New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Thursday, January 4,1996 O 3Texas Today
NASA Recalls Furloughed Workers For Shuttle Launch
HOUSTON (AP) — Several hundred furloughed federal employees are being called back to jobs at the Johnson Space Center to take part in the upcoming launch of space shuttle Endeavour.
Officials said Wednesday the employees will be called back to work without pay so the agency can proceed with plans to launch the shuttle next week on a mission to retrieve a Japanese science satellite.
Shuttle managers planned to meet today at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to discuss preparations to launch Endeavour and an international crew of six next Thursday.
“Right now, shuttle program managers are in the process of exempting additional employees who are necessary for the preparation and conduct of the mission,” said Jeff Carr, NASA’s chief spokesman at the JSC. “We are stepping up the number of exempted employees.”
Carr said the precise number being recalled was unavailable, but he said the agency is following a plan similar to one imposed during a five-day furlough in November that coincided with a shuttle mission to Russia’s Mir space station.
Catholic Churches Posting 'Nq Guns’ Signs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Archdiocese of San Antonio is sending a new message to parishioners and the public: thou shalt not bear concealed weapons on church property.
Although the state’s new concealed handgun law.prohibits guns in churches and certain other establishments, the archdiocese is posting signs in English and Spanish stating:
“Blessed are the peacemakers. Please no guns permitted on these premises. Property of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.”
Archbishop Patrick Flores unveiled the red and white signs Tuesday and
used the opportunity to announce the archdiocese has launched an anti-violence outreach effort through its churches.
The “no guns” signs are intended to emphasize the anti-violence message and to keep firearms out of sanctuaries and off other archdiocese property, church officials said.
Six Imprisoned Davldians Seeking Reduced Sentences
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for six convicted members of the Branch Davidian sect say they believe they have strong arguments to justify reduced prison sentences for their roles in the killing of four federal agents.
Four U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and six followers of David Koresh died during an exchange of gunfire on Feb. 28, 1993, in Texas.
The gunfight broke out when scores of agents on two trailers arrived at the cult compound IO miles east of Waco to arrest Koresh on weapons charges.
None of the convicted Davidians was expected to be in court today when a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Cir-cuit-Court of Appeals listened to their attorneys’ arguments.
“I think we’ve got some excellent points,” Waco attorney Richard Ferguson, who represents Brad Branch, said earlier, “lf they don’t give us some relief, we’ve got some pretty good grounds to go up to the Supreme Court.”
Bomer Tells Workers’ Comp Insurers to Explain, Lower Rates
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Department of Insurance is asking workers’ compensation insurance companies to treat small businesses the same way it treats larger companies, a feat they cannot achieve, according to an industry spokesman.
Rick Gentry, of the Insurance Information Institute, said on Wednesday
that the department’s warning to 17 insurance groups to either defend their workers’ compensation insurance rates or lower them suggests prices in the market are not competitive. But he said they are.
The 17 groups, which operate 74 insurance companies in Texas, were told in a letter dated Dec. 22 to respond to Insurance Commissioner Elton Bomer’s concern over what he called excessive rates for small businesses by Feb. I or face rate rollback hearings.
The 74 companies collected about $291 million in premiums, or 14.7 percent of all premiums, in 1994, according to the Insurance Department.
The companies’ business represents one-seventh of the workers’ comp market. They were targeted because their rates appeared out of line without sufficient explanation, according to the department.
State: Texas Still Has Funds To Administer Unemployment Insurance Program
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal budget stalemate that is forcing Kansas to suspend its unemployment insurance benefits won’t be duplicated in Texas anytime soon, the state’s unemployment insurance director says.
“The good news is that Texas has managed its money well and that we have enough funds to operate going into the first week of February,” the Texas Workforce Commission’s unemployment insurance director, Mike Sheridan, said Wednesday.
“In Texas, we are in good shape.”
