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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 4 16 pages in 2 sections November 16 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBHS fire drill alarms officials BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Two classes that could not hear the fire alarm during an unscheduled drill Wednesday at New Braunfels High School will not have that problem again An impromptu fire drill by Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn drew attention to an old prob lem in the fiwing of the build ing some classes have prob lems hearing the alarm Safety is a really important issue and apparently this has been a problem in the Principal Mike Fitsko said You need everybody to hear that alarm without question no matter what activity is happen ing in the classroom If not you defeat the purpose of the fire alarm fire drill showed what we need to do to improve our system Im going to get it fixed right Less than three hours after the fire drill the districts direc tor of facilities David Owens inspected the system and told officials a new alarm would be installed today We have to double check the Assistant Principal Bob Rodriguez said drills serve a very useful and positive purpose Itll double check the system everything from the system to evacuation routes It highlights some of the things we need to look Friesenhahn and his staff are making the rounds at schools right now to gauge emergency response levels Unscheduled fire alarms help schools test their emergency readiness Besides serving as a practice run for students and faculty fire drills also highlight weaknesses in their systems such as faulty equipment or fire truck accessibility Immediately after the drill at NBHS Friesenhahn and his staff met with school officials and delivered an onthespot report about how well the school performed They did really Friesenhahn said Other than the two classes that could not hear the alarm the entire school an esti mated people vacated the building in designated hold ing spots in less than three min utes See Signs of support Unicorns shoot for state title BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Behind every good woman theres a good fan In less than 48 hours the New Braunfels Unicorn volleyball team takes on the secondtolast hurdle that stands between it and the state 4A championship The Unicorns play Friendswood High School at at the Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos on Friday The winner of that semifinal match plays for the 4A champi onship game on Saturday at in Strahan As the team spent the week hon ing skills that have carried them this fans worked on new ways to support Weve got a base of fans that have been very supportive and who are really into it A couple of them even followed us to Calallen in Corpus Coach Phyllis Fowler said Colorful posters line the halls and students wear black playoff Tshirts lettered in blue The girls basketball team has crafted hand held signs each bear ing the name of a different volley ball player Tiny bells on string twisted arourid the stem of the placards tin kle every time its player does some thing well Were all really involved in the other girls senior basket ball player BriAnne Taylor said The basketball team plans to CHRIS Students and teachers at New Braunfels High School are swept up in the Unicom volleyball teams race for the state 4A championship Basketball players Cherita Mannie and from left Alicia Rollo BriAnne Taylor and Jennifer Baerwald sport Unicom volleyball spirit shirts BUSH Gore bid rejected by Bush BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Al Gore made a surprise proposal for a statewide hand recount of Floridas 6 million ballots Wednesday night and George W Bush swiftly rejected it calling the effort under way in several Democraticleaning counties an arbitrary and chaotic way to settle the presidential race With their futures tied up in a knot of legal battles the pres idential rivals made dueling appearances on national tele vision calling for a quick end to the contested election but disagreeing on how to do it Our goal must be what is right for the vice president said at his official mansion in Washington This process must be fair this process must be accurate and this process must be Bush said from the gov ernors mansion in Austin Their evening addresses GORE capped a whirlwind day of legal activity that gave both weary camps tasted of victory and defeat but no clear road to completion The Florida Supreme Court all Democratic appointees rejected a request from Republican Secretary of State Katherine Harris to block any manual recounts while the courts decide whether the process is legal The high courts ruling though far from the final word gave Democrats new vigor in their bal lotbyballot bid to trim Bushs 300vote lead in the state Officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties hunkered down for an excruciating hand count of 1 million ballots The secretary of state also announced she would not accept the handcounted ballots call ing the counties reasoning Harris vowed to certify the Florida election results Sat urday without the hand recount totals Gores lawyers said they will challenge her decision Thursday In another front Bushs lawyers filed a 182 page appeal in a federal appeals court in Atlanta The Texas governor lost a round Monday on his move to shut down the recounts in Palm Beach MiamiDade Broward and Volusia counties Legal matters aside both presidentsinwaiting See New Braunfels might see street drainage funds BY Jo LEE FERGUSON The oneeiehth of 1 oercent 4A sales tax bined it with the 4R it alcn niinuAvt Qnmf nf A A BY JQ The oneeighth of 1 percent 4A sales tax bined it with the 4B tax It also allowed the city Some of the 4A money collected in the Staff Writer was dedicated to economic development The to spend any amount of 4B money on any past several years is unallocated That money New Braunfels might have almost mil total onequarter of 1 percent 4B sales tax legal projects including economic develop by law goes into the general fund and the lion in additional funds for streets and drainage was divided into half for streets and drainage ment streets and drainage affordable housing projects as a result of this past weeks election projects and other improvement projects and other projects On Nov 7 New Braunfels voters narrowly Voters on Nov 7 first voted to The votes became official during Monday council 10 msieaa earmark mat money tor approved two propositions in a special elec to approve a resolution allowing the city to nights council meeting when council mem streets and drainage work The council ton spend 4B money on sports venues bers canvassed the votes from the election approved her proposal Monday night to place The city has for several years collected a 4A A second resolution passed by a vote of They approved an emergency ordinance the unallocated money into a special revenue sales tax and a 4B sales tax both named after to It eliminated the citys separate which requires one council approval instead of account so expenditures of that money can be their enabling legislation economic development sales tax and com three declaring the results of the election council can decide how to spend it But Councilwoman Debbie Flume asked council to instead earmark that money for Scherenschnitte More than 200 handmade decorations of scheren schnitte are on display at the Civic Center as partofWeih nachtsmarkt K JESSIE 8LATEN HerakJZeitung INSIDE Man pleads guilty in rape case BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer On his 28th birthday Tuesday Loren Rutter pleaded guilty to raping a 16yearold girl On Wednesday a Comal County jury gave him the best birthday gift it could have probation Rutter drew a nineyear sentence in state prison and a fine following about five hours of deliberations and recommended probation District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer then imposed a sixmonth sentence in county jail as a condition of Rutters probation the harshest pro bation condition allowed the judge Rutter will serve the entire 180 days without time off for good behavior If he does not violate the terms of his probation he will never pay the fine or face state prison Rutter and another man age 27 from the Dal las area were arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a 16yearold LaPorte girl at a River Road campground on June 20 1999 The other suspect Ronald W Carver still is awaiting trial Sheriffs Del Tommy Ward said the pair was on a weekend camping and tubing trip at Mountain Breeze campground when the incident occurred A number of high school girls from the LaPorte area ages 1618 were camped out nearby The rape Rutter confessed to allegedly occurred late on the second night of the outing or in the predawn hours of the following morning a Sun day According to testimony at the sentencing hear See
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