New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County/ Home of JoMarle Seibert
Vol. 141, No. 44 - Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 cents
Tuesday Afternoon, January 19,1993
Chamber agrees to seek franchise for Dispute Resolution Center
By DAVID SULLENS Editor md Publisher
The directors of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Monday agreed to seek a franchise to create a Dispute Resolution Center.
The center, according to Chamber President Tom Purdum, would be created in cooperation with a Dallas-Forth Worth based firm. Alliance Dispute Resolution Inc. Local Chamber officials learned of the firm through a communiqu* from the Texas Chamber of Commerce. That communiqu* went to IS Chambers throughout the state that might be interested in creating a center, Purdum said Monday.
Under the program, the Dallas-Forth Worth area firm will train two Chamber representatives in dispute resolution. The Dispute Resolution Center would then offer the services of those two people, charging an hourly fee for their services.
"The Chamber’s role is simply to provide a mediator and a place to meet,” Purdum explained. "It would mostly be a service, though we would hope, of course, that it would be self-sustaining.”
Purdum also told the Chamber’s directors that the organization’s annual membership drive is set for April 20-22 and that Southwestern Bell Telephone District Manager Tim Tippitt has advised him that the telephone company has awarded a $5,000
grant to the New Braunfels Chamber for the purchase of computer hardware and software to facilitate industrial development.
The Chamber president also told the board that a Texas Department of Transportation hearing on Interstate 35 construction is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at Canyon High School.
Bill Cone, who chairs the Chamber’s annual Texas Legislative Conference and Texan of the Year Reception, told the board that Barbara Jordan, who is to receive the Texan of the Year honor has confirmed that she will be present to accept the honor.
He also said that New Braunfels’ own Bob Krueger, recently named U.S. Senator to succeed former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, who was named to the Clinton Cabinet, will speak
at the conference luncheon, and that noted Texas economist M. Ray Perryman will speak at the Friday morning session of the conference.
The conference’s theme, Cone reminded the community leaders, is "Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs.”
The Chamber’s directors also heard reports from Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doug Miller, from Carol Gravis, who chairs the Chamber’s upcoming Home and Garden Showcase, and Convention and Visitors Chairman Lee Rodriguez.
And Lupe Castillo, a member of the Chamber’s first Leadership New Braunfels class, briefed the organization’s directors on the LNB program, which began in Octd&r
with an overnight retreat.
Castillo spoke of the program’s various sessions, concluding by saying, "I think I speak for the whole class when I say we want to thank the Chamber for coming up with this program.”
The Leadership New Braunfels program is designed to identify those who have community leadership potential and speed the development of that potential through a year-long series of monthly full-day sessions on various elements of the community. Sessions, Castillo said, in the current class, which has reached its halfway point, have looked at county government, city government, the media and cultural aspects of the community.
Hanz’ fence saves money, earns Farm Bureau award
SWTSU helps Frazier mark one semester of program
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Writer
The students of Frazier Elementary School in New Braunfels gathered in the gymnasium on Friday to celebrate the first semester of their Positive Action Program;
The program began with the students thanking the Frazier Elementary School staff, including the custodial workers, the cooks and the secretaries, for all of their hard work.
During the program, the cheerleaders Bom Southwest Texas State University entertained the students with a few cheers, and the Bobcat Basketball team wowed the crowd with a basketball exhibition of high-flying slam dunks.
But before the basketball, one of the players told the students that education is the most important talent they can possess.
"Jo a college player, a basketball can be worth anywhere from $30,000 to $80,000 depending on the school,” the player said. "And he can sign a professional contract for millions of dollars; but the contract is only worth a million • education is priceless.”
He assured the students that if
SWT cheerleaders and the Bobcat mascot uhigh-fiveM with some students at Frazier Elementary after the Positive Action Assembly last Friday. (Photo by John Huseth)
they worked hard and felt good about themselves, they would succeed.
Frazier Elementary School Principal Sid Ridgway told the students that the Positive Action
Program was about more than just athletics.
"These young men work hard at basketball,” Ridgway told the students," but they work harder at their studies.”
Ridgway said the idea of the Positive Action Program was to make kids feel and act positively, and since the inception of the
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Fire Chief Baker says fire result of teenage mischief
The fire that destroyed the Community Service Center Wednesday, January 13, was apparently the result of teenage
"There’s good reason to believe the fire was set by teenage boys.” said Fire Chief Baker. "It was mischief, they weren't trying to bum the place down.”
Baker said witnesses and
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BY ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writor
An idea for repairing barbed wire fence resulted in an invitation to Anaheim, Calif., for local farmer, Edwin Hanz. Hanz is one of two Texas winners of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farmer Idea Exchange competition and his money-saving idea was presented at their national convention in January.
"In the 50 miles of fence that I’ve got, I imagine it’s saved me at least $2,000 to $3,000 a year,” said Hanz.
The “fence wire tightener” that Hanz invented provides a shortcut for tightening or repairing barbed wire fencing. The device is made with two pair of fence pliers and a piece of No. 9 wire. To repair a fence, the barbed wire is cut and a loop is made on each of the cut ends, then a "patch” piece of wire is used to connect the fence line back .together agaip.
By bending one end of the patch wire like a key you can patch and tighten the fence by twisting the “key” and wrapping the patch wire around itself. (Remember how "keys” were used to open sardine cans — they rolled up a thin strip of
metal that was removed from the tin to allow you to open it before there were “pop tops.”)
