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February 20, 2013 Tri-Canyon’s Only Weekly Newspaper!

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



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VET CLINIC Burk Feed & Western Wear, Leakey 11AM to 2PM Saturday, February 23rd

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A blue ribbon and third place at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo means another successful year for the Smiths and the tradition they initiated three years ago. Starting in 2010, Kirmon and Inez Smith (pictured), with the help of Inez’s cousin, Neil Boultinghouse, and friend Gilbert Burgus, have been educating and influencing the youth of Utopia, Texas by giving a select group of Ag kids the opportunity to restore a tractor and take it to show. In keeping with this custom, each year at the end of the project the restored tractor goes to one of the Smith’s grandchildren.

This year’s tractor is one that is unique in its own right simply because of the symbolism and tradition associated with the project. In recent years, the boys have restored two John Deere tractors and a 1952 Farmall Super C. This year the tractor just happens to be the 1950 Farmall M that belonged to Mrs. Smith’s father, Volney Otto Umlang, who bought it new in the Sabinal Canyon over 60 years ago. To give the tractor even more sentimental value, it will be given to Volney’s great grandson, Glen Carroll Thomas Umlang, after the students finish their tractor shows for the year. Glen

Carroll, who would have been named Smith, was instead given the last name Umlang at birth in order to carry on the family name. “It’s a thrill for me beyond words,” Mrs. Smith said. “What made the project so exciting for me was to know that this has gone through all the generations.” After her father passed away, the tractor went to Mrs. Smith’s brother. “I never dreamed that I would ever even get the opportunity to get the tractor back,” Mrs. Smith said. “My brother got it, which was fine, but then when he passed away I was able to get it back.” continued page 6

DRT Nominating Committee Announces Texas History Essay Winners

Written/submitted by Kay Anderson

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How To Stop A Church Gossip

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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: 68° Low: 59°

The Daughters of and Texas flags and the Republic of 2nd Vice President Texas Caddel-Smith Beverly Langford read Chapter members the DRT objectives. met February 14, The January meeting 2013, at the 1st State minutes were read by Bank of Uvalde in Secretary Patsy Keelin the McNelly Room. and Ernestine Carson 17 members and 4 gave her Treasurer’s guests traveled from Report. Ms. Carson Bandera, Barksdale, reported the chapter Brackettville, Camp has a total of 99 Wood, Concan, members. Leakey, Rocksprings, President Burleson Sabinal, Utopia and informed members Uvalde. the DRT Library is President Judy closed temporarily Hazel Baylor, Sharon Tweedy, and Billie Jean Davis Burleson called the for inventory. This is meeting to order at 10: a joint project of the Jean Davis. Ms. Burleson 30 a.m. and invocation was Texas General Land Office led members in saying the given by Chaplain Billie continued page 4 pledges to the United States

River Flows and Water News

River flows were taken on the Frio and Nueces Rivers on February 11th and five locations showed increased levels of flow and two crossings; Fulgham’s and Kent Creek showed a decrease in flow. Fulgham’s Crossing just south of the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment had a flow of 9,628 gpm (gallons per minute) this month compared to the flow of 14,282 gpm last month. Leakey Springs had a flow of 3,889 gpm this month and a flow of 3,321 gpm last month. This was a nice increase, I thought the flow looked a little better than what the numbers showed. The Mill Creek Crossing is flowing a little swifter this month, it has increased to a flow of 7,271 gpm this month up slightly from last month’s flow of 6,810 gpm. It amazes me that the flow is still this good at this crossing because there are 6 culverts of the 14 total culverts that are not flowing at all. On the west

Last August, CA and Caroline Breshears drove their son Michael to Daytona Beach, Florida to begin his sophomore year at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While they were in town, they toured the Daytona International Speedway and had their photo taken in Victory Lane. If you are planning

a trip pick up your T-shirt before you leave! Get yours for only $15 each, we have all sizes. Contact Willis Springfield at 830-232-5783 or come by the Hill Country Herald shop to get yours today. They also have coffee mugs, note cards and Christmas ornaments. Be sure to send in your picture to the Hill Country Herald! Have Fun out there and SPREAD THE WORD!

ObamaCare, It’s here We’ve been talking about ObamaCare for awhile now, but here is a grim reality. In conversations with my children, it was stated that when completing their tax return information this year, they were specifically asked if they and their children were covered under a health insurance plan and told if they did not have the correct documentation next year, they would more than likely be fined. Luckily they have insurance, but millions do not. ObamaCare is going to happen by law unless it is stopped and at this point, it doesn’t look like that will happen. On top of Obamacare being a long and complicated process, the plan requires individuals to submit personal health information to the IRS. When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health

by Julie Becker

information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. There is no way for the IRS to enforce Obamacare without such invasive reporting. Every January, health insurance companies across America will send out tax documents to each insured individual. This tax document—a copy of which will be furnished to the IRS—must contain sufficient information for taxpayers to prove that they purchased qualifying health insurance under Obamacare. This new tax information document must, at a minimum, contain: the name and health insurance identification number of the taxpayer; the name and tax identification number of the health insurance company; the number of months the taxpayer was covered by this insurance plan; and whether or not the plan was purchased in one of Obamacare’s “exchanges.” continued page 2

by Joel Pigg, General Manager

prong of the Frio River the weather is having the same effect on the flows, the Rancho Real crossing had a flow of 5,067 gpm compared to a flow of 3,962 gpm last month. This crossing always makes me wonder what is going on, there is a large island on the upper side of the crossing and water is diverted around to both ends of the crossing so the center reading are always lower than the outside readings. I can never guess if the flow is better or worse just looking at crossing like in some of the other areas. This area needs a major water event to get back in shape. The Kent Creek crossing had a slight decrease since last month with a flow of 669 gpm this month down from a flow of 733 gpm last month. The crossings are still looking “OK” but we need a significant rainfall event very soon. Nueces River flows were also taken on February 11th and they too showed

similar results as that found on the Frio River. McDonalds Crossing was at 11,370 gpm this month compared to 8,949 gpm last month. The Nueces River Dam on Highway 55 south of

Camp Wood had a flow of 17,531 gpm this month up from 14,618 gpm last month. Let’s all continue to pray for more rainfall and conserve what we have. (see more graphs page 9)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Large Turnout for “Knowing Your Constitutional Rights” by Terri DuBose

More than 100 actively concerned citizens gathered at Church in the Valley Tuesday evening (February 12th) for a presentation on “Knowing Your Constitutional Rights”. This program was sponsored by the newly formed SouthWest Texas Patriots (formerly known as the Conservative Women of SouthWest Texas). David Walls, Director of Operations for Texas Values, a division of Liberty Institute (Austin, Texas) spoke on our First Amendment Rights. Mr. Walls emphasized the role that churches have played in the erosion of our religious liberties by yielding unto unconstitutional threats by our government. He also cited many of the attacks on family and faith currently being directed at our schools, Boy Scouts, Hobby Lobby (to name a few). In an effort to engage people, Liberty Institute, joined with the Family Research

Council (FRC), to launch “The Survey of Religious Hostility in America”, a compilation of more than 600 documented incidents of religious bigotry that have occurred throughout the country – most in the past 10 years. A list of these can be found at: Our first amendment (explained Mr. Walls) is the bedrock of all other liberties, without which, none others can exist. A history of the second amendment was then presented by Maggie Gunn, event coordinator for the club and GOP Uvalde County Chair. History clearly shows that the right to bear arms is an individual rather than a collective right (thus it exists in the Bill of Rights), and is considered an unalienable (God given) right by the Founders. All regulation of firearms is left exclusively under the control of the states. We were blessed to have Deputy Sheriff Bruce Carr

(Real County) and Constable Alvin Lewis (Zavala County) participate and answer questions from the group, with most of the concern being that of protecting our state against federal confiscation of our firearms. In summary, as David Walls expressed - it is really up to state sovereignty to protect our liberties and Texas might as well lead the way. There are numerous bills being proposed in the current 83rd Texas Legislature regarding gun rights. Please watch your legislators carefully and frequently visit: For more information about the SouthWest Texas Patriots, please visit: The next event is scheduled for April 13th: Succeeding in the New World of American Socialism by Dr. Andre Kulisz (location TBA).

