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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 34 14 pages in 2 sections December 21 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels Police Department detectives Jay Allen and Scott Renken help a yearling doe out of David Sikes swimming pool Wednesday after noon The deer was tired but oth erwise appeared OK K JESSIE HeraldZeitung GOP group lonors Schwab BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Texas Republican of the Year had a very busy day Monday No he didnt meet with the chairman of the Federal Reserve or huddle with Dick Cheney of SCHWAB Colin Powell No he isnt preparing to move into the White House thats a different Texas Republican The Texas Republican of the Year has an autographed photo of himself on his office wall talking with that other Texas Republican Presidentelect George W Bush Comal County Precinct 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab spent the morning in meetings with officials and constituents Monday afternoon he loaded twoandahalf tons of corn onto a flatbed trailer Schwab is the Texas Republican of the Year Never mind that Bush is the Texas Republican who went to Washington Schwab just couldnt believe that in this of all years the Republican Congressional Committee would choose him for a national leadership award and name him Texas Republican of the Year 2000 But he has the plaque and the citation to prove it and he was outstandingly proud Monday of the award given in recognition of outstanding service and commitment to the See A Santas deer can fly but can they swim Police rescue doe from pool BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Reindeer might be able to fly but not all deer are adept swim mers At least not for long David Sikes who lives on Spring Hill Drive listened to his dogs barking for about half an hour Wednesday before he decided to look out back and see what the problem was A pretty frightenedlooking yearling doe stared back at him her head just visible above his swimming pool deck Sikes tried to help her out of the pool I just needed another pair of hands Id walk around to try to get to her and shed go to the other end She must have been in there 30 minutes or a little Sikes called the police Patrol officers Gayle Anderson and Darren Rutledge arrived and called for a little more help Detectives Jay Allen and Scott Renken were driving nearby Actually we were just in the Renken said We just had to see Sikes and the officers took up positions around the pool while Renken and Allen walked up to the deer and gave her a lift over the wall of the pool Both men have had experience with distressed deer and knew a frightened deer is pretty danger ous to a wouldbe Good Samaritan This deer was too tired though She kind of surprised us We thought she would put up a big ger fight Both of us have taken them out offences and they have a tendency to hurt Renken said She didnt have much kick left to Sikes agreed Tickled tots K JESSIE Christmas comes early for from left Rebecca Samantha and Janie Owens Wednesday afternoon as Cadet 1st Lt Laura Gonzales left and Cadet Sgt Yvonne Moreno of the New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC deliver Toys for Tots 2000 gifts to the girls at their home Outfitters speak out on shuttle services BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Some local shuttle operators expressed reservations about possible changes to requirements for shuttle operators Wednes day The citys transportation and traffic advi sory board submitted some possibilities for changing shuttle operator requirements to theriver activities committee The commit tee in turn invited local shuttle operators to a meeting Wednesday to discuss shuttle issues The transportation boards suggestions include restrictions against carrying tubes and passengers in the same area of a shuttle River committee member Donna Welch said that some shuttle operators carry people and tubes in a bread truck together Its a real she said If they had a wreck and turned over you couldnt get peo ple out of But Jane Lackey a local outfitter who operates a shuttle service said the larger problem is with private residents who load tubes in the back of a truck and carry people on top of the tubes Also shuttle operator Charles Lackey said it would be ridiculous to require that shut tle operators tow a trailer for tubes He explained that the shuttle operators some times have small groups of people and have room on the shuttles for the tubes as well Another suggestion from the transportation board is to increase the fee for shuttle permits from for the first vehicle and for each additional vehicle to for the first vehicle and for each additional vehicle I think thats awfully Jane Lackey said and added that she would prefer a per person fee each month Shuttle operator Larry Alexander disagreed with Lackey He said that would drive his costs up too much and drive customers away Some shuttle operators did however like the river committees proposed solution to problems with shuttle traffic at the last pub lic exit located at Lincoln and Union streets The committee has discussed designating a shuttleloading zone on Lincoln Street Tubers who exit the river there would cross the street and wait for the shuttles under covered structures equipped with benches I think thats a very good start on a good Jane Lackey said Also Lincoln Street resident Clint Cronin praised the proposed plan As a resident of Lincoln Street this sounds like a good idea to he said I think it would help I think it would help the outfitters Cabinet in the making Bush eyes Republican governors for Cabinet BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer WASHINGTON AP George Bushs top candidate for attorney general Montana Gov Marc Racicot told the presidentelect Wednesday he did not want the job throwing the search for the nations top law enforcement official into a state of uncertainty Two other GOP governors were poised to land Cabinet posts Im just at a point of time in life and with my family that Im not sure that that would be in our best Racicot told The Associated Press after a private meeting with Bush Senior GOP officials said Bush was prepared to offer the post to Racicot his closet ally among the nations 29 GOP governors The move upgraded the prospects of Oklahoma Gov Frank Keating a favorite of conservatives Other candidates include outgoing Sen John Ashcroft RMo and former Sen John Danforth RMo A twoterm Texas governor himself Bush has decided to nominate New Jersey Gov Christie Whitman to head the Environmental Protection Agency but had not formally offered her the job two senior Republican official said Wednes day night adding that she was virtually assured to get the call when Bush was ready to announce the post An abortionrights supporter Whitman would be sheltered at the EPA from social issues that galvanize Bushs conservative base Wisconsin Gov Tommy Thompson an abortion foe was the frontrunner to head the Health and Human Services Department where social issues are critical He was almost certain to get the job the officials said Whitman could be nominated as early as Friday Thompson was penciled in for an announcement Friday or next week the officials said They spoke on condition of anonymity Some conservatives had objected to Racicots See BUSH New Braunfels man reminds neighbors of reason for the season BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A tiny tree a warm blanket and a Biblical recitation by a large headed cartoon character named Linus helped the Peanuts gang figure out the meaning of Christmas That understanding comes a lit tle easier in New Braunfels where residents like Terry Fowler illuminate the meaning of Christmas with the most logical tool lights Despite a bad back Fowler crawled around on his roof for dayg to write tte wordr Jesus is the Reason in Christmas lights The whole purpose is the mes sage not necessarily having the brightest lights but to create a message that would catch the Fowler said This past year he strung his message across his fence Now that his subdivision is more devel oped he had to think of a different place The steeply pitched roof preva lent in his subdivision created a natural canvas that is visible from Road 1044 Whatettilfe this year Fowler said Theres no better a time to tell the mes sage of Jesus than He has not always been a light stringing master When he was younger he was happy to let his older brother tackle the job But somewhere along the way he developed a love and the knack for stringing Christmas lights For more than 12 years he has thrown himself into the art of decorating for the holiday season I buy some every year I have he said Its a lot of work I even dread it sometimes K JESSIE Terry and Tonya Fowlers home off FarmtoMarket Road 1044 is viitote from the high way INSIDE Key Code 76   

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