New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 251 18 pages in 2 sections October 14, 2000
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Larry Phelps looks over some of his handiwork after helping to rebuild a home that was caught in the October 1998 flood.
Samaritan pair offer skills, fix flood loss
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Larry Phelps and Dick Humphreys prove that Good Samaritans can come in all kinds of packages.
Probably few people would have held anything against Phelps, 63, and Humphreys,
73, if they had not taken an active role in helping to rebuild New Braunfels after the Oct. 17, 1998, flood.
But the pair have left their mark on the roofs, walls, floors and doors of dozens of homes around town.
The two retirees are modest, but together they and other volunteers have helped more than 80 families rebuild their homes in the wake of the devastating flood.
What sets Phelps and Humphreys apart from the other dedicated volunteers are the number of hours they have devoted to their work.
Humphreys has volunteered more than 2,400 hours, more than any other volunteer with the exception of Phelps. But Phelps will not talk about how many hours he has worked.
“I do it because there was a Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago who would have done the same thing,” Phelps said.
As the wreckage from the 1998 flood consumed the city, a group of local church pastors and other community leaders gathered at St. Paul Lutheran Church to plan a counter-attack against the marauding flood-waters.
Phelps already was helping the city recover as head of the disaster committee at the First United Methodist Church. He joined New Braunfels Rebounds as a member of its board of directors, but his role developed into much more.
The group discussed hiring someone for $40,000 to $60,000 to coordinate volunteers and work around town, Phelps said.
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Bodies of sailors arrive in Germany home/3A
Middle East attack hits home on USS Constitution/3A
Ship death toll rises
Investigators begin search for clues in • ship blast
ADEN, Yemen (AP) — With the crippled USS Cole listing slightly in the harbor, American investigators, Marines and soldiers swarmed into this deep-water port Fri-* day, bringing sniffer dogs and sophisticated equipment to search for clues in the blast that killed 17 American sailors.
Wounded U.S. sailors and the bodies of some of the dead were flown to Germany en route home; the Navy said the ship would be repaired and stay in service.
The Navy released the names of the 17 dead on Friday. All but one were from the enlisted ranks and two were women. Lt. Terrence Dudley, a U.S. Navy spokesman in Aden, said Navy chaplains had arrived to console survivors.
“I’m just numb. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Patty Wib-berley, mother of Seaman Craig Wibberley, 19, killed in the explosion.
Western diplomats said the attack was apparently the work of a well-organized group.
Bomb experts quickly determined Thursday’s explosion “was a blast from the outside,” Adm. Vernon Clark, the chief naval officer, said in an inter-
Explosion rips Navy ship
An apparent terrorist attack on the destroyer USS Cole on Thursday killed 17 American sailors
Part of the USS George Washington battle group, the Cole was en route to the Persian Gulf with a crew of about 350. The explosion occurred at Aden, where the Cole was in port for refueling
U.S. Navy Photo
This port side view shows the damage sustained by the Abeigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) after a suspected terrorist bomb exploded during a refueling operation in the port of Aden.
Three Texans presumed dead
RICE — Three Texans are among those missing after ^Thursday’s terrorist bombing in Yemen. In all, 17 sailors are dead or presumed dead. and about 35 are injured, including two Texans.
Information Systems Technician Tim Gauna, 21, of Rice, was a 1997 graduate of Ennis High School, where teachers said he was a quiet student who excelled in baseball and art.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Rochester Santiago, 22, of Kingsville, had been in the Navy since graduating in 1996 from H.M. King High School.
Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr. of Rockport joined the Navy two years ago after four years in the Army. He was a 1994 graduate of Rockport High School.
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The Stretch Williams Band plays Riley’s Tavern on Saturday.
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Riverwalk meeting draws 50
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
NBGS International focused Friday on the public’s desires and concerns about a proposed river walk and man-made water transportation system.
About 50 people attended the first public town meeting on the project at Schlitter-bahn Waterpark Resort’s
Rapids Pavilion. Bob Sohn, fomier New Braunfels Utilities general manager, led the meeting and encouraged those present to ask questions and offer suggestions.
NBGS, a sister company to Schlitterbahn, wants people’s input, he said. The company plans at least two more public meetings on the proposal.
“I see it as an honest approach to have a good partnership,” Sohn said.
NBGS also distributed postcard-sized ques-
Drainage fees spark debate
By Jo Lee Ferguson
A review of New Braunfels’ proposed drainage ordinance will determine whether a proposed development fee will remain part of the developing law.
The city’s drainage advisory committee spent about the past one and a half years developing a proposed drainage ordinance. New Braunfels city council is in the final stages of considering the ordinance.
Council postponed final action on the ordinance Monday to allow the ordinance to be published with changes incorporated since the committee sent the ordinance to council for consideration. A public hearing will be conducted before council considers it for final approval.
City Attorney Floyd Akers said the delay in the third and final reading of the ordinance was something the city always had planned. That allowed the city to publish the ordinance in as close a form to the final draft as possible.
However, Akers said local developers questioned this week whether the proposed watershed system development fee was actually a development fee or an impact fee.
Part of the difference between the two is the steps required by state law to implement an impact fee.
Impact fees are for new developments that See DRAINAGE/10A
Atwell Scholl listens to Mike
Jaroszewski, president of NBGS International Inc., at a public meeting about Wasser Strasse Friday.
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After sign theft, Smokey’s back on the job
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — All the Smokey the Bear fire danger signs in the county are back up and doing their jobs.
“This is one of those cases where fact is stranger than fiction,” Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said.
Earlier in the summer, when Manford posted four Smokey the Bear fire danger signs around Comal County, he had no idea the colorful warnings would prove so, well... popular.
In recent weeks, Smokey signs at Canyon Lake and Bulverde were stolen.
Investigators now are processing cases against three teenagers who allegedly took the sign at Canyon Lake.
The theft is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a $2,000 fine,
180 days in county jail or both.
But the Smokey sign missing from U.S. 281, just north
of Cibolo Creek in Bulverde, found its way back earlier this week — as if by magic.
Manford said whoever took the sign has saved the county time and money.
“I want them to know they’re not going to be prosecuted because we got our sign back without having to use manpower to investigate,” Manford said.
While grateful, the whole thing has still left Manford shaking his head.
“It’s really strange when you have a theft and somebody brings it back and even screws it back onto the post,” he said. “But we’re grateftil.