New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishas from tha Harald Zattungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Betty Jo Zunker, Richard Censing, Kathleen Martin, Dora Perez, Melina Townsend, Sarah Fest, Michele Shipley, Megan Mitchell (ll years), Linda Mac-chia and Ira Schmidt Happy anniversary wishes go to Terry and Karen Mitchell (15 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 2,803 Pigweed — trace Ragweed—10 Cedar Elm —24
(Pollen measured in parts par cubic mater of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.47 feet above sea level, up .05 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 459cf s Canyon Lake inflow — 261 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.39 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NSU reports pumping 7 856 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 1.295 million galore of we! water were used.
— Mostly sun-lower 90s. becoming east and southeast near 10 mph.
Friday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 80s.
Saturday — Partly cloudy. Lows near 60. Highs near 90.
Sunday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 50s. Highs near 90.
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The SOS Inc., Food Bank needs to restock its shelves. The items needed the most are canned milk, canned meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, soups, cereals, laundry items, shampoo and bath items. To make donations, call 629-3663 or bring them to 248 Merriweather St.
To apply to receive the food, come by the office and fill out an application. You will need to state the source of your income and go through a screening process with the food bank board of directors
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The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe River Cleanup will be Saturday. Land-based, water and diving volunteers are needed. Registration will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Double Rockin’ R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market 306. Volunteers are welcome to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park. For information, call 629-0939.
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School is back in session, so remember to slow down in school zones. Also, watch for children loading and unloading school buses. In most situations, it is illegal to pass a school bus that has stopped to pick up or drop off children.
Lightning touches off house fire on Encino Drive
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Lightning and high winds caused destruction in the River Oaks subdivision and a house fire Tuesday.
The 42-mile-per-hour winds that ■rolled into New Braunfels about 5 p.m. knocked down trees and mailboxes in River Oaks and scattered branches and debris in streets and yards.
Sue Karger witnessed the weather's effects on her neighborhood.
“It is a mess out here,” Karger said. “I couldn’t see any of it. It was so white. The rain and hail were so hard. We have got trees down, fences down, shingles down. A lot of trees were split in half. Our yard looks like we had a tree trimmer who didn’t do anything for a week.”
New Braunfels Fire Department officials said lightning was the cause of a fire that damaged a home on Encino Drive, forcing the residents to evacuate.
Captain Ray Hacker said firefighters were called to the fire at 5:23 p.m.
Battalion chief Wes Meyer said lightning struck an outside electrical meter near the garage, igniting the fire.
“We saw an arc on the utility meter,” Meyer said “We suspect it was caused by lightning.”
Hacker said firemen did not leave the scene until 10:30 p.m.
The fire destroyed the garage, the living room, attic and the kitchen.
Robert Arnold said the fire struck his home quickly.
“We heard a flash (of lightning) and in minutes the flames were so high in the attic I realized I couldn't get it out with a garden hose,” Arnold said. “It was a matter saving what we could old photos, business records and hanging clothes.”
Arnold and his wife, Tina, have two children.
Arnold said he believed the lightning hit the outside electrical panel, then went into the inside of the garage.
The panel inside the garage against the wall was in flames,” he said
It also was a hard busy night few
NWS:%h winds, not twister, led to damage
By DENISE DZIUK
Herakl-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Above, flames shoot through the garage of this house In the Mission HUM subdivision Tuesday evening after witnesses say It was struck by lightening. Top right photo, Mike Carvy and Everett Fulton i In Fulton’s yard Tuesday whan strong storms blaw down several tress in River Oaks subdivision.
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— Robert Arnold home burned Tuesday
New Braunfels Utilities crews who were busy dealing with power outages in the Soims Road area along Farm-to-Market 482.
“It may have been only IO minutes long, but it was powerful” Said general manager Paul DiFgnzo. “We have several lag* and poles down. We have a quite a few people without power * Wires were wrapped and tom around” DiFonzo said she hoped to have pow er restored to people in the area by midmorning.
She said power outages were reported off Texas 46 near Hueco Springs Loop Road and on Hunter Road.
Ronnie Rutkowski, spokesman for the Schertz Police Department, said officers responded to a report of a possible funnel cloud near FM 1103 and Interstate 35 but only found evidence of high w inds.
