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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYFormer    Unicorn    teammates    face    off    at    college    level.    See    Page    5. 50 CENTS The Mergele House, 708 W. Mill 20 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, January 18,1996 New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of HEATHER FEST Vol. 144, No. 47 Inside Editorial............................... .............4 Sports.................................. ..... 5 Comics................................ .............7 Market Place...................... 8-10 I Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dorothy Brinkkoeter, Thelma Lee (84 years), Ronald Holbrook (13 years), Heather Fest, Isabel Veles (belated), Jose D. Garcia and Lisa Nichole Kilos. Pollen Count Cedar—17,142 Mold —1,752 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel. Water Information Comal River — 286 Cubic Feet Per Second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.11 feet above sea level, down .02. Lake Dunlap property owners to meet The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association general membership meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19 at the River Bend Clubhouse. For information, call Paul at 609-5769 or Frankie at 625-3042. Sons of Hermann to meet Spring Branch Lodge #127 Sons of Hermann will meet Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative meeting room for the regular meeting. Gathering at 2 p.m. Meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. Members are urged to attend as plans for 1996 will be formulated. Lodge will furnish refreshments, members may bring desserts. Chamber Banquet tickets on sale Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Civic Center, will remain on sale until Friday, Jan. 19. The banquet, whose theme is “A Sesquicentennial Finale," will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt. The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award. For more information, call 625-2385. Canyon Music Boosters to moot The Comal County Women’s Center needs a volunteer or group of volunteers to install wood shelving in a storeroom. The shelter has everything except someone to put it up. lf you want to help with the project, call 620-7520 Quilters to hoar talk on crazy quilting New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild meets at 9 am, Jan. 20 at First Christian Church on Loop 337 Maria Connolly will speak on ’crazy quilting.* Workshop after the program will be on 'Shopping Las Colchas.’ The winning numbers Lotto TOKOS 3,6, 13,45, 48,49 Est $4 milton jackpot LOTTERY Pay now, learn later with the Texas Tomorrow Fund And here are the details Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the Texas Tomorrow Fund. For more answers and a comprehensive information packet, call I-800-445-GRAD. ■ The Texas Tomorrow Fund offers four programs, the Junior College Plan, the Senior College Plan, the Junior-Senior College Plan, and the Private College Plan. Costs vary depending on the plan. ■ Investors can pay in three ways: I) a one-time lump sum, 2) fixed-year, five- or ten-year payments, 3) extended monthly installments. ■ Applications will be accepted through March 31, 1996. B The TTF will refund investments if the beneficiary (student): I) goes out of state to college, 2) gets a scholarship for tuition, 3) dies or becomes disabled, 4) decides not to go to college. The amount refunded depends on the circumstances. ■ Payments into the TTF are not tax deductible. ■ If a family has financial trouble, money invested in the TTF is safe — creditors cannot touch it. Cooking class will raise money for library Gourmet cooks and connoisseurs of fine food can learn how to prepare a scrumptiously delicious meal by the Heart of Texas Cooking School sponsored by the Friends of Tye Preston Memorial Library on Thursday, Feb. I at 7 p.m. at Mountain Valley Elementary School. Tickets for the cooking school are on sale for $6 at the library. Proceeds will go towards the library. The cooking school will feature well-known San Antonio cooking instructors Lenny Angel and Joan Lyons. Both are certified cooking instructors by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Students at the cooking school will be able to sample the main course, Lean Mean Florentine, a beef casserole made with olives, spinach and wild rice, and the rest of the menu. Door prizes will be awarded at the event and tickets can be purchased at the door. As of Tuesday, 45 people bought tickets. The cooking school is sponsored by Pioneer Hour Mills, Bolner’s Fiesta Spices, Chantal Cookware, Mahatma Rice and Baker’s Mate Non-Stick Ovenware Liner. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer “When Sir Isaac Newton proclaimed that what goes up must come down, he obviously wasn’t talking about college tuition rates,” said John Sharp, Texas state comptroller. Sharp put a plan in motion Jan. 2 to try to help parents deal with rising college fees — the “Texas Tomorrow Fund.” The fund is a pre-paid tuition plan similar to those working in eight other states. Sharp estimates that the average tuition at a public college in Texas has risen by more than 8 percent a year in recent years. “We believe that college costs are rising at a certain rate per year, and a family would have to have some very lucky investments to equal that much,” said Sheila Clancy, a spokesperson from Sharp’s office. Simply put, the fund works like this — parents sign a contract with the state and pay into the Texas Tomorrow Fund at today’s college rates when their child is small. The money goes into a trust fund, which earns interest. When the child reaches college age, the child’s fees will be paid from money taken out of the trust fund. “Basically, what you would be doing is buying an education today before inflation raises the price of it,” said Stan Cunningham of Edward D. Jones & Co. investments. Deposits