New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Doug Miller of Witting and Miller Insurance received the National Federation of lnde-pendent Business Small Business Achievement Award on Thursday.
The divisional director of the National Federation of Independent Business, John Gerhart, presented Miller with the award.
The small business community comprises the very backbone of the American business community,1” Gerhart said.
“NFIB is dedicated to supporting American entrepreneurs who pursue opportunity and create jobs by their willingness to invest in an idea and who also make their community a better place to live."
U.S. Senator Phil Gramm’s regional director, Ed Hodges, was also in town for the presentation. *
He read a letter from Gramm congratulating Miller for his contribution to the city of New Braunfels and the state of Texas.
“Doug Miller epitomizes the heart and soul of America's free enterprise system,” Gramm said in the letter.
“So I want to commend NFIB for recognizing Doug Miller’s willingness to invest his time, talent and resources in creating jobs which benefit the citizens of New Braunfels.”
The NFIB award is given to a small business leader in a community who best demonstrates a commitment as a good “corporate citizen” for the economic and overall well-being of the community
Miller has been very active in the New Braunfels community.
He now acts as the representative for Comal County, the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities on issues relating to the Edwards Aquifer, is active in the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, was a former mayor of New Braunfels and has been an active member of the Jaycees.Inside Stammtisch Sports
Schlitterbahn celebrates its opening weekend Friday and Saturday with a Comal Springs competition and exhibit and a charity duck race. The exhibit, a collection ot essay written by local elementary school students about "What the Comal Springs Mean To Our Community,” will be on display at the main entrance to the park The duck race, held on the Congo River at 5:30 p m. Sunday, will benefit the Amer ican Cancer Society The park will open at 10 a m. every Saturday and Sunday until May 22, when it begins daily operations.
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Fiesta Mexicans kicks off at Wursthalle
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung
Fiesta Mexicana kicks off at Landa Park’s Wursthalle grounds Friday, Saturday and Sunday, prepared to give Fiesta San Antonio a run for its money.
“We’d like for the community to help us by attending, because the money goes for scholarships,” said Claude Mendez, president and founder of the Comal Independent Mens Association. “We will give thirteen $500 scholarships this year.”
The event is a cultural effort to bring a test of the Mexican-American heritage and its contribution to American and
Texan society to the residents of New Braunfels and its surrounding areas.
The CIMA fund-raising event will start Friday night at 6 p.m. In addition to the food booths, Rosie Y Los Muchachos mariachis will perform on the grounds and the queen candidates will be introduced on the stage in the food booth area. Admission to the grounds is free.
At 8 p.m. Jaime De Anda Y Los Chamacos will take the stage at the Wursthalle for a dance.
Tickets for the dance may be purchased now for $8 per person or at the door for $10 per person. At IO p.m. the queen will be crowned in Wursthalle.
On Saturday the grounds open at noon and you can enjoy a fajita cook-off from 2 to 7 p.m. along with all the other food booths.
The Campania De Danza Folklorica and the Ballet Folkloric© Infantil will perform Mexican folk dances and the Ecos De America mariachis will be on hand for traditional Mexican music.
The fajita cook-off judging will be announced at 7:30 p.m. and D.J. Music by Lupe Vasquez will serenade festival attendees in the food booth area from 7 to 9 p.m. At 8:30 the queen and her court will be presented.
The dance will start at 9 p.m. in the
Wursthalle featuring two bands — Esmeralda and Rodeo.
Tickets are available now for $6 or can be purchased at the door for $8.
On Sunday, the Fiesta the grounds open at noon. Lupe Vasquez D.J. Music will entertain until 3 p.m., and you can enjoy encore performances by Compania De Danza Folklorica, Ecos De America, Ballet Folkloric Infantil, and Rosie Y Los Muchachos.
The last band, Good Times Band, will perform from 7 to ll p.m. in Wursthalle.
Admission is $5 and a drawing for a trip to Las Vegas will be held at 9 p.m. Fiesta Mexicana.
County boasts low jobless rate
City now eligible for block grants
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
Comal County continues to boast one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state os the number of jobless in the county decreased for the third time in 1993, according to reports released by the Texas Employment Commission.
Labor market reports showed Comal County with a total civilian labor force of 26,895 for the month of March — an increase of 106 from February.
Of those 26,895, 25,571 residents were employed and 1,324 were unemployed for an unemployment rate of 4.9 percent — down 1.2 percent from February’s rate 6.1 percent.
Alfred DeRarros, a labor market analyst for the Texas Employment Commission, said March is the month which employment rates are least affected by the season, and favorable employment conditions should continue through May.
