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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 6 o HeraldZeitung Tuesday December Garden club award Photo submitted The Guada Coma Garden Clubs Civic Beautification Committee presented the New Braunfels Federated Garden Clubs Civic Beautification award to the Gruene Merchants Association on Dec 1 Gruene Merchants Association president Mary Jane Nalley accepted the award and commented that all of the business owners in the association work hard to maintain a beautiful outdoor appearance all year long From left are Wally Hayes Terry Buck Pat Moiak Mildred Hoffman Mayor Jan Kennady Nalley Melodie Fryar Tani Howell Ella Hall Janie Risk Ray Box and New Braunfels councilwoman Jan Kotylo Welfare privatization raises concerns among legislators By RENAE MERLE Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Legislative budget writers expressed concern Monday about privatizing a system to determine eligibility for welfare in the wake of problems with private vendors that run Texas Lottery and the Lone Star Card for welfare recipients It appears to me that we have two and maybe three situations in Texas today where we have privatized a massive system and then run into problems said Sen Bill Ratliff chairman of the Senate Interim Finance Committee We find that we are virtually captive to this company because there is nobody else out there todo it or its so expensive or changing companies would be too Ratliff was referring to the operators of the Lone Star Card which have threatened to sue the state and bail out of their contract Transactive a subsidiary of GTECH has complained that because its profits are tied to the number of welfare recipients the company is losing moriey as the number of poor Texans receiving welfare declines Raftliff said the dispute threatens Texas ability to deliver food stamps The state also has run into problems with GTECH which runs the Texas Lottery GTECH has sued the lottery to prevent it from considering new bids for the work its done for the agency since the ihception of the states numbers games Ratliffs Senate Finance Committee heard testimony Monday about the progress of the Texas Integrated Enrollment and Services a computer system being designed to determine eligibility for welfare benefits Lawmakers approved the development of the system earlier this year The Texas Heath and Human Services Commission is planning to award the contract for the automated system by November 1998 HHS Commissioner Mike McKinney he is closely watching the problems with the operators of the Lone Star Card and the lottery Ive tried not to make the same he said Were going to make sure a computer system that gives us what we McKinney said the commission is aiming to have the plan for the system completed by February 1998 and submit it to Gov George W Bush and the Legislative Budget Board by April The first pilot programs should begin in November 1999 McKinney said adding that it will take about two more years to fully implement the system There is a potential for small mistakes small problems to be he said So if we actually get it out in three years Id be Ratliff said he expects the TIES computer system contracting to be closely scrutinized News Briefs Private prison locked down after disturbance NEWTON Texas AP Inmates in a private prison in this East Texas town were confined to their living areas Monday one day after a disturbance in which a building was set on fire No one was injured in the disturbance at the Newton County Correctional Facility said the Bobby Ross Group which runs the prison Guards who used tear gas got the situation under control around 11 Sunday about two hours alter the disturbance began It apparently all got started alter some inmates complained that their dormitory was too warm A total of about 300 inmates went out to a prison yard but many of them were just watching siiid a spokesman for the Hobby Ross Group Supreme Court rules against female death row inmate 1 An execution date is imminent for Karla Faye Tucker one of seven condemned women in Texas now that the Supreme Court has rejected what could be her final appeal Karris County prosecutors say The high court decision Monday without comment paves the way for the first execution olu woman in Texas since IS63 and only the second in the nation since the court in ll76 allowed the death penalty to resume Texas the nations most active capital punishment state has administered lethal injection to 143 inmates since executions resumed in but none has been a woman Thirteen years ago Vclnui Barlield was sent to the North Carolina death house making her the only woman executed in the modern era of capital punishment According to Texas records Chipita Rodriguez was the last woman to be executed in the state hanged in 1863 for the murder of a horse trader Inmate with death sentences facing execution HUNTSVILLE Texas AP Michael Lee Lockhart has been compared to serial killer Ted Bundy a comparison Lockhart denies What they likely will share is a common fate their lives ended by execution Lockhart 37 who at one time claimed to have murdered more than two people now acknowledges three murders in Texas Indiana and Florida and has death sentences to show for them in each of those states On Tuesday the drifter from Toledo Ohio is set for lethal injection in Texas for killing a police officer Paul I lulsey while 1 lulsey was on patrol March 22 1988 in Beaumont about 85 miles east of I louston The man was doing his Lockhart