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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 264 46 pages in 4 sections October 29 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Ghosts spite Walking through the doors of Prince Solms Inn is like walk ing through a door in the fabric of perfect home to the Victorian Florida winner Nick Seidel a Clear Springs resident and 4th generation Seidel from New Braunfels captured first place in Vacation whmer The final weeks winner of the HeraldZeitungs October Family Vacation Giveaway is Brenda Mills The winners gets four vacation pack ages which include deluxe accommodations for two adults children free a round of golf and other amenities at a variety of vacation destinations Thunderstorms sweep W Texas BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Thunderstorms marching east from the Panhandle to Central Texas brought 70 mph wind gusts that toppled trees and telephone poles injuring one woman and killing a dog Strong winds roaring across Lamesa in JDawson County ripped 8inch limbs from trees and knocked over telephone across the southwestern portions of the city said Chris Smallcomb a mete orologist with the National Weather Ser vice in Midland Smallcomb said a dog was killed when a tree fell on it and a woman injured her self while jumping clear of scattered glass sprayed when winds forced open thedoor of her home Winds of 60 mph whipping through Cone in Crosby County ripped the roof off of the Primitive Baptist Association building INDEX Week Two presumed drowned BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A little before 6 Saturday a 13yearold Houston area girl stood ankle deep in muddy Guadalupe River water at Camp Huacp Springs alternately sob bing and calling out over the riv er for her sister and her brother inlaw The Houston couple whose identities had not been released Saturday night disappeared about and are presumed drowned A search for their bodies will resume at today Sheriffs officials did not say Saturday night what the couple was doing in the water About 40 minutes after they disappeared Sheriffs Sgt Jim my Limmer his left arm across the teenagers shoulders spoke quietly with her trying to comfort her if he could and trying to gath er the information he and rescue divers needed to begin a search She stared out over the water to the place where she had last seen her sister 26 and brotherinlaw 24 alive Behind her Canyon Lake divers were suiting up but she could not see them They were preparing to sweep the deep cold cloudy pool where the man and then the woman See K JESSIE A family member of the two presumed drowning victims is com forted while waiting on the shore of the Guadalupe River Devils Backbone Author chronicles haunting tales of regions history CHRIS Bert Wall above writes about the ghosts of the Devils Backbone in his office at home He will appear at the Super S Grocery in Sattler to sign copies of his most recent book He lives on the Devils Backbone and has encountered ghosts Any place below in the area might be haunted BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer On a recent stormy night a man retreated to his bedroom after allegedly beating his wife The door slammed shut and although he was alone his family reported ly heard screaming and a tremen dous ruckus Later a trail of blood led from the bedroom and disappeared out side the house The abuser never returned and believers in the super natural were convinced an old Indi an spirit nicknamed Drago had intervened to purge his territory of evil Hes real protective of the Backbone Hes really protective of good people but hell run a bad guy out writer Bert M Wall said Wall wrote Devils Backbone Ghost Stories from the Texas Hill He will sign autographs from 4 to 7 today and Tuesday at the Super S grocery store in Sattler The history and political science major also authored Ghostly Chills Devils and has a third book coming out in May Ive been gathering these stories since I was a Wall said Our ghosts are The fifthgeneration Texan has bumped into several of the spirits said to haunt Devils Backbone including Drago a Spanish monk and lady dressed in white The treedotted landscape of Devils Backbone is the source of many ghost sightings and super natural events that pepper Walls See Tuesdays edition for another haunting See Wolverton fights to retain position in Guadalupe Co BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Jim Wolverton twoterm Republican incumbent Precinct 3 commissioner in Guadalupe County is locked in a dogfight with challenger Rick Svatora Democrat in the Nov 7 election This is happening in a county where in the years past simply winning the Republican Party primary has been tantamount to win ning reelection But this is Guadalupe County and this year all bets are off in the wake of a roughandtumble primary season and a yearlong con troversy over last years county budget and a pay raise commissioners voted for themselves and other officials Guadalupe County Attor ney Maximum Bob Cov ington was defeated in the spring Republican primary by a former staffer in his bid for reelection Covington had first advised the com missioners court that the raises were legal an inter pretation questioned in a July 2000 ruling by Attor ney General John Cornyn Cornyn believed commis sioners did not comply with the Texas Local Government Code requiring 10 days notice before a public hear ing on the raises which were adopted with the 2000 Guadalupe County budget When Cornyn wrote his opinion Wolverton offered to pay his raise back with interest A few weeks later a Dis trict Court judge agreed with Cornyn Covington blamed the controversy over the pay raise for his primary defeat Wolverton might be vulner able on the same issue Wolverton who turned a investment in founding Electric into a business he sold for million nine years lat er point ed out he is finan c i a 1 1 y secure he does not need SVATORA WOLVERTON t h salary I know how to make he said I know how to manage a project and get the most for taxpayers1 He voted for the pay rais es because the growing county needs to attract the most qualified employ ees it can as well as the most qualified elected officials Wolverton said Look at commissioners Wolverton said in a forum a few nights ago Youve got one commis sioner whos a plumber He comes in votes and leaves Youve got one whos a rancher He comes in votes and leaves Im there for you full time whatever it takes If you need a ride to Austin to straighten something out Ill bring he said Weve got department heads hiring drug addicts in Guadalupe County We have to make these positions more attractive so we can get better people to fill them If Im a casualty of this pay raise so be Guadalupe County Pet 3 includes the western edge of the county along the Interstate 35 corridor from Schertz to San Marcos and includes the unincorporat ed area outside New Braun See Halloween night trickortreat safety No 1 priority w A In n 4 1 A 4 A htTl FROM STAFF REPORTS In the old days the scariest thing about Halloween was the pranks peo ple played gentle fun like tipping over outhouses or putting carriages up on porches But this isnt the old days and the things we used to worry about like having to strip toilet paper out of trees or cleaning pumpkin pulp off the walkway dont worry us anymore Weve all seen enough witches and Draculas that they dont turn our heads much anymore Halloween is a bigger deal than it ever was though from a safety stand point and local law enforcement offi cials want to ensure your childrens safety during one of their favorite hol idays New Braunfels police Sgt David Wilson said his department runs its full patrol complement Halloween night The main thing is we want your kids to have a safe Wil son said The veteran police officer offered advice and a number of tips for trick or Heaters their parents and the peo ple they visit Halloween night Parents or older siblings should accompany younger children in groups of four or five Go trickortreating in See K JESSIE Local children enjoy Halloween but it is up to their parents to ensure they plan safe activities
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