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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels By NOSE MARIE CASH Staff Writer The 73rd Texas Legislature is moving into Austin and the number one issue on their agenda will be school funding, followed closely by prison reform and balancing the state first crack out of the box will be education,** said Rep. Edmund Kuempel. “If we have a constitutional mendment we have to pass it by February 20.** January 12, the first day of the new Legislature, will consist of swearing in the legislators, electing a speaker for the house and adoption of rules. In the house there is potential for significant rule changes especially in the calendar committee. Rep. Pete Laney of Hale Center will likely be the Speaker of the House and he has committed to increasing openess and access to that committee. It sets the agenda for placing bills on the floor. Considerable debate is expected on this issue as there has been some controversy of how it has been done in the past. There is also one contested election in the house for District 44 in Harris County which must be resolved. Once the rules are adopted, probably within the first week, both houses will begin referring bills to committees. During the first 60 days any legislator may introduce bills on Legislative Watch Clip this out and keep it handy so you'll be ready January 12 to let your state representatives know you're watching. •Governor Ann Richards, P. O. Box 12428, Austin, Texas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2000. •Attorney General Dan Morales, P. O. Box 12548, Austin, Texas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-2100. •Senator Jeff Wentworth, P. O. Box 12068, Austin, Texas, 78711, Phone:512-463-0125. •Representative Edmund Kuempel, P. 0. Box 2910, Austin, Texas, 78711, Phone: 512-463-0602. any subject. After 60 days, members must have permission from the House of Representatives. There is little other action during the first 60 days normally, but critical items are on this legislature’s agenda. Lt. Gov. Bullock wants the appropriations bill out of the Senate finance committee early in the session and for both houses the school finance issue is critical. In order to post proper notices at least 70 days are required between passage of a bill and placement for public election. In order to be ready for a May 1st election to meet the federal deadline in June, action must be taken by mid-February. Kuempel said another significant issue this session would be the human services department which administers AFDC (Aide for Dependent Children), Medicaid and Food Stamps as well as other social services. Legislative meetings, including the committee meetings are open to the public. Daily journals are kept for each house which are also available to the public. For Senate floor actions, an intent calendar is published and the House has a daily calendar for floor action. Committee meetings must be potted so that the public is informed. Starting January ll you can call I-800-253-9693 for status on legislative action. Let in the new tonight by opening your front door By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff WHWr New Year’s Day has been celebrated on January I since 1752. In those 241 years (and beyond) a plethora of legends and traditions have grown up around it. For example, on New Year’s Eve at midnight you should open your back and front doors to let out the old and let in the new respectively. But, Luck will go away if you open the front door once New Year’s Day is here. In fact, you can get into all kinds of trouble on New Year’s Day if you’re not careful. Don't do the wash or you risk "washing someone right out of your family.” If you’re raising chickens and your first visitor of the new year is a man all your chicks will be roosters instead of hens. Don’t sew - or you’ll sew a shroud before the year is out. Don’t cry - you’ll be sorry all year. Do fill your salt shakers for a prosperous year. Wear something new for good luck. Armenian storytellers say rivers stop flowing for five minutes at midnight and when they start up again gold starts the (low • take a bucket. Speaking of gold, if you’re looking for a mate, place a gold band in a glass of water, turn out the lights at dark and you will see the fated one in the bottom of the glass, lf you just want a hint about who it is, go out after dark alone and shake a peach tree - if a dog barks your mate will come from a distance, but if a rooster crows he/she lives nearby. For other predictions consider that whatever you do the first hour of the New Year will be what you do most of the year. A dark New Year is a sign of a good fruit year. The first 12 days af the new year predict the weather for the 12 months of the year - write them down so you’ll know what to wear. If the wind is out of the North, it will not come from that direction for more than 48 hours for 40 days. Food is very important on New Year’s Day as on all holidays. In Georgia you must have boiled meat, and in Tennessee it's hog jowls and black-eyed peas. Turnip and collard greens, peaches, and rice and peas are alto traditional in different pans of the U.S. In Pennsylvania, it’s nuerkraut ar cabbage and berth*. The Japanese also eat black-eyed peas - and lobster for good tuck in the new year. In Hawaii, midnight luaus mourn the passing of the old year and celebrate the new. Old German traditions include midnight visits with chanted speeches • "A happy new year, a sausage as big as a stove pipe, a cake as big as a bam door” and gunfire salutes. So today while you watch the parades - Mummers to Tournament of Roses, consider that everyone in the U. S. and in more than 160 nations around the world is thinking about the beginning of things and taking appropriate steps to ensure a safe and prosperous new year. Janus would be proud - the Roman god of the beginning of things. Oh. he’s usually depicted with two-faces. one looking towards the future and one looking to the past. So uke the time to reflect on last year, loo, so you won’t make the same mistakes. Swearing in ceremonies set for Jan. I at 9 a.m. By ROBE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Swearing in ceremonies for new county officials will be held January I at 9 a m. at the Comal County Commissioners Court. Suite 30) at the Courthouse Annex. Dr. Gordon C. Graham, pastor of the First Baptist Church will do the invocation. Judge Caner Casteel will be the master of ceremonies and will introduce the new officials and the retiring officials. Judge Robert Pfcuffer will be the speaker. County Clerk Rosie Boscnbur) will swear in the officials. The benediction will be done by the Rev. Fred Martin of the First United Methodist Church. 