New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2,2005
SPORTS TIP OFF
The Canyon, New Braunfels, Smithson Valley girls basketball teams open play in Cougarette Classic. Page 6A
FORUM SPEAK OUT
Readers voice their opinions on Comal ISD bond election, judicial appointments, a loving city and comics. Page 4A
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Vol. 154, No. 319 14 pages, 2 sections
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Attorney: City has no drug-testing policy
By Leigh Jones
Stacie Zercher has taken another drug test to prove her innocence, but her attorney is not ready to release the results.
Matt Kyle confirmed Thursday Zercher, who lost her job with the New Braunfels Fire Department Nov. 22 after failing a drug test, took both a urine and hair follicle analysis test Monday.
Kyle said no matter what the sec
ond test results showed, Zercher planned to get her job back.
"We absolutely plan to file an appeal,” he said. “I fully expect (the test) results and other facts to exonerate her.”
Kyle’s biggest complaint was with
the city’s drug policy, or lack thereof.
"There is not a single written city policy whatsoever about drug testing, other than the one policy that states if you have an accident in a city vehicle that you are to have a drug test,” he said. “After that, there
is nothing. There is nothing about how the tests are to be administered. There is no written policy about how any results are to be considered. There is no written policy on who is
See TESTING, Page 3A
Spam e-mails from FBI,
CIA inundate county offices
By Ron Maloney
County Judge Danny I LEARN MORE
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day, but he’s probably I several local
eaten his share of Spam I
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over the years on hunt- ; missing from
ing or Fishing trips. i online bank
On Thursday, his j accounts, see information technolo- = Page 3A gy manager, John Dumas, told county officials about computer “spam” — this time, the kind that bites back.
Dumas was making his weekly report on the doings in the county’s computer services office and its efforts to block computer e-mail “spain” — junk e-mail.
But over the past two weeks, there is a new spam scam in the form of e-mails that look like they came from either the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Central Intelligence Agency and entice the receiver to open an attachment to learn more.
The attachment contains a computer “worm” program called the “sober worm” that self-replicates, infecting and ultimately shutting down a computer and sending itself to every address in the victim’s e-mail address book.
For the county, the sober worm has not proved a major problem, Dumas said, because the county’s spam interceptor program, called Barracuda, detects it — even that supposedly originating at the FBI — and weeds it out.
“We’ve 205 caught (Thursday), and 2,171 over the last 13 days,” Dumas said.
In all, Dumas said, all but 17 percent of the thousands of e-mails that come into
See SPAM, Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
| ■What: Class 5A-II ! Region IV champi-I onship game —
I Smithson Valley vs. San i Antonio Madison.
j BWhen: 1 p.m.
I ■ Where: Comalander j Stadium in San Antonio
I ■ Tickets: $8 at the gate
j ii What: Ciass 4A ll : Region IV champi-j onship game — Canyon j vs. Corpus Christi j Calallen.
j ■ When: 2 p.m. j Saturday
j ■ Where: Memorial I Stadium in Victoria
I ■ Tickets: $8 at the i gate.
HERE WE GO A-WASSAILING
Madison football coach still proud to call New Braunfels home
Thousands drink in the holiday spirit at Wassailfest
By Jessica Sanders
By Will Wright
SAN ANTONIO — Jim Streety has been around high school football for a long time — long enough to know how to keep up with the ever-evolving nature of the game.
Now the coach at San Antonio Madison, Streety, the former New Braunfels coach, is still going at it. At age 61, he still loves what he does, and this season has been one of his best yet.
Streety will lead his Maver
icks into the Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal game against the Smithson Valley Rangers at I p.m. Saturday at San Antonio NorthEast Independent School District’s Comalander Stadium. Not many figured his team to make it out of District 26-5A this season, much less beat the top-rated team in the area in the first round of the state playoffs.
But this season is why he still stays active in the game.
“This season really has been a lot of fun. It’s been very rewarding,” he said. “You just
take things as they come. This particular team has done that. I think we started the season as a consensus fourth-place pick in district. Certainly we’ve been able to win the big and close games, wliich helps.” Streety still lives in New Braunfels. He gets up each morning and hits the loop for a drive he says takes less time than it does for many of his assistants who live in San Antonio.
“I love this game. I ve been See COACH, Page 5A
Photo courtesy of JOHN ALBRIGHT/lblinked.com
Madison coach Jim Streety is mobbed by his team after beating Schertz Clemens 42-19 to open the playoffs.
Not all wassail is created equal.
Janet Eckroat got some firsthand experience in wassail variety during her first Wassailfest Thursday.
“I’ve had two so far, one I definitely liked and one I definitely did not like,” she said. “I had no idea what to expect; I guess I thought it was like apple cider.”
During the festival, 48 downtown businesses competed for visitors’ attention by putting their unique spin on the traditional holiday punch.
Adam Carpenter, owner of Deliver New Braunfels, said his business was a first-year participant, but their wassail recipe is much more seasoned. The brew, containing orange and pineapple juices, was created by one of Carpenter’s friends.
“We’ve heard a lot of people say ours was better than the ones down there,” he said, nodding toward Main Plaza area. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback.”
Susan Adams, owner of Interior Fabrics Etc., said her store’s wassail stands out from the crowd with ingredients like peppermint and caramel. Employee Penny Burke has been responsible for perfecting the recipe through the years.
“Penny’s our wassail elf,” Adams said. “It also helps to have some food at the wassail stop, just a little something to go with it.”
Quianna Thompson, 9, said she is a Wassailfest regular, but it’s difficult for her to choose a favorite.
“The great thing about Wassailfest is everyone makes good wassail,” she said. “It’s got to be sweet, but I also like it when it’s nice and hot.”
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Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Hunter Paine, center, and Blake Adz get a taste of a new drink, the wassail kone, from Carroll ColemanThursday night during Wassailfest.The kone is served snow cone style, with wassail poured on top. Below, Heather Caniford, left, marvels at how soft Wally D. Henderson's two llamas, Emogene and Brie, are and talks her two boys, Clayton, left, and Colby, into feeling the soft fur. The two llamas graced the yard of the Huisache Grill during Wassailfest.
wassails are easy to weed out. He prefers the leaded version to unleaded, or non-alcoholic, punches.
“It’s got to have good wine, good rum,” he said. “It's got to have alcohol.”
Employees of First State Bank said their leaded wassail won them the people’s choice award last year. Anita Hoffman said they kept the recipe much the same and were hoping for the best.
“We added a lot of love and a lot of holiday spirit,” she said of the rum-spiked wassail.
Bobbie Landrum decided to pass on wassail in both leaded or unleaded forms. Armed with hot chocolate, she said she still loves the chance to visit with neighbors.
“It’s great just to see everybody,
See WASSAIL, Page 5A
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