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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Triathlon trainingBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to George Perez Sr., Melissa Villanueva, Viola Meckel, John Ricker, Robin Watt, Kevin Koepp, Melva Klabunde, Sandy Santellan, Rosa Espinosa and Drew Ninneman. Belated birthday wishes to Jeremy Wade, Rene Morales and > Dorothy Hicks. “Happy birthday” Saturday to Brian Scheele, Robin Jeffers and Cassandra Dawn Worden. “Happy anniversary” today to John and Mary Ricker, Jose and Diana Garcia and Jim and Lois Knight. Belated anniversary wishes to Ricardo and Sally Sotelo. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.Rodeo queen Contestants interested in running for the title of Comal County Rodeo Queen can pick up rules and entry forms from agriculture teachers. The first meeting of the contestants will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4. For more information call Terry Gene Elliot ai 629-7506.Water aerobics New Braunfels Parks and Recreation is sponsoring water aerobics at Landa Park pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 4. Call Nadya for more information at 625-9295.German-American picnic Tho annual German-American Society picnic will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Landa Park picnic area 5 and 6. A brief meeting is scheduled before the meal. Members with last names beginning with A through M are asked to bring salads or vegetables and members with names beginning with N through Z are asked to bring a dessert.Boy Scouts The Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will be sponsoring their annual school night for Scouting, Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 pm. at all elementary schools in and around San Antonio. This is an ideal opportunity for boys to register for Scouting and for parents to find out what the Boy Scouts is all about. For more information contact the Boy Scout Serv ice Center at (512) 341-8611. Eagles meeting The Fraternal Order of Eagles will sponsor its 42nd anniversary party on Sunday, Sept. I at Eagles Hall. The Hall will open at 2 p.m. The program starts at 3:30 pm. with the meal at 4:30 pm. TTiere was an error in the Eagle Bulletin, so disregard those dates.Symphony Guild The Symphony Guild membership appreciation wine and cheese party will be Sept. 8 at the home of Robert and Loretts Atwood at #4 Ohio from 4-6 pm. in the afternoon. Please phone “regrets only” at 629-5448 or 625-8196.Spaghetti supper Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a spaghetti supper Sunday, Sept. 15 from 5-8:30 pm. at Fire Station #2 on SM STAM kl TISCH, Pag# 2 Labor Day Weekend kicks off today with hot and panty cloudy conditions with a high near 98 and southeast winds at 10-15 mph hosting a 20 percent chance of thundershowers. By evening, rain chances grow to 30 percent with a low near 70 and light easterly winds. On Saturday, the rain chance stands at 40 percent with a high near 90 likely. For weather details, please see Page 2A. Inside: CLASSIFIED........................3-8B COMICS..................................2B CROSSWORD........................3    A DEAR ABBY..........................3B ENTERTAINMENT..................1B HOROSCOPE.........................2B RECORDS...............................4A RELIGIOUS FOCUS..............SA SPORTS.............................9-1OA TV LISTINGS..........................2B WEATHER..............................2A tees on Thursday declined to approve a staff request to seek bids on $40,000 in automated drafting equipment, agreeing they needed more information on the proposal. Although the $40,000 is included in the 1991-92 budget, board members said they needed to better understand exactly what the staff proposes to purchase in addition to NBU’s current equipment. The first time board President E.C. Momhinweg called for a motion, no trustee made one. After further explanation by the staff, trustee O.A. Stratemann Jr. made the motion with some reservations, but there was no second, which killed the proposal. The staff proposes to purchase several computerized mapping work stations and the necessary software to continue implementing its AutoCad system, extensively used in the engineering field, and developing a digitized land base and a pilot project consisting of mapping and inventorying underground electrical systems. General Manager Bob Sohn told the board that personnel savings by automated drafting would more than offset the $40,000 expense. The additional equipment is especially important in light of last year’s reduction in personnel, he said. Board members plan to visit with NBU staff during the next few weeks to examine the current equipment and capabilities firsthand and may reconsider the staff proposal during next month’s meeting. In other business, the board: • Approved by a 3-2 vote a five- SmNBU, Page 2A David C. Smith of New Braunfels, above, trains for the