New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 1, 1987, Page 4

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4 Heral6-Zeitung New Braunfels Texas Hands-on learning Tuesday December 1 1987 Nueces County officials fighting over paychecks Youngsters in Debbie Crenwelge's first grade class at Lone Star Elementary learned about working with clay last week Above left Erie Hovelshon pounds the clay into the shape he wants Above right. Dee Buck explains how clay can be used in many ways Buck is visiting each of the classes at the schoo; (NBISD photo) Briefly Parents, YMCA reach settlement in lawsuit Commission may waive 180-day waiting period AUSTIN AF A waiting period designed to preserve historic county courthouses may not be wan ed by the Texas Historical Commission. says Attorney General Jim Mat tox Mattox’s opinion was sought by Curtis Tunnell. commission executive director The Government Code, under a section entitled Historic (Tour thouses ’ states that a county “may not demolish sell lease or damage the historical or architectural in tegrity of a courthouse before the IHDth day after the date it is notified by the commission that the cour thouse has historical significance “We have found no authority either constitutional or statutory* which expressly or impliedly authorizes the commission to waive the 18u-day waiting period set forth ’ in the Government Code Mattox said Mattox gives opinion on Open Records Act AUSTIN AP Whether a par titular non profit volunteer fire department is subject to the Texas < >pen Records Act depends on the cir cumstances including the terms of any contract with a public entity says Attorney General Jim Mattox Mattox responded to an inquiry from Hep Mike Toomey chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Toomey. R Houston specifically asked about the Cy Fair Volunteer Fire Department which receives public funds through a contract with the Harris County Rural Fire Prevention District No 9 to perform fire fighting ser\ ices in the district Mattox said the Cy Fair depart ment is a governmental txxiy within the law and ’ must comply with the Open Records Act to the extent that it receives public funds from the district.“ Photographer donates 300 portraits to UT AUSTIN AP 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 ( enter Photographer Niles J Fuller will present the photos on Friday the university said Monday Fuller has been developing the collection since 1985 Included in his collection are photos of many musicians frequently identified with Austin including Marcia Ball Joe Fly the Fabulous Thunderbirds Dine l>*e Bill Neely. Timbuk 3 and Townes Van Zandt John W heat the Barker Center’s coordinator for sound archives said the photos ‘ are important visual documents of the music community in the mid-1980s Thus, they are a significant addition to the Barker Center s research collections in the field of Texas music ” Texas National Guard adds I /500-man brigade AUSTIN i AP >    - Gov Bill Clements said he is “pleased and pro ud“ that a brigade of as many as 1,500 citizen soldiers has been added to the Texas Army National Guard The gain rn authorized strength was announced Monday by the National Guard Bureau rn Washington The new brigade will have a head quarters company two armored bat talions. one forward support bat talion and one field artillery bat talion A home for the unit has not been determined according to Mas Gen James Dennis. Texas adjutant general The new unit would bring lo more than 21 ooh the number of Army Na tarnal Guard positions in Texas Texas was chosen for thi- addi tion because the state has maintain ed its strength above loo percent of authorized personnel for the past several years Dennis >aid in a statement Comptroller opens phone lines for deaf AUSTIN \P State Comptroller Bob Bullock announced Monday he has added a specially equipped statewide toll-free telephone line for deaf taxpayers The phone number is I Hon . it and Bullock said anyone with a telephone device for tile deaf TDD may call the number for tax assistance Clements appoints members to committee AUSTIN \P Gov Bill Clements has completed his appoint ments to the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Oversight Committee by naming Rider Scott the gover nor s general counsel and Richard Sink a Wichita Falls accountant to the panel Sink to. is a partner with Mathis West Huffines & ( o The nine member committee wa-created to oversee all state financed alcohol and substance abuse "cr vices The governor lieutenant governor and House speaker each have three appointments Clements earlier this month named Ruth Schiermeyer of Lubbo< k to the committee FL PASO children who years ago at settled a suit atxnjt yin*) OOO AP Parents of ll were molested three a 5 Mi \ center have iguinst the facility for attornev" >a\ Mon The parent" had sued tor a minimum of $24 million claiming their children were sexually abused while enrolled in a child care pro gram at the Fast \ alley \ M< \ Under the settlement reach* day night bank accounts I from $14 Bl2 to > a* «Hi win s* for each of the ll child parents will get money to and medical expenses The suit was filed a year former \ MCA leachers Mu hie and Gayle stickier Is* convicted on a v anetv rec, he atte had sexual abuse charges involving eight of the children Noble s conv u t mn and sentence of Ufo and HI years was reversed last week by a state appellate court and a retrial was ordered on the criminal charges Dove I" api*-aling her con viction and 2b year sentence Both were defendants in the separate civil case along with A M CA officials and the Kl Paso YMCA which operates the Fast \ ai*e> branch and others I ruler the agrement reached Monday univ the \ M ( \ must pay The settlement is equal to the 5 M CA s insurance coverage Austin lawyer Dicky G