, and her unified partner,Tricia Isbell, wait for the judge's decision during their bocce ball game against Leander during the Region 13 Special Olympics Bocce BallTournament Friday afternoon at New Braunfels High School. Below, Alonzo Espinoza tosses the bocce ball down the grass court.
Special Olympians light up the field during bocce tourney
By Jessica Sanders
Tilli Lynch is runner, a long-jumper and a bowler. But Friday was all about bocce.
Lynch, an eighth-grader at New Braunfels Middle School, said she recently added bocce to her resume of Special Olympics sports, but found the game was easy to pick up.
“Practice makes perfect, just like with the other sports,” she said.
Lynch was one of 123 athletes who competed Friday in the Region 13 Special Olympic bocce ball tournament at New Braunfels High School. Nine delegations from all over the Hill Country showed up to test their skills at bocce, or Italian lawn bowling.
Nancy Edelen, New Braunfels Special Olympics coordinator, said 13 students from New Braunfels ISD participated in the tournament, including both life skills students and traditional students called
See SPECIAL, Page 5A
“This is our first time to host, and I think we did a fabulous job,” she said.
Edelen, a life skills teacher at New Braunfels Middle School, said some of their student pairs have been together for years. The partnerships help life skills students learn the sport and also learn social skills.
“We’ve been participating in bocce for six years, and some of our partners have been together almost that long,” she said.
Phillip Cameron, a 2005 graduate of NBHS, said he has been volunteering as a unified partner since eighth grade and even came back after graduating. He said he hopes the experience will help him as he prepares to be a special education teacher.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” he said. “It’s good to see the smiles it brings to all the kids.”