New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No 135
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Michael Carnes, Nicholas Alexander Zuniga (one year), Christopher Usey (six years).
Farmers’ Market starts today
The Comal County Farmers' Market will open Friday, May 19 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Comal County fairgrounds.
Fresh home-grown produce will be available for customers. Mrs. Teresa Doege says the quality will be excellent due to our mild spring weather. Vegetables to expect at the market include green beans, cabbage, squash, onions, garlic, red and white potatoes, Swiss chard, green tomatoes and maybe a few red tomatoes.
This year's Farmers Market is opening one week earlier than last year and the quality of fresh vegetables should be excellent.
ORT to meet at Forke store
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter, will meet May 20 at 11:30 a m. at Forke Store in Conservation Plaza. A luncheon will precede the meeting and members are asked to bring a salad casserole for 12 or more.
Stop-paronts got a class
Being a step-parent is not an easy job.and being a good one requires spme special skills and knowledge Now there is help. Free classes are being offered by Family Outreach. The first of five sessions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23. Call 620-1299 to register.
Space is limited.
Democrats to hold picnic
The Comal County Democrats will hold their annual picnic in the park at Landa Park, Site 15, located by the Children's Playground. The picnic will be held Tuesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. Public invited. Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair.
For information, call Gloria at 606-0864.
Car wash Saturday
A Car Wash will be held from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20 at Dave's Exxon, 92b Interstate 35 West, behind KFC. All donations go toward Canyon High School FCA Mission Trip.
Canyon Lake Chamber hosts events
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon will be held at noon, Wednesday, May 24 at Rio Blanco Cafe Segundo in Hancock. Guest speaker will be Don Avery of Let s Organize a City at the Lake, speaking on the Canyon Lake incorporation effort. Everyone is invited. Call for reservations at 964-2223.
The monthly mixer will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at Country Village Center for chamber members.
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A three-year-old girl is hospitalized after a one-car accident in Landa Park at about 6:30 p.m. yesterday, New Braunfels Police Patrol Officer Brian Scheele reported. The girl was allegedly buckled into the front seat of a sport utility vehicle driven by Andelia Nelson.
The vehicle was pulling out of the parking area near the Panther Canyon entrance when Nelson attempted to make the child sit down, Scheele said. The vehicle hit a utility pole at low speed, but with no brakes applied, he said. The street light mounted on the pole shattered and fell to the ground.
Baptist AirLife flew the 3-year-old to Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio with head injuries. At press time her condition was unknown and police had not released her name. Nelson was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatement of leg injuries. She was treated and released. A 6-year-old and 11-year-old in the back seat were unhurt, Scheele said.
By DENISE DZIUK
Individuals living in rural areas in Comal County will now be able to recycle, thanks to a grant accepted by the Commissioners Court on Thursday.
The court accepted a $25,000 grant from the Alamo Area Council of Governments for a rural recycling program. The funds will be used to purchase a pickup for the program.
“I don’t want to take money from the tax payers, so I’m relying on grants to pay for everything,” said Commissioner “Moe” Schwab.
The county will set up several dropoff stations where residents can bring their rccyclables. Schwab said he will spend about three and a half hours at each location. The locations will be announced at next week’s meeting. He said individuals can bong their recyclable products and the truck will take it to a large bin at the road department. The items will then be sold.
Schwab said people will be able to recycle two types of plastic (soft and
hard), two types of glass (brown and clear), aluminum, newspapers, office papers, and rinsed out tin cans.
“I get paid whether I sit here, visit with people, or go out and collect recyclable items. I don’t mind doing it until we can find more money,” he said.
Schwab said Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann and Administrative Assistant Sherry Clarkson were instrumental in obtaining the grant.
The court also authorized the Veteran’s Service Officer to operate on a full-time basis. The position began as part-time. However, demand for services exceeded the time available. The extra time should allow more individuals to receive services.
“That’s what you get for hiring gtxxJ people. Success breeds increased demand,” said Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans.
In other court business, the court received an audit report from Holt-man and Company, Certified Public Accountants for 1994 stating county finances have been reconciled.
Leaders say Hispanic Chamber can boost city economy
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A crowd packed the Lone Star Elementary Cafeteria with energy and optimism last night as the Comal County Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held its first public meeting.
“We are here to help the community grow and prosper,” temporary chair Ron Gonzales said. The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce does an outstanding job, he said. “One of the most important things is avoiding duplication of services in the community,” he said. “That’s why we want to work hand in hand with the other chamber.”
Gonzales is past president of the Seguin Hispanic chamber. “You in New Braunfels are lucky to have a leader like Ron Gonzales in your town,” Seguin Hispanic Chamber Vice-Chair Michael Cruz said.
