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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY DECEMBER 30 2003 WA CVDf 18W HOOPS Canyon girls Smithson Valley boys shine so far as local teams wind up their nondis trict play Page SA vJtt FORUM RESOLUTION Charley Reese says we should take a page from Dickins and resolve to be less grumpy in the new year Page 4A 1 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 to 40 12 pages 2 sections CLICK 500 I WWW High Low 64 40 Details IB I FRONTand CENTER Despite cautious consumers with a bright economic outlook local retailers report Shoppers say Less on presents By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Analysts arealready predict ing a better economy in 2004 but consumers in NewBraun fels say they were cautious during the Christmas holidays Ann Polk who works at The Scooter Store and was transferred here from Houston said she spentless on Christmas gifts this year I wasnt as she said SoniaToney who spent about the same this holiday season as she did last Christmas said she was more conscious about the economy I concentrated on basic needs said Toney who has also bought more gift certifi Carol Cbburn who moved to New Braunfels in June said she cut back on spending this Christ inas Were probably going to be a little more cautious next she said The Associated Press reported Monday that since the recession began in March 2001 the United States has lost million jobs And in a significant change from past downturns workers who lost their jobs have stayed unem ployed far longer However 2004 could turn out to be a banner year economical ly even though analysts believe unemployment will not improve much The current jobless rate of from a high this summer of percent is expected to remain around percent according to me Asso ciated Press Maria Edler of New Braunfels said she and her husband were more aware of the effects of a dovwi eephomy Were building a new house sowe spentless on Christmas this she said But we were also more aware of the ecQnomy even though were hoping for a better year next Those concerns didnt keep shoppers out of local stores DAVII suADBiim DO o A 1B man99er restocks merchandise Monday The test store at See SHOPPING Page 3A the New Brauhfels Marketplace had a good holiday season Arriaga said mum Mad cow scare hasnt spoiled local beef trade By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Got beef Eat it and dont worry about it is the consensus of local industry insiders who say the case of mad cow disease confirmed in Washington state appears to be an isolated incident As the Department of Agricul ture and its Canadian counterpart investigate the origin of the Washington case pounds of beef connected to the animal and the others slaugh tered with it have been impounded in eight western states and Guam None of the meat was believed shipped to Texas As of Monday more than 24 coun tries accounting for 90 percent of American beef exports banned import of beef while the inves tigation continues At billion per year exports account for 8 to 10 per cent of the beef produced each year in the United States It was not clear Monday what if any longterm effect the case would have on the billion beef industry Comal County Agricultural Exten sion Agent Bryan Davis said the news broke duringa period when beef prices were at a historic while cat tle auction houses are traditionally closed for the holiday The big thing unfortunately is wait ing to see how the market will See BEEP Page 3A DIDYOU KNOW H Bovine spongi form enceph alopathy or mad cow c ease attacks the brain and spinal cord of cattle resulting in an illness characterized by the brain dam age it causes The illness prob ably is connect ed to feeding practices in place in the and Canada before 1997 that have since been outlawed Creutzfeldt Jakob a human variant of mad cow disease is blamed for 137 deaths a decade ago in Great Britain The Texas Beef Council recipes and safe ty infor mation on its Web site DAVID Granzins Meat Market counter clerk Joseph Mehrer talks with a customer Monday while packaging an order New Years shindigs offer dancing food By Dylan Staff Writer Get down or are ptenty of to count down ta the New Year to New fete The Candlelight Pmce Qwh hosts the annjal candlelight New Years Danes at the New Braunfels Civic Center Doors open at 7 and the event ends at Enjoy a chgm paign psjty fevws and a New Years breakfast thai begins 4t U pm an4 consists gf eggs bacon gravy mi but glasses and snacks w he available The Wttt Fishermen s Joeil group wl play ball room Press is formal Reservations still are available for per couple by cilng 606 People came in from out of town for the dance said Marie t Moore event coordinator We dance by Moore said Its beautiful Were Jeanie Edwardjs owner said no children would be allowed and the atmosphere would be relax ing and romantic Party favors a midnight champagne toast will be provid ed A premier piano player at the Omni Hotel to Sto AnioniQ ajjd a The public is invited beginning at COUNT DOWN GET DOWN Candlelight New Years pance per cpuple fymal Uptown New Years Eye Party per perssn romnntic 629 0234 Hotel New person The Uptown Piano Bar hosts a Eye Party A sitdown dJwner begins at and con tinues through 9 The has passed but Edwards is lalang a few iiwjne for dinnerThe dimer 830 Gymnastics II ft Si par chi W 606
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