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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY!12-year-old Nationals stay alive, 10-5 - See Sports, p.7 so CENTS INSIDE Weather...............2 Water Watch...........2 Opinion......... 4 Sports................7 Classifieds..........9-10 STAMMTlSCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Kevin Doerr, Betty Jean PanKau, Bruno Baerwaid, Albert McKinnis, Sr., Candace McKinnis, Stacey Yza-guirre, Bill Hermes (belated). Happy Anniversary lo Arlene A Bitt Murray, John A Sandy Welch (27 yean). Fraternal Order of Eagles program aet The Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a special Charter Member and Past Presidents program on July 20th at 7:30 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend this meeting for their 41 st Anniversary. La Mu)er Tejana will hold rummage sale La Mujer Tejana, a local no-profit service organization will be holding a fund-raising rummage sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18, at the Weekend Flea Market, located at 1661 S. Seguin Street. Annual Rad Cross Volunteers meeting The annual meeting of Comal County Red Cross Volunteers will be held July 19,1993, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room of Eden Home. For further information call Margie Council at 629-4563. Commissioner set to apeak to Rotary Mr. James L. Pledger, Texas Savings and Loan Commissioner will be the guest speaker at the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club today at noon at Krause's Cafe. Pledger has been a Texas Savings and Loan Commissioner since May 1988 and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of several legislative efforts, both state and federal, regarding appropriations and pertinent thrift industry legislation. Broadway Express gala sot for July 22 The Broadway Express din-ner-theatre gala will be held Thursday, July 22 at the NB Civic Center. Tickets are available at the Archives, 200 N. Seguin, 629-1900, and from Jean Wilson, Beltone, 389 S. Seguin, 620-1114 or 625-7922. Reserved tables are available (tables seat IO). Deadline for purchasing tickets is noon, July 19. This event is a benefit for the fountain restoration and is sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Museums Association. Comal County ACS planning Mg gala The American Cancer Society is planning their Summer Starlight Gala, scheduled for Aug. 13 and reservations are now being accepted. Monies raised from the event will be used to assist cancer patients in Comal County. For mote information, call 629-5717. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch m represents a sitting place for members bf the community lo gather cmd share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with rn) Printad on recycled paper ‘Words Of Thanks HemkS-Zohung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel presents John P. Lewis, managing partner of The Lewis Company, parent company of Mission Valley Textiles, Inc. In New Braunfels, with a gift for "saving 800 jobs In New Braunfels." City shows appreciation for decision to purchase MV plant By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Wrttar New Braunfels business owners and Chamber of Commerce representatives held an appreciation ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the recent purchase by Mission Valley Textiles Inc. of the Mission Valley plant, formerly owned by West Point Pepperell Inc. of Georgia. TIK ceremony was attended by local and state government officials, including Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry. “It’s a celebration of jobs for the entire Lone Star State, and one that’s going to be heard all the way from Landa Park to Lubbock and from the Mission Valley Textiles Mill to Mission, Texas,” said Perry. The ceremony honored representatives of the Lewis Company in Dallas and the senior management group at Mission Valley Textiles Inc. The Lewis Company is the investment company involved in the new corporation. The headquarters of the company will be in New Braunfels. President and chief executive officer of the company is Bill D. Morton. The sales offices will be operated in New York and Los Angeles. The company will operated under the direction of a board of directors, with John P. Lewis, managing partner of The Lewis Company, as chairman. Lewis tearfully addressed the group during the appreciation ceremonies. "I want to tell you how overwhelming this is. When I first met with these people, I told them they had never done anything as hard as they were about to do,” he said. “Bill (Morton) never gave up and we never gave up. I kept watching how hard tney worked and it slowly went together,” he said. Negotiations to purchase the plant have been held during the past three years. Efforts to secure the purchase of the plant for Mission Valley Textiles Inc. were made by both company representatives, local officials and the Chamber of Commerce. The former owners of the plant were considering shutting the plant down which would have caused the loss of 800 jobs. According to chamber officials, the actions by the group saved New Braunfels from a devastating blow John P. Lewis expresses his emotions while giving a speech Wednesday. to Ps economy. Data provided by the Texas Department of Commerce Research and Planning Division shows the economic impact to Texas by the plant is more than $130 million. Tom Pur-dum, president of the chamber, estimated the loss to New Braunfels would have been approximately $60 million, if the corporation had not purchased the business which also helped Pepperell avoid the closure formerly planned for the Iselin plant. Commissioner Perry praised the newly-formed Mission Valley Textiles Inc. for being the first textile mill to become part of the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Naturally TEXAS Program. The Naturally TEXAS program has created a network of manufacturers, processors, retailers and producers who have kept jobs and dollars in Texas. Perry also noted that the plant is the only one currently certified to produce yams and fabrics from organically raised Texas cotton. Also present at the ceremony was Cathy Bonner, executive director of the Texas Department of Commerce. "The most important thing is not what the state did but what the community did . The real work was at the community level,” she said. According to Bonner, the impact on the whole state will be 1,500jobs. ‘‘It