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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas >AV NEWfBttm,UiNFELS D£c 2 ? 2000Herald-Zeitung Vol, 150 No. 35    18    pages    in    2    sections December 22, 2000 Friday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Texas Two-Step: 47* L*** .Haw**1'’,-.., Inside ■ Complete text of Presidentelect George W. Bush’s resignation speech/8A ■ Bush taps New Jersey governor to lead Environmental Protection Agency/3A ■ More photos from Thursday afternoon’s inauguration in Austin/9A ■ A look at the man who will lead Texas for at least two years/9A Bush steps down; Perry steps forward to become governor State’s newest leader vows to include all Texans K. JESSIE SLATE N/Herald-Zeitung Texas’ 47th governor, Rick Perry, waits for a long round of applause to end before addressing the crowd attending Thursday’s ceremony in the Capitol. Emotional Bush bids fond farewell K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeituhg Governor Rick Perry exits the Senate Chamber to greet wellwishers in the Capitol rotunda Thursday afternoon in Austin. By Jim Vertuno Associated Press Writer AUSTIN (AP) — With an emotional farewell to his home state, President-elect Bush resigned as Texas governor Thursday to prepare for his move to the White House. He said his six years in office were a “higher honor than I could ever imagine.” Known as a uniter for his working relationships with leading Democrats in Austin, the Repub lican Bush won a sharply contested battle for the presidency with Vice Presideni Al Gore. “I’m proud of the good we have done together in Texas, and I’m looking forward to the good we will do together in America,” Bush said. Friends and fellow politicians packed the Texas Senate chamber to hear Bush’s five-minute address. The speech was televised nation-See BUSH/9A By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer With a picture of Texas’ founding father looming above him and the president-elect of the United States behind him, Lt. Gov. Rick Perry took over as governor of Texas. Perry became the 47th governor of Texas Thursday afternoon when Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Phillips led him through the oath of office. The 50-year-old Perry will serve the remainder of President-elect George W. Bush’s term, which expires in January 2003. “I am truly humbled today because my predecessor set the bar extremely high,” Perry said to the crowd of legislators, government staff and well wishers. A visibly emotional Bush sat quietly with his wife Laura as he listened to Perry outline his vision for Texas. Ending each thought with “We can do more, and we must do more,” Perry said he wanted to improve living conditions along the border, traffic congestion and high-speed rail. “The border of Texas is not a backyard but the front door to our state and our nation,” Perry said to thunderous applause. But he spent the most time talking about his ideas on improving education. “We must never forget... we must never forget that the single most significant way to expand freedom and opportunity for future generations of Texans is to educate them,” Perry said. Perry wants to focus on improving math and science and said technology could be the bridge that linked Texans to the same opportunities. “Higher learning has been the doorway to all the opportunities of my adult life, including the high honor bestowed upon me today,” Perry said. Community colleges should be able to train people for more jobs in technology such as Web design, wafer production and computer programming, he said. “I would like to see greater scholarship opportunities made available to Texas,” he said. As President-elect Bush had done eight days before, Perry carefully chose his words and the speakers at his event to illustrate the inclusive K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung An emotional George W.Bush watches during Thursday afternoon’s ceremony. government he plans to lead. He sprinkled Spanish into his speech, which was peppered with words such as “unite” and “include” and phrases like “every Texan.” Even the invocation and benediction speakers seemed to highlight this idea: the Rev. James Mayfield of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church said the invocation, and Rabbi Kerry Baker of the Congregation Kol Halev read the Benediction. “I pledge to Texans ... a government that reflects the talents of our diverse people, and that seeks the high road over the expedient course,” Perry said. Early in his speech, Perry sounded more like he was campaigning for Bush than he was accepting the office of governor. “President-elect Bush, you have governed with civility and compassion,” Perry said. “You have led by uniting and including. “The Bush tradition, established over the last six years, is to do right regardless of party ... regardless of politics.” Sen. Rodney Ellis, the highest-ranking Democrat in the Texas Legislature, introduced the governor in yet another show of how' Texas bipartisan politics works. “Today we are all very proud. Democrats and Republicans,” Ellis said. Three former governors attended the ceremony, including Preston Smith, Mark White and Dolph Briscoe. Inside Abby......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ....5-8B Comics....................... .....10A Crossword................. ......5A Forum.......................... .......8A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...1-3B Today.......................... .......2A Stocks............................. .......5A I 1 I com Key Code 76 One injured in train-truck collision By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Union Pacific freight train slammed into a dump truck Thursday afternoon, dragging it more than 200 yards and seriously injuring its driver. A University Hospital official in San Antonio said Jose Romero, 23, was in serious but stable condition Thursday night. 'Hie official did not say where Romero lived. Romero was injured in the I p.m. accident that occurred just yards down the tracks from a similar accident two years ago in which a truck driver was killed. Thursday’s acci dent took place at the Cemex plant on Wald Road southwest of New Braunfels. Officials at the scene said Romero suffered obvious broken bones and a crushed hand, as well as at least one deep cut. “He was twisted up pretty good,” one Cemex employee said at the scene. “He kept trying to get up, but the firemen wouldn’t let him.” New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Zercher did not identify either operator involved in the collision or discuss injuries. Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. Rick Alvarez said his agency did not investigate railroad accidents on private property. “That’ll be an internal investigation for Union Pacific,” he said at the scene. Alvarez also said the Federal Railroad Commission investigated accidents involving trains. Thursday night, a Union Pacific official at the New Braunfels office said the local manager of train oper-“ ations was at the scene, which was closed to reporters by officials who said it was on private property. A Cemex employee said he was not sure how the accident occurred.See COLLISION/9AVa %k,W* .Hr * CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungJose Romero, the 23-year-old driver of this dump truck, suffered major injuries in a 1 p.m. collision with a Union Pacific freight train Thursday. ;