New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Proposal aims to limit shrimp catches, shrink industry
AUSTIN (AP) — Shrimpers are grumbling over a state proposal to limit their catches and shrink their industry.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has proposed limiting and gradually reducing the number of shrimpers who work along the Gulf Coast.
The limit is needed because shrimp populations are threatened by overfishing in bays, wildlife officials say. The annual catch of small brown shrimp from Texas bays has increased sevenfold since 1972.
Shrimp landings in 1993 totaled 74 million pounds and were worth $ 131 million to harvesters, according to a report submitted by the department last month to Gov. George W. Bush and the Legislature.
“We believe we’re on the right track,’’ said Hal Osburn, coastal fisheries policy director for the department. “As stewards of the resource, we’ve got that responsibility.’’
Texas executes seventh convicted killer of 1995
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Convicted killer and rapist Samuel Hawkins quietly was executed early today nearly 18 years after hacking to death a pregnant woman at her home in the Texas Panhandle.
Hawkins, 51, became the seventh convicted murderer to receive lethal injection in the state this year and the 92nd since Texas resumed carrying out the death penalty in 1982. The figures are the highest in the nation.
Hawkins had no final statement. Strapped to the death chamber gurney, he never acknowledged the presence of a son and sister standing just a few feet away.
He was pronounced dead at 12:21 arn CST, seven minutes after the lethal drugs began entering his arms.
Hawkins, a former meat cutter, was put to death for fatally slashing Abbe Hamilton May 3, 1977 at her home in Borger. He was convicted and sentenced to die for a second murder - the 1976 rape and bludgeoning of a 12-year-old Amarillo girl, Rhonda Keys, abducted from her home while she slept.
"I’m trying to make myself believe it’s finally over,” Sandra Rodgers, whose daughter, Abbe, was among Hawkins’ victims. “Maybe now we can settle down and have some peace. All we ever wanted was justice for Abbe. Now that we have it, we can get on with our lives.”
Hawkins confessed to using a hunting knife to kill Mrs. Hamilton, 19, who was six months pregnant at the time of her slaying. She was stabbed nearly 20 times and the wounds were so extensive she nearly was decapitated.
Hawkins said he was looking to rape someone and began checking doors of houses in Borger until he found one that was open.
He also was linked to as many as 40 rapes in Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas, offenses that earned him the nickname “the traveling rapist.”
“I don’t remember anyone being more richly deserving than him,” said Tom Curtis, who prosecuted Hawkins for the Keys slaying. “I'm astonished it’s taken this long. It’s really amaz-
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Bush welcomes party-jumping Democrats
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. George W. Bush says the nearly two dozen former Democrats who switched parties know which way the political winds are blowing.
“We’re beginning to make the conservative philosophy in Texas become synonymous with being in the Republican Party,” Bush said in welcoming the new Republicans on Monday.
The governor said he expects success in recruiting more local Democratic officeholders because the GOP message echoes what most Texans believe.
“The political revolution that seized Washington, D.C., and that’s in the process of seizing Austin ... that political revolution is now seizing grassroots politics all across our state of Texas,” Bush said.
’Today's announcement that several local elected officials are switching parties does not herald a sea change in Texas politics. The vast majority of local offices in Texas are still held by Democrats,” said State Democratic Chairman Bob Slagle.
The GOP listed 23 former Democrats among those switching Monday. The roster was headed by several judges, plus a district attorney, county commissioners, justices of the peace, a constable and two former Democratic precinct chairmen.
Slagle branded the conversions political expediency.
“Many of the party switchers are defeated Democratic primary candidates, which spells political opportunism loud and clear,” he said, adding that some “care more about staying on the public payroll than they care about the integrity of their political beliefs.”
White House promises to veto three anti-labor bills
BAL HARBOUR, Fla. (AP) — Offering organized labor a wall of defense against the new Republican Congress, the White House is promising a presidential ban on major companies hiring replacement workers and a veto of three GOP bills opposed by unions, labor and administration officials say.
That good news was delivered Monday to a winter meeting of AFL-CIO leaders by Vice President Al Gore, who met privately with the labor officials to discuss the Democratic debacle in last fall’s elections and to plot strategy for the new Congress and the 1996 elections, officials said.
