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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas                                Pifld 4 New Te Handton learning December Youngsters in Debbie Crenwelges first grade class at Lone Star Elementary learned about working with clay last Above Eric Hovelshon pounds the clay into the shape he Above Dee Buck explains how clay can be used in many Buck is visiting each of the classes at the NBISD photo Nueces County officials fighting over paychecks j Briefly YMCA reach settlement in lawsuit Commission may waive 180day waiting period AUSTIN AP A waiting period designed to preserve historic county courthouses may not be waiv ed by the Texas Historical Commis says Attorney General Jim Mat Mattoxs opinion was sought by Curtis commission ex ecutive The Government under a section entitled Historic Cour states that a county may not or damage the historical or architectural in tegrity of a courthouse before the 180th day after the date it is notified by the commission that the cour thouse has historical We have found no either constitutional or which expressly or impliedly authorizes the commission to waive the 180day waiting period set forth in the Government Mattox Mattox gives opinion on Open Records Act AUSTIN AP Whether a par ticular nonprofit volunteer fire department is subject to the Texas Open Records Act depends on the cir including the terms of any contract with a public says Attorney General Jim Mattox responded to an inquiry from Mike chairman of the House Judiciary specifically asked about the CyFair Volunteer Fire which receives public funds through a contract with the Harris County Rural Fire Prevention District 9 to perform fire fighting services in the Mattox said the CyFair depart ment is a governmental body within the law and must comply with the Open Records Act to the extent that it receives public funds from the Photographer donates 300 portraits to UT AUSTIN APi More than 300 photographic portraits of Texas folk and popular music performers are being donated by an Austin photographer to the University of Texas Barker History Photographer Niles Fuller will present the photos on the university said Fuller has been developing the collection since Included in his collection are photos of many musicians frequently identified with including Marcia Joe the Fabulous Dino Bill Timbuk 3 and Townes Van John the Barker Centers coordinator for sound said the photos are important visual documents of the music community in the they are a significant addition to the Barker Centers research collections in the field of Texas Texas National Guard adds brigade AUSTIN AP Bill Clements said he is pleased and pro ud that a brigade of as many as citizensoldiers has been added to the Texas Army National The gain in authorized strength was announced Monday by the Na tional Guard Bureau in Washington The new brigade will have a head quarters two armored bat one forward support bat talion and one field artillery bat A home for the unit has not been according to James Texas adjutant The new unit would bring to more than the number of Army Na tional Guard positions in Texas was chosen for this addi tion because the state has maintain ed its strength above 100 percent of authorized personnel for the past several Dennis said in a Comptroller opens phone lines for deaf AUSTIN i APi State Comptroller Bob Bullock announced Monday he has added a specially equipped statewide tollfree telephone line for deaf The phone number is 1800 and Bullock said anyone with a telephone device for the deaf or TDD may call the number for tax Clements appoints members to committee AUSTIN i APi Bill Clements has completed his appoint ments to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Oversight Committee by naming Rider the gover nors general and Richard a Wichita Falls to the is a partner with The ninemember committee was created to oversee all statefinanced alcohol and substance abuse ser The lieutenant governor and House speaker each have three Clements earlier this month named Ruth Schiermeyer of Lubbock to the EL PASO AP Parents of 11 children who were molested three years ago at a YMCA center have settled a suit against the facility for about attorneys The parents had sued for a minimum of claiming their children were sexually abused while enrolled in a childcare pro gram at the Kast Valley YMCA Under the settlement reached Mon day bank accounts ranging from to will be set up for each of the 11 children The parents will get money to pay legal and medical expenses The suit was filed a year ago after former YMCA teachers Michelle No ble and Gayle Stickler Dove were convicted on a variety of child sexual abuse charges involving eight of the Nobles conviction and sentence of life and ill years was reversed last week by a slate appellate and a retrial was ordered on the criminal charges Dove is appealing her con viction and 20year Both were defendants in the separate civil along with YM CA officials and the Kl Paso which