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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                FiVe county players make basketball team See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS HeraWZ 182 14 pages in one section Thursday February EL PASO 1 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than Home of VICKI LANGHAM Vol 144 No 78 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Vicki Langham 13 leap Angel Chavez and Bacilio Pina four leap Happy sixth anniversary to Brenda and David Sikes Pollen Count Mold800 Elm Cedar Ash Hackberry Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 Classic Car Show Rileys Tavern and Ice House 8894 FM 1102 in Hunter will hold a Classic Car Show featuring music by the Stretch Williams Band Satur day March 2 Registration at noon judging at 3 Prizes will be given Event benefits San Marcos Area Youth Shel ter For information call 512 3923132 Artistic Outreach Its time to experiment with art again as the New Braunfels Art League holds another Artistic Outreach Saturday March 9 at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery and its free Leading the three mini work shops will be Mary Beth Gib son pastel Annette LeBouef drasing and Elaine Felder stained glass Members of the community from 12 to 99 years are invited to try their hand in one of three art media at no expense The Art League provides the teach ers and the supplies free of charge as a gift back to the community And those partici pating can take home their creations The handson workshops begin at 9 and end about attheNBAL Gallery 239 W San Antonio Help the Community Band get to Germany Spaghetti and Sousa will be on the program when mem bers of the Comal Community Band perform at a fundraiser supper and concert Feb 29 at the Oak Run School A spaghetti dinner will be served from to and the band will per form from 7 to 8 Cost is per person with proceeds going to help the band travel to Germany this summer The New Braunfels High School Jazz Band will perform from to For information call Ken McGuire at 6257728 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est jackpot HP LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint County attorney vote could decide whether or not to eliminate nn mm HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Thats a wrap Decorating Seele Elementary Principal Linda Schlather was the prize in Math a school math con gest Here the fifthgrade winners of Ruth Abbotts class use rolls of toilet paper to turn the principal into a nummy Bredewaters third graders decorated Schlather with a crown and a grass skirt Fourth grade had a tie between Janis Bodemanns and Pat Simmonds1 classes They opted to celebrate their victories bv havina ice cream parties 3 I Bush asks for investigation of prison food deal AUSTIN AP The Texas Rangersand Department of Public Safety will lead an expanded probe into a million prison system contract for a soybeanbased meat sub stitute Gov George W Bush and Texas Criminal Justice Board I Chairman Allan Polunsky said Wednesday that they want ed the state law enforcement agencies to investigate the contract with VitaPro Foods State and federal authorities are looking into the VitaPro deal because it was negotiated without formal bidding Pol unsky said last week that the state was taking legal steps to cancel the contract Wednesdays announcement of an expanded probe came a day after Andy Collins the retired executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice quit his job as a VitaPro consultant Yank Barry VitaPros chief executive officer said the con tract is worth 15 million for the first phase He said as far as the company knew the contract was properly bid and legal Under the deal negotiated by Collins VitaPro sends the state thousands of pounds of the meat substitute each month The product is used in prison kitchens in Texas and surplus supplies were supposed to be prison system to other states Collins said at the time the deal was completed that the state would benefit from a healthier prison population and from sales of the surplus product By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Voters will be choosing more than a favorite candidate when they vote in the Comal County Attorneys race on the Republican primary ballot March 12 They could be choosing whether to have a county attorney at all This is the last political speech Ill ever District Attorney Bill Reimer told an overflow crowd at last Thursdays candidate forum sponsored by the Comal County Republican Woman He said he wants to get rid of the county attorney position If elected Reimer said he would consider it a mandate from the people to consolidate the offices of the district attorney and the county attorney The number of secretaries could be cut without layoffs Reimer said We can do this without hurting anyone because of he said Prosecutors would be paid on a scale according to their experience and the difficulty of their work he said saving taxpayers further We can save some real money here folks and without losing any ability to Reimer said Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Smith Burns would serve as county attorney if she were elected she said I believe there is a place for the county attorneys she said The county attorneys office han dles such cases as family violence pro tective orders misdemeanors and Child Protective Services cases You dont want to have a small case not be pros Reimer Burris ecuted just because it wasnt headline grabbing Burris said Each of the small cases the coun ty attorneys office handles is of pri mary importance to someone she said OK we probably need to stream line that office but lets give it a Burris said Reimer and Burris are the Republi can candidates for county attorney The winner of the Republican primary March 12 will face Democrat Vicki Langham in the general election Dib Waldrip uncontested candidate for the district attorneys office wants to consolidate also One key step to avoid duplicitous prosecution locally is to streamline and contain costs in prosecution for Comal County by combining the offices of district attorney and county he said in his announce ment to run for office If Reimer wins the election it would still require state legislative via the local agenda before the county attorneys office could be stricken from the Comal County pay roll he said State inspectors give perfect score to Kirkwood Manor By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer For the second time in three years Kirkwood Manor has proven the kind of care they provide their residents by having no deficiencies in the general