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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Basketball tournaments start today See Page 1B 50 CENTS Donations so tor To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 NewBraunfels 18 pages in two sections Friday November i IYiri i v Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of Arlbw Cbmrttard ing Vol 144 No 274 Inside Sltimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraMZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Alice Robbins Merry Brinkkoeter Wanda Wilbanks Travis Sims 4 years Amy Lawrence Susan Phillips Stan Ites Alicia Stevenson 50 years Arline Eberhard Satur Emily Mitchell 4 years old on Sharon Monroe Sat Tyler Mahan 5 years old on Michelle Butler 29 years old and Becky Kaufmann Anniyersary wishes are extend ed to Mark and Liz Blankenbeck ler 5 Betty and Robert Hillin Sr 45 Roland and Lillian Kramer 49 years on Satur day and Raymond and Alicia Ybarra 26 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Fund donations by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to pro vide food for local needy fami v i ii lies on NoVi 17 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County To donate to the Cheer Fund call 6259144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery Todays total Veterans for Christ collecting clothing The Veterans for Christ Min istry is collecting donations of blankets adult coats jackets sweaters and gloves mens and womens for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach for homeless veter ans in San Antonio Call 6375 for details Cookbooks on sale to fund scholarships Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholar ship Fund are now on sale for apiece at Carl Schurz elementary School For more information call Linda Bing hamat the New Braunfels Independent School District Childrens Museum to open new exhibit The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels is having a grand opening for its new exhibit Growing Up in New from 5 to 7 Dec 5 at the museum Reach for a Star needs toys cash Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys cash and time to help give to local chil dren We will be wrapping on Dec 21 starting at 10 and Dec 22 beginning at noon at Red McCombs Uni versal Motors For more infor mation call 6299387 or 608 9406 Cancer support group meets today The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at tonight in the North Building next to Norwest Bank at 1000 N Walnut Comal schools want computer links to 21st century By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer As the world enters the 21 st century a Comal Independent School District administrator hopes a state grant will help students become techno logically prepared for the new millennium Nina Grantham CISD technology coordinator said the state has established a Telecommunica tions Infrastructure Fund grant to help schools increase the technology available to students The money available through the grant comes from various telephone companies Grantham said Theres so much money out of each phone bill that goes toward this Grantham said Basi A lot off schools are already set up but weve never had the money to be set up Internet Is a way off life now Students need to be familiar with Nina Grantham CISD technology coordinator cally its the citizens that pay for The state currently has about million to divvy up and CISD is asking for The matching funds will come from money already earmarked for technology in the middle school budgets If the district receives the grant Grantham said the money would be used for connecting the middle and intermediate schools The money also will provide equipment for an additional computer lab and portable com puters which are small computers that students would be able to check out of the library for doing work at home Through the Internet we would be able to have kids talk to each other as well as do Grantham said Well start with those five schools networking it and eventually branch out to the rest of the According to the grant abstract a partnership with Texas Lutheran University also would be established The partnership will give atrisk eighth graders an opportunity to participate in a threeday summer Technology TLU also will provide training for teachers and will design and implement the project eval uation model A lot of schools are already set up but weve never had the money to be set Grantham said Internet is a way of life now Students need to be familiar with Grantham said the district should find out whether it is eligible to receive the grant funds by the middle of December If approved the grant money would be available Feb 1 Council of Shying Probe may force city to turn over airport to FAA By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A state investigation into the possi ble mishandling of lease contracts at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport might result in the city having to pay back a federal grant and turn over the ownership of the airport to the federal government Allegations stem from the citys leases and subleases on about 20 acres of airport land which allowed one ten ant to secure a monopoly on sales for fuel and avionics equipment in viola tion of the original deed of transfer with the Federal Aviation Adminis tration Officials from the Aviation Depart ment of the Texas Department of Transportation have given the city until Dec 20 to address the complaints which were filed by airport tenant Bill Cassel president of CasAir Aviation Cassel has a sublease with a sub contractor of the city Engine Compo nents Inc of San Antonio ECI has the leasing rights to most of the airport land ECIs sublease agree ments include an exclusionary clause that only allows Baylis E Harriss Jr of Brauntex Aviation and Hangar to offer fuel and avionics services State officials also said they were investigating airport contracts that indi cated Harriss had 90 percent of the leases for airport land State officials believe Harriss pursued the leases to create a monopoly on aiiport compe tition a violation of FAA policy and the original deed of transfer Im sitting here starving to death because they wont let me have If a Texas Department of Transportation rec ommendation finds the city at fault and the Federal Aviation Agency concurs the city would have to pay back an grant to repave the runway said Cassel who had plans to sell fuel and avionics equipment at the airport Fuel would be a great asset to this business I filed a complaint on March 15 and we have no relief Im sitting here waiting and I just keep getting less and less income waiting on these TxDOT performed the initial inves tigation and now must forward its rec ommendations to the FAA Cummins said the FAA will review TxDOTs recommendations and then decide whether to suspend the grant and take the airport away from the city Cum mins said the city was ineligible for future grants until the current investi gation is resolved If the TxDOT recommendation finds the city at fault and the FAA concurs the city would have to pay back the grant to the FAA The mon ey was used to repave the runway to Airport Page 2A Group offers mothers a break and some advice By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Being the mother of a preschooler can be a challenging job that can make a woman feel isolated at times But a support group has been formed to help local mothers deal with their roles and form relationships with oth er women First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels began sponsoring MOPS International which stands for Mothers of Preschool Children in Sep tember Tracy Link a mother and spokes woman for the group said the meetings were for working and nonworking mothers of children ages 5 and younger We feel like those mothers with children under 5 definitely need a sup port Link said Our group keeps growing It grows a little more each mothers meet the first Thurs day of each month for a fun and infor mal meeting that lasts 2 to 2 hours During these meetings Link said a guest speaker often talks about an issue of particular interest to these women such as nutrition or stress management The group then breaks into smaller groups to discuss problems mothers are facing and to share methods in dealing with them After that the women do a simple craft project that is finished before the meeting breaks up Most moms of little kids dont get to finish craft projects very Link said Its an easy project that everyone can Link said the meetings serve not only as a support group but as a great way to share experiences Link said these meetings serve as getaways because even if a baby sitter cannot be found child care is provided The time set aside for themselves leaves mothers feeling rejuvenated and Link said We get together and talk about our needs as mothers parents and Link said Basically thats what it is a moms night Its just the moms and we focus on Link said anyone wishing to join the group which meets monthly at the church can join by contacting her at 6291708 The cost is a meeting and a child if child care is needed Texans show support for medical savings accounts See Opinion Page 44
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