My summer is officially over

I had my one and only trip to Schlitterbahn this season. Here are a few observations:

– 90 percent of the tattoos on display are not recognizable. That’s not a shot at people who have tattoos, but I’m just telling you folks that most of us can’t tell your butterfly, from a sunflower, or from any other random piece of art. By the way, flames on your leg or tribal tattoos on your arm rarely look as cool as you think. That’s not my opinion. I think the world pretty much agrees on that.

– Don’t ever worry about how you look in a swimsuit. I don’t think this is an exaggeration. 98 percent of people DON’T look great in a swimsuit (that number may be higher if you take out all people ages 18 to 25). What are you worried about? Let it all hang out, and have a good time!

– Speaking of letting things hang out, props to the grandma wearing a strapless swimsuit today. She was carrying her toddler grandchild, when the tyke grabbed hold of her top and pulled it completely down. Yes, they were both on full display. Once my brain registered what I was looking at, I was a gentleman and turned away. I think grandma handled it about as gracefully as possible, and never dropped the kid. That’s talent!

– Schlitterbahn proves every year that people are by and large honest. Stuff is left unattended everywhere, and typically it’s left alone. I know, I know, that’s not always the case, but the track record there is pretty good. Get a locker if you’re really worried.

Please help!

I know this community and I know how much it cares about people in need, especially when it’s our children who need that help. CASA is a non-profit agency that helps kids in the court system who have been abused and neglected locally. This is critical work, but for some reason, we can’t find volunteers for the program. No special skills are needed, and it’s not a great burden placed on your time. Please standup and be an advocate for these kids? Find out more during a no-obligation, informational meeting that runs from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the GVEC community room on Highway 46. The volunteer support in neighboring New Braunfels has been great, but it’s seriously lagging behind here in the Seguin area. That’s not right! We can, and will do better! Please plan on attending. RSVP by sending an email to, or by calling 830-626-2272.

Designer handbags available at local fundraiser

Just a few of the bags that you can win this week at a fundraising event hosted by the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Designer Purse Bingo!!  November 8, 2012

The Designer Purse Bingo fundraising event will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012! Doors open at 6, games start at 7. Tickets are $35 in advance at KWED, Keepers, Gift & Gourmet, and ZDT. This fundraiser will help support all of the work of the Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy Center.  The center, day in and day out, works for the children who are alleged victims of sexual and physical abuse in our county.  The center is the only organization meeting this need in Guadalupe County, and has served more than 2,500 children since opening our doors in 2004.  There is a need and the center is committed to serving these children with care and compassion.  Won’t you help it in the fight against child abuse?  Buy your ticket today!!  Thank you!  If you have any questions or would like to sponsor this event (by 11/1/12), please call Christy Williams at 830-303-4760.

Editorial: County needs plan, timeline for courthouse’s future

By Darren Dunn, general manager Seguin Daily News/KWED Radio

Interim Guadalupe County Judge Charlie Willmann (who I admire and greatly respect) and I completely agree on one subject regarding the Guadalupe County Courthouse — it’s NOT going to close permantly. The story that ran Wednesday’s Seguin Daily News is Charlie’s point-of-view on the topic, which is again one that I respect. But the truth is, Charlie will no longer be part of this discussion after November when a new county judge is sworn-in, and I’m still waiting for more definitive answers about the future of the courthouse and just how long it’s going to be closed before it’s fixed and reopened.

I’ve never suggested that they (commissioners) were walking away from the courthouse completely. What I’ve been saying (on my blog) is that they have no real plan of action for what to do with the courthouse. That’s still true today.

We know the courthouse will have to be empty once renovations begin, but how long will it be vacant, closed, empty before that work starts? One year, two years, five years, or longer? What does that do to downtown Seguin to have a huge landmark closed for an undetermined amount of time. The planning needs to be done now to minimize the disruptions that likely will occur in the heart of our community.

We don’t know how long it will be closed, which means we don’t know when renovations would or could begin. We don’t even know what would be housed in the newly renovated courthouse. Commissioners Court? Civil District Courts? Both things have all been mentioned, but there’s no definitive plan. Let’s get that question answered now. It’s seems like an easy place to start, and then announce that decision to the public, along with details about the next step.

At some point, the county is going to have to work with the Texas Historical Commission on a renovation plan. There’s lots of work and planning that can get started now, but we are kicking this can down the road. A trip that’s likely going to cost us more the longer we wait.

If you told me, we are going to do the prep work now and tackle the courthouse renovation in 2016 when the county retires some of its debt. I’ll say — it’s a plan and the public at least would know what to expect. There aren’t a whole lot of people paying attention to this story right now, but wait for the public outcry when people start driving by the courthouse month after month and see that it’s closed, empty, vacant.

Remember all the current tenants are going to be moved into the soon-to-be remodeled 2nd floor of the Guadalupe County Justice Center. There’s nothing wrong with the move to the Justice Center. What’s wrong is someone needs to offer some clear plan of action on this issue. Just saying the courthouse is not going to close permanantly ignores the truth that it is going to close for an indefinite amount time.

There’s at least one member of the court who has said it could be 10 years before the renovations were done, and it would save the county money. I don’t think the other commissioners or the judge share that point of view. But judge Willmann said this week that it could be 3 to 5 years, but the truth right now is that it could be longer, because there’s no plan of action.