New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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iber 7,1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of BOBETTE WILLIAMS
Vol. 143, No. 214
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitiing!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Leonard Meyer, Bobette Williams, Doris Robertson, Jay Crisp, Reynaldo Martinez Jr., and Bernard Bracks. Happy 27th anniversary to Bert and Chila Medina.
River and aquifer Information
Comal River -246 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.33 feet above sea level, down .05. Guadalupe River —108 c f.s.
Farmers market tomorrow
The Comal County Farmers Market starts selling at 4 p.m. Friday at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
How to run for office
The League of Women Voters meeting Thursday, Sept. 7, will feature a discussion entitled "How to Run for Office.'
Speakers include Austin Political Public Relations Manager Clarke Straughan and Bexar County Court at Law Judge Shay Gephart. The meeting will start at 7 p m in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank. Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information. Public invited.
Holp proserve Lake Dunlap
Preserve Lake Dunlap Committee will meet at the Miller meeting room, 1509IH-35 East at 7 p.m., Sept. 7.
Plans wifi be finalized for the waterski show, barbecue dinner and auctions scheduled for Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. at Riverbend Park. Anyone wishing to donate door prizes or auction items to benefit the maintenance of the natural waterway should attend or contact Bob Peters at 609-1441 or Paul Edelen at 609-5769
Habitat For Humanity to moot
Comal County Habitat For Humanity will hold its monthly group and combined committee meetings Thursday, Sept.
7 at 7:30 p.m. at the CCHFH Office, 260 S Seguin St.
Also, the CCHFH will hold the groundkbreaking for its third home at 3 p m. Sunday, Sept. 10at 2040 W Mill St.
Canyon High to hold opon house
Tickets may be purchased for the Canyon High School Open House Dinner at Friday's Canyon home football game. Tickets will be sold for $4 each.
Canyon High School open house is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25. A barbecue dinner will be served between 6:15 p m and 7:15 p m The open house program begins at 7:30 p.m.
The dinner is sponsored by the Canyon Music Boosters.
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CLEAN, Ingram square off at hearing
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Members of the Citizens League for Environmental Awareness Now are in Austin this morning battling representatives of Ingram Readymix Inc. of New Braunfels, which wants to put a concrete plant in Bulverde.
Representatives of both groups will testify before the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission. Ingram Readymix is seeking an exemption from getting a permit for the plant. To be granted an exemption, Ingram Readymix must prove to the commission that it can meet air quality rules and regulations set by the TNRCC. Ingram Readymix wants to
build the plant at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and Farm to Market 1863, which is one of the busiest intersections in the county. CLEAN opposes building the plant at that intersection because of issues pertaining to air quality, traffic and water usage.
CLEAN will make its case at the hearing by calling on Bruce Wiland, an engineer from Austin, CLEAN President Rate Mathis said. Mathis said that Wiland will tell the hearing examiner that the emissions from the proposed concrete plant would harm the environment.
CLEAN member and Bulverde resident Warren Alston said that he will tell the hearing examiner about problems the plant would cause
“Well, we will basically alert them to the horrible traffic and pollution problems the plant will cause,” Alston said. “When they (Ingram Readymix) say they will use 6,000 gallons of water per day, what will happen to the rest of us? I live in Oak Village North (subdivision) and I am only allowed to use 6,000 gallons per month and we have been on water rationing since April.”
Mathis said people who suffer from emphysema in the area are not happy about the plant coming into Bulverde. Both Mathis and Alston said Ingram Readymix could build another plant in Bulverde — if it was removed from the busy intersection of Hwy. 281 and FM 1863.
“They can find a new location and
build there if they wanted to,” Alston said. “But for God’s sake do not put it at that intersection.”
Mathis said CLEAN has tried to compromise with Ingram Readymix to build at a different site, but that company officials have refused.
At its last Thursday meeting, Comal County Commissioners Court backed a resolution supporting CLEAN’s efforts and expressing the same concerns about the plant and its location.
“It was a good feeling for me when the county commissioners supported the resolution,” Alston said.
Mathis said the resolution will only bolster CLEAN’s efforts to oppose the plant.
“TNRCC sources have told us that it
does matter when a governmental body supports us,” Mathis said.
Patrick Shaughnessy, TNRCC spokesman, said that Ingram Readymix plant would release 3.1 tons of emissions into the air every day. That figure is low compared to other plants, which may release 25 tons of emissions into the air.
Company officials from Ingram Readymix have refused to comment on the case.
Hearings will resume at IO a m. tomorrow in Austin and will continue at IO a.m. Monday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Company on Farm to Market 3159. If more hearings need to be held, they will be brought back to Austin on Tuesday.
Testimony starts at hearing on ag teacher’s fate
Only three of 50 witnesses sworn in Wednesday night testified during a hearing before the CISD school board on allegations that ag teacher Kelly Stover tampered with a show animal and transferred it across state lines with an unregistered brand. One of those to testify was the veterinarian from Texas A&M who examined the calf in question. In addition to those sworn in, another 50 people attended the hearing. The hearing, being held at the Canyon Middle School Auditorium, continues tonight, and a decision should be made tonight on Stover’s status with the district.
