New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dancav*s ncovtry from brain Injury chronidod on Internet
HOUSTON —Laurie Sepulvado’s life has become a real Web page-tumer.
The 35-year-old mother of two, a lifelong dancer who has spent the last decade in a successful country and western dance partnership with her husband, is recovering from an .accident drat left her brain-injured.
Her husband, Larry Sepulvado,
49, has turned her daily recovery into an online journal, accessed every day, he says, by about 400 to 600 people.
The “Laurie” Web site offers Mrs. Sepulvado’s current medical status, details tm the accident, a list of her injuries, dates for fund-raisers and even a set of “frequently asked questions.”
Sepulvado said he started die site to keep track of las wife's recovery and was surprised by the number of people who were following it like a soap opera.
Justice Department puts focus on immigration crime
HOUSTON (AP) — The focus of the war on drugs in Texas will be on immigration crime in 1998, an acting U.S. attorney said.
U.S. Attorney James DeAtley said the U.S. Department of Justice will add 3D prosecutors in the judicial districts along the southwest border to handle increased numbers of immigration cases.
Some of those positions will likely be added in the Southern District of Texas, which includes offices in Houston, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Laredo and Victoria, die Houston
DALLAS — After a Maze completely destroyed homebuilder Harold Holigan’s house on die day after Christmas in 1990, he spent four months rebuilding it Now he faces the same painful task again this year.
A fire destroyed die 10,000-square-foot home on Christmas Eve.
“It was like coming to a funeral,” said Holigan, who saw the charred home for the first time late Thursday after being summoned back from a holiday gathering in Puxico, Mo., with his wife, Hermina, and 17-year-old daughter, Sarah.
“It was a total shock,” Holigan said.
The Southern District of Texas is the fifth largest geographic area in the country.
One of the primary goals of the increase in attorneys is to build cases against corrupt border patrol and immigration agents who may turn a blind eye toward illegal immigration for a price.
Two prosecutors will be designated to handle immigration cases in the border offices, DeAtley said. A supervisor responsible for handling only immigration crimes will be
named next year.
Congressional and public concern over the illegal immigration and drugs have prompted the action.
Two years ago, the Southwest Border Initiatives — a coalition of law enforcement in South Texas, Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico — began cracking down on illegal drugs and immigration in tandem, to prevent problems from moving from one border area to another.
And new laws that took effect last year,
coupled with the Immigration and Reform Act of 1996, are expected to have a deterrent effect on illegal immigrants who re-enter the United States after having been deported.
Drug smugglers have used the same pathways across the border that illegal immigrants forged decades ago. With the increased numbers of federal agents patrolling the borders in an immigration crackdown, DeAtley expects to see a corresponding increase in drug cases — and public corruption investigations.
CtwlstiiMM party foe children
MCALLEN — For the seventh year in a row, Winter Texans have thrown a Christmas party for Mexican children living along the Rio Grande.
Carlos Estanislado, 7, heard his friends yelling “Santa is here” on Thursday, just before they started to dash into the main street of Nuevo Progreso, a town of 10,000 people on the Mexican side of the border.
It was all pvt of $e annual “Amigos deios Ninos dc Mexico’:! Christmas party.
Santa elms and Mrs. Claus smiled and threw candies at the excited children as a burro, instead of the traditional reindeer, pulled their carriage.
As many as 2,000 children rushed into the streets to see Santa at die Christmas bash.
Karad might ba iww cash crap
HOUSTON — At a factory on the east side of Houston, a processing plant is up and running, part of an attempt to turn a cousin of cotton and okra into a cash crop.
Using equipment that borrows heavily from cotton gins, the Petroexx company is turning the weed-like stalks of kenaf into an absorbent used for soaking up oil spills and an additive to mix with the mud used in drilling oil and gas wells.
Only 25 pounds of the company’s Kenaf2000 brand absorbent will soak up a 42-gallon barrel of crude oil, it says, compared with 67 pounds of peat or 665 pounds of clay-based absorbent Target markets, in addition to offshore cleanup, are wellheads, compressor stations and refineries.
Thousands of residy onjoy
I SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Thousands of needy people in two of Texas' largest cities received hot meals, courtesy of hundreds of volunteers who spent Christmas Eve working for others.
In San Antonio, 12,100 needy people received a free meal a die Convention Center a the fifth annual Feast of Sharing dinner sponsored by H-E-B.
Mike De La Garza, H-E-B’s vice president for public affairs and communications said: “this underscores the issue of hunger in the community.”
He added that the need for friendship is just as universal as the issue of hunger.
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In new approach, churches helping poor families — one by one
By LAURA MECKLER
Associated Press Writer
Tammy Spencer was out of jail and off drags. Sandra Padron was away from gangs and her ex-boyfriend's regular beatings. But neither woman had pulled her life together, not yet. Both were still on welfare, not sure how to find good housing, get a job or stay away from trouble.
Then local churches stepped in, matching each woman with a team of volunteers.
“They're like a cratch to hold onto,” Spencer said. “I’ve never had anybody encourage me to do anything.”
Aiding the poor is nothing new for America’s churches, which have historically been there with hot meals, clothing drives and homeless shelters. But now, in pockets around the country, churches are adopting a new approach.
They're acting as mentors: helping the poor find and keep jobs, arrange day care, budget their money and keep their fragile lives together.
“We’re asking them to look at the total person, where in the past they were just helping for Thanksgiving or maybe Christmas,” said the Rev. Ronald Moore, field coordinator for Faith and Families in Mississippi, which has matched j 485 families since 1994.
Mentors-offer support and practical solutions to everyday problems. They hear about job openings and know who can fix a broken-down car.
Soup kitchens and clothing drives still far outnumber mentoring programs, but this sort of one-to-one assistance is catching on.
Disaster relief tab hits $1.38 billion in 1997
WASHINGTON (AP) — Storms, tornadoes and floods cost the federal government more than $1.38 billion this year in disaster relief, but that was a bargain compared with previous years.
The most expensive 1997 disaster was spring flooding in the Upper Midwest, costing $466.7 million.
By contrast, the I Federal Emergency Management Agency spent $5.5 billion on the 1994
Northridge earthquake in southern California and $1.& billion on Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Last year, FEMA spent $ 1.7 billion total.
“While we were very lucky to have escaped the immense destruction of the past few Atlantic hurricane seasons, American taxpayers still are faced with yet another year of unacceptable disaster costs,” FEMA Director James Lee Witt said in a statement.
Three disasters accounted for more than $1 billion of the agency's spending this year: the Red River '-Valley floods that hit Minnesota and
the Dakotas in early April, severe winter storms that hit Western states in January and flooding in the Ohio River Valley in March.
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SALVATION ARMY SAYS “THANK YOU”
Thanks to: All those who participated in conducting the
"first ever* Christmas Red Kettle Collection by the Salvation Army Service Unit of New Braunfels.
Thanks to: The thousands of generous people who put
money in the kettles.
Thanks to: Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart stores for
allowing kettles and bell ringers at their store entrances.
Thanks to: The approximately 10O volunteer bell ringers.
Thanks to: The following organizations sponsoring
volunteer bell ringers:
Breakfast Lions Club Christ Presbyterian Church St. Paul Lutheran Church First United Methodist Church New Braunfels Presbyterian Church First Protestant Church Boy Scout Troop #119
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