New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
I award presentation
Herald-Z&tung photo by MARK LYON
Former New Braunfels Lions Club president Joe Wort (left) accepts an award on behalf of the New Braunfels Noon Lions, Lioness and Leos, from the Texas Downtown Association as the top environmental community service project in the state. Marian Bensen of the New Braunfels Downtown Association and chair of the New Braunfels Main Street program (right) made the presentation at the Lions regular meeting Thursday. The award was for the Lions* Fireball project which saw chib members, along with members of the Lioness and Leo dubs, clean a local underpass which was built in 1935 and was 750-feet long on each side. According to Wort, there are more than 6,000 stones In the structure that were cleaned during the project.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends die following birthday wishes; Rhonda Smith,
Leone! Rotas, Elaine RatudeU, Clarence Schott, Nett-Rose Kraft, Tina Vittaaueva, Martin "Marty” Espinoza, Mark Anthony Aguirre, Hector Molina, Leslie Ann Gonzales, Gail OJfermann, Diane Alvarez, Judy McCuttoch, Brenda Helmke (Saturday), Happy Anniversary to Edna At Affied Syatnken Sr., Ralph A Margaret Farr (U years).
Crime prevention program aet
The Garden Ridge Aiea Women's Club will sponsor a crime prevention program at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Community Hall.
Bracken Fire Chief Glenn Mueller, Garden Ridge Police Chief Paws Dudley and a rcpre-semative from Qtiasne Agates! Crime will present information and answer questions about personal and property safety.
The program is open to all area residents. Call Evelyn Miller at 631-9718 for information.
Flu shots to ho dlvsn at tons Stop
Flu, tetanus and pnuemonia shot will be given at Lone Star Elementary, 144 Hidalgo, for people ages 18 and up on Monday, Nov. IS horn 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and also from 1:30 pin. to 4:30 p.m. The cost of the shots will be $2.
For more information, call 620-5501.
Blood drives sot by South Texas Blood Bank
South Texas Blood Bank will conduct blood drives on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 em. to 11 em. UL Victoria Bank A Twat parking lot, 1000 N. Walnut; Wednesday, Nov. 17 from I p.m. to 4 pin. at the Lafarge parking lot, Wald Rd; and Thursday,
Nov. 18 from 12 p.m to 3:30 p.m. at Symons parking lot, 1155 Churchill, Call 1-800-292-5534, Ext. 217 for more information.
Hospios Opon Nous# oehodulod
Hospice New Braunfels will have an open house Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 pm a the new facility, 613 N. Walnut The public is invited to tour the Hospice facility and meet new administrator Lawrence Leahy.
Teen Connection is having a open house/spaghetti supper for its students and parents on Monday, Nov. 15. It will be held in the alternative school classrooms, 1414 W. San Antonio from 5 pm. to 7 pm RS VP today by calling 629-6571.
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Jury finds Miller guilty of theft
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A 12-member jury found Robert Miller, 50, of Austin guilty on charges of theft Thursday.
According to past reports, Miller, an accountant, stood trial this week for allegedly stealing $110,000 from the Midway Mobile Homes in New Braunfels.
Officials said punishment was set by the jury at 16 years in the Texas Department of Corrections. In addition the defendant is required to pay a SIO,OOO fine.
Jury selection in the trial began Monday. Testimony continued until Thursday afternoon despite the fact that the courthouse was closed for Veteran's Day.
Officials in the district attorney's office said the jury deliberated for approximately two hours on the guilt/innocence phase of the trial and approximately two hours on the punishment phase.
Since the incident, Midway Mobile Homes Inc. has declared bankruptcy. Tbs business was formerly located on Interstate Highway 35.
The case wu prosecuted by Comal County District Attorney Bill Ramer. Possible sentences in the case ranged from two to 20 years.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Career Day at Canyon
Lt. John Wommack of th# N#w Braunfels Polio# Department explains the duties of hie Job during a career day held et Canyon High School today. Business leaders from all over New Braunfels participated In the event.
TAB panel of business leaders discuss government regulations, NAFTA, worker’s compensation
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
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The Texas Association of Business Lone Star Chapter welcomed several business leaden from the South Central Texu area during their regular monthly meeting held Thursday in New Braunfels.
Speakere at the meeting included J. Lynn Davis, plant manager for TXI on Hunter Road; Pete Erben, chief executive officer for Luby'i Corporation; and Bill Morton, president and chief executive officer of Mission Valley Texas.
Topics of discussion ranged from the North American Free Trade Agree
ment, government regulations on business to worker’s compensation and mandated health care.
"There is not one of us that doesn’t believe in the moral aspects of legislation being passed in Washington,” said Erben.
