New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
By Bon Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Officials have identified victims killed Saturday in two accidents at Canyon Lake.
Comal County Sheriff’s detective Sgt. Tommy Ward said William Charles Franklin, 19, of San Antonio, was the man who drowned off Comal Park.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Warden Danny Villalobos said Christopher
M. Avee, 32, of San Antonio was killed in an accident near Canyon Dam when his personal watercraft was struck by another operated by a 17-year-old San Antonio boy.
“He was basically T-boned,” Villalobos said. “He was in the process of making a turn and the other rider failed to make the turn, hit him on the right side, went over his vehicle and knocked him off.”
Avee, who owned both vehicles
involved in the accident, was facedown in the water afterward.
Villalobos said an autopsy had been ordered to determine the cause of his death.
He said that charges were possible, depending upon the outcome of the investigation into the 4:15 p.m. accident.
In the drowning incident two hours later, San Marcos Area Recovery Team dive team commander
Dan Misiaszek reported Franklin was swimming in an area locals call “the point.”
“According to witnesses, he was swimming between the islands at about 6:15 p.m. when he began calling for help and thrashing in the water,” Misiaszek said. “TVvo friends attempted a rescue but were unable to keep Franklin above the water.”
Sheriff s deputies were called at 6:31 p.m. and SMART, a division of
the South Hays Fire Department, was called shortly afterward.
Using high-intensity underwater lights, Misiaszek said divers found Franklin at 9:09 p.m. — just minutes after going into the water.
Witnesses provided enough information that divers were confident they would find Franklin’s body within a small area.
He was found 50 yards from shore in 23 feet of water.
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SPORTS SET FOR PLAY
Canyon and New Braunfels begin their District 27-4A volleyball seasons tonight.
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Resistance puts NBISD bonus plan on standby
Trustee Rob Johnson
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels Independent School District employees will have to wait another month to find out if trustees will give them a $610 bonus.
A proposal by Superintendent Ron Reaves to spend $325,000 of the district’s $12 million surplus for the bonus met fierce resistance Monday night from Trustees Rob Johnson and Lee Edwards.
Johnson first expressed concerns over the legality of
giving employees -
extra money after the district’s budget was already approved.
“I need a letter from a lawyer saying we can do it before I’m willing to vote,” he said. “It’s a constitutional issue."
During his proposal, Reaves explained the Texas Constitution will not allow the district to give additional compensation alter the employee salary schedule has been adopted and contracts have been signed. A loophole allows districts to require employees to perform extra duties and compensate them.
Reaves proposed contract employees, mostly teachers
and administrators, attend a six-hour team building workshop on a Saturday in November so thev could have their bonus in time for Christmas.
When Reaves and Trustee Ed Clark assured Johnson Texas Association of School
“Theres always a tendency to spend money if we have it. Now we’re opening the door for people to think they can approach the casn cow.”
Board lawyers said the proposal was legal, he said he was concerned about spending district reserves.
“Theres always a tendency to spend money if we have it,’’ he said. “Now we’re opening the door for people to think they can approach the cash cow."
After the meeting, Trustee Paul Fisher, who joined Clark in voting against the postponement, rattled a plastic bag holding $ LSI in change.
“Do you know what this is?” he asked. “T his is roughly the increase teachers saw
See NO BONUS, Page 3A
IN OTWV ACTION
NBISD trustees approved:
N $9,750 for out-of-pocket expenses, matching funds from the Classroom Supply Teacher Reimbursement Grant.
■ 82 fund-raising projects throughout the district for the 2004-05 school year.
N First quarter budget amendments, including $194,000 for three new school buses.COUNTY FAIR
Crowning momentsBlevins, Bigbee chosen queens for fair, rodeo
By Leigh Jones
As Jessica Bigbee guided her horse, Angel Fire, around the Comal Fairgrounds arena Saturday, she did not look like she was in a competition — she looked like she was having fun.
The judges must have thought so too. They never said whether it was her beaming smile or the jaunty angle of her black felt hat, but they selected Bigbee as the 2004 Comal County Rodeo Queen.
Bigbee, 14, from Canyon High School, is joined on her court by Princess Devin Fel-ger, 14, from New Braunfels
See QUEENS, Page 3A
FRIDAY Students FREE until 6 p.m. 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Adults (12 & Over) $3
Children (6-11 yrs) $1
Under 6 yrs. FREE
10 a.m. until ll p.m.
Adults (12 & Over)
Children (6 - 11 yrs)
Under 6 yrs.
11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Adults (12 & Over)
Children (6-11 yrs)
Under 6 yrs
After 6 p.m.
FAIRGROUNDS PARKING: $5
Free parking and shuttle is available Friday and Saturday night from Schlitterbahn's Surfenburg on Union Avenue.
Shuttle bus service schedule: Friday, Sept. 24,6 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Saturday, Sept 25,5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.CARNIVAL TIME!
Heart of America Shows 2004 Tuesday. Sept. 21
Open 6 p.m. to midnight Arm Bands (6 to 11 p.m.) $11
Newly crowned Fair Queen Kendall Blevins hugs outgoing Queen Shannon Kohlen-burg as former Duchess CristinaTalcott and Fair Princess Chelsea Laning look on.
The 2004 Comal County Fair Rodeo chose the Queen and her court Saturday afternoon. From left is Rodeo Queen Jessica Bigbee, runner-up Morgan Leach, Duchess Samantha Owens and Princess Devin Felger.Task force wades into controversy over river tubers
By Scott Mahon
Members of the city’s River Task Force agreed the Comal River can accommodate only so many tubers, but they haven’t decided how to limit the number of tubers on the river.
Task force members, who are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, discussed many control opdons last week. Some members suggested expanding the last public exit; others suggested
regulating the number of tubers outfitters can put on the river.
The volunteer committee was formed by city council following a weekend in June when the closing of the Guadalupe River resulted in overcrowding of the Comal River.
Mayor Adam Cork, who is a committee member, said getting tubers out of the river is the crux of the problem.
“Tubers don't float down the river at the same rate, so they bunch up and
the last public exit gets overcrowded,’’ Cork said. “We just don’t have an adequate way to move people down the river.”
Kevin Webb said the task force members should consider a permanent solution, rather than discussing temporary solutions that would be enacted when the Guadalupe River forces tubers to the Comal River.
See TASK FORCE, Page 3A
City's River Task Force
6 p.m., Wednesday
Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
Another church ii profiled in our weekly series on churches in Comal County.