New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Group to present traffic study update
By Scott Mahon
A Sail Antonio consulting firm hired to study Walnut Avenue will update the New Braunfels Plan
ning Commission and T raffic and Transportation board Tuesday on the progress of the study.
In October, the New Braunfels City Council approved hiring Carter & Burgess, at a cost of
$22,500, to study traffic problems on the street, which has become one of the more congested streets in the city.
Jeff Miller of (Tarter & Burgess said the study should be com
pleted within two to three months.
Walnut Avenue is heavily used by traffic to and from I-35, and is one of the main arterial streets that connect 1-35
traffic to the northwest part of New Braunfels.
Also, because more commercial businesses have located up
See STUDY, Page 3A
City reinstates fourth fired street employee
By Ron Maloney
The last of seven fired street department employees who sought his job back was rehired Friday.
A director of the League of United Latin American Citizens praised the news — then urged New Braunfels to reconsider three other firings or face possible court action.
City Manager Chuck Pinto said he met with Bernardo
Gutierrez Jr. Friday and informed him that the grievance panel that considered his Sept. 20 dismissal Wednesday had recommended he be reinstated. Attorney Atanacio Campos represent-cd Gutierrez at his hearing. Campos could not be reached Friday.
New Braunfels fired a dozen street department employees in recent months
See FIRINGS, Page 12A
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AT A GLANCE
WH What: Traffic and Transportation Committee
■ When: 6 p.m. Tuesday
■ Where: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
Can Smithson Valley continue its march to the state playoffs?
‘Cheer Fund’ seeing slow start, donations still being accepted
By Ron Maloney
File Uerald-Zeitungs annual "Cheer Fund” drive to bring food to 200 needy families is seeing a slow start in donations at the conclusion of its first week.
Organizer Rosie Willingham reported Friday only 14 donations — well short of die need that exists this year.
Directors of other relief drives and local helping agen-cies report an apparent increased need for help this year in spite of reports the economy is doing better.
“We have a ton of need,” said Willingham, an employee in the llerald-Zeitung’s business department who heads the drive each year. “We need to raise enough money to buy food for 200 families.”
On Saturday, Dec. 18, volunteers will deliver the bags of groceries — designed to provide the makings of a Christmas dinner for each family — to homes throughout the Comal County area. Each bag costs an average of about $26. Willingham is concerned
See CHEER, Page 3A
2004 CHEER FUND
Donations are still being accepted for the 2004 Cheer Fund. To donate—
■ Stop by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or mail a check made out to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to Cheer Fund, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, 78130, before Dec. 18.
Thanks to the following for their support:
■ George and Cheryl Guidroz
Layton and Carole Leissner Gene and Betty Ludwick Helgard Suhr
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Robert Nowotny, an award winning filmmaker, has made several award winning films and productions.
Nowotny will show five short filmsThursday from Reel Fest at the New Braunfels Public Library.
Filmmaker follows dream, starts film festival
By Leigh Jones
On April 27, 1964, New Braunfels High School sophomore Robert Nowotny made his film debut.
The short horror movie, appropriately titled “The I iorror of April 27th,” played for Nowotny’s neighbors, family members and friends on a sheet Iris mother had draped over the clothesline in the family’s backyard. Everyone in the audience was suitably impressed, except for Rebel, the producer's dog.
Nowotny and his crew — Mike Byrnes, Tim Uufft, john Meyer and Jim Briet-zke—were so pleased with their film’s reception, they took it to San Antonio television station KENS 5, who decided to air it.
AT A GLANCE
■ What: Movie Night
B When: 7 p.m.Thursday
■ Where: New Braunfels Public Library
“Our heads got pretty big,” Nowotny said. “And when they asked us to shoot some 30-second promos for the Big Five Big Movie,’ our heads got really big. I was hooked.”
The boys went on to make other movies during high school, but after graduation, in 1966, only Nowotny pursued film studies in college.
“That went fine, until I discovered I needed a foreign language to graduate,” he said. “So, I switched my major to business.”
Atter college graduation,
Nowotny spent IO years in the business world, relatively happy until he attended his first high school reunion.
“I was probably making more money than most of my classmates, but they were all doing jobs they loved. Driving home that night, I told my wife I was quitting my job and going back to school,” he said.
In 1979, Nowotny received his master’s from the University of Texas and the last laugh — graduate degrees in film did not require foreign language classes.
Nowotny spent the next six years working for the Texas Education Agency, making documentaries for classroom use.
See FILMS, Page 3A
Some of the awards Nowotny has won for his films. His films include "Billy Galvin," "The Legend of Billy the Kid" and "Prison Life."
Local law enforcement holds surprise roundup
By Ron Maloney
Local law enforcement agencies reported dozens of arrests and more than 70 outstanding warrants cleared in a surprise roundup of scofflaws Wednesday and Thursday.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division Commander Sgt. Max Wommack said arrests were still being made Friday and officers would again be sweeping the county this weekend
looking for alleged violators who have failed to appear in court.
“In all, we’ve had 55 or 60 warrants cleared by more than 35 arrests,’’ Wommack said. “This was a pretty good roundup.”
In September, Comal County conducted an announced roundup, netting 56 suspects who had 68 outstanding warrants — many of whom turned themselves in. At that time, Wonmiack warned the county would be conduct
ing a second, unannounced roundup in coining months.
“We wanted to try to clear some of these before the end of the year,” Wommack said Friday afternoon. "New Braunfels, Garden Ridge, the constables and the sheriff s office — reserve and regular deputies — participated. In all, we had 24 of our people, not including the constables or city police departments.”
See ARRESTS, Page 12A
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