New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5A TV GRIDS 3BCity rehires third fired street employee
By Ron Maloney
A third of the 12 city employees fired in August and September got his job
New Braunfels City Manager Chuck Pinto said Armando Padron went back to work Thursday morning on the street department crew.
Padron, who worked for New Braunfels for more than 16 veal s, was accused of “making a false statement of material fact in a departmental investigation" and “insubordination”
and was fired Sept. 20.
According to a Sept. 20 memo from (Tty Engineer Mike Short obtained under the Texas Open Records Act, Padron “made false statements" about
replacement of an underground drainage pipe, “participated in tile removed of property from flood-damaged homes,” and “failed to provide information he knew regard
ing the improper removal of property from flood-damaged homes... when first questioned
See FIRINGS, Page 3A
Local films Unicorns for project
By Leigh Jones
After graduating from New Braunfels I ligh School in 2002, Linnea Toney left Texas for a world without real Mexican food or bright f riday night lights.
boney, a film student at Emerson College in Boston, has a hard time explaining the “Go Blue” mentality to her new friends from the northeast.
“Over dinner last fall. I was trying to explain to them how important high school football is in Texas. They just didn’t believe me," she said. “They said
I should make a movie."
Toney, daughter of Uerald-Zeitung Publisher Doug Toney, submitted her proposal to her professors and beat out
II other students for one spot in ‘he bachelor of fine arts program.
Production on the film, appropriately titled Unicorn Pride, began this fall.
Ioney worked with two film crews, one from Boston and one from Austin, to help her record glimpses of how she list (I to spend her f riday nights.
elat ing lights. Roaring crowds, f renzied football players. Unicorn pride.
“T he traditions and community involvement are unique, and the closeknit relationships are amazing." she said. “The film tries to capture that."
Tone) s video c ameras focused on the
See FILM, Page 3A
Tour of homes
first in a series of stories about homes that will be featured during the annual citywide event
River City Vineyard
Fridays, the Heraid-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.
RIVER CITY VINEYARD
B Pastor: Scott Tjernagel
B Denomination: Vineyard
■ Attendance: 50
B Meeting time: 10:45 Sunday
B Location: 453 W. San Antonio
B Phone: (830) 625-3175
Worship style: contemporary
Mission: To deliver the great news of the kingdom of God to New Braunfels and to the ends of the earth.
River City Vineyard motivated by authenticity, not appearance
By Leigh Jones
Bernie Calcote has dreadlocks and he does not shave very often.
T he young guitar player is not the kind of guy that would be welcomed with open arms into every church in town on a Sun day morning, hut he fits right in at River (Tty Vineyard.
That is not to say lie looks like everyone else in the congregation — they were just willing to look past his appearance.
Sitting in the middle of the church, which is part coffee house, part concert venue, I‘astor Scott T jernagel said tile congregation was motivated by authenticity, not outward appearances.
“We’re not traditional in any way," he said. “We boil tilings down to loving God, seeking the lost and loving one another. We don't want to get caught up in church."
Tjemagel’s approach was just what ( Calaite was looking for.
“I was so tired of church. But River City
was different. The people were real and i lo one was alike. Eve never met any group more full of joy. Its contagious and intriguing,” he said.
Over two years later, Calcote is a leader in the church, playing with one of the three worship teams.
Music is the cornerstone of'worship in the Vineyard, a denomination founded by a California musician iii the late 1970s.
“Some Sundays we rock out. Other times, it s very intimate,” Calcote said.
The church building — an old storefront within sight of the Plaza — was remodeled to foster relationships.
T he large, open space is divided into seating areas with couches and comfortable chairs that transition into rows of chairs in front of a stage.
“Our services start with coffee, sweets and discussion. After worship, we teach for action, not just knowledge,” T jernagel said.
See CHURCH, Page 3A
Scott Tjernagel, pastor at the River City Vineyard Community Church adjusts the window display.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung
Unicorn fans cheer on their team as they play the cross-town rival Canyon Cougars during the Wurst Bowl Dec. 5.
FOOTBALL FEVER First in a three part series on football fever
■ Today The impact football has on the schools and districts
■ Saturday What foot ball means to the players
■ Sunday: Whjit football means to the coaches
Football brings fans, schools together for fun
By Leigh Jones
T he chase for the coveted state football championship has ended for Canyon and New Braunfels high schools, but football fever rages on.
Pans, coaches and players can be heard invoking the perseverance mantra: “Next year will be our year.”
The desire for a shiny trophy tor the school’s display case never ends.
Wily do so many people place so much importance on a game played by teenagers on the cusp of manhood?
Texas’ most popular sport is more
than entertainment — a winning record is a badge of honor, and a losing record is somehow shameful.
Teams are competing for status — their own and their school’s.
A winning football program generates bragging rights, name recognition and spirit, and most districts are willing to pay big bucks to get and maintain one.
New Braunfels Independent School District pays $116,899.57 for the athletic director, seven assistant coaches, one defensive coordinator, one offensive coordinator, uniforms
See FOOTBALL, Page 3A
Some high school football fans take their game pretty seriously, like Canyon High School fan Darren Billiot, who shaved his hair into the shape of a cougar paw for the Wurst Bowl.iuuiuuiMAim