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Vol, 148, No. 239 18 pages in 2 sections October 20, 1999
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50 centsTxDOT will proceed with signal studyNBISD trustees OK resolution asking agency to provide solutions to safety issues at high school
By Heather Todd
Texas Department of Transportation officials said Tuesday they would proceed with plans to conduct a traffic signal study in front of New Braunfels High School and call in outside researchers to study the area, including an intersection where a fatal accident occurred earlier this month.
Two NBHS students, Shelby Farnsworth, 16, and Fernando Diaz, 15, were killed Oct. 9 when their car was struck by a pickup truck on Loop 337 in front of New Braunfels High School, 2551 N. Loop 337.
Diaz was pulling out of a driveway next to • the school’s baseball diamond, and, according
V to police reports, failed to yield right of way ML to the pickup.
Another accident in front of the high school in September sent a 48-year-old woman and her 12-year old daughter to the hospital after a 17-year-old NBHS student pulled out of the main driveway and struck their car.
NBISD trustees passes a resolution Tues: day night encouraging TxDOT to conduct a traffic study on Loop 337 to “provide solutions to traffic safety at the entrance of NBHS where it intersects Loop 337.”
The resolution passed in a 5-0 vote. Trustees Don Bedford and Steve Weaver were absent.
Superintendent Ron Reaves said the intersection of Loop 337 and the high school had been a “troublesome spot for years” and said the district had sought a traffic light in years past
“With this recent tragedy we have renewed our efforts once again to try to get a solution to traffic safety in front of the high school,” he said.
Reaves also said the resolution was not calling specifically for a traffic light.
“This is calling for a total study, it’s not just the issue about getting a light. There are a number of things we want them to look at,” he said.
Greg Malatek, TxDOT resident engineer, said his office had
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Tavern owner wants to stay open later
Mike Calahan, owner of Calahan’s Pub and Deli, 194 W. San Antonio St., serves a customer on Monday night. Calahan has been collecting signatures in support of extending business hours for bars and taverns in New Braunfels. Establishments currently must close at midnight Sunday through Friday and 1 a.m. on Saturday. Calahan and others want to keep bars open until 2 a.m.
Calahan leading drive to extend business hours to 2 a.m.; has collected at least 600 signatures in support of move
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
A local bar owner thinks watering holes in New Braunfels should have the option to stay open later, and at least 600 others agree.
That’s how many names Mike Calahan, owner of Calahan’s Pub and Deli, 194 W. San Antonio St., has collected in a petition he plans to present to New Braunfels City Council within the next month.
The petition asks that council consider extending local bars’ hours of operation until 2 a.m., a law that was on the books for five years until it was repealed in a 1984 general election. An attempt to challenge that, like Calahan is doing now, failed in a general election in 1991.
Since 1984, bars in New Braunfels have closed at midnight Sunday through Friday and I a.m. on Saturday.
“Giving last call at a quarter to midnight on New Year’s Eve is a killer,” Calahan said. “It’s time for a change.”
And with about 1,000 signatures on a petition — or 30 percent of the number of regis-
“Giving last call at a quarter to midnight on New Years Eve is a killer Its time for a change."
Mike Calahan owner, Calahan’s Pub and Deli
tered voters who voted in the last general election — council must consider extending the hours, according to city code, Sec. 6.02.
“Council could bring it up themselves, but this is the way the people can initiate the process,” city attorney Floyd Akers said.
If Calahan rounds up the 1,000 signatures of registered voters, council could either approve the amended ordinance as it is presented or call a special election. If council voted against the ordinance, a special election would be called automatically.
An election would be conducted on the next uniform election date, which would fall on Nov. 2, the second Saturday in January, the first Saturday in May or the second Saturday in August.
“This is about business ” Calahan said. “I’m trying to improve my business and I’m trying to improve downtown and bring more people downtown.”
Calahan said the extended hours could increase his sales IO to 20 percent, bringing in an extra $2,000 to $5,000 a month. This also could translate into more sales tax revenue for the city, he said.
Currently, about 90 percent of his customers come in between IO and midnight. Many then leave to go to Austin or San Antonio, he said.
“I want to decrease the amount of traffic going to Austin and San Antonio,” he said.
Paul Ortiz, owner of Ortiz Recreation Center, 283 W. San Antonio St., agreed.
“You’ll keep the people here instead of going out of town,” he said.
Ortiz, who signed the petition, said he probably wouldn’t stay open until 2 a.m. on week-nights but would consider it for the weekends.
First, Calahan and others have to collect more signatures — and gamer support from council.
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Jacobson, a student at Memorial Elementary, works with rocks and minerals during Tuesday’s Science Night at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The event was sponsored by New Braunfels I SD.
Canyon Lake community discusses incorporation
By Erin Magruder
SATTLER — About IOO Canyon Lake community members attended a town meeting Tuesday to discuss the possibilities of incorporation.
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce sponsored the meeting at Canyon Lake Action Center but did not voice an opinion for or against incorporation.
The meeting was designed as an informative session on incorporation, just one
of the issues that has come up frequently in community meetings in the past year, Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson said.
Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton shared information he and other BARTON Bulverde officials had learned since their May
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Candlelight vigil remembers both victims, survivors of domestic violence
By Erin Magruder
Each year, one million women are victims of violence.
One-half of all women who visit an emergency room are injured by their partner.
The Comal County Women’s Center will have a candlelight vigil Thursday to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence. The vigil will begin at 7 p.m. at banda Park pavilion 16.
Included in the remembrance will be a candle procession, presentation from center staff'members and reading of a letter from a
domestic violence victim.
“The purpose of the vigil is to bring awareness to the community about the domestic violence, “ said Ginger Gray, a counselor at the women’s center. “We also want to provide hope for women who are being abused and remember the women who have lost their lives to domestic violence.”
Comal County Women’s Center opened its doors in 1986 and provides help for victims of domestic violence. The center is staffed by three counselors and is funded by federal and state grants.