Gov. Perry Announces Tenaris to Create 600 Jobs in Matagorda County Gov. Rick Perry announced that Tenaris will be extending its U.S. investments by building a new steel pipe manufacturing facility in Matagorda County, creating 600 jobs and $1.3 billion in capital investment. The state is providing $6 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this new facility and job creation. The governor recruited company leadership during his economic development trip to Italy last year, and also at the Formula 1 race in Austin.

“This announcement is only possible thanks to the hard work of state and local officials, as well as, the area business community, which always plays a major role in decisions like this,” Gov. Perry said. “The most profound statement about our favorable economic climate comes when companies like Tenaris make an investment of this size in our state. That says that not only is Texas the best place to grow your business now, but they’re confident that we’ll remain that way moving forward.” Tenaris is a global manufacturer

of steel pipe products used for drilling in the energy industry. The 1 million sq. foot Matagorda County facility will include a state-of-the-art seamless pipe mill, heat treatment and premium threading facilities. Once complete, the mill is expected to produce 600,000 tons of pipe annually. “We appreciate the assistance provided by the Governor, his staff and the many local officials involved in this significant milestone for Tenaris,” President of Tenaris North America Germán Curá said.

Edwards County Commissioner’s Corner By Lee Sweeten

At last week’s Commissioners’ Court Meeting there were several items discussed and acted on that have are of particular interest. While I will not describe all of what occurred, I will try to highlight those that have received some public interest in the past. Of particular interest to me was a presentation from TXDOT on the closure of some of the roadside parks in Edwards County. If you have driven by any of these rest areas, you must have noticed the amount of trash that has been thrown out. Now I am not talking about the trash that tourist place in the cans. I am talking about the household trash, dead animals, feed sacks and various other garbage that is simply piled up at these location. We were told by TXDOT that the cost of picking up the discarded waste is substantial and that if the Court Chose to do so, TXDOT would be willing to close some or all of the rest areas. I for one often enjoy stopping at many of these roadside parks when I am out riding my motorcycle and really would not like to see any of them closed. However, the trash issue requires attention and unless there is a workable solution, it is likely that some of the rest areas will be closed. Those of you who have followed my columns over the years know that the issue of trash along our roadways and streams has always been one of my pet peeves. We like to blame it on the tourists or the hunters but in this case it is hard to do. When common household trash is discarded in such large amounts and there is evidence found that a large percentage of it comes from locals, then the blame falls closer to home. I know several months ago, I was passing by the Rest Area at HW 41 and HW 377 about 8 miles north of Rocksprings and I just happened to see a person from Barksdale unloading several bags of trash. I know that the problem with waste disposal is a big issue in our rural area, but discarding your waste at the rest areas is not the solution. I am hoping that we can work with local law enforcement and find a way to keep our roads and rest areas clear of trash. Carl Esser made a presentation to the Court relating to funding for inadequate septic systems in the unincorporated areas of the County. It appears that there may be funding available to replace old systems. If you are interested, information will be available by contacting the

Edwards County Judge’s Office in Rocksprings, For sometime, the County has been looking at ways to reduce the debt payout for the annex without having to increase taxes. We had received information from various entities on different methods of doing so and the meeting there was a presentation by Wells Nelson and Associates (an investment firm) relating to refinancing the at a lower rated of interest. From the documents presented it appears we can save the taxpayers almost $280,000.00 dollars over the term of the note. We approved moving forward with the process and approved a Bond Counsel to assist. One of the main items of interest for sometime has been leaving the MRGCOG and moving to the Concho Valley COG. For over a year the Commissioners’ Court has been looking at the Pros and Cons of such a move. The County has published articles in the local paper and has had the item on several past Agendas. MRGCOG officials have made presentations to the Commissioners’ Court and there has been several discussions on the issue. There also has been a lot of misinformation spread about the process and that the County would lose the 911 radio system if such a move were to be made. After various meetings with the MRGCOG this misinformation was determined to be false. What

many may not know is that five of the nine counties that make up the MRGCOG have filed complaints relating to mismanagement of the COG and that the COG has had problems with the last 2 audits conducted. While many of us really do not like change and are hesitant to move forward, I think it is best for the County to move forward with and leave the MRGCOG and enter the Concho Valley COG. In fact, I made the motion to approve a resolution to do so. The resolution was passed with one dissenting vote by one of the newly elected Commissioners who felt that he did not have enough information to support the resolution. The Commissioners also voted to purchase laptop computers for each commissioner. The laptops will be used to facilitate the delivery of information to the Court and hopefully cut down on the time and waste of making copies of everything for everyone. A policy will be developed for their use. This week’s quote comes from an anonymous source and goes“The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.” As always, if you have comments on this article or other County related issues, feel free to contact me either on my cell (210) 912-8481 or at home (830) 234-3160 or via email at


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ObamaCare, It’s here Texas Governor Rick Perry officially notified the federal government last fall that Texas will not set up an exchange to buy health insurance. Perry sent the letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a day before the deadline to let Washington know that the state will not set up its own exchange. The current administration gave states the option of setting up their own exchanges, partnering with the federal government or letting Washington do it. It is noted that 26 states declined to set up exchanges. The exchanges will begin operating in October 2013. Come 2014 you purchase insurance or pay a “penalty income tax”. The first year it is $95 or 1% of your income. This process will involve millions of new tax documents landing in mailboxes across America every January, along with the usual raft of W-2s, 1099s, and 1098s. At tax time, the 140 million families who file a tax

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return will have to get acquainted with a brand new tax filing form. Six million of these families will end up paying Obamacare’s individual mandate noncompliance tax penalty. My daughter’s thoughts are from a married, mother of two, stay at home mom, “My personal thoughts on this subject are most people who have money have health insurance because they can afford it. It’s the people who can not afford health insurance that are being fined. So were are punishing people who are already struggling and making them pay fines because they already can’t afford health insurance. How does that help the uninsured?” We will continue to cover this issue, please note the amount of information, pros and cons, misinformation and political rhetoric is overwhelming. So my suggestion is to seek out information that applies to your family and situation.


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. Nominations are due by February 22, 2013, so honor a special lady by nominating her.

Shawn Streib Gray, Broker 830-232-4500 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! NEWProperty 011: Gorgeous 3BR/2BA in Canyon Oaks—Concan. Complete May 2013. Granite, custom cabinets, nice! $225,000 NEWProperty 012: Beautiful RIVERFRONT cabin! 2.27 acs. Rentals OK. Huge deck overlooking the Frio, secluded, bunkhouse. $350,000 Property 013 : 417 Oriole Ave. Valley Ranch. All brick 3/2 open floorplan w/workshop. 2.24 acs. Attached 2C garage. $199,000 NEWProperty 014: Beautifully updated Country Cottage PLUS studio/library and 2BR bunkhouse!!! In Reagan Wells on 4.72 ac. w/trees & views. 100 ac. of common area and River access. Rental OK. Owner/Broker $139,000 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 NEWProperty 030: Rancho Real, 10 ac. of remote land. 4x4 needed. Great hunting or recreational tract. Pretty flat topography. $32,500 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

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JAIL REGISTER February 10 - February 16, 2013

Real County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Dispatch Report February 10, 2013 - February 16, 2013 2/10/2013 @- 930 responded to Pecan Shadows Drive in Leakey for a family disturbance call 2/11/2013 @- 745 responded to Ranch Road 337 west for a motor vehicle accident 2/12/2013 @- 005 responded to the 300 block of East Second Street in Camp Wood for a disturbance call - 026 responded to Mountain Street in Leakey for a family


disturbance call 2/14/2013 @- 1525 responded to the 400 block of North Nueces street for a welfare check 2/16/2013 @- 1408 responded to Ranch Road 336 North for a motorcycle accident - 1842 responded to the 500 block of Leon Klink for a loud noise complaint




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.

