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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas 1 Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses endlna In or 9 can water today after well users cannot water today For information call 608 3925 i iJNG Vol 149 No 174 42 pages in 4 sections July 16 2000 O j Serving Gomal County since 1852 INSIDE Utock Want to relax Local massage experts turn to La Stone the latest trend in total relaxation See Lifestyle for more on this hot new C Little League The North Zone Little League Tournament championship game was last night at the Little League field see the cov erage frSFX Selma soon will be the venue for a new SFX Amphitheater that will host some of the biggest music and entertain ment stars in the No relief in sight from Texas heat BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The heat that has scorched Texas for the last few days is unlikely to go away any time soon Tripledigit heat is expected to con tinue all week West Texas had highs on Saturday from the upper 90s to 104 in San Angelo Winds were from the south and southwest at 10 to 15 mph Today should bring a chance of after noon and evening thunderstorms in the mountains and far west Highs should be in the 90s to 110 along the Rio Grande for the next two days A heat advisory will continue into Monday with highs around 100 expect ed There is a slight chance of thunder storms for the central part of the region Most of South Texas eclipsed the cen tury mark except along the coast INDEX Week Key cods 77 Case puts county animal control order on trial BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer STARTZVILLE Any way you look at it the couple of chickens Jim Higdons pet killed a couple of years ago are getting pretty expensive Shadow 5 is a friendly family pet who Higdon said likes children is play ful and is a very attractive animal The question is what kind of ani mal Higdon believes she is a dog but she could be some sort of mala timber wolf mix At least that is what he heard when he got her in Las Vegas Comal County says Shadow is an animal and wants Shadow moved out of the county in one fashion or from Higdon and wife Sherrys three children Comal County Assistant District Attorney Ellen Salyers said Higdons appeal was set for jury selection in County Court at Law on Monday after noon If Higdon loses the appeal on the Class C misdemeanor he could pay a fine of up to and be required to get rid of the dog or animal or at least remove it from the county Under the county order adopted in 1989 and authorized by state statute prohibiting the keeping of certain wild animals Higdon will not be able to keep the animal within a residence or within feet of the residence or a public school in Comal County The situation began in October or November of 1998 when a woman who lives a few blocks from Higdon called the county and reported an animal maybe a dog and maybe a had killed two of her chickens I called because I saw a strange dog eating my she said See related story page Officials found the suspect animal Shadow sitting on the step of Higdons McKENNA 2000 Prognosis Jor hope K JESSIE Jim Higdons pet dog Shadow shakes hands with his owner Higdon is embroiled in a courtroom battle about the legal status of his pet Startzville home and took it in leaving a note saying theyd taken the animal in because it was allowed to run loose A couple months later Higdon was summoned to Pet 4 Justice of the Peace court for keeping a wild animal Wanting a jury trial before county courtatlaw Higdon said he did not even attempt to mount a real defense then In the nearly two years since Higdon and the county have been exchanging small arms fire over the issue which for Higdon has become very personal In court this week Higdon expects to See McKenna challenged by future community BY FRED ELEVENS Staff Writer Ten years ago a trip to McKenna Memorial RUST IN A Hospital might have seemed like a visit home Doctors and nurses knew their patients as neighbors aunts uncles and high school friends The building was the place where most patients took their first breath got their first stitch or had their first broken bone set in plas ter In a county of just under people the hospital had a hometown feel an ambiance lost now in a population that has grown to more than and a staff that has more than doubled to about 800 The rural San Antonio outback has met urban health care producing a series of problems and challenges that McKenna and all Texas hospitals must successfully confront if they are to survive into the next century The demands are greater on the said Tim Brierty CEO of McKenna Health System Patients are sicker and theyre not your neighbors Briertys observations are grounded primar ily in the changes occurring the past few years in health care across the state the nation and withhrthe the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 hospitals especially smaller ones in suburban and rural areas have been wracked by deep cuts in Medicare reimbursements With 50 per cent of admissions carrying Medicare McKen na stands to lose nearly million if the system is not fixed for the uninsured charity care and deadbeat patients have increased dramatically during the past decade pushing those annual uncollected writeoffs to an estimated million this year alone independent and mostly rural hos pitals have lost their economic cushions enough to sustain operations for six months and now routinely hold no cash reserves as they struggle monthtomonth often in red ink with smaller revenue streams from Medicare and managed care hospitals such as See Hospice explores need for AIDS support group BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer During her years as a licensed professional counselor Jane Wyatt has seen the shining light of hope that support groups have given to those facing chronic illnesses There are statistics that show people who are involved in sup port groups live longer and live better she said Local AIDS task force looking for The LifeTransition Center a division of Hospice New Braunfels is exploring the need for an support group in New Braunfels to help resi dents cope with the challenges of having the debilitating dis ease Wyatt a licensed professional counselor moved from Corpus Christi earlier this year to take over the LifeTransition Center I decided one of my focuses would be chronic illnesses and how it changes peoples she said Wyatt said a member of the community approached her and discussed the need for an AIDS support group That is all 1 need to jump in and start looking to see if the need she said For information about the support group call Wyatt at 6250369 Because of the social stigma often associated with HIV or AIDS Wyatt said inquiries into the support group would remain confidential A meeting place or time has not been published The group is tentatively planned to meet once a month Often people living with chronic illnesses face a sense of isolation and struggle to main tain their independence while they are dependent on others for care Dealing with these emotional issues can be especially difficult for someone also facing the See Long Downtown royalty awaited Princess Be set to open in Grassmarket BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST store behind Huisache Grill Staff Writer If the nose smudges and fin gerprints across the storefront windows are any indication the notyetopen Princess Be offers a visual feast Chandeliers dripping with beads and crystals and thin tubular vases filled with flowers dangle from the ceiling The store sign hanging on the back wall bursts with red flowers And scattered across the tiny t 303 W San Antonio are topiaries a baby crib colorful cloths and velvet pillows With a longawaited opening either Monday or Tuesday Princess Be is the first retail shop in Grassmarket the ever evolving vision of Huisache Grill owners Don and Lynn Forres Once completed Grassmarket should have two or three si ores along a landscaped path leading See WHATS UP Princess Be 305 W San Antonio St behind Huisache Grill Specialty custommade chandeliers also look for gift items and childrens clothing Hours to MondayWednesday to 9 Thursday Saturday noon to 3 Sunday K JESSIE Princess Be owner Jenafer Cuppetilli has always dreamed of opening her own store Her dream comes true this week
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