r I g g who represented three of th*" parents told the KlPmm) Time* None of the parents or lawyers would reveal the exact total of the settlement but testimony in Mon day s hearing indicated that eat h of the ll families got $55 urn. for a total of $r#G two the rimes reported Grigg told all the parents that Unsettlement is final regardless of any future medical or emotional pro bleats the families may develop It s all tfie money that your <. hud will ever receive from the 5 Mf A in eluding Noble and Dove the national headquarters and Uh- Kl Paso 5 M ( A bourd of directors he said sexual abuse of their children had caused trauma and a variety of medical expenses the parent s >aid rn their suit rho lives of all members of our family have been dramatically changed by what hapi«ened to the ihild The mental anguish guilt, fear and anger we feel has affected our relationship with each other and those outside our family the parents of one child said in a court document filed two months ago The court documents contam thousands of pages and make a stack two feet high sthan '*• 5 Mi \ dim tors were named as defendants ir the suit The suit blamed 5 Mi \ offk tai" for not telling parents af*»u! a l-oc* state nvestigution into suspected child thus* at the k as! \ abey 5 Mi \ The result of the concealment was ad ait tonal abuse of the children ai »ordmg to the suit CORPUS CHRISTI (AP Nueces County’s judge and four commis stoners didn t get paid, and they re taking the county treasurer to court over his refusal to sign their paychecks Treasurer Tom Hunt refused Mon day to deliver the commissioners pay because part of the salary they received in 1983 and 1980 was paid illegally, Hunt contends out of the Nueces County Housing Finance Con) fund District Attorney Grant Jones said two of the commissioners JI’ Luby and Richard Borchard, filed felony theft complaints against Hunt and County Attorney Carlos \ aide/ filed for a state district court order he hopes will force Hunt to sign the checks Without Hunt " signature the checks are no good Valdez said ad ding that in fact, there are some angry people around the courthouse today Hunt was served with notice of the felony charges Monday night and has been ordered to appear this after noon before Nueees < Guilty Justice of the Peace J I F.llison Jones said \ hearing on Valdez motion is set for Thursday Hunt refused to sign chee k> for County Judge Kotx-rt \ Barnes and commissioners Luby Borchard WilliamMcKinzk and! arlBluntzer The treasurer said hr thinks the fixf Illegally funded pay raises for themselves He said the judge an i o na > stoners as the directors and off’.* ers of the finance corporation for middle and lower income housing are not to receive "alary or compensation for serving with the non profit corpora t ion But Barnes said he has no authority to w ithhotd our pay The pay increases were the equivalent of the lien en* ra - ap prov ed for county employees, Barnes said The key question and the test that idiot doesn t understand is that we didn t get any more of a raise than any body else.’’ the judge added Hunt said he withheld the checks because of the transfer of $9 228 in 1985 and DHI) from the corporation’s trust fund into the county's general fund from which they subsequently received pay increases Hunt who successfully campaign ed in the Nov ;i election to atxilish his own office described the transfers as a real gros" and arrogant misap plication of public funds County Attorney Valdez said the fund" transfer ha" been researched and found to Ik4 legally sound The county treasurer he said has no authority to question the policy makers It calls for no disc return \ aide/ said It s strictlv a ministerial function Hunt maintains the commissioners and judge violated the bylaws of the corporation by awarding the follow mg raises in l‘*H5 and DHI st ex for Barnes $1 260 for commissioner" Luby William McKmzie < ar! Blunt /er and Richard Borchard Hunt said the fund" transfers also went to pay an extra Si 26c to County » Jerk Marion Vehlinger and I! 572 to \ aide/ in 198' and P<8»> hut he signed tho-a two etui k" Monday Du- 67-year-old ei*unty treasurer took office in January arui helped support an amendment to the state constitution to abolish his j«*h The retired Air boree lieutenant colonel campaigned in the Non r!«s lion <>n the platform that he w.»" corking to do aw ay with the* po"! Jones said a conviction on a third degree felony theft charge carries a penalty of a fine up to I »» and a prison sent em c of from 2 to I* sear" 5 MC A b "aid they «: vest igation hoard rnee after th* Dive wen lard memtwrs how id not learn atxHit f until an \ugust mg almost six n • • • -tigati indicted in hi \obU Mn-t I! onth* anc John J. Curtis Is Pleased To Announce The Opening Of His Office For The Practice Of Law 260 No. Casten New Braunfels 625-3443 C (ill I or An Appointment County t our! at Herbert t ooper closed UM* case at the end t Monday night for the minors Without an agreetn probably would have month trial » ooper sa Law ! the I *•?!#• Judge ■cords tit hearing It of the clit the » ase meant a six id with each attortM*v having to prove their case Aith doctors and testimony from the children Las! week the Texas Nth District i ourt of \ppeal" reversed Nobles criminal conviction based on a July ruling by tfie state Court of t nounal \ppeals that videotaped testimony is unconstitutional they won’t mix* n A message from this newspaper and the Texas Department of Public Safe!, CONSIDER IT A RASS TO YOUR FAVORITE CLASS, GOLD FOB CHKISTMAS ('oms and ('hams A callable at Lobby Hours Mon Fri 9 00-4 OO Sat 9 00-12 OO ISI Executive Bd nu 555 I H J5 New Braunfels lexas .I IM* The Army’s Delayed Entry Program saves you a spot in the training school of vour choice. 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