The Nueces River Authority announces its intent to submit an application to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service Grant/Loan Program. The Authority intends to install wastewater collection lines and two lift stations to serve Twin Forks Subdivision, Frio River Estates Subdivision, and Leakey Springs Subdivision near the City of Leakey in Real County, to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant currently under design from 250,000 gpd to 400,000 gpd, to purchase land for application of treated effluent, and to purchase related equipment. The requested amount of grant/loan funding is $6,689,086. Comments on this application may be directed to Con Mims, Executive Director at (830) 278-6810,, 200 E. Nopal, Suite 206, Uvalde, TX 78801.


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

The Huajilla Unit of TRTA will meet on Monday, February 25, 2013, at Security State Bank in Pearsall at 10 AM. Educator retirees are invited. For further information, please 830-741-3416.

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



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To: All interested Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Groups, and Individuals This is to give notice that the City of Leakey under Part 58 has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for the City of Leakey’s new ground water supply development under TxCDBG 712027. The purpose of this project is to give the City of Leakey, in Real County, Texas additional water infrastructure by installing approximately 1,620 linear feet of six inch water transmission line and construct GUI treatment facilities in order to use a private GUI well on a permanent basis. A 300 gpm enhanced water treatment facility will be constructed. The treatment will include pre-filtration of the GUI supply using 10 micron cartridge filtration followed by 5 micron and 1 micron absolute cartridge filtration pressure vessels in series and continuous turbidity and disinfectant residual monitoring equipment and all related piping housed in a small building. The size of the filter plant building will be approximately 28 ft. x 24 ft. The proposed project is located at East Fourth Street at the old water plant site in Leakey, Texas. The water transmission line will extend approximately 1,600 linear feet from the water plant to along RR337 to new private well site in Leakey, Texas Real County. This project involves approximately one acre of land in the floodplain. The City of Leakey has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to be taken to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values: Preserving Natural Values and Minimizing Impacts: By elevating the well head site and disallowing impervious surfaces in and around the floodplain, the construction will have minimal effects on water resources. In addition to the prohibition on impervious surfaces in and directly around the floodplain, the floodplain was preserved through elevation and positioning of the well equipment. These actions will serve to both restore habitat off and on site while also preserving non-impacted areas to minimize effects. Additionally, the city has implemented a policy of “no net loss� for all wetlands impacts though a restoration and compensatory mitigation program. As a result of these actions the City of Leakey is in compliance with state and local floodplain protection procedures. The City of Leakey has reevaluated the alternatives to building in the floodplain and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and/or 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons: The project is not an action “which may or will significantly affect� the quality of the human environment, wildlife, or vegetation within the project site. The City has also determined that the proposed activities “will not affect� any known local, state, or national historic, architectural, or archaeological resource listed or potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historical Places or in any state or national registry. There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in floodplains and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk. Written comments must be received by the City of Leakey at the following address on or before March 1, 2013. Please address all comments to Mr. Harry Schneemann, Mayor, City of Leakey, P. O. Box 219 Leakey, Texas 78873 or (830) 232-6757, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at

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Miranda Richter

Miranda Richter is the daughter of Amanda Gonzalez of Leakey and Ryan Richter of San Antonio. This young lady has attended Leakey ISD since kindergarten and is only months from graduation. During Miranda’s high school years, she has been an active member of Eagle Athletics, participating in volleyball, basketball and track. Miranda’s main passion is volleyball and she achieved the varsity setter position her sophomore year, going with her team to Area for two consecutive years. Because of her strong commitment to volleyball, Miranda tried out for and achieved a position on the San Antonio Hornets Club Volleyball Team. She continues to play for her club team in hopes of receiving a scholarship. Miranda has been an active member of Real County 4-H and FFA, serving as a Creed Speaker. While holding a position as the senior class secretary, Miranda is also a member of the Leakey ISD Student Council. After graduation, Miranda wishes to attend a junior college for her basics, and then transfer to a larger university to pursue a Master’s Degree in Audiology, to become a Speech Pathologist.

Drew Shackelford is the son of Bryan and Lori Shackelford and has one older sister, Candice Clark. Shackelford participated in football, basketball, tennis and track. He also is a member of the National Honor Society, 4H, FFA and Pioneer Youth Leadership Program. Drew was chosen Homecoming King and competed in the Science Fair and VASE. He has been accepted to Texas A& M University in College Station and will be pursuing a Petroleum Engineering degree.

LISD Trustees Extend Contracts Leakey ISD held their regular Board of Trustee meeting on February 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Trustees Alberto Gonzales and Jerry Wayne Bates were not present. Board President Charlie Reagor called the meeting to order. Following the pledges and opening prayer, visitors were welcomed. The board approved the minutes from the January 14th, 2013 regular board meeting and payment of bills and invoices for February 2013. Trustees approved the Update 96, affecting local policies. This was regarding leaves and absences; instructional materials and attendance accounting. The school calendar for 2013-2014 was approved. The 2013-2014 school year will begin on August 26, 2013 and end on May 30th, 2014, for a total of 180 of instruction. The board approved the Order of Trustee Election and the Order of Special Trustee Election. President Charlie Reagor seat on the board is up for election as well as the seat held by Trustee Shane Hohman. Hohman filled the position left by the resignation of Lem Lewis. The special election is for the position held by Trustee Terry Jones. Jones filled the unexpired term of Ruben Navarro. (see page 2 for notice) Business Manager, Don Ferguson, noted there have been no filings for these posi-

tions. Trustees appointed Martha Sames as the Election Judge for this election and Ronnie Williams as the Alternate Election Judge. After some discussion, Trustees approved additional substitute teachers. Trustees approved the Tax Refund for Tax Year 2011 and the Wellness Policy for Leakey ISD. Superintendent James Hesson discussed the Statement of Impact amendment for Big Springs Charter School. He said he believes the proposed change for the open-enrollment charter school will have a major impact on the Leakey ISD school district by depleting enrollment with a direct impact on the financial status of LISD. Trustees voiced opinions regarding the situation of students transferring to the charter school and the impact it has on attendance at Leakey ISD. Hesson said the request from Big Springs is to increase their enrollment capability from 170 students to 250 students. Ferguson presented the monthly board report and financial summery and investment report to Trustees. He also gave an election update. Assistant Principal, Kathy Pannell discussed the enrollment status, stating it stands at 251 and is down from previous

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numbers. She said some withdraws have come from families moving away. She reviewed some previous and upcoming field trips with the board. Hesson discussed the update on the air conditioning system for the gym, stating the contractors are waiting for basketball season to end. (he noted he hopes it is a while yet! GO EAGLES!) He also updated the board on the status of the bus route to Concan and bus purchases possible in the future. He said he would like to start the Concan route effective immediately. Trustees entered into executive session at 7:49 p.m and returned around 10 p.m. The contract for the current Counselor, Shirley Sliter, was approved and extended for one year. The contract for the current Athletic Director, Phil Aris, was approved and extended for one year. The contract for the current Technology Coordinator, Michael Davis, was approved and extended for one year. The contract for the Assistant Principal was not renewed, instead the board voted to post the position to be listed as Principal, not Assistant Principal. With not further business the meeting was adjourned.


