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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 79 DAYS NewBraunfels Sesqulcentennial March Inside Today in Sports The Stanimtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Doraline Schultze Barbara Welsh Natal ie Oakes 6 Mary Ann Van Horn LaRue Christopb David Stephanie Cor reia Sarah Wetz Frances Opsahl Pat Randall Bill Sim mons Jeanne Vaughn Happy Anniversary to Tabitha Mark Lyon 4 f Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens continue to sub mit donations to the Herald Zeitungs annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa Director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Delivery will take place Thursday afternoon Todays donations include Richard Dona Caldwell Judene Leroy Kyla and Colby Goodson Automotive Audio Archie Nancy Ladshaw Citys Christmas tree recycling underway The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities began their annual Christmas tree recy cling program in Landa Park yesterday An area in the swimming pool parking lot has been designated as the site to receive the trees Approximately trees were converted to mulch last Christ mas Approximately trees have been mulched during the last seven years Nails and other metal fasteners should be removed from the trees officials said The mulch is available free to residents Bridal Showcase set for Jan 4 On Wednesday Jan 4 the New Braunfels Bridal Associa tion will host its 14th annual Bridal Showcase at the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin Ave Admission is Doors will open at Anyone planning a wedding or are helping someone else who is this will provide an excellent opportunity to gather information and guidance New Eve party planned Texas Nights will perform at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter on Dec 31 from 9 pm to 1 ajn during a dance benefitting United Cerebral Palsy ticket information Thfc iwnptper Is printed on wcycted newsprint New Braunfels Herald Vehicle flips on 135 HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A Jeep Cherokee driven by Anthony Newsome of Austin flipped over on 135 northbound lane near the Solms Rd bridge last night at approximately Police reports state that Newsome tried to avoid an animal and lost control of the vehicle However Newsome suffered only minor injuries Deregulation of power industry has pros cons Local officials point out advantages disadvantages for open markets By TEGLO Staff Writer Local man dies while house goes up in flames By TECLO Staff Writer New Braunfels Fire Department officials said Christ mas lights may be the blame for an early Christmas mom ing fire that killed a man who had enough time to make two phone calls before being overtaken by fire George Michael Martinez 26 of New Braunfels died when he was overcome by the house fire on Washington St Officials said Martinez may have attempted to reenter the home to retrieve belongings The home at 338 N Washington was totaled by the flames Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said as fire personnel crossed the river from downtown to the north New Braun fels area they could see the orange glow of the burning home He said personnel received notice there was someone trapped in the home as they made their way to the scene Obviously when they arrived it was impossible for them tcFmake rfieScuei attempt becaoseUieheat was so Friesenhahn said Apparently Martinez called 911 to report the blaze and may have made anothercall officials said The front half of the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived The origin of the fire was the front porch where lights were placed around a window Although the investigation into the fire has been completed officials were still filing the reports and could not confirm whether the lights started the fire They did say no foul play was involved Martinez a resident of New Braunfels was employed at Casco New Braunfels A rosary will be resighted at Zoeller funeral home tonight at and a funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Those interested in donating to the family can contact the local Red Cross chapter as it is organizing an effort to help the family While wholesale buyers of electric ity are licking their chops at the immi nent deregulation of the power indus try it could be the regular citizen who benefits the least Many power industry executives say deregulation of the power industry for wholesalers will give smaller power companies which dont produce their own power like New Braunfels Utili ties the opportunity to buy power at lower rates for their customers if large retail customers such as factories leave the local utility companies will be forced to raise rates to compensate for the lost revenue If all they do is cherry pick cus tomers what compensation would we get if they take our largest customers from us after we built all this service to said Jeff Thompson NBU assistant general manager Therein lies the heart of the problem with deregulation experts say The Texas Legislature will discuss the possibility of deregulating the pow er industry during the upcoming 1995 Thompson added Much like phone companies people go with the cheap est one and the get what they pay The predictions of instability might be warranted as recent history shows us that deregulation of industry does not always go as planned in Texas savings and loans Industry officials believe that the industry will be opened up during the legislative session Most utility officials contacted by the HeraldZeitung said they favor deregulation and believe it will happen soon but would like to