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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 3 16 pages in 2 sections November 15 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBHS volleyball team vying for state BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer For the third time in her six years as head volleyball coach Phyliss Fowler has shaped a winning statebound Unicorn team Fowler built the group of winners inside the folds of the NBHS cam pus in the gymnasium at the heart of I believe that a lot of what we do is she said of her coaching phi losophy So I try to reach them men Senior volleyball players described this weeks practices as a little more spirited a little more exciting and oh yes a little more intense Shes a really great She doesnt focus on any one play Eichmann said So we dont rely on one player We all play together Everyone is an important part of the If it is Fowler who sets the example then it is the players who have carried the message For every shrill whistle that cuts through the gym and signals the school and on Thursday the team senior middle blocker Michelle Popp the end of a play or a drill supportive CHRIS Coach Phyliss Fowler showed her joy when her volleyball team beat the San Marcos Rattlers on election night last week Fowlers Unicom team will play at Friday against Friendswood High School in San Marcos picked up the Region IV title No matter what happens youre proud of the kids of the effort theyve made and of what theyve accom Fowler1 said Some of the things I give them yeah theyre for each match but they relate to life said The smiles on Popp and her team mate senior outside hitter Amy Eich mann made it hard to believe they had just finished giving everything for their coach in an afternoon work out But they had cheering hand clapping and the smacking sound of high fives follow Were just Popp said People have been asking us all week and its just After practice yesterday Fowler took a minute to reflect on the week she has See FINAL FOUR WHAT State 4A Semifinal championship series in which New Braunfels Unicorns compete to advance to title match WHEN Friday WHERE Strahan Coliseum San Marcos NEXT Fridays winner will move on to the state championship game Saturday against winner of the other semifinal match Festtage gears up br yule BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer With more than 15 events to cel ebrate Christmas on the books for the next 39 days New Braunfels has enough on its plate to give even the Grinch a run for his mon ey Festtage a name devised by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to pull Christmas events in the area under one umbrella Friday At in the main plaza the Christmas tree lights will be switched on Santa Claus will make an appearance at the lighting cere mony and even pose for pictures for a shot The Downtown Association will serve refreshments for each on the corner of Main Plaza and Seguin Street Restroom facilities are in the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on Main Plaza After dropping out of the Fest tage lineup last year hot air balloon operators again will converge on Gruene for Glowfest Morning flights take off at sun rise Friday through Sunday At night the dark skies will highlight their magnificent glow and will hang like Christmas ornaments in the New Braunfels skies Its all completely weather con Mary Jane Nalley co owner of Gruene Hall said Festtage serves as a wakeup call for lastminute shoppers the Christmas rush is upon us The malls are swarming with cars parking is stressful and familiar carols are playing everywhere This weekends Old Gruene Market Days could be the last chance for some sane shopping time Yeah probably it is the last See Recycled sculpture K JESSIE Can Schurz Elementary School won New Braunfels first Texas Recycles Day sculpture contest with what students there described as a trasheating partunicorn partmonster From left Carl Schurz students Melanie Pena Christopher Castillo and Orlando Pena explained the design of the schools win ning Unicom sculpture The wait goes on Florida counties report votes presidential fight not over yet Watsons mother stays aboard BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Councilwoman Juliet Watsons mother will remain on the citys tree and landscape board in spite of a city charter section address ing nepotism On Monday council unanimously voted against accepting the resigna tion of Laneta Watson The vote addresses some vagueness in the citys Charter New Braunfels City Charter states that person related within the second degree by affinity or within the third degree by consan guinity blood relationship to any elected officer of the city or to the city manager shall be appointed to any office position or clerkship or other service of the city This prohibition shall not apply however to any per son who shall have been continuously employed by the city for a period of two years prior to the election of the councilman or appointment of the city manager so related to The council did not accept Laneta Watsons resignation after Juliet Watson raised questions about whether the charter applies to unpaid positions including members of the tree board WATSON City Attorney Floyd Akers said I think the council action quite clearly states that it must be a paid position for the nepotism portion of the charter to be effective and thats going to be my opinion now because thats the opinion of the council I think theres legiti mate arguments on both side of the Akers said that under state law appointing certain family members of public officials to any position in which they would be directly or indirectly compensated was a misdemeanor offense Members of the tree board are not compensated for their work Akers said BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer One week into Americas election limbo Florida coun ties officially reported their presidential votes after a Tues day deadline was upheld by a state judge even as thousands of disputed ballots were count ed by hand into the night Democrats rejected George W Bushs potential compromise to cease the ballotbyballot fight for the White House When is it going to end asked Bush aide James A Baker III There was no answer in sight With lawyers and judges front and center in the presi dential election nerves began to fray and adjectives failed to serve Its like the seventh day of being held stam mered Jeb Bush governor of Florida and the harried broth er of the GOP presidential hopeful The latest margin for Bush was 286 votes according to an informal AP tally Judge Terry Lewis ruled that counties could file new vote totals after the states 5 It was a setback for the vice Tuesday deadline to certify president who wanted a clear ballots order lifting the Tuesday dead He gave Secretary of State line but his lawyers found Katherine Harris a Bush supsolace in ruling language urg porter authority to reject or ing Harris to consider all approve them using the propappropriate facts and circum 11 TUESDAYS ACTION State judge upholds deadline for reporting presidential votes Election officials continue hand counting thousands of ballots Margin for Bush narrowed to 286 votes Gore holds off on appeal of Secretary of States authority to reject or approve votes filed late by counties Two counties tabu late ballots by hand late Tuesday two other jurisdictions pending Margin for Bush narrowed to 286 votes Governor reports nerve wracking atmosphere in Florida Winner of Florida electoral votes said to be next president See er exercise and See WEEKEND EVENTS Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Main Plaza Friday free Weihnachtsmarkt New Braunfels Civic Center Friday 10 to 7 Saturday 10 to 6 Sunday 10 to 5 onetime entry Glowfest in Gruene sunrise sunset INSIDE Key Code 76 NB Mattress relocates BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor NB Mattress Futons and Furnishings recently opened a new store at 345 S Business 35 offering nearly additional square feet where customers can browse and rest their weary heads The business which began as DeLongs Bedding in 1928 just down the road at 1439 S Business 35 moved to its new location at the end of October Coowners Ron Bretzke and Arlayne Mandell said the business had outgrown its squarefoot showroom and the move allowed for expansion in inventory as well We mainly did mattresses and Mandell said Now weve added bedroom sets and childrens Bretzke and Mandell will keep the old building for warehouse space Visitors to the new store will be greeted by a variety of mattresses from the most economical to the most luxurious Mandell said Eclectic accent pieces such as a trio of Hear no evil see no evil speak no evil monkey candles unusual lamps decorative mirrors and end tables dot the store It also fit A i K JESSIE is filled with futons complete Ron Bretzke and Arlayne Mandell recently moved NB Mattress bedroom sets an artfully decorat Futons and Furnishings to a new location that features See NB squarefeet of showroom space 345 S Business 35
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