New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The United Way of Cornel County hat pledges and donations of $250,137 toward their goal of $370,000.
The annual drive is to officially end on Dec. I.
If you haven’t made your pledge or donation, please do as soon as possible.
• The funds raised this year will support the following agencies that serve thousands of our citizens that
If you need information, call die United Way office at 620-7760.
■ Adult Literacy Council $2,750 P American Red Cross $9,000
il Boy Scouts of America $12,000
■ Bulverde Public Library $3,000 1 JI Bulverde Senior Center $9,000
■ Bul verde/Spring Branch Community Service Center $10,000
■ Canyon Lake Action Center
■ Caring for Children $11,500
■ CASA of Central Texas $6,000
■ Comal County 4-H $2,500
■ Comal County Child Welfare Board $3,500
■ Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter $20,000
■ Comal County Senior Citizen’s Center $22,000
■ Comal County Women’s Centerits donation goal$20,000
■ Comal County Youth Homemaking $600
■ Comal County Youth Livestock Show $2,000
■ Communities in Schools of Comal County, Inc. $10,000
■ Community Council of South Central Texas $14,000
■ Community Service Center $30,000 \
■ Crisis Line Drug Dependency Council $500
■ Family Outreach of Comal County $9,500
■ Hill Country Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services $25,000
■ Homespun $13,000
■ Lone Star Girl Scout Council $5,000
■ Retired Senior Volunteer
■ Salvation Army $7,000
■ SOS, Inc — Food Bank $5,000
■ Teen Connection $18,000
■ Tye Preston Memorial Library $5,000
■ YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Courtly $7,500
Remember, it is the “Power of IT that allows the United Way to help all of our citizens.
Family joyous, thankful after son’s freedom in Yemen
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) — For Laverne Carpenter of Alice, Thanksgiving was just another day forte wony about ber son, kidnapped in the Middle East nearly a month ago at an oil company’s headquarters.
But a late afternoon telephone call from her son’s wife, Natalia lifted her spirits considerably.
“She said, ’Mom, there’s someone here who wants to talk to you,”* Laverne Carpenter said. “Those were beautiful words.”
The next voice she heard was that
of her son, Steve Carpenter, who had been freed by Yemeni tribes.
“I’ve just been crying for the last 36 minutes — tears of joy, you’d call it,’’ she told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times Thursday afternoon. “I just thank God our prayers were answered.’’
Steve Carpenter, the executive director of the Yemen-based Hashed! Contracting and Oil Co., was abducted by six armed Yemeni tribesmen Ort. 30 as he walked into his company’s headquarters in San’a, the nation’s capital.
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HARLINGEN (AP) — The recruitment materials describe the Marine Military Academy as a prep school grounded in tradition, one that teaches students to study and grow by instilling confidence, pride and trust.
But a new image has emerged of the 32-year-old academy, that of a school where young boys have been terrorized by their peers, suffering physical and sexual abuse by students who routinely go unpunished.
The critics describe a school where illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco are commonplace and administrators open the door to delinquents to bolster their budget.
Their allegations are included in affidavits, sworn statements and letters, provided to The Associated Press, that are part of a class-action lawsuit filed against the academy last week by the parents of 11 former
The lawsuit is the latest blow to the academy, which schools 450 students in grades eight through 12 from 29 stales and several countries.
He was freed by members of the Bakeel tribe and was back in San’a by the end of the day Thursday, security sources said.
Carpenter, 47, spent his childhood in Alice and Houston and attended Texas AAI University in Kingsville.
Security sources also said that five other Westerners — an American, two Italians and two others of unknown nationalities — kidnapped during the past two days wefe freed. The Italian Embassy in Yemen, however, dismissed that report
An Italian official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said the embassy had no information that any Westerners had been kidnapped (hiring die past few (bys*. *
In exchange for Carpenter’s release, the Bakeel tribe demanded freedom for an unspecified number of tribe members jailed for various crimes, the Caller-Times reported.
They also warted the government to resume monthly subsidies for each of die tribe’s 200 members.
The subsidies, the equivalent of about $20 each, were xut in July under economic reforms.
It was not immediately clear if Yemen met those demands to win Carpenter’s release Thursday.
Large swaths of land in Yemen are ruled by armed tribesmen, who often kidnap foreigners to demand money or press for concessions from the government.
The victims are seldom harmed. At least 30 tourists were abducted in 1997. All were released.
