New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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24,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of EDWARD MILLER ll
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Edward Miller II, Evan Schmidt, Shirley Smith, Patricia Krauel (belated 20th), and Robert John Aleman. Happy anniversary to Junior and Sonia Sauccda.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 8 c.f.s. from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.54 feet above sea level, up 05.
Guadalupe River — 102 c.f.s.
Al Barlow and Friends play free
Al Barlow and Friends will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday, Aug. 24. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed.
Model train show
New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin.
Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for under 18. Under five free. Railroad art, date nails, model trains, operating layouts, building kits and supplies, memorabilia, books, tools. Call 935-2517 for information.
Rec center meeting
Organizers are calling for a large show of support at a public meeting Thursday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Action Center to discuss concerns for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center.
Representatives from the county parks committee, Army Corps of Engineers and county officials have been invited to discuss recent actions taken on the proposed site below Canyon Dam.
Cancer support group to meet
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Anyone with cancer and their significant others are invited to attend.
lf you have any questions, call the ACS at 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763.
Toby's School of Dance registration continues
Toby's School of Dance has expanded its registration until September For more information, call 629-7924.
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A Summer Well Spent
Gruene General Store workers give something back
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Habitat for Humanity has a way of bringing out the best in everyone — and it brought out the best in Gruene General Store workers and customers this summer.
Employees at the store pledged to donate all of their tips to the Comal County Habitat for Humanity. “We had a meeting at the beginning of the summer with all the employees,” Gruene General Store owner Gordon Hughes said. “We agreed that we’d like to put something back into the city.”
‘I think it brings out the best in all of us.’
— John Peters
Visitors saw the sign posted by the tip jar on the soda fountain and they dug deeper into their pockets, Hughes said. “We’ll probably donate $ 1,000 by the end of the summer,” he said.
Donating together for the benefit of others was a privilege, said employee John Peters, a 1994 graduate of New Braunfels High School. “When people realized what we were doing, they said, ‘Here’s some more money,’ because it was apparently moving to them,” Peters said.
Giving up tips was “no big deal,” said employee Erie Lewis, a Texas Lutheran College junior. "They need it more than I do."
Coma) County Habitat will break ground on its third area home at 3 p.m. Sept. IO. The newest home will be located at 2040 West Mill Street.
Also slated for September are a Popeye’s fund-raiser and the Inter-
Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Tammy Hunter, Elizabeth Barry, Erie Lewis, Sally Kennedy,
Cynthia Nealeigh, Jo Marie Seibert and John Peters turned their Rummer at Gruene General Store into a windfall for Habitat For Humanity.
national Day of Prayer and Action for Human Habitat. Area churches wishing to participate should contact Donna Covey, Comal County Habitat church relations coordinator, at 625-4031.
Comal County Habitat for Humanity asks area residents to join the 600 members of the Carpenter’s Club.
The pen is a hammer for Carpenter’s Club members — who
join by making a one-time $100 contribution or pledging $10 contributions each month.
Those interested in donating time or other resources to Comal County Habitat for Humanity can call the office at 625-7005.
“Habitat has a wonderful reputation, and most people know about it,” Hughes said. “I think it brings out the best in all of us,” Peters said.
Study pinpoints higher education needs in city
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
First in a series
The question was "what does New Braunfels want and need in higher education?" San Antonio College and the New Braunfels Committee on Higher Education set out to answer that question. They came up with a report that includes the results of the separate groups and compiled results.
This story focuses on high school seniors. The committee surveyed 368 high school seniors from Canyon High School, Smithson Valley High School, and New Braunfels High School. fXI
Half the students sur- NEED FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IN
veyed said that college- NEW BRAUNFELS
level courses in New-Braunfels wouldn’t make it easier for them to pursue their educational goals. But 39 percent said courses offered here in New Braunfels would help them achieve their goals.
Course availability was most important for one-third of the students polled. Cost came in a close second, with 26 percent of students listing cost as their
main reason for enrolling in college classes in New Braunfels.
Quality of instruction was most important to about 20 percent of the high school students surveyed.
Most students said they wanted to go to college in Texas, 74 percent. Almost 40 percent said they would go to school in Bexar, Hays or Guadalupe County.
Fifty-eight percent of the students polled had part-time jobs and 21 percent were looking for work.
Health care was the most popular field of study, followed by business and education.
By far the most students said they wanted to earn four-year degrees, and about two-thirds of the students wanted to go to college to get a job or a better job.
Math, English and history topped the list of subjects the high school students would like to see offered locally.
(The series on higher education survey continues tomorrow with results from the college students surveyed.)
New family violence law seen as a positive step
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Texas legislature has beefed up the legal arsenal protecting battered women. The new bill strengthens the "protective order," the most often used legal measure to protect victims of violent abuse from further violence.
The new laws — which go into effect Sept. I — add teeth to protective order law in three main ways:
1) a new “magistrate’s order” — A judge can issue a magistrate’s order right after a family violence or stalking arrest. The order is good for 31 days and is immediately criminally enforceable.
