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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung Q Tuesday, May 27,1997 Q 3 Embassies offer helping hand to citizens abroad DEAR ABBY: I was very sorry to read of the tribulations of Judy Prince and her husband on their European vacation. I hope she and Mr. Prince have fully recovered from their ordeal and that Mr. Prince’s hip is now mended. I would like to ask you to inform your readers that consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates, and consular agents, are there to help Americans who encounter emergencies while they are out of the country. Consular officers provide assistance to Americans in need, such as those who have been robbed, are destitute or ill, have been arrested or who are the victims of a disaster. Consular officers overseas have lists of local doctors who speak English. In emergencies, we can help locate family or friends in the United States who would be willing to send funds, or contact the traveler’s bank to arrange for a transfer from an account. When necessary, we can assist in arranging the return of the ill or injured American to the United States by commercial carrier. However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler. Before going abroad, travelers should inquire what medical services their health insurance will cover outside the U.S. Although some companies will pay customary and reasonable hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for medical evacuation back to the United States, which can easily cost upward of $10,000. Travelers may want to consider obtaining special travel insurance for a minimal fee to cover such emergencies. Travelers can find a complete set of Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs publications (including the flier “Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad”) to help them plan a safe trip abroad on our Internet Web site at or by automatic fax at (202) 64?-»5225. RUTH A. DAVIS PRINCIPAL DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY, OFFICE OF OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT DEAR MS. DAVIS: I’m sure that many of my readers who will be traveling out of the country in Texas Today The Associated Press Storms caus# no major damagt in North Toxas DALLAS (AP) — Minimal damage and no injuries resulted from at least six tornadoes touching down and about a dozen funnel clouds being spotted in rural North Texas counties along the Red River last night. ‘‘We got out real lucky,” Sgt. Scott Hardison of the Montague County SherifFs Office said. “Nobody was injured and there was just minimal damage.” Much of the activity was reported in Montague, Cooke and Grayson County. About 7:30 p.m., a tornado touched down in Dye Mound. Authorities reported no damage. Less than an hour later, several tornadoes were reported in the areas around Saint Jo and Muenster. Church members vote to oust pastor as court orders HOUSTON (AP) — Members of the New Mount Corinth Baptist Church have voted to oust their pastor in an election ordered by a district judge. Members voted 33-28 Sunday to force the Rev. Willie Dunham to leave. The election was ordered by and supervised by District Judge Katie Kennedy and two deputies after members of the church filed a lawsuit to force Dunham out. the coming months will be grateful for this valuable information. Travelers can vacation with complete peace of mind if they plan in advance for possible emergencies by contacting the Office of Overseas Citizens Services and their insurance brokers before they go. Thank you for the reminder. DEAR ABBY:    I    am    a gynecologist. Recently one of my patients came to my office for a physical examination. During the examination, I discovered a major blockage of the carotid artery in her neck. I convinced her to go to a vascular surgeon. Sfie then had a successful surgery, which prevented the likelihood of a major stroke. Before her surgery, someone on the evaluation team asked, “Who found your neck lesion?” She replied, “My gynecologist.” Someone else asked, “What in the world was a gynecologist doing up there?” Everyone, including my patient, broke into laughter. EUGENE R. ODOU, M D. DEAR DR. ODOU: That’s such a good question, I decided to telephone an expert — you — to get an answer. I was intrigued when you told me that your mother had a similar carotid blockage, which made you aware of such problems. As you put it, MI*m a good oldfashioned doctor, although semiretired, .aud a good doctor is concerned with the entire patient, not just one part!” I couldn’t agree more. For Abby's favorite family recipes, send a long, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $3.95 to: Dear Abby, Cookbooklet No. I, P O. Box 447, Mount Morris, III. 61054-0447. Postage