New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Local Service Center depends on United Way
The 1989 United Way of Comal County helps support a local entity which relies completely on local money as a source of funding. Community Service Center, 202 E. South, provides various services to New Braunfels citizens in return for local funding.
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Eden Home celebrates 79-year anniversary
Eden Home, Inc. is celebrating 79 years of si4 1
to the elderly during the month of October. H -1J 1910, Eden Home has offered a Christian home ~
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Walker accepts trade to Minnesota Vikings
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Vol. 137, No. 239707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
October 12, 1989
One Section, 10 Pages
Jury sentences man to 35 years in prison
A Comal County jury took a stand against drug users in the area yesterday when it sentenced a New Braunfels man to 35 years in prison along with a $5,000 fine for possessing a controlled substance.
Reynaldo Serna, 37,5043 Lahn Road, was convicted by an eight-woman, four-man jury after two hours of deliberation Wednesday for possessing less than an ounce of mehtamphctamines. After a short chase down U.S. 81 on April 27, New Braunfels police officers arrested Serna for the possession charge.
In addition to the 35 years, Serna could sec his punishment extended to 45 years depending on an appeal court’s
decision. In August, District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer revoked Serna’s 10-ycar probation from a 1988 possession conviction because of the April 27 arrest. Serna’s lawyer, Robert Hatcher, filed an appeal in the decision after the defenders posted a $35,000 appeal bond.
District Attorney Bill Rcimer said he docs not expect the appeal decision to affect Serna’s jail time.
The jury deliberated about 30 minutes before determining Serna’s sentence.
“I’m very pleased with die sentence,” Reimer said. “It’s
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The temperature continues to climb and will hit 92 degrees today for the high. Tonight will be clear and cool and the low will be near 60 degrees. It will be more of the same Friday with a high near 92 degrees and a low near 60 degrees.
Deputies jail man
An Austin man remains in the Comal County jail today after authorities were able to pin two burglaries on him Wednesday.
Roy Eichelbcrgcr, 18, is scheduled to be arraigned today by Justice of the Peace R.B. “Doc” Blanchard.
He was arrested Monday by two Comal County deputies as he was allegedly trespassing on property off Ranch Road 32, said Detective Sgt. Dennis Koepp. He was then arrested for revocation of probation on drug charges.
Koepp said he interviewed Eichelbcrgcr and was able to tie two burglaries to him. The two burglaries occurred in April 1988 and April 1989 in the Ranch Road 32 arca.
“He was a suspect, but we were unable to locate him at the time,” Koepp said.
pos explained pre-first students do not have close contact with students of other grades.
“There’s not that much contact with them (first and second graders),’’ she said.
Principal Randy Dry said the administrators and teachers at Goodwin Primary encourage the children to wash their hands after using the restroom and before going to lunch He also said the pre-first graders do not have much contact with the other students during school hours.
Students diagnosed with having hepatitis A must have a doctor’s approval before coming back to school, Dry said.
Jackson said the Comal County Health Department was notified in both cases.
Officials at the Health Department
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School reports hepatitis cases
Other side of story
Local man working two jobs to make payments
Editor’s note: Men who don't pay court-ordered child support are criticized by ex-wives and society. In the fourth part of a series on child support, one man tells why some men don I pay.
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Working two minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet doesn’t leave a lot of extra money for the ex-wife and children, says one man who is ordered to pay child support.
“There’s a common myth that so many men are living high on the hog once they get divorced,” said the New Braunfels man, who will not be identified. This man has gotten behind in paying child support, but he said he always paid something each month.
Though times are hard, most men do attempt to pay child support, he said.
“You novel'hear about the poor guy that’s struggling. He’s got to work two jobs to make ends meet. He’s not getting anywhere,” he said.
The man said he pays $275 a month in child support for his three children. The amount is withheld from his paycheck each month and sent to the district clerk’s office to distribute to his ex-wife.
Before the withholding order was placed, the man was paying $300 a month, but fell behind when his hours at work were cut. “Something had to give,” he said.
Then the ex-wife filed charges against him in the county attorney’s office for criminal non-support. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken to court.
His child support was then reduced to an amount he was able to pay and he was ordered to make up back
Men going through a divorce shouldn’t sign anything until they understand it, he said. "Find yourself a lawyer right away and get a continuance so the attorney will have time to investigate the case.”
He said the more time he spent in court with his ex-wife, the less money he could make at work.
“The more time I spend in court the less time I’m working, lf I don’t work, I can’t pay my bills. My attitude is, ‘Put me in jail.’ You can’t make me work. I was never against paying child support,” he said.
“Divorce is messy ... especially when there are kids involved,” he said. ‘There are some guys that are out there who just don’t pay,” he said. ‘They don’t care. They’ve got the money. They’ve got the lawyer. They run off, but eventually it will catch up with them.”
Magazine to feature schools
Memorial Primary and Elementary Schools are two of the best schools in the nation, Parents magazine will tell its 5 million readers this spring.
