New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Detective's survivors sue helicopter company
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Relatives of former Sheriff’s Investigator Elvis "Ed” Murphy, killed in a helicopter crash on Sept. 21, 1981, have filed a civil suit against a Canyon Lake helicopter company in 207th District Court.
The suit against Chula Vista Air Inc., a Texas corporation based in Canyon I-ake, claims alleged negligence on the part of the helicopter pilot, Billy B. Swatzell.
Murphy was a passenger onboard the Hughes helicopter, piloted by Swatzell, when it attempted to take off from a road near Startzville. However, the copter struck nearby power lines, and crashed, killing Murphy almost instantly.
The 47-year-old Murphy died in the line of duty, as he was pursuing, via the helicopter, two men who were later arrested for burglarizing a Canyon I-ake home.
Plaintiff I-Ola Murphy, his widow, alleges negligent conduct on Swatzell’s
part in the following respects: "a) by operating his aircraft in a careless or reckless manner as to endanger Ed Murphy’s life; b) by failing to keep his aircraft under control during takeoff; c) by allowing his aircraft to ascend into the high voltage electrical power lines; d) by failing to properly control his direction of ascent during takeoff causing the helicopter to strike the high voltage lines; e) by failing to keep a proper lookout while
See SUIT, Page 16ABurning outhouse bonks Aggie during bonfire for t.u. (UT) game
COLLEGE STATION (AP) - A college senior was slightly injured when a burning outhouse that topped Texas A&M’s annual bonfire fell on him.
Joe Guerra, a 21-year-old senior in the Corps of Cadets, was treated and released at St. Joseph Hospital after the Tuesday night accident, Texas A&M spokesman Lane Stephenson said.
The outhouse traditionally tops the bonfire, held each year before the Aggies play Die
University of Texas in football. The privy is painted burnt orange, the I-onghorns’ color.
The outhouse fell during a speech by head coach Jackie Sherrill about an hour after the wood was torched "I was just dumb,” Guerra said. "I saw it coming down. I started walking, then running, then it hit me on the head.”
Guerra said his helmet deflected the blow.
The Aggies, whose record is 5-5 for the season and 3-4 in conference play, will play Texas, 7-2 and 5-1, in Austin Thursday.
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Texas has more of it than any other state
TURKEY. Texas I AP > - As you get ready to gobble up your Thanksgiving Day dinner, consider this: There’s more rurkey in Texas than anywhere
A list of United States place names complied by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that Texas leads the nation with its 174 place names containing the word ‘turkey,’’ followed by Kentucky with 94.
Texas has 81 streams named Turkey ‘ reek. and a whole flock of creeks named Turkey Branch There’* East Fork Turkey Creek. West Fork Turkey Creek and, in Wood County a Left-Hand Prong Turkey Creek
There » I urkeyroost Mountain in Mason and Uano counties, and Turkey Pen Cave in Heal County.
Cuero, Ft jus, where a national turkey race is held every two years for bragging rights to the title "Turkey Capital of tile World,’ boasts a high school football team called the Gobblers.
And then there’s Turkey, a town of 844 people in Hall County that was once the home of the late "king of Texas swing,” Bob Wills. Wills barbered here for a year or so. and then bought his own shop before he went on to Fort Worth” and fame as a country music singer, said Zena Lane, 84. who runs the Bob Wills Museum.
Thanksgiving isn t what it used to be in Turkey. lake many West Texas fanners hit by drought, low prices and high interest rates, Turkey’s cotton planters won’t see much of a return this year "We’re going to have a community church service Wednesday night,” said city secretary Ruth Fuston. "We used to have a turkey day dinner, but
tunes have gotten hard and people don’t want to get involved.”
Poor living isn’t new to Turkey, Mrs. lame said.
"My father-in-law come here in 1892 and filed on a piece of land, and it was hard then. There wasn’t a town, there wasn’t much of anything to eat, so he would go on down to Turkey Creek, and shoot those turkeys that roosted in those trees, and that’s what they lived on,” said Mrs. lame "It was so hard. They had nine children.”
She said the family was forced to leave the area for a few years, then returned and "started a little post office, and just decided to call the place Turkey .”
The town was incorjjoraled as * Turkey" in 1926, Ms. Fulton said, although it had been known as both "Turkey Roost” arid Turkey Creek’ before.
She said that wild turkeys still abound rn the area Some are raised on the Oxbow Ranch nearby, where hunting is not allowed.
Mrs. I-ane said her grandson, w ho farms here as his grandparents did for 45 years, on Tuesday counted a flock of 25 of the shy, elusive birds on his place.
He wouldn’t kill one for nothing.” she said. "He likes them to be there. He’s real proud of them."
Mrs I-ane said she w as ready for Thanksgiving and was doing it up right.
“I’ve got my turkey and hen and dressing all prepared, and my ham ready to bake. The kids are going to bring in the salads, and I have my cakes — two or three kinds of cakes, and a bunch of pies — we’re just ready," she said.
I Modern-day pilgrims
A group of 20th century pilgrims (who also happen to be students at New Braunfels Christian Academy) enjoy a Thanksgiving feast in the garb of some of the folks who attended the original feast three centuries ago. t Above, pilgrims Juke Taylor (left) and Ellen Engler dig into the plentiful food with Indian' Kirby Jones. Right, another Indian, Bobby Robson, checks out the turkey and seems to find it just dandy Left, Jennifer Rust bows her I head for the blessings. The costumes were made by the students, and their parents j provided the food, plates and napkins.