is included. Members on both sides of the issue expressed dismay that the law had to be asked to intervene in what they felt was the Lord’s business. Those opposed to Dunham said he has driven church members away with hostile and accusatory sermons. He had served as pastor since the Rev. Curtis Lacy died in April 1995. Largo companies Have no plans for welfare hires WASHINGTON (AP) — Shayna Reeves walks to the podium, accepts her diploma and, with apologies for her nervous laugh, speaks with a clear voice to her fellow graduates. “We must take control of our lives, every day knowing we have the ability to rise to the top,” she says. “We have the ability to do great things.” Typical confidence for a graduate on commencement day. Anything but typical for Shayna and the five other women crossing the rickety bridge from welfare to work. They are products of Marriott Corp.’s comprehensive training program, a national model for business looking to help move hundreds of thousands of people from welfare to work. President Clinton is prodding other companies to follow that lead. But an Associated Press survey of the nation’s IOO largest companies indicates that companies like Marriott are the exception as welfare reform begins to pressure people into the world of work. Ask us about our Double Your Down Payment Offer Symphony debs Photo submitted From left are new Mid-Texas Symphony debutantes Laura Cook, Lindsay Little, Tasha Henry and Lesli Dedek. Photo submitted From left are Mid-Texas Symphony debutantes Erin Boyd, Kathryn Wilson and Summer Smithers. Symphony taps new debs Eleven young women formally accepted invitations from the Mid-Texas Symphony to become debutantes for the 1997-98 symphony season. They and their mothers were entertained at the annual Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante Tea given in the home of Scott and Cindy Brown on April 27. Several members of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild were also guests as the committee welcomed the newest symphony debutantes. They are Erin Boyd, Laura Cook, Lesli Dedek, Sara Fisher, Tasha Henry, Lindsay Little, Kendra Reinter, Summer Smithers, Megan Snider, Jessica Sullivan and Kathryn Wilson. Members of the Debutante Committee are Ronda Brandt, Peggy Morris, Karen Jenkins, Claire Damarodas, Kathy Bock, Sharon Knibbe, Jill Herrera and Patsy Vann. EAA to consider levying user fees By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Water bills could be increased by about 80 cents per month if fees proposed by the Edwards Aquifer Authority are approved at its next board meeting June IO, officials said. The EAA completed five public hearings throughout the aquifer region in the past two weeks, soliciting input on the proposal. The fees are the only source of income for the 11 -month-old agency that for the first time instituted a permit system for all aquifer well owners in accordance with legislation. The EAA board, which manages the 176-mile-long aquifer, has not yet certified how much water permit applicants will be allotted. The proposed fee would be assessed for a period from June I to Nov. 30 and would be required in one lump sum payment by Aug. 30. EAA officials said the proposed fees would generate $1.9 million for the remainder of the fiscal year. New Braunfels Utilities’ total would amount to about $175,(XX) to meet its annual average of about 7,000 acre feet of Edwards water. NBU officials said they felt the proposed fees were too high and were concerned they would not know their exact share of the cost until the EAA issued its permit. “We think they are higher than they need to be right now,” said Roger Biggers, NBU’s assistant general manager of technical operations. “Everything stems on the permitting, and we’d like those finalized first.” IF YOU RE GOING The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet June 10 to consider enacting aquifer management fees for all permitted well owners. For more information, call (800) 292-1047; or to obtain a copy of the proposed fee schedule, visit the EAA’s Web site at a. The proposal, with payment due by Aug 30. includes fees for the following users ■ Municipal and industrial -$25 per acre foot of water ■ Agricultural - $3 per acre foot Source: Edwards Aquifer Authority Biggers said the EAA’s proposed budget contained $800,000 for research projects that instead should be used to offset management fees. Velma Danielson, assistant general manager of the EAA, said suggestions were made to issue temporary permits before final ones are issued. That way the aquifer users would know how much water they can count on using before they are billed, she said. Right now, EAA start'is reviewing input from five regionwide hearings to make a recommendation to the board’s