New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday May 30,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of ECILA HUTSON
Vol. 143, No. 142
Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zsitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Caleb De la Rosa (three years), Eolia Hutson (21 years), Sarah Woelfel and Paula Howard.
Lane to doss on Landa Sires!
Landa Street, underneath the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad, will be reduced to one lane of traffic on May 31, June 1 and June 2.
Texas Department of Transportation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that location. Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area.
Expected hours of closure are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Texas Department of Transportation urges citizens to use caution when in the area.
Sophisnburg to host rummags sals
A rummage sale will be held Saturday, June 3 from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. at the Sophienburg Archives, 200 North Seguin Street. This sale will benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Bridgs toumamsnt at Ssnior Cantar
The Comal County Senior Citizens Center Benefit Bridge Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 3. Entry fee is $10 per person with lunch included.
Coffee and donuts available at 8:30 p.m., play starts at 9 a m. Mail check or money order to the Senior Center, 655 Landa St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. All bridge players are invited.
Emsrgsncy blood drivs tomorrow
McKenna Memorial Hospital is sponsoring an emergency blood drive Wednesday, May 31.
The blood supply for the San Antonio area is low and it will soon be further depleted due to the many needs during the memorial Day weekend.
McKenna invites all New Braunfels citizens to come to the hospital between 9:30 a m and 4:30 p m Wednesday, May 31 to donate blood. The drive will take place in the second floor waiting room.
Polio Survivors group to hold first mooting
New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its first meeting at$:30 a m Saturday, June 3 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center.
Interested polio survivors, relatives and friends are invited to attend. For information, call Deb hie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625-1363
Hermann Sons gather
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet for its regular meeting June 4 at 3 p m Meat will be furnished, mem hers bring covered dishes.
Mission Valley FACE to moot
Mission Valley Family and Community Education Club meeting will be held June 6 at the Extension meeting room
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Rescue workers pull Jean Older from the rising waters of the Guadalupe River at about 6:15 a.m. this morning. Older was sleeping in her truck at Camp Huaco Springs, and woke up to find the truck under water. She escaped the truck and grabbed onto a tree, where she was rescued after other campers heard her screams for help.
Campers chased by flash flood
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A flash flood left some property damage but no injuries early this morning at Camp Huaco on the Guadalupe River. Comal County Sheriff s Department officials responded to high water at the camp site and on River Road near Jerry’s Rentals, Deputy Dennis Kocpp said.
“Water rescue had to check on some children and a lady,” he said. “It was very fortunate that nobody got hurt or killed or lost,” he said. The campers
‘It was very fortunate that nobody got hurt or killed or lost.’
— Deputy Dennis Koepp
had to move very quickly to a higher level. Some had camped right at the river’s edge, Koepp said.
Two vehicles were submerged, Kocpp said, and the campsite and some picnic tables were damaged.
The rain started about 5:30 this
morning. “From 5:30 until 6:30 things got kind of wild around there,” Koepp said.
River Road near Jerry’s Rentals was flooded from a rush of water coming down from the hills. At press time most of the water had run off the road, but it had left debns. It was definitely a flash flood, Kocpp said.
The nver is already receding. At press time it was almost into the normal bank area, about a foot above, Koepp said. “I’m glad it didn’t show up at the height of the weekend, like Saturday night," he said.
Commissioners clear way for larger raises
By DENISE DZIUK
Individuals working for the county will now be allowed to receive larger promotions following a Commissioners Court decision Friday.
Salaries for current Comal County employees are determined according to a classification and step system.
The classification is determined by job title and the step is determined by experience.
An individual’s salary increases whenever the class or the step is increased.
Current policy states that an individual not currently working for the county may be hired and placed in a step one.
Tom Corlette, Human Resources Manager, said the person may be brought in at a step two if no additional training will be needed.
However, an individual promoted from within the county can only be promoted to a four and a half percent pay raise or to a step one of the new classification, whichever is higher. Corlette said a step one is usually the highest a person can get promoted. .
“Department heads started saying, ‘Wait a minute, we’re being more favorable to some new man off the street who hasn’t even proven themselves yet than we are of our own county employees,” said Corlette.
The board approved a change in this. Effective June I, individuals can receive a six percent increase. Corlette said this will put them in a step two and make new employees and promoted employees more equal.
"All we’re trying to do is correct a long tune irritant The irritant is that promotions are limited,” he said.
The new guidelines also includes a provision in which a department head, who feels an employee deserves a higher increase based on merit, can go before the commissioners and ask for permission.
Three members were present for the special meeting and the vote was unanimous.
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tourists pumped millions of dollars into the local economy over the weekend as they flocked to the Guadalupe and Comal rivers to enjoy the cool water.
Here, a group exits the Tube Chute on the Comal. River outfitters and other merchants reported strong business for the Memorial Day weekend.
Landa Park conceit series starts with Revival Brothers
Gaynes Productions received the Landa Award for 10 years of service to the “Concert in the Park” Senes during 1994, and this year will be no exception to the great music, refreshments, and fun that will be available.
The Landa Award is one of the highest awards given by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and Payne accepted the award “on behalf of the musicians and volunteers who have made the senes so successful for the last ten years.”
