Wednesday, May 24, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Little League Championship to be played tonight Pa CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park gazebo 16 Pages in one section Wednesday May 24 HeraldZeitung Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MYRTLE BARTELS Vol 138 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Myrtle Bartcls Bob Rider and James Gooden Sophienburg to host rummage sale A rummage sale will be held Saturday June 3 from 9 to 3 at the Sophienbiirg Archives 200 North Seguin Street This sale will benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives Canyon Lake Chamber hosts events The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly lun cheon will be held at noon Wednesday May 24 at Rio Blanco Cafe Segundo in Han cock Guest speaker will be Don Avery of a ity at the Lake speaking on the Canyon Lake incorporation effort Everyone is invited Call for reservations at 9642223 The monthly mixer will be at 6 Thursday May 25 at Country Village Center for chamber members Save your cans for the Humane Society The Humane Society of New Braunfels asks all residents to save their aluminum cans for the Paws to Recycle national alu minum can recycling program for animal shelters The local chapter wants you to start sav ing your cans now so it has a better chance of winning The grand prize is for the shelter that raises the most cans The collection drive runs from Sept 1 to Oct 31 Sign up now for summer fun at NBCA Enroll now for summer fun at New Braunfels Christian Acad emy Recreational care for three to 10 year olds Call 6296222 and ask for a Summer Fun cal endar New AIDS services offered here The Alamo Area Resource Center a San Antonio based service agency will provide an unprece dented outreach of services to the positive citizens of Public Health Region 8 which includes Comal County as well as Gonzales Guadalupe Karnes Atascosa Frio Medi na Bandera Kerr Kendall Gille spie and Wilson counties Among the services being offered are case management onsite transportation assis tance housing assistance food vouchers medical and dental referrals food stamp and SSI application assistance as well as mental health and substance abuse counseling Contact Ms Lupe Montalvo case manager or Randy Hinkle case manage ment administrator at 1800308 2437 Cancer Society needs drivers The American Cancer Soci ety needs volunteer drivers to transport those within our com munity who have cancer and need transportation to treatment facilities Insurance coverage provided Mileage is reim bursable Call 6295717 Lightning causes Seguin oil tanks to explode Twentyfive families were evacuat ed from rural homes downwind from a tank battery in Seguin where oi ignit ed after the tanks were apparently struck by lightning during a thunder storm early this morning Seguin Fire Chief Terry Mayfield said units were dispatched at about to the tank battery where five tanks were engulfed in flames Twentyfive homes evacuated during fire The tank battery is located miles east of the Highway 123 Bypass on the north side of Highway 90A in Seguin By 9 four fiberglass tanks had melted down and the other one a met al tank was still standing with flames flickering from the top of the struc ture Were just letting it finish burn Mayfield said shortly after notifying Gjadalupe County sheriffs deputies to reopen Highway 90A The high way was closed for several hours between Farm Road 1150 and Farm Road 2438 Mayfield said Highway 90A had been closed because when they first arrived thick smoke from the burning tanks was being blown across the highway by winds from out of the north The winds soon shifted and were coming from out of the southeast after sunrise The air was real wet and and the thick black smoke from the burning oil was staying close to the ground he said Concerned about the possibility that the fire was producing hydrogen sulfidc gas he requested the evacuation of homes downwind from the fire HELP WANTED Wages rise as employers struggle to fill summer job openings By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor It wasnt too long ago that high school students looking for summer work or new graduates looking for their first fulltime jobs faced tough competition just to land a minimum wage job How times change Today in New Braunfels it is the businesses competing to attract employees and wages have gone up because they cant find workers at min imum wage At Schlitterbahn more than 200 summer jobs remain unfilled even though the popular water park has raised salaries for starting workers above minimum wage for the first time The company also offers a bonus plan of for every hour worked dur ing the peak season of July 25 to Sept 18 General Manager Terri Adams encouraged anyone interested in work ing at the most fun place in town to work to go to the personnel office at 305 W Austin Target is holding a job fair that con tinues today until 6 at the Civic Center to fill about 170 positions for the new store being completed on Wal nut Avenue As of 1 Tuesday the second day of the fair more than 600 people had filled out applications But managers said it is a challenge to attract and keep good employees Its tough in this town Unemploy ment is low A lot of people are com peting for said Dion Davis Target Team Relations Leader Adolfo Perez 20 said he was apply ing for a job stocking shelves at the new Target He said he was told the starting salary is an hour and it goes to an hour after 30 days He said he hopes to work at Target from 6 to 10 so he can get to his other job at Schlitterbahn Ill be working 12 hours a day but Im kind of getting older and I want to save money for he said Steven Elizando 18 said he is mak ing an hour working at a telemar It is really tough to find service workers in New Braunfels and San Antonio Unemployment for service workers is almost Jeff Stevens Retama Park keting firm but also wants to work a second job so he can get his own apart ment and save money for college He said he has not worked for min imum wage since he had a job at IHOP for a short time two years ago He said it is easy to get service jobs in New Braunfels Ive already had four or five jobs Besides IHOP I worked at the