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and the Daughter of the Republic of Texas and the result will be one of the most comprehensive catalogs of Texas history in the State. The library has hired temporary workers to complete this enormous undertaking and has asked DRT chapters for financial support. The Caddel-Smith Chapter members approved a $200.00 donation. Ms. Burleson brought members up-to-date on the DRT Vision: The Republic Village project. The DRT President General Karen Thompson signed documents in December 2012 to purchase property adjacent to the French Legation in Austin. This is a major milestone for the Daughters to construct The Republic Village that will be the location for the DRT headquarters, museum and research center. The Phase 1 budget is $2.8 million and one of the fund raisers are the sale of pavers. A Trail of Ancestors throughout the Village will be paved with the names of DRT chapters, members and ancestors. As of January 24, 2013, the paver project has received $210,000 in donations. Members were encouraged to purchase a paver to honor an ancestor and/or member. Visit www.RepublicVillage.comfor more information. President Burleson thanked officers and committee members for all the work and support they gave during her current term. She then asked the 2013 Nominating Committee for their report. Hazel Baylor recognized Billie Jean Davis and Sharon Tweedy as other committee members and announced the nominated slate of officers for 2013-2015. The election of officers will take place during the April business meeting. Mary Dale Brewer, Registrar, announced one application for new membership will be mailed shortly to the DRT Registrar General, and she is assisting two prospective members with their applications. President Burleson read a letter of recommendation for a prospective

membership. Kay Anderson, Education Chairman, thanked Judy Burleson for supervising the collection of essays and judging of the DRT Texas History Essay contest in her absence. She also thanked Pat Burrier, Patsy Keelin, Beverly Langford, Jakelynn Crawford and Karen Collins for judging the essays. The 4th grade students wrote on James W. Fannin or The Angel of Goliad and the top three essays are: 1st place Zoe Carnes, Nueces Canyon ISD; 2nd place Wylden Hubbard, Leakey ISD; and 3rd place Analee Carabajal, Nueces ISD. The 7th grade students wrote on James W. Fannin and Fort Defiance and the top three essays are: 1st place Coleman Kerr, Leakey ISD; 2nd place Damian Gonzalez, Leakey ISD; and

3rd place Micah Vernor, Nueces ISD. In other chapter business there was discussion regarding the increased use of email for correspondence and other mailings to save paper and postage. Members were also reminded to provide President Burleson with their DRT volunteer hours on or before the April 11 meeting. The next Caddel-Smith Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, beginning at 2: 00 p.m. at the Leakey United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 419 North Market Street in Leakey to recognize the 2013 DRT Texas History Essay Contest winners. After the meeting was adjourned members enjoyed lunch and visiting at the Sunrise Restaurant in Uvalde.



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Nueces Canyon Elementary Fourth Six Week Honors All A Honor Roll

Jerome Palar Genesis Perez 5th Grade Reagan Fox 6th Grade Angela Galindo Shelby Pannell Winston Walker

1 Grade Katherine Foutz Jeffery Pannell Charlie Perez Shyann Villareal 2nd Grade Nathanael Carabajal Camdyn Childs Fabian Gomez Rachelle Gonzales Katy Karnes Carli Luce Ailani Sanchez Danielle Sosa Jordan Taylor Kyle Taylor Caeley Whipkey Houston Williams 3rd Grade Andres Carabajal st

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February Panther All-Stars Named at Nueces Canyon Junior High Hayli Karnes was named the February 7th Grade Panther All-Star at NCJH on Friday, February 15, 2013. Haylie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Karnes. Hayli played Junior High basketball and plays the saxophone in the Panther Band. Mrs. Prather introduced Hayli and said she was very studious in class and she gets her work done. She said that Haylie is a pleasure to have in class. Mrs. Kathy Hicks introduced the 8th grade Panther All-Star, Miss Summer Davila. Summer played junior high basketball this year. Mrs. Hicks said that Summer always has a smile on her face, cares about her grades, and cares about other people. We are proud of these students and appreciate their hard work. Thanks for being great students at NCJH! Pictured L to R: Summer Davila and Kayli Karnes

NCHS Girls Basketball Area Play-Off Game Vs. Thorndale By Coach Brandy Sweeten

This past Friday, the Prowling Panthers made the long trip to Llano to compete in their Area Play-off game against the Lady Dogs of Thorndale. The gym was rather full of a sea of blue T-shirts with Panther fans sporting their colors in support of a team with high hopes. N.C. had a mighty big task at hand as the undersized Panthers tried to match-up with an oversized Thorndale squad. The Lady Dogs easily won the tip, but taking control of the early minutes of the game would stay up for grabs for several trips down the court. Thorndale struck first with their 6’3” post banking in all of their 6 points for the quarter. The Panthers had their looks at good shots, but adjusting to a team with an average height of 5’11” seemed to be affecting their shots. Thankfully, Kyra Sifuentes opened up the scoring for the Panthers by busting a

three pointer with just seconds remaining in the quarter and helping her teammates breathe a sigh of relief for their offensive efforts. The second quarter had a little more offense from both teams, but the first half of play was mainly about the defense. Thorndale seemed to be having trouble handling N.C.’s defensive pressure initially, only scoring 14 points before halftime. However, the problem for the Canyon was missing their good looks inside. N.C. would finish with a mere 7 points at half, but the good news was they were certainly still in the low-scoring game. In the second half, both teams seemed to heat up. The Panthers finally got to the foul line by attacking the rim, and N.C.’s inside game began to bear fruit. Nikki Milliorn jumped out of the gym to get a good look at the rim and led the Panthers

with 11 points, while fellow junior post Ashley Harmon showed no fear draining 6 for 6 from the foul line to end with the only other double-digit figure for the Panther’s - 10 points off the bench. At the end of the third, N.C. took their time to get the last shot of the quarter, and Milliorn knocked down the baby hook to pull the Panthers within 9 and fire up the Canyon. The telltale sign for the Panthers though, was the Lady Dogs had cracked the code on N.C.’s defense. They finally drilled the ball to their go-to-girl by lofting the ball anywhere in the vicinity of the goal. She grabbed the lobs and went to work. The size difference was too much for the 5’8” Panthers. The all-Region Post was the undoing of the Canyon by scoring 29 of Thorndale’s 54 points. N.C. would bow out of the 2013 Play-offs with a valiant effort and another strong year

losing 35 - 54. Other scoring for Big Blue came from: a classy Kyra Sifuentes who was wrongly given 5 fouls for her final high school game, but supported her teammates with 4 points; Alyssa Ramirez, Jaron Falcon, Siera Edwards, and Danielle Irwin all had 2 points; Abbey Falcon knocked down a free throw; Hailey Luce handled the pressure at the top like an upperclassman ending the game with a free throw; and Jennifer Huddleston and Nevah Navarro rounded out the action. The Panthers would like to thank their tireless managers: Malerie Gomez, Ambor Hamilton, and Natalie Vargulish as well as the loyal fans for their support and effort in making all the long trips for the team through the good and bad. You have been true road warriors this season. Until the ball bounces again. . .

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The NC Elementary Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair beginning March 4th thru March 8th, from 7:30 am to 10:45 am and 12:45 pm to 3:15 pm. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The Book Fair will feature a special Donuts for Dads on Monday, March 4th, Muffins for Mom on Tuesday, March 5th, and Breakfast with Grand on Wednesday March 6th. In addition to these special events, the Book Fair will be open Tuesday evening during the Math Fair. The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. Book Fair customers may help the school build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the One for Books® program, where kids can share the thrill of reading by donating loose change to purchase books from the Book Fair to help build classroom libraries. Scholastic matches monetary donations with a donation of up to one million books. Books go to national non-profit organizations dedicated to helping families in need, such as the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., and Kids In Need Foundation. If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer, please call Nueces Canyon Elementary Librarian Jana Valenzuela at 597-8153. You may also send Mrs. Valenzuela an e-mail at Can’t wait to see you at the Story Laboratory!!!




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On Sunday at 4 pm the Del Rio/Uvalde Association will hold their annual praise and worship service at First Baptist Church in Uvalde. Each church will present a special at this meeting. This is something you don’t want to miss. On March 8-10 at First Baptist in Del Rio, there will be a conference which will focus on outreach ministries. Saturday’s workshops begin at 9:30 am with tips on block parties, tract and New Testament distributions, and many other ideas to use to spread the gospel and help your church grow new members. Contact the Reverend Monty Benson if you are interested and available.

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During February, the Sunday school classes and congregation are having a United Methodist Committee on Relief project. The items donated will be used to make health kits and distributed to persons in times of crises. Until Easter Sunday each Wednesday there will be a soup and sandwich meal at 6 pm and a communion service at 6:30 pm. On March 1 World Day of Prayer will be observed in the sactuary followed by refreshments in the fellowship hall.

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During Lent, all Fridays are days of abstinence and parishners age 14 and over must abstain from eating meats. The Way of the Cross takes place every Friday at 6 pm and every Saturday at 6:30 pm.

