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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 3 200IJ PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 27 16 pages in 2 sections December 13 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Supreme Court Recount violates equal rights BY RON FOURNIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON A Supreme Court as divided as the nations voters ruled for George W Bush in the Florida presidential election case Tuesday night reversing a state court decision that had ordered new recounts sought by Al Gore In an extraordinary latenight decision that unfolded on national television the justices said the recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court violated equal rights and there was not enough time to Because it is evident that any recount seeking to meet the Dec 12 date will be unconstitutional we reverSes the judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida order ing the recount to Supreme Court conduct a new effort that would meet con stitutional muster Because it is evident that any recount seeking to meet the Dec 12 date will be unconstitutional We reverse the judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida ordering the recount to the court said The campaigns Bush and Gore alike were poring over the complex and detailed ruling which came five weeks to the day after the presidential election Floridas 25 electoral votes would decide the winner On Monday Gores Democratic running mate Joseph Lieberman had said that if die Supreme Court basically overrules the Florida Supreme Court Thats probably the end of Gore lawyer Laurence Tribe told NBC TV he disagreed with the decision but I think the courts place in our lives is such that we all should rally around even if we disagree with the The courts unsigned opinion said seven justices agreed that there were constitu tional problems with the recount ordered by the Florida court but that they disagreed on the remedy It is obvious that the recount cannot be conducted in compliance with the require ments of equal protection and due process without substantial additional the court said But the majority said that because Flori da lawmakers intended in effect to com plete the choosing of electors by Dec 12 an order requiring a new recount could not be part of an appropriate remedy The court issued its ruling in an unsigned opinion Chief Justice William H Rehn quist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas went further in a separate opinion saying the Florida Supreme Court also violated the Constitution and federal law in ordering the recount See SUPREME Father Winter blows in K JESSIE Shoppers like Cheryl Craft added bundles of firewood to their carts Tuesday evening in anticipation of the chilly weather fore casters promised BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County officials braced late Tuesday for a difficult commute this morn ing as freezing rain moved into New Braunfels and the Hill Country We urge said Larry Eblen National Weather Service meteorologist in New Braunfels The NWS was forecasting an 80 percent chance of freezing rain sleet and showers overnight with low temperatures near 30 Both local school districts announced classes would be delayed an hour and a half today x Comal and New Braunfels school dis tricts will decide whether to cancel school entirely today by Parents and employees should check radio or television broadcasts for the latest information or call the districts inclement weather hotlines for uptodate school clo sure information Call Comal school district tollfree at 830 9044636 or check the districts Web site at New Braunfels school district parents and employees can call the districts new inclement weather line by dialing 6206200 and choosing the inclement weather option Officials at both districts cancelled sev eral events Tuesday night to keep students staff and parents off the road Basketball games choir concerts and all afterschool practices were cancelled in Comal school district and New Braunfels officials had to postpone a reception for the state champion Unicorn volleyball team Comal County offices closed half an hour early Tuesday and delayed opening today until 10 County road crews sheriffs deputies and police agencies all said Tuesday they were prepared for a major winter storm County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Tuesday afternoon that bridges were wet but not icing yet Our crews have been instructed to sand all bridges in preparation for tonights See SCHOOL DELAYS Classes will start an hour and a half later today but dis tricts could cancel school altogether For uptodate infor mation call CISD tollfree at 830 904 4636 or check the districts Web site at www NBISD parents and employees can call the districts inclement weather line at 6435566 NBISD to OakRun School New Braunfels Middle School New Braunfels High School to Carl Schurz Elementary to Lamar Primary Lone Star Primary to Seele Elementary Memorial Primary Memorial Elementary Memorial Intermediate to noon School of Choice to Discipline Alternative Education Placement CISD Elementary schools through sixth grade to 3 Secondary schools 7th grade and up to Other offices Comal County offices will not open until 10 today The Commissioners Court meeting was rescheduled for 10 City offices will be open for regular hours Rock crusher permit has residents concerned BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer BULVERDE A San Antonio company is seeking an air quality permit from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to open a rock crushing facility in southwest Comal County But residents who live in the area wor ify that the facility will hurt the envi ronment damage their wells lower their property val ues create noise pollution and wors en their air quality Olmos Construc tion Inc of San Antonio wants to JENNIFER crush rock at a Cameron and Elfrieda Wiley quarry at 281 live near the site of the pro at Cibolo Creek posed rock crushing facility Rock crushing facilities produce aggregate materials such as stone sand and gravel which are primary components of asphalt and con crete These are used for building foundations drive ways roads and parking lots Rocks mined from quarries have to be broken down by rock crushers which release concentrated dust into the air An Olmos Construction Inc spokesman declined to comment about the permit or the companys plans A copy of the request is at the Comal County Cour thouse the TNRCC San Antonio regional office and the TNRCC central office Residents can protest by contacting the TNRCC and submitting a statement requesting a public meeting or asking for a contested case hearing by Dec 29 The TNRCC will consider all public comments in developing a final decision on the application Send requests to the office of the chief clerk MC105 TNRCC Box 13087 Austin Texas 787113087 For information call the TNRCC office of public assistance at 800 6874040 According to the 26page permit request the facili ty would operate up to 10 hours a day six days per week and 50 weeks per year It will process no more than 200 See INSIDE Key Code 76 Cheer Fund Contributors to the Herald Zeitung Cheer Fund were Wallace and Dorothy Johnson Ann and Abe Roger and Norma Schultz Leonard and Catherine Kramer Mail or drop off donations at 707 Landa St in New Braunfels Cheer Fund distribution will take place starting at 8 Saturday Postcards lost 91 years after originally mailed BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer In 1909 Elfrieda Krause was staying in New Braunfels a town that at that time must have seemed a lifetime away from her family in Sat tier She wrote to her mother Mrs Gus Krause of Sattler on a post card now faded and yellowed with time My dear Mama how are you enjoying these days Hope better than I for Im awful lone some only wish I was home Elfrieda wrote Was at the dance last night but had an awful time Didnt like it at all I bet Anna had a good tune Dear Mama I wish you would please send me Berthas The post card is one of four postmarked in 1909 that recently made their way to the New Braunfels post office after they apparently were separated from a package or letter New Braunfels postal employees hope some one recognizes the cards so they can be returned to the family The postcards all are addressed to Mrs Gus Krause or Mrs Anna Krause in Sattler from Elfrieda Krause in New Braunfels One of the cards has a message on front that says A Happy New while another says To My Dear Elfriedas message on one of the cards was written in German while she signed another card Regards to all from your affectionate daughter Elfrieda Krause New Hopefully we can find who it goes See Anderson a New Braunfels post office supervisor displays four 1909 post cards that apparently were sepa rated from a package in the mail JO LEE HerakJZeilung
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