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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Wilson seeking funds for Wright; Hance replies AUSTIN (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright’s chances of surviving recent allegations of unethical conduct are “at worst, 50-50,’’ said a Democratic Texas Congressman in town to raise money for the speaker’s legal defense. See Page 4 Senate panel passes bill lowering pari-mutuel tax AUSTIN (AP) — The sponsor of a bill that would reduce the state’s take from horse race wagering was not willing to give odds on the measure’s outcome. See Page 5 410 SO-W£< *>rfprJ£c*~ioi SUITE    300    OUow    n' MOO9 Unicorns & Rebels tonight I 0/Pp /99 ArLINGTOH f pl: TX 6006 Ll)av.. - defense. lew Braunfels and Dis-Travis will begin their night at Burger Center, lly matched and Unicom ontest will come down to See Page 7 New Braunfels JJ-LL T uesday May 16, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 10 Pages Good day I 1 I | -ssr- —I It’s not over yet. The muggy weather is expected to continue for another day or two with a chance of severe thunderstorms today and tonight.    The    humid    high today may reach    87    with    tonight’s low dropping all    the    way    to    72. A good chance of thunderstorms, some severe, continues through Wednesday with a high expected of 84 and a low of 67. Inside: CLASSIFIED.............................8-10 COMICS.........................................6 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................3 HOROSCOPE................................3 SPORTS......................................7,8 TV LISTINGS.................................3 Stammtisch The Safe City Commission invites the public to the course “How to protect yourself and your property” tonight at 7 at Canyon High School. The course is sponsored by the New Braunfels Safe City Commission and the police department. Tile public is encouraged to attend.... Friends of the Ditllinger Memorial Library are accepting books for the annual book sale (Oct. 6 and 7). For pickup of books, call Lucille Douma at 629-3048 or Blanche Sanders at 625-0520. This year, they don’t need any textbooks.... The Census Bureau is collecting data on employment and unemployment this week. Interviewers also will collect data on unemployment compensation, multiple jobholding, flexitime, and volunteer work. The local data will contribute to May’s national labor force picture to be released June 2 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information supplied by individuals to the Census Bureau is kcp confidential by law. Only statistical totals are published.... Colonial Manor Care Center continues its celebration of Nursing Home Week. This morning, the center offered blood pressure checks and cholesterol screening and tomorrow will offer a community awareness program on “Osteoporosis and Arthritis: A therapist's view,” from 9:30 to ll a.m.; an ice cream social at 2 p.m. on the patio; arui “Spring in Texas” family night and volunteer recognition dinner with the Good Vibrations Handbell Choir from First United Methodist Church ai 6 p.m.... Revco Drug Stores Inc. will offer 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 slick lest. The screening requires fasting for 12 hours before the test and through arrangements with LifeScretn, a company specializing in public blood screenings, Revco customers will pay $6 for the lest.... Doris Nell Voges will discuss china painting at tonight’s meeting of the New Braunfels Art League ai 7 p.m. in the Arts Center Gallery, 646 Walnut Square. Doris Nell is proficient in several media and knows quite a bit about restoration and cleaning of oil paintings. She is a longtime member of the Art League and a former art teacher. The public is invited.... Board OKs teacher raises By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer Teachers in the Comal Independent School District teachers have reason to celebrate today as the board of trustees approved a salary increase for teachers during last night’s meeting. The Board of Trustees unanimously passed a motion which included a new salary schedule for teachers; raises in salaries for aides and secretaries; an adjustment of the minimum, mid-point and maximum amounts of other pay schedules; and a perpetual refinement of the evaluation process. Currently, the average annual salary for teachers inCISD is $23,1 IO — $1,000 lower than the state average. Dr. Arlcn Tieken, personnel director, said the average salary for teachers in Region XIII (Austin) is $24,900 and the average salary in Region XX (San Antonio) is $24,473. “The salaries have not been raised (in CISD) in the four years since House Bill 72,” Tieken said. “The teachers have earned their raise. TEAMS (Texas Assessment of Minimum Skills) test scores are better than 70 percent of the state, standardized test scores arc above the national average, and SAT and ACT scores are above the state average and slightly below the national average.” The new salary schedule will be in a scries of steps with differences in pay relating to teachers’ years of experience. There also will be pay differences between teachers with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Annual raises for cost of living and step increases will be included, if pos sible, and the majority of the teachers will receive pay increases. “The important thing is that it (the new pay schedule) places us with the situation where there are no injustices in the system,” Tieken said. Tieken will visit the district’s schools during the next few days to explain the new pay schedule to teachers. Also Monday, Leroy Goodson administered the oath of office to incumbent Carter Casteel and ncwly-clcctcd trustee Bill Smith. Smith replaces Don Tyler, who was recognized for his service on the board since 1986. “I started teaching in 1972, and I have an adminstrator’s and supervisee RAISES, Page 2 Tammy McNeal, Pete McNeel and Troy Johnson were inconvenienced by the delayed train. