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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas TTTT DECEMBER HERALD PASO TX SPORTS HEAD TO HEAD New Braunfels and Canyon face off as the crosstown rivalry hits the basketball Page 10A INSIDE TRY AGAIN Congressman Lamar Smith announces he will run for another term representing Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County 335 18 2 sections CLICK Mostly Sunny High Low 64 35 Details2B DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS M COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 10A TV GRIDS 4B Fired firefighter still might get job back By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Stacie Zercher will get her New Braunfels Fire Department job back if she can pass a polygraph test indicating she has never used Zerchers second chance came Tuesday from Interim City Man ager Marcus who decided her case involved too many questions to end with her termi After looking at all of the infor I think the polygraph is a fair and reasonable way to resolve he Its a good way to get to the bottom of this The lie detector test was rec ommended by the grievance hearing panel that heard Zerchers case According to a memo sent to Jahns by City Secretary and panel chair Michael the panel came up with the solution after almost hours of testimo ny and The panel included Parks and Recreation Depart ment Director Stacie City Engineer Mike Library Director Louise Foster and Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve the employee select ed by Zercher to participate in the The group also recommend ed Zercher get all of her demands if she passes the ment to her position as division full restoration of benefits and retirement back pay from the date of her 22 ter mination and removal of the drug test results from her per sonnel Zerchers attorney Matt Kyle said his client has no problem taking the Stacie Zercher has no hesita tion at all in providing a polygraph See Page 4A Stacie Zercher THE GIFT OF LIFE NB church works to give Haitian girl a chance at life By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Nina Guinn was drawn to You veline Pervalous as soon as she saw the young girl sitting in the front yard of her home in Pervalous was in a very straight backed struggling to She was slowly Guinn She was barely able to walk at that She probably had only a few more months to Pervalous was suffering from mitral valve a heart con dition that prevented her mitral valve from opening as wide as it leaving her short of breath and constantly Although a Haitian doctor had diagnosed her her fam ily did not have the money to pay for the expensive valvereplace ment All they could do was watch their vibrant 14year old grow weaker and It just broke everyones said who was part of a mis sionary team from New Braunfels Oakwood Baptist Church that makes regular trips to the impov erished Caribbean When we we all knew we had to do something to help Almost as soon as they touched down in the team members began working on a plan to bring Pervalous to the United States to receive the medical care that would save her Several people approached John Calhoon and Jorge sur geons at San Antonios Christus Santa Rosa Childrens who agreed to perform the tricky Guinns husband a lobbyist for the healthcare persuaded supplier Med itronic to donate the And See Page 8A DAVID and Nina Guinn look on as Meg helpsYouveline Pervalous open her presents as they and other members of Oakwood Baptist Church help her celebrate her 15th birthday Pervalous came to Texas to undergo surgery for a heart condition that left her fatigued and kept her from sleeping lying Bottom children visit a nutrition clinic built by Oakwood Bottom pedestrians walk down a street in Photos courtesy of Nina Guinn Despite Cheney calls for expanded presidential powers By Deb Riechmann Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP Vice President Dick Cheney on Tues day called for strong and robust presidential saying execu tive authority was eroded during the Watergate and Vietnam Some lawmakers objected that President Bushs decision to spy on Americans to foil terrorists showed he was flexing more mus cle than the Constitution The revelations of Bushs four yearold order approving domes tic surveillance without court war rants has spurred a fiery debate over the balance of power between the White Congress and the I believe in a robust executive authority and I think that the world we live in demands Cheney I would argue that the actions that weve taken there are totally appropriate and consistent with the constitutional authority of the You its not an accident that we havent been hit in four the vice president speaking with reporters on Air Force Two en route from Pak istan to On Capitol senators from both parties said the role of Con gress cannot be in I think the vice president ought to reread the said Edward Democrats said they were deeply troubled by the surveillance pro and contended the president had no authority to approve He has no legal basis for spying on Americans without court said Richard Durbin of the 2 Democrat in the See Page 7A CL Water taking steps to alleviate trihalomethane contamination By David Rupkalvis News Editor CANYON LAKE Problems with tri halomethane could be shortlived for users of Canyon Lake Water Supply CLWSC spokesman Robert Case said ear lier this month that the utility began treat ing its water and in the process reduced the amount of chlorine being used in the treatment Trihalomethane is a byproduct formed when chlorine comes into contact with organic By reduc ing the the levels of tri halomethane also will be Case Since water in the CLWSC system has been treated with a chlorine dioxide Case said the system will reduce the amount of chlorine used the treatment process while still cleaning the CLWSC had planned for more than a See Page 7A Christmas lights Christmas lights and decorations help community prepare for special Christmas should be a special day at local churches By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Piles of presents are not expected to keep Comal County churchgoers from services on Christmas Various congregations all over the coun ty will be holding services on which this year falls on a Though most churches will have packed pews on Christmas Christmas Day services are harder to We expect a big crowd for Christmas and were hoping for a good showing Christmas said Pastor Don Fraker of Cross Lutheran Church in New We really dont know what to This Cross Lutheran will hold two Christmas Eve services at 5 and 7 and only one 10 service on Christmas First Protestant Church of New Braun fels is following a similar hold ing Christmas Day services only at The church will hold a traditional can dlelight service at and 11 on Christmas Senior Pastor Daryl Higgins See Page 8A GREAT TASTE GREAT TIMES
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