New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2 - Herald-Zeitung — Friday, January 14, 2011Victoria’s Secret among $900 spree on CISD card
By J. Louise Larson
Someone's in trouble for buying frilly unmentionables with a Comal Independent School District credit card and taxpayer money.
C1SI) has apparently become the victim of a disturbing consumer fraud trend.
The New Braunfels Police Department received information Wednesday from OSD’s legal department alerting them that someone had run up about $900 in an online buying spree at Victoria's Secret and Wal-mart with the district's American Express card.
"American Express contact
ed the district early this week and said there was possible fraudulent activity on the district’s credit card," said CISD Communications Coordinator Julie Jerome.
There’s no word on how the number was obtained in this instance; sophisticated criminals have developed a range of ways to illegally copy vitalAuthor uses personal hardship as positive inspiration for book
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By Megan Holt
New Braunfels resident Joyce Steel, 74, has taken her life's hardships and used them as a positive influence on her earner.
Born in 1937 in the farming anti ranching community of Anson, lexas, Steel was raised in a close, Christian family.
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She wrote in her latest book. "My brother and I were learning to be; however, loudly and clearly, it was understood that our parents already were."
After graduating from Anson High School, Steel decided to move to Houston in the mid '60s and obtain a real estate broker's license in commercial and development properties.
While living in Houston in 1968, she was diagnosed with endrometrial cancer, battling the disease two more times in 1991 and 1998.
"After collecting the medical records for my family, I realized our family has BRCA 1 and BRCA2 gene mutations." Steel said. "Members of my family are very fortunate if they don't have cancer.”
According to the National Cancer Institute website, BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that belong to a class of genes knows as tumor suppressors.
In normal cells, these genes help ensure the stability of a cell's genetic material and help prevent uncontrolled cell growth.
The mutation of these
genes have been linked to the development of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
In fact, Steel's latest book, “Little Frances Mae" is a reflection on her baby sister’s life after being diagnosed with acute leukemia and passing away at 4 years old.
“When I was first diagnosed, I was surprised, even though it runs in the family," Steel said. “I had been married for one and a half years and was discussing starting a family. It came at a bad time.”
Steel began writing in 1975 after having a personal, spiritual experience.
“I just went to my desk one day, picked up a pen and started writing," Steel said. “I was 35."
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Joyce Steel will be signing copies of her latest book, "Little Frances Mae," at Hastings on Saturday.
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Steel relocated to New Braunfels in 1987.
"I had planned to retire in New Braunfels,” Steel said. “I moved here when Houston crashed. The economy was as bad then as it is now. Nothing was moving or selling. I decided it was a good time to make a change."
Her husband passed away from cancer in 2005.
Veering away from her finance and real estate business, Steel began focusing on her spiritual side and wrote several books, including a series of seven unpublished manuscripts entitled, “The Son of Mary Chronicles."
Forming her own publishing company, caiied Angel Talk Books, Steel published her first successful book, “Atlantis — the Daughter.”
. Her latest book, “Little Frances Mae," was published in late 2010.
Steel will be selling and signing copies of “Little Frances Mae" Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hastings Entertainment.
“I have to have an inspiration," Steel said. “I constantly read and look at something to inspire me. I’m not the type of writer that produces something every year, although I probably could.
“Everyone has a purpose in life," Steel said. “I’ve decided this is mine.”
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account information that range from running a card through a second scanner to skimming through trash.
The district is still investigating the matter and hasn’t filed an official report yet, Jerome said. She said the card has been used primarily for staff attending out-of-town conferences, which is stan
dard operating procedure at many school districts.
"It could have been a phone charge or mail order — as soon as we have more information, we’ll be filing an official report with NBPD and working with them,” she said.
The fraudulent purchases were made Jan. 9, said Lt. Michael Penshorn of the
“Apparently, they noticed them rather quickly, which Is good,” he said.
Too often, defrauded credit card customers simply report suspected fraud to the credit card company instead of calling the police, Penshorn said.
