New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Bobby Mueller, Donna Siebrands, Beverly Thrift, Sam Wotipka, Reynaldo Guerrero (Monday), Douglas Konomos (Monday), Virginia Morgan (Monday), Gracia Perez (Monday), Becky Puckett (Monday), Senna Schiller, Alex Fischer (I year), Cella Valdez, Estrella Hernandez, Tim Klahr, Harold Tarlton (belated), Frances Medina (belated), Jon Deleon, Arturo Cantu (belated), Natalie Schendel (13 years), Steven Lopez (8 years belated) and Barbara Lopez (25 years).,
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Sunday — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Southeast winds near 10 mph.
Sunday night — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows near 70.
Monday — Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s.
Fifth-graders return to Dobie Intermediate
Classes will resume for Dobie Intermediate School fifth-graders at their campus Monday morning. The Dobie students have been in makeshift classrooms at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Schertz because of ap electrical fire that damaged the school last Tuesday. Dobie sixth-graders will remain at Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate School until Tuesday when they will return to their own school.
Buses will return to regular routes on Tuesday morning. Monday, the buses will take students to two campuses. Sixth-grade walkers will have a bus at Dobie at 8:15 a m. to transport them to Wilder.
The top floor of Dobie Intermediate School will not be used for several weeks Classes on the top floor will move to empty rooms on the first floor All instruction will be usual — only homerooms will be different.
Blood drives tak#s place today
First Protestant Church is conducting a Community Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Seele Parish House on Coll Street Everyone is encouraged to participate. Call 629-1000 or 609-7729 for information.
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The city of New Braunfels' Community Development Department announced today that Mather Street is closed for approximately 10 days because of street reconstruction. The affected area is the 600 block of Mather between Grant Street and Peace Avenue.
Cypress Bond eftosod Monday to Friday
Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the city's Holiday River of Lights
OBRA cuts raises# rat#
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority reduced the outflow from Canyon Dam to 180 cubic feet per second on Monday, The flow will continue at that rate until further notice by GERA officials. The inflow at Spring Branch was 202 cfs
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Local elementary notifies parents of hepatitis case
By DENISE DZIUK
Parents of students at Seele Elementary School received letters Friday alerting them of a confirmed case of hepatitis-A on the campus.
Seele principal Linda Schlather said one third-grader was diagnosed with hepatitis-A on Friday.
Although it was an early release day, Schlather said her office was able to send home letters with the students alerting parents of the case.
“We’ve notified the parents of shidents in that classroom,” Schlather said. “We also sent letters to all the parents in the school letting them know.”
According to Comal County health officials,
hepatitis-A is a viral infection that affects the liver. It usually spreads through the “fecal-oral route.” An infected person contaminates an article or food product which then spreads the disease when it comes in contact with another person’s hands or mouth.
Once exposed, an infected person can take an average of 28 days to see symptoms, but indi
viduals could begin to show symptoms as late as 50 days after exposure. Hepatitis-A is not a lifethreatening illness and is very similar to a stomach virus.
Symptoms of hepatitis-A include abdominal pain and cramping, nausea and/or vomiting, poor appetite, appearance of yellowish skin and eyes, Turn lo Hepatitis, Page 2A
Unicorns soar over Rockets
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Unicom fans whoop and holler after the New Braunfels High School football teem acorea a second touchdown against Judson Rockets Friday night The Unicorns beet the Rochets 28-7 and improved to 9# overall and 2-0 in District &5A. was Judson’s third in as many games. See Sports Day for more on the big victory.
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Master plan group eyes tracks for road
Subcommittee members say green belt could be included
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Comprehensive Plan, or “Master Plan,” subcommittees have kicked around a spectra n of ideas. Those ideas soon will be submitted to steering committee members, who will sift the workable plans from the pipe dreams and eventually incorporate them into the new master plan.
One such idea is the possible use of a strip of railroad right-of-way about 17 miles by IOO feet. The land in question goes along the old. unused Mis-soun-Kansas-Texas railroad tracks that run from near Farm-to-Market 306 to the Solms area.
Acquinng the right-of-way is not a new idea. City Manager Mike Shands said.
‘These discussions have been going on for at least three years,” Shands said.
A citizens group. Rails to Trails, has advocated using the nght-of-way for a hike-and-bike trail and green belt.
“The group has some very ambitious, ideas,” said transportation subcommittee member Don Offerman.
Rails to Trails member David Stinchcomb is also on the transportation subcommittee, Offerman said, and he lobbied for the hike-and-bike trail.
Another subcommittee member. Bob Hasert, began
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County mulls bigger lot size requirements
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
Future developers coming into Comal County will have to offer bigger lots if proposed regulations get approved by the county commissioners court and Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
County Engineer Tom Homseth is studying proposed regulations that would increase the minimum lot size in Comal County from a
half acre to one acre.
Commissioners on Thursday asked Homseth to look into revising the county’s regulations on sewage facilities pertaining to lots.
Commissioner Danny Scheel said he believed minimum lot size in the county should be increased to prepare for the influx of people expected in the Bulverde area within the next IO to 20 years.
“With the introduction of the pipeline in western Comal County,
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Chamber names first youth leadership class
From staff reports
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce released the names of the first Youth Leadership New Braunfels Class on Fnday.
Twenty-seven young men and women from Canyon, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley high schools have been selected for the project.
The program was designed to acquaint the students with current issues, community resources, opportunities and other factors influencing the direction of their community’s future.
Wes Stoddard, chair of the Youth Leadership New Braunfels Committee, said, “It was extremely difficult to choose
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Domestic violence victims come in many different forms
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Imagine being the victim of a spouse who hits and kicks you, or a child who dreads leaving school each day because of a drunk, abusive father at home.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A very real and pervasive problem, domestic violence affected 181,443 Texans in 19%.
New Braunfels police responded to 386 incidents of domestic violence in 19% while Comal County Sheriff’s Office responded to 245.
Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office reported 247 domestic-related inci
dents, Schertz Police Department reported 131 and Seguin Police Department had 381 last year.
These numbers reflect a wife who
suffers silently or a child who has to lie about where his bruises came from.
Texas Department of Public Safety’s Crime Information Bureau in Austin defines family violence as an act by a member of a family or household against another member that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm.
The agency defines “family” as individuals related by blood or affinity, marriage or former marriage, biological parents of the same child, foster children, foster parents md members or former members of the same house
hold, including roommates Domestic violence doesn’t have to take shape in the stereotypical manner of a man beating his wife, explained Peter Olsen, cnsis intervention counselor for the Texas Education Foundation and a pastoral counselor at United Church Social Services.
Domestic violence can happen between husbands and wives, parents and children, gay or lesbian couples and anyone who is columnating “Domestic violence occurs between those who care for each other,” said Olsen.
Frustration with a loved one can erupt into violence and sometimes.
people hurt the ones they love the most, Ire said.
The largest percentage of family violence reports filed last year were those involving married spouses, according to reports released by the TDPS Crime Information Bureau.
The second most commonly reported relationship among offenders and victims was common-law spouses, and the third most common relationship was roommates.
Family violence crimes are on the rise in Texas. The total reported number of Texas family violence incidents in 19% was 181,443, according to Turn lo Vlotenc*, Page 2A
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