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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Voifflrj duo fo frirl Netir 12 pages in one 3 t rM 410 M016 187 f za y r i i v M t til SOWEST 2627 E YAMEiELL DR V EL P6SQ TX i S Thursday AprlMS 1996 inside Market S d in in ti sch Birthday from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Glen Pool Dan Orth 13 Liz Barboza and Jim McCabe Happy anniversary to Ricky and Anna Resales To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count OakT557 Poden measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from yesterday The Time of Your Life Awardwinning talent takes to the New Braunfels High School stage tonight when the NBHS actors perform The Time of Your a oneact play that takes place in 1939 on the San Francisco water front This entertaining by William will be performed on Thursday at 7 in the will not although donations would be welcome Oarage sale benefits St Judes Ranch for Children The Friends of the Ranch will hold a garage sale April 20 from 9 to 2 at the former Bargain Box building at Castell and Coll streets Plaza Nites series continues Plaza Nites will be present ed Thursdays in April on the Plaza at 7 Bring lawn chairs and a picnic or eat at one of the downtown restau rants Bands left in the series are tonight Matt Toon and the Big Deals April 25 Mariachi Ecos de America For infor mation call 6082100 Garden club observes Community Remembrance Day The Guada Coma Garden Club will observe Community Remembrance Day Friday April 19 at 2 in Prince Solms Park located on E San Antonio and Liberty The club will plant a bloom ing Mexican Plum tree dedi cated to the memory of the children who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing last April 19 The public is invited Quilt Guild meets The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets at First Christian Church Loop 337 Saturday April 19 at Speaker will be Roxie Eppler on smooth stitch applique Public invited The winning numbers Lotto TOXM rnilllon feels vindicated aspolsplanto dissolve TexPool By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Unda Blelsteln Norma Deck and Ida Sing work on a quilt that will end upKe J by MICHAEL DARNALL i of a homeless per Q Theyre hot much to look but theyre warm and they re welcome ByMELANIEGERIK Staff Writer Every Thursday morning at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center approxi mately 10 women sharpen their scissors and thread their nee dles to transform household rags into sleeping bags fbr the To makfc the Ugly Quilts ife the quitters call them the women use slacks mattress pads old material hidden in the years just about anything you have in the said quitter Irene Klein You better be careful Well take off your pants and cut them Klein said jokingly to a friend The group was first organized by Ida Sing who first became interested after reading an article about the Ugly Quilts originator in an October 1995 Family Circle Flo Wheatley from Pennsylvania started making the quilts after a homeless man in New York City helped her one night in 1979 Last year Wheatley and her orga nization My Brothers Keeper Quilt Group handed out more than Ugly Quilts both personally to the homeless and through other chari The New Braunfels ugly quilters have made six quilts since starting in February The quilters try to fill iwith wool because the quilters learned early in the Sing said the group could not stop themselves from stuffing cotton t shirts in the lining of the first quilt It turned out so heavy nobody can carry it she said But the quilt will not be discarded Quilter Norma Deck the coordinator for the Community Council of South Central Texas in Schertz said she can give the quilt to a family who may have a home but need warmth Deck also will keep an extra sleep ing bag in her office so she can help if a homeless person asks her agency Toil better be careful Well take off your pants and cut them Irene Klein for help The New Braunfels Police Depart ment also will distribute gift certifi cates to the homeless for the quilts i The county treasurer acted on his suspicions almost a year and a half ago and pulled the countys money out of TexPool The move stirred con troversy over his authority to move the funds but County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew is more sure than ever that he made the right choice now that there is talk that the State Legislature may disband the investment fund TexPool is an investment pool designed under former Gov Ann Richards in 1989 to aid cities and municipal districts invest funds where they can be withdrawn when needed County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said the politician running the fund shifted but that did not impact the pool It doesnt matter if it was a Demo crat or a Republican running the thing You have to manage the he said Bartholomew said the pool manag er quit in 1993 and there was no indi cation of who would be the new man ager He said it became risky to leave the countys money in it so the million was taken out despite attempts from members of commissioners court A few quilts also will be available in the New Braunfels office of the Community Council of South Central Texas Deck said Although the summer will bring warmer weather Sing said the quil ters will still continue to turn blue jeans curtains with huge daisies and mens neck ties into sleeping bags Even in hot weather if a person doesnt have anything to put their body on a sleeping bag is a good thing to Sing said LI Qov Bob Bullock said when ft comes to the next legislative session ft will be disbanded and ft should BartBartnotomew better Off because it can follow the market and take advantage of interest rates and it is about percent He said the county earned last year by investing funds This is not a very glamorous job but you have to do it daily You just have to pay he said It was just not a safe investment It just appalled me the way they were running the The City of New