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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas DECEMBER ZEITUNG SPORTS TEXAS ROLLS The University ofTexas bas ketball team has no problems with Texas Page 5 INSIDE TIME OFF Most Comal County govern mental offices closed Monday trash pickup con tinues both Page 3 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 337 12 1 section CL i Sonny High Low 72 49 Details DEAR ABBY 9 CLASSIFIEDS 10 COMICS CROSSWORD I FORUM i OBITUARIES j SPORTS i TV GRIDS E8JS8BnilmaW Firefighter passes gets job back By Leigh Jonas StaffWriter Stacie Zercher received an ear ly Christmas present passing a polygraph test and get ting her job whose 18year career with the New Braunfels Fire Department was terminated 22 after she failed a drug test following a minor accident in a city was promised she could return to work if she could pass lie detector test questions concerning her drug From the moment she learned her 15 drug test had indi cated she used Zercher claimed to be She told her city hall superiors two brands of Hempz Cannibis Sativa and Hoss Hemp Cool had raised the level of cannabinoids in her blood enough to trigger the positive test She offered to take a second drug test as well as a Her requests were denied until a grievance panel of City Hall department heads decided she deserved a second Zerchers attorney Matt Kyle said late Thursday afternoon that his client was She and her husband are def initely he Its a great day for Zerchers is a NBFD battalion chief who has worked for the city for 32 Kyle said he thought the city also should be celebrating the return of its highest ranking female After 18 the city spends hundreds of thousands of dol lars in that amount of time train ing her and compensating You cant go out and buy that kind of A person like her is groomed See Page 3 Stacie Zercher TRANSFORMATION NEARLY COMPLETE The mindboggling LCRA makeover Photos by DAVID Larry and construction superintendent Justin Lott wafk the top floor of the Lower Colorado River Authority Peel and his employees have transformed the former power plant into luxury Peel looks out a window toward a tem porary elevator located on the exterior of the a worker continues the contruction Luxury apartments at former power plant almost ready By Laigh Jones StaffWriter Larry Peel looked like a little boy on Christmas morning as he walked through his future New Braunfels His eyes were bright and and he could hardly contain his I cant believe how cool this he said Wednesday with a facesplitting Isnt it wonderful Peels dream verting the old Lower Col orado River Authority power plant into a residential com plex known as The Landmark is four months behind but the Austinarea builder known for his envi ronmentally friendly and inventive developments does not mind a Standing on the buildings eighth gazing out the halfmoon window that FROM POWER TO LUXURY and Helena Landa pur Comal sells his property and busi nesses to the Comal Power Power plant construction Construction is Comal Power Want is the largest coal fired generating station i west of the Mississippi The second turbine and third boiler 1941 Fourth boiler is markedly rais ing output and aids the war Blackout prders by the War Department require Colorado River Authority LCRA frames a picturesque view of most of the Peel said every setback and difficulty had been worth Ive never done anything like Its been but its been worth every It will always be cool because Ive done something no one in their right mind would have he said with a Almost from the the project suffered frustrating The building crews found sur face water in the old coal forcing them to cut short an ele vator shaft designed to go all the way to the bottom The indoor sprinkler system design See Page 6 over the ywiy 111P million of thq pow Power plant isjlisted in Larr renovates the ina and grounds into fts and CJsraen Many such the Congress sends billions to Gulf Iraq By Mary Dalrymple Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Congress gave the Bush administrations antiterrorism pow ers one more month of life with work finished by a lone senator sitting in the virtually empty Senate Congress also finalized a defense spend ing bill that funnels extra money to the Gulf Coast and The GOPrun Congress completed the two bills in a scramble to finish a year complicated by standoffs with Democrats and disagreements among The defense bill keeps the Pentagon run while also channeling billion in hurricane aid to the Gulf Coast and bil lion more to military action in Iraq and The Patriot Act extension keeps antiterror ism laws that were due to expire 31 in place until It allows the FBI to contin ue to investigate terrorism cases using pow ers granted in include roving wiretaps See Page 3 COMING SUNDAY Best of the best TheHeraldZeitung unveils its picks for the AllComal County vol leyball Man in jail after leading NB police on highspeed chase By Jessica Sanders StaffWriter A hitandrun accident turned into a high speed chase for New Braunfels police Police were called to the intersection of Business 35 and Avenue A Wednesday evening for a hit and run accident involving a According to JoeTovar tried to stop the minivan at the intersection of Busi ness 35 and South Seguin Street because he thought the driver was The driv who was identified as New Braunfels resident Timothy would not stop for Tovar and headed down South Seguin Street at a high rate of author ities Speeds exceeded 80 miles per hour during the Police continued to pursue the minivan on FM 725 into Guadalupe Caldwell turned the vehicle around near Lake Creek Drive and headed back toward New Braun He then took Klein Road to FM to Green Valley to Ron Road and to Morningside He was finally forced See Page 3 RESERVE NOW FOR NEW in the Prince Solms Inn 295 San Antonio x 8307085411 j
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