New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Terrell Steger, Hector Natal Sr., Lynn Suitens.
Canyon High Friends off Education meeting set for Sept. 28
Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet today at 6 p.rn. 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. Dr. Jerry Major, district superintendent, will give a brief talk on school taxes and facilities.
Friends of the Library sale to be held Oct. 6-8
The Friends of the Dittlinger Memorial Library are making final plans for their annual book sale, which will be held Oct 6-8 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St. The Oct. 6 sale will be for members of the Friends of the Library and the next two days will be open to the public. The sale will be open to the public Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. and Oct 8 from 9 am. to 6:30 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity meeting set for Oct. 7
Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct 7 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
Those interested in participating in the Comal County affiliate may join a committee at this meeting. Call 625-7005 for more information. For those unable to attend the meeting, donations for our first home may be sent to CCHFH, P.O. Box 310487, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0487.
Masonic Lodge sots
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge No. 1109 will have a called meeting today at 7:30 p.m. to honor the widows of deceased Master Masons. All Masonic widows are invited to attend.
Rev. & Bro. Daryl C. Higgins, Senior Minister of the First Protestant Church of New Braunfels will deliver an inspiring message. Certificates and a small gift will be presented to each widow. Members are visitors are welcome to attend.
Art on display in local businesses
The following artists will be displaying work in local businesses through October. Erma Moss - Texas Commerce Bank; Florence Brownfield - Victoria Bank and Trust committee room; Pat Deltz - Kettle Restaurant; Wanda McNeill - Dr. Mercer’s office; Vivian Curry - Dr. Barr’s office; Marie Rawls - Wuest's Landa; Pat Smith - Boyer and Friesenhahn; Grant Lathe -Library; Georgie Bush - Mayo Investments; Jack Price - Mike Mullins CPA office.
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Travis grand jury indicts Hutchison
From staff and Wirt reports
AUSTIN - A Travis County grand jury Monday handed down an indictment on U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Dallas) for charges of destroying records while holding the Texas Treasurer’s office and for using that office for personal gain.
Angry over the charges, Hutchison immediately responded at a hastily called press conference at her Washington office, calling the charges "dirty
The charges were handed down only 16 weeks after the Dallas Republican won the U.S. Senate 9eat from interim Senator and New Braunfels native Bob Krueger.
"This is a somber occasion Hutchison for all of us, but our duty and that of the grand jury is dear," said. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle Monday. "In a
true democracy, no one is above the law."
The indictments accuse Hutchison of using state employees, facilities, equipment and supplies "for her personal benefit" and destroying computer records from the treasury during her 2 and one-half years in that office. The indictments for tampering with government records and evidence allege she and others altered and concealed computer archive tapes containing work files of state employees engaged in improper activities, Earle said.
She was accused of three counts of official misconduct, two second-degree felonies and a Class A misdemeanor, and of tampering with physical evidence, another third-degree felony, of tampering with governmental records, a third-degree felony.
If convicted, she could face a maximum 20-year sentence and up to SI0,000 in fines.
Also named were former deputy treasurer Mike Barron (three counts) and David Criss, former treasury worker (one count).
CISD adopts single-member district plan
By ROSEMARIE EASH
Starting next year the Comal Independent School District will elect board members under a single-member district plan v ch will allow one board member horn each of seven election districts.
The CISD board of trustees voted unanimously to approve the recommendations of a single-member district study committee which included Domingo Herrera, Stephen Rich, Patty Pfost, Ana Lopez, Steve Lopez and Bill Smith.
The committee met with school attorney Judy Underwood and demographer Leslie Johnston over the summer to review three plans — 5/2, 6/1 and 7/0. Patty Pfost and Ana Lopez presented the 7/0 plan the committee recommended and the implementation plan. The 5/2 and 6/1 plans would have provided for at-large board members.
Pfost said the 7/0 plan was chosen because it offered the best opportunity ‘maintain representation from the diverse communities of district.’
The committee recommended that implementation begin in 1994 with elections in districts one, two and five. They were chosen because district one has the greatest minority population with 37.2 percent and districts two and five do not currently have specific representation on the board.
In 1995 districts six and seven would elect board members and in 1996 the final phase of the implementation would be complete with the election of board members from districts three and four.
Asked how the committee decided where district lines would be, Pfost said they first identified all the communities in the district and those were then combined as required to maintain the required population balance. Underwood said she felt positive about the process and felt the Justice Department which will have to approve the plan would be favorable to it.
Volleyball action on tap
Council agrees to regulate local cable TV rates
Herold-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Sara Tyler sets up a Canyon shot In the Cougarettes’ 15-9,15-6 win over Smithson Valley recently. Rangeretite Allyson Kltchel (1) goes up for the block. Canyon travels to Alamo Heights tonight at 7 p.m., Smithson Valley hosts Uva lde at 7 p.m. and New Braunfels plays at Kerrville Tlvy at 7 p.rn.
Special marriage program gets under way tonight
From staff reports
A special 10-week program designed to help mend or enhance marriage relationships for couples in the New Braunfels-Comal County area, will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Education Building, located at 430 Mill St.
