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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY August 10 pages in 2 sections FOR 780 262 EL pfiso TX wm 1 Ill I I II II I II llml im i M llmiillm i I 234 Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 50 cents BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Medicaid patients should expect significant servicelevel cuts when laws passed by the 78th Texas Legislature take As a result of budget cuts enabling lawmakers to offset a projected billion deficit this past Medicaid will no longer pick up the tab for a cuts reduce services for needy number of services previously provided in Reimbursement to health care providers for services to Medic aid patients could be cut by at least 3 Services will be terminated for those 19 and old er in the Medically Needy fcro Hearingaid and chiro practic services for those over 21 will be On mental health counseling and eye glasses ser vices also will be discontinued for those over age State Arlene Wohlge iyas a spon sor 6f House BiU the leg islation in conjunction with Jbhe appropriations reorga nised health and human ser vices in Wohlgemuth said the goal of HB 2292 was to increase effi ciency and decrease cogts of delivering health care and other to the while main taining as many services as pos sible and striving to be good stewards of public there were many other choic es that could have been made in attempting to balance our part of the budget without a tax In the beginning of the See Did you know Medicaid and Medicare were established under Medicaid pays medical Mils for lowIncome patients who cannot pay for health In Texas Medicaid covered million peo Including the the children and pregnant In it was reduced to million At an expenditure of the program accounted for 21 percent of the state budget in Students give revamp high marks Work at NBHS d6ne in time for new school year BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer In the early when New Braunfels High School moved from South Guenther Avenue to its cur rent thenprincipal Oscar Smith gave students a day He asked parents and teachers to bring their pickups to haul books and materials to the new We did it all in one That was the beginning of this building Smith said Thursday at a ceremony dedicating the buildings NBHS students say they are proud of the million expan sion and renovatipn arid glad the construction is It definitely made our school look a lot if nothing said Alyssa Its nice to have it all done and have a com plete Seniors this year were freshman when construction started in spring During the some hallways were narrowed by tempo rary walls blocking off construction They had to walk singlefile in both directions sometimes to get around the said senior Skylar Students also had to deal with construction Wed be trying to take and wed hear Hodgson Students described the former building as a dark structure with old exposed insu lation and stinky The build ing was hot in the summer and cold in the they They describe the new building as light and The schools mechanical systems have been including the heating ventilation air conditioning the public address system and fire New construction totals square and square feet were See Where did the money go New Braunfels Independent School District paid million for new con struction and renovation at New Braunfels High The square feet of new con struction included a twostory classroom addition a new practice gymnasium new marker lighting and mechanical upgrades in classrooms Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning fire alarm and public address system upgrades three additional parking areas additional bleachers at the Softball stadium a Softball concession portation department meeting room and expanded bleachers with a new press box at Unicom The square feet of renova tions included administrative offices V a competition gymnasium with new dressing room area science labs choir and dance rooms turned into a new performing arts com plex and the cafeteria became a 500seat auditorium and commons Above New Braunfels High School students lead through the new band room and other remod eled areas and new additions in their Left Former NBHS prin cipal Oscar Smith watches as parents and other communi ty members tour the newly remodeled Photos by JESSIE Boy burnt playing with fire County learns effectsof new laws BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If it seems quieter at the county courthouse this its because many local offi cials are in Austin for the biennialpostlegislative con ference sponsored Joy the Texas Association of The conference is conduct ed after each legislature to inform officials in the states 254 counties about how the bills passed during the legis lature will impact The conference began continues through Wednesdays meetings dealt with changes in court transportation health and human services and use of said Elna of The biggest issue is un funded What a lot of people dont realize is coun ties cant do anything the state doesnt let them Christopher An unfunded mandate is a law passed from a higher branch of government down to a lower one with no means provided to pay for In many the practice is In counties have tried without success for years for to get funding provided for all new Comal County officials have bng lamented unfunded state and federal This County Judge Danny Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson and Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin repeatedly warned the states budget troubles would impact county Our visiting judges are one Scheel said during a TAC meeting We got in a tight We needed visiting They See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 9yearold New Braunfels boy was flown to University Hospital with major burns after an accident Tuesday night police say resulted ftom playing with The boys condition was not known Police and fife officials would not release the boys A University Hospital offi cial refused to divulge infor mation about his citing medical privacy PpBce and firefighters were cdipd to a icma Vista Street residence at 11 to aid the according to the police suffered second degree burns on his left arm and He had severe burns that required medical police detective John Rjoe Two other boys involved in the both age told officers conflicting stories about what happened One boy said a can of burjqjng gas was kicked and struck injured causing The other boy said they were igniting spray with a cigarette Bios said both stories SeeBURWVSA INSIDE 6A City sets street repair priorities BY DYLAN Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun dl decided Wednesday to take little bites out of the citys million street Council made a prelimi nary decision to direct staff to start 17 minor street pro jects in the citys six political Earlier this council decided to raise spend ing on street repair in each district in addition to already earmarked for this Minor street repair projects get thumbs up The following streets this fiscal year could be overtaxed with new asphalt District One Drive to Fredericksburg Road District Four Orion off Goodwin Lee Live OakAvenue Lane 725 feet to Pacific Railroad to Peach Avenue Bridge Streetfrom Walnut Avenue to Live Oak Avenue Lee Hickory Avenue to Live OakAvenue Devin Pahrneyer Road to dead end Dustin Cadefrom Pahmeyer Ftoad to dead end Walnut Avwueto News Street Cedar Pro Street few Mteakn Owe to Twin Oaks Drive Roadfrom Lwral Lane to Mission Drive Industrial Drive r from Gruene Road to Loop 337 Goodwin Famnto Maiket 306 to Orion Drive DbtrfctFive 9 Mather Union Avenue to Grant Avenue i Union Avenue from North Street to Common Street QMrtBtSb NacogdochesStreet from Magazine Avenue to Seguin Avenue Penyman 135 frontage to Academy Avenue Lee Magazine Avenue w wnyMMMi Granctoew Avenuetram Canyon to SartaQsw Avenue
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