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February 13, 2013 Tri-Canyon’s Only Weekly Newspaper!

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

INSIDE Packed House for Dedication SO YOU WANT of the W.B. “Sonny Sansom, Jr. OUR Senior Citizens Center by Julie Becker



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Texas Ranked Top Exporting State for 11th Consecutive Year ............................. Page 2

Ellebrachts arrived in 1840s to help found Fredericksburg ............................ Page 7

Need Home Improvement Motivation? Tax Break May Help ............................ Page 9

Five Advantages of Owning A Mixed-Breed Dog ............................ Page 11

MONTHLY SCHEDULE ............................. Page 3

Dedication of the W.B. “Sonny” Sansom, Jr. Senior Citizens Center was held on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the center on Ranch Road 337 West, Leakey. The new center was packed! Too many special guests to name is what Real County Judge Garry A. Merritt told the crowd. The Invocation was given by Rev. Doug Smith of the Leakey United Methodist Church, and wonderful music was provided by Dick Walker. The unveiling of the Portrait and Building Marker was done by Allyne Patterson Crider and Paul Burrier. Pictured above are Crider, Sansom and Merritt. Judge Merritt gave the audience an overview of the contributions made by the Sansom family to the county government of Real County. In the picture above you will notice “Sonny’s” father is in the back ground. W.B. Sansom was elected Real County Judge in 1937 and held that office until 1949, 42 years. During their tenure as Real County Judge, both men concentrated

on the betterment of our county and we are proud of their service. Crider (my sixth grade teacher) said she and “Sonny” had gone to school together for fourteen years, with a puzzled look on my face, she explained they attended two years together in Junior College. Mr. Sansom’s gracious remarks for the citizens of the county were topped off with appreciation to everyone who attended the ceremony. Mr. Glenn Bradley Senior Vice-President and Branch President of the Hondo National Bank in Leakey delivered the benediction. The ladies of the center provided a wonderful lunch of enchiladas, rice, beans and cobbler for dessert. Sheila Herrera cooked the meal and it was delicious. The center was so packed Real County Commissioners pitched in to serve attendees at their tables. Thank you to them for their willingness to serve the constituents of their county wherever they are needed!


Real County Commissioners Court by Julie Becker

Real County Commissioners held their regular monthly meeting on Monday February 11, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. at the Real County Courthouse. Real County Judge Garry Merritt called the meeting to order and turned it over to Mrs. Gonzalez’s first grade class. Each student introduced themselves and then loudly and proudly led the pledge of allegiance to the United States and Texas Flags. Commissioners approved the minutes

of previous meetings and the preliminary plat of The Meadows at Frio Canon. Merritt noted a variance for lot size was requested from TCEQ for this development. Little discussion was held on the burn ban and the item was passed with no action. (no burn ban) Commissioners approved the Real County Investment policy as presented by Real County Treasurer, Mairi Gray. Merritt reviewed for the Commissioners the status

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of the Bethel Standley suit. Merritt said following the filing of a divorce and bankruptcy by Standley, assets had changed hands. Commissioners voted to secure legal representation with Langley and Banack, Inc. to pursue collection efforts in the case. Merritt noted the case was taken on a one third contingency basis. Following payment of bills and review of the Treasurers report the meeting was adjourned.

Saturday night February 2, 2013, the Friends of the Library held a Wine Tasting Event as a a fund raiser for the library. Over one hundred guests were in attendance and a good time was had by all. Peter Beeman of the Main Store in Kerrville was the wine steward and he presented six different Texas wines with information on each of them. We started with white wines and worked our way to reds and ended with a dessert wine. Many people won door prizes and people bid on silent auction items, such as a bird house made with corks. We want to thank our community for coming to this fundraiser and always supporting your library!! (see more pictures page 2)

by Billie Franklin

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: 66° Low: 36°

This week we are close to home and close to our hearts, pictured is Betty Beaty in front of the First United Methodist Church in Lewisville, Texas. Betty was the first Kindergarten teacher in Leakey and she taught here for 24 years. If you are planning a trip pick up your Tshirt 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!

Up at the crack of dawn Monday morning, all around Sabinal construction of some type, little and big was going on. North of Veterans Memorial Live Oak Park, AEP workers were disconnecting electricity in order to replace an old, leaning, electric pole. Construction at Family Dollar reveals a building rapidly going up (see picture page 6). The railroad crossing on Center Street was blocked and tracks were completely being

replaced by Union Pacific. On San Antonio Street behind the post office, City workers were working on a water tap for the two new homes erected adjacent to the Senior Citizens building. Just below Utopia on Farm Road 1050 which leads to Garner State Park, major construction is being done. This is a 1 1/2 year project according to Lewis Nowlin, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation Region office, out of Junction. The road is being widened, shoulders are being established, and turn lanes, particularly in front of the entrance to the State Park will make the road safer for future tourists and locals alike. Ernest Ramirez, Superintendent for Dean Word Company out of New Braunfels, is concentrating on completion of ten miles of road in front of Garner Park, with the aim of having it

ready for spring break. Pictured is Farm Road 1050 Construction, Lupe DeLeon of Sabinal is the flagman, Ernest Ramirez, Superintendent for Dean Word Company is in pickup in background. Patience on our part will yield a better road for everyone’s use.

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Texas Ranked Top Exporting State for 11th Consecutive Year Texas is ranked as the number one exporting state for the 11th year in a row, according to 2012 annual trade data released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. “The fact that Texas is ranked the nation’s top exporter for the 11th year in a row further demonstrates that our strong economic climate provides a broad range of opportunities for businesses to succeed,”

Gov. Perry said. “Our longstanding commitment to holding the line on taxes, keeping our workforce strong, and maintaining reasonable regulations and fair courts has led to more than a decade of leading the nation in exports.” Texas exports for 2012 totaled $265 billion, a 5.4 percent increase from $251 billion in 2011 and outperformed overall U.S. exports, which

only grew by 4.3percent to $1.54 trillion. The state’s top export recipients were Mexico, Canada, China, Brazil, and the Netherlands, which respectively imported $94.8 billion, $23.7 billion, $10.3 billion, $10.0 billion, and $9.5 billion in Texasmanufactured goods. Additionally, Texas’ top exporting industries in 2012 were petroleum and coal

products, chemicals, computer and electronic products, nonelectrical machinery, and transportation equipment. Texas was recently named the top state to do business by Area Development magazine, and Business Facilities magazine awarded Texas as the “State of the Year” for the aggressive economic development strategies that have helped attract jobs and

investment. Texas governor Rick Perry was awarded the “Governor’s Award 2012” by fDi Magazine for being the most successful in attracting new investments to the state. Boasting our continued economic success, the governor will travel to California to meet with business leaders across a variety of industries to promote doing business in

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Texas. He will visit San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County, departing Sunday, February 10 and returning Wednesday, February 13. The governor’s trip will be paid for by TexasOne - no tax dollars will be used for his travel and accommodations. For more information, visit news/press-release/18139/.

Perry to Take Economic Development Trip to California Business recruitment trip follows week-long radio ad Gov. Rick Perry will travel to San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County, departing Sunday, February 10 and returning Wednesday, February 13, to meet with business leaders in the high

tech, biotechnology, financial, insurance and film industries. The governor’s trip will be paid for by TexasOne - no tax dollars will be used for his travel and accommodations. This business recruitment trip follows a week-long radio

ad buy in the Golden State promoting Texas’ job creation climate. The 30-second spot has been running on six radio stations in the San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego media markets. To hear the

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ad, please visit http://www.te ca.php. The governor, along with Texas Economic Development Corp. Chair Bruce Bugg, several local economic development

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officials and business representatives, including Oncor, BNSF Railway, and the cities of Allen, Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville, Conroe, DeSoto, Frisco, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, McKinney, Pflugerville, San

Antonio and Schertz, will also host a reception for some of the business leaders who have contacted the Governor’s Office through TexasWideOp since the ad began running.

DEADLINE EXTENDED!! It is time once again to be thinking about the wonderful young ladies that are in the Frio Canyon area who would be a good representative for the Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce as Miss Frio River. Nomination forms are available at River Rags and Rhinestones, in Leakey and online at the Chamber website. The participating candidates will compete in a pageant at the annual Community Appreciation Banquet on April 13, 2013 at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment. It is always a fun and exciting evening and the girls are so great! Nominations are due by February 22, 2013, so honor a special lady by nominating her. Thanks in advance for making this event a success! Debbie Blalock and Kathy Hobbs, Co-Chairs

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SO YOU WANT OUR GUNS! “ARTICLE II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Infringed, that’s real clear, even for a clod like me, no lawyer or politician talk, just keep your sticky fingers off my gun. There was good reason and I’m certain a lot of thought went into writing the Second Amendment as it is. Infringed means just what it says, don’t violate it. It wasn’t written this way to keep nuts from having guns, we have laws to take care of them, if and when enforced. It’s the government we all must worry about. The first thing a dictator, or one wanting to become a dictator, must do is get the people’s guns. We don’t have to go back in history very far to prove this: Hitler and Russia’s “great savior” Stalin first got the sheep to believe they would be taken care of, and when they had full control they started putting them in concentration camps or worked them to death in labor camps. Each of these darlin’s killed over 30 million of their own people, not counting those killed in wars. Latin America in our hemisphere has had many dictators, and how about North Korea at the present time. No, in my long stay on earth I haven’t heard of or seen a benevolent dictator. So what makes you think the “anointed one” who is our present leader is interested in your welfare? Dream on. It’s because of our government that we have a drug problem. I remember when drugs were never thought about; the few who were on pot were looked at as being lower than a wino.

