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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeltung Q q 5A Comal County United Way close to its donation goal The United Way of Comal County has pledges and donations of toward their goal of The annual drive is to officially end on Dec 1 If you havent made your pledge or donation please do as soon as possible The funds raised this year will support the following agencies that serve thousands of our citizens that need help If you need information call the United Way officfe at 6207760 Adult Literacy Council American Red Cross fcBoy Scouts of America Bulverde Public Library Bulverde Senior Center Branch Community Service Center Canyon Lake Action Center Caring for Children CAS A of Central Texas Comal County 4H Comal County Child Welfare Board Comal County Emergency Childrens Shelter Comal County Senior Citizens Center Comal County Womens Center Comal County Youth Hometnaking Comal County Youth Livestock Show Communities in Schools of Comal County Inc Community Council of South Central Texas Community Service Center Crisis Line Drug Dependency Council Family Outreach of Comal County Hill Country Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services Homespun Lone Star Girl Scout Council Retired Senior Volunteer Program Salvation Army SOS Inc Food Bank Teen Connection Tye Preston Memorial Library YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country Remember it is the Power of IT that allows the United Way to help all of our citizens Family joyous thankful after sons freedom in Yemen CORPUS CHRISTI AP For Laverne Carpenter of Alice Thanksgiving was just another day for to worry about her son kidnapped in the Middle East nearly a month ago at an oil companys headquarters But a late afternoon telephone call from her sons wife Natalia lifted her spirits Considerably She said Mom theres someone here who wants to talk to Laverne Carpenter said Those were beautiful The next voice she heard was that of her son Steve Carpenter who had been freed by Yemeni tribes Ive just been crying for the last 30 minutes tears of joy youd call she told the Corpus Christi CallerTimes Thursday afternoon I just thank God our prayers were Steve Carpenter the executive director of the Yemenbased Hashedi Contracting and Oil was abducted by six armed Yemeni tribesmen Oct 30 as he walked into his companys headquarters in Sana the nations capital Texas Briefs By The Associated Press Abuse charges mar image off military school HARLINGEN AP The recruitment materials describe the Marine Military Academy as a prep school grounded in tradition one that teaches students to study and grow by instilling confidence pride and trust But a new image has emerged of the 32yearold academy that of a school where young boys have been terrorized by their peers suffering physical and sexual abuse by students who routinely go unpunished The critics describe a school where illegal drugs alcohol and tobacco are commonplace and administrators open the door to delinquents to bolster their budget Their allegations are included in affidavits sworn statements and letters provided to The Associated Press that are part of a classaction lawsuit filed against the academy last week by the 11 t cadets The lawsuit is the latest blow to the academy which schools 450 students in grades eight through 12 from 29 states and several countries Conservative Baptists vote to splinter from states general convention FORT WORTH AP A group of conservative Baptists have opted to separate from the moderate dominated Baptist General Convention of Texas The 30member board of Southern Baptists of Texas voted unanimously to move forward with the split last week after about 400 conservatives met in Austin to discuss forming a separate group Rev Dee Slocum of Lubbock said the group of conservative pastors and laymen will ask their congregations for financial support to help form the new state convention We feel like we are being forced into this we take no pleasure in said Slocum who is the pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Lubbock The conservatives decided to move forward with the split after moderates approved changes they fear might move the Texas convention away from the conservative sway of the national Southern Baptist Convention he said Alamo City cheering news that its bigger than Dallas SAN ANTONIO AP In a state where bigger is better San Antonio is beaming about its leap ahead of Dallas in population to become the secondlargest city in Texas Census Bureau figures released last week also showed San Antonio jumping from its previous ranking of lOthlargest city in the nation to No 8 v I guess the people in Dallas are going to have to stop talking about Big D and starting talking about Big San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak said with a chuckle Seriously though Peak pointed out the Dallas metropolitan area which includes surrounding areas is larger than San Antonios And that is a more realistic population figure he said Heywood Sanders an urban