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everyone involved. The restoration of the tractor began back in April of 2012. “When school started in August the boys started showing back up here,” Mr. Smith said. “We started painting her and putting her back together every day after school.” The last couple of days before finishing the tractor, the boys and their mentors worked hard to make sure everything was in order for their upcoming shows that took place in January and February. “We showed in Fort Worth, then we went go to Uvalde to the county show,” Mr. Smith said. “Go from there to San Angelo in February and then from San Angelo to San Antonio and then in March we’ll go to Kingsville.” Each year two to three lower classmen are chosen from the Ag class to become part of the tractor project. The group then consists of lower classmen, upper classmen from the past years and their mentors. “What we were trying to do is to make it where the two sophomores get some experience at going to the shows,” Mr. Smith said. “So, they’ll know what the judges are looking for and what they are asking for.” This year the tractor boys consisted seniors Ramiro Rios, Steven Horton and Kreed Carr as well as sophomores Roy Bomer and Colten Doerr.

Tips for a bigger tax refund If you typically dread income tax time, remember this: Three out of four taxpayers receive a federal refund, and the average directdeposited refund last year was $2,923. You have almost as many tax savings opportunities as last year, thanks to the fiscal cliff-averting tax changes passed in early January. In addition to extending the lower Bush-era income tax rates for nearly all taxpayers, the American Tax Relief Act made permanent or extended dozens of tax breaks. “This year’s tax law changes included thousands of dollars in tax benefits for working families, college students and homeowners in particular,” says Jessi Dolmage, TaxACT spokesperson. When you’re ready to file your 2012 federal tax return, due April 15, 2013, watch for these key tax benefits: Families * The child tax credit is worth up to $1,000 per eligible child, and is refundable for taxpayers with an earned income of more than $3,000. * Parents who work or attend school and pay for child care may qualify for the child and dependent care credit. The maximum amount is $3,000 per qualifying dependent or

$6,000 for two or more qualifying dependents under the age of 13. * The earned income credit is for working taxpayers with low to moderate income. The refundable credit amount is based on filing status, number of qualifying children and income level. Families with three or more qualifying children could qualify for up to $5,891. * The refundability of the adoption credit has expired, but the credit is still available and worth up to $12,650 in qualified expenses for 2012. College and education * You could deduct up to $4,000 for tuition and fees paid in 2012. * Paying off student loans? You may be able to deduct up to $2,500 in interest paid during 2012. * The American Opportunity Credit is worth up to $2,500 per student for post-secondary tuition, fees and course materials. * Contributing to a Coverdell Education Savings Account? You can exempt a maximum of $2,000 per student in annual contributions. Homeowners * If itemizing your deductions, you may be able deduct mortgage insurance premiums paid during 2012. * The nonbusiness energy property

credit for qualified energy-efficient home improvements (insulation, exterior windows and doors, central air conditioners, water heaters and other improvements) was extended for 2012 and 2013. If you’ve claimed this credit on previous year tax returns after 2005, you must subtract the collective amount from the $500 available for 2012. Employees * Grade K-12 educators can deduct $250 in out-of-pocket expenses for classroom supplies. * You may be able to exempt employer-provided mass transit and parking benefits from your gross income. * If you itemize and have paid for work-related education, there’s a deduction for your costs paid minus any employer reimbursed amount. Hundreds more tax benefits are up for grabs on this year’s federal returns due April 15. When you’re ready to do your taxes, use these tips to make tax time easier and faster. 1. Gather all your tax forms (W-2, 1099, 1098, etc.), receipts and a copy of last year’s return first. Use TaxACT’s free return checklist at 2. Don’t spend too much on tax preparation. Online and downloadable software has all

