New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
A Keeping an eye on Texas
Texas: Highest rate of uninsured
More people in Texas are without health insurance than in any other state—about 4 million people, or more than 23 percent of the population. Of uninsured Texans. 86 percent are white, 54 percent are male and 40 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34.
Percent without health insurance, by state
□ 20 to 24 a 15 to 20
□ 10 to 15 ■ below 10
Mass.Committee recommends new parks
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Description of those who are uninsured*: Race -11 Gender . Age
□ U.S. 11 □ U.S.
Percent H Texas j Percent H Texas 100 r j MOO,
White Non white
Under 18 18-34 35-53 54-64
* These charts are tor individuals below the age of 65 SOURCES: The Urban Institute and John Sharp. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.
A oounty-wide recreation committee has recommended that various areas of the county be developed into parks and/or recreation areas.
The committee found a need in each area of the county. Among the needs are more playing fields for organized sports, camp sites that can be secured, walking trails, and sandlot volleyball courts.
“Organized sports have a difficult time with lack of facilities,” said Gloria Sasser, co-chair of the committee. “The rec leagues are full. They’re not
even sending fliers out to schools anymore.”
The study indicated a need for facilities for all ages. Comal County currently does not operate any parks or for that matter, even have a parks department. County Judge Carter Casteel formed the study committee in October of last year to explore what needs were there.
The committee presented several areas that could possibly be developed:
- baseball or soccer fields in the Startzville area.
- a park located by the spillway at Canyon Dam that would have walking trails, sandlot volleyball, baseball and
softball diamonds, fishing, camping areas, and play grounds
- interlocal agreement with the city involving Eikel Field
- agreement with the city to develop arca including the Faust St. Bridge and city property
- developer property, 17 acres off Hwy. 46, one-half mile west off Hwy. 281
One major problem said the report is location of suitable land at minimal or no-cost as well as money to support the parks after they arc developed.
“Maybe we can find individuals or companies that may want to donate a piece of land or give the county a long
term lease agreement,” said Sasser.
County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan-der, also on the committee, said donated lands or grant money are possible avenues, whereby the county would become a facilitator. He added the county must be careful on how far they wanted to go.
Judge Casteel agreed and said the county would have to decide what course to take, whether to make some kind of commitment or not.
“Once you get started, as the county continues to grow, either you have those facilities or not,” she said.
Voges selected Outstanding Performer at music contest
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Jennifer Voges of New Braunfels High School was among 160 high school musicians selected as Outstanding Performer at the 1994 University Interscholastic League Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest held May 28-30 at the University of Texas in Austin and Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
More than 24,000 high school musicians from throughout the state attended, making it the largest music festival of its kind in the world.
Richard Floyd, UIL State Director of Music, said. “To be recognized as an Outstanding Performer at the UIL
Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest is one of the highest individual musical achievements that a high school student can attain.
The French horn solo performance presented by Jennifer was a credit to her talent, hard work and dedication.
This distinctive honor is clearly worthy of the designation State Champion.”
The contest was judged by music educators, university professors and professional musicians from throughout the United States. The format of the contest provided both a performance evaluation and specialized musical instruction for each student musician.
Former Manager Says TABC Agents Consumed Confiscated Alcohol
TYLER, Texas (AP) — A former Tyler nightclub manager says he saw agents responsible for upholding state alcohol regulations consuming what they admitted to be confiscated alcohol at a holiday party.
Rick Wheeler said the incident involving Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents occurred in 1989 while he was lounge manager at an inn where Tyler TABC agents rented a large banquet room.
“Normally, we catered parties, but they (TABC agents) brought their own alcohol,” said Wheeler, who currently manages a liquor store. “They mentioned it was confiscated liquor,”
Under state law, alcoholic beverages confiscated from illegal operations must be destroyed, sold to legal distributors, or returned to their original owners if there is not enough evidence for forfeiture.
Wheeler said he did not come forward earlier because the TABC regulates his business, a liquor store. He said a current internal affairs investigation into the agency’s Tyler office, centering on a complaint from a Tyler nightclub owner running for state representative, prompted him to bring his allegations to light. Businessman and Democrat Randy Hanson alleges his opponent, Ted Kamel, R-Tylcr, staged an April TABC raid at his nightclub.
Policeman Convicted of Assaulting Hookers
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veteran Galveston policeman will remain behind bars until his sentencing for violating the civil rights of prostitutes.
Officer Belarrruno Sanchez faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 9 for forcing prostitutes to engage in sexual acts with him.
Sanchez, 38, was convicted Thursday of six counts and was acquitted of one alleging he used a pistol during an assault. Jurors deliberated 12 hours over two days in a trial that began Monday.
"The government feels the jury did the right thing,” said Gerald Boyle, a Houston-based assistant U.S. attorney who helped prosecute the case.
The defense had claimed Sanchez was framed by prostitutes wanting to put a policeman in prison.
Clinton Meets With Oil-State Lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans alike are expressing hope that President Clinton will embrace proposals to boost the sagging fortunes of the domestic oil and
natural gas industry.
A bipartisan delegation of some 80 lawmakers met Thursday with Clinton to press their case for tax incentives and regulatory relief for an industry that has lost some 500,000 jobs in the last decade.
The lawmakers, who requested the sitdown last March, came armed with
a scries of proposals to rescue an industry battered by low oil prices. Crude oil prices hit a five-year low in March but have since recovered almost $5 a barrel, to around $20 a barrel.
Among the proposals are royalty relief to encourage new drilling and tax incentives to preserve marginal production if oil prices fall below $20.
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