New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, October 20,1995
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Brandy Klabunde, Shealee Brumfield, Joan Vollmer, Sarah O'Neal (nine years), Arianna Torres, Karen Harborth, Henry Silva, Karen Kennemer, and Craig Hammett (30 years). Happy anniversary wishes to Daniel and Marjorie Balmos, and Xavier and Susie Gayton.
River and aquifer Inforrtiation
Comal River -262 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 624.72 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 126c.f.s.
Garage sale at Kirkwood Manor
Kirkwood Manor will have a garage sale as its major fundraiser for the activity department on Friday, Oct. 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with the garage sale there will be a bake sale and mini-craft show.
Local fat acceptance group to meet
Saturday, Oct. 21, the Hill Country Chapter of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance will meet at 7702 Barren Ridge, which is just east of O'Connor at Kitty Hawk. For information, call Johnny at 625-4782. Public welcome.
Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. to raise money for a community youth recreation center Skits and a silent auction will be held as well. Dinner is $4.
Save your cans
The Humane Society of New Braunfels asks all residents to save their aluminum cans for the Paws to Recycle national aluminum can recycling program for animal shelters.
The grand prize is $3,000 for the shelter that raises the most cans. The collection drive runs from Sept. 1 to Oct.
Eden Home Country Store
The Eden Home Country Store will be held from 9 a m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Eden Home Friendship Room. Proceeds benefit the resident council project: a gardening deck off the coffee break room. Your donation of baked goods and garage sale items are needed. Call 625-6291, ext. 274 for information.
Jaycees host haunted house
The Jaycees will have a haunted house and carnival Oct. 28 and 29 from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Factory Stores (old Lenox store) to benefit Toys for Tots.
Get kids IDed
Parents can obtain free photo IDs for their children at the KidCare Photo ID event on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Target parking lot, hosted by DARE and Crime Stoppers.
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of SHEALEE BRUMFIELD
Vol. 143, No. 245
Bunton told to back off
Federal appeals court order seen as bad news for Comal in water wars
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Two injured when van flips
A woman and child were hospitalized yesterday after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of highways 3009 and 1863. Police reports indicate a Green Ford LTD station wagon, driven by Gilberta Farquhar, failed to yield the right of way and struck a van driven by Janet Hunter. Hunter had three children in the van with her. Two escaped injury. Hunter and one child were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Women’s Center puts out call for volunteers
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Comal County Women’s Center gives a safe haven to women escaping domestic violence. It also helps families start a new life from scratch.
Women and children fleeing a violent home often have to leave with little more than the clothes they are wearing.
“We have women who go to get their own places to live that have no furniture,” said Jodie Mytro, program coordinator.
Besides the basics like food and shelter, the Women’s Center provides a host of counseling and advocacy services for both women and children — with just 13 employees.
“What I would like to see — we need volunteers,” Mytro said “We’re overburdened with so much work.”
Many women need assistance finding housing, finding jobs — and especially making full use of the government assistance that can give them the financial leg up they need, Mytro said.
^‘We need mentors,” she said. “People who can go with a woman once or twice a week to help.”
Cash and other donations are always needed and welcome, said Karen McDonald, volunteer coordinator.
“We want to incorporate the community to help the woman succeed,” said Lynette Whitlock, house manager.
Donations currently needed are: Bermuda grass seed, every size clear plastic bags for storage, twist ties, clothes hangers (regular and children’s sizes, please), shampoo, hairbrushes, hair care products, thank you notes (or any type of note card to use for thank yous).
Also needed arc: band aids, aspirin, children’s Tylenol, silverware, dishes, pots and pans, laundry detergent, box or floor fans, large and extra large diapers.
Always needed are: bleach, paper towels, toilet tissue, baby cribs (and playpens, swings, etc.), plastic wrap, aluminum foil, coffee, household cleaning products, garbage bags, baby care items, food products, pillows and blankets, toiletries, stamps.
Depending on space the Women’s Center also accepts furniture and working appliances. Call 620-7520 to make arrangements for the shelter to receive them.
The Women’s Center needs volunteers with a host of talents. They could: water the trees, sweep out the garage, provide child care, vacuum staff offices, care for indoor plants, answer the hotline, be a receptionist, provide transportation for clients and children to medical care, change outside light bulbs, wash windows inside or out, be a sexual assault advocate, work on the newsletter, distribute flyers for fund-raisers, provide transportation for clients seeking housing or employment, write thank-you notes, track media coverage, provide transportation to
‘What I would like to see — we need volunteers. We’re overburdened with so much work.’
— Jodie Mytro, program coordinator
bus station or airport, clerical assistance with developing forms and mail-outs, help with spring/fall deep cleaning, plumbing, make photocopies of training materials, electncal, helping resident choose clothes and shoes that fit, assist with recycling efforts, cook and share a meal (or just a cup of coffee) with a resident, pick up small donations from local merchants and bring to the shelter, assist families moving into “new” home, transport excess usable items to other chanties or thnft shops, peer counseling, take down, wash and re-hang curtains; dust in the corners, help deliver a mattress to a family sleeping on the floor, repair woodwork, water the garden, help locate “odd” items, mend/repair donations, hit garage sales with “donation update," man booths at fund-raiser or community appearance, redesign the garage space for maximum storage capacity, roll coins, change AC filters, sort donations, sweep the sidewalk, or run errands.
