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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY COUNTDOWN 514 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquteentennlal March March 12yearold Nationals stay alive 1O5 See Sports New Braunfels 50 CENTS Vol 141 No 169 Water 910 10 Pages in one section July Serving Comal County Home of JIM SCHEELE Jr INSIDE STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Kevin Doerr Betty Jean PanKau Bruno Baerwald Albert McKinnis Candace McKinnis Stacey Yza gulm BUI Hermes Happy Anniversary to Arlene BUI Murray John Sandy Welch 27 Fraternal Order off Eagles program set The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a special Charter Member and Past Presidents program on July 20th at Members are encouraged to attend this meeting for their 41st Anniversary La Mujer Tejana will hold rummage sale La Mujer Tejana a local no profit service organization will be holding a fundraising rum mage sale on Saturday and Sun day July 17 and 18 at the Weekend Flea Market located at 1661 S Seguin Street Annual Red Cross Volunteers meeting The annual meeting of Comal County Red Cross Volunteers will be held July at in the Friendship Room of Eden Home For further information call Margie Council at 6294563 Commissioner set to speak to Rotary Mr James L Pledger Texas Savings and Loan Commissioner will be the guest speaker at the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club today at noon at KrausesCafe Pledger has been a Texas Sav ings and Loan Commissioner since May 1988 and is responsi ble for the coordination and implementation of several leg islative efforts both state and federal regarding appropriations and pertinent thrift industry leg islation Broadway Express gala set for July 22 The Broadway Express din nertheatre gala will be held Thursday July 22 at the NB Civic Center Tickets are avail able at the Archives 200 N Seguin 6291900 and from Jean Wilson Beltone 389 S Seguin 6201114 or 6257922 Reserved tables are available tables seat Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon July 19 This event is a benefit for the fountain restoration and is spon sored by the New Braunfels His toric Museums Association Comal County ACS planning big gala The American Cancer Society is planning their Summer Starlight Gala scheduled for Aug 13 and reservations are now being accepted Monies raised from the event will be used to assist cancer patients in Comal County For more information call 6295717 Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zellung invites Us readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Spphlenburg Archives and mem bers of the Sermon community Stammtisch represents a sifting place for members of fa cpinmunity to gather and share the days hap penings We invite you to share with Printed on recycled paper HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seldel presents John P Lewis managing partner of The Lewis Company parent company of Mission Valley Textiles Inc In New Braunfels with a gin for saving 800 jobs In New City shows appreciation for decision to purchase MV plant By JENNIFER ROMP EL Staff Writer New Braunfels business owners and Chamber of Com merce representatives held an appreciation ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the recent purchase by Mission Valley Textiles Inc of the Mission Valley plant formerly owned by West Point Pepperell Inc of Georgia The ceremony was attended by local and state gov ernment officials including Texas Agriculture Commis sioner Rick Perry Its a celebration of jobs for the entire Lone Star State and one thats going to be heard all the way from Landa Park to Lubbock and from the Mission Valley Textiles Mill to Mission said Perry The ceremony honored representatives of the Lewis Company in Dallas and the senior management group at Mission Valley Textiles Inc The Lewis Company is the investment company involved in the new corporation The headquarters of the company will be in New Braunfels President and chief executive officer of the company is Bill D Morton The sales offices will be operated in New York and Los Angeles The company will operated under the direction of a boardof directors with John P Lewis managing partner of The Lewis Company as chairman Lewis tearfully addressed the group during the appre ciation ceremonies I want to tell you how overwhelming this is When I first met with these people I told them they had never done anything as hard as they were about to he said Bill Morton never gave up and we never gave up I kept watching how hard they worked and it slowly went he said Negotiations to purchase the plant have been held dur ing the past three years Efforts to secure the purchase of the plant for Mission Valley Textiles Inc were made by both company representatives local officials and the Chamber of Commerce The former owners of the plant were considering shut ting the plant down which would have caused the loss of 800 jobs According to chamber officials the actions by the group saved New Braunfels from a devastating blow to economy Data provided by the Texas Department of Commerce Research and Planning Division shows the eco nomic impact to Texas by the plant is more than Si30 million Tom Pur John P Lewis expresses his emotions while giving a dum president of speech Wednesday the chamber esti mated the loss to New Braunfels would have been approximately million if the cor poration had not purchased the business which also helped Pepperell avoid the closure formerly planned for the Iselin plant Commissioner Perry praised the newlyformed Mission Valley Textiles Inc for being the first textile mill to become part of the Texas Department of Agricultures Naturally TEXAS Program The Naturally TEXAS pro gram has created a network of manufacturers processors retailers and producers who have kept jobs and dollars in Texas Perry also noted that the plant is the only one current ly certified to produce yarns and fabrics from organical ly raised Texas cotton Also present at the ceremony was Cathy Bonner exec utive director of the Texas Department of Commerce The