By Vic

The only hard drugs were used by a few jazz musicians. Then came our government in the fifties to the rescue. They brought in a new law that for the first offense you went to the big house for from 5 to 20 years. It was obvious what would happen: the price of drugs went through the roof, this brought in the mobs and because of the publicity the hippies in the sixties got into it big time--and our government’s hands are not too clean. Now countries like Mexico have lost control of their government, gangs have spread into this country and our borders are more porous than ever. The price of guns is already

going up and ammunition is getting in short supply, just from the talk. The conspiracy law was brought in during WWII just for saboteurs, so the government said, now it’s used against anyone they want to bust. They just arrest some doper, threaten him with 10 or 20 years, and he will testify to anything they tell him to just to cut himself loose. Yeah! Let the government take over, that ain’t what the Constitution says. It’s ironic that the government the Second Amendment was supposed to protect against is now the government we’re up against. The fox is in the henhouse again.


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Property 001 : 9.3 ac. Views, underground utilities and sensible restrictions. Borders a large ranch. Owner/Broker. $129,900 Property 002 : Rocksprings area. Gently rolling topography, small hunting cabin, elec close. $54,000 PENDING!!! Property 3-6: 1+ ac. Commercial lots Concan. Frontage on US HWY 83. All utilities available. $139,000-$149,000 NEW Property 007: 130 acs. On Bear Creek in Concan. No restrictions. Off CR349. $15,227.31 per acre POSSIBLE OWNER TERMS Property 008: Old Town Uvalde! 823 N. Getty St. Charming 2/2 home w/2 guest houses. Fully leased @ $1400 per month! $268,000 Property 009 : 134 acs. RR337 West frontage. Great for hunting. Elec. meter. Views. Will divide into 84 and 50 ac. $328,300 REDUCED NEWProperty 010: 2.61 ac. lot on county rd. just 2 mi. east of Leakey. Covered w/oaks, city water & elec. avail. Great home base for RV! Property 013 : 417 Oriole Ave. Valley Ranch. All brick 3/2 open floorplan w/workshop. 2.24 acs. Attached 2C garage. $199,000 Property 015: Heavily treed 2 ac. lot in Saddle Mtn. Water meter in place, elec & phone run across front of lot. $60,000 POSSIBLE O.F. Property 016: 21 acs. Hwy.1050. No restrictions & lg. neighbors. Nice topography and views! $146,979 PENDING Property 017: Whiskey Mountain Inn. 1869 Farmhouse on 17.69 acs. w/6 rental cabins. Gorgeous! $579,000 Property 018 : HUNTING! 31+ ACS. Blinds, feeders and travel trailer! Remote but good access. REDUCED $74,900 POSSIBLE O.F. Property 019 : RIVERFRONT HOME! 6+ acs. 3BR/3.5BA + Apt. Fishing pond, huge barn, rock patios! $699,000 REDUCED! POSSIBLE O.F. Property 020: 31+ acs. NO RESTRICTIONS. Hwy. 1050 frontage. Unique cabin & guest house. Water well, views, fenced. $349,000 Property 021: Kickapoo Valley Ranch. 237 to 585 acs. Super hunting & large neighbors. $1050 to $1300 per acre Property 022 : INCOME PRODUCING! 2/1 house and 3/2 mobile home. Frio River access + close to Garner State Park. $126,500 REDUCED Property 023: Cute log cabin on 7+/- acs. Deer Creek Estates. On a seasonal creek, remote, pretty views. $140,000 Property 024: Frio River Place lot. Nearly THREE acres! Water & elec. available. Nice river access. RV usage ok. $119,000 Property 025 : RR336 north of Leakey. 17+ acs. West prong of the Frio River on eastern boundary $222,000 REDUCED Property 026-027 : RIVER FRONT! Gorgeous oak and cypress trees, views of the mountains. $225,000 EA. POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 028 : Frio River Place 1.51 acs. SUPER CLOSE to river. Water system & elec. Nice area. $75,000 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 029 : 260 acs. +/- WILL DIVIDE Hwy. frontage, Call Martin for all the details! $4250 per acre Property 031: Riverfront home in the Frio Pecan Farm! In rental pool. Lots of

amenities. $269,000 REDUCED Property 033: 5.16 ac. lot near town. City water & 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 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 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 Property 050: River access lot w/huge trees! All utilities. Frio River Place. Just steps from the Frio! Owner/Agent $86,000 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 056: Lovely newer home on 4 ac. close to town. Views for MILES! Huge porches, custom cabinetry, workshop. $229,500 Property 060, 063: The Ranch Subdivision in Concan. Ag. Exempt residential lots 5-8 ACS.w/Frio Access. $130-165K Property 061: Cute brick house in Leakey. 170 Pecan Drive. Close to everything. On 2 lots w/guest house. $115,000 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 See website for additional properties

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Hill Country Herald

Real County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Dispatch Report February 3, 2013 - February 9, 2013

JAIL REGISTER February 3 - February 9, 2013 Moore, Austin Willers, 21 W/M, Camp Wood, Texas, A/O Graham, Possesion Of Marijuana <2oz., $3,000 Surety;

2/4/2013 @ â&#x20AC;˘ 717 responded to Ranch Road 336 for a loose horse 2/5/2013 @ â&#x20AC;˘ 1036 responded to a business on TX Hwy 55 south to take a complaint â&#x20AC;˘ 1150 responded to the 100 block of School Street in Leakey for a civil standby â&#x20AC;˘ 1753 responded to the 300 block of East 7th Street in Camp Wood for a disturbance complaint

Spaniel, Nathaniel Clay, 19 B/M, Leakey, Texas, A/O Sheridan Possesion Of Marijuana <2 oz., $2,000 Surety; Thompson, Richard Noel, 42 W/M, Leakey, Texas, A/O Gass, Violation Of Probation - Driving While Intoxiced / Driving While Intoxiced 2nd - Warrant Out Of Kerr County, In Custody.

Older Worker Opportunities Now Available

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.


City of Leakey Mayor: Harry Schneemann Secretary: Dee Dee Wally Office: 830-232-6757 Fax: 830-232-6775 Councilmen: Ken Auld â&#x20AC;˘ Hugh Buchanan â&#x20AC;˘ Carl Jensen â&#x20AC;˘ Jesus Rubio â&#x20AC;˘ 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 â&#x20AC;˘ Brant Hickman â&#x20AC;˘ Sammie Ives â&#x20AC;˘Jesse Chavez â&#x20AC;˘ 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

NEW HOPE AA/NA GROUP CAMP WOOD MONDAYS @ 7:00 Nueces Canyon Church of Christ INFO: 830-279-1039 or 830-591-8895



HILL COUNTRY HERALD 157 US Hwy. 83 South P.O. Box 822 Leakey, Texas 78873 (830) 232-6294 (830) 433-1424 Published Each Wednesday Julie Becker/Editor/Publisher Billie Franklin,

The Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is currently accepting applications. Program applicants must be age 55 or older, unemployed, live in Kerr County, and have incomes of $13,964 per year or less for a family of one ($18,913 for family of two). There are currently several openings for qualified candidates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In this difficult economy, many older Texans are finding it necessary to find work,â&#x20AC;? says Nicolina Ortiz, local employment and training coordinator for Experience Works. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, finding a job can be especially difficult for older workers who have not looked for employment for some time or for those who been unsuccessful in their job hunt. Our program is a stepping stone for people desperate for work. We can provide immediate assistance and wages, for those who qualify for the SCSEP.â&#x20AC;? Experience Works SCSEP is available at no cost to people who meet eligibility criteria. The program provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services, and job search assistance. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers. For more information call 1-800-842-4982 or email To find out more about experience works, visit



Letters to the editor on matters of public interest are welcome. Letters should be no more than 300 words and must be signed with a phone number. Deadline is Monday, 5 p.m. Letters are subject to editing for length and focus. Send letters to the Hill Country Herald, P.O. Box 822, Leakey, Texas, 78873 or email to Letters to the Editor published in this newspaper do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication on any subject. We do not print anonymous letters. Š2011 The Hill Country Herald All rights reserved . No part of this newspaper may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the owners. Hill Country Herald participates in newspaper recycling at South Texas Press, Hondo Texas. Member


Per Real County Commissioners Court a Flood Damage Prevention Order authorized the Flood Plain Administrator to review, approve, and/or deny application for development permits. These orders apply to


Permit fees can be obtained from the Flood Plain Coordinator. Failure to apply for the proper permit before development begins may result in criminal charges and monetary penalties may be imposed. Please contact Sid Bort, Real County Flood Plain Coordinator at 830-232-5304 for any additional information.

Movies at the Library

The RCPL now has a license to provide public showings of many movies. In addition to our scheduled movies, any local business or group can also arrange for a movie showing at the Library for their group. Call 232-5199 for more information. Upcoming Movies 2/16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday Night at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Dark Knight (PG13) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 6:30 p.m. 3/23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Saturday Afternoon at the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; How to Train Your Dragon (PG) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1:30 p.m. 4/2 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Books Go to the Movies â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Help (PG-13) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10:00 a.m. All movies are FREE!




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Contributing Writers: Dave Crowe Elaine Padgett Carnegie Katie Burkhart Irene Van Winkle email:

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Tanner Pannell

Keena Auld is the daughter of Ken Auld and Ann Moses. Keena, a National Honor Society member and Varsity Cheerleader also participated in volleyball, basketball, track, Yearbook and band. She competed in Science Fair and UIL Academics and was in the GeoForce program. Her accomplishments include All-American Cheerleader, State Track finalist in triple jump and 100m hurdles, State Science Fair finalist and Regional Qualifier in UIL Academics. Keena will attend Texas A&M College Station in the fall to begin earning her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.

Tanner Pannell is the son of Jeff and Kathy Pannell of Leakey. Tanner is the oldest of his two siblings, Ty (Junior) and Trapper (5th grade). His family owns and operates Pannell Contracting. Throughout his years at Leakey ISD, Tanner has participated in football, basketball and golf. He currently serves as an officer in the Leakey Chapter of the FFA, has been a past member of the 4-H club, and travels all over the state competing in stock shows. An avid outdoor sportsman, Tanner’s future goal after high school is to become a professional hunting guide near the Arctic Circle, guiding hunts for moose, grizzly bear, and caribou during the hunting season. During the off-season, Tanner plans to return to the Frio Canyon to work for his family’s company.

