New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Tillie Moreno, Debbie (Hilde)
Kott, Blanca Villareal, Vanessmarie Valdez,
Lacey Moore, Salvador Diaz Sr., Amy Brignt (21), and happy 40th anniversary to Urbano and Connie Garza.
Dance recital tonight
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons School of Dance will present its annual dance recital Sunday, June 4. The theme this year is Stairway to the Stars, featuring 454 students under the direction of dance instructor Bobbi Ray and assistant Melissa Bird.
The students will perform various jazz, tap and ballet routines.
There will be two performances, the matinee at 3 p.m. and the evening performance at 7 p.m. The recital will be held at the New Braunfels High School auditorium and admission is free.
Education workshop to address issues
The Hispanic Organization for Public Education will conduct a workshop at the Lone Star Elementary Cafeteria Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m.
TAAS test reform, public funding for private schools and other issues will be discussed. For information, call Sylvia at 625-9213. A representative from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffarini and a representative from the Texas Education Agency will attend.
Golf tournament planned for June IO
Comal County Habitat for Humanity will hold its second annual golf tournament at Northcliffe in Cibolo June 10. For a $50 fee, golfers are invited to compete for prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.
Deadline for entering the Texas Scramble format tournament is June 1 The proceeds will be used by Comal County Habitat to help with the completion of the house at 1618 W. Bridge St.
For information, call 625-0560 or 625-7005.
Carnival at Fire House #1 at Canyon Lake
The Canyon Lake Noon Lions will hold a carnival at Fire House #1 on Highway 306 and Dove Street. Bingo Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 9-11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.rn
Midway attraction, Ferris wheel, other rides, amusements, carnival food and much more.
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Tell-us what you think the U.S. should do in Bosnia.
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San Antonio’s Randy Reina defends his championship at the Schlitterbahn Three Parks Run. See Page 8A.
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Checks In The Mail to bring 350 jobs to New Braunfels
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Chocks In The Mail, the direct marketing cheek printing company, is moving to New Braunfels. The plant itself’ will bring 350 jobs and about 57S additional indirect jobs to the community, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Vice President Michael Meek said.
“Overall it will have an economic impact of nearly $50 million on the local economy,” he said.
Most people recognize CUM because of the full-page ads found in Sunday newspaper supplement coupon sections and cooperative coupon mailers, Meek said.
“We w ill immediately begin recruiting employees to fill positions for customer service, data entry, machine mechanics, quality assurance, press operators and management,” CUM Chief Operating Officer Phyllis Dunean said. The company should be operating by August of this year, Dunean said.
Construction is nearly finished on the company's EM 306 building.
The identity of the company was kept under w raps until now. When the New Braunfels site opens, CITM’s present plant in Irwindale, Calif, will close.
Bringing CUM to New Braunfels was a cooperative effort by city and county government, the chamber of commerce and New Braunfels Utilities. The city will give CUM a OO percent tax abatement for the first four years in the city, 75 percent for the next three years, and 30 percent for three more
years. New Braunfels Utilities will waive about $15,000 in impact fees. CITM’s location in a New Braunfels economic development zone makes these inducements possible.
“We are very appreciative of the substantial assistance given by the very professional chamber staff who helped us during the last 18 months,” Duncan said. “We were also impressed with the cooperation from the governmental and business leaders at the local level and the support from the Texas Department of Commerce,” she said.
‘Overall it will have an economic impact off nearly $50 million...’
— Michael Meek
The direct mail industry and CUM are in a strong growth mode, Meek said. “Cost conscious consumers have created a significant growth in the direct mail checks market during the past several years and CUM sales have increased at an accelerated rate over the last few years,” he said.
The cooperative effort that brought CUM to New Braunfels deserves credit, chamber President Tom Purdum said. Efforts by County Judge and chamber Chairwoman of the Board Carter Casteel, Mayor Paul Fraser, City Manager Mike Shands, officials at NBU and the school administration from both school districts made this economic coup possible, he said.
