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April 10, 2013 Tri-Canyon’s Only Weekly Newspaper!

Current Weekly News for Leakey, Camp Wood, Sabinal and Surrounding Areas

INSIDE Independent Bankers Association State Game Wardens Seize of Texas Recognizes Nearly $4 Utopia High School Teacher Million Worth of Marijuana on Lynn Scotty Selected as Teaching Excellence in Lower Border ............................ Page 2


Financial Literacy Award Recipient

Proactive Measures Can Prevent Wildfires and Help Protect Your Home ............................ Page 11

SABINAL REORGANIZES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ............................ Page 6

Pictured are LtoR: John Walts, superintendent; Kenneth Mueller principal; award recipient Lynn Scotty; Dick Geries chairman; William Dillard, senior vice president First State Bank of Uvalde and Mary Lange with the Independent Bankers Association of Texas

UTOPIA, Texas—The Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT) is proud to present Utopia High School teacher Lynn Scotty with its Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award. Scotty is one of three award recipients from across the state. She will be presented her award on April 4, 2013 at 11 a.m. during a general assembly to recognize her achieve-

ment. The Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award program is hosted by the IBAT Education Foundation. The program seeks to recognize teachers from local schools who are teaching financial education in innovative ways. Previous award winners are helping to create the curriculum for the IBAT Educator Preparation Program with

the ultimate goal of giving students the foundation necessary to make sound financial decisions for the duration of their lives. The award program is now in its fourth year. “Lynn Scotty is a prime example of what we look for in a recipient of this award,” Chris Williston, IBAT president and chief executive officer, said.

Watch a Nest to Help the Birds WHAT A PARTY!! REAL COUNTY continued page 2

Real County Commissioner, Bryan Shackelford, was in Paris, France back in September. He’s wearing his centennial t-shirt in front of the Eifel Tower. Shackelford was there for workshop / training for the company he works for, Schlumberger Well Services. 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!

Water News and River Flows By: Joel Pigg, General Manager


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Pearson Family Ties Run From Ingram to Camp Verde and Beyond ............................ Page 7

INDEX 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: 81° Low: 54°

State Representative Harvey Hilderbran is welcomed by Real County Judge Garry Merritt to the 2013 Real County Centennial Celebration.

The Real County Centennial Celebration held it’s Birthday Bash this past weekend at various locations. The Leakey School Reunion & Dance was held at the Frio Pecan Farm on Friday night. The following morning the day kicked off with a Golf Tournament in Concan and a Quilt Exhibit and Mohair Style Show & Luncheon at the

Alto Frio Baptist Encampment. Saturday evening at 5pm the Centennial Marker Dedication took place on the courthouse square. The birthday cake was cut and the festivities continued. A full course BBQ dinner was catered by Joe Tom Haby and a street dance followed with the Rick Cavender Band. continued page 14

Leakey ISD Hires New Principal by Julie Becker

The Leakey ISD School Board held their regular meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Leakey Independent School District Cafeteria. The board has undertaken several new projects, but high on the list is always personnel. This meeting included some housekeeping;

approval of minutes, payment of bills, approval of investment policy and cancellation of election. Board President, Charlie Reagor presented and read a letter of resignation from Jerry Wayne Bates, Jr. resigning his position immediately from the school board. continued page 4

As the summer floating and fishing season draws near, I felt it would be beneficial to river lvers and residents to take flow readings a little more frequently. From now until September, I will be taking river flow reading twice a month. This will help me to get a feel for the flow variations as we progress through the spring “green-up” and into the “dog days” of summer in the Water District, and I will pass that information along to you. River flows were taken on the Frio and Nueces Rivers on April 4th and 5th with varied readings across the region. The rainfall, which varied a good bit throughout the region (I recorded about 3⁄4 of an inch at my house) helped the flows a little but there was not enough rain to make any drastic changes to the flows. The crossings are holding strong now, but I think it is just a matter of weeks

until the trees start budding and heading into spring which will cause a major drop in the flows. Debris plays a factor when taking flow measurements, especially when it is blocking the flow through a culvert. The Leakey Springs Crossing is a great example of this. The initial reading was 3,131 gpm. While taking the readings, I noticed that one of the culverts was not flowing nearly as well as the other two, and was nowhere near its normal flow. After a quick investigation, it was obvious that the problem was a mass of tree limbs blocking the end of the culvert. I cleared the debris and took a second reading resulting in a flow of 4,040 gpm – nearly a 1,000 gpm difference! The flow at this location is up from last month’s flow of 3,803 gpm. continued page 9

Sabinal ISD Approves Substantial Pay Raises For Their Teachers submitted by Richard Grill

New LISD Principal Kay Keen

The Sabinal Independent School District Board of Trustees recently approved recommendations to substantially increase salaries and benefits to their teachers for the 2013-2014 school year. “The Board recognizes the single most important influence in improving academic achievement is having the very best teachers in the classroom” said Richard Grill, Superintendent of the Sabinal Schools. The newly

approved teacher pay scale and stipends approved by the Board will provide Sabinal ISD teachers with the highest teacher salaries in Uvalde county regardless of size of District; and is highly competitive across the entire State. “Considering that Sabinal ISD has recently renovated 100% of all classrooms and nearly all other facilities, including a new competition softball and baseball complex, continued page 6

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Lynn Scotty Selected as Teaching Excellence in Financial Literacy Award Recipient “She is dedicated to teaching financial literacy and ensures that her students know how to apply the knowledge they learn in her class in the real world. She provides the foundation necessary to help 125 students

a year begin a path of financial success.” As the main component of her financial education curriculum, Scotty uses a standard Glencoe economic textbook that teaches theoretical microeconomics.

She ensures each student leaves her classroom understanding the importance of living within your means—not continuously paying interest on a credit card—and planning for a career beginning in high school. She

focuses on teaching the structure of the Ponzi scheme to her students. She often engages students in hands-on activities such as learning the origins and value of money by offering to buy an item with cowrie shells.

Scotty has taught economics to seniors for more than twelve years. She was nominated by local community banker Nicole Horn of First State Bank of Uvalde. Scotty will receive a cash award as part of her

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recognition. Members of the Foundation Board served as judges for the competition.

Leakey Lions Club Successfully Completes another Mop and Broom Sale by Fred R. McNiel, President

Although Wednesday, April 3rd was an overcast drizzly weather day, that did not dampen the sales at the annual mop and broom sale conducted by the Leakey Lions Club. In fact we were hoping for a “gully washer” that never happened! We are pleased to report that nearly $4,400 worth of cleaning equipment, in addition to mops and brooms were sold to folks in the Frio Canyon and friends in Kerr County! These products were made by blind folks and distributed by the Caravan for the Blind, located in Cumby, a small town near Greenville Texas. Just about one-half of the sales were generated by four youth camps located near Hunt in Kerr County! Camp Mystic, Camp Heart O’ the Hills, Camp Stewart, and Camp La Junta all placed orders and purchased a total of $2150 worth of cleaning equipment! We want to take this opportunity to thank the proprietors of these camps for supporting the Caravan for the Blind Mop and Broom Sale! Also we want to thank our friends in Leakey for supporting this fundraising effort. We especially want to recognize and thank Johnny Siebert and Shelley Collins, owner and operator respectively, of the Frio Pecan Farm for placing a substantial order with our club! The Leakey Lions earned a 26% commission on the gross sales which amounted to $1,140 and

there was another $160 received from folks who told us to “keep the change” when they paid for their merchandise. Consequently the total profit

for the Lions Club on this fundraising venture was $1300! This money will be used to fund the

participation of four local high school students in the Lions District 2-A2 Youth Scholarship Contest that will be held this Friday, April 12th. Leakey ISD students who will be competing for scholarship money in San Antonio include: Joanie Eliott, the Outstanding Youth nominee, Chelsea Pendley, the Young Woman’s Pageant nominee, Miranda Cave, the Diabetes Awareness Essay Contest winner, and Veronica Gonzalez, the Drug Awareness Speech Contest winner. Each of these students will have all their expenses paid making the trip to San Antonio and in addition they will each receive a cash prize of $100 as our token of appreciation for all their hard work preparing for and representing not only the Lions Club but Leakey ISD and the community of Leakey! In the picture above some of the Lions Club members who were working at the sale last Wednesday posed for a photo. They are: (left to right, seated) Jay Cleveland, Guinn Turner, Hugh Scott, and Jesse Guinn. Also, (left to right, standing): Johnny Jackson and Ed Mack. This annual event is conducted in April each spring and we would invite all our friends in the Frio Canyon to participate next year as the mops and brooms are priced comparably to the grocery store prices in Uvalde and the profit supports the youth of our community!

