New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Medicare payment hurts rural hospitals — Senate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Health and Human Services Secretary Louis W. Sullivan is proposing steps to reverse inequities in Medicare reimbursements that have been blamed for the frail health of the nation’s rural hospitals. See Page 4
Senate votes to change school attendance law
AUSTIN (AP) — School reform legislation establishing stria guidelines for attendance has punished students too severely, says a sponsor of that legislation who won passage of a bill to make it less so. >
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1 vaseoau season nearing its conclusion
The next-to-last District 28-4A baseball games for five of the seven teams will be played tonight. Smithson Valley concludes its schedule today playing at Canyon while district champion New Braunfels meets Samuel Clemens in Schertz. The season finale will be
Tuesday. See Page 10
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Vol. 137, No. 125
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Two injured in intersection collision
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The intersection of Seguin Avenue and the Interstate 35 frontage road was
— for the third time in barely a month
— the scene of an automobile accident Thursday.
Vehicles driven by Flor Sanchez Vargos, 19, 223 Bergfeld Ave., and Justin Wesley Mitchell, 19, 1233 Bluff Creek Circle, were involved in an accident Thursday at 5:47 p.m.
Both were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment.
At the time of the accident, Vargos was facing north in his 1980 Chevrolet Z-28 on South Seguin Avenue in the left-tum lane at the intersection. Mitchell was traveling south on Seguin Avenue in the inside lane approaching the intersection in his 1983 Ford Mustang. Both vehicles had the green light and Vargos attempted to make a left turn onto the frontage road when Mitchell collided with him.
Vargos was cited with failure to yield right of way while turning left by New Braunfels police officer Kevin Fa/./.one.
Two separate accidents at the intersection recently have claimed the lives of two New Braunfels residents.
Joe Hampton Runnels, 52, of New Braunfels was killed April 7 when the vehicle he was a passenger in was hitGood day
Cloudy skies this morning were expected to clear up this afternoon to leave clear skies and warm temperatures. The high today should reach 88 and the low tonight will drop to about 65 under panty cloudy skies. Saturday will be mostly sunny and mild with a high of about 83. The forecast for Sunday through Tuesday shows no chances of rain, and highs in the low 80s. By Tuesday, afternoon highs arc expected to reach the low 90s
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First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio, will host a giant rummage sale from 9 a m to 4 pm. Saturday. The sale will offer many bargains, including furniture, appliances, household Hents, plants, clothes, toys, a freezer, an exercise bike and baby swing. Proceeds will be distributee arming local missions. Park at the rear of the church on Mill Street....
It’s always lime to think about preventing rabies and the Coma] County Veterinary Medical Association is planning to do something about it. On Saturday, from 1:30 to 4 pm, the association will once again sponsor rabies clinics at the Comal County Fairgrounds and at the Holy Family Catholic Church parking lot. Cost is SIO and includes the vaccination, and city and county licenses Alter costs, the proceeds will benefit the association’s scholarship fund...
lite American Legion Auxiliary 179 will host a rummage sale Saturday from 8 a ni bi 5 p m at the American Legion Home, 410 W. Coll....
The Mid-Texas Symphony invites all those attending the Pops Concert Sunday to a recep uoo at the Faust Hotel immediate ly following the concert. Hors ^oeuvres will be served and entertainment will be provided by a Jazz Combo. The final Sym-
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City candidates fear election day campaign
This 1980 Chevrolet Z-28 was involved in the third accident in just more than a month at the
intersection of Interstate 35 frontage road and Seguin Avenue. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
in the intersection. dent at the same intersection. said New Braunfels City Manager
Maribel! Miller, 74. of New Braun- The intersection is a “poor traffic Paul Grohman in a Herald-Zeitung
fels was killed April I after an acct- configuration, ai least in my opinion,”
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Two New Braunfels City Council members say they expect opposition from write-in-candidates on election day, so voters should go to the polls and not he apathetic.
