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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYNew coach pleased with SVHS work ethic - See Sports so CENTS COUNTDOWN: 486 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels Herald -Ze rrt C\ I A IO / 2 X?. / 9 9 41;°UES1 mCKOPUBLlSHlHb so"f f yambel 178 DR 26: EL PASO, TX 79903 r 12 Pages in one section ■ Aug. 12,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of MARY TIJERINA ■ Vol. 141, No. 189 INSIDE Obituaries — .........2 Opinion...... .........4 Entertainment. ......... 5 Sports....... .......8-9 Classifieds____ ......10-12 I STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Ricky McCoy, Riala Kaufman, Frond Boothe, David Pf tuff et (belated). 1993 Rodeo Queen contestants Comal County high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in the 1993 Comal County Rodeo Queen’s Contest. Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school district as of Aug. i6. Posters and information sheets will be available at the local high schools. Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO ajn. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Bunns, Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer, located at 205 N. Seguin. Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625-8026. McKenna seeking historical info McKenna Memorial Hospital needs your help in acquiring any information pertaining to the history of the hospital. McKenna is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in October of this year. The hospital was built in 1953. A brief submission consisting of a short written summary of something unique that happened in a particular year, trivia, photographs of any items of interest in relation to the hospital through the years would be beneficial. Please submit your items to McKenna Memorial Hospital, attn. Tim Brierty, Hospital Development, 143 E. Garza, New Braunfels, 78130. Leadership MB (leadline is today Deadline for applications to the coming class of Leadership New Braunfels is today. Applications can be picked up at the chamber office. For more information, call 625-2385. Community blood drive set for Aug. 13 The New Braunfels Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13 from I pjn. to 3 p.m. in the K-Mart parking lot located at 10501-35 E. The community blood supply is currently low, officials have said. lf you are between 17 and 72, weigh at least I IO pounds and in good general health, you can help by donating. For more information, contact the South Texas Regional Blood Bank at 1-800-292-5534, ext. 217. Stammtfceh (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) AACOG lending help to Kroger employees By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Former employees of the New Braunfels Kroger Store can obtain aid in finding new jobs at the Alamo Area Council of Governments. The New Braunfels Kroger closed its doors to customers on Saturday. Employees still working at the store are those involved in cleaning up the store, according to Marc Mati-er, Employment and Training Instructor/Counselor for AACOG. Matier said several former employees of Kroger have already asked for help from AACOG. He estimates 70 to 90 employees lost their job because of the closure. Current services provided to the employees include an personal orientations to the Job Training Partnership Act. Matier said AACOG has already provided an orientation to the entire group. If funding is made available from the federal government, AACOG will provide further programs, such as vee* tional training, on-the-job training arx! aid with job searches. The New Braunfels Kroger store began selling out its merchandise last month. All of the Kroger stores in the San Antonio area are expected to close by Aug. 15. In June, Kroger said announced it would close the stores because union employees did not agree to the company’s request for a cost-cutting labor contract. The Kroger stores have been purchased by Arizona’s MegaFoods Stores Inc. The purchase is expected to be finalized this month. The stores will be closed for remodeling into the Megafoods 4’warehouse" format and will reopen in October. The chain is expected to hire 1,500 to 2,000 employees when the stores reopen. Kroger has said about 2,000 employees of its employees would be affected by the shutdown. Grand Jury indicts two SA men for sexual assault Grand Jury opts not to idiot men on kidnapping charges HerakJ-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Two-a-days at Smithson Valley Brian Wieland, senior tailback for the Smithson Valley Rangers, bursts through one of the hitting drills during two-a-days workouts at SVHS. New head coach Larry Hill said he was optimistic about the coming season after Initials Rangers workouts. See story and photo, page 6. By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ Two San Antonio men were indicted Wednesday on charges of aggravated sexual assault. Robert Jacket, 30, and David Weaver, 29, were indicted by the Comal County Grand Jury for sexually assaulting a woman in May. Both were arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping. The Grand Jury opted not to indict the men on the aggravated kidnapping charges. According to sheriffs office reports, the woman was allegedly pulled into a car by the two men. The incident is reported to have occurred between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. May 30. Reports show, she was then taken to an area north of Canyon Lake and was allegedly assaulted. The case was investigated by Det. Eddy Tijerina of the Comal County Sheriffs Office. The Grand Jury met Wednesday and indicted IO individuals. Those indicted include: ■ Robert Jacket, 30,of San Antonio, aggravated sexual assault. ■ David Weaver, 29, of San Antonio, aggravated sexual assault. ■ Sabrah Dixon, aka Sabrah Mir, 29, of 241 Seville, prescription fraud. ■ Mark Doherty, 31, of San Antonio, aggravated robbery. ■ Ray Hernandez Jr., 27, of San Antonio, criminal mischief over $750. ■ Gary Faour, 31, of San Antonio, driving while intoxicated subsequent offense. ■ Frank Snider, 26, of Houston, theft over $750 but less than $20,000. ■ Richard Garza, 29, of 167 N. Plum, aggravated assault and criminal mischief over $750. ■ Felix Reyes, 59, of San Antonio, burglary of a vehicle. POINTS