New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tfw ‘UWM Amandas” accept awards In the Texas Downtown Horltaeo Essay Contort conducted by tho Qownfeown Association. From left ere essay winners Amanda FSrtsa, Amanda Strotoel and Amanda Moores Bater taaotisr Susan Laos and Main Street director Lynn Fountain. Entries were fudged by Friends* the Library
WORD gets river cleanup grant from Shiner Beer Co.
By DAVE) DEKUNOER
CANYON LAKE — With the help of a grant from Shiner Beer Company, the Water Oriented Recreation District might be able to remove trash from the depths of the Guadalupe River.
Shiner Beer Co. presented a $25,000 check to the WORD board under the condition that the money be used to help beautify the area around the Guadalupe River.
District manager Jim Inman said the board decided to use the grant money for one specific purpose.
MIt gives us an opportunity to really go after the bottom of the river,** Inman said. “The authority from the board is that the majority of the funds should be used to put divers in the river to clean the bottom.**
Inman said Shiner Beer contacted him about the grant in the spring.
Al Zator, a river outfitter and member of the WORD health and sanitation committee, said the grant was a shot in the arm for WORD.
“I think it will be a good step, and we will learn a lot,** Zator said. “We got a good handle on cleaning the purfacjp and the shallow depths through the WORD cleanup.’*
During the summer months between May and September, WORD has contracted with river outfitters to clean sections of the river from the Spring Branch area to the district’s limits near Greene.
Every September, Friends for Rivers has an annual lower river cleanup that has eliminated thousands of pounds of trash in the
river. The trash in the bottom of the river, such as aluminum cans, clothes, tires, coolers, tubes and garbage, has accumulated during the past 20 years from tubers and rafters who have used the river.
With the grant in hand, Zator said die committee would be able to look at what it took to clean the bottom of the Guadalupe River.
“What we will learn is how expensive and how much money it will take, and how effective it will be to clean the bottom and what sources it will take to get it done,” he said.
Paul Rich, WORD vice president and river outfitter, said the committee still was brainstorming ideas to present to die board.
“We are looking at avenues on how to get to the bottom of the river,” Rich said. “We came up with the idea of scuba clubs and contracting it out (to professional divers). We could have different dive clubs adopt portions of the nver.
“Initially there is no way of telling how much trash there is. I think with this grant it will enable us to find out how much trash is at the bottom and where the hot spots are ”
Shiner product director Greg Warwick said thc.Tompony metaled the grant because WORD was a local entity.
“We wanted to work with someone closer to home and we wanted to donate to an organization the Shiner consumers could relate to,” he said. “A lot of folks who enjoy Shiner enjoy the river and New Braunfels and come throughout the state to see the river.”
Dear Abby: My husband and I have just observed the second anniversary of the death of our firstborn child, and I have finally gathered the courage to write this lettef.
' My child, the passenger, was killed instantly in a horrible car accident. The driver died a few hours later. Both of these teen-agers had been drinking. The driver had a fake ID and apparently had purchased alcohol for both of them. The autopsy report on my child came back as legally intoxicated.
My husband and I did everything we could to warn our child about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Our words fell on deaf ears, despite all our pleas aud warnings.
Even after two years, it’s still difficult to allow our surviving teenager the freedom to go out at night. TTwt wreck is always in the back of our minds. Though this child is dependable and responsible, we live in fear of the deadly driving of another drunken teen who thinks the only way to have fun is to illegally purchase alcohol and other drags.
Since the world is still reeling from die shock of the senseless death of die Princess of Wales, perhaps it’s a
make deadly cocktail for teens
good time for those who admired her to stop and think before getting behind the wheel of a car after they’ve been drinking.
I realize the problems of driving while intoxicated are not limited to teen-agers and young adults. Everyone, regardless of age, needs-to be made aware of this horrible problem so common in our society today.
Parents and teachers, please show this letter to the young people you care about. It might cause some kids to wake up before it’s too late.
Grieving Mom in Texas
Dear Grieving Mom: I offer my deepest sympathy on die tragic loss of your firstborn. With the holidays rapidly approaching, I
hope your letter will serve as a cautionary reminder about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Although for years parents have hammered home the message, "Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking,” they should also emphasize that when passengers are intoxicated, they cannot reliably judge the sobriety of the driver,
Dear Abby: My two children, ages 8 and 11, each have chores to do atter every meal, such as clearing the table or putting the dishes in the dishwasher.
When the children have friends over, however, they don’t have to do their chores. Is it OK to make them? And if so, should they be able to ask their guests to help?
Unsure Mom, Maline on Saint Croix, Minn.
Dear Mom: Every family has its own approach to children and chores. It’s up to you to determine what works best for you and then enforce it. If the children are responsible about performing their
duties, an occasional night off when special friends visit could be a simple way of rewarding them. lf you require that they do their chores even when they have company, their friends should not be expected to assist them, unless they volunteer to do so.
