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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Pre-kindergarten moves Area back to Marion schools See Page GA Water Watch Comal River...........234 cfs (up 4) Canyon inflow ..........170 cfs (up 8) Canyon outflow    224 cfs (same) Edwards Aquifer ....... 624.02 (up 04) Canyon Lake level . . .    908    12 (down .01) Extortion plot Texas leads to death See Page WA 4 i O    M O 5 3 IO/2/5 MICROPLEX INC. MITCH WOMBLE p Ti BOX 45436 MALLAS, TX 75245 New Braunfels    Thursday September 19,1985 Hepald-Zeituno New Braunfels, Texas    Vo)    94    No    185 25 Cents 20 Pages — 2 Sections Postal patrons will soon have a new, larger building Plans move forward for new post office By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer The U.S. Postal Service has contracted with a San Antonio construction firm to build a new main post office in New Braunfels. Blenard Wilson with the U.S. Postal Service Real Estate Office in Dallas confirmed Wednesday that Davis Constructors Inc., has been given notice to proceed with construction on the new facility, designed by Bradley-McChesney Architects Inc., of San Antonio. “Cif 12 bidders, Davis was the lowest at $1,470,000, ” Wilson said. ’‘The contract was dated Aug. 23, and they’ve been given notice to proceed.” John Searson, officer-in-charge at the New Braunfels Post Office, said work on clearing the three-acre site adjacent could begin as early as Oct. I. “The antique store there has a notice on the window, saying it’s moving on Sept 23." Searson said I think the deadline to vacate the lot is Sept 30 Construction on the new main facility is expected to take at least 14-15 months, depending on the weather "It’s going to be right up to the line for its January 1987 will push us. because room-wise around here, it s unreal,” he added But I don’t think we want to be moving in December That would be pretty bad timing on our part, I think.” Searson, who took over as officer-in-charge atter Postmaster Kenneth Rhemlander was reassigned last July, said the new facility will be welcome whenever it’s ready. “We’re real proud we’re getting it It's going to be a lot better for us and our customers in the new See POIST OFFICE, Page 12A LESLIE K PIT WALDT HERALD ZEITUNG Construction mishap claims CISD approves 21-cent NB resident By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer An 18-year-old New Braunfels man was fatally electrocuted at 2:20 p.m. Wednesday in a freak accident at the New Braunfels High School construction area. Robert Jay Bullock, 18, of 333 Comal St., was standing on wet cement after the rain, tying steel when a crane 30 feet away got close to a high-voltage wire overhead, construction supervisor Herb Flannel! said. ‘‘I don’t think it could have happened if it weren’t damp and wet out there,” Flannel! said. “We were moving a telephone pole with a crane and when it got close to that high line — a main power line — the electricity arced over to the crane, down the crane and over to the re-inforcing steel he was working on.” Three other men besides Bullock were working on tying the steel, but he was the only one with his hand on it at that moment, Flannell concluded. "The others were shocked, but did not need treatment,” the construction supervisor said. "We all tried to help him (Bullock!; four started working on him and then we called the ambulance.” See ELECTROCUTION, Page 12A DHR official indicted on charge By DEBBIE OeLOACH Staff writer A top Texas Department of Human Resources official in San Antonio was among seven individuals indicted on drug charges by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday Arthur Richard Thormann Jr . of Route 6, Box 617, New Braunfels, was suspended from his DHR post as assistant regional director after his arrest on July 30 He was indicted Wednesday for possession of marijuana over four ounces About 60 growing marijuana plants, ranging from two to seven feet tall, were confiscated from Thormann's residence off Nacogdoches Road on July 24 by-Comal County Sheriff’s officers. Thormann turned himself in six days later after his return from a two-week vacation. Thormann began his career with DHR in 1974, and was named assistant regional director of the San Antonio office in September 1980 He is also a licensed attorney, but did not function as an attorney for the DHR Three other men were also indicted Wednesday for possession of marijuana more than 200 but less than 2,000 pounds. James Dow Mc-Carrell of Boerne, and Luis Daniel Gonzales and Neal Collins Curtis, both of Bergheim, were arrested after officers seize I 1,886 marijuana plants growing near the Guadalupe State Park in a raid last month. See GRAND JURY, Page 124 tax hike By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A $1 046 tax rate was approved by Comal ISD trustees Wednesday night, but not before a Garden Ridge resident had his say about the 21-cent tax hike. Don Hollis said. “A lot of the logic I've heard (for the tax increase! is it s not our fault. But the tax rate’s going up at the same time the property values are “You arranged the budget, and there’s some good plans in there. But in the meantime, some things have happened, and the taxpayers are taking it in the ear. If people knew then what they know now. the bond issue wouldn’t have passed," he added Of the $1,046 tax rate. 81.2 cents will be used for maintenance and operation, and 23 4 cents will go toward payment of debt service for the district’s old and new