“March is probably the least seasonal month of the year,” DeBarros said. “May and June are when the seasonality really kicks in and we will probably see a slight increase in the area’s unemployment rate.” According to DeBarros, Comal County will feel the affects of the end of the school year when non-contract employees of the area school districts are out of work for the summer.
Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts employ a total of 1,410 employees — 835 are contracted and 575 are non-contracted.
Should the non-contracted workers not find work, he said the county unemployment rate would increase by approximately 2 percent.
San Antonio’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percent to 5.3 percent, and San Antonio’s civilian labor force stands at 598,400 — an increase of 11,100 form February.
Both New Braunfels and San Antonio are enjoying unemployment rates well below the state average of 6.7 percent and the national average of 7.3 percent, and DeBarros said the relationship between San Antonio and New Braunfels is mutually beneficial.
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zaltung
New Braunfels was recently granted “Metropolitan City Status” by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Mayor Clinton Brandt.
The designation means New Braunfels is entitled to automatically receive a maximum of $400,000 in Community Development Block Grants beginning in October of 1993 for the 1994 fiscal year without competing with other cities for the money.
Brandt said he was not quite sure how New Braunfels fell into the metropolitan category since a population of 500,000 is a requisite for the designation.
City Manaeer Hector Tamayo said the 1990 census revealed New Braunfels automatically qualified for CDBGs, but he still has not seen the reports.
’The block grants must be used to benefit low- to- moderate income areas, and must address slum and blight or some other urgent community need. Tamayo said the council and the community would determine the use for the grants.
Officials said the grant money could be used to offset the costs incurred during federal and state mandated programs.
Although block grant funds cannot be used as reimbursements for government mandated programs, Brandt said the grants could allow the city to undertake more community oriented projects.
Victims’rights group calls for ‘truth in sentencing’
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeitung
Members of the newly formed organization People Against Violent Crimes said Thursday night that victims’ rights should include the security of knowing that criminals will serve their entire prison sentences.
The topic of the meeting was “truth in sentencing” and the members discussed ways in which to ensure people convicted of crimes serve full and complete jail terms.
Ideas such as capital punishment or life without parole for convicted murderers, stricter sen
tencing for sex offenders, and informing jurors of a convicted criminals past record prior to sentencing would help ensure more attention to the rights of victims and tougher sentences.
However, in addition to tougher sentencing, group member Gladys Bartling said law enforcement officials should be more attuned to what is happening.
The question is what can we do to make our legal system accountable,” Bartling said. “We have to put pressure on our legal system to make sure victims are protected."
One member said law enforce
ment officials in Comal County need to be aware that incidents of violent crime are prevalent in the county, and they must know how to deal not only with the criminals, but the victims as well.
One member said she to assist a friend who was the victim of a violent crime at a crime scene and police would not allow her access to her friend.
After repeated pleading, the woman alleged that an officer said she would have to wait because they were not prepared to handle such situations.
“I told him that they better get prepared,” the group member said.
They better wake up and realize that stuff like this happens here.”
Group members agreed the legal system must be better informed about problems associated with being a victim and more attention should be paid to the victims.
FAVC members will be involved in writing legislators and lawmakers concerning victims rights legislation, including House Bill 1234, which drastically increases the sentences of violent criminals and repeat offenders.
Although the group is new and still small, Bartling said they are prepared to carry out the task of fighting for victims’ rights.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites Us wailers to submit items to Stamrntiseh. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the days happenings. See more Stammtisch on page 9ABest Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Ricardo “Shay” Urias, Michael Farmer, Gary Farmer, Hanno R Hoffmann, Bob Moss, Rosa Torres, Estella Monceballez, Joe A. Cortez Jr., Emily Fink. Belated Birthdays go to Kaylin Schmidt Saturday Birthdays go to Johnny Rodriguez and Robert VanHom IU.
Anniversary wishes go to Othmar and Marilyn Hartman.Early voting
Early voting will he open from ll am. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 10:30 a m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Room 106 at the County Courthouse.Fiesta Mexicana
The CIMA Club will holds its 1993 Fiesta Mexicana at the Wursthalle in Landa Park Friday through Sunday. Tile event is free. On Friday, food booths open at 6 p.m. A Mariachi band, queen candidates and a dance will be featured. On Saturday and Sunday, the grounds open at noon.All-Distict list
Twenty-five Comal County soccer players are named on Distict 52’s 1993 All-District list, including eight on the First-Team. For a pictorial look at the County’s First and Second Teams see Page 12A and for the complete list see Page 11 A.