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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas rnHerald-Zeitung _______________       ..    ...'.___ .    w.________  iv__. '. ____________ T'"' '" "   HT. wmmmm I Vol. 150 No. 3 16 pages in 2 sections November 15, 2000 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBHS volleyball team vying for state CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Coach Phyliss Fowler showed her joy when her volleyball team beat the San Marcos Rattlers on election night last week. Fowler’s Unicorn team will play at 5:45 p.m. Friday against Friendswood High School in San Marcos. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer For the third time in her six years as head volleyball coach, Phyliss Fowler has shaped a winning, state-bound Unicom team. Fowler built the group of winners inside the folds of the NBHS campus, in the gymnasium at the heart of the school, and on Thursday the team picked up the Region IV title. “No matter what happens, you’re proud of the kids, of the effort they’ve made, and of what they’ve accomplished,” Fowler1 said. “Some of the things I give them, yeah, they’re for each match, but they relate to life, too.” “I believe that a lot of what we do is mental,” she said of her coaching philosophy. “So I try to reach them mentally.” Senior volleyball players described this week’s practices as a little more spirited; a little more exciting; and, oh yes, a little more intense. “She’s a really great motivator,” senior middle blocker Michelle Popp said. The smiles on Popp and her teammate, senior outside hitter Amy Eich-mann, made it hard to believe they had just finished giving everything for their coach in an afternoon workout. But they had. “She doesn’t focus on any one player,” Eichmann said. “So we don’t rely on one player. We all play together. Everyone is an important part of the team.” If it is Fowler who sets the example, then it is the players who have carried the message: For every shrill whistle that cuts through the gym and signals the end of a play or a drill, supportive cheering, hand clapping and the smacking sound of high fives follow. “We’re just pumped,” Popp said. “People have been asking us all week, and it’s just indescribable.” After practice yesterday, Fowler took a minute to reflect on the week she has See STATEMAFinal Four ■ WHAT: State 4A Semifinal championship series in which New Braunfels Unicorns compete to advance to title match ■ WHEN: 5:45 p.m. Friday ■ WHERE: Strahan Coliseum, San Marcos ■ NEXT: Friday’s winner will move on to the state championship game Saturday against winner of the other semifinal match. Festtage gears up for yule By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer With more than 15 events to celebrate Christmas on the books for the next 39 days, New Braunfels has enough on its plate to give even the Grinch a run for his money. Festtage — a name devised by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to pull Christmas events in the area under one umbrella — begins Friday. At 5:30 p.m. in the main plaza, the Christmas tree lights will be switched on. Santa Claus will make an appearance at the lighting ceremony, and even pose for pictures for $3 a shot. The Downtown Association will serve refreshments for $ I each on the corner of Main Plaza and Seguin Street. Restroom facilities are in the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on Main Plaza. After dropping out of the Festtage lineup last year, hot air balloon operators again will converge on Gruene for Glowfest. Morning flights take off at sunrise Friday through Sunday. At night, the dark skies will highlight their magnificent glow and will hang like Christmas ornaments in the New Braunfels skies. “It’s all completely weather contingent,” Mary Jane Nalley, coowner of Gruene Hall, said. Festtage serves as a wakeup call for last-minute shoppers — the Christmas rush is upon us. The malls are swarming with cars, parking is stressful and familiar carols are playing everywhere. This weekend’s Old Gruene Market Days could be the last chance for some sane shopping time. . “Yeah, probably it is the last See FESTTAGE/3A Weekend Events ■ Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting: Main Plaza, Friday, 5:30 p.m., free ■ Weihnachtsmarkt: New Braunfels Civic Center, Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., one-time $5 entry ■ Glowfest in Gruene, Fri.