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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon linebacker Mike Broddus is Player of the Week See Page 64 New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Plaza Bandstand 18 Pages in two sections Wednesday October L Her a IdZ 4 0 b f Pi I CK JBL r y AHDIi L OR Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of FLOYD W HUTSON Vol 143 No 243 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Benjamin Ward one Septmber Baker 16 Leah Queen Doris Westervelt and Floyd W Hutson Happy 64th anniversary to Arthur and Leah Queen and happy belated 30th anniversary to Gilbert and Louisa Alvarez River and aquifer information Comal River 262 cubicfeetper down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down Guadalupe River 124 Seminar to focus on sexual harassment and sexual assault The Comal County Womens Center Laurel Ridge Treat ment Center Hill Country Counseling Center and McKenna Hospitals Health Link will cosponsor a presen tation on Sexual Harass Assault from to at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center on 1293 East Common Street in New Braunfels on Thursday Oct 19 Both mothers and benefit from this presentation Home schoolers to take field trip Southlake Baptist Church of Canyon Lake home of the Home School Support Group has set a field trip for Oct 19 The group will meet at South lake Baptist Church 77 FM 3159 at 10 and drive to the Texas Museum of Trans portation in San Antonio for a tour at 11 The group meets at the church every Fri day at 10 For information call Karen at 8852224 Schaefer reunion Descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Ackermann Schae fer are invited to attend the 15th Reunion of the Schaefer Family at the Saengerhalle Sunday Oct 22 Registration at 10 Lunch at Bring a meat dish and one other dish of your choice Bring serving spoons NARFE to meet National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 666 will meet at the Senior Citizens Center Friday Oct 20 at Garage sale at Kirkwooa Manor Kirkwood Manor will have a garage sale as its major fund raiser for the activity depart ment on Friday Oct 20 and Saturday Oct 21 from 9 to 1 Items have been donated by employees and resident family members Along with the garage ale there will be a bake sale and minicraft show Local fat acceptance group to meet Saturday Oct 21 the Hill Country Chapter of the Nation al Association to Advance Fat Acceptance will meet at 7702 Barren Ridge which is just east of OConnor at Kitty Hawk For information pall Johnny at 6254782 Public welcome Vigil shines light on domestic violence By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A candle was lit a name was read 65 times until each Texas woman who died in family violence during 1995 was named I could have very well been on that said one domestic violence sur vivors who came to last nights can dlelight vigil in Landa Park The vigil was sponsored by the Comal County Womens Shelter to observe Domestic Violence Aware ness Month Law enforcement officials and pro fessional counselors joined communi ty members in honoring victims and survivors of domestic violence They offered messages of hope and empow erment This happens at every single level every socioeconomic level every race across the said Stephanie SmithBurrus Comal County assistant county attorney It still troubles me that in this day in time we still have to have centers like the Comal County Womens Center and dedicated professionals like said New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas Education is a key to helping law enforcement better serve domestic vio lence victims said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremen Advocacy groups have he said If we all work together and try to be understanding of each Bremer said Im very optimistic that well be able to get a handle on domestic As long as I live and breathe I will always support this Douglas said The hands of law enforcement are sometimes tied when dealing with domestic violence and stalking said Kathleen Krueger wife of Ambassador Bob Krueger HeraldZeitung photo by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Kathleen Krueger plays a tape of a message left on her answering machine by a stalker at the candlelight vigil at Landa Park last night Krueger and her family were stalked and terrorized for 11 years before their stalker could be legally detained and prosecuted He could only be arrested when he very specifically made a threat across state Krueger said Krueger lobbied the Texas legisla ture successfully days after she tes tified a Texas stalking law was passed But today there is no federal stalk ing she said The bill was intro duced into the Senate judicial com mittee but stalled before it became law It would call for tip to five years of prison for stalkers make it a federal crime to threat en someone across state lines or by mail or telephone fine stalkers up to protect residents of military bases What got me to leave my abuser was seeing the Womens Center and the support groups A survivor of domestic abuse currently unprotected from stalk ers under the law Victims of abuse need to know that the legal system is on their side before its too Krueger said Krueger asked that every person pre sent send postcards to senators and representatives urging passage of fed eral stalking legislation Domestic violence survivors should not be disheartened by the case in said Dib Waldrip Comal County assistant district attorney That was an isolated case he said and sur vivors of domestic abuse and their fam ilies here in Comal County get much fairer treatment Everyone in my office will do everything they can to see that victims are not subjected to the treatment of the media that they were in he said Good help is available you only need to reach out and ask SmithBur rus said If you dont want to go to the police there are still people out there to help she said The Comal County Womens Cen ter is the safe haven where survivors of domestic abuse can begin new lives a survivor said It gave me a safe place to gather my she said What got me to leave my abuser was seeing the Womens Center and the support groups Women caught in family violence can