Above, Stover is shown with attorney Sabrina Arellano at Wednesday’s meeting.
At left, witnesses are sworn in at the hearing.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Free classes offered
Free GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults are being offered in New Braunfels. The classes are continuous and students may register at any class.Registration continues until Sept. 12 and 14 for classes at Lone Star Elementary, 2343 W. San Antonio St., Rooms 27 and 29:
* GED—Monday and Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.
* ESL (This class is for adults who speak another language and who wish to learn English)—Monday and Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.
New Braunfels High School, Room C-3:
* GED—Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
Community Service Center, 132 Caddell St.:
* GED—Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
ESL—Tuesday and Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
Free tutors are available to any adult 17 or older who needs to learn to read. For more information, please call 629-2731 or 620-6200.
Delegate to aging conference worried about cuts
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Hortensia Hernandez brought back a disturbing message from the 1995 Central States Coalition on Aging — possible cuts in Medicare and Medicaid spell financial disaster for many area seniors.
“There was strong opposition to arbitrary cuts in Medicare and block granting to Medicaid at the conference,” Hernandez said. She attended the Aug. 21 to 23 Dallas meeting of senior representatives from 14 states.
The Dallas convention was a follow-up to Hernandez’s May trip to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA).
The Older Americans Act comes up for reauthorization on Sept. 30, 1995, Hernandez said, and many seniors at the conference feared needed services would fall to the budget cutters’ ax.
Hernandez stood up and voiced opposition to changing the retirement
age to 70 or 72. “I was proud to get up and oppose this,” she said. “My opposition was agreed with.”
Delegates were asked what should the follow ing look like in ten years: the Older Americans Act, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Secunty.
They were asked who should be responsible to fund those programs, and who should administer them. Delegates tried to come up with alternate funding methods to keep existing programs for the elderly.
The meeting was a call to action for seniors. Each delegate was urged to get as many seniors in his community as possible to write their federal lawmakers — and to tell them not to cut Medicare and Medicaid.
Hernandez waded through piles of literature on aging Americans’ legislative issues. She gleaned some ammunition for those Texas seniors who want to fight for Medicare and Medicaid According to a WHCoA publication, proposed Republican cuts would
*1 was proud to get up and oppose this. My opposition was agreed with.’
— Hortensia Hernandez
■ the average Medicare beneficiary to pay at least $2,825 more in premiums and copayments over seven years;
■ overall the state of Texas would lose $5 billion in Medicare funding in 2002, and $17 billion over seven years
■ of the 2.5 million Texas Medicaid recipients, Texas could have to cut off coverage for 687,000 recipients in 2002.
For more information on keeping Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid strong, the WHCoA urges seniors to wnte: National Committee to Preserve Social Secunty and Medicare; 2000 K Street, N.W., Suite 800; Washington ITC. 20006; or call (202) 822-9459.
Price fixing case should help Lafarge
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dyno Nobel Inc., one of the world’s largest explosives makers, agreed Wednesday to pay a $ 15 million fine for fixing pnces on commercial explosives. The Justice Department said it was the biggest fine paid by single defendant in a cnminal antitrust case.
“The message is clear: if you engage in cnminal pnce-fixing activities you will face tough, tough penalties,” said Anne K. Bmgaman, assistant attorney general in charge of the department’s antitrust division.
Dyno Nobel Inc. of Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to conspinng to fix pnces of commercial explosives sold in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.
It also admitted trying to eliminate competition in the sale of explosives to three limestone quarries in Central Texas, including Lafarge Corp. in New Braunfels, the Justice Department said.
ICI Explosives USA Inc., a Dallas-based company involved in the same case, agreed to pay a $ IO million fine last month.
Gary R. Spratling, deputy assistant attorney general in charge of antitrust cnminal matters, predicted that similar investigations would result in even heftier penalties.
“You can expect to see higher and higher fines as we crack larger and larger conspiracies," Spratling said.
The case was filed in U.S. Distnct Court in Dallas, charging Dyno Nobel with conspinng from the fall of 1988 to mid-1992 to fix pnces of commercial explosives sold in western Kentucky and parts of southern Indiana and southern Illinois.
Hie company also was charged with conspiring from the fall of 1990 through 1992 to eliminate competition in the sale of explosives inCentral Texas — to the Lafarge Corp. quarry in New Braunfels, the Redland Stone quarry in San Antonio and the Texas Crushed Stone quarry in Georgetown.
“Dyno Nobel Inc. and its co-con-spirators earned out the conspiracy by discussing and agreeing to increase pnces for certain commercial explosives and agreeing upon bids or quotes to certain customers," the Justice Department said.
Dyno Nobel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dyno Industner A S., said it agreed to the settlement “to avoid the cost and distraction of an ongoing investigation.”
“ONI does not condone violation of the antitrust laws ... and has taken necessary steps to prevent any such violations,” said a statement by Douglas J. Jackson, head of a new management team appointed by the company.
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