COMMUNITY HEALTH DEVELOPMENT, INC. RECEIVES DONATION FROM 3E PROPERTIES, LLC. IN SUPPORT OF THE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY WELLNESS UVALDE, TEXAS – Community Health Development, Inc. (CHDI) has received a donation from 3E Properties, LLC in support of The Center for Community Wellness at 908 South Evans Street in Uvalde. The Center for Community Wellness includes CHDI’s Oral Health Department, a Fitness/Exercise Center and the Administration/Electronic Health Records Building. 3E Properties is donating a Custom-built Barbecue Pit & Trailer from Texas Best Pits valued at $4200.00 as the Grand Prize in a drawing to be held on March 26, 2013 at the Fitness Center located at 908

S. Evans St. Building C. “We are happy to support CHDI’s continuing health initiatives in our community, said Jan Elliott, spokesperson for 3E Properties. “Only one will win a custom built BBQ pit March 26th, but many will be beneficiaries of exemplary healthcare - a winwin for Uvalde!” “What is exciting is that only 1,000 tickets will be sold; that means ticket buyers’ chances of winning are pretty good odds! Tickets are available for a $10 donation,” stated Rachel A. Gonzales-Hanson, CHDI’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Elliott Family has a longstanding history of comunidad

– giving back to community. CHDI is humbled and proud to have the Elliott’s as part of its familia!” Tickets can be obtained by contacting CHDI’s administration office and asking for Ariel Sierra at 830-278-5604 x 3100. CHDI’s mission, observed daily at each of its four health centers, is “to continuously improve the Nuestro Bienestar (Health and Well-Being) of the community we serve by providing access to quality health care services that are responsive to the diverse rural, cultural and bilingual populations in our community.”

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“Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now” Dyslexia Corner by Jen Harwood Certified Academic Language Therapist I took a few moments over the weekend to reflect on some of the students I’ve had the privilege of working with over the years. I found myself back in my second year of teaching in Georgetown, which was the year I had Colton as my student. Colton was the funniest ten year old boy, who had an uncanny resemblance to Harry Potter. Colton loved books, but he couldn’t read them. He relied on his mom and others to take him far away to the magical places in the books he loved. Oh, how I wish I knew then what I know now, because if I could have a redo as his teacher, I would do things so very differently with him today. You see, Colton, I know in hindsight, was dyslexic. He was extremely bright orally, yet he had the most difficult time stringing together even

a simple word such as do-g in his reading. We did the best we could with the curriculum we were given, but regular, mainstream, reading instruction was just not effective for Colton. He needed dyslexia therapy. I don’t know if Colton was ever formally diagnosed with dyslexia, but I pray he was. I guess the reason I’m putting this very personal story “out there” is because I know there are many “Coltons” in the world. My hope is that maybe someone reading this will think of somebody they know who reminds them of Colton and get help for them. It’s never too late to learn how to read. I owe my career path of becoming a dyslexia therapist in part to Colton, because he inspired me to do more to help others like him. Thank you, Colton.


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The Panther and Lady Panther Powerlifters competed in the January 26th Crystal City Powerlifting Championships and in the February 9th Eldorado “Strong Eagle” Powerlifting Meets. Kelsie Rollison, Hailey Luce, Nikki Milliorn, and Jennifer Huddleston competed for the Lady Panthers at Crystal City all

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NCHS Girls Basketball vs. Harper Tuesday, February5th, the Prowling Panthers hosted Harper for their last regularseason game in front of a packed house for Parent Night. The J.V. Girls took to the hardwood first. They pounced on the Longhorns early. N.C. took advantage of a Harper team that had trouble finding the bottom of the net. The girls in green could only heave up one three pointer for the opening quarter. The Panthers, on the other hand, had steady scoring thanks to Selena DeLeon and Emily Carnes who each scored from downtown to help put up 8 points for their first quarter. In the second quarter, N.C. opened up the game by putting up their biggest scoring numbers and held their opponent to just two points. After that, the air seemed to go out of the gym, and the Panthers hit a bit of a scoring drought to begin the

third quarter. The Panthers could only manage one basket. However, the damage had been done, and the game was never in any real danger. N.C. kept a tight grip on the Longhorns by applying constant pressure on their ball handlers. In the fourth, the game was all Big Blue. Alisa Threadgill sank 3 for 4 free throws to spur her team to the finish line, while the rest of the Panthers showed some patience on offense and had good ball movement. It was fitting too, that N.C.’s lone senior, Selena DeLeon, dropped in the go-ahead layup just before the buzzer sounded to give the Canyon the well-deserved victory 31 – 12. The win gave the Panthers a hard-fought second place finish in a loaded J.V. district. Congratulations to these players on a fine season finishing with an impressive 14 – 4 record. Scoring for the

By Coach Brandy Sweeten

Panthers was well-rounded. Emily Carnes led all scorers with 11; Selena DeLeon played proudly in her final contest scoring 7; April Amine and Priscilla Gonzales each had 4 points; Alisa Threadgill notched her 3 free throws; and Natalie Vargulish rounded out the action with a bucket. Next up for the girls was the Varsity. They had their hands full with a Longhorn team that needed the victory desperately to cinch the third place spot, and Harper played that way. The Longhorns used their athleticism and aggressive play to make the game a real dog fight. N.C. worked and won the first quarter 13 – 10, but they knew they would have to take the contest a quarter at a time. Harper kept the Panthers on their toes changing up their defensive sets. N.C. showed better patience on offense than in their previous home game,

but the Longhorns went for every rebound with solid green jerseys, and the Canyon was left with “one and done” too often on offensive possessions. The half time score reflected the Panther’s struggles as they relinquished their sixpoint lead and went into the locker room tied 18 all. N.C. regrouped in the third quarter due in large part to their inside game. Guards Hailey Luce and Siera Edwards connected inside and found their posts who came to play. Abbey Falcon led all scorers with a solid performance starting strongly and finishing the game strongly with 20 big ones. Nikki Milliorn battled a bit of foul trouble, but was right behind her elder teammate with 15 points largely coming from put-backs. N.C. won the third quarter as well with 19 points to Harper’s 11. It was in the fourth quarter when things got

sticky for the Panthers. Harper was awarded 20 free throws in the fourth quarter alone. The Longhorns did a better job of taking advantage of their free throw opportunities than the Panthers did. Consequently, N.C. lost their lead and fell behind 37 – 41. Finally, Falcon got some open looks and the Panthers stopped the bleeding with some full court pressing. The final minutes went back and forth between the two teams. With seconds remaining, Harper retied the ball game. N.C. would get one more open look from the outside with 4 seconds remaining in regulation to finish the ballgame, but Kyra Sifuentes’ three was long, Harper got yet another rebound, and the buzzer sounded . . .overtime. In overtime, the Panthers jumped out to the early lead. Sifuentes would now connect on two huge threes to give the

Panthers some breathing room and add to her 15-point total. Siera Edwards and Hailey Luce each hit two big free throws, and one that almost slipped away, was reclaimed 56 – 52. The Panthers’ six seniors would end their high school careers victorious. Parent and senior recognitions would follow, and the rowdy parent support would prove invaluable on this night. Rounding out the scoring was Luce with 4 points and Edwards with 2. N.C. seniors were: Selena DeLeon, Abbey Falcon, Jaron Falcon, Nevah Navarro, Alyssa Ramirez, and Kyra Sifuentes. Congratulations to all the players on a positive ending and hopefully a positive beginning into the play-offs! Buy a T-shirt, grab a friend, and get on board. . .

High School Girls Basketball Playoffs Bi-District NCHS Girls vs. Sabinal By Coach Brandy Sweeten

Monday, February 11th , the Prowling Panthers met in Utopia to do battle for the Bi-district Title verses the Jackets of Sabinal. This would be the third meeting for these two teams, but with higher stakes. The game got off to a fast pace. N.C. took the opening lead by trying to go inside to their rare size advantage inside. Abbey Falcon got heated up first for the Panthers scoring 8 of her 20 points in the first quarter. Point guard, Hailey Luce, tried to keep going to N.C.’s bread and butter dishing out 6 assists to go with her 4 points. However, N.C. was unable to exploit their inside as much as they should have in large credit to a feisty Jacket squad. They out-hustled the Panthers on defense and often times kept N.C. out of position. Worse, Sabinal out-rebounded the Panthers snatching 10 offensive boards in the first half. The last one only showcased the issue more when the Jackets grabbed it at a timely moment just before the buzzer giving Sabinal a spark and 15 points at half to N.C.’s 26. In the second half, the Panthers made a better effort at cleaning up the boards. They only allowed 3 Sabinal offensive boards, and N.C. continued to try and work the ball inside against the Jacket’s man to man. Even still, the Jackets were a pesky team using their speed and scrap to hang around. It also did not hurt the girls in purple that they shot from the three-point line perhaps better than they had all year; they banked in three’s; they line-drove them from the corner; they rainbowed them in from the top of the key. Sabinal ended up with the only 6 three-pointers of the game. And so, the Canyon could never really pull away from the Jackets until

late in the fourth quarter. The Panthers used their clock management, good shot-selection, and cool stroke from the foul line to end with their biggest quarter of 21 points. Alyssa Ramirez showed her senior experience in crunch time by icing 8 of 9 free shots to end with 10 points. Ramirez helped her team shoot 70% from the line. The Panthers made a playoff-strong 17 for 24 for the night. In the end, Sabinal made a valiant effort, but the Panthers were too much inching the final score up to 57 – 40 and cinching the title. Other valuable scoring for the Panthers was: Nikki Milliorn scored a quiet 11 to go with 8 rebounds; reserve point guard Sierra Edwards made big things happen with 7 steals, 5 assists, and 7 points; and Danielle Irwin rounded out the action with 4 points off of drives to the hoop.

