New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ptiotos by LAURA McKENZIE) Herald-Zeitung
Kyleigh langbein, 10, left, and her mom, Tiffany, are assisted by Kotil's employees Lilia Matuska and Kinnan Dailey as they make itieir puictiases early Friday,
Black Friday busy here
Shoppers find bargains at big boxes, local merchants
By Draw stone
Black frirlay liiacl-ness svv('[)f through New Brauntel^ yesterday, and the tlood ot shoppi'rs is expected to continue tor weeks to come, f rom ma)or retailers to locally owned downtown shops, ( on-sLimers swarnted the (rty looking tor d(*als.
The shopping (‘xtrava-ganza startt*d al the stroke* ot midnight as a number of ma|or retailers opc'ru'd
thcvir doors to hundreds of eager shopfiers lined up outside' including some who camped out ahead of time. While all were out to lake advantage of thc' deals, many were out simf)ly IxH ausc' they enjoy being part of the hectic testivities.
"This yt\ir. I'm mostly |ust out here for the ('venl," Tyler Haas, 18, said. "For me, it's an adventure. It's tun coming out here' at midnight witii
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Suzanne Zaccaro, left, and Bess Seward check out several tops while shopping Friday at Dancing Pony in downtown New Braunfels.
First day of shopping season brings scuffles
NEW YORK (AP)
A sho[)per in i os Angeles pep-[)er'Sprayc*d her cc)mpc‘tition tor an Xbox and sc ufflt's broke' out else'where around the U.S. as bar-gain-hunters crowdt'd malls and megastorc's in an earlier-than-usu-al start to the madness known as Black Friday, the* day that marks
the start ot holiday shopping.
For the' first time, chains such as Target, Best Buy and Kohl's o[)e'ned their doors at midnight on the most antic ipitted shofiping day of th(' year. T(>ys R Us openc'd tor the second straight yc'ar on Thanksgiving itself, the traditional harvest holiday. And some
shoppers arrived with sharp elbows.
In Michig.in, a ten'nage'girl was knocked down and steppc'd on sevc'ral timers after getting c aught in the' rush to a sale in the' elc'c-tronics department at a W.ilmart. She suffered minor injuries.
On Thanksgiving night, a Wal
mart in los Angeles brought out a crate ot discounted Xboxes, and <is a c rowd waited for the video game' players to be unwrapped, a woman fired pc'pper spray at the other sho|)pc'rs "in order to get an advantage," [)olice said.
See BLACK FRIDAY, Page 9ARecord drought puts damper on Texas tree farmers’ Christmas
Dry, brow n grass c runches undertcM)t as David Barfield walks through his 4.S-acre (Tiristmas tren." farm pointing at evergreens cov-ereHii with brittle, rust-colored nc'e-dles.
"Dead tree, deael tre'i^, dead tree," he says, shaking his head at dry timber he hope'cl would be chopped down by parents with excited children.
Instead, Mother Nature deliv-c'reHi the Grinch in the fc)rm of a historic drought that has killed thcjusandsof trees ac ross Texas and Oklahoma. Some died of thirst. Others were eiestroyt'd by wildfires,whos^ breadth and intensity were magnified when wind swept the f ames acrc)ss [)arched landscape.
Most farmers plan to import trees froin North Carolina to supplement any they have left, said
Marshall C'àthey, president of the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Association. They say they aren't planning to raise prices because consumers are reluctant to pay more than $40 or $.S0 for a Christ-mas tree, espec ially in the poor economy.
But families hoping for a homegrown tree to cut down will have a harder time finding one, and dozens of farmers are struggling. Possibly most painful for the'se growers art^ the deaths of the youngest saplings, which guarantee the drought's effect will be felt lor years to come.
"It's depressing, it really is," said Barfield, 51; "This was going to lie our retirement."
He and his wife, Karen, 4^), bought the farm about six years
See TREES, Page 9AHeritage Society plans tree lightii^
Family event is 4-6 p.m. today at Heritage Village
By Betty Taylor
Ttie Herald-Zeitung Finding a Christmas tree was probably not the tirst thing on the German settlers' minds whc^n they arrived on the Texas coast and camped at Carl-shoien at Indi-anola.
"There was no traditional Tan-nenbaum, or Christmas treses, so Prince Carl So Inis-Braunfels had a liveoak tree I it with can-dleii and hung bagsof candy for the children," said Katliy Nichols, executive director of Heritage Society ot New Braunfels, in a news release.
In kee[)ing with that spirit, Nt^v
Scan this QR code to visit New Braunfels Heritage Village or go to nbheritage village.com
Braunleis FHeritage Village is hosting its first "Die Beleucntung cier Fichc'," or "I ighting the Live Oak Tree'," from 4-(> p.m. today at FTer-itage'Village, 1170 Church F^ill l>ivc',
Nic hols is hoping to make the tree lighting an annual event.
"This Civent is a wonderful celebration of our history, particularly the exf)eric'nce of the German immigrants who celebrated their first Texas ( hristmas in 1844," Nic hols said.
She added that the settlers arrived bedraggli'd, hungry and destitute, but they still had a Christmas.
"I think that is vc'ry worthy of commemorating," she said.
The tree lighting is an official Pr i n c e So I m s 2 00th B i rt hday event. The anniversary is in 2012,
► MARK CLARK
Former attorney was convicted of attempted sexual performance of child
Attorneys for former New Braunfels attorney Mark (Tark recently took the next step in their appeals case lor the lawyer convicted of attempted sexual performance' of a child.
According to the Third Court of A p p e a I s w e I) s i t e ,
Clark's attorneys tiled a re>quire'd bric'f this week explaining why h e deserves his conviction overturned.
The document basic ally outlines how the detense believc's the court mishandled the trial, Third (ourt of Appeals Clerk leffrey Kyle has said.
Now, the state is on the clock. Sammy Mc( rary, Comal (k)unty chiet felony prosecutor, who tried the case against Clark, will file' a ref)lv brief responding to what ('lark's attorneys claimc'd.
Neither McCrarv nor Clark's counsel could be reache'd for comment Friday during the start of the holiday weekend.
Clark v\as sentenced in February to seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine for attempted sexual performance of a child in a lune 2010 incieient involving a client's 12-year-old daughter.
Fie could have received 20 years for the offense.
Tne victim tt'Stified she was 12 vvhen Clark offered her $ 1,000 to model a see-through shirt and other provocative c lothes.
Clark remains out on $200,000 bond.
► COMING SUNDAY
m A preview of Monday's New Braunfels City Council meeting,
which includes a possible change to open container rulés at local parks.
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