New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 11, 1997, Page 8

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 11, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8A^ieralcFZejtung£^^ Holiday helpers Jaycees collect Toys for Tots until Dec. 18 The New Braunfels Jaycees Toys for Tots campaign is under way. The program, in its 14th year, provides food to more than 125 families and toys for 300-350 children. The families are selected through the Community Service Center. The program, sponsored this year by the Jaycees, has joined with several other local organizations this year • World Car Motors on San Antonio Street will be the headquarters for dropping off toys as well as the point of wrapping and delivery. • Advantage Rent Car also will be a drop-off and wrapping point. • The Texas Toys 4X4 Truck Club will help by sponsoring a dance at the Watering Hole (date to be announced) and by delivering toys in their 4X4 Trucks. • The Remote Control Car Club recently conducted a race and made a donation of entry fees to the Toys for Tots program. • The Family Outreach Jingle Bell Run, which will take place Saturday, is asking participants to bring toys. • TCI Cable is accepting a new toy in lieu of installation fees. • Additional drop-off points for new and used toys are Librados, Century 21, Prodigy Day Care, Farmers Insurance (Hwy. 81 and Walnut) and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung office. The deadline to drop off toys at these locations is Dec. 18. Donations made after that date can be dropped off at World Car Motors. Photo submitted New Braunfels Jaycees gather up toys during last year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Youth groups wishing to earn community service hours can help wrap the toys on Dec. 20 at World Car Motors or deliver to families on Dec. 21. Those who want to help deliver should meet at World Car Motors at IO a.m. on Dec. 21.* Angel Tree will provide gifts to children of prison inmates In New Braunfels and hundreds of other American cities this Christmas, forgotten victims of crime will receive gifts from people they’ve never met. These victims are children of men and women in prison They will benefit through Angel Tree, a ministry of Prison Fellowship, an interdenominational Christian outreach, and Dayspnng Christian Fellowship A Christmas tree has been set up at 1895 S. Walnut, decorated with paper angels that bear the names and gift wishes of children whose parents are incarcerated in a Texas institution. Individuals select angels, purchase the gifts listed and return them to Angel Tree volunteers, (iifts will be distributed on Deo. 21 starting at 6 pm The local project director, Jerry Williams, said he anticipated approximately 50 chldren would be assisted through the project here. Similar Angel Trees will be set up in hundreds of cities across the country The Prison Fellowship Angel Tree at Dayspring Christian Fellowship, 1895 S. Walnut, was decorated Dec. 7 and will remain until Dec. 21. For information, call Williams at 625-4353 or 606-0221. initiative to cut water pollution Texas Briefs HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — State environmental officials announced an initiative Wednesday aimed at reducing pollution in 140 rivers, lakes and streams that do not meet water quality standards. “The goal of this project is simple — cleaner water for Texas lakes and streams,’’ Barry McBee, chairman of the Texas Natural Resource CSnservation Commission, said at a news conference on the banks of the Arroyo Colorado. The Arroyo, a 90-mile river running from Mission to die mouth of die Rio Grande, is one of the watersheds included in the project. Its waters are so polluted in some areas that fishing and swimming has been restricted. The project intends to help state and local officials implement pollution controls to return the watersheds to standards compatible with their recreational and municipal uses. Of the 368 watersheds in Texas, the 140 included in the project are the only ones not in compliance with state surface water quality standards, McBee said. Their pollution problems range from unsafe levels of bacteria originating from animal waste to high concentrations of toxic substances from pesticides and industrial chemicals. Under the initiative, environmental officials will determine the amount of pollution the watersheds can receive and still meet water quality standards. This pollution limit, known as a “total maximum daily load,” will be identified through on-location studies of the 140 watersheds. The first five studies, to be conducted over the next two years, target the Arroyo Colorado, Cypress Creek near Longview, Salado Creek in San Antonio, Spence Reservoir near San Angelo and the Trinity River in North Texas. Studies of the first 40 watersheds are scheduled to be finished in five years, with all 140 to be completed in IO years, McBee said. Once pollution limits are determined for each watershed, the TNRCC, Texas Soil and Water Conservation Board and regional and local leaders will begin implementing methods to control those limits. Such methods could include more stringent wastewater permits and increased regulation of the use of fertilizers and pesticides. “It is not going to be a plan that’s going to sit on the shelf,” said John Barrett, a Corpus Christi cotton farmer and member of the Coastal Coordination Council. “When this plan is done, that body of water is going to meet the state surface water quality standards.” The initiative is in response to a mandate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency directing states to begin enforcing portions of the federal Clean Water Act that deal with surface water quality.    ' Governor’s Mansion a blast from tho past AUSTIN (AP) — Governors of Texas past are helping Gov George W Bush decorate his home tor Christmas. The Governor's Mansion, which is open to tours, is filled this month with holiday ornaments and decorations on loan from tonner residents Among the items are a train set from the family of 1927 to 1931 (iov Dan Moody, which is assembled underneath Bush's Christmas tree, and a books of illustrations for William Shakespeare's works, which Gov Elisha Pease gave to his wife Lucadia Pease for Christmas in 1856 “All of the items represent very personal and special family memories, and Governor Bush and I are thnlied that the families were so willing to share them with the people of Texas,” First Lady I aura Bush said W ednesday Bush makes seven appointments AUSTIN (AP) — Gov George W Bush on W ednesday appointed seven Texans to serve on state commissions and boards, including: Darryl King of Houston and Gary Nelson of Mont Belview to the % Coastal W ater Authority Board of Directors for terms ending April I, 1999 J Michael Bell, Sr of Fredericksburg and Catherine W oodrulF of Houston to the Texas Growth Fund Board Bell will serve until Feb I, 1999 Ms Woodruffs appointment ends Feb. I, 2003 Bobby Dc Rossett of Flint, W oody Gilliland of Abilene and Robert Gravy of Forth W orth to the Texas Health Care Information C ouncil for terms ending Sept I, 2003 INS salting up fingerprint cantara in wake of new law LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Under orders from Congress and President Clinton, the Immigration and Naturalization Service is rushing to establish IO new fingerprinting centers in Texas to replace a program abolished last week The new facilities, called Application Support Centers, will do the work of a problem-plagued fingerprinting program the INS had farmed out to nonprofit agencies and for-profit businesses. Until last week, citizenship applicants went to about 3,800 independent sites nationwide to be fingerprinted Lawmakers complained about the quality of the fingerprinting work and the nature of the sites, which included liquor stores and beauty parlors The INS confirmed Wednesday that new centers will be placed in Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Odessa, San Antonio and two in the greater Houston area. LULAC officials temper comments on vouchers AUSTIN (AP) - Officials with the League of United Latin American Citizens emphasized Wednesday that while they want to explore the option of using public funds to pay private school tuition, the state board hasn’t decided to back a voucher proposal The LULAC state board looked at the issue of pnvate-school vouchers in a meeting in Fort W orth over the weekend. State director Angie Garcia and board member (iii Gamez said Monday that the board gave a qualified endorsement to a voucher idea that would focus on students in low-performing public schools. The board action was with the stipulation that LULAC would have input on the proposal to be introduced in the 1999 regular legislation session, they said. The action drew criticism from voucher opponents including state Sen. Carlos Truan, D Corpus Christi, who said the idea would hurt public schools. 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