State Game Wardens Seize Nearly $4 Million Worth of Marijuana on Lower Border AUSTIN – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens have seized more than two tons of marijuana worth nearly $4 million. “This is one of if not the largest drug seizure by Texas game wardens in the history of our agency,” said TPWD Law Enforcement Director Craig Hunter. “Obviously, we are very proud of the wardens involved in this case. Beyond that, we are tremendously pleased to have played a part in preventing such a large cache of marijuana from reaching our streets,” The drug seizure occurred about 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Starr County near the U.S.Mexican border in South Texas. Retail value of the marijuana was estimated at $3,775,440. “A game warden received information that marijuana was being stashed at a residence in the Salineno area. Game wardens then requested assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol,” said TPWD Maj. Alan Teague. When the warden and Border Patrol agents approached the residence, the federal officers saw three men running from the rear of the structure. The officers shouted for the men to stop, but they kept running. After a foot

pursuit, two of the three men were apprehended. While escorting the two individuals back to the residence, the officers observed a large pile of bundles which appeared to be packaged marijuana. A closer inspection along with a Border Patrol canine confirmed the bundles were in fact marijuana. Officers also discovered an underground bunker located near the pile of marijuana bundles which contained more marijuana. A total of 409 bundles of marijuana weighing 4,719 pounds were recovered from the back yard area. It took six trucks to carry the marijuana to a federal storage facility. “Texas game wardens routinely come across illegal drug smuggling operations, especially in rural areas and along the border region,” said Chief of Special Operations Grahame Jones, “but this seizure was particularly significant.” The two suspects were released to the Border Patrol, along with the seized marijuana. “We certainly appreciate the assistance of the Border Patrol in this case,” said Lt. Col. Danny Shaw. “TPWD has a close working relationship with the Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies along the border, and this is a perfect example of how that pays off for the citizens of Texas.”

TCEQ warns of possible curtailment of water rights Actions may need to be taken because of drought Despite recent rains, drought conditions remain widespread across the state. As a result, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality informed water rights holders today that the agency may need to administer water rights on a priority basis, as long as drought conditions persist. The TCEQ is responsible for protecting water rights and ensuring that water is only diverted according to permitted levels. Diversions are managed more closely in times of drought, to avoid shortages, based on the priority date of each water right— earliest first. If restrictions become necessary, junior water rights, or those rights issued most recently, are suspended or adjusted before the senior water rights in the area. Texas water law provides that riparian landowners, those that own land adjacent to a river or stream, have a right, superior to appropriated water rights, to take water from the river or stream for domestic and livestock purposes. The executive director and his staff closely monitor drought conditions throughout the state and takes action when necessary to control diversions. We encourage public water systems to implement their drought contingency plans. These plans manage water usage, reduce peak demand and extend water supplies. Water is a precious resource, and the TCEQ encourages all Texans to conserve, especially in times of drought.


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& elec. Gorgeous views, paved roads, security gate. $84,900 Property 034: 3 acs. In Concan fronting Hwy. 127. Just past Neal’s & Frio River. Great Commercial location! $225,000 Property 035: 144 acs. Leakey city limits. Huge trees, county road frontage. Great homeplace or Development $7,000 per ac. REDUCED Property 036: Riverfront lot w/water & electric. Huge cypress and oak trees. Very nice! 1.78 acs. $159,000 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 037: 5.3 ac. in Deer Creek Estates. HUGE oak trees and views. Gated entry & private paved road access. All useable land. $64,500 Property 038: Cozy 2/2 log cabin in Frio Pecan Farm. Managed rentals. Investment property. $175,000 Property 039: Beautiful & spacious 4Bd/3Ba on nearly 1 ac. in Twin Forks. Super floor plan, covered porch, newer constr. $225,000 Property 040: Beautiful rock home. Unique details. River Park. 1620 sq. ft. on 1.24 acs. HUGE trees. Outdoor fp. $259,900 REDUCED Property 041: 25 acs. Hunting property w/well & electricity. Frontage on Hwy. 41. Great location. $95,000 Property 042: Best PRICE in Concan is 117 Cedar Ridge Ln!! 2/2 1120 sq. ft. Beautiful deck & views. Very private. $185,000 PENDING Property 043: 10+ acs. AG EXEMPT! Great homesite. Small tank site, meter pole, RR337 & County Rd. frontage. $105,000 Property 044-046 : Canyon Oaks/Concan lots. River access, elec./ water available. 1ac. to 9+ acs.!!! $42,500 to $85,000 Property 047: 1+/- ac. lot Mountain Valley in Concan. Close to golf course, House Pasture, Frio. Rentals OK!!! $89,000 NEWProperty 048: 3BD/2BA nice brick home w/workshop & barn. Emerald Oaks Subdv. 103 Laurel St. $275,000 Property 049:84 acs. Off 337 W. Great hunting property….great price of $1950 per acre! Adjacent property available (See #9) $163,800 Property 050: River access lot w/huge trees! All utilities. Frio River Place. Just steps from the Frio! Owner/Agent $86,000 Property 051: Cute rock 3/2 home on 5+ acs. w/Patterson Creek frontage & no restrictions. Close to town, great views. $279,000 Property 052: Huge 3/2 Triple wide on beautiful, shady 1.52 acs. Garage + sunroom. Close to town. City water AND well. $99,000 Property 053: 7+ acs. Frio frontage w/large 4/2 DW plus nice barn. $299,000 Property 054: Lot 20, Phase 2 Patterson Creek Estates. 5.96 acs. + nearly 200’ of creek frontage! Gorgeous trees! $85,500 PENDING Property 056: Lovely newer home on 4 ac. close to town. Views for MILES! Huge porches, custom cabinetry, workshop. $229,500 Property 060: The Ranch Subdivision in Concan. Ag. Exempt residential lot 6+ ACS.w/ Frio Access. $133,140 Property 064: Two 1+ ac. lots w/Hwy. 83 frontage. No Restrictions. Elec. & city water available. $37,500 each lot. Property 065: 3/2 brick house on RR337. No Restrictions. Currently a successful nightly rental. CLOSE to river. $129,500 REDUCED Property 067: 89+ acs. Hwy. frontage, near Garner. Partial high fence. Addtl. acreage available. $429,000 OWNER TERMS Property 068: 89+ acs. Adjacent to #67 above. Gorgeous land w/great topography. $429,000 OWNER TERMS Property 069: 14.9 acs. Hwy. 2748 frontage in Uvalde Co. Just gorgeous. Great homesite. Additional acreage avail. $115,000 OWNER TERMS Property 070: 18.74 acs. Real County. 2/3rds high fenced. Additional acreage available. $115,000 OWNER TERMS

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Real County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Dispatch Report March 31, - April 6, 2013

JAIL REGISTER March 31 - April 6, 2013


March 31, 2013 – April 6, 2013 3/31/2013 @ - 532 responded to the 500 block of West Sixth Street in Camp Wood for a report of disturbance 4/1/2013 @ - 2120 responded to the 300 block of West Fi�h Street in Camp Wood for a report of domes�c violence 4/2/2013 @ - 542 responded to South US Highway 83 in Leakey for a

Real County Law Officers James E. Brice, Sheriff Don Gass, Deputy Sheriff Chris Sheridan, Deputy Sheriff Bruce Carr, Deputy Sheriff Jim Wilson, Constable Joe Tolleson, Constable Corporal Jake Sanchez, DPS Highway Patrol Clint Graham, TPWD Game Warden Disclaimer: All print and other visual media is for informational purposes only. This information is considered public information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Public Records Act. Any indication of an arrest is not intended to imply or infer that such individual has been convicted of a crime. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

report of a stolen vehicle - 1107 responded to the 500 block of West Second Street in Camp Wood for a report of vandalism 4/3/2013 @ - 933 responded to the 700 block of South Frio Street in Camp Wood for a business alarm 4/6/2013 @ - 031 responded to Ranch Road 337 East in Leakey for a report of disturbance

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City of Leakey Mayor: Harry Schneemann Secretary: Dee Dee Wally Office: 830-232-6757 Fax: 830-232-6775 Councilmen: Ken Auld • Hugh Buchanan • Carl Jensen • Jesus Rubio • Bob Bowers Leakey Volunteer Fire Dept.830-232-4005 Frio Canyon EMS, Inc.830-232-5299 City of Camp Wood Mayor: Ben Cox Office: 830-597-2265 Fax: 830-597-5365 Aldermen: Curtis Wilson • Brant Hickman • Sammie Ives •Jesse Chavez • Josh Cox Volunteer Fire Dept:830-597-6100 Camp Wood Library: 830-597-3208 Nueces Canyon EMS: 830-597-4200 City of Sabinal Mayor: Louis Landeros Secretary: Betty Jo Harris Office: 830-988-2218 Councilmembers: Nancy Alvarado, Chuck Van Pelt, Alma Martinez, Linda Musquiz, Eloisa Munoz and Mike Nuckles Sabinal Library 830-988-2911 Sabinal Municipal Judge: Anita Herndon 830-988-2630 Real County County Judge, Garry Merritt 830-232-5304 Real County Attorney, Bobby Jack Rushing 830-232-6461 County/District Clerk, Bella Rubio 830-232-5202 Justice of the Peace Dianne Rogers: 830-232-6630 Justice of the Peace Chris Lacey: 830-597-6129 Sheriff, James Earl Brice 830-232-5201 Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Brice: 830-232-6210 Treasurer, Mairi Gray 830-232-6627 Chief Appraiser Kelley Shults 830-232-6248 Real County Public Library 830-232-5199 Camp Wood Public Library 830-597-3208 Real County Commissioners: Precinct #1: Manuel Rubio Pct.#2: Bryan Shackelford Pct. #3:Gene Buckner Pct.#4: Joe W. Connell, Sr. Real Edwards Conservation & Reclamation District PO Box 807 . Camp Wood, Texas 78833 (830) 597-3322 office Fax (830) 597-3320 email Roland Trees, Board President Joel Pigg, General Manager

CORRECTION In last issue the front page Centennial Article listed as by Mary Foreman should have read: Edited by Mary Foreman article Uvalde Leader-News.

