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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYLocal biker breaks two sr. olympic records ■ pageJ7 New BraunfelsHerald r'°n\cKOFUBt /99 v c-,H1h0 '■>677 v- 79V0-* a.tWi ' 50 CENTS 10 Pages in one section ■ June 17,1993Serving Comal County ■ Home of Krystal Luna ■ Vol. 141, No. 150 INSIDE Weather..............3 Water Watch...........3 Opinion...............4 Comics ..............6 Classifieds..........8-10 Sports...........  7 STAMMTISCH Best Wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Kary Gann, Cody Gann, Brandon James Crabill, Ernest Sotelo, Ricardo Sotelo, Francisco Urias, Sr., Larry Mueller, Oscar Barboza, Jr., Esme DeLeon, Markey Alanis (belated), George Padilla, Jr. (belated), Priscilla Dominguez (belated), Krystal Luna (belated). Traffic light repair continues The City of New Braunfels is upgrading the traffic light controllers on the following intersections: San Antonio-Castell, Coll-Castell, Union-San Antonio, Union-Common. Due to circumstances beyond the city's control, the repair work has been extended. Stop signs will control traffic at those intersections until work is complete on Monday, June 21. Child care training program A child care training conference designed for individuals who work with pre-school children is scheduled for Saturday, June 26 at Lone Star Primary School in New Braunfels. The conference is sponsored by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Pre-regis-trauon fee is S3, and the cost of the conference is $5. Forms are available in the extension service office at 132 S. Water Lane; or call 625-9178. Fountain Walk-A-Thon A walk to save the fountain is planned for Sunday June 27 at 8:30 a.m. The six-mile walk through the parks and historic neighborhoods will begin at the Hummel Museum, and all proceeds from participants’ sponsors will go toward restoring the 100-year-old fountain. Families, teams and challenges are welcome and add to the fun. Pledge sheets and entry forms are available at Johnson Furniture, 283 S. Seguin, or Vol-brecht’s, 339 Main Plaza. Call 625-5321 for more information. Meeting set on new Christian school A grass roots meeting concerning the formation of a new Christian school in New Braunfels will take place tonight, June 17 at 7 pan. at Cross Lutheran Church, located at 169 S. Hickory- lf anyone is interested but unable to attend, contact Krista Lam sfuss at 625-3666. CI he New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. We invite you to share with us.) State will help Kroger employees By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Alamo Area Council of Governments will be chi hand to help any local Kroger employees who may be displaced if and when Kroger pulls out of the San Antonio area. ■ See employees’ reac-According to ti    2 Catanno Delga-    _ do, Employment TEC, JTPA, AACOG stand by to help employees bounce back and Training Area Operations Coordinator for AACOG, the 60 day notice given to Kroger employees is often given to meet state-mandated requirements. “Kroger reports it to the state department of commerce that has a department called the Rapid Response program,” said Delgado. “Once they get that notice they contact the employer and set up appointments to come in and provide orientation to personnel who may be laid off. They will tell the employees what employment and training programs are available under the Title III dislocated worker program.” The Title III program serves dislocated workers or those who have been laid off. The Rapid Response team will work with the local AACOG office to provide an orientation to the employees on what employment and training services are available in this area. “They will be getting a detailed orientation,” Delgado said. “But those who want to get a head start and want to see what services might be available through our programs are welcome to call us even now.” Delgado said the usual process calls for the Rapid Response team to contact the employer and set up a schedule for meetings between die employer and the Job Training Partnership Act team. The employer and JTPA then set up a schedule for meetings with the employees so that every shift is covered and all employees are provided with information on the JTPA programs. “A lot of times what happens is that Uiey give us 60 days notice even though they’re not positive because they want to make sure they meet the requirements of the law,” said Delgado. “At Ran dolph they had about 22 people laid off, an orientation was done and just before they were laid off they were told they would be retained.” The Texas Employment Commission is also prepared to help any employees who may be affected by Kroger’s decision. “We intend to be working with AACOG to provide what services we can to the displaced personnel,” said Ken Frazer, Texas Employment Commission supervisor in New Braunfels. “That was a sixty day notice and they’re out looking for buyers now but we will be here to help if they need us.” Frazer said TEC would help anyone displaced find another job or file for unemployment. He said they would be working with Kroger to provide services on site. Summer