Dr. Frances Roberts, school superintendent of Cold Spring Harbor Central School District in New York and a columnist for Parents magazine, visited Memorial Primary and Elementary Schools Sept. 25 to interview teachers, students and parents as a part of a feature article on the top schools across the nation to be featured in the national publication sometime this spring.
Through contacts and networks from such places as Harvard University, Roberts began identifying schools considered the best in the country. After talking with Superintendent Charles Bradberry and reviewing a year’s worth of correspondence from the school to the parents, Roberts selected the local primary school for his article.
“It’s quite clear, having spent a day here, that this is indeed one of the best schools in the country,” Roberts said.
Roberts commended New Braunfels Independent School District and the staff at Memorial Primary and Elementary Schools for the relationships between the
adults. He said the level of sharing and openness between the teachers is unusually high at the Memorial campus.
The relationships between the adults and the children at Memorial Primary and Elementary also impressed Roberts with their high level of kindness, sensitivity and caring.
According to Roberts, a high level of parental involvement helps to make the local schools the best in the country. He said he was surprised to find parents as wellinformed about their children’s school as the parents of Memorial Primary and Elementary School students.
In a letter to Principal Karen Simpson, Roberts wrote, “Please tell all of your children and the faculty and parents how impressed I am by the fine caring relationships you all have and the stimulating school you share. I have visited many many schools and surely yours is one of the top ones.”
uParents magazine is a big deal," Bradberry Laid. “To have them select one of our schools as one of the best in the country is a real achievement for our district.”
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Ready for the Hoopla
Jennifer Slaughter, left, and Angela Miller were two of many students in Patty Smithers’ art classes at New Braunfels High School making decorations for the downtown area in preparation for this afternoon’s Downtown Harvest Hoopla, which starts at 5:30 p.m. The evening will feature family-oriented entertainment, a Harvest Hunts in stores and restaurants, and lots of food. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Parents of Goodwin Primary School students should not worry about the threat of a hepatitis outbreak, say Comal Independent School District officials.
According to Sandy Jackson, CISD’s public information officer, the two reported cases of the disease have been diagnosed as having hepatitis A, a form that is not as highly infectious as other forms. Hepatitis A has been diagnosed among the prc-first graders at the primary school.
The most recent case was diagnosed yesterday, weeks after another case was diagnosed in late September.
According to Nurse Linda Campos, notices were sent out to parents of pre-first grade students after the first case was diagnosed, and notices will be sent in light of the new case. Cam-
Famcd area storyteller Daryl Fleming will lend his talents to New Braunfels Children’s Museum this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. as he relates enchanting folktales of India in conjunction with the current exhibit, “Where in the World?” which focuses on local, state and national geography anti also features China Kenya and India. The program will start at 4:30, so youngsters can come after school and they are invited to stay (or come early) and tour the exhibit. Admission is the $1 for non-members; free for members.
Then, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., Srinivas Komanduri will perform traditional music of India on the sitar and Rathna Kumar and a dance troupe from the Angli Center for Indian Performing Arts in Houston will perform folk and classical dances representative of the cultural diversity of Ind a
Ferdinand Lindhcimer Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas meets Saturday at IO a.m. in the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. Dr. Jerry D. Thompson will speak on “Laredo on the border.” The program will start at IO a m. followed by a luncheon at 11:15 a m. Members, their spouses and guests are invited. Thompson has been associate professor of history', division of ans and sciences at Laredo State University; chairman of the division of behavioral and social sciences at Laredo Junior College and an instructor in the social science depanment at Laredo Junior College. He has written several books, including “Sabers on the Rio Grande,” along with numerous military journal, encyclopedia and newspaper articles. For more information, call Marie Offerman at 629-6668....
The Retired Eagles Activity Club will meet Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall Members are asked to bring covered dish suppers. Those members with birthdays in October are asked to bring a cake or cookies instead of a covered dish....
The local TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) will host a Walk fest and Fun Day Satur day at Landa Park. Meet at the wading pool and walk any time between 7 and ll am., then eat a snack lunch and join the group for skits, songs and fun. The public is invited; for more information, call 629-0845....
Tote those ‘tots’
Students in Joannie Garza’s Child Development classes at New Braunfels High School last week received 10-pound bags flour to carry around to demonstrate what it would be like to take care of a child. On Tuesday, the students visited McKenna Memorial Hospital to see the delivery room and maternity ward. The sacks of flour will be donated to the Food Pantry today. Pictured with their ‘children’ are, standing from left, Jennifer Bell and child Aisha, Jose Fuentes and Robert, Monica Gonzales and Amanda, Steve Streety and Chance, and Brandy Welch and Justin; and seated, Kemery Kahler with Blake. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Canyon High School and Canyon Middle School band parents are invited to meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the CHS band hall to discuss the Cougar Red booster signs....
Tonight’s the night for the McKenna Memorial Hospital -sponsored free program by Dr.
Ray Elbel, New Braunfels plastic surgeon. The program starts al 6 p.m. in the Gar rn Street classroom across the street from McKenna’s main entrance. Dr. Elbel will dis-
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