New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County ■ Home of RACHEL JUAREZChild molester
Vol. 141, No. 234
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zoning extends the following birthday wishes; Rachel Juarez, Velecia Moreno, Anastacio Hernandez Jr., JR Gallegos. Happy Anniversary to Roger A Dorothy Brinkkoeter, Neva A Fred Wagnetz (54th), Mr. A Mrs. Fete Gonzales Sr. (15 th).
Canyon Lake Trad# Show on tap Oct. 14
The Second Annual Canyon Lake Trade Show will be held today from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Woodlands Country Club, located off FM 2673 in Starkville.
The event is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Women In Business club.
All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for local students.
Friends off Dittlingor moot
The next regular meeting of Friends of Dittlinger Library will be today at 7 pin. at the library, 373 Magazine.
Horn* schoolers iBMt tonight
Families Advocating Instruction in the Texas Home, a support group for home educators, will meet today at 7 pm.. For the meeting location and more information, call Donna at 620-4905.
New Braunfels Chapter No.
666 of the National Association for Retired Federal Employees will meet Friday, Oct. 15, at the Senior Citizens Center, 855 luanda Street, at 9:30 a.m. A New Braunfels police officer will present a program on protecting your home when you are away, and Congressional legislation will be scrutinized. Everyone is invited. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Call Wilbur Winding at 629-6522.
The traditional Hmmel Look-A-Like contest is slated for IO am. Oct 30 on the steps of the Hummel Museum, 199 Main Plaza. Contestants will be judged on their likeness to Hummel figurines. Judges will be County Judge Carter Casteel, Joe Kuehler and Mike Dieter! Mr. Tim Tippit will emcee the event Admission is free.
Children who would like to enter should stop by the Hummel Museum and choose the Hummel figurine they would like to imitate. Make the costume and enter and enter the contest The entry fee is $10 per child, with proceeds going to the museum. Entries win be accepted in two categories: Individual Figurines and Group Figurines. Entry forms are available at the Hummel Museum, Opes Haus, or the Municipal Building at 424 S. Casten. Deadline for entry is Get 25.
Grand Prize winners in each category will receive a $50 savings bond. Cad 608-2100.Shnnwttadi
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Together, We Pray
Herafd-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Joining together each Wednesday are local pastors who spend Wednesday mornings praying for each other and the community and also for unity and how to bring the community's churches together. From left are Jaime Guerrero of House of Refuge, Dennis Gallaher of Freedom Fellowship, Eloy Jaramlllo of Hosanna Baptist, Don Duncan of Tree of Life, Larry Lanphler of First Assembly of God, and Rick Jackson of The Pentacostals of New Braunfels.
Local pastors join together to pray, share
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Several local pastors have been making efforts for the past two years to join together efforts of all churches in this
area and start a spiritual revival among area
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Pastors have been meeting every Wednesday for the past two and one-half years for prayer meetings. The meetings are held upstairs in the Henne Hardware Building on San Antonio Street.
“We have an understanding as pastors in our city that one of our jobs is the pray for the community,” said Dennis Gallaher pastor of the Freedom Fellowship Church.
“We have a responsibility to pray for the community,” said Scott Tjemagel, pastor at Mission Valley Bible Church.
Ministers in the group said they meet not only to pray, but also to share ideas and for the companionship. They said they also share many of the same problems.
“We have the same challenges and the same Lord,” said Bob Keith of St. Johns Episcopal Church.
All of the members of the group said the March for Jesus, held in June was one of their methods for joining together churches.
However, Gallaher said the group is trying not to be “event oriented.”
“One of the things that can happen with a lot of pastor fellowships is that things become very event oriented ,” he said.
“We try to center on praying for the community and praying for a spiritual awakening,” said Gallaher. "But we also pray for each other. As pastors, we face a great deal in this day and time and sometimes we have to seek moral support and advice from each other."
Ministers said they pray for the city council, churches, other pastors in the city, etc.
“We pray a lot fox-Mnity and how to bring churches together,” said Keith
“We see a problem in the land. The bottom line of the problem is not economic or moral but spiritual,” said Tjemagel.
Dave McKain, minister at Dayspring Church, said the group has also given him the opportunity to learn from other pastors.
“The wisdom they have shared has been a blessing to me and an encouragement,” he said.
The Spanish March for Jesus, one of the events the group is concerned with, will be held Nov. 6. Ministers in the group said breaking down racial barriers is one of the things mentioned in their prayers.
Ministers involved in the group include Gallaher, Tjemagel, McKain, Keith, Jaime Guerrero, of House of Refuge; Eloy Jaramillo, Hosanna Baptist Church; Don Duncan, Tree of Life Fellowship; Larry Lanphier, First Assembly of God; and Rick Jackson, The Pentecostal.
This Sunday ajoint service for area residents will be held at 7 p.m. The service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
A community Thanksgiving service will be held Nov. 23 at the Tree of Life Fellowship. Last year, 500 people attended this event.
gets 99-year prison sentence
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
James Calvin Lewis, 62, of New Braunfels was sentenced to 99 years in prison Thursday after being found guilty on charges of molesting a child.
Lewis* indictment included nine counts of indecency with a child. The case was heard this week at the Comal County Courthouse. Testimony began on Monday and was completed by Wednesday.
Jury deliberations on the guilt-inno-cence phase of the trial lasted one hour while deliberations on the punishment phase lasted only 25 minutes.
Lewis was originally tried before a judge in October 1V91. The judge found him guilty and combined all of his charges into one aggravated sexual assault charge.
