New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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40 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, June 16,1996
Serving Comal County for more than 144 years ■ Home of HKATHKR WILLIAMS
Vol. 144, No. 155
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Heather WlHlams, Rochelle Rapp, Jertk Salazar, Nancy Kne-upper (Monday), Chad Ken-
Stepped-up child support enforcement floods district clerk’s office
By DENISE DZIUK
Tejano musician David Marez is not the only erne finding himself in trouble with child support payments. The Attorney General’s office has stepped up its efforts to make sure divorced fathers help share the financial burden of raising their children.
And that increased enforcement is causing a flood of paperwork at the Comal County District Clerk's office.
Comal County District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said clerks across the state are being “bombarded” by paperwork from the Texas Attorney General’s office in child support cases.
“They’ve been mandated to take a hard line, and that’s what they’re doing
... I don’t think we were ever aware of the number of cases,” she said. “It’s kind of mind-boggling.”
The increase in die number of delinquent cases being pursued by the A.G.’s office is reflected in financial figures.
The district clerk charges the state from $8 to $45 for various services in helping the state enforce child support judgements.
Herbrich said the county bills the A.G.’s office, and is reimbursed for 66 percent of the costs. Herbrich said the reimbursements for January through May of 1996 has tripled from the same period in 1994 to $15,978.
Herbrich said more cases are ending up in court, thanks to a new law that went into effect last September. She
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said the first jury trial for criminal nonpayment of child support in the county was held a few weeks ago. The father was found guilty, and sentencing
should take place at the beginning of July.
“If he could have proven he was unable to pay, they could have dealt with that,” said Herbrich. “(The verdict) does not mean she will get the support.”
Herbrich said several other men have been indicted, but have not gone to trial.
Herbich said there are more than 15,000 child support accounts in the county, including the ones that are paid in full, and her office takes in about 2,500 payments each month.
“The tension is there because you feel like you can’t breathe,” she said. “You just wonder where it’s going to end.”
Herbrich said she expects the num-
‘I don’t think wo wore over aware of the numbor of cases, lf a kind of mino-Doggiing.
— Margaret Herbrich, Comal County Clerk
ber of cases to remain high until the state catches up with its backlog of paternity cases. However, even when the state catches up, it will just mean more child support payments for Her-brich’s office to take in and process.
“It’s a continuous flow of paperwork,” she said.Veterans thanked for home-grown display of patriotism. See Opinion, Page 4ZSL
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce needs volunteers to help out in the Visitor Center during the summer. Volunteers are needed weekdays and weekends for three- or four-hour shifts.
On weekdays, volunteers assist the staff by compiling brochures and stuffing envelopes, and on weekends they keep the Visitor Center open to greet tourists.
lf you want to help out, call Lyndi Moon at 625-2385.
Pilots Club gsts off tho ground
The first gathering of retired fliers was held in May, with 24 people in attendance. The next meeting will be Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St. Suggested luncheon donation is $3.50.
Barbocuo and concert slated
The Hill Country Chorus will present a concert at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Tuesday A barbecue dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 and the money will go to the center’s expansion project.
Circus Is coming
The Shrine Circus is coming to New Braunfels with one performance at the Rodeo Arena, sponsored by the Comal County Sheriff's Posse. The performance is at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Tickets will be sold the day of the performance at the Rodeo Arena box office.
HOPE to sponsor collop# workshop
The Hispanic Organization for Public Education will hold a workshop for anyone age 18 or older interested in attending college. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday at the NBNB Building, 1000 N. Walnut. Guest speaker will be Richard Delgado of San Antonio College
Uppor Room opening
The Upper Room is a summertime get-together on Wednesday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. for all high school youth of New Braunfels. It will run from this Wednesday to Aug. 7. St. Paul Lutheran Church will host the Upper Room from June 19 to July 10, and First Protestant Church will host it after that.
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More Than A Coach
All the time he’s been teaching thousands of kids to swim, ‘Bud’ Dallman has been learning a few lessons of his own
gy DENISE DZIUK
local man has used his experience raising six kids to help him become a model swim coach, and through coaching, has learned even more about being a father.