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

From humble origins, Starkeys built long line of achievers by Irene Van Winkle

Some families have their stories well documented, with numerous Justice (or County Judge). sources for reference, and the Starkey family is a good example. He formed the first grand jury in Kerr County as well. Their family, though small, has grown after coming to Kerr County In 1860, J.M. and Martha married, and eventually had five children: before its official designation as a county. Alice, Jones, John James, Alonzo Lycurgus “Curg” Sr., and Edwin. Several accounts are available at the Kerr Regional History Center on J.M. had kept his promise to the man who saved him from the claws Water Street, including the 1939 “Starkey Sketches,” with narratives of death. Ethel said that sadly, the boy did not live long. by J. J. and Edwin Starkey along with family letters and histories of “On his 6th birthday, the story goes, someone who worked there related events and people. was cleaning his gun, and didn’t know it was loaded. It went off by Another book, “The House of accident. The bullet hit the Rees,” has a genealogy of the child in the head and killed Starkey family included. him instantly.” One chapter in “Starkey They buried Jones in Sketches,” tells a bit about the the little Starkey family name: “The surname Starkey cemetery, in which he was is an old one in America, the first to be interred, that the first settlers coming sits along Junction Highway from England early in the between Wal-Mart and seventeenth century, but fate Discount Tire. It is fenced seems to have decreed that and still maintained. there be no large families.” All of the surviving children Generations have come and but Edwin lived in Kerr gone, but one person, Ethel County all their lives. Harriet (Baker) Starkey, wife Alice (1861-1951) never of A. L. Starkey II (“Junior”), married, taught school, and still remembers stories she was organist at the church. had heard about the early She also volunteered for the settlers on her husband’s side Red Cross and was president of the family. of a literary society. The story of the Starkey During the Civil War, J.M. family in Texas begins with became Provost Marshal James Monroe Starkey (enrolling officer) for the (1820-1891), born on Feb. Confederate army, keeping 6 in Sparta, Tenn., who enrollment records of led an adventurous and soldiers, and other details. distinguished life borne out of Originally a Whig in both circumstance and plan. James Monroe Starkey (1820-1891), here in an oil portrait copied from an politics, the war turned him J.M. and his brother, Lycurgus into a Democrat. old family photograph, arrived in Kerr County before its establishment (1826-1898), lost their parents By the end of the war, he while quite young, and were partnered with Alonzo Rees separated. J.M. lived with his grandparents, while Lycurgus lived and Martha’s cousin, Miles Lowrance, in a mill along the Guadalupe with an aunt and uncle named Burton. River on the Starkey homestead. In 1849, J.M. married Elizabeth Ridley, who died 10 days after their Ethel said he had bought 640 acres which reached north and south daughter Elizabeth was born. from Town Creek to the Guadalupe, and its western boundary was That same year, Lycurgus married Hannah Louise Collins, and they the present-day Three Hills Mobile Home Park. eventually had five children: Margaret Elizabeth, James Nelson, Along with other early settlers, he made shingles and ground grains Thomas Daniel, Fredonia Evangeline and Ferdinand. A baby, Hattie, for those building homes and growing crops. and twins both died in infancy. The couple moved to Missouri, J.M. also sent cattle on the early trail drives to Kansas. He served as a Arkansas, and then back to Missouri. It was through the efforts of captain in the “Minute Men” who fought Indian raids and outlaws. James Nelson that several letters between the J.M and Lycurgus Two of his children, John James “Jim” (1870-1954) and “Curg” survived. (1872-1946) led prominent lives in the county. 1849 was a pivotal year in history, as the nation caught gold fever in Jim rose to county judge. He started the Kerrville Times in 1926, California. later owned by his nephew Rankin, Curg’s son. He had amassed a Deciding to cast his lot, and departing Mt. Pleasant, J.M. joined a large collection of documents hoping to publish a book for the Kerr group of seven fellow Tennesseans. By April, at Fort Smith, Ark. County Centennial in 1956 but died of a heart attack before it was they met up with a larger company to go “across the plains” to the done. Rankin took over the project, and handed Jim’s collection to West Coast. Bob Bennett, who completed the book. Just before, he wrote to Lycurgus (who was in Roans Creek, Tenn.) Curg graduated from Tivy High School, and then from Southwestern on March 12, from the steamboat “Swallow,” 60 miles south of Little University in Georgetown. Rock, Ark. He became a farmer and rancher, and was elected county surveyor in He urged his brother to write soon, before the ’49-ers left Arkansas, 1898, a post he held until his death 48 years later. In 1900, he married and then to catch up by mail in California. He promised to continue Pattie Ruth Goodwin (1879-1977) from Gonzalez, whose ancestors correspondence, requesting reciprocation, and below is a sample, arrived in Virginia in 1682. with spelling as in the original. They had six children: Gordon Rankin, Horace J., Maryon (who “Some say there are five thousand there (Ft. Smith) now, that I hardly married Jasper Moore), James H, Martha and A. L. Starkey “Jr.” believe. There will be no want of company at any rate, if there should One of Curg’s big projects was surveying a large ranch in Big Bend be enuff of the right stripe all will be well. ... I left my Lizzie with Mr. County, in addition to the vast amount of other properties he surveyed George M. Ridley and sixty five dollars to feed and clother her untill in his lengthy career. I return, or make a remittance, which if successful I intend doing. I There was a final reconnection with the long-lost relatives of have heard from her once since I left home, (a letter from Mrs. Price.) Lycurgus in 1937, Ethel said. and she was well and lively.” “A Methodist minister from Missouri was speaking at our church The trek crossed Oklahoma, the Texas panhandle, New Mexico, here,” she said, “and he was introduced to Curg Sr. Later, after they down the Gila River, across Colorado to Yuma. After a six-month started corresponding, they came here and met. There are many trip, they reached “Mariposa Diggins” near Stockton. Methodist ministers in the Starkey family in Missouri.” Another letter to Lycurgus was dated Jan. 9, 1850, and its tone was After Curg Sr. died, Pattie donated the land for Starkey Elementary different. School to honor her husband’s memory. “The past year seems allmost like a dream. During that time I Ethel said she remembered Pattie, who was still alive when she travelled four thousand miles, most of the distance, through wild married Jr. in 1951. woods, over mountains and across extensive plains where a tree “She was the perfect homemaker,” Ethel said. Pattie raised six could not be seen.” children, cooked on her wood stove, raised chickens, turkeys, grew Ultimately, the two brothers never reconnected, because Lycurgus’s a large garden. She made her own preserves and canned vegetables. letters never reached J.M. after he left California and moved to The Starkeys had been firm Methodists for generations, and Pattie Texas, and Lycurgus had gone to Missouri. did. J. M. did not become rich in the gold rush, but he did get gold. Ethel said Pattie’s rose garden was lovely. “She rooted one rose bush However, it was not from the panning, but from a different and later, they grew to 1,000. Jr. and Rankin, the two youngest, had enterprise. to take care of them. She also had all kinds of other beautiful flowers Ethel said that according to the family, J.M. and several other men in her garden.” went on a number of trips into the mountains of California to hunt. Jr. served as a B-17 pilot for the Army Air Corps in WWII while in “They hunted elk, deer and bear and then sold it for gold to the Italy, achieved rank of captain, and received military decorations. miners,” Ethel said. “On one trip, (J.M.) was in the lead of three Ethel said that he worked from the time he was a young child. men. They rounded a corner and there was a grizzly bear with her “He grew up during the Depression,” she said. “He was engaged in cubs who pounced on him and tried to kill him. He got many scars many enterprises and saved his money.” from that attack. A man named Jones jumped in, killed the bear and Ethel said Jr. was just like his grandfather, who had grown up an saved his life. After that, (J.M.) said that if he ever had a son, he orphan, “but always had money in his pocket.” would name him Jones.” Jr. had his brother Rankin (who later also owned the Kerrville Times J.M. stayed five years, during which time he began his involvement after his uncle Jim) save his money during the war and later those in governmental affairs. One of his companions died there, but those savings helped on obtaining land deals. who survived began drifting toward other dreams. Jr. seemed to have a nose for business, even engaging in a deal at The growth of Texas was in full swing, and J.M. headed toward the the age of 14 which made him an equal partner in a sheep enterprise home of his uncle, George Ridley, his daughter’s grandfather and at the age of 14. He had already raised chickens, and cut wood for guardian, who by then had moved to Center Point. Elizabeth was laundry. He also worked summers for T. J. Moore, and made a deal already 10 years old and J.M. had not seen her for half her lifetime. that instead of getting paid, he’d get heifers that had already been His reunion journey, by ship and on land, began in November, 1854 bred. from San Francisco, down to the Isthmus of Panama, over to Havana, “He always dreamed of having his own ranch,” Ethel said. New Orleans and Nacogdoches in East Texas. The land he bought from his mother, using Rankin’s note as a down There he heard a speech by Sam Houston, who came from Tennessee. payment, was later developed. It became Green Hills Shopping J.M. bought a Spanish pony, Bustamante, and headed along the Old Center (where Super S sits), and he later formed Three Hills Mobile San Antonio Road, then northwest into the Guadalupe Valley, past Home Park. Comfort and to the Ridley farm. In 1951, he and Ethel married. Born in 1921, she had grown up in He arrived just before Christmas, 1854. Martha Adeline Rees, the Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley and came here to work at the daughter of widow Henrietta Rees (whose husband was John), was Burton Insurance Agency, and eventually met Jr. They had one child, 20 years old, and had come with her family (including brothers son Alonzo Lycurgus Starkey III (also called Curg). Adolphus, Sidney and Alonzo) to the area a year earlier through “Altogether, Jr. built 100 houses around here, including this one Indianola. She just happened to be visiting the Ridleys when J.M. in 1972,” Ethel said standing in her home which sits on part of the arrived. original Starkey property west of Harper Road. As did the Starkeys, the Rees family rose to prominence in the “He loved cattle all his life and raised some from those heifers he had county’s history: Adolphus Rees became the first Kerr County gotten from Jasper Moore,” she said. Clerk. He also had raised hay, but later retired from the business rather than “I was one of the organizers of Kerr County,” J.M. later said of the lease land. Jr. died in September, 2003. year 1856 when the county became an official entity. The account In 1980, son Curg married Monica Kehoe of Houston, and had two is told in the “Starkey Sketches,” which also said he was chosen boys: A. L. IV (“Gus”) and Rankin William assessor and collector (March 22, 1856), and in 1862 was Chief

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O B I T U A R I E S Nada Garrett

Eva May Sanderlin

(July 22, 1926 - February 16, 2013)

(October 18, 1924 - February 13, 2013)

Nada Garrett of Utopia passed away on February 16, 2013 in Hondo Healthcare and Rehab at the age of 86. She was born on July 22, 1926 in Vanderpool to E.J. Smart, Sr. and Erin (Marshall) Smart. She is survived by her husband, Edward O. “Bud” Garrett of Utopia; daughter, Rita Stout and husband, O’Neil of Utopia; son, Butch Garrett and Sharen of Sabinal; sister-in-law, Martha Sybert of Boerne; four grandchildren, Jim Moore; John Stout; Jason Garrett; and Janna Garrett; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Patrick Garrett; four brothers, E.J. Smart, Jr., Joe Wilkins, Marshall Wilkins, and Wilburn Wilkins; and a sister, Faye Putman. Graveside services were held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM in Waresville Cemetery, Utopia, TX. Rev. Kent Kepler will officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Utopia E.M.S.; Utopia Fire Dept.; or the charity of one’s choice

