New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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By GARY P. CARROLL HerakS-Zeitung
Comal County Child Protective Services will be sponsoring a free parenting class beginning Feb. 25 for people interested in learning about foster parenting.
The Model Approach to Partnership and Parenting class is a preparatory class that readies parents for die fostering parenting role by teaching them about the need for more foster families, as well as what they can expect from a child if they decide to become foster parents.
The foster program provides children who have been abused or neglected with safe and caring environments, while CPS specialists work with the foster family and the child’s natural family
to facilitate the return of the child to its natural family.
“Our goal is to always tiy and return the child to its natural family,” Linda Fisher, a child protec
tive services specialist, said, “and if we can’t do that, then we try to place them with someone in their immediate family.”
The child protective services
program currently has 30 foster families in the Comal County alone, along with 24 in Guadalupe County and another 66 in residential treatment centers.
She said the goal of the program is to always try to keep brother and sisters together to reduce the trauma to the children.
“When we get a report of possible abuse, we go in and do an investigation and make the determination as to whether the child needs to be removed from that environment,” Fisher said.
If CPS does remove the child or children, they are placed in a shelter, which can traumatize the child.
Further, if siblings are involved and CPS is forced to split them up to place them in foster homes, this increases the amount of trauma to the child, and increases the amount of work for CPS to help the child and the family make a
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Sen. Bob Kruggtr
Mexican Americans back Krueger
The loudest cheers and applause went to Sen. Bob Krueger as Democratic candidates appealed to the screening committee tor the Mexican-American Democrats — but no candidate received the required two-thirds majority for the group’s endorsement
The candidates spoke before the group Saturday morning in Lubbock in an effort to win backing in the special May I election.
Krueger reminded committee members he already has won endorsements from U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros and six former chairmen of the Mexican American Democrats.
“A divided Democratic Party always elects Republicans," Krueger said.
When the Mexican American Democrats cast their votes, however, he received 1,404.7 membership votes — 120.3 votes short of the endorsement
“We would have felt better with two-thirds,” acknowledged Alfred Torres of El Paso, whose three delegations cast all their 165 votes for Krueger.
Krueger's backers said they will just work harder to prove Krueger is the most qualified candidate.
Also speaking before the group was former Attorney General Jim Mattox. He said he planned to announce his candidacy within days.
He and other Democratic candidates accused Krueger of voting like a closet Republican.
“It’s ridiculous for a group of Hispanic citizens to endorse this guy," Mattox said. "If you endorse Bob Krueger, you’re telling the people of this state that how you perform makes no difference."
Mattox said that as a congressman in the 1970s, Krueger supported a national identification card for all citizens.
Mattox'also said he has always fought for issues important to Hispanics, such
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Groups pitch water plans to county officials
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zettung
Two groups trying to assure safe water and plenty of it for the western part of Coma) County presented their cases before Comal County Commissioners Court Friday morning.
. A presentation was made by Lee R. Roper, president of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation. The corporation is an operating entity planning to purchase 14 existing independently-owned utilities using fUnds provided by a bond issue.
The corporation has applied to Gov. Ann Richards and state lawmakers to form a non-taxing water and sewer district—the Canyon Lake Water and Sewer District
They have also applied to the Texas Water Development board for some funding for the bond issue that would be required.
According to corporate officials, as each system is purchased meter owners become voting members of the non-profit corporation.
The area to be served by proposed CLWSC would includes Canyon Lake, Bul
verde and areas along Highways 281,306, 32,2673,3150 and 46, according to corporation sources.
David Wallace, owner of 13 of the 14 water systems identified to be initially purchased with $2 million of the $4 million to be acquired through the bond issue, also spoke at the meeting.
"Our original plan was to create a water corporation up there to provide water to Canyon Lake," Wallace said. "W.W. was going to stay intact and buy water from the corporation. That still baa been my purpose the whole time.”
Prior to Wallace’s remarks, Judge Carter Casteel had said her recollection of discussions with Wallace a year and a half ago had led her to believe that the corporation was being created for the sole purpose of buying his water systems.
Wallace prefaced his remarks by apologizing to Casteel for misleading her into believing that During a break in the meeting, Robert E. Hogan, president of the Hogan Corporation, said, ’They have a lid on how much
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Three injured in Loop 337 accident
New Braunfels police, EMS and firefighting officials pull a motorist from the wreckage of an automobile collision on Loop 337 Friday night near Castlewood. Two motorists were flown to Brook Army Medical Center following the accident. One was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital. Photo by John Huseth.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zaitung
Two motorists were flown to a San Antonio hospital and a third was hospitalized in New Braunfels Friday night following an automobile accident on Loop 337, police said.
Luis Gonzalez and Joshua Hays were transported by helicopter to Brook Army Medical Center with unknown injuries Friday evening following a car accident at 11:30 p.m. on the 2500 block of Loop 337 near Castlewood.
A black Ford Escort driven by Gonzalez collided with a car driven by Robert Constable as Constable’s vehicle exited the Greenwood Villa apartments driveway, according to police reports.
Constable was traveling east on Loop 337 when the accident occurred, police said.
He was not injured.
Gonzalez, Hays and another passenger, Jesus Diaz, had to be cut out of the Escort by rescue officials at the scene.
Diaz was transported to McKenna Hospital, where he was reported in stable condition Saturday by hospital officials.
Information on the conditions of Gonzalez and Hays were unavailable at presstime.
Police were filing charges in the case Saturday.
Foster parenting to be taught in special class
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Melissa Yeaman, Erin Hand, Neb rose Koepp, Howard Brandt, John Campbell, Joe Timmins, Sherri Mims, Ellen Bueche, Raymund Abel, Paul Castilleja, Timothy Richter, Angelica Lorine Garza, Margarita Padilla, Armando Pedro Villarreal and Joann Seidel. Belated birthday wishes go to Agnea Wemer and Armando Villarreal. Anniversary wishes go to Carl and Patty Hoffman.
Seguin Street closed for “Operation Fireball”
Seguin Street will be closed for several hours this afternoon for "Operation Fireball,” sponsored by the Noon Lions Club, along with the Lionesses and Laos. The street will be blocked off at about 1:30 p.m. while volunteers scrub stones on the underpass. The project ii part of a beautification effort for the upcoming sesquicentennial.
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Signing off on school finance
Students from New Braunfels Middle School talked to our state lawmakers on school finance shortly before sui agreement was reached to send two proposals before the voters in May.
Read what they had to say. See Insights, page Bl.Lotto Texas numbers drawn Saturday for by the Texas Lottery are: 3-18-27-35-41-43