Fair Housing, It’s the Law To promote fair housing practices, the City of Leakey encourages potential homeowners and renters to be aware of their rights under the National Fair Housing Law. Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale or rental of units in the housing market. For more information on fair housing or to report possible fair housing discrimination, call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-669-9777.

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NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION AND INTENT TO OBTAIN WATER QUALITY PERMIT PROPOSED PERMIT NO. WQ0015083001 APPLICATION. Nueces River Authority, 200 East Nopal Street, Suite, 206, Uvalde, Texas 78801, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a proposed wastewater disposal Permit No. WQ0015083001 to authorize the disposal of treated wastewater at a volume not to exceed a daily average flow of 359,500 gallons per day via irrigation of 93.5 acres. The domestic wastewater treatment facility and disposal site will be located at 64 Stanford Hollow Road, Leakey, in Real County, Texas 78873. TCEQ received this application on March 18, 2013. The permit application is available for viewing and copying at Leakey City Hall, 148 West 4th Street, Leakey, Texas. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. ADDITIONAL NOTICE. TCEQ’s Executive Director has determined the application is administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application. After technical review of the application is complete, the Executive Director may prepare a draft permit and will issue a preliminary decision on the application. Notice of the Application and Preliminary Decision will be published and mailed to those who are on the county-wide mailing list and to those who are on the mailing list for this application. That notice will contain the deadline for submitting public comments. PUBLIC COMMENT / PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or request a public meeting on this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comments or to ask questions about the application. TCEQ will hold a public meeting if the Executive Director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. OPPORTUNITY FOR A CONTESTED CASE HEARING. After the deadline for submitting public comments, the Executive Director will consider all timely comments and prepare a response to all relevant and material, or significant public comments. Unless the application is directly referred for a contested case hearing, the response to comments, and the Executive Director’s decision on the application, will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and to those persons who are on the mailing list for this application. If comments are received, the mailing will also provide instructions for requesting reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision and for requesting a contested case hearing. A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in state district court. TO REQUEST A CONTESTED CASE HEARING, YOU MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR REQUEST: your name, address, phone number; applicant’s name and proposed permit number; the location and distance of your property/activities relative to the proposed facility; a specific description of how you would be adversely affected by the facility in a way not common to the general public; and, the statement “[I/we] request a contested case hearing.” If the request for contested case hearing is filed on behalf of a group or association, the request must designate the group’s representative for receiving future correspondence; identify an individual member of the group who would be adversely affected by the proposed facility or activity; provide the information discussed above regarding the affected member’s location and distance from the facility or activity; explain how and why the member would be affected; and explain how the interests the group seeks to protect are relevant to the group’s purpose. Following the close of all applicable comment and request periods, the Executive Director will forward the application and any requests for reconsideration or for a contested case hearing to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting. The Commission will only grant a contested case hearing on disputed issues of fact that are relevant and material to the Commission’s decision on the application. Further, the Commission will only grant a hearing on issues that were raised in timely filed comments that were not subsequently withdrawn. MAILING LIST. If you submit public comments, a request for a contested case hearing or a reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision, you will be added to the mailing list for this specific application to receive future public notices mailed by the Office of the Chief Clerk. In addition, you may request to be placed on: (1) the permanent mailing list for a specific applicant name and permit number; and/or (2) the mailing list for a specific county. If you wish to be placed on the permanent and/or the county mailing list, clearly specify which list(s) and send your request to TCEQ Office of the Chief Clerk at the address below. AGENCY CONTACTS AND INFORMATION. All written public comments and requests must be submitted to the Office of the Chief Clerk, MC 105, TCEQ, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087. If you need more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. General information about TCEQ can be found at our web site at Further information may also be obtained from Nueces River Authority at the address stated above or by calling Mr. Adam Luke, Naismith Engineering, at (512) 708-9322. Issuance Date: March 27, 2013

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Kay Anderson, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Caddel-Smith Chapter Education Chair, visited Rick Austin’s 7th grade Texas History class February 19, 2013 to notify students who placed in the chapter sponsored annual Texas History Essay Contest. Coleman Kerr placed first and Damian Gonzalez placed second. This year’s 7th grade topic was James W. Fannin and Fort Defiance. John and Kim Kerr are the parents of Coleman and Rudy and Brenda Gonzalez are the parents of Damian. Mrs. Anderson also visited Rebecca Dabb’s 4th grade students, who were all anxiously waiting for her. Wylden Hubbard was surprised to learn he had placed 2nd place with his essay on “The Angel of Goliad”. The 4th grade students could write on James W. Fannin or The Angel of Goliad. Wylden’s parents are Langtry and Amy Hubbard. The top three 4th and 7th grade students will read their winning essays at the DRT Caddel-Smith meeting Saturday, March 2, 2013, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Leakey United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited to hear these students read their impressive essays regarding Texas History.

Leakey ISD Hires Principal Following acceptance of the resignation, the board appointed former board member Ruben Navarro. Navarro was sworn in and the meeting continued. The board went into executive session at 7:05 and returned at 10:23 pm to present items in open session. The board voted to accept the resignation of LISD Science teacher Brandon Powers. They also approved hiring Kay Keen as the new LISD Principal for the 2013-2014 year. Kathy Pannell currently holds the position of Assistant Principal but informed the board she would not be

applying for the position for the 2013-2014 school year. Keen comes to LISD from Bandera ISD. She is the mother of three grown children and said she looks forward to working in this beautiful area. The board also approved hiring Ruben Fuentes as the Spanish/ Coach teacher and Michael Springer as the Math/Coach teacher, both for the 2013-2014 school year. Prior to executive session the board heard from Assistant Principal Kathy Pannell, who reported on the last canine visit there were no alerts. The

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business manager’s report was presented to the board by Don Ferguson. Trustee, Shawn Gray clarified by stating “If we stay on this tract we are in a good position for this year.” This is really good news for both the board and the community! Superintendent, Jim Hesson reviewed the gym projects for the board. He said the floor work in the gym and the roof work are both waiting in bids. Reagor filled the board in on a meeting that occurred with the representative from Goodman, which is the manufacturer of the a/c units currently waiting for

installation at the gym. Larry Montgomery, Goodman rep., Will Bourland, Mike Hurley and Reagor reviewed the necessary steps to get the units safely installed into the current gym structure. Montgomery said the units will need to be on the ground and run through an air sock. Preferably a 24 inch air sock, to obtain the best cooling. Reagor passed around a diagram that showed the requirements. With no further business the meeting was adjourned.

Hilderbran joins effort to combat underage drinking with $10K poster contest AUSTIN (April 3, 2013) – Rep. Harvey Hilderbran is teaming up with the Texas Hospitality Association to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility through a statewide poster contest that will award four scholarships totaling $10,000 to 2013 graduating high school seniors. THA will award a $5,000 scholarship to the Texas high school senior who submits the best poster conveying the message or theme: “If you are under 21, it’s


illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas.” A $2,500 scholarship will go to second place, $1,500 will be awarded for third place, and $1,000 will be awarded for fourth place. The winning posters will be used to a statewide alcohol awareness campaign. “We are very excited about involving high school seniors in developing a message to combat underage drinking,” said Hilderbran. “It only makes sense to involve the group the message is targeting, and the scholarship contest is a great way to get high schoolers involved in the process.” The contest is open to all 2013 Texas high school seniors. Artwork must be an original design and may be computer or electronically generated, hand drawn or photographed. Students have until May 3 to submit their poster to THA. For more details on the scholarship competition, visit www.TexasHospitalityA<


Eighteenth Annual Big Springs Ranch Barbecue Set for April 19 By Brianne Rangel

Big Springs Ranch for Children, in conjunction with its Board and Auxiliaries, will host the 18th Annual Picnic and Dedication Ceremony on Friday, April 19. A barbecue lunch will be provided by Frost Bank of Boerne/Fair Oaks followed by the dedication of Das Brune Haus IV and a tour of the village. The festivities begin at 11:15 a.m. in the Ed Brune Sports Center on the Big Springs Ranch campus. Reservations to attend should be made by April 16th by phoning 830-347-2131 or email to Big Springs Ranch is a home for traumatized children located in the beautiful Frio Canyon. Gary Priour, Executive Director and founder of the Hill Country Youth Ranch in Ingram, Texas, stepped up to the challenge to build an educational village with school facilities and homes on the banks of the East Frio River almost 20 years ago, at the request of long time Real County pioneer Oma Bell Perry. Das Bune Haus IV was built with funds provided by Ed and Trudy Brune. The Brunes have been generous supporters of the Big Spring Ranch for Children, providing donations since 2002 to build the Ed Brune Charter School, four Ed and Trudy Brune homesteads, a general store, a grandparents cottage, a transitional living facility, the gym, a field house, a track and other projects. They are currently funding construction of a chapel overlooking the Frio where youth residents can worship and find refuge. The tour will include a drive past the chapel construction site. Ed and Trudy have a very special place in their hearts for children, especially for those wounded by abuse or tragedy. A short program during lunch will include a 3-minute video presentation, an address by a Ranch graduate, and songs by the Brune School Choir, followed by the tour. For additional information about the Big Springs Ranch

Auxiliary contact Johnnie Hirst, President, or stop by the Big Springs Ranch Thrift Store behind the courthouse. Meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon in the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. You’re invited to attend any of those meetings to find out how you can help.

