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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY New coach pleased with SVHS work ethic See Sports ISO CENTS COUNTDOWN 486 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennial March March New Braunfels Her a IdZe 178 12 Pages in one section Aug Serving Comal County Home of MARY TIJERINA I Vol 141 No 189 INSIDE 5 STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Ricky McCoy Riata Kaufman Frond Soothe David Pfeuffer 1993 Rodeo Queen contestants Comal County high school freshmen sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in the 1993 Comal County Rodeo Queens Contest Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school dis trict as of Aug 16 Posters and information sheets will be available at the local high schools Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled A blood drive for New Braun fels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug 23 from 10 to 6 at the law offices of Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer located at 205 N Seguin Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations Walkins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625 8026 McKenna seeking historical info McKenna Memorial Hospital needs your help in acquiring any information pertaining to the his tory of the hospital McKenna is celebrating its 40year anniver sary in October of this year The hospital was built in 1953 A brief submission consisting of a short written summary of something unique that happened in a particular year trivia pho tographs of any items of interest in relation to the hospital through the years would be beneficial Please submit your items to McKenna Memorial Hospital attn Tim Brierty Hospital Development 143 E Garza New Braunfels 78130 Leadership NB deadline is today Deadline for applications to the coming class of Leadership New Braunfels is today Applications can be picked up at the chamber office For more information call 625 2385 Community blood drive set for Aug 13 The New Braunfels Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Fri day Aug 13 from 1 to 3 in the KMart parking lot located at 1050135 E The community blood supply is currently low offi cials have said If you are between 17 and 72 weigh at least 110 pounds arid in good general health you can help by donating For more information contact the South Texas Regional Blood Bank at 18002925534 ext 217 Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeiiung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with AACOG lending help to Kroger employees By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Former employees of the New Braunfels Kroger Store can obtain aid in finding new jobs at the Alamo Area Council of Governments The New Braunfels Kroger closed its doors to customers on Saturday Employees still working at the store are those involved in cleaning up the store according to Marc Mati er Employment and Training for AACOG Matier said several former employees of Kroger have already asked for help from AACOG He estimates 70 to 90 employees lost their job because of the closure Current services provided to the employees include an per sonal orientations to the Job Training Partnership Act Mati er said AACOG has already provided an orientation to the entire group If funding is made available from the federal govern ment AACOG will provide further programs such as voca tional training onthejob training and aid with job search es The New Braunfels Kroger store began selling out its mer chandise last month All of the Kroger stores in the San Antonio area are expected to close by Aug 15 In June Kroger said announced it would close the stores because union employees did not agree to the companys request for a costcutting labor contract The Kroger stores have been purchased by Arizonas MegaFoods Stores Inc The purchase is expected to be finalized this month The stores will be closed for remodel ing into the Megafoods warehouse format and will reopen in October The chain is expected to hire to employees when the stores reopen Kroger has said about employ ees of its employees would be affected by the shutdown Grand Jury indicts two S A men for sexual assault Grand Jury opts not to idict men on kidnapping charges HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Twoadays at Smithson Valley Brian Wieland senior tailback for the Smithson Valley Rangers bursts through one of the hitting drills during twoa days workouts at SVHS New head coach Larry Hill said he was optimistic about the coming season after Initials Rangers workouts See story and photo page 8 By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Two San Antonio men were indict ed Wednesday on charges of aggra vated sexual assault Robert Jackel 30 and David Weaver 29 were indicted by the Comal County Grand Jury for sexual ly assaulting a woman in May Both were arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggra vated kidnapping The Grand Jury opted not to indict the men on the aggravated kidnapping charges According to sheriffs office reports the woman was allegedly pulled into a car by the two men The incident is reported to have occurred between 6 and May 30 Reports show she was then taken to an area north of Canyon Lake and was allegedly assaulted The case was investigated by Det Eddy Tijerina of the Comal County Sheriffs Office The Grand Jury met Wednesday and indicted 10 individuals Those indicted include Robert Jackel San Anto nio aggravated sexual assault David Weaver 29 of San Anto nio aggravated sexual assault Sabrah Dixon aka Sabrah Mir 29 of 241 Seville prescription fraud Mark Doherty 31 of San nio aggravated robbery Ray Hernandez 27 of San Antonio criminal mischief over Gary Faour 31 of San Antonio driving while intoxicated subsequent offense Frank Snider 26 of Houston theft over but less than Richard Garza 29 of 167 N Plum aggravated assault and criminal mischief over Felix Reyes 59 of San Antonio burglary of a vehicle POINTS OF