New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Hetal&Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, February 20. 1991
"I guess you could call it semi-retiring. I feel good about it because I can still work and I’m not going to stay home and do nothing,* said Howard “Ike" Eickenhorst.
Eickenhorst will retire ‘part-time’
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
After 42 years in the retail business, Howard “Ike” Eickenhorst is going into the retirement business — but only part-time.
“I guess you could call it semi-retiring. I feel good about it because I can still work and I’m not going to stay home and do nothing,” he said.
Even though he’s celebrating his 65lh birthday today, Eickenhorst won’t give up his job completely.
“I’m retiring to an extent, but I will not give up my job because I need to work with the public. I love people and I love the public. I’ve made lots of friends and beautiful customers and I need to stay with them,” he said.
Eickenhorst’s associate. Gene Chollctt, owner of Cholletl’s Men’s and Ladies’ Fashions, said he feels fortunate to have Eickenhorst stay with him in the retail business.
“We’re going to be missing him a bunch for the time he’s gone, but we will be happy for the lime he’s here,” said Chollctt.
Reducing his workload will allow Eickenhorst to participate in other activities he’s had the desire but not the time to join in.
“I want to have more time with the church to do volunteer things (for them)," he said.
Eickenhorst also said he wanted to take more trips to his hometown of Brenham, Texas. “I’ll take a few days to go back there (and) sec my relatives, but I don’t plan to be gone from home too long," he said.
Senate backing school finance amendments
By PEGGY FIKAC Associated Prsss Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — Lawmakers don’t need a constitutional amendment to take local property tax revenue from wealthy school districts and spend it in poor ones, a key senator said. But it would make the process easier.
The Texas Senate on Tuesday passed a proposed constitutional amendment, 22-6, that would allow local property tax money raised in one school district to be sent to any other district.
The amendment, passed in response to a Texas Supreme Court
Action on lottery may be delayed
AUSTIN (AP) — Forces battling over a state lottery proposal are counting noses and watching the clock as next week’s deadline for action nears.
The House probably will wait until next week to vote on the lottery, Speaker Gib Lewis said Tuesday, while voicing doubts that the numbers game could raise as much money for the state as quickly as its supporters contend.
Lawmakers must complete action on the proposed constitutional amendment by March I if the lottery question is to be put before voters on the May 4 election ballot.
Gov. Ann Richards repeatedly has urged lawmakers to put lottery on that ballot so the state could begin making money off the games by January 1992 if voters approve.
“Lottery will probably be on the calendar sometime next week,’’ Lewis said Tuesday, adding that lottery backers still haven’t assured him they have lined up the needed IOO votes to approve the proposal.
“I think it’s picking up maybe a little bit. You’ve still got, maybe, IO or 15 people that don’t know for sure how they arc going to vote at this time,’’ said Lewis, D-Fort Worth.
Because starting a lottery requires a constitutional amendment, two-thirds of the 150-mcmbcr House and 31-member Senate must approve putting the question on the ballot.
If the amendment does not pass, local tax money could be redistributed amlong school districts within 20 large taxing regions, created under separate legislation, said Sen. Carl Parker, D-Port Arthur.
order that poor school districts be funded equitably, still requires approval by two-thirds of the House before being placed before voters.
If the amendment does not pass, local tax money could be redistributed among school districts within 20 large taxing regions, created under separate legislation, said Sen. Carl Parker, D-Port Arthur.
That would get around a constitutional ban on taking locally raised money from one district and spending it in another, he said.
“We can do this by creating artificial districts ... You’ll have to create a second layer of bureaucracy,’’ said Parker, Senate Education Committee chairman and sponsor of the measures.
Senators also passed a second prop
osed constitutional amendment, 22-6, to eliminate the requirement that some state money be sent to Texas school districts on a per-pupil basis, regardless of their wealth.
That money could be redistributed within the system, taking $44 million away from the 75 wealthiest districts in 1992.
“I am pleased that the Senate sees that these two tools need to be out there to try to address school equity,’’ Parker said.
Voting against both amendments were Sens. J.E. “Buster” Brown, R-Lake Jackson; Chris Harris, R-Arlington; O.H. “Dee” Harris, R-
Dallas; Don Henderson, R-Houston; John Leedom, R-Dallas; and Bill Sims, D-San Angelo.
“I don’t believe our constitution intended that the three branches of government yield to one,” Leedom said.
Lawmakers face an April I Supreme Court deadline to devise a school finance reform plan or face an order to cut off state public education funds.
The $14 billion-a-year school finance system declared unconstitutional by the court relies on state aid, local property taxes and some federal money.
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State prepared for new swarms of ‘killer’ bees
HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — Scientists and beekeepers are preparing for new swarms of Africanized “killer” bees to invade South Texas from Mexico as soon as next month.
The ill-tempered bees were first spotted in the United States last October, when a swarm was trapped and destroyed in October near the border city of Hidalgo. None have been trapped in the United States since then.
That was at the end of the fall swarming season, but officials in Mexico reported Africanized honey bec movement as recently as December. The spring swarming season begins in March as flowers bloom and provide the pollen bees use for energy.
Huisachc trees found throughout northern Mexico and southern Texas already have produced their yellow-orange blooms. Yuccas and other plants also are beginning to blossom.
“I wouldn’t be surprised lo sec another detection (in Texas) next month or in April,” Elba Quintero, manager of the Texas Africanized Honey Bec program for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said Tuesday. “I’m preparing for more titan one detection.”
Her office in Harlingen is stocking up on supplies for sampling bee traps, arranging for people to survey the vicinities of AHB trappings and keeping track of where beekeepers place hives.
Mexican agriculture officials in December trapped a swarm in the border city of Nuevo Progreso, near Weslaco, Texas.
Thirty-two Africanized bec swarms were reported in December in a 20-mi Ic stretch near the San Fernando River in Mexico, about 70 miles south of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Until December, the northernmost bec activity in Mexico had been concentrated in an area near the Gulf Coast.
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