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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung O Thursday May 3 Texas Today The Associated Press Bill cracking down on minors who smoke derailed AUSTIN AP A bill imposing criminal penalties on minors who smoke has been derailed on a technicality But the author of the bill says the measure could be back before the Texas House by the end of the week Rep Warren Chisum RPampa killed further debate on the bill Wednesday night after two amendments that he proposed backed by the tobacco industry were soundly defeated by the House The measure was returned to the House State Affairs Committee where it was unanimously approved in a meeting late Wednesday night Rep Hugo Berlanga DCorpus Christi the House sponsor of the bill said it could be considered again by the full House as soon as Friday Berlanga accused Chisum of being selfish for using a parliamentary tactic to stop debate on a bill that had strong support When he gets beaten badly and soundly by this body he picks up his ball and goes Berlanga said Hes clearly carrying water for big tobacco and thats most Committee OKs parental notification abortion bill AUSTIN AP Parents of minor girls seeking abortions would have to be notified at least 48 hours before doctors performed the operations under a bill approved by a House committee 111 late Wednesday The bill already passed by the Senate faces heated House debate before going back to the Senate to consider House changes Its sponsor Sen Florence Shapiro R Plano has said there are enough votes on the House floor for the bill to pass Mrs Shapiro had criticized Rep Steve Wolens DDallas chairman of the House State Affairs Committee for delaying a committee vote on the bill Its been in his committee since the middle of Mrs Shapiro said Wednesday before the committee vote I think its just been one of those issues thats been volatile and I think that hes got some concerns that he wants addressed I just wish it hadnt been this late in addressing Gov George W Bush has said if the bill passes the House hell sign it Bill would rewrite child protection laws AUSTIN AP Childcare facilities that violate health and safety rules would face a range of penalties under a bill tentatively approved by the Texas House Debate over the measure rewriting and clarifying state laws governing the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services turned into a fight over the regulation of socalled family homes Wednesday Up to 12 children including those of the homeowner can be cared for in such homes after school At other times only up to six children not related to the homeowner can be cared for at one time Under current law family homes are required to be registered with the state and must meet some minimum health and safety standards established by the department Rep Patricia Gray DGalveston said the law is not completely clear and that some homes are able to get away without being registered and without following state rules But Rep Charles Howard R Sugar Land said he was concerned that allowing the department to set rules for the homes could force some out of business if the rules were set too high Photo submitted Sea Doo raffle Rick Brlsbols chairman of the Sea Doo Raffle Committee sells the first raffle ticket for the new Sea Doo to Bob Williams president of the Friends of Lake McQueeney FOLM will conduct Its third annual FunRalser at Hot Shots on Lake McQueeney June 14 There will be entertainment a fish dinner live and silent auctions music provided by Johnny Lyon and the NuNotes and much more The fish dinner tickets are each and the Sea Doo tickets are each No more than 700 Sea Doo tickets will be sold Raffle tickets can be purchased at Downtown McQueeney Restaurant or Lake Breeze Ski Lodge The fish dinner tickets can be purchased at Norwest Bank Downtown McQueeney Restaurant the Lake Breeze Ski Lodge or from any FOLM director Tickets can also be purchased the night of the event Firehouse From page 1 two bunkrooms for more fulltime emergency personnel for the time when the department will be able hire additional employees Walker is the only fulltime paid officer in the department He is helped by about 21 volunteers The current fire station will be remodeled and used as a training facility and community center Walker said the current fire station has served its purpose The station was built in 1960 and it has been a good station but it has limited capabilities because of the ceiling and the size of the the fire chief said Nathan Oxhandler president of the Comal County Rural Fire Prevention District No 1 said the new fire station was just one of many things the fire department wants to do to improve fire protection for residents inthe Spring Branch area It will be a combination of a bigger fire station adding new equipment and adding more Oxhandler said In time a combination of paid people witha variety of equipment would allow us to handle specific types of The fire department has five fire trucks which include two brush trucks a pumper a tanker and a rescue truck The departments next goal is to purchase a ladder truck Oxhandler said a ladder truck was much needed by the department We need a variety of equipment for the homes coming into the he said We dont have a true ladder truck With a lot of the two story houses coming in we need a ladder truck It is an additional piece of equipment we will need to The new fire station cost to construct with being financed to the fire department through a loan from Norwest Bank of New Braunfels The Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department has one other station located on FM 306 in the Cypress Cove subdivision Because of the growth coming into the Smithson Valley area the department plans to build another fire station in that area The Spring Branch Fire Department covers an area north of Highway 46 east of the Kendall Bounty line south Blanco fire response area theh goes easftVinctiide a portion of FM 3159 and up to Demi John Bend Road McVeigh defense begins in Oklahoma bombing trial By PAUL QUEARY Associated Press Writer DENVER AP After a streamlined prosecution case capped with wrenching testimony about the deaths in the Oklahoma City bombing Timothy McVeighs lawyers take center stage with a simple defense He didnt do it The defense case is expected to be even leaner than the prosecutions which crammed 137 witnesses into 18 days of fastpaced testimony It may take less than two McVeigh attorney Stephen Jones said Wednesday after the prosecution rested Its just hard to Jones is expected to call 30 to 40 witnesses who will attack every single point the government has sources close to the case told The Associated Press Prosecutors wrapped up with images of the bombs destruction and a witness account of terror and lost friends One juror wept into a white tissue and another appeared on the verge of tears as Florence Rogers president of the credit union in the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building testified about the blast that killed 18 colleagues and two customers The whole building started to blow up 1 was thrown against the floor in a tornadolike said Ms Rogers When 1 was able to stand up all the girls that was in the office with me had totally disappeared I never saw them ACT Top 10 Reasons to Call ADT Security Systems 10 Americas largest most experienced security company 9 Helping to protect homes businesses since 1874 8 appproved 24hr ADT Customer Monitoring 7 Burglar Fire Medical Emergency Card Access CCTV 6 Used by over 85 of the Fortune 500 companies 5 Homeowners insurance premium discounts up to 4 FREE home relocation offer 3 Moneyback 6mo Service Excellence Guarantee 2 Low monthly monitoring fee local office quality service 1 listed equipment Call for your FREE security review New Residential Sales 18002383009 Commercial Sales Security Systems IX U I IJ34I N HELP Child Support Medical Bills Past Due Auto Loans Back House Payments Back Taxes Credit Card Debts All Can Be Included Also 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more HOLLY BANGOR MAINE DEAR HOLLY Thank you for a valuable letter And while Im on the subject of family pictures Readers take time to go through that box of pictures youve stored in the back of your closet and write the names and dates on each one while you can still remember them DEAR ABBY My first wife and I got married right out of high school She was the girl of my dreams and I was ecstatic to possess her I couldnt have been happier Then my father died leaving me a sevendayaweek business that didnt allow much time for my marriage When she had a problem I was frequently too tired to listen She wasnt a pushy woman and it was easy for me to believe the problem had resolved itself when she stopped bringing it up How wrong I was After six years of marriage she found someone who made her feelings a priority Apparently he took the time to listen to her My best friend and former wife are now very happy together I am now 28 and married for the second time There are still times when I find myself reverting to old habits SometimesIm very but 1 know I must make the effort to hear what she has to say lose her too I hope my first and second wives both read this letter because I would like to say Im sorry to my first wife and thank you to my second Abby to your other male readers I say Remember theres always someone out there willing to console a hurting woman Dont give him a STILL LEARNING OUT WEST DEAR STILL LEARNING Thats sage advice from someone who learned an expensive lesson in communication DEAR ABBY I am part of a car pool to afterschool activities and at my mothers instructions I always say Thank you to the driver after getting out of the car My friends question this saying the parent has offered to drive us so a thank you is not necessary Abby isnt it rude to get out of a car after being given a ride without so much as a goodbye and thank SANTA ROSA DEAR SANTA ROSA Yes it is rude Your friends who say a thank you is not necessary are mistaken I advise you to continue to thank the driver after every ride Names in the News Jimmy Stewart celebrates birthday No 89 BEVERLY HILLS Calif AP Jimmy Stewart celebrated his 89th birthday at his home here eating cake with family members I would say hes really in the best of spokesman John Strauss told USA Today He has a pacemaker thats functioning The actor does not hear well tires easily and spends most of his time in his library Strauss said Garth Brooks takes concert tour to his hometown TULSA Okla AP Who says you cant go home again After five years without a concert in his hometown Garth Brooks is planning a July show in Tulsa Brooks first Tulsa concert will come July 18 at Drillers Stadium promoter Glenn Smith said Wednesday The singer is willing to add as many as three more performances if the first one sells out Brooks was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon near Oklahoma City Recently Moved Getting Married New Baby Give us a call Lena Davis CISD ELCOME AGON NBISD 6258743 N B New Braunfels M p Minor 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