Gristmill Burger King and Lubys I got hired on the spot at all those he said With teenagers confident that they can easily find another job turnover is a big problem for local service employ ers managers said Rolando Perez 17 said he went to the job fair because he saw the sign outside He has a roofing job now but its getting too hot outside he said He has also worked at Schilitterbahn Adobe Cafe and Cancun Cafe The turnover problem seems espe cially severe at fast food restaurants which routinely pay about an hour to attract enough employees to fill their shifts Even then many are constantly hiring people We are constantly shorthanded so we are having to work twice as said Assistant Manager JoAnne Franke at Burger King As a result the employees quickly bum out and quit making the situation even worse I have been here for four years In the past we usually could stay pretty well staffed This year it is harder Four years ago we paid minimum wage too Now you cant do Craig Morris 23 recently quit his job at McDonalds to go to work as a sales team leader at Target People used to stay at McDonalds longer I think it was harder then to find anoth er job Now they are quitting left and right When I left a couple of weeks ago they were leaving as fast as they were getting he said The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department fills about 50 seasonal jobs every summer This year about 15 remain open Its a lot more difficult to fill those spots It is defi nitely a competitive market for said Park Ranger Super intendent Iris HaeckerNeffendorf In order to compete in the market we have to pay a little better than we Most parks summer jobs pay between and an hour now She said people who want to apply for posi tions as lifeguards park rangers or with summer recreation programs should fill out an application at City Hall and bring two forms of identifi cation with them Another big employer is the Retama Park Race Track in Selma which recently filled close to jobs many of them with high school stu dents or new graduates said Jeff Stevens Retamas director of human resources It is really tough to find service workers in New Braunfels and San Antonio Unemployment for service workers is almost said Stevens who used to work for the Texas Employment Commission He said Retama pays an hour and up while the caterer and janitorial service pay and up The caterer and cleaning company have had a little trouble keeping fully he said He said the trend toward higher salaries for service workers started about two years ago and he expects salaries to keep rising until the end of the decade when they will reach a plateau jlleraldZeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A day in the park Mr and Mrs Abbots fifthgrade class jumps for water balloons which the teachers were launching at them with a large bungy cord during Seele Elementary Schools annual Day in the Park yesterday at Landa Park Three strikes hes out Purse snatcher gets 60 years By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A San Antonio man was sen tenced to 60 years in a state prison Tuesday for a purse snatching in New Braunfels Nonnan Watson of San Antonio along with three other people were accused of stealing a purse from a woman in the Handy Andy Store on February 24 1994 Dib Waldrip Assistance District Attorney said the crime would have been a misdemeanor However he said the fact that three or more peo ple were involved made it organized crime which is a felony Waldrip said Watson had already served time for two previous felonies and under the law is considered a habitual He said that automatically makes the minimum sentence 25 years Its kind of like Californias three strikes and youre out Only in Texas you automatically get a min imum of 25 he said Waldrip said the man was the straight which means he dis tracted the victim while someone else took the purse The men were caught because San Antonio offi cers from the Repeat Offenders Pro ject had followed the group to New Braunfels The case was heard in Judge Ramseys court and the judge sentenced him to 60 years Conference on Aging sends vote tallies to Congress HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Torch run comes through town Members of the Laredo and Corpus Christ police departments are participating in the Texas Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Texas Special Olympics The run made its way through New Braunfels yesterday and they passed the torch at the Pit Stop on Interstate 35 at Ruckle Road The torch passing kicked off the final leg of the run The officers are on their way to Austin for the Texas Special Olympics Summer Games By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The nations elders have spoken their piece to Congress with a mas sive voice Hortense Hernandez of New Braunfels and some voting delegates from across the nation went to Washington from May 2 to May 5 to be a part of the White House Conference on Aging The totals are back on the 50 reso lutions Hernandez and the other dele gates chose Those resolutions will be submitted to Congress which will use them to help shape policy on aging in America for the next 10 years I only hope that Congress moves on these Hernandez said The delegates overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing arbi trary cuts in Medicare in the name of budget balancing They also affirmed a resolution opposing block granting the Medicaid program as well as res olutions preserving the Social Securi ty and Older Americans Act Universal health care coverage and more development of home and com munity based longterm care services got the nod from the delegates They also increased funding for medical research priority The top ten votegetting WHCoA resolutions were keeping Social Security sound preserving the integrity of the Old er Americans Act preserving the nature of Medicaid reauthorization of the Older Americans Act more funding for Alzheimer research ensuring availability of a broad spectrum of services financing and providing long term care and services acknowledging the contribution of older Americans assuming personal responsibility for ones health Former members of the Texas Playboys regroup See Arts Entertainment Page 6