New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Five donors, including two who wish to remain nameless, sweetened the Cheer Fund pot Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Brooks contributed $50 to the fund, while Mrs. Erhard Kneupper added $5 and Mrs. G.E. DeLa Cerda brought in two bags of potatoes.
The anonymous donors contributed $15 and a bag of groceries.
That brings our balance to
$1,795.76, and that total does not include donated food.
As mentioned previously, this is our second year to hold the Cheer Fund drive. The HeraldZeitung's goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families — families who might not have one without your help.
You can bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at 186 S. Castell during regular business hours: 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. You can also mail a monetary contribution to Post Office Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131.
If you would like to donate food but can’t bring it by, Circulation Manager Don Avery can arrange to have it picked up. You can call him at 625-9144.
We sincerely appreciate your help.
Teen Connection, part 2
New house parents make facility a foster home
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The Teen Connection got an early Christmas present Thursday — a matching set of house parents.
Marc and Stephanie Powell’s first day on the job at 1414 W. San Antonio marked Teen Connection’s official opening as an emergency shelter and temporary home for young girls.
The alternative school portion of Teen Connection has been open since Sept. 15. In that short time, the school has grown from one student to 12.
“Most of the students (ll from New Braunfels ISD and I from Comal ISD) have had attendance problems. That’s the biggest reason for them being here,” director Nancy Ney said. “And they wouldn’t be in school now if not for this program.”
Now money from the HOGG Foundation for Mental Health in Austin ami a grant from the
Department of Health and Human Services, has allowed Ney to staff her foster home.
“The Powells will live here as house parents. Usa Dolle is our residential supervisor, and James Grouchy is her aide,” Ney said. “Relief house parent will be Ida Sing, and relief case worker is Sue Wentzell.”
The focus of the residence and emergency shelter has also changed, Ney said. “Originally, we wanted to provide both long-term and short-term care, and decided to do so for boys only.
“DHR won’t license us for both long-term and short-term, so we chose emergency shelter and found out there’s more need for that in young girls. Our hope is someday to provide care for boys, too, but right now we can’t afford it.”
Ney’s future plans also include applying for a child-placement license to find homes in the community willing to offer long-term care.
An AACOG (Alamo Area Council of Governments)
grant opened the alternative school Sept. 15 with two teacher positions. Jo Cooper and Kathy Tyzzer fill those shoes.
“Students are here for a minimum of six weeks. We don’t have a maximum yet, but we hope no one has to stay no longer than one year,” Ney said.
Teen Connection pupils get academic credit for their classes, “but the instruction is very individualized. We have a counseling group, and each student sees the social worker on a one-on-one basis for an hour each week,” Ney added.
“The students here are motivated, but they felt stuck in school. We try and give them something to think about, something to work for.”
Students, Rosemary Gonzales and Michelle Wright, said Teen Connection has made the difference for them. “They give you attention here, and at school, they don’t,” Gonzales said. “My ex-
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With an audience of two, Ruben Peter and Allen Kieny go at each other in an intense (well. sort of intense) one-on-one game of basketball at 1096 W. Coll. Frank Loper and Tony
Villarreal make up the audience, but they're actually taking a break after a similar after school contest Wednesday. All four attend Sts Peter and Paul School
JACKSON, Ga. IAP) — John Eldon Smith was executed today for the 1974 slayings of two newlyweds, becoming the second man put to death in the United States in two days.
"The order of the court has been carried out,” said prison spokesman John Siler. Corrections Department spokesman David Jordan said the electrocution began at 8:08 a m., was completed at 8:10 a m. and a team of three doctors declared Smith dead at 8:15 a.m. after 2.000 volts of electricity passed through Ms body.
The 53-year-old former insurance salesman was sentenced to the electric chair after being convicted of fatally shooting his wife’s former husband and that man’s wife.
“He was calm, he walked to the cell on his own power. He made no movement after he was in the chair. He made no statement.” Jordan said
Outside the prison, 15 to 20 people demonstrated in favor of capital punishment, while 40 to 50 gathered to oppose it.
After an autopsy, the body was to be
“He was calm, he walked to the cell on his own power. He made no movement after he was in the chair. He made no statement/* Jordan said.
taken by the Rev. Murphy Davis, a Presbyterian minister active in opposing the death penalty, on behalf of the family.
Smith declined to order a special last meal and refused to pick his own witnesses for his execution at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, about 60 miles southeast of Atlanta.
He became the lith man executed in the United States since 1976, the fifth this year and the third in the last 16 days It was the first execution in
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Local doctor met German pal
By DYANNE FRY SUH writer
Sometimes a friendship formed in hours can last for years, transcending time, distance, politics and even language barriers.
So it seems with Vernon Colvin and Dimitr Jontschew, who met as college students in East Berlin some IS years ago.
Colvin, now a New Braunfels dentist, toured Europe the summer before his senior year at the University of Texas He went across the Berlin Wall for one afternoon, just to see what the east side looked like He met Jontschew on the street rn front of Humboldt University, and the 16-year-old East German gave him a three-hour tour of
“He didn’t speak any English. The other three guys I was with didn’t speak anything but English,” said Colvin. He and Jontschew both spoke some French, and that’s how the group communicated.
These days, Jontschew speaks enough English to get around the United States. Now an orthopedic surgeon, he’s rn the country on business this week He spent last weekend in New Braunfels, and he and Colvin talked over old times.