The program and expanded from “The Pursuit of Intimacy" by the Center For Marriage & Family Intimacy, will be geared to the friendship aspects of relationships and will be directed by Dennis Gallaher of Freedom Fellowship Church of New Braunfels.
According to Gallaher, many other churches of numerous denominations have stepped forward in support of the
program, as have local elected officials,
Gallaher said last week that IO couples have signed up for the program so far.“We’ve had IO registrations filled out so far and we’re hoping to get at least 20 more,’’ he said. “Those who haven’t registered for the program yet but would like to, can do so at the door. There is no charge.’’
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council member agreed Monday night to implement regulations of cable television rates in New Braunfels.
Regulations of the rates area allowed under the 1992 Cable Act. The motion to regulate the rates was approved four to I, with District 2 Councilman Dan Bremer voting against the regulations.
“It seems to me there’s enough reg-ulating out there without getting involved in something else,” said Bremer.
The motion to approve the regulations was made by Councilman Chris Bowers and seconded by Jan Kennady.
According to City Attorney Barry Moore, the Texas Municipal League has been making an effort to inform cities about the Cable Aa.
He said the aa allows for regulations on the basic cable rates but not expanded rates.
TCI Cablevision Manager Mark Morrison told the council many cities are opting to regulate cable rates.
“What you are doing is fairly common,” he said.
He added that forms are currently available at the cable company’s office in case any customers would like to complain about rates. The forms are sent to the FCC.
Morrison urged the city to “stay out of the consultant business" He said some cities have hired paid consultants to deal with the regulations although only basic cable, installation and equipment falls under the city’s control.
Currently cable companies are under a rate freeze until Nov. 15.
Under FCC rules, the rates for basic service tier, equipment and installation may be regulated.
Costs of expanded cable or any channels requested individually are not regulated. Also the channels included in the basic tier cannot be regulated
Regulations by the city also require that any future rate increases must be reviewed and approved by the city.
In order to regulate the rates, the city must obtain certification from the Federal Communications Commission; enaa rules conforming to FCC regulations; and notify the cable operator that the city is certified and its rules have been adopted.
Resident asks council to look at redistricting
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
West Side New Braunfels resident Aguinaldo Zamora spoke to city council members Monday night in an effort to encourage the council to examine the method by which the mayor is chosen and consider redistricting city council districts.
Zamora told the council the current distrias are not effective in representing the whole community.
“The present system provides the opportunity for only one minority member to be eleaed to the city council,” he said “Because of Ais, the Hispanic community has raised many concerns about fairness and equal access to representsative government."
Currently three city council members are chose at-large and four arc eleaed in single member districts
Zamora also said the selection of the mayor is a concern of the Hispanic community.
“We want to offer input and be part of the decision process and we ask that you consider some aaion on this matter,” he told the council.
Currently the mayor is elected as a city council member and is then appointed to the position of mayor by members of the city council.
Mayor Rudy Seidel told Zamora he will meet with him in the next few days so that solutions to the problem can be discussed.
The council also approved a resolution to authorize the city manager to enter in to a contract with the Texas Department of Transportation for an occupant protection selective traffic enforcement program.
This is more commonly known as the STEP program. The state will provide an additional $22,000 to the city in order to pay overtime for patrol officers who are on the lookout for drivers and car passengers who are not wearing seatbelts.
Retirement only means more activities for Ogletree
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Retirement only means more aaiv-ity for Richard Ogletree, workshop manager of the Mental Health Mental Retardation Developmental Training Center.
Ogletree will retire from his position Sept. 30. He began working for MHMR in September 1981 as a bus driver and later moved into workshop manager’s position.
As workshop manager, he is in charge of overseeing work of the clients at the MHMR. His duties include procuring work, seeing that contracts are fulfilled on time, payroll, purchasing and laying out art work for silk screening.
Clients are responsible for most of the work. Ogletree acts as a supervisor.
Ogletree said he decided to retire because he had turned 62 and wanted to start his own business.
“I thought _
I just wanted to do something for myself,” he said.
Ogletree will be opening his own silk screening business on
West Highway 281 in New Braunfels.
“I want to keep working. I’ve worked all my life and I don’t see any
sense in stopping now,” he said.
Ogletree has also worked as a bus driver for the Comal Independent School District Approximately 33
people are enrolled in the workshop. Services offered by the workshop include silks screening, mail outs, assem-work, labeling, ac. “We don’t turn down anything,” said Oglaree.
Ogletree: said each client is capable of contributing at the workshop.
'I want to keep working. I’ve worked all my life and I don’t see any sense in stopping now.’
- Richard Ogiltree^
“They can all do something. There is a job for all of them. It may take them a long time to find out just what they can do, but they can all do something with the right supervision,” he said.
“It’s hard to think of all the things we’ve done since I’ve been here,” he said
Oglaree has been involved with several types of businesses in the past
He has owned his own business, worked for the state alcohol and bev-erage commission and has been involved in retail sales. He has also worked with farming and raising cattle.
Ogletree was raised in Guadalupe County and then moved to West Texas for 18 to 20 years. He is married to Johnnie Ogletree and lives in New Braunfels.
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