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Nevah Navarro Day at Nueces Canyon High School By Principal Kristi Powers

Friday, April 5 was celebrated as Nevah Navarro day at NCHS. Nevah is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Navarro. Nevah has represented Nueces Canyon in many facets during her school career. She has run at the UIL State Cross Country meet twice, marched at the UIL State Marching Band Contest twice, run at the UIL Regional track meet, and played at the UIL Regional basketball tournament. She is a member of the National Honor Society and recently was elected Most Popular.

HS Boys District Track DISTRICT MEET RESULTS: ¡ SHOT PUT: Isaiah DeLeon 6th ¡ DISCUS: Juan Onate 4th, Isaiah DeLeon 5th ¡ TRIPLE JUMP: Reagan Luce 6th ¡ 4 x 100 METER RELAY: Nathan Carleton, Philip Carleton, Troy Dalton, Ryan Parks 5th

Bailey Gober 5th ¡ 200 METERS: Cres Falcon 4th, Bailey Gober 6th AREA QUALIFIERS: ¡ DISCUS: Juan Onate ¡ 4 x 200 METER RELAY: Reagan Luce, Isaiah DeLeon, Troy Dalton, Ryan Parks

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Gonzales 6th in the 800 m relay; Siera Edwards, Priscilla Gonzales, Hailey Luce, Abbey Falcon 4th in the 1600 m relay; Nikki Milliorn 3rd in the shot put; Ashley Harmon 4th in the discus; Danielle Irwin 6th in the discus; Haylee Chavez 2nd

NCHS District Academic UIL Results

On Thursday March 28, 2013 the Nueces Canyon High School UiL Academic Team traveled to Mason to compete in the District 29 1A Academic meet. Twelve schools met for competition and at the end of the meet Nueces Canyon High School earned 4th place with a total of 128 points. The awards earned for the day were as follows: Current Issues and Events NC 3rd place team consisting of Kyra Sifuentes, Nikki Milliorn, Cres Falcon and Isaiah DeLeon. Current sIssues and Events Kyra Sifuentes placed 5th individually. hSocial Studies NC 2nd place team consisting of Jacob hHicks, Ambor Hamilton, Lane Boatright and Dakota dDavilla. The Social Studies team placed as Regional Alternate while Jacob Hicks placed 6th individually. Headline Writing Malerie Gomez placed 2nd and will advance to Region. News Writing Emily Carnes placed 4th and earned Regional Alternate. Persuasive Speaking Kyra Sifuentes placed 4th and earned Regional Alternate. Speech NC 2nd place team consisting of: Kara Sifuentes, Devon Frenzel, Ashley Harmon, Reagan Luce, Ozzie Watters and Emily Carnes. In Poetry Interpretation Kara Sifuentes earned 2nd place and is advancing to Region, Ashley Harmon earned 3rd place and is advancing to Region and Devon Frenzel placed 5th. In Prose Interpretation Reagan Luce earned 1st place and is advancing to Region and Emily Carnes earned 4th place

2400M Run with a time of 10: 23 and 3rd place in the 1600M Run with a time of 6:32; Gabby Irwin, Aspen Winston, Destiny Tinsley, and Jayden Aguilera2nd place in the 4 x 100M Relay with a time of 57.83; Jayden Aguilera- 1st place in the 800M Run with a time of 2:57; Megan Sifuentes-2nd place in the 100M Hurdles with a time of 20.61; Tyanna Schexnider, Jill Falcon, Destiny Tinsley, and Gabby

in the JV 400 m dash; Madelyn Martinez 3rd in the JV 400 m dash. Thanks to all who came and watched the girls and we hope to see you in La Pryor on Thursday, April 11th for the Area meet.

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NCHS Girls District Track The track team traveled to Mason on Saturday, April 6th to compete in the District 27-1A meet. The meet was very competitive and the girls scored 45 points. Results are as follows: Nevah Navarro- 3rd in the 3200 and 1600 m run;

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District One Act Play On Thursday March 28, 2013 the Nueces Canyon High School One Act Play Company traveled to Kerrvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tivy High School for the District 29- 1A One Act Play Contest. Six schools, including Nueces Canyon, advanced out of Zones 1 through 3 to compete at this level. The plays started at 12:30 and were performed throughout the afternoon. At the end of the competition, the schools and their fans met in the auditorium for the presentation of the awards. The individual awards were given out first. Nueces Canyon High School took home several individual awards! The NC individual awards were given as follows: Emily Carnes earned Honor Crew, Jacob Hicks as Augustus, earned Honorable Mention All

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Irwin- 3rd place in the 4 x 200M Relay with a time of 2:06; Jill Falcon- 2nd place with a time of 1:13, Nataliah DeLeon-4th place with a time of 1:16, Tyanna Schexnider- 6th place with a time of 1:18 in the 400M Dash; Aspen Winston-1st place in the 300M Hurdles with a time of 57.75; Destiny Tinsely-3rd place in the 200M Dash with a time of 32.38; Gabby Irwin, Jill Falcon, Nataliah DeLeon,

and Jayden Aguilera- 2nd place in the 4 x 400M Relay with a time of 4:54. An excellent showing of athleticism and an overall great season. Great job girls! I would also like to give many Thanks to Coach Butler, Coach Sweeten, and Coach R. Burleson for all their help during practices and to all the parents for all their continued support and dedication.

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by Billie Franklin

11:30 am to 1 pm, there will be a Women’s Friendship Luncheon held at the church. Contact Annette Horton or Kim Meineke for more information, or check with First Baptist at 988-2344. Let them know if you wish to help with the food for the meal. This event is open to women of all ages.

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Senior Citizens News

The Sabinal Senior Citizens Center is having a Senior Citizen Spring Gathering today beginning at 11 am. Bring a covered dish or a salad, a bingo prize if you wish, and enjoy everyone’s company. It is open to all senior citizens. Dessert will be provided by the center. On Sunday, April 21, from 2 to 4 pm, the Senior Center will be the site of the Girls Behaving Pinkly Event, an ice cream social for young ladies. Dating choices, etiquette, decorum, and many other social skills will be covered. Cost is $10 and you may purchase tickets from me at 988-3258 or 2619053 or contact Kathleen Runnels at 210-861-3069 for more information. Mothers are also welcome to come.

First Baptist News

The Vacation Bible School preparations have begun. To help, every Tuesday beginning at 6:30 pm, crafts and decorations are being made for the June 10 through 14 VBSin the time slot of 5:30 to 8:15 pm. Just show up, there is plenty to do. This year’s theme is SonWest Roundup--a Rip Roaring Good Time with Jesus. Next Saturday, April 20 from

at the Seraphic Sisters Retreat House, 130 Beethovan Street in San Antonio. For information or to register the web site is or phone 210-735-0553, or fax at 210734-4942.

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Matthew Smith, son of James and Dee Ann Smith of Knippa, has been accepted into the United States Naval Acadamy in Annapolis, Maryland. He will begin as a plebe in June and will attend boot camp this summer.

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Next Wednesday, April 17, at 11 am, the Senior Citizens Spring Gathering will be held at the Senior Center on Rheiner Avenue. Everyone is invited to bring a sald or covered dish and a bingo prize if you would like to. Bingo will follow the meal and we will play until 2 pm. All senior citizens are welcome to come to the party. Womens Luncheon A friendship luncheon is being planned for Saturday, April 20 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at First Baptist Church. To help with the food for the event, contact Annette Horton or Kim Meineke. There will be door prizes, party favors, a short devotional, and a renewal of friendships, or making new friends. It is open to the ladies in the community.


For the month of April, the Sabinal Civic Club has selected

the Rodriguez home located at 613 San Jacinto Street as Yard of the Month. An impressive white board fence surrounds the property which highlights the color scheme of the home. This is a relatively new yard with roses blooming neatly to the side of the driveway. In time, this yard will develop into a real show place. Congratuations for receiving this special honor from the Civic Club.

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our teachers, coaches and staff enjoy modern, well equipped facilities in which to teach their students” said Grill. Sabinal ISD has also embraced “21st Century Learning” by equipping every classroom throughout the District with Interactive “Promethean” white boards, HD quality multimedia projectors, theater quality sound systems, 4 student-use PC’s, as well as laptop computers for all teachers. Additionally, the District provides numerous Laptop carts, Netbook carts, iPad carts and even iPod carts each containing approximately 20 computing

devices which turn any classroom into a “computer lab.” “Technology is everywhere in our society and around the world, thus the importance of having a technology rich environment for our teachers to instruct their students, however, the technology doesn’t replace the ‘teacher’ rather is an ‘accelerant’ for the teacher to engage their students” Grill continued. Sabinal ISD boasts “A small District with BIG ambitions” as it provides students with a multitude of offerings outside of the classroom with award winning Band, FFA, and Athlet-

ics programs not always offered in smaller school districts. “We pride ourselves in offering students nearly all of the extra-curricular activities found in 3A-5A schools, with the wholesomeness of a small, conservative community school” Grill announced. Through these initiatives, pride is evident in the District as enrollment has increased nearly 11% since 2008, yet the class size averages remain small with approximately 14 students per teacher at the elementary level and approximately 15 students per teacher at the secondary level.

