New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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County to put inmates to work
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County will kick oft a pilot program in the next few weeks that will take inmates from the county jail and put them to work.
Sheriff Bob Holder said Thursday that Comal County will implement a 30-day pilot program to test the feasibility and effectiveness of using jail inmates for work in the county.
“There are a lot of things they could do,” said Holder. “We just want to use the manpower that is actually over there. Quite frankly, there’s a lot of talent out there.” During the trial period, the inmates, dressed in standard orange jumpsuits, will be primanly used for the rural recycling program to help sort and bale material at the road department.
“It’s just a matter of getting it coordinated,” said County Commissioner Moe Schwab. “It’s strictly a 30-day trial program. ...I think ifs a step in the right direction.”
Holder said a survey was sent to the inmates to sec how many would be interested in volunteering for this type of program, and 15 have already volunteered. He said those used in the program will be low-risk individuals, such as inmates serving time for drunken driving and hot checks. He said he is not sure if the inmates will have on restraints when they are working outside of the jail, but they will be available in case any incidents occur. He said other counties have certified individuals as jailers to oversee the work crews, but these individuals are not allowed to be armed. He said the Comal County program will use an armed deputy for every six inmates.
“I don’t want to send workers out of our facility with people that are not allowed to be armed," said Holder, “r ve decided against (using certified jailers).”
Holder said the use of deputies could require additional personnel, and part of the pilot program will include determining if additional deputies are needed and what funds ait available.
“If this thing proves feasible, we could expand it to cm her areas, such as the road department,” said Holder.
County Judge Carter Casteel said the program allows inmates to get out of the jail for the day, and at the same time, accomplish work in the county.
“They don’t have to sit there and watch television all day," said Casteel. “They can get up and work, and quite frankly, that’s what a lot of them would want to do.”
Sherry Clarkson, executive assistant for commissioner court, who helps with the rural recycling program, said three or four inmates will be used a day for the program, and they will “go straight to the road department and straight back ”
WASHINGTON (AP) American Airlines and its pilots union continued non-stop contract talks in an attempt to end the countdown toward tonight’s holiday weekend strike deadline
But with no resolution in sight, the airline already was canceling about a dozen domestic flights today.
Airline and pilots representatives and federal mediators began to talk-around-the-clock Thursday night with just hours lefl in their scheduled negotiations.
Both sides said they were willing to find middle ground, as President Clinton urged them to, without shutting down the airline, which handles about 20 percent of the nation’s air trafllc.
“We have a long way to go and a short time to do it in,” the airline’s president, Donald Carty, toothbrush and shaving kit in hand, said as he arrived at a hotel negotiating site.
By late Thursday, the Allied Pilots Association'* board of directors had not voted to authorize union president Jim Sovich to call a strike. But Sovich said he expected a vote totlay.
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each other. He even saved and laminated valentines Helen sent him in 1942 and 1944 “Pm kind of a rat-packer,” said Jack. “I save a lot of stuff.”
Helen forgot about the valentine until last week, when the couple attended a celebration at Sts. Peter and Paul Church for couples who have been married more than 50 years.
“It was just a lovely thought. I didn’t even know where they were,” said Helen. “I couldn’t get over it. It was so unexpected.”
Jack is not the only one in the family that keeps treasured mementos.
“I still have my wedding gown,” said Helen. “It’s in my hope chest.” Helen said through the year’s, she and her husband have had their arguments, but they always worked things out.
“He’ll never go to bed without kissing me good night,” said Helen. “He kisses me every morning, too.” Jack said he thinks the secret to a long and happy marriage, for any couple, is to really know the each other and always talk.
“People assume too much today,” said Jack. “We sit down and thrash everything out.”
Helen said the secret is to “be happy and stay happy” with each other.
The Thompsons said they are proud to have weathered 55 years of marriage, and are looking forward to the future.
“We renewed our vows many, many times,” said John. “We hope we’ll be together many more years.” As for celebrating this year, Helen said “we haven't talked about (Valentine’s Day) yet.” For their anniversary, the couple said they will probably go out to dinner, like they do every year.
Lee Norris Miller Jr.
