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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NFELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 12 16 pages in 2 sections November 25 2000 SATURDAY Comal County since 1852 50 cents CHRIS People browse through antiques while Christmas shopping Friday night at the Gruene Antique Company Director to fill big footsteps BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When Tim Smith steps onstage Sunday to direct the 41st annual Advent Ves pers Massed Choir Concert he will be standing in a very long deep shadow Smith will wave the baton in place of Melitta SMITH Frueh the beloved founder and director of the Vespers for its first 40 years Frueh 82 died inJune Before she did during her final illness she asked a number of friends including long time accompanist Jo Ann Lemmon to promise not to allow the Vespers to die with her And they have kept their promise At 4 the New Braunfels Music Study Club will present the concert as a memorial to Frueh at First Baptist Church As in many years past Lemmon will be accompanist but this year with Smith instead of Frueh Smith organist and choir director at St Lukes Episcopal Church in San Antonio has already been through rehearsals with the group and things are looking very very good for Sundays performance Anne Kleeman music club vice president said I was very pleased Tim was very Kleeman said Melitta would have been very happy Were going to have a really good pro David Getty will perform a prelude on trum pet and the Cross Lutheran Handbell Choir will perform as well The Advent Vespers will be broadcast on KGNB and televised at a later date on TCI Cablevision Tims a very experienced Klee man said I think the people accepted him very well Its going to turn out just perfect we Lemmon who accompanied for Frueh all those years is sure it will Were very grateful for having Tim Smith Hes a wonderful person Hes very amiable He has high standards but hes very nice about it and he gets a lot of work Lem mon said I enjoy working with Tim Hes a wonder ful musician Still Lemmon misses her friend Frueh Frenzy marks first shopping day BY RON MALONEY armmH i MALONEY Staff Writer By Friday the parking lot at WalMart in New Braunfels was three quarters full and cars were still streaming in But the real action was inside the store The muchpromoted holiday shop ping seasonopening loss leaders were parked on pallets in the long open aisle across the center of the store There were childrens bicycles start ing at and customers crowded around them Some had been there before 4 One was a menacinglooking man who stood between two holding handlebars to claim them his red eyes proclaiming he had been up all night and nobody had better try to take his bikes The customers at the New Braunfels WalMart were the lucky ones this morn ing because the store is open 24 hours seven days a week In San Antonio where many of the stores do not stay open all night there were news reports of lines extending Gruene a milder shopping experienced across parking lots and around build ings and of campers who had spent the night in the rain In New Braunfels customers crowded around the computers 19 inch color TV bicycles and those weldedaluminum collapsible adjustable scooters that are trendy retro and gen erally pricey ranging from to See Mounted posse Selma Heritage Days Courier Ride celebrates early history rv RON Members of the Comal County Sheriffs Posse paraded through New Braunfels Friday en route to Selma Heritage Days to deliver a mayoral proclamation They traced the historic El Camino Real from the Hays County line to the John S Harrison stage stop at Evans Road and Interstate 35 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SELMA Sandy Self spends an awful lot of time with her horse Too much jokes her hus band Bill Friday Sandy and other members of the Comal County Sheriffs Posse participated in the Selma Heritage Days Courier Ride which celebrated the early history of Texas and an ear ly connection between the City of Selma and the neighboring county and community to the north They traveled along the historic Kings Road or El Camino Real through New Braunfels and present ed to Selma Mayor Jim Parma a opening that citys Heritage Days The Selma Com mittee has worked for more than a year to create a city park and restore and preserve the Harrison and Brown Stage Lines stop at Evans Road and Interstate 35 Sandy Self a 15year member of the Comal County Sheriffs Posse rode with Mary Smith Charles Hohensee Tom Johnson David Wiedenfeld Becky Parks Lee Woodley Vera Lane and Stephanie Hunter Fridays events were a celebration of the effort They included a parade on Evans Road and ceremony at 1 fol lowed by a barbecue Theres a connection between Selma and New Braunfels that goes way way Self explained John S Harrison owned 20 acres of land near Four Mile Creek and the old San Antonio Road south of New Braunfels in 1850 He also bought horses and wagons See INSIDE Gridiron roundup Smithson Valley Rangers win 4234 against San New Braunfels Unicorns still in playoffs after 2825 Supreme Court to view appeal BUSH WASHINGTON AP The Supreme Court stepped into the bit ter overtime struggle for the White House on Friday agreeing to consider George W Bushs appeal against the hand recount ing of ballots in Florida the state that will decide whether he or Al Gore becomes president But first on Sunday Floridas secretary of state plans to certify a winner At this point Bush leads an incredibly close count His unofficial margin as of early Friday evening was 704 votes GORE The recounting went on into the holiday weekend a wearing process that could be moot should the Supreme Court decide not to include the hand tallying of ballots originally cast in vot ing machines These striking turns in the disputed elec tion mean that the longest closest contest in 124 years may not be settled before early December nearly a month after Americans voted The court will hear arguments next Friday Dec 1 from lawyers for Democrat Gore who wants the recounts and Republican Bush who barely led the original vote and initial recounting of the voting machine totals Secretary of State Katherine Harris a Republican and Bush campaigner announced earlier Friday that she would certify the winner of the states decisive 25 electoral votes some time after 6 on Sunday Her office said after the Supreme Court intervention mat she would was going ahead with her certification On Nov 17 the date she said state law set for certification Bush led Gore by 930 votes Her new timetable was in keeping with the decision of the Florida Supreme Court which set a deadline of 5 EST Sunday for final returns and said they must include hand recounted ballots ready by then INSIDE Key 70 Coming Sunday institute for Public Health and esearch in New Braunfels is writ a prescription far diabetic patients to live better 1C New Braunfels officials to mull sales tax BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will conduct a workshop Monday with the infrastructure and improvement corpo ration board of directors The workshop is at before the councils regular meeting at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The infrastructure and improvement corporations board of directors current ly oversees a total onequarter of 1 percent sales tax for streets and drainage and oth er improvement projects However the board soon will be in charge of a total threeeighths of 1 percent sales tax because of a recent election in which voters consolidated the citys sep arate economic development sales tax with the tax for streets and drainage pro jects and other improvement projects Mondays meeting between the board and city council is to discuss matters related to the application process and the uses of the sales tax that the board over sees according to the meeting agenda The councils regular meeting follows at during which the council will consider a resolution to amend the budget MEETING WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Workshop WHEN Monday WHERE Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave to fund recently approved salary increas es for city employees Some city employees received a 5 per See
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