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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Former Unicorn teammates face off at college level See Page 5 The Mergele House W Mill 20 pages in two sections Thursday January New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of HEATHER FEST mg Vol 144 No 47 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Dorothy Brinkkoeter Thel ma Lee 84 Ronald Hoi brook 13 Heather Fest Isabel Veles Jose D Garcia and Lisa Nichole Rilos Pollen Count Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River 286 Cubic Feet Per Second down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 Lake Dunlap property owners to meet The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association general membership meeting will be at Friday Jan 19 at the River Bend Clubhouse For information call Paul at 6095769 or Frankie at 625 3042 Sons of Hermann to meet Spring Branch Lodge Sons of Hermann will meet Sunday Jan 21 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative meeting room for the regular meeting Gather ing at 2 Meeting begins at Members are urged to attend as plans for 1996 will be for mulated Lodge will furnish refresh ments members may bring desserts Chamber Banquet tickets on sale Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Ban quet on Friday Jan 26 at the Civic Center will remain on sale until Friday Jan 19 The banquet whose theme is A Sesquicentennial will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award For more information call 6252385 Canyon Music Boosters to meet The Comal County Womens Center needs a volunteer or group of volunteers to install wood shelving in a storeroom The shelter has everything except someone to put it up If you want to help with the pro ject call 6207520 Quilters to hear talk on crazy quilting New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets at 9 Jan 20 at First Christian Church on Loop 337 Maria Connolly will speak on crazy Workshop after the program will be on Shopping Las The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot lOTtllV Family rescued from trailer blaze By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The quick actions of three heroes saved a mother and her two young children from a raging mobile home fire this morning in Guadalupe County 1 came out and saw a gentleman go in and get two babies Steve Casey said For some reason he could not get the mother out and had to get his breath back Then I went in and the smoke was very thick and overwhelming The gen tleman then got his breath back and it took three of us to pull the mother out of the fire When we were pulling the moth er out of the front window I felt the third child so I went in and got the child The McQueeney Fire Department got the first call about the fire at today The fire occurred on Cypress Grove Road in a mobile home park 12 miles east of New Braunfels on FM 725 Lake Dunlap Fire Department New Braunfels EMS and Seguin EMS responded to the call AirLife was called out to the scene The other two heroes Casey was talking about were Willie Rangel and DeWayne Stinson Rangel a mainte nance man who works at the mobile home park was the first on the scene to pull out the two children Stinson is a mobile home resident who came to help after he saw the fire I heard a noise but I didnt know what it Stinson said Then I saw smoke come out of the back wall of the mobile Guadalupe County Fire Marshal and McQueeney Vol unteer Fireman Don McFarland was the first fireman on the scene He said the efforts of Casey Rangel and Stinson proved to be the difference between life and death for the family Their efforts considerably helped their McFar land said Mobile homes can go fast especially when the winds are 2545 miles per The fire completely destroyed the back end of the mobile home At press time it was not known what caused the fire It was also not determined whether or not a child would have to be flown to San Antonio for smoke inhalation or injuries The father who was not at home at the time of the fire would have to be contacted by authorities Emergency workers give oxygen to a child rescued from a fire in Guadalupe County this MCHAEL Cooking class will raise money for library Gourmet cooks and connoisseurs of fine food can leam how to pre pare a scrumptiously delicious meal by the Heart of Texas Cooking School sponsored by the Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library on Thursday Feb 1 at 7 at Moun tain Valley Elementary School Tickets for the cooking school are on sale for at the library Pro ceeds will go towards the library The cooking school will feature wellknown San Antonio cooking instructors Lenny Angel and Joan Lyons Both are certified cooking instructors by the International Association of Culinary Profes sionals Students at the cooking school will be able to sample the main course Lean Mean Florentine a beef casserole made with olives spinach and wild rice and the rest of the menu Door prizes will be awarded at the event and tickets can be pur chased at the door As of Tuesday 45 people bought tickets The cook ing school is sponsored by Pioneer Flour Mills Bolners Fiesta Spices Chantal Cookware Mahatma Rice and Bakers Mate NonStick Oven ware Liner Pay now learn later with the Texas Tomorrow Fund By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer When Sir Isaac Newton proclaimed that what goes up must come down he obviously wasnt talking