New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol, ISO, No. 25 36 pages in 4 sections December!#, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
► Canyon Classic
The Luling Lady Eagles lost a 13-point lead against the Canyon Cougarettes in the third place game of the Canyon Classic tourney/! B
► Tying bows
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Making that perfect Christmas bow can be a scary prospect for those of us who are “all thumbs.71C
Candlelight vigil in Landa Park
From Staff Reports
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting will take place at 6:45 p.m. today in Landa Park across from the olympic pool
Candles will be lit promptly at 7 p.m. in honor of children all over the world who have died.
Participants are asked to bring a candle and a photo of their child to the vigil.
“This is a worldwide ceremony,” Debra LeBlanc, co-facilitator of Our Children Forever, said. Our Children Forever is a local support group for bereaved parents.
Giving to the Cheer Fund were:
Buck Pottery — $100 • Anonymous $25
• La Mujer Texans — $25
• Anonymous — $25
• Linden Anderson — $10
Mail or drop off donations for the Cheer Fund at 707 Landa St. in New Braunfels. Cheer Fund provides food baskets for local needy families.
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The Florida Supreme Court on Friday ordered manual recounts to begin in Gore’s election challenge and added 383 votes to his total.
After Florida’s election certification
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After Florida Supreme Court ruling
Supreme Court stops vote count
By Terence Hunt
AP White House Correspondent
The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a temporary halt Saturday in the Florida vote count on which Al Gore pinned his best hopes of winning the White House. Justice Antonin Scalia said the court’s 5-4 decision suggests George W. Bush stands a “substantial probability of success” next w eek in a case that could settle the presidency.
The court’s schism was the latest and most dramatic in a long season of political division. Justice John Paul Stevens said the majority “has acted unwisely” in cutting off the Florida vote count which put Bush 177 votes ahead in an unofficial
Associated Press count.
Bush heard of the ruling in a telephone call to his Texas ranch and was “very pleased,” an aide said.
It was a sharp setback to Gore who believed he could overtake Bush in Florida. The state’s 25 electoral votes will determine the 43rd president and end the deadlock from the Nov. 7 election.
Gore attorney David Boies expressed keen disappointment, speculating that if the counting were to go forward “it looks like Vice President Gore and Senator (Joseph) Lieber-man would win the popular vote in Florida just like they won it outside of Florida.” Gore was awarded a weekend recount Friday by the Florida Supreme Court, prompt
ing a flood of Republican lawyers to press an appeal. They were unsuccessful at the state level and federal appellate levels before the U.S. Supreme Court intervened.
The court’s decision froze the examination of thousands of ballots in dozens of Florida counties just hours after it had started.
The high court ordered both sides to present oral arguments at 11 a.m. EST Monday on the underlying legal issues in recounting disputed ballots
The five votes to halt Florida’s weekend vote came from Chief Justice William Rehn-quist and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Sandia Day O’Connor and Scalia. Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter dissented.
Firefighters take issue with city’s salary study
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
The New7 Braunfels Firefighters Association has concerns about a salary survey city council used to implement pay adjustments for some employees.
---Darren Brinkkoeter, president of the
association, was at the November meeting with about 20 other firefighters when council considered the pay raises.
“The whole reason w e were there was maybe to advise them, or give them a little insight on what was taking place actually with the salary survey,” Brinkkoeter said.
But the firefighters were not allowed to speak, even though the public routinely is given an opportunity to speak on matters before the council.
The firefighters did not
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June Long (left) gives visitors a brief history of the Gladden home Saturday afternoon during the Christmas Tour of Homes.
Tickets sell out for home tours
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
From the outside, the weekend home of Houston residents Martha and Mike Gladden looks as if it had stepped out of a history book right onto Zink Street in New Braunfels.
It fits perfectly with the other older-style homes on the street, from its inviting wrap-around porch to the rusted hitching post in the front yard.
A plaque outside the front door, however, hints to visitors that the house, while made to look Victorian, is a new house.
The “State of Mind Historical Committee” marker states that on March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico, Comanches roamed the state
and Rangers protected the settlers.
“And this building was not here yet,” the marker states.
But the house, except for the modem appliances inside, could fool almost anyone.
The Gladdens’ home was decorated in full holiday splendor for Saturday’s Holiday Christmas Tour of Homes.
Bows and garlands were draped on the porch. Wreaths hung from the front door and w indows.
Inside, Christmas cookies sat next to a glowing red candle in the kitchen. The antique dining room table, which came from one of the Gladdens’ grandparents’ homes, was set w ith Christmas dishes.
The breakfast table in the kitchen also hosted holiday settings, complete with butter knives that had Christmas characters as handles.
June Long, a member of the Tour of Homes Committee, greeted visitors and offered them interesting
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■ WHO: New
Braunfels City Council
■ WHAT: Proposed pay-as-throw plan
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: council chambers, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
attend the council meeting to complain but to inform, Brinkkoeter said.
“They’re a little upset that we weren't given some time to express just our feelings,” he said.
Mayor Stoney Williams said, “They had plenty of time to argue when the salary study was being done, when the whole process was taking place, when all this information was being gathered. That s the time that they need to discuss the individual arguments with it, not at a city council meeting ”
Police officers and garbage collectors were not at the meeting, Williams said.
“I’m glad they organized and have a good group, but that wasn’t the time to discuss their problems,” he said. “They needed to take that up when the survey was being done ”
Earlier this year the city council contracted with Ray and Associates to conduct salary and staffing studies for the city for $34,000.
The salary study was initiated after a Texas Municipal League study showed that the city had some employ-
Judge shows Comal the money
County court becomes real cash cow under Freeman
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
County Court at Law Judge Brenda Freeman felt like a million bucks Thursday.
And so did County Judge Danny Scheel and commissioners’ court when Freeman presented them with a “check” for a cool million dollars.
The check represents “found” money — cash County Court at Law has generated for the county in fines and costs between Jan. 1,2000, and the end of November. Quite a bit of it was “bad” debt — past due money owed the county by convicted scofflaws.
That is a lot of misdemeanors and civil cases — and with an annual court budget of less than
$400,000, a revenue return of Fortune 500 proportions.
By the end of this month, Freeman hopes to add another $100,000.
“Judge Freeman does a fantastic job,” Scheel said. “She has a great way of collecting, lf they owe the court money, she calls them down on Fridays, sets them in the jury box and tells them they have until 5 p.m. to come up with the money or they’ll go to jail. It’s amazing how they come up with it,” Scheel said.
Freeman said, “The assumption is they don’t pay because they can’t pay. That’s not true.”
In many cases, she said, it was just a matter of helping someone see the light.
“Visa pesters them, and they pay that bill. So do we,” she said.
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County Court at Law Judge Brenda Freeman, collections coordinator Becky Denmark and County Commissioner Jay Minikin show off the check of $1 million collected for the county this year.