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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas FST AVAILABLE COPY Groups wants to drop Social Security WASHINGTON (AP) — The government could save $140 million a year by letting older Americans earn unlimited outside income without forfeiting Social Security benefits, two private research groups report today. See Page 7 •• Entries sought for railroad photo contest Amateur and professional photographers are invited to start snapping shots for the annual Zugfest (Trainfest) Rail Photo Contest sponsored by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society Inc. in conjunction with Wurstfest. See Page 8 0k Unbeaten records y&i on the line for locals Canyon, Smithson Valley and New Braunfels will try to follow up their opening-day football victories er^l^ with road wins on    !_/    Braunfels    and    Seguin rpn^*'    ie    Canyon    visits    Del ■\AV.B TK 01 r rPJ T CM t vt r ,? * VIT s to Floresville. See Page 9 *r V New Braunfels 'lljj CT Vol. 137, No. 219 Thursday September 14, 1989 25 Cents 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 One Section, 14 Pages Stolen merchandise recovered Authorities believe couple connected with several area thefts By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Willer Local and out-of-town discount stores are totaling their losses today after approximately $4,000 worth of stolen merchandise was found in the vehicle of a Hanksville couple charged with robbing the K-Mart store in New Braunfels Tuesday. Jackie D. Long, 40, and Suzanne A. Long, 37, posted two $25,000 bonds and were released from the Comal County jail Wednesday after they were apprehended Tuesday night around 6:30 by K-Mart authorities, who noticed the couple allegedly stealing Nintendo cartridges. . Because physical violence ensued between the couple and authorities who confronted them outside the store, the couple was charged with robbery. New Braunfels Police Department detectives believe the couple was stealing to Fill orders in Hanksville. Grocery sacks filled with video cartridges, batteries, shotgun See MERCHANDISE, Page 2 Wai-Mart’s Loss Prevention Manager Rusty Frederick, left, and K-Mart’s Loss Prevention Manager Robert Champion look through stolen merchandise confiscated from the station wagon of a Halletsvilie couple Monday. Local officials identify body Preliminary findings of an autopsy indicate the 36-year-old man found Mot. day under a bridge on Interstate 35 died of exposure. Kenneth Wayne Wright of New Braunfels was identified by fingerprints San Antonio during the autopsy, said Police Spokesman Martin Mayer Truck drivers walking down to the Guadalupe River around noon M nday found the body under the bridge off Kuehler Avenue. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc" Blanchard ordered the a ; *. The body was sent to the San Antonio Medical Examiner’s Office Authorities arc waiting for the findings of toxicology tests to complete die investigation. Petition seeks special district Good day CISD trustees to consider These cooler temperatures will local tax rate, CAD budget thunderstorms late this afternoon. The high will reach a cool 75    Trustees of Comal Independent School District will degrees. The overnight low will    consider a proposed tax rate and the Comal Appraisal Dis- be 60 degrees. Friday will be    a    trict budget during two special meetings tonight beginning sunny day with the high reaching    at 7:30 p.min'the Central Administration Office. 85 and a low of 61. The weekend The first special meeting will begin at 7:30 and will outlook is for partly cloudy skies include a vote on the proposed tax rate of $1.07 per SKX) and continued unseasonable    valuation. temperatures.    According to Business Manager Abel Campos, CISD’s Inside*    proposed tax rate is comparable to tax rates in other local CLASSIFIED    11-13    districts. Those districts    and their tax rates include: COMICS ........................... 10    * ^ays    ^dependent    School    District,    $1,595    per SKX) CROSSWORD...............................3    va,uauon* DEAR ABBY  .................14 KffiSSc—r**. Oh say can you see? SPORTS..................................9,    11    J TV LISTINGS...............................10 WEATHER  ............................2 • Wimberley ISD. $1.19 per SKX) valuation. • Seguin ISD, $1.15 per SHK) valuation. •San Marcos ISD, SI. 12 per SKX) valuation. • New Braunfels ISD, SI.06per$100valuation. • Judson ISD, SI .02 per SKX) valuation. • Northeast ISD, S.94 per SKX) valuation. • Blanco ISD, $.80 per SKX) valuation. Out of 25 local districts, CISD is the only one that offers a 20 percent homestead exemption in addition to the $5,000 homestead exemption offered by other districts. See TRUSTEES, Page 2 By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer Voters within a proposed emergency services district at Canyon Lake may be heading to the polls to vote on the creation of the district if Comal County Commissioners give their approval. According to Joe Kidwcll, an attorney for the proponents of the district, a petition with more than KX) signatures was filed with Count) Judge Fred Clark Wednesday seeking the creation of the emergency services district. The petition states the name of the proposed district will be Comal County Emergency Services District Number I. No land within the proposed district is included in ans other emergency service district. “In order to form an emergency service district, at least 1(X) residents of the proposed arca must sign a petition with die county judge in commissioners court who will order a public hearing,” Kidwell said. “If it is found by the county commissioners to be fease hic and appropriate, they will put it to an election to the residents of the district.” Kidwell said the taxing power of the emergency services district will not exceed IO cents per SI OO valuation. “It is just to provide a stable basis for funding to operate these services.” Kidwell said “It will provide community funding to provide better services.” According to K dwell, commissioners court wilt consider d .