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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Witch Employee proposals draw fire from Utilities board By DEBBIE OflLOACH Staff writer A 3percent employee base wage adjustment for 1984 was approved by New Braunfels Utilities trustees Thursday without much But proposals to change define shortterm leave of and add compensation time ruffled some There were several points of disagreement that led to tabling all the One was confusion over general manager Bob Sohns proposition to clarify NBUs sick leave Current policy gives five days for emergency leave and 12 days sick leave one day a month accrued to 60 days Sohn What were proposing is 12 days sick leave and 3 days for emergency for 15 days Trustee Robert Orr argued against combining sick leave with all kinds of If people can get it 60 theyll take and I cant go for I think its a terrible Sohns vacation proposition didnt fare much Present NBU policy calls for 2 weeks vacation after one then after the 10th an employee gets 1 day a year up to 15 years when he or she qualifies for 3 The change Sohn wanted was 3 weeks after 8 4 weeks from 15 24 and 5 weeks after 25 Thats a heck of a move in one swoop of the Bill board What I dont like is the firstyear guy gets 15 days sick 2 weeks vacation and 9 So hes gone 45 days before he walks in the Im not against employee he but what would we do for a encore Lets aim for have a committee work on work toward this but not all in one The costs would be Trustee Arno Becker had this suggestion Id rather see 1 year1 2 years2 because even after two you really havent gotten your investment back on an Then Id prefer 10 years3 17years4 because frankly I have a problem with 25 None of the trustees expressed bad feelings over NBU doesnt have com pensation time for its salaried em So Sohn suggested a 1 for 2 basis for every two hours give one hour back up to a maximum of 5 Thered be no cash he But none of it If we have a Model T for these I dont want our employees to have to drive a Model Orr But I dont know that we have to buy them a brand new El Dorado Cadillac in one I say defer and work it out through a So the proposals on sick vacation and compensation changes were and Orr and Edgar Sahm volunteered to serve on a committee to hash out some New Braunfels New Texas Volume 20 20 Sections FRIDAY January 25 Cents USPS 377880 Doctor says Jones wanted to lose vial GEORGETOWN AP Kathleen Holland says nurse Genene Jones ran out of explanations when the doctor found two holes in a vial of the drug allegedly used by the nurse to kill a The Kerrville pediatrician told jurors Thursday that her nurse was coolly defensive when confronted with the holes in the bottles Jones was out of but not out of she The nurse wanted to throw the bottle the doctor By that 10 days after the death of 15monthold Chelsea the Kerrville medical community was asking Holland said the nurse had a plan She I dont think we should explain the holes at We thought we lost the Throw it out and tell them we lost Holland spent almost two hours on the stand Thursday as a prosecution witness in Jones murder Her damaging testimony left the defendant Jones is charged with injecting the young girl with a powerful muscle relaxant that caused her It was in a small vial of that drug that the doctor found the The doctor also testified the without proper had ordered the muscle relaxing Chelseas first visit to Hollands office was on one day after the office Jones took Chelsea while her Petti talked with the The nurse called for her boss when Chelsea had a seizurelike The girl was rushed to the where she spent eight days in in tensive No major problems were I was the doctor I had a history of a child who had a history of stopping breathing and who had a seizure in my The tests and what had happened didnt fit She I dont think we should explain the holes at We thought we lost the Throw it out and tell them we lost Prior to Chelseas next Jones ordered drugs for the office including a brandname version of the muscle relaxant she is accused of using to kill the Holland said of the 7 drug half of it I indirectly Genene said suchandsuch a medicine is I was on the way out of the I told Look for look everywhere in the If you dont find it log it as the doctor Anectine was ordered to replace the missing which was never recorded as she Chelsea returned to the office on only because her older brother had a Holland said she thought it was a good time for the 5111 to have two routine im The shots were given in another room as McClellan held her daughters Genene asked me if Id come to look at She told me Chelsea had gotten upset when she got the had gotten the doctor The symptoms were similar to the 24 Medical experts have testified here that the symptoms also were similar to those caused by Chelsea was rushed back to Sid Peterson Hospital in Holland said she decided to transfer the girl to a San Antonio See Page 11A Sheriff promotes two deputies to fill vacancies The Coma County Sheriffs Department has done some shifting since Gilbert VUlarreal announced his resignation Sheriff Walter Fellers said Wednesday he planned on leaving VlUarreals position up in the air for the time But hes done some shifting in the lower Ive moved Ed Mullins and Gilbert Kroeache up from deputy to Fellers said