said last week And Im responsible for his And the murder of Windy Gallagher 16 of Griffith tortured and fatally stabbed at her home in 1987 Eight months after his Texas conviction a jury in Indiana sentenced him to death And the murder of Jennifer Colhoucr 14 of Land OLakes Fla A judge in Dade City gave Lockhart his third death sentence in December 1989 Many workers saving more but not the boomers WASHINGTON AP A lot of people are saving more for retirement but not the baby boomers Overall Americans boosted their retirement savings by 2 percent in 1997 to a month from in 1996 a survey indicates It was the third straight annual increase not counting pension benefits and Social Security after the figure fell to a month in 1994 Still workers said they would need to save monthly to meet their retirement needs more than three times what they now save according to the earlyNovember survey by the Marketing Research Institute The survey involving Americans 18 years or older and working at least 30 hours a week was released Monday Only 26 percent believe they are socking away enough Seventythree percent think they are saving too little Indeed only 40 percent say they have a savings plan although on average they say they plan to retire at 62 Baby boomers those between 33 and 51 contribute most to the savings gap the survey found The socalled Xgeneration those between 18 and 32 increased their savings by percent in 1997 to a year Americans between 52 and retirement raised their savings by percent to Average savings of the baby boom generation on the other hand fell percent to annually Savings are considered one leg of a threeleg retirement stool that includes pension plans and Social Security benefits Analysts have long feared that most Americans are not putting away enough to continue their standard of living through retirement There are many signs of growing public awareness of the crisis in retirement savings but individuals are still not doing enough to prepare themselves for said John Penko vice president of Colonial Life Accident Insurance which co sponsored the survey with the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation Boomers are at their highexpense years with savings and paying for college and that may have caused them to temporarily financial said Ken Felrman Employers Council executive director Techonology stocks rise blue chips down NEW YORK AP Technology stocks rose Monday but bluechip issues gave back some of Fridays recordsetting gains as interest rates rose again in the bond market after falling to a 22month low last The Dow Jones industrial average fell about 38 points to snapping a sixsession winning streak that had put the bluechip barometer in striking distance of its alltime best close at set Aug 6 Broadmarket indicators were mixed with smallercompany shares outperforming the blue chips Stocks were pressured by another weak day in the bond market where interest rates rose for the third straight session Bonds which slid on Friday amid new signs of inflationary pressures were weighed down Monday by an auction of new Treasury debt and news that Japan might sell some of is huge Treasury holdings to help its beleaguered banking system As bond prices fell the yield on the 30year Treasury a key determinantof interest rates rose to percent Centex m m i I four best value SCRAPBOOKING SUPPLIES 900 South Seguin Ave by the underpass 6293979 III III The HeraldZeitung will publish the Horizons Edition from Sunday January 18 1998 through Sunday January 25 1998 STATE FARM INSURANCE TO MY CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS STATE FARM INSURANCE After twentyfive years as your State Farm Insurance Agent I have elected to retire effective December 31 1997 Through these many years I have come to know respect and care tor so many of you of us have shared both good rimes and times of trial and but weve come through it together My staff and I have tried our very best to serve you and our community This has always been my goal and I hope YOU feel that we have achieved it I truly appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in us I sincerely thank you tor twentyfive wonderful years as your agent in New Braunfels God bless each and every one of you Sincerely James Cook OPEN HOUSE STATE FARM STATE FARM On Wednesday December 10th my staff is hosting an Open House in celebration of my retirement You are cordially invited to drop by our office at 389 S Seguin anytime between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm We would welcome the chance to visit with you Youll also have the opportunity to meet your new State Farm Agent Mr Jim Goldsmith We will look forward to seeing you INSURANCE INSURANCE One of the sections will be called Neighbors will be a section which depicts relationships between local family friends neighbors We are requesting photos and information for this section from you our readers Heres how it works v J I Readers will submit about their neighbors in New Braunfels and Comal County Submissions will detail the special things a particular neighbor does or why a neighbor is so special Submissions may be no longer than 500 words Stories can be dropped off at the HeraldZeitung offices or mailed to New Braunfels HeraldZeitung 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78131 Deadline for submission is December 1 to allow for photographs to be arranged Margaret Edmonson will be the contact for any questions about this section
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