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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6 pHefaldZeltungo Tuesday April 22 1997 EAA may open Landa Park well ByDENISEDZlUK Staff Writer The Research and Technical Committee for the Edwards Aquifer Authority met Monday morning to discuss a proposal to open the Lower Colorado River Authority well located in New Braunfels as a site for water quality tests Committee Chairwoman Susan Hughes said the committee met last month to discuss the possibility of opening the LCRA well across from Landa Park as a monitoring well The well was drilled in 1956 and has been closed for more than eight years She said it would be instrumental in recording water quality and monitoring Comal Springs Grant Snyder a hydrologist with the EAA said the current proposal for opening the well consisted of three phases The first two would establish water quality and be used as an additional site to monitor movement of the salinefresh water line My objective here is to add one more well to that monitoring he said This would be the most indepth and in the same fault block as the The third phase of the proposal would be an aquifer test Snyder said they would stress the aquifer by pumping it to determine what impact that has on the springs and other wells Hughes said the governing boards of various agencies and entities involved in the project would be kept abreast of what information is found and the boards will have the authority to stop the project at any phase Plan From Page 1 serve on one of the estimated 19 subcommittees of the citys Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Those subcommittees would provide the lifeblood for the entire process city officials said providing a forum for the public to discuss what would be its priorities in coming years Some audience members already began to provide their opinions for growth at the conference that was sponsored by Norwest Bank and the New Braunfels Title Co Fonda Wetzel who lives in the citys extraterritorial district off of FM 306 in the Whitewater subdivision told officials at the conference she wants her area to be annexed to ensure well water remains clean Septic tanks near her house in the River Oaks subdivision may be contaminating the water around the 20 acres of land she owns she said The people out there are out there because they like it and they dont want any said Wetzel who applied to serve on the land use subcommittee As of Friday 39 people had submitted applications for the subcommittees and more are expected before the May 2 deadline city officials said Applicants have indicated their top four areas of interests are land use parks and recreation public facilities and economic development I have met absolutely no Mayor Jan Kennady said People are asking me on the street to be a part of this It is crucial You are going to be the heart of what happens in the future of this Texas welfare plan stalled at White House By MICHELLE MITTELSTADT Associated Press writer WASHINGTON AP A far reaching plan that would allow Texas to turn its welfare operations over to private companies remains stalled at the White House in the face of labor union opposition A decision had been promised by March 31 But action has been delayed as the sensitive question which could give the green light for other states to wade further into privatization has moved from the Department of Health and Human Services to the White House The inaction has angered Gov George W Bush Texas GOP Sen Phil Gramm and others eager to implement a plan that would go further than any other to date in handing public programs to the private sector The Texas request has placed the White House in a delicate situation forcing the administration to balance the concerns of its labor constituency against President Clintons promise to give states new flexibility to craft their own welfare programs Each day Bushs office calls White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles to ask if a decision has been reached The answer invariably is that one is imminent At this point its bordering on the ridiculous that so many people could promise a decision and just blithely ignore their own Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes said Monday in a telephone interview from Austin The administrations failure to act is hurting taxpayers and welfare recipients because every day of delay is a day that we cant save taxpayers money and that we cant improve services for welfare White House spokesmen didnt return repeated phone calls But HHS officials have said the complex proposal is being carefully weighed to ensure that problems dont surface later The Texas plan is intended to provide onestop shopping for assistance ranging from food stamps and Medicaid to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent Children Without Washingtons approval Texas cannot solicit contracts pegged at billion from bidders such as Lockheed Martin IBM Electronic Data Systems and a subsidiary of accounting giant Arthur Andersen Co Organized labor is lobbying hard against the proposal worried that thousands of state employees nationwide could be replaced by cheaper workers if the Texas plan gains a toehold Leaders of the AFLCIO Communications Workers of America Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees raised their concerns in a March 28 meeting with Clinton They are also waging a campaign on Texas airwaves Texas public services should be run by Texans not defense contractors looking to make a quick buck at taxpayer the announcer intones in two CWA radio spots As goes Texas so may go other states union officials fear Texas is a very important fight because