New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tho Guada Como Gordon Club’s Civic Beautification Committoo prooonted tho Now Braunfels Fodoratod Gordon Club's Civic Beautification award to tho Gruono Merchants Association on Doc. I. Groans Merchants Association president Mary Jane Nalley accepted tho award and commontad Owl all of tho business owners in tho association work hard to maintain a beautiful outdoor appearance A year long. From loft ore Wally Hayes, Terry Buck, Pat Molak, Mildred Hoffman, Mayor Jan Ksnnady, Nalley, Melodic Fryer, Tan! Howell, Ella Hall, Janie Risk, Ray Box and New Braunfels councilwoman Jan Kotylo.
privatization raises concerns among legislators
By RENAE MERLE
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — Legislative budget writers expressed concern Monday about privatizing a system to determine eligibility for welfare in the wake of problems with private vendors that mn Texas Lottery and the Lone Star Card for welfare recipients.
“It appears to me that we have two and maybe three situations in Texas today where we have privatized a massive system” and then nm into problems, said Sen. Bill Ratliff, chairman of the Senate Interim Finance Committee. ‘‘We find that we are virtually captive to this company because there is nobody else out there to do it or it’s so expensive or changing companies would be too disruptive.”
Ratliff was referring to the operators of the Lone Star Card which have threatened to sue the state and bail out of their contract. Transactive Corp., a subsidiary of
GTECH Corp., has complained that because its profits are tied to the number of welfare recipients, the company is losing money as the number of poor Texans receiving welfare declines.
Ratliff said the dispute threatens Texas’ ability to deliver food stamps.
The state also has run into problems with GTECH, which runs the Texas Lottery. GTECH has sued the lottery to prevent it from considering new bids for the work it’s done for the agency since the *ihception of the state’s numbers games.
Ratliff’s Senate Finance Committee heard testimony Monday about the progress of the Texas Integrated Enrollment and Services (TIES), a computer system being designed to determine eligibility for welfare benefits. Lawmakers approved the development of the system earlier this year.
The Texas Heath and Human Services Commission is planning to award the contract for the automated
system by November 1998.
HHS Commissioner Mike McKinney he is closely watching the problems with the operators of the Lone Star Card and the lottery.
‘‘I’ve tried not to make the same mistakes,” he said. ‘‘We’re going to make sure wemake a computer system that gives us what we want.” McKinney said the commission is aiming to have the plan for the system completed by February 1998 and submit it to Gov. George W. Bush and the Legislative Budget Board by April.
The first pilot programs should begin in November 1999, McKinney said, adding that it will take about two more years to fully implement the system.
‘‘There is a potential for small mistakes, small problems, to be magnified,” he said. ‘‘So if we actually get it out in three years, I’d be tickled.”
Ratliff sajd he expects the TIES computer system contracting to be closely scrutinized.News Briefs
Private prison locked down after disturbance
NEWTON, Texas (AP) — Inmates in a private prison in this East Texas town were confined to their living areas Monday, one day after a disturbance in which a building was set on fire.
No one was injured in the disturbance at the Newton County Correctional Facility, said the Bobby Ross Group, which runs the prison Guards who used tear gas got the situation under control around I I p rn. Sunday, about two hours after the disturbance began
It apparently all got started after some inmates complained that their dormitory was too warm A total of about 300 inmates went out to a prison yard, but many of them were lust watching, said a spokesman for tile Bobby Runs (irinip
Supreme Court rules against female death row inmate
HOI SION i f An execution
date is imminent for Karla I aye I ucker, one of sev en condemned women in texas, now that the U S Supreme I ourt has rejected what could be her final appeal. Harris County prosecutors sax
I he high court decision Monday, without comment, paxes the way for the tirM execution ut a woman in I exas since I Sh3 and only the second in the nation since the court in 1976 allowed the death penalty to resume I exas, the nation’s most actixe capital punishment state, has administered lethal injection to 143 inmates since executions resumed in OK2. but none has been a woman I hirtecn years ago. Velma Barfield was sent lo the North Carolina death
house, making her the only woman executed in the modem era of capital
According to Texas records,
Chipita Rodriguez was the last woman to be executed in the state, hanged in 1863 for the murder of a horse trader
Inmate with death sentences facing axacution
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP)-Michael Lee Lockhart has been compared to serial killer Ted Bundy. a comparison Lockhart denies.