Lee Norris Miller Jr., bom Nov. 2, 1947, entered into everlasting life and peace Feb. ll, 1997. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Miller, New Braunfels, Texas; son Donnie Miller of New Braunfels; daughter and son-in-law Marci and Roger Davis Jr. of Lewisville, Texas; brother Gary Miller and wife Daca of Seguin, Texas; brother Billy Miller and wife Betty of LaVemia, Texas; sister-in-law Karen Sollock and husband Jeff of Dunlay, Texas; nieces Heather Miller, Shanda Miller, Lisa Miller and Dana Sollock; nephews Bill Miller and Avery Sollock; extended family John and Annie Henry of Lakehills, Texas, Michael and Donna Henry of Lakehills, Texas; Alisha Holt of New Braunfels, Benny, Susan and Jessie Barber of New Braunfels, Roger and Amalia Davis of San Antonio, and many caring friends. A memorial service will be held at I p.m. Saturday Feb. 15, 1997, at
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels, Texas.
Light after darkness,
Gain after loss,
Strength after weakness,
Crown after cross,
Sweet after bitter,
Song after fears,
Home after wandering.
Praise after tears.
Sheaves after sowing,
Sun after rain.
Light after mystery,
Peace after pain,
Joy after sorrow,
Calm after blast,
Rest after weariness,
Sweet rest at last. .
Till we meet again, Your Loving Family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home
Adolfo G. Paredez Jr.
Adolfo G. Paredez Jr., age 61, of New Braunfels, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 1997, at the Colonial Manor Care Center. He was bom March 5, 1935,
in Comal County to Adolfo Paredez Sr. and Paulina Guerrero Paredez. He married Raquel De Los Santos on Feb. 14, 1987. Before his illness he was employed as a groundskeeper with Northcliff Country Club. Survivors are wife Raquel Paredez; son and daughter-in-law Adolfo G. Paredez III and his wife Gabriela of Cibolo, Step-son, Adolfo Hernandez and his wife Judy of New Braunfels, step-daughter Elma D. Hernandez and her fiance Alex of New Braunfels; brothers and sisters-in-law Vicente and Dolores Paredez, Lupe and Elisa Paredez, Inocencio and Paula Paredez, Frank and Stella Paredez; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucia and Humberto De Los Santos, Rosa and Chris Vela, Gloria Paredez and Sofia Perez; one grandchild and two step-grandchildren. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel with a graveside service to be held at 11:30 a m. at the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with Rev. Francisco Munoz officiating. Pallbearers are Joe Espinoza, Ricky Rosales, Alex
Aleman, Juan De Los Santos, Julian Hernandez and Alex Martinez. A prayer service was held Thursday
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evening at the Zoeller Chapel.
Lucy H. Dodson Lucy H. Dodson of New Braunfels died Thursday, Feb. 13 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 92. She is survived by her husband Lee T. Dodson of New Braunfels; a daughter-in-law; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at St. Joseph’s Anglican Church with crypt side service at I p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Anglican Church
Landmark panel tables tax relief plan
By ABE LEVY
The city’s Historic Landmark Commission tabled a proposal to provide tax relief to property owners who make improvements on buildings with historical designations at its regular meeting Thursday.
Commission members said they wanted more information from City Planning Director Harry Bennett on the proposal including examples of how a person would take advantage of the plan.
Bennett said at the next regular meeting set for March 13, he will
provide members with scenarios of the proposal, one in which an owner makes small improvements to a property and one in which high-dollar improvements are made.
If the commission approves the plan, it will be presented to the city council for consideration in early April for three readings.
lf the council approves the measure in three readings, people would be able to benefit from the plan as early as mid-May or any time after the ordinance takes effect.
The plan would allow owners to subtract the value of the improvements from next year’s
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vulnerable when they become incapacitated.
“lf people plan on the future possibilities then they can prevent t loved one* from being exposed to > these ramifications," Morgan said. “I ' would pick who will take care of mc if something happens to mc. Take care of prob lems before they occur.” Guardianships, which allows a person to take care of the finances and property of another person or relative, can be expensive. Morgan said guardianships can cost as much as $3,000.
Morgan said families should consider drawing up wills which cost $200 to $400.
Lt. Dennis Kocpp, investigator of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, said family members need to keep a watchful eye on the people who will be caring for a parent, relative or grandparent.
“The children and the grandchildren need to get personally involved with the people,” Kocpp said. “They need to make sure and understand what this person is doing and what kind of work they are supposed to be doing.
“lf the person is supposed to be paying or collecting the bills (for the incapacitated person) they could run into problems if they (children) don’t keep an eye on what the person is doing. The bottom line is be careful if you have someone handling your. personal affairs. Make sure you know who the person is and that you know a lot about them.”
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