New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ May 19,1993
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Vol. 141, No. 129
The 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 reserved for a group of special people — or a time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the days happenings. We invite you to share with us.
The New Braunfels Her-ald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Don Ferguson, Jeannette Felger and Frances Luna.
Spring Art Show
The annual Spring Art Show will be held from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, and from IO a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, at the Civic Center.
Doorprizes will be given hourly. A signed, framed Dalhart Windberg print. Admission is free.
The next meeting of the Canyon Lake Republican \N omen’s club will be a celebration of Founder’s Day at the Woodlands Country * Club at 7 p.m. today, May 19, with Happy Hour at 6 p.m. For reservations, please call Patsy Newton at 964-3586.
A summer of reading fun and activities for school-age children will be offered by the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
The Summer Reading Program will begin June IO and continue on Thursdays. Children Kindergarten through second grade will attend at 10:30 a.m. Grades third through sixth will attend at 2 p.m. Registration will begin June I. Children should come in before June IO to receive their new computer library cards.
Comal ISD Community Education’s defensive driving class taught by Charlie Rose is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. June 8-10 in the board room of the C1SD Administration Building. Call 625-8576 or 625-8081.
Concerts In The Park
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department’s Ninth Annual Miller Genuine Draff Concerts in the Park get under way Thursday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at in Lands Park. Scheduled to appear for the first show is rock and roll band Innerview. The concerts are sponsored by the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Bug a Moister and KGNB/KNBT.
Museum unveils figurines
Judge denies city’s plea to dismiss case
Three questions must be answered before decision is made, judge says
Sister Hummers birthday celebrated with special sneak preview Tuesday
By MARK LYON Harald-Zaltung
"The rest of the story," was unveiled before approximately 50 Hummel Museum board members, city dignitaries, and friends Tuesday afternoon in the form of a 360-piece M.I. Hummel figurine set now on display at the museum.
The event highlighted an observance of Sister Hummel s birthday by the museum.
The rare figurines are on loan to the museum from W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik, the figurine manufacturer of Roe-dental, Germany.
Executive Director for the museum, Cathy Crist Talcott
called the event a "special Hummel moment" and opened to the public "the rest of the Hummel story."
A special plaque were presented to Roger Hemming-haus, President of Diamond Shamrock Corp., which donated funds for 2lX),000 new full-color brochures for the museum.
Another plaque was presented to Lottie Smith of Schmid for their generous support of the museum.
"I couldn’t think of a more appropriate place for this museum with all the German enfluence here in this community," Hemminghaus said at the presentation.
(Top photo) Carol Blssett of New Braunfels looks at several of the Hummel figurines. (Bottom)
Roger Hemminghaus, Pres*dent of Diamond Shamrock Corp., was presented with a special plaque honoring the company for their support of the Hummel Museum through the purchase of a new brochure.
Neeley named in top IO
DALLAS — The daughter of New Braunfels residents Joe and Mary Elizabeth Neeley has been recognized as one of the top IO college professors in the state.
A computer professor at El Centro College, Bette Neeley-Plog has been named a Piper Professor by the San Antonio based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
The foundation each year selects IO outstanding instructors from two- and four-year colleges and universities throughout Texas.
Those named were chosen primarily for outstanding teaching
performance from a statewide field of 104 nominees.
Described as having a teaching style that is “high tech with heart,” Neeley-Plog will receive a $2,500 honorarium and a gold pin.
As a Piper nominee, she earlier received a $1,000 award from the Dallas County Community College District Foundation.
After more than three decades in the classroom, Needey-Plog's colleagues say she still approaches her craft with almost missionary zeal and maintaining an “open door” policy.
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung
City Attorney Barry Moore asked Judge B.B. Schraub Tuesday to dismiss a case filed against the New Braunfels City Council, the city staff, and councilman James Goodbread citing the prosecution’s failure to produce a burden of proof or evidence to show damage to petitioner Peter Lingamfelter.
