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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY The scorpions shall inherit the house see Page 44 50 CENTS The Landa Park train New Braunfels Herald 8 Pages in one section Tuesday May 30 1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ECILA HUTSON Vol 143 No 142 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Caleb De la Rosa three Ecila Hutson 21 Sarah Woelfel and Paula Howard Lane to close on Landa Street Landa Street underneath the MissouriKansasTexas MKT railroad will be reduced to one lane of traffic on May 31 June 1 and June 2 Texas Department of Trans portation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that location Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area Expected hours of closure are 8 to 5 Texas Depart ment of Transportation urges cit izens to use caution when in the area Sophienburg to host rummage sale A rummage sale will be held Saturday June 3 from 9 to 3 at the Sophienburg Archives 200 North Seguin Street This sale will benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives Bridge tournament at Senior Center The Comal County Senior Cit izens Center Benefit Bridge Tournament is scheduled for Saturday June 3 Entry fee is per person with lunch included Coffee and donuts available at play starts at 9 Mail check or money order to the Senior Center 655 Landa New Braunfels TX 78130 All bridge players are invited Emergency blood drive tomorrow McKenna Memorial Hospital is sponsoring an emergency blood drive Wednesday May 31 The blood supply for the San Antonio area is low and it will soon be further depleted due to the many needs during the memorial Day weekend McKenna invites all New Braunfels citizens to come to the hospital between and Wednesday May 31 to donate blood The drive will take place in the second floor waiting room Polio Survivors group to hold first meeting New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its first meeting Saturday June 3 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Interested polio survivors rel atives and friends are invited to attend For information call Deb bie at 6065556 Rena at 620 4473 or Raymond at 6251363 Hermann Sons gather New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet for its reg ular meeting June 4 at 3 Meat will be furnished mem bers bring covered dishes Mission Valley FACE to meet Mission Valley Family and Community Education Club meeting will be held June 6 at the Extension meeting room HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Rescue workers pull Jean Older from the rising waters of the Guadalupe River at about this morn ing Older was sleeping in her truck at Camp Huaco Springs and woke up to find the truck under water She escaped the truck and grabbed onto a tree where she was rescued after other campers heard her screams for help Campers chased by flash flood By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A flash flood left some property damage but no injuries early this morning at Camp Huaco on the Guadalupe River Comal County Sher iffs Department officials responded to high water at the camp site and on River Road near Jerrys Rentals Deputy Dennis Koepp said Water rescue had to check on some children and a he said It was very fortunate that nobody got hurt or killed or he said The campers It was very fortu nate that nobody got hurt or killed or Deputy Dennis Koepp had to move very quickly to a higher level Some had camped right at the rivers edge Koepp said Two vehicles were submerged Koepp said and the campsite and some picnic tables were damaged The rain started about this morning From until things got kind of wild around Koepp said River Road near Jerrys Rentals was flooded from a rush of water coming down from the hills At press time most of the water had run off the road but it had left debris It was definitely a flash flood Koepp said The river is already receding At press time it was almost into the nor mal bank area about a foot above Koepp said Im glad it didnt show up at the height of the weekend like Saturday he said Commissioners clear way for larger raises By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Individuals working for the county will now be allowed to receive larger promo tions following a Commissioners Court decision Friday Salaries for current Comal County employees are determined according to a classification and step system The classification is determined by job title and the step is determined by experi ence An individuals salary increases when ever the class or the step is increased Current policy states that an individual not currently working for the county may be hired and placed in a step one Tom Corlette Human Resources Man ager said the person may be brought in at a step two if no additional training will be needed However an individual promoted from within the county can only be promoted to a four and a half percent pay raise or to a step one of the new classification whichever is higher Corlette said a step one is usually the highest a person can get Department heads started saying Wait a minute were being more favorable to some new man off the street who hasnt even proven themselves yet than we are of our own county said Cor lette The board approved a change in this Effective June 1 individuals can receive a six percent increase Corlette said this will put them in a step two and make new employees and promoted employees more equal All were trying to do is correct a long time irritant The irritant is that promo tions arc he said The new guidelines also includes a pro vision in which a department head who feels an employee deserves a higher increase based on merit can go before the commissioners and ask for permission Three members were present for the spe cial meeting and the vote was unanimous Busy weekend HeraldZeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Tourists pumped millions of dollars into the local economy over the weekend as they flocked to the Guadalupe and Comal rivers to enjoy the cool water Here a group exits the Tube Chute on the Comal River outfitters and other merchants reported strong business for the Memorial Day weekend Landa Park concert series starts with Revival Brothers Gaynes Productions received the Landa Award for 10 years of ser vice to the Concert in the Park Series during 1994 and this year will be no exception to