New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wish#* from tbs Hsrald-Zsitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Glen Pool, Dan Orth (13 yean), Liz Barbosa, and Jim McCabe.
Happy anniversary to Kicky and Anna Rosales.
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River Information Comal raver—219 cubic fest per second, same from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed —624.85 feet above sea level, down .04 from yesterday.
Th# Tim* of Your Life
Award-winning talent takes to the New Braunfels High School stage tonight when the NBHS actors perform The Time of Your Ute,' a one-act play that takes place in 1939 on the San Francisco waterfront.
This entertaining comedy/drama by William Saroyan will be performed on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the NBHS Cafetorium. Admission will not be charged, although donations would be welcome.
Qarage sal* benefits BL Jude’s Ranch for Children
The Friends of the Ranch will hold a garage sale April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Bargain Box building at Casted and Coll streets.
Plaza Niles series continues
Plaza Nites will be presented Thursdays in April on the Plaza at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic, or eat at one of the downtown restaurants.
Bands left in the series are: tonight - Matt Toon and the Big Deals; April 25 - Mariachi Ecos de America. For information, call 608-2100.
Garden club observee Community
The Guada Coma Garden Club will observe Community Remembrance Day, Friday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in Prince Solms Park, located on E. San Antonio and Liberty.
The club will plant a blooming Mexican Plum tree, dedicated to the memory of the children who lost their lives in the Oklahoma City bombing last April 19. The public is invited.
QuiK Guild meets
The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets at First Christian Church, Loop 337, Saturday, April 19 at 9:30 arn Speaker will be Roxie Eppler on smooth stitch applique. Public invited.
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Est. $12 million jackpot
feels vindicated as pols plan to dissolve TexPool
By DENISE DZIUK
HemfrZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Linda Biol stein, Norma Deck and Ida Sing work on a quilt that will and up in the banda off a homeless per
They’re not much to look at, but they’re warm and they’re welcome
By MELANIE GERIK
Every Thursday morning at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, approximately IO women sharpen their scissors and thread their needles to transform household rags into sleeping bags for the homeless.
To makb the Ugly Quilts, as the quilters call them, the women use slacks, mattress pads, old material hidden in the closets for years, “just about anything you have in the house," said quilter Irene Klein.
“You better be careful. We’ll take off your pants and cut them up," Klein said jokingly to a friend.
The group was first organized by Ida Sing, who first became interested after reading an article about the Ugly Quilts’ originator in an October 1995 Family Circle.
Flo Wheatley from Pennsylvania
started making the quilts after a homeless man in New Yolk City helped her one night in 1979.
Last year, Wheatley and her organization, My Brother’s Keeper Quilt Group, handed out more than 5,300 Ugly Quilts both personally to the homeless and through other charities.
The New Braunfels ugly quilters have made six quilts since starting in February. The quilters try to fill their sleeping bags with wool because
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Sing said the group could not stop themselves from stuffing cotton t-shirts in the lining of the first quilt.
“It turned out so heavy, nobody can cany it around," she said.
But the quirt will not be discarded. Quilter Norma Deck, die coordinator for the Community Council of South Central Texas in Schertz, said she can give the quirt to a family who may have a home, hut need warmth.
Deck also will keep an extra sleeping bag in her office so she can help if a homeless person asks her agency
•You batter ba careful. We’ll take off your pants and cut them up.’
— Irene Klein
The New Braunfels Police Department also will distribute gift certificates to the homeless for the Quilts. Police gannet deliver die quilts themselves because of health and sanitation laws.
A few quilts also will be available in the New Braunfels office of the Community Council of South Central Texas, Deck said.
Although the summer will bring warmer weather, Sing said the quilters will still continue to turn blue jeans, curtains with huge daisies and men’s neck ties into sleeping bags.
“Even in hot weather, if a person doesn’t have anything to put their body on, a sleeping hag is a good thing to have," Sing said.
The county treasurer acted on his suspicions almost a year and a half ago and pulled the county's money out of TexPool. The move stirred controversy over his authority to move the funds, but County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew is more sure than ever that he made the right choice, now that there is talk drat the State Legislature may disband die investment fund.
TexPool is an investment pool designed under former Gov. Ann Richards in 1989 to aid cities and municipal districts invest funds where they can be withdrawn when needed. County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said the politician running the fund shifted, but that did not impact the pool.
“It doesn’t matter if it was a Democrat or a Republican running die thing. You have to manage the fund," he said.
Bartholomew said the pool manager quit in 1993 and there was no indication of who would he the new manager. He said it became risky to leave the county’s money in it, so the $7 million was taken out despite attempts from members of commissioners court to stop him.
"The reason I did it was because I didn't know who the next financial adviser would be," he said. “Shortly thereafter, I knew (State Treasurer Martha Whitehead) wasn’t telling the whole truth... I was probably the first county in the state to do it"
Bartholomew said several investigations were conducted into the pool, and the results were not good.
“LL Gov. Bob Bullock said when it comes to the next legislative session, it will be disbanded, and it should be," said Bartholomew.
Since the county took the money out of TexPool, Bartholomew has been investing it He said the county is now
‘Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock •ald when it comes to tho next legislative session, It will bo disbanded, and it should ba.’
