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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas ITTT DECEMBER HERALD SPORTS GET DEFENSIVE Smithson Valley will turn to its defensive live as the Rangers battle for a repeat trip to Page 7A FORUM COLUMN Dick Morris says unity among ethnic groups in Bosnia is an example for Iraq to Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 319 14 2 sections CL Partly Cloudy High Low 63 44 Details 1B DEARABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 4t COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 4B Firefighter Lotion led to failed drug test By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Fired New Braunfels firefighter Stacie Zercher claims the posi tive drug test that resulted in her termination was caused by hemp tanning not smok ing In documents obtained by the HeraldZeitung under the Texas Public Information Zercher told her city hall superiors two Testing officials say false positive unlikely brands of Hempz Cannibis Sativa and Hoss Hemp Cool raised the level of cannabi noids in her blood enough to trig ger the positive test On Zercher told Fire Chief John Herber in a handwritten statement that she began using the products three years ago when she purchased a tanning She claims to have used the product approxi mately three times a month since who has said she does not smoke told Her ber the lotions were the only thing that could have caused her positive drug John the citys fire department medical In a letter emailed to Herber on Flanagan claimed the problems with legal hemp prod ucts and drug tests were well I find that it is well reported that the use of the legal hemp or Cannabis Sativa products may result in a false positive urine toxicology he going on to note that several gov ernmental agencies warn their See Page 5A Division Chief Stacie Zercher TRAGEDY ON THE LAKE Man presumed drowned after falling from sailboat By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON 68yearold San Antonio man was missing and presumed drowned Wednesday in a sailing accident on Canyon Information was sketchy late Wednesday but Canyon liake Jeff Schultz said the Gerard John went missing a short time after leaving the Canyon Lake Yacht Club with his on a sailing According to public safety offi he was not wearing a life It seems there was some mal function with the mast and the husband got knocked Schultz She attempted to rescue him and throw him a vest but was She called 911 but was unsure of where she The emergency call went out at about noon and Canyon Lake firefighters dis patched three emergency medical crews because it was unclear where the woman The wind and 3foot whitecapped waves pushed the sailboat toward the north shore of the The wife did not know how to Schultz Ranger Judy Scott with the Army Corps of Engineers said the the parks service and a third boat of authorities searched for Celitan but were unable to locate Everybody was looking for Scott There were three two and we looked from Scott said that if Celitan had been able to stay the winds would have blown him ashore fair ly No one at the scene knew the water but all said it Bush We will stay in Iraq until enemy is defeated By Deb Riechmann Associated Press Writer LEARN MORE Bi Congres sman Lamar Smith says war in Iraq has been success see Page Photos by MANDY Dave Smith drives a San Marcos Area Recovery Team boat past sailboats docked at the Canyon Lake Marina Wednesday afternoon as recovery workers prepared to search for Gerard John SMART members Jason and Kevin Roles prepare to take rescue dog Bok out to search for Celitan after he fell out of his was very A Canyon Lake res cue crew picked up a boat at Canyon Lake Marina and set out onto the Schultz locat ing the woman and towing the Ceiitans boat to the The South Hays County Volun teer Fire Departments San Marcos Area Recovery Team SMART was arriving at the marina just after 1 to interview the victims Rescuers were but they believed the accident occurred off Comal said SMART Com mander John SMART brought the woman back onto the water to see if she could help iden tify the location where she had last seen her but she was Moseley adding that such uncertainty was not at all unusual in boating Once you get out on the its not like you were standing right next to this tree or that he SMART Dive Team Commander Dan Misiaszek said the wind and water conditions as well as the size of the search area precluded put ting divers into the water Wednes Were going to run the See Page 5A President Bush gave an unflinching defense of his war strategy on refusing to set a timetable for troop withdrawals and asserting that once shaky Iraqi troops are proving increasingly Democrats dismissed his words as a staythecourse speech with no real strategy for Bush recalled that some Iraqi security forces once ran from and he said their performance is still uneven in some But he also said improvements have been made in training and Iraqi units are growing more independent and control ling more See Page 3A Fun and frolic The holiday season in New Braunfels continues during Wassailfest Downtown businesses serve it up during Wassailfest By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Leaded or unleaded That will be the question for many New Braunfels business own ers and patrons during tonights Downtown businesses will choose between servingalco holic or nonalcoholic was which are referred to as leaded or Many participants serve both ver sions of the Christinas For those who chose to serve we ask that they check ID to make sure everyones of Main Street Manager Jan Soecht ing Officials will be on each block to make sure wassail is being served in a safe and legal she Lisa owner of Tobacco said she proudly serves only leaded wassail to the visitors who pack her She said her stores wassail is a longtime tradition and a favorite with Well have about peo ple through here because my wassail is the no matter what anyone else she Mine is one part wine to four parts cider it wont knock you Jean manager of the UPS is taking a very See WASSAIL Page 3A IFYOU GO B What Was sailfest Free door prizes and i When 6 Where Downtown New Braunfels Council supports plan to repair South Tributary By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members voiced support Wednesday for modifica tions to the South Tributary that would take 183 homes out of the After listening to a presentation from proj ect consultant Halff Associates during a special workshop members agreed to proceed with the plan to widen the trib utary channel between FM 725 and Pah meyer Council was less enthusiastic about pay ing for a 35acre detention basin upstream of County Line Road because it would have a much smaller impact on the number of properties in the Halff Associates estimated both projects would cost roughly million Members Valerie Hull and Ken Valentine suggested the detention which would remove only 54 properties from the flood be last on the total project construction See Page 4A
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