benefits our economy. It benefits our environment. It’s a win-win situation,” she said. During the ceremony, Lewis was also named a honorary Buigermeister of New Braunfels, by New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel. Seidel, along with County Judge Carter Casteel, expressed his gratitude to Mission Valley Textiles for saving the plant. Henld-Zoituog photo by JOHN HUSETH Dan Bremer looks over a petition presented to the council last night to recall him as district 2 council member. Bremer Indicated later that he would seek a hearing on the matter so that he could explain his actions. Council accepts petition to recall Dan Bremer By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ A petition to recall city councilman Dan Bremer was officially presented to Mayor Rudy Seidel at a specially called meeting held Wednesday night. The petition was given to the city council by several New Braunfels residents during the regular council meeting on Monday. It was then passed on to the city secretary so that signatures could be verified before officially presenting it to the mayor. City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi found that 215 of the 218 signatures were valid The recall election will be held Nov. 2. The election will officially be called at the next city council meeting. Bremer now has the option to call a public hearing. During Wednesday’s meeting, he chose not to exercise that option. However, after the meeting he said he will probably hold the hearing. “I want to present the facts concerning the allegations,” he said. ‘‘I want to explain why I have done the things I have done,” Bremer added According to Bremer, there are more than 3,000 potential voters in his district. He said the 215 is a small number, but they are still important. He added that he wondered why those who signed the petition had not contacted him before. "After having looked at the names, I was a little disappointed that not one of those people, with no exception, ever called or wrote a letter,” said Bremer. ‘There people never expressed what their concerns are. I believe this is primarily a payback for having opposed Mr. (James) Goodbread,” he said. Bremer’s statement refers to a lawsuit in which he and Councilman Butch Benitez acted as relaters for the state. The lawsuit questioned whether or not Goodbread should be allowed to serve as a holdover councilman while his status as qualified member of the council is being determined. Last week, a district court judge ruled Goodbread should not serve as the holdover. Bremer said he will continue to try to answer the question of Goodbread’s status as a holdover. "I will continue and try to get to the facts and get a judgment on what does the law say," he said. "I didn't initiate the original lawsuit. I think that (the holdover issue) was a legal question and we had it answered. I don’t think they can find fault with that,” explained Bremer. Supporters of the recall said they were pleased the petition was found robe valid ‘‘We’re very pleased that everything went according to the charter. There were no surprises,” said New Braunfels resident Mary Seroid. Bremer will have five days to decide if he will schedule the public hearing. After the hearing, the election will be officially called. If the recall election is successful, another election will be called in January to elect a new council member Local inmates work to improve their lives through GED program By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Five Comal County inmates are making extra strides toward improving their future opportunities after they are released from jail. Last weelC the inmates received their certificates stating they have completed the necessary requirements to receive their G.E.D. In addition, 48 of the individual tests required for a G.E.D. have been passed by other prisoners. The classes were started as a pilot program last year, according to Dr. Leland Cox, adult education director for the New Braunfels Independent School District. Classes were held last year, but inmates were not able to complete the program he said. This year’s classes began at the first of the school semester. Inmates attended classes for two hours per day two days a week. The class was taught by Gene Lanzl of Canyon Lake. It is part of the Comal, Boerne, Navarro, New Braunfels, Schertz-Cibolo and Sequin Adult Education Cooperative. This year's graduates include Laurel Kelley, Larry Henderson, John Lottman and Louie Niers-mann. One of the graduates asked that his name not be released. Lanzl said he got involved in the program after several conversations with Dr. Cox. He added most of the participants in the program were excited about receiving their G.E.D. According to Lanzl, several other federal prisoners were ready to take their tests as well but were moved out of the jail before a tester could be located. Cox said a graduation ceremony was held for the inmates. He said each prisoner involved was very receptive to the program. "They were very receptive and anxious to take the test,” said Cox. ‘They were very happy and pleased. They want their families to know about it. They are also glad for the people in jail to know they passed the G E D,” said Cox "It gives them a new start and a new direction,” he said. Lanzl said the greatest benefit of the program is that it gives inmates self-esteem. "I look at it as doing what we can and offering what we can. Wha they (inmates) do with it I have no control over. To help raise self-esteem can't do any harm,” he said. "We are one little cog in a wheel, and we try to do our part.” "One of the reasons people enter into a life of crime is economics,” said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. "They can’t get a good job. This provides the opportunity for them to get a high school diploma or G.E.D. and the opportunity to be gainfully employed ” Bremer said the program is also beneficial because it teaches social graces and keeps the inmates occupied while they are in jail. The course is offered at both the Sequin and New Braunfels jails. A classroom is provided in the jail. The class is offered to any inmate. COUNTDOWN: 514 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New BraunfelsHerald-Ze 10 Pages in one section ■ July 15,1993Salving Comal County ■ Homa of JIM SCHEELE, Jr. Vol. 141, No. 169Today’s Texas Lottery numbers - 1 - 4 - 7 - IO - 47 - 50 - $10 million jackpot ;