Hill Country Triathlon swimming upstream and down as his daughter Allyssa, right, follows along. Other “team members” include Smith's mother, Pearly Sowell, who watches Allyssa while strolling with baby Chelsea in a carriage. Smith also trains at Canyon Lake. Sowell and Smith also share a musical interest, performing with Oma and the Oompahs. (Photos by Bret Brookshire) Project RIO works for ex-prisoners By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writ* The Texas Employment Commission’s Project RIO (Re-Integrated Offenders) helps ex-offenders find employment when they get out of the prison system, said Julia Aguilar, job service representative with the TEC in New Braunfels. “The purpose of it is we want to get some people to work — instead of just sitting around,” she said. “If they’re working, they’re not going back to prison.” Aguilar hosted a quarterly meeting Thursday of Project RIO representatives from around Texas at Finkel’s Restaurant in New Braunfels. Guest speakers included Annette Harris, supervisor of parole officers for the San Antonio area, and Charlie Hughes, RIO assessment specialist for the Hobby unit prison in Marlin. There were representatives at the meeting from Round Rock, Austin, Kerrville, Del Rio and San Antonio. Project RIO was originated to help ex-offenders become productive, tax-paying citizens. Services include employment counseling, placement services and education workshops. “They know working keeps them out of trouble,” Aguilar said. Annette Harris addressed questions that parole officers ask about Project RIO. Questions dealt with the value of assignment to temporary jobs and why clients are sometimes referred to other agencies. TEC representatives responded that other agencies like New Braunfels was the setting for a quarterly meeting of Project RIO representatives from around Texas. The Texas Employment Commission works with parole and other state agencies to find jobs and reintegrate former prisoners into community life. (Photo by Robert Stewart) JTPA provide resources to clients and that temporary jobs serve functions like getting a person used to working until something permanent comes along, providing cash to renew drivers licenses and establishing a work record and reputation for reliability. "The sooner we get them into some kind of employment, the better,” said Sallye C. Akin, Project RIO coordinator from Austin. “I tell people come to our office every day for three weeks and we will find you a job.” Parolees must be referred to Project RIO by their parole officer. The program can also provide bonding for employees that normally cannot be bonded. This gives employers the security that if the situation does not work out, they will be covered against losses from theft. Statistics indicate that approximately 98 percent of those sentenced to the Texas Department of Correc tions return to the community. Project RIO helps the ex-offender find employment opportunities needed to help support their families and to become contributing members of the community. The Hobby unit prison in Marlin houses 938 prisoners, mainly 15-25 years-of-age, Charlie Hughes said. “We use Project RIO as an incentive for prisoners,” Hughes said. “In my opinion we probably shouldn’t let a man out until he’s at least got his GED. We should help them while they’re a captive audience.” In the New Braunfels-Seguin area, where about 50 people are clients of Project RIO, there was full employment in June with not enough people to fill requests for temporary workers, Aguilar said. “I haven’t had any negative responses in New Braunfels." Another program that helps with placement is the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit. By hiring workers form nine target groups, employers can enjoy a tax credit of as much as 40 percent of the first $6,000 in wages paid for such workers during their first year on the job. Through enhancement of employment potential, Project RIO helps provides access to legitimate means of income which can lead to improved public safety through reduction of crime. For more information call Julia Aguilar in New Braunfels at (512)-625-9175. By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer An estimated 30,000 to 40,000 daytime and overnight visitors are expected in New Braunfels for the Labor Day weekend. While tourist traffic this weekend is not expected to be quite as high as the Fourth of July weekend, three-fourths of the overnight accommodations were booked earlier this holiday weekend, which is a good sign, according to Jim Scheele, director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Every Chamber member that we have on the accommodations guide is booked on Saturday and Sunday,” Scheele said. “There may be one or two hotels-motels-condominiums that have a Friday opening.” The three-day weekend, traditionally one of the biggest for tourism here, should prove to be a big boost for the local economy, particularly since the