"They often go unreported,” he said.Mel Tillis plays Gruene HallCountry singer-songwriter to perform at venue for 1st time
By Dale Martin
Herald-Zeitung music writer
It’s become very common for legendary performers to play at Gruene Hall, with the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley, Greg Allman, Little Richard. Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson all gracing the stage of the historic venue. In fact, it’s getting hard to find someone who hasn’t played there.
Though he’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Mel Tillis has never played Gruene Hall.
Calling from his home near Nashville. Tillis couldn’t believe it either.
"Are you sure I haven’t played there?" asked Tillis. “1 think I’ve played everywhere in Texas at one time or another.”
Born Lonnie Melvin Tillis in 1932 in Dover, Fla., he learned to play guitar and drums by the time he was 16. After high school he joined the Air Force and formed his first band while stationed in Okinawa. A childhood bout with malaria caused his trade-mark stutter, but it never affected his singing voice, easily considered one of the best in country music.
He moved to Nashville in 1955 and soon became known as a talented songwriter. Webb Pierce, Ray Price and Brenda Lee all recorded his songs. By 1958, Tillis signed a contract with Columbia Records and began
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recording his own songs. His first two singles, “The Violet and a Rose” and “Sawmill," both cracked the Top 40 and Mel was on his way. Skillfully using his speech impediment for onstage humor, Mel is one on the most beloved stars in country music.
In conversation, Tillis is both humble and hilarious, laughing easily at his own jokes and poking fun at fellow stars.
At his upcoming show, Mel will be playing all his hits plus throwing in some funny stories. His latest CD, “You Ain’t Gonna Believe This” is a comedy album recorded at his theater in Branson, Mo.
“I sold my theater awhile back," Tillis said, “but we
recorded a lot of the shows there and this is where we got all the stories and jokes.”
Tillis is known for his song-writing and storytelling. His biggest hits, “Ruby, I )on’t Lake Your Love To Town" and “Detroit City" are great examples.
“Well,” Lillis said. “Ruby is a true story. A World War II soldier was wounded in Germany and fell in love with his nurse. So he brought her hack home and married her. They lived in a small apartment behind my house. I was about 13 at the time and I would hear them arguing a lot and asked my Mama what was going on over there. ‘Oh, he accuses her of everything, but she’s a good girl.’ One day in 1966,1 was on my way home from my office in Nashville and I got stuck in traffic. Johnny Cash was on the radio singing ’Don’t take your guns to town son; leave your guns at home Bill.’ So I started singing ‘Ruby, don’t take your love to town.’
“By the time I got home 1 had it written. I changed it to the Vietnam War, but otherwise it’s a true story. I walked in and played it for my wife and she hated it. She said it was the worse song I’d ever written. It sold several million copies, so she likes it now,” Mel added with a laugh.
Tickets are available online at gruenehall.com or by phone at (830) 629-5077. Tickets are $35 each and John Arthur Martinez opens the show at 9 p.m. Tillis will start at 10 p.m.
CISD announces promotions, new hires
From staff reports
Two promotions and two new hires have been announced for the Comal Independent School District.
David Springer, currendy assistant principal of Rebecca Creek Elementary, has been promoted to assistant director of the district’s Maintenance and Operations Department. Springer, who has a bachelor’s degree in interdisci
plinary studies from Texas State and a master’s from the University of Phoenix, has served as the assistant principal of Rebecca Creek since August 2004. He began his teaching career with Comal ISD in 1998. He has also served as the district’s instructional systems analyst and assistant instructional technician.
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be taking on Springer’s responsibilities as assistant principal at Rebecca Creek Elementary. Saeger has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master's from Oklahoma State. She has served as Goodwin Frazier’s assistant principal since August 2009. She joined Comal ISD in 2006.
Both promotions will become effective on Jan. 31.
On Jan. 3, Catherine Robert became the district’s new community education coordinator. She succeeded Elaine Falkenberg, whc retired in mid-December. Robert, a certified teacher and principal, most recently worked for the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin.
Also, Julie Jerome became the district’s new communications coordinator, succeeding Ashley Holt, who moved to Kingsville in October. Jerome served as the public information officer for Hays Consolidated ISD since 2000, and is the immediate past president of the Texas School Public Relations Association.
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