New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
By Ron Fournier
AP Political Writer
In a dizzying turn of events, Florida’s largest county abruptly stopped recounting votes Wednesday, sending Al Gore’s lawyers scrambling back to court to keep a ballot-by-bal-lot fight for the White House grinding away.
Bush asked the Supreme Court to shut down all the recounts or risk a constitutional crisis.
“I won the vote in Florida,”
Bush said — a point that could hardly be more in dispute.
He accused the Democrats of monkeying with laws to reverse the election’s “legitimate result.”
Stretching into a third seesawing week, the presidential race reached new levels of unpredictability.
Away from the courts and counting rooms, GOP vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney, who had had three heart attacks a decade ago, was hospitalized for chest pains and later underwent surgery to implant an artery-clearing device.
Late in the day, doctors said he had suffered “a very slight heart attack.”
They said he would recover fully, but it was one more unsettling development in the midst of a political tempest.
Bush was temporarily reeling from a Florida Supreme Court ruling late Tuesday night that said manual recounts could continue until Sunday in the state that will determine America’s 43rd president. Bush is clinging to a 930-vote lead out of 6 million cast.
Standing in front of a presiden-
Dick Cheney hospitalized after mild heart attack. Surgery clears blocked artery./3A
tial-blue backdrop, the Texas governor accused the state Supreme Court of overreaching, and he had choice words for Democrats, too. “I believe Secretary Cheney and I won the vote in Florida. And I believe some are determined to keep counting in an effort to change the legitimate result,” he said.
Republican allies were even more outspoken as they fanned out across Florida.
“If we were not witnessing, in effect, the stealing of a presidential election it would be laughable,” said Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, whose district includes part of Mia-mi-Dade County.
Bush’s fortunes shitted with stunning speed. Within two hours of his news conference, a three-member elections board in predominantly Democratic Miami-Dade voted to scrap its recount.
If the decision stands, Gore’s presidential dreams would rest with two other southeast coast counties — Palm Beach and Broward — where his advisers feared there were not enough votes to catch Bush.
“We hope the counts continue,” said Gore campaign chairman, William Daley.
Gore appealed the Miami-Dade decision, but a state appeals court refused Wednesday night to force a return to recount work. Democrats said they would appeal to the Florida Supreme Court.
Seniors advisers said the vice president’s slimming prospects depended upon the two remaining counties broadening their standards for validating votes, no sure thing, or a court forces Miami-Dade to recount — also a longshot.
Also in the day’s swirl of events:
— Bush’s lawyers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, accusing the state’s high court of allowing “selective, arbitrary and standard-less” recounts.
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. today and will be televised on KMOL Channel 4 (New Braunfels cable channel 3).
The women were signing up for buses, polishing boots and trying on gloves for what is surely going to be a cold day for the dancers. The gym they met in was cold itself, a hint of what was to come.
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NBHS grads join dance team in leading Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The trashman cometh
New Braunfels sanitation crews work every day but Christmas
By Jo Lee Ferguson
‘Tis the day of Thanksgiving, and all through New Braunfels, not a creature is stirring — except for the garbage trucks humming down city streets.
Trash bags have been placed by the roadside with care, in the knowledge that sanitation crews soon
will be there.
Today, while most people slept late, prepared meals or traveled to be with families and friends, New Braunfels’ sanitation crews were doing what they do almost every day of the year — their jobs.
The sanitation department typically collects trash six days a week, with workers alternating one Saturday on
and one Saturday off. If a holiday falls on one of those days, they still work.
The only holiday the workers have off is Christmas.
Sanitation crews arrived at work before dawn today to begin their garbage and recyclables routes even earlier than normal — at 5 a.m.
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Jessica Cale, a member of the Southwest Texas University Strutters dance team, rehearses a routine last week to prepare for today’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
County abruptly ceases recount
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels residents might recognize at least two pairs of familiar dancing feet in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The parade airs beginning at 9 a.m. today on KMOL (Cable Channel 3). South Texas’ own Strutters, the 68-member precision dance team from Southwest Texas University, will lead the parade.
New Braunfels natives Jessica Cale and Andrea Hernandez are members of the university’s dance team. This past week they joined with their fellow dancers for one final rehearsal at the university before leaving for New York on Sunday.
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Jessica Cale (left) and Andrea Hernandez, both New Braunfels natives, practice a high kick last week.
Amulfo Rodriguez (left) and Ernest Hinojosa hope to be home in time for a late Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.
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Canyon Lake joins Hill Country trail of lights
By Dana Jones
CANYON LAKE — Santa comes to the Texas Hill Country this weekend where the number of white sparkling lights nestled in trees and hung from the eaves of homes and businesses measures our idea of a white Christmas.
Just how many lights will be glowing for this year’s Texas Hill Country Regional Lighting Trail is almost incalculable.
“Millions,” said Debbie Farquhar-Gamer at the headquarters of the Texas Hill Country
Regional Lighting Trail. “Maybe up to 6 million. Johnson City alone is about a million.”
The Lighting Trail is a self-guided driving tour of festive towns north and west of New Braunfels.
In its 10th year, 12 towns will participate in the trail. The newest member is Canyon Lake.
Returning participants are Blanco, Bulverde, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Marble Falls, Mason and Round Mountain.
“We recommend doing it in two nights,” Farquhar-Gamer said.
“There are properties throughout the area that would be a good place to stay.”
The first events of the season begin the day after Thanksgiving. Santa arrives in Bulverde, while in Blanco the 14th annual lighting of the Old Blanco Courthouse and Square begins at 6 p.m. The Llano County Courthouse will be the main attraction at 6:30 p.m. with “Lights Aglow,” the official lighting with IO miles of tiny lights.
Norma Hunicutt of Johnson City, who continues to coordinate events in Johnson City, began the Lighting Trail. For the I Uh year,
Blanco County Courthouse will glow w ith 100,000 lights Friday evening. The entire tow n boasts more than 750,000 lights in addition to the courthouse.
“Johnson City (has) the largest (light display) in the state,” Karen
Granitz, manager of tourism for Johnson City said. “At 5:15 p.m. everything gets started, and there will be a guest light-switch flip-per.
On Saturday night Johnson City will present what Granitz calls the second biggest event, the Lighted Hooves and Wheels Parade, where