Guadalupe River is still flowing well, he said. The Labor Day weekend forecast for the New Braunfels area calls for mostly cloudy skies Saturday with a 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High should be in the low 90s, with an east wind near IO mph. The National Weather Service forecast for the remainder of the holiday weekend calls for partly cloudy skies, widely scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, and highs in the 90s. The Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show, sponsored by the Comal Independent School District Community Education Department, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on the Main Plaza. Thirty-five booths will feature a wide assortment of items-. On Sunday afternoon, a Tejano band concert at Schlitterbahn Water-park will feature Latin-flavored entertainment. Events featured across the state this Labor Day weekend include: • Folk Festival Too! Original music at the Quiet Valley Ranch near Kerrville. Sunday. • Ruff-Rider Regatta. Catamaran race up the Intracoastal Waterway from South Padre Island to Corpus Christi. Saturday and Sunday. • Westfest. Czech celebration in West. Sunday. • Cowboy Horse Races. Oldfashioned entertainment. Alamo Village in Bracketville. Monday. For more information, call the free 1-800-452-9292 information service of the Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.BULLETIN Firefighters and a score of volunteers were fighting a major grassfire and house fire off Farm-to-Market 306 at press lime today. Departments from Canyon Lake, New Braunfels and Wimberley were dispatched to the scene to fight the blaze. See Sunday’s New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung for details. 25 Cents Vol. 139, No. 204StammtischGood Day State stalls county districting By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Comal County this week went back to the drawing board to adjust tentatively agreed-upon precinct lines for commissioners and justices of the peace to reflect new congressional districts released Monday. Commissioners Court was scheduled Thursday to approve a final county redistricting plan, including new commissioner, justice of the peace and voting precincts. But the new congressional district boundaries released by the state Legislature divided several of the planned county voting precincts, contrary to federal voting guidelines, said administrative assistant Mary Hitch. The congressional map carves Comal County into two districts. Most of the county remains in the 21st District, but census tracts in the immediate New Braunfels vicinity with high minority populations will be part of the new 28th Congressional District that stretches south to the border. Matching the proposed commissioner Precinct 3, a majority Hispanic precinct, to the boundaries of the 28th Congressional District poses several problems. Although the minority percentage in the commissioner Precinct 3 would increase slightly, the precinct’s population would drop too far below the other three precincts. According to the federal “one-man, one-vote” rule, the four commissioners precincts must be about equal in population. The proposed county redistricting maps will be further modified to be considered for final approval at 4 p.m. next Tuesday. In other business, the court heard a report on potentially hazardous conditions in the District Court holding cell. District Court Administrator Martin Allen said loose tiles in the suspension ceiling can be pushed up exposing nails and electrical wiring that have beat found inside the holding cells and could be fashioned into wea pons by prisoners. Also, Sheriff Jack Bremer said a weapon smuggled into the courtroom could easily be hidden in the ceiling. The court asked the sheriff to look into ways to increase the security while meeting any applicable jail standards and return a recommendation. The court also approved the $673,296 1992 Comal Appraisal District budget, about $6,000 more than last year’s, said Commissioner Neil Craigmile, also a member of the CAD board. The budget features an $11,000 decrease in personnel costs and an additional $13,350 for special ized contract appraisals of heavy industry and similar operations. The county will fund 15.9 percent of the budget. In a workshop session Thursday afternoon, the court discussed possibly making a $250,000 hardware investment into the county’s long-troubled computer system. The county’s computer consultant recommended the move to address serious delays faced by Courthouse users of the system, which has already cost the county well over $300,000, including maintenance fees. Commissioners will consider the purchase next Thursday. best AVAILABLE COPY Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Whitney Lee Friday August 30, 1991 Two Sections, 18 PagesNBU panel delays vote on request By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Tile New Braunfels Utilities trus-40y000visitors possible ;