into the fund aren't tax deductible, but withdrawals are tax deferred. “It’s one vehicle — it’s an interesting vehicle to be encouraged to save for college education.” said Dan Davis, associate director of the Office of Student Financial Aid at The University of Texas at Austin. Texas parents have shown enormous interest in the Texas Tomorrow Fund in the last two weeks. “We have gotten tens of thousands of calls,” Clancy said. The controller’s office estimates that an $8,000 Texas Tomorrow Fund contract bought now for a newborn will be worth about $32,000 when the child is college age. “Any kind of investment out there that would have that kind of return would have a very high risk,” Clancy said. The fund otYers four plans, including one plan for a private Texas college. It will still pay — at Texas college rates ‘Basically,what you would be doing is buying an education today, before inflation raises the price of it.' — Stan Cunninghan — if a child decides to go to school out of state. Benefits are transferable to a sibling, a step-sibhng or half-sibling. “With the Texas Tomorrow Fund, there’s no way you can lose your pnn-cipal investment,” Clancy said. But the Texas Tomorrow Fund does have risks of its own. lf a child decides not to go to college before he graduates from high school, the parents get a refund for the money they paid into the fund minus administrative and termination fees — but not the interest. What if college tuition rates skyrocket faster than expected and the trust fund earns less than expected? Who makes up the difference — the parents, the university, or the state? Another spokesperson from Sharp’s office declined to answer those questions. County United Way drive reaches its goal — and then some Family rescued from trailer blaze More than $310,000 raised, drive chairwoman announces By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The United Way fund-raising drive can finally blow the top off its thermometer. The drive officially met its goal Tuesday morning, and has actually exceeded it, which means the thermometers have exploded. United Way Drive Chairwoman Frances Huff said the official dnve began Sept. I, and usually runs until the annual general meeting in January. She said that is when the drive is officially over and volunteer work stops. “We still take money, but it’s officially over. The actual volunteer work on the drive has ended,” said Huff. She said this year’s annual meeting “We got a really nice gift (Tuesday) morning, and it actually took us to $319,000.’ — Drive Chairwoman Frances Huff just happened to be Wednesday night, and she was able to officially announce the drive had reached, and surpassed the goal of $310,000 “We got a really nice gift (Tuesday) morning, and it actually took us to $319,000,” Huff said. However, just because it has surpassed its goal does not mean the Unit ed Way is finished accepting donations. Huff said United Way will always accept donations, and she has even gotten phone calls saying more is on the way. “We’re saying bring it on down. We’ll still take it because it will help the different agencies we support,” she said. Huff’said this year’s drive was about average. She said the goal is usually met within days of the annual meeting, and this year was no exception. “It’s about like this every year,” she said. The funds raised are used to support chanties or organizations that provide social services to the people of Comal County. The United Way of Comal County will fund 29 organizations this year. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL United Way Fund Drive Chairwoman Frances Huff puts the explosion on the thermometer on the Plaza. By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The quick actions of three heroes saved a mother and her two young children from a raging mobile home fire this morning in Guadalupe County. “I came out and saw a gentleman go in and get two babies out,” Steve Casey said. “For some reason, he could not get the mother out and had to get his breath back. Then I went in and die smoke was very thick and overwhelming. The gentleman then got his breath back and it took three of us to pull the mother out of the fire. When we were pulling the mother out of the front window, I felt the third child, so I went in and got the child out.” The McQueeney Fire Department got the first call about the fire at 8:22 a.m. today. The fire occurred on Cypress Grove Road in a mobile home park, 12 miles east of New Braunfels on FM 725. Lake Dunlap Fire Department, New Braunfels EMS and Seguin EMS responded to the call. AirLife was called out to the scene. The other two heroes Casey was talking about were Willie Rangel and DeWayne Stinson. Rangel, a maintenance man who works at the mobile home park, was the first on the scene to pull out the two children. Stinson is a mobile home resident, who came to help after he saw the fire. “I heard a noise, but I didn’t know what it was,” Stinson said. “Then I saw smoke come out of the back wall of the mobile home.’’* Guadalupe County Fire Marshal and McQueeney Volunteer Fireman Don McFarland was the first fireman on the scene. He said the efforts of Casey, Rangel and Stinson proved to be the difference between life and death for the family. “Their efforts considerably helped their chances,” McFarland said. “Mobile homes can go fast, especially when the winds are 25-45 miles per hour.” The fire completely destroyed the back end of the mobile home. At press time it was not known what caused the fire. It was also not determined whether or not a child would have to be flown to San Antonio for smoke inhalation or injuries. The father, who was not at home at the time of the fire, would have to be contacted by authorities. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Emergency workers give oxygen to a child rescued from a fire in Guadalupe County this morning.Opinion page should reflect county's diversity. See Opinion, Page 4. ;