“The rumors are just so strong we have opposition,” said District 2 Councilmcmbcr Loraine Kraft today.
“I’m disappointed it happened this way. i just believe if you’re going to be a candidate for public office. I guess you need to let the citizens know the position on issues.”
Ramon Chapa Jr., Mayor Pro Tem, and District 2 Councilmcmbcr, also could face opposition in Saturday’s
See COUNCIL, Page 2Man jailed for April 17 store holdup
A New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County jail today in lieu of a SSO,WX) bond and is charged with robbing the Lone Star Ice House at the intersection of FM 2252 and FM 3W)9.
Curt Wayne McBride, 28, 1532 Lorelei Lane, was arrested after authorities received a Crime Stoppers tip regarding the robbery and linked him to the crime. He is charged with aggravated robbery.
Garden Ridge Police lk.*pan-mcni officers and Comal County sheriffs office detectives performed the investigation.
“He got away with approximately $1,700 in cash and cigarettes," said Ll. Rudy Rubio, Comal County sheriff’s office. “We believe that there was someone else with him.” SM ROBBERY, Pap* 2
Polls open Saturday for city, school races
Registered voters should go to the polls Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to exercise their rights to vote.
Four persons are vying to fill two at-large seats on the board of trustees for Comal Independent School District. Two incumbents are seeking their spots on New Braunfels City Council. And a heated mayor’s rate rn Garden Ridge will mean election day excitement.
CISD candidates for the two at-large seats, in the order in which they will appear on Saturday’s ballots, are Martin Allen. Carter Casteel, Dan Mitchell and William S. “Bill" Smith.
Allen, district court administrator in Comal County, has lived in CISD for eight years and is the father of three CISD students. Incumbent Casten is a local lawyer and a former classroom teacher. She has two children in CISD and has lived in New Braunfels for 15 years.
Owner and operator of Dan’s Disposal Service in Bulverde, Mitchell is 46 yeais old and has lived in the district nine years. He has three children
( ISI) candidate says mailoutis ‘garbage'
Comal Independent School District board of trustee candidate Carter Casteel said she is mad aboui a circulating flyer saying she blames problems at CISD on Hispanic children.
The fiycr is false and wasn't sent by Casteel, the incumbent school hoard president said Thurs
day. “I’ve never thought anything like that."
Casteel said the mailed letter was brought to her by a concerned person Thursday.
The unsigned flyer, on a regular-sizc sheet of paper, represents
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attending CISD schools. A Bulverde resident, Smith is a classroom teacher in the San Antonio Independent School District. He is the father of two children in district schmds and has been a CISD resident for 11 years.
CISD polls will be open from 7 am to 7 p.m. at the following locations:
— Precinct I: Bulverde Elementary'
— Precinct 2: Smithson Valley Middle School
— Precinct 3: Siartzville Store
— Precinct 4: Comal Elementary
— Precinct 5: Bracken Volunteer Fire Department
— Precinct 6: Canyon High School
— Precinct 7: Mountain Valley
Comal 1SD precinct boundaries, which differ from city, county and state precincts, are as follows:
Precinct I — all territory of the CISD within Comal County Election Precincts 9 and IO and all territory in Bexar County.
Precinct 2 — all territory of the CISD within Comal County Precincts 14 and 21 and all territory in Kendall County.
Precinct 3 — all territory of the CISD within Comal County Election Precinct 13.
Precinct 4 — all territory of CISD within Comal County Precincts 3, 4 and 7 and all territory in Guadalupe County west of the Guadalupe River.
Precinct 5 — all territory of the CISD within Comal County Precinct 5.
Precinct 6 — all territory of the CISD within Comal County Precincts 12, 16 and 20 and that territory in Precinct 17 in the Goodwin-Frazier
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Where there’s Bremer, there (should be) no smoke
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Violence and illegal smuggling of cigarettes have increased in the Comal County jail since the sheriff imposed a no-snick mg policy, say two prisoners
Sheriff Jack Bremer said com plaints have been minimal “We’re very upset,” said prisoner Paula Bus hoi i “Everyone's edgy ll’* very hard to quit. We don't have any chewing gum We don’t have any hard candy or any thing like that to ease the craving.”
