New Braunfels officials are hyped about the Jan. 25 official opening of the renovated and expanded New Braunfels Kongresshalle Civic Center. The facility — including an 11,780-square-foot exhibition hall, 9,300-square-foot ballroom, five breakout rooms, serving rooms and two kitchens — is already getting good use, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung reports, with events scheduled starting Jan. 15. … News8Austin picks up on the Planet K car art flap after San Marcos Municipal Judge John P. Burke ruled that the demolished vehicle-turned-painted-planter at the head shop and novelty store on Interstate 35 is a public nuisance and must be removed. Michael Kleinman, Planet K’s chief executive officer, vowed to appeal saying he was dumbfounded by the ruling. … And it wouldn’t be a weekend without the Austin American-Statesman’s latest revelations — or new ways to frame old revelations — about the Pedernales Electric Cooperative executive pay controversy. The paper quotes co-op members wondering what else there is to know now that a class-action lawsuit that started the whole thing is in settlement negotiations.
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