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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Unicorns look to put season back on track at Wurst Bowl See P New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Plaza Bandstand 16 Pages in one section Friday October Her a IdZ Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of SHEALEE cung BRUMFIELD Vol 143 No 245 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Brandy Klabunde Shealee Brumfield Joan Vollmer Sarah ONeal nine Arianna Torres Karen Harborth Henry Silva Karen Kennemer and Craig Hammett 30 Hap py anniversary wishes to Daniel and Marjorie Balmos and Xavier and Susie Gayton River and aquifer inforrhation Comal River 262 cublcfeetper down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe River Garage sale at Kirkwood 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 Along with the garage sale there will be a bake sale and minjcraft 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 call Johnny at 6254782 Public welcome Spaghetti dinner Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct 28 at 6 to raise money for a community youth recreation center Skits and a silent auc tion will be held as well Din ner is Save your cans The Humane Society of New Braunfels asks all residents to save their aluminum cans for the Paws to Recycle national aluminum can recycling pro gram for animal shelters The grand prize is for the shelter that raises the most cans The collection dri ve runs from Sept 1 to Oct 31 Eden Home Country Store The Eden Home Country Store will be held from 9 to Oct 27 at the Eden Home Friendship Room Proceeds benefit the resident council project a gardening deck off the coffee break room Your donation of baked goods and garage sale items are needed Call 6256291 ext 274 for information Jaycees host haunted house The Jaycees will have a haunted house and carnival Oct 28 and 29 from 11 to 5 and Oct 31 from 4 to 7 at the New Braunfels Factory Stores old Lenox store to benefit Toys for Tots Get kids IDed Parents can obtain free pho to IDs for their children at the KidCare Photo ID event on Saturday Oct 28 from 1 to 4 in the Target parking lot hosted by DARE and Crime Stoppers Bunton told to back off Federal appeals court order seen as bad news for Comal in water wars By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Two injured when van flips A woman and child were hospitalized yesterday after a twovehicle accident at the intersection of highways 3009 and 1863 Police reports indicate a Green Ford LTD station wagon driven by Gilberta Farquhar failed to yield the right of way and struck a van driven by Janet Hunter Hunter had three children in the van with her Two escaped injury Hunter and one child were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Womens Center puts out call for volunteers By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Comal County Womens Center gives a safe haven to women escaping domestic violence It also helps families start a new life from scratch Women and children fleeing a violent home often have to leave with little more than the clothes they are wearing We have women who go to get their own places to live that have no said Jodie Mytro program coordinator Besides the basics like food and shelter the Womens Center provides a host of coun seling and advocacy services for both women and children with just 13 employees What I would like to see we need Mytro said Were overbur dened with so much Many women need assistance finding housing finding especially mak ing full use of the government assistance that can give them the financial leg up they need Mytro said need she said People who can go with a woman once or twice a week to Cash and other donations are always need ed and welcome said Karen McDonald volunteer coordinator We want to incorporate the community to help the woman said Lynette Whit lock house manager Donations currently needed are Bermuda grass seed every size clear plastic bags for storage twist ties clothes hangers regular and childrens sizes shampoo hair brushes hair care products thank you notes or any type of note card to use for thank Also needed are bandaids aspirin chil drens Tylenol silverware dishes pots and pans laundry detergent box or floor fans large and extra large diapers Always needed are bleach paper tow els toilet tissue baby cribs and playpens swings plastic wrap aluminum foil coffee household cleaning products garbage bags baby care items food products pil lows and blankets toiletries stamps Depending on space the Womens Center also accepts furniture and working appli ances Call 6207520 to make arrangements for the shelter to receive them The Womens Center needs volunteers with a host of talents They could water the trees sweep out the garage provide child care vacuum staff offices care for indoor plants answer the hotline be a receptionist provide transportation for clients and children to medical care change outside light bulbs wash windows inside or out be a sexual assault advocate work on the newsletter distribute flyers for fundraisers provide transportation for clients seeking housing or employment write thankyou notes track media coverage provide transportation to What I would like to see we need volunteers Were overburdened with so much Jodie Mytro program coordinator bus station or airport clerical assistance with developing forms and mailouts help with deep cleaning plumbing make photocopies of training materials electrical helping resident choose clothes and shoes that fit assist with recycling efforts cook and share a meal or just a cup of coffee with a resident pick up small donations from local merchants and bring to the shelter assist families moving into new home trans port excess usable items to other charities or thrift shops peer counseling take down wash and rehang curtains dust in the cor ners help deliver a mattress to a family sleeping on the floor repair woodwork water the garden help locate odd items donations hit garage sales with donation man booths at fundrais er or community appearance redesign the garage space for maximum storage capacity roll coins change AC filters sort donations sweep the sidewalk or run errands A federal appeals court ordered a block on Senior Dis trict Judge Lucius