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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas BEIT MNLMU COW NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 11 20 pages in 2 sections November 24 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents One year later Adkins murder unsolved BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer About on Nov 24 1999 schoolteacher John Adkins 28 left Cookie his terrier in his Ruekle Road mobile home and got into his tealcolored convertible He stopped atthe Texaco food mart down at Interstate 35 and filled his giant soft drink cup at the foun tain machine there He got into his ear drove across the interstate and turned left onto the southbound frontage road and then left again to merge into heavy holiday traffic on Interstate 35 In the year since Nov 24 1999 Schertz police have worked thou sands of hours to try to find out what happened next Because within five minutes Adkins was dead Weve run into dead said Schertz police Det Sgt Mark Schupp Weve had calls weve followed up on each and every one and we havent come up with anything on The Adkins case is one of only two unsolved murders on the books at the Schertz Police Department Victims family plans home town trip to visit grave sites of Adkins and his father who died in auto The other came in the same area in 1987 A woman in her 20s was found dead dumped in a drainage ditch See Photo Submitted Police released this artists ren dering of one of the sus pects in the shooting death of John Adkins of New Braunfels WAJVXED TOH OME8TIONIMC IN SHOOTING DRATH ON IH 35 NOVEMBER 24 Ready set shop Local stores brace for onslaught of holiday shopping madness SHOPPING TIPS After fighting the traffic in and out of the stores for the per fect gifts do not let the little things trip you up Always check the box for items not included such as batteries or extension cords Stock up on cards film and wrap ping supplies Keep a stash of gift certificates in case someone unin tentionally gets left off your list If you shop at several stores it might help to keep a little notebook to serve as a shopping diary Record infor mation such as the item the date how much it cost and the stores return policy Long lines likely will greet you at the return counter but the experience does not have to be painful Pay attention to refund policies some stores have time lim its for refunds Elec tronic equipment often comes with a host of special restrictions so read carefully Be prepared to show identification such as a drivers license Rocio Warren and Jaime Warren left to right visit New Braunfels from Thursday to get a head start on Christmas shopping at WalMart BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The sound of dishes tinkling together in the sink after Thanksgiving rings out like a shot from a starter pistol at a track and field event sending people to the line for the holiday shopping race Although history shows that today is the busiest shopping day of the year and everything from cashier lines to parking lots will be clogged retailers expect if they sell it the customers will come I think you have to stay calm and just keep the holiday in mind We are trying to sell merchandise but the season is about giving and being with your Wal Mart manager Christine Ohlendorf said Every year a different item pops up as the item to have but the newsreel images remain the same desperate adults grabbing for a Cabbage Patch doll hag gard parents waiting for a 6 ship ment of Furbie dolls and confused grandparents lugging cartons of Pokemon cards to a cashier This year New Braunfelss hustling to keep up with deme1 items such as DVD players an disc burners video game play games Retailers said the list of mu broader this year and that heirl merchandise in stock Were having a big sale th and that stuff usually blows ou Ohlendorf said This should t but were By Wednesday the shelves c one seasonal standout scoot started looking bare in some stc retailers promise to keep them c Even Hastings primarily a mi and video store will stock the re Its going to be really big i Hastings store manager K Vann said Her store will be one of many cial hours for the day after Than See SHOF Gore refuses concession Vows election battle despite courts ruling BY LINDA DEUTSCH Associated Press Writer Vice President Al Gores lawyers said Thursday he will contest election results from Floridas Miami Dade County and wont concede defeat in the presidential elec tion even if George W Bush remains ahead in votes that are certified Sunday night The announcement came after the Florida Supreme Court refused to order MiamiDade County officials to resume hand counting presidential election bal lots Gores lawyers said they will file a contest of the election in MiamiDade no later than Mon day The Florida Supreme Court in setting its Sunday deadline for vote certification anticipate such contests and wanted to ensure there was enough time to con sider them before the states pres idential electors are to be select ed on Dec 12 Nobody should be surprised by this Weve been saying all along that we wanted Ml and fair count and thats what we intend to see said Ron Kiain a Gore campaign n hat meant that Gore would not concede votes BUSH GORE cam WHAT candidates ne out for holi 1om with Road extension to help traffic BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A planned extension of Schmidt Avenue is designed to alleviate con gestion at the Walnut Avenue and FarmtoMarket 725 intersections with Interstate 35 The council recently decided to move forward with construction of the extension that will connect Schmidt Avenue to FM 1044 about feet north of Old Marion Road Schmidt currently stops at Morn ingside Drive City Engineer Bolner said construction would not begin until after the first of the new year The extension will take about six months to complete he said The total cost of engineering and construction is estimated at almost not including land acqui sition costs The total with land acquisition should be under according to information from the city It will give folks access from the Interstate to FM 1044 or the main thing is people coming up 1044 or out Old Marion Road and want to get to the Interstate they can take this route to the Bolner said Currently drivers on FM 1044 can only go north when they reach the Interstate frontage road INSIDE KeyCpde76 f Turkey talk 01 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SATTLER They were talk ing turkey Thursday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573 About 325 Canyon Lake area residents were eating turkey too thanks to the VFW Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge and about 30 volunteers and businesses who donated time food or money to make the 9th annual event happen We fed 300 last said VFW Post Commander Casey Hevener We wont know until were all done but we expect to pass that mis year Weve just had a super day Each year ner grows Heven It is one of two VFW conducts to raise money tu the Snriners Hospital For Crippled Children at Houston and Snriners Burn Institute at Galveston The other is the annual Super Bowl chili cookoff in January Ite a community Heven er said Area stores and businesses donate either cash or food and vol unteers prepare it either in their homes or in a building near the VFW post on River Road where many of the 40 turkeys served Thursday were deepfried See CHRIS Nancy Gilbert serves up pump kin pie at the Canyon Lake VFW Thursday during its annu al Thanksgiving dinner
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