Braunfels Finance Director Sharon Day said the city also pulled its money out in August 1994 before the run was made on TexPool She said the million was taken out because we can make a higher rate of return on it by investing it New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent for Finance Lonnie Curtis said NBISD never had money in the fund because I could not find where it was advan tageous to Cotnal Independent f adviser would Me said Shortly thereafter I knew State Treasurer Martha Whitehead wasnt telling the whole I was probably the first county in the state to do Bartholomew said several investi gations were conducted into the pool and the results were not good Lt Gov Bob Bullock said when it comes to the next legislative session it will be disbanded and it should said Bartholomew Since the county took the money out of TexPool Bartholomew has been investing it He said the county is now Qimpos said the district pulled most of its money put when the run was made in December 1994 but left in accrued interest in the fund He said the district will reinvest the money if the pool is dissolved and no money will be lost New Braunfels Utilities Assistant General Manager for Admin stration and Finance Jeff Thompson said NBU has about million in TexPool He said they are watching TexPool and will take whatever pru dent action thats Howev er he said he sees no risk at the current District court picks up pace By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer An increase in cases being filed has caused the countys district court system to add another day of court to its weekly schedule However the district clerk said the increase has not delayed cases from going through the judicial process District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said in the past court was held every other week for three days However since April 1 it is held for five days Herbrich said the number of special settings or cases with visiting judges have also increased Thats happening more and more now than ever said Herbrich We like to have at least one what we call an office day to get our paper work done but we needed more court Herbrich said the increase in the number of days when cases are heard increased because the number of cases has increased There were 159 more civil lawsuits filed in 1995 than in the previous year Overall there was an increase of 256 cases in 1995 which was about 22 percent Herbrich expects this years numbers to surpass even the 1995 numbers Its creeping she said I dont see it ending I just see it Herbrich said a large part of the increase is from divorce and family law cases She said efforts are a lot more aggressive in going after child support which accounts for some of the increase She said growth in the county is also a contributing factor As the population increases the amount of civil cases being filed will also she said However despite the increase cases are still being handled in a timely manner She said the extra court days and the visiting judges assure this If the numbers continue to increase addi tional visiting judges may need to be brought in Herbrich also added that staff of larger offices are specialized in one area such as new cases She said her office is more gen eralized and everyone does everything However if the number of cases continues to grow over the years she said the office may need to eventually become more spe cialized Investigation clears school employee of abuse complaint By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer by MICHAEL DARNALL School under construction Worker David Martin of Longhorn Steal beams on the new CISD school being built on Business Loop 35 near Loop 337 Appty now for Head Start lead Start is a lowincome famlies The program also serves iJiflt l Missing 15yearold student found in From Staff Reports A 15yearold Smithson Valley High School special education student missing since Tuesday was found at about 10 this morning Lawrence Larry Mover 15 was found Thursday morning at the main post office in downtown San Antonio While the search for Mover was still on the Cornal County Sheriffs Department issued a press release that stated the boy nay have been taken to San Antonio by some workers in the Canyon Lake area After arriving in Antonio Moyer may have been left in the downtown area neat the Sal vation Army at his request Sheriffs deputies Wednesday interviewed several witnesses who saw the boy Tuesday and used bloodhounds to retrace Meyers path The teenager had left home in the past but An investigation by Child Protective Services into a New Braunfels Independent School District employee failed to find any evidence to support an allegation of abuse by that employee Superintendent Charles Bradberry said an alle gation was made against a district employee He said the employee was accused of screaming at a student and did not know any other details of the accusation A principal called me and told me an allegation was made and I instructed that principal to report it to Child Protective said Bradberry Its an automatic that it gets reported to Child Protective Services for an Bradberry said the district does not conduct its own investigation so it cannot be accused of any bias in the case He said failure to report an allegation to the agency could result in losing teaching certifica tion He said all types of abuse are covered under this requirement Its not uncommon for accusations to happen In some cases if s merited In others someone just got mad and is trying to he said Bradbeny said the agency investigated the accu has not yet been received but he has received a letter stating the findings According to the tetter the investigation does not support a finding of Bradberry said the due to the finding of the inves tigation no action will be taken against the employ ee Bradberry declined to name the campus the would inadvertently the For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259f 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