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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                Wednesday March A Boerne to be site of Endangered Species hearing Congressman Lamar Smith has announced that the House Com mittee on Natural Resources will hold a Congressional Field Hearing on Mon day March 20 in Boeme to solicit tes timony in preparation for rewriting the federal Endangered Species Act The hearing will be held from until at the Kendall County Fairgrounds in Boerne Im delighted that the committee accepted my invitation to conduct its factfinding in the 21st Congressional Smith said This way the members can hear directly from private property owners whose livelihood and way of life have been jeopardized by an outofbalance environmental agenda The members of this committee need to meet and hear from Texans who have been targeted by Washington bureaucrats more intent on carrying out a personal environmental agenda that on administering a fair and bal anced environmental Smith said My goal is to help produce a strong Endangered Species Act that protects not only our natural resources but also the human species and our nations economic Congressman Smith while not a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources will participate in the hearing Smith has been instru mental in the property rights push in Congress A founder of the bipartisan Congressional Property Rights Coali tion Smith cosponsored two property rights initiatives that passed the House earlier this year One places a moratorium on the designation of any additional endan gered species or critical habitat pending reauthorization by Congress of the Endangered Species Act The other requires that federal agencies com pensate private property owners for the devaluation of their land brought about by regulatory action Both mea sures are now pending in the Senate The Congressional hearing is open to the public VFW leader to visit area Preserving Our Past Paving Our Future Carroll Hoffmann R and Tobln Hoffmann officers of Hoffmann financial Services present Joyce Hendricks with a check as part their efforts in the fruition of the Prince Carl of zuSolmsBraunfels tCourt of Honor Carroll Hoffmann President and Tobin Hoffmann Vice President of Financial Services presented a check to Joyce iHendrlcks Main Street Paver Program Chair A granite tablet engraved tq reflect the original drawing of the Official Seal for the Society for the protection of German Immigrants in Texas is displayed This society was formed in Germany as the immigrants gathered prior to sailing for North America specifically to Texas This outstanding seal will be placed in the SE quadrant of the Main Plaza above the 3foot wide Honors List Kudos to the Hoffmanns for doing their share in PRESERVING OUR PAST PAVING OUR FUTURE need a personalized paver purchase coupon please call Joyce 6254975 Be on the Honors List in the Prince Carl of zu Court of Honor Deadline for paver purchase at April On Wednesday March 22 1995 National CommandcrinChicf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Allen F Gunner Kent Texas State VFW Commander Chuck E Sinclair and other state VFW officers will vis it Startzville VFW Post 8800 from VFW members guests and local citizens are invited to attend and listen to the message the Commandcrin Chief of the oldest veterans organi zation has to bring Since its beginning in 1899 the VFW has continued to speak out for veterans and veterans issues As CommanderinChief Gunner Kent leads an organization with million members nationally During his service to this organization as National Officer CommanderinChicf Kent has traveled extensively visit ing with veterans and discussing issues He has made trips overseas to such places as Saudi Arabia Vietnam and other locations to meet with those vet erans now serving and discuss issues such as a full accounting of the POWs and Ml As The VFW continues to be the leader among the veterans organizations speaking out for veterans entitlements As new proposals in Washington attack veterans programs it is essen tial that the veterans of this country stand together CommanderinChief Kent has met on many occasions with leaders of Congress the President and others who deal with veterans issues The veterans widows and dependents of this country will not be forgotten by the VFW and as its leader Kent will con tinue to speak out on their behalf The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Winner of five 1994 Associated Press Managing Editor Awards more than any other newspaper in its class Winner of Highest Honors from the Texas Press Association 1994 Better Newspapers Contest Deborah Stokes 264 West Mill Street New Braunfels Texas Office Hours Sam 5pm MondayFriday 6292040 Medicare Assignment Accepted New Patients Welcome Lucas wins stay just hours before execution HUNTSVILLE Texas AP Lee Lucas Who once claimed that he killed hundreds of people uvat least 22 states but later recanted has won a stay of execution t than 10 hours before he was