The roof of the Cibolo Valley Baptist Church on FM 1103 was blown off, Rutkowski said “We did have a lot of wind and damage to power lines and signs (in that area),” he said.
Power lines were reported to be down near Seguin as well.
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New Braunfels Emergency workers put on another airpack to go back into the biasing structure in Million Hills subdivision
Storms moved through New Braunfels quickly Tuesday evening, leaving behind little rainfall and lots of damage, according the National Weather Service in New Braunfels.
NWS forecaster Daryl Williams said a pre-frontal disturbance moved through New Braunfels between 4:45 and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. The cooler air ahead of the cool front, mixed w ith warm moist air, sparked the thunderstorms, Williams said.
Williams said the storms dropped less than an inch of rain across most of the area. Most parts of New Braunfels only received 0.25 to 0.50 inches of rain. The New Braunfels airport recorded 0.30 inches of rain, while an area five miles south of Canyon Lake recorded LIO inches. The San Antonio airport reported 0.56 inches.
“There w asn’t a lot of rain w ith the movement,” said Williams.
Residents in New Braunfels. Seguin and Schertz reported damage they said was caused by a twister. However. Williams said, the dunage was caused by gusting winds.
Winds at the airport were measured at 42 miles per hour, and these wands uprooted trees, broke limbs and downed electrical lines. Pea-sized hail also was reported.
"There was damage but no twisters,” said W illiams. “We had lots of damage ... People tend to associate that with a twister, but there wasn't one.”
Williams said thunderstorms moved through the area at 20 to 25 mph, and brought a fluctuation in temperatures. At 4 p.m., the temperature was 07 degrees. At 5 p.m. it was recorded at 08 degrees, but at 6 p.m., after the
Turn to High winds, See Page 2A
Visitors got a sneak peek at the Or ester New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce ninth annual Business Trade Show Tuesday. The show, which features 66 booths, will be open 10 am to 6 p.m. today. Tickets at the door will ba FL Door prtaee will ba awarded during the day, and visitors can register for the grand prize, a 7-day cruise for two to Cancun, Cozumel and Honduras. The grinner grill be announced at 5:56 pm
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Demall
Driver pleads no contest in New Year’s Eve hit-and run accident
By DENKE DZIUK
Houston attorney John Lancaster Sharman entered a plea of no contest in Comal County district court Tuesday to failure to stop and leave information after a New Year’s Eve hit-and-run accident in Greene A McQueeney man’s leg was amputated at the knee because of the accident.
Sharman, 51, was handed a sentence of six months deferred adjudication, which means the charges will be dropped if he does not get in any other legal trouble for the next six months.
“(His record) will show that he’s been arrested,” District Attorney Dib Waldnp said. “It won’t show a conviction for anything but the traffic violation, though.”
In addition to probation, Sharman was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and reimburse the DA’s office $5,000. He was ordered to donate $25,000 to the Comal Healthcare Organization, to be used for the McKenna Rehabilitation Network. The agreement also called for the settlement of pending civil litigation.
Sharman was indicted by a Comal County Turn to Driver, See Page 2A
Library instills love of reading
By ABE LEVY
At age 7, Julia Gremmer knows what she wants when she walks into flu: library.
“I just pull books out and start reading them,” she said. “All of us in the family love to read. We read in the morning and at night. I teem a lot from books.”
It’s a simple strategy but one that Dittlinger Memorial Library officials are trying to promote through the summer reading program.
Gremmer ii one of about 60 children who showed up for seven weeks this past summer on Thursdays to partici
pate in the program at the library, Magazine Ave.
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Children’s librarian Barbara Korte said the program has helped children retain what they learned, despite the
summer break between grades.
"Reading is a tool for school” she said. “Reading is not just a school activity. It’s a lifetime activity.”
About 80 children from kindergarten through sixth-grade received certificates at the end of the program for reading either a total of 24 hours or 20 books.
Gremmer has attended the program for two years.
At age 5 - one year after learning to nde a bike — she got her first library card.
Her favorite books are the American Girl, a fictional scries about young girls who grow up during different his-
Tum to Library, See Page 2A
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Rabecca Kennedy atte in the mickle of en Male reeding at PittHngar Memorial library Tuesday.Easy, healthy snacks for your family — Pages 9-10A; calendar of arts events — Page SA