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Vol. 148, No. 216 24 pages in 2 sections September 17, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Righting a wrong: Don’t turn on Seville
WAI Ll/Herald-ZeitungThis sign, recently posted by Texas Department of Transportation officials, warns drivers of a potentially dangerous situation at Interstate 35 and Seville Drive.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer
Northbound motorists exiting Interstate 35 and looking to get onto Seville Drive shouldn’t turn right from the access road, transportation officials warned.
Texas Department of Transportation officials recently posted signs to warn motorists of this at exit 188 — a spot where two accidents have occurred in the past year.
“The people on the frontage road assume they’ll
go straight, but they turn right,” New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said. “And smash. Hello — two scrunched cars.”
The Class C misdemeanor traffic violation also could cost a motorist up to $200 in fines.
Northbound motorists take the exit, the first one after the Guadalupe River bridge, and instead of following the natural curve of the road straight, they cross over tiny speed bumps to turn right onto Seville Drive.
Greg Malatek, Texas Department of Trans
portation Comal County resident engineer, suggested motorists continue north on the frontage road up to Texas 46 and take the turnaround to the southbound access road.
Motorists should turn left on Business 35 and then take another left on the boat ramp access road, which will wind back around to the northbound frontage road.
From here, motorists can safely turn right onto Seville. Or, motorists could always exit sooner, Wommack said.
Churches, courthouses will mark signing anniversary at 3 p.m. today
By Erin Magruder
Let freedom ring — it’s Constitution Day!
Our Founding Fathers will get a chiming tribute today as Americans celebrate the 212th anniversary of the signing of the US. Constitution.
At 3 p.m. local time, thousands of bells will ring simultane-
Facts and Figures
• The Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution invites U.S. citizens to ring bells for up to 21.2 seconds — the amount of time it took to sign the document on Sept. 17, 1787.
• With only 4,543 words, the Constitution takes about 30 minutes to read.
• Benjamin Franklin, at age 81, was the oldest of those who signed the Constitution.
Jonathon Dayton, 26, was the youngest.
ously across the United States in honor of the document that made our liberty possible.
Citizens are invited by the Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution to ring bells for up to 212 seconds — which is how long forefathers took on Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution.
Dick Robinett, a New Braunfels resident and member of Sons of the American Revolution, said Constitution Day was as important to the history of our nation as Independence Day.
“The Constitution is the greatest document of any free people in the history of the World.” Robinett said. “All you have to do is stand somewhere like Arlington Cemetery and feel the tingling to appreciate the humbleness of the Constitution.”
Since its signing, the Constitution has lasted longer than any other recorded document, Robinett said.
“In the past 212 years, that document has seen everything from the invention of ice cream to the moon,” he said.
The Constitution was signed by 39 men who gathered at the Constitutional Convention from May to September 1787 in Philadelphia.
Those whose signatures are on the Constitution reads like a Who’s Who of American history. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at age 81. The youngest signer was Jonathon Dayton from New Jersey, who was 26.
Other notables include James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.
With only 4,543 words, the Constitution takes about 30 minutes to read, Robinett said. The Constitution has been amended 27 times.
Mayor Stoney Williams said he was grateful for all the Constitution has prov ided.
“It is the cornerstone of the American w ay of life,” he said.Volunteers gathering to clean up Guadalupe
From staff reports
The ninth annual Lower Guadalupe River clean-up is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Double Rockin’ ‘R’ River Rides on Loop 337 and Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Market Road 306. Scuba divers can register at the Gruene River Company.
Volunteers will remove trash from about 20 miles of river from FM 306 at Canyon Dam along River Road to New Braunfels.
The event is organized by Friends For Rivers, formed to promote a balance between the conservation and the use of both the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.Inside
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Expect lane closures at 1-35, Walnut next week
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Walnut Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction around the Interstate 35 bridge starting Tuesday.
Linda Blume-Grisley, Texas Department of Transportation project manager, said the lane reduction on the north side of Interstate 35 would begin at H-E-B’s first driveway at 651 South Walnut Ave.
On the south side of 1-35, South Walnut Avenue w ill be reduced to one lane beginning at Wal-Mart’s first driveway, 12091-35 South, she said.
“This lane reduction is necessary to start construction in the bridge area,” Blume-Grisley said. "All businesses and driveways will remain accessible.”
The bridge work is part of a larger project to improve Interstate 35.
Blume-Grisley said construction crews would lay pipes for the new drainage system and would install a drill shaft for the new bridge.
Dean Word Company of New Braunfels started work on the interstate from Solms Road to a half-mile north of Walnut Avenue in January 1999, a
project that w ill take more than three years to complete.
The Texas Department of Transportation w ill seek bids for a project one-half mile north of Walnut Avenue to one-half mile south of Texas 46 in February 2000.
The last project, from one-half mile south of Texas 46 to Farm-to-Market Road 306, w ill begin in late 2(X) I.
Dean Word Company recently completed work from the Farm-to-Market Road 2252/Farm-to-Market Road 482 overpass to Solms Road, a project that started in February 1996.
NO RIGHT TURN ONTO SEVILLE DRIVE
Ryan Elder, 17, studies a reading assignment at the New Braunfels Independent School District Learning Center, 902 W. San Antonio St. Elder said he preferred the self-paced learning environment at the center and planned to graduate in December.
Alternative classes give students more options
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Some local students go to school everyday where there are no lockers, no crowded hallways and no school bells to signal the end of classes.
Each student has a different reason for being there. Some work long hours to support their families, while others have special educational needs.
But now' they all have one thing in common — a chance to succeed.
These students, at risk of dropping out, are staying in school and working to get their diplo
mas through self-paced recovery programs in Comal and New Braunfels school districts.
Seventeen-year-old Laura Henk was a good student at New Braunfels High School until she hit her junior year and her grades began to fall.
Because of a financial situation at home, Henk works at Wuest’s Supermarket to support herself and to save money for college.
Henk has attended the School of Choice at the NBISD Learning Center, 902 West San Antonio St., since 1998.
Laura Henk, 17, applied for the self-paced study for more flexible school hours. Henk said she could now work longer and finish school faster as well as save more money for her future studies at Southwest Texas State University.