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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Election2000Countdown to the presidency J UU NewHerald-Zeitung Iv Wurst finale Wurstfest wraps up the celebration of the sausage tonight Vol. 150, No. I 46 pages in 4 sections November 12, 2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 InsideBush sues to halt hand count of ballots K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung A wandering band had the crowd (above) dancing up a storm Saturday night in Wursthalle. Saturday night saw a huge turnout of Wurstfest attendees, who came for the fun and food that is featured annually at this celebration of the sausage in New Braunfels. The chicken dance (below) and beer cup collecting is a popular Wurstfest activity. By Matthew Swartz Herald-Zeitung Correspondent By David Espo AP Political Writer Republicans sent the 2000 presidential race into the federal courts Saturday at the same time election officials in one of Florida’s 67 counties completed a laborious hand recount sought by Vice President Al Gore. “We’re all in limbo,” said George W. Bush at the end of a week of unprecedented political turmoil. A federal judge set a hearing for Monday in Miami on the Bush campaign’s request for a court order blocking the manual recounts from continuing in Florida’s improbably close vote. The Texas governor holds a narrow lead after an unofficial recount, with an unknown number of overseas ballots yet to be counted. The winner of the state stands to gain an electoral college major ity and become the nation’s 43rd president. The GOP suit cited a need to “preserve the integrity, equality, and finality” of the vote. Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, said that with a manual recount, “human error, individual subjectivity, and decisions to, quote, ‘determine the voters’ intent,’ close quote, would replace precision machinery in tabulat ing millions pf small marks and fragile hole punches.” Democrats responded forcefully a few hours later, calling for the withdrawal of the suit and expressing confidence they would prevail in court. “The hand count can be completed expeditiously and it should be,” said former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, speaking on Gore’s behalf. Exceptional weather, talented bands and culinary delights drew a large crowd to Landa Park Saturday to celebrate the 40th Wurstfest in its last weekend. Smiles on the faces of participants proved the festival inspires Gemuetlichkeit — fun, or as one vendor’s sign put it: “fellowship in the German manner.” Undoubtedly, Wurstfest also is a celebration of New Braunfels’ German heritage. “Wir sind Deutsch,” local resident Charles Saur proudly explained. “We are German.” Aside from ancestral pride, many joined in the festivities primarily for the music. Harley Johnson of Hillsboro said he is of Irish ancestry but cannot resist polka. He and his w ife Lou danced as the band, Litt’l Fishermen, performed. Visitors heard the clash of bands vying for their attention as they parked their vehicles across the street. Bands simultaneously performed at three separate venues as wandering bands provided entertainment to those outside the tents. Many parents came to support their sons or daughters in the Canyon High School band. The band performed before Alpenfest took the stage. See WURSTFEST/5A ► Locals place Local runners place high in Class 4A State cross country meet at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on Saturday/1 B Cold front pulls clouds, cold air By The Associated Press A cold front approaching from the west dropped temperatures on Saturday, threatening die first freeze of the season for most of Texas. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth said the front would bring freezing temperatures to most of the state. While parts of South Texas saw temperatures into the 70s Saturday, the high in Dalhart was 33 and dropping. Cloudy skies were the norm for the entire state. West Texas skies were mostly cloudy an Falls and Abilene early Sunday morning and would approach an area from the Dallas-Fort Worth area stretching down to Del Rio around noon. Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................9-1OA Classified................................1-12D Stammtisch..................................3C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week Kayoed* 77 ► RY lifestyle ► La Maison Connie Juries smiled from where she sat on an inviting, light green couch/! OA City eyes staffing changes By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The New Braun- - fels city engineer, the Salary Survey/5A director of planning  :- and the parks and recreation director soon could be placed under the direction of Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson. The three staffing changes will be considered during Monday’s city council meeting as part of possible salary adjustments for some city employees who are paid below the market average. Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building, 424 S. Casted Ave. City Manager Shands said the change was proposed after a salary and staffing study by Ray and Associates. Ferguson’s salary, could be increased depending on other salary adjustments made by council Monday. He currently makes $49,189. The salary adjustments council will consider could increase his salary by $6,814 to $16,191. Information from Monday’s agenda said the possible adjustments to Ferguson’s salary are based on the difference between his salary and the market average salaries and adjusted market average salaries for parks and planning directors and city engineers. New Braunfels Parks Director Iris Neffendorf, Planning Director Harry Bennett and City Engineer C.A. Bolner are not taigeted for any market adjustments in any of the possible salary changes proposed by staff However, the city's survey showed those positions were paid less than the market average of the IO survey cities. Neffendorf’s salary is $49,189 compared to the market average of $66,938, according to the survey. Bolner’s salary $59,996 compared to the market average of $64,715, the survey said. Bennett!? salary is $52,801, but the market average is $64,488, according to the survey. Shands said that in some cases their responsibilities had diminished over time or their duties were fewer than similar positions at other cities. The proposed changes would neither demote those three employees nor promote Ferguson, Shands said. See STAFFING/5A Legion honors By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer John Thompson thought about his brothers all the time during World War II. Thompson was chief machinist on the Coast Guard Cutter Northland during World War IL He and his shipmates patrolled the waters around Greenland and Iceland, trying to protect troop and supply ships from German U-boats. His ship also would rescue pilots that crashed into the North Atlantic. Thompson’s four brothers, James, Frank, Daniel and William, also served in World War ll in different branches of the military. The war claimed millions of young men!? lives, but Thompson and all four of his local veterans brothers returned home safely. “I didn’t see them until after the war,” he said. “I didn’t seem them for years.” Thompson’s brothers have all died since then, but he made sure their memories were honored Saturday night as he was recognized for 60 years of membership in the American Legion. “After what you’re been through in the war —■ everyone forgets,” Thompson said. “When you meet the people in the Legion, they all fought for their country.” Thompson was recognized during a Veteran^ Day celebration at Comal Post 179 of the American Legion. Thompson was called to the front of the See VETERANS/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Veteran John Thompson (far left) stands with fellow American Legion, Squadron 410 members Saturday evening. Thompson was recognized for having 60 years of service with the American Legion. That old song, “Hit the Road, Jack,” might sound like an insult, but for RV owners, it is music to their ears./1C ;