New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2,2004
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Comal County’s voter turnout could top 60 percent
By Ron Maloney
County and party officials were making their final preparations Monday for balloting that begins at 7 a.m. and continues through 7 p.m.
Comal County Clerk Joy Streater said the high turnout in early voting should carry over into today’s General Election. She looked for a turnout of between 50 and 75 percent of the
It could be time for full-time city judge
By Scott Mahon
Municipal Court Judge David Perkins, who plans to retire by the end of the year, recommended Monday that New Braunfels City Council consider a hill-time municipal court judge.
Perkins, 58, submitted his letter of resignation Oct. 13, and said he would step down Dec. 31, unless council found a successor before then.
In a three-hour workshop Monday, Perkins said the increasing caseload, administrative work and the expanded jurisdiction of the municipal court warranted consideration of a full-time judge.
No action was taken by council.
Perkins has served as municipal court judge 27 years on a part-time basis, and receives a fee of approximately $24,000 per year.
“The court’s caseload is increasing each year, there are more hearings and more request for jury trials,’’ he said.
Perkins said he logged 84 hours in court in August.
“I’m not sure how to define a full-time judge,” he said. “But I think itd have to be someone who could give the court his full attention. I also think council should consider a relief judge."
District 4 Councilwoman Valerie I lull asked Perkins what council would expect to pay a full-time judge.
See JUDGE, Page 3A
county’s 65,000 registered voters.
“I urge everyone to get out and vote,” she said.
Streater said folks will spend much less time waiting if they bring their voter registration card to the polls.
“It will expedite the process greatly if you have your voter registration card available,” Streater said. “On Election Day in the precincts, they’ll have to call through to verify. With all those
locations calling in, it can hold up lines considerably.” limited ballots available during early voting to allow new county voters to vote in the presidential election are not available on election day.
"Anyone who has moved into Comal County and not registered needs to go back to their place of registration to vote,” Streater said. “The alternative would be to vote a provisional ballot in
this county, which cannot be guaranteed to be counted.”
Streater said her office was closed Monday so her employees could administer the election.
Returns will be displayed on three big screens in the Commissioners’ Courtroom as they come in Itiesday night and wall be simultaneously posted on the county’s Web site at www.co.comal.tx.us.
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Tradition helps you understand long and short of Wurstfest dress
By Leigh Jones
Before joining the Wurstfest Association 25 years ago, Don Bedford took an important shopping trip. Not just any old outfit will do for New Braunfels’ biggest party, after all.
Bedford, who serves as tliis years Grosse Opa, purchased his first pair of lederhosen in 1979 during a trip to visit friends in Germany.
“Our friends were both dentists, and they took me to one of their patients who worked with leather,” he said. “I looked through all of the lederhosen he had and picked out the pair I wanted. When I tried to pay, he wouldn’t take my money. I don’t know if he owed my friends for dental work or what.”
During the next few weeks of the trip, Bedford picked up the rest of
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• Pronunciation is key when talking about lederhosen. Leder, which is German for leather, is spelled with an "e" but pronounced with a short "a." lf it is pronounced with an "e," the meaning changes — lieder is German for song, leaving the speaker with singing pants instead of leather pants.
Great American Products scrambles to meet souvenir appetite of BoSox fans
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels-based Great American Products is scrambling to fill orders for a commemorative design for the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
The company, which relocated to New Braunfels in 1997 from Chicago, manufactures pewter embellished products, such as drinkware products, picture frames and belt buckles.
For the past five years, it also has manufactured designs for Wassailfest mugs, said Wally
Gullick, vice president of the company’s Sports Division. “But the World Series is a hot market right now in Boston, and we’ve got 60,000 pieces ordered.”
Pete Resek, creative c oordinator for the company, said the special design combines the World series trophy and the Boston Red Sox logo.
“Its about 2 inches high, and less than 2 inches wide,” he said. “We attach the design to drinkware, like mugs.” Gullick said sports products, especially for the World Series, can be a risky business.
“We make products for die NBA, NFL, colleges and NASCAR,” he said. “But Major League Baseball, of course, is a hot retail market in Boston. “We had lo he ready to make a design for St. Ixtuis, too. So it got pretty tense here during the Series.”
Great American Products employs about IOO workers, Gullick said.
“Our products have somewhat of a presence in New Braunfels, but we have a greater presence in San Antonio, especially with the Spurs,” he said.
Threat on DA
could lead to life in prison
By Ron Maloney
A New Braunfels man could go to prison for the rest of his life for threatening I Astrict Attorney Dib Waldrip — if he’s found competent to stand trial.
A competency hearing opened Monday in 22nd Judicial District Court for Kent A. Krueger, 42.
Krueger, son of retired auto dealer lack Krueger, has been incarcerated since 2001 in Comal County and by the Texas Department of Correc
tions for threatening a former Department of Public Safety trooper and his family.
I Ie has been indicted for allegedly stalking and threatening Waldrip through a series of letters sent from prison — and allegedly tampering with a witness.
If found competent to be tried and then he is convicted, Krueger faces between 25 years and life in state prison.
The competency hearing is being tried before visiting
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Rain, cold front bring a touch of fall weather
By Ron Maloney
A Pacific cold front moved through overnight, bringing with it a few more showers and a touch of cooler fall weather.
Today showers come on the heels of some heavier rains Sunday night and Monday morning, which dropped upward of two inches of'rainfall in some locations.
National Weather Service Meteorologist I lave Swallow’ said beginning today, expect clearing skies and cooling temperatures over the coming days.
The high today should reach the upper 60s. Precipitation should move off to the east as skies clear. The low temperature tonight will be in the mid 40s, Swallow said.
Winds will continue from the north at IO to 15 mph Wednesday, he added.
Lows Thursday and Friday mornings will he in the low 40s with highs in the upper 60s.
Over the weekend, temperatures will remain about the same, but clouds are expected to move hack into the area. No rain is expected
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