fun! Herald Zeitung photo JOHN HUSETH Area youth have been enjoying the City of New Braunfels’ Summer Recreation Program this month. These youngsters, at Lone Star Primary School under the supervision of Allison Cook, are practicing their jump shots. From left are Reno Gonzales, Adrian Lagunas, Joshua Valdez, David Gonzales, Joey Garcia and David Medrano. Commissioners discuss upgrading job desciptions at county dispatch office By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer_ Upgrading some job descriptions in the Comal County Dispatch Office was the subject of some discussion recently among Comal County Commissioners. Sheriff Jack Bremer is requesting that the positions be changed from a Level 6 to a Level 8 with appropriate salary increases. "I keep losing dispatchers," said Bremer. “Since 1989, I’ve lost 22. It takes eight weeks lo vain someone the first year. All we’re doing is training people and then they're going somewhere else. Everyone pays more — the only people who pay less than we do is Guadalupe County.” Bremer asked that commissioners have a desk audit done to verify the responsibility and justify the higher level requested. “I certainly don’t disagree with looking at individual positions and upgrading, but I don’t support looking at them one at a time because of the morale issue,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “During budget time department heads may re-evaluate jobs this summer — they’ll justify any changes they want to make and we’ll know what dollars we have available.” Also, independent of that, a meeting about this kind of review will be held pretty soon for all department heads" she said. “We’ve tried to adjust the inequities, but before we do anything else we have to look at what we have lo spend. We’re not going to raise taxes — I think that’s a general consensus of the court.” AARP combating high insurance rates for senior citizens From *taff reports According to Jim Mooney, a spokesperson for the American Association of Retired Person’s “55 Alive” driving program in New Braunfels, AARP is trying lo combat the higher rates insurance companies are starting to charge older citizens with a mature driving program. “What we’re trying to do is make an impression on the insurance companies,” Mooney said “According to their own information people who take this course have fewer accidents.” Mooney said the program is limited to 32 participants and teaches older motorists to compensate for the physical handicaps that age Oden presents. He said insurance companies ofter a IO percent discount to older citizens who take the course. He cautioned that in order to be eligible both drivers of the vehicle to be insured must take the course. According to Mooney the next session of “55 Alive” will be on July 15 and 16. The charge is $8 and checks should be made out to the AARP. The course will be held at the Senior Citizens Center Only those 55 and older are eligible. For more information contact Gladys Barding ai the center. Olga Lara removed from Teen Connection board today Organization's by-laws state limit on board members is 15 at a time By ROSE MARIE EASH Stall Writer Debbie Key. president of the board of directors for the Teen Connection, explained ar this morning's meeting that the organization’s by-laws spec ifically state dial their board is limited to 15 members and that is w hy Olga Lara who had been on the board was removed. “The only thing to say is that we hail a misunderstanding and we are trying to correct that,” said Key. “We will be proposing some changes to our bylaws. We have lots of things for people to do who like to volunteer besides being on the board of directors At our annual meeting all the board members will be voted (hi, all the officers and we'll vote on the bylaws — in September.” ............................. Urn was * The only thing to say is that we had a misunderstanding and we are trying to correct that.’ - Debbie Key President. Teen Connection Board at the meeting and indicated that the situation had been explained to her satisfaction. “Last week I received a letter indicating dial I was being removed from the board because the membership exceeded its allowed 15 members,” said Lara. “I made some inquiries as to how I was the person selected to be removed when there had beat someone who had been elec ted to the board after me who wasn’t being removed. ‘Today I received clarification dial in fact dial’s not w hat happened. There are 14 members currendy on the board and there is one posiuon vacant. The board will lake some action in the future to fill that position.” According to board member Thea Chesire the problem arose when the organization had to send a copy of their by laws to an insurance carrier fa coverage. She said at that point it was brought to the board’s attention that they were exceeding the board membership limit by two members. The last two members elected were considered the logical ones to drop, but meanwhile another board mem ber resigned and left ate position open. That position will be filled in Septem ber at the annual meeting.Today’s Texas Lottery Numbers -11-23-38-41-43-46 Jackpot - $9 million ;