Pictured: (hs g bb bi-district) R to L : Nevah Navarro, Siera Edwards, Alyssa Ramirez, Haley Luce, Jaron Falcon, Kyra Sifuentes, Nikki Milliorn, Ashley Harmon, Danielle Irwin, Abbey Falcon, Jennifer Huddleston

NC Junior High Girls Basketball Team District Champs by Coach Tempie Butler

Well this is our final press release on the Nueces Canyon Junior High Basketball Team for the 2012-2013 season. WOOHOOO!!! Way to go girls-- DISTRICT CHAMPS! It has been an awesome season working with this bunch of girls. They are enthusiastic and full of fun. Since our last write up the young Lady Panthers finished their season with flair. They took on the JH Lady Angoras in their gym, winning 34-14. With Jayden Aguilar and Gabby Irwin as high point scorers with a lot of assist from Destiny Tinsley, Megan Sifuentes, Aspen Winston, and many others on our Panther team. The following week was the long awaited tournament at Junction. The young Lady Panthers worked hard; they had to play Mason’s JH Lady Punchers in the first round. The young Lady Panthers were fired

up in the first round, putting a total of 14 pts. on the board to Mason’s 3 pts. In the 2nd quarter, again the Panther outscored the Punchers 7-4, ending the 1st half with a score of 21-7 in the Panthers favor. In the second half, Mason’s JH girls rallied a comeback, but all was lost with the final score being 33-21, with the JH Panther girls on top. In the championship of the tournament, the young Lady Panthers came against Junction JH Eagles in their gym. The Lady Panthers had already defeated the JH Eagles at the NC tournament and did not want a repeat. Our young Lady Panthers refused to give the young Lady Eagles an opportunity to run the board. Our young ladies kept the pressure on and ran the floor every chance they got. By half time, the young Lady Panthers held the Eagles 216. The game progressed with the Panthers dominating the game with a win of 35-23

over Junction for the Championship. On January 31st the NCJH Panther girls travelled to Comstock to compete against the Comstock JH. We had the combination of our A & B teams together for this trip. All players had the opportunity to play which was great. The young Lady Panthers won 48-19 over the Comstock JH girls. On our final game, we journeyed to Knippa to take on the young Lady Rockcrushers. Again, we took the full squad of A & B team as one team. The young Lady Panthers played up to their capabilities and won against Knippa 42-29. This has been a great year and I have enjoyed the pleasure of coaching these wonderful young ladies. They have great promise to become our next group of exceptional high school players.


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Nueces Canyon Girl Scout started off the cookie season in full swing with 28 girls particippating in the annual Cookie Meeting. At this meeting the girls first sent Trefoil messages and made snowflakes for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary as a community service project. Then they made cookie pencils, set their sales goals by making Elastic Goal Zipper Pulls and made Cookie Charm Bracelets. Each girl took home a Savannah

Smiles Bookmark and sample of all eight cookies. Senior-Ambassador Troop 4220 went to Sea World to enjoy a day of marine liefe and getting excited about the cookie sale! They also got together to make fleeece blankets for the people of Zimbabwe. They were joined by the ladies from the Nueces Canyon Church of Christ. Before the Super Bowl, DaisyBrownie Troop 4223 had their own “Souper Bowl”. They “tackled hunger” by walking

around town, with the help of the Nueces Canyon Boy Scouts and collected non-perishable food items and monetary donations which will be donated to the local food pantry. The girls returned to the Nurition Center for a tailgate party full of food and drinks. Junior-Cadette Troop 4219 paid a visit to Casa Sifuentes where the girls learned just what it takes to run a restuarant. The girls learned about getting the cafe opened and ready for

customers, took orders and toured the kitchen and watched onion rings being made. After the tour the girls all had French Fries and sodas. Pictured: 1 - Brownie Girl Scouts Genesis Perez shows her finished cookie pencil 2 - Senior- Ambassador Troop 4220 at Sea World 3 - Senior Girl Scout Meagan Prather and Ambassador Girl Scout Haley Pannell with their blankets for Zimbabwe


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Mayor Louis A. Landeros, Jr. called the regular meeting of the Sabinal City Council to order at 7:00 p.m. on February 11, 2013, with the following aldermen, staff and visitors present: Nancy Alvarado, Linda Musquiz, Chuck Van Pelt, Alma Martinez, Eloisa Muniz, Jesus Reyes, Jesse Rios, Betty Jo Harris, Aaron Martinez, Rose Alvarado, Ginavive Meyer, Luiciano Castaneda, Martha Castaneda, Dorothy Howard, Israel Martinez, and James Wall. Mike Nuckles was absent. On a motion by Musquiz and second by Muniz, all five voted to approve the accounts payable and interim bills as presented. On a motion by Van Pelt and second by Martinez, all five voted to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2012 meeting as presented and the January 28, 2012 minutes as amended. Anita Herndon was not present to give her court report. However, all had a copy of the written report. Jesus Reyes gave the police report, including tickets, training and searches. Aaron Martinez gave the public works report. Musquiz asked if city vehicles were being driven home by employees. Martinez stated two employees that live in the same house are taking one. In case of an emergency, they could respond sooner. Betty Jo harris gave the financial reports.

All of the bank accounts look good at this time, as this is the prime collection time for property taxes. James Wall spoke about Sabinal needing more businesses. He has talked to someone from Lowes corporation (gave phone number to mayor). He also mentioned how junky it looks with old cars and other trash everywhere. He said the city needs to be enhanced and made presentable. After a short discussion regarding whether to raise the water conservation use from stage two to stage three, Ban Pelt moved to enforce the stage two better. The motion was seconded by Alvarado and passed 5-0. On a motion by Musquiz and second by Muniz, all five voted to call the city election to be held at city hall on the second Saturday in May. There was a short discussion regarding the existing animal and fowl ordinance, there was no action taken. The Mayor mentioned registration of animals and asked the council to review the ordinance. After a short discussion on the drainage on east Kennedy Street, Aaron Martinez was instructed to get more information on the street. On a motion by Van Pelt and second by Martinez, all five voted to raise the professional budget category in the systems fund by $10,000.00 to offset the cost of

engaging Ken Cave until the end of the year. There was discussion on the railroad company’s demand that all parking on the north side of the railroad tracks from Hondo Street to San Antonio Street. On a motion by Alvarado and second by Musquiz, all five voted to have Steven Pena draft an ordinance to that effect. Then the city will have to erect signs; and the ordinance will be enforced by the police department. It was noted that the railroad commission inspection went very well. No violations were cited. After a five minutes break, Mayor Landeros stated “The Sabinal City council will be in closed session as per Texas Government Code Annoted Section 551.074-Personnelhire new utility department personnel. The time is 8:08 p.m.” The city council was reconvened into open session at 9:01 p.m. No action was taken in closed session. On a motion by Alvarado and second by Martinez, all five voted to hire Joseph Guevara for the grounds maintenance department at a starting pay of $8.25 Per hour, 180 days probationary period. On a motion by Muniz and second by Musquiz, all five voted to adjourn at 9:05 p.m.

The Huajilla Unit of TRTA The Huajilla Unit of TRTA held its monthly meeting at Devine’s FUMC fellowship hall on January 27th. President Rosemary Bendele called the meeting to order and led the group in the pledges to the American and Texas flag and Lewis Stroud offered the opening prayer. Kay Shultz led the group in singing “I’m Proud to be an American.” The Wesley Nurses group was available to offer blood glucose and blood pressure readings to members. Sgt. Chris McGuairt presented the program. Sgt. McGuairt and 9 troopers cover Medina, Atascosa, Bandera and Frio Counties; there are 2 troopers dedicated to enforcing commercial vehicle laws. Currently, with the increased 18-wheeler and other commercial vehicle traffic due to the Eagle Shale Ford enterprise, troopers are seeing a growing number of speeding violations, accidents, and fatalities: Atascosa County saw 10 fatalities in 20 days recently. Add to that the increased worker traffic, and there is major concern for highway safety. Sgt. McGuairt asked that drivers be especially cognizant of commercial vehicles on the local roads and realize that many drivers have a deadline to meet, many times resulting in excess speed. Although speed is

only one of the 513 Texas traffic laws, there are additional Federal laws for commercial vehicles; it is not unusual to find up to 60 violations for a commercial vehicle during one stop. Sgt. McGuairt answered questions from the group and was presented a jar of Huajilla honey in appreciation for his program. Irene Dubberly read the minutes of the previous meeting and Bruce Simpson presented the Treasurer’s report. Simpson informed the members that dues will begin to be collected at the next meeting and members are encouraged to get dues in early for the coming year. Additionally, as Chair of the TRTA Foundation, Simpson encouraged members to donate to that cause at that time. Bendele informed the group of the TRTA State Convention on April 9-11 at Omni Bayfront Tower. Members can find additional information in the OUTLOOK magazine. Victor Ortiz is in charge of the Nominating Committee to include Terry Schueling and O.A. Bernsen who will help prepare a slate of officer candidates. The committee will report back in February and officer elections will be held at the March meeting.

Ken Hansen presented an extensive Legislative report. Ken was accompanied by Nola Hansen on a recent trip to a TRTA Legislative training session and meetings with several state legislators. From now until March 8, legislators will be filing bills; actions on these bills will begin after that date. TRS issues will not come until the TRS audit is completed in late February. Members need to be aware of any bills addressing Defined Benefits, supplemental income, COLA and increasing teachers’ salaries. It is imperative to keep informed of proposed bills and contacting legislators is of prime importance. Members will have the opportunity to personally meet with legislators on TRTA Day at the Capitol on March 20 and are encouraged to sign up for the bus trip from San Antonio. Hansen covered health insurance issues for those over and under 65 and recommended that members be vigilant of coverage issues when transitioning from one insurance program to another. After the meeting adjourned, members enjoyed a meal from Rocky’s Grill. The next meeting will be in Pearsall at Security State Bank, on February 25, 2013, at 10 AM.

