New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYAll three local boys basketball teams pick up wins - See P. 10A
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16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, Feb. 1,1995Herald -Zeitunj?
b. 1,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of TABITHA LYON qv cP
I Vol. 143. No. 57
Arts & Entertainment..................12A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Luz P. Orduna, Mark Cole, Gladys Steams, Andrew Lowke Clasen (3 years!), Joshua Lumpkins, David Simbola, Manuel Alvarez, Conny Bacen, Esther Hernandez, Timothy Whirl, Stephen Davidson, Stensen Smith, Julia Comer.
Peer counseling starting at CCFWC
The Coma! County Family Women's Center is starting group peer counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Individuals who have experienced violence in their family or been sexually assaulted in the past are encouraged to use this opportunity to explore how these events have impacted their lives while joining with others in the therapeutic process.
Family violence groups will meet on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Sexual assault and incest survivor groups will be offered on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. artt'Wedncsday mornings at 11 a m. Interested individuals can call program coordinator Patty Bray at 620-7520 to set up a pregroup appointment. There is no fee for services provided through the women’s center.
The center is currently in need of postage stamps, volunteers, three-nng notebooks, digital and infant thermometers, and a new sturdy vacuum
Black Heritage Society hosting art contest for students
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County is hosting an art contest for students in local school districts as one of the activities to kick off the 1995 Sesquicentennial celebration.
The art contest will be held the month of February to honor the accomplishments of Black Americans in observance of Black History Month.
Entries have already been submitted to the chamber of commerce.
Winning art work will be put on display in the Texas Commerce Bank lobby for the entire month of February.
Cancer Society to benefit from 'Rumors’
Circle Arts Theatre's Sunday, Feb 5 performance of the Ned Simon play "Rumors" will benefit the local unit of the American Cancer Society, and is the premier event promoting the annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held on June 16 this year.
There will be a wine and cheese reception for everyone attending the 7 p.m. performance. Doors to the theatre will open and serving will begin at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are available through Gala committee members and at Circle Arts Theatre.
For more information, call Linda Gabbard at 629-6153 or Laurie at 620-1379.
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McKenna expects to keep edicare
By CRAIG HAMMETT
McKenna Hospital officials say the possibility of Medicare program termination will not happen at the local hospital.
McKenna received notification of termination from the Medicare program by Feb. 11, 1995 if the hospital does not “meet minimum health and safety standards required for Medicare program participation” according to the Health Care Financing Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Texas Department of Health, on behalf of the HHS, conducted a survey on Jan. 13, 1995 based on a recent complaint.
The HHS would not name the number because of the ongoing case.
Medicare threatens termination of program if local hospital does not meet standards
McKenna officials say the complaint was based on an incident that happened four years ago. They say the hospital made a mistake in the laboratory and failed to file the correct paperwork. They say they have since corrected the measure.
“We did it (correction) four years ago,” said Johnny Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of McKenna.
“We’re redoing it, redocumenting...We’ll wait for them to come back and check us out.”
David Wright, an administrator with the Health Care Financing Administration office in Dallas, said the survey stated McKenna was not doing what they needed in Quality Assurance, which
includes items such as clinical plans and patient care services.
Wright said the agency determined a deficiency and gave the termination warning “based on a serious and immediate threat to patient health and safety.”
He added there were two types of warnings for termination of Medicare participation, one that allows 23 days to comply such as McKenna’s case, or a 90-day plan for compliance.
If the hospital does not comply with federal policies, the Medicare program will not make payments for hospital services furnished to patients admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospi
tal on or after Feb. ll, 1995. Those admitted prior to Feb. 11 could still receive payments up to 30 days after.
Wright did say the hospital was working with the Health Care Financing Administration and taking steps to remedy the situation.
“Our goal is not to punish,” said Wright. “...It is extremely rare that a hospital is terminated from the program.”
“That was most inappropriate,” said Johnson of language used in a public notice purchased by the HHS in the Herald-Zeitung last week. “...The article leads you to believe we are being punished and we are not.”
Medicare is a federal health insurance program for the aged (65 and over) and disabled. The program reimburses hospitals who provide services to patients under the Medicare program.
Mayor gets chance to address issues
Public hearing set for tomorrow
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Tomorrow night at 7:30 p m the city council will hold a public heanng in order for Mayor Paul Fraser to address allegations listed in a petition for his recall.
Bill Kotylo presented the recall petition to the city council on Jan 14. The heanng will be at the New Braunfels Municipal Building meeting room D, 424 S. Caste!! Avenue.
This heanng has no bearing on whether or not a recall election will be held. It can, however, affect the opinions of those who attend. Those attending who live in Dist. 4 can then affect the outcome of the vote on May 6.
The charter doesn’t specify what shape the hearing will take: how it will commence is up to the mayor, according to City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi, “The charter is very vague,” she said.
