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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Basketball teamsbreaks See Page 7 New Braunfels 253 New Texas 78130 USPS Zeituno SPS 377880 5126259144 Tuesday December 25 Cents One 10 Pages Representatives from the Social Security Administration will be in New Braunfels at the Comal County Courthouse room on Jan 6 and 20 Feb and March 16 and An appointment may be in formation secured by and or arrangements made to talk to groups about health or Sup plemental Security Income by writing to 735 E Kingsbury Texas 78155 Teleclaims and appointments To file a claim or sur disability medicare of SSI by call 37y Most social security business is now handled by so call to set up an ap Social security representatives ask thai you always phone before meeting the representative When sou do you can find out what information and evidence you will need Medicare For information about medicare claims call toll 1800M1 Social security cards Represen tatives will be making special visits to libraries and companies to assist in getting social security cards If you wish to request this for group call 379 sac Remember any dependents claim on your income lax must have a social security card thus ear The Comal County Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p m Jan 5 in the second floor meeting room at First Federal Savings and lxan Ikna Ritliman will give the history of the Schumannsville Cemetery iii Ciuadalupe County Visitors are always welcome to attend Texas Country will provide some foolsiompin1 music at the New Years Dance at River Bend Club Mouse at Uke Dunlap The LI Volunteer Fire Department is presenting the dance from 8 p m to 1 a m Beer aiul set ups will be available BYOB and finger foods or covered dish Tickets are in advance or at the door A free presentation on Interven tion How to Gel the One You Ixive to Treatment will be offered at MCA Mill Country Hospital on Jan 5 from 7 u to y p m There is much publicity on identi fying substance abuse addictions and the numerous treatment pro grams available once someone needs this how ck family and friends actually gel him to treat menl1 Intervention is part of First Tuesdays A Series of Jresenta lions or Your Mental Health spon sored by MCA Mill Country Hospital and the Mental Health Association m San Antonio MCA Hill Country a psychiatric and substance abuse is located at H205 off 1604 in Live Oak Call 65aaooo for more informa tion J Mostly sunny and cool today with a high of 56 and nor theast winds at 10 mph In creasing clouds tonight with a low in the low 30s and light winds Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high near 60 and southeast winds 10 to 15 mph Thursday through Saturday outlook shows most ly cloudy and mild temperatures with a chance of showers Thursday and turning clear and cooler Friday and High Thursday will be in the with an over night low of Highs Friday and Saturday will reach the mid 50s with nighttime lows in the Death count Out off service increases as bodies found AP Authorities found nine bodies today near the residence of a man suspected in the shooting deaths of at least seven other including five family members and a woman who had spurned his The 16 deaths are among the worst mass killings this Twenty people were fatally shot at a McDonalds restaurant in San in July 1981 14 people were shot to death at an post office in August 1986 Seven bodies were found in a shallow grave near the home of Gene the man charged in two of the shooting deaths and two children were found in the trunk of a vehicle parked outside the according to Edie war rant officer for the Pope County Sheriffs Department The seven bodies were found about I5o feel from Simmons house at nearby said sheriffs Deputy Jim Handy The bodies appeared to be those of our young adults and an older Handy but identities were not immediately available Pope County Sheriff Jim Bolin said that Simmons wife and eight of their children and grand children were unaccounted or was ordered held without bond today by Pope County Circuit Judge Patterson Simmons is charged with two counts of capital murder and our counts o attempted capital murder in Mondays tSmmute shooting sprewtn Russellville The bodies were found when crews began searching at Simmons home where his their and a grandchild were ound Monday amid Christmas decorations and unopened police said See Page 2 Voter interest high in lake area election A burlap sack hides this fire hydrant at San Antonio ana Hickory after the New Braunfels Fire Department discovered it had a few Firefighters have begun inspecting hydrants throughout the city as part of a program aimed at keeping hydrants in working order and familiarizing firefighters with their operation and location New Braunfeis Utilities employees used to inspect the hydrants when they had Because of limited work NBU handed the job over to the fire Fire Chief Phil Baker reportedly seized the op portunity to keep firefighters familiar with the Dittlinger Library turns to volunteers By DAVIDMAY Staff Writer If firstday absentee voting is any there is a high interest among voters in the area of Canyon Lake proposed for County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury said 11 persons appeared Monday at the courthouse to cast absentee ballots and officials mailed out a dozen Those figures represent about 1 percent of the estimated registered voters living within the area defined for We had a very nice said I was It was a nice turnout for the first day and for as small an area as it Eleven square miles of Canyon comprising nearly 60 subdivi and the communities of Ca nyon Startzville and Hancock with an estimated popula tion of are included in the in corporation Absentee voting continues at the courthouse through The general election is scheduled for 16 at Mountain Valley Middle County officials estimate about voters are eligible to participate in the called earlier this month by County Judge Fred Clark after supporters filed a Both proponents and opponents to incorporation of the lake area are continuing efforts to present their views and opinions to the One group has formed under the name of Citizens Against Additional Taxes and has pledged money to defeat the proposition through newspaper advertising and telephone cam two more town meetings have been slated for early Harry a member of the incorporation said meetings are scheduled for 5 and 12 at Startzville Community Both meetings will start at Heller said the interest shown to date by lake area citizens is positive because it is making people think about the areas Im glad to see the said a lake area real estate It may not fly the first but it will get them The first of the two scheduled meetings will feature John technical assistant in the training of local government sector of the Texas Department of Community Clarey met nearly two years ago for the first time with the organizational factfinding He is ex pected to discuss both pros and cons to incorporation and then open the meeting for The second meeting will feature a panel of at least three mayors from cities that have incorporated recent although that program is yet to be Incorporation organizers say it is time for Canyon Lake to begin seriously considering incorporation as a means of uniting a fractured community thereby giving the area more political Control of growth and