Grill summed up his views “The Board’s commitment to putting education as its first priority is evident in all aspects of our district, whether it is in teacher salaries, instructional resources or the facilities in which we teach.” “We hope that parents and teachers in the surrounding communities will consider Sabinal ISD as their next destination in life whether you are looking for a well-rounded quality education or looking for a new job where you feel supported and appreciated.”

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Sabinal EMS responded to 16 calls with 19 patients being seen. Of these, 4 people were transported to Medina Regional Hospital in Hondo, 2 transported to Uvalde Memorial Hospital, 1 transported by Uvalde EMS to the helipad, 1 false alarm activation, 2 cancellations while on route to the scene. Nine were treated but refused to be transported to a hospital. The State of Texas variance was used 4 of the 16 times when called. The Sabinal EMS continues to make drastic improvements in response time to the scene. The public needs to remember that all members are now on a volunteer basis and respond to the station from home.

The EMS has submitted an application to begin their Emergency Care Attendant course. It is scheduled to begin on or about the first of June. There are 9 openings still available for the public. If you are interested contact the EMS at 830-988-2233 and please leave your name and phone number and you will be contacted.

Calendars are available at the back of the church. The Spanish Choir needs members and musicians. Practice is held Thursday after Mass. Just show up and you will learn. At the Easter Egg hunt held on Easter, the Golden Easter Egg winners were Destiny Arispe, Sebastian Ledesma and Iliana Musquiez. There will be a Men’s Discernment Retreat on May 24 and 25. It is aimed at men ages 18 through 45 to help men realize their calling from God for marriage, the priesthood, or the religious life. It will be held

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Mayor Louis A. Landeros, Jr. called the Special Meeting of the Sabinal City council to order at 7:00 p.m. on April 1, 2013, with the following aldermen, staff and visitors present: Mike Nuckles, Chuck Van Pelt, Nancy Alvarado, Linda Musquiz, Cloisa Muniz, Alma Martinez, Jesus Reyes, Betty Jo Harris, Gabriel Martinez, Rose Alvarado, Luciano Castaneda, Rachel R. Paul, Dora Silvas, David Sandoval, Ryan Jacques, Pablo Gonzales and Joe R. Rodriguez. The invocation was led by Betty Jo Harris; and the pledge to the

United States flag was led by Mayor Landeros. There was a lengthy discussion on the needs of the little league park. The most pressing were the restrooms, which are in poor condition, and the shade over one set of stands (wind blew away). Aaron Martinez stated he has repaired one commode and ordered another for the restrooms at the little league and city live oak parks. Mayor Landeros stated that the dividers in the restrooms need tightening up. He also encouraged the leaders of the

group to get their parents/ grandparents to do volunteer work at the park. The little league group has brought in dirt and fertilizer. However, with the water situation like it is, they can’t wet it down. Rachael Paul, president of the parent group, said they have some metal poles that probably can be used to erect another shade of the bleachers. It was agreed that the little league group and the city of sabinal work together on this project, not letting it drop through the cracks after this season is over.

No action was taken. On the recommendation of Police Chief Jesus Reyes, Muniz moved to approve resolution 135, appointing Patrick Swanner as a reserve for the Sabinal Police Department. Van Pelt seconded the motion, with it passing 6-0. It was mentioned that the Chamber of Commerce is having a meeting at the library Tuesday night. On a motion by Muniz and second by Alvarado, all six voted to adjourn at 7:54 p.m.

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Pearson Family Ties Run From Ingram to Camp Verde and Beyond

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By Irene Van Winkle

The Pearson/Kott story is a complex interweaving of mostly-German ancestry, whose descendants still live and thrive in the Hill Country. They were cowboys and Indians, tradesmen and preachers, and plied a host of occupations that helped shape Kerr County’s landscape. Fred and Irene Kott Pearson still live in the same house they bought nearly 50 years ago off Methodist Encampment. They had each been married once before they wed in 1959. According to their grandson, Marcus Bigott (Mark and Sharon Pearson Bigott’s oldest son), Fred’s family can Daniel and Mae Elizabeth Taylor Pearson, be traced back to an ancestor shown here in a wedding photo of 1903, whose name is variously listed had 10 children, and endured hardships through the Great Depression. as Lewis, Joseph, or Elihu Their youngest was Fred, who married Pearson (or Pierson), who was Irene Kott. The family line also includes born sometime before 1775. ties to the Bigott, Grona, Heimann and Marcus found that one of Ehler clans. this man’s children was Benoni Pearson, who was born 1790 in North Carolina. He married Kentucky-born Sarah Wood, who was about 10 years his junior. Benoni and Sarah had 10 children during their progressive moves between Indiana and Arkansas, including a son named Elihu (b. 1832-1910). After their last child was born, the couple moved to Camp Verde, Texas. Their home was located on the property next to the present Camp Verde Store along Hwy. 173 (on the Kerrvillebound side). Elihu married Mary Ann Lackey (born 1836) from Missouri. Their youngest child, Daniel, was born in 1879, and some sources say he might have been adopted Daniel grew up to become a life-long trapper. Fred said he was proud of the fact that his father never worked for anyone else. Daniel married Mae Elizabeth Taylor in 1903. Born in Bandera County in 1888, she was the daughter of John Marton Taylor, Jr. and Nora Etta Bandy. When they wed, Daniel and Mae Elizabeth received a 320acre homestead from his parents. To help get them started, Daniel’s brothers, Ike and William, pitched in a milk cow, a mule and a horse. Mae Elizabeth’s grandparents, William Marion and Mary Ellen Trouner Bandy, were both full-blooded Native Americans, most likely Comanche, which brought together the cowboys and Indians, Marcus said. Ike and William never married, and they, like Daniel, earned their keep as cowboys and trappers. Some of their larger prey, like wolves and coyotes, were dangerous, but the financial rewards were relatively lucrative for those willing to take risks. “They never owned a home. They always traveled wherever they were called out to trap,” Fred said. “One time they were on the James River Ranch, setting traps for a coyote that was worth a $500 bounty if they could take it to Harper. They had made camp and William told Ike to fix supper. William had a bad leg, so he set out on a donkey and set two traps, and then came back. “The traps were on a chain with a hook. If you tied the chain down, the coyote would chew off its leg to get free. A storm came in that night, and washed out the camp. The next day, he let out two hound dogs, who headed straight for the traps. The coyote had jumped the fence and had the trap on, and when William got there, the hounds and the coyote were fighting. He shot the coyote, and told Ike, ‘Let’s go to Harper. This is worth $500 there.’” Apparently, the brothers were able to tuck away savings, but later in life, William’s health problems ate away their hard-earned resources. Born in 1921, Fred was the youngest of 10 children in his family. The rest were Vernon, Forrest, Ethel, Calvin, Bill, Rayburn, Effie, Bessie and Berniece. He remembered the Pearsons endured hard times. They often made by money selling firewood, which people even stole from them. Ike and William were very generous in the lean years. “They’d bring bags of food like potatoes and sugar, and give it to the family,” Fred said. “They’d show up at our house, sometimes dirty, and stayed for a few weeks. My mother would wash their clothes, and whenever they got a call or a letter to go back out trapping, they loaded up and went. They traveled in a covered wagon.” Fred attended Camp Verde School through the ninth grade. It was a two-room building, and Fred said there were as many as 23 students. He recalled his teachers “Aunt Marion” and “Uncle Eddie (Sr.)” Taylor, who had the same last name before and after marriage, but apparently came from different Taylor lines. One of Fred’s brothers, Rayburn, was shot by a Texas Ranger during the Depression. Food was scarce, and Rayburn often went out at night to shoot game. One night he did not return. The family believed that Rayburn’s death, which the Ranger had said was self-defense, may have not happened as he said. After Rayburn’s gun was found, it contained a number of bullets that did not match the Ranger’s self-defense story. Rayburn left behind a young child, Ray. After his death, his wife Ora Lee struggled to raise Ray, so he was adopted by his grandmother, Mae Elizabeth. She also ended up taking in four more grandchildren, after her daughter, Ethel, died in childbirth. “How she did that, I’ll never know,” Fred said. “That was after she had raised her own 10 children.” Irene’s Kott family ancestors are traced from the Heimann line. Her great-grandfather, John Wilhelm Heimann, came from Manderbach, Germany as an infant in 1936, on the ship “Auguste Meline,” landing in Indianola. Coming through New Braunfels, the family settled in Fredericksburg, and John married Marie Katharina Bonn in 1857. One of their nine children was Marie, who married Herman Grona in 1892. Marie and Herman’s daughter, Ida, married Hillmar Kott in 1916. Between 1918-1934, the Kotts had seven children. Irene (born 1924 in their home at Wolf Creek) was the fourth child, among siblings Mildred, Dayton, Verdie, Myrtle, twins James and Janie, and Melvin. Neither Irene nor her sister Myrtle apparently had ever been legally registered at the courthouse with a birth certificate, so they had family members vouch for them. Wolf Creek, where Irene attended school through the 7th grade, is about five miles south of Fredericksburg. The family ranched there, raising cattle, sheep, hogs and goats. Irene’s brother, Dayton, bought the property, and it passed to his son, Gary. Some of their closest neighbors and friends were the Henkes.

