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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Good day StammtischSchool board: Scores up, so are dropout numbers AUSTIN (AP) — Tests show public school students are doing better in reading, writing and math, but statistics on dropouts show more than 91,000 left school in 1987-88, the state Board of Education said Saturday.See Page 8A StateGolfers, tracksters fall short of medals Both local competitors at the state track and field meet and the New Braunfels Unicom golf team, competing in the state tournament, fell short of their goals to win medals in Austin over the weekend.See Page 13A State legislation hikes CAD House bill could affect Comal Appraisal District The House Ways and Means committee of the Texas State Legislature passed a substitute House Bill 432 by Rep. Mark Stiles (Beaumont) addressing numerous changes to the appraisal district process. The Calendars Committee will set the House vote soon The bill could impact the Comal Appraisal District in vari ous ways. , • Restricts serving as director, Appraisal Review Board member, or chief appraiser when relatives do appraisals for property tax purposes. Disallows appraisals per formed by the chief appraiser or relauvcs to be used as evidence S#« BILL, Pag* 2A budget proposal Rev co Drug Stores Inc., as an extension of its health-care role, will offer low-cost screenings to measure cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose blood levels Wednesday from IO a m. to 6 p m. at the store at 612 S. Walnut Ave. in New Braunfels. Cholesterol, triglycerides and blood sugar levels are determined with just a few drops of blood gathered from a simple finger stick test. The screening requires fasting for 12 hours before the test and through arrangements with LifeScreen, a company specializing in public blood screenings, Revco customers will flay $6 for the test... Those who audition Monday for Circle Ans Theatre's summer musical will determine what that musical is going to be. So says Elizabeth Elliott, executive artistic director of the theatre located in Lamia Hark. The story of Marne concerns a flamboyant lady who lives life .to the fullest while raising her orphaned nephew. The original movie version starred Rosalind Russell and the remake was done at least 20 years ago with the late Lucille Ball in the title role. Bn-it odium is a Lanier and Lowe S** STAMMTISCH, Rag* 2A By STEPHANIE DAVIS SUH Writer When the chief appraiser presents his proposed 1990 budget to Comal Appraisal District directors Monday it will be approximately $26,000 more then expected because of anticipated state legislation. House Bill 432, currently in the Calendars Committee, calls for numerous changes in appraisal dis* mc is. The bill could tremendously affect the local district by requiring annual notices be mailed to all properly owners. The Comal Appraisal District currently sends notices only to property owners whose property value increased $ 1,000 or more. “I almost guarantee you it will pass. Since I'm turning my budget over to my board Monday, I think I better anucipate the cwt of it,” said Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes “We're having to amend because they are going to require an annual delivery of minces to everybody," he said. “Of course, that’s going to mean a much increased mail mg cwt." Rhodes had anticipated presenting the budget at $610,610, bul will now offer it at $637,045. “That's the danger of trying to do something like this when the Legislature is in session,” he said. “There are other bills that may come out that we don’t even know about — that could inpact us, but you don’t know about them We know about this, so we better anucipate it.** Rhodes said he doesn’t object to the legislation except for the increased cwt of personnel and computer time, postage, supplies, stamps, and envelopes “I certainly believe that notifying everybody every year is an unnecessary expense,” he said. “I don’t think it lakes that much effort for a person who is interested to come in and find out what their value is without saddling that burden on everybody out there.’’ Increased mal I mg also will uicrease public contact and informal value protest hearings with the Appraisal Review Board, Rhodes said “Let’s face it. If somebody’s bch something in hand, the odds of them having questions are much greater," Rhodes said. “It’s going to increase our workload tremendously. I can assure you — more notices go out, we’ll have more protests.” There were several years when the district sent notices to all property owners, whether their value had increased or not, said Assistant Chief Appraiser Pat Fox, “and we had between 500 and 600 protests." When the district sent out 14,000 to 20,000 notices, there were only 250 to 350 protests, she said. Rhodes also is anticipating looking for new review board members if the bill passes. The bill would limit appraisal review board members to two terms. “That’s not an immediate impact in terms of dollars, but we were lucky in that we had well-trained ARB people. A number of them have been here three and four terms,” Rhodes said. “We’re going to have to accelerate those people’s training process." Rhodes, calling the bill an overall good piece of legislation, agrees with the bill in terms of addressing conflicts of interest among board members, chief appraisers and review board members. He also is glad the bill allows tax information to be removed from annual notices. “It removes, on the nonce — tax information,” he said. “The appraisal district has nothing to do with lax rates and yet for years we’ve had to put lax rate information and estimates on taxes on notices when it doesn’t relate to this office. It’s always been an item of information thai has created a lot of confusion." Rhodes, who put the proposed budget out for public and board scrutiny at the beginning of the year, said the increase is coming from the proposed legislation only. “I don’t want die people out there to think we put out diis early budget to sandbag them with a low figure and at the last minute are coming in with this high number,” he said. “We put out this thing early so that they and the board could get a feeling of what was in the budget, knowing full well that there was a possibility that legislation would come along and impact it.” The proposed budget will be presented Monday night at 7:30 Budget workshops will be conducted June 19 and July 17. Survivors, executor battle over Ruby’s gun DALLAS (AP) — The notorious gun that Jack Ruby used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald has pitted Ruby’s survivors against executors of his estate in a anni battle over who has the right to sell the weapon. The executor, Jules F. Mayer, says proceeds from the sale of the .38-caliber Colt Cobra are needed to pay Ruby’s debts, while Ruby’s brother, Earl Ruby, said Mayer