New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 215INSIDE
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung extends the following birthday wishes; Kayla Hand (9), Jeannie A Jimmy Lagunas (twins-14), Maria Corona,
Annie Jones, Shawn May,
Elaine Mayfield, Terry Flecker, Robert Alvarez, Douglas Hand (belated), Joseph Krueger (16), Greg Addison (belated). Bracken VFD Ladles
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 off Education meeting
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. GOF women to host luncheon Sept. 20 The 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 sn. Sept 20.
AARP meeting on tap Sept. 21
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) will meet Sept. 21 at the Senior Citizen Center at 9:30 am. 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.
Comal County Fair Quoonfa Contest
The Comal County Fair Queen's Contest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m at the Canyon High School Commons.
There will be 22 young ladies from the local area 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.
Senior Citizens play starts tomorrow
Dance rehearsals, set-building, secene rehearsals herald the debut of The Joy Group (Just Over Youth) premiere production of a good, old-fashioned melodrama - "The Town That Couldn't Wake Up," by Claire Boiko. A rip-off of Sleeping Beauty, this production is directed by Jean Heck and will have two dinner theatre productions: Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. For mole information, call the center at 629-4547.
(The New Br ousels Herald-Zeiiung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community. "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
John Specht, GURA come to terns
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager John Specht tendered his resignation Thursday to the GBRA Board of Directors.
According to officials, Specht, 59, will be taking an early retirement effective today. Specht, will receive S31,500 each year for the remainder of his life or the next IO years (which ever is longer) in retirement benefits.
He will also receive $136,000 in consulting fees and will serve the authority on a consultant basis in the
Specht to serve GBRA on consultant basis
The agreement also states that Specht has waived any rights to reinstatement to his former position and also to benefits provided by the authority, except those listed in die agreement. Specht also agreed not to pursue legal action against the GBRA.
Specht would not comment about die agreement, saying it would be inappropriate to comment significantly about it.
David Welsch, Director of Planning
and Development for the GBRA, said he had no comment on the matter.
The retirement agreement states Specht cannot state or wine anything disparaging, critical or negative about the authority, its directors or officers during the consulting period of 12 months. He will act as a consultant on an "as needed" basis.
The board approved the measure, 5-3. The matter was discussed in a 40-minute executive session of the board.
Officials have stated the offer of ear
ly retirement was accepted in order to eliminate the possibility of lawsuits.
According to a release from GBRA, the board expressed appreciation to Specht for his years of successful leadership, especially for his help with the Edwards Aquifer Authority and preserving flow from the Comal and San Marcos Springs and Guadalupe River.
Board members also acknowledged his fine personal character, according to the release.
Specht also expressed his high regard
to the board, the authority and the employees.
Specht was placed on a 60-day administrative leave with pay and benefits on June 22.
He had served as general manager for 20 years.A reason for placing Specht on leave has not been released.
James Artist was named acting general manager during Specht’s leave.
He will continue to act as general manager until a permanent replacement is named.
GBRA is governed by a board of nine directors representing IO counties.
Sheriffs Dept, presented $14,904 check from federal government
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Henld-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Owen McClure of the FBI preeente a check to Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
The Comal County Sheriffs Office was presented a check for $14,904 from the U.S. Government Thursday for its participation in a seizure of $49,800 in June 1992.
The check was presented to the office by FBI supervisory special agent Gwen McClure of San Antonio. McClure said the monies came from the federal asset forfeiture fund.
"The federal forfeiture laws allow us to return money back to state and local agencies," she said.
"It helps enhance cooperation between state and local agencies,” she said.
The seizure of funds were a result of an ongoing wiretap horn agencies in Dallas. According to McClure, the suspects had been purchasing drugs in Nuevo Laredo and distributing to areas as far away as New York.
McClure said officers learned the suspects would be taking money to Nuevo Laredo and called Comal County sheriffs deputies in order to have the vehicles stopped.
She said the FBI wanted to make the stop without letting the suspects know the FBI was involved since the investigation was ongoing.
