New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, December 28,1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of HAROLD AND ELENORA KOHLENBERG
Vol. 144, No. 33
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sarah Douglas, Cindy Thayer (18 years), Mark Barboza belated), Diana Barrientos, Andi Gonzales, Rhonda Joost and Gloria Kolacek. Happy anniversary to Harold and Elenora Kohlenberg.
Cedar pollen hits
The count of cedar pollen particles per liter of air jumped through the roof this morning. According to the office of Frank C. Hampel, M D., which measures the pollen count every day, the cedar pollen count jumped from double figures earlier this week to 9,900 particles per liter of air today.
GOP filing party
The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The candidates for the 1996 primary election will be introduced. Come meet and visit, with the candidates. For more information, call Dona Bruns at 625-0872.
LCRA sets workshop
The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996, to inform area leaders and nonprofit groups about LCRA’s new grant program to assist community development projects in its service area.
The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room, 263 E Main Plaza, from 6 to 8 p.m. At the workshop, LCRA staff will be available to assist participants in filling out grant applications.
Those eligible for grants include cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other non-profit economic and community development groups.
Invited to the workshops are mayors, city managers, county judges and commissioners, school superintendents, volunteer fire chiefs, chamber of commerce representatives, and general managers of electric cooperatives and other LCRA customers.
For more information, contact Frank Morgan, LCRA, 1-800-776-5272, ext. 3340.
Garden Club to meet
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ella Hall. The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March.
Christmas Coloring Contest winners
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung General Manager Cheryl Duvall is asking that Herald-Zeitung Christmas Coloring Contest winners Austin Smith and Timothy Teat call her at 625-9144
The winning numbers
3,4, 32,38, 40,49
Est $4 million jackpot
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A firefighter finishes dousing the flames that burned a trailer used for a drivers' education course.
Grass fire bums 50 acres, destroys trailer
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Changing winds may have saved a number of Cibolo homes — including the fire chiefs house — in a fire that destroyed up to 50 acres of pasture and a structure yesterday afternoon.
The fire started in a backyard off Sassman Road, according to Keith Gilbreath, Cibolo public works director, who was one of the first on the scene. “It’s not determined whether they were burning trash, kids were playing with matches or what,” Gilbreath said.
The fire spread to a house trailer which held a dnver's education classroom, Gilbreath said, complete with computers and learning matenals.
The trailer was a total loss.
"The first call came over at about 12:45,” he said. “The fire was out around 2 to 2:15. When I had to leave at three they were still mopping up hot spots.”
Four other fire departments helped the Cibolo Volunteer Fire Department battle the blaze. “Schertz was the first to back up,” Gilbreath said, “then Universal City, then Marion, then Bracken.”
The fire chiefs house was on the other side of the fire. We couldn’t make it over there. Fortunately, the wind shift brought (the fire) the other way.’
By the time it was over the fire had consumed 40 to 50 acres of pasture belonging to five people, Gilbreath said.
Wind blew the flames toward the southwest, approaching houses on Tolle and Country Lane. The fire chief s home was one of those threatened.
“The fire chief s house was on the other side of the fire,” Gilbreath said. “We couldn’t make it over there. Fortunately the wind shift brought (the fire) the other way.”
The owner of the burned drivers education trailer was in Abilene at the time of the fire. At press time he had not yet been contacted. Offi-
Firefighters put out a hot spot of a 50-acre brush fire yesterday.
cials have no dollar estimate on the trailer’s damage, Gilbreath said.
“I’m sure it’s a lot of money.”
County employees enrolled In wellness program
By DENISE DZIUK
Within days, county employees and their dependents will be able to pick up the phone and talk to a professional about any medical problem facing them as a part of their insurance coverage.
County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew said that beginning Jan. I, county employees can take part in a wellness program called Informed Choice. Informed Choice is a toll-free number that allows the insured to talk with a nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bartholomew said the program is a way to provide employees and their families with accurate and professional information.
“We want our people, when they have questions about a medical issue, to get the answers from an informed party, and not go down to the water cooler and get an answer,” he said.
Bartholomew said the nurses on the other end are qualified to give information in a variety of areas. They can help with a sprained ankle, minor cuts, surgery, hospitalization, chemotherapy, stress management, smoking cessation, diabetes, arthritis, and perinatal care, including pregnancy planning, prenatal and the baby’s first year. In all cases, the nurses simply provide information, and do not recommend treatment or make a diagnosis.