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Ellebrachts arrived in 1840s to help found Fredericksburg By Irene Van Winkle

The abandoned little Mountain Home country store on Hwy. 27 that Fritz’s story appeared in a Mason newspaper at the county’s was run by Leona Ellebracht will soon become a fading memory with centennial, which said that Fritz helped his father and older brother an environmental cleanup slated for next week (see related story). William raise crops and livestock, and eventually became the However, amazingly, still intact is the original log cabin that family family’s livestock manager. scion Friederich Albert Ellebracht, Sr. built about 150 years ago on His grandson, Irwin, who lived to 90 years of age, later said that Threadgill Creek near Doss, northwest of Fredericksburg by Mason William was completely uninterested in cattle, “but he sure knew County. engines.” Fritz married Catherine Stiehl in 1857, living in his The Ellebracht family narrative was compiled in 2000 by Janice parents’ home, but the childless marriage was eventually dissolved Spaeth, Nila McMahon and Elmer and Verdie Mae MacDougal in 1861. Ellebracht of Gillespie County. They based it on groundwork laid 27 In 1862, Fritz enlisted in Capt. Frank Van der Stucken’s Mounted years earlier by Mrs. Willie Schumann II, Mrs. Sylvester Crenwelge Company of Volunteers at Fort Mason, and served until after his and Albert Ellebracht. pardon in 1865. Then he returned home. During the war, Friederich, The story began with Friederich Sr. (1809-1882), who married Sr. had put the land he had deeded to Fritz and Henry (who also went Sophie Stamme (1806-1872). Apparently, the Ellebrachts were of to fight) back in his name in case either one was killed. titled standing, as they The other brothers have a family coat of also were marrying arms. and have families: Heeding the call to William married find a better future Maria Klaerner and in Texas, they raised 10 children departed Germany (five boys and five from their homegirls), while Charles town of Rosenthal, wed Mary Peters and Schaumberg, Hessen, had one son and two with their four daughters . children: Wilhelm Henry Ludwig, “William,” Heinrich Sr., (1838-1877) “Henry,” Frederick II meanwhile, bought “Fritz” and the infant, 160 acres from his Karl “Charles.” father on Palo Alto In October, 1845, the Creek near Enchanted Ellebrachts and other Rock, and built a log families departed home. The log home, In a photograph taken late 1935-early 1936, baby Ellis Ellebracht sits atop one of four huge farm horses, the port of Bremen, secured by his father, Edgar Henry Ellebracht, in a cotton field on their farm that straddled West Kerr County now a Texas State sailing for several and Kimble County. The first Ellebrachts were some of the earliest settlers in Gillespie County who arrived in landmark, was later months on the Barque purchased in 1891 the 1840s. B. Bohlen (or, Balem) by the well-known with a Captain Menke, and landed in Galveston on Dec. 30, 1845. stonemason, Joseph Moritz, who added two limestone additions. The passenger list notes them with spelling variations: “Friedrich Henry, Sr. died of pneumonia at the age of 38 in 1877 and was Albrecht Elberecht and wife Dorethea Stemener ... Zersen, buried at Der Friedhof Cemetery in Fredericksburg. His widow, Kurhessen, Friedrich, August, Conrad, Heinrich, Georg.” Anna Elizabeth Dietrich, left their four oldest children (Bertha, just Sometime during the voyage, William celebrated his 13th birthday, 12 years old, Lina, Louis and Henry II) at the home place. It was but details about the journey are scant. In Galveston, the new told that Anna Elizabeth had to go to court to acquire her husband’s immigrants transferred to a smaller ship, landing in Indianola. By land for her children. She married Friede(rich) Muennink and moved then, Friederich was 39 years old. to Hondo, taking with her the younger siblings, Anna, Emelie and The port of Indianola (later destroyed by a hurricane) in Matagorda Richard. Bay had been named Karlshaven, meaning Karl’s Harbor, in honor In 1896, Henry Ludwig II (1869-1953) married Sophie Dittmar and of Prince Karl of Solms-Braunfels. He was commissioner-general of the couple had six children: Frieda, Clara, Edgar Henry (1902-1983), Adelsverein, an association of German noblemen organized in 1842 Elizabeth, Ludwig and Elmer. Ellis Ellebracht of Kerrville was born during political unrest to purchase land in Texas and settle. in 1935, the son of Edgar Henry and Olivia Kneese. By 1832, Germans had begun hearing about Texas in glowing terms “I was born in a little white house in Fredericksburg right by the described in letters, quickly printed in homeland newspapers, written creek,” Ellis said with a twinkle in his eye. His older sister, Edith to a friend by early immigrant Friederick Ernst, who had settled in Evonne (who married Bobby Benner) moved away years ago and Mill Creek in Austin’s Colony in present-day Austin County and lives in Waco. The family’s house was in Kerr County, but some of Germans began arriving. their land stretched across into Kimble County. Although Ellis was a Totally inept in finances, Prince Karl, however, quickly ran out of child of the Great Depression, he said he “never wanted for any need. funds after other land purchases, including three million acres of the We had plenty enough food and clothing.” Fisher Miller Grant, of which a large portion had poor soil, making Edgar raised and sold livestock such as goats, sheep and cattle, and farming virtually impossible. planted cotton. Ellis said they had a big vegetable garden, but the In late 1844, there was lack of shelter at Indianola (the name changed produce was for the family’s use. in 1849) for newcomers. They were reduced to camping out in tents Ellis said his first two years in school were along Spring Creek at and sheds on the coast until the next spring. Already weakened by the Pilot Knob School, and then he went to Harper High School poor nutrition on the voyage, the group suffered miserably of disease and got his diploma. As a teen, he said he remembered often going and cold, and many succumbed. to the original county auction barn, which was behind today’s Tivy Hurriedly, the prince purchased 1,300 acres on the Guadalupe River, Stadium, then a rodeo arena. and the immigrants arrived to establish the new settlement, New In 1954, Ellis enlisted in the U.S. Army for a two-year tour and Braunfels, on March 21, 1845. promptly went off to Korea, working in the motor pool at the tailThe Adelsverein turned over the reins to a much more capable and end of the conflict. Although stationed near the Demilitarized Zone, practical man named John O. Meusebach. A baron who later dropped Ellis said that he never had to fight. his title, Meusebach was well-educated in engineering, served as a Returning home, he worked at the Peterson’s American Creamery, judge, and spoke five languages, including perfect English. He (later, American Quality Check’d) where in 20 years he rose to persuaded additional funding from the Adelsverein and bought foreman. Ellis’s next stint was at Curry Motor Co., now Central 10,000 acres near the Pedernales River, intended for the settlement Freight Lines, where he worked 20 more years. Ellis said he loved of Fredericksburg, named in honor of Prince Frederick of Prussia. the open highway. While delivering loads in the area, he said he By early 1846, the Ellebrachts were on their way. Coming overland, enjoyed seeing local folks, and some of their incredible homes. they traveled northward on ox-drawn wagons, by way of New “It’s amazing what people spend their money on,” he added. Braunfels, to Fredericksburg. This was one of the earliest groups of Then, he spent five more years working, this time for Ingram Ready families to establish and populate Fredericksburg. The immigrants Mix. Ellis said he’s always been fortunate regarding employment. received plots “in the wilderness.” “I’ve never called in sick for work, and I’ve never had to go job Fredericksburg’s town lots were sold in 1847, and Friederich, Sr. hunting,” he said. bought numbers 268 and 285 on West Main St. Lot 268 was at San He has many hobbies, including photography (mostly wildlife and Saba St., while #285 was at San Antonio St. Their home sat where outdoor), wood work (such as jewelry boxes, cabinets and even Leroy Crenwelge’s Peach Stand operated (as of the year 2000), and floors), and rock work. At home in Kerrville, Ellis created an intricate the lot went all the way to San Antonio St. The Ellebrachts also fireplace out of multi-colored rocks and enhanced them with shells. acquired three outlots (at 10 acres each) numbered, 378, 379 and An outdoor decorative well is made from rocks all across Texas 464 where they worked in the daytime. At night, for protection, they and the Southwest that he gathered while hauling freight. Asked if returned to town. he ever wanted to make a living with his crafts, he said, “Then it As a wheelwright (someone who makes wheels and repairs wagons) wouldn’t be a hobby I enjoy — it would just become work.” in Germany, Friederich Sr. earned about $200 a year. The family Eventually, Ellis got married, and he and wife Lorene have a believes that after they settled, he worked at the trade for a while, as daughter, Casie, whose son, Clyde, just turned six months old. did son, Fritz. Another relative sharing their ancestry is Hill Country native Gloria In 1848, Friederich, Sr., Sophie and 17 others became charter Kramer (see West Kerr Current family story dated May 22, 2008). members of the town’s First Methodist Church — and the first She is the great-granddaughter of Henry, Sr. and Anna, and said Methodist church in the Hill Country. The congregation began she heard from her mother, Selma Grobe Hahne (1897-1986), that meeting under a live oak tree, and then later, at the Vereins-Kirche of Selma’s mother, Bertha (1865-1950), had to be in charge of the the Immigration Society. three younger boys that Anna left behind after Henry’s death. They In 1849, another child, Ludwig, was born to the couple in Mason had to fend for themselves although they received help from their County. However, he died in 1872 (some say accidentally shot by a neighbors. friend) at the age of 23. When Bertha grew up, she wed Herman Grobe, and their daughter, By about 1850, Frederick, Sr. purchased land along Threadgill Selma, married Max Hahne (1889-1967). Creek north of Doss, using the home in Fredericksburg as a Sunday One of Bertha Ellebracht Grobe’s brothers, Louis, married Emma House. If they needed food or supplies, they would come to town on Kneese, and one of their children was Heinrich Louis “Alfred,” who Saturdays, stay overnight, and then head home after Sunday services. married Leona Duderstadt. Friederich, Sr. registered his cattle brand, FE, and an earmark, in Moving to Mountain Home, Alfred and Leona ranched and Leona Gillespie County in 1851. ran a little store along Hwy. 27 for decades. Many people recall Living in such a remote area held risk for people, as noted in the stopping in and getting a warm reception. family’s own narrative: Gloria said that her daughters, Brenda and Tonya, as well as son-in“Unknowingly, Friederich Sr. had settled on a favorite Indian law, Sean Hodges, said they remembered as children often stopping crossing of Threadgill Creek. Although no harm was ever inflicted in at Leona’s store, which closed in the 1980s. by the Indians on the Ellebrachts, many times Indians were sighted at “They said Leona always made sure they’d end up leaving with a the crossing on their way to or from the settlements to the south. Of Nehi soda,” Gloria said. “Leona just loved all the kids. She would course, horses were lost to the Indians on occasion. The Ellebrachts’ have given her life for them if she had to.” son, Fritz, was one of four riders attacked by Indians on Squaw Creek Several years ago, another relative, Ella Ellebracht Moseley, and in 1861, which resulted in the wounding of George Brandenberger.” husband Lee, her husband of (then) 71 years, were interviewed for By 2000, some descendants still owned part of that land, but the the West Kerr Current’s Love Story feature. After meeting at the First property including the small family cemetery located a half mile Baptist Church of Ingram, they had a whirlwind romance, and though from the old log home belonged to Kenneth Peacock. Here was a few individuals raised skeptical eyebrows, they married when she where Ludwig was buried along with his parents, Frederick Sr. and was 16 and he was 23. Ella had worked at the Ingram Telephone Sophie. She preceded her husband in death, and a year later, in 1873, Company, the Mountain Sun newspaper and Grimes Funeral Home, Friederich wed Sophie Witthohl Kirchner (1832-1913), with whom but their greatest satisfaction was that they were still together after he had three children: Emil Edward, Sophie Anna and Ernst Albert. more than 70 years of marriage.


