The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on February 13, 1986 · Page 3
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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 3

Seguin, Texas
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Thursday, February 13, 1986
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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise - Thursday, February 13, 1986 - Page 3 Local administrator tells of farm program Officers installed THE YORK CREEK FIRE DEPARTMENT'S new officers for 1986 were installed Tuesday evening in ceremonies at the Staples Civic Center. The new officers include (from left) Lieutenant Joe Castillo, Captain Gary Randow, Chief Kurt Mull, Vice President Clarence Sahm, Director Wesley Dean, Secretary Bettye Urban, President Karl Randow and Treasurer David Ludwig. Guadalupe County Judge James Sagebiel (right) conducted the installation ceremonies. (Staff photo) Executive weeps on witness stand By SHEILA ALLEE Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The vice president of a Houston-based nursing home chain wept on the witness stand as he denied responsibility for the death of an 87-year-old patient. Ron Pohlmeyer, who has worked for Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers Inc. for 16 years, also defended the company's bonus system for nursing home administrators and other employees. Pohlmeyer, 43, blamed harsh state inspection reports on the chain's Texas City home in 1978 on a personality clash between a state inspector and two Autumn Hills employees. Pohlmeyer, the corporation, and three other current and former Autumn Hills employees are charged with murder in the Nov. 20, 1978, death of Elnora Breed. Mrs. Breed died 47 days after entering an Autumn Hills home in Texas City. The defense contends she died of a recurrence of cancer. The state says she died of starvation and infection, both caused by poor nursing care. "You are charged with having knowingly killed Mrs. Breed by denying her medicines and supplies," defense lawyer Charles Burton said Wednesday as he questioned Pohlmeyer. "Did you knowingly kill or cause the death of Mrs. Breed?" Burton asked. "Mr. Burton, I've been in — I'm sorry," he said, wiping tears from his eyes, "the nursing home business 20 years as an inspector. I've been an administrator. "1'v.eJbeena general manager. I've always been very close to old people and I cannot believe that I'm sitting here, indicted for murder," Pohlmeyer said. "I in no way caused the death of Mrs. Breed." The vice president said Autumn Hills' bonus system, which offered $100 to $400 a month to the company's Mauzy stumps Seguin in bid for Texas Supreme Court By MIKE BARBEE Staff Writer State Sen. Oscar Mauzy, D-Dallas, brought his campaign for Texas Supreme Court to Seguin and Guadalupe County this week. Mauzy, one of three Democrats running against incumbent Justice Sears McGee in the Democratic primary, said he plans to visit each of Texas' 254 counties. In his 19 years in the Legislature, the senator has held the posts of dean of the Senate, chairman of the Senate's Jurisprudence Committee and chairman of . the Education Committee. "In these roles, I have helped write many of the laws under which Texas is now governed," he said in a prepared statement. "It is the job of the Texas Supreme Court to interpret these laws and I have been prepared by my legislative service to do that as well as anyone who also might run in this race." Mauzy said the Texas legal system is at a crossroads — "an independent judiciary is crucial to our system of justice. "No one group or philosophy- should be permitted to seize control of the judiciary. I have proved through my service in the Legislature that I am independent — some people say, even, a maverick. "But my vote has never been for sale and never will be. This is a crucial issue in the contest for Supreme Court this year. "There is a small group of lawyers who want to control the courts. One recommendation that they have made is 'an appointed judiciary.' "I believe that all of our judges should continue to be elected," Mauzy said. The winner in the Democratic primary will face Republican Nathan Lincoln Hecht. Sen. Oscar Mauzi BUILDING FINANCIAL SECURITY THROUGH INVESTING A 4 session Continuing Education Course for The Novice Or Experienced Investor •STOCKS•BONDS •TAX ADVANTAGED INVESTING •RETIREMENT PLANNING •LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS Warren Nossaman INSTRUCTOR Ltd. Partner Edward D. Jones &Co. 107 N. River, Seguin TEXAS LUTHERAN COLLEGE Thursdays 7:30-9:00 p.m. Beginning February 20th (4 WEEKS) Weeber Hall Rm. 119 Texas Lutheran College Call TUG continuing Education, 379-4161, or Edward 0. Jones & Co., 379-9387, for registration information. nursing home administrators, was aimed at eliminating waste. "The bonus system was a recognition for running a facility that was very cost effective," he said. Under cross examination, Pohlmeyer denied earlier testimony that stacks of $1 bills were piled on tables during staff meetings where bonuses were handed out. "It was a very good system. There was nothing wrong with the system. The money wasn't stacked up. Whatever was given out was in a small envelope,"he said. Pohlmeyer acknowledged he received half the bonus that each administrator received each month. "I was on a low salary and this was the system Mr. (Autumn Hills President Robert) Gay set up to make sure I did my job." "The bonuses were not tied to patient care, were they?" Galveston County District Attorney Mike Guarino asked. "It was all tied to patient care," Pohlmeyer said. Pohlmeyer said state health department inspector Betty Korndorffer, who earlier testified the Texas City home was "a mess," had a personality conflict with two of his company's key employees. Mrs. Korndorffer, he said, had worked at an Autumn Hills nursing home in Friendswood. "We had great concern about Mrs. Korndorffer inspecting our facility because we didn't think she could be fair,"he said. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block recently announced major provisions of the 1986 farm programs. Acreage reduction programs will be in effect for wheat, corn, oats, barley, grain sorghum and upland cotton, said Frank Galaway, executive director of the Guadalupe County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. "The programs are designed to curtail the burdensome supplies of these commodities," Galaway said. Program requirements call for a 25 percent reduction for feed grains. Included in the announced wheat and feed grain acreage reduction program is a 2.5 percent paid-in-kind land diversion provision, he said. "To be eligible for loans and target price protection, farmers must sign up and comply with program requirements," he explained. Program signup begins March 3 and continues through April 11. The target price for 1986 wheat is $4.38 per bushel, the same as last year. Feed grain program participants will be eligible for target prices of $3.03 per bushel for corn, $2.88 for sorghum, $2.60 for barley and $1.60for oats. Loan rates per bushel are: wheat, $2.40; corn, $1.92; sorghum, $1.82; barley, $1.56; rye, $1.63; and oats, 99 cents. Upland cotton loan rates will be announced later, Galaway said. Under the 1986 programs, participating producers who plant at least 50 percent of their permitted acreage to a program crop and plant the remaining permitted acreage to a non-program crop, other than soybeans or extra long staple cotton, or devotes such area to conservation uses, will be eligible to receive deficiency payments on 92 percent of the permitted acreage. "Winter wheat producers whose harvested acres do not exceed 65 percent of their farm's wheat base may be eligible for diversion payments on an acreage equal to an additional 10 percent of their wheat base," Galaway explained. As with previous acreage reduction programs, haying and grazing on acreage conservation reserve land will be permitted at the request of individual State ASC committees. Nevertheless, haying and grazing is prohibited during the five principal growing months June 1 through Oct. 31. Further acreage reduction program details will be available from the local ASCS office as they become known. Center looks for helpers By RON FELLOWS Staff Writer The Christian Help Center is looking for help itself Saturday to renovate its new quarters at 919 San Antonio Avenue. The center had planned a work day last Saturday, but had to postpone it because of bad weather. Flora Montoya, director of volunteers, said that they plan to start around 11 a.m. Saturday to try to get the new location in shape in preparation for the Center's move from 724 Campbell St. "We are looking for volunteers to help with cleaning, painting and yard work," Montoya said. She added that they are also in need of cleaning items Saturday, such as mops, brooms and rakes. "Our present location is too small to meet the needs of the community, and the new building has been donated for our use. Our new location will be in the building that many Seguin people remember as Tony's Steak House. It was also a motorcycle shop for a short time," she explained. In addition to volunteers to help renovate the new location, supplies for the center's operations are also needed. "We are running short on food supplies and need to stock up," Montoya said. Non-perishable food is needed by the center for distribution to the poor and needy. The Christian Help Center is a nonprofit organization to aid the needy. Additional information about it may be obtained by calling the Christian Help Center at 372-3857. St. James School Is taking a survey for possible enrollment in St. James School for the year 1986-87 in grades Pre-K thru 8th. For more information Please Call: Loreen Guillen 379-1796 Pre-School-'/S day Tuition $500 Per year Non-Parishioner Tuition Rates as follows: K-Thru 8th-1 Child $800 2 Children $1050 3 Children $1250 -Tuition Payable over 10 month Period. includes choice of baked potato or french fries and salad bar. Plus a glass of complimentary house wine. VALENTINE UES 14.99 Regularly 18.00-20.00 SHORT SLEEVE KNIT SHIRTS The active man never has enough cool, easy-care knit shirts. Stock up and save at Bealls on solid or stripe cotton/poly in assorted colors, by Knights of the Round Table. S,M,L,XL. 19.99 Regularly 28.00 SAILCLOTH PANTS BY HAGGAR® For cool, comfortable, casual dressing, Haggar's super fitting cotton/polyester sailcloth pants with belt loops and belt included. In classic or fashion colors. Sizes 32-42. 4.00-12.00 Regularly 5.00-15.00 UNDERWEAR BY JOCKEY The very popular athletic, ciew and V-neck shirts, plus classic briefs, low-rise, Elance, boxers, skant and micro-briefs in poly/cotton or all nylon. In basic and fashion colors. Seguin Five Courts Mall 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. Mon.-Sat. 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday New Braunfels Courtyard Center 10AJVt.to9PJVt.Mon.-Sat. 1:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Sunday Bealls

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