encroach ment of surrounding cities extra territorial jurisdictions are other reasons proponents are pushing for The petition filed with the county calls for formation of a General Law If a mayor and fivemember council would be elected by the Those who oppose incorporation believe there are too many unanswered questions and little time to gather the answers and say the proposal should be defeated now and looked into roads and law enforcement are the key issues in the incorpora tion Organizers are confi dent the county will continue to pro and gradually phase ser vices over several years until the city can get on its DittUnger Memorial Library needs help While local use of the library has increased drastically in recent the number of employees has remained the forcing the staff to turn to volunteers for In the last two circulation at the library has increased from items to items annual ly So in that span of weve made a 30 percent increase in cir said librarian Vickie Mocker And we are having more people in the library every day We have about 200 people in the library every she Roughly local residents borrow library items regulary If the number of people coming in and the circulation is any then 1 think this is a town of While the population increase is partly responsible for the upswing in library Mocker said she feels public awareness also has played a part in generating interest in the library Local schools stress the im portance of impressing in their students minds an appreciation for Mocker But with the Increase in demand for reading materials there has not come a corresponding increase in funds or The library has turned increasingly to a group of If the number of people com ing in and the circulation is any then I think this is a town of Vickie Mocker Librarian volunteers to help with the daily worn necessary to keep the library going The librarian said the Friends of the Library provides the backbone of local support for the organization and numerous other volunteers help keep the library going There are a lot of volunteer jobs to be Mocker said She has developed an adoptashel program to allow persons a chance to help out even if they cant spare a great deal of Volunteers taking part in the adoplashelf program would come in now and then and check their par ticular making sure all items are in Hocker volunteers can help prepare new books for repair old books or update file cards These kinds of jobs demand a lot of accuracy but dont require physical she adding that they might be suitable ior someone who Page 2 Offices close for holiday Employees of local businesses and government will be getting ready for the new year this week by closing their offices to observe the At New Braunfels City employees will have two days off both New Years Eve and New Years making for a fourday Garbage will be collected New Year Eve and will not be picked up New Years New Braunfels Utilities offices will close at noon Thursday and will be closed all day In case of call 6258561 Comal County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday and Texas Department of Public Safety offices and driver license office will be closed New Years New Braunfels 1SD tax office will be closed Friday and other NB1SD of fices are closed until Comal 1SD tax office will be closed New Years The New HeraldZeilung will close its doors to the public at 3 Thursday as staff members prepare the New Years Day edition of the The office will reopen 4 at The New Years Day edition will be delivered by and the cir culation offices will be open unil ll that New tax law combinations to complicate system AUSTIN i AP The last major changes in tax laws enacted in the 1HK7 Legislatures scramble to balance the stale budget will take effect Jan but the results will bring what the comptrollers of fice calls a hodgepodge of dif fering sales tax rates around the Texas will have a crazyquilt system of sales taxes that can add up 31 different with 24 of those combinations in effect according to Fiscal a monthly report published by the state comptrollers The new taxes were approved by lawmakers as part of the billion tax hike needed to balance the billion 198889 state A number of tax hikes took ef fect in September and in cluding the increase to 6 percent in the statewide sales tax Other new taxes which took effect during the fall were increased fees for some in cluding architects and accountants higher motor vehi cle taxes and increased cigarette On Jan two new categories of services data processing and nonresidential real estate remodeling will fall under the sales Also on that lawyers will be subjected to an an Changes take effect Friday AUSTIN AP Here is a list of tax law changes that take effect Friday Data processing services and nonresidential real estate remodeling become subject to state sales Lawyers must pay annual occupation Corporate franchise tax rises from to for each of taxable capital in Texas minimum for corporations rises from to Local sales taxes go up in 82 counties and 54 cities that approv ed tax hikes in April and up to a maximum combined state and local total of 8 nual occupation The corporate franchise tax will That levy goes from to for each of taxable capital in and i the minimum corporations must pay goes from to the comptrollers of fice the real confusion comes from the new variety of local sales taxes added to the 6 percent state rate in many A new state law allows local sales taxes to be added for proper ty tax relief if local voters ap The law allows city or county residents or both to add the extra Comptroller Bob Bullock said 82 counties and 54 cities enacted the levy in elections in April and and those new taxes could raise about million beginn ing Cities and counties that approved the localoption tax in or do so during the first nine months of will begin collecting it on In residents in some cities and counties also pay up to a 1 percent extra sales tax to fund mass transit Weve already got the most complicated rate structure in the United the most com plicated sales Bullock It is our largest moneyraiser of all our taxes and its gotten down to not only do merchants have a very difficult time in collecting the tax but can you imagine the difficulty in trying to audit sales tax accounts now he East Texas residents evacuated MAKSHALL t AP Heavy rains that flowed into Cad do Lake prompted the evacuations of some residents liv ing nearby and damaged bridges in the authorities About 50 people have been evaucated from the of ficials said Flooding began Sunday at the lake 16 miles northeast of Flood waters at the which lies on both sides of the TexasArkansas state rose about another foot Mon from to above sea and authorities expected the level to rise again The lakes normal elevation is officials Harrison County Sheriffs deputies and a member of the Harrison County Sheriffs Posse continued to patrol the banks of Big Cypress Bayou Monday afternoon and Tuesday in the communities of Longs Cypress Village and Pine Were looking for anyone needing any kind oi Deputy John Wix We have been at this day and night since about 4 Harrison County Sheriff Bill at a command post at Big Pines said Monday that the lake will be patrolled as long as a danger ol flooding still which could be a Some bridges have been damaged due to high Harrison County Commissioner Buddy Power
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