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O B I T U A R I E S Cecil Mitchel Perry

(February 2, 1929 - February 5, 2013) Cecil Mitchel Perry, age 84 of Leakey, Texas passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at Cedar Hills Geriatric Center in Camp Wood, Texas. He was born on February 2, 1929. He is survived by several close friends. Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 07, 2013, at Leakey Floral Cemetery, with Pastor Jim O’Dell officiating. The family invites you to leave a condolence at www.nelsonfu Arrangements under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home - Leakey, Texas.

Rena Riff

(March 12, 1925 - February 13, 2013) Rena Riff of Knippa passed away on February 13, 2013 in Amistad Nursing Home at the age of 87. She was born on March 12, 1925 in Coryell County, TX. She married Erwin Riff in Knippa on November 18, 1944. He preceded her in death in 1977. She is survived by a son, Allen Riff and wife, Karen of Lubbock; brother, Wilford Falkenberg of San Antonio; grandchildren, Allison Rivas and husband, Dustin; Cory Carlson; and Ashley Carlson; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; and two sisters. The family will greet visitors at Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary on Friday, February 8, 2013 from 6:00-8: 00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa. Burial will follow in the Knippa Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Elton Dornbusch; Michael Kelling; Mark Kelling; Leland Falkenberg; Mark Landry; and Dudley Braesicke. Memorial donations may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Knippa, TX 78870 or the Uvalde Hospice, 124 Royal Lane, Uvalde, TX 78801

Franklin (Smokey) Lespreance

(November 28, 1965 - February 4, 2013)

Franklin (Smokey) Jackson Lespreance, age 47 of Leakey, Texas passed away Monday, February 4, 2013, at his home. He was born on November 28, 1965, in Kerrville, Texas to Frank and Shirley (Goines) Lespreance. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Nelson of Leakey, Texas; mother, Shirley Brock and husband Duke of Bremond, Texas; sisters, Kelly Boatright of Kosse, Texas, Brandi Brock of Bremond, Texas; brother, Paul Jacob Brock of Bremond, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews. Smokey is preceded in death by his father, Frank Lespreance; grandmother, Leliah Goines; and uncle, Lewis Goines. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Leakey Floral Cemetery, with Bubba McCray officiating. Arrangement’s under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home - Leakey, Texas.

Miracles Still Happen Sometimes when you least expect it, a miracle appears from out of nowhere. Yes, I know that this may seem a strange way to begin an article so perhaps I should give a little background information. I think that almost everyone in both Edwards and Real County knows Nat and Larry (Red) Hampton. If you don’t then you are missing out. Red and Nat have been in this area for over twenty years and almost any time that a community project or benefit comes up, they are always ready to help. For the last few years they have been active participants in the Christmas in the Canyon program and Red has played music for several Benefits. What you may not know is that last January a year ago, Nat was diagnosed with Stage IV Chronic Kidney Disease and so begin what was expected to be a long and drawn out process of waiting for a donor and the probability of going on dialysis. Over the last year, her disease progressed to a critical stage and on December 4th, 2012 she was informed that it had developed into Stage V Renal Failure and dialysis was imminent. While there were several of us in the community that offered a kidney, for various reasons none were a match. On December 18th, 2012, Nat got on the donor list at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio and on that same day the first miracle appeared. Here came a young man named Bobby

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Loise “Toad” Joan (Clark) Fryar (August 30, 1944 - January 26, 2013)

Loise “Toad” Joan (Clark) Fryar, 68, of La Grange, Texas, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in La Grange. Loise was born in Wilcox, Arizona on August 30, 1944, the daughter of the late Donald and Lena (Felts) Clark. She owned and operated Toad’s Roadkill Café in Leakey, Texas for 16 years. She is survived by two daughters: Betty Clinton and husband, Kevin, of Bloomington, Minnesota and Susan Tinney and husband, David, of Hosston, Louisiana; two sons: Joddy Moore and wife, Erin, of La Grange, Texas and Thomas Fryar and wife, Katrina, of College Station, Texas; sister, Francis Rushing and husband, Ken, of Odessa, Texas; brother, Donald Clark, Jr. and wife, Glenn, of Leakey, Texas; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, George Clark; and sister, Lena Bauchmann. Memorial Service was held Friday February 1, 2013, 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church, Leakey, Texas.

Maria Magdalena Castillo

(February 6, 1931 – February 9, 2013) Maria Magdalena Castillo entered Eternal Rest on February 9, 2013 at the age of 82. She was born February 6, 1931 in Mexico to Juan and Guadalupe (Hernandez) Rios. Mrs. Castillo is preceded in death by her children: Felix Castillo, Clemente Castillo, Jacinto Castillo and Olivia Castillo. She is survived by her husband Jose Clemente Castillo; children: Alicia Avila (Ramon), Guadalupe Castillo, Magadalena Gamez (Ramiro) Agustin Castillo (Elva), Elva Barbosa (David) all of Uvalde, Texas; son Jesus Castillo (Sylvia) of Ft. Worth, Texas; siblings: Cesario Neavez (Lydia) and Elva Rios both from San Antonio, Texas and numerous grandchildren and relatives that cherish the beautiful memories she leaves. Visitation was held Monday February 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Uvalde Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service was held on Tuesday February 12 at 2:00 p.m. at the Uvalde Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Hillcrest Cemetery.

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Harlow and offered a kidney. Now Red and Nat had known Bobby for about 2 years; but they really did not know him all that well and were amazed that he would step up and volunteer to be a donor. Now for the second miracle; after extensive tests, Bobby turned out to be a perfect match. Still there were many obstacles to overcome. Then on January 1st, 2013, the Cowboy Church held a special prayer service at Angel Wings Café in Barksdale for Nat. At the end of the service, Nat said that she felt like a huge weight had been lifted from her shoulders and knew that things were going to be ok. From then on, it seemed that everything started to fall in place and now on February 14th (Valentine’s Day) she and Bobby will go into the Hospital for the transplant operation. I believe it is important to talk about Bobby Harlow a little. Bobby was born in Amarillo and has lived in many places. He came to Came to the Canyon from Arizona about 2 years ago and now resides in Camp Wood with his wife Krystal who is the daughter of Mark and Lisa Carlile. Bobby currently works at Bullard’s Auto Body Shop in Camp Wood and just recently received an Associate Degree in Business Management. From what I know, Bobby seems to be hard working and caring person. I think it amazing that this young man is willing to step forward and offer part of his body to

help someone who he has known for such a short time. Yes, I know many of us carry donor cards but normally that is to allow for the harvesting of our organs when we die. While the expense of the operation will be covered by Nat’s insurance, it will be at least six weeks before Bobby will be able to return to work and that will not be covered. In order to assist Bobby with living expenses until he can get back on his feet, the Bobby Harlow Relief account has been set up at the First State Bank and there will also be a BBQ benefit from 2:00 to 9:00 pm on March 9th, 2013 at Holy Smoke in Camp Wood. While all the details have not been completed for the event, there will be live music, good food, an auction, a raffle and various other activities. While I have only mentioned two miracles here there are more. First the chances of finding a donor in a community our size is about 160,000 to 1 and second the average wait time on the donor list is several years. Let us see if our communities can come together and create another miracle by supporting Bobby and his family. Please go by the any of the First State Bank locations and make a donation then come and join us at the BBQ benefit on March the 9th. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact Natalie Hampton at (830) 234-3380 or email Nat at

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ASH WEDNESDAY February 13 Holy Mass 12:00 noon Communion Service 6:00pm FRIDAY’S OF LENT February 15 to March 22 Stations of the Cross 6:00pm LENTEN REFLECTION March 1 After Stations of the Cross 6:30pm PENITENTIAL CELEBRATION March 6 After Holy Mass 6:00pm GOOD FRIDAY March 29 Stations of the Cross 3:00pm HOLY WEEK March 24 to March 30 Schedule to be announced EASTER SUNDAY March 31 Schedule to be announced ST. MARY MAGDALEN CATHOLIC CHURCH - CAMP WOOD ASH WEDNESDAY February 13 Holy Mass 6:00pm FRIDAY’S OF LENT February 15 to March 22 Stations of the Cross 6:00pm LENTEN REFLECTION March 8 After Stations of the Cross 6:30pm PENITENTIAL CELEBRATION March 13 After Holy Mass 6:00pm GOOD FRIDAY March 29 Stations of the Cross 3:00pm HOLY WEEK March 24 to March 30 Schedule to be announced EASTER SUNDAY March 31 Schedule to be announced SACRED HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH – ROCKSPRINGS ASH WEDNESDAY February 13 Holy Mass 6:00am FRIDAY’S OF LENT February 15 to March 22 Holy Mass 6:00am Except on March 15 will be at 6:00pm Stations of the Cross 6:00pm Except on March 15 will be at 12:00 noon LENTEN REFLECTION March 1 After Stations of the Cross 6:30pm PENITENTIAL CELEBRATION March 15 After Holy Mass 6:00pm GOOD FRIDAY March 29 Stations of the Cross 3:00pm HOLY WEEK March 24 to March 30 Schedule to be announced EASTER SUNDAY March 31 Schedule to be announced