Mullins has been with the department seven and patrolled the Canyon Lake Kroetche has been with us yaars and served dvil papers as a also said Mike whos been iMpartment two will lump from iaUtftoKrttachesoldslot as paper server Well also be taking Job applicati through for a deputy to raplaat and a Jailer to replace VUlarreal said be quit over internal and hasnt made a firm decision whKbaraaUnwfor sheriff In a Democrat and sheriff since DtlOACH Inside Wai tinfor a train This pooch might be a modernday hobo waiting for a lift from the next train on the Missouri KansasTexas tracks north of New Staff photo by John Senter Thursday wasnt a bad day to give it a since temperatures were unseasonably warm and were expected to stay that way for a Miss winners listed Prelims tonight finals Saturday Three winners were named in the Texas Junior Miss preliminary competition last night at the Civic Lamesa Tri City Junior Miss Danna Schaefer took top honors in the creative and performing arts portion of the competition for her ven triloquist The daughter of Dan and Elizabeth Schaefer of Big Lake received a savings bond from First Federal Savings and Loan a gift certificate and a bouquet from Flowers by In the youth fitness Killeen Junior Miss Kellie Blair took top The daughter of Major and Pat Blair of Killeen won a savings bond from Guaranty State a gift certificate from Salges and a bouquet from Flowers by South Plains Junior Miss Sherri Moegle was named winner in the poise and appearance portion of the She is the daughter of Bobby and Carolyn Moegle of Lubbock and won a savings bond from Texas Commerce a gift certificate from Carolyns and a bouquet from Flowers by Preliminary competition for the 34 young women in the state contest will continue today at the Civic Center beginning at The finals will start at Saturday at the Civic The contestants are vying for more than in college granted scholarships as well as cash scholarships from national sponsors Revlon and Her shey and from state sponsors and Tickets for the preliminary com petition are each and tickets for the finals are for reserved seat and for general Tickets are available at the Chamber of Com Vollbrechts Phar Landa Pharmacy and TXIFire Units from New Braunfels and San Marcos fire departments were rushing to the scene of a fire in the coal storage bin at the Texas cement plant at press time The plant is located north of New Braunfels on Hunter Road near the Hays County No information was available as to the extent of the but the New Braunfels department issued a call for all its The local fire department dispatched five firetrucks to the and Fire Chief Jack Wilson was repor tedly en Todays Weather The outlook for the weekend is with fair skies expected through Today will be cooler than with north winds blowing 10 to 15 miles per Tonight will be mostly clear and with light north Saturday will be fair and with a high again near and winds from the west at 1015 Sunset today will be at and sunrise Friday at DEAR RELIGIOUS A TV Up in the By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer The sky may not be the limit for the Comal County Sheriffs During Thursdays county com missioners Don Abernathy of Enterprises and Texas Flyers Association suggested the trial use of ultralight aircraft by sheriff officers to patrol Comal and in particular Canyon in gave the go ahead for the free The focal date of the trial will be Memorial although Abernathy wanted to do some aerial work charting and learning County to experiment with ultralight craft the lake He hopes to show department officials that they can use this vehicle as a demonstration for what its true capacity Abernathy told commissioners he believed the which travels at 20 55 mph and can stay aloft for two could provide a good detection as well as provide quick backup for area The intent of the ultralight is to expand law enforcement to achieve its he Abernathy listed several positive such as weight and the area needed to It takes very little for this aircraft to take he The Abernathy is less than a squad car is going to and its ability to perform is especially if there is an another law enforcement of ficer on the The which could be made would cost which in cludes training and He said the pilot would have to weight under 200 Commissioners seemed to jokingly find this a stumbling noting no one weighed under that the 72yearold Walter Looking not too pleased with the Fellers If thats what it Ill do Flu outbreak plagues Texas schools AUSTIN AP A over whelming flu has struck with some schools reduced to 80 percent at tendance because of the says a state health What is unique is the very suddenness with which it has said Jeff an epidemiologist with the Texas Department of Last there was and then within seven to 10 it seems that everybodys It was very very Taylor said Thur I havent seen school absentee levels like this in over two he In schools districts in Tarrant and surrounding some schools have experienced absentee rates as high as 22 percent to 25 Officials in the Bridgeport Independent School northwest of Fort even considered shutting down the Thomas superintendent at said the district had an average absentee rate of 300 students per day this week out of the Its on a downturn Myers See Page 1U
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