The Grona side of the family are also well-known area tradesmen, as are the Kotts. According to his son, Melvin, Mel Kott, Sr. (an Ingram resident who recently passed away) was a pipefitter by trade. However, inbetween his plumbing career, he had owned three service stations in the area in the 1960s: Five Points Exxon (now Chevron, which he sold to Bob Wilke), the Enco station (now Exxon) later sold to Bo Moss, and the Ingram Exxon, now owned by Robert Pfiester (Irene’s son). Then, in the late 1960s-early ’70s, Mel Sr. also owned a Conoco station in Houston. “I had helped Dad in plumbing when I was still in school,” Mel, Jr. said. “Me and my friend, Brooks Clark, and brother-in-law Hal Poorman all worked together, too. After Dad came back to Kerrville, he went to work for “Big” Charlie Whelan (Sr.), for years, and then went into business for himself. I worked for Whelan’s too, and then I also had my own plumbing company. Hal stayed behind in Houston. Dad worked for years with June Love, who taught me plumbing. They did a lot of plumbing for Bob Keith’s homes (most all he built).” Irene was only 32 when her first husband, Edwin Pfiester, died of a heart attack at the age of 38. Her mother died six months later, and other family tragedies occurred. By then, Irene had three boys, Robert, Carlos and Jerry. She married Fred three years later, and then their daughter Sharon was born. On another side of the family, the Biegotts (now spelled Bigott) fled Germany during the 1800s. One ancestor, Karl, refused to serve in the German Army for emperor Kaiser Wilhelm I, who was crowned in 1871 after his older brother, Friedrich Wilhelm IV, suffered a disabling stroke. Karl was Marcus’s great-great grandfather, who stowed away on a ship bound for America at the age of 16, arriving at Galveston Harbor in December, 1872. His wife, Meri, arrived the next year and the couple settled in Brenham to take up farming. They changed the spelling of the surname to Bigott, as they found locals were prejudiced, based on language and cultural differences. After having four daughters, Karl and Meri adopted an infant boy in 1909, originally named Andrew Benjamin Mohr, through a Lutheran pastor. The baby had arrived from an Iowa orphanage, and he was renamed Oscar Herman. He was musically talented, and after the family moved to Granado 10 years later, he worked odd jobs to help make ends meet. He became a blacksmith, carpenter and even repaired shoes. Learning to play the clarinet and saxophone, Oscar went on to join a large band which played around South Texas. Oscar married Lilly Beken, whose great-grandfather, Johann Ehlers came to Texas from Germany (near Oldenburg). Johann raised nine boys — all standing more than 6 feet 5 inches — and two girls. The story goes that it was “quite a sight” when Johann, who was only 5 feet 10 inches, would stand in the middle and give his tall sons orders. One of Oscar and Lillie’s seven children, Willfred Frank Bigott, was born in 1929 in Granado, Texas, a child of the Depression, Marcus wrote. Will told Marcus about the limited supplies of food and goods during WWII, which were rationed. The family raised their own food, both animal and vegetable. Will put himself through school by working at a grain elevator in the Houston docks, delivering newspapers, as a military cannon borer, executive camp director. He serves as a pastor in Harper, and served for many years as a chaplain at the VA. He married Martha Haase in 1951, and had three children: Bonnie Lynn, Mark James and Merri Jean. Mark eventually married Sharon Pearson, the one child of Fred and Irene. Sharon has taught business and computer classes at Tivy High School for 24 years. Her husband, Mark Bigott, is manager at the teachers’ credit union in Kerrville. Their son Marcus is following in Will’s footsteps, studying to be ordained. Fred had a long career as an animal technician at the USDA Lab on Hwy. 16 North in Kerrville. He had started there after the government had relocated the lab from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Kerrville. “I bought and sold research animals at auction from 1960 to 1984. I remember working with Thornton Secor there.” The move from New Mexico took a long haul with research animals that could not have contact with anything, driving a double decker gooseneck trailer hooked up to a Dodge 3/4-ton truck.. “We loaded up 17 head of cattle in the lower deck, and 22 sheep above them. Two of us, me and Benno Wunderlich, drove non-stop because the animals were infested with mange mites. The state inspectors were supposed to check on us along the way, but nobody ever did.” Had they known better, Fred said, they would have taken a different and more convenient route out of Albuquerque. “We took the hardest route,” Fred said.” When we went off into the valley coming down the slope, we could see where cars and trailers had gone over the side. By that time, we couldn’t turn around.” Fred said that he bought and sold stock for the lab at auctions in Mason, Junction, Fredericksburg, and Kerrville. “There was a ring off Junction Highway near the Hunt Ingram Gas place before Ingram,” Fred said. “Once, at an auction, a man had come in wearing a fancy straw hat, and he put it where they had a place for hats and coats. It was near a ceiling fan, and after a while, the hat had gotten pushed up toward the fan. When he went back to get it, he couldn’t find it and thought someone had stolen it. Meanwhile, it had gotten sucked up into the fan and was shredded into a million pieces.” At one auction, Fred said he had purchased a calf for the research lab. Later, when he tried to sell it, he found out that it had been stolen, once authorities had traced its mother’s brand. At that point, Fred washed his hands of the deal. Fred’s job sometimes could be hazardous to his health. Once, while loading cattle, one animal hit a pipe, bringing it down on Fred’s face as he was weighing and did not see it coming. However, the worst incident eventually led to his somewhat premature retirement. “In 1980, Bill McGehee was driving a tractor,” Fred said. “I told him to drop the blade and speed up the motor, and then I’d ride on it. Well, he hit the hydrolift and it caught my pants, and that nearly cut my leg off. The artery in my leg was squirting blood, and Bill took me to the hospital. There was blood all over that truck. It was awful. Left me crippled.” Before marrying Fred, Irene worked at the Starkey School Cafeteria. She spent much of her time as a seamstress, allowing her to stay home. “All the fat ladies wanted me to make them look thin,” she said. She even made her daughter’s wedding dress. Of all Irene’s siblings, only James and Myrtle are still alive. Fred and Irene now have 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Dr. Leslie Chaney

(November 18, 1944 - March 29, 2013) Les Chaney, age 68, of Hondo, went home to be with the Lord on March 29, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. Les was born on November 18, 1944, in McAllen, TX to Ernest and Cleo Chaney. He graduated from Uvalde High School in 1963, Southwest Texas Junior College 1964, and Texas A & I University in 1967. He then served our country in the United States Air Force obtaining the rank of Captain. He married Margaret Moore of Freer, TX, in 1967. They moved to Hondo in 1974 and bought the Western Auto Store. At the age of 35, Les trusted Christ as his Savior and Lord, and two years later accepted God’s call to full-time ministry. He received a Masters in Religious Education, and later a Doctorate in Educational Ministries from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Les faithfully served the Lord in several churches and ministries during three decades of dedicated spiritual leadership including Trinity Baptist Church in Kerrville, TX, and First Baptist Church Deer Park, TX, as Minister of Education, and Administrator for Texas Baptist Encampment in Palacios, TX. He also lead the Family Ministry Division of South Texas Children’s Home as Vice President, and served as Pastor at Lexington Baptist Church in Corpus Christi, TX. In 2004, after starting Home Improvement Seminars (HIS Ministries), Les and Margaret moved back to Hondo. In this ministry, they led many conferences and church revivals that focused on strengthening marriages and families. In 2010, the Lord led Les to pastor Reagan Wells Baptist Church, a role that he cherished to the end. Les was an avid hunter and fisherman, and passed that love on to his children and grandchildren. He had many achievements and accolades in his life, including Eagle Scout and President of the National Association of Baptist Camp Managers. However, his greatest achievement was his loving family, and his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His passion for his Lord and Savior was evident to all who knew him. He loved people and was dedicated to sharing the life changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Les was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Chaney. He is survived by his wife Margaret of Hondo, daughter Debbie and husband Barry Nelson of Cochrane, Alberta, Canada and children Nate (11), Stephen (8), and Sophie (6); daughter Lisa and husband Rev. Wade Rush of Pleasanton, TX and children Hilary (21), Hayden (15), and Madison (14). In addition, he is survived by his mother, Cleo Chaney Lemon and step-father Charles Lemon of Uvalde; his mother-inlaw Christine Moore; his brother Dale Chaney of Greeley, CO, and daughters Kyla and Brianna and their families; his sister Diann and husband Robert Strout, and sons Jason and Heath Hook and their families; sister Bette and husband LeeVan Tucker, and daughter Dustee Jenkins and her family. Viewing will be held at Hondo Funeral Home, 2910 Ave E on Thursday, April 4 from 5-8:00 PM. The memorial service will begin at 2: 00 PM at First Baptist Church, Hondo, TX. Interment will be held for family at Waresville Cemetery in Utopia, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Reagan Wells Baptist Church, P.O. Box 8, Concan, TX 78838. The people of his beloved church stood by Les during his difficult fight with cancer. Their love and encouragement has been a tremendous blessing to Les and his family. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim 4:7 What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 1:13

St. Raymond Catholic Church 2nd and Mountain St. P O Box 989 Leakey, TX 78873 830.232.5852 Mass: 5:30pm Saturday 6:00 pm 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Parish Priest Fr. Sady Nelson Santana M Rectory: 830.683.2165 St. Mary Catholic Church Hwy 187 Vanderpool, TX Mass: 9:00am Saturday Contact:830.966.6268 St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church Camp Wood, TX Mass: 11:30am Sunday Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church 401 N Hwy 377 P O Box 877 Rocksprings, TX 78880 830.683.2165 Mass: 9:00am Sunday United Methodist Church P O Box 417