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The “fiscal cliff” was averted, but what does this mean to homeowners? The answer: a lot. The bill, signed into affect on Jan. 2, restricts tax rates from increasing and, among other things, reinstates and extends tax credits for qualifying energyefficient home upgrades between Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013. Homeowners can earn up to $500 in tax credits with the purchase and installation of qualifying products. “Now is an ideal time to check off some of those home improvement ‘to do’ items,” said Trey Hoffman, global product manager at Rinnai. “In addition to the tax break, homeowners reap the benefits of these energy-efficient upgrades for years, as these products can help reduce monthly utility bills.” What qualifies as an energy-efficient upgrade? All products must meet certain efficiency criteria to qualify. A licensed contractor, builder or remodeler can help homeowners select eligible products, such as: * Insulation materials, which help keep a house warm in the winter and cool in

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By Elaine Padgett Carnegie

“During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, each man under his own vine and fig tree.” 1 Kings 4:25 This verse in 1 Kings shows us that the blossoming fig tree was a symbol of prosperity in Israel. Today, dried figs are an expensive delicacy in the Holy Land, yet still a favorite treat to pick fresh from the tree and enjoy. We can enjoy them in the recipes below. Figs ripen in midsummer and are delicious in many varieties of food. Below are some of my favorites. The preserves are my grandmother’s recipe and the fig cake was hers also. The luscious fruit of the fig tree, with soft flesh and tiny seeds, is available from summer through mid-fall. A fig’s complex flavor is floral, jam-like, herbal, and honeyed. Delicious with simple seasonings, like fresh herbs and heavy cream, figs also hold their own alongside assertive ingredients, including meats, garlic, and brandy. Ginger and orange partner well with figs, which also taste great with any cheese you can think of. Buy plump fruit with no bruises. Small crack are okay, but check for mold. Ripe figs are fragrant; when pressed, they give. Overripe figs have a sour odor and feel mushy. If underripe, store figs uncovered in a single layer at room temperature. Loosely covered in a single layer, ripened figs will keep in the fridge for a few days; rinse them briefly and pat dry before using.

Maw-Maw’s Fig Preserves

8 cups small, firm but ripe figs 2 cups unrefined sugar 1-inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and diced 1 small lemon, thinly sliced juice of 1 additional lemon 1 cup of water In a wide, heavy-bottomed, nonreactive pot, layer the figs with the lemon slices, sugar, sliced ginger, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. The next day, add the cup of water and cover the pot with a lid . Bring the fig mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Turn the figs down to low and slow cook covered for 1 hour. After the figs have cooked covered for 1 hour, vent the lid and cook for another 1⁄2 hour with the lid vented. ( or until the figs are translucent and the syrup has thickened.) Transfer the fig mixture(with the lemon and ginger) to sterilized jars and refrigerate or process for 5 minutes in a water-bath canner to store on the shelf. This makes 4 to 6 pint jars. Leave the lemon and ginger in the mixture when you load up your jars. They will add flavor as time goes and have a wonderful ‘candied’ flavor. 2.2.6 Serve with warm biscuits and butter.

Dessert/ Serve quartered figs with fresh raspberries, mint leaves, and a light sprinkling of orangeflower water; drizzle with crème fraîche.

Italian Sausage with Mixed Greens and Figs 6 fresh lamb sausages, spicy Italian sausage, or garlic sausages 4 1/2-inch-thick red onion slices 10 tablespoons Pomegranate Cumin Dressing, divided 12 cups mixed greens 3/4 cup crumbled soft fresh goat cheese 6 fresh figs, halved 1/4 cup (packed) sliced fresh mint leaves Prepare grill (medium-high heat). Brush sausages and onions with 3 tablespoons dressing; grill sausages until cooked, 15 minutes, and onions until charred, 10 minutes. Toss greens with remaining dressing; mound on plates. Slice 4 sausages (reserve 2 for pizza). Top greens with sausages, cheese, figs, and mint.

Love Birds - Chicken in Pastry

Maw-Maw’s Fig Cake:

2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 & 1/2 cups sugar 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1 cup melted butter (2 sticks) 3 eggs 1 tbsp. vanilla 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup fig preserves 1/2 cup chopped pecans (walnuts or raisins) Preheat oven to 325F. lightly butter a 9 by 13 inch pan. sift dry ingredients. add butter, vanilla and buttermilk, mix well. add fig preserves and pecans. stir just until combined. bake 40-45 minutes. cool in pan. cake tastes great as is but if you like it stickysweet…make topping : mix 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 stick butter, 1 tbsp. vanilla, 1 tbsp. corn syrup (i used Lyle’s golden syrup), 1/2 tsp. baking soda. warm up to a slow boil, over low heat. let boil 3 minutes. remove from heat. punch holes into top of cake with thin skewer and pour topping while still warm. cut into bars and serve.

Fig Ideas

Cocktail Food/ Wrap whole fresh figs with pancetta, secure with a skewer, an grill until the meat is cooked through. Appetizer/ Cut an X in the top of each fig, open like a flower, and fill with fresh ricotta. Scatter thyme leaves over; drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Salad/ Toss sliced fresh figs with frisée and toasted walnuts. Scatter a little crumbled blue cheese over and dress with a Sherry vinaigrette. Main Course/ Sauté sliced figs in butter and Cognac or a light-bodied red wine; serve with seared sliced duck breast.

Ingredients • 4 pieces skinless chicken breast, boned (about 8 ounces each) • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh finely chopped rosemary • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1 sheet puff pastry (11 by 17inch), (recommended: Dufour) • 8 slices Italian fontina cheese, slices should be 2 to 3-inches square and 1/4 to 1/2-inch thick, cut in 1/2 • 1/2 cup fig preserves • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and rosemary. Cut each piece of chicken in half across the breast giving you 8 equal portions. Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly brown the chicken on both sides, 5 minutes total. Remove from heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut pastry into 8 pieces. Place a piece of cheese on each pastry square and top with spoonfuls of fig preserves and the chicken pieces. Pinch and seal the dough up and over the meat and cheese, seal with egg wash, flip the pastry packets over and brush the tops with remaining egg wash. Bake 12 to15 minutes, until golden. For entree portions, simply leave chicken breast whole and cut the pastry into quarters. Trim off excess dough and use it to decorate the pastry with small cut outs such as heart shapes.

There is nothing more heartwarming for Valentine’s Day than a home cooked meal and lots of KISSES!!

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Easy Valentine Sandwich Cookies

Turn your Valentine’s day baking into a fun activity with your kids with this easy recipe! 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix 1 tablespoon Gold Medal® all-purpose flour 1/3 cup butter, softened 1 egg Granulated sugar 1 cup Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting (from 12 oz container) Red liquid food color Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, stir cookie mix and flour until well blended. Add butter and egg; stir until soft dough forms. On floured surface, roll dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/4-inch heart shaped cookie cutter. Generously cover large piece of waxed paper with granulated sugar. Transfer cutouts to waxed paper using pancake turner. Turn each cutout to coat both sides. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 15 minutes. Divide frosting into six small bowls. Add the following different amounts of red liquid food color to one of each of the bowls starting with a toothpick, 1 drop, 3 drops, 7 drops, 12 drops and 25 drops to make different shades of pink. For each cookie sandwich, spread about 1 teaspoon frosting on the bottom of 1 cooled cookie. Top with second cookie, bottom side down; gently press cookies together.

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Kids Don’t Love Shots – but They Need Them; Free Schedule Helps Parents Stay on Track At age 3, Adian Grosz of Austin is a pint-sized, Prince Valiant-haired human cannonball whose scuffed and dusty body speaks to his love of intense physical activity such as cannonballing into swimming pools from the “big kid” board and deliberately pedaling his miniature fire engine into tree trunks. His fearlessness isn’t absolute, though. “Adian tries to be brave and doesn’t cry when he gets shots — most of the time — but he’s not crazy about them,” says his grandmother, Susan Grosz. “But it’s over before he knows it, so he has no time to be traumatized. And I think he understands we do it because we love him.” Much as Grosz hates to see her grandson

uncomfortable for even a moment, she still makes sure Adian never misses a single recommended vaccination. He started with his Hepatitis B shot at birth, followed by another Hep B dose a month later. Then, at two months, he got immunizations for polio, pneumonia, rotavirus and the first of many DTaP (diphtheria,/tetanus/pertussis) shots he’ll receive during his first 12 years. These shots — along with 30 others for flu, chickenpox, hepatitis A, meningitis, measles and human papillomavirus — all are spelled out on a personalized schedule available from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Susan Belisle of DSHS’ Immunization Branch,

a nurse since 1970, said the schedule is an invaluable tool. It not only lists 37 crucial vaccinations, including several that need to be delivered with just-so timing and sequencing, but also describes the possible consequences of failing to do so. (Diarrhea and vomiting from rotavirus, chronic liver infection from hepatitis B, etc.) “This can be really important because some diseases, like pertussis [whooping cough] can actually be fatal,” Belisle said. “Most of us don’t think of pertussis as quite that big a threat, but babies are still dying from it in Texas. And warm weather like we’re having now is when we start to see more cases.”

Belisle added that the schedule is based on the child’s date of birth and helps parents or other caregivers keep track of the sometimes complex scheduling requirements for childhood immunizations. Finally, Belisle said, the benefits of immunization actually increase as more people comply with the schedule. “In our line of work we refer to this effect as ‘herd immunity.’ Very Texan-sounding, right? What it basically means is, the more people who are immunized against a given disease, the less risk there is that even un-vaccinated people will get it. So getting your kids vaccinated is not only good for your family but socially responsible as well.”

