New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Good day, eh! CFL makes new home in Alamodome
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO — Officials met in San Antonio on Thursday to show off the nearly completed $182 million Alamodome, and to announce the addition of a Canadian Football League team to the city.
The Alamodome, scheduled for a May 15, 1993, grand opening, will make its home in the CFL’s Eastern Division. The dome will hold 65,000 fans for football, and will also be the future playing site for the San Antonio Spurs.
The Texans will begin play this season, and San Antonio Mayor Nelson Wolff, along with team owner Larry Benson, credited the hard work of the city council as a prime reason for the construction of the dome and the acquisition of the expansion team.
“I'm grateful for the hard work of the city council in their efforts to encourage and support this undertaking," Wolff said. “We stand ready to help make this a success."
Benson, an attorney and prominent San Antonio businessman, said he couldn’t wait to sec the
“This It a sports txpanslon as wall as a cultural txpanslon."
— Larry Smith, CFL commissioner
Alamodome full of people for the kickoff of the 1993 season.
“The CFL has a tremendous amount of credibility here (in America)," Benson said. “I feel San Antonio is going to love the exciting Canadian
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Both Benson and Wolff said that Texans will be exposed to an exciting sport - a wide-open, high-scoring, hard-hitting game with a wider and longer field. As Wolff said, “it’s not just a rc-hash’’ of the National Football League.
CFL Commissioner Larry Smith was on hand Thursday and said that this expansion (the CFL’s first since 1954 and first ever into the United States) was not meant to detract from the
popularity of the NFL, and may be strategically positioned to be mutually beneficial to both leagues.
“We’re not coming down here to compete with the NFL," Smith said. “This is a sports expansion as well as a cultural expansion.”
The different styles of play between the NFL and CFL, along with differing schedules, could help the two leagues simply by the oddity between the two.
Also an important factor is the differing cultures. According to Wolff, an international flare such as the CFL in a town such as San Antonio (already the number one tour spot in the state) could make the city and the league an overwhelming success.
The CFL begins pre-season play in June and begins regular season play in July, culminating with The Grey Cup - the league championship game - in November. Wolff explained that since there would be no significant overlap with the NFL season, there would be no direct
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Legislature plans to take long, hard look at TDHS
This is the lint of a two-part series By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
One of the areas the Texas Legislature will look at carefully during the current session is the Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS). *
“They’ll look at it but so much of it is non-negotiable," said Anne Dunkelberg, research analyst for the Texas Research League. “Some items in Medicaid could be eliminated, but even with many millions saved - it's not 2 billion."
According to a Texas Research League budget analysis on the department, TDHS is appropriated nearly 24 percent of the state's tout budget - over $14 billion. But. the agency’s general revenue appropriation is only 15 percent of the state's spending. Nearly $9 billion is federal money - Medicaid and Aid to Families with Dependent Children accounting for most of it. Medicaid alone accounts for three-fourths of the TDHS budget.
“Some of the services covered under Medicaid are optional, but any services for kids have to be
covered," said Dunkelberg. “Prescription coverage is optional, but not for kids, hospitals or nursing homes."
Dunkelberg said federal regulations make it difficult to achieve substantial savings by cutting some of Medicaid’s optional services.
Still, according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities the state’s Legislative Budget Office (LBO) released budget recommendations Wednesday which would drastically cut health and human services programs. The prescription medication, which in some cases allows mentally ill patients to slay out of psychiatric hospitals, would no longer be covered says the center’s report. Insulin and other medications that enable the elderly to remain at home would not be available unless they were in a nursing home.
The proposed budget eliminates the Kidney Health Program which provides life-sustaining dialysis, medication and medical
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John Herber (left), New Braunfels’ Fire Marshall, and Byron Vick, Seguing Fire Marshall, investigate the hot spot of the fire that destroyed the Community Service Center Wednesday evening (Photo by John Huseth)
San Antonio Texan owner Larry Benson accepts a CFL franchise from league commissioner Larry Smith at a Thursday press conference at the Alamodome (Photos by John Huseth)
Fire report should be completed by Monday
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writar
The investigation of the fire that destroyed the Community Service Center late Wednesday afternoon has not yet been completed.