419 N. Market Leakey, TX 78873 830.232.6266 Pastor: Doug Smith Sunday School: 9:45 am Worship: 10:50 am Reál County Church 121 Oak Hill Ste. 4 Leakey, Texas Sunday School: 10:00am Worship: 11:00am Evening Worship: 6:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm 830.232.4230 Frio Canyon Baptist Church Hwy 83 South Leakey, TX (830) 232-5883 Sunday School: 9:45am Worship Service: 11:00am Evening Worship: 6:00pm Wed. Prayer: 7:00pm Pastor: Dan Wynn First Baptist Church P O Box 56 Hwy 83N Leakey, TX Pastor: Mark Spaniel Bible Study: 10:00am Worship: 11:00am

Evening Worship: 6:00pm Wednesday Prayer: 7:00pm Mon-Fri Daily Prayer 11:00am 830.232.5344 Living Waters Church Hwy 1050 Utopia, TX 830.966.2426 Sunday School: 9:30 am Worship: 10:30 am Wednesday: 7:00pm Youth Alive: Saturday 7:00pm Youth Pastor James Jones Pastor Dr. Robert Richarz Church in the Valley Hwy 83 Leakey, TX 78873 830.232.6090 Pastor Ray Miller Sunday School: 9:45am Worship: 10:45am Evening: 6:00pm Trinity Fellowship Church Hwy 337 and Camino Alto Leakey, TX 830.232.6770 Sunday School: 9:45am Come and Worship:10:45am Evening: 6:00pm Wednesday: 7:00pm Rawlyn Richter Pastor

Ema Jean Asbell

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(February 20, 1933 - April 4, 2013)

(June 28, 1932 - April 5, 2013)

Ema Jean Asbell, age 80 of Rocksprings, Texas passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Kerrville, Texas. Ema Jean Barnes was born to Tommie and Olivia (Benskin) Barnes on February 20, 1933, in the home of her grandparents, Nola Ann and Wesley Benskin of Rocksprings, Texas. She grew up in Rocksprings and graduated from Rocksprings High School. She attended nursing school in San Antonio, where she met and married George Asbell, a member of the Air Force on August 9, 1952. They moved and traveled together for many years as George was stationed in San Antonio TX, Anchorage Alaska, Laredo TX, Ardmore Oklahoma, Albany Georgia where their son David was born in 1958, Sumter South Carolina where their daughter Olivia Ann was born in 1961, Evreux France, and then in Austin Texas where George retired.After retirement from the Air Force in 1965, the family moved home to Rocksprings, where she was employed by Edwards County Memorial Hospital for many years as a nurse’s aide and xray and lab technician. After the hospital closed, she continued employment for several years with Edwards County as a Sheriff Department Dispatcher. Ema Jean loved to listen to music, sing in the choir, crochet gifts for her family and friends, and travel. She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Ema Jean is survived by her son, David Asbell and wife Laura of North Richland Hills, TX; daughter, Olivia Ann Asbell of Spring, TX; granddaughters, Lindsay Darden and husband Gage of Ft. Worth, TX, Sarah Peltier and husband Danny of Ft. Worth, TX, Emma Claire Asbell of North Richland Hills, TX, Kellie Sole and husband Brandon of Spring, TX; and great granddaughter, Hailey Sole of Spring, TX. Emma Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Olivia Deel and Tommie Barnes; husband, George Asbell and brother, T C Barnes. Pallbearers include Jay Adams, Joe Baker, Kenneth Reed, Gage Darden, Danny Peltier, and Brandon Sole. Honorary Pallbearer, Billy Seale Funeral services were held at 12 noon Monday, April 8, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Rocksprings, Texas, with Pastor Albert Green officiating. Interment followed in the Rocksprings Cemetery in Rocksprings, Texas. The family invites you to leave a condolence at Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Rocksprings, Texas.

J Fort Smith of Camp Wood, Texas passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Visitation was held Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 2 – 5 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Chapel in Camp Wood, Texas. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 3 pm at the Barksdale Baptist Church in Barksdale, Texas. Graveside service will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013, 1:30 pm at the Mexia Cemetery, located at Highway 84/Milam Street, turn North on Kaufman Street, Cemetery located at the end of Road, Mexia, Texas. Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Camp Wood, Texas.

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Water News and River Flows Fulgham’s Crossing just south of the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment had a flow of 10,422 gpm (gallons per minute) this month compared to the flow of 8,146 gpm last month. There was quite a bit of debris on the upriver side of the crossing and it took a little while to get it all cleared away so that I could record the flows. The Mill Creek Crossing is flowing a bit swifter this month, however there are still culverts on both end of this crossing that have no flow reading, this crossing has increased slightly to a flow of 7,146 gpm this month up from last month’s flow of 6,465 gpm. On the west prong of the Frio River the weather is having the same effect on the flows, the Rancho Real crossing had a flow of 4,469 gpm compared to a flow of 4,332 gpm last month. This area needs a major water event to get back in shape. The Kent Creek crossing showed a decrease since last month with a flow of 537 gpm this month down from a flow of 712 gpm last month. I think there is a buildup of soil and plants on the upriver side of this crossing and this holds the water away from the culverts. A little work on that area could have a large effect on this crossing. Nueces River flows were taken on April 4th and they too showed similar results as that found on the Frio River. McDonalds Crossing was at 8,364 gpm this month compared to 9,126 gpm last month. It appears that there was not much precipitation in the Barksdale area last week. This crossing is still in great need of a flushing rain to clean up the vegetation on the upriver side of the crossing. The Nueces River Dam on Highway 55 south of Camp

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Wood had a flow of 14,032 gpm this month up from 12,292 gpm last month. This reading tells me there was a little more rainfall south of Barksdale in the Camp Wood area and it helped the flow at the Dam. Texas House Considers Funding Water Projects Lawmakers took a major step toward replenishing the state’s dwindling water supplies over the next 50 years as the Texas House voted 146-2 to create a revolving fund to develop local and regional water projects. A diverse lineup of sometimes colliding interests endorsed HB 4, reflecting what many say is an urgent need to address water needs after one of the worst droughts in state history. However, some lawmakers who voted for the measure voiced reservations. House Bill 4, which now goes to the Senate, is part of a two-tiered legislative package to implement a 50-year water plan designed to ensure that the state will have an abundant source of water to supply its growing population. Likely to be far more controversial is approval of companion legislation, HB 11, to withdraw $2 billion from the state’s rainy-day fund to seed the proposed State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The water plan, assembled by 16 regional planning groups working under the umbrella of the Texas Water Development Board, warns of critical water shortages over the next halfcentury unless the state implements a $53 billion package of strategies ranging from conservation to new reservoirs. Municipal water planners are expected to need $27 billion from the state to develop the projects. “It’s

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time for the Legislature to step up and fully implement the water plan,” said Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and the chief architect of the legislation. Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have called for withdrawals from the rainy-day fund to spur the initiatives. Perry has proposed a $3.7 billion drawdown while Dewhurst has suggested a pair of state constitutional amendments to authorize rainy-day funds for water and transportation development. Watch That Lawn Sprinkler! Lawns get the biggest percentage, up to 35 percent, of water for nonagricultural use, so it makes sense and saves dollars to be as thrifty with yard water as possible. A lawn only needs water twice a week, less if it rains, and overwatering is not only wasteful and costly, but can actually damage the roots of healthy grass. To help you know how much water your lawn is getting—whether you have a state of the art sprinkler system or drag around a hose—we recommend that you accurately measure using a lawn gauge. Using the Lawn Sprinkler Gauge: Randomly place sprinkler gauge on your lawn and run the sprinkler for 15 minutes. Record the amount of water collected in the gauge. Repeat and take measurements at three or four different locations around the lawn. Calculate the average of all measurements and multiply average by four. This will tell how many inches per hour your sprinkler applies to your

lawn; e.g., if your sprinkler waters 1/8 inch in 15 minutes, the hourly rate is 1/2 inch, which is the ideal rate for proper soil absorption. How Much to Water Apply enough water to wet soil to a depth of 4-6 inches. After watering your lawn, determine the depth the water reaches by using a soil probe or screwdriver. Even during the hottest months, one inch of water per week is

usually adequate. When to Water Stress for your lawn is natural, especially during the summer. When your lawn is ready for water, it will have a grayish cast and footprints will remain in the turf. Wait for these signs of stress to appear before watering. Avoid watering on windy days, and only water in the early morning or late evening to reduce evaporation.

Present: SUCCEEDING IN THE NEW WORLD OF AMERICAN SOCIALISM By Dr. Andre Kulisz April 13 (Saturday) 1:00 pm Uvalde Civic Center- Cactus Community Room Uvalde, Texas Born during Hitler times, Dr. Kulisz lived under Communism in Poland. In his words: “For me the today’s United States feels like Poland of 1960s. I hear the same phrases in presidential speeches as those I’ve heard from Communist leaders. (Even the motto “Forward” used by the liberal government is the same as used by the International Communist Party.)” This first seminar will be free, with additional seminars to follow. Signup for these subsequent opportunities will be available at this first meeting. Please visit: For more information contact either: Maggie Gunn 830-261-0778 or Terri DuBose 830-279-2263 Limited seating, come early

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 13, 2013, beginning at 12 noon until around 4:00 PM at the Town Square in downtown Utopia. Lunch will be available for sale by our local PIPS club (Players in Progress) beginning at 11:00 AM. Plan to come early for a Hill Country lunch and an afternoon filled with fun and excitement. Your participation in the Auction will help us continue the support of organizations and charities in the Sabinal Canyon and beyond.