administration professor at Trinity University in San Antonio agreed He was freed by members of the Bakeel tribe and was back in Sana by the end of the day Thursday security sources said Carpenter 47 spent his childhood in Alice and Houston and attended Texas University in Kingsville Security sources also said that five other Westerners an American two Italians and two others of unknown nationalities kidnapped during the past two days wete freed The Italian Embassy in Yemen however dismissed that report An Italian official speaking on condition of anonymity said the embassy had no information that any Westerners had been kidnapped during the past few days In exchange for Carpenters release the Bakeel tribe demanded freedom for an unspecified number of tribe members jailed for various crimes the CallerTimes reported They also wanted the government to resume monthly subsidies for each of the tribes 200 members The subsidies the equivalent of about each in July under economic reforms It was not immediately clear if Yemen met those demands to win Carpenters release Thursday Large swaths of land in Yemen are ruled by armed tribesmen who often kidnap foreigners to demand money or press for concessions from the government The victims are seldom harmed At least 30 tourists were abducted in 1997 All were released Recently Moved Getting Married New Baby Give us a call WELCOME IAGON State Union Pacific congestion costing Texas business million DALLAS The cost to Texas business of Union Pacific rail delays has surpassed million according to estimates prepared for state regulators We conservatively estimate the costs to date for Texas businesses measured by lost sales reduced output and higher shipping charges at University of North Texas economists Bernard L Weinstein and Terry L Clower wrote to the Texas Railroad Commission The economists also said the Texas economy would suffer million in more costs if cant solve its service problems within the next few months Its a staggering Commission Chairman Charles R Matthews told The Dallas Morning News The economists estimates were a dramatic increase from their Oct 27 projection when they put Texas tp million and rising at a nWrftMyrate of million Appeals court approves earlyrelease program for sex offenders AUSTIN AP Dozens of convicted child molesters could walk free under a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling The court decided Wednesday the felons are eligible for an early release program drawing criticism from law enforcement the Austin AmericanStatesman reported Its obviously a very serious ruling and will have definite parole board Chairman Victor Rodriguez said The end result of this could have an impact on public Rodriguez estimated several hundred convicted sex offenders could go free under the ruling Once prisons release the convicts on mandatory supervision parole officers supervise them similar to convicts who are paroled The Legislature had tried to exclude child molesters from the program but the court ruled lawmakers could not apply a new law retroactively Exclerk sues justice of the peace alleging sexual harassment YES We work Saturdays Parts Service CALL ME Metro Number 8306091000 ED COLLIE Service Manager MAZDA NISSAN TOYOTA HONDA SUBARU recycle this newspaper ABILENE AP A former Taylor County court clerk has sued Justice of the Peace Sam Matta and the county accusing Matta of sexually harassing her Mary Landeros alleges Matta sexually harassed her while she worked in his office from August 1995 to November 1996 The lawsuit also alleges Taylor County not only was in a position to know that Matta was harassing her but other female workers as well The suit contains no details on the accusations but it alleges Matta began harassing Ms Landeros immediately after she was hired She quit her job 15 months later after repeated sexual advances from the Death linked to bar contest AUSTIN AP A drinking contest promoted by the employee of a local tavern may have led to the death of a 20yearold man who died of alcohol poisoning state investigators said Jeremy Beau Painter of Amarillo who was in Austin to attend an emergency medical services conference was found dead Tuesday morning in his room at a Holiday Inn in North Austin Sgt Pete Champion aji investigator for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said friends who were with Painter on Monday night reported that he took part in a drinking contest that night at McGillicuddys Pub and Grill All we know is that she was involved in an alleged encouragement of drinking like If you drink X number of drinks your tab is Champion said Wednesday Eric Peterson an owner of McGillicuddys said the bar is also trying to determine what happened judge the lawsuit alleges The lawsuit is seeking in compensatory and punitive damages legal fees and lost wages and benefits County Judge Lee Hamilton said the county denies any responsibility for any alleged misconduct A message left at Maltas home by The Associated Press was not 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