LIGHT Comal Co MHMR helps handicapped people deal with common liberties and responsibilities By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer With the help of the Comal Coun ty United Way the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center helps handicapped people learn to live among us and deal with the liberties and the responsibilities we all take for granted Theres a full range of services from residential care where we help provide care in the home to homes where three residents live said Tom Carr Area Director for Mental Retardation Services include prevocational skills job placement and job coaching Job training and employment is the main focus Our goal is to move as many of the vocational people into some form of competitive According to Carr the organization contracts with local businesses to do mailings assembly work and silk screening Most local churches out fitters and Softball teams have their Tshirts done by MHMR he said In addition the Comal County Court house Garland Transmission Com pany and the New Braunfels Her aldZeitung have hired vocational personnel to work at various jobs in the community In addition to working in the com munity services are provided on a volunteer basis Volunteers work at the Childrens Center Teen Con nection and the Animal Shelter Charles Stirk Area Director for Mental Health oversees the part of MHMR that provides case manage ment medication services psychi atric followup crises intervention individual counseling and group ther apy and a family support group for county psychiatric outpatients We provide all the traditional psychiatric outpatient said Stirk We serve all age groups and we charge on a sliding scale and never refuse anyone who needs our help Our goal is to keep people out of state hospitals and inpatient facil ities and help them function in the he said Whatever need they may have we will try to help them achieve a good quality a United Way provides about nearly half of MHMRs budget The funds are used to pay for and maintain the buildings and grounds Although a Celebrity Auction is held every other year and the New Braunfels Art Council held a fundraiser for MHMR recently the facility also relies on donations and will soon be looking for volunteers too We are starting to do presenta tions to civic organizations for job said Carr We are going to need volunteers to help with that to do some job If someone wants to volunteer for administrative support or dri ving people filing things like that just tell them to call Stirk said Anyone interested in volunteering or know of jobs that may be avail able for the vocational personnel contact the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center at 6257359 Hector Tamayo committed to being active in UW campaign By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer When asked three years ago to serve on the United Way Board of Directors New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo said he gave the board his standard answer Ill give it my best Tamayo stated he will be active in the upcoming United Way Campaign United Way officials are hoping to raise during the campaign which will kick off Aug 25 Tamayo will be work ing in government con tributions He said a spe cific day is set aside solicit donations from government employees Ill be looking out for contributions from all city employ said Tamayo Tamayo said the city was recognized last year by the United Way for its participation in the campaign Tamayo said he hopes to be a member of the board as long as the members think he is doing a good Its such a worthwhile cause I cant help but give 110 he said We see results It is all local Its local money for local organizations that help local Tamayo said he would encourage county and city residents to contribute and be involved in the campaign He said 99 percent of the funds donated to the Comal County United Way stays in the county San Marcos lowers property tax rate By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Increased sales tax revenues in San Marcos have made it possible for San Marcos City Council members to propose lowering the citys tax rate for the upcom ing budget year New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo said this is something that could have been done in New Braunfels if the city had decided to increase the sales tax rate several years ago According to Tamayo the issue of raising sales tax es in order to lower property taxes was brought before cities across the state approximately four years ago He said New Braunfels opted not to raise the sales tax at that time San Marcos proposed property tax rate as of July 27 is 44 cents per valuation New Braunfels property tax rate is 41 cents per valuation According to Tamayo the idea of raising the sales tax is that a portion of the sales taxes will be paid by outoftown visitors The idea was the sales tax would come from articles and goods tourists normally buy and outoftowners would support most of the sales he said Tamayo said about the same time the issue on whether or not to raise the sales tax rate was brought forward the federal government decided that sales tax would not be tax deductible but property tax could be deducted from federal income taxes He said this could have had some bearing on the councils decision According to Tamayo during the same time period as these occurrences New Braunfels residents voted not to add an economic development sales tax to the city sales tax New Braunfels receives one cent back from the cent sales tax assessed by the state This brings in approximately million to the city New Braunfels property tax brings in million The sales tax is in fact higher than the property he said Tamayo also said it is important to realize this is the sixth year the city has not had a tax increase He attrib utes this to proper management of money by depart ment heads Todays Texas Lottery numbers are 10 192231 32 44 Jackpot 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