Wednesday, February 1, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY All three local boys basketball teams pick up wins See P CENTS COUNTDOWN 46 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in two sections Wednesday Feb Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of TABITHA LYON Inside Sports Arts Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following airthday wishes to Luz P Drduna Mark Cole Gladys Stearns Andrew Lowke Dlasen 3 Joshua umpklns David Simbola Manuel Alvarez Conny Bacen Esther Hernandez Timothy Whirl Stephen Davidson Stensen Smith Julia Comer Peer counseling starting at CCFWC The Comal County Family Womens Center is starting group peer counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault Individuals who have experienced violence in their family or been sexually assaulted in the past are encouraged to use this opportunity to explore how these events have impacted their lives while joining with others in the therapeutic process Family violence groups will meet on Monday evenings at 6 and on Wednesday morn ings at 10 Sexual assault and incest survivor groups will be offered on Tuesdays at 6 mornings at 11 Interested individuals can call program coordinator Patty Bray at 6207520 to set up a pre group appointment There is no fee for services provided through the womens center The center is currently in need of postage stamps volunteers threering notebooks digital and infant thermometers and a new sturdy vacuum Black Heritage Society hosting art contest for students The Black Heritage Society of Comal County is hosting an art contest for students in local school districts as one of the activities to kick off the 1995 Sesquicentennial celebration The art contest will be held the month of February to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans in observance of Black History Month Entries have already been sub mitted to the chamber of com merce Winning art work will be put on display in the Texas Com merce Bank lobby for the entire month of February Cancer Society to benefit from Rumors Circle Arts Theatres Sunday Feb 5 performance of the Neil Simon play Rumors will bene fit the local unit of the American Cancer Society and is the pre mier event promoting the annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held on June 16 this year There will be a wine and cheese reception for everyone attending the 7 perfor mance Doors to the theatre will open and serving will begin at Tickets are available through Gala committee members and at Circle Arts Theatre For more information call Linda Gabbard at 6296153 or Laurie at 6201379 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint x McKenna expects to By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer McKenna Hospital officials say the possibili ty of Medicare program termination will not hap pen at the local hospital McKenna received notification of termination from the Medicare program by Feb if the hospital does not meet minimum health and safety standards required for Medicare program participation according to the Health Care Financing Administration a division of the Department of Health and Human Services The Texas Department of Health on behalf of the HHS conducted a survey on Jan 13 1995 based on a recent complaint The HHS would not name the number because of the ongoing case Medicare threatens termination of program if local hospital does not meet standards McKenna officials say the complaint was based on an incident that happened four years ago They say the hospital made a mistake in the lab oratory and failed to file the correct paperwork They say they have since corrected the measure We did it correction four years said Johnny Johnson Chief Executive Officer of McKenna Were redoing it wait for them to come back and check us David Wright an administrator with the Health Care Financing Administration office in Dallas said the survey stated McKenna was not doing what they needed in Quality Assurance which includes items such as clinical plans and patient care services Wright said the agency determined a deficien cy and gave the termination warning based on a serious and immediate threat to patient health and He added there were two types of warnings for termination of Medicare participation one that allows 23 days to comply such as McKennas case or a 90day plan for compliance If the hospital does not comply with federal policies the Medicare program will not make payments for hospital services furnished to patients admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospi tal on or after Feb 11 1995 Those admitted prior to Feb 11 could still receive payments up to 30 days after Wright did say the hospital was working with the Health Care Financing Administration and taking steps to remedy the situation Our goal is not to said Wright is extremely rare that a hospital is terminated from the That was most said Johnson of language used in a public notice purchased by the HHS in the HeraldZeitung last week article leads you to believe we are being punished and we are Medicare is a federal health insurance pro gram for the aged 65 and over and disabled The program reimburses hospitals who provide ser vices to patients under the Medicare program Mayor gets chance address issues Public hearing set for tomorrow By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Tomorrow night at the city council will hold a public hearing in order for Mayor Paul Fraser to listed in a petition for his recall Bill Kotylo presented the recall peti tion to the city council on Jan 14 The hearing will be at the New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room D 424 S Castell Avenue This hearing has no bearing on whether or not a recall election will be held It can however affect the opin ions of those who attend Those attend ing who live in Dist 4 can then affect the outcome of the vote on May 