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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NFELSHerald-Zeitung . ......—  , .. „   — — ; ■  ...........-w.......^....a........................——........................—^...................................... Vol. 150, No. 6    16    pages    in    2    sections    November    18,    2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Unicorns victorious K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung The New Braunfels volleyball team will play again today at Strahan Coliseum for the state championship title against Longview Pine Tree. , By Bryan Adams Sports Editor The New Braunfels volleyball team advanced to the state championship match at 2:30 p.m. today with a win over Friendswood Friday night at Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos. The Unicorns, playing in their second state finals in school history, will take on Longview Pine Tree, which enters the game with a perfect 40-0 record this season. New Braunfels defeated Friendswood 15-9, 15-9. * The Unicorns fell behind 2-0 in the first game after two jump serve aces by Friendswood senior Ami Rodgers, but Unicorns quickly rallied to overtake the Mus- Complete game coverage/1 B tangs and never relinquished the lead. "We made some errors early and we let their jump server get to us," New Braunfels head coach Phyllis Fowler said. "She serves tough." Senior Michelle Popp led the Unicorns with eight kills and one block and added two aces in the match. Seniors Kate Kennedy and Amy Eichmann each put away six kills in the match, senior Jackie Baerwald recorded four kills, senior Bethany Hildebrand buried three kills and senior Belinda Vargas had a kill. Hildebrand led the team in aces with three and senior Natalie Walther had two. New Braunfels served IO aces in the match. Inside Gridiron roundup New Braunfels Unicorns win 34-21 against Medina Valley in Seguin/1 B Smithson Valley takes on the McCollum Cowboys/1 B Festtage weekend Holidays kick off in New Braunfels with downtown lighting, Weihnachtsmarkt CHRIS PACE/Herald Zeitung Santa Claus climbs down from the new fire engine recently acquired by the New Braunfels Fire Department. The fire truck was delivered to the city just in time for the kick off of Festtage and lighting up the square. Festtage Events WEIHNACHTSMARKT — A German Christmas Shopping Market. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. OLD GRUENE MARKET DAYS — Today and Sunday with more than 100 craft vendors in Gruene Historic District. * Glowin’ in Gruene, scheduled for this weekend, was canceled because of weather. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Kids (above) waited in line Friday night to get their picture with Santa Claus and to tell him what they want for Christmas at the pavilion after the downtown lighting ceremony. New fire truck shines at lighting Countdown to the presidency By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Santa Claus delivered Christmas early to the New Braunfels Fire Department on Friday. The department’s new fire truck arrived just hours before the Christmas lighting ceremony Friday on the Main Plaza. Santa Claus rode on the new truck in style to the ceremony. The truck, a Ferrara Fire Apparatus model, was on display at a Texas Munic ipal League conference in Austin Thursday and Friday morning, Fire Chief Jack Collier said. The truck already was “lettered up” with New Braunfels’ name. “It’s beautiful,” Collier said. “It’s gotten a lot of attention (at the conference). It is the best looking rig in the show. A lot of people have been coming by.” Collier said the 1999 truck was Ferrara’s “flagship,” the truck the company took around the country to exhibits and fire departments. The only issue Friday morning was which fire engineer’s Christmas stocking would be filled with the chance to drive the truck in the lighting ceremony. “They’re probably arm wrestling or fighting over that right now,” Collier said. At central fire station, where the new truck will be headquartered. Engineer John Sheppard won the toss to drive the truck in the ceremony. Sheppard said his battalion chief told him he had won the See TRUCK/3A Tally freeze setback for Bush camp By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer On a topsy-turvy day of law and politics, the Florida Supreme Court froze the state’s presidential tally on Friday, forbidding the secretary of state from certifying results of the marathon vote count just as Republican George W. Bush was advancing his minuscule lead over Al Gore. With the presidential race in the balance, a federal appeals court refused to block recounts underway in two heavily Democratic counties while a third county — Miami-Dade, the states largest — reversed field and announced it too would begin a recount. The dual rulings were a major blow to Bush, his hopes of a quick certification dashed as Gore’s recount campaign grinds away. The count of absentee votes from overseas w as the final installment in Florida’s routine vote-counting process. With returns from 63 of 67 counties, Bush picked up 894 votes and Gore 542, giving the Republican a 652-vote statew ide lead — up from 300 when the day began. Cries of foul came from both camps as the overseas ballots were counted. More than a thousand votes were thrown out as officials from both parties analyzed registrations, postmarks and other details. “One of the problems with those ballots is it is so difficult under Florida and federal law that you almost have to be a rocket scientist to comply,” said Thomas Spencer, a Miami attorney working for Bush. In separate manual recount activities — the subject of frantic court activity —1 Gore picked up a a net of 41 votes in Broward County while Bush picked up a net of four votes in the closely watched tally in Palm Beach County. All this out of six million votes cast across the state. The winner of Florida’s 25 electoral votes will win the White House. In New Mexico, late tallies gave the state and its 5 electoral votes to Gore. He See RECOUNT/3A Inside Coming Sunday ...........................5A     5*1_ Abby................... .............5A Classifieds............ ...........5-8B Comics................. ..............5A Crossword........... ..............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... ..............4A Movies................... ...............5A Obituaries............. ..............3A Sports................. ..........1-3B Today.................. .............2A Key Code 76 my local shut-ins are thankful this November; not only for the delicious meal, but for the freedom the service brings ./Lifestyle IC Aggies honor bonfire victims with blood drive Local Events From staff reports Area Aggies unite today and next week to remember the 12 Aggies who died in this past year’s bonfire tragedy and to continue the Aggie spirit and tradition with a local bonfire. Texas A&M University were to mark the first anniversary of 1999's deadly bonfire collapse with a candlelight memorial ceremony at 2:42 a.m. today — one year to the moment after the log stack toppled, killing 12 Aggies. Locally, the Comal County A&M Club hosts a blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at Becker Motor Company (owner Amo Becker is an Aggie) as part of the statewide “Everyone Bleeds Maroon” Commemorative Blood Drive. Organizer Jodi Left, class of 1989, said, “I received an e-mail from my sister in Dallas that said they were doing this and thought it was silly not have a local one." Lell, a past president of the Comal County A&M Club, said the drive was set up to remember the 12 Aggies who died when the 1999 Aggie Bonfire collapsed. “We are asking all who were touched See AGGIES/3A ■ Blood drive, 2:30 to 5 p.m. today, Becker Motor Company, 547 South Seguin Ave. ■ Comal County A&M Club Aggie Bonfire, fellowship at 7 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m., bonfire and yell practice at 8:30 p.m. at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch on Texas 46 west of New Braunfels. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 10. ;