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DALLAS — The cost to Texas business of Union Pacific rail delays has surpassed $750 million, according to estimates prepared for state regulators.
“We conservatively estimate the costs to date for Texas businesses, measured by lost sales, reduced output and higher shipping charges, at $762 million,’’ University of North Texas economists Bernard L. Weinstein and Terry L. Gower wrote to the Texas Railroad Commission.
The economists also said the Texas economy would suffer $623 million in more costs if U.P. can’t solve its service problems within the next few months.
“It’s a staggering number,’’ Commission Chairman Charles R. Matthews told The Dallas Morning News.
The economists’ estimates were a dramatic increase from their Oct. 27 projection, when they put Texas losses at SiOO million to $400 million and rising at a inrtWfthr rate of $100 million.
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FORT WORTH (AP) — A group of conservative Baptists have opted to separate from the moderate-dominated Baptist General Convention of Texas.
The 30-member board of Southern Baptists of Texas voted unanimously to move forward with the split last week after about 400 conservatives met in Austin to discuss forming a separate group.
Rev. Dee Slocum of Lubbock said the group of conservative pastors and laymen will ask their congregations for financial support to help form the new stale convention.
“We feel tike we are being forced into this; we take no pleasure in it,’’ said Slocum, who is the pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Lubbock.
The conservatives decided to move forward with the split after moderates approved changes they fear might move the Texas convention away from the conservative sway of the national Southern Baptist Convention, he said.
I^!TaNTONI?TaP) — In a state where bigger is better, San Antonio is beaming about its leap ahead of Dallas in population to become the second-largest city in Texas.
U.S. Census Bureau figures released last week also showed San Antonio jumping from its previous ranking of 10th-largest city in the fution to No. 8.
“I guess the people in Dallas are going to have to stop talking about ’Big D’ and starting talking about ’Big S.A.,’ ” San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak said with a chuckle.
Seriously, though. Peak pointed out the Dallas metropolitan area, which includes surrounding areas, is lager than Sen Antonio's.
And that is a more “realistic" population figure, he said.
Haywood Sanders, an urban administration professor at Trinity Univeredy hi San Antonio, speed.
AUSTIN (AP) — Dozens of convicted child molesters could walk free under a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling.
The court decided Wednesday the felons are eligible for an early-release program, drawing criticism from law enforcement, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
“It’s obviously a very serious ruling and will have definite implications,’* parole board Chairman Victor Rodriguez said. “The end result of this could have an impart on public safety.”
Rodriguez estimated several hundred convicted sex offenders could go free under the ruling Once prisons release the convicts on mandatory supervision, parole officers supervise them, similar to convicts who are paroled.
The Legislature had tried to exclude child molesters from the program, but the court ruled lawmakers could not apply a new law retroactively.
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ABILENE (AP) — A former Taylor County court clerk has sued Justice of the Peace Sam Matta and the county, accusing Matta of sexually harassing her.
Mary Landeros alleges Matta sexually harassed her while she worked in his office from August 1995 to November 19%. The lawsuit also alleges Taylor County not only was in a position to know that Matta was harassing her, but other female workers as well.
The suit contains no details on the accusations, but it alleges Matta began harassing Ms. Landeros immediately after she was hired. She quit her job 15 months later after repeated sexual advices from the
Death linked to bar contest
AUSTIN (AP) — A drinking contest promoted by the employee of a local tavern may have led to the death of a 20-year-old man who died of alcohol poisoning, state investigators said
Jeremy Beau Painter of Amarillo, who was in Austin to attend an emergency medical services conference, was found dead Tuesday morning in his room at a Holiday Inn rn North Austin.
Sgt. Pete Champion, tji investigator for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said friends who were with Painter on Monday night reported thai he took part in a drinking contest that night at McGtllicuddy's Pub and Grill.
“All we know is that she was involved in an alleged encouragement of drinking — like, ’lf you drink X number of drinks, your tab is free,’’’ Champion said Wednesday
Enc Peterson, an owner of McGillicuddy’s, said the bar is also trying to determine what happened
judge, the lawsuit alleges.
The lawsuit is seeking $285,000 in compensatory and punitive damages, legal fees and lost wages and benefits.
County Judge Lee Hamilton said the county denies any responsibility for any alleged misconduct. A message left at Malta’s home by The Associated Press was not returned Thursday night
Ms. Landeros filed a formal discrimination claim in May with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Texas Human Rights Commission. in August, the EEOC dropped the case and notified her she could seek other action.
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