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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NFELSHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150, No. 12    16    pages    in    2    sections    November    25,    2000 Saturday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents SMITH CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung People browse through antiques while Christmas shopping Friday night at the Gruene Antique Company. Director to fill big footsteps By Ron Maloney Staff Writer When Tim Smith steps onstage Sunday to direct the 41st annual Advent Vespers Massed Choir Concert, he will be standing in a very long, deep shadow. Smith will wave the baton in place of Melitta Frueh, the beloved founder and director of the Vespers for its first 40 years. Frueh, 82, died in June. Before she did, during her final illness she asked a number of friends, including long time accompanist Jo Ann Lemmon to promise not to allow the Vespers to die with her. And they have kept their promise. At 4 p.m., the New Braunfels Music Study Club will present the conceit as a memorial to Frueh at First Baptist Church. As in many years past, Lemmon will be accompanist — but this year with Smith instead of Frueh. Smith, organist and choir director at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Antonio, has already been through rehearsals with the group, and things are looking very, very good for Sunday’s performance, Anne Kleeman, music club vice president, said. “I was very pleased. Tim was very pleased,” Kleeman said. Melitta would have been very happy. We’re going to have a really good program.” David Getty will perform a prelude on trumpet, and the Cross Lutheran Handbell Choir will perform as well. The Advent Vespers will be broadcast on KGNB and televised at a later date on TCI Cablevision. “Tim’s a very experienced director,” Kleeman said. “I think the people accepted him very well. It’s going to turn out just perfect — we hope.” Lemmon, who accompanied for Frueh all those years, is sure it will. “We’re very grateful for having Tim Smith. He’s a wonderful person. He’s very amiable. He has high standards, but he’s very nice about it and he gets a lot of work done,” Lemmon said. “I enjoy working with Tim. He’s a wonderful musician. Still, Lemmon misses her friend, Frueh. See SMITH/3A Frenzy marks first shopping day By Ron Maloney Staff Writer By 5:45 a.m. Friday, the parking lot at Wal-Mart in New Braunfels was three-quarters full and cars were still streaming in. But the real action was inside the store. The much-promoted holiday shopping season-opening loss leaders” were parked on pallets in the long open aisle across the center of the store. There were children’s bicycles starting at $25, and customers crowded around them. Some had been there before 4 a.m. One was a menacing-looking man who stood between two, holding handlebars to claim them, his red eyes proclaiming he had been up all night and nobody had better try to take his bikes. The customers at the New Braunfels Wal-Mart were the lucky ones this morning because the store is open 24 hours, seven days a week. In San Antonio, where many of the stores do not stay open all night, there were news reports of lines extending Gruene a milder shopping experience/4A across parking lots and around buildings — and of campers who had spent the night in the rain. In New Braunfels, customers crowded around the $800 computers, $89 19-inch color TV $25 bicycles and those welded-aluminum, collapsible, adjustable scooters that are trendy, retro and generally pricey, ranging from $59 to $99. See FRENZY/4A Mounted posse Selma Heritage Days Courier Ride celebrates early history RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung Members of the Comal County Sheriffs’ Posse paraded through New Braunfels Friday en route to Selma Heritage Days to deliver a mayoral proclamation. They traced the historic El Camino Real from the Hays County line to the John S. Harrison stage stop at Evans Road and Interstate 35. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SELMA — Sandy Self spends an awful lot of time with her horse. “Too much time,” jokes her husband, Bill. Friday, Sandy and other members of the Comal County Sheriff’s Posse participated in the Selma Heritage Days Courier Ride, which celebrated the early history of Texas and an early connection between the City of Selma and the neighboring county and community to the north. They traveled along the historic King’s Road or El Camino Real through New Braunfels and presented to Selma Mayor Jim Parma a opening that city’s Heritage Days. The Selma Historical/Parks Committee has worked for more than a year to create a city park and restore and preserve the Harrison and Brown Stage Lines stop at Evans Road and Interstate 35. RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung Sandy Self, a 15-year member of the Comal County Sheriffs’ Posse, rode with Mary Smith, Charles Hohensee, Tom Johnson, David Wiedenfeld, Becky Parks, Lee Woodley, Vera Lane and Stephanie Hunter. Friday’s events were a celebration of the effort. They included a parade on Evans Road and ceremony at I p.m. followed by a barbecue. “There’s a connection between Selma and New Braunfels that goes way, way back,” Self explained. John S. Harrison owned 20 acres of land near Four Mile Creek and the old San Antonio Road south of New Braunfels in 1850. He also bought horses and wagons See POSSE/4A Inside Gridiron 4 roundup J IB Smithson Valley Rangers win 42-34 against San Marcos/I B New Braunfels Unicorns still in playoffs after 28-25 win./1B BUSH Supreme Court to view appeal WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the bitter, overtime struggle for the White House on Friday, agreeing to consider George W. Bush’s appeal against the hand recounting of ballots in Florida, the state that will decide whether he or Al Gore becomes president. But first, on Sunday, Florida’s secretary of state plans to certify a winner. At this point, Bush leads an incredibly close count. His unofficial margin as of early Friday evening was 704 votes. The recounting went on into the holiday weekend, a wearing process that could be moot should the Supreme Court decide not to include the hand tallying of ballots originally cast in voting machines. These striking turns in the disputed election mean that the longest, closest contest in 124 years may not be settled before early December, nearly a month after Americans voted. The court will hear arguments next Friday, Dec. I, from lawyers for Democrat Gore, who wants the recounts, and Republican Bush, who barely led the original vote and initial recounting of the voting machine totals. Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a Republican and Bush campaigner, announced earlier Friday that she would certify the winner of the state’s decisive 25 electoral votes sometime after 6 p.m. on Sunday. Her office said after the Supreme Court intervention that she would was going ahead with her certification. On Nov. 17, the date she said state law set for certification, Bush led Gore by 930 votes. Her new timetable was in keeping with the decision of the Florida Supreme Court, which set a deadline of 5 p.m. EST Sunday for final returns and said they must include hand recounted ballots ready by then. GOREInside Abby................... .............5A Classifieds............ ...........5-8B Comics................. ..............5B Crossword............ ..............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... .............4A Movies................... ..............5A Obituaries............. ..............3A Sports.................. ..........1-3B Today................... .............2A Key Code 76Coming Sunday ie Institute for Public Health and Research in New Braunfels is writing a prescription for diabetic patients to live better lives ./Lifestyle IC New Braunfels officials to mull sales tax By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will conduct a workshop Monday with the infrastructure and improvement corporation board of directors. The workshop is at 5:30 p.m. before the council’s regular 6:30 p.m. meeting at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave. The infrastructure and improvement corporation’s board of directors currently oversees a total one-quarter of I percent sales tax for streets and drainage and other improvement projects. However, the board soon will be in charge of a total three-eighths of I percent sales tax because of a recent election in which voters consolidated the city’s separate economic development sales tax with the tax for streets and drainage projects and other improvement projects. Monday’s meeting between the board and city council is to discuss “matters related to the application process and the uses of the sales tax” that the board oversees, according to the meeting agenda. The council's regular meeting follows at 6:30 p.m., during which the council will consider a resolution to amend the budgetMeeting■ WHO: New Braunfels City Council ■ WHAT: Workshop ■ WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Monday ■ WHERE: Municipal Building,I 424 S. Casten Ave.I___ to fund recently approved salary increases for city employees. Some city employees received a 5 per-’ See MEETINGS ;