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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 18 ifc pages in 2 sections December 2 2000 SATURDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents CHRIS From left Wassailfest judging committee members Donna and Ernie Lee and Gloria Herfurth display a ballot box for the peo ples choice award Picking best wassail wont need recount organizers say BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Chad is not invited to Wassailfest 2000 Chad the term given to the pieces of paper Florida voters had to punch out on their ballots to pick a presidential candidate has wreaked havoc on the presidential election But Ernie Lee cochairman of the Wassailfest judging committee doesnt expect to have the same problems as Florida in picking the best Wassail next week Chad wont be a he said Lee and his wife Donna are cochairs of the Wassailfest judging committee They are working with fellow committee member Gloria Herfurth to guarantee that no lawsuits television debates or Supreme Court hearings follow the announcement of the Wassail contest winner Wassailfest is from 6 to 9 Thursday in downtown New Braunfels Wassail is a traditional juice and spice drink whose name means to your During Wassailfest more than 50 down town businesses prepare their own wassail recipes and open their doors to the public to sample the drinks in a contest to pick the best wassail The festival includes entertainment by various local organizations and groups and a drawing for door prizes The best wassail contest is going to be slightly different this year Each year the public votes on its favorite Wassail In the past the votes were counted the night of Wassailfest so the winner could be announced that night It was a Ernie Lee said The public still will vote still vote this year but the winners of that competition will not be announced until several days later Instead the judging committee has invited a threemember celebrity panel to pick and announce three winners the night of Wassailfest See Justices Why should we intervene High court questions Bush Gore lawyers BY LAURIE ASSEO Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Lawyers for George W Bush and Al Gore pleaded their cases in the highcolumned solemnity of the Supreme Court on Friday before justices openly questioning whether they should intervene in the nations contested presidential election Were looking for a federal issue said Justice Anttioriy Kennedy less than 10 minutes after Bushs attorney Theodore Olson began speaking in the historic legal clash Why should the federal judiciary be interfering in what seems to be a very carefully thoughtout scheme for set Why should the federal judi ciary be inter fering in what seems to be a very carefully thoughtout scheme for settling elections in Florida Justice David H Souter tling elections in Florida Justice David H Souter prodded This is a federal Justice Antonin Scalia said at another point in an exchange with Joseph Klock the lawyer representing Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris WHATS UP BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS the Supreme Court lawyers for George W Bush argued that Florida counties had only until Nov 14 torecount and certify results state judge in Tallahassee sched uled a Friday afternoon hearing on Gores request for an immediate recount of a million south Florida ballots people filed a lawsuit in Tallahassee asking that over seas ballots from 10 Republican leaning counties be tossed out because they arrived after 7 Election Day Tallahassee Democratic voters filed a lawsuit challenging Martin County absentee ballots saying GOP officials added voter ID numbers to applications that had been left blank Supreme Court on Tape Log on to and click on Supreme Court Hears Arguments to access audio from Fridays proceedings But several justices also questioned whether the Florida Supreme Court had changed the rules after the election by extending the time to submit manually counted ballots Certainly the date Justice Sandra Day OConnor said It just does See World AIDS Day Local group marks worldwide recognition of AIDS epidemic CHRIS A young man bows his head above in prayer Friday night at the plaza in downtown New Braunfels for a can dlelight vigil acknowledging AIDS Awareness Day A hand shields a candle below during the ceremony BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer For most of his life Marcus Mon roe figuratively lived in a closet hid ing important parts of his life from everyone After he was diagnosed with HIV the closet tightened around him until one day he decided he was sick of it He returned home to New Braunfels and promised to live the rest of his life outside that closet That decision helped change his life and spurred him to spearhead the first World AIDS Day candle light vigil in New Braunfels on Fri day Its about Monroe said There are people with HIV all hid den and hiding Were trying to reas sure them its OK to come out and get More than 50 people gathered to mark the day recognized throughout the world since 1988 Mayor Stoney Williams and Coun ty Judge Danny Scheel kicked off the evening by reading the proclama tion recognizing World AIDS Day in New Braunfels duetstyle Then the Rev Daryl Higgins from the First Protestant Church led the group in prayer and candles were lit The wind kicked up northerly gusts throughout the event which made it hard to keep a candle lit But guests fought the battle to pro tect the delicate flames during the entire hourlong event stopping only when their candles burned down to a wax nub See GRIDIRON Double damper RockportFulton Pirates plunder NB Unicorns SA Roosevelt rides rough on SV Rangers Woman dies in 135 wreck BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer FORT SAM HOUSTON A 44yearold Austin woman died Friday morning after a fiery crash on Interstate 35 in New Braun fels New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said Laura Skalla died at Brooke Army Med ical Center at Friday Wommack said Skalla was southbound on Interstate 35 at opposite The Home Depot when her vehicle a 1995 BMW jumped the median into northbound traffic striking headon a 1999 Oldsmobile and then collid ed with a 1997 Ford The BMW burst into flames after the impact with the Oldsmobile Wommack was told by a witness It was already in flames when it struck the Ford Wommack said Wommack said excessive speed did not appear to be a factor in the accident although he was not certain exactly what caused the vehicle to enter the opposite lanes See INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday Homes for the Holidays on Dec 9 as several area residences get festooned in their finest holiday decora t 1C Red Cross manager no stranger to disaster BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Jane Mitchell has seen many differ ent sides to human suffering and need Mitchell the hew manager for the New Braunfels branch office of the San Antonio Area American Red Cross recently moved back to this area from Greater Miami in the Florida Keys In Miami Mitchell was the disaster services coordinator for training and volunteers She prepared volunteers to respond to a variety of situations irom flooding caused by hurricanes and rain to the Elian Gonzales situation Disasters as hor rible as they are tend to bring out the bet ter side of human nature when people have to cooperate and everyone finds themselves in a simi lar Mitchell said Mitchell and her husband who is a physician in the Army previously lived in San Antonio from 1984 to 1994 They hope eventu ally to build a home in Comal County MITCHELL Im really happy to come back Mitchell said Mitchell has been involved in Red Cross for 15 years 1 started out as most everybody does as a she said She began as a volunteer in a military hospital and she worked in public affairs and served as a station or mili tary base chairwoman That provided her training as an armed forces emergency services case worker and she also is trained in disas ter services Mitchell said she liked Red Cross See RED
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