to have been put lot death by injection the oneeyed drifter got a Reprieve Tuesday from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals court said the prosecution had suppressed Evidence in the 1985 trial in which Lucas was con victed and sentenced to die A new trial might be Ordered victim was a woman never identified who known as Orange Socks because that was the only clothing she wore when her body was found in 1979 in a culvert near Georgetown about 25 miles north of Austin When Lucas was first arrested he generated enor mous publicity by confessing to nearly 600 mur ders in at least 22 states He finally recanted all of them including that of his mother in 1960 in Michi gan the one slaying he consistently had acknowl edged Lucas now 58 has been convicted of 12 other murders in Texas and Florida Among the slayings he confessed to was Orange a woman he said he picked up while she was hitchhiking on Interstate 35 However he later con tended he was in Florida on Halloween night of 1979 and could not have killed her The prosecution suppressed evidence of another suspect in the case that they were pursuing at the time Mr Lucas according to Richard Wetzel executive administrator of the Texas Court of Crim inal Appeals Despite a request by defense counsel they never told the defense about the other Wetzel said The appeals court granted the stay Tuesday in order to send the case back to trial court in Williamson County for a review That court could order a new trial Texas Briefs tEfcGovernor to Lege No No Play Works AUSTIN AP Former Gov Mark White who signed the no pass no play rule into law says the rule is what it was designed for keeping kids in class The dropout theory was Oh if do this more kids will drop Well weve been doing it for 10 years and fewer kids are dropping out than before we had the he said White a Democrat whose one term gilded in 1987 was governor when the Legislature passed the sweeping Isghool reform measure called House 1ljill 72 One of its many provisions was the rule barring students from extracurricular activities for six weeks if they fail any class The rule has been in effect for a I decade but some law enforcement officers now blame it for increased membership in urban gangs Law Bakers are looking at proposals to shorten the suspension or repeal the rule White told House Public Education Committee members Tuesday that they should ask for facts Senate Delays Concealed Handgun Legislation AUSTIN AP Senators con fronted with lastminute changes to a bill that would allow Texans to carry concealed handguns have put off debate on the emotional issue 1 believe the Senate deserves the to examine each proposed amendment and read said Sen John Mont ford DLubbock He asked for the debate to be delayed until today after sometimes heated discussion Tuesday concem amendments offered by Sen Jerry sponsor of the bill 1 for one want something respectable to pass the Texas Senate not a hodgepodge of BandAids on the Montford said He later told reporters it was slipshod to give law Stnakers the proposed amendments just few minutes before the o Montford said he supports the bill as earlier by a Senate commit Mee Lawmakers heard testimony from f those who fear the measure would endanger their lives and others who say theyd feel safer with a concealed gun Judge Declares New Religious Freedom Law Unconstitutional SAN ANTONIO AP A federal judge has declared unconstitutional the 1993 Religious Freedom Restora tion Act which limits government intrusion in religious practices District Judge Lucius D Bun ton III issued the ruling Monday in Midland in a case pitting San Antonio Archbishop Patrick Flores against the city of Boerne Boerne is trying to use a historical preservation ordinance to prevent the tearing down of part of the old St Peters Catholic Church building in the city located 25 miles north of San Antonio However Flores claims the Reli gious Freedom Restoration Act known as RFRA should allow the church to avoid the city restrictions The city of Boerne challenged the constitutionality of the law which states in part that government shall not substantially burden a persons exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general Corned Beef with cooked cabbage boiled potatoes salad Shrimp Plate Special 113 Chicken Fried Steak Plate All Day Wednesday 148 So Castell Now Serving Vicncr Schnitzel on Sat fc Olafc 6257581 William Bill Simpin William Bill Slimpin died at his home in Kerrville March 13 1995 at the age of 68 Services will be at Penington Funer al Home San Marcos Friday at 10 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from God Happy Birthday Jesse Love Zandra Mary Monica Juan Vargas Fuel Food Stores Happy St Patricks Day WE NOW ACCEPT AMERICAN EXPRESS End Sunday March 19 1MB Whlla Limit RlgMa Raaarvad Pepsi Slice Mountain Eew SPRING SPECIAL vtf i Tractor 27 Bush hog 5 ft Rotary Mower Disc harrow 6 ft Angle blade 6 ft IN HOUSE FINANCING for qualified buyer Hours Mon ttVU lri 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