-Sun., sunrise, sunset Recycled sculpture K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Carl Schurz Elementary School won New Braunfels’ first Texas Recycles Day sculpture contest with what students there described as a trash-eating “part-unicom, part-monster, part-insect.” From left, Carl Schurz students Melanie Pena, Christopher Castillo and Orlando Pena explained the design of the school's winning Unicom sculpture. The wait goes on Florida counties report votes, presidential fight not over yet Watson’s mother stays aboard By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels City Councilwoman Juliet Watson’s mother will remain on the city's tree and landscape board in spite of a city charter section addressing nepotism. On Monday, council unanimously voted against accepting the resignation of Laneta Watson. The vote addresses some vagueness in the city’s Charter. New Braunfels City Charter states that, “(N)o person related within the second degree by affinity (marriage), or within the third degree by consanguinity (blood relationship) to any elected officer of the city, or to the city manager, shall be appointed to any office, position or clerkship or other service of the city. “This prohibition shall not apply, however, to any person who shall have been continuously employed by the city for a period of two years prior to the election of the councilman or appointment of the city manager so related to him.” The council did not accept Laneta Watson’s resignation after Juliet Watson raised questions about whether the charter applies to unpaid positions, including members of the tree board. WATSON City Attorney Floyd Akers said, “I think (the council action) quite clearly states that it must be a paid position for the nepotism portion of the charter to be effective, and that’s going to be my opinion now because that’s the opinion of the council. I think there’s legitimate arguments on both side of the issue.” Akers said that under state law appointing certain family members of public officials to any position in which they would be directly or indirectly compensated was a misdemeanor offense. Members of the tree board are not compensated for their work, Akers said. See WATSON/5A By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer One week into America's election limbo, Florida counties officially reported their presidential votes after a Tuesday deadline was upheld by a state judge, even as thousands of disputed ballots were counted by hand into the night. Democrats rejected George W. Bush's potential compromise to cease the ballot-by-ballot fight for the White House. "When is it going to end?" asked Bush aide James A. Baker III. There was no answer in sight. With lawyers and judges front and center in the presidential election, nerves began to fray and adjectives failed to serve. "It's like the seventh day of being held hostage," stammered Jeb Bush, governor of Florida and the harried brother of the GOP presidential hopeful. The latest margin for Bush was 286 votes, according to an informal AP tally. Judge Terry Lewis ruled that counties could file new vote totals after the state's 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline to certify ballots. He gave Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a Bush supporter, authority to reject or approve them using "the proper exercise and discretion." Tuesday’s Action ■ State judge upholds deadline for reporting presidential votes ■ Election officials continue hand counting thousands of ballots ■ Margin for Bush narrowed to 286 votes ■ Gore holds off on appeal of Secretary of State’s authority to reject or approve votes filed late by counties ■ Two counties tabulate ballots by hand late Tuesday, two other jurisdictions pending ■ Margin for Bush narrowed to 286 votes ■ Governor reports “nerve wracking” atmosphere in Florida ■ Winner of Florida electoral votes said to be next president It was a setback for the vice president, who wanted a clear order lifting the Tuesday deadline, but his lawyers found solace in ruling language urging Harris to consider "all appropriate facts and circum- See RECOUNT/3A Inside Abby......................... .......5A Classifieds................. ....6-8B Comics....................... .......2B Crossword................. .......5A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries.................... .......3A Sports........................ ...7-8A Today.......................... 2A (Key Code 76) NB Mattress relocates By Betty Taylor Features Editor NB Mattress, Futons and Furnishings recently opened a new store at 345 S. Business 35, offering nearly 4,000 additional square feet where customers can browse and rest their weary heads. The business, which began as DeLong’s Bedding in 1928 just down the road at 1439 S. Business 35, moved to its new location at the end of October. Co-owners Ron Bretzke and Arlayne Mandell said the business had outgrown its 2,200 square-foot showroom and the move allowed for expansion in inventory as well. “We mainly did mattresses and futons,” Mandell said. “Now, we’ve added bedroom sets and children’s furniture.” Bretzke and Mandell will keep the old building for warehouse space. Visitors to the new store will be greeted by a variety of mattresses — from the most economical to the most luxurious, Mandell said. Eclectic accent pieces such as a trio of "Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" monkey candles, unusual lamps, decorative mirrors and end tables dot the store. It also is filled with futons, complete bedroom sets, an artfully decorat- See NB MATTRESS/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/HeraW-Zeitung Ron Bretzke and Arlayne Mandell recently moved NB Mattress, Futons and Furnishings to a new location that features 4,000-square-feet of showroom space, 345 S. Business 35. ;