"We found the point of origin," said Fire Marshal John Herber. “It was at the back comer of an open shed in the rear (of the main building). We could not determine if accelerants were used. We did conduct some tests for hydrocarbons. Either none were present or the fire was so intense they were eliminaied. We couldn’t tell."
Herber said the fire was labeled “suspicious” and the investigation was continuing. He said it was unlikely that a final determination would be forthcoming prior to Monday. He said unless something “unusual comes up” between now and Monday, the final report would probably be ready then.
St. Paul’s welcomes Rev. Judi Miller
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Wrttar
Members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Braunfels recently welcomed a new minister to their congregation. The Rev. Judi Miller was ordained in December and joined St. Paul's on Dec. 13,1992.
Miller did her undergraduate work at the University of Toledo and finished at California State University at Long Beach, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science.
Originally, Miller had planned to teach, but she never managed to get her teaching certificate. She did, however, manage to stay very involved in the Lutheran Church.
“I have worked for many years as a youth director in different congregations,” Miller said, unaware that she would become a Lutheran minister, “because when I was growing up, during high school and college, . . . the Lutheran Church was not ordaining women."
She said that being a minister was not in her career plan at that time because she did not think it was possible; but she never gave up hope, nor did she ignore her calling to be involved with the Lutheran Church.
Miller participated in workshops and Bible studies so she would know enough about The Bible and theology to do her Sunday school
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Post Office sold 16,000 Elvis stamps in just under two hours
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Writar
Ladies and gentlemen; Elvis Presley has left the building - at least he's left the building located at 686 South Seguin in New Braunfels.
Post Office Supervisor Alice Briones said the 16,000 Elvis Presley stamps received by the New Braunfels Post Office last week arc gone.
“We received 16,000 stamps and they were sold in I hour and 55 minutes,” Briones said.
Most people, she said, bought the stamps in sheets of 40, which helped facilitate the quick sale.
More stamps have been ordered, Briones said, but she doesn’t know for sure when they will arrive or how many she will receive.
“I ordered 50,000 more but I don’t know that we’ll get that many,” Briones said. “We are anticipating
the stamps will arrive toward the end of the month."
Briones said thi« is the most popular stamp she has ever seen, and Robin Minard, spokeswoman for the United States Postal Service in Washington, D.C., agreed - the Elvis stamp is a pretty hot commodity.
“We know they’re selling quickly, but I don't have any exact numbers," Minard said. “We’ve already reprinted it once, which has never been done before, but we’re not going to reprint it agaih.”
Minard said for those who are unable to get erne of the 500 million Elvis stamps, they still have hope. This summer, the USPS plans to release a book of rock and roll stars to include stamps of Buddy Holly. Richie Valens, Otis Redding, Dinah Washington, and - you guessed it -Elvis.Index_I Section, ie Pagts
COMICS , •
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Brian Griffith and Karen Usey; Saturday Birthday wishes to Josl Adrian Juarez, Sara Nicole Brandenburg, Paul Hammakcr, JoMarie Seibert and Patrick Walker; belated Duthday wishes to Abigail Martinez and Mark Wayne Moore. Happy Anniversary to Rudy and Gloria Castro.Monument dedication
The monument erected in Prince Sol rn Park honoring the men and women who served their country during wartime from WW ll to
Desert Storm will be dedicated Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m.Defensive driving class
The New Braunfels Independent School District will have a Defensive Driving Class at the NBISD Community Education Center, 430 W.Mill, Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 19 - 21, from 6-10 p.m. There will also be a class Saturday, Jan. 23, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Red Cross orientation
American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation
will be held at McKenna Memorial Hospital’s second floor conference room on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the hospital, sursing homes or Red Cross office is asked to call Eola Behrens at 625 9764.
Carl Schurz Parent Support Group
The Carl Schurz Parent Support Group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at lite Carl Schurz Elementary School Library. It will foc us on the topic, Put Yourself "In the Way.”New Braunfels Jaycees
The New Braunfels Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce) invite anyone between the agesof 21 and 40 to join the organization. It supports the community through various activities. For more information, contact Shelly McGee at 629-9743.Rummage sale
La Mujer Tejana. a non-profit community service organization, will have a fund-raising rummage sale Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 -17, at the Weekend Flea Market.
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