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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Basketball teams'breaks interrupted, See Page 7 New Braunfels A Tuesday December 29.1987 Vol 134 No 253 707 Lancia St New Braunfels Texas 78130 IUSPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 25 Cents One Section IO Pages Death count Out of service increases as bodies found Representative?, from the Social Security Administration will be in New Braunfels at the C omal (aunty Courthouse annex room 215 on Jan *i ami Jo Fet IT and March 16 and to \n appointment may In- made in formation secured bv mail and or arrangements made to talk to groups about retirement survivors disability health insurant e or sup plemental Security Income bv writing to TC K Kingsbury st Seguin Texas 78133 Teleclaims and appointments To file a claim for retirement vsvors disah bv phone cai security bus! appointment point merit Sot tai se* unty representatives ask that you always phone tiefor* meeting the representative VS hen vtHi do t ail you i an find out what informal Kin and ev idence vou will sur its medicare of SM ITV Hk?5 Most sn tai ess now handled by so i ail to M*t Up an ap Medic a dtout me F ion tot 44 J 26: •curtly I tie rn irds ll a rd* Hep reeking special vIsl tbrartes «tnd compani* getting sen tai security u wish to reediest this your group * ail ITV wk any dependents you lur tnt time tax must al sec untv card this The < oma ( ounty Genealogy sen irty w ill meet at T *t» p rn Jan a n the second fu«>r meeting room at First heifer a! '•av mgs and I Atar. Ik*na Raftman wtii give the historv of th** Schumanns* Ute t etnelerv in * oiadalup*- t ounty V isitors are Ow ays wet con ie to attend It las ( ountrv will provide some foot stompm music at the New Near 'hi (lance .it River Bond t I ut. Mouse at I-no- lHiniap The 1.1* Volunteer h ire liepartment is presenting the dance trom 8 p rn to I a in Beer anti set ups will tie available BN<»B amt finger h**i' or covered dish Tickets are $* in adv an e or at ttai* t«a>r A fret presentation on Inters en twin Mow toilet t fie One N nu IAive to Treatnlent will be offered at Hi A Ii til I ountrv Hospital on Jan J from W to * p rn There is much publicity on ideo!) tv trig sui stance abuse addictions and the numerous treatment pro granis a\ aiiahir but oik e someone needs this help flow do family and friends ac tually get him to treat ment Intervention is part of Kind TuesdayI \ serit-s of Present* bons for N oui Mental Health spun sored by Hi \ Hill I ountrv Hospital and the Mental Health Ass** tat ion in Nan Antonio lit \ Hill Country Hospital a psychiatric and substance abuse facility is locales! at 8205 Palisades off IWB in Live tiak I all 65*# '«■■» for more informa (inn RUSSELLVILLE Ark AP Authorities found nine bodies today near the residence of a man suspec ted in the shooting deaths of at least seven other people including five family members and a woman w ho had spurned his adv ances The lh deaths are among the worst mass killings this decade Twenty people were fatally shot at a McDonald s restaurant in San Ysidro (alif in July 1^84 14 people were shot to death at an Kdmond < >kla post office in August Is** seven bodies were found in a shallow grave near the* home of R (ierie Simmons the* man charged in two of the shooting deaths Monday, and two children were found in the trunk of a vehicle parked outside the house according to baile Deal warrant officer for the P«gw* bounty sheriff s Department The seven bodies were found about . *' feet from Simmons house at nearby I lover said sheriff s Deputy Jim Handy The tunties appeared to t«*• those of four young adults and an oilier woman Handy said tut identities were not immediately available Parlier Pope County sheriff Jim Holm said that Simmons a u- .md eight of their children and grand children were unaccounted for Simmons 47 was ordered held without bond ti*lay tty Pope County c ircuit Judge John D Patterson Simmons is charged with two counts of i apital murder and four counts of attempted capital inurdet sn Monday t> IS minute shooting sprewan (tus-sellville The bodies were found when crews f«egan van bing at sun mon' home where his son daughter their spouses ani a grandchild wen- found Monday amid I’hmtmas ties orations and um»t*-ned presents police said Se** ic IL 11 NO S Paq«* ? r Mostly sunny and cool today with a high of rf. and nor Rieast winds at lo mph In creasing clouds tonight with a low in the low (os and light winds Wednesday will fie partly cloudy with a high near on arni southeast winds IO to 15 mph Thursday through Saturday outlook shows most Iv cloudy ami mild temperatures with a chance of showers Thursday arui turning clear and cooler Friday and Saturday High Thursday will lie in the nos with an over night low of 40 Highs Friday and Saturday will reach the mid 50s with nighttime lows in the His The Menu CLASSIFIED    8    IO COMICS    6 CROSSWORD    3 DEAR ABBY      5 HOROSCOPE    5 SPORTS    I    8 TV LISTINGS    5 WEATHER    2 Voter interest high in lake area election A burlap sack hides this fire hydrant Hickory atte' the Nt a cajdur*e,$ fire De had a ie/, problems fireHqhters ha rdf ai ‘eon Because c fire depart ydrdi fame few itS A San Antonio arvo [merit discovered it Legem inspecting program aimed at «aricmg ‘freighters Braunfels Utilities hen they had time : the ot