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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ************** ALL FOR AOL 78H WI 1000571 05/16/05 SOUTHUFST HICROF'LIPLISHERS 2627 E VAMDEl L OR EL PASO TX 79903 H111111 {11 f i J i,}! |, M | j J, |, j j VEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24,2004 erald-Zeitung ■NOTaMNKB LIFE NO HASSLE Why cook forThanksgiving when there are delicious hassle free alternatives available? Page 1B FORUM VETO POWER Columnist Cal Thomas writes that Bush should use his veto power to halt reckless spending of Congress. Page 6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 8 16 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW? 00001 Mostly sunny High Low 62 38 Details .... 2B DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS GB COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 4B FORUM GA OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 5B MMMMHMMMMNnWfljMM amasStores stock up, brace for post-holiday shopping rush By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Sale-crazed shoppers who are still recovering from consuming large amounts of turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving will set out before dawn Friday in search of the best deal they can find. Danny Williamson, Wal-Mart store manager, said he has seen people stake their places in the parking lot as early as 3 a.m. "On Friday morning, we will be wall to wall in here,” he said. To prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year, Williamson and 75 associates will stay up all night, decking the isles with Christmas cheer. They will hang decorations, ready the Christmas music and, most importantly, set out the sale items. “The blitz sale will start at 6 and end at ll a.m. Its going to have some great things in it,” Williamson said. The exact items and prices are "top secret,” but Williamson promised early shoppers would not be disappointed with the electronics and children’s toys they would find. Target also is keeping its sale items close to the vest, but store Manager Kirk Kveton said he expected there would be several hundred people waiting patiently at the door at 6 a.m. “It’s going to be crazy fun. We call it organized chaos,” he said. To ensure the crowd does not turn into a mob, Target employees will be talking to the shoppers before the doors open, asking them not to run and telling them where to find the items they want. The early morning sale will include some of this year’s “hottest” items, including small appliances and jewelry. Before Wal-Mart and Target open, shoppers will get a shot at Kohls, which is See BLACK FRIDAY, Page 2A EARLY TO RISE IS Kohl's opens at 5:30 a.m., with sale to end at noon. H Wal-Mart's 'blitz sale' is from 6 to 11 a.m. * Target's sale begins at 6 a.m. HIGH WATER AFTERMATH DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Above, Ben Rosales inspects the damage to the Gruene River bridge caused by Monday's flooding.The top layer of cement on a portion of the bridge was peeled back by rushing floodwaters. Right, a short distance from the bridge, hugh pieces of asphalt that were moved by floodwaters litter what is left of Bubba's Big Deck in Gruene. Damages pile up across debris-littered county Furniture, houses and cars were damaged in some places, she said. Assessments would continue in coming days. "We’ve gotten an awful lot of calls,” she said. The shelter set up at Canyon Intermediate School closed Monday night without occupants. The one at New Braunfels High School closed Tuesday night, Offermann did not know how many people had stayed there. “We’re getting everyone taken care See HIGH WATER, Page 5A By Ron Maloney StafTWriter GRIJFNF — Monday night, the “bar of directors’’ convened at Bubba’s Big Deck in Gruene and set to work shoveling out the mud left by the tloodwa-ter. Bubba Conran, owner of the popular club for motorcyclists, firefighters and their hest friends, was making runs to I louie Depot to buy lumber. “It’s nothing we can’t overcome," said Conran, whose other job is assistant fire marshal for the City of New Braunfels. "It’s just the water moves a whole lot of tilings. We have a lot of loyal customers, and we won t disappoint them. We ll be open Saturday for our river survival party and toy run.* The toy run is tile annual Gypsys MC Christmas effort to collect toys for needy children. “They donate those toys,” Conran said. “We’re going to get hack open.” Conran’s patrons aren’t exactly customers. They take an interest — and have a voice — in how the business runs. “We call them tile bar of directors.’ When something happens, we talk about it. T hey were here to help Monday night. I bought four shovels and we got started, getting the mud out.” While New Braunfels and Comal County escaped a widespread Hooding event, officials were busy Tuesday assessing tile damage. Shirley Offerman!! with the American Red Cross reported teams were out doing damage assessments. “We’ve got a big area to take care of,” she said, “b’s going to be pretty bad for some.” Groceries, 2 restaurants are open on holiday By Scott Mahon StafTWriter If you haven’t bought your Thanksgiving turkey yet, don’t panic. Albertsons, Handy Andy and I I -F.-B will be open T hanksgiving Day, and all three stores still have plenty of turkeys. Santos Sanchez, Albertson’s meat manager, said tile rain Monday kept most people from doing their holiday gro eery shopping. “We’ve got plenty of turkeys," he said Tuesday. Albertson’s, located at 955 N. Walnut Ave., will he open Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. H-H-B, 651 S. Walnut Ave., will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We’ve got plenty of Riverside and Butterball turkeys," said Floyd Responded H-E-B s meat market manager. I landv Andy’s store at 559 W. San Antonio St. will he See OPEN, Page 5A HOLIDAY CLOSINGS H City and county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. New Braunfels Post Office will be closed Thursday, but will be open Friday at 9 a.m. New Braunfels Utilities will be closed Thursday and Friday % Banks will be closed Thanksgiving Day, but will be open Friday for normal business hours. O NBISD and CISD schools let out Wednesday for the holidays. Classes will resume Monday. Volunteers: What counts are blessings of giving By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE—When it comes time to count your blessings, no one would expect a guy called “Grumpy” to have much to be thankful for. But Monday morning, Grumpy, his wife (yes, Mrs. Grumpy) and a bunch of their friends were working outside in a driving rain to express their thankfulness by helping the less fortunate in the 5th annual edition of Grumpy’s "Operation Thanksgiving.” Grumpy is the owner of Grumpy’s Mexican Cafe, known best for its breakfasts, fresh salsa and burgers — and not for any turkey except the turkey talked by the boss. Grumpy believes in giving to the community and to the needy. Dig rn... Coverage of the city’s two church sponsored Thanksgiving feasts Day Each June, he begins organizing and preparing for an event that grows exponentially each year. T his year, Operation T hanksgiving will provide food for 1,400 and is one of several local efforts to help foster a sense of community — and caring. Turkeys and all the fixings went to the Salvation Army’s Nolan Street Shelter in San Antonio, the Northeast Bible Church, the Comal County Crisis Center and a number of families along the way. "A long time ago, I ran into a family and the lady, who had kids, was really crying," Grumpy said. “She said, ‘Ail we wanted is food to eat and I can’t even feed my kids.’ I resolved from that day out I’m going to make sure I do all I can so some people don’t have to go hungry." T hanksgiving, Grumpy said, is a day for just plain giving. “Please help all you can and don’t let anyone go hungry if you can help them,” Grumpy said while helping to load 60 See HELP OTHERS, Page 5A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeituny Volunteers J.R. 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