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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 9 16 pages in 2 sections November 22 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Thanksgiving prep Local grocers gobblin up business BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Carolyn Crim looked at turkeys a long time Tuesday afternoon in the HEB on Walnut Avenue She turned over one turkey and looked at it She turned over another and then she turned over a few more She looked at all of them She walked around to the other side of the display bin and turned a few more before she saw what she was looking for I was looking for she said after loading a 12pounder into her shopping cart The other ones are cheaper and I wanted that 49cent price but they were too large for a family of four I paid more for a pound but it wont go to waste Thursday Crim will prepare the usual Thanksgiving meal for her husband Weldon her son Travis and daughterinlaw Monica But Tuesday she was paying the price She was among thousands who flocked to area supermar kets and stores to take home the holiday fowl I didnt think it would be this busy at this time of the after Crim said But in the days just before Thanksgiving local grocers do their best business Theyre talking turkey and theyre selling it by the ton Rick Floyd manager of the Albertsons at Walnut Avenue and Landa Street said this week could be the biggestof his year It rivals Floyd said So far this Thanksgiving week is on a par with this past year Floyd said which is to say things are pretty busy Its probably twice as busy as he said This week as at Christmas part timers on his staff put in lots of full time hours taking up the extra workload You beef up your schedules for the extra he said We enjoy it and it keeps us Floyd said he was not certain how much turkey his store sold Its a lot I can say that I See K JESSIE Carolyn Crim left searches the turkey bin at HEB while employees try to keep up with the depleting stock Churches schedule services FROM STAFF REPORTS Many churches will fol low their regular Sunday schedules but a few are celebrating Thanksgiving with special services St Paul Lutheran Church in conjunction with St Johns Episcopal Church will host a special Thanksgiving service at 7 today at St Paul Lutheran with a pie social afterward Pastor Chuck DeHaven and Pastor Judy Miller of St Paul and Pastor Neal Michell of St Johns will lead the service Chuck McKee executive administrator at St Paul Lutheran said There will be special music by the combined choirs of St Paul and St Johns includ ing the childrens The New Braunfels Christian Science Church at 137 East Mill St invites the community to a Thanksgiving day service at Thursday to hear selected readings from the Bible and from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy Church of Christ 1665 Business Loop 35 will host a prayer devotional at 7 today Its geared around youth min ister Joey Wrape said will keep it simple because we know families need to get home to pre pare for Motorists urged to plan trips for safety BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The holidays may be in high gear but motorists should not Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year and officials expect the roads to be packed with motorists beginning today With a 90 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Thurs day and lows in the 30s and 40s through the weekend offi cials say the key to surviving the road will be simple slow down Theres going to be a lot of traffic congestion on the road DPS public informa tion officer Tom Vinger said just need to get in a patient mindset right from the beginning before they even head out the door Otherwise the holiday will be spoiled by frustration getting into a As usual DPS plans to put more troopers on the road to monitor Texas Highways They are always going to be looking for speeders and I think the most citations are handed out for Vinger said Theyll also be checking seatbelts and looking for any one driving under the influ The two biggest travel days will be Wednesday and Sun day so drivers who plan for delays will be much better dri vers Vinger said Tailor your driving habits to the various factors youll face such as construction and weather and traffic conges Vinger said And the answer is always the same Slow down Its very Last Thanksgiving weekend 56 people died in traffic acci dents Eleven percent of the See GORE Cheney residence Justices rule ballot recount OK Will of the people demands accuracy BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Al Gores ballotbyballot fight for the White House was given new life Tuesday night when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the will of the people demanded that manual recounts be added in the states election totals Their work approved weary election officials plowed through ballots into the night An accurate vote count is one of the essential foundations of our the seven jus tices said The unanimous decision came as election workers in three coun ties continued their counting of million ballots now facing a Sunday deadline to complete their task Twenty five years ago this court commented that the will of the people not the hypertechni cal reliance upon statutory provi sions should be our guiding prin ciple in read the court ruling Bush holds a 930vote lead in the official but uncertified vote tallies from Election Day with overseas absentee ballots included Gore has slow ly been eating into that lead in recent days as recounts have proceeded at his urging in three Democratic counties I think well be able to meet the said Circuit Judge Charles Burton head of the Palm Beach elections board Televisions in the West Palm Beach counting room showed the Supreme Court spokesman releasing the decision but the audio was turned off Workers continued to hand count the ballots Museum acquires assassination film DALLAS AP The Sixth Floor Museum has acquired a firstgeneration copy and the copyright to the color home movie film shot by the late Orville Nix Sr in Dealey Plaza during President John F Kennedys assassination The film is considered the sec ond most important footage of the tragedy on Nov 22 1963 The last original duplicate of the most notable film shot by Abraham Zapruder was donated to the museum early this year The Sixth Floor Museum which chronicles Kennedys life and death overlooks the famous motorcade route The museum is in the old Texas School Book Depository building where the Warren Commission said Lee Harvey Oswald positioned himself to gun down the president Kuempel speaks on water plans BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY State Rep Edmund Kuempel agreed Tuesday night that Comal County needs more authority to regulate growth and development Kuempel the Seguin Republican and 18year veteran who represents Comal and Guadal upe counties spoke to the Northwest Comal County Envi ronmental Coalition on the legislative agenda for the term that begins in Jan uary as well as a number of environ KUEMPEL mental topics In 1845 they were fighting over schools guns and Kuempel told the audience of about 50 at the Guadalupe Telephone Cooperative audi torium In 2001 not very much has Kuempel said Regional water plans will be presented to the Legislature when it convenes on Jan 5 By the end of 2001 a statewide water plan must be prepared It will cost Texas between and billion to build the infrastructure it will need to provide water for this state for the next 50 years Kuempel said Members of the audience mentioned situations that have recently arisen where See KUEMPEL74A INSIDE Key Code 76 City NBU face deregulation issues BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Some state legislators believe that Texas has prepared for elec tric deregulation better than oth er states and will avoid the chaos that hit them in the wake of deregulation But New Braunfels Utilities is not ready to buy into that the ory On Tuesday the New Braun fels City Council met with NBUs board of trustees to dis cuss deregulation and other issues NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo told the council that deregulation has been chaotic in other states although legislators here predict Texas has prepared better We believe it is appropriate to wait and determine how pre pared Texas is for DiFonzo said It is better for the market to define itself before joining in competition DiFonzo said The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 7 in June 1999 that opens the retail electric market up to competition in January 2002 However the law included a provision that allows munici pally owned utilities such as NBU to choose whether they will enter into competition NBU has taken the position of market DiFon zo said and the utility is making changes to allow for the possi bility of competition in the future Tuesdays meeting stretched to more than four hours long as the council asked questions of NBU representatives who explained the effects of compe tition on NBU We do believe that we got a good bill as far as how it impacts DiFonzo said Mark Zion executive direc tor of the Texas Public Power Association spoke to the coun See DEREGULATIONS
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