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Train keeps residents from getting to work CAD gets a look at budget; may evaluate appraiser early By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer Several Comal County families were held in their homes by a Union Pacific train stopped on their private driveway on the old Katy line off FM 482. One resident said, “It feels like you’re being held hostage by the railroad union.” According to the families, the train stopped at the switch about 7 a.m. and the crew got off the train. A fireman and brakeman were seen leaving the train and riding away in a van by a party who had come to give a student a ride to school. Two women and one man had to call their places of employment and leave word that they were unable to See TRAIN, Page 2 By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer The Comal Appraisal District’s 1990 budget was presented to the board of directors at $26,000 more than expected Monday because of pending state legislation. House Bill 432 calls for numerous changes in appraisal districts and the could leave the districts holding the bag. The legislature’s “good intentions are going to lead to a multi-million dollar boondoggle,” said Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes. The proposed bill, currently in the Calendars Committee, could tremendously affect the local district by requiring annual notices be mailed lo all property owners. The CAD currently sends notices only to property owners whose property value increased $1,000 or more. The district currently sends between 14,000 and 15,000 annual notices of value, but with new legislation, could be faced with sending more than 70,000. “On pan of what the legislature perceives as a taxpayer protection measure, in that they want instead of us just notifying people whose values when up ... they want to notify every property owner every year,” Rhodes said. Rhodes had anticipated presenting the budget at $610,610, but presented it Monday as $637,045. Other provisions of the bill also could cost districts more money, such as allowing persons to serve on the Appraisal Review Boar:' for only two years. Plus, more mailing means more correspondence. Rhodes said. Budget workshops will be conducted June 19 and July 17. Final adoption of the budget will be Aug. 21. See CAD, Page 2 Stabbing suspect remains in jail A San Marcos man remains in the Comal County jail today in lieu of a $20,000 bond on a charge of slabbing another man after apparently fighting over a beer. Raul Nava, 44, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Friday at Riley’s Tavern in Hunter. Alex Salas, also of San Marcos, was slabbed in* the upper chest and transported to Central Texas Medical Center where he remains in stable condition. Comal County sheriff s detective Dennis Koepp said the two men apparently started fighting about a beer at Riley’s Tavern and Nava reached behind the bar, retrieved a knife and stabbed Salas. “He picked up the knife and stuck him.” Koepp said the weapon was an industrial-type knife. Nava is a bartender at Riley’s Tavern, but was off duly at the time of the stabbing, Koepp said. rn    ■    *    i • 11 • I reasury losing billions on employees wrongly listed as ‘contractors’ House amendment raises legislative pay AUSTIN (AP) — Even if voters approve a proposal to raise legislative salaries from $7,200 to about $23,000 a year, lawmakers will be “grossly underpaid,’’ says House Speaker Gib Lewis. The House on Monday adopted a proposed constitutional amendment for a pay raise with a 103-38 vote. lf passed by the Senate, voters in November would be asked to decide whether lawmakers should be paid one-fourth of the governor’s salary. Gubernatorial pay would be $93,432 under House and Senate budget proposals for 1990-91. The House speaker and lieutenant governor — who now draw the same pay as lawmakers — would make one-half the governor’s salary. Under current proposals, that would mean a $23,358 annual paycheck for lawmakers and $46,716 for the speaker and lieutenant governor, beginning in 1991. The proposal was amended to also put before voters a proposal to lie the daily stipend paid to lawmakers while Sm PAY, Psg* 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury is losing billions of dollars because employers — including the government itself — fail to withhold taxes from the paychecks of workers who are erroneously designated as “independent contractors,” the General Accounting Office said today. GAO placed a good share of the blame on Congress, which, in an effort IO years ago to curtail the Internal Revenue Service, made it more difficult to crack down on employers who violate the withholding provisions. Paul L. Posner, a GAO associate director, said in testimony prepared for a House Government Operations subcommittee that the failure of workers designated as independent contractors to report some or all their income is at the root of the revenue loss. In turn, GAO found, employers are not complying with requirements that they file reports with the IRS on payments made to individual contractors. Even when auditing business tax returns, the report said, the IRS is not identifying businesses that fail to file such reports. “The importance of employers filing required information returns on payments made to independent contractors cannot be overemphasized,’’ Posner said. “IRS officials estimate S*e BILLIONS, Pag* 2 County will prohibit owning wild animals Comal County residents now are prohibited from owning wild animals, such as this Bengal tiger (Photo by Deryl Clark) By STEPHANIE DAVIS SUH Writer A county order prohibiting Comal County residents from keeping wild animals — such as tigers and pumas — was unanimously passed in commissioners court Monday. Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo" Evans proposed passing such an order May 8 during a workshop meeting of commissioners court The order prohibits wild animals from being kept in unincorporated areas of Comal County at a residence or within 1,000 feet of a residence or public school The law went into effect Monday. Passage of the order gained urgency recently when a puma being kept in the Silver Hills Subdivision jumped from its holding cage. Comal County Animal Control Officer Glen Elliot said the puma attempted to attack a child, but was averted by a duck. “These animals are being improperly housed, they are unattended during the daytime, and it’s in a residen tial area,” Elliot said. “They are nice pets,” said 14-year old Andrew Pere/, whose father was keeping the puma and a tiger in sepa rate cages, “ll just jumped out. W hen I told it to go inside, it crawled back in.” Elliot and understudy John Moos transported the animals lo a facility that keeps wild animals in Bexar County. “Under the current animal order of the county, what we find ourselves doing is reacting to a problem,” Evans said. “And the suggested order of Comal County would supplement that in an effort to stop the problem from occurring to begin with.” A bill proposed by the Texas House of Representatives, currently in the house environmental affairs commit lee, would regulate the possession of dangerous wildlife. The offense would be a Parks md Wildlife Code Class B misdemeanor “The reason I would like to have Bm ANIM ALB, Fags 2 ;