operates the Kast Valley branch and others Under the agree ment reached only the YM CA must pay The settlement is equal to the CAs insurance Austin lawyer Dicky G r i g who represented three of the parents told None of the parents or lawyers would reveal the exact total of the but testimony in Mon days hearing indicated that each of the 11 families got for a total of the Tinws reported Grigg told all the parents that the settlement is regardless of any future medical or emotional pro blems the families may develop Its all the money that your child will ever receive from the in cluding Noble and the national headquarters and the K1 Paso YM CA i board of he said Sexual abuse of their children had caused trauma and a variety of medical the parents said m their suit The lives of all members of our family have been dramatically changed by what happened to the The mental fear and anger we feel has affected our relationship with each other and those outside our the parents of one child said in a court document filed two months ago The court documents contain thousands of pages and make a stack two feel high sthan 50 YMCA direc tors were named as defendants in the suit The suit blamed YMCA officials or not telling parents about a 19H5 state investigation into suspected child abuse at the Kast Valley YMCA The result of the concealment was ad ditumal abuse of the ac cording to the suit YMCA board said they did not learn about the in vestigation until an August urns board meeting almost six months after the investigation Noble and Dove were indicted in October 1985 County CourlatLaw Judge Herbert Cooper closed the records of the case at the end of the hearing Monday night for the benefit of the minors Without an the case probably would have meant a six month Cooper with each attorney having to prove their case with doctors and testimony from the Last the Texas 8th District Court of Appeals reversed Nobles criminal conviction based on a July ruling by the state Court of Criminal Appeals that videotaped testimony is unconstitutional CORPUS CHRISTI AP Nueces Countys judge and four commis sioners didnt get and theyre taking the county treasurer to court over his refusal to sign their Treasurer Tom Hunt refused Mon day to deliver the commissioners pay because part of the salary they received in 1985 and 1986 was paid Hunt contends out of the Nueces County Housing Finance District Attorney Grant Jones said two of the Luby and Richard filed felony theft complaints against and County Attorney Carlos Valdez filed for a state district court order he hopes will force Hunt to sign the Without Hunts the checks are no Valdez ad ding that in there are some angry people around the courthouse Hunt was served with notice of the felony charges Monday night and has been ordered to appear this after noon before Nueces County Justice of the Peace Jones A hearing on Valdez motion is set for Hunt refused to sign checks for County Judge Robert N Barnes and commissioners William McKinzie and Carl The Ireasurer said he thinks the five illegally funded pay raises or He said the judge and commis as the directors and officers of the finance corporation for middle and lowerincome are not to receive salary or compensation for serving wilh the nonprofit corpora tion But Barnes said he has no authority to withhold our pay The pay increases were the equivalent of the H uerccnl raise ap proved for county Barnes The key question and the test that idiot doesnt understand Is that we didnt get any more of a raise than anybody the judge Hunt said he withheld the checks because of the transfer of tn 1985 and 1986 from the corporations trust fund Into the countys general from which they subsequently received pay who successfully campaign ed in the 3 election to abolish his own described the transfers as a real gross and arrogant misap plication of public County Attorney Valdez said the funds transfer has been researched and found to be legally The county he has no authority lo queslion the policy It calls for no Valdez Its strictly a ministerial func tion Hunt maintains the commissioners and judge violated the bylaws of the corporation by awarding the follow ing raises in 1985 and 1986 for Barnes for commissioners William Carl Blunt zer and Richard Borchard Hunt said the funds transfers also went to pay an extra to County Clerk Marion Uehlinger and lo Valdez in 1985 and but he signed those tsvo checks Monday The 67yearold county treasurer took office in January and helped support an amendment lo I he stale constitution lo abolish his job The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel campaigned in the i election on the platform thai he was working to do away wilh the post Jones said a conviction on a third degree felony theft charge carries a penalty of a fine up lo and a prison sentence of from 2 to lo years John Curtis Is Pleased To Announce The Opening Of His Office For The Practice Of Law New Braunfels 6253443 Call For An Appointment 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