2) elimination of fees — According to the new laws, a clerk or public official may not charge a fee, cost, or expense to a woman seeking a protec
tive order. A roamed woman seeking a divorce, however, may still be subject to attorney fees.
3) statewide protective order registry — A database of all protective orders statewide will be kept at the State Department of Public Safety. Officials can more easily track the subjects of protective orders. This should further protect women fleeing abuse from county to county or from state testate.
"The statewide protective order registry is going to be wonderful,” said Amy Thompson, legal advocate for the Comal County Women’s Center. Many women who come to the women’s center don’t want to stay in the same town, she said.
Studies have shown that men who abuse their wives are likely to do it again, said Debby Tucker, executive
director of the Texas Council on Family Violence. Protective orders are used to try and prevent abusers from repeating violent behavior.
The Comal County Women’s Center has a good rapport with the county attorney’s office, Thompson said. “We go through our county attorney’s office for all these protective orders,” she said. “When I talk to legal advocates for other shelters I realize how lucky we are."
The new laws can’t do any harm, but they do limited good, Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimcr said. “The problem is that the protective orders are only good with rational people.” he said. "Sometimes in family violence where there’s alcohol or drugs involved, there’s not rationality involved ”
About 25 percent of family violence
‘The statewide protective order registry is going to be wonderful.’
— Amy Thompson
cases involve "stalkers,” people who have become obsessed with the their victims, Reimer said. “No amount of protective order is going to stop that type of person,” he said.
Victims of family violence should use the legal protection at their disposal, Reimer said, but they shouldn’t stop there. "This is a problem that some people don’t understand,” he said. “They think that because they have this protective order they have a mag
ic girdle around their house.”
The district attorney’s office has a "Domestic Violence Safety Plan” — a list of steps women can take to safeguard themselves against further family violence. "I recommend that victims of family violence come to our office and pick a copy up from Maria Corona,” Reimer said.
The Comal County district attorney’s office is located in the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Avenue.
Women experiencing family violence can call the Comal County Women’s Center office at 620-7520 or the crisis line at 620-4357.
(Look for the complete Domestic Violence Safety Plan in tomorrow 's edition of the Herald-Zeitung)
Garden Ridge loses two city secretaries in a month
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
The final installation of a turbine pump in a city water well and the hiring of a new city secretary are two issues facing the Garden Ridge City Council for the upcoming month.
Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Million said today that Well Services of Tomball will take a camera shot of water well number two to determine whether or not a turbine pump can be placed in the well. The pump was supposed to be placed 340 feet into the well. However, the contractor, Cude Drilling, could only drill to 260 feet because of 3-4 inch ridges that prevented the drill from going any further. After that problem occulted, a camera with a VCR
was placed into the well on Aug. I, where it discovered the ridges. Johnson Drilling Company of Hondo then reamed out the ridges. Minikin said that he hopes that Well Services will determine whether or not the pump can be placed into the well at 340 feet.
“It is much cheaper to send another VCR tape and camera than it is to have Faeries (Company of San Antonio) pull the pump out and find out that they can’t place in in there,” Minikin said.
If the camera determines that the pump can be placed at 340 feet, Millilan said that Peerless will come out in a couple of days and put the pump into place. Minikin said the well should be operational in IO days.
in the past month, the city has
had two city secretaries leave. At the end of July, Jim Jeffers notified the council of his resignation as city secretary.
His replacement, Tracy Franklin, was only on the job for a few days before he announced his resignation. Minikin said the city is advertising the positton in the local papers and interested candidates should submit their resumes, qualifications and salary requirements to lus office no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
"I will review the applications and probably make a recommendation to the council (at the September 6 meeting),” Minikin said. "The council has the choice of hiring the individual I recommend or going ahead with job interviews for the candidates.”
Hay Show entries win be taken next week
Entries for the Comal County Hay Show will be received at the Extension office during the week of Aug. 28-Sept. I. Last year, we had 30 entries and three of them qualified for the State Hay Show and received blue ribbons. The actual hay show will take place on Sept 29 during the Comal County Fair. All entrants will receive a free gate pass to the fair.
To enter the hay show, the sample should be from a regular bale of hay, and only a leaf 6-8 inches thick is necessary, or a similar sample from a round bale can be used. Be sure the sample is tied with string. The hay must be put up in the normal cutting, curing and baling fashion. No curing additives.
Hay show classes include:
I. Coastal and other hybrid Bermuda grass.
2. All other perennial grasses and perennial grass mixtures such afc Bluestem, KJeingrass, Lovegrass, etc.
3. All summer sorghums such as forage sorghum, Sudan, Sudan hybrids, Johnson grass, begari, red top cane, etc.
4. Oats, ryegrass, and mixtures of these and other winter forages.
6. Other legumes and legume-grass mixtures.
We will display all the entries at the Comal County Fair and plaques will be given to the winners. There is no fee to enter the show. Your sample will be analyzed foi protein content, total digestible nutrients, and judged for the show, lf you have hay, plan to enter the hay show by dropping off a sample at the Extension office Aug. 28 through Sept. I.For advertising or subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.