New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels WW____|JHerald
18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 29,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of Ariki* Eberhard
Vol 144, No 274
Market Place...........................3B-8BStiimmtischBirthday wishes from the Herakl-Zeitung!
' The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Alice Robbins, Merry Brinkkoeter (Saturday), Wanda Wilbanks, Travis Sims (4 years old). Amy Lawrence (Saturday), Susan Phillips (Saturday), Stan Ites (Saturday), Alicia Stevenson (50 years old), Arline Eberhard (Saturday), Emily Mitchell (4 years old on Saturday), Sharon Monroe (Saturday), Tyler Mahan (5 years old on Saturday), Michelle Butler (29 years old) and Becky Kaufmann (Saturday).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Mark and Liz Blankenbeck-ler (5 years), Betty and Robert Hillin Sr. (45 years), Roland and Lillian Kramer (49 years on Saturday) and Raymond and Alicia Ybarra (26 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Nationwide customers are expected to flock stores in anticipation of Christmas.
‘Consumers are starting to realize they have less time this year with Dec. I coming right at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend," said John Konarksi, vice pres-idem of research at the International Council of Shopping atrede group.
into stores early so that they ftn-j on tune," he said, count on the holidays for about half their I and profits, and look at the day after Thanks-\ rn th* official kickoff of the holiday shopping see-
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Texans show support for medical savings accounts. See Opinion, Page 4A.Comal schools want computer links to 21st century
By DENISE DZIUK
As the world enters the 21 st century, a Comal Independent School District administrator hopes a state grant will help students become technologically prepared for the new millennium.
Nina Grantham, CISD technology coordinator, said the state has established a Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund grant to help schools increase the technology available to students. The money available through the grant comes from various telephone companies, Grantham said.
‘There's so much money out of each phone bill that goes toward this fund," Grantham said. “Basi-
'A lot of schools are already set up, but we’ve never had the money to be sot up. Internet Is a way of life now. Students need to be familiar with it.’
— Nina Grantham CISD technology coordinator
cally it’s the citizens that pay for it.”
Tile state currently has about $25 million to divvy up, and CISD is asking for $6,700. The
matching funds will come from money already earmarked for technology in the middle school budgets.
If the district receives the grant, Grantham said the money would be used for connecting the middle and intermediate schools.
The money also will provide equipment for an additional computer lab and portable computers, which are small computers that students would be able to check out of the library for doing work at home.
"Through the Internet, we would be able to have kids talk to each other as well as do research,” Grantham said. "We'll start with those five schools, networking it, and eventually branch out to the rest of the schools."
According to the grant abstract, a partnership with Texas Lutheran University also would be established. The partnership will give at-risk eighth graders an opportunity to participate in a three-day summer "Technology Camp."
TLU also will provide training for teachers and will design and implement the project evaluation model.
“A lot of schools are already set up, but we’ve never had the money to be set up,” Grantham said. “Internet is a w ay of life now. Students need to be familiar with it.”
Grantham said the district should find out whether it is eligible to receive the grant funds by the middle of December lf approved, the grant money would be available Feb. I.
Probe may force city to turn over airport to FAA
By ABE LEVY
A state investigation into the possible mishandling of lease contracts at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport might result in the city having to pay back a $874,616 federal grant and turn over the ownership of the 1,000-acre airport to the federal government.
Allegations stem from the city’s leases and subleases on about 20 acres of airport land, which allowed one tenant to secure a monopoly on sales for fuel and avionics equipment in violation of the original deed of transfer with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Officials from the Aviation Department of the Texas Department of Transportation have given the city until Dec. 20 to address the complaints, which were filed by airport tenant Bill Cassel, president ofCas-Air Aviation.
Cassel has a sublease with a subcontractor of the city. Engine Components Inc. of San Antonio.
ECl has the leasing rights to most of the airport land. ECl’s sublease agreements include an exclusionary clause that only allows Baylis E. I lamss Jr. of Brauntex Aviation and BAU I bulgar to offer fuel and avionics services.
