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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas SllCIAL SECTION GIFT GUIDE the holiday gift guide and holiday blitz sales fliers from area COUPON Optical discount a cdnipjetepaif of 31 Page I since I52 Actions CLICK i LOT TO BE T H A N DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS G6B COMICS 2B 4A 4B SPORTS SB High Low A U N F E L S SAYS Frank Caballfero NewBraunfels Natalie Esperanza Batesville Geoff Gough NewBraunfels Joseph LepeK Vfew Braunfels Im thankful i we have the freedoms we have I j I America Foreating j Im thankful j health of I myfamily I feel like Im Im thankful for my friends If I you dont i have i dont have I Jeanhie Martinez 1 NewBraunfels My children myfamily my health and my Sally Rdach Weslaco Im thankfulfor ourgoqd health and all the blessings that we FRONTand CENTER Economic pulse gives merchants hope for season anJim6ne2 1 StaffWriter New Braunfels merchants have made their Ust and are checking it twice ahead of what will be a healthy holi day sales season which begins Friday Michael Meek said he anticipates i shoppers will spend more and hopes they will choose to buy locally The hope is con sumers will continue their strong buying he said The economy is stronger this year he for opti mism about the days ahead Retailers are looking to falling unem ployment rates and stock market growth as signs of a rebound from the last two years drooping holiday sales And theyre getting ready Hastings Books Music and Movies started hiring extra help two months ago We probably increased staff 25 to 30 said Karen Vann store er CDs books and novelty toys are pour ing in by the truckload and the extra stafl is needed to sort stock and sell the items signs that Black Friday is com ing Castings like many stores in New f 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 hflljday traffic Retailers say the rush is worth we sales Target stores wound the country have seen an increase in sales heading into the Christmas season which is o 9t tion of Friday mad rush for gifts knovyn Friday Retailers 9 er hpjdjiy sales season than past two years County requests 8 acres for park By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Comal County is seeking to expand Hidden Valley Sports Commissioners voted Wednesday to ask the Army Corps of Engineers to lease to the coun ty property on the north and south ends of the facility The land on the south side of the park would be used to add 200 addition al parking spaces adjacent to ball fields On the north end the property would be sublet to the Canyon Lake Com munity Resource and Recreation Center expanding its role at the park CRRC Board President Jay Brewer said the 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 build ing 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 mas ter plan is further Brewer said Thursday Comal County leases the park land from the Army Corps of Engineers and sublets it to the Community Resource and Recreation Center Canyon Lake little League Canyon Lake Soccer Hidden Valley Sports Park is one of three county parks The 60acre facility on South Access Road is being repaired in the wake of the 2002 flood It is expected to reopen in the The county is now seeking to add another eight acres to the park See PARK Page 3A turkeying around in airports w JL just Mary Atlanta In Denver travelers waited tee minutes and in Minneapoiis sbf waited fej her bags in Atlanta five minutes BrtenTunnatt a spokesman for wajt twes were so stomr tin fesJ yeai at most isttitton ttve percentage of pMsengers who set off metal feeetofs then have to be Used CcifS Truck wTPP ti 1
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