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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 8 14 pages in 2 sections November 21 2000 rr Serving Comal County 1 UESDAY since 1852 50 cents HemldZettung Sevenyearold Sasha Breda helps serve up a TexMex din ner at the 10th annual Hot Meals for the Holidays at the cMc center Monday Cafe serves up hot meals good will BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Attendees of the 10th annual Hot Meals for die Holidays walked through the doors of the New Braunfels Civic Center and were greeted by delectable scents laden with seasoned meat and faint onion An hour after the doors opened at 5 more than 200 people had passed through a food line manned by volunteers that worked together like a welloiled machine Adobe Cafe hosted the event and another like it in Seguin last Friday We started this as a way to give back to the general manager Les Gonzalez said We wanted to let the community know how much we appreciate Beans dripped from large spoons onto plates stuffed with enchiladas and rice Soft drink servers worked in unison one person scooping ice another tapping the fountain to keep the line moving It took 250 Ibs of picadillo meat and about See HOT Officials ponder new lines BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Several Comal County officials attended a workshop Monday to get a first look at redistricting The workshop was conducted by David Guinn a Baylor University School of Law professor attorney and consultant who has helped the county city and other local agencies with redistricting in the past Attendees included county New Braun fels Garden Ridge Comal Independent School District Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District and other offi cials Guinn discussed the Voting Rights Act and legal requirements for redistricting He also laid out a timetable for getting it done by the end of 2001 The United States Justice Department will review any changes made in district lines for conformance with the Voting Rights Act and its equal protection clause The basic principle is one person one Guinn said In all probability well have to make significant changes in com missioners boundaries to accommodate that Under the law Comal County redistricts once each decade after census data is released New districts will be set up for county commissioners based on population data The county population projected at just under will be divided roughly four ways give or take 5 set the new districts for commissioners Comal County has grown percent in the last 10 years County Judge Danny Scheel said a redis tricting advisory committee would be set up See Native dancer K JESSIE Michael Rodriguez wanted to share a little of his culture with his fellow Goodwin Elementary classmates so Monday he brought his family along to show off their Native American dancing Students were reminded that the Indians were here long before Christopher Columbus and the pilgrims arrived in the Americas Callahan resigns NBISD trustee seat BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Less than two weeks after voters elected three members to the New Braunfels Independent School District a fourth trustee has resigned Last night the board accepted the resigna tion of District 2 trustee Jim Callahan In a letter to president Bill Biggadike dated Nov 8 Callahan resigned his position as District 2 trustee because he would be moving into another district at the beginning of the year I will be moving into District 5 after the beginning of the year and I felt that this is the best tome to make way for a Calla han wrote According to NBISD policy a board member who represents a single district vacates his posi tion if he stops living within its borders Callahan told the board he would help any time they needed his assistance Im only a phone call he said At some time in the future Ill consider rejoining the board if the opportunity Trustee Sue Hahn holds the District 5 seat now and Bette Spain and Deborah Kempert recently won an election to fill the boards two atlarge positions When a trustee resigns the board has three options wait until the next November election and leave the question for voters to answer appoint someone to fill the seat until then or order a special election to fill the vacancy See CL man dies in wreck FROM STAFF REPORTS CANYON LAKE A Canyon Lake man died early Saturday morning after a two vehicle wreck north of Bul verde Lewis P Sanders 57 was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck on FanntoMarket Road 3159m Comal County The Texas Department of Public Safety reported that Sanders was driving a 1997 Mazda north on FM 3159 Sat urday morning A southbound 1986 Ford pickup driven by Robert Littlefield 19 of San Antonio veered into the north bound lane striking the Maz da in the left front DPS report ed The road was wet and it was raining at the time of the wreck Sanders was wearing a seatbelt and his air bag deployed the DPS reported The driver of the truck was taken Saturday to University Hospital in San Antonio in good condition with lacera tions and bruises An 18year old man also riding in the truck was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor bruises the DPS said INSIDE Cheer Fund Abby 7A Classifieds 46B Comics Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports 12B Today 2A The Herald Zeitung seeks donations for its annual Cheer Fund to pro vide holiday meals for needy residents Mail or drop off donations at 707 Landa St in New Braunfels Justices fire questions over Florida recount No word yet on when state court will rule BY ANNE GEARAN Associated Press Writer TALLAHASSEE Fla AP With the race for the presidency in the balance Floridas Supreme Court peppered lawyers with ques tions Monday on the legality of manual recounts under way in selected Democraticleaning coun ties We have a longstanding that says the real interests here are the declared Chief Justice Charles T Wells who asked repeat edly how long the state had to certi fy a winner and still have its voice heard when the Electoral College meets to pick a president The candidate who gains those 25 electoral votes either George W Bush or Al Gore stands to become the nations 43rd chief exec utive The proceedings were carried live on the major television networks providing Americans with a brief lesson in constitutional and election law A court spokesman said there would be no ruling Monday There was no indication when there might be a decision Democrats said Dec 12 was the answer to Wells oftasked question six days before the Electoral College meets But Joe Klock representing Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris said she was bound by a state law that required her to certify a winner by seven days after the Nov 7 election At the same time asked by Justice Harry Lee Anstead whether the sev enday limit was absolute Klock conceded Of course its not In legal skirmishing that stretched to two and onehalf hours lawyers and the justices ranged over a variety of issues in Floridas contested elec tion The hearing played out while See Considering the Electoral College More Republican than Democratic electors say they want to keep the Electoral College intact rather than see it reformed or abolished according to interviews with The Associated Press Electors for Al Gore 161 interviewed No n no opinion Abolish Keep Electoral College Consider change Electors for George W No no opini Keep Electoral College Abolish i Reform Consider change AP Democratic electors talk of abolishing system BY ROBERT TANNER Associated Press Writer More than a third of this years Democratic presidential electors say they want to reexamine or scrap the Electoral College that takes the final vote on the next person in the White House while fewer than orte in 10 Republicans think the nation should even consider tinkering with the system an AP survey found The partisan breakdown is not surprising given that the Demoo ratic candidate Al Gore may lose the presidency while winning the popular vote Republican George W Bush if declared the victor in Florida would win the crucial elect toral vote Champs coach Coach Phyllis Fowler address es New Braunfels High students Monday after her Unicom volleyball team won the Class 4A State Championship Saturday in San Marcos NBISD photo   

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