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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfe no I i 6    10/    /'    2    /    / SO WE SI niCROFU*L.lS»HHb <7 £ YANDELL DU Over $1 billion bfet on 1992’s game By GARY P. CARROLL Staff Writer The biggest sports day of the veer ii also the biggen betting day of the year ai well, according to a report released by the Texas Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling. Larry North, president of the Texas Council, said the amount of money wagered on the Super Bowl is staggering. "More money is bet on the Super Bowl than most Fortune 500 companies earn in a whole year," North said. Last year, more than SI billion was wagered on the Super Bowl • $50 million was wagered legally. Although 95 percent of the people who wager on the Super Bowl are not problem gamblers, to the five percent that are, the results can be devastating. Sue Cox, executive director of the Texas Council, said the results of compulsive gambling can be devastating for the gambler, their family and their friends. '‘Compulsive gamblers often destroy their lives and the lives of their families. because of an obsession with gambling," Cox said. "When they are out of control on gambling, everything in their life is out of control." In 1991, the state legislature recognized the problem of gambling and contracted the Texas Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling to operate a hotline and provide information about gambling and where to get help. Also, the inclusion of the hotline number was required to be placed on all lottery tickets. Gambler’s Anonymous, a support group designed to help problem gamblers, has devised a list of questions it asks new members. Questions like 'Do you ever borrow money to finance your gambling?’ and ‘After you win do you have a Th# following statistic# sr# based upon th# activity of th# Gambler'# H#lp Lin# from May PP, 1992 • Doc. 31. • Number of calls (Texas): 1,463 • Gender of caller: 67%-Male, 33%* Fe male • Age of caller: Under 18*3%, 18 to 25-28%, 26 to 34 -28%, 35 to 64-39%, over 65-2% • Ethnicity of caller: African American-19%, Caucasian-64.5%, Hispanic-15%, Asian-1%, Of her-.5% strong urge to return and win more?' are included in the questionnaire which is considered a reliable tool used in identifying a possible problem. The Texas Council released statistics on the national and state hotline activity. There were 89,932 calls to the 1-800 help line nationwide and 1,463 in the state of Texas. Of those callers, 66% had a preexisting gambling problem prior to the beginning of the Texas Lottery, and most participated in more than one type of game. North said gambling will be the most serious addiction in the nation within IO years due in part to the pervasiveness of gambling sites. Activities such as casino gambling, horse racing, and dog racing are springing up everywhere -including Texas • and the problem will grow rapidly. If you, think you may have a gambling problem, call the toll free help line at 1-800-742-0443. The counselors will assist you in locating help in your community. Kristi Sparks, managsr, (front left) and Glenda Keck, instructor many exercisers decked out In their favorite Dallas Cowboys (front right) lead the Jazzercise class at The Athletic Club with attire. (Photo by John Huseth) Domestic violence increases following football games By GARY P. CARROLL Staff Writer For millions of fans throughout the nation and around the world, the Super Bowl represents the pinnacle of athletic achievement; but for thousands of women the Super Bowl can be a nightmare. Cindy Stauffer, executive director of the Comal County Women's Center, the violence inherent in football games, mixed with alcohol, pervades the home and can lead to increased incidents of domestic violence such as spousal abuse. ’ "It's unfortunate that a man gets angry at 11 men who aren’t doing their job right and has to uke it out on his wife,” Stauffer said. In towns with professional football teams, women's shelters fill up following a home team loss. This according to Stauffer is a result of some men not being able to properly deal with their anger. "The men need to be learning to direct their anger where it belongs," Stauffer said, "and learn how to deal with their anger other than resorting to physical methods." Although the Super Bowl sparks increases in violence, Stauffer said it is likely that the abuse to some extent was there already; although there may be isolated events of abuse caused by the Super Bowl. "In my opinion, it's not likely that someone who has never perpetrated abuse before is going to be stirred up by the Super Bowl," Stauffer said. The incidents of domestic violence are learned responses, according to Stauffer, acted out by people who may have grown up in a violent home. Tile women, Stauffer said, are not responsible for the actions of men and should be able to feel safe in their own homes. "If they are not safe in their homes then they need to call 620-HELP (4357)." Today's Super Bowl matches the Buffalo Bills against the Dallas Cowboys, and Stauffer said Texans should hope Dallas wins for sake of the state - and the women living in it. Instances of abuse are less common, but still present, in households located in cities which are not represented by a team in the Super Bowl. "If Dallas loses, women's shelters around the state will be full," Stauffer said. Sunday Morning, January 31,1993 Serving Comal County/ Homa of Dorothy Muallar Vol. 141, No. 52 - Daily 50 coms, Sunday 75 conte a uu ▼▼ I manva for record betting Cowboy FeverMejford assumes managing editor post on Monday Greg Metford has been named managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, Publisher David Sullens has announced. Mefford, who will