New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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, 1993 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of JOSHUA REININGER ■ Vo1 142 •N
Local unemployment rate up by I %
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Joshua Relninger (I year on Sat.!), Walter Beckett, Jackie R. Nolte, Lindsey Brucks. Happy Anniversary to Barney & Irene Bartels (52nd!), Cindy & John Moos (16 years!).
The unemployment rate in Comal County increased by slightly more than I percent in October 1993, according to statistics from the Texas Employment Commission.
The rate grew from 5.3 percent in September to 6.4 percent in October.
However, officials from the TEC said this increase is not significant since the labor force also increased.
The labor force as of October was 28,540. This is up from 27,962 in September.
Labor force, number of employed saw increase during period also, report says
The total number of people unemployed was 1,810 in October, up from 1,477 in September.
Also the number of people employed has increased from 26,485 in September to 26,640 in October.
“The unemployment rate is up 1.1 percent, but this is not due to job loss.
From September to October, the unemployed and the employed numbers arc going up at the
same time,’ said Richard Domwell, labor market analyst for the TEC.
“Over the rest of the year, basically the same thing has happened,” he said.
“The rate is up. There is no question about that but it is not due to job loss just an increase in the labor force,” he said.
This is a case where the unemployment rate is probably not the best indicator,” said Domwell.
The employment figures are still a good sign despite the increase in the number of unemployed residents, according to Michael Meek, executive vice president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“We have employed more than 2,000 more people than last year. The labor force has grown and people have found jobs,” he said. “We are still below the state and national levels.”
In October 1992, the unemployment rate was 5 percent.
However, since, at that time, the combined labor force was 26,626 and the number of people
employed was 25,286.
NB Jaycees’ Toys for Tots now underway
By ROSEMARIE EASH
Common sense is key to safety during holiday season, police chief says
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Common sense is the key to holiday safety, according to New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen.
Unfortunately, the holidays can sometimes bring with them an increase in crimes, especially in mall or shopping center parking lots. Headen is urging people to use caution when shopping in both New Braunfels and surrounding cities.
Concerning possible car burglaries, Headen said people should remember
to make things difficult for a criminal.
“Don’t leave keys in the car. Don’t leave things that attract attention, such as packages and purses,” he said.
“The main thing to learn is to not leave anything in the car that would be obvious,” he said.
People walking in parking lots should also exercise caution, according to Headen.
“People should survey the area. They should anticipate if they park somewhere at daylight ami don’t come back to their car after dark what the arca is going to look like at dark,” he said.
“They should have their keys ready and look in the back seat and floorboard before getting in the car. After getting in the car, people should lock their doors,” he said.
“People should keep one hand free, carry all packages with one hand and get their keys ready when in a parking lot,” he said.
Headen also urges women to not park near vans and to be cognizant of where they park and what types of vehicles are around. He also said shoppers should be careful while in stores and should try not to shop alone.
“Women need to be careful they don’t leave their purses on shopping carts. They should keep their purses closed and not gaped open with their billfolds, credit cards and money lying there exposed,” said Headen.
“As much as possible people in New Braunfels should shop in New Braunfels,” said Headen. “San Antonio is a big city and shopping places are big areas. There are lots of cars and lots of poople and a lot of caijackers. There are people who will look for people shopping alone and people in vulnerable locations.”
"We have a smaller city There is more of a chance for people to be able to watch out for other people here,” he said.
Headen urges people to call the police if they see someone suspicious. He also said people should not be afraid to fight back
He suggested people carry whistles, mace or stun guns and not be afraid to use them. He also said everyday items such as keys and ballpoint pens can be used as weapons.
“Nothing says you have to play lair," he said.
HeraltLZeitung Cheer fund donations sought
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local needy families is continuing with much success, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery.
Avery said that any type of non-perishable food item can be donated, as well as money. The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year. To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.
Today’s donations were from:
■ Anonymous - S20 ■ Glenn & Ruth Jackson- $25 ■ Dorothy & Friedrich Rest- $25 ■
Dorothy & Hickman Wimberley - $10 ■ Kenneth Sc Henrietta Friable-$25 ■ Mary A Patricia Keyes - $25 ■ Anonymous -SIO and two bags of groceries ■ Dan & Becky Krueger- $100 Today's Total-$3,698.02
Hill Country Kart Club hosts races
The Hill Country Kart Club will be holding a Celebrity Championship Kart Race on Sunday, Nov. 28 at I p.m.