its potentially the first statewide contract to privatize the entire welfare said Greg LeRoy of the Service Employees International Union which represents some welfare caseload workers nationally The jobs argument isnt the only one the labor movement is showcasing Under privatization labor contends services will be cut applicants confidentiality may be jeopardized and forprofit corporations wont have the public good foremost in mind New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula DiFonzo said that is a crucial point that needs to be part of an agreement or contract I would expect that in the agreements there would be some definite stop points where boards would have veto DiFonzo said DiFonzo said NBU also has no intention of giving up its right to use the well as a production well and that needs to be clearly spelled out in the proposal Snyder said the well could be changed from a monitoring well to a production well at any point Any equipment that is installed in that well could be removed within he said Anything we do does not preclude the use as a production Representatives from LCRA were Texas Today Police believe body is missing Friendswood girl FRIENDSWOOD Texas AP Volunteers who spent more than two weeks searching for Laura Kate Smither wept after police tentatively identified her remains through a ring and orthodontic braces The 12yearold aspiring ballerina had not been seen since she left her rural home April 3 to go jogging The body of a young girl was found Sunday in a Pasadena pond about 10 miles northeast of Friendswood The evidence at the scene includes a silver ring bearing her initials and it is apparent that the woman wore braces both on her upper teeth and lower Police Chief Jared Stout said at a news conference Monday after informing Lauras parents Stout said Gail and Bob Smither who also have a 9yearold son were in seclusion State faces million judgment in emissions case AUSTIN AP The state has been ordered to come up with more than million for abandoning an auto emissions testing program two years jigo that motorists found currfberlbme Judge Joseph Haft saia trie state had the right to change its mind about the program but couldnt leave Tejas Testing Technology with a worthless seven year contract In a final judgment issued Monday Hart said Tejas was entitled to more than million which includes million in actual damages and in prejudgment interest Tejas was also awarded an additional million in attorneys fees and can petition the state for another million as the reasonable return it could have expected on its investment over the life of its contract At the level of this award our creditors and investors will be simply breaking said Steve Ravel an Austin attorney representing Tejas Sophomores do better on exitlevel TAAS AUSTIN AP Seven percent of seniors have yet to pass the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills an exam required for them to receive their diplomas But a record 67 percent of sophomores passed on their first try at the reading writing and math test WALMART Vision Center Dr Zunker Dr Krohn also present and pointed out technical questions they had about the proposal DiFonzo said many details still need to be worked out in the proposal and an agreement needs to be written She said how beneficial the concept was to New Braunfels would depend on how those details are worked out Its valuable for all of us tohave as much information as possible on the DiFonzo said Whether this is a good tool to do that is a question we still have to Hughes directed Snyder and a San Antonio Water System geologist to update and revise the proposal to include comments from Mondays meeting The committee is tentatively scheduled to meet again May 2 to review the revised proposal according to preliminary figures from the most recent exam in February Education Commissioner Mike Moses applauded the tenthgraders performance in announcing the figures Monday Sophomores who didnt pass have another seven tries before graduation while seniors get another chance beginning April 29 We are so proud of these tenth grade said Moses He said since the TAAS first was given to lOthgraders in 1993 the percentage of students passing all three sections has gone up 16 percentage points Educators still have much work to do Moses said noting that black and Hispanic students continue to have average passing rates significantly lower than white students Minority students improvement on the TAAS offers strong proof the gap can be closed he said Oklahoma trucker put to death for 1985 Texas slaying HUNTSVILLE Texas AP A prosecutor who helped send convicted killer Benjamin Herbert Boyle to Texas death row remembered the Oklahoma trucker as cold and emotionless Boyle 53 maintained that demeanor totheend Monday evening as he was executed for raping and strangling Gail Lenore Smith a Fort Worth woman more than 11 years ago Boyle strapped to the Texas death chamber gurney refused a final statement made no eye contact with witnesses watching through a window a few feet away and quietly received lethal injection Seven minutes after the drugs began he was pronounced dead at CDT the third Texas inmate to be executed in eight days and the fifth this month It makes no Margaret Smith who watched as the man convicted of murdering her sister said of Boyles stoic death Hes gone Hes out of Bill would require students to show learning not just show up AUSTIN AP Students who attend summer school because theyre having trouble in class would have to show academic achievement not just show up to be promoted to the next grade under a bill approved by the Texas Senate I think we hurt students by promoting them