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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas /AV NEW^gdlliKFELS inHERALD-ZEITGNG —    ,    ti'    -:—  -   — -----—7— -- WW- ’ Vol. 149, No, 270 Inside ► Heritage Market 46 pages in 4 sections November 5, 2000    I^^AY    ^efV*n^    ^oma^    County since 1852 Record turnout in early voting $1.00 Heritage Society of New Braunfels invites everyone to New Braunfels Civic Center for a step back in time during the Heritage Antique Market./! C► Wurst 5K Run Randy Arias and Efrain Valasquez, left to right, finished the Wurst 5K run/walk at Landa Park./1B► CL Regatta Three sailors jockey for position during the Canyon Lake Regatta on Saturday./! B► Royal Purples A gritty bunch of New Braunfels Royal Purples battled the top-ranked San Antonio Cougars for three hours in the Alamo City Fall Fastpitch Classic./3BIndex Abby.............................................2C Business................................9-10A Classified................................1-12D Stammtisch..................................3C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week K*y code 77 From Staff Reports Comal County'Clerk Joy Streater said a record turnout of 13,046 people participated in early voting through Friday, not includ-ing 1,250 mail-out ballots that were returned. That means that more than 25 percent of the county’s 55,000 registered voters have already voted. “We have broken all records,” Streater said. “The most we’ve ever done is 9,000, and we are thrilled beyond words.” Streater said 1,667 people voted Friday. The county normally has about 800 voters a day. “Maybe people were just excited about voting this year,” she said. Voters are considering if Gov. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney or Vice President Al Gore and Joe Lieberman will lead the country for the next four years. Several third-party candidates also are running for the presidency and vice presidency. Voters also are considering a number of other state and local races, including United States Senator, United States District 21 Representative, Texas railroad commissioner, several positions on the Texas Supreme Court and others. Locally, voters also must consider whether incumbent Gloria Clennan, Democrat, or Republican Sherman Krause will be the county’s tax assessor. Lester Leissner is facing Robert Rubio for Precinct 2 Constable, and Ben Scroggin See TURNOUT/!GA Sample ballots/!I-!2A Tax assessor-collector race/Below Polling places/5A, !!A Bulverde NW goes to polls/4A Wurst of times Festival-goers flock to Kartoffel Puffer booth CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung John Heberling, from Braunfels, Germany, and Jerry Anne Wehman (above) serve up Kartoffel Puffer plates Saturday at Wurstfest. Onions, potatoes and batter (below) are mixed into large buckets and then fried. By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer It consumes 6,000 lbs. of potatoes and almost 2,000 eggs a year, and nobody bats an eye. But many people do, however, open a willing mouth and a hungry stomach to the Bracker* Volunteer Fire Department’s Kartoffel Puffers, or German potato pancakes — a favorite food of many visitors at New Braunfels’ annual Wurstfest. “They come in droves,” Carol Hamann of San Antonio, said. Hamann was helping at the fire department’s Wurstfest booth Saturday. “Usually, the line goes all the way out the door,” she said, and added that people just cannot seem to get enough of the crispy pancakes. “They come back year after year for potato pancakes.” Hamann tried the potato pancakes for the first time this year. “They’re very unique and they’re very good,” she said. “When you see them, you think, ‘hashbrowns.’ But when you taste them, there are a variety of flavors in there.” Melford Geoig and his wife, Laverne, are charter members of the volunteer fire department, which was organized in 1968. The group began sponsoring a booth at Wurstfest from Today’s entertainment schedule/4A the beginning and has always served the German potato pancakes. One of the group’s older members, now deceased, proposed the idea of selling the pancakes, Melford Georg said. “It’s grown and grown,” Georg said. “We’ve kept it up every year.” The fire department has come a long way from when it first started serving the potato pancakes at Wurstfest in the late 1960s. When the group first started participating in the event, it did not have the modern, two-story booth it now uses. “We fried (the pancakes) in a tent,” Georg said. “We just had a little of grill.” The group also had no hot water in its booth. Volunteers had to use a community hot water heater at the Wurstfest grounds at that time, Geoig See PUFFERS/!0A More rain forecast in Comal thru today From Staff Reports New Braunfels and Hill Country residents who enjoyed a break Saturday from recent severe rain and flash flooding should batten dowTi their hatches, tune in the radio and prepare for more. Aldis Strautins, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels said more severe thundershowers are likely today. “We’re not looking for the kind of tropical event we experienced in the October 1998 flood, but we’re going with a flash flood watch through today,” he said. The NWS is forecasting an 80 percent chance of thundershowers today and this evening, some possibly severe with locally heavy rainfall, Strautins said. Winds will be IO to 15 mph out of the southeast, except in the neighborhood of thundershowers, when they will be stronger and gusty. High temperatures, he said, would be between 71 and 76 degrees; lows tonight will be in the lower 60s. An upper level system approaching from the west will be responsible for today s weather. “It looks to be quite strong, which is why we’re expecting there might be some severe weather in this,” he said. A cold front associated with it will push through tonight, bringing drier air and sunshine Monday. “We need the rain, but it should bring a little breather in between,” Strautins said. The forecaster cautioned that with the ground as saturated as it is from recent rain, some flash flooding is possible today, especially at all area low water crossings. “Definitely be careful of low water crossings. With those locally heavy rainfalls, flash flooding is possible, especially since we’ve had so much rain lately.” Saturday evening, county and city officials reported no high water-related problems and no road closures. “We’re watching to see what happens Sunday,” one dispatcher said. Strautins recommended that residents monitor weather carefully today. “I would say they need to keep abreast of the situation and make sure they’re aware of what’s going on. They shouldn't panic or anything, but monitor local media or listen to NOAA weather radio,” he said. Clennan, Krause square off in assessor race By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Incumbent Democrat county assessor/tax collector Gloria Clennan this year faces in Republican Sherman Krause the first serious challenge for her job in a quarter of a century. Clennan wants one more term — her seventh — to finish work she has begun, poising her county department to move into this century in which the population here is expected to double and by some estimates even quadru ple. Krause, a 10-year BPL. ^ employee with the JRp ySBf Texas Natural Re sources Conservation Commission, wants to A do it, instead. ^•*pj - He has mounted a jBBLgg I CLENNAN tough and credible challenge for the job of a county official who has been secure in her KRAUSE position for decades — and by all accounts, has done a good job. Clennan wants to accomplish many of the same things Krause does — it is just that she better understands from the perspective of having done it what has to happen to accomplish the goals they share. “I’m with Sherman on technology,” said Clennan, who has opened a branch office in Sattler and is investigating other ways to make her office and its services more accessible to the public. She has brought a computer system online that connects the county tax off ice to the appraisal district and other county offices. “I want to finish what I’ve started, and then I’m going to hang up my hat,” Clennan said. She needs one more term to build the See ASSESSOR/! 0A ;