This year’s series will begin on Thursday June I and last through August 31. Concerts will be held every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Landa Park Shell. Admission to the concerts is free and concessions will be available. Individuals are urged to bnng “lawn chairs, coolers, picnic baskets, children and friends to Landa Park."
In previous years, the list of per-
Mysterious death under investigation
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A Mesquite man is dead following a baffling incident early Sunday morning. Comal County Sheriffs Department officers responded to a suspicious situation at 5:50 a.m. They found the body of Brandon Edward Houston, 20, hung in grape vines in a wooded area near the 1900 block of Hunter Creek Road, Detective Jimmy Limner said.
Houston’s death appears to be from strangulation by the grape vines, Lim-mer said. He appears to have panicked after he became tangled in the vines and lost consciousness. Then his body weight against the vines wrapped around his neck may have strangled him, Dimmer said.
Witnesses said Houston had jumped through a closed window, breaking the glass and ran out into the brush, Lim-mcr said. He was apparently extremely frightened of something, witnesses
‘I’ve been in this business for a long time, and this is the strangest one I've ever seen.’
— Detective Jimmy Limmer
told deputies. A witness said he was screaming things like “God, clear the way; God, clear the way,” Limmer said.
Houston had come to visit friends for the holiday weekend. He was staying at a residence about 500 yards from where his body was found, Limmer said.
The investigation remains open pending results of a toxicology report on Houston by the Travis County Medical Examiner.
“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and this is the strangest one I’ve ever seen,” Limmer said.
Women’s shelter fires director
Board claims insubordination by Chante Mazy in dispute over bringing child to work
By DENISE DZIUK
formers included Hal Ketchum, Clay Blaker, Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke, Jay Enc, and others. This year’s 11th annual concert senes is scheduled as follows.
June I - Revival Brothers June 8 - Grapes of Wrath June 15 - To Be Announced June 22 - Monty “Guitar” Tyler June 29 - Quarter Moon July 6 - Hat Trick July 13 - Chris and Judy July 20 - Carlene Walker July 27 - Texana Band August 3 - The Craze August IO - The Michael Abernathy Group August 17 - Matt Toon August 24 - Al Barlow and Fnends
August 31 - To Be Announced No glass containers are allowed in the park. In case of bad weather, rain-out concerts may not be rescheduled.
A mother was terminated from her position as executive director at a local women’s shelter for insubordination after she failed to comply with the board of directors' decision to deny her request to bnng her son to work with her.
Chante Mazy, executive director of the Comal County Women’s Center, requested she be allowed to bnng her IO-week-old son to work with her so she could breastfeed him. Mazy said it was important that she be able to breastfeed her child because he is allergic to dairy products and her doctor recommended she do so.
Robert Konkel, president of the center’s board of directors, said the personnel committee studied her request and talked to centers around the state in which it was tned.
Konkel said the committee found the response from other centers was split. Ile said the committee recommended Mazy be allowed to bnng the child to work on a six week tnal pen-od. However, Konkel said the nine member board voted to reject the recommendation and not allow the tnal penod.
“The board just wasn’t ready to take a major step like that,” said Konkel.
Mazy returned to work. However, she brought her child with her. Mazy said she asked for the board’s decision in writing before she would take her son home. The following morning she received a letter stating the board’s position. Mazy said she did not go to work that day but returned the following day with the child. She said she called Konkel and informed him of this and read him a statement.
“This is a woman’s issue and>t’s not going to die. It is unacceptable for a woman to be separated from her child to earn a living,” she said in her statement.
Mazy was tlien placed on leave without pay until an emergency meeting could be held Tuesday morning.
“I think I’m being financially punished for publicly speaking out on it,” she said.
Konkel said the board did not give a
general reason why the recommendation of the committee was not followed. He said there was concern about the quality of job she would be able to perform with the baby in a sling around her. Mazy He said the board
contacted various business and found that even many daycare centers do not allow employees to bnng their children to work with them. Konkel said the decision would have been the same even if it was a man making the request.
He also said that there was a question of the safety of the child. Konkel said this is only the second public shelter in Texas, while the others are safe houses, so an abuser could show up at this shelter at any time.
“How would we feel as a board if something happened to that child,” he said.
Mazy said she had no doubt she could do her job as efficiently as previously and also did not see a danger in it.
“It’s not a question of if I can do a quality job. It’s a question of if they’ll let me do a quality job,” she said. “I also wouldn’t be working there if I thought I was in danger and I sure wouldn’t place my child in danger.”
In an emergency board meeting, the board voted unanimously to terminate Mazy effective immediately. Konkel said the decision of the board is final and binding and the issue will not go before the board again.
"This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because I consider Chante a friend," he said.
Konkel said the only regret he has regarding the entire issue is that it went this far. He said it is basically a question of job performance, and personnel procedure and it never should have gotten so out of hand.
“I made a mistake when we made the initial decision and didn’t bnng it to (the community) and explain why we did it. That might have prevented some of this,” he said.Which state representative thinks yesterday s rain solved the aquifer problem? See Page 4.