6 The charter doesnt specify what shape the hearing will take how it will commence is up to the mayor according to City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi The charter is very she said At a glance WHAT Recall petition public hearing WHEN Tomorrow night at Where New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room D 424 S Castell Ave Fraser plans to make a statement and allow statements from people in the audience he said I encourage those who live around 337 on the east side to come on he said Once the recall petition was pre sented to the city council a recall elec tion was required according to the rules set out in the city charter The election will be held May 6 Only vot ers in Dist 4 will vote in the recall portion of the election the district in which Fraser ran for city council rep resentative A Texas legend HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Former collegiate and professional football star Earl Campbell takes a welldeserved break from a commercial shoot yesterday at Gruene Hall Campbell Is featured In a new commercial to debut soon for Miller Lite and will also include former Dallas Cowboy defensive star Randy White and pro rodeo star Don Gay Local SAC courses fill up quickly 183 classes taken By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer San Antonio College New Braun fels is off and running Ray Lewis SAC representative reports an enroll ment of 183 classes taken We were only hoping for about 100 the first said Lewis Math courses filled so quickly they were expanded to accommodate the extra demand We turned a bunch of people away from the English said Lewis SAC currently offers evening cours es for college credit at three New Braunfels locations Canyon High School New Braunfels Middle School and Smithson Valley High School High school students who want to get a leg up on their college credits can take SAC courses said Lewis They will earn college credit for the courses but they need to take college entrance exams to be eligible Attending SAC in New Braunfels is a bargain especially if more than one course is taken at a time Tuition for one course in the summer of 1995 is and the cost is the same if two courses are taken Courses available for the summer session are English 0301 English 1301 Math 0301 Math 0302 Government 0302 History 1302 and Criminal Jus tice 1307 SAC will grow to suit the needs of the community said Lewis Were into what the people want what they he said SAC is in the process of contacting groups of people with a test marketing questionnaire regarding the schools future curriculum We want to take the whole curriculum and offer it he said Wed love to teach computer liter said Lewis unfortunately we dont have the Lewis is also open to the possibility of teaching cours es As with computer courses the prob lem is equipment We could perhaps cooperate with an industry in town and use their equipment at night when they arent he said Lewis wants to cooperate with the chamber of com merce and local industry to determine what vocational skills are most mar ketable SACs current success could not have happened without true collabora tion from community leaders The driving force has been Mayor said Lewis He said SAC in New Braunfels would not have proceeded without the ready cooperation he received from City Manager Mike Shands Leland Cox of NBISD Wes ley Odell of C1SD and entrepreneur Ted Alexander Lewis has lofty goals for SAC A building in New Braunfels with class room space Computer literacy cours es with a computer lab A full college curriculum Vocational courses sharing resources with local business A school that supports itself and even makes a profit As instructors at SAC develop the fall New Braunfels curriculum they welcome input on what courses to offer SAC officials seek teachers with masters degrees for New Braunfels classes Nighttime use of industrial equip ment is needed in order to offer voca courses Anyone with ideas to address any of these needs can contact Ray Lewis at Alcohol hearing set for tomorrow at 1 By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A public hearing will convene at 1 Thurs day in the Commissioners Courtroom third floor of the Courthouse Annex to discuss chang ing the latenight liquour sales laws in the coun ty Law enforcement officials say too much traf fic is coming into the county late at night to take advantage of businesses that can serve alchohol until 2 The court set the hearing to discuss the pos sibility of moving those hours back Various parties are expected to participate including many businesses that would be affect ed Commissioners will listen to the opinions of the public but will not make a decision Thursday There will be no vote taken said County Judge Carter Casteel We could vote next Thursday or set another hearing if we feel there is a Bill Millers sets sights on Garden Ridge By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A new Bill Millers BarBQ will be coming to the Garden Ridge area said Douglas Miller vice president of Bill Miller BarBQ Inc in San Antonio We hope to open the doors by said Miller The new barbecue restaurant will employ about 50 people Bill Millers will be open from to 8 and until 9 in the summer Where demand dictates well keep a drivethrough open until 10 said Miller Located at the northeast comer of FM 3009 and 1H35 Bill Millers will fill the only comer of that intersection presently unoccupied The company has purchased square feet on which to build its restaurant Garden Ridge was chosen as a location for a couple of reasons Our studies show that theres a void in the market in that particular said Miller there are a lot of people in that Garden Ridge The location also takes advantage of the northsouth traffic on 1H35 There are no plans at present to open a Bill Millers in New Braunfels The Marketplace Classifieds Onestop shopping five days a week