Labor’s efforts to draft a plan to deal with the new political environment are complicated by a controversy over the 13.3 million-member federation’s own political leadership. Several major union presidents want AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland to step aside when his term ends in October, arguing the movement needs a younger face to represent its views.
Kirkland, 72, scoffed at such talk Monday and defended his 15-year stewardship of the labor movement. But he would not say whether he would seek re-election, a decision that could be affected by a special executive session Kirkland scheduled Wednesday for a confrontation with his critics.
Defending his record, Kirkland said he had fought to get women and minorities named to the executive council, to create a program through which union members get cut-rate deals on credit cards, insurance and other services and the strengthen the federation’s powers to referee fights between member
‘This movement has not been standing still. It has not been ignoring the problems and needs.’— Lane Kirkland, AFL-CIO president
As for declining or stagnant union membership, he said organizing was the responsibility of the federation’s 83 individual unions.
“This movement has not been standing still,” Kirkland said. “It has not been ignoring the problems and needs.”
At his meeting with reporters, Kirkland offered a broad, pointed indictment of Republican policy priorities, from proposals to weaken the federal hand in environmental and workplace safety enforcement to a balanced budget amendment he said “would eviscerate the capacity of our government to respond to both national and international needs.”
Of particular concern to labor are Republican efforts to repeal two laws that guarantee prevailing local wages to workers on federal projects: the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act. Davis-Bacon deals with federal construction projects; the second law with contracts for janitorial and other services.
A third major concern to labor is the so-called TEAM Act, which would amend labor laws to make it easier for companies to establish inhouse employee associations to bar
gain for wages and benefits. Labor officials say these associations rarely have much clout but are used J>jjr companies to thwart union organizing efforts.
In his 45-minute, closed session with the labor council, Gore promised Clinton would veto thdse three measures if they cleared Congress, the AFL-CIO and Labor Department officials said.
Gore was said to have offered no timetable on issuing the executive order barring federal contractors from hiring workers to replace strikers, saying legal language was still being drafted.
But the gesture is si] because many labor leaders do believe Clinton pressed hard er in 1994 to win support for legislat that would prohibit employers hiring permanent replacements. TH* measure passed the House but failed in the Senate, where both Democrats from Clinton’s home state x$f Arkansas opposed it. I
Officials said a replacement wafter ban effectively would affect mgat Fortune 500 companies involved*in strikes, as well as many other cpi--porations. ‘
Another Clinton gesture to lab6r as he heads toward a re-election campaign is a proposed increase!^ the minimum wage, from $4.25 Jm hour to $5.15 an hour over t^ib years. **
House Minority Leader Rich^nd Gephardt, D-Mo., and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., promised tifc labor leaders they would fight fijr that proposal, although they said the outlook was unclear because bf opposition from many senior Republicans. *!
Award banquet recipients.
Rs/Max RlverCltles Joined the New Breunftla/Ctnyon Lake Area Association of Realtors at the Gruene Mansion Inn for the year end Awards Banquet. These scents were recognized for their top production of between $1 million end $15 million In sales: Saids DeViney, association treasurer, Alisa Saba, association president; Bobble Landrum, Janet Boenlg, Luke Spackman, broker; Frances Lewis, Sherrie Perry, mgr. Property Management; Linda Haugh; Sue Covington, association director; Lora Flemming (not pictured) and Terry Zengler (not pictured). Also honored but not pictured area Gary Ramming, for Most Valuable Player 1904.
Detox Corp. recently announced the members of Its 1004 Winners Circle. These people were selected by members of management for their consistent and affective contributions to company goals through team baaed efforts. The winners were awarded a Thorobred (R) Racing Horseshoe' symbolizing the good fortune they bring to the company as well as their winning style. From left to right: Beverly Maxwell, Karen Morin, Diana Gonzales, Dorothy Hansmann, Britt Kronkoaky, Mark Crandall, Lavada Caffoy, Robert Ko!bo, Patricia Crumb, and Connie Rores.
Most Valuable Person
General Manager Joe Crady of Bluebonnet Motors presents Sylvia Graham with the Most Valuable Person of the Year plaque.We’re Meeting
The Canyon Cougar Class of 1960
is having a 15-year reunion. Please contact Kathy Vicknair at 625-1011 or Tim Zunker at 629-3935 after 5:30 p.m.