limit it to whole sale only They said if every power customer would be able to choose their own power company it would cause too much confusion Some national reports of retail wheeling said residents would soon be able to choose their electrical compa nies like they do their long distance carriers In the SouthCentral area of Texas that does not seem very likely in the near future The LCRA which sells power to customers in 33 cities and 11 cooperatives said deregulation is noth ing new because NBU did not have to buy power from the LCRA NBU however does have a contract to buy session An interim legislative com mittee released a report last week ask ing that changes soon be made in LCRA through the industry year 2016 Deregulation will allow NBU for Thats the kind of competition that example to buy power from anyone in the country It will give the Lower Colorado River Authority a chance to buy power at a lower price and pass it on to the customer for a lower price Yet the original intent of the deregula tion was to give the resident or retail all of our customers have had for said Robert Cullick LCRA director of communications It would not be much of a change to how we do business around here We just want to be in the same competitive position after deregulation as Local unemployment drops to percent By TECLO Staff Writer The unemployment rate in Comal County dropped to percent in lowest level in nearly 10 Texas Employment Commission announced Thursday The rate has plummeted from percent one year ago a sign that the local economy continues to forge along in the county and statewide In May of 1985 the unemployment rate dipped to percent and peaked out at percent in Feb 1988 The San Antonio Metropolitan areas which Comal is included in by the TEC when compiling statistics unemployment rate dropped to its low est rate in 10 years when it reached a percent joblessness In Comal County the unemploy ment rate decreased by two tenths of a percentage point from October The number of jobless in Comal County decreased by 45 bringing the total unemployment to Total employ ment increased by 282 over the month and stood at in midNovember The New Braunfels office of the Texas Employment Commission has seen drop in regular customers how ever Office head Richard Bluhin said the comrmsaon is still doing business despite the lower rate Our activity has been high despite the drop because of unemployment insurance claims during the holiday he said Bluhm said certain businesses shut down during the holidays and laborers seek compensation for the few idle weeks they have The employees are not laid off but the stoppage in work is expected he said For Guadalupe County the unem ployment rate decreased by one tenth of a percentage point from October to November in the Guadalupe County area and stood at percent The number of jobless in that county decreased by 40 bringing total unem ployment to 961 Total employment increased by 344 over the month and it stood at in midNovember The AustinSan Marcos metropoli tan area shared the honor of having the lowest unemployment rates and area with perennial champ BryanCol lege Station with 33 percent jobless ness Amarillo Lubbock and San Angelo rounded out the top five The McAllenEdinburgMission area in the valky had the highest in the state with a 15 percent jobless rate with the BrownsviUeHarUngen area a distant second at 10 percent Sesquicentennial displays Seven downtown business es are featuring Sesqulcentennial window displays through Jan 1 in commemoration of the New Braunfels Sesquicentennial celebration of 1995 The HeraldZeitung will begin featuring these displays In tomorrows edition through Dec 30 buyer the opportunity to buy Fuelberg said although residents will whoever they wanted They would not be limited to buying from the local power company Local power entities say they favor open markets and competition but if a family on Walnut St wants to buy power from an Oklahoma power source who will service the home when its lines go down during a storm or when power goes out Will the out of town company provide service or will it pay the local company to do so industry experts ask And who will the local company respond to first in an emergency its loyal customers or the ones who left its fold It will be a nightmare for retail cus tomers if deregulation comes said Bennie Fuelberg general manag er of the Pedernales Electrical Coop erative It will make it more compet itive but there are going to some peo ple that will get not be able to make their own deals with power companies but said if local companies can negotiate deals for the lowest power they will pass the sav ings along to the customer When all this pans out I dont think much of this will he said But what its going to do is make us and New Braunfels more competitive and make sure we provide good service to customersand the big Independent power producers like DESTEC of Houston have a vested interest in the deregulation of the indus try It would give them license to bar gain with wholesalers statewide The company even took a two page ad in Texas Monthly to advocate the new openness We feel the changes will provide for free and open competition in the said spokesman Marvin Brown We would like to Harvest from the Heart Moaea carrlea and aarvaa toed to Steven and Trinidad Vlilnrreal at Harvest from the Heart Friday night at the New Braunfato Civic Center Harvaat from tha Heart a tree holiday din nar for local needy and elderly people waa aponaortd by Molly Joee Catering of New Braunfelf photo by MICHAEL DARNALL week f W   

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