ove' to the :ediy seized the op- Bv DAVID MAY Staff Writer If first-day absentee voting is any indication there is a high interest among voters in the area of Canyon Lake proposed for incorporation County Clerk Rosie Bosenburv said ll persons appeared Monday at the courthouse to cast absentee ballots and officials mailed out a dozen ballots Those figures represent about I percent ot the estimated registered voters living within the area defined for incorporation "We had a very nice turnout said Bosenburv I was surprised It was a nice turnout for the first day and for as small an area as it is Eleven square mules of Canyon Lake comprising nearly sn subdivisions and the communities of Canyon City Sattler Startzville and Hancock with an estimated population of ll oho are included in the in corporation attempt Absentee voting continues at the courthouse through Jan 12 The general election is scheduled for Jan 16 at Mountain V alley Middle School (ounty officials estimate about voters are eligible to participate in the election called earlier this month by County Judge Fred Clark after supporters filed a petition Both proponents and opponents to incorporation of the lake area are continuing efforts to present their views and opinions to the public 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 campaigns Meanwhile two more town meetings have been slated for early January Harry Heller a member of the incorporation committee said meetings are scheduled for Jan 5 and 12 at Startzville Community ( enter Both meetings will start at T Mi p m Heller said the interest shown to date by lake area citizens is positive because it is making people think about the area’s future I rn glad to see the interest ” said Heller a lake area real es*ate agent "It may not fly the first time but it will get them thinking The first of the two scheduled meetings will feature John Clarey. technical assistant in the training of local government sector of the Texas Department of Community Affiars Clarey met nearly two years ago for the first time with the organizational fact-finding committee He is ex pet ted to discuss both pros and cons to incorporation and then open the meeting for discussion The second meeting will feature a panel of at least three mayors from cities that have incorporated recently although that program is yet to be confirmed 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 clout Control of growth and encroachment of surrounding cities extra territorial jurisdictions are other reasons proponents are pushing for incorporation The petition filed with the county calls for formation of a General Law City If successful, a mayor and five-member council would be elected by the citizenry 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 further Taxes roads and law enforcement are the key issues in the incorpora Hon question Organizers are confident the county will continue to provide and gradually phase out, services over sev eral years until the city can get on its feet Dittlinger Library turns to volunteers DiUlmgt-r Memorial Library needs help VShiie Wa al us*- of the library has increased drastically in recent years the number of emplovees has remained the same forcing Hie staff to turn lo volunteers for help In the last two years circulation at the library has increase*! from 114 im items to 147 im. items annua. Iv So in that span of time we ve maiW* a ai i»*rtent increase in cir colation said librarian Vickie Hocker Anti we are having more people in the library every day We have alout 2u» jieopie in the library every day she said Roughly IU UUU local residents borrow library items regulars lf the number of people coming in and the circulation is any indication then I think this is a town of Trailers While the population increase is partly responsible for the upswing in library usage Hocker said she feels public awareness also has played a part in generating interest in the library lanai schools stress the im portance of libraries impressing in their students minds an appreciation for reading Hocker said But with the increase in demand for reading materials there has not come a corresponding increase in funds or personnel The library has turned increasingly to a group of It the number of people com mq m and the circulation is any indication then I think this is a town of readers/ Vickie Hocker Librarian New tax law combinations to complicate system volunl«*ers to help with the daily work necessary to k**ep the library going The librarian said the T nervls of Hie Library provides the bai kbone of loc a1 support for the organization and numerous other volunteers tielp keep the library going There are a lot ol volunteer jobs to tie done Hocker said sh** has developed an aikipt a shelf program to allow persons a chance to help out even it thev can’t spare a great deal of time \ a1 uniters taking part in the adopt a slielf program would come in now and then ami check their par ticular slielf making sute all items are in linier Also Hocker said volunteers i an help prepare new txiok- for shelving repair old txmks or update file cards ■ These kinds of jobs demand a lot ol accuracy but dont require physical work .da said adding that they might tx* suitable lur someone who See L IB K AK Y Page 2 Offices close for holiday Vt ''TIN AP The last major flanges in tax laws enacted in the 1^X7 la-gisi alure - scramble to balance Uh* state budget will take ‘Heel Jan I hut the results will bring what the comptroller s of flee calls a hodgepodge of dif fering sales tux rates around the stale Texas will have a crazy quilt system of sales taxes that can add up H different ways with 24 of thus** combinations in effect Jan I according to Iis* ai Soles a monthly report published by the state comptroller s office The new taxes were approved by lawmakers as part of the $5 7 billion tax hike needed to balance th*- LU* 5 billion ll*88 8ti state (iud get A number of tax hikes look et feet in September and October in dulling the increase to 6 percent in the statewide sales tax rate tither new taxes which took effect during the fall were increased fees for some professions in eluding doctors architects and accountants higher motor vehi cie taxes and increased cigarette taxes On Jan I. two new categories of services data processing and non residential real estate remodeling will (all under the sales tax Also on that date law vers w til be subjected to an an Changes take effect Friday from $5 25 to $6 70 for each $1 (mu of taxable capital rn Texas, minimum for corporations rises from $h« to $150 Al SHN AP Here is a list of tax law changes that take effect Friday Data processing services and non residential real estate remodeling become subject to state sales tax Lawyers must pay annual Silo occupation tax Corporate franchise tax rises Local sales taxes go up in 82 counties and 54 cities that approved tax hikes in April and August up to a maximum combined state and local total of 8 percent nual ll IU occupation tax TTH corporate franchise tax will rise too That lev y goes from $5 25 to Sh 7u for each $1,000 of taxable capital in Texas, and the minimum corporations must pay goes from $b« to $ ISO However the comptroller s of (ice says the real confusion comes from the new variety of local sales taxes added to the 6 percent state rate in many places A new state law allows local sales taxes to be added for property tax relief if local voters ap prove The law allows city or county residents — or both - to add the extra tax Comptroller Bob Bullock said 82 counties and 54 cities enacted the levy in elections in April and August, arui those new taxes could raise about $93 I million beginn mg Jan I Cities and counties that approved the locai-option tax in November or do so during the first rune months of H#8» will begin collecting it im Jan I. luau In addition residents in some cities and counties also pay up to a I percent extra sales tax to fund mass transit sy stems "We ve already got the most complicated rate structure in the United Slates, the most com plicated sales tax,’ Bullock said "It is our largest money raiser of all our taxes and it s gotten down to where frankly not only do merchants have a very' difficult time in collecting the tax ... but can you imagine the difficulty in try ing to audit sales lax accounts now ” he asked See TAXES. Page 3 Employees of local businesses arui government will tie getting ready for Hu* new year this week by closing their offices lo observe the holiday At New Braunfels City Hall employees will have two clays off both New Year s Eve and New Year's Day making for a four day weekend (Jalliage will tie collected New Year Eve and will not be pie keel up New Year s Day New Braunfels Utilities offices will close at noon Thursday and will be closed all day Friday In case ot emergency, call 625 8364 Comal County offices will be closed Thursday arui Friday in observance of the holiday and Texas Department of Dublic Safety offices and driver license office will be closed New N ear s Day New Braunfels IND tax office will tie closed Friday and other NBIsD of flees are closed until Jan 4 Comal ISI) tax office will tie closed New N ear s Day The Neu Braunfels Her Md /.titling will close its doors to the public at 3 p rn Thursday as stat! members prepare Uh* New Year's Day edition of the newspajiet The office will reojien Jan 4 at 8 Dam The New N ear s Day edition will tie delivered by 7 kl a rn and the cir ciliation offices will tie open unit ll a rn that day East Texas residents evacuated .MARSH ALL AU Heavy rains that flowed into Cad do Lake prompted the evacuations OI some residents living nearby and damaged bridges in the area authorities said About 10 people have been evaucated from the area of Baals said Monday Flooding began Sunday at the lake 16 miles northeast of Marshall Flood waters at the lake which lies on both sides of the Texas Arkansas state tine. rose about another fool Mon day from 174 8 to 175 6 above sea level and authorities expected the level to rise* again today The lake anormal elevation is 168 5 feet officials said Harrison ( ountv Sheriffs deputies and a member ot the Harrison County Sheriffs Posse continued to patrol the hanks of Big Cypress Bayou Monday afternoon and Tuesday in the communities of Long s Camp Cypress Village and Pine Island "We’re looking for anyone needing any kind of help,” Deputy John Wix said "We have been at this day and night since about 4 a rn Sunday ' Harrison County Sheriff Bill Oldman at a command post at Big Pines Lodge said Monday that the lake will be patrolled as long as a danger of flooding still exists. w hich could be a week Some bridges have been damaged due to high waters. Harrison County Commissioner Buddy Power said ;