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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 1 46 pages in 4 sections November 12 2000 O j Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE place Local runners place high in Class 4A State cross country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on lifestyle That old song Hit the Road might sound like an insult but for RV owners it is music to their C La Maison Connie Jurica smiled from where she sat on an inviting light green Cold front pulls clouds cold air BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A cold front approaching from the west dropped temperatures on Saturday threat ening the first freeze of the season for most of Texas Forecasters at the Nation al Weather Service in Fort Worth said the front would bring freezing temperatures to most of the state While parts of South Texas saw tem peratures into the 70s Saturday the high in Dalhart was 33 and dropping Cloudy skies were the norm for the entire state West Texas skies were most ly cloudy an Falls and Abilene early Sun day morning and would approach an area from the DallasFort Worth area stretch ing down to Del Rio around noon INDEX Week Bush sues to halt hand count of ballots Election 2000 Countdown to the presidency BY DAVID ESPO AP Political Writer Republicans sent the 2000 pres idential race into the federal courts Saturday at the same time election officials in one of Floridas 67 counties completed a laborious hand recount sought by Vice Pres ident Al Gore Were all in lim said George W Bush at the end of a week of unprecedented political turmoil A federal judge set a hearing for Monday in Miami on the Bush campaigns request for a court order blocking the manual recounts from continuing in Flori das improbably close vote The Texas governor holds a nar row lead after an unofficial recount with an unknown number of overseas ballots yet to be count ed The winner of the state stands to gain an electoral college major ity and become the nations 43rd president The GOP suit cited a need to preserve the integrity equality and finality of the vote Former Secretary of State James A Bak er III said that with a manual recount human error individ ual subjectivity and decisions to quote determine the voters close quote would replace precision machinery in tabulat ing millions qf small marks and fragile hole Democrats responded forceful ly a few hours later calling for the withdrawal of the suit and expressing confidence they would prevail in court The hand count can be completed expeditiously and it should said former Secretary of State Warren Christopher speaking on Gores behalf Wurst finale Wurstfest wraps up the celebration of the sausage tonight K JESSIE A wandering band had the crowd above dancing up a storm Saturday night in Wursthalle Saturday night saw a huge turnout of Wurstfest attendees who came for the fun and food that is featured annually at this celebration of the sausage in New Braunfels The chicken dance below and beer cup collecting is a popular Wurstfest activity BY MATTHEW SWARTZ HeraldZeitung Correspondent Exceptional weather talented bands and culinary delights drew a large crowd to Landa Park Saturday to celebrate the 40th Wurstfest in its last weekend Smiles on the faces of participants proved the festival inspires Gemuetlichkeit fun or as one vendors sign put it fellowship in the German Undoubtedly Wurstfest also is a celebration of New Braunfels Ger man heritage Wir sind local resident Charles Saur proudly explained We are Aside from ancestral pride many joined in the festivities primarily for the music Harley Johnson of Hillsboro said he is of Irish ancestry but cannot resist polka He and his wife Lou danced as the band Littl Fishermen performed Visitors heard the clash of bands vying for their attention as they parked their vehicles across the street Bands simultaneously per formed at three separate venues as wandering bands provided entertain ment to those outside the tents Many parents came to support their sons or daughters in the Canyon High School band The band performed before Alpenfest took the stage See City eyes staffing changes BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braun fels city engineer the Salary director of planning and the parks and recreation director soon could be placed under the direction of Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson The three staffing changes will be consid ered during Mondays city council meeting as part of possible salary adjustments for some city employees who are paid below the market average Council meets at at the municipal building 424 S Castell Ave City Manager Shands said the change was proposed after a salary and staffing study by Ray and Associates Fergusons salary could be increased depend ing on other salary adjustments made by coun cil Monday He currently makes The salary adjustments council will consider could increase his salary by to Information from Mondays agenda said the possible adjustments to Fergusons salary are based on the difference between his salary and the market average salaries and adjusted market average salaries for parks and planning directors and city engineers New Braunfels Parks Director Iris Neffendorf Planning Director Harry Bennett and City Engi neer Bolner are not targeted for any market adjustments in any of the possible salary changes proposed by staff However the citys survey showed those posi tions were paid less than the market average of the 10 survey cities Neffendorfs salary is compared to the market average of according to the survey Bolners salary compared to the mar ket average of the survey said Bennetts salary is but the market average is according to the survey Shands said that in some cases their respon sibilities had diminished over time or their duties were fewer than similar positions at other cities The proposed changes would neither demote those three employees nor promote Ferguson Shands said See Legion honors local veterans BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer John Thompson thought about his broth ers all the time during World War II Thompson was chief machinist on the Coast Guard Cutter Northland during World War 11 He and his shipmates patrolled the waters around Greenland and Iceland trying to protect troop and sup ply ships from German Uboats His ship also would rescue pilots that crashed into the North Atlantic Thompsons four brothers James Frank Daniel and William also served in World War II in different branches of the military The war claimed millions of young mens lives but Thompson and all four of his brothers returned home safely I didnt see them until after the he said I didnt seem them for Thompsons brothers have all died since then but he made sure their memories were honored Saturday night as he was recognized for 60 years of membership in the American Legion After what youre been through in the war everyone Thompson said When you meet the people in the Legion they all fought for their Thompson was recognized during a Vet Day celebration at Comal Post 179 of K theAmerican Legion Veteran John Trwmpson far ten stands with fellow American Legion Thompson was called to the front of the 410 members Saturday evening Thompson was recognized for having 60 years See of service with the American Legion   

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