Hispanic Chamber plans to sponsor cultural program! such as Diez y Sies and Cinco de Mayo festivals, but the organization is not about race, Gonzales said. Last night’s attendees were a racial and cultural mix.
“Close to 50 percent of our membership are white, anglo businessmen,” Seguin Hispanic Chamber Vice Chair Luis Rarrurez said. "Money is in every-
The Hispanic chamber — What’s it all about?
Btnafits of Membership
e free business counseling from trained Small Business Development Center counselors e business seminars tailored to meet individual needs e membership in the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the leading Hispanic business organization in the state, e international trade assistance e networking and advocacy rn monthly newsletter e bi-monthly computer training e new members ribbon cutting e social mixers
■ monthly keynote speakers e Diez y Sies and Cinco de Mayo
■ student internship program e the downtown project
e manpower training e convention & tourism promotion e youth oriented programs e housing development
■ marketing research e retail trade promotion
individual — $40 couple — $50 Business:
I-10 employees — $80
II-25 employees —$150 26-50 employees —$250 50-plus employees — $350
The Hispanic chamber’s nominating committee will be seeking members to fill the following board member positions.
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Vice-Chairman of Finance, Vice-Chairman of Economic Development and Design, Vice-Chairman of Cultural Awareness and International Trade, Vice-Chairman of Education, Vice-Chairman of Networking and Membership.. Vice-Chairman of Technical Training, Vice-Chairman of Women's Issues, Executive Director, Secretary and Treasurer. Area residents interested in these positions and those wanting information on the Hispanic chamber should call 625-7523.
body’s pocket,” he said. “Who joins? People who want to make a difference,” said Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) President Joe Morin.
Helping small business owners with the basics will be one major thrust of the Hispanic chamber. It will offer con
sulting on such subjects as computer use, getting bank loans and designing pnnted materials, Aguilar-Friar said.
The Hispanic chamber will be in a unique position to boost New Braunfels’ international trade.
A study done by North Star Mall showed that 7.2 million Mexicans shop at that mall annually, Aguilar-Friar
said. It indicates that some are trickling to San Marcos, but very few to Ne* Braunfels, she said. “The Hispanic chamber can give you the expertise in how to market to that target audience,” she said.
"Our (TAMACC’s) contacts run all over the Western Hemisphere — building as we grow," Monn said. “This
world is getting smaller.” Tile 80-year-old San Antonio Hispanic Chamber is an international trade leader, not only in Texas, but across the nation, Monn said.
Gonzales himself worked with congressional representatives on building the North Amencan Free Trade Agreement. “I am a walking refereace book on NAFTA by now,” he said:
The Hispanic chamber will lend its energies to downtown development. “There’s a wealth downtown,” Aguilar-Friar said, “a wealth of history and potential.”
The Hispanic chamber’s first move will be to select board members. A nominating committee was formed last night.
The Comal County Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce founding members are:
Ron Gonzales, Yolanda Longoria, Nora Morales, Cnstina Aguilar-Fnar, Lee Osburn, Joe Longoria, Mane H. Castaneda, Nathan Millett, Chris Gomez, Aurelio Ayala, Atanacio ain pos, Diana Guerrero-Campos, Aguinaldo Zamora, Juan Luis Martinez, Monica Valdez, Domingo F. Herrera Sr., Glona Herrera and Ramon R. Chapa.
“This is a self-help organization. It’s about helping each other,” Monn said.
CISD puts drivers on notice:
‘Test positve for drugs and face termination’
By DENISE DZIUK
Bus drivers in the Comal independent School District testing positive for drug or alcohol use will face possible termination, following a board of trustees decision Thursday night.
The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 requires school districts to test drivers who operate a vehicle designed to carry 16 or more people.
The CISD board approved the Board Policy DBBA (Local), which states that an individual testing positive can be suspended or terminated. Kenny Franklin, Director of Transportation for CISD, said a person testing positive may have an opportunity to be retested with a second laboratory.
“When they test positive, a medical review officer will call them. I’ve told them that they need to tell the
MRO everything they’ve taken or eaten because they’re the one that makes the final decision,” Franklin said.
Franklin said the school already has a contract with a laboratory to do the testing and the random tests will begin at the contractor’s discrimination.
In other board business, two high school seniors who failed the TAAS tests and a citizen addressed the board asking them to reconsider the policy on not allowing seniors who failed the test to participate in commencement exercises.
Dr. Jerry Major, Superintendent of Schools for CISD, said a special meeting could be called to discuss the policy if two or more board members requested one.
He asked members to let him know on Friday if a special meeting was desired.
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Spot, tbs News Hound, helped bail out Herald-Zeitung Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Thursday during the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s jail-s-thon fund raiser et Bluebonnet Motors.Hummelfest 1995 starts today. Complete schedule of events, Page 16.