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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Tuesday Feb HeraldZeitung II7 Proposal aims to limit shrimp catches shrink industry AUSTIN AP Shrimpers are grumbling over a state proposal to limit their catches and shrink their industry The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has proposed limiting and gradually reducing the number of shrimpers who work along the Gulf Coast The limit is needed because shrimp populations are threatened by over fishing in bays wildlife officials say The annual catch of small brown shrimp from Texas bays has increased sevenfold since 1972 Shrimp landings in 1993 totaled 74 million pounds and were worth 131 million to harvesters according to a report submitted by the department last month to Gov George W Bush and the Legislature We believe were on the right said Hal Osbum coastal fish eries policy director for the depart ment As stewards of the resource weve got that Texas executes seventh convicted killer of 1995 HUNTSVILLE Texas AP Con victed killer and rapist Samuel Hawkins quietly was executed early today near ly 18 years after hacking to death a pregnant woman at her home in the Texas Panhandle Hawkins 51 became the seventh convicted murderer to receive lethal injection in the state this year and the 92nd since Texas resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982 The figures are the highest in the nation Hawkins had no final statement Strapped to the death chamber gumey he never acknowledged the presence of a son and sister standing just a few feet away He was pronounced dead at am CST seven minutes after the lethal drugs began entering his arms Hawkins a former meat cutter was put to death for fatally slashing Abbe Hamilton May 3 1977 at her home in Borger He was convicted and sentenced to die for a second murder the 1976 rape and bludgeoning of a 12yearold Amarillo girl Rhonda Keys abducted from her home while she slept Im trying to make myself believe its finally Sandra Rodgers whose daughter Abbe was among Hawkins victims Maybe now we can settle down and have some peace All we ever wanted was justice for Abbe Now that we have it we can get on with our Hawkins confessed to using a hunting knife to kill Mrs Hamilton 19 who was six months pregnant at the time of her slaying She was stabbed nearly 20 times and the wounds were so extensive she nearly was decapitated Hawkins said he was looking to rape someone and began checking doors of houses in Borger until he found one that was open He also was linked to as many as 40 rapes in Colorado Oklahoma and Texas offenses that earned him the nickname the traveling I dont remember anyone being more richly deserving than said Tom Curtis who prosecuted Hawkins for the Keys slaying Im astonished its taken this long Its really amaz Bush welcomes partyjumping Democrats AUSTIN AP Gov George W Bush says the nearly two dozen former Democrats who switched parties know which way the political winds are blowing Were beginning to make the conservative philosophy in Texas become synonymous with being in the Republican Par Bush said in welcoming the new Republicans on Monday The governor said he expects success in recruiting more local Democratic officeholders because the GOP message echoes what most Texans believe The political revolution that seized Washington and thats in the process of seizing that political revolu tion is now seizing grassroots politics all across our state of Bush said Democrats disagreed Todays announcement that several local elected officials are switching parties does not herald a sea change in Texas politics The vast majority of local offices in Texas are still held by said State Democratic Chairman Bob Slagle The GOP listed 23 former Democrats among those switch ing Monday The roster was headed by several judges plus a district attorney county commissioners justices of the peace a constable and two former Democratic precinct chairmen Slagle branded the conversions political expediency Many of the party switchers are defeated Democratic pri mary candidates which spells political opportunism loud and he said adding that some care more about staying on the public payroll than they care about the integrity of their polit ical White House promises to veto three antilabor bills BAL HARBOUR Fla AP Offering organized labor a wall of defense against the new Republican Congress the White House is promising a presidential ban on major companies hiring replacement workers and a veto of three GOP bills opposed by unions labor and administration officials say That good news was delivered Monday to a winter meeting of AFLCIO leaders by Vice President Al Gore who met privately with the labor officials to discuss the Democratic debacle in last falls elections and to plot strategy for the new Congress and the 1996 elec tions officials said Labors efforts to draft a plan to deal with the new political environ ment are complicated by a contro versy over the millionmem ber federations own political lead ership Several major union presi dents want AFLCIO President Lane Kirkland to step aside when his term ends in October arguing the move ment needs a younger face to repre sent its views Kirkland 72 scoffed at such talk Monday and defended his 15year stewardship of the labor movement But he would not say whether he would seek reelection a decision that could be affected by a special executive session Kirkland sched uled Wednesday fpr a confrontation with his critics V Defending his record Kirkland said he had fought to get women and minorities named to the execu tive council to create a program through which union members get cutrate deals on credit cards insur ance and other services and the strengthen the federations powers to referee fights between member This movement has not been standing still It has not been ignoring the prob lems and Lane Kirkland AFLCIO president unions As for declining or stagnant union membership he said organizing was the responsibility of the federations 83 individual unions This movement has not been standing Kirkland said It has not been ignoring the problems and At his meeting with reporters Kirkland offered a broad pointed indictment of Republican policy pri orities from proposals to weaken the federal hand in environmental and workplace safety enforcement to a balanced budget amendment he said would eviscerate the capacity of our government to respond to both national and international Of particular concern to labor are Republican efforts to repeal two laws that guarantee prevailing local wages to workers on federal pro jects the DavisBacon Act and the Service Contract Act DavisBacon deals with federal construction pro jects the second law with contracts for janitorial and other services A third major concern to labor is the socalled TEAM Act which would amend labor laws to make it easier for companies to establish in house employee associations to bar gain for wages and benefits Labor officials say these associations rarely have much clout but are usedsjBl companies to