about college tuition said John Sharp Texas state comptroller Sharp put a plan in motion Jan 2 to try to help parents deal with rising col lege fees the Texas Tomorrow The fund is a prepaid tuition plan similar to those working in eight other states Sharp estimates that the average tuition at a public college in Texas has risen by more than 8 percent a year in recent years We believe that college costs are rising at a certain rate per year and a family would have to have some very lucky investments to equal that said Sheila Clancy a spokesperson from Sharps office Simply put the fund works like this parents sign a contract with the state and pay into the Texas Tomorrow Fund at todays college rates when their child is small The money goes into a trust fund which earns interest When the child reaches college age the childs fees be paid from mon ey taken out of the trust fund Basically whqt you would be doing is buying an education today before And here are the details Here are answers to some com monly asked questions about the Texas Tomorrow Fund For more answers and a comprehensive infor mation packet call 1800445 GRAD The Texas Tomorrow Fund offers four programs the Junior Col lege Plan the Senior College Plan the JuniorSenior College Plan and the Private College Plan Costs vary depending on the plan Investors can pay in three ways 1 a onetime lump sum 2 fixed year fiveor tenyear payments 3 extended monthly installments Applications will be accepted through March The TTF will refund invest ments if the beneficiary 1 goes out of state to college 2 gets a scholarship for tuition 3 dies or becomes disabled 4 decides not to go to college The amount refund ed depends on the circumstances Payments into the TTF are not tax deductible If a family has financial trouble money invested in the TTF is creditors cannot touch it inflation raises the price of said Stan Cunningham of Edward D Jones Co investments Deposits into the fund arent tax deductible but withdrawals are tax deferred Its one vehicle its an interest ing vehicle to be encouraged to save for college said Dan Davis associate director of the Office of Stu dent Financial Aid at The University of Texas at Austin Texas parents have shown enormous interest in the Texas Tomorrow Fund in the last two weeks We have gotten tens of thousands of Clancy said The controllers office estimates that an Texas Tomorrow Fund con tract bought now for a newborn will be worth about when the child is college age Any kind of investment out there that would have that kind of return would have a very high Clancy said The fund offers four plans including one plan for a private Texas college It will still pay at Texas college rates you would be doing is buying an educa tion today before inflation raises the price of Stan Cunninghan if a child decides to go to school out of state Benefits are transferable to a sibling a stepsibling or halfsibling With the Texas Tomorrow Fund theres no way you can lose your prin cipal Clancy said But the Texas Tomorrow Fund does have risks of its own If a child decides not to go to college before he graduates from high school the parents get a refund for the money they paid into the fund minus administrative and ter mination fees but not the interest What if college tuition rates sky rocket faster than expected and the trust fund earns less than expected Who makes up the difference the parents the university or the state Another spokesperson from Sharps office declined to answer those ques tions County United Way drive reaches its goal and then some More than raised drive chairwoman announces By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The United Way fundraising drive can finally blow the top off its ther mometer The drive officially met its goal Tuesday morning and has actu ally exceeded it which means the ther mometers have exploded United Way Drive Chairwoman Frances Huff said the official drive began Sept 1 and usually runs until the annual general meeting in Janu ary She said that is when the drive is officially over and volunteer work stops We still take money but its offi cially over The actual volunteer work on the drive has said Huff She said this years annual meeting We got a really nice gift Tuesday morn ing and it actually took us to T Drive Chairwoman Frances Huff i just happened tojbe Wednesday night and she was able to officially announce the drive had reached and surpassed We got a rea ly nice gift Tuesday morning and if actually took us to Huff said However juift because it has sur passed its goal does not mean the Unit ed Way is finished accepting dona tions Huff said United Way will always accept donations and she has even gotten phone calls saying more is on the way Were saying bring it on down Well still take it because it will help the different agencies we she said HufYsaid this years drive was about average She said the goal is usually met within days of the annual meeting and this year was no exception Its about like this every she said The funds raised are used to sup port charities or organizations that pro vide social services to the people of Comal County The United Way of Comal County will fund 29 organiza tions this year HeraldZeitura photo by MICHAEL DARNALL United Way Fund Drive Chairwoman Frances Huff puts the explosion on the thermometer on the Plaza Opinion page should reflect countys diversity See Opinion Page
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