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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW jhjiTiiTrrT j HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 270 46 pages in 4 sections November 5 2000 O j 4 y Serving Comal Gounty sincc 1852 Record turnout in early voting fon Streater said people voted Friday other state and local races including Unit INSIDE Market Heritage Society of New Braunfels invites everyone to New Braunfels Civic Center for a step back in time during the Heritage Antique Market71C Wurst 5K Run Randy Arias and Efrain Valasquez left to right fin ished the Wurst 5K Three sailors jockey for posi tion during the Canyon Lake Regatta on B Royal Purples A gritty bunch of New Braunfels Royal Purples bat tled the topranked San Antonio Cougars for three hours in the Alamo City Fall Fastpitch INDEX Week pwpiv i iiucvy Comal CountyCleric Joy Streater said a The county normally has about 800 voters a record turnout of people participat day ed in early voting through Friday not includ Maybe people were just excited about ing mailout ballots that were voting this she said returned Voters are considering if Gov George W That means that more than 25 percent of Bush and Dick Cheney or Vice President Al the countys registered voters have Gore and Joe Lieberman will lead the coun already voted try for the next four years Several thirdpar We have broken all Streater ty candidates also are running for the pres said The most weve ever done is idency and vice presidency and we are thrilled beyond Voters also are considering a number of ed States Senator United States District 21 Representative Texas railroad commis sioner several positions on the Texas Supreme Court and others Locally voters also must consider whether incumbent Gloria Clennan Democrat or Republican Sherman Krause will be the countys tax assessor Lester Leissner is facing Robert Rubio for Precinct 2 Constable and Ben Scroggin See III Countdown to Tuesday Sample Tax assessorcollector Polling 11A Bulverde NW goes to Wurst of times Festivalgoers flock to Kartoffel Puffer booth luuuJxn CHRIS John Heberlmg from Braunfels Germany and Jerry Anne Wehman above serve up Kartoffel Puffer plates Saturday at Wurstfest Onions potatoes and batter below are mixed into large buckets and then fried BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer It consumes Ibs of potatoes and almost eggs a year and nobody bats an eye But many people do however open a and a hungry stom ach to the Bracken Volunteer Fire Departments Kartoffel Puffers or German potato pancakes a favorite food of many visitors at New Braunfels annual Wurstfest They come in Carol Hamann of San Antonio said Hamann was helping at the fire departments Wurstfest booth Satur day Usually the line goes all the way out the she said and added that people just cannot seem to get enough of the crispy pancakes They come back year after year for potato Hamann tried the potato pancakes for the first time this year Theyre very unique and theyre very she said When you see them you think But when you taste them there are a vari ety of flavors in Melford Georg and his wife Lav erne are charter members of the vol unteer fire department which was organized in 1968 The group began sponsoring a booth at Wurstfest from Todays entertainment the beginning and has always served the German potato pancakes One of the groups older members now deceased proposed the idea of selling the pancakes Melford Georg said Its grown and Georg said Weve kept it up every The fire department has come a long way from when it first started serving the potato pancakes at Wurst fest in the late 1960s When the group first started partic ipating in the event it did not have the modern twostory booth it now uses We fried the pancakes in a Georg said We just had a little oF The group also had no hot water in its booth Volunteers had to use a community hot water heater at the Wurstfest grounds at that time Georg See More rain forecast in Comal thru today FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels and Hill Country residents who enjoyed a break Saturday from recent severe rain and flash flooding should batten down their hatches tune in the radio and pre pare for more Aldis Strautins Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels said more severe thundershowers are likely today Were not looking for the kind of tropical event we experienced in the October 1998 flood but were going with a flash flood watch through he said The NWS is forecasting an 80 percent chance of thundershowers today and this evening some possibly severe with locally heavy rainfall Strautins said Winds will be 10 to 15 mph out of the southeast except in the neighborhood of thundershowers when they will be stronger and gusty High temperatures he said would be between 71 and 76 degrees lows tonight will be in the lower 60s An upper level system approaching from the west will be responsible for todays weather It looks to be quite strong which is why were expecting there might be some severe weather in he said A cold front associated with it will push through tonight bringing drier air and sunshine Monday We need the rain but it should bring a lit tle breather in Strautins said The forecaster cautioned that with the ground as saturated as it is from recent rain some flash flooding is possible today espe cially at all area low water crossings Definitely be careful of low water cross ings With those locally heavy rainfalls flash flooding is possible especially since weve had so much rain Saturday evening county and city officials reported no high waterrelated problems and no road closures Were watching to see what happens Sun one dispatcher said Strautins recommended that residents mon itor weather carefully today 1 would say they need to keep abreast of the situation and make sure theyre aware of whats going on They shouldnt panic or anything but monitor local media or listen to NOAA weather he said BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Krause square off in assessor race Incumbent Democrat county collector Gloria Clennan this year faces in Republican Sherman Krause the first seri ous challenge for her job in a quarter of a century Clennan wants one more term her seventh to finish work she has begun poising her county department to move into this century in which the population here is expected to double and by some estimates even quadru ple Krause a 10year employee with the Texas Natural Re sources Conservation Commission wants to do it instead He has mounted a tough and credible chal lenge for the job of a county official who has been secure in her CIENNAN position for decades and by all accounts has done a good job Clennan wants to accomplish many of the same things Krause does it is just that she better understands from the perspective of hav ing done it what has to happen to accomplish the goals they share KRAUSE Im with Sherman on said Clennan who has opened a branch office in Sattler and is investigating other ways to make her office and its services more accessible to the public She has brought a computer system online that connects the county tax office to the appraisal district and other county offices 1 want to finish what Ive started and then Im going to hang up my Clennan said She needs one more term to build the See
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