“In all cases, you make up your own mind. They just make sure you have the right information to make a wise decision,” he said.
Bartholomew said employees have not requested the service "because they haven’t been made aware of it.” However, he said having both male and female nurses available makes people feel at ease. He said families also use the line more beginning at 3 p.m., which indicates that kids are asking the nurses “very personal questions they don’t feel comfortable asking their parents.”
Such a program is critical when Comal County is partially self-insured, said Bartholomew. He said he gets the claims after the fact, but a lot of the problems could have been avoided or lessened with preventive care.
"lf you’re going to do a self-funded medical program, you better have a wellness program,” he said. "I’ve been in one for several years. I’m alive, and I’m very well alive because I’m in a wellness program.”
Project KISS vows to keep working toward goal
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Donations and contributions keep pounng in as Project KISS (Kids In Safe Surroundings) looks for better things in 1996.
Project KISS Chairwoman Tnsh Wyatt said she was pleased by the amount of money the project raised over the last two months.
“We are very excited because we raised a lot of money over the last month,” Wyatt said.
Project KISS started two years ago. The purpose of the project is to raise $200,000 for the
Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center, which is planned to be built on new county parkland located near Canyon Dam.
Wyatt said Project KISS has raised between $60,000-565,OOO. Wyatt and the Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center Board wants construction for the center to begin by the end of 1996.
The community recreation center will be built in three phases, Wyatt said.
Phase one will be the construction of a foundation for basketball and volleyball.
Phase two will add a structural metal frame and roof, which will create a pavilion.
Finally, phase three will make the facility into a complete building.
The County Parks Committee will vote to support and recommend the three phase plan to Comal County Commissioners’ Court at its next meeting, Wyatt said.
"Right now. we have enough funds to start phase one,” Wyatt said.
A spaghetti dinner and a haunted house, both held in October, raised $3,100 for Project KISS The Modem Woodmen of America promised to match up to $ 1,500 in funds raised at the spaghetti dinner. That goal was met and the Modem
Woodmen wrote a $3,100 check to Project KISS.
Other major contributions made to the project have been by the Canyon Lake Noon Lions’ Club, the Canyon Lake United Methodist Men’s Association, Sam Choate, VFW 8573, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Eastern Star and P E C. Employee Chanties
Fundraising events planned by Project KISS for next year are a fishing tournament, Pennies for KISS, Las Vegas Night, a 10k race, a carnival, a chili cook-off, a river raft race, a duck race, an Easter egg hunt and a pet show.
*1 resolve that in 19961 will,
City and county leaders make promises to better themselves in the coming year
By DENISE DZIUK
December is almost over, which means 1995 is quickly coming to an end. It also means that another year will soon be starting, and people will be making those New Year’s resolutions.
According to CNN, people typically promise to lose weight, spend less money, stop smoking, and exercise more. However, local residents gave a slightly different answer.
■ County Clerk Joy Streater said she has not picked any resolutions for the upcoming year yet. “I haven’t had time to think about that,” she said.
B District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said she feels like she spends too much time in her office working, and her
resolution is "to give myself a little more time. I want tc take more time for myself.”
■ Comal County Tax Assessor/Collector Gloria Clennan said she has not really made any yet. However, she would like to try a little harder to have a positive attitude. "I just want to keep
a really good attitude for all of 1996."
■ City Council Member Jan Ken-nady said she usually has the same ones every year, including exercise more, take better care of herself, and work harder at being nice to everyone, but has not really made any for this year yet. “I don’t know why, but I
haven’t thought about it yet It’s probably because it’s the same every year, and I never keep them.”
■ Roger Havlak, Comal County Assistant Extension Agent, said his will probably be "to be a better person, a better husband, and to try to spend more quality time with my family.”
■ Sheriff Jack Bremer said he has two resolutions The first is to get reelected Sheriff, and the second is to lose IO pounds. "Ten pounds would make me just right.”
■ Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldnp said he had not made any yet "There’s probably several things I ought to do. I just haven’t thought about it and reached a conclusion
■ New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said he never makes resolutions. However, if he did, he would "probably resolve to do all the standard things.” He added that the only one he would take seriously is the one that says "don’t feel guilty when I don’t keep all my other New Year ’s resolutions.”GOP tries to destroy the best new program in years. See Page