bond issues. CISD patrons passed the most recent issue at $19 96 million last May by almost a three-to-one margin. The board approved a $15 million operating budget for the 1985-ty; school year last August Business Manager Abel Campos said the $1 046 tax rate was needed to meet iperating expenses and $2.5 million See CISD. Page 12 A Acid spill fish kill is 'total' CISD gets go-ahead for SVHS campus site By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal ISD trustees gave Superintendent Bill Brown the goahead to close on a 60-acre site for the new Smithson Valley High School at their Wednesday night meeting Brown said he will also continue negotiations on two possible sites for the new Canyon Middle School in the vicinity of Canyon High School. The land must be purchased before architects can begin the design work on the new middle school. “The other land (where the existing CMS is) hasn’t been placed on the market yet, but I don’t think we’U have any problem selling it. We’ve had some real good inquiries,” he added The 60-acre site for the new high school is at the intersection of Highway 46 and Smithson Valley Road, about three miles from the existing SVHS. Brown said laboratory results on water drawn from two test wells indicated the supply there could adequately support the new school. If land wasn’t the big topic al Wednesday night’s meeting, money was. Trustees authorized almost $300,000 in expenditures to buy band uniforms, and pay the district’s architects, its financial advisor and a contractor who’s almost finished with the eight-classroom addition at Bulverde Elemenatry School. The district’s advisor, Floyd Westerman, requested a $99,800 payment, plus $954.75 for a trip to See SVHS, Page 12A Weir says other hostages are in danger WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev Benjamin Weir said today that the terrorists who held him captive for 16 months are ready to kidnap other Americans and to execute their remaining six hostages if their sole demand is not met — freedom for 17 prisoners in Kuwait. “They have released me as a sign of their good intentions.” Weir said at a news conference five days after his release. "However, they are not willing to wait much longer.” Weir, a 61-year-old Presbyterian missionary, said Its captors were prepared to release the other Americans if their demand for freedom for 17 accused truck bombers, who blew up parts of the U S Embassy and other facilities in Kuwait, is met. In a press conference Thursday Weir said: ‘‘I was suddenly released by my captors. I made contact with the American embassy, whose ambassador and officials promptly and efficiently arranged for me to be transported to the USA. laite Monday evening, I arrived by U.S. government airplane, landing near Norfolk, Va.” He said he agreed to remain secluded because of the possibility that “one or more” of those left behind might also be freed. Weir, appearing fit, wore a yellow ribbon on his label. Yellow ribbons, a Vietnam War symbol of Americans held prisoner, adorned each pew of the National Presbyterian Center, where Weir spoke He said he believes his captors’ appeals should be taken seriously He refused to release details of several aspects of his captivity and release because "I do not want to put in jeopardy the safety and welfare of the remaining hostages. ” He said that, on Saturdav, he saw four of the six other hostages and that they were all well He said he saw Terr)’ Anderson, David Jacobsen, the Rev lawrence Jenco and Thomas Sutherland Weir said he had a ‘message from my captors” that he had conveyed to President Reagan when the two spoke Wednesday He did not say what the message was, but added that he feels there remains only a small “window of opportunity" for gaming the release of the remaining six. “I fear that opportunity might not AUSTIN AP The tram wreck that dumped some 30.000 gallons of sulfuric acid into the Medina River caused a total kill" of fish and other aquatic life in a seven-mile stretch of the river, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Dennis Palafox, pollution surveillance chief for the department, said Wednesday that a minimum of 12.000 fish of nine species died in the river downstream from the spill We feel this is a very conservative estimate of the total number of fish actually killed, because many of the fish sank lo the bottom instead of See FISH KILL. Page 124 last long,” he said In addition, he said, if tile terrorists' demand is not met soon, "they are prepared to kidnap other Americans ” But they while they "do not want to harm anyone,’’ they will "go so far as to proceed to execute their hostages if their demand is not met.” He said that, while he had met with the four several times, he had not seen Peter Kilburn or William Buckley. “I do not know anything about them,” he said. See WEIR, Page 12A Today s weather Mostly cloudy conditions continue with a JO percent chance of thundershowers today, dropping to a 20 percent chance tonight The high will be rn the 80s with the low in the 70s Wednesday’s high was 87 degrees and this morning’s low was 70 degrees Sunset will be at 7:31 p.m. with sunrise at 7 18 a rn. CANYON LAKE 5A CLASSIFIED 5 7B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD _ 4B DEAR ABBY 1B DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 4B KALEIDOSCOPE IB SCRAPBOOK 2B OPINIONS 4A OUTDOORS 9A SPORTS 7 8A STOCKS UA WEATHER South Zone dove season opens, see Outdoors, Page 9A ;

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