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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Shae Wilkins takes his game to Saint Edwards See Sports Page 5 New Braunfels 4 Herald 50 CENTS 410 The Mergele House 708 W Mill 10 pages in one section Thursday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of HAROLD AND ELENORA KOHLENBERG Vol 144 No 33 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sarah Douglas Cindy Thay er 18 Mark Barboza Diana Barrientos Andi Gonzales Rhonda Joost and Gloria Kolacek Happy anniversary to Harold and Elenora Kohlenberg Cedar pollen hits The count of cedar pollen particles per liter of air jumped through the roof this morning According to the office of Frank C Hampel which measures the pollen count every day the cedar pollen count jumped from double fig ures earlier this week to particles per liter of air today GOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday Jan 2 from to 7 The candidates for the 1996 pri mary election will be intro duced Come meet and visit with the candidates For more information call Dona Bruns at 6250872 LCRA sets workshop The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday Jan 4 1996 to inform area leaders and non profit groups about LCRAs new grant program to assist community development pro jects in its service area The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room 263 E Main Plaza from 6 to 8 At the workshop LCRA staff will be available to assist participants in filling out grant applications Those eligible for grants include cities counties volun teer fire departments regional development councils and other nonprofit economic and community development groups Invited to the workshops are mayors city managers coun ty judges and commissioners school superintendents vol unteer fire chiefs chamber of commerce representatives and general managers of electric cooperatives and oth er LCRA customers For more information con tact Frank Morgan LCRA 1 8007765272 ext 3340 Garden Club to meet The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday Jan 9 at 2 at the home of Ella Hall The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March Christmas Coloring Contest winners New Braunfels HeraldZeitung General Manager Cheryl Duvall is asking that Herald Zeitung Christmas Coloring Contest winners Austin Smith and Timothy Teat call her at 6259144 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Esl million jackpot A firefighter finishes dousing the flames that burned a trailer used for a drivers education MICHAEL DARNAil Grass fire burns 50 acres destroys trailer By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Changing winds may have saved a number of Cibolo including the fire chiefs house in a fire that destroyed up to 50 acres of pasture and a structure yesterday afternoon The fire started in a backyard off Sassman Road according to Keith Gilbreath Cibolo public works director who was one of the first on the scene Its not determined whether they were burning trash kids were playing with matches or Gilbreath said The fire spread to a house trailer which held a drivers education classroom Gilbreath said complete with computers and learning materials The trailer was a total loss The first call came over at about he said The fire was out around 2 to When I had to leave at three they were still mopping up hot Four other fire departments helped the Cibo lo Volunteer Fire Department battle the blaze Schertz was the first to back Gilbreath said then Universal City then Marion then The fire chiefs house was on the other side of the fire We couldnt make it over there Fortunately the wind shift brought the fire the other Keith Gilbreath By the time it was over the fire had con sumed 40 to 50 acres of pasture belonging to five people Gilbreath said Wind blew the flames toward the south west approaching houses on Tolle and Coun try Lane The fire chiefs home was one of those threatened The fire chiefs house was on the other side of the Gilbreath said We couldnt make it over there Fortunately the wind shift brought the fire the other The owner of the burned drivers education trailer was in Abilene at the time of the fire At press time he had not yet been contacted Offi Firefighters put out a hot spot of a 50 acre brush fire yesterday cials have no dollar estimate on the trailers damage Gilbreath said Im sure its a lot of County employees enrolled in wellness program By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Within days county employees and their dependents will be able to pick up the phone and talk to a profes sional about any medical problem facing them as a part of their insurance coverage County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said that begin ning Jan 1 county employees can take part in a well ness program called Informed Choice Informed Choice is a tollfree number that allows the insured to talk with a nurse 24 hours a day seven days a week Bartholomew said the program is a way to provide employees and their families with accurate and pro fessional information We want our people when they have questions about a medical issue to get the answers from an informed party and not go down to the water cooler and get an he said Bartholomew said the nurses on the other end are qualified to give information in a variety of areas They can help with a sprained ankle minor cuts surgery hospitalizarion chemotherapy stress man agement