The two vans used to transport the money and drugs were stopped at approximately 9 a.m. on a Sunday morning.Federal asset forfeitures fund allows seized funds to be returned to agencies
According to Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, the two men denied even knowing about the money.
After the investigation had been completed, approximately 30 people were arrested in both Dallas and Laredo. The drug operation was based in Dallas.
The case was completed in spring of 1993. Funds were distributed among Comal County, Duncanville Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office.
Bremer said the Comal County Sheriffs Office has been involved these type of seizures three or four times.
He said these fonds will probably be used for the computer-aided dispatch system used in the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
"It’s always gratifying to get these kind of dollars,” he said. "We can use them back against the criminal element in our community,” he said.
Commissioners act on bow hunts in subdivisions
Unincorporated areas now protected
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners adopted a county order prohibiting bow hunting in subdivisions in unincorporated areas of the county at Thursday's Commissioner’s court session.
Efforts by Canyon Lake residents were instrumental in bringing the problem of hunting in populated areas outside of city limits to the attention of the state legislature.
According to Commissioner Mo Schwab the legislature enacted an ordinance during the 1989 session to control the discharge of firearms in subdivisions in un-incorporated areas, but then bow hunting was still a problem.
‘The problem is that there were reportedly people leasing two acres in these subdivisions for bow hunting,” said Schwab. "Anything is legal in bow hunting and some people were even shooting fawns in these neighborhoods. They say over 50 deer were shot on this two-acre lease.”
Deer were lured to some sites by feeders and inexperienced bow hunters were often crippling animals rather than killing them instantly according to Schwab.
Residents were concerned about the safety of children and adults living in heavily populated areas where hunters were going to shoot relatively easy targets — tame deer.
The bow hunting legislation passed this year allows counties the option of
adopting an order prohibiting such hunting and commissioners did so Thursday.
Commissioners also heard a report from the Veterans Services Officer who reported she was having no difficulty thus far in providing services for veterans in the area on a part-time basis.
They also approved a letter of agreement with Dorothy, M.D. for Health Authority Services. The appointment is for a two year term.
The county has been operating under the Region 8 Medical Director, however, the state would not continue to allow that and having a local medical authority will also allow for some additional state funding for public health services in Comal County.
"We have also been working for over five years to get the state of Texas to help Comal County in providing public health services,” said Shel McWilliams, county nurse. "By funding more employees for us they would make us an affiliate of the state health department. Once we get a local medical authority they will then be willing to come forward with money to assist the county in providing these services.
"They also have $20,000 that they appear to be willing to give us on another contract which will provide another part-time nurse to assist us with immunizations services in this county,” said McWilliams. "So it appears to be to our benefit to cooperate with them and get our own authority*’
Her ald-lei tang photo by JOHN HUSETH
Winning Trade Show booth
TXI Comtnt Co. In Now Braunfels won tho Boot Booth Award at tho annual Business Trade Show hold Wednesday. From left are Jack Hood, Harlow Hardwick, Francos Huff, Jerry Smith and J. Lynn Davis.
Presidential message for United Way airing during prime time this year
From staff reports
The annual Presidential television message on behalf of the United Way is airing for the first time this year during prime time, according to Joe Wort, executive director of the United Way of Comal County.
On ABC, the message aired Thursday, Sept. 16, during the "Matlock” two-hour movie.
On CBS, it is to be seen during the Saturday night movie Sept. 18.
And, on NBC it is scheduled to air Friday, Sept. 17, during "The Awakening Land.”
The Presidential message, in part, was: "It wasn’t that long
ago that parts of America’s Midwest were literally under water, under siege from flooding. Virtually every comer of the country has at some time ben paralyzed by natural disaster. But every time the resiliency of Americans to repair, restore and rebuild their lives has been remarkable and enduring. And every time, America’s network of local United Ways has been nearby to lend a helping hand.
"Local United Ways form a link in the communities to ensure that contributions reach the people who need help the most. Local United Ways are now conducting their annual fund raising campaigns and because of the extraordinary demand for social services, this campaign is of particular significance.”For news,advertising or subscription call 625-9144
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