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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Gore refuses concession Vows election battle despite court’s ruling By Linda Deutsch Associated Press Writer Vice President Al Gore’s lawyers said Thursday he will contest election results from Florida’s Miami-Dade County and won’t concede defeat in the presidential election, even if George W. Bush remains ahead in votes that are certified Sunday night. The announcement came after the Florida Supreme Court refused to order Miami-Dade County officials to resume hand-counting presidential election bal-BUSH    lots. Gore’s lawyers said they will file a contest of the election in Miami-Dade no later than Monday. The Florida Supreme Court, in setting its Sunday deadline for vote certification, anticipate such contests and wanted to ensure there was enough time to consider them before the state’s presidential electors are to be select-GORE    ed    on Dec. 12. “Nobody should be surprised by this. We’ve been saying all along that we wanted full and fair count and that’s what we intend to see said Ron KJain, a Gore campaign hat meant that Gore would not concede ' in votes cani on What ^hey Did candidates ne out for wing holi- 1om-' with WANTED FOK QUESTIONING IN SHOOTING DEATH ON IU 15 NOVEMBER 24.1999 best available copyHerald-Zeitung Serving Comal County since 1852    50    cents One year later, Adkins murder unsolved By Ron Maloney Staff Writer About 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 24 1999, schoolteacher John Adkins, 2,8, left Cookie, his terrier, in his Ruekle Road mobile home and got into his teal-colored convertible. He stopped at the Texaco food mart down at Interstate 35, and filled his giant soft drink cup at the foun tain machine there. He got into his ear, drove across the interstate and turned left onto the southbound frontage road, and then left again to merge into heavy holiday traffic on Interstate 35. In the year since Nov. 24, 1999, Schertz police have worked thousands of hours to try to find out what happened next. Because within five minutes, Adkins was dead. “We’ve run into dead ends,” said Schertz police Det. Sgt. Mark Schupp. “We’ve had calls, we’ve followed up on each and every one and we haven’t come up with anything on it.” The Adkins case is one of only two unsolved murders on the books at the Schertz Police Department. Victim’s family plans hometown trip to visit grave sites of Adkins and his father, who died in auto wreck./5A The other came in the same area in 1987. A woman in her 20s was found dead, dumped in a drainage ditch See MURDER/5A Photo Submitted Police released this artist’s rendering of one of the suspects in the shooting death of John Adkins of New Braunfels.Vol. 150 No. ll 20 pages in 2 sections November 24, 2000 Friday Ready, set, shop! Local stores brace for onslaught of holiday shopping madness Shopping Tips After fighting the traffic in and out of the stores for the perfect gifts, do not let the little things trip you up. • Always check the box for items not included, such as batteries or extension cords. • Stock up on cards, film and wrapping supplies. • Keep a stash of gift certificates in case someone unintentionally gets left off your list. • lf you shop at several stores, it might help to keep a little notebook to serve as a shopping diary. Record information such as the item, the date, how much it cost and the store’s return policy. Long lines likely will greet you at the return counter, but the experience does not have to be painful. • Pay attention to refund policies: some stores have time limits for refunds. Electronic equipment often comes with a host of special restrictions, so read carefully. • Be prepared to show identification such as a driver’s license. Rocio Warren and Jaime Warren, left to right, visit New Braunfels from ti Thursday to get a head start on Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The sound of dishes tinkling together in the sink after Thanksgiving rings out like a shot from a starter pistol at a track and field event — sending people to the line for the holiday shopping race. Although history shows that today is the busiest shopping day of the year, and everything from cashier lines to parking lots will be clogged, retailers expect if they sell it, the customers will come. “I think you have to stay calm and just keep the holiday in mind. We are trying to sell merchandise, but the season is about giving and being with your family,” Wal-Mart manager Christine Ohlendorf said. Every year a different item pops up as “the” item to have, but the newsreel images remain the same: desperate adults grabbing for a Cabbage Patch doll; haggard parents waiting for a 6 a.m. shipment of Furbie dolls; and confused grandparents lugging cartons of Pokemon cards to a cashier. This year, New Braunfels’ {• hustling to keep up with derm items such as DVD players an disc burners, video game play games. Retailers said the list of mu, broader this year and that helf merchandise in stock. “We’re having a big sale (th and that stuff usually blows ou Ohlendorf said. “This should h but we’re ready.” By Wednesday the shelves c: one seasonal standout — scoot started looking bare in some sh retailers promise to keep them c Even Hastings, primarily a mi and video store, will stock the re “It’s going to be really big — I huge,” Hastings store manager K Vann said. Her store will be one of many cial hours for the day after Than See SHOF PACE/Herald-Zeitung '-er i >!    ■»    f Road extension to help traffic By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A planned extension of Schmidt Avenue is designed to alleviate congestion at the Walnut Avenue and Farm-to-Market 725 intersections with Interstate 35. The couped recently decided to move forward with construction of the 2,300-foot-long extension that will connect Schmidt Avenue to FM 1044 about 1,280 feet north of Old Marion Road. Schmidt currently stops at Morningside Drive City Engineer C.A. Bolner said construction would not begin until after the First of the new year. The extension will take about six months to complete, he said. The total cost of engineering and construction is estimated at almost $353,000, not including land acquisition costs. The total with land acquisition should be under $500,000, according to information from the city. “It will give folks access from the Interstate to FM 1044, or the main thing is people coming up 1044 or out Old Marion Road and want to get to the Interstate, they can take this route to the Interstate,” Bolner said. Currently, drivers on FM 1044 can only go north when they reach the interstate frontage road.Inside Abby................................7    A Classifieds.......................5-8B Comics..............................9A Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A LocafciMetro........................4A Movies,.....................  7A Obituaries  ................3A Sports............................1-3B Today......................  2A Stocks k   5A Key Code 76Turkey talk By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SATTLER — They were talking turkey Thursday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8573. About 325 Canyon Lake area residents were eating turkey, too, thanks to the VFW, Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425 and about 30 volunteers and businesses who donated time, food or money to make the 9th annual event happen. “We fed 300 last year,” said VFW Post Commander, Casey Hevener. “We won’t know until we’re all done, but we expect to pass that this year. We’ve just had a super day!”Oi j. Each year u.* ner grows, Hevei. It is one of two tuna VFW conducts to raise money to. the Shnners Hospital For Crippled Children at Houston and Shriners Bum Institute at Galveston. The other is the annual Super Bowl chili cook-off in January. “It’s a community effort,” Hevener said. Area stores and businesses donate either cash or food and volunteers prepare it, either in their homes or in a building near the VFW post on River Road where many of the 40 turkeys served Thursday were deep-hied.See DINNER/5A CHRIS PACE/HeraId-Zertung Nancy Gilbert serves up pumpkin pie at the Canyon Lake VFW Thursday during Its annual Thanksgiving dinner. ;