We're Signing group meets at 7 p.m. as follows: Fab. 24 at Taco Cabana, New Braunfels. For information, call Linda or Sara at 609-4053.
Descendants of tbs founding family of Stephan and Margsretha (Hoffmann) Klein are planning their first family reunion for Sunday, March 19 at Eagles Hall. For more information, call Jeannette Feiger at 629-3272 or Dana Rittimann at 609-3017.
The George A. Garcia VFW Poet 11050 will hold its monthly meeting Feb.
21 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #179 on Coll St.
New Braunfels Marsch-und Wan-
dsrgruppe wi meet Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Senior Citizens' Center on Landa St. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 p.m., followed by a special musical presentation by a ‘Soon to be Known' barbershop quartet at 7:05 p.m. members are asked to note that the times are earlier than normal Treasurer Don Flick reminds members to mail 1995 dues to him if they are unable to attend the meeting. Anyone interested in walking for fun and fitness is invited. For information, call Don Hildebrand at 620-6522.
Smithson Valley High School Parent Teacher Student Association will have the first organizational meeting Feb.
22 at 7:30 p.m. at the commons. There will be s guest speaker, and volunteers are nseded to provide good** Cal Rose Ivy st 865-4614 or Rose Cervm for more information
New Braunfels Conservation Society meets Thursday, Fab. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forks Store. Susan Williams. Director of the Children's Museum, wiH speak to the group about keeping the children in touch with their heritage. Reproductions of Chrriotte Lyon sketch-
es of the Church Hill School, Baetge House, and Weisch Bam will be available for purchase. For information, call 629-2943
The next meeting of the Comal County Caring For Children Committee will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 493 S. Seguin Avenue, on Thursday, Feb. 23 All members of the committee are asked to attend. Anyone interested in this program is welcome to attend.
Canyon Lake Water SuqdIv Corporation will hold its annual meeting of membership at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop, 100 FM 3159, Fab. 25 at 1 p.m.
On Monday, Feb 27, the Eagle Auxillary will have a birthday supper at 7 p.m. honoring those with February birthdays. The aerie and auxiliary will have super together as well as prepanng the food at a cost of $2 per person
The Book Review Club will meet at the Senior Citizen's Center, 655 Landa St. Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9:30 a m. to 11:30 a m Coffee at 9 a m Ruth Alford will review Iron and Silk’ by Mark Saxman. Plan to bring a friend Membership is $10 a year, and guests will be asked for a $2 donation.
Graduates and former students of Southwest Texas State University who were campus dunng the early 1960s are invited to participated in special 1960-65 Class Reunion events in San Marcos March 3 and 4. Call 1-800-247-3868 for information.
The Comal County Panhellenlc win hold its annual meeting on Sunday, March 5 at 2 p.m., 410 Lakeview, New Braunfels. This meeting will be in conjunction with the Sorority Rush Information Party for College Bound Students. Annual dues are now being collected. For information, call Peggy Morris at 625-9638
Texas lota Master Chapter of Beta
Sigma Phi meets at the home of Kitty Hufft, 20 Laurel Lane, on March 13 at 7 p.m. Co-hostess will be Evelyn Schlooter. Program by Dorothy Wagner.
Tri-County Rural School Reunion will be held March 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Braunfels. Registration from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dance from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. It was voted to have no food.
American Legion Auxiliary #179 meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the post Moms at 410 W. Con St.
The Hill Country Line Dancers meet Monday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:30 .rn. to 9:30 a.m. for informal practice sessions. These practice sessions are available to anyone who has completed at least the beginners country fine dancing classes No fees are charged. However, a $1 donation to the Senior Citizens Center is requested each session for use of their facility.
Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. regular meeting of the Board of Directors is the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at corporate offices, 172 Julius Dr. Sattler
American Legion Poet 35 and Auxillary meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at New Braunfels Christian Church, Loop 337. AN veterans invited
The New Braunfels Great Books Discussion Group begins a new series this tall. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursdays each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Victoria Bank and Trust assembly room. New participants always welcome. Please call 625-4187 for more information.
Take Off Pounda Senalbly, a nonprofit weight loss organization meats every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at Eden Home Friendship Room. For information, call 625-8860.
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