Erben said private enterprise is often assumed to be guilty of misconduct. "Sometimes it (business) is the only fiber and substance that is keeping Borne degree of sanity," he said. "We’re not getting that across.’’
Morton explained that business leaders need to become involved in local issues as well as national issues.
"One of the biggest challenges we face is the attitude of the local political
Comal County MHMR eyeing positive changes
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Changes are under way at the Comal County MHMR Center and service to MHMR consumers is expected to improve over the next few months, according to center staff members.
Officials at foe center recently decided not to close the workshop at the center and to find employment for MHMR clients in normal business environments.
"There will be no more work contracts here. We have completed all existing contracts," said Jerry Simmons, director of outreach programs of the Austin State School, which oversees local MHMR centers.
"We understand an employer has to have production,” he said. "We have people who want to be employed."
The program works by helping with job placement for MHMR clients. When foe clients first start their job, they are accompanied by a job coach from MHMR.
"Once they are doing it on their own, foe job coach pulls back," said Simmons.
MHMR consumers are placed in all types of jobs, according to Simmons.
"We have had people who waked in restaurants, book stores, and have volunteered in thrift shops in town," said case manager Deneece Lawrence.
"The range of jobs is just as wide for people with mental retardation as for people who don't. It is based oft their interests and abilities," said Robert Wilcox, MHMR area directa.
"When our folks get a job and get to pay income tax, our folks get excited,” said Simmons. "They enjoy work-
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"They are normal, everyday people who happen to have a glitch in their system,” he said. "Our clients are perfectly normal. They just happen to have a little trouble processing information. It’s a matter of helping them compensate for that."
Efforts to improve community awareness about MHMR are also under way.
Lawrence said she has been working with school districts, civic groups, etc. to help people learn the purpose of the center.
"We want to let the community know we are trying to increase services," she said.
"We are also working more closely with school district to ga awareness to parents who already have children in the school district," she said.
Boerne will be leaping the benefits of the increasing services. MHMR hired John Sullivan, as community employment specialist for Boerne. Sullivan will base the operations in New Braunfels. Simmons said they did not open an
shows only one deficiency
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
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The Comal County MHMR Center’s Home and Community Based Services was recently audited by state officials and was found to have only onedeficiency in its program.
Audhecs visited the MHMR center for thee days and covered 132 prindpletin their audit. Items covered included services given based according individual need, team programs and qualifications.
The avenge program would have 40 to 50 deficiencies, said Jerry Simmons, director of outreach programs for foe Austin State School.
The one deficiency concerns quarterly reports filed by care managers. The auditors requested the reports cover medical and psychological aspects as well as the services provided by MHMR case managers.
The audit also covered the programs in Kerrville, Llano and Fredicksburg. Only one case referred to in the deficiency was from New Braunfels.
"Last year the program had three deficiencies and one of the deficiencies was appealed and reversed
'Our goal is to always have zero," said Susan Westfall, residential coordinator. "And in the past, it has been zero.”
In addition to this news, MHMR also announced this week that a new area director has been hired. Robert Wilcox will begin working in New Braunfels on Nov. 29.
Wilcox holds a degree in psychology from Texas AAM University. He has worked in Corpus Christi for seven years where he has been involved in administering community rehabilitation program.
"I hope to be port of helping all those people who receive services from our agency and gain inclusion for clients in foe community in every way possible," he said.
Wilcox, is married to Anita Wilcox. They have two children.
office because they do na want to tie services to a building.
"We don’t like to be tied to a building. That’s na where life is," he Mid.
Lawrence said foe has also had good response by working with foe Boerne schools.
situation," he said. "New Braunfels has been in turmoil in its city council and its attitude about industry.. .We have a small group of people who would like to see no growth," he said.
"In industry its city politics that sets the tone,” he said.
All three of the speakers showed their support for NAFTA.
"We think it will probably be good for us," said Davis. "On foe steel side, we fell like it will through opening up some markets."
Morton also agreed that the agreement could open markets fa Mission Valley.
"Our central location makes us a short trip into Mexico," he said.
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J. Lynn Davie, plant manager for TXI Cement, Bill Morton, president and CEO of Mission Valley Textiles, and Fats Ertosn, CEO of Lutoy’a Corp. of Ban Antonio, wars tbs panelist* at Thursdays TAB masting bald In Na* Braunfels.
Erben Mid ha believes trade with Mexico la a moral obligation u well.
"I accept it ut moral obligation to people. I’m very cognizant of foe prob
lem! down there," he said.
The TAB meets each month m New Braunfels.For news, subscription, or advertising information, call 625-9144