health area in a recent inspection by the Texas Depart ment of Human Services Kirkwood administrator Norm Custer said the inspections are required by law for those participating in the Medicaid and Medicare programs Annually a team of two nurses a pharmacist a social worker and a generalist visit Kirkwood Manor to look at all areas related to health care and the residents including nutrition skin condition drug regimen general health and general policies Theyre looking at all aspects of the care given to the said Custer Its the whole environment that the person is in at the home that they Any facility found not to be in compliance with Medicaid and Medicare standards faces consequences ranging from a written reprimand to monetary penal ties or even the loss of the Medicaid and Medicare license Custer said that the loss of a license for many homes would mean they would have to shut This year the inspection was held January 912 During that time Kirkwood Manor received zero deficiencies Custer said the inspectors told him the local home was the first to receive the high score since a change in standards effective July Custer said the fact I dont like to be second in anything My staff knows Norm Custer Kirkwood Manor administrator that Kirkwood Manor has received this score twice in the last three years is remarkable score is very prestigious Youre the elite of the he said Its like winning a Super Bowl To win it once is fantastic To get a repeat is unbeliev Custer attributes the success of Kirkwood Manor to teamwork professionalism and How ever he said the support given by Dr Carlos Campos and McKenna Memorial Hospital also played a big part He said New Braunfels is fortunate to have such quality service provided through Dr Campos and McKenna As for Kirkwood Manor Custer said there is still work to be done He said you can never reach perfection Services need to continually change and goals need to be heightened in order to stay ahead of the Custer said the staff at Kirkwood Manor will contin ue to work toward improvements just as they do every day I tell my staff what you did yesterday isnt good enough today and what you do today wont be good enough he said I dont like to be second in anything My staff knows Boys arrested in beating party case DALLAS AP James March was slowly driving through his girlfriends neighborhood when two small boys saw his security guards uniform through the car window mistook him for a police officer and waved him over The boys told him several other boys were inside a nearby house beating an autis tic woman March approached the house and the youths scattered Five boys ages 11 and 12 have been charged with aggravated assault and sexu al assault on the 40yearold woman who has a mental capacity no greater than that of an 11yearold Police say that for weeks five elementary school boys held a series of beating par ties during which they used belts their fists and a toilet plunger to thrash and sex ually assault the woman in her home These little kids ran up to my car and said Theyre beating this woman over March said of the Feb 20 inci dent I ran up to the house and went inside I saw the belt whips on her arms She had a puffy eye where they had hit her in the The two boys were taken into custody Friday and were being held Wednesday at a juvenile detention center The age of the children involved surprised even veteran officers They have fights normally over little things but nothing this vicious an attack almost like an animal pack attacking some Sgt Ross Salvarino said The woman was at home after being treated for injuries Physically the wounds about her face were Salvarino said Emo tionally well shes settled back into her normal The victim had lived with her mother until the older womans death several years ago A guardian then was appointed to care for her The attacks began last month after the victims cousin moved into her home with his girlfriend and her two sons police said The guardian was living outside the home The two boys who recently moved into the womans house allegedly led the beat ings and invited other youngsters to join in beating Salvarino said Job fair will be held March 9 at Schlitterbahn Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a job fair from 10 to 4 Saturday March 9 at the parks employee cafe on Liberty Street More than seasonal fuljtime and parttime jobs need to be filled at the park For information on the job fair call 625 2351 ext 526 Applicants must be at least 16 years old and should bring a photo ID and Social Security number WORD funds for Canyon Lake tourism called money well spent By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Funds from a Water Ori ented Recreation District WORD contract to promote the Canyon Lake area and lure tourists is paying off so far Canyon Lake Chamber of Com merce Executive Secretary Wanda Truchsess said The WORD funds are going to help us in our goal in promoting year round tourism on Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe Truchsess said Truchsess cited the quarterly report which was given to the WORD board at its Feb 21 meeting The chamber has received from WORD since Dec 13 The funds have been used for postage costs educational expens es administrative costs membership and advertising The funds Truchsess said enabled her to go to Corpus Christi recently for the Texas Hospitality Seminar From this seminar Truchsess is now a certified Texas Hospitality Instructor and will be conducting shops for Canyon Lake hotels motels bed and breakfasts and customer relat ed businesses on the importance of being hospitable and friendly to tourists The funding is much needed because it will help educate the cham ber employees and enable them to bring the tools to Canyon Lake to assist businesses in customer related Truchsess said Truchsess said during the week of Feb 59 the chamber sent out 63 tourist packets and answered 166 tourist related phone calls Also over 60 visitors came by the office and asked the chamber for information related to the area To help with tourism Truchsess said the chamber is looking into the possi bility of hiring a parttime person from the WORD funds This parttime persons job would be to do tourismrelated things such as manning the phone Truchsess said The WORD funds have also given the chamber the opportunity to become an active member in the Texas Hill Country Tourism Association help promote hotels motels outfitters bed and breakfasts and other businesses and develop a small visitor return IH35 corridor could be losing two tourist attractions this year See Opinion Page 4   

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