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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas iii FELSHerald-Zeitung .  ........ ...      ....I.    ■■.■TW......       -'■      ..«.m..T..'H...W,>.pr?WWWWVol. 150 No. 9    16    pages    in    2    sections    November    22,    2000    \I7r\r\\    TT^nr\    4    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Wednesday Thanksgiving prep Justices rule ballot recount OK Museum acquires assassination film DALLAS (AP) — The Sixth Floor Museum has acquired a first-generation copy and the copyright to the color home movie film shot by the late Orville Nix Sr. in Dealey Plaza during President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The film is considered the second most important footage of kfnnFDY the tragedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The last onginal duplicate of the most notable film, shot by Abraham Zapruder, was donated to the museum early this year. The Sixth Floor Museum, which chronicles Kennedy’s life and death, overlooks the famous motorcade route. The museum is in the old Texas School Book Depository building, where the Warren Commission said Lee Harvey Oswald positioned himself to gun down the president. Local grocers gobblin’ up business By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Carolyn Crim looked at turkeys a long time Tuesday afternoon in the H-E-B on Walnut Avenue. She turned over one turkey and looked at it. She turned over another, and then she turned over a few more. She looked at all of them. She walked around to the other side of the display bin and turned a few more, before she saw what she was looking for. “I was looking for size,” she said after loading a 12-pounder into her shopping cart. “The other ones are cheaper, and I wanted that 49-cent price, but they were too large for a family of four. I paid more for a pound, but it won’t go to waste. Thursday, Crim will prepare the “usual” Thanksgiving meal for her husband, Weldon, her son Travis and daughter-in-law, Monica. But Tuesday, she was paying the price. She was among thousands who flocked to area supermarkets and stores to take home the holiday fowl. “I didn’t think it would be this busy at this time of the afternoon,” Crim said. But in the days just before Thanksgiving, local grocers do their best business. They’re talking turkey — and they’re selling it by the ton. Rick Floyd, manager of the Albertsons at Walnut Avenue and Landa Street, said this week could be the biggest of his year. “It rivals Christmas,” Floyd said. So far, this Thanksgiving week is on a par with this past year, Floyd said, which is to say things are pretty busy. “It’s probably twice as busy as normally,” he said. This week, as at Christmas, part timers on his staff put in lots of full time hours taking up the extra workload. “You beef up your schedules for the extra business,” he said. “We enjoy it and it keeps us busy.” Floyd said he was not certain how much turkey his store sold. “It’s a lot, I can say that. I See GROCERS/3A ‘Will of the people’ demands accuracy By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer Al Gore’s ballot-by-ballot fight for the White House was given new life Tuesday night, when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the “will of the people” demanded that manual recounts be added in the state’s election totals. Their work approved weary election officials plowed through ballots into the night. “An accurate vote count is one of the essential foundations of our democracy,” the seven justices said. The unanimous decision came as election workers in three counties continued their counting of 1.5 million ballots, now facing a Sunday deadline to complete their task. “Twenty five years ago this court commented that the will of the people, not the hyper-technical reliance upon statutory provisions, should be our guiding principle in elections,” read the court ruling. Bush holds a 930-vote lead in the official, but uncertified vote tallies from Election Day, with overseas absentee ballots included. Gore has slowly been eating into that lead in recent days as recounts have proceeded at his urging in three Democratic counties. “I think we’ll be able to meet the deadline,” said Circuit Judge Charles Burton, head of the Palm Beach elections board. Televisions in the West Palm Beach counting room showed the Supreme Court spokesman releasing the decision, but the audio was turned off. Workers continued to hand count the ballots. GORE Cheney residence doubted/3A Churches schedule services urged to plan trips for safety Motorists By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The holidays may be in high gear, but motorists should not. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and officials expect the roads to be packed with motorists beginning today. With a 90 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Thursday and lows in the 30s and 40s through the weekend, officials say the key to surviving the road will be simple: slow down. “There’s going to be a lot of traffic congestion on the roadways,” DPS public information officer Tom Vinger said. “(Motorists) just need to get in a patient mindset right from the beginning, before they even head out the door. “Otherwise the holiday will be spoiled by frustration and/or getting into a wreck.” As usual, DPS plans to put more troopers on the road to monitor Texas Highways. “They are always going to be looking for speeders, and I think the most citations are handed out for that,” Vinger said. “They’ll also be checking seatbelts, and looking for anyone driving under the influence.” The two biggest travel days will be Wednesday and Sun day, so drivers who plan for delays will be much better drivers, Vinger said. “Tailor your driving habits to the various factors you’ll face, such as construction and weather and traffic congestion,” Vinger said. “And the answer is always the same: Slow down. It’s very simple.” Last Thanksgiving weekend, 56 people died in traffic accidents. Eleven percent of the See TRAVEL/4A From staff reports Many churches will follow their regular Sunday schedules but a few are celebrating Thanksgiving with special services. St. Paul Lutheran Church in conjunction with St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a special Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran with a pie social afterward. Pastor Chuck De Haven and Pastor Judy Miller of St. Paul and Pastor Neal Michell of St. John’s will lead the service. Chuck McKee, executive administrator at St. Paul Lutheran, said, “There will be special music by the combined choirs of St. Paul and St. John’s, includ-* ing the children's choirs.” The New Braunfels Christian Science Church at 137 East Mill St. invites the community to a Thanksgiving day service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to hear selected readings from the Bible and from Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Church of Christ, 1665 Business Loop 35, will host a prayer devotional at 7 p.m. today. “It’s geared around Thanksgiving,” youth minister Joey Wrape said. “...We will keep it simple because we know families need to get home to prepare for Thanksgiving.” K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Carolyn Crim (left) searches the turkey bin at HEB while employees try to keep up with the depleting stock. Kuempel speaks on water plans By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — State Rep. Edmund Kuempel agreed Tuesday night that Comal County needs more authority to regulate growth and development. Kuempel, the Seguin Republican and 18-year veteran who represents Comal and Guadalupe counties, spoke to the Northwest Comal County Environmental Coalition on the legislative agenda for the term that begins in January as well as a number of environ KUEMPEL mental topics. “In 1845, they were fighting over schools, guns and water,” Kuempel told the audience of about 50 at the Guadalupe Telephone Cooperative auditorium. “In 2001, not very much has changed,” Kuempel said. Regional water plans will be presented to the Legislature when it convenes on Jan. 5. By the end of 2001, a statewide water plan must be prepared. It will cost Texas between $60 and $70 billion to build the infrastructure it will need to provide water for this state for the next 50 years, Kuempel said. Members of the audience mentioned situations that have recently arisen where See KUEMPEL/4A 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) City, NBU face deregulation issues By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Some state legislators believe that Texas has prepared for electric deregulation better than other states and will avoid the chaos that hit them in the wake of deregulation. But New Braunfels Utilities is not ready to buy into that theory. On Tuesday the New Braunfels City Council met with NBU’s board of trustees to discuss deregulation and other issues. NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo told the council that deregulation has been “chaotic” in other states although legislators here predict Texas has prepared better. “We believe it is appropriate to wait and determine how prepared Texas is for competition,” DiFonzo said. It is better for the market to define itself before joining in competition, DiFonzo said. The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 7 in June 1999 that opens the retail electric market up to competition in January 2002. However, the law included a provision that allows municipally owned utilities, such as NBU, to choose whether they will enter into competition. “NBU has taken the position of market preparedness,” DiFonzo said, and the utility is making changes to allow for the possibility of competition in the future. Tuesday’s meeting stretched to more than four hours long as the council asked questions of NBU representatives who explained the effects of competition on NBU. “We do believe that we got a good bill as far as how it impacts municipalities,” DiFonzo said. Mark Zion, executive director of the Texas Public Power Association, spoke to the coun-See DEREGULATIONS ;