1992: A year of change and controversy 1992 was a year of controversy in New Braunfels and Comal County. Citizens lined up on opposite sides of some of the major stories of the year including the 1992 general election, the Lafarge lawsuit to bum hazardous waste in New Braunfels, and the Comal Independent School District tax rollback. By ROBB MARIC EASH MW wWwwmfw 1992 was a year of controversy In New Braunfels and Comal County. Citizens lined up on opposite sides of some of the major stories of the year including the 1992 general election, the Lafarge lawsuit to burn hazardous waste in New Braunfels, and the Comal Independent School District tax rollback. The election is history now and the newly elected officials will take office in January. Citizens against the Lafarge efforts to bum hazardous waste have what they call a victory with the ruling against the company's suit this week. CISD taxpayers won a tax rollback. But many of the controversial issues remain unresolved. Although all the local election races have been confirmed, the winner in the voting machine race is yet to be announced. Local government officials are divided on whether the county should keep the new optical scan counting machines or swap them for the punch card type the county has used in the past. A ruling is yet to be made in the Edwards Aquifer lawsuit. Although scheduled for December the decision was postponed to early January. The Water Oriented Recreation District faces continued controversy in the face of proposed changes to the originating legislation. A public hearing is scheduled for January 4. CISD faces tough decisions on the discrimination charges levied by some parents in the district. A special meeting will be held to announce the outcome of the investigation and the proposed action by the school board. Statewide the school funding issue will be the major concern of the Texas Legislature when they convene January 12. Citizens are divided on how monies should be collected and spent to provide equitable educational opportunity for the state’s children. Also on the legislature's agenda is prison reform as citizens demand a solution to the early releases which plagued the overcrowded prison facilities. And at the bottom of both of these statewide problems is the Texas state budget. Index    Stammtisch Friday Afternoon, January 1,1992 Serving Comal County/ Home of Angie Ybarra V61.140, No. 293 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents School funding, prisons top legislative agenda 1 Section, ie Papes AUTOS..........................................11 CLASSIFIED  ..................11-14 ffTMfff..........................  t    g OBAR HOROSCOPE  ........................a RECORDS.......................................3 OSSEOUS.......................................4 •FORTS...................................10-11 WATER WATCH.............................3 WEATHER.....................  3 Beet wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Julie Jonas, Angie Ybarra, Susie Heinemeyer and Shanna Young. Belated birthday wishes go to labella Saenz and Yvonne Farias. Anniversary wishes go to Don and Margie Wildenstein and Mr. and Mrs. Agapilo Lara. Prayer service for elected officials A special prayer service honoring the newly elected Comal County officials will be held today at IO ain. (following the inaugural service at 9 am. at the court house) at the New Braunfels Christian Church, 734 Loop 337. This will be a brief service of hymns, devotions and prayer. A fellowship time will follow. The public is invited. Free GED classes The Alamo Area Council of Government is sponsoring free GED Classes starting Jan. 5. The instruction is given in small groups, using instructor s and computers. The classes are limited in size, and the participants must meet eligibility requirements. Limited funds are available for tests. For more information, contact AACOO-JTPA, 358 Lamia St.. Suite A, or call 629-2949. Income tax training for volunteers Want to be a Tax-Aide Volunteer? The American Association of Retired Persons’ Tax-Aide Program orientation session for volunteers will be Jan. 8 at I a.m. at the Senior Citizen Center, 655 Lamia. Volunteers will be trained to help individuals prepare their income tax forms. Training sessions will be Monday, Wednesday and Biday, Jan. 11 - 22, from I to 5 pm. For mare information, call Wayne King at 629-7195. McKanna Memorial Hospital free lectures - Free lectures an a variety of subjects have been scheduled by McKenna Memorial Hospital. The following lectures will be given on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. in the Garza Street classroom: Jan. 12 • Stroke: preventing the Big One by Bill Davis, M. D„ and Jan. 26 • Breast Cancer Screening by Linda Ebling, Director of Radiology, bi addition, the following lectures will be presented an Mondays at 5:30 pm. in the first floor conference room rn the hospital: Jan. 4 • How to Understand the New Nutrition Labels and Jan. 11 • Maintaining the Diabetic Exchange*. Registered, licensed dietitians, Belinda Bazan and Barbra Swanson, give these lectures. For Home Delivery Call 625-9144 ;