The case stems from a voter s approval of term limitations for city councilmembers at the same time Goodbread was re-elected to a fourth term.
Both oponents and supporters of Goodbread are seeking a decision on whether or not the term limitations should be retroactive or not.
Schraub denied Moore s request but took it under advisement as he told members of both sides that three vital questions needed to be answered for him before he could decide on whether or not to issue an injunction against Goodbread.
Schraub said he must know of provisions that define an effective date for implementation of charter amendments following approval by voters; since the election results were canvassed and OK’d by council on May 3, what affect does that have on proceedings; and w hether or not charter amendments are prospective or retroactive in nature.
Council for the state John Chunn argued that the amendment became law upon voter approval and council canvassing and should be upheld as law regarding disallowing Goodbread a fourth term.
However, Goodbread’s attorney, Atanacio Campos, argued that the intent of the amendment, even with the phrase prohibiting “current and future” officials from serving three terms, was not meant to preclude the service or terms of members already seated on council.
Campos pointed out a transcribed account of conversations
■ See related story, page 2A
among councilmembers during a November 1992 regular council meeting in which the fundamental question of the intent of the proposed amendment was discussed.
The transcription reads that c o u n -cilmem-bers, prior to approv-i n g changes to the charter amendment to include
“current and future*, agreed that the intention of the amendment was for it to not be affective for councilmembers elected prior to the May I special election.
After three attempts, and objections by Chunn based on hearsay and lark of authenticity, the uncertified transcription was admitted as evidence and Campos proceeded with his line of question-ing regarding the intentions of the council in November of 1992.
Goodbread took the stand and testified that the discussion in November, to his understanding and the understanding of the council, was that the amendment would not affect the seated council.
“That’s exactly the way I saw it, otherwise I wouldn’t have run," he said.
Chunn questioned Goodbread and asked him if the exclusion of current council members was implicitly inclusive within the current amendment.
Goodbread said he felt like the condition did, indeed, exist in the current law.
When asked by Chunn if he felt as if the charter amendment applied to him, Goodbread replied, “Obviously not."
Child poverty up 39 percent in Comal County
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hgrald-ZtKung
Since 1980 child poverty in Comal County has increased by 39-percent according to census and state agency figures provided by the Center for Public Policy Priorities and the Children’s Defense Fund.
Of the childr en in female-headed households, 48.3 percent live in poverty. While the condition of children in Comal County is better over all than the state average, these two indicators may point to a disturbing trend, according to Frank Allen, chief juvenile probation officer.'
In a local study of thirteen delinquency referrals 15 and 16 years old fifty-four percent live at or below the poverty level and 77 percent are living in single-parent homes.
According Allen, poverty and the hardship of a single-parent family can contribute significantly to juvenile problems.
“Hie defining things are poverty and the
motivation issue,” Allen said. “The referral numbers have tripled — in at least some respects I think it relates to increasing poverty."
According to Allen during the 1980s juvenile probation was handling about 160 referrals a year. In 1989 that number jumped to 187 and in 1992 juvenile probation handled 450 referrals.
In an effort to help these children, Allen and Carole Robison, chief probation officer, developed a job training program, the Keeper Project, that provides the motivation and basic job training they so desperately need.
’The program operates on a $35,000 state grant from the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. The commission had put aside $1 million for funding creative and innovative programs. Fifty-four counties applied for grants but only ll were funded and the Comal County program was one of them.
The Keeper Project targeted 30 children for the first year. There were two sessions — one with 13 children and one with 17. Those enrolled are placed in after school jobs for which they are paid with a portion of their salaries set aside in individual savings accounts donated by Texas Commerce Bank.
The job term is four months and requires that those enrolled agree to:
■ remain in school
■ show progress in school
■ attend initial and on-going employment related training
■ develop good money management skills
■ remain loyal and responsible to your employer
■ remain drug free by submitting to random drug-screen testing
In return the program provides job training, job placement for ten hours minimum per week and on-the-job counseling.
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