A day earlier, Kansas officials announced that the Washington budget crisis was causing them to furlough 400 employees who administer the Kansas unemployment insurance program. Benefits to 19,000 unemployed Kansans will end after this week, making Kansas the first state in the 60-year history of the national program to cut benefits.
Texas prison employees now working without pay
A call for help from Women’s Center
By JODIE MYTRO
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The Comal County Women’s Center is looking for a few good men and women. Reliable volunteers, including j professionals in the community, such |as leachers and retired individuals, are desperately needed to assist the i program coordinator in working with non-residcntial victims of crime, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, and incest survivors.
Training for new volunteers for the non-residential program will take place in early 1996. Individuals who would like to learn how to work with victims of crime should call the volunteer coordinator in January to get on the list of volunteers who will be trained to:
I. Conduct Workshops — on a variety of skills-building subjects, such as coping, decision making, problem solving, anger and stress management, self- and others-aware-ness, selfesteem, values clarification, basic career planning, assertiveness ; training, co-dependency, basic safety and self-defense, basic legal rights ; skills, etc., for victims of crime. Several volunteers are needed to teach ‘these workshops which will be held ‘for one to two hours per week.
I 2. Facilitate Support Groups — for 'victims of sexual assault, domestic ^violence, and incest. Support groups are held once a week or more for one -or more hours and several volunteers I are needed.
I 3. Become a Sexual Assault Advo-! cate — SAAs man the hotline, accompany victims to the hospital, through I the legal system, and provide emotional support. They may work as
* many hours as they want and may be ‘on call.
4. Facilitate Orientation — for victims of domestic violence who need to obtain protective orders from the county attorney’s office, r Several volunteers are needed to spend several hours a week assisting victims by providing them with information, screening, them, providing them with a video, helping victims I fill out their protective order forms, and accompany them to the county ; attorney’s office, if requested.
! 5 Organize and Implement a Speak-
ier’s Bureau — for the center, using staff members and other professionals I in the community to give presentations on a variety of subjects pertaining to victims’ rights issues.
6. The program coordinator needs 'someone to act as an Administrative Assistant — He or she will perform duties which will consist of making phone calls, typing, making copies, organizing paper work, putting together entrance and exit packets and support group and workshop packets, etc., on a daily or weekly basis.
individuals are welcome to volun
teer their time and energy from a minimum of one hour a week to more regularly.
Day, evening, night, and summer volunteer positions are available for those who would like to give back to their community through volunteering their special skills, knowledge and compassion. Call (210) 620-7520 to sign up and for more information.
Housing support sought
Help give victims of domestic violence and their children a second chance at life!
The Comal County Women’s Center in New Braunfels is organizing cooperation between local landlords and owners of apartments, houses, trailers and duplexes for survivors of domestic violence to rent after their stay at the shelter is up.
Although housing is available through the Housing Authority, some victims of domestic violence do not qualify for one reason or another; and oftentimes, the waiting list is long and housing may not be readily available.
Housing referrals may be given to the house manager, Lynette Whitlock, at 620-7520.
Ms. Whitlock will then post these housing opportunities on one of the shelter’s bulletin boards for residents to review.
Donations for security deposits for rent, utilities, phone, etc., would also be greatly appreciated since many of our residents have a hard time coming up with enough money for these deposits in order to move.
Please contact Karen MacDonald, the center’s volunteer coordinator, at 620-7520 with donations specifically for this purpose.
The Comal County Women’s Center wants to thank contributors, in advance, for their help. Thank you for your support and compassion.
Job roforrals for domestic violence survivors needed
The Comal County Women’s Center is making an aggressive call to the community at-large to help with job referrals for adult survivors of domestic violence residing in the shelter. Individuals and organizations in the county are encouraged to contact Lynette Whitlock, the house manager, at 620-7520 with any job referrals so that they can be posted on shelter bulletin boards for the residents’ information.
Part of the center’s goal is to help victims regain their dignity through pride in self, education and work.
