50 February 6, 2013 Tri-Canyon’s Only Weekly Newspaper! firstname.lastname@example.org INSIDE GUN CONTROL IN THE U.S. ♦ Current Weekly News for Leakey, Camp Wood, Sabinal and Surrounding Areas 100 Days of School By Principal Luci Harmon ♦ www.hillcountryherald.net WHERE IN THE WORLD DID YOU WEAR YOUR REAL COUNTY CENTENNIAL T-SHIRT? by Julie Becker ............................ Page 9 Hilderbran named chairman of House Ways and Means Committee ............................. Page 2 Mrs. Bullard’s kindergarten class at Nueces Canyon Elementary spent the day celebrating 100 days of school on January 30, 2013. The special day was commemorated with many 100 activities such as stringing necklaces with 100 fruit loops and counting activities. The kindergarten students made beautiful 100 posters that are on display in the front hallway of the elementary. Happy 100th school day! Struggles Leakey ISD Awarded $25,000 In ‘Good Grant for Gym Improvements Old Days’ Made Goffs Stronger ............................ Page 11 Out with the old…In with the new! ............................ Page 6 Older Worker Opportunities Now Available ............................. Page 3 INDEX (Bandera, Texas)– The Leakey Independent School District will soon be a little cooler than they were before, thanks in part to a $25,000 community development grant. Bandera Electric Cooperative and the Lower Colorado River Authority provided the grant. The money will be used to put an air conditioning system in the school gymnasium, which has been without one up to this point. The gym is used by the school and community and no air conditioning made for some very hot practices and gatherings in the Texas heat. At the same time, the school will be making some energy efficient changes, replacing older doors with heavy duty, air-tight options and possibly adding insulation. All of these changes will increase the efficiency and performance of the new AC system, which is expected to be fully installed by the first of April. One of the cooperative principles is concern for community and this project is a great example of that. These LCRA grants benefit not only the organizations that receive them but all BEC Members by improving the communities in which they live. The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bandera Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s 43 wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program. Since 1996, LCRA has awarded over $1 million in grant money to organizations and communities in Bandera Electric’s service territory. Pictured Left to Right: BEC Rep Peggy Vesper presents Leakey Superintendent Jim Hesson with the $25,000 grant check. There will be a dedication ceremony for the W.B. Sansom, Jr. Senior Citizens’ Center at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 11th, hosted by the Real County Centennial Committee. The public is invited to attend and stay for lunch.The Senior Citizens’ Center is located at 474 West Ranch Road 337 in Leakey. Please join us. Legislation Would Protect Constitutional Rights From Foreign Influence In Family Courts State News .................... Page 2 Legals/Jail Register ...... Page 3 Community News ......... Page 4-6 Feature Story ................. Page 7 Obituaries ...................... Page 8 Classifieds ..................... Page 12 Today’s Weather High: 70° Low: 53° DEDICATION SCHEDULED FOR REAL COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS CENTER ............................ Page 7 Microchipping Your Pet Rachel, David and Grant Crews at the Great Wall of China. Rachel & Grant are the grand children of Linda & Billy Brice of Leakey, David is their son-in-law. If you are planning a trip pick up your T-shirt before you leave! Get yours for only $15 each, we have all sizes. Contact Willis Springfield at 830-232-5783 or come by the Hill Country Herald shop to get yours today. They also have coffee mugs, note cards and Christmas ornaments. Be sure to send in your picture to the Hill Country Herald! Have Fun out there and SPREAD THE WORD! AUSTIN (Jan. 30, 2013) – Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (RKerrville) has filed a bill that prevents Texas courts from using foreign law to determine the outcome of family legal proceedings related to marriage, divorce, or parentchild relationships when those foreign laws conflict with constitutional rights. Hilderbran said House Bill 750 will ensure foreign law doesn’t violate the fundamental constitutional rights of Texans, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, equal protection, the right to keep and bear arms, and the right to due process. “There are concerns that our basic freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution could be sidestepped if a state judge were to base a decision on foreign laws, foreign legal doctrines, or foreign judgments,” Hilderbran said. “This bill just ensures that foreign law never trumps our rights guaranteed under the U.S. and Texas constitutions.” Hilderbran cited 2010 case in which a New Jersey judge ruled that a man accused of sexually assaulting his wife should not be subject to a restraining order because the man was acting in accordance with his religious law. Although a higher court later overturned this ruling, Hilderbran said the case proves some judges will willingly base decisions on non-American laws. “This bill shouldn’t be necessary, because our judges should already be using American laws as the basis for their rulings,” Hilderbran said. “Unfortunately, cases like the one in New Jersey prove that isn’t always the case.” Hilderbran’s bill does not single out any specific religion or foreign nation, and it does not apply to corporations or affect international contracts or international trade law. The legislation has already garnered support from local, state, and national groups, including the Oak Initiative. “I want to thank Rep. Hilderbran for his bold leadership on this bill,” said Randy Simmons, Texas Coordinator for the Oak Initiative. “Our country needs more leaders willing to take a stand against political correctness and do the right thing. This bill is good for Texas and good for our country.” Other members of the Texas Legislature are already on board, as well, with Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) filing a companion bill (Senate Bill 285). Representatives Dan Flynn (R-Canton) and Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) have also filed similar legislation in the House – HJR 43 and HB 288, respectively – although both representatives have announced that they will sign on as co-authors to Hilderbran’s legislation.