TIm; sheriff, who took office rn January, said he’s doing the inmates a favor by making them kick the habit. “People pay hundreds of dollars to
go to clinics to quit smoking and I ’rn doing it here for nothing,’’ he said. “I'm not charging anything. I’m doing them a favor, whether they think so or not.”
Bremer, who imposed the no-smoking policy in February, said he wants to clean up the jail and create a smoke-free environment. “Inmates historically just throw their cigarette butts on the floor and stomp on them — it’s always dirty. I’m going to clean up that jail and it's going to stay clean,” he said in March
Bushon and inmate Patty Watkins discussed the policy in a telephone interview Tuesday.
“I’m rn here for narcotic charges, which I'm not real proud of, but that s what I’m in here for. I have not even
concentrated on getting drugs in here,” Watkins said. “I have become equivalent to a... shoplifter. I’m now a procurer of tobacco ”
Prisoners with tobacco products will be punished, Bremer said “I’m not going to sn here and tell you there’s no contraband back there, but I would say it’s very minimal,” he said “I’m doing everything I can to eliminate the contact visitation situation because it does lend itself to allow contraband in.”
“I do get cigarettes in here,” Watkins said. “The last shake down they had on me they got three packs out of my room I’m a nervous wreck. I’ve become vindictive”
Bushon, who transferred to federal prison this week to serve time on
charges of aiding with conspiracy to reproduce and sell citizenship and naturalization papers, said there is enough ventilation in the jail for smokers not to bother the nonsmokers.
“We have nothing to do here all day long," she said “We have three things to look forward to — breakfast, dinner and supper .”
“It’s neither here nor there,” Bremer said. “We’ve done this for good reason and I have no intention of changing I did it for the sanitary conditions and health of the employees and the inmates.”
Other county jails, including the Walker County Jail in Huntsville,
have imposed no-smoking policies for various health and safety reasons.
One benefit of the policy is the reduction of vandalism, Bremer said, adding that now a’s not necessary for prisoners to have matches and a mattress hasn’t been bunted since the policy was enacted
“I used to smoke years ago. Now I just can’t even stand the smell of it," Bremer said. “I looxed at ti from the overall point of view ... and I’m convinced that as a general rule it’s best for everybody concerned ”
Bremer asked, “Don’t the other people who don’t smoke ...don’t they have any right to not be subjected to passive smoke?
lineup begins at 9 a.m. Saturday
Costumed youngsters will start lining up for judging at 9 a m Saturday for the annual Kindermasken Parade, sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi,
Wonder World of Water is the theme of the parade and to get youngsters un the waler mood, “Ralph” the Pig from Aquarena Springs will be on hand tomorrow Judging will start at 9:20 a m.
The parade will leave Elks Lodge and will end at Lamia Park with a Grand March and die Chicken Dance, along with other entertainment.
Costume awards will be given by Aquare na Springs, Executive Banc, Float Inn, Lamia Park Swimming Pool, Pat s Place and Schlater bahn
WORD, Friends planning river adoption program
People desiring a later-free river should get ready for Sunday’s first Adopt a River program on the Guadalupe River.
“The program (Adopt a Highway) has been so successful of highways and beaches but it appears the highway department and Keep Texas Beautiful are low on funds to start up a segment of rivers,” said Betty Wails, administrator of the Water Oriented Recreation District “The Water Oriented Recreation District and
Friends for Rivers want to assist in getting die Adopt a River program started using the same guidelines when possible.”
Persons interested in par UC i paling should go to Camp Huaco Springs Sunday at 9 a rn to register. Each group participating wtil have a plaque placed along the river acknowledging us participation.
For more information, call Walls at 620-5544