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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW ELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 9 can water today before 9 and after 7 Well users cannot water today For information call 6088925 HERALD Vol 149 No 210 44 pages in 4 sections August 27 2000 Oj TTVJpv Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Footbal guide Catch the HeraldZeitungs comprehensive look at District 274A as well as prospects for local grads now playing at the college INSIDE Volleyball play Fans of New Braunfels and Canyon volleyball got the matchup they wanted Saturday Great Strides The Barry family is more than casually interested in cystic fibrosis research they live facetoface with the reality of the C Texas crops pay high heat price DALLAS AP Clay Anderson a National Weather Service meteorologist for the AustinSan Antonio office said that although Central Texas had some soaking rains in the spring record high temperatures have baked the landscape with Texas crops paying a high price Statewide agriculture and livestock producers estimate theyve already lost million this year Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs said Wednesday Fires are also a problem By Satur day firefighting crews had almost con tained a fire that ravaged acres of East Texas forest near Nacogdoches INDEX Week Key code 77 Cops want to hear from babys mom Abandoned child with foster family BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels police want the parents of the infant girl left at McKenna Memorial Hospital two weeks ago to come forward for help I think a lot of the concern is that the mother is going to be arrest New Braunfels Police Detective Sean Gabbard said Thats not our primary concern We want to make Id be willing to just take a phone my concern is this young lady may need medical care some Detective Sean Gabbard NBPD 6082185 sure the mother has gotten the med ical care she needs and get a fami ly history if the baby is to be adopt ed The newborn Hispanic girl was abandoned near an employee entrance at McKenna Memorial Hospital about on Aug 11 Hospital officials believe the image of the mother might have been captured on videotape The next Tuesday the baby was released from the hospital and was placed with a foster family Now Gabbard is asking that the babys mother contact him If anyone is concerned that were going to throw handcuffs on the mother that is not our See K JESSIE McKenna Hope who now has a new undisclosed name was placed with a foster family and is reportedly very healthy and wellcared for Ban vote countdown City preparing for big crowd at Monday meeting BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Coun cil could vote to ban alcohol con sumption on the two local rivers Monday The council meets at at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave City officials say the subjects of Mon days meeting could draw a hug crowd The city plans to make special accommodations for those who cannot find a seat in the council chambers Monday City Manager Mike Shands said a speaker would be in the hallway outside the council cham bers that will enable those stand ing in the hall to hear Also the city will place a big screen television and chairs in the municipal buildings confer ence room to hold overflow from the council chambers Those who sit in the conference room can watch the meeting on television It doesnt hurt to be prepared as much as Shands said The proposed alcohol ban is a hot topic for the community Mayor Stoney Williams said people must behave properly in the meeting no matter how emo tional the subject may be He has long complained about the bad behavior of audience members at the council meetings There wont be a lick of bad behavior Williams said Were not going to have any Yelling namecalling accusa tions and applause also are not allowed he said People need to learn how to control themselves at meetings Williams said Im going to have an offduty officer he said If some one gets outofhand even slight ly if someone cant behave them selves theyre going to be escort CHRIS Ryan Rogers participated in the Buildafloat parade Saturday afternoon on the Comal River Rogers float was a plastic lawn chair with sports balls attached via netting and two halves of a foam knee board beneath him He seemed unconcerned with the upcoming alcohol ban vote by the city council ed The council provides the of key issues such as a proposed public time to speak out on issues during the council meeting Nor mally each side of an issue for and against get 30 minutes with 5 minutes for each speaker However Williams said pub lic input on all issues before council Monday is limited to 15 minutes for each side with 5 minutes per person Theres too much stuff on the Williams said The agenda includes a number drainage ordinance a proposed ordinance governing transporta tion of animals and considera tion of Comal Countys morato rium on lots smaller than 1 acre Theres not enough time in the day to do a full 30 minutes for each Williams said The proposed alcohol ban would prohibit the consumption of alcohol and possession of open alcoholic beverage containers in See BAN NBCity Council New Braunfels city council meets at in the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Council will consider A drainage ordinance estab lishing a water shed manage ment utility fee watershed devel opment fee and watershed man agement fund Appointing river task force committee Support for the Comal County Commissioners Court decision to temporarily sus pend new devel opment on lots smaller than 1 acre and A request for voluntary annex ation from the Gardens of Hunters Creek subdivision A proposed ordinance limiting the purchase of Landa Park Golf Course 30round passbook to Texas residents and A proposed ordinance to pro hibit transporting animals in an unsafe and leaving ani mals in motor vehicles under dangerous cir Connections closing thrift shop BETTY Lucille Garcia and Lennie Cooper check out customers at the Connections Thrift Shop BY BETTY TAYLOR Staff Writer After 16 years of providing clothes appliances furniture posters and more Connections Thrift Shop is closing its doors at 1414 W San Antonio St Shoppers have until Thursday to take advantage of skirts for 50 cents each Pappagallo shoes for and baby clothes that in some cases are like brand new After that everything is going to the senior citizens said Lucille Garcia the person who created the thrift shop Garcia was on the board of directors for Connections when she got the idea to use leftover donations to start a thrift shop Garcia said she opened shop in June 1984 in the back of what then was the Zoeller Funeral Home building We had no air conditioning or heat ing In 1987 we moved over Garcia said referring to the metal build ing that now stands behind the Connections shelter A grant from the Meadows Foundation enabled Connections to construct the See THRIFT Blue Cross battle puts schools in the middle BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Hundreds of school district employees and thousands of their dependents insured through Blue Shield could pay more for medical services at McKenna Memorial Hospital or local physicians offices if those providers end their contracts with the insurance provider Local school district officials say they hope McKenna Memorial Hospital and Hill Country Medical Associates and oth er physicians can work out their differ ences with Blue Shield of Texas Frank Witting an insurance consultant for both New Braunfels and Comal school districts said getting another insurance carrier if local medical service providers do become out of network providers for Blue Shield would probably not be an option because it would cost the districts more money McKenna Memorial Hospital trustees voted July 28 to end the hospitals service agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas effective Dec 31 meaning McKenna no longer will be an in net work provider of health care The changes mean some workers in the area whose health insurance is pro vided by Blue Shield will have to pay higher deductibles and copayments if they want to use McKenna for anything other than emergency services Emergency room patients will not be affected by the change as long as they are treated for conditions that are true emer gencies as defined by Blue Shield In the spring McKenna CEO Tim Brier ty warned Blue Shield and area employers whose health insurance plans were provided through or adminis tered by Blue Shield that the hospital would dump the agreement if the insurer did not raise reimbursement rates for services provided at McKenna Those rates have not been increased in the 10 years Brierty has worked at McKen na he said Comal County has about 400 employees who are insured through Blue Shield along with more than of their dependents Witting said employees in CISD and 800 employees in NBISD were insured by Blue Shield That count does not include spouses or dependents he said Witting said both CISD and NBISD were selfinsured and used Blue Blue Shield to administer claims As selfinsured entities Witting said school districts would pick up any increase in the cost of medical services if McKen na becomes an out of network provider for Blue Shield This is not Blue Shields money were talking about its the school districts he said Blue Shield spokesman See BLUE   

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