New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Bill expands eligibility for low-income health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Mickey Leland is sponsoring legislation that .seeks to lower the infant mortality rate by making health care services more widely available to low-income pregnant women and
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Rains bring thoughts of springtime^ approach
Is it winter or is it spring? Maybe we have a day of each this year. Still, I couldn’t have been mistaken, yesterday the first three fox-red Robin Red Breasts, plump and feisty, landed in our pasture.
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1981, saying he is ready to try something new.
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Vol. 137, No. 59
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
February 2, 1989
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Bremer offers plan to fund bigger staff
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer's new idea to fund extra positions using economically disadvantaged md dislocated workers was presented to county commissioners Wednesday dining a workshop.
“There are no glitches to it,” Bremer said about an on-the-job training program for economically disadvan-li cd people.
t he federal program, co-sponsored y Vice President Dan Quaylc and CS. Sen. Fdwaid Kennedy and sub
contracted by Alamo Area Council of Governments, offers help to persons trying to re-enter the job market after a layoff or economically hard times, said Frank Rivers, A AGOG coordinator for special programs and training.
“That money is there,” Bremer said. “We’re foolish if we don’t take advantage of it. Anybody that’s unemployed is eligible unless they were fired with cause.”
Contract terms stipulate AACOG will reimburse the county up to $49,446 for half the employee salaries during training, Rivers said.
The program could pay for uniforms and psychological testing, Bremer said.
“It’s $49,000 the county doesn’t have to spend,” Bremer said. ‘This is to show you what is available. It’s our money and it’s out there and it’s an opportunity to get some of our tax money back. Having worked for government many years, I know that if they don’t spend it they don’t get it next year.”
Bremer previously worked for U.S. Customs.
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Deputies look for suspects
Comal County Sheriff’s deputies this week are searching for suspects in two January burglaries.
Bel ween Jan. I and Jan. 31, the home of Reno Rodrigue/, 70 Glenn Drive in die Astro Hill subdivision, was broken into. The suspect or suspects torc a screen off a bathroom window and forced the window open, said Chief Deputy Wayne Hoher/.. Taken were canned goods, dishes, jackets, a rifle and a table saw. There are no suspects.
On Jan. 30, someone cut the screen on a sliding glass door and entered the home at 31367 Wildcat Drive in Bulverde Hills. Taken was a Zenith radio. Hoher/. said three other screens were destroyed. Sheriff’s department officials do have a suspect in the Jan. 30 burglary.
Man jailed in theft try
A New Braunfels man remains in Comal County jail today in lieu of a $10,000 bond after attempting to steal a large amount of money as he drove to Dallas with a coworker.
Manuel Antonio Silcrio, 21, 741 Samuels Ave., and a truck driver, both employees at Comal County Iron Works, were driving to Dallas to buy metal when the incident occurred, said New Braunfels Police Department detective Mario Gucrreo.
He is charged with theft of more than S750 and under $20,(HK).
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Hotline helps students during crisis
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
New Braunfels High School students have a new way to get assistance w'ith the crises which confront them.
New Braunfels Independent School District introduced die I Care Hotline intervention program to high school students Tuesday.
The hotline is a highly organized phone assistance program for students of all ages, although the district lias opted only to use the service for high school students at this time. It serves as a communication aid between adult and student. Byestablishing the hotline within the high school, students have the opportunity to maintain
anonymity while feeling comfortable enough to report situations and issues which might otherwise place them in an awkward position.
The program was developed by Tony Overman of New Braunfels and is used in numerous school districts in Texas. He said it will decrease distribution and usage of illegal drugs on the school campus and will increase communication by encouraging students to realize their responsibility for reporting illegal activities on campus.
“I think it will help us by encouraging students to report illicit drug activity,” Mike Fitsko, NB1SD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “We don’t have a big problem in our community or our
schools, but it’s something we need to be aware of.”
“rhey will also learn how to seek and find help for themselves or their friends,” Overman said. He introduced the program with a motivational and inspirational presentation before the student body and faculty at New Braunfels High School Tuesday. He has given hundreds of speeches and seminars throughout the United States and Canada on developing character and building self-esteem.
“Ilie reason I’m here today is because I’d like to open a door for all of you that have always wondered where do I go when I’m lonely and need somebody to talk to and maybe I’m afraid to walk through the door
and a counselors office,” Overman told the students. During the 30-minute presentation he related situations in his life where the hotline could help.
Overman said fear of losing anonymity and getting involved are the two main reasons young people don’t help friends around them everyday. “It is not that they don’t care,” Overman said. “This problem will be overcome by implementing the I Care Hotline.
Fitsko said the hotline is being introduced at New Braunfels High School as a pilot program. The district will pay $180 a month for the hotline out of state funds for drug education.