Bunton III today preventing the judge from taking any action to manage pumping from the Edwards Aquifer at a federal level Bunton issued an order requesting parties involved in the man agement of the Edwards Aquifer to meet in his chambers Fri day In the order he threatened to impose federal controls over the aquifer by The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday preventing Bunton from taking over the aquifer and told him to allow the state an opportuni ty to settle the issue One thing is clear It is time for this litigation to said the Justices Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry applauded the appeals court decision and said he believes the management should come from a state level As we have maintained all along the answer to managing the Edwards Aquifer will be found by not by a federal judge or a federal agency Fortunately the Court of Appeals agrees with said Perry It is time for differences at the state level to be worked out and for practical solutions to be found for managing this crucial water However Doug Miller the local representative for the Edwards Aquifer Authority said the order stopping Bunton is not good news for the people in the area He said Bunton and his powers have been the driving force in getting the various par ties together to develop aquifer management I feel like its a setback for us because the one thing that has brought the state and the parties to where it is was the pressure of possible federal said Miller Bert Hooper an attorney representing New Braunfels Utili ties at Fridays meeting with Bunton said the order will make the meeting a lot narrower in focus than was first He said the appeals court told Bunton to back off and allow the state to sort through the issue and simply conduct a hearing on what position the EAA is in in terms of management The EAA was supposed to take over authority of the Aquifer in August However the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District is challenging the constitutionality of the authority and hearings are currently going on in a state dis trict court in Hondo Miller said the decision from that case will likely be appealed and the legal battle could persist for a long time possibly over a year He could be bad for Comal Guadalupe and Hays counties It means a real threat of us losing our said Miller Ive talked to one rancher in the area and his water well has gone dry already More people may find this a problem if steps are not Miller said another concern of his is whether or not Bunton will continue to be active in the battle for managing the aquifer He said he hopes the order limiting his actions will not result in his no longer being involved Ive read his order that says hes getting weary Hopefully he wont get so weary that he throws his hands up in the air and gives said Miller Meanwhile testimony at the state district court level is wrap ping up and Miller said a decision is expected out of Hondo as early as Thursday or Friday of next week However he said he has no way of telling right now what that decision may be County mulls indigent health care options By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer County commissioners yester day voted to delay making a deci sion on participation in the Expanded Medicaid Program until closer to the deadline County Auditor Bate Bond told commissioners the county must decide whether it wants to join into a matching funds agreement with the state or continue opera tions as it is currently doing The county now must set aside 10 per cent of the general revenue tax levy which is more than to cover individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid Eventually the state will take oyer the program if the county does not take part in the matching funds agreement It is unclear what the continued cost to the county will be once the state takes it over said Bond There are two options to con sider if the county opts to take part in the matching funds pro gram The first is that the county can send money to the state and the state will manage the program Another option is that the county along with health care providers or other counties can form an Inter Governmental Initiative This would allow the county to retain some control over the pro gram Both of these choices would cost the county approximately per year for five years Bond said The county must decide what route to take by Nov 1 However commissioners had several questions about the various options The commissioners voted to delay taking action until Oct 26 when they may have a better idea of which is the best choice In other business the court adopted a resolution approving agreement for Property Tax Abatement with Jacobson Manu facturing Company Average Month Beneficiaries all retired workers aged couple both receiving benefits Before Percent Increase After Percent Increase widowed mother and two children aged alone disabled worker spouse and children all disabled workers Social Security benefits to edge up percent beginning Dec 29 By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Benefits to Social Security recipients will increase percent starting Jan 3 The Social Security Administration announced this years cost of living increase last week Supplemental Security Income SSI benefits will increase the same amount beginning with the Dec 29 payment The average monthly Social Security benefit to retired workers will rise from to The maximum federal SSI monthly payments to an individual will go from to For a couple the maximum SSI payment will rise from to Social Security and Medicare taxes however will stay the same in 1996 Employees are presently taxed per cent for Social Security and Medicare That will not change in 1996 The Social tax rate for selfemployed per cent will also stay flat Cost of living increases are a yearly event for Social Security benefits The Social Security Administration calcu lates the amount based on the rise in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers CP1W from the third quarter of one year to the next This year the CP1W went up percent For answers to questions about Social Security benefits call 18007721213 Pope offers hope Gorbachev offers nothing See Cal   

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