New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Sept. 16,1993
993 Serving Comal County ■ Homa of CORY BRANDENBURG
■ Vol. 141, NO. 214
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Cory Brandenburg, Derek Quem, Reece Tim-mermann. Happy Anniversary to Mr. A Mrs. Vernon Wilson (60th!), Ron A Ellen Bueche (15th).
Family Outreach classes underway
Family Outreach is beginning free series of parenting classes (STEP) for parents of children ages 6-11 this week at 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Dittlinger Memorial Library meeting room.
Late are enrollments welcome if you can’t make the first meeting.
The series will meet for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, ending Nov. 9. Call to register at 620-1299. Book fee S15, scholarships available.
Comal County Fair Quean's Contest The Comal County Fair Queen's Contest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Canyon High School Commons.
There will be 22 young ladies from the local arca high schools participating in the event. The fair queen's court will be representing the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year.
The cost is S2 per person and audience participation is a portion of the judging.
Bracken VFD Ladles Aux. meeting The Bracken Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Firehouse Community Hall.
Canyon High Friends of Education mooting
Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Tuesday,' Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.
To be eligible for the scholarship drawing, members must have joined by Nov. 1,1993.
Collegiate as well as vocational scholarships will be awarded. GOR women to host luncheon Sept. 20
I ? New Braunfels Republican Women will have their monthly luncheon Sept 20 at 12 p.m. at Molly Joe's. A style show will be held by The Collection.
The National Republican Neighborhood Meeting will be broadcast in New Braunfels on cable channel 38 or 16 at 5 p.m. Sept. 20.
AARP mooting on top Sept. 21
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will meet Sept. 21 at the Senior Citizen Center at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m.
Members should bring items for a white elephant sale and members with September birthdays should bring cookies.
New members and guests are welcome.
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At the future site of the Sertoma Center for Handicapped Children are (from left) State Director Steve Almqulst, District Governor Jim Offleld, Miles Wortham and Mo Rector.
Sertoma Center announced
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
During the next year, New Braunfels may become the home of both the Sertoma Center for Handicapped Children ami The Sertoma Gub of New Braunfels.
Officials announced Wednesday that property for the building site of the center has been donated by two New Braunfels women. The property, on Highway 46, near the Oak Run Subdivision, was donated by Edna and Anne Wortham Dugger.
The center, will be specifically designated to help children with communicative disorders. Officials are hoping to provide a comprehensive medical staff and facilities for research, treatment and therapy, with the major emphasis being on children with speech and hearing impairments. Construction is expected to begin within a year.
In addition to this project, officials announced that a Sertoma Club will be organized in New Braunfels this fall.
Sertoma is a nationwide civic club that promotes civic service projects. Its name stands for Service to Mankind.
The New Braunfels club will be part of the Heart of Texas District which includes IO Sertoma Dubs The New Braunfels Sertoma Club will be sponsored and supported by the San Marcos Sertoma Club.
The club is actively seeking prospective charter members and hopes to have a charter night banquet by Dec. I.
The club will be responsible for the management of the Sertoma Center. The Duggers are the aum and cousin of Houston resident Miles Wortham, a honorary trustee of the Sertoma Foundation and long-time member of the Sertoma Club.
Wortham aided in having the land donated.
“I think this is going to be a wonderful thing for New Braunfels, for handicapped children and Sertoma,” said Wortham.
“I wanted to create a eerier for Sertoma.... and memorialize the history of my aunt and her daughter in the community,” said Wortham.
The center is expected to have an educational diagnostic wing and a medical/dental wing. Both wings will be geared toward children. It will be named after Edna and Anne Wortham Dugger.
“My thought is that the center will not only be for handicapped children but also a place for Sertoma to function,” said Wortham.
According to Georgetown resident James Offield, District Governor of Sertoma, doctors and teachers at the center will monitor the progress of children while at school.
He said the club will work in conjunction with school districts in order to determine what children need to be tested.
Also involved in the donation of the property were Rob Eversberg, developer of Oak Run and real estate broker James Hendricks of Hendricks and Associates
The formation of the local club was spearheaded by Morris “Mo” Rector, a marketing consultant for Brown and Bigelow. Rector has attended meetings of the San Marcos Sertoma Club.
He said he believes New Braunfels residents will be interested in the club and center.
Rectors said he believes that even though many residents arc busy with other civic clubs and projects, he knows they “always have room for more.”
For more information on Sertoma or the center, call Rector at 629-7306.
Questions remain on Seguing role
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Members of the Airport Improvement Task Force are currently exploring developing new access routes to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
The task force has been meeting for more than one year. It includes representatives of the City of Seguin, City of New Braunfels, Guadalupe County, Comal County and the Seguin and the Greater New Braunfels chambers of commerce.
According to Randy Haugh, chairman of the New Braunfels chamber transportation committee, the concerns of the task force have been to make the airport accessible to both Seguin and New Braunfels.
"The purpose of our meeting was to review routes for roads and airports,” he said
Haugh said suggestions have included extending FM 306 to connect into Guadalupe County and the airport, extending Loop 337 or FM 758.
Haugh explained the task force will continue to lode at the natural resources of the areas and see what will affect the “least number of people and what will be the least costly to build.” However, Haugh said no changes will be
‘This is not something that is going to occur in the next two to three years We are making plans for the next 20 to 25 years,” he said.