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It is almost time for the Camp Wood Public Library Book & Bake Sale. How fitting that it will also be held during National Support Your Library Week. Please mark you calendars for April 20th, starting at 9 A.M. There will be many wonderful books and delicious goodies on sale, including sausage biscuits for the early birds. Any donations are greatly appreciated. We look again to the community to help us continue to provide programs that enrich our children’s world.

April 13, 2013 Brisket plate sale to benefit the Leakey Little League Starting at 11:00 a.m. $8.00 (including tea ) Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy some great baseball games starting @ 9:00a.m. Breakfast Tacos @ 9:00 a.m.

The Nueces Canyon Jr. Livestock Association invites you to join in a new beginning for some of our kids. NCJLA has approved the building of a barn on the rear of the fairground property. It will house the animals of children that don’t have an adequate place to keep them. Because of this situation, many have never raised or had the opportunity to show an animal. The barn will be 25 x 25 with pens and cost approximately $5,000.00. An investment in kids and your community has a greater return than something sitting in the bank idle. The club will be starting the ground work soon. Please consider giving a donation to something that will help many kids for years to come. Don’t forget that the root of something may look small and dead but yield a beautiful flower. Thanks for your help in the past, now, and in the future! Jan Henderson-President Nueces Canyon Jr. livestock Association


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To all residents of Camp Wood You are invited to attend an

Open House to learn about the operation and benefits of the new advanced electric meters being installed by utility companies across Texas. Representatives from AEP Texas will be available to answer your questions about advanced meters at the Camp Wood Public Library, 106 Nueces Street on Tuesday April 9 and again on Tuesday April 16. We hope to see you there. Tuesday, April 9 – 2 PM to 5 PM Camp Wood Public Library Tuesday, April 16 – 4 PM to 7 PM Camp Wood Public Library

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Proactive Measures Can Prevent Wildfires and Help Protect Your Home

As Wildfire Awareness Week kicks off Monday, Texas A&M Forest Service is reminding residents of simple precautions they can take to prevent dangerous blazes. About 90 percent of wildfires

in Texas are attributed to preventable causes such as debris burning, outdoor campfires and welding. A little common sense – such as making sure your debris burn site is away from structures and overhanging branches – can prevent a wildfire from igniting.

Other tips include: • Never burn leaves on a windy day. • Monitor local burn bans by contacting your county judge’s office. • When barbecuing, never leave a grill unattended. • Clear away grass, leaves and other debris within a 10-foot perimeter of any burn pile, campfire or barbecue grill. • Keep water nearby

when doing anything outdoors that creates a spark. • If you see a fire, call 911. Residents also can take precautions to increase their home’s chances of survival if a wildfire ignites, said Bruce Woods, Mitigation and Prevention department head for Texas A&M Forest Service. “What you plant, where you place your plants and how

you maintain the landscaping can help protect your home, and simple improvements can significantly decrease a home’s ignitability,” Woods said. Some tips include: • Create a break in vegetation with a rock path or other non-flammable material to slow the spread of wildfire. • Keep your lawn mowed and leaves raked. • Remove leaves and

needles from your roof and gutters. • Clear vegetation to create at least 30 feet of “defensible space” around your home to allow firefighters to safely protect it. Visit for information on fire-resistant construction materials, Firewise landscaping and vegetation management.

COMMUNITY HEALTH DEVELOPMENT INC. ANNOUNCES WINNERS Posing winners for Community Health Development, Inc.’s drawing March 26, 2013 are (left to right) Grand Prize winner of a custom-built barbeque pit & trailer donated by 3E Properties LLC. and built by Texas Best Pits, AEP Texas Uvalde Employees, 2nd Prize winner of $100.00 Visa Gift Card, David Salinas of San Antonio; 3rd Prize winner of $100.00 Visa Gift Card, Henry Roman; and 4th Prize winner of $100.00 Visa Gift Card, Rudy

Valdez from Laredo. UVALDE, TEXAS- Community Health Development, Inc. announces the winner of the drawing held for the custom-built barbeque pit & trailer! The drawing was held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at CHDI’s new Fitness Center 908 S. Evans, Uvalde. First Prize Winner of a custombuilt barbeque pit & trailer donated by 3E Properties, LLC and built by Texas Best Pits was AEP Texas Uvalde Employees.

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Second Prize Winner of a $100.00 Visa Gift Card was David Salinas of San Antonio Third Prize Winner of a $100.00 Visa Gift Card was Henry Roman Fourth Prize Winner of a $100.00 Visa Gift Card was Rudy Valdez Community Health Development, Inc.(CHDI) netted a total of $10,000 towards the support of CHDI’s Center for Community Wellness campus at 908 South Evans

Street in Uvalde.“ We are happy to support CHDI’s continuing health initiatives in our community, said Jan Elliott, spokesperson for 3E Properties LLC. “While Only one will win a custom built BBQ pit March 26th, but many will be beneficiaries of exemplary healthcare a win-win for Uvalde! Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to everyone who helped with this event.

COMING SOON!! FRIO CANYON RAIN REPORT WEEKLY RAIN TOTALS BROUGHT TO YOU BY LOCAL WEATHERLADY Sept. 2.20 Oct. 3.0 Nov. 1.60 Dec.3.30 2011 total 16.30 inches 2012 Jan. 3.10 Feb. 2.10 Mar. 3.30 April .20 May 10.90

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Watch a Nest to Help the Birds Scientists ask for your help to understand why some birds are declining submitted by LeAnn Sharp

succeed until we fully understand the causes of decline. One thing limiting our ability to identify factors driving population declines is a lack of information on reproduction.” The nests of many birds are easy to find and observe. Barn Swallows often plaster their nests onto beams inside barns and under bridges. Purple Martins use large communal nesting houses, and Eastern Phoebes frequently nest under porch eaves and in garages.

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NestWatch citizen-science project ( “Every year, thousands of volunteers from across the United States monitor bird nests to help researchers track changes in bird populations,” says Dr. Jason Martin, NestWatch project coordinator. “By keeping track of how many eggs birds lay and how many young they raise, anyone can contribute valuable data that may help lead to the conservation of these species.” “Recent population declines in North America’s aerial insectivores are a growing concern,” said Dr. Amanda Rodewald, director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “Conservation efforts to halt or reverse these worrisome trends are unlikely to

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REAL COUNTY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION!! As the night drew to a close Friday, I realized I had to be at the Quilt and Fashion Show at 9 a.m.!! But no worries, off we went for the next stop of festivities. Saturday morning the Quilt Exhibit brought back fond memories for many in attendance. The Quilts ranged from new to old, bright to faded, but all held memories. Special Thanks to Kathy Brooks and her family for all the work getting the Quilt Exhibit together. The Mohair Fashion Show with designs from Dolores Vernor was a huge hit! What beautiful outfits the models displayed. Local rancher Lanny Leinweber gave the History of Real County, as well as information about the angora goats and their impact on our communities. The lunch was wonderful and the table decoration by the Frio Canyon Garden Club were right in line with the festivities. On to the next stop! The Centennial Historical Marker Dedication! Garry Merritt, Real County Judge, hosted the dedication. The invocation was led by J.D. Martinez and Debbie Blalock belted out one of the most beautiful renditions of “God Bless America” I have ever heard. State Representative Harvey Hilderbran presented Merritt with a Proclamation about the 100th Birthday of Real County. Dr. Beverly Chiodo, a native of Leakey, truly made me want to jump up out of my seat and get moving! Chiodo, a renowned speaker, encouraged everyone to make a difference in their community, state, country and world. Real County District/ County Clerk, Bella Rubio led the benediction. Off to the north side of the court house for a current and former elected official photo (will appear next week) and then the Centennial Quilt Auction. Auctioneer Roland “Tooter” Trees opened the bidding and was quickly approached with $60 from a very handsome young man named B.J. Mensi. Wow, what a way to start off! From there the bidding continued until it reached a whopping $5,500 from Bill Dillard, of the First State Bank of Uvalde, plus the $60! But, it’s not over! State Representative Hilderbran had been in on the bidding and was not satisfied that the Quilt not been seen in the State Capitol! So, Dillard and Mensi agreed to partner with Hilderbran! So the beautiful quilt that represents so many historic locations in our county will hang in the First State Bank for six months and in the State Capitol for six months and then be returned to hang permanently in the Real County Historical Museum. Off to the cake cutting! Lindsay Merritt, the wife of County Judge Garry Merritt, did the honor of cutting the Birthday Cake representing 100 years for Real County. Following the cake, like that’s not enough! A full course BBQ dinner, free to all, was held on the south side of the courthouse. The dinner was catered by Joe Tom Haby. If you had any strength left, and lots did, there was a street dance to the music of the Rick Cavender Band to top off the Celebration. I thoroughly enjoyed covering all of the events. I am very proud to say Real County is my home! Happy Birthday!!


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