At a glance
■ WHAT - Recall petition public hearing
■ WHEN - Tomorrow nigh* at 7 30 p rn.
■ Where - New Braunfels Municipal Building, meeting room D, 424 S Casten Ave
Fraser plans to make a statement and allow statements from people in the audience, he said. "I encourage those who live around 337 on the east side to come on out,” he said.
Once the recall petition was presented to the city council, a recall election was required, according to the rules set out in the city charter. The election will be held May 6, Only voters in Dist. 4 will vote in the recall portion of the election the district in which Fraser ran for city council representative.
A Texas legend
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Former collegiate and professional football star Earl Campbell takes a well-deserved break from a commercial shoot yesterday at Gruena Hall. Campbell la featured in a new commercial to debut soon for Miller Lite and will also include former Dallas Cowboy defensive star Randy Whits and pro rodeo star Don Gay.
Local SAC courses fill up quickly, 183 classes taken
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
San Antonio College -New Braunfels is off and running. Ray Lewis, SAC representative, reports an enrollment of 183 classes taken. “We were only hoping for about IOO the first year," said Lewis.
Math courses filled so quickly they were expanded to accommodate the extra demand. "We turned a bunch of people away from the English courses,” said Lewis.
SAC currently offers evening courses for college credit at three New Braunfels locations: Canyon High School, New Braunfels Middle School,
and Smithson Valley High School.
High school students who want to get a leg up on their college credits can take SAC courses, said Lewis. They will earn college credit for the courses, but they need to take college entrance exams to be eligible.
Attending SAC in New Braunfels is a bargain, especially if more than one course is taken at a time Tuition for one course in the summer of 1995 is $274, and the cost is the same if two courses are taken.
Courses available for the summer session are English 0301, English 1301, Math 0301, Math 0302, Government 0302, History 1302 and Criminal Justice 1307.
SAC will grow to suit the needs of the community, said Lewis. “We’re into what the people want, what they need,” he said. SAC is in the process of contacting groups of people with a test marketing questionnaire regarding the school’s future curriculum. “We want to take the whole curriculum and offer it eventually," he said.
“We’d love to teach computer literacy," said Lewis, “unfortunately we don’t have the computers."
Lewis is also open to the possibility of teaching vocational/technical courses As with computer courses, the problem is equipment. “We could perhaps cooperate with an industry in town and use their equipment at night when they
aren’t producing," he said. Lewis wants to cooperate with the chamber of commerce and local industry to determine what vocational skills are most marketable.
SAC’s current success could not have happened without true collaboration from community leaders. "The driving force has been Mayor Fraser,” said Lewis. He said SAC in New Braunfels would not have proceeded without the ready cooperation he received from City Manager Mike Shands, Leland Cox of NBISD, Wesley Odell of CISD and entrepreneur Ted Alexander.
Lewis has lofty goals for SAC. A building in New Braunfels w ith class
room space. Computer literacy courses with a computer lab A full college curriculum. Vocational courses sharing resources with local business. A school that supports itself and even makes a profit.
As instructors at SAC develop the fall New' Braunfels curriculum, they welcome input on what courses to ofter. SAC officials seek teachers with masters degrees for New Braunfels classes.
Night-time use of industrial equipment is needed in order to ofter vocational/technical courses.
Anyone with ideas to address any of these needs can contact Ray Lewis at (210) 733-2430.
Alcohol hearing set for tomorrow at I p.m.
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A public hearing will convene at I p.m. Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom, third floor of the Courthouse Annex, to discuss changing the late-night liquour sales laws in the county-
Law enforcement officials say too much traffic is coming into the county late at night to take advantage of businesses that can serve alchoho! until 2 a.m..
The court set the hearing to discuss the possibility of moving those hours back.
Various parties are expected to participate, including many businesses that would be affected.
Commissioners will listen to the opinions of the public but will not make a decision Thursday.
“There will be no vote taken (Thursday),” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “We could vote next Thursday or set another heanng if we feel there is a need.”
Bill Miller’s sets sights on Garden Ridge
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A new Bill Miller’s Bar-B-Q will be coming to the Garden Ridge area, said Douglas Miller, vice president of Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Inc. in San Antonio.
"We hope to open the doors by September,” said Miller. The new barbecue restaurant will employ about 50 people.
Bill Miller’s will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p in., and until 9 p.m. in the summer. “Where demand dictates we’ll keep a dnve-through open until IO p.m.,” said Miller.
Located at the northeast comer of FM 3009 and IH-35, Bill Miller’s will fill the only comer of that intersection presently unoccupied The company has purchased 60,CKK) square feet on which to build its restaurant.
Garden Ridge was chosen as a location for a couple of reasons “( Xii studies show that there’s a void in the market in that particular location," said Miller, "there are a lot of people in that Garden Ridge area.” The location also takes advantage of the north-south traffic on IH-35.
There are no plans at present to open a Bill Miller’s in New Braunfels.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!