call the Comal County Womens Center at 6207520 or the crisis line at 6204357 Clinton tells Kelly workers the base has a future By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer HernldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL President Bill Clinton greets the crowd upon his arrival at Kelly Air Force Base yesterday SAN ANTONIO President Clin ton Tuesday afternoon urged the Kel ly Air Force Base workforce to har ness the changes the base will face as it is phased out over the next five years Were not shutting this base down were transforming Clinton told the air force workers base and city dignitaries and their families out side a hangar at the bases the Air Logistics Center Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cis neros and San Antonio Mayor Bill Thornton also were with Clinton on the platform In July the Base Realignment Com mittee recommended that the base close resulting in the loss of more than civilian and military jobs But under the privatization plan Clinton said the base would keep all of work ers in the next five years and two thirds would still be employed within eight years The people who won the cold war cannot be left out in the he said We will honor our committment to he added pounding his fist against the podium Part of the privatization plan opens up the runway for privatesector use mostly for international trade Indus tries also have visited the base in the past week to look at the base for busi ness opportunities said Gen Henry The people who won the cold war cannot be left out in the President Bill Clinton Butch Viccillo commander of the Air Force Material Command We have a secret he said That secret weapon is right here The sercet weapon is the Kelly Clinton also praised the base work force for its patriotism service and Kelly has been far more than a mil itary he said It is an avenue of opportunity and has been the cor nerstone for the Hispanic middle Closing the base will not threaten the military readiness Clinton said The plan is designed to strengthen our national security not weaken he said He added that the plan also will help make America stay the leader in the global village of the future Henry Flores a production controller at the base said he thought Clintons speech would encourage the workers to make the transition as smooth as pos sible As far as Im concerned its better that Kelly end this he said Marion sets Oct 28 as date for annual city fall cleanup By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer The Marion City Council approved the fiscal year 199596 budget for debt services at its meeting on Monday The council voted to spend for debt ser vice which will cover the principal interest and financial consultant fees for bond issues passed in 1985 89 and 90 City Secretary Maggie Harding said In other business the council set Saturday Oct 28 as the date for the city fall cleanup On this day Marion residents will have the opportunity to bring trash items to a dumpster provided by Alamo Waste Inc at the city public works building on 309 West Otto Citizens will be able to bring trash items not nor mally picked up on regular trash routes such as branches trees shrubs lumber and old Harding said City Engineer Paul Denham of Ford Engineering briefed the council on the fire hydrant flow tests which he recently conducted Denham told the coun cil that the tests concluded that each fire hydrant in the city met standards for peak and nonpeak times dur ing fires Sylvia Slaughter was nominated by the council to sit on the Guadalupe County Appraisal Distict Womens Center means nobody has to stay with an abusive mate By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Help and safety are only a phone call away for women wanting to escape domestic violence thats the message of the Comal County Womens Center Its like were a said Jodie Mytro program coordinator for the Womens Center Were under one roof we do things togeth er all the time We help each other Were probably the first normal family survivors have Safe haven is only the first of a host of services the Comal County Womens Center provides It offers individual counseling group thera py legal help and advice on how to take advantage of the many groUps and agencies that can help women start over The women here are Amy Thompson Government assistance is a needed safety Mytro said We want to incorporate the community to help the woman suc said Lynette Whitlock house manager finding housing jobs child care If its rental property they can call upon Section 8 It isnt hard to Changing societys stereotype of battered women is another Womens Center mission said Amy Thompson childrens program coordinator A lot of times people ask Why doesnt she leave Thompson said We are so sick of that Nobody asks why were you in front of that Whitlock said The Womens Center has a range of services for the other victims of spouse abuse the children The real victims are the Thompson said Adults can make choices but theyre forced on the Children can have counseling play therapy and perhaps their first chance to be heard and to make choices Thompson said Battered women should never stay in a relationship for the sake of the Thompson said The scars may be on the inside but children are hurt just as badly by abuse as their mothers she said A major concern of mothers people are afraid of the word shel Thompson said Theyre afraid if they bring their kids to a shelter theyll be taken away it just isnt Employers and rental property owners need to give domestic vio lence survivors a chance Thompson said They may be starting over eco nomically but they have much to contribute she said The women here are survivors Theyve survived things we cant Thompson said They have incredible skills Theyre resourceful Theyre as hard work ing as you can If you suspect a friend or rela tive is being battered do intervene a survivor said Tell the person about the she said Give them the phone number Maybe even have a meeting Just try to talk to them and tell them thats not the way it has to Women caught in domestic vio lence can call the Comal County Womens Center at 6207520 For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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