New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BCell phones not target of telemarketers
By Leigh Jones
Your cell phone number is not under attack from telemarketers, despite what recent “scam" e-mails would have you believe.
One of the common messages cir-culating currently warns of an
By Scott Mahon
Insects, caterpillars and other creepy crawly things are a common sight in Comal County and the Hill Country. But this springs population of oak leaf rollers surprised even some experts.
Damaging populations of oak leaf caterpillars have also been reported in Fredericksburg, Boerne and San Antonio.
Not only can oak leaf roUers be a nuisance, they can defoliate oak trees and other plants.
The oak leaf caterpillar typically spins its silken threads from trees onto nearby objects, and the problem can become so bad that some residents abandon their outdoor activities because of the hundreds of dangling caterpillars.
“The attack seems to be more intense this year than in previous years,” said Comal County Extension Agent Glenn Avriett.
Avriett said landscaping can be protected from oak leaf roller infestation by spraying plants and trees with a registered insecticide containing either carbaryl, such as Sevin, or any other product labeled for the control of caterpillars or oak worms.
“The worms will die in a few days with an insecticide,” Avriett said. “But the best prevention should be done in early spring by spraying trees with a natural insecticide.”
Oaks and other trees that have been severely defoliated in tile past should be fertilized and watered regularly.
The oak leaf roller does have a few natural enemies, such as parasitic wasps and certain birds, including mockingbirds.
Once a tree is defoliated during
impending deluge of sales calls.
“In a few weeks, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. You will be charged for those calls,” an e-mail reads.
The e-mail goes on to list a number for a “do not call” registry, and
encourages recipients'to forward a copy to all their friends.
So many people have believed the phony warnings, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release Thursday to clear things up.
“Telemarketing to cell phone numbers has always been illegal in most cases and will continue
to be so,” it states.
Fortunately, people who fell for the e-mail’s claims and called the “do not call” registry number have not done themselves any harm.
The number belongs to the FTC and connects people to a legitimate registry, but it does not make a difference to cell phone users.
“FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without theii
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Tax-relief bill stalls again in state House
the growing season, it becomes stressed and serious damage can occur. Stressed trees are susceptible to attack by various diseases and other insects, such as wood-boring insects like the longhorn beetle.
The life cycle of the oak leaf caterpillar begins in May when the adult moth of the oak leaf roller lays its eggs on the twig tips and leaf buds of several different kinds of trees.
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Comal Country Church helps the hurting
By Leigh Jones
Comal Country Church is for people who hate ties.
The anti-tie message is not central to their theology, but it is one of the first things visitors notice when they walk through the front doors.
“We are a casual church,” said Pastor Neil Kibbe. “Traditionally, you were expected to dress up for church. Our motto is jeans and boots are welcome.’”
The Country Church attitude about clothes is just an outward symbol of their
desire to prevent anything from coming between people and Cod.
The dress code signifies the congregation’s goal to reach hurting, unchurched people, not just people who look good in fancy clothes.
“We wanted to have a simpler church," Kibbe said. “The last church I pastored had 27 committees and a committee on committees. This congregation is just trying to follow Rick Warren’s model for a ‘purpose-driven’ church.”
Member David Mitchell,
who specializes in encouraging church growth movements, said a Warren-style church could narrow its focus to five things — worship, fellowship, evangelism, ministry and discipleship.
“Our big focus is to be a balanced church in each of these areas,” he said. “That will make us a healthy church, and a healthy church multiplies.”
Comal Country Church began in 2001 in a log cabin on PM 306. They grew out of
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By Brandi Grissom
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry’s tax reform plan hit another stumbling block Thursday over a proposal that would allow the revenue limit for cities and counties to glow as their business costs increase.
ITie measure is meant to safeguard property tax cuts by limiting the amount of rev enue local governments can take in without voter approval.
Rep. Carl Isett, R-Lubbock, postponed debate on his “truth in taxation" bill until Tuesday after I louse members approver! a change to tie the revenue limit to growth in business costs and exempt services the state requires of local governments hut does not fund. The upper limit on increases would remain at 8 percent, the same as current law.
Isett said the change, approved Thursday on an 87-53 vote, created too much uncertainty for voters seeking la* relief and delayed debate.
The delay is the second in little more than a week. Last week, a technical error sent the bill back to a I louse committee.
Opponents say Isett s planned 5 percent cap on annual revenue increases would hamstring the ability of local officials to generate money for services like police and fire protection.
“How is it we’re going to put a chain around the necks of city councils of this state and county commissioners of this state and yank it every time we feel its appropriate?” said Rep. Fred Hill, U-Richardson.
Rep. Carter Casteel, R-New Braunfels, presented the new proposal, which she
See TAX Page 3A
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Caterpillars take over, eat up oaks
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A tree near the Comal County Extension office is enveloped in webs from the oak leaf roller. Below, an oak leaf roller crawls across a tree trunk.
COMAL COUNTRY CHURCH
■ Pastor: Neil Kibbe
■ Denomination: Southern Baptist
■ Attendance: 140
■ Meeting time:
■ Location: FM 306 North, just past Purgatory Road
■ Phone: (210) 365-3658
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Pastor Neil Kibbe, left, David Mitchell, worship leader, and James Jones, teacher, at Comal Country Church.