Eva May Slover Sanderlin, 88, of Knippa died Feb. 13, 2013. She was born Oct. 18, 1924, above Leakey, the first of three children born to Leo L. and Annie May Holmes Slover. Mr. Slover owned and operated the general merchandise store in Rio Frio, and the family lived under the biggest Oak tree in Texas. Eva, and her brothers Harold and Phil, attended school in Rio Frio for their early education, and finished high school in Uvalde. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1941 and continued her education at Mary Hardin-Baylor where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1945. She married Allen “Sandy” Sanderlin on May 14, 1947, in Uvalde and they lived on the farm located above Sabinal before eventually moving to the present family farm above Knippa on the Rio Frio River in 1966. Sanderlin began teaching elementary education in Knippa in 1959, but as she would say, “I taught whatever they needed me to teach.” During the early 1960s she attended Our Lady of the Lake during summer semesters and graduated with a Master of Education in 1966. Sanderlin was the first kindergarten and journalism teacher in the Knippa school system where she helped to shape Knippa youth for over 20 years. Her family said she believed education was the utmost achievement that anyone could have and was known to go above and beyond to guide and counsel her students in high school if they showed a passion for their future. Over the years, Sanderlin was an active member in several organizations including Mary Hardin Baylor Heritage Club, Texas Press Women and Texas Agri-Women.She was a prolific writer who found her niche in recording history. Among her many projects, she wrote a historical column for the Uvalde LeaderNews. She went on to self-publish several books documenting Uvalde area history, her family, and her life. These books include“Letters of Charles Spurgeon Slover,” “History of Knippa Schools,” “What Happened to the Class of ’45?,” “Faith on the Frontier” and “85 years old—and holding!” The story of her life and her latest book is finished and ready to be published. Of all her many accomplishments, Sanderlin most treasured the time she spent with her children and grandchildren who all love her dearly and will truly miss her. She was preceded in death by her brothers and by her husband of 50 years. Survivors are two daughters, Judy Newman and husband, Wayne, of Lytle, and Claudia Sanderlin of Knippa; one son, Ted Sanderlin of Knippa; six grandchildren, Will Sanderlin of Kingsville, Jesse Savoy and husband, Clint, of San Antonio, Toni Richard of San Antonio, Eva Marie of Chicago, Illinois, Lindsey Adams of Corpus Christi, Maggie Newman of Okinawa, Japan; and numerous cousins and relatives. Viewing was held Friday Feb. 15, 2013 with family visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Knippa. Interment followed in the Knippa Cemetery. Pallbearers included Wayne Holmes, Wayne Newman, Ralph Sanderlin, Butch Price, James Kramer, Gary Klaus, Vern Durham and Nathan Verstuyft. Honorary pallbearers were all of her former students. The family suggests memorials to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Knippa or the charity of one’s choice.

Woody Leon Hurt

(May 5, 1949 - February 16, 2013) Woody Leon Hurt, age 63, passed away February 16, 2013, in San Marcos, Texas. He was born on May 5, 1949, in Barksdale, Texas to Woodrow and Ola Mae (Brown) Hurt. He is survived by his loving wife, Debra; son, Gary and wife Brenda; daughters, Traci and husband GG, Shelly and husband Chris; brothers, Jerry and wife Hazel, Johnny; grandkids , Michael, Dillon, Gary Jr., Macie, Presley, Bradley, and Adrian; numerous, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Ola Mae Hurt; sister, Barbara B.; daughter, April; and niece, Marrissa B. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2013, from 1-7 pm at Nelson Funeral Chapel, Camp Wood. A graveside service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, February 22, 2013, at the Barksdale Cemetery in Barksdale. The family invites you to leave a condolence at www.nelso Arrangements under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home – Camp Wood, Texas.

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History Repeats Itself Here is a brief history of what happens after governments have disarmed their citizens: 1911 – Turkey disarmed its citizens, and between 1915 – 1917 they murdered 1.5 million Armenians. 1929 – Russia disarmed its citizens, and between 1929 – 1953 they murdered 20 million Russians. 1935 – China disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1948 – 1952 they murdered 20 million Chinese. 1938 – Germany disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1939 – 1945 they murdered 16 million Jews. 1956 – Cambodia disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1975 – 1977 they murdered 1 million Educated people. 1964 – Guatamala disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1964 – 1981 they murdered 100,000 Mayan Indians. 1970 – Uganda disarmed it’s citizens, and between 1971 – 1979 they murdered 300,000 Christians. My editor asked for a history of what happens when Nations are disarmed historically…are you scared yet? You can argue about the numbers, but the point here is that disarmed citizens are vulnerable, and that there are many historical examples of disarmed citizens being killed and oppressed by their own government. The

excuse given by authorities that they need to take guns away from citizens in order to lower crime rates is not supported by facts. Even if a government does not turn on its own citizens after disarming them, people are less safe because unarmed citizens are easy targets to criminals. Over and over again, it has been clearly shown that taking guns away from citizens does not lead to a decrease in crime but rather a dramatic increase. Australia has disarmed it’s citizens, and a year later the homicide rate in the largest province is up 300%. The burglaries of seniors is “dramatically” up. I guess the criminals did not turn their weapons in. Only the innocent law abiding citizens turned in weapons. In US cities with the highest crime rates, taking guns away from the citizens has not lowered the homicide rate. All it has done is to make it easier for criminals to operate. The 2nd amendment is not about duck hunting, or deer hunting. It is about having the ability and the right to defend oneself and your family. It doesn’t matter if that threat is a burglar, or the Federal Government. A disarmed

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population is fair game for any president who may be aspiring to become a dictator. Having its citizens armed was the plain and simple intent of the founding fathers of our country. Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Mindful of that truth, Americans should recall what

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Adolf Hitler said … and proved: “To conquer a nation, first disarm its citizens.” Many legislators, especially those professing in ceaseless prevarications, concern about their constituents’ wellbeing (but are really marching to the same drumbeat as those in the executive branch — money and power) have developed

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to a high art the ability to remain in office by saying what possible voters in the next election cycle want to hear in order to accomplish dishonorable motives — often in arrogant, outright violation of the constitution, as is the case with legislative poltroons promoting gun control…When motives are bad, outcomes are bad. Certainly America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, intended no humor when he said, “Experience has shown that even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” And in an even more ominous quote, he said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”As the well-worn but ever-true cliché confirms, guns don’t kill people; people kill people. In societies where private gun ownership has been denied, capital crimes always increase. Bereft of armed protection,

honest people present a target-rich environment for criminals. In this matter, history has repeated itself time and time again. Bereft of armed protection, honest people present a target-rich environment for criminals, who use weapons to make their living, and aren’t about to surrender them. Any reasonable thinker must realize that the ultimate goal of gun control is total power over the people. Such power will only reintroduce what will bring misery, suffering, and oppression upon all: history repeating itself. Excerpts reprinted from Jimmy Reed Monday, January 21, 2013 Oxford, Mississippi, resident Jimmy Reed is a newspaper columnist, author and college teacher. “These are the times that try men’s souls.” ~ Thomas Paine ~ when the defense of liberty becomes a crime, tyranny is already in force. At that point, failure to defend liberty makes slavery a certainty

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GRANNY’S KITCHEN BACK TO BASICS....Pomegranates the Fifth Holy Fruit of Israel

... By Elaine Padgett Carnegie

“Make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.” Exodus 28:33 It is clear from the Bible that the pomegranate (Hebrew: rimon) had a significance in ancient Israel beyond its nutritional value as a fruit. In biblical times, the pomegranate was used for making wine and seasonings, in addition to its function as a dye. Today in Israel, the pomegranate is traditionally eaten on the Jewish New Year but are also used to flavor foods and as a topping for salads. The pomegranate is a very beautiful and majestic fruit, and it even boasts what appears to be a crown.

Lamb Chops Braised in Pomegranate Juice 3 pounds lamb shoulder blade chops salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, sliced 1 pinch salt 4 cloves garlic, sliced 2 cups pomegranate juice 1/3 cup aged balsamic vinegar 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary 8 fresh mint leaves 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste salt and ground black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds 1 tablespoon sliced fresh mint leaves 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds 1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Generously season lamb chops with salt and black pepper. 2.Heat vegetable oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Place lamb chops in Dutch oven and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer lamb to a plate and reduce heat to medium. 3.Stir onion and a pinch of salt into the Dutch oven; cook until onions are slightly golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds. 4.Pour pomegranate juice into the Dutch oven and scrape any browned bits off of the bottom of the pot. Pour in balsamic vinegar, increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. 5.Stir rosemary, mint leaves, and red pepper flakes into pomegranate juice mixture. Continue to boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Return lamb and any accumulated juices to Dutch oven, spoon pomegranate mixture over lamb, and cover. 6.Cook in the preheated oven until meat is fork tender, about 2 hours. Transfer lamb to a plate and set Dutch oven on the stovetop over high heat. Bring pomegranate mixture to a boil; cook, skimming any fat that accumulates, until liquid is reduced by 1/3, about 5 minutes. 7.Stir in honey and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Return lamb to the Dutch oven; stir to combine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, sliced mint leaves, and pumpkin seeds.