most important thing is not what the state did but what the community did The real work was at the community she said According to Bonner the impact on the whole state will be jobs I It benefits our economy It benefits our environ ment Its a winwin she said During the ceremony Lewis was also named a hon orary Burgermeister of New Braunfels by New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel Seidel along with County Judge Carter Casteel expressed his gratitude to Mission Valley Textiles for saving the plant HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Dan Bremer looks over a petition presented to the council last night to recall him as district 2 council member Bremer Indi cated later that he would seek a hearing on the matter so that he could explain his actions Council accepts petition to recall Dan Bremer By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A petition to recall city councilman Dan Bremer was officially presented to Mayor Rudy Seidel at a specially called meeting held Wednesday night The petition was given to the city council by several New Braunfels res idents during the regular council meet ing on Monday It was then passed on to the city sec retary so that signatures could be ver ified before officially presenting it to the mayor City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi found that 215 of the 218 signatures were valid The recall election will be held Nov 2 The election will offi cially be called at the next city council meeting Bremer now has the option to call a public hearing During Wednesdays meeting he chose not to exercise that option However after the meeting he said he will probably hold the hearing I want to present the facts con cerning the he said I want to explain why I have done the things I have Bremer added According to Bremer there are more than potential voters in his dis trict He said the 215 is a small number but they are still important He added that he wondered why those who signed the petition had not contacted him before After having looked at the names I was a little disappointed that not one of those people with no exception ever called or wrote a said Bremer These people never expressed what their concerns are I believe this is pri marily a payback for having opposed Mr James he said Bremers statement refers to a law suit in which he and Councilman Butch Benitez acted as relaters for the state The lawsuit questioned whether or not Goodbread should be allowed to serve as a holdover councilman while his status as qualified member of the coun cil is being determined Last week a district court judge ruled Goodbread should not serve as the holdover Bremer said he will continue to try to answer the question of Goodbreads status as a holdover I will continue and try to get to the facts and get a judgment on what does the law he said I didnt initiate the original law suit I think that the holdover issue was a legal question and we had it answered I dont think they can find fault with explained Bremer Supporters of the recall said they were pleased the petition was found to be valid Were very pleased that everything went according to the charter There were no said New Braunfels resident Mary Serold Bremer will have five days to decide if he will schedule the public hearing After the hearing the election will be officially called If the recall election is successful another election will be called in Jan uary to elect a new council member Local inmates work to improve their lives through GED program By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Five Comal County inmates are making extra strides toward improving their future opportuni ties after they are released from jail Last week the inmates received their certifi cates stating they have completed the necessary requirements to receive their In addi tion 48 of the individual tests required for a have been passed by other prisoners The classes were started as a pilot program last year according to Dr Leland Cox adult education director for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Classes were held last year but inmates were not able to complete the program he said This years classes began at the first of the school semester Inmates attended classes for two hours per day two days a week The class was taught by Gene Lanzl of Canyon Lake It is part of the Comal Boeme Navarro New Braun fels SchertzCibolo and Sequin Adult Educa tion Cooperative This years graduates include Laurel Kelley Larry Henderson John Lottman and Lorrie Niers mann One of the graduates asked that his name not be released Lanzl said he got involved in the program after several conversations with Dr Cox He added most of the participants in the program were excited about receiving their According to Lanzl several other federal pris oners were ready to take their tests as well but were moved out of the jail before a tester could be located Cox said a graduation ceremony was held for the inmates He said each prisoner involved was very receptive to the program They were very receptive and anxious to take the said Cox They were very happy and pleased They want their families to know about it They are also glad for the people in jail to know they passed the said Cox It gives them a new start and a new he said Lanzl said the greatest benefit of the program is that it gives inmates selfesteem I look at it as doing what we can and offering what we can What they inmates do with it I have no control over To help raise selfesteem cant do any he said We are one little cog in a wheel and we try to do our One of the reasons people enter into a life of crime is said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer They cant get a good job This provides the opportunity for them to get a high school diploma or and the opportunity to be gainfully Bremer said the program is also beneficial because it teaches social graces and keeps the inmates occupied while they are in jait The course is offered at both the Sequin and New Braunfels jails A classroom is provided in the jail The 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