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Fire calls Celebrating
double for Geronimo volunteers
The number of calls made to the Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department in 1988 nearly doubled lite number made in 1987,
There were 50 alarms in 1988, while 32 alarms called out the volunteers in 1987. The number of structure fires remained at eight in 1988, but the number of grass fires increased from lOin 1987 to 21 in 1988.
Miscellaneous calls totaled 21 in 1988 and 14 in 1987.
Hie Geronimo Volunteer Fire Department is housed in a new I0-by-60-fool metal building on three acres southeast of Geronimo on U.S. 123. The department has three trucks
I 1,000-gallon tanker, I forest service brush truck and I 300-gallon attack truck used for both grass and structure fires.
This year’s annual fundraiser barbecue will be Sept. 23 at the fire station.
Students take honors in academic contest
Canyon High School won honors as a team of its best and brightest students competed in the 1989 Region V Academic Decathlon last weekend at Round Rock High School.
Bryan High School won top honors in the “Tournament of Minds,” which drew teams from 24 high schools in the region. Smithson Valley High School students also participated.
Bryan, Canyon and Westlake high schools received medals at an awards banquet Saturday. The teams will vie for college scholarships when they compete with winners from 11 other regions across the state in the Texas Academic Decathlon, to be hosted by Fanes Independent School District Feb. 24-26. State winners will advance lo national competition this spring in Providence, R.I.
Members of the Canyon team are Brian Tidwell, Joseph Gyure, Michael Winier, Patricia Molarity, Ryan Dillard, David Barranco, Rent* Castilleja, Judy Hernandez, and Connie LoNigro. Judy Wright is the team’s coach.
The Academic Decathlon provides high school students an opportunity to experience the challenges of rigorous academic competition. The event motivates students to develop a greater respect for knowledge, promotes interschool competition, stimulates intellectual growth and achievement and encourages public interest in outstanding school programs.
Students for all academic backgrounds compete in IO decathlon events: six tests of academic
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Comptroller predicting growth in state economy
Students in this fifth grade class, including Irene Castaneda, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School are busy this week drawing sneakers to decorate their classroom during Catholic Schools Week. On their sneakers, the students will write what they are thankful for or want to be remem-
bered for at the school. The tree in front of the school is decorated this week with smaller ornaments by all the students at the school. The public is invited to a Parent/Teacher Club meeting tonight at 7:30 p m and to a special Open House Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
AUSTIN (AP) — Still rebounding, the overall Texas economy will grow by 2.4 percent in 1989, about the same as the nation’s economy, the comptroller’s office reports.
A measure of die recovery is dial 90,000 new jobs should be created in 1989, Comptroller Bob Bullock said. Such a jobs gain would set a record of 6.7 million Texans gainfully employed by year’s end.
“Texas has weathered the oil-bust years well. We've regained most of the ground we lost, and the stale’s outlook continues to improve,” Bullock said.
The latest edition of Fiscal Notes, published by the comptroller’s office, reported Wednesday that since the recession’s low point in spring 1987, the state has gained 176,000 jobs and recovered 80 percent of the jobs lost during the bleak 1986-87 period.
Unemployment has fallen nearly
“Texas has weathered the oil-bust years well. We’ve regained most of the ground we lost, and the state’s outlook continues to improve.”
—State Comptroller ____Bob Bullock
three percentage points, to about 7 percent by Ute end of 1988.
“Assuming the U.S. economy remains healthy and oil prices arc relatively stable in the current range, Texas’ economic growth will continue through 1989,’’ Ute publication said.
“By the end of the year, recovery will turn into expansion as statewide employment surpasses its late-1985 peak. '
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Trimming the tree
Residents of and visitors to New Braunfels next Christmas will be
treated to a live Christmas tree on Main Plaza rather than an artificial tree. New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department employee Raymond Zavala, left, and former county extension agent Bill Schumann, with the help of New Braunfels Utilities crews, today were trimming pecan trees on the plaza and the Christmas tree planted several years ago so it will fill out. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Shoebox to Showcase, a free seminar to help you learn how to preserve and show off your photographs in a scrapbook-type setting, is today at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn New Braunfels. Jean Newell will present the programs which arc sponsored by Holes-Webway, Inc., who has been manufacturing photo albums since the 1930s. Jean will be in town until April and invites everyone to visit with her today about safe ways to store and preserve photographs....
As part of the celebration of
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Cold weather is still on the way, but is not expected to reach here until Friday night. The high today is expected to reach 75 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The low tonight will be 50 degrees. The high Friday will be 55. Winds will be out of the northwest at IO to 15 mph, increasing Friday night. The low Friday night will be 35. The high Saturday will be 45 and the low Saturday night will fall to near 25.