the great music refreshments and fun that will be available The Landa Award is one of the highest awards given by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Payne accepted the award on behalf of the musicians and volunteers who have made the series so successful for the last ten This years series will begin on Thursday June 1 and last through August 31 Concerts will be held every Thursday at at the Landa Park Shell Admission to the concerts is free and concessions will be available Individuals are urged to bring lawn chairs coolers picnic baskets children and friends to Landa In previous years the list of per Mysterious death under investigation formers included Hal Ketchum Clay Blaker Fiddlin Frenchie Burke Jay Eric and others This years 11th annual concert series is scheduled as follows June 1 Revival Brothers June 8 Grapes of Wrath June 15 To Be Announced June 22 Monty Guitar Tyler June 29 Quarter Moon July 6 Hat Trick July 13 Chris and Judy July 20 Carlene Walker July 27 Texana Band August 3 The Craze August 10 The Michael Aber nathy Group August 17 Matt Toon August 24 Al Barlow and Friends August 31 To Be Announced No glass containers are allowed in the park In case of bad weather rainout concerts may not be rescheduled By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A Mesquite man is dead following a baffling incident early Sunday mom ing Comal County Sheriffs Depart ment officers responded to a suspi cious situation at They found the body of Brandon Edward Hous ton 20 hung in grape vines in a wood ed area near the 1900 block of Hunter Creek Road Detective Jimmy Lim mcrsaid Houstons death appears to be from strangulation by the grape vines Lim mersaid He appears to have panicked after he became tangled in the vines and lost consciousness Then his body weight against the vines wrapped around his neck may have strangled said Witnesses said Houston had jumped through a closed window breaking the glass and ran out into the brush Lim mer said He was apparently extreme ly frightened of something witnesses Ive been in this business for a long time and this is the strangest one Ive ever Detective told deputies A witness said he was screaming things like God clear the way God clear the Limmcr said Houston had come to visit friends for the holiday weekend He was staying at a residence about 500 yards from where his body was found Limmer said The investigation remains open pending results of a toxicology report on Houston by the Travis County Med ical Examiner Ive been in this business for a long time and this is the strangest one Ive ever Limmcr said Womens shelter fires director Board claims insubordination by Chante Mazy in dispute over bringing child to work By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A mother was terminated from her position as executive director at a local womens shelter for insubordination after she failed to comply with the board of directors decision to deny her request to bring her son to work with her Chante Mazy executive director of the Comal County Womens Center requested she be allowed to bring her 10weekold son to work with her so she could breastfeed him Mazy said it was important that she be able to breastfeed her child because he is aller gic to dairy products and her doctor recommended she do so Robert Konkel president of the cen ters board of directors said the per sonnel committee studied her request and talked to centers around the state in which it was tried Konkel said the committee found the response from other centers was split He said the committee recom mended Mazy be allowed to bring the child to work on a six week trial peri od However Konkel said the nine member board voted to reject the rec ommendation and not allow the trial period The board just wasnt ready to take a major step like said Konkel Mazy returned to work However she brought her child with her Mazy said she asked for the boards deci sion in writing before she would take her son home The following morn ing she received a letter stating the boards position Mazy said she did not go to work that day but returned the following day with the child She said she called Konkel and informed him of this and read him a statement This is a womans issue and jts not going to die It is unacceptable for a woman to be separated from her child to earn a she said in her statement Mazy was then placed on leave with out pay until an emergency meeting could be held Tuesday morning 1 think Im being financially pun ished for publicly speaking out on she said Konkel said the board did not give a Mazy general reason why the recom mendation of the committee was not followed He said there was concern about the quality of job she would be able to perform with the baby in a sling around her He said the board contacted various business and found that even many daycare centers do not allow employees to bring their chil dren to work with them Konkel said the decision would have been the same even if it was a man making the request He also said that there was a ques tion of the safety of the child Konkel said this is only the second public shel ter in Texas while the others arc safe houses so an abuser could show up at this shelter at any time How would we feel as a board if something happened to that he said Mazy said she had no doubt she could do her job as efficiently as pre viously and also did not see a danger in it Its not a question of if I can do a quality job Its a question of if theyll let me do a quality she said I also wouldnt be working there if I thought 1 was in danger and I sure wouldnt place my child in In an emergency board meeting the board voted unanimously to terminate Mazy effective immediately Konkel said the decision of the board is final and binding and the issue will not go before the board again This is one of the hardest things Ive ever done because I consider Chante a he said Konkel said the only regret he has regarding the entire issue is that it went this far He said it is basically a ques tion of job performance and personnel procedure and it never should huvc gotten so out of hand I made a mistake when we made the initial decision and didnt bring it to the community and explain why we did it That might have prevented some of he said Which state representative thinks yesterdays rain solved the aquifer problem See Page 4
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