thwart union organiz ing efforts In his 45minute closed session with the labor council Gore promised Clinton would veto thdse three measures if they cleared Cqjf gress the AFLCIO and Department officials said Gore was said to have offered no timetable on issuing the executive order barring federal contractors from hiring workers to replace strik ers saying legal language was stijjl being drafted But the gesture is signific because many labor leaders do believe Clinton pressed hard enot in 1 994 to win support for legisla that would prohibit employers fr hiring permanent replacements Trfe measure passed the House but fail Ji in the Senate where both Democrajs from Clintons home Arkansas opposed it Officials said a replacement wojk erban effectively would affect Fortune 500 companies strikes as well as many other cof porations Another Clinton gesture to Iab6r as he heads toward a reelection campaign is a proposed the minimum wage from hour to an hour over years House Minority Leader Gephardt and Sen Edwajjd M Kennedy promised ttje labor leaders they would fight jjicjr that proposal although they said the outlook was unclear because opposition from many senior RepujJ licans Award banquet recipients RlverCitles Joined the New Lake Area Association of Realtors at the Gruene Mansion Inn for the year end Awards Banquet These agents were recognized for their top production of between million and million In sales Sallle DeVlney associa tion treasurer Allsa Seba association president Bobble Landrum Janet Boenlg Luke Speckman broker Frances Lewis Sherrle Perry mgr Property Management Linda Haugh Sue Covlngton association direc tor Lora Flemmlng not pictured and Terry Zengler not Also honored but not pictured was Gary Flemmlng for Most Valuable Player 1994 Winners Circle Detex Corp recently announced the members of Its 1994 Winners Circle These people were selected by members of management for their con sistent and effective contributions to company goals through team based efforts The winners were awarded a Thorobred R Racing symbolizing the good fortune they bring to the company as well as their winning style From left to right Beverly Maxwell Karen Morln Diana Gonzales Dorothy Hansmann Brltt Kronkosky Mark Crandall Lavada Caffey Robert Kolbe Patricia Crumb and Connie Floras Most Valuable Person General Manager Joe Crady of Bluebonnet Motors presents Sylvia Graham with the Most Valuable Person of the Year plaque Were Meeting The Canyon Cougar Class of 1980 Is having a 15year reunion Please con tact Kathy Vicknalr at 6251011 or Tim Zunker at 6293935 after Were Signing group meets at 7 as follows Feb 24 at Taco Cabana New Braunfels For Information call Lin da or Sara at 6094053 Descendants of the founding fami ly of Stephen and Margaretha Hoff mann Klein are planning their first fam ily reunion for Sunday March 19 at Eagles Hall For more information call Jeannette Felger at 6293272 or Dena Rittimann at 6093017 The George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 will hold its monthly meeting Feb 21 at at the American Legion Post on Coll St New Braunfels Marschund Wan dergruppe will meet Tuesday Feb 21 at the Senior Citizens Center on Landa St Refreshments will be served at followed by a special musical pre sentation by a Soon to be Known bar bershop quartet at members are asked to note that the times are ear lier than normal Treasurer Don Flick reminds members to mail 1995 dues to him if they are unable to attend tie meet ing Anyone interested in walking for fun and fitness is invited For information call Don Hildebrand at 6206522 Smlthson Valley High School Par ent Teacher Student Association will have the first organizational meeting Feb 22 at at the commons There will be a guest speaker and volunteers are needed to provide goodies Call Rose Ivy at 8654614 or Rose Cervin for more information New Braunfels Conservation Soci ety meets Thursday Feb 23 at in the Forke Store Susan Williams Director of the Childrens Museum will speak to the group about keeping the children in touch with their heritage Reproductions of Chrrtotte Lyon sketch es of the Church Hill School Baetge House and Welsch Bam will be available for purchase For information call 629 2943 The next meeting of the Coma Coun ty Caring For Children Committee will be held at at 493 S Seguln Avenue on Thursday Feb 23 All mem bers of the committee are asked to attend Anyone interested in this pro gram is welcome to attend Canyon Lake Water SuADlv Corpo ration will hold its annual meeting of membership at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop 100 FM 3159 Feb 25 at 1 On Monday Feb 27 the Eagle Aux iliary will have a birthday supper at 7 honoring those with February birth days The aerie and auxiliary will have super together as well as preparing the food at a cost of per person The Book Review Club will meet at the Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa St Tuesday Feb 28 from to am Coffee at 9 Ruth Alford will review Iron and Silk by Mark Salz man Plan to bring a friend Member ship is a year and guests will be asked for a donation Graduates and former students of Southwest Texas State University who were campus during the early 1960s are invited to participated in special 196065 Class Reunion events in San Marcos March 3 and 4 Call 18002473868 for Information The Comal County Panhellenlc will hold its annual meeting on Sunday March 5 at 2 410 Lakeview New Braunfels This meeting will be in con junction with the Sorority Rush Informa tion Party for College Bound Students Annual dues are now being collected For information call Peggy Morris at 6259638 Texas lota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meets at the home of Kitty Hufft 20 Laurel Lane on March 13 at 7 Cohostess will be Evelyn Schlueter Program by Dorothy Wegner TrlCounty Rural School Reunion will be held March 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Braunfels Reg istration from 1 to 2 Dance from 2 to 6 It was voted to have no food American Legion Auxiliary meets on the first Thursday of the month at at the posi home at 410 W Coll St The Hill Country Line Dancers meet Monday evenings from to and Wednesdays from m to for informal practice sessions These practice sessions are available to anyone who has completed at least the beginners country line dancing class es No fees are charged However a donation to the Senior Citizens Center is requested each session for use of their facility Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp regular meeting of the Board of Directors is the second Tuesday of each month at 1 at corporate offices 172 Julius Dr Sattler American Legion Post 35 and Aux iliary meets the second Tuesday of every month at at New Braun fels Christian Church Loop 337 All vet erans invited The New Braunfels Great Books Discussion Group begins a new series this fall Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 2 to 4 in the Victoria Bank and Trust assembly room New participants always welcome Please call 6254187 for more 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