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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY AUGUST 7 2004 f ZEITUNG WARMUP ACT Volleyball teams conduct nonscoring scrimmages to gauge where improvements are needed Page 7 A LETTERS Readers sound off on John Kerrys Vietnam protests Schlitterbahn land swap Home Depots job news Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vol 153 No 230 16 pages 2 sections ICK wwvr 20 rain chance High Low 95 70 Details 1B DEAR ABBY CL COMICS 3B FORUM SPORTS TV GRIDS 2B 28 6A 78A NBISD saves on new insurant ICISD insurance premiums are for employees and for I NBISD insur ance premiums are for employees and for spouses By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District employees will not pay higher premiums under their new health insurance plan but it will save the district million Acting on the advice of administrators and local insur ance consultant Frank Witting trustees approved a new health insurance provider for next year avoiding the deficit in its par tially selffunded plan Although premiums will not change benefits will decrease slightly We made these changes to the plan to get our claims under Witting said If we manage our money well it will continue to be a benefit to our Under the old plan for exam ple emergency room visits only cost employees making it easy to go to the hospital instead of waiting to see a regular physi cian Under the new plan emer gency room visits are encour aged for true emergencies with a copay Prescription and office visit copays also will increase but the individual outofpocket expense will remain the same In addition to low cost bene fits Witting said highpriced claims were increased by the amount the district paid for services Claims make up 80 percent of the money we pay for insur he said The old insur ance provider was not getting any discounts from In a partially selffunded plan the district collects pre miums and pays claims from the stockpiled funds A stop loss or reinsurance policy sets the maximum amount paid on any claim at During a good year claims do not exceed collections and the district maintains a pre mium fund balance For two out of the last three years of the districts selffunded plan claims have exceeded collec tions creating a deficit Selffunded plans generally work out well for large See INSURANCE Page 3A GR chief Myers goes out with style By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE A black Lincoln stretch limousine escorted by a motor cade of three Garden Ridge police cars pulled into the Jay Feibelman Com munity Center Friday night As its occupants were escorted from the vehicle they were cheered by more than 250 applauding onlookers as one was driven into the community center on a golf cart painted like a Garden Ridge police car They looked like they were greeting an entertainer or a country music star but instead they were saying farewell to Walt Myers recently retired police chief and father of the Garden Ridge Police Department Escorted by his wife Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Dana Myers the chief choked back tears as the mayor city council members and officers of the police department embraced him one by one As Myers entered the main hall for the surprise party Hail to the Chief played over the public address system while the buildings namesake Mayor Jay Feibelman prepared brief remarks When Feibelman was elected mayor in 1997 the city had 130 applications to consider 65 for city administrator and 65 for chief of police For both jobs Feibelman said one applicant stood out above all the others The city hired Mike Castro now Longviews administrator and Walt Myers There was no mistake about Feibelman said He was the Myers then witfi 40 years of experi ence as a cop had worked as a police man sheriffs deputy and constable in Pennsylvania before moving south in the early 1970s to become a George town police officer In a short time he became the citys first chief investigator See MYERS Page 3A UPDATES Tracking the news PEPUTY SHOOTING LAST m KNEW John Edward Mor ris 41 was recovering at University Hospital from gunshot wounds he suffered while attempting to shoot a sheriffs deputy July 6 in Startzville LATEST Morris remained in stable condition Friday VEXT When he recovers Morris faces attempted capital murder MANDY Above With tears in his eyes former Garden Ridge Chief of Police Walt Myers exits the limo that carried him to his retirement celebra tion Friday night at the Jay Feibelman Community Center as wellwishers applaud Far left Myers laughs at a joke by one of the speakers Left Myers is whisked away to the party in a police golf cart by Garden Ridge Public Works Manager Scott Wood as Myers wife Dana looks on McKenna wants comment corrected By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Concerned that a public com ment made during a recent council meeting was incorrect McKenna Hospitals Board of Trustees has asked that New Braunfels City Council set the record straight John Dierfcsea whose law firm represents McKenna Hospital wrote in a letter dated July 30 that misjnformation was dis seminated concerning the site of the this has caused great concern to the administra tion and board of Dierksens letter referenced a remark made during a council discussion about the Comal County Fairgrounds property and restrictions pertaining to the deed of the fairgrounds property and restrictions on the deed of the hospital property Council discussed donating the Comal County Fairgrounds property to the Comal County Fair Association with certain restrictions in the event the property is not designated a city park after the Nov 2 election The hospital property was donated by the city to the New Braunfels Hospital in 1951 with the restriction that if a hospital was not built on the site the land would revert back to the city Dierksen pointed out that the CTTC set to launch adult GED ESL program By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The Central Texas Technology Center which will offer high school diploma GED and English as a second lan guage ESL classes this fall will have a formal ceremony Tuesday to kick off j the new program Rusty Brockman Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce director of economic development said the GED and ESL curriculum will help train stu dents for new careers The ESL classes will teach jobspe cific language that will help students get jobs in specific industries like home construction or the medical Brockman said Christia Moore director of adult edu cation for Comal Guadalupe and Kendall counties will be one of the guest speakers Tuesday There are a lot of young adults who had a bad experience in high she said So just for them to attempt to get their GED tells you that they had to overcome a lot of Terrence Kelly Alamo Community College District chancellor will give the opening remarks at the ceremony which begins at 2 John Dierksen Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce board chair man will introduce local officials including Mayor Adam Cork Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and Alamo Workforce Development officials Brockman said the program Hands of Service Prepare a Dedicated Texas would be a model pro gram Its a collaborative effort between school districts ACCD the Texas Work force Commission and the Texas Edu cation he said Registration and orientation will be Aug 23 at the CTTC located on FM 758 near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport GED and ESL classes will be offered during two eightweek sessions For information call 3725771 See Page 3A