Staff photos h\ Cindy RichardsonLast hurdle
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Although a tentative settlement was agreed upon last suiiuner in the lawsuit filed against the county over its jail — the case has still not been legally settled.
And, according to predictions made Wednesday by County Attorney Bill Renner, the settlement won t even be considered by the federal courts until 1983 The out-of-court settlement — agreed upon in July by Commissioners Court and former County Jail inmate Robert Delgado, who filed the suit — still needs the blessings of a federal court judge before it becomes legal.
One stipulation of that settlement is that the county have a new county jail ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985 However, the U S magistrate now set to hear the county jail settlement case, Judge Jamie Boyd, is
County jail settlement still needs federal OK
currently involved in a complicated murder trial in San Antonio. For this reason, Renner didn t think Boyd would set the county case’s hearing date "until January or February of 1983 ”
Renner has, however, just recently received "notice” from Boyd that he would "shortly set” the hearing date for the county jail settlement case.
But the county attorney could not determine exactly when "shortly’' might be. "Your guess is as good as mine,” Renner quipped.
Because of Boyd’s involvement in Hie U.S. District Judge John H. Wood murder trial in San Antonio, Kenner said he “would be surprised’’ if Boyd set the hearing date "before December.”
Chief U.S. District Judge William S. Sessions is presiding over Bus San Antonio case in which convicted murderer Charles Harrelson is being tried for conspiracy to murder WoodInside
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Homestead exemptions will take bite out of Comal ISD tax rate hike
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Taxes aren’t a very pleasant subject. But wait... Comal Independent School District Business Manager Hugo Nowotny says the tax realities this year aren’t as unpleasant at they may seem.
The C1SD board of trustees approved a tax rate of b8.5 cents per $100 valuation Tuesday night, a 7.1 inc! ease over last year’s effective tax rate of 63.635 cents. However, Nowotny said, even with that increase, most C1SD patrons will not see any significant changes on their tax statements, because
of the 40 percent homestead exemption enacted by the board last spring.
"A constitutional amendment says a school district can grant up to 40 percent on homestead exemptions for two years," Nowotny explained "(TSL) voted in favor of that option, in addition to the old $5,000 homestead exemption deal.
"So let’s take a house that had an appraised value of $44,295 in 1981. Deduct the $5,000 old homestead exemption, at the effective 1981 tax rate of $1 05 before the reappraisals took place, and that property
See CISD, Page 16ABad weather ahead
Bams will be spreading all over south Texas today and tonight, continuing into Friday and ending early Saturday. Freezing rain was expected rn the Hill Country Wednesday night, and traveler’s advisories were out. A slow warming trend will begin today, moving up into the nud-60s by Saturday.Herald Holiday
Today’s Herald Zeituny was published early so that our employees could enjoy the Thanksgiving j holiday with their families. The office will bt* closed today, and will re-open at 8:30 am. Friday.Feast For The Eyes
For the football fan, at least, television will provide nearly as much excitement as the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Well, maybe not that much, but two NFL games — the lions vs. the Giants and the Cowboys vs. the Browns ought to make post-turkey digestion easier See Pages 6A, 7A
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Nature lore unfolds for Frazier students
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Any red-blooded American kid should enjoy dressing up like a Pilgrim or an Indian and staging a reenactment of that first Thanksgiving.
But let’s face it — Plymouth Rock is a long way from Texas. In fact, there wasn’t much of anything going on around here when the Mayflower first bumped into that New England shore.
Clarence Beezley brought American history closer to home for Frazier Elementary students Tuesday afternoon. He gave them a good dose of natural history, too. His traveling box, about the size of a magician’s trunk, was packed full of stuffed birds, a couple of bats and cured skins from a wide variety of local manunals.
"Did you know there’s more beaver now in central Texas than there have been since the 1700s, when the French people came down the river?’ he asked.
Many French explorers were hunters and trappers, and they found that beaver skins would sell They went after them with a vengeance, depleting populations in some areas.
Today, there is less interest in furs, and Texas beavers are doing quite well. Too well, by some accounts. Beezley’s sample beaver skin came from an animal that was hit by a car in Austin.
"They cut down trees that they
shouldn’t, they build dams where they shouldn’t,” said the speaker, a guest from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. "People call all the time aud ask, How can I get these beaver off my place?’
"All we have to do is get a demand for their fur, and that would lake care of it,” he added.
The largest item ui Beezley’s box was the skin of an antelope — an animal uniquely adapted, he said, to life in the hot, dry western states But it has certain weaknesses.
"The Indians learned to lie down on their hacks and wave a white rag in the long grass. The antelopes would get curious and come to see what it was. Sometimes they would get close enough to shoot with a bow and arrow.”
Beezley was invited to Frazier in conjunction with the students' recent study of ecology . His talk would have held anyone’s interest, but the children had obviously learned a lot before he got there
The naturalist seemed surprised when a fourth-grade boy correctly identified the skin of a ring-tailed cat.
Have you ever seen a live ringtail?” he asked.
"I had a deadly trap, and it caught one," the boy explained.
Beezley got a barrage of answers when he showed the fourth grade an opossum skin and asked, “What’s
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