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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NFELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 275 18 pages in 2 sections November 11 2000 Q ID Scrvin8 County since 1852 50 cents K JESSIE Teresa Johnson is grown up now but her Girl Scout days will always be with her Once a Girl Scout always a Girl Scout BY MCMICHAEL Staff Writer Girl Scouting is about more than selling cookies says Teresa Johnson New Braunfels resident and grownup Girl Scout Johnson who was recently elected to the Girl Scouts Lone Star Council Board of Directors A member of Girl Scout Troop 149 while growing up in New Braunfels Johnson said Girl Scouting affected her life and the way she saw herself Scouting along with my family taught responsibility I think that it was important to realize that you werent anonymous that people knew who you were knew who your family was and if you were a Scout you had a kind of image to live up to to be the kind of person people expected you to Johnson said Delegates of the Girl Scouts Lone Star Council elected Johnson as a board member during the annual board meeting on Oct 7 Leslie Wright director of communication said Were really looking forward to her input since we serve so many counties She will also bring to the board her experience being in the New Braunfels area and that will help us to plan for the future and make sure that we are taking into consideration the specific needs of the girls in that Today as a grownup Girl Scout Johnson is serious about her service on the Lone Star Council Im looking for ways that I can con tribute to make this world a better place for she said Johnsons actions back her words An active member of the Junior League in Austin and Travis County Childrens Advocacy Center Johnson also is vice pres ident of the New Braunfels Middle School PTA and secretary of the MidTexas Symphony as well as mother of four chil dren between the ages of 7 and 14 One of her favorite aspects of Girl Scouting was and is its availability to all girls I think it goes across all kinds of barri she said think thats one of the greatest things about it is its open to every Bus wreck injures two BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH Two children suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon in a school bus accident a Department of Public Safety trooper said was caused by a mechanical failure Comal Independent School District officials said about 20 children from Bill Brown Elementary and Arlon R Seay Intermediate schools were trans ferred to another bus and taken home The two injured students a boy from Bill Brown who suffered a possible neck injury and a girl from Arlon Seay who had a cut on her leg were taken by ambulance to North Central Baptist Hos pital in San Antonio where they were treated for their injuries and later released We always transport every single potential injury in bus accidents said Kari Hutchison public information offi cer of the CISD Trooper Steve Tippett characterized the hospital treatment as a precaution ary measure Comal Independent School District bus No 320 was eastbound on Farmto Market Road 311 shortly after school Friday afternoon when the accident occurred The driver said he had a mechanical failure that caused him to lose Tippett said The bus left the side of the road and struck a concrete culvert abut ment further damaging its undercar riage It slid several hundred feet to a stop against a large oak tree with its front wheels folded up underneath the vehicle The impact with the tree was very light and caused little additional damage to the bus not even denting its body A CISD official examined the bus and said it had a broken axle It was not clear if that had been the mechanical failure that caused the acci dent or if striking the culvert had broken it The bus is a 1995 Genesis Heroes of a nation Local students pay respects to veterans Inside News from the front in June Honor roll of Comal County ser vice men in World War Veteran shares ideas about A glimpse of services Friday in Comal Bill Brown Elementary student Jessica Scriven above waves a homemade flag Friday during the Veterans Day Former Art Burer talks to N8 Christian Academy 6th 7th and 8th grade students BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The voices of eight girls in the Canyon Middle School choir danced in somber pairs a wistful melody sobered by a mournful harmony while a standing room only crowd listened silently at a Veterans Day celebration Similar crowds in more than 17 schools in the Comal and New Braun fels Independent School districts gath ered a day before Veterans Day to revere veterans for their place in Amer ican history They saved our country to keep our freedom Without them we wouldnt be here eighthgrade student Sarah Redwine said In 1918 on the llth hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the worlds first taste of a global war ended with the signing of the armistice that ended World War I The next year Americans began cel ebrating Armistice Day Eventually Congress changed the name to Vet erans Day to include soldiers of World War II and the Korean War and now the day celebrates the contributions of every veteran Eighthgrade students taking honors history classes conducted the event with some help from their teachers Linda Dreibodt and Beth Polk We really try to emphasize the con cept that freedom came with a Dreibodt said And we want to rec ognize the sacrifices they had to make so history doesnt repeat Korean War veteran Alvin Staudt managed to squeeze in appearances See INSIDE Gridiron roundup New Braunfels Unicorns tram ple Boeme Smfthson Valley holds off Election Were still waiting Campaigns trade jabs BY DAVID ESPO AP Political Writer WASHINGTON AP Three days after America voted aides to presidential rivals George W Bush and Al Gore clashed Friday over a disputed vote count in makeorbreak Florida The quicker this gets resolved the better off it is for the said the Texas governor while the vice presi dents aides left open the possibility of a court chal lenge We will be prepared to take office on Jan 20 Bush said taking a break mom a meet ing with running mate Dick Cheney and aides who would hold key posts in a Republican administration Addressing the Florida controversy Bush said There are still votes to be an apparent reference to an unknown number of ballots cast by Floridians overseas mat have yet to be tallied by state election officials An unofficial tally by The Associated Press of the recount in Floridas 67 counties showed the Texas governor with a 327vote lead over the vice president in the state whose 25 elec toral votes will determine the next president State officials said their recount showed Bush leading by 960 votes with 66 counties report ing A formal state recount is under way but no final results are expected for several days Also the state has yet to tally the unknown number of ballots cast by Floridians living overseas ballots that both sides contend will favor their man Bush projected the image of a man deep in planning to assume the presidency on Jan 20 but said it was a little early for him to be in touch with the outgoing Clinton adminis See Countdown to the presidency INSIDE Key Coda 76 Coming Sunday m sou reci old song Hit the Road might sound like an insult to some but for recreational vehicle owners it is music to Chamber contract debate rages on BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels economic develop ment program is a true publicprivate partnership Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said The chamber has for several years received he contract from a portion of the citys sales tax revenues dedicated to eco nomic development However New Braunfels voters recent ly approved a resolution that eliminates the cityfe separate oneeighth of 1 percent economic development sales tax and combines it with the citys sales one quarter of 1 percent sales tax for streets and drainage and other improvement pro jects The second sales tax which is called the 4B tax in reference to its enabling legislation will now total threeeighths of 1 percent Now questions remain about how that money will be spent and whether the chamber will seek and receive a contract from the money for economic develop ment activities In a recent column in the New Braun fels Herald Zeitung New Braunfels res ident Mary Serold wrote that the chamber of commerce had seen a financial gain of through its economic devel opment contracts with the city between 19 and 2001 Serold recently said she was against any outside special interest overseeing taxpayers Her feel ings she said are not personal against the chamber The more money you can leave in the fund to use for projects that benefit the whole community it seems to me that is a more equitable way itf positioning and using that Serold said