Wednesday, December 12, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas High school basketball See A NEW BRAI WEDNESDAY December 2001 18 pages ill I sections HERALDZEITUNG 25 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Qaida supporters in canyon BY CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press Writer TORA Afghanistan fighters overran a series of caves and tunnels in Osama bin Ladens suspected mountain refuge trapping hun dreds of his alQaida supporters in a rocky canyon and giving them a Wednes day morning deadline to surrender or face a thunderous There was no word whether bin Laden was among the foreign fighters who were stranded in the canyon after devastat ing which included daisy cutters flat tened hillsides and scattered debris over the windswept Some of the foreign alQaida supporters contacted tribal commanders by radio and pleaded for the chance to give Mohammed defense chief for the tribal eastern gave alQaida until 8 Wednesday EST Tuesday to surrender or face a new Zaman agreed to a pause in the fighting after a radio conversation with alQaida fighters in the Pashtun moni tored in part by an interpreter working for The Associated he met some alQaida com manders whom he said begged him Please dont fight we want to sur Zaman said he was skepti cal all fighters would give up Pentagon officials said the wfir against terrorism was far from over and that some alQaida members might be hid ing in the underground network of caves and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned that there might be holdouts willing to a wounded animal can be Richard chairman of the Joint Chiefs of said in See OA MYERS Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Olympic voices JESSIE The rain dampens hair and the piano the Smithson Valley Broadway Ladies and Show Choir brought with them Tuesday to the Alamo but not the singing voices of the The three groups performed a mixture of pieces for the crowd gathered to witness the lighting of the Winter Games 2002 Olympic Torch Tuesday in front of the HOT panel meets amidst ethics charges CORK Grandmother leads Big Buck Contest BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Viola Meckel keeps an old deer rifle handy by the back It puts venison on the table of her River Road And right it has her leading the pack in the Comal County Big Buck Contest come the end of the hunting it could win her a brandnew The Big Buck Contest is sponsored by Granzins Meat Docs Schwabs Sausage Comal The Hunting Granzins Skolaut Alamo HyTech Foundation and the The division and category winners will be announced during the award banquet dinner scheduled for at the Knights of Columbus A couple of Mondays dropped a eightpoint buck in a field near her With its more than 18inch antler that bucks the top of the heap in Comal Pholo submitted Viola Meckel proudly displays the eightpoint buck she shot Meckel seemed surprised to be holding the top buck in the county and regarded it as a temporary Current Big Buck Contest OA If they give a prize for the age of the I might have the best she This is her second eightpointer this She got one this past year and she got two the previous They all seem to be eight she said I cant seem to get a bigger The walls of the Meckel home are adorned with the heads and antlers of trophysized bucks bagged by Meckel and her Gary Granzin of Granzins Meat Market processes quite a few deer each This year hes done a pair of them for Meckel both eight He turned one into sausage and the other into a combination of sausage and ground Meckols first shot the first day of the season on the Meckel family didnt have the antler spread See OA BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The Hotel Occupancy Tax committee will meet tonight for the first time since Mayor Stoney Williams filed ethics charges against committee member Maiy Adam HOT commit tee chair said it was time to let the seven m group do its The com mittee con venes at in Conference Room New Braunfels Mvmicipal Build 424 Castell The HOT committee rec ommends to New Braunfels City Council which organiza tions will get a share of tourism tax I have no intention of let ting this ethics debate over shadow our Cork Its about time we are allowed to do the job were supposed to do and let oth ers do the job theyre sup posed to Controversy continues to surround the New Braunfels Lodging and Restaurant Association proposal to reduce by 50 percent the debt service on the million civic center The NBLRA wants to use tax monies for those NBLRA members accused as well as council members Robert Kendrick and Debbie of trying to intimidate them into withdrawing their proposal when the trio attended the NBLRAs 14 Williams accused Serold of violating a city ordinance for bidding public officers from influencing decisionmaking Meeting WHO Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee WHAT Meeting WHEN today WHERE Conference Room New Braunfels Municipal 424 Castell ON THE AGENDA Requests from the Greater New Braunfels Arts Heritage Society of New New Braunfels Conservation New Braunfels Museum of Arts and Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in New Braunfels Historic Museums Association in private Serold denied wrongdoing and said she was not a public officer but a volunteer com mittee Serold said she attended the NBLRA meeting to get feedback on ways to stem declining winter tourism levels in New Braun My attorney from the advised me not to com Serold As hard as its been for me not to I have not NBLRA voted not to file similar charges against Flume and but it directed City Attorney Char lie Zcch to take appropriate action for infractions com mitted by city representa that were disturbing and probably Kendrick and Flume denied trying to coerce NBLRA members into with drawing their Flume brought a copy of the NBLRA proposal to the meet Serold It was inappropriate for Flume to have had copies of See INSIDE The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund Roger and Patsy Vann Fred Butler and son Betty Welch Anonymous Send donations to the HZ at 707 Lancia Key Code 76 Witnesses say translation a problem on night of attack BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Witnesses testified Tues day that the victim of an alleged sextial assault appeared frightened and upset when she reported the crime to a relative and didnt want to call authorities for fear she would be Michael is on trial before 207th Judi cial District Judge Jack Robi son for firstdegree felony aggravated sexual assault and burglary If convicted on either count in connection with the attack at a resi dence in the Indian Hills Villegas faces a sentence of five to 99 years in state prison and a fine of up to Dianna demons of San Antonio opened the prosecu tions case saying her whom the victim lives with in Spring had called her at 3 on the night of the The victim left the home after an alleged hourslong series of sexual assaults and drove to the WalMart at Loop 1004 and When Clemens and a friend arrived there to meet it was clear the victim had been I knew she was She was in She was trem She had tape marks on her her arms and her demons told Assistant District Attorney Ed Did she want to report this Springer was afraid she would be demons telling the court that the victims visa had The alleged also had See