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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas TT V DECEMBER SPORTS HOLIDAY BOWL Former SVHS star Cody Fuller proving his worth at Texas which plays in todays Holiday Page 7A COUPON MIAL TICKET Adobe Verde restaurant in Gruene offers a special price See Dining and Enter tainment Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 14 2 sections CLICK i I GRASPING FOR HELP JIMIN Images Sri Lankan villagers rush to get food supplies from a relief van in the tourist town of Hikaduwa on the southwestern coast of Sri At least including 100 foreign were killed in Sri Lanka when tsunamis devastated more than three quarters of the islands coast at the government officials said Desperation felt in Indonesia as relief effort bogs down Red Cross predicts death toll could exceed By Chris Brummitt Associated Press Writer BANDA Indonesia As the world scrambled to the survivors fought over packs of noodles in quakestricken Indonesian streets Wednesday while relief supplies piled up at the airport for lack of gas or passable roads to move The official death toll across 11 countries soared past and the Red Cross predicted it could exceed Bodies were piled into mass graves in the belief that burial would ward off Para medics in southern India began vaccinating thousands of survivors against hepatitis A and and authorities sprayed bleaching powder on beaches where bodies have been In Sri reports of waterborne disease such as diarrhea caused fears of an President Bush announced the United Australia and Japan have formed an inter national coalition to coordinate relief and reconstruction of the miles of Indian Ocean rim walloped by Sundays earthquake and the tsunami it Were facing a disaster of unprecedented proportion in said Simon a top Red Cross Were talking about a staggering death RELATED STORIES Bush announces international coalition to help countries hit by Page 3A Dead bodies pose no threat of disease Pan American Health Organization Page 4A Stingy Americans officials com ment hits nerve of American Paga 4A On hundreds of Web the messages were brief but poignant Missing Christina Blomee in Khao or Where are you All conveyed the aching desperation of people the world over whose friends and family went off in search of holidayseason sun and sand and havent been heard from for four But even as hope for the missing survivors continued to turn up In Sri where more than a lone fisherman named Sini Mohammed Sarfudeen was rescued by an air force helicopter crew after clinging to his wavetossed boat for three Indian air force planes evacuated thousands of survivors from the remote island of Car Nico Some of them had walked for days from their destroyed villages to reach a devastated but See GRIEF Page 3A DEADLIEST IN 10OPLUS YEARS DIDYOU More than people were killed by tsunamis following the explosion of the volcano Krakatau in the Sunda Strait near Java on Following the 1883 waves estimated as high as 90 feet slammed ashore on nearby wiping out coastal communities in They had been the deadliest tsunamis of modern times until Over the Japan has been the land most plagued by with at least deaths recorded there since Other deadly tsunamis 1868 A massive wave struck carrying ships as far as three miles inland at Deaths totaled or 1896 Among the deadliest tsunamis was one that struck in killing an estimated May 1960 The largest earth quake magnitude of the 20th century occurred off the coast of south central It generated a Pacificwide tsunami that killed an estimated people in cloudy High Low I 73 57 I Details 1B I DEAR ABBY 31 CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 2B CROSSWORD FORUM 8A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 11 County kicks back sales taxes to retailer Commissioners join city in offering Home Depot 50 rebate By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County joined New Braunfels TUesday in offering a 50percent sales tax rebate to the customer service center Home Depot is building on Common The squarefoot facility now under construction at Gruene Road will employ 120 at the end of its first year of oper ation and 343 at the completion of its sec ond The sales tax for onehalf of the countys centson thedollar sales will be computed month ly based on numbers provided by Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Carole Kee ton The which will last for 10 does not affect the property taxes Home Depot Supply will pay on the eight acre site or the improvements it is build ing The Home Depots third call center in the United was consid ered the major economic development coup for New Braunfels in It will have an annual payroll of Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson made the motion to approve the tax seconded by Precinct 2 Commis sioner Jay lie wanted to make sure the public understands that for 10 years of rebated sales local taxpay ers would be rewarded See HOME Page 3A COMINGSATURDAY Tops in04 A look back at the Top 10 news events Were not giving away the were investing in the Jack Dawson Denver auxiliary bishop replaces Flores as archbishop of San Antonio I Gome was born 1951 in I He moved to the in becoming a natu ralized citizen in I He was ordained a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature in 1978 in I He earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the University of Navarre in in I Gomez worked at San Antonios Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church from 1987 to The Most Jose Gomez By Jan Kilty HeraldZeitung correspondent The Most Josd has been appointed the archbishopdesignate of San Antonios Roman Catholic com The Most Patrick San Antonios archbishop since 1982 and the nations longestserving an nounced the news about Gomez and introduced him Tuesday at a press conference in San Theres no way I can replace Gomez said of Archbishop but he promised to honor his said he had no Archdiocese of San Antonio plans for San Antonios archdio he wanted to listen and to He said San Antonio would now become his home and fami ly Nothing could be a greater blessing in my he Gomez spoke of his Texas with his mothers having been reared and educated in San Anto nio and his maternal grandpar ents having been married at San Antonios San Fernando Cathe dral He also did pastoral work at Our Lady of Grace Parish in San Antonio from 1987 to 1999 and in the Diocese of GalvestonHous ton in The archbishopdesignate thanked Archbishop who will retire and his star for their Pope John Paul II for his appointment and Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput and the people and priests of Denver for preparing him for his new He asked for help from San Please pray for me so that 1 become the kind of bish op God wants and the kind of bishop our church he Gomez also thanked his family for their expressing appreci ation to his two sisters present at the press conference for being faithful Christian He will be installed as San An tonios fifth Archbishop at a Mass on the evening of 15 at the citys San Fernando Gomez is auxiliary vic ar general and moderator of the Curia in the Archdiocese of Den where he has worked since Prior to his work in the Denver he served as execu tive director of the National Asso ciation of Hispanic Priests from 1999 to