State officials also said they were investigating airport contracts that indicated Harms had 90 percent of the leases for airport land. State officials believe Harms pursued the leases to create a monopoly on airport competition, a violation of FAA policy and the original deed of transfer.
"I’m sitting here starving to death because they won’t let me have fuel,”
lf a Texas Department of Transportation recommendation finds the city at fault, and the Federal Aviation Agency concurs, the city would have to pay back an $874,616 grant to repave the runway._
said Cassel, who had plans to sell fuel and avionics equipment at the airport. "Fuel would be a great asset to this business. I filed a complaint on March 15 and we have no relief. I'm sitting here waiting and I just keep getting less and less income waiting on these people."
TxDOT performed the initial investigation and now must forward its recommendations to the FAA. Cummins said the FAA will review TxDOT’s recommendations and then decide whether to suspend the grant and take the airport away from the city. Cummins said the city was ineligible for future grants until the current investigation is resolved.
lf the TxDOT recommendation finds the city at fault, and the FAA concurs, the city would have to pay back the $874,616 grant to the FAA. The money was used to repave the mn way.
Turn to Airport, Page 2ACookbooks on sate to fund scholarships
Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholarship Fund are now on sale for $6.50 apiece at Carl Schurz elementary School. For more information, call Linda Bingham at the New Braunfels Independent School District.Children's Museum to open now exhibit
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is having a grand opening for its new exhibit, “Growing Up in New Braunfels," from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the museum.Beach for a Star needs toys, cash
Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys, cash and time to help give to local children. We will be wrapping on Dec. 21, starting at 10 am, and Dec. 22, beginning at noon, at Red McCombs Universal Motors. For more information, call 629-9387 or 608-9406Cancer support group meets today
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 tonight in the North Building next to Norwest Bank at 1000 N Walnut Ave..
Group offers mothers a break and some advice
By DENISE DZIUK
Boing the mother of a preschooler can be a challenging job that can make a woman feel isolated at times.
But a support group has been formed to help local mothers deal with their roles and form relationships with other women.
First United Methodist Church in New Braunfels began sponsoring MOPS International, which stands for Mothers of Preschool Children, in September.
Tracy Link, a mother and spokeswoman for the group, said the meetings were for working and non-working mothers of children ages 5 and younger.
“We feel like those mothers with children under 5 definitely need a support group,” Link said. "Our group keeps growing. It grows a little more each month.”
•The mothers meet the first Thursday of each month for a "fun and informal meeting” that lasLs 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
During these meetings, Link said a guest speaker often talks about an issue of particular interest to these women, such as nutntion or stress management.
The group then breaks into smaller groups to discuss problems mothers are facing and to share methods in dealing with them.
After that. the women do a simple craft project that is finished before the meeting breaks up.
“Most moms of little kids don’t get to finish craft projects very often,” Link said "It’s an easy project that everyone can do.”
Link said the meetings serve not only as a support group but as a great way to share experiences.
Link said these meetings serve as getaways because even if a baby sitter cannot be found, child care is provided.
The time set aside for themselves leaves mothers feeling “rejuvenated and refreshed,” Link said.
“We get together and talk about our needs as mothers, parents and wives,” Link said. "Basically, that’s what it is, a mom’s night out... It’s just the moms and we focus on us.”
Link said anyone wishing to join the group, which meets monthly at the church, can join by contacting her at 629-1708.
The cost is $4 a meeting and $ I a child if child care is needed.
Chssr Fund donation* •ought by n*wip*p*f
The New Braunfels HerakJ-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to provide food for local needy families on Nov. 17.
The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County.
To donate to the Cheer Fund, call 625-9144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery.
■ Today's total — $1,412.48VeteNMtt for Christ collecting clothing
The Veterans for Christ Ministry is collecting donations of blankets, adult coats, jackets, sweaters and gloves (men’s and women's) for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach for homeless veterans in San Antonio. Call 625-6375 for details.