OF LIGHT Comal Co. MHMR helps handicapped people deal with common liberties and responsibilities By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer_ With the help of the Comal County United Way, the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center helps handicapped people learn to live among us and deal with the liberties and the responsibilities we all take for granted. “There’s a full range of services from residential care where we help provide care in the home to homes where three residents live together,” said Tom Care, Area Director for Mental Retardation. “Services include pre-vocational skills, job placement and job coaching. Job training and employment is the main focus. Our goal is to move as many of the vocational people into some form of competitive employment.” According to Care the organization contracts with local businesses to do mailings, assembly work and silk screening. Most local churches, outfitters, and softball teams have their T-shirts done by MHMR he said In addition, the Comal County Courthouse, Garland Transmission Company and the New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung have hired vocational personnel to work at various jobs in the community. In addition to working in the community, services are provided on a volunteer basis. Volunteers work at the Children’s Center, Teen Connection and the Animal Shelter. Charles Stirk, Area Director for Mental Health oversees the part of MHMR that provides case management, medication services, psychiatric follow-up, crises intervention, individual counseling and group therapy and a family support group for county psychiatric out-patients. “We provide all the traditional psychiatric out-patient services,” said Stirk. “We serve all age groups and we charge on a sliding scale and never refuse anyone who needs our help. “Our goal is to keep people out of state hospitals and in-patient facilities and help them function in the community,” he said. “Whatever need they may have we will try to help them achieve a good quality a life” United Way provides about $20,000 — nearly half of MHMR’s budget. The funds are used to pay for and maintain the buildings and grounds. Although a Celebrity Auction is held every other year and the New Braunfels Art Council held a fundraiser for MHMR recently, the facility also relies on donations and will soon be looking for volunteers, too. “We are starting to do presentations to civic organizations for job placements,” said Carr. “We are gang to need volunteer* to help with that — to do some job coaching.” “lf someone wants to volunteer for administrative support, or driving people, filing, things like that, just tell them to call me," Stirk said. Anyone interested in volunteering or know of jobs that may be available for the vocational personnel, contact the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center at 625-7359. Hector Tamayo committed to being active in UW campaign By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer % »x 4 When asked three years ago to serve on the United Way Board of Directors, New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo said he gave the board his standard answer — “I’ll give it my best shot.” Tamayo stated he will be active in the upcoming United Way Campaign. United Way officials are hoping to raise $260,000 during the campaign which will kick off Aug. 25. Tamayo will be working in government contributions. He said a spe-cific day is set aside to ®c'or Tamayo solicit donations from government employees. TU be looking out for contributions from all city employees,” said Tamayo. Tamayo said the city was recognized last year by the United Way for its participation in the campaign. Tamayo said he hopes to be a member of the board as long as the members “think he is doing a good job.” “b’s such a worthwhile cause, I can’t help but give I IO percent,” he said. “We see results. It is all local. It’s local money for local organizations that help local people.” Tamayo said he would encourage county and city residents to contribute and be involved in the campaign. He said 99 percent of the funds donated to the Comal County United Way stays in the county. San Marcos lowers property tax rate By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Increased sales tax revenues in San Marcos have made it possible for San Marcos City Council members to propose lowering the city’s tax rate for the upcoming budget year. New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo, said this is something that could have been done in New Braunfels if the city had decided to increase the sales tax rate several years ago. According to Tamayo, the issue of raising sales taxes in order to lower property taxes was brought before cities across the state approximately four years ago. He said New Braunfels opted not to raise the sales tax at that time. San Marcos'proposed property tax rate, as of July 27, is 44 oents per $100 valuation. New Braunfels’ property tax rate is 41 cents per $100 valuation. According to Tamayo, the idea of raising the sales tax is that a portion of the sales taxes will be paid by out-of-town visitors. “The idea was the sales tax would come from articles and goods tourists normally buy and out-of-towners would support most of the sales tax,” he said Tamayo said about the same time the issue on whether or not to raise the sales tax rate was brought forward, the federal government decided that sales tax would not be tax deductible but property tax could be deducted from federal income taxes He said this could have had some bearing on the council’s decision. According to Tamayo, during the same time period as these occurrences, New Braunfels residents voted not to add an economic development sales tax to the city sales tax. New Braunfels receives one cent back from the 7.5 cent sales tax assessed by the state. This brings in approximately $2.9 million to the city. New Braunfels property tax brings in $2.8 million. “The sales tax is in fact higher than the property tax,” he said Tamayo also said it is important to realize this is the sixth year the city has not had a tax increase. He attributes this to proper management of money by department heads.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are IO - 19-22-31 -32-44 Jackpot $3 million ;