"(Before) I used a straight rod with a hole in it and rolled it up,” said Hanz. “But by the time you unrolled it again to get the rod out, you lost some of the tension on the fence. Finally, it dawned on me, why not just take this wire and twist it around and roll it up and then you’re through with it.”
Hanz says the device allows you to tighten the fence anytime fairly quickly whereas using a fence jack is time consuming and can be dangerous.
Berrera focuses on stability of Republican Party, calls for party unity
By Gary P. Carroll Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Republican Women Club welcomed Roy C. Barrera to their annual membership luncheon at the First United Methodist Church on Monday.
Barrera, former 144th District State Court Judge and cochairman of the 1992 George Bush Campaign in Texas, told attendees that Republicans have a responsibility to their party.
"I'm here to tell you, as a Republican, we owe a duty to our children,” Barerra said.
This duty, Barrera explained, is to elect an American who can do a good job • someone who exemplifies the ideals of traditional family values.
"This is not as important in some minds as it is in others,” Barrera said.
Barrera said also this duty applies not only to candidates for the W)\jte House or the
United States Congress, but to local candidates as well.
The main point Barrera hit upon repeatedly was the stability of the Republican Party, not only in Texas but across the nation. He said the foundation of the party is being eroded by interna) conflict, and to regain the party strength and unity, party members need to be more receptive to differing viewpoints.
Barrera mentioned that divergent views on abortion were causing a rift that, if not repaired, could keep the Republican Party from re-gaining lost ground.
"Now is not the time to be divided,” Barrera said. "As Republicans, we are now becoming the party of being in so many camps that it is dividing the party.”
Barrera referred to an instance during the *92 Bush campaign in which some Republican phone-bank volunteers refused to work alongside of other volunteers who had
differing ideas on the abortion issue.
"People are putting issues in front of unity,” Barrera said. "We are letting issues divide us to such an extent that the Democrats are there to pick up the pieces and finish the game.”
Barrera said people within the Republican Party need to learn to live together, work together and respect each other’s views for the party to flourish. "This tent is big enough for everyone.”
Barrera also discussed the upcoming May special election for U.S. Treasury Secretary-designee Lloyd Bentsen’s vacant Senate seat. He assured the audience that the election of a Republican Senator is entirely possible as long as Republicans support one candidate.
"I regret the fact that we have to make a choice between three great people,” Barrera said, "but the fact that we have three solid
candidates to offer is a tribute to our party." Barrera was referring to Congressmen Jack Fields of Humble and Joe Barton of Ennis, and Kay Bailey Hutchison the current state treasurer, who have all announced their candidacy for the Senate.
According to Barrera, for the Republicans to have a chance against Sen. Bob Krueger, a man Barrera and Barton both call a "formidable opponent”, the party must unify.
"We are going to lose sight of our goal to defeat Bob Krueger if we don’t let our voices be heard,” Barrera said.
The State Republican Committee will be meeting soon to decide if the party will offer one candidate an endorsement • something the Republican Party traditionally does not do.
Barrera said that right now it’s just too early to tell if the committee will vote to endorse one candidate, and if so who that
candidate would be.
“The more candidates we offer year in and year out, the fewer dollars we have to give to them and the weaker we get,” Barrera said. “Think about what you feel would be the best for Texas and the Republican Party. We can elect a Republican Senator.”
Barrera said that the Republican Party needs to move a away from negative campaigning and concentrate its efforts toward attracting and a constituency dedicated to conservative values. He indicated that the large number of independents and conservative Democrats could benefit the Republicans in the May special election.
Barrera is currently practicing law in San Antonio and mentioned that he is interested in furthering his political career, possibly as soon as 1994, but was not yet sure in what capacity he wanted to serve.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Ida Biesenbach, Anthony George Aleman, Roselyn Lisk and Enrique Martinez. Belated birthday wishes go to Dorothy Brinkkoeter, Carol Ann Diaz and Kim Steele.
Csnyon Music Boosters
The Canyon Music Boosters will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High Band Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.
New Braunfels High School Band Booster will meet Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Band Hall. Parents and supporters of the Mighty Unicom Band are invited to attend. Call 629-0262
Adult Learning Center
The Adult Learning Center is relocating to 205 S. Casten (The Rutherford Building). The telephone number is 625-3439. If any former students have books, the center would appreciate your returning them. Christine Zavala is the teacher for the GED day classes.
which are held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Suzie Garcia is the English as a Second Language classes, which meet Monday through Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m.
Girt Scout Cookies ’
The 1993 Girl Scout Cookie Sale of the Lone Star Girl Scout Council will be Jan. 23 • Feb. 25. Cookies can be bought from neighborhood Girl Scouts and at Girl Scout Booth sales around the area. For many girls, this is the first experience in business. They learn responsibility, sales techniques, money
management and goal setting. They gain selfrespect in learning the importance of completing a project. Proceeds from the sale support girls in this community in a variety of activities—scholarships for camp and math and science projects.
Mrs. Texas United States Psgeant
Married women 21 years of age or older and citizens of the United States are invited to compete in the Mrs. Texas United States pageant which will be held in Dallas in April. Call (715)656-3266.
For Home Delivm ("all 625-9144