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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY April 2001 jppMMHp 22 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 143 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Witnesses Parents had little interest in oldest daughter BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The foster mother and case worker for the two children removed from the home of Yevette and Joseph Heiser said the Heisers were obses sive about the foster care their youngest daughter but showed scant interest in the progress or welfare of their 7yearold The oldest girl is the alleged victim in a child injury and endangerment tri al that enters its 10th day Her parents have been charged with injuring and endangering her by nearly starving her to death and fail ing to provide her with prop er medical If convicted of injury to a the Heisers could face five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to Endangering a child is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to Seven men and five women are sitting as jurors in the Child Protective Services officials took the then 7year old girl from Liberty Hill Ele mentary School on She was treated for malnutrition and placed in a foster home with her then 15monthold half Thursday Laura the caseworker who oversaw the conservatorship of the two children and their talked about her inter actions with the In a meeting with Yevette Heiser on Stearns said she was told by the hospitalized girls mother that the child was very adaptable and She also said the girl had a very vivid Stearns See Zany zinnias Downtown changes colors with the seasons JESSIE Landscaper Jerry Williams plants Zinnias Wednesday morning around the The plants will last until the first BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer How many zinnias does it take to fill the islands in downtown New Braunfels Sounds like a but Jerry Williams and Lynn Fountain know the Fountains Main Street Foundation replaces the flowers each This the islands will change from yellow to bright orange as zinnias replace the spring Williams is responsible for landscaping the downtown islands and oval through out the In the red snapdragons make their appearance and will bloom through the winter said director of the Main Street But the profusion of color doesnt come The city spent about this year on flowers and gardening for the downtown Fountain The budget would be much smaller if we didnt have to keep repairing the beds from damage by See Emissions test suggested to reduce pollution Committee suggests more expensive testing equipment BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer New Braunfels and the rest of the greater San Antonio metropolitan area might breathe cleaner air in the But it wont be The Air Improvement Resources committee of the Alamo Area Council of Gov erments recommended the use of a special vehicle emis sions test to help reduce air The known as Accel eration Simulation or can detect levels of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxide which aid in the formation of groundbased the chief component of The ASM is a treadmill test that averages 30 minutes and provides more data on VOC and NOx emissions in a variety of simulated driving The machine costs about and would add to the annual state Comal County Commis sioner Jay also the countys representative for the council of said he was very elated about the committees deci Thats two years worth of heartfelt work by many of he The ASM test is part of the committees O3 Flex The 03 Flex Plan is the committees overall plan to clean up air around the met ropolitan It would require mandato ry annual emissions testing for all vehicles registered in Guadalupe and Wilson The Dallas and Houston areas are phasing in the ASM as part of their vehicle inspec Committee members had previously favored the Two Speed Idle tailpipe or for its simplicity and The test takes about 15 minutes and the cost of equipment ranges from The TSI would have added to the annual state inspec tion The provides little diagnostic data on VOC compounds and does not test for NOx MiUikin had been pursu ing the To it would be inap propriate to test one instead City adds extra day of early voting FROM STAFF REPORTS Voters in District Two for New Braunfels City Council will get an extra opportunity to vote The city decided to extend voting for the May 5 election to this opening the Comal County Courthouse from 9 to 2 Early voting in the May race for District Two started April According to city elections clerk Bonnie 162 people voted in the election as of Tuesday She hopes the extend ed deadline will encourage more people to See Immunizations come with Schlitterbahn pass JESSIE Brandon Sroboda and Sarah Beth Hoots test the waters and the rides Thursday afternoon at They joined other employees for trial runs on all the rides before Schlitterbahns opening on BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Summer returns to New Braunfels a little early this On area school children will submit themselves to a needle stick in order to get in on the opening day of fun at Schlitterbahn Waterpark The park will host its seventh annu al Shots Across Texas Free Immuniza tion Clinic from 10 to 1 Sat urday at the Comal County Fair Each child through age 17 who is immunized also receives a free pass to the water This is a great way for parents to make sure their children are up to date on all their Schlitter bahn Chief Operation Officer Terri Adams The combination of free shots and free tickets to Schlitterbahn has been a terrific incentive over the past six The free ticket is valid from Saturday to June 30 or from 8 to Parents must accompany their chil dren to the Children also should have something to eat before getting The New Braunfels Childrens Muse um will provide handson and New Braunfels High School stu dents will put on a puppet show about Shots Across Texas is the Texas Safe Kids Fair held with Shots Across Department of Healths effort to ensure all schoolaged children receive immu The program already has increased statewide immunization rates for chil In the 40 percent of 2year old Texas children were fully immu That number now stands at about 75 Office of Public Health Nurse Karon Preiss said Comal Countys rates rank high compared to the rest of the See INSIDE Key Code 76 Comal County honored for CHIP enrollment levels BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County was recognized Thursday for its participation in the Childrens Health Insurance Program surpassing by 148 percent the goal set for its first year of Under figures released by the Tex Care Partnership and the Commu nity Council of South Central Comal County children who did npt hays hsajitfy insurance have been screened over the past Of have been enrolled in the 170 in the Texas Healthy Kids Corporation and 317 in Medic Officials estimate that some children in Comal County qual ify for the The challenges in CHIPs second year will be to find the rest of them and to get local physicians to sign on as health care We need more Wed love to have some more people said Comal County Nurse Karon would love to recruit more especially family physi cians in our The CHIP through the TexCare is working to do just that Preiss Guadalupe County 2 Commis sioner Cesareo Guadarrama who also is chairman of the Bridgitte SCTCC Headstart Program Family Service Specialist Dahia Arabula and Chris Douglas of Communities in Schools attended Commissioners Court to present a plaque and recognize the countys work toward insuring chil See To enroll For information or help applying for the CHIP contact Communities In Schools 6204247 Comal Independent School Dis trict 6258081 or 8857674 New Braunfels Independent School District 6206200 TexCare Partnership 1800647 6558 Community Council of South Cen tral Texas 6256268 For participating physicians and healthcare providers call Community First Health Plan 210 3586184
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