New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 149 No. 255 16 pages in 2 sections October 19, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
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Department of Defense
The U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) remains moored to a refueling platform in the industrial harbor in Aden, Yemen.
Clinton vows Cole retribution
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Alternating between words of grief and retribution, President Clinton sought Wednesday to comfort the sailors and families of the USS Cole.
He praised the fallen as patriots and sternly warned the “hate-filled terrorists” whose attack killed 17 aboard the Navy destroyer: “We will find you and justice will prevail.”
Under a gray sheet of sky, Clinton addressed a memorial ceremony at a
Norfolk Naval Station pier crowded with destroyers and aircraft carriers. Sailors in white dress uniforms lined every deck of every ship, listening to Clinton praise the colleagues lost in Thursday’s explosion at a Yemeni harbor as “our finest
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young people, fallen soldiers who rose to freedom’s challenge.”
“They all had their own stories and their own dreams,” Clinton said.
“In the names and faces of those we lost and mourn, the world sees our nation’s greatest strength: People in uni form, rooted in every race, creed and region on the face of the Earth.”
■ New Braunfels Utilities customers can water any day of the week before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Use of hand-held hoses, soaker hoses, buckets or drip irrigation is allowed any time.jm
School officials dedicate light TxDOT plans to turn on Monday
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Wet weather postponed the activation Wednesday of the traffic signal at New Braunfels High School and North Loop 337.
About I OO people, including students, school and Texas Department of Transportation officials and State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, gathered in front of the school to recognize traffic safety day at the school.
The day was designed to increase safety awareness on the campus, and highlight three major changes at the school, including, a new signal light, traffic control arm and flow reroute.
Otganizers of the morning event invited student council representatives and Marine Corps ROTC cadets to attend the 20-minute ceremony.
After two students died in a car accident trying to exit the school on Oct. 9, 1999, community and school leaders have worked to improve safety at the campus that opens onto busy Loop 337.
The new plan cuts the number of exits to Loop 337 from three to one and creates one-way traffic by the bus barn and the band hall.
Lightning Metal Specialties Inc. donated a traffic arm that will prevent students from exiting the bus barn driveway, and the traffic light will feed vehicles onto the loop.
After the Traffic Safety Recognition Day ceremony, school officials expected to see the signal turned on, but Monday’s rain prevented TxDOT officials from painting stripes that need to be in place before the signal can be turned on.
“The weather is a big factor right now. The pavement has to be completely dry, and it is sort of saturated,” said Greg Malatek, resident engineer of the New Braunfels TxDOT office. “We’re shooting for Monday (Oct. 23), but if it rains, then all bets are off.”
Once the ground is dry enough and lane lines have been painted, the light can be immediately activated.
Rain delays NBHS’s traffic signal
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Top left: New Braunfels High School Marine Corps J ROTC cadets turned out in force for a dedication ceremony of a new traffic light and traffic control arm at Loop 337 and the high school campus exit. The ceremony also highlighted traffic safety recognition day at NBHS. Above: State Rep. Edmund Kuempel (speaking) was one of several community leaders that attended the event.
Flu vaccine supplies need booster
Health department postpones clinics
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
A shortage of flu vaccine forced Comal County public health officials to postpone flu vaccination clinics until November.
Karon Preiss, Comal County Nurse, reports that this year’s order of flu vaccine has been delayed.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports on its website (www.cdc.gov) that 75 million doses of flu vaccine will be available this year, but that it will be ready a month later than this past year.
This past year, the CDG reports, 74 million doses were distributed nationwide.
The delay being blamed on poor reproduction of one of the three strains in laboratories, causing shipping delays for the firms that supply the vaccine.
“Most doctors in town still haven’t received it. My supplier says we’ll have it in November,” Preiss said. “We’re not really panicked about it, but we would really love to get the vaccine in.”
Preiss said the middle of November was later than she would like, but the flu season did not really kick up until mid-January. Allowing a month to get everybody vaccinated and two weeks for the injection to produce antibodies would leave plenty of time, Preiss said.
“As soon as the vaccine arrives, we’ll march on our campaign to get everybody immunized,” Preiss said. “We’ll work extra hours and we’ll get it done. It’ll be later than usual, but it won't be too late. We don’t want people to worry.”
Preiss said physicians she had contacted were telling her they had been told to expect the vaccine within a couple of weeks. They
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Comal County Health Department R.N. Joyce Ramsey anxiously awaits a shipment of flu vaccine.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has free flu shots available to all eligible veterans in South Texas — absolutely free of charge.
Flu shots are available at these South Texas Veterans Health Care System locations.
• Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital, 7400 Merton Minter Blvd.,
• Kerrville VA Medical Center, 3600 Memorial Blvd., phone (830) 896-2020
• Frank M. Tejeda VA Outpatient Clinic, 5788 Eckhert Rd., San Antonio,
Veterans who are not currently enrolled for VA health care services will be required to bring in their military discharge paper, form DD-214, to verify eligibility. For information, call (888) 686-6350.
Councilman, developers debate impervious cover rules
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
A meeting between New Braunfels City Councilman Robert Kendrick and local developers this week is leading to a broad look at the city’s ordinances that regulate building.
“We made a lot of progress,” Kendrick said. “I think we had a lot of positive input. I think we’ll come up with a lot of really good ideas.”
About 20 people attended the meeting Monday, which Kendrick initially called to seek input on a possible impervious cover ordinance. Kendrick had worked on the proposed ordinance but had not introduced it officially because he wanted input from oth
Impervious cover is paving, a house, driveway or other material that prevents the ground from absorbing water.
“Lots of communities around here and across the nation have similar ordinances to control the growth a little bit so we don’t end up with lots that are completely paved,” Kendrick said.
Requirements limiting the amount of impervious cover can ease drainage problems, recharge groundwater and minimize pollution from parking lots and streets into
local rivers, he said.
Kendrick said some developers expressed worries that such an ordinance would drive them out of business. However, he said that was not his intent.
“I’m not doing it on the basis of trying to hurt anybody,” he said.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission regulates the amount of impervious cover in the recharge zone. However, James Vaughan said the commission did not address the issue in other areas.
Vaughan is an adjunct faculty member at Southwest Texas State University who teaches land use and planning courses.
Also, Kendrick said his proposal for an impervious cover ordinance was not to
encourage developers to build homes with larger yards. Instead, he said he was talking about leaving some land in a development in its natural state.
Vaughan said he supported that kind of idea.
“it’s the kind of common area that doesn’t require any maintenance,” Vaughan said.
One developer who used such a technique actually ended up with a development that was worth more because people liked the open space, Vaughan said.
“It really sells,” he said.
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