Dear Abby: Although I’ve never written to you before, I have what I think is a valuable tip for the young mother whose child threw a temper tantrum in a department store. (She was alarmed that no one tried to stop her as she carried the screaming child from the store.)
I taught both my children that if a stranger grabs them, they’re to yell, “Put me down! You’re not my daddy (or mommy)!” Hopefully this would arouse more attention than simply yelling would.
I hope this is helpful not only to the woman who wrote you, but to other parents as well.
Protective Mom in Texas
Dear Protective Mom: I
appreciate your valuable suggestion. Thank you for submitting it.
Hussein lifts ban on weapons inspectors
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Saddam Hussein today reversed his ban on American weapons inspectors in Iraq, ending his defiance of U.N. demands and apparently concluding a three-week standoff that raised fears of a military confrontation.
Iraq agreed to the inspectors’ return under a deal arranged by Russia and its foreign minister, Yevgeny Primakov.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the agreement involved no concessions by the United States or the United Nations. The Iraqis “are prepared to have tl>e inspectors return unconditionally,” she said.
The U.N. Special Commission, which oversees the weapons inspections, was to meet Friday to discuss ways to reform procedures for monitoring Iraq’s arms arsenal
and preventing it from developing weapons of mass destruction.
Richard Butler, head of the weapons inspectors, said that if all goes well, “We’ll be on the plane tomorrow morning and back in business on Friday.**
He told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that when the inspectors return, “They’ll go out and resume inspections — and let’s see how they do, OK?’’
Speaking in Cairo, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz told reporters that the Security Council’s permanent members had made no “specific commitments” under the Russian proposal. However, he said Russia has promised to work for a “just and fair diplomatic solution’* to the confrontation.
The Iraqi News Agency said the
Russian proposal was formally endorsed by a joint meeting of the Iraqi leadership comprising the
Revolution Command Council and the ruling Baath Party headed by Saddam
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Man arrested for aggravated robbery
A 20-year-old New Braunfels man was arrested at 9:24 p.m. Tuesday at his residence on Mickesch Lane for aggravated robbery and was taken to Comal County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
John Smith was indicted Nov. 5 for an Aug. 27 ‘97 incident in downtown New Braunfels. A victim named Anthony Mates said he had gone to a movie at the Brauntex Theatre and when he returned to his car, be saw a female in it going through his personal belongings. When the man confronted her, she jumped out of the car, ran and got in the from scat of another car with two other men. Mates told police.
Stockholders file class-action lawsuit against Union Pacific
AN ANTONIO (AP) — Stockholders of troubled railroad giant Union Pacific have filed a class-action lawsuit that fcum the railroad of misrepresenting its safety record and failing to disclose problems with-its merger with Southern Pacific.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Dallas, contends drat even as the railroad touted the benefits of the merger, top railroad officials knew that combining the two rail lines would be cosily.
It also alleges that the optimistic a,lnouncemenis inflated stock prices.
The Omaha, Neb.-based railroad suffered an extended series of fatal accidents and severe bottlenecks that slowed shipping to a crawl while the merger unfolded, the lawsuit »hrgn The merger also caused stock pnces to tumble 20 percent since July, the lawsuit dam.
Smith allegedly was one of those men, sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Smith allegedly pointed a handgun at Mates, according to police reports. Smith allegedly demanded the man get out of the way and threatened him with the gun, said Jim Noble, Comal County district attorney.
NOTICE OF APPLICATION OF SOUTHWESTERN BILL TELEPHONE COMPANY FOR DESIGNATION AB AN ELIGIBLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CARRIER UNDER 47 U.S.C. 1214(b)
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company has filed an application with the Public UtHJty Commiseion of Texas ("PUC") for the purpose of being designated en eligible telecommunications carrier (“ETC') in accordance with 47 US C §214(e) by December 31, 1997. Southwestern Bell’s application is currently being considered in Docket No. 18100.
Southwestern Bell is required to obtain ETC status in order to receive Federal Universal Service Funds ("FUSFs") beginning January I, 1908. 47 U.S C. §2l4(e) requires the PUC, either upon Ut own motion or upon request, to designate common carriers as ETC* for service areas. Southwestern Bell seeks ETC status for its entire service area. Southwestern Bell has requested a minimum waiver tor one year of the requirement to deploy toll control
Persons who wish to comment or intervene in this application should notify the Public Utility Commission of Texas by November 20. 1897. Requests for further information should be mailed to the Public Utility Commistion of Texas. PO Box 13326 Austin, Texas 78711-3326, or you may cell the Public Utility Commission's Office of Customer Protection at (512) 936-7120 or (888) 762*8477. Hearing* and speech-impaired individuals with text telephones (TTY) may contact the commission at (512) 936*7138, or use Relay Texas (800) 735*2989 to reach the commission s ton free number (888) 782-8477.
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