A federal appeals court ordered a block on Senior U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton III today, preventing the judge from taking any action to manage pumping from the Edwards Aquifer at a federal level.
Bunton issued an order requesting parties involved in the management of the Edwards Aquifer to meet in his chambers Friday. In the order, he threatened to impose federal controls over the aquifer by Jan. I. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order Wednesday preventing Bunton from taking over the aquifer, and told him to allow the state an opportunity to settle the issue.
“One thing is clear. It is time for this litigation to end,” said the Justices.
Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry applauded the appeals court decision, and said he believes the management should come from a state level.
“As we have maintained all along, the answer to managing the Edwards Aquifer will be found by Texans—and not by a federal judge or a federal agency. Fortunately, the Court of Appeals agrees with us,” said Perry. “It is time for differences at the state level to be worked out and for practical solutions to be found for managing this crucial water resource.”
However, Doug Miller, the local representative for the Edwards Aquifer Authority, said the order stopping Bunton is not good news for the people in the area. He said Bunton and his powers have been the driving force in getting the various parties together to develop aquifer management.
“I feel like it’s a setback for us because the one thing that has brought the state and the parties to where it is was the pressure of possible federal regulation,” said Miller.
Bert Hooper, an attorney representing New Braunfels Utilities at Friday’s meeting with Bunton, said the order will make the meeting “a lot narrower in focus than was first envisioned.” He said the appeals court told Bunton to back off and allow the state to sort through the issue, and simply conduct a hearing on what position the EAA is in, in terms of management.
The EAA was supposed to take over authority of the Aquifer in August. However, the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District is challenging the constitutionality of the authority, and heanngs are currently going on in a state district court in Hondo. Miller said the decision from that case will likely be appealed, and the legal battle could persist for a long time, possibly over a year. He said'this could be bad for Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays counties.
“It means a real threat of us losing our water,” said Miller. “I’ve talked to one rancher in the area, and his water well has gone dry already. More people may find this a problem if steps are not taken.”
Miller said another concern of his is whether or not Bunton will continue to be active in the battle for managing the aquifer. He said he hopes the order limiting his actions will not result in his no longer being involved.
“I’ve read his order that says he’s getting weary. Hopefully, he won’t get so weary' that he throws his hands up in the air and gives up," said Miller.
Meanwhile, testimony at the state district court level is wrapping up, and Miller said a decision is expected out of Hondo as early as Thursday or Fnday of next week. However, he said he has no way of telling nght now what that decision may be.
County mulls indigent health care options
By DENISE DZIUK
County commissioners yesterday voted to delay making a decision on participation in the Expanded Medicaid Program until closer to the deadline.
County Auditor Bate Bond told commissioners the county must decide whether it wants to join into a matching funds agreement with the state, or continue operations as it is currently doing. The county now must set aside IO percent of the general revenue tax levy, which is more than $700,000, to cover individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid.
Eventually, the state will take oyer the program if the county does not take part in the matching funds agreement. It is unclear what the continued cost to the county will be once the state takes it over, said Bond.
There are two options to consider if the county opts to take part in the matching funds pro
gram. The first is that the county can send money to the state, and the state will manage the program. Another option is that the county, along with health care providers or other counties, can form an Inter-Govemmental Initiative (IGI).
This would allow the county to retain some control over the program. Both of these choices would cost the county approximately $250,000 per year, for five years, Bond said.
The county must decide what route to take by Nov. I.
However, commissioners had several questions about the various options.
The commissioners voted to delay taking action until Oct. 26, when they may have a better idea of which is the best choice.
In other business, the court adopted a resolution approving agreement for Property Tax Abatement with Jacobson Manufacturing Company.
Average Monthly Social Security I
all retired workers
aged couple, both receiving benefits
Before 2.6 Percent Increase
After 2.6 Percent Increase
widowed mother and two children aged widow(er) alone
disabled worker, spouse and children $1,119
all disabled workers $665
Social Security benefits to edge up 2.6 percent beginning Dec. 29
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Benefits to Social Security recipients will increase 2.6 percent starting Jan. 3. The Social Secunty Administration announced this year’s cost of living increase last week.
Supplemental Secunty Income (SSI) benefits will increase the same amount beginning with the Dec. 29 payment.
The average monthly Social Secunty benefit to retired workers will nse from
$702 to $720. The maximum federal SSI monthly payments to an individual will go from $458 to $470. For a couple, the maximum SSI payment will nse from $687 to $705.
Social Secunty and Medicare taxes, however, will stay the same in 19%. Employees are presently taxed 7.65 percent for Social Secunty and Medicare. That will not change in 19%.
The Social Secunty/Medicare tax rate for self-employed workers — 15.30 per
cent — will also stay flat.
Cost of living increases are a yearly event for Social Secunty benefits The Social Secunty Administration calculates the amount based on the nse in the Consumer Pnce Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from the third quarter of one year to the next. This year the CPI-W went up 2.6 percent.
For answers to questions about Social Secunty benefits, call 1-800-772-1213.Pope offers hope, Gorbachev offers . See Cal Thomas, Page 4.