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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2003 RALD r* ftW- fOV BDL 188 ■■Mn 5?rflSs , ife”-Vi UNG FORUM RESOLUTION Charley Reese says we should take a page from Dickins and resolve to be less grumpy in the new year. Pago Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 40 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK I 500 vwvw: 56825 00001 iin High Low 64 40 Details .... IB Front and Center DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS ASB COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS SB Mad cow scare I hasn’t spoiled HAPPY HOLIDAYS localbeeftrade Despite cautious consumers, with a bright economic outlook local retailers report. Shoppers say they spent less on presents By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Analysts are already predicting a better economy in 2004, but consumers in New Braunfels say they were cautious during the Christmas holidays. Ann Polk, who works at The Scooter Store and was transferred here from Houston, said she spent less on Christmas gifts this year. “I wasn’t as extravagant,” she said. Sonia Toney, 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 this year,” said Toney, who has lived in New Braunfels 14 years. “I also bought more gift certificates.” Carol Coburn, who moved to New Braunfels in June, said she cut back on spending this Christmas. “We’re probably going to be a little more cautious next year,” she said. The Associated Press reported Monday that since the recession began in March 2001, the United States has lost 2.35 million jobs. And in a significant change from past downturns, workers who lost their jobs have stayed unemployed far longer. However, 2004 could turn out to be a banner year economically, even though analysts believe unemployment will not improve much. The current jobless rate of 5.9 percent—down from a high this summer of 6.4 percent — is expected to remain around 5.7 percent, according to the Associated Press. Marla Edler of New Braunfels said she and her husband were more aware of the effects of a down economy. "We’re building a new house, so we spent less on Christmas this year,” she said. “But we were also more aware of the economy, even though we’re hoping for a better year next year.” Those concerns didn’t keep shoppers out of local stores. See SNOmiM, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zettung KB Toys store manager Sara Arriaga restocks merchandise Monday. The 'test ' store at the New Brauhfels Marketplace had a good holiday season, Arriaga said. DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Granzin's Meat Market counter clerk Joseph Mehrer talks with a customer Monday while packaging an order. Healthy resolutions SPECIAL SECTION Wellness doc for everyone, from children to seniors, to help you keep that New Year's resolution. Also, don’t miss: S inspirational weight loss stories, LIPE, Wednesday. ■ Officials urge caution on roads, PASE SA, today. El Bori! drink and drive, OMN OPINION, today, 4A. New Year’s shindigs offer dancing, food By Dylan Jimdnaz Staff Writer Get down or sit down — there are plenty of ways to count down to the New Year in New Braunfels. The Candlelight Dance Club hosts the annual Candlelight New Year’s Dance at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the event ends at 12:30 a.m. Enjoy a champaign toast, party favors and a New Year’s breakfast that begins at ll p.m. and consists of eggs, bacon, gravy and, of course, black-eyed peas. The toast is “bring your own bottle,” but glasses and snacks will be available. The LUU' Fishermen Orchestra, a local group, will play ballroom music. Dress is formal. Reservations still are available for $60 per couple by calling 606-3282. People come in from out of town for the dance, said Marie Moore, event coordinator. “We dance by candlelight,” Moore said. “It’s beautiful. We’re looking forward to a great time.” The Uptown Piano Bar hosts a New Year's Eve Party. A sit-down dinner begins at 7 p.m. and continues through 9 p.m. Jeanie lid wards, owner, said no children would be allowed and the atmosphere would be relaxing and romanUc. Party favors and a midnight champagne toast will be provided. A premier piano player at the Omni Hotel in San Antonio and a saxophonist will play from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The public is invited beginning at 9:30 p.m. for cocktails and dancing. The deadline for reservations has passed, but Edwards is taking a few more for dinner. The dinner See NBW YEAR'S, Page 3A COUNI DOWN, GET DOWN ■ Candlelight New Year s Dance, $60 per couple, formal, 606-3282 ■ Uptown New Year s Eve Party, $60 per person, romantic, 629-0234 ■ Faust Hotel New Year s Eve Party, $99 per couple, historic, $59 per person. 625-7791 ■ American Legion New Year's Dance, $12, 830-379-1079 ■ JBR Gymnastics New Year s Lock-in, $15 to $30 per child, 606- DID YOU KNOW? Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease. attacks the brain and spinal cord of cattle, resulting in an illness characterized by the brain damage it causes. ■ The illness probably is connected to feeding practices in place in the U.S. and Canada before 1997 that have since been outlawed IF Creutzfeldt-Jakob. a human variant of mad cow disease, is blamed for 137 deaths a decade ago in Great Britain. II The Texas Beef Council click offers recipes fj!n\ and safe-Iji ty information on its Web site: ■ *,vT.I1 v'l UTT*” ill) y By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Got beef? Eat it and don’t 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Canadian counterpart investigate the origin of the Washington case, 10,000 pounds of beef connected . to the animal and the others slaughtered 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 countries accounting for 90 percent of American beef exports banned import of U.S.-produced beef while the investigation continues. At $3 billion per year, exports account for 8 to IO percent of the beef produced each year in the United States. It was not clear Monday what, if any, long-term effect the case would have on the $175 billion beef industry. Comal County Agricultural Extension Agent Bryan Davis said the news broke during a period when beef prices were at a historic high — but while cattle auction houses are traditionally closed for the holiday. “The big thing, unfortunately, is waiting to see how the market will react,” See REEP, Page 3A■HNI ;