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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas liV NFELSHerald-Zeitung nrrr * w w»« V WWW %<t y, ........ —  —............?t7T&?'TWr^r^K'":Vol. 149, No. 275    18    pages    in    2    sections    November    ll,    2000    Saturday.    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852 50 cents K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Teresa Johnson is grown up now, but her Girl Scout days will always be with her. Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout By J.L. MCMICHAEL Staff Writer Girl Scouting is about more than selling cookies, says Teresa Johnson, New Braunfels resident and grown-up Girl Scout Johnson who was recently elected to the Girl Scouts — Lone Star Council Board of Directors. A member of Girl Scout Troop 149 while growing up in New Braunfels, Johnson said Girl Scouting affected her life and the way she saw herself. “Scouting, along with my family, taught responsibility. I think that it was important to realize that you weren't anonymous, that people knew who you were, knew who your family was, and if you were a Scout you had a kind of image to live up to, to be the kind of person people expected you to be,” Johnson said. Delegates of the Girl Scouts — Lone Star Council elected Johnson as a board member during the annual board meeting on Oct. 7. Leslie Wright, director of communication, said, “We’re really looking forward to her input since we serve so many counties. She will also bring to the board her experience being in the New Braunfels area and that will help us to plan for the future and make sure that we are taking into consideration the specific needs of the girls in that area.” Today, as a grown-up Girl Scout, Johnson is serious about her service on the Lone Star Council. “I’m looking for ways that I can contribute to make this world a better place for kids,” she said. Johnson’s actions back her words. An active member of the Junior League in Austin and Travis County Children’s ' Advocacy Center, Johnson also is vice president of the New Braunfels Middle School PTA and secretary of the Mid-Texas Symphony, as well as mother of four children between the ages of 7 and 14. One of her favorite aspects of Girl Scouting was and is its availability to all girls. „ “I think it goes across all kinds of (barriers),” she said. “....I think that’s one of the greatest things about it, is ifs open to every one. Bus wreck injures two By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — Two children suffered minor injuries Friday afternoon in a school bus accident a Department of Public Safety trooper said was caused by a mechanical failure. Comal Independent School District officials said about 20 children from Bill Brown Elementary and Axion R. Seay Intermediate schools were transferred to another bus and taken home. The two injured students, a boy* from Bill Brown who suffered a possible neck injury and a girl from Arlon Seay who had a cut on her leg, were taken by ambulance to North Central Baptist Hos pital in San Antonio where they were treated for their injuries and later released. “We always transport every single potential injury in bus accidents, said Kari Hutchison, public information officer of the CISD. Trooper Steve Tippett characterized the hospital treatment as a “precautionary” measure. Comal Independent School District bus No. 320 was eastbound on Farm-to-Market Road 311 shortly after school Friday afternoon when the accident occurred. “The driver said he had a mechanical failure that caused him to lose control,” Tippett said. The bus left the side of the road and struck a concrete culvert abutment, further damaging its undercarriage. It slid several hundred feet to a stop against a large oak tree, with its front wheels folded up underneath the vehicle. The impact with the tree was very light and caused little additional damage to the bus — not even denting its body. A CISD official examined the bus and said it had a broken axle. It was not clear if that had been the mechanical failure that caused the accident, or if striking the culvert had broken it. The bus is a 1995 Genesis. Heroes of a nation Local students pay respects to veterans Inside News from the front in June 1944/7A Honor roll of Comal County service men in Worldwar II/8A Veteran shares ideas about duty./6A A glimpse of services Friday in Comal County/4A __ CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Bill Brown Elementary student Jessica Scriven (above) waves a homemade flag Friday during the Veteran’s Day Celebration, Former P.O.W. Art Burer talks to NB Christian Academy 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The voices of eight girls in the Canyon Middle School choir danced in somber pairs — a wistful melody sobered by a mournful harmony, while a standing room only crowd listened silently at a Veterans Day celebration. Similar crowds in more than 17 schools in the Comal and New Braunfels Independent School districts gathered a day before Veterans Day to revere veterans for their place in American history. “They saved our country to keep our freedom. Without them, we wouldn’t be here now,” eighth-grade student Sarah Redwine said. