New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 27, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas COMING FRIDAYNew Braunfels. TX THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2003 A ZeitungFRONTand Center Retailers ready for the rush gives merchants    $ flCTCS hope for season    for pdfkClear weather means no turkeying around in airports SPECIAL SECTION GIFT GUIDE Don't miss the Herald-Zeitung holiday gift guide and holiday blitz sales fliers from area merchants. Inside COUPON SEE CLEARLY RealEyes Optical is offering a 20-percent discount coupon on a complete pair of eyeglasses befo*"' n«c. 31. Page SA Vol. 153, No. 11 14 pages, 2 sections CLICK Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5-6B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A APPLAUSE 4B SPORTS 6.8A 8 l,,56825 00001 ,H 1 '■ rw»7u ie I TV GRIDS 3B herald-zeitung.com High Low 69 32 Details .... 1B Frank Caballero New Braunfels "I’m thankful we have the freedoms we have herein America." Natalie Esperanza Batesville "For eating I turkey." Geoff Gough New Braunfels "Im thankful for the health of my family. I feel like I’m blessed." Joseph LepeK New Braunfels Tm thankful for my friends. If you don’t have friends, you don’t have much." Jeannie Martinez New Braunfels "My children, my family, my health and my Sally Roach Weslaco “I’m thankful for our good health and all the blessings that we have." New Braunfels merchants have made their list and are checking it twice ahead of what they hope will be a healthy holiday sales season, which begins Friday. Michael Meek, president of Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said he anticipates shoppers will spend more and hopes they will choose to buy locally. “The hope is consumers will continue their strong buying patterns,” he said. The economy is Michael Meek st™n8er Veat- h5 said — cause for optimism about the days ahead. Retailers are looking to falling unemployment rates and stock market growth as signs of a rebound from the last two years' drooping holiday sales. And they're getting ready. Hastings Books, Music and Movies 'started hiring extra help two months ago. “We probably increased staff 25 to 30 percent," said Karen Vann, store manager. CDs, books and novelty toys are pouring in by the truckload, and the extra staff is needed to sort, stock and sell the items — telltale signs that Black Friday is coming. Hastings, like many stores in New Braunfels, will open earlier than usual for the first day of the holiday shopping season. Hastings staff will be there two hours before the doors open to prepare for holiday traffic. Retailers say the rush is worth the sales. Target stores around the country have seen an increase in sales heading into the Christmas season, which is reason*See SHOPPING. Page 3A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Comal County is seeking to expand Hidden Valley Sports Park by another eight acres. Commissioners voted Wednesday to ask the U S. Army { IHtHr ACRES Corps of Engineers    j _ to lease to the coun- j ■ s^,Vrk?s ty property on the    j    one of three north and SOUth    I    county parks ends of the facility, j u Thfi 60.acre The land on the    j    facility on South south side of the    I    Access Road is park would be used    I    be"?9 rep;lired. T„ , , ,inn >    __ i    in the wake of to add 200 addition-    ;    the 2002 flood a1 parking spaces    ;    u is expected to adjacent to ball    I    reopen in the fields. *    sPr,n9 On the north end,    j ■ The county is the property WOUld    I    now seeking to be sublet to the    I    addK,ano,h?' „    ii/-.    eight acres to Canyon Lake Com- j thg park munity Resource    : and Recreation Center, expanding its role at the park. CRRC Board President Jay Brewer said die property would be used to add an outdoor pavilion, girls’ softball fields, gardens created by the Master Naturalists and, in the long term, another building to augment the existing recreation building adjacent to the site. “The two highest priority projects will be the pavilion and the girls’ softball fields. That will all come together, and the timing will come together as the master plan is further developed,” Brewer said Thursday. Comal County leases the park land from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and sublets it to the Community Resource and Recreation Center, Canyon Lake Little League, (Canyon lake Soccer See DARK. Page 3A Make your move Ybu*re no longer tethered to a cell phone provider K»f»ni> VDU want to keep your number. BOSTON (AP) — The Thanksgiving travel weekend got off to a smooth start Wednesday thanks to clear skies across much of the country and short lines at most airport security checkpoints. The improving economy and flat gas prices were expected to make this the busiest Thanksgiving weekend since the 2001 terrorist attacks. The AAA travel group expected 36 million people nationwide to travel 50 miles or more from their homes over the weekend. “This is perfect weather for traveling either by air or car," said AAA spokesman Mantill Williams. “Apparently, they don’t anticipate any type of inclement weather throughout the weekend, so we’re confident the travel is going to live up to our expectations." Some travelers seemed surprised by how smoothly their hips were going. “I think a lot of us are smarter about how we have to travel now. i just check everything,” Mary Thomas of Oxon Hill, Md., said as she waited for her bags in Atlanta after a flight from Baltimore. Checkpoint wait times were shorter than last year at most airports, according to transportation officials who credited a better-educated flying public and more efficient screeners. Wait times for early-afternoon flights Wednesday ranged from one minute in Chicago to 15 minutes in Atlanta. In Denver, travelers waited three minutes, and in Minneapolis-St. Paul, five minutes. Brian Ttirmail, a spokesman for the'IVansportation Safety Administration, said the percentage of passengers who set off metal detectors and then have to be searched was running about 8 percent to IO percent by mid-afternoon Wednesday, down from 16 percent last year. Suzanne Doerr stocks CDs at Hastings in anticipa- known as Black Friday. Retailers predict a healthi-tion of Friday's mad rush for Christmas gifts, er holiday sales season than the past two years. j ;

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