New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Oct. 4,1994
Sen/ing Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of OUVIA RICE
I Vol. 142. No. 234
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Morales: Keep feds out of state affairs
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Kevin Steeno (Saturday, 9 years!), Helen Braune, Viola Jonas (belated, Sunday), David Jonas (belated, Monday), Frank Paredez,
Joanne Herrera (Monday),
Kelsey Hoegenauer, Olivia Rice, Carol Dietel, Jerry Geren, Norma Goll, Ann Payne, Rocco Sar-lo, Leslie Thorn, William Wilson, Frank Yoehle, Dickie Guthrie, Denise Kraft, Betty Kraft, Pat Simmonds. Happy Anniversary to Tony & Mary Armand!.
Community Council •coopting applications
The Community Council of South Central Texas Head Start Program is taking applications at all New Braunfels Centers for this school year. Parents should bring their child’s birth certificate and immunization record when they go to apply, as well as verification of household income.
Head Start is a federal program for pre-school children ages five from low-income families. Families with children with disabilities need not meet income guidelines.
All Head Start children participate in fun and educational activities. They receive medical and dental care, are served nutritious meals and snacks, and their families are eligible for a wide range of social services and educational training. Call 620-9184 for more information.
flaw country lino dancing lessons planned
No new formal classes in country line dancing are planned at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center during the month of October. Instead, regularly scheduled practice sessions will meet Monday evenings 5:30-6:30 and Wednesday mornings 8:30-9:30.
These sessions are available to anyone who previously has completed at least the beginners’ country line dancing classes. All dance practices are under the personal direction of Miriam Weiss. No fees will be charged However, a one dollar donation to the Senior Citizens Center is requested each session for use of their facility.
No Winners In Lotto Drawing
No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Saturday might for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said. The jackpot was worth $18 million.
Lottery officials estimate the jackpot for Wednesday night’s game will be $28 million.
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Texas AG vows fight against Washington
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Texas Attorney General Dan Morales said Monday in New Braunfels he would continue to fight Washington to keep federal government out of state affairs and force it to reimburse the state when Texas pays for things he considers to be federal responsibilities.
Morales, stopping in New Braunfels as part of a three city swing that began in San Marcos and ended in San Antonio, said he is justified in using legal means to protect the interests of Texas.
Morales is seeking re-election as the state's highest lawyer against Republican challenger Don Wittig.
He cited illegal immigration, building of prisons and public education as costs draining Texas of more than $1.3 billion last year.
’The federal government ought to be paying, it should not be the tax payers of this state,” Morales said. “Having to see their property taxes increase to pay for more schools or hospitals for the immigrant population. It is a federal obligation and it is a federal policy and we are seeking to hold the federal government accountable for their own policies.”
Morales said his example of overzealousness by the federal government includes the Endangered Species Act forced on local farmers and ranchers.
“We think it is irresponsible and it goes beyond congressional intent,” Morales said.
Pumping water in one county that might affect an endangered species in another four or five counties away could subject the farmer or rancher to criminal prosecution
“I don’t think that is what Congress contemplated when they passed the
The many faces of Dan Morales, as captured during an interview with the Herald-Zeitung staff yesterday.
Morales expects no problems with bonds
By CRAIG HAMMETT
State Attorney General Dan Morales said his office should not disapprove any bond issuances for school districts unless those bonds do not meet current constitutional requirements.
“We have zero impact or discretion or authority with regard to whether we think it is a good bond issue,” he said. “All we do is review it for constitutional and legislative influency.”
Officials with the Comal Independent School
District arc currently in the process of bcgininng sale of portions of bonds recently passed in an election to build new schools.
District Finance Director Abel Campos said the , district will sell about $9.1 million of the bonds now to start the process and sell the remainder in the spring.
“It is safest to go ahead and and sell the bonds now,” he said.
State district judge Scott McCowen has said the state must solve the school funding problems by Sept. I of 1995 or the state’s districts will not be able
to scil bonds.
While Morales said his office only looks to make sure bonds are “legally and technically sufficient" under constitutional grounds, he said his office will take no action unless the legislature acts.
The Texas Legislature will convene in January, 1995.
“Between now and then (Sept. I, 1995), it is possible for the legislature to take action,” he said.
Also possibly on the agenda could be the state cap of $1.50 tax rate on maitenance and operation portion of district budgets.
Endangered Species Act,” he said. “ And we think we have good legal authority that agrees with our position.
“It seems the only thing they understand is the lawsuit.”
He said he would continue to fight the federal government “with vigor*’ no make it pay Texas what it owes Texas.
Morales said, however,he must also devote time to what he calls the most important issue facing his office: Texas’ youth.
From child support, to juvenile delinquency and criminal activity to gangs, he said it will be the development of Texas's youth that will determine the future of the state.