finance committee, she said. Biggers said if the EAA approved the proposal, NBU start' likely would follow with a recommendation to its board for a rate increase of about 80 cents per month. M 191 I, rim tawMs J Do You Have Mild to Moderate If so, we need qualified volunteers, 12 years of age or older, to participate in an asthma research study. Participants will receive physician monitoring, an EKG, lab work, chest x-ray, and asthma medications at no cost. Compensation up to $360 for your time. Children Studies Now Enrolling Metro- 609-0900 Central Texas Health Research County grants fondly septic tank extension By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners approved a two-week extension on the use of a holding tank Friday to give parties involved more time to reach a settlement regarding an illegal subdivision in the Garden Ridge area. Rolando Gomez and his family were forced to use a portable bathroom when a septic tank permit would not be issued because of subdivision problems in which the land did not join a public right of way. In April, the county allowed the family to use the holding tank for 30 days. A week later, the court approved going forward with a lawsuit against the developer and anyone else who participated in the illegal subdivision if a solution was not found in 30 days. Thursday, an attorney representing the developer showed the court at possible solution to the dilemma^ Under the proposed solution, the developer would buy two 40-foot easements at a cost of $55,000. An easement then would be deeded to the two property owners currently being affected. The agreement has not been approved by all parties involved yet. A motion originally was made to extend the use of the holding tank for 30 additional days, but the motion failed on a 2-2 vote, with commissioners Jack Dawson and Danny Scheel opposing it. “I think Mr. Sutton is bending over backward to solve this problem,” Scheel said. Scheel said 30 days was too long. County Judge Carter Casteel then moved to extend the use of the tank for two weeks. Chat motion passed on a 4-0 vote. Commissioners Court Comal County Commissioners took the following action at a meeting Friday, May 23: ■ Approved an amendment to plat, Cypress Cove, Section 5, combining Lots 159 and 160 into Lot 159R. ■ Approved the vacate and replat of Lot 6 and Lot 7 of Shore Point, Unit One, establishing Lot 6R and Lot 7R. ■ Approved the vacate and replat of Lot 6, Block ll, Northcliffe Estates Model Home Park, and 0.082 acres out of the San Rafael Garza Survey No. 98, Abstract 75, establishing Lot6R, Block ll. ■ Approved the vacate and replat of Lot I, The Estates at Rancho-Del-Lago, Phase III, establishing Lot IA and IB. ■ Tabled determining the platting requirements for a 5.768 acre tract out of the Ed Norton Survey No. 760, Abstract No. 439, within Comal County, Texas. ■ Granted final approval of Lone Oak Subdivision, Unit One. ■’Received a report from the county engineer regarding the Faust Street Bridge and the swimming pool committee. County Engineer Tom Homseth said the formal submittal of specifications for painting the bridge will be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation on Friday. As soon as TxDOT approves them, bids will be sought. Hornseth said the swimming pool committee has completed its study and is compiling the results. The study will be presented to commissioners court in about two weeks. ■ Received a presentation by Carl Owens concerning the Texas Hill Country Triathlon at Canyon Lake. Several residents and business owners spoke regarding the event. County Judge Carter Casteel said a meeting will be set up later this week with various parties involved to see if a compromise can be reached. The court will act on it Thursday. ■ Received reports from elected officials and staff. ■ Heard comments from resident Manuel Camareno regarding Memorial Day services in Comal County. ■ Approved the acknowledgment of one new hire and authorized the county judge to sign the new hire checklist and job description as appropriate. ■ Approved accepting a grant from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force and authorized the county judge to sign the grantee acceptance notice. ■ Approved awarding the bank depository for Comal County bank accounts to Norwest Bank Texas. ■ Approved the treasurer’s report for April 1997. ■ Discussed and determined the proposed 1998 budget hearing schedule. ■ Opened proposals for insurance policy for electronic equipment, telephone system and computer equipment. ■ Approved a line item transfer for purchasing department from capital outlay to travel and meetings to fund travel and meetings for the remainder of 1997. An Antiricin Tradition Since 192? 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