Five Advantages of Owning A Mixed-Breed Dog by Dr. Chris Pinney

Now don’t get me wrong. I like purebred dogs too (in fact, I own two of them; however, no doubt one of my dogs has questionable genetic lineage), but there can be advantages of owning a good, old-fashioned “mutt”. Here are five: 1. Mixed-breeds dogs generally cost less to maintain medically over their lifespan. Many researchers believe this is due to a genetic phenomenon known as “hybrid vigor”, where a mixing a genetic material produces a hardier individual. Certainly mixedbreeds have a reduced incidence of genetic diseases, simply because their gene pools are so diverse.��Of course, environment and preventive care play huge roles in health

and lifespan as well, so don’t skimp on those just because your dog has a “checkered” ancestry. 2. If you own a purebred dog, there is always a chance you’ll succumb to consumer temptation and purchase all sorts of “stuff” related to your dog’s breed, seriously denting your pocketbook. For instance, I recently purchased a wall calendar with Boxers plastered all over it, even though I have three other wall calendars that all do exactly the same thing. And that Boxer calendar wasn’t cheap! 3. Many people purchase pure-bred dogs so they can compete with them in organized events or participate in community activities. While your mixed-breed will never wear the crown of AKC Best in

Show, you can still experience the thrill of competition with your colorful pooch because mixed-breeds are allowed to compete in many agility events held across the country (google “U.S. Dog Agility Association”).They can also be trained for search and rescue and used for therapy or service purposes. 4. Talk about uniqueness! No two are exactly the same. You can spend a lifetime trying to figure out what the heck your dog is made up of. And don’t rely on those commercial genetic tests for dogs to do the job for you. They have been shown to be unreliable in most instances. 5. Shelters are chock-full of mixed breed dogs, including puppies, on death-row through no fault of their own. By adopting one, you gain the satisfaction in knowing that you saved a life and provided a loving home to a creature who’s sole purpose in life is to please you.

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Game Warden Field Notes - TPWD The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. • Deer in the Headlights Two Tom Green County game wardens saw a vehicle attempt to run down deer in an open field. The game wardens stopped the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of alcohol on the lone subject. Sobriety tests were administered and the subject was arrested for DWI, driving with a suspended license, two local warrants and hunting with illegal means and methods. • Hunters Ed Would Have Helped A Presidio County game warden responded to a nonfatal hunting accident at Penitas Ranch. When he arrived, the game warden learned that the hunter was trying to cross over a fence when his loaded shotgun fell from its rest and discharged, resulting in the injury. Upon further investigation, the Game Warden discovered that the 21year-old victim had not taken a hunter’s education course, and would have benefited from the course because this very scenario is covered. • Vodka, You Are My Only Friend During routine Sandhill Crane patrol on Christmas Eve morning, a Hockley/ Terry/Yoakum County game warden happened across a pickup parked in the paved shoulder of a main highway just inside the Lynn County line. After passing the vehicle, the warden noticed a man slumped over asleep in the

driver’s seat. Turning around to make a welfare check, the warden approached the driver side door and attempted to knock on the window to get the man’s attention. After several attempts of hard knocking on the window and saying, “Game Warden” even louder, the man remained passed out. Fearing for the individual’s safety, the game warden began rocking the truck side to side. After several more efforts, the man finally came to. He admitted to driving all night from New Mexico with a cup of vodka and soda to keep him company. With the assistance of the Department of Public Safety, a sobriety test was given, and the subject, who had one previous DWI conviction, was booked into the Lynn County Jail. Did I Do That? A Garza/Lynn County game warden seized two mule deer does that had been harvested the previous day in Scurry County by a Lubbock area man. Mule deer season had ended in Scurry County, and even then, mule deer does could have only been harvested under permit. The warden met with the hunter who admitted not knowing that mule deer inhabited Scurry County. Overkill A Taylor County game warden received a call from a landowner who said a neighbor contacted him and said he saw someone with a flashlight on his property. When the warden arrived, two other landowners had the suspect blocked on a county road. The 25-year-

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old suspect had shot a deer on property that bordered the landowner’s property, and the deer ran onto the landowner’s land. The suspect then proceeded to track the deer approximately 400 yards into the landowner’s property, where he found the wounded deer and again shot it. Venison Violator A Garza/Lynn County game warden was called by a Garza County ranch foreman regarding a headless whitetailed buck that had been dumped alongside a two-track road inside the ranch. As the warden was responding to the area, the foreman called again and said that he believed it to have been shot by one of the hunting lease holders and that the carcass was no longer at the initial site. The warden arrived on the ranch, and after a short search, found the initial dump site and carcass at a second location. After loading the deer, the warden drove the ranch in search of the hunter, and later found him. The warden spoke with the man, a previous wildlife violator, at the back of the man’s truck. A severed deer head was in the bed of the truck with an incompletely-filled out tag on its antlers. The man was then led to the back of the truck, lowered his tailgate, and revealed a wasted carcass. Without provocation, “Unless you’re making hamburger, do you realize how hard it is to cut up all that meat,” the man asked.




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want or need in a hill country setting, perim.high fncd, fruit, huge pecan trees, 3 bay barn/wkshp located just inside the city limits of Leakey. Fncd yrd, screened fnt prch & game rm/extra guest qtrs. Appt needed. $229,000 » Prop#59 SPRING HILL SUBDV, Just W of Leakey, Tr13, 3.76 Ac Undergnd utilities, gorgeous views, nice hardwoods, easy restr. HOA, paved access & good location. Priced to sell $79,500 » Prop#64/44.33 acres: Ideal hntng prop. Rancho Real I. Heavily wooded w/ lots of oak.1 rm cab w/ 40’ tower blind makes this unique. Rggd & remote yet 2x2 can access..6 dr feeders, ’86 4x4 Bronco,& camp trailer to convey. NOW$89,900 O.F. Avail! 10%Dwn, 9%, 15Ys » Prop#71/Wooded 368+ ac rch loaded w/natv wldlf & exotics. LOA provides wldlf exemp. Views & cabin site, All wthr subdiv rds,wtr & gme mngt by LOA. Edw Co.,Elect avail, LOA dues $3 p/yr. Priced to sell! $550,000.00 » Prop#79/ 1 to 100 ac avail. for comm. retail, dvlopmnt or resd.Hwy 83 frntg, High visibility, city wtr! Great opportunity. 1 ac on Hwy $75k, all acreage behind W hwy $7,500 p/ac or buy all ac & hwy frntg at $1.5 mi. O. F. Avail! 20%dwn,6%intr, 15 yrs!! » Prop#84 5 & 10 ac tracts in THE RIDGEExperience the Texas hill country at its finest w/ prvte access to your own beautiful Frio River park w/BBQ pavilion. Ea offer undrgrnd utilities, mtn views, free roaming wildlife, hiking, biking & much more! This gorgeous restricted subdivision offers great building sites for your dream home, retirement or vacation get-away. B&B allowed so take advantage of this new development. Call for a showing or take a drive out 4 mi. south on RR 1120. Tracts are selling fast! Check out our website for current sales! Prices start $87,500 »Prop90/1.19 ac hm site in the prestigious gated community of RiverTree. Crystal clear Frio River is still flowing in spite of drought. Lot is heavily wooded & at the end of the st between two beautiful Hill Country homes. List price: $109,950 » Prop95/10 mi west of Leakey, 20.10 ac hntng tract is located 1.5 mil off RR337. Abundant wildlife include white tail,axis deer, hogs, aouda & turkey. Unbelievably beautiful long views to the west!2 blinds feeders will convey. List $75,000 » Prop97/Lot 3, Blk 3, features 4.390 ac in the gated River Tree Subdv. The best feature of this property is the magnificent views of the mnt.Great for horses, river access, Water & elect. meters are in place, a septic system has been installed& two RV hookups.List: $129,900

1260 S US Hwy 83, Leakey, Tx. 1/2 mile south of Leakey city limits on US Hwy 83 830-232-5242 Dub Suttle: Broker

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Joined in marriage on Saturday, February 9, 2013 before friends and family, Chelsea Marie Miller, daughter of Steven and Christy Miller of Koontz, TX and Cory Felton Menard, son of Sherry Dooley from Buna, TX and Charlie Wall from Beaumont, TX. The bride and groom will make their home in Kountze, TX. Chelsea Marie Miller is granddaughter of Elaine Padgett Carnegie, Contributing writer Hill Country Herald.



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Tire AND Wheel Connection • Fresh Cut Steaks • Fresh Ground Beef • Deli Meats • Camping Supplies COME SEE THE CREW AT TIRE AND WHEEL CONNECTION FOR ALL YOUR TIRES, RIMS AND ACCESSORIES!

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Office located 1/2 mile east of the Frio River on Texas 127 in Concan, Texas

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Dining room closes at 9 pm but food served in the club until close 12pm Sun. thru Fri. open until 1 on Saturday!

Must purchase a membership to purchase alcohol temps are available’

410 S Hwy 83 Leakey, TX 78873 Ph. 830-232-4553 Of�ice Hours-Lobby Mon-Thu 9:00 to 3:00 Fri 9:00 to 4:30 Of�ice Hours-Drive-Thru WILL BE Mon-Fri 9:00 to 4:30 WECLOSED Sat 9:00 to 12:00 IN OBSERVANCE OF PRESIDENTS’ DAY Drive-Up ATM MONDAY, Located at Branch FEBRUARY 18, 2013 Also located inside Concan General Store U.S. Hwy 83 & Tx. Hwy 127

10am ‘til close 7 days a week

Full liquor bar and fine dining, Serving Angus meats and great fresh gulf seafood, Daily Lunch specials 6.99 All U Can Eat”LARGE” fried shrimp on Wednesday only 9.99

Breakfast & Lunch

served all day!! Homemade Desserts Soup Daily Hours:

Wed-Sat. 9ish-5:30 Located in Downtown Leakey, Texas! in the Historic Drugstore 183 Hwy. 83 south


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