At that time he was sentenced to life in prison and forced to pay a $10,000 fine.
However, his conviction was later overturned by the state Court of Appeals.
Comal County District Attorney Bill
Reimer said the Court of Appeals overturned the case on the basis that the trial court wrongfully combined die cases for one trial without sufficient
For this case an amendment was added to the indictment accounting for the nine counts of indecency with a
Reimer said 99 yearn was the maximum sentence the jury could assess for the charges.
During the first trial, Lewis also admitted to having a prior conviction and another previous indictment fix indecency with a child in the Dallas area.
During that testimony, he claimed the previous indictments were due to conspiracies against him due to his past role as a confidential informant.
Lewis was arrested on Feb. 24,1991 at his residence in the 400 block of Academy Street.
He was represented in the first trial by court-appointed defense attorney Ronald Zipp.
In this week's trial he was represented by David Schulman of Austin.
Ag officials urge support of Proposition 16 item
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Officials from the Texas Department of Agriculture are encouraging citizens not to overlook Proposition 16 as voters cast their ballots Nov. 2.
Proposition 16, the last amendment on the November ballot, asks the voters to allow the state to add $75 million in funding to the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority.
TAFA is a loan guarantee program which combines the public and private sector, according to Mark Ellison, assistant commissioner for marketing and agribusiness development for the Texas Department of Agriculture.
TAFA was originally approved by voters in 1989 and has a current fund of $25 million. The funds are used to guarantee loans for prospective businesses or businesses looking to expand.
According to Ellison, businesses eligible for the funding are those that may have had trouble getting loans from banks. He said these small businesses still have to find a bank for the loan and go through the loan application procedure; however, these loans
McKenna contracts with health system for lithotripsy procedure
By ROSE MARIE EASH
McKenna Memorial Hospital has contracted with Aegis Health Systems, Inc. for a therapy system to treat kidney stones which does not require surgery.
Tim Brierty, assistant administrator at McKenna Memorial, said the new system, lithotripsy, can be performed on an outpatient basis.
According to Brierty the process “employs a succession of shock waves focused on the stone, producing tension forces that cause the stone to break into particles small enough to pass out of the body during urination.**
The first commercial shock wave lithotripter was introduced by a West German firm and initially used in Europe to treat kidney stones starting in 1980.
The first patient use of this device in the United States occurred ini984. Ihis device has now been used worldwide in the treatment of over 500,000 kidney stone patients.
Ron Mercer, president of the Edmond, Oklahoma-based Aegis Health Systems, explains, “Shock wave lithotripsy has become the preferred
treatment for most stones located in the kidney and upper ureter and, also, to break up stones which probably would be operated upon.
Lithotripsy allows the stone to pass more safely, less painfully and less traumatically. It also is less disruptive of a patient's activities than open surgery.”
“Our hospital is excited that we can now offer the same kind of advanced kidney stone therapy and support staff that Aegis currently provides to nuyor hospitals in metropolitan areas like Dallas/Ft. Worth,” said Brierty. “Patients can now be treated here at home, making it less expensive and more convenient for them and their families.
“Since its beginning in 1953, McKenna Memorial Hospital, its physicians, nurses and support staff have been committed to patient care and caring. Operating costs have continually mounted and the competition from metropolitan hospitals has become so strong that it’s a constant challenge to accomplish our initial mission,” he said “Yet, we’re determined to take care of the needs of this region.
From loft Catel# McKean R.N., Dr. Luis Ramos, Arnuflo Vlllsla Lithotripsy procedure.
“The lithotripsy treatment process allows McKenna Memorial to provide effective methods of cost containment while maintaining the level of quality health care our patients expect and deserve which is our prime concern,” said Brierty. “Given a choice between receiving care in this familiar atmosphere and in one where the patient feels he or she is one of many straiten
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in a strange surrounding, there's little question the majority's preference would be staying home. This latest treatment technology for kidney stones is now available here at McKenna Memorial.*'
For further information, call the McKenna Memorial Radiology Department at 625-9111, extension 227.
are guaranteed by TAFA should the business default.
“There are times when a bank can't do the loans by themselves,” said Ellison. “The loans are in areas that are fairly new.”
Ninety percent of the loan is guaranteed. The maximum loan amount is $2 million.
Ellison said the program allows for the creation or preservations of 1,600 jobs. He also said that 4,500 jobs throughout the Texas economy are preserved because of the program.
Most of the opportunities are for those in the processing business, he said. Businesses in this area which benefit include the Silver Streak Bass Co. in Seguin; En Casa Foods Inc. in San Antonio; and The Living Christmas Tree Inc. in Buda/Austin.
Texas Agricultural Commissioner Rick Perry has voiced his support for the proposition, along with former Texas governors Preston Smith, Dolph Briscoe, Mark White and William P. Clements Jr.
Early voting on these amendments has already started at the Comal County Courthouse.NBU board okays purchase
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Members of the New Braunfels Utilities board of directors approved the purchase of computer hardware and software to replace existing systems.
The board met in a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the matter.
According to NBU General Manager Bob Sohn the total coat of the system will be approximately $900,000.
He said the hardware will cost between $300,000-$400,000, the software will cost approximately $250,000 and additional costs will be incurred for maintenance.
"The equipment is very unique,” he said. “We spent a lot of time < ing and knowing what is really on I market.”
Sohn said the equipment is beirg purchased from a company in Florida that specializes in city computer software systems.
“They are one of the few that tare developed a line of already proven software," he said.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 6 - - 1 Jackpot $17 million