E.E. “Bud” Dallmann, of New Braunfels, it the father of six children—four daughters and two sons. But he is best known as swim coach to two generations of New Braunfels youngsters — more than a coach, a father figure.
It was 37 years ago when Dallmann, 76, started the Dolphins swim clubs, which enroll up to 200 children in the summer. He is also the coach of the New Braunfels and Canyon high school swim teams. And he does it all for free, for the children.
It is self-discipline, he said, that gets you places in life. And that is what he tried to instill in his children. He said teaching self-discipline and how to have pride in what they do really is not difficult when it is done
“Showing satisfaction and pride in what they do right gives them the motivation to do more of the same,” said Dallmann.
The same philosophy of self-discipline, mixed with signs of satisfaction and pride, has helped Dallmann coach thousands of swimmers over the past 37 years. Dallmann said good swimmers need self-discipline. However, there is mote to coaching than discipline. Dallmann said he “doesn't coach swimming," he "coaches swimmers.” He said in the process of learning to be great swimmers, they learn skills needed to be successful later in life.
“At the end of practice, we have the one-mile swim,” said Dallmann. “It builds confidence in knowing you can do it, self-esteem by finishing it, and the stick-to-itiveness to finish the race, whatever it it.”
He said being a swim coach is logical became swimming played a large part in his life. He said it built up his self-esteem and confidence level, and he can see the same happening in his students. Like any father, he likes to see his kids happy, and said his greatest satisfaction as a coach comes when
he helps a student and is repaid with a bright smile or a hug.
“What more can a person ask for,” he said.
For all he has taught his swimmers, they have taught him something in return. Dallmann said that after spending so many years working with children he has learned a lot, and if he knew then what he knows now he would have been a better father.
“I would be more involved in what they want to do than in what I would like them to do,” said Dallmann. “I would concentrate more on the things that make them happy than on job satisfaction.”
Dallmann said there is no doubt the he has been somewhat of a role model for his kids when it comes to raising his 17 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren, and I great-great grandchild. He said it is “human nature” for people to follow what they see, “especially if they had good parenting.” However, he said he hopes they will learn from his errors.
“You hope your children will parent better than you did,” he said.
Dallmann has basic advice for all parents on this Father’s Day—love your children.
Push is on to bring YMCA to New Braunfels
By ABE LEVY
This is a class project that just wouldn’t go away.
As part of his training in the 1994 Leadership New Braunfels class. Tim Brierty conducted a study looking into whether the community would benefit from a YMCA.
Brierty, senior vice president for operations at McKenna Hospital, graduated from the local leadership school, but people kept asking him about the Y project.
Although the response was positive, the idea waited in limbo until Brierty decided to make a serious effort to get it off the ground.
Brierty and six other community leaders have formed a task force to keep the ball rolling.
More than two years after getting started, the class project is up for community consideration at a 7 p.m. hearing Thursday at Memorial Elementary, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.
“I’m concerned I’ll lose the momentum and hope it won’t be a seven-man show anymore, but that people come out of the woodwork to come out and help,” Brierty said.
At the meeting, the results of a feasibility study will be made public and
should offer insight as to whether the idea will take flight.
The study's conclusions are based on 35 interviews with community leaders, asking them about their image of a Y, its strengths and weaknesses, whether a Y is needed and whether the economy is ready to support a Y.
Preliminary reports indicate a positive response from the study, Brierty said.
The bottom line is whether the community is willing to yield $210,000, which will fund the first two years of the project.
If the Thursday meeting goes well, a fund drive will take place until July 25 to raise the money, Brierty said.
The fund drive would start up again in January if enough money is not raised.
The United Way of Comal County paid $7,500 for the study, which First Council, Inc of Dallas, conducted for a discounted price, Brierty said.
If enough money comes in, the group can gam a charter that will allow it to take action toward starting community programs. The Y in San Antonio would also help oversee establishing a Y in Comal County.
So far the Y’s only presence in the area has been an after-school program.
Heratd Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Driver escapes injury
New Braunfels Police Officer John Villarreal looks over the scene of a Friday morning accident. Settle Wood, SO, of Rosenberg, Texas, escaped injury when her recreational vehicle crashed In a field at Highway 46 and Mission Valley Road. See story, Page 2A.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.