smoking cessation diabetes arthritis and perinatal care including pregnancy planning prenatal and the babys first year In all cases the nurses sim ply provide information and do not recommend treat ment or make a diagnosis In all cases you make up your own mind They just make sure you have the right information to make a wise he said Bartholomew said employees have not requested the service because they havent been made aware of However he said having both male and female nurs es available makes people feel at ease He said fami lies also use the line more beginning at 3 which indicates that kids are asking the nurses very personal questions they dont feel comfortable asking their Such a program is critical when Comal County is partially selfinsured said Bartholomew He said he gets the claims after the fact but a lot of the problems could have been avoided or lessened with preven tive care If youre going to do a selffunded medical pro gram you better have a wellness he said Ive been in one for several years Im alive and Im very well alive because Im in a wellness Project KISS vows to keep working toward goal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Donations and contributions keep pouring in as Project KISS Kids In Safe Surroundings looks for better things in 1996 Project KISS Chairwoman Trish Wyatt said she was pleased by the amount of money the project raised over the last two months We are very excited because we raised a lot of money over the last Wyatt said Project KJSS started two years ago The pur pose of the project is to raise for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Cen ter which is planned to be built on new county parkland located near Canyon Dam Wyatt said Project KISS has raised between Wyatt and the Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center Board wants construc tion for the center to begin by the end of 1996 The community recreation center will be built in three phases Wyatt said Phase one will be the construction of a foun dation for basketball and volleyball Phase two will add a structural metal frame and roof which will create a pavilion Finally phase three will make the facility into a complete building The County Parks Committee will vote to sup port and recommend the three phase plan to Comal County Commissioners Court at its next meeting Wyatt said Right now we have enough funds to start phase Wyatt said A spaghetti dinner and a haunted house both held in October raised for Project KISS The Modern Woodmen of America promised to match up to in funds raised at the spaghet ti dinner That goal was met and the Modern Woodmen wrote a check to Project KISS Other major contributions made to the project have been by the Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club the Canyon Lake United Methodist Mens Association Sam Choate VFW 8573 Fraternal Order of Eagles Eastern Star and Employ ee Charities Fundraising events planned by Project KISS for next year are a fishing tournament Pennies for KISS Las Vegas Night a 10k race a carnival a chili cookoff a river raft race a duck race an Easter egg hunt and a pet show I resolve that in 19961 City and county leaders make promises to better themselves in the coming year By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer December is almost over which means 1995 is quickly coming to an end It also means that another year will soon be starting and people will be making those New Years resolutions According to CNN people typical ly promise to lose weight spend less money stop smoking and exercise more However local residents gave a slightly different answer County Clerk Joy Streater said she has not picked any resolutions for the upcoming year yet I havent had time to think about she said District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said she feels like she spends too much time in her office working and her Streater Herbrich resolution is to give myself a little more time 1 want to take more time for Comal County Tax lector Gloria Clennan said she has not really made any yet However she would like to try a little harder to have a positive attitude I just want to keep Kennedy Bremer a really good attitude for all of City Council Member Jan Ken nady said she usually has the same ones every year including exercise more take better care of herself and work harder at being nice to everyone but has not really made any for this year yet 1 dont know why but I Waldrip Shands havent thought about it yet Its prob ably because its the same every year and 1 never keep Roger Havlak Comal County Assistant Extension Agent said his will probably be to be a better person a better husband and to try to spend more quality time with my Sheriff Jack Bremer said he has iwo resolutions The first is to get re elected Sheriff and the second is to lose 10 pounds Ten pounds would make me just Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he had not made any yet Theres probably several things I ought to do 1 just havent thought about it and reached a New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said he never makes res olutions However if he did he would probably resolve to do all the stan dard He added Ilia the only one he would take seriously is the one that says dont feel guilty when 1 dont keep all my other New Years resolu GOP tries to destroy the best new program in years See Opinion Page 4
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