Although some victims may be on government assistance temporarily, others welcome the opportunity to work and gain new employment skills while they are at the center.
Housekeeping, child care, sales,
By CHIP BROWN
Associated Press Writer
Unlike the furloughed government employees who are waiting at home for the budget standoff in Washington to end, John Eberle is one of the 480,000 who must continue reporting to work each day without pay.
On top of that, he works at a federal prison.
“We are putting our lives on the line every day to keep inmates under control and for what? For nothing. Morale is terrible,” said Eberle, who works at the federal lockup in Bastrop and is struggling to feed his wife and three children.
Employees at federal prisons across the state echoed Eberle’s sentiments in varying tones. Paychecks arriving
this week were half of their normal amounts, or less, as the partial government shutdown reached its 20th day.
Those checks covered work up until Dec. 16, when the shutdown began. If no progress is made in the budget talks, employees fear there may not be any checks next payday.
Unable to qualify for unemployment assistance or food stamps, most workers deemed “essential” by the government can’t find jobs on the side to help pay bills because they must continue reporting for duty each day.
Employees say they’ve been promised their back income once the budget standoff is resolved. But that is of little consolation to the families struggling now to pay their rent, utilities and food expenses.
“There could be a time in the very near future where some of our employees won’t have enough money for gas to keep coming to work,” said Eberle, who works as a prison construction foreman and helps rehabilitate inmates by teaching them building skills.
Eberle said work at a federal prison isn’t something that is done out love for the job.
“The only thing that keeps me here is the retirement plan and the benefits,” said Eberle, who has worked at the Bastrop lockup, 45 miles southeast of Austin, for the past IO years.
Ray Hooker, executive assistant at La Tuna Federal Correctional Institution, a low-security prison in Anthony, near El Paso, said employees are trying to make the best of it.
Five generations have Thanksgiving dinner together at Fischer center
Five generations enjoyed a true Thanksgiving blessing when they were all together for a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 23 at the Fischer Store School Community Center. Family members came from Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, Austin and the Comal County area.
Taking part in the Thanksgiving dinner included (photo at right, left to right) Asia Renae Orton (age 2), Kimberly Hainey Orton, Patty McKoon Clark, Regina Luehlfing McKoon, and Alma “Kuhn” Luehlfing (97).
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and other job opportunities requiring creative, organizational and managerial skills are needed to help victims regain their self-esteem and independence.
On-the-job training is also welcomed for th^se Special individuals.
Please help by giving these women and men and their children a chance for a new life!
Additions for solf-improvo-ment, self-empowerment library boing accoptod
The Comal County Women’s Center in New Braunfels is in need of new and used book, videotape and audiotape donations for their new self-improvement and self-empowerment library created for adult residents and non-residential survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and incest.
Especially needed at the center are: * Adult library books. The types of books needed are in the areas of GED preparation, career planning, getting into college, job search, single parenting, individual rights, law, child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, sexual harassment, self-esteem, assertiveness, values clarification, problem solving, decision making, divorce, child custody, child support, and any other areas of information on self-improvement issues.
The center is also looking for other library donations, such as skill-building workbooks, videos and audiotapes to utilize during workshops and support groups.
* Volunteers who are interested in psychology and social work.
reachers, retired professionals, psychology and sociology majors/interns, and other interested volunteers are needed now for after school and during the summer to teach skills-building workshops to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and incest as a means to empowerment and future financial and emotional independence.
* Children’s library books. In addition, library resources for children and adolescents are needed to supply a new children’s library for the children of residents.
Books and workbook material on school subjects, such as science, math, English, spelling, reading, drug and alcohol prevention, and other topics are needed.
* Tutors. Reliable and mature adult and high school student volunteer tutors are needed after school to help children who are living in the shelter to improve their grades, thus improving their self-esteem during this difficult transitional period.
Contact Karen MacDonald, the center’s volunteer coordinator, in reference to donations and/or volunteering at 620-7520.Save 50%
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