New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the follbwing: Theresa Sawyer Monday), Arlon Nowotny (Mon-lay), Sue McLane, Owen Renfro, loulyB Bratcher (Monday), Madeline Cole (Monday), Tres ElUs (Monday), Debra Martinez Monday), Carol RusseU (Monday), Johnny Simmons (Monday), Lauren Gaskamp (16 years),
Felix Diaz, Brandy Klabunde (Monday), Sammy Tristan Sr., Dale Hedden, Fernando Diaz, Pat Fiennes (belated), Chase Steven Wilke (9 years), Stephen Chase Schriewer (9 years), Martha Ward, Clara Schriewer (Saturday), Arianna Torres, Tito Chavez (63 years (belated), Alissa Padilla (4 years Friday), Mark Keatts (Monday and Jimmy Lagunas Sr.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Sunday — Sunny. High in the mid 80s. Wind south and southwest near 10 mph.
Sunday night — Clear.
Low in the upper 50s.
Monday — Partly cloudy. High in the mid 80s.
Tu—day — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers.
Highs near 70.
Wadnaaday — Mostly cloudy and cool with a slight chance of showers. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
Thursday — Partly cloudy and continued cool. Lows in the 40s. Highs near 70.
Pont forgst to cast your void
Early voting in two separate elections soon Witt begin Early voting for constitutional amendments and Bulverde incorporation elections will begin Monday and run through Oct. 31. Election day is set for Nov 4 This election is open to all registered voters in Comal County.
Applications to vote by mail can be accepted through Oct 28 and ballots can be mailed through Oct. 28 Applications may be delivered in person until the day before the voting starts (Oct. 17). After that, applications must be mailed. Only the voter may hand deliver his/her application. Voters may apply on an official application form or they can write the county clerk's office.
Ballots can be mailed for the following reasons. 65 or older, disability and out of town (ballot must be mailed to an out-of-county address).
Early voting in the Comal Independent School District bond election, which will be on Nov. 8. will begin Wednesday and runs through Nov 4 Only registered voters in CISD can cast a ballot in the bond election.
Crim* victims can get help
The Guadalupe Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has introduced Victims Assistance Program of Comal County to service senior and adult victims of crime, abuse and fraud.
This program offers individual and family crisis counseling, advocacy, case management services, substance abuse counseling, victim support and treatment groups, compensation claim assistance and information and referral services.
For help, call 608-9032. For 24-hour assistance, call 1-800-532-8192
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
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Hospital surveys to find medical needs
Inquiry sent to 4,500 residents, businesses
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
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his daughter Alyidbeth Friday at
Amutfo Tory comforts Dr. Stan Handahy’s waiting room across from McKanna Hospital
A survey mailed td New Braunfels residents will determine many things about the city’s medical needs, according to officials at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Questions about how quickly patients’ needs are met in the hospital and how long residents must wait to get an appointment to see a doctor are some areas addressed in the
survey, according to Tim Briery, senior vice president of public relations at McKenna Memorial.
A total of 4,500 surveys were sent to a diverse group of people in New Braunfels, including 4,000 residents and 500 business, city and county leaders, Brierty said.
The goal of the survey is to gather information that will lead to improvements in services in the community and determine how many physicians — and what types of physicians, including specialists — are required to meet a good doctor-to-patient ratio for New Braunfels.
This is the first time an inquiry of this type has been initiated, Brierty said. Conducted by a Pittsburgh medical survey group, Daniel Stem and Associates, the survey can measure need, and it also can determine if there are too many doctors or specialists in a given area.
To the layperson, if he or she couldn't get in to see a doctor, then the assumption would be that there were not enough doctors in the community, Brierty explained. However, if there were too many physicians in a particular market, there might not be enough patients for Turn to Hospital, Page 2A
Woman dies in fire
Circuit overload blamed in CL blaze
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Firefighters found the remains of a Canyon Lake woman in the ashes of her home Friday after the house was destroyed in a fire the day before.
Fire Marshal Milton Wittmann said rescue personnel recovered the body of Lore May Pallone, 88, in her home at about 11:15 a.m. Pallone had been missing since the fire destroyed her home at 1037 Canyon Shores Dr. af 3:26 p.m. Thursday.