— Bart Bartholomew
better off because it can follow the market and take advantage of interest rates, and it is “about 1,000 percent safer." He said the county earned $510,000 last year by investing funds.
“This is not a very glamorous job, but you have to do it daily. You just have to pay attention," he said. “It was just not a safe investment. It just appalled me the way they were running the thing.”
The City of New Braunfels Finance Director Sharon Day said die city also pulled its money out in August 1994, before the run was made on TexPool. She said the $6 million was taken out “because we can make a bigha rate of return ai it by investing it ourselves." New Braunfels Independent School District Assistant Superintendent for Finance Lonnie Curtis said NBISD never had money in die fund because “I could not find where it was advantageous to us."
Comal Independent School District Director of Business Operations Abel Campos said the district pulled most of its money out when die run was made in December 1994, but left $50,000 in accrued interest in die fund. He said the district will reinvest the money if the pool is dissolved, and no money will be lost. New Braunfels Utilities’ Assistant General Manager fa Adminstration and Finance Jeff Thompson said NBU has about $7.2 million in TexPool. He said they are watching TexPool and will “take whatever prudent action that’s necessary." However, he said, he sees no risk at die current time.
District court picks up pace
By DENISE DZIUK
An increase in cases being filed has caused the county’s district court system to add another day of court to its weekly schedule. However, the district clerk said die increase has not delayed cases from going through the judicial process.
District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said in the past, court was held every other week for three days. However, since April I, it is held for five days. Herbrich said the number of “special settings” a cases with visiting judges have also increased.
“That’s happening more and more now than ever before," said Herbrich. “We like to have at least one, what we call an office day, to get our paper work done, but we needed more court days."
Herbrich said the increase in the number of days when cases are heard increased because the number of cases has increased.
There were 159 more civil lawsuits filed in 1995 than in the previous year. Overall, there was an increase of256 cases in 1995, which was about 22 percent. Herbrich expects this year's numbers to surpass even the 1995
“It’s creeping over," she said. “I don’t see it ending. I just see it growing."
Herbrich said a large part of the increase is from divorce and family law cases. She said efforts are a lot more aggressive in going after child support, which accounts fa some of die increase.
She said growth in the county is also a contributing factor.
“As tire population increases, the amount of civil cases being filed will also increase," she said.
However, despite the increase, cases are still being handled in a timely manner. She said the extra court days and the visiting judges assure this.
If the numbers continue to increase, additional visiting judges may need to be brought in.
Herbrich also added that staff of larger offices are specialized in one area, such as new cases. She said her office is more generalized, and everyone does everything.
However, if the number of cases continues to grow over the years, she said the office may need to eventually become more specialized.
Investigation clears school employee of abuse complaint
By DENISE DZIUK
Htoatt-ZMunp photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
School under construction
Worker David Martin of Longhorn Stool wolds booms on tho now CISD school boing built on Business Loop 35 neer Loop 337.
Apply now for Head Start
The Community Council of South Central Texas’ Head Start Program is accepting applications fa the 1996-97 school year. Head Start is a federal program for
preschool children aget three to five from low-income families. The program also serves children with disabilities.
Applications may be picked up at the Main Head Start Center, located at 1023 W. Bridge, or phone 620-9184 for information.
Missing 15-year-old student found in S.A.
From Staff Reports
A 15-year-old Smithson Valley High School special education student, missing since Tuesday, was found at about IO a m. this morning.
Lawrence (Larry) Moyer, 15, was found Thursday morning at the main post office in downtown San Antonio.
While the search fa Moyer was still on, the Comal County Sheriffs Department issued a proas release that stated the boy may have been
taken to San Antonio by some workers in the Canyon Lake area.
After arriving in San Antonio, Moyer may have been left in the downtown area near the Salvation Army at his request.
Sheriffs deputies Wednesday interviewed several witnesses who saw the boy late Tuesday and used bloodhounds to retrace Moyer’s path.
The teenager had left home in the past, hut always called home shortly after leaving.
An investigation by Child Protective Services into a New Braunfels Independent School District employee failed to find any evidence to support an allegation of abuse by that employee.
Superintendent Charles Birdberry said an allegation was made against a district employee. He said the employee was accused of screaming at a student, and did not know any other details of the accusation.
“A principal called me and told me an allegation was made, and I instructed that principal to report it to Child Protective Services,” said Bradbeny. “It's an automatic that it gets reported to Child Protective Services fa an investigation."
Bradbeny said the Astrict does not coiduct its own investigation so it cannot be accused of any bias in the case. He said failure to report an allegation to the agency could result in losing teaching certification. He said SU types of abuse are covered under this requirement.
“It’s na uncommon fa (accusations) to happen. In some cases it’s merited. In others, someone just got mad and is trying to retaliate," lie said.
Bradbeny said the agency investigated the accusation for a couple of weeks. He said the final repot has not yet been received, but he has received a letter stating the findings. Accenting to the letter, the investigation “does not support a finding of abuse."
Bradberry said the due to the finding of the investigation, no action will be taken against foe employee.
Bradberry declined to name the campus the employs worked at because he said the information would inadvertently identify the individual.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.