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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Downtown royalty Long-awaited Princess Be set to open in Grassmarket What’s Up By Peri Stone-PalmquistStaff Writer lf the nose smudges and fingerprints across the storefront windows are any indication, the not-yet-open Princess Be offers a visual feast. Chandeliers dripping with beads and crystals and thin, tubular vases filled with Bowers dangle from the ceiling. The store sign hanging on the back wall bursts with red flowers. And scattered across the tiny store behind I luisachc Grill, 303 W. San Antonio St., are topiaries, a baby crib, colorful cloths and velvet pillows With a long-awaited opening either Monday or Tuesday Princess Be is the first retail shop in Grassmarket, the ever-evolving vision of I luisache Grill owners, Don and Lynn Forres. Once completed, Grassmarket should have two or three stores along a landscaped path leading See PRINCESS/8A wrnmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm • Princess Be, 305 W. San Antonio St. behind Huisache Grill • Specialty: custom-made chandeliers; also look for gift items and children’s clothing • Hours: 11a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 11a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; noon to 3 p.m. Sunday New BraeWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 can water today after / p.m. Well users cannot water today. For information, call 608-' ii    3925__________ ^ —   ..................... Vol. 149, No. 174 42 pages in 4 sections july 16, 2000    ^eFV*n^    ^oma^    County    since    1852 $1.00 McKenna challenged by future community By Fred BlevensStaff Writer Ten years ago, a trip to McKenna Memorial First in a Series Hospital might have seemed like a visit McKenna-^- home. 2000:    af    Doctors    and nurses Prognosis/or hope f    knew their patients as neighbors, aunts, uncles and high school friends. The building was the place where most patients took their first breath, got their first stitch or had their first broken bone set in plaster. In a count> of just under 52,000 people, the hospital had a hometown feel, an ambiance lost now in a population that has grown to more than 73,000 and a staff that has more than doubled to about 800. The rural San Antonio outback has met urban health care, producing a series of problems and challenges that McKenna and all Texas hospitals must successfully confront if they are to survive into the next century. “The demands are greater (on the hospital),” said Tim Brierty, CEO of McKenna Health System. “Patients are sicker and they’re not your neighbors anymore.” Brierty s observations are grounded primarily in the changes occurring the past few years in health care across the state, the nation and within the community: •Since the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, hospitals — especially smaller ones in suburban and rural areas — have been wracked by deep cuts in Medicare reimbursements. With 50 percent of admissions carrying Medicare, McKenna stands to lose nearly $8 million if the system is not fixed. •Costs for the uninsured charity care and deadbeat patients have increased dramatically during the past decade, pushing those annual uncollected write-offs to an estimated $16.5 million this year alone. •Smaller, independent and mostly rural hospitals have lost their economic cushions — enough to sustain operations for six months — and now routinely hold no cash reserves as they struggle month-to-month, often in red ink. •Faced with smaller revenue streams from Medicare and managed care, hospitals such as See McKENNA/5A Inside► Rock steady Want to relax? Local► Little League The North Zone Little League Tournament championship game was last night at the Little League field, see the coverage today./1 B► SFX Selma soon will be the venue for a new SFX Amphitheater that will host some of the biggest music and entertainment stars in the business./4BNo relief in sight from Texas heat Case puts county animal control order on trial By Ron Maloney Staff Writer STARTZ VILLE — Any way you look at it, the couple of chickens Jim Higdon’s pet killed a couple of years ago are getting pretty expensive. Shadow, 5, is a friendly family pet who Higdon said likes children, is playful and is a very attractive animal. The question is what kind of animal. Higdon believes she is a dog — but she could be some sort of mala-mute/Canadian timber wolf mix. At least that is what he heard when he got her in Las Vegas. Comal County says Shadow is an “animal” and wants Shadow moved out of the county in one fashion or another — away from Higdon and wife Sherry’s three children. Comal County Assistant District Attorney Ellen Salyers said Higdon’s appeal was set for jury selection in County Court at Law on Monday afternoon. If Higdon loses the appeal on the Class C misdemeanor, he could pay a fine of up to $500 and be required to get rid of the dog or animal — or at least remove it from the county. Under the county order, adopted in 1989 and authorized by state statute prohibiting the keeping of certain wild animals, Higdon will not be able to keep the animal w ithin a residence or w ithin 1,000 feet of the residence or a public school in Comal County. The situation began in October or November of 1998 when a woman w ho lives a few blocks from Higdon called the county and reported an animal maybe a dog and maybe a wolf— had killed two of her chickens. “I called because I saw a strange dog eating my chickens,” she said. (See related story, page 8.) Officials found the suspect animal, Shadow; sitting on the step of Higdon’s By The Associated Press The heat that has scorched Texas for the last few days is unlikely to go away any time soon. Triple-digit heat is expected to continue all week. West Texas had highs on Saturday from the upper 90s to 104 in San Angelo. Winds were from the south and southwest at 10 to 15 mph. Today should bring a chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms in the mountains and far west. Highs should be in the 90s to I IO along the Rio Grande for the next two days. A heat advisory will continue into Monday, w ith highs around HK) expected. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms for the central part of the region. Most of South Texas eclipsed the century mark, except along the coast. Index Abby.............................................2C Business.............................. 4-6R Classified............................... MOD Stammtisch............................ .....2C Forum..................................... BA Local/Metro............................. ......4A Obituaries........................... 3A Sports................................. ..1-3B Today..................................... ......2A Television..........................TV Week Key code 77dog? K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungJim Higdon’s pet dog, Shadow, shakes hands with his owner. Higdon is embroiled in a courtroom battle about the legal status of his pet. Startzville home, and took it in, leaving a note saying they’d taken the animal in because it was allowed to run loose. A couple months later, Higdon was summoned to Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace court for keeping a wild animal. Wanting a jury trial before county court-at-law, Higdon said he did not even attempt to mount a real defense, then. In the nearly two years since, Higdon and the county have been exchanging small arms fire over the issue, which for Higdon has become very personal. In court this week, Higdon expects to See WOLF/DOG/8A Hospice explores need for AIDS support group By Heather ToddStaff Writer During her years as a licensed professional counselor, Jane Wyatt has seen the shining light of hope that support groups have given to those facing chronic illnesses. “There are statistics that show people who are involved in support groups live longer and live better lives,” she said. ■ Local AIDS task force looking for spark/4A The LifeTransition Center, a division of Hospice New Braunfels, is exploring the need for an A1DS/H1V support group in New Braunfels to help residents cope w itll the challenges of having the debilitating disease. Wyatt, a licensed professional counselor, moved from Corpus Christi earlier this year to take over the LifeTransition Center. “I decided one of my focuses would be chronic illnesses and how it changes people’s lives,” she said. Wyatt said a member of the community approached her and discussed the need for an AIDS support group. “That is all I need to jump in and start looking to see if the need exists,” she said. For information about the support group, call Wyatt at 625-0369. Because of the social stigma often associated with HIV or AIDS, Wyatt said inquiries into the support group would remain confidential. A meeting place or time has not been published. The group is tentatively planned to meet once a month. Often, people living w ith chronic illnesses face a sense of isolation and struggle to maintain their independence while they are dependent on others for care. Dealing w ith these emotional issues can be especially difficult for someone also facing the See AIDS/4A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald Zettung Princess Be owner Jenafer Cuppetilli has always dreamed of opening her own store Her dream comes true this week. massage experts turn to La Stone, the latest trend in total relaxation. See Lifestyle for more on this “hot” new technique./! C t ;