“Juvenile justice matters, preparing our youth, providing them support and sustenance by the way of a good education, by way of having enough resources to grow up with like many of us have had the opportunity to do,” Morales said. “That I think will determine whether Texas will continue to be a leader among the states or lag behind.”
Falling behind in any matter is something Morales said his office will not do. He pointed to the fact that he has added a number of offices to help deal with the awesome work load the Attorney General’s office must burden.
However, Morales opponent Don
Wittig said the office has too many lawyers and the office should scale back.
“That reflects the fact that he is unfamiliar with the obligations of the office, the duties of the office and indeed he has not had a single day's worth of experience working in the Texas criminal justice system,” the San Antonio native said. “I just think that one who is attempting to assume the chief law enforcement office in the state ought not need on the job training."
Morales said Witting is a civil judge in Houston and has never worked in the criminal justice system in any capacity
Beginning his public service career as Assistant District Attorney for Bexar County in 1983, Morales said he does not expect race to become an issue as the campaign heats up in the final weeks.
“I believe Texas has reached the point where Texans make their decisions on who their leaders are going to be based on qualifications, based upon preparedness, based upon their record, based upon their positions,” he said.
Morales is graduate of Trinity University and acquired his J.D. degree form Harvard Law School. He serves as an Elder with the Alamo City’s First Presbyterian Church.
Septic systems can be real problem for rural residents
By CRAIG HAMMETT
An estimated 25,000-plus people live in unincorporated areas of Comal County, and that number is steadily growing. Most of those people do not have access to sewer systems other than a septic tank.
County Environmental Health Officer Monica Wallace said herself and two inspectors must cover an estimated 80,000 septic tanks in the county with around 80 to IOO new permits a month.
“We’ve been averaging about 15 to 20 inspections a day,” she said. “...If it keeps going like it’s going, I could keep another full-time inspector going constantly.”
Wallace said the state re-established guidelines in 1989, many based on regulations already in place in Comal County, ones that are strict according to Wallace. This county was also the first one inspected after the new regulations were authorized.
Given the nature of the rock configurations and different aquifers in the county, the county long ago placed regulations and restrictions on the installation and repair of septic tanks, restrictions that can sometimes be frustrating for citizens.
“They don’t know why they need to be inspected,” she said. “...We’ve got sinkholes out there that are 150 feet deep and some people propose to put septic tanks there.”
The county requires among other things, that persons conduct tests of the soil to determine the size of the tank allowed. Repairs must also be approved and installers must be licensed through the state.
Ted Key, who lost a bid fix county judge in the March primary, lives in the Canyon Lake area and is one of many residents who don’t have a
sewer treatment facility. He said he had delays in getting his tank repaired because could not get a person to repair it without county approval and had to go through numerous paperwork.
“The restrictions are OK, it’s the methods used in enforcement that I have problems with," he said. “It’s difficult getting a system built under regulations they want you to follow.”
In addition to inspections, Wallace said the office receives about IO complaints a week.
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“Essentially, you have people living in the country and believing they are living in the city and wanting those services provided,” he said.
Rheinlander added that with the number of developments going up in the county, the need for services would only increase, especially given the number of one and two-acre tracts in these developments.
Iselin property could be part of industrial park
Hundreds of jobs could be brought to community
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The West Point Pepperell Iselin property sale to an investor group could be part of a large industrial park development bringing hundreds of jobs to New Braunfels, the local business man who helped close the deal said Monday.
“I am working on a large number of tenants for the property but at present we are only dealing with finding a tenant for the building,” Ted Alexander said.
Alexander, a New Braunfels entrepreneur, said the sale of the old Iselin plant was finalized over a week ago with Carowest Limited.
“They are a very responsible landlord organization and we are in negotiations with a very large client,” Alexander said.
The group buys properties then develops and leases them out, Alexander said.
*1 am working on a largo number of tenants for tho property, but at present, we are only dealing with finding a formant’
- Ted Alexander
Although it there have been reports linking Knytex, a fiberglass manufacturer from Seguin, to the Iselin plant, Alexander said he was not yet prepared to name of any businesses he is talking to.
Knytex General Manager Tex Tumier confirmed Monday that the company is looking for a new location, but said it has not made a decision.
“We continue discussions with many different people,” he said. “We’d like to move, but I am not in a dire panic.” Tumier said the building the company now occupies is one third the size it'necds to be.
Shooting victim upgraded to satisfactory condition today
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Marie Henschell, the victim of what police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper abdomen Saturday afternoon, has been upgraded to satisfactory condition at Brooke Army Medical Center. According to Public Information Officer Bob Clark, she had been housed on the intensive care ward and listed in
serious condition, but has now been moved.
Henschell was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center after apparently shooting herself with a rifle.
She was in the operating room at BAMC late into Saturday night. “We arc classifying this as a suicide attempt,” said New Braunfels Police Detective B. B. Boatright Henschell, age 59, lives at 959 Pine in New Braunfels with husband Tom Henschell.
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