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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAY NOVEMBER REGION TITLE Find but whd goes on to the state quarterfinals the jCanydri Cougars or the Sharyland Rattlers Page CHACHING Vol 152 No 13 14 pages 2 sections CLICK Let merchants cash registers ring in harmony with Jingle Bells for a prosperous holiday economy Page 4A and Comal County since 1852 S j 2B I vvww I OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6M Details1B FRONT and CENTER barrage Photos by REBECCAS special sales on DVD players and Karaoke machines shoppers vie for the best deals at the electronics counter in Target Friday morning Workshop to set final street repair priorities By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After more than a year of discussion city officials hope to make final recom mendations for street improvements and drainage projects after a workshop Mon day Weve been talking about street and drainage projects and the various ways to go about it for sev eral years said City Manager Chuck Pinto Mon days meeting will be the final work shop after which well have the final recommendations for city Immediately before discussion v 3 Folks line up early to kick off holiday retail season By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Thiere are reasons store clerks call the Historically it is the day that jump starts one of the biggest busiest craziest shopping days oftheyear A shopper who wanted to be first in line at the New Braunfels Target when it I opened at Friday had to be readyto pay a price First said shopper would have arrived i before 4 which is when Laura Rivera of McQueeney arrived trying to make sure npbodybeather to alirnited supply of players Karaoke machines j and inline skates Rivera said her family Would hit three stores was covering Target and toys R Us Her husband Domingo had the shopping covered at another store that opened at 6 am getting a bike They also have a leap frog leap pad a learning sys she said seeming unsure of the name Thats about Behind Rivera stood Melanie Ohlen busch of New Braunfels Ohlenbuschwas embarrassed maybe that would know she was crazy enough to be out in the dark way before the store even opened Its just a big she said laughing People are going to say Dont you have See RETAIL Page 3A Melanie Ohlenbuscn left and Laura Rivera waited outside Target for more than two hours Friday morning to be the first ones in line when the store began its afterThanksgiving sate at 6 AT A GLANCE What New Braunfels City Council work shop When 6 Monday Where Confer ence Room A Municipal Build ing 424 S Cas tell Ave on street improve ments a workshop will be held regarding future bonds for New Braunfels Utilities projects NBU will talk about some bonding they want to do after the first of the Pinto said City staffhas previously estimatedNew Braunfels mil lion for routine street repair and drainage projects Historically the city has spent less than per year on routine street repair But Pinto said the city will spend close to million this fiscal year on repair and is budgeted for street repair and another will be equally divided among political districts The citys fiscal year began July 1 A citywide inventory completed in April reported million in routine street projects Since April council has held continuous workshops to prioritize those projects Another study this year reported approximately 535 streets in New Braun fels need some kind of minor street repair and another 58 streets need to be com pletely reconstructed After the study Pinto said officials would have to look at ways to fund the projects In May voters turned down two propo sitions that would have diverted mil lion over the next four years from eco nomic development to street repair but See STREET Page 3A The following peo ple donated jo the HeraldZeitMng CheerFund K Christian and Uurel Jensen rtelgard Suhr H Homer Sloan V Friedjls Framing i Richard Buhl i Fredick and Mary Wallace and Dorothy Johnson Adam and Betty Bartlett Kenneth and Betty Triesch Don E and Valerie R Meyer Bring donations tp the HeraldZeitung offices 707 Landa CeH phone users not rushing to switch carriers By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Consumers able for the first time to switch cellular tele phone carriers and keep their curtent phpne numbers havent overpowered local providets with requests to service Deports were mixed OR the immediate impact of the IocaJ Member Pprtebility Act which allows wireless cus tomers tq keep their number when they dump their ice switch mejr landWne number to a cell phone The new rules topk effeeJ Monday in the 100 largest metropolitan areas pj the United States and will be in effect everywhere by May Wireless service providers have offered a nurnber of packages and incentives to sign up new or switching cus tomers and to keep the ones they have The Associated Press reported Tuesday sub scribers nationwide in spite pf expectations Jtothe nun her cpujd hit 1 million or more had initiated the switch in the first day A celltocell switch should take about 24 hours while a wireUnetowireless change could take five to 10 business complete percent Hi PHQNf 3A Mohtelel Thursday a lower by ohanpng and was aWe to gtt a Always Hstenmg always working for you
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