and giving them a false sense of said Senate Education Committee Chairman Teel Bivins RAmarillo Centex four best value Office LLLgplUS Rubber Stamps and Name Badges 154 S Business IH35 next to Adobe Cafe 6293979 25 Off Exam Exam MUST PRESENT COUPON GOOD APRIL 22 MAY 1 5 1 997 CALL 6253937 FOR APPOINTMENT 1209 IH35 South New Braunfels I ALERT Spring Allergies Do you COUGH with your SPRING ALLERGIES You may be eligible to participate in a research study using an investigational medication Ages 12 above needed FREE Allergy Skin Testing Lab Testing Physician Monitoring QUALIFIED PATHNTS PAID UP TO CENTRAL TEXAS HEALTH RESEARCH New Braunfels TX 6299036 METRO 6090900 Obituaries Larry Wiley Larry Wiley of River Gardens died Saturday April 19 1997 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 43 He is survived by his parents Bill D and Sue Wiley of Georgetown formerly of New Braunfels brother Mike Wiley and his wife Julie Ann of Salado nephew Mark Wiley and niece Brook Wiley He was preceded in death by a brother Mark Wiley Funeral services will be 1 Tuesday April 22 1997 at Zoeller Funeral Home with burial to follow in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Jniucpii OtntrtHon at ftmOf Stnict HOME Alma Baetge Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Alma Baetge who died at Eden Home on Monday April 21 1997 at the age of 87 years Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home New Braunfels Max Schlather Mr Max Schlather of Seguin died Sunday April 20 at the age of 81 years He is survived by his wife Mrs Elsie Dreibrodt Schlather of Seguin three daughters Lucille Calwell and her friend William McGee both of Seguin Alice Boenig and husband Calvin of New Braunfels and Maxine S Van Pelt of San Antonio four sisters Irma Pohler and Ora Kaster both of Seguin Lola Jonas of New Braunfels and Wanda Lantrip of Washington one brother Rudy Schlather of New Braunfels also seven grandchildren Lucinda Solarczyk Vernon J Zuercher Theresa Roeder Danita Elmore Trey Van Pelt Duane Boenig and Melissa Misty Boenig and 10 greatgrandchildren Mr Schlather was preceded in death by two sisters Norma Nolte and Gertrude Schlather and by three brothers Frank Schlather Louis Schlather Sr and Bruno Schlather Mr Schlather was a very active member of the Guadalupe Sheriffs Posse and a member of Emanuels Lutheran worked Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park and retired after 28 years of service Funeral services will be held at 2 Tuesday April 22 at the Palmer Mortuary Chapel with Rev Stan Sultemeier and Rev Billy Stevens officiating Interment will follow at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park Pallbearers will be his grandchildren Vernon J Zuercher Theresa Roeder Danita Elmore Trey Van Pelt Duane Boenig and Misty Boenig Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Guadalupe Sheriffs Posse In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Emanuels Lutheran Church Seguin Texas or St Paul Lutheran Church New Braunfels Palmer Mortuary Seguin Earl Kirtlcy Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake for Earl Kirtley who died in Athens Texas on Monday April 21 1997 at the age of 84 years Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Canyon Lake Alcide Jean Babin Alcide Jean Chap Babin of Seguin died Friday April 18 1997 in New Braunfels at the age of 84 years Funeral services were 10 Tuesday April 22 1997 at St James Catholic Church with Father Gerald Hubertus officiating Interment was in St James Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Goetz Funeral Home A rosary was recited at 7 Monday in Goetz Memorial Chapel Mr Babin was retired from the Seguin Fire Department after 25 years of service was a volunteer member of Church Women United Mobile Meals for 10 years was a driver for the Road to Recovery Guadalupe County unit of the American Cancer Society for 15 years a member of the Guadalupe County Sheriffs mounted posse for 10 years was cofounder of the Seguin Youth Center was an usher at St James Catholic Church and was an avid fisherman traveler and gardener He is survived by brothers Andrew Babin and wife Belva of Baton Rouge and Simon Babin and wife Alice of Gonzales sister Angele Babin and husband Chester of Gonzales daughter Linda Klinger and husband Larry of San Antonio son Ed Babin and wife Connie of Prairieville granddaughters Brenda of California Sandi of Louisiana Kristi and husband Ricky of New Braunfels and Kelli of San Antonio great grandchildren Joshua and Jacob Velasquez of New Braunfels and beloved friend Lottie Williamson of New Braunfels He was preceded in death by his parents his wife five brothersand sisters rrnolo Gdetz Funeral Seguin r Nellie Smethurst Funeral arrangements are pending for Nellie Smethurst who passed away at McKenna Memorial Hospital on Monday April 21 1997 at the age of 96 years 3rd Geotrtftan Ftmlly FUNERAL HOME H B New Braunfels Minor Emergency 6093413 Always Open During Lunch Hours MondayFriday to Saturday to 226 N Union The Hair The Dance The Kiss Dont you already have enough stuff to worry about Nationwide Insurance Agent Dave Howell is proud to be sponsoring the Prom Promise program at Canyon New Braunfels and Smithson High Schools Its prom time again Which means its time to find that perfect dress or get fitted for that ohsocomfortable tux It also means its time to sign the Nationwide Insurance Prom Promise which gives you and your friends the chance to commit to a prom free from drugs and alcohol This year thousands of Nationwide Insurance agents will bring the program to high schools like yours throughout 22 states and the District of 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