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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24,2005 *780 ff%soTa,L to'Ums ll,    ii    I    i, r n,,,'w-''U..... A EI1U lnG SPORTS ALL-DISTRICT Co-champions New Braunfels, Canyon dominate selections on District 27-4A volleyball teams. Page 8A FORUM COLUMN State Sen. Jeff Wentworth writes how the state's agricultural roots must be preserved, cultivated. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 314 16 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500 WWW. '56825 00001 Mostly sunny High Low 79 52 Details .... 7A DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS 3BCoaches’ wives to have hectic, happy holiday By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Some plans depend on the calendar, others on the weather. The Gamez family schedules their lives around football. “We’ve learned to be flexible and make our decisions week to week,” said Kerri Gamez, wife of Canyon High School assistant football coach Glenn Gamez. “When people ask Groups prep for feasts of what we’re doing in advance, we say, 'We’ll let you know after Friday night’” The Canyon coaching staff was hard at work this morning preparing the team for Friday’s Gass 4A Division II regional semifinals game in Corpus Christi against Edcouch-Elsa. However, the coaches wives have learned to keep the holiday and the game in perspective. Paulette Davis, wife of head coach Les Davis, said her fainiIv will be a little late for a holiday lunch but will keep the rest of its Thanksgiving schedule. “It does cut into some family time for relatives who have come into tow! t from far away,” she said. “But sometimes they end up coming to the game, too.” Beth Odell, wife of assistant head coach John Odell, said the coaching staff understands that players also want to get back to their families and a Thanksgiving meal. “The coaches are very family-oriented. They know it s very important for everyone to be together,” she said. Though Beth and John Odell’s families live near New Braunfels, not all holidays have been so convenient. I lowever, she said putting aside plans for playoff games is a sacrifice she doesn’t mind making. "When we lived in Grandview, we missed a few holidays and Ihanksgiv- ings, but we would always get togetli er at another time,” Beth Odell said. "We’re just happy we were still playing." Debbie Moser, wife of assistant coach Gene Moser, said football is a part of her life, but it won t change Thanksgiving tradition. Each year, family and friends gather at the Mosers’ house for the holiday meal. See WIVES, Page 3A ‘The people of New Braunfels have made it easy to be thankful.' — Mimmie Boyle COUNTING THEIR BLESSINGS fellowship By Leigh Jones Staff Writer DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung Hurricane Katrina evacuees Mimmie Boyle, left, and daughter Padi Civello prepare a pumpkin pie in the kitchen of their New Braunfels home Wednesday afternoon.The two, who normally have a big family get-together forThanksgiving, will be spending the holiday alone since the family is now scattered across state lines. Katrina evacuees celebrate true meaning of Thanksgiving By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Thanksgiving for Mimmie Boy Ic anti daughter Padi Civello will not be the same without Oyster Dressing. But then, nothing has been the same since I lurricane Katrina swept their family off the Gulf Coast and deposited them in New Braunfels with not much more than the clothes on their backs. The lack of their traditional holiday dishes when they sit down to dinner today is the least of their sorrows. “Normally, we would be having a big family get-together forThanksgiving,” Civello said. “But we’re all scattered this year, so that’s not possible.” Although their new neighbors invited the mother and daughter to join their family meal, the women decided they would rather be alone. “We’re still kind of numb. Our lives are so unsure,* Civello explained. “Maybe next year will be different.” THE ROAD TO NEW BRAUNFELS When Boyle heard Katrina was headed directly for her home in Waveland, Miss., she loaded her husband Michael into the car and headed for her (laugh ter’s home in New Orleans. The next day, Civello and her parents fled her home, which was located less than a mile from the 17th Street levee. Civello’s husband Gary, a New Orleans firefighter, stayed behind at his post. The trio drove for 24 hours until the\ reached New Braunfels, where (hello See BRIDGE Page 10A The Westside Community Center already smelled like Thanksgiving by noon Wednesday. While six volunteers used every of inch available kitchen OTI m n r e r space to chop onions, tomatoes and celery, close to 40 of their co-workers carved IOO smoked turkeys in preparation for today’s community feast. Dozens of pounds of peeled and chopped potatoes were soaking in three large plastic storage con-tainers, and a bucket of spiced yams emitted the traditional holiday aroma of cinnamon. Chef Mark Segovia, who is in charge of this year’s meal, protested jokingly as organizer Jose Munoz lifted the lid to sneak a quick sniff. “Everything is going be cooked fresh tomorrow,” Munoz said, undeterred by the cook’s watchful gaze. “It will AT A GLANCE i ■ What: Thanksgiving : Day community meals    4 ■ When: 11 a.m. today ■ Where: Westside Community Center, 2932 I Interstate 35 I South and Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 138 W. j Austin St. ■ To request a j delivery or a j ride to either I meal, call the I Westside Community Center at 830-629-2011 i ext. 4 or Our ; Lady of Perpetual Help at 830-625-3534. See DINNER, Page 3ATarget, Wal-Mart get ready for battle Businesses prepare for shopping rush By Anne DTnnocenzio AP Business Writer The slim tunics and velvet blazers on Wal-Mart s clothing racks this holiday season are more than the latest trendy fashions — they’re a sign that the intense competition between the world’s largest retailer and its upscale discount rival is ratcheting higher. There are other indications that Target Corp. has put pres sure on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Hoping to get customers shopping earlier, many Wal-Marts will open their doors at 5 am. Friday, the official sum of the holiday shopping season; that’s an hour earlier than during past holiday seasons. It s also promising to match competitors’ prices on specific merchandise that day. “This is the most aggressive Wal-Mart I have seen in IO years,” said C. Britt Beemer, chainnan of America’s Research Group, based in Charleston, S.G "Target Is definitely going to have to tx? mote promotional. It needs to respond.” Wal-Mart stumbled last holiday season when its discounts weren’t big enough to satisfy customers and its stores lacked must have items including ilYxi music players. So far this year, it looks like Wal-Mart has gained See BATTLE, Page 3A THANKSGIVING SALE TIMES ■ Big Lots — 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. ■ Kohls - 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. ■ Target — 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday ■ Wa I Mart -5 a.m. to 11 a.m. By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer Shoppers will need that Thanksgiving Day nap so they can be up before dawn Friday for some shopping. Area stores expect hefty crowds for After-T hanksgiving sales, featuring everything from toys and electronics to fall fashions. Ray I lernandez, Target executive team leader of guest services, said employees will be working hard in the early morning hours to get tilt1 story ready for a mob of shoppers at 6 a.m. “I will be there at 5 a.m. to greet guests and let them know what to expect," Hernandez said. “Extravalue items will be strategically placed so guests won t have to rush into the store.” Though he could not reveal sales prices, Hernandez said shoppers should look for special deals on See STORES, Page 3AThe Sonier Group ERA-D. Lee Edwards Realty Si“Unmatched Attention For Your Real Estate Needs ” ie? .com PROUDLY SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS & SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES Susan Sonier Qr Jerry Sonier 830.832.8815    210.885.6188 Email: TheSonierGroup$ ;