Jontschew apparently took to Colvin that first day in East Berlin. "I tell him all the time, come back,” he said.
“He wanted me to come back that night,”
Colvin explained But the guards at Checkpoint Charlie had warned the Americans not to stay in East Berlin after dark The two students did exchange addresses, and got up a correspondence after Colvin got back to the stales But when Jontschew was drafted into the Bulgarian army, he wasn't allowed to write during that tune.
“Then I went into the Air Force and it was kind of bad for me to write ... East Germany, you know,” Colvin said. In fact, his one visit to East Berlin made for some sticky red tape when he applied for pilot’s training. He had trouble getting the required security clearance.
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Dimitr Jontschew thinks of Dr. Vernon Colvin (left) and daughter Celeste as his substitute family
Geter gets freedom; new trial ordered
LORA fuel adjustment woes
DALLAS (AP) - On the 477th day of a life sentence for armed robbery, black engineer l^enell Geter walked out of jail calling a court’s order of a new trial “my emancipation proclamation.”
The 26-year-old Geter said he was “extremely overjoyed” at his release Wednesday on bond. He was convicted of a 1982 fast-food restaurant robbery after five eyewitnesses identified him, but nine co-workers have said he was at work at the time.
“My primary concern now is to clear my name,” said Geter, who has said the charges against him resulted only from racism and shoddy police
Geter was released from the Lew Sterrett Justice Center at about 3 p.m. after several of his co-workers from an aerospace firm drove to Dallas to deliver a $10,000 bond they raised through personal loans.
He got bearhugs from E-Systems Inc. employees Charles Hartford and Wendell Cram, who had orchestrated
a campaign to secure his release and persuade prosecutors that they had the wrong man.
“I love them. I love them all,” Geter said.
The new trial was ordered by an appeals court following news reports of his case including a report on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” and after prosecutors said new evidence had surfaced.
“This is my emancipation proclamation from the judicial systeem of Texas,” said Geter.
Geter was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1902 robbery of a Balch Springs fast food restaurant SO miles from his job as an engineer at E-Systems.
Geter was one of six Mack engineers whose pictures were circulated to Dallas area police officials after a Greenville robbery. Geter became a suspect, Greenville authorities said, only after an elderly white woman thought Geter looked suspicious because he frequented a city park after work.
Today will be fair, with light northerly winds and may hurt customers—Sohn
highs in the low-60s. Tonight will be clear and cold, with lows in the mid-SOs and light winds Expect
partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures on He isn’t one to say, ‘I told you so.’ But he did, and
Friday, with winds blowing from the northeast near he’s right — so far.
IO miles per hour Sunset today will be at 5:34 p.m., when the Public Utility Commission abolished
and sunrise Friday at 7:19 a m. automatic pass-through fuel adjustment charges to
fulfil a campaign promise by Texas Gov. Mark Three straight? White, New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn
^ » * 4 o „ , called it “political mish-mash.”
Yes thats light The San Antonio Spurs, off o N two months after the fixed fuel factors
their worst start uihistor, ma, be on the wa, back esubluhed by ^ commission went into effect, ifs
as the, beat San Diego Wednesday for their third nulblK1 ovt.red fuel costs b,
straight win Data*, in Sport, the fewer Colorado River Authont, (LOU),
ri AQCinm 5 7R “That deficit will have to be made up by ICRA’s
rruSirQ ....................... or customers until LURA can go before the PUC for an
........................adjustment,” Sohn told his board. “Since our part of
CHUooWUHD....................... that is about IO percent, we’re already short $163,000
^cadaquv^.......................rn in just two months ”
DEAR ABBY.................. lo ^ scheduled for a rate hearing until
DEATHS............................JA September 1964. Based on LCRA’s own projections,
HOROSCOPE........................3A under-recovery could reach over $7 million by then.
KALEIDOSCOPE......................IB That alarming statistic is what prompted Sohn to
OPINIONS..........................4A wrjte to Al Erwin, PUC chairman, asking for a
SCRAPBOOK........................2B serious re-evaluation of the fuel factor program. He
SPORTS..........................4-8A even has hopes the process will switch back to a
STOCKS...........................10A monthly correctible system.
WEATHER..........................SA “Far be it from me, Chairman Erwin, to question
TV LISTINGS........................3B the necessity and ultimate projected effectiveness of
so important an aspect of our business, bul in bottom-line conunon sense, how can the Commission justify that the well-being of the utility customer is really projected,” the letter read “In six to eight months, the under-collected fuel, which in the ICRA’s customer’s case, could reasonably be approaching four to five million dollars That catch-up cost will have to be rolled-in to the ever increasing base costs, thus raising our already exorbitant fuel costs to level of total unacceptance.”
Sohn has gripes about what fuel factors were based on in the first place “This charge was developed by the Commission and the I .CRA reflecting fuel imx ratios, fuel supply contracts, weather predictions and hypothetical fuel cost escalation factors,” the letter stated, “thus resulting in assumed kilowatt hour sales, generator loading and ultimate fuel costs ”
“What if,” Sohn said in his letter, “we have a severe winter or an extremely hot spring or summer? Obviously, the system will over or under collect, and the self-correction’ six months to a year later will only continue to pile inequities on top
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