begin work in New Braunfels Monday, succeeds Stephanie Ferguson who resigned at the end of last year to pursue a teaching career. The former managing editor of the Canyon Lake Times Guardian, Mefford, 23, returns to Comal County after working as a copy editor at the Galveston Daily News since early 1992. "Greg's was the first name that came to mind when I learned that Stephanie was leaving," Sullens said, announcing Mefford's appointment. "He’s one of those people who really loves newspapering and who is dedicated to producing an absolutely top notch product. He's a recognized authority on layout and design and other papers throughout the country call on his computer expertise. But, most importantly, he understands the concept of community journalism. "I can’t imagine anyone I'd be happier to have at the helm of our newsroom," the Herald-Zeitung publisher concluded. "Returning to the New Braunfels area and renewing old friendships is something I'm looking forward to," Mefford said. "And there's no place better to practice small-town journalism than in the Texas Hill Country. "I look forward to telling the stories of the people in Comal County and to keeping them informed on the issues affecting their lives. "I hope," the new managing editor concluded, "the newspaper's readers will take the time to call me with their suggestions for improving their newspaper." Mefford worked previously for the Granbury Gazette and the Stephenville Empire-Tribune, where he was a general assignments reporter for two years. He also has served as a production consultant for newspaper groups in several suites. He attended The Art Institute of Dallas and Tarleton Suite University in Stephenville, where he studied commercial art and journalism. Mefford is married to the former Tracey Holloway, who currently works as an office assistant for a dental practice in Clear Lake. The couple will make their home in New Braunfels. Mefford Commissioners approve water conservation district By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Commissioners approved a resolution to support the creation of the Comal County Underground Water Conservation District Thursday in the regular session of Comal County Commissioners Court. "We've been talking about the Trinity Aquifer now for at least the two years I've been on the court and I know that it was discussed maybe about IO years prior to that," said County Judge Caner Casteel. "We know that this is a critical area and it has been identified by the Texas Water Commission—if we don’t do it, they're going to do it." The proposed district would address a critical problem identified by the Texas Water Commission in 1989. The Trinity Aquifer which provides water to the western half Comal County is in danger of being unable to support the population it serves. The state identified the problem and advised Comal County that action must be taken to solve the problem locally or state control may be required. The resolution passed by the commissioners Thursday allows a temporary board of directors to file with the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Legislature for the creation of a water conservation district to protect the water interests in the western pan of the county. The Trinity Aquifer does not recharge as quickly as the Edwards Aquifer and therefore is more sensitive to population growth and pollution. The proposed water conservation district would have the authority to purchase, sell, transport, #•• Commistion**, Pegs 9A Index 2 Bact Ion, 24 Pag## CLASSIFIED ..........7-12B COMICS........................ ...............SB DEAR ABBY ...............3A EDUCATION ...............6B ENTERTAINMENT....... ............e-7A FORUM......................... ........SA, SA HOROSCOPE ..............5B INSIGHT .............. 1B LIFESTYLES ............2 4B RECORDS ............3A OPINIONS ............4A SPORTS........................ ........10-12A WATER WATCH.......... ...............3A WEATHER .............3A StammtischBast wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Dorothy Mueller, Sylvia Zamarripa, David Vasek, Angie Marie Vallejo and Susie Graham. Monday birthday greetings go to Abby Abernathyand Ivy Sanchez. Belated birthday greetings go to Herbert Fey and Leotie Stephens."Halr-Cut-A-Thon" Due to unforseen circumstances, Makin' Waves Hair Salon will not hold a "Hair-Cut-A-17100" fund-raiser to benefit the Comal County 4-H Council today from I • 3 p.m. The salon apologizes if this inconveniences anyone.Tal#nt Show Canyon High School will have a Talent Show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4. Admission is $2 per person.Essay Contest Just in time for Black History month, AT&T and "Our Texas" magazine have announced a scholarship essay contest which will help three Texas high school seniors attend the Lone Star college or university of their choice. Essays must be no longer than 500 words and must pertain to the African American heritage of Texas. Submission deadline is March I, and the contest is open to any Texas high school senior. For more information call (800) 766-7710 or (800) 845-7615.Parsntlng classes AU interest parents are invited to Parent to Parent, a dynamic, video based workshop to help young people avoid drug problems by training their parents. The program will be.presented in four sessions on Wednesday nights from 7 - 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 in the Extension meeting room. For more information call 625-9178.I or Home Deliun Call 625-‘>l44 30 Seconds Lottery Numbers AUSTIN (AP) — Here are the results of the Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn Saturday by the Texas Lottery: 4-13-20-22-30-41 (four, thirteen, twenty, twenty-two, thirty, forty-one) The estimated Lotto Texas jackpot is $3 million. ;