W hat they likely will share is a common fate, their lives ended by execution
Lockhart. 37, who at one time claimed to have murdered more than two dozen people, now acknowledges three murders —in Texas. Indiana and Florida and has death sentences to show for them in each of those states
On Tuesday, the drifter from Toletfa, 4 >h»o, is set far lethal
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injection in Texas tor killing a police officer. Paul Hulsey Jr. while Hulsey was on patrol March 22. 1988 in Beaumont, about 85 miles east of I louston
” The man was doing his job,”
I ockhan said last week “And I'm responsible for his murder ”
And the murder of W md> Gallagher, 16. of Tin filth, hid . tortured and fatally stabbed at her lK»me in IWK? Light months after his I exas conviction, a jury in Indiana sentenced him to death And the murder of Jennifer Colhouer, 14, of I and O’Lakes, Fla A judge iii Dade City, Fla., gave I ockhart his third death sentence in December 1989
Many workers saving more but not the boomers
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lot of people are saving more for retirement but not the baby boomers Overall, Americans boosted their retirement savings by 2 percent in 1997, to $203 a month from $199 in 1996, a survey indicates. It was the third straight annual increase, not counting pension benefits and Social Security, after the figure fell to $148 a month in 1994 Still, workers said they would .teed to save $660 monthly to meet their retirement needs, more than three times what they now save, according to the early-November survey by the Marketing Research Institute The survey, involving I,(KH) Americans.
18 years or older and working at least 30 hours a week, was released
Only 26 percent believe they are socking away enough. Seventy-three percent think they are saving too little. Indeed, only 40 percent say they have a savings plan, although on average they say they plan to retire at 62.
Baby boomers, those between 33 and 51. contribute most to the savings gap. the survey found. The so-called X-generation, those between 18 and 32, increased their savings by 17.8 percent in 1997, to $1,714 a year. Americans between 52 and retirement raised their savings by 42.3 percent, to $4,243.
Techonology stocks rise, blue chips down
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology stocks rose Monday, but blue-chip issues gave back some of Friday’s record-setting gams as interest rates rose again in the bond market after falling to a 22-month low last week The Dow Jones industrial average fell about 38 points to 8.1 I I. snapping a six-session winning streak that had put the blue-chip barometer in stnking distance of its all-time best close at 8,259.31, set Aug 6
Broad-market indicators were mixed, with smaller-company shares outperforming the blue chips.
Stocks were pressured by another weak day in the bond market, where interest rates rose for the third straight session
Bonds, which slid on Fnday amid new signs of inflationary pressures. were weighed down Monday by an auction of new Treasury debt and news that Japan might sell some of
its huge Treasury holdings to help its beleaguered banking system.
As bond prices fell, the yield on the 30-year Treasury — a key determinant of interest rates — rose to 6 13 percent r. •
Average savings of the baby boom generation, on the other hand fell 10.6 percent, to $2,242 annually.
Savings are considered one leg of a three-leg retirement stool that includes pension plans and Social Security benefits. Analysts have long feared that most Americans are not putting away enough to continue their standard of living through retirement.
“There are many signs of growing public awareness of the crisis in retirement savings, but individuals areCentex
still not doing enough to prepare themselves for retirement,” said John Penko, vice president of Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co., which cosponsored the survey with the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation.
‘‘Boomers are at their high-expense years, with savings and paying for college, and that may have caused them to temporarily redirect their financial assets,” said Ken Feltman, Employers Council executive director.
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TO MY CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS
Alter twenty-five years as your State Farm Insurance Agent, I have elected to retire effective I)ecember 31,1997.
Through these many years, I have come to know, respect and care tor so many of you. Many of us have shared both good times and times ot “trial and tribulation”, but we’ve come through it together. My statt and I have tried our very best to serve you and our community. This has always been my goal - and I hope YOU lee! that we have achieved it. I truly appreciate the trust and confidence you have placed in us.
I sincerely thank you for twenty-five wonderful years as your agent in New Braunfels.
God bless each and every one of you!
On Wednesday, December 10th, my staff is hosting an Open House in celebration of my retirement. You are cordially invited to drop by our office at 389 S. Seguin anytime between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. We would welcome the chance to visit with you. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your new State Farm Agent, Mr. Jim Goldsmith.
We will look forward to seeing you!