Proceeds from the event will be directed to Elf Louise and New Braunfels Food Bank.
Action starts at I p.m. with the celebrity practice and race, including Herald-Zeitung Sports Editor Richard Tijerina. At 2 p.m., the annual Seniors Enduro Race starts, at 3:15 p.m. the Junior Enduro Race begins, at 3:45 p.m. the Shifter Enduro will be held, and at 4:15 p.m. the Junior Rookie Race will start Hill Country Kart Club is located 3/4 mile west of IH-35 on Ruekle Road in New Braunfels.
Toys For Tots drive begins today
The New Braunfels Jaycees' Toys for Tots campaign begins today. For Thanksgiving weekend, Comal Bowl is participating by offering special deals with new toy submissions.
Irwin will app ear at Tree off Liffe Dec. 1
Don Irwin, internationally known composer, performer and recording artist, will bring his unique sound to Tree of Life Fellowship Church on Wedne-say, Dec. I al 7 p.m.
His musical ministry will be a family-oriented concert which should not be missed by any one. He will also play many of his songs off his new album, "Christmas."
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The New Braunfels Jaycees Toys for Tots campaign gets underway this week with Comal Bowl offering special incentives to anyone who brings a new toy to the bowling alley over this Thanksgiving weekend.
The Toys for Tots program, sponsored by the Jaycees and Milt Ferguson Motors, provides toys for 1,200 to 1,500 children in Comal County. The 250 families are selected through the Community Service Center and Toys for Tots provides a Christmas dinner and toys for the children. The dinners include a ten pound fully cooked turkey, five pounds of sugar, five pounds of flour, two cans of com, two cans green beans, a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk.
In addition to receptacles for the donated toys throughout the community, the following special events will benefit the Toys for Tots campaign
■ Dec. 3 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Mill Store Plaza Office Lunch will serve homemade food for a 52 or more donation (or a new toy). The food will be provided and served by Mill Store Plaza employees.
■ Dec. 3 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — Comal Bowl will sponsor a bowling tournament whose SIO entry fee (or S8 and a new toy) will benefit the Toys for Tots campaign. The tournament will be a four person, mixed teams event with three games and trophies provided for individual high score male and female, individual low score male and female and individual trophies for high score team.
■ Dec. 9 8 p m. to 12 p.m. — A 50’s Dance and Auction featuring G.TA. of San Antonio will be held at the Watering Hole to benefit Toys for Tots. A twist contest, Hoola Hoop contest, door prizes and beer specials are part of the fun. The cover of S3 plus a new toy or S7 will benefit Toys for Tots.
The New Braunfels Jaycees Toys for Tots program is in its tenth year. This year the headquarters is Milt Ferguson Motors and those wishing to donate cash or a toy can do so there. Toys may be dropped off at various businesses in the community.
Youth groups who want to cam community service hours can help wrap the toys on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Milt Ferguson Motors or help deliver to families Sunday, Dec. 19. Those who want to help deliver should meet at Milt Ferguson Motors at IO a m. Dec. 19.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
City of New Braunfels Finance Director Darrel Sollberger (left) helps serve up some of the fixins at the Community Thanksgiving held earlier this week. The event was sponsored by The Adobe Cafe once again and drew a large number of people out to join in the feast.
Local attorney Thomas N. Bluntzer (left) was presented with the first New Braunfels Masonic Lodge Community Builders Award by the Worshipful Master Earl Heaton Tuesday night at the Masonic Lodge. The award was given to Bluntzer because of his multiple Involvements In service to the community, local government, and local youth and civic programs.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Masons honor Tom Bluntzer
From staff reports
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109 A.F. & A.M. has designated a local civic leader as the recipient of the Community Builder Award for 1993. The winner, local attorney Tom Bluntzer, was awarded with the honor in a ceremony held on Tuesday.
The Community Builder Award recognizes outstanding non-Masons who distinguish themselves through their service to the community, to local and state government, to their church and to humanity. Masons present the awards to non-Masons who represent the same ideals and precepts established for Masonic members
Bluntzer has been involved in numerous activites and civic duties.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144
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