“I especially wish to commend chamber Executive Vice President Michael Meek for his diligent efforts in bringing this great industry to New Braunfels,” Purdum said.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark invited the Comal ISD Special Olympics athletes to the park Friday to celebrate the end of a successful year. Forty-seven of the athletes competed at the Special Olympics District Track and Field meet In Round Rock in April, and 15 advanced to the state meet May 24-26 at Memorial Coliseum at the University of Texas at Austin. The athletes are coached by Kay Smock. Richard Moon is the CISD Director of Special Education. At left, Michael Pina enjoys a water slide. Below, participants gather for a group photo.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Wentworth and Kuempel liked session
Call it most productive in memory
By DENISE DZIUK
The Texas Legislation has ended its 1995 session and local representatives are calling it the best in
“I thought this was the most successful session Eve been part of in the seven terms Eve served,” said State Hep. Edmund Kuempel.
Legislative leaders said the passage of several hills made it a success. These included bills regarding tort reform, juvenile crime, welfare reform, and education reform. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth said these bills were the major locus of Gov. George Bush’s campaign, and the fact that they passed showed great focus by the governor as well as great cooperation among all the leaders.
“This to me was the most productive, positive, and harmonious session ever. We had leaders who were more interested in solving problems than in gaining individual partisan victories,” said Wentworth.
Wentworth said the most critical bill passed during the session was the one addressing the Edwards Underground Water District and the need for pumping limits. He said there was another aspect of the session which he was very proud of. He said that in a 1990 special session, the Texas Tuition Assistance Grant Program was formed. However, he said the bill was useless because no funds were appropriated for it. Wentworth said he threatened to vote 'no' on any budget proposal until an appropriation
was made. He said the legislature listened and appropriated $600,000 for a two-year pilot program.
“I think its the most significant but ovcrkx>kcd pail of the session,” he said.
However, not all the hills were passed. Wentworth said there were 5,(XX) bills and resolutions presented. Of these, he said only I JKK) passed.
Wentworth said the one bill he would have especially liked to see pass was one regarding open meeting*. He said the bill would have required the media and the public to be aware of meetings where staff members brief board members. Wentworth said these briefings usually turn into discussions where major opinions are formed and they should not be held behind closed doors.
Kuempel said there were bills he also would have liked to see pass hut did not. He said these included bills regarding term limits, initiatives and referendums, and parental consent for minors wanting abortions.
However, not all the bills passed by the legislature were considered beneficial to the public. Wentworth said he opposses a new law that calls for electing the directors of the San Antonio transit system because the public does not have enough interest to become informed about the issues and candidates.
Kuempel was more optimistic and said he does not believe that any of the bills were bad. However, he said that opinion may change later. “Atter the interpretation of some, I may change my mind, but I can’t think of any bad bills off the top of my head,” said Kuempel.
Comal Springs bugs may get federal protection
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking a giant step toward including three tiny C omal Springs animals on the endangered species list. Monday the IJSEW will formally propose that the C omal Springs rif fle beetle, the C omal Springs dryopid beetle and the Peck’s Cave arthropod be classified as endangered.
All three species are about an eighth of an inch long and live in the water.
The move strengthens the argument for saving the C omal Springs, f riends For Rivers President David Davenport said. “Again, it supports the spring flow keeping the aquifer up,” he said.
Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley petitioned the IJSEW back in 1990 to add the three species and two others to the endangered list. The USEW gave the nod to the three after field surveys and other research.
Once formally proposed, the three species will have to wait for about another year of public comment and data gathering before becoming officially endangered. The Endangered Species Aet is up for reauthorization in Congress, and critics of the hill are fighting for changes that would make economic tac-
Comal Springs riffle beetle.
tors more important than they arc now. A moratorium on adding new species to the list was passed earlier this year and lasts until September.
The Endangered Species Aet began to save treasured species like the bald eagle, Davenport said Protecting species like the C omal Springs riffle beetle or the fountain darter is a matter of sav ing the whole ecosystem, he said. not just sav ing some tiny animals that few people know about
“I always thought of the fountain darter as the canary iii the mine.” he said. “lf that canary dies, then many other species all the way down the river to the coast will be affected.”Know about news happening in our community? Call the newsroom at 625-9144.