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“I think they know what they need to do. Ill be watching them on (television).”
- Robert Johannessen
“We think Coach (Larry) Hill is great.’
— Max Schreiber
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“Even my 2-year-old grandson goes to all the games.” — Chuck McElroy
Communities raDy for Rangers
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San Antonio Clark 20
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Houston Clear Lake 10
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — Driving through Sattler and Startzville, visitors would never know the local high school football team is playing in this week’s 5A state championship football game.
None of the businesses have signs in their windows. The streets are not lined with congratulatory banners.
But that does not mean the community is not behind the Smithson Valley Rangers.
“I’m surprised not to see more signs,” said Tod Fulcher, Canyon Lake area resident and Smithson Val
ley High School alumnus. “But it’s such a wide area that feeds students to the school. We’re kind of like separate little communities.”
The communities might not be draped in red and black, but empty seats are hard to find at kickoff in Ranger Stadium.
Startzville residents Max and Carol Schreiber never miss a game, even though their grandchildren graduated several years ago. To support their team, the Schreibers are considering making the long trip to Dallas to watch Saturday’s game.
“We’re still loyal," Carol
said. “We love it.”
“They’re going to go all the way,” Max added.
Carol said she was not surprised to see so few public demonstrations of support, even though the team had lots of fans.
“There are a lot of older people in these communities,” she said. “They support the team, but they’re not the types to make signs and things.”
Signs or not, Canyon Lake Community Resource and Recreation Center Sports Coordinator Kristi Drugg, said everyone she talked to was enthusiastic.
“This is very exciting,” she
See SVHS, Page 2A
City to test automatic garbage collection
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously to test a four-month pilot program for automated garbage collection.
The city’s solid waste manager, James Ballowe, proposed the pilot program to council in November during a council workshop.
Ballowe said if the experiment were successful, he would recommend implementing a citywide fully automated system sometime next year.
New Braunfels has used a manual sanitation collection system forever, which costs the city about $1.3 million a year to operate.
Hie pilot program would be tested on a route in an area northwest of Ohio Avenue and California Boulevard.
“T here are two areas where we’ll try the program,” Ballowe said. “One on die
See CITY, Page 5A
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Above, New Braunfels resident and elector for District 21 Bennie Bock shared the celebration as Weddington announced George W. Bush as the winner ofTexas' presidential election, below, Bock, center, joins Kathy Haigler, right, and Susan Weddington, bottom right, in taking the elector
oath of office.
Bock casts vote during electoral college session
By Leigh Jones
At this time of year, tourists are usually the oniy groups that converge on the Texas Capitol building in Austin, but Monday, the House of Representatives chamber was full of exultant Republicans.
Replete with American flag neckties and a few George W. Bush campaign buttons, they slapped each other on the back and snapped photos in front of the speaker’s podium decorated witli (Christmas greenery.
The party faithful had reason to celebrate — their team won in November and they were present iii tile state capitol to help make it official with the collection of Texas’ 34 electoral college votes.
“There’s a great level of excitement here,” said Bennie Bock, New Braunfels resident and elector for District 21. “These people have a great sense of patriotism and historical significance.”
As he took his seat at the desk normally occupied by Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, Bock had a strong sense of deja vu with a reason to celebrate.
“I also served as an elector in 1992, but we lost that year. So, this will be my first time voting for the winner,” he said.
Before placing their votes, Bock and his fellow electors received a special message from the president.
“Thank you for your continued See COLLEGE, Page 5A
■ The electoral college was established by America's found ing fathers as a way to balance each date's infli i-ence c*vcr the executive branch, preventing populous slums from ruling by simple majority.
H The number of electoral votes a state receives depends on the number of representatives it has in the federal government -one for each senator and house member.
■ Electors are selected by the political party in each state, usually at their election year conventions.
N Nebraska and Maine are the only two states that do not have a "winner-take-all" electoral vote policy.
■ Federal law does not require elec tors to vote for the candidates who won the popular vote, but many states, including Texas, make them swear to uphold the will of the people.
Trustees to publicly discuss member’s recent conduct
By Leigh Jones
A squabble among Comal Independent School District trustees will go public Thursday when the board discusses publicly the conduct of member Rose Cervin.
T he discussion, requested by TYustee Charles Burt, will focus on Cervin’s guest
column in the Nov. 25 edition of the I lerald-Zeitung exposing the particulars of a closed session meeting.
Although not prohibited by law from discussing the events of the meeting, Burt believes Cervin broke faith with her fellow board members.
“How can we be comfortable sharing our opinions (with each other) if we don’t know whether they will be aired in pub
lic later,” he said. “We say these meetings are confidential, but if that rule doesn’t apply, maybe we should conduct all our meetings in open session.”
In her editorial, Cervin took board President Dan Krueger and Superintendent Nancy Puller to task for allegedly pushing trustees to select one of three
See CISD, Page5A
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Comal Independent School District board meeting
■ When: 6 p.m. Thursday
■ Where: Mountain Valley School, 1161 Sattler Road, Canyon Lake
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