“How we set plans up and how we proceed with the state determines what kind of funding we could get,” he said Although the airport, is under the control of the City of New Braunfels, both counties have been working on the plans.
If changes are made, officials have discussed renaming the airport to include the City of Seguin. However, Guadalupe County Judge Jim Sage-biel said officials from the City of Seguin have not regularly attended meetings “At the last meeting something was said about Seguin not playing an active role... For whatever reason, they have not been able to attend as they should have,” he said. Despite any alleged lack of participation from Seguin, Sagebiel said the committee will not change any of its plans He said representation from the Seguin Chamber of Commerce and the County has been constant
“lf Seguin chooses not to participate, we will still be working together,” said Sagebiel.
Two suspects plead guilty to arson charges, receive prison sentences
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Two Comal County residents pleaded guilty this week to charges of arson.
Dean Weaver, 30, of Canyon Lake, pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced to 20 years in the state penitentiary.
In an unrelated case Raul Martinez, 24, of New Braunfels, pleaded guilty to burglary of a non-habitation and arson. He was sentenced to 23 years.
Both picas were accepted by Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimcr.
Weaver was arrested June IO for his connection with a series of mobile home fires that occurred between April 28 and May 31 in the Lakeview Park subdivision. No one was injured in the incidents
He was given the maximum sen
tence for that offense Weaver also confessed Tuesday to committing an arson in Ohio that resulted in the death of a woman.
If Weaver is tried in Ohio, he could be facing capital murder charges Martinez was charged with setting a fire at Rhoads Interior, burglarizing Granzins Barbecue and burglarizing and starting a fire at the Brauntcx Theater in February, according to Renner He was arrested as a result of a Crime Stoppers tip An investigation into the case was conducted by New Braunfels Fire Mar-shal John Herber. According to Reimer, 23 years was needed in order to get Martinez classified as a habitual criminal.
Both were sentenced by a judge on Monday morning
POINTS OF LIGHT
Women’s center given needed push by local United Way
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Officials at Comal County Family Violence Inc., also known around New Braunfels as the Women’s Center, say the United Way has given them the push they needed to start their fundraising drive to build their new facility.
Comal County Family Violence provides shelter and related services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The group receives $15,000, from the United Way. This accounts for approximately 8 percent of the center’s budget
The center just recently completed a fundraising campaign in order to build a new shelter and administrative offices. The campaign brought in $189,000 and $30,000 of in-kind donations.
The new facility will be located on the extension of Common Street. A start-up date for construction has not been determined at this time.
Director Cindy Stauffer said it was the United Way that gave them the impetus they needed to get the fundraising drive under way.
The center opted to build the new facility because of a shortage of room in the current shelter. According to Stauffer, victims were being turned away because of the lack of room.
“The board made the determination that they didn’t want to be in that situation,’ she said.
The center has been open since 1985 and was originally organized by a group of volunteers. At that time the center provided a 24-hour crisis
In 1987, the center secured a small house which could house four victims at one time. However, because of budgetary problems, the center lost the house. At that time, victims would be taken as far as Hondo and Kerrville in order to find shelter.
During this period, all of the programs were staffed by volunteers and funded by individuals and churches.
The center became a United Way agency in 1988.
“The United Way initially gave use a big boost. We consider their support to be something we can count on,” she said
In 1989, the center was able to hire a part-time director and in 1990, a part-time volunteer coordinator was hired The center currently operates a shelter. The location of the facility is not disclosed “Volunteers arc the backbone of our organization. Our primary UK of volunteers is in our crisis hotline,” said Stauffer.
According to Stauffer, volunteers also serve as advocates in order to pick up victims of family violence. These advocates routinely respond to calls from McKenna Memorial Hospital.
The center receives additional funding through various federal and state grants The most recent grant is from the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and is designated to be used to help children who are living in violent situations
Stauffer said the center relies not only on funding from the United Way but also on other agen-
Sansing brings financial software to UW
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Wrftar
New Braunfels resident David Sansing began working for the United Way of Comal County four years ago as a drive chairman for TXI cement and has since become a member of the board of directors in order to help the organization grow and improve.
Sansing, who Is the financial manager for TXI Cement, currently serves as the finance officer for the group Sansing said he was placed on the board after expressing an interest in it to other board members.
He has been on the board for three years and has helped the organization by developing financial software He said has been working on financial software for the campaign for one and half years
“We can monitor the campaign and track it
using our personal computer applications,” he said
The campaign kicked off last month and more
than 25 percent of the group's goal has been raised. This year’s goal is $260,000.
Sansing said he would encourage people to donate to the United Way by telling them the group helps support 28 agencies in New Braunfels
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said. “The organization tries to supply a lot to community agencies.”
Sansing has lived in New Braunfels for four years He is a member of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with Little League baseball. He is also a part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Shadow program and part of the Teaching Learning Caring program at Frazier Elementary He is married to Tern Sansing They have two children, Bryant and Darrell.
ties funded by the United Way, such as Family Outreach, the Emergency Children’s Shelter and Teen Connection,
Stauffer said the center will help with United Way fundraising drive by providing support for the Gruene Music Fest.
The United Way funds are used by the center to match grants and for miscellaneous items, such as
prescriptions, school supplies, birth certificates, etc.
A training session will be held at 6 p m Sept 20 for interested parties Staff members at the center include Stauffer, Janet Harley and Kristin Seibert For more information on donating to the United Way call 620-7760.
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