is trying to make money he has nm earned. Jack Ruby shot Oswald on Nov 24, 1963, two days after Oswald’s Se* RUBY, Pag* 2A SO-Liro/009 I 0/22/9O8" r a&LTHGTOM    Ty -•6006    race McKenna Memorial Hospital, with the cosponsorship of the New Braunfels Runners Club, hosted the second annual Toddler Run Saturday morning on the hospital grounds. Toddlers between IO months and 24 months raced the 10-yard course,See PagelB Sunday May 14, 1989 50 Cents Four Sections, 50 Pages New Braunfels After last night’s tornado watch, the weather today should be a little calmer. Tile morning clouds should clear somewhat, leading to a partly cloudy afternoon and a high in the upper 80s with a 20 j»crcciii chance of thundershowers. Tonight’s low will he in the upper 60s. Thai’s the forecast for most of the week —- late night and early morning clouds, partly cloudy afternoons, highs in the upper 80s, lows in the upper 60s and small chances of rain. Inside: BUSINESS................................6.7A CLASSIFIED..........................9-13B COMICS..............................8B.1-8D CROSSWORD............................3A DEAR ABBY..........................~...7B EDUCATION  .................~.4B ENTERTAINMENT  ............6.7B KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1    »B HOROSCOPE  ....................8B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS............................... 13-15A TV LISTINGS................8B.1-12C WEATHER    2A Vol. 137, No. 131 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Silver by a sliver New Braunfels’ doubles team of Brenda Hicks, left, and Kayci Kahler was edged out in the battle for the gold medal Saturday in the Conference 4A state tennis tournament in Austin. Kahler, a junior, and Hicks, a freshman, lost to Alamo Heights’ senior team of Holly Hensley and Sara Children caught in custody tug-of-war By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer A complicated child abuse case surrounding a nine-member Comal County family has spurred allegations, triggered a grand jury inquiry and increased a bitter tug-of-war custody battle. And, it’s far from over. A hearing to decide who gets custody of the seven children of Carlos and Virginia Melgar is scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in district court. The Texas Department of Human Resources, who retrieved the children from the home Thursday, wants guardianship. Mrs. Melgar, 46, warns them back. Her 23-year-old husband was convicted of indecency with one of her sons May 8 and forced to leave the United Slates. Carlos, an illegal alien, fathered three of Mrs. Melgar’s children. He has been investigated by authorities on several allegations and charged with aggravated sexual assault of her 2-year-old daughter. That charge was dropped. In a letter to the Herald-Zeitung May 8, Mrs. Melgar said,"... He is not guilty ... he has never abused the children, either sexual I y or physically.” She wouldn’t comment Saturday on the upcoming hearing upon advice of her attorney Atanacio Campos of New Braunfels. A trailer in the Oakland Estates Subdivision off Texas 46 is where the complicated case began when DHS began investigating allegations of child abuse a year ago. Since then, the children have been in a tug-of-war battle with a long rope. They range in age from 6 months to 13 years old. • July 1988 — District court records indicate 207th District Judge Robert Pfcuffer granted emergency custody to DHS of Mr. Melgar’s 13-year-old step-daughter. The department investigated allegations he was sexually abusing her. A caseworker’s affidavit stated, “During the most recent investigation, Mr. Melgar left the home to go to Maryland. Mrs. Melgar remained ambivalent toward the need to protect (the child).” No charges were filed. • December 1988 — DHS recommended die girl be returned home since the parents had received successful counseling. • January 1989 — Comal County sheriff’s detective Richard Alvarez See ABUSE, Page 3A Disaster planning group to review business status McCamish and were awarded silver medals at the Penick-Allison Courts. Teammate Rachel Forney collected her third medal in state tennis by claiming the silver in girls singles competition. For the full details, see Page 13A. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Stab victim is ‘stable’ A San Marcos man remains in stable condition at Hays Memorial Hospital after suffering a stab wound Friday night at a Comal County tavern. Alex Salas of San Marcos was transported to San Marcos by private vehicle after being stabbed in the upper chest shortly before midnight. Reports indicate he was involved in a fight at Riley’s Tavern in Hunter. Raul Nava, 44, of San Marcos was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in the Comal County jail. As of prcsstime Saturday night, no bond had been set. Library for public viewing during normal business hours.” Businesses who have any spills or accidents involving chemicals, by law, are required to contact the fire department first at 625-2424, then notify LEPC chairman at 625-8759 or call sheriffs office and ask for Unit 909. “We are working with all agencies to better prepare everybody as what needs lo be done in case of any accident pertaining to hazardous chemicals,” Hassold said. Any business that has not complied by the SARA Title III law are in violation and should contact the LEPC at once. Persons failing to comply can be fined. Wednesday’s meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom at the New Braunfels Police Department. The Comal County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet Wednesday to discuss the status of businesses complying with hazardous material requirement laws. New Braunfels Police Detective Paul Peterson waters and cares for the stolen plants on the sally port at the police department Man charged with horticulture heist A New Braunfels man grew right into theft charges Thursday, when he was charged with theft of plants by New Braunfels police. Ray Dennis Box, 33, was arrested rn the 400 block of Academy Street at 3:45 pm. and taken to the Comal County jail. He was released after posting a $500 bomi on a charge of theft $20 to $200. Police have received six to seven reports of stolen houseplants recently. SM PLANTS, Pag* 2A The group was created to deal with preparing for chemical disasters and the community’s right to know. The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 provided for businesses lo register with local LEPC committees outlining chemicals stored. “As of this time we have contacted around 80 percent of locations (in New Braunfels) having hazardous materials stored or used rn their businesses,” said local Chairman Ernie Hassold. “This inventory list is at the McKenna Memorial Hospital, Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department, New Braunfels Fire Department and the Ditilinger Memorial ;