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the world’s first taste of a global war ended with the signing of tile armistice that ended World War I. The next year, Americans began celebrating Armistice Day. Eventually Congress changed the name to Veterans Day to include soldiers of World War II and the Korean War, and now the day celebrates the contributions of every veteran. Eighth-grade students taking honors history classes conducted the event with some help from their teachers, Linda Dreibodt and Beth Polk. “We really try to emphasize the concept that freedom came with a price,” Dreibodt said. “And we want to recognize the sacrifices they had to make, so history doesn’t repeat itself.” Korean War veteran, Alvin Staudt, managed to squeeze in appearances See HEROES/4A Inside Gridiron roundup New Braunfels Unicorns trample Boerne Greyhounds/1 B Smithson Valley holds off Canyon/1 B IB I & We’re still waiting: Campaigns trade jabs By David Espo AP Political Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days after America voted, aides to presidential rivals George W. Bush and Al Gore clashed Friday over a disputed vote count in make-or-break Florida. “The quicker this gets resolved the better off it is for the Election 2000 Countdown to the presidency nation,” said the Texas governor, while the vice president’s aides left open the possibility of a court challenge. “We will be prepared” to take office on Jan. 20, Bush said, taking a break from a meeting with running mate Dick Cheney and aides who would hold key posts in a Republican administration. Addressing the Florida controversy, Bush said, “There are still votes to be counted,” an apparent reference to an unknown number of ballots cast by Floridians overseas that have yet to be tallied by state election officials. An unofficial tally by The Associated Press of the recount in Florida’s 67 counties showed the Texas governor with a 327-vote lead over the vice president in the state whose 25 electoral votes will determine the next president. State officials said their recount showed Bush leading by 960 votes with 66 counties reporting. A formal state recount is under way, but no final results are expected for several days. Also, the state has yet to tally the unknown number of ballots cast by Floridians living overseas — ballots that both sides contend will favor their man. Bush projected the image of a man deep in planning to assume the. presidency on Jan. 20, but said it was “a little early” for him to be in touch with the outgoing Clinton adminis- See CAMPAIGNS/3AInside Abby........................ .......5A Classifieds.................. .....5-8B Comics....................... ........5A Crossword.................. ........5 A Forum......................... ........6A Local/Metro................ ........4A Movies......................... ........5A Obituaries................... ........3A Sports....................... ...1-3B Today........................ 2A www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 Coming Sunday mnw—mini i ii ii in him ii i nu m i mn 111 nm       ii. mumm    tmmmmmmmm mmmmrnHmm it old song, “Hit the Road, Jack,” might sound like an insult to some, but for recreational vehicle owners, it is music to their ears JLifestyU IC Chamber contract debate rages on By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels’ economic development program is a true public-private partnership, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said. The chamber has for several years received the contract from a portion of the city Is sales tax revenues dedicated to economic development. However, New Braunfels voters recently approved a resolution that eliminates the city’s separate one-eighth of I percent economic development sales tax and combines it with the city’s sales one-quarter of I percent sales tax for streets and drainage and other improvement projects. The second sales tax, which is called the 4B tax in reference to its enabling legislation, will now total three-eighths of I percent. Now questions remain about how that money will be spent and whether the chamber will seek and receive a contract from the money for economic development activities. In a recent column in the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels res ident Mary Serold wrote that the chamber of commerce had seen a “financial gain of $373,616” through its economic development contracts with the city between 19% and 2001. Serold recently said she was against any “outside special interest overseeing taxpayers’ money.” Her feelings, she said, are not personal against the chamber. “The more money you can leave in the fund to use for projects that benefit the whole community, it seems to me that is a more equitable way of positioning and using that money,” Serold said.See CHAMBER/3A ;