Pallone's husband, Ernest, 90, was in stable condition as of Friday at McKenna Memorial Hospital, hospital officials said.
Wittmann said Ernest Pallone tried to rescue his wife from the blaze.
“He had tried to get in the house several times and had smoke inhalation and minor bums,’’ Wittmann said.
An overloaded electrical circuit was believed to have caused the fire, the fire marshal said.
Fire officials said the house already was engulfed in flames when they arrived on the scene. The home collapsed and the woman was trapped inside the burning house, fire officials said.
Hamel T. Scott, deputy fire chief of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, said on Friday the response time to the fire was delayed because of the loss of two trucks damaged in a theft attempt early Thursday morning. He said the response
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time was delayed by four to seven minutes because the fire department did not have two of its normal pumpers.
Those two pumpers were damaged when Michael Elbe!, 19, of Canyon Lake, allegedly
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tried to steal the trucks. According to police records, the clutch w as burned out of one and Elbe! reportedly flipped the other.
Elbel remained in Comal County Jail Saturday on charges of burglary of a building and
theft of more than 1200,000. Bond has been set at $65,000.
Investigators with the Comal County S hen Ifs Office Fnday were looking at the possibility of filing cnminal charges against Elbel relating to the fire.
City hosts forum on master plan
Community to gather at 6 p.m. Monday at NBHS
From staff reports
Residents of New Braunfels will have a chance to shape their future as a city during discussions of the city’s comprehensive plan Monday.
A fbrum scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Monday in New Braunfels High School cafeteria later will divide into groups based on the plan's subcommittees.
The forum will cover nine areas of city development, including land use/zoning regulations; public facilities and services finance; urban destgn/Main Street/historic preservation; environment and natural resources; utilities/drainage; codes and ordinances; subdivision regulations/annexation; parks and recreation; education/youth/population; economic development and transportation.
Residents of New Braunfels are urged to attend this meeting, the first of its kind in 20 years.
“This forum will be an open discussion,’’ city planner Harry Bennett said. “We want your (the community’s) input.
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For more information, call Bennett at 608-2115.
Ant mound fire ignites nearby drums
By DAVID DEKUNOER
A man who tried to bum an ant bed in his backyard caused a fire that burned a couple of metal drums at Custom Ingredients Inc. on Interstate 35 Saturday afternoon.
Firefighters with the New Braunfels Fire Department received the first call for the fire at 3:06 p.m. and put it out
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Two election days keeping voters busy
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Elections usually carry some degree of difficulty in knowing what the issues are and how to vote on them, but for local voters, the November elections pose a new problem — deciding which day is for which election.
A state election will be conducted Nov. 4 to decide on 14 constitutional amendments and the incorporation of Bulverde. Early voting in those elections kicks off Monday.
Voters in Comal Independent School District will head to the polls to decide the fate of a $92.185 million bond issue, which would include expansions and renovations at existing campuses and construction of three new schools. The bond election is set for Nov. 8, with early voting starting Wednesday.
CISD director of finance Abel Campos said by state law, the district was required to wait 45 days from calling a
bond election before conducting the election. He said it was
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“We would noi have been able to have the election on Nov. 4 based on when the school board called the election,” he said..
Campos explained that although the separate elections would require voters to go to separate polls possibly tm separate days, he said it was actually better for voters. He said voters could more easily determine when and where to vote.
“I know every time tbs happens, people get mad saying. ‘Why am I having to go all over creation to vole?”* he said “I think you will confuse more people hav
ing it on the same day, though. I think if you separate the elections, you more clearly define w ho can vote on that day .”
County Clerk Joy Streator disagreed, saying it gave voters a reason not to go to the polls.
“It just infuriates me when we have so many different election days and locations because I know it confuses voters,” she said. ‘They just get to the point where they say To heck with it.’... The least trouble you put the vexer through, the better turnout you’re going to get.”
Although separate election days mean separate ballots, elections judges and election clerks, there would be very little, if any, cost savings by having the elections on the same day.
Streator said the city and New Braunfels Independent School District contract with her office to conduct the elections. However, CISD conducts its own elections, Campos said, so there would be only a very minimal cost savings at shared voting branches.
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