* pct "ion on Sept. 21. Tile district’s boundary will run from the intersection of Comal, Hays and Blanco county lines to the point of the ETJ zone of the City of San Marcos. From there the boundary will go to the intersection o: Guadalupe and Comal county lines to the outer boundary line of the I IJ /one of the City of New- Braunfels to tho northeast boundary line of Bracken, C omal County Fire Distnct No. t Hie line See DISTRICT, Page 2 Stammtisch Tomorrow, die Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 New Braunfels, will observe National POW/MIA Recognition Day with a short ceremony and die release of KX) red, white and blue balloons at 2 p.m. in Courtyard shopping center. The auxiliary extends an invitation to all area citizens to join its members in letting die world know that we aren’t content with the action of Vietnam and Southeast Asia in the return of POW/MIAs of which there are still 2,338 unaccounted for at this lime.... St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara, will sponsor a blood drive Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in die South Texas Regional Blood Bank’s Bloodmobile, which will be parked in front of the church. Everyone who donates at the blood drive will receive free cholesterol testing and a mini-physical, consisting of blood pressure, iron level, temperature and pulse checks. The actual donation takes between 5 and 8 minutes. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank provides dozens of area medical centers, including McKenna Memorial Hospital, with blood products.... The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold its first meeting of the school year Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the ag building. All FFA boosters are urged to make it to this meeting.... SM STAMMTISCH, Pay* 2 Inmates kick out door, escape from temporary housing unit WAXAHACHIE (AP) — Two inmates broke out of a temporary housing unit early today in Ellis County, authorities said. Robert Lyles, 37, and Robert Wayne Stidger, 26, appa really kicked thiough a cyclone fence door and fled to an awaiting vehicle, said Lt. John Knight of die Ellis County Sheriffs office. An advisory had been issued by the sheriffs office and a search is under way, Knight said. It was not immediately clear whether an individual from the outside was involved. Knight said die jailor in charge of the temporary unit had walked to anodier building to drop off some papers at die time of the jail break. “The jailor had not been gone but three minutes, so they worked fast," said Knight. The men escaped in a large pickup truck, authorities said. Lyles was awaiting extradition to Mississippi'1 on grand dieft charges, Knight said. Stidger w. - wait ag to go to trial on burglary charges. Lyles, 6-2, 260, has brown hair and was last seen wearing a blue tank top and blue jeans, Knight said Stidger, 6-2, 185, has brow n hair and was last seen shirtless w ith blue jeans. Both men arc white, Knight said. The inmates may be armed with a large pi pie and are considered dangerous, Knight said. Knight said the incident is being investigated, but alt procedures and guidelines appeared to have been followed, Knight said. Knight said he thought this was the fust time a jail hie k had occurred at the temporary unit. Waxahachie is located about 30 miles south of Dallas Texas leads in rail accidents involving hazardous materials Some much-needed relief came to the area Wednesday afternoon in the form of a cool front, which brought some northerly winds (which are keeping these flags at the Mill Store Plaza flying), upper-level light clouds, and a dramatic drop in temperatures to Texas. Today’s high was expected to be unseasonably cool, and that trend should hang around a couple of days before the highs begin to reach the 90s again. (Photo by Deryl Clark) WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas liad more toxic spills from railroad cars last year than any oilier state, according to public advocacy group that claims the state’s residents face growing dangers from the increased shipment of hazardous materials. ‘Texas wins the prize as the most dangerous place around as far as toxic and hazardous materials transportation is concerned,” said Citizen Action spokesman Robert Creamer. The Federal Railroad Administration, which regulates the nation’s railroads, denounced the study by Citizen Action. “Their numbers are very inflated,” said ERA spokeswoman Claire Austin. Citizen Action said Texas had 151 incidents last year involving trains that released hazardous materials during transportation, loading or unloading, or temporary storage. Those incidents caused damages of $433,461 and one major injury and five minor injuries. Ohio had the second greatest number of incidents, with 64. FRA figures, however, indicate there were 63 accidents last year in Texas involving trains carrying hazardous materials. A total of 76 cars containing toxins were damaged and nine cars actually released hazardous materials. Those accidents resulted in evacuations of 165 people and caused equipment damages of $4.5 million, FRA said. Citizen Action’s figures included any rail incident ranging from a slight leak caused by a busted valve to an explosion or the widespread diffusion of poisonous vapors “Railroads are dangerous to workers, passengers and the communities they run through,” said Creamer. “And disastrous toxic tram accidents are becoming increasingly commonplace, resulting in fatalities, injuries, costly evacuations, property destruction and environmental damage." In 1987, Texas had 139 incidents, which caused damages of $6 million and accounted for three minor injuries, Citizen Action said. Die group said it basal its findings on Department of T ransportat i on stat istle s See ACCIDENTS, Page 2 ;