Pomegranate Martini

4 fluid ounces pomegranate juice, 2 fluid ounces cranberry juice cocktail, 2 fluid ounces raspberry vodka, 2 fluid ounces orange-flavored liqueur, 1 fluid ounce grenadine syrup, 1 cup crushed ice. Combine pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, raspberry vodka, orange-flavored liqueur, grenadine syrup, and crushed ice in a shaker. Shake vigorously to chill. Pour into martini glasses, and serve. How to Seed a Pomegranate Need to pull apart a pomegranate without painting the town red? •Use a mixing bowl that’s wide enough to fit your hands in but is fairly deep so you won’t splash too much. Fill it half-full with water. •Cut your pomegranate in half (this is the messiest part of the whole job). •Submerge pomegranate halves in water, and use your hands to separate the seeds from the inner membrane. •The membrane is brittle and will float to the surface; discard membrane and outer rind as you remove the seeds. •Skim the surface to remove any bits of membrane and broken arils. •Drain into a colander, and the seeds are ready to use.

Using Pomegranate Seeds

A staple in Persian cuisine, pomegranate juice is becoming more widely available in the U.S.--a good thing, because not only are pomegranates recognized as a nutritional “super food,” but also because juicing them requires a lot of effort and a lot of fruit. The seeds are generally best used

fresh, but they can stand up to short baking times and will keep their garnet color. Try a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds as a tart accent on a Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza.

Spiced Pomegranates and Pears 3 pears - peeled, cored and cut into wedges 1 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds (optional) 4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional) 1.Place the sliced pears and pomegranate seeds into a bowl. Toss with lemon juice to coat. Combine the brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a small cup or bowl, then mix into the fruit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving to blend the flavors. Serve in individual dishes, and garnish with a sprinkling of chopped almonds and a sprig of mint.

Pomegranate Pilaf

Ingredients • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch pieces • 1 cup basmati or jasmine rice • 1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots • 1/2 cup chopped unsalted pistachios or almonds • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/2 pomegranate) • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Directions Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add rice; cook, stirring 1 minute to coat. Add chicken stock; bring to a boil. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until rice has absorbed all liquid, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, and fluff with a fork. Stir in apricots, nuts, pomegranate seeds, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Food for Thought:

When I think of pomegranates as part as the high priest’s clothing, I’m reminded of Job 29:14, where the patriarch said, “I put on righteousness as my clothing.” We decide which values to possess, and we wear those values as our garments. They are the expressions we use to reveal our inner thoughts and world view. With that in mind, take a moment to look at your actions and thoughts and decide if these are the garments you want the world to know you by. Let your beautiful values shine to the world like a priestly garment that gathers everyone’s attention and admiration.

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Food terms to help navigate the menu and the supermarket When you’re scanning a restaurant menu or walking the grocery store aisles, do you know what many of the food terms really mean? What designates “local,” and what is the difference between organic and nonorganic? These terms and others are becoming staples on menus and in stores and, until now, few have been clearly defined. U.S. Farmers-& Ranchers Alliance wants to help you learn more about your choices and where your food comes from. Whether you’re dining out or grocery shopping, knowing some key food terms can help you navigate the menu and the supermarket. Here are common food-related terms you’re sure to see at restaurants or supermarkets. Organic: The main difference between organic and non-organically grown foods is the production method - those who raise organicallygrown food must follow a strict set of guidelines outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA organic label indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Like many other value-added products, organic food can be more

expensive because, in some cases, it costs more to produce. For example, organically-raised pigs must be fed only organic feed produced without synthetic pesticides, and may not be given antibiotics. A common misconception is that the increased cost of organic food relates directly to its superior nutritional value, which is unproven. Another common misconception about organic food production involves pesticide and fertilizer use. Organic farmers can choose from organic certified pesticides and fungicides, which are outlined by the USDA Certified Organic program. They can also use organic matter (livestock manure) for fertilizer. “America’s farmers and ranchers provide a variety of food, grown and raised in different ways to appeal to consumer choices. I want to make sure that people are having conversations about food and know where their food comes from,” said Katie Pratt, an Illinois farm mom and U.S. Farmers-& Ranchers Alliance spokesperson. “There are many options out there for people, so knowing these key terms and how their food is grown and raised is really important when making decisions - either at a restaurant or when buying food for your family in stores.”

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hill Country Herald Page 11

Bone Up’ in Advance to Help Prevent Osteoporosis Tell a woman in her forties she needs to pay a lot more attention to her calcium intake and bone health, and she’ll probably say something like: “Seriously? Any suggestions on how I’m going to fit that in with my career, teenaged kids, marriage, friends and a million other things?” Fair question. But the truth is, bone health has a powerful, direct influence on every other aspect of life. It’s especially critical for women at the midlife point. Good bone health is built on a foundation of diet and exercise in youth and early middle age.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones — which reach peak mass in our thirties — gradually weaken and become more likely to break. It typically becomes noticeable in the sixties and seventies, yet also can occur decades earlier. Men and women both suffer from osteoporosis, but it’s about four times as common in women. About 2.7 million people have osteoporosis or low bone density. This number is certain to increase as the state’s population ages. Osteoporosis is not only the most immediate cause of visible “frailty” and reduced

height in later life but also a source of chronic pain and risk of fatal injury. One common result of osteoporosis is hip fracture, which kills nearly as many Americans each year as auto accidents. Even the less dire outcomes are still serious enough to make osteoporosis a major concern. For millions, the disease forces permanent changes in lifestyle, earning capacity and ability to enjoy their leisure time. Fortunately, much of osteoporosis’ damage can be prevented or limited by knowing when you’re at risk and making appropriate

Flea and Tick Control Hype

In case you haven’t noticed, topical flea and tick products are proliferating like flies at the city dump. And these include new ones available only from your vet. Almost all claim to be the latest and greatest, and that may be so when it comes to flea control. But not so fast on tick control. In fact, almost all of the new ones contain permethrin for tick control. Sound familiar? This is the same stuff we used decades ago to control ticks and is also the same stuff that kills so many small dogs and cats through improper (dog) or accidental (cat) use. In other words, not much margin of safety in smaller pets. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a problem with

a product calling itself the latest and greatest while using the same toxic ingredients used in products developed 30 years ago. Not only that, when applied as a spot-on to a pet’s back, people (especially children) can be easily exposed to permethrin through contact, and that isn’t good. Now, understand that there hasn’t been a fantastic breakthrough in tick control in a long time. The most recent breakthrough was fipronil (the ingredient found in Frontline) and that was over 15 years ago. It still works pretty good against ticks, but fleas are becoming resistant to it as well as to the ingredient found in Advantage (which by the way, does nothing for ticks unless

lifestyle changes. Risk is particularly high for older women, smokers, heavy drinkers, people with a family history of the disease, women with low estrogen levels, men with low testosterone levels, physically inactive people, small-framed individuals and people taking steroidal or anticonvulsant drugs. Osteoporosis often can be prevented if bone loss is detected early. If you have more than a couple of the common risk factors, see your physician. Your doctor may recommend that you have a bone density test, which

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combined with permethrin). Of all the new topical flea and tick products out there, I like the new one from the Frontline people. It’s called Tritak and it contains fipronil (for the ticks) plus a new killing ingredient for fleas, so it remains effective against both fleas and ticks WITHOUT resorting to permethrin. The disadvantage: It’s fairly expensive and is available only through veterinarians (by the way, you may find it online, but that Tritak is not manufactured in the US..probably in India or China). So if a pet store or your vet is pushing a new flea and tick product on you, ask if it contains permethrin. If it does, it’s best to politely decline.

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36. Not at any time 38. Notion 39. Female relative 40. Shower with love 43. Summarize briefly 46. Circuit 47. Redact 49. Latticework 51. Public speaker 53. Seer 54. Panorama 55. Fruit of the oak 56. Noisy riotous fight 57. Run off secretly to marry 61. Leg joint 63. Geographically disoriented 64. Small island 65. Cervid 67. Condensation 69. Finish Answers page 7


FOR RENT- One bedroom



1. Limited in size or scope 6. Zeal 10. Desiccated 14. Kind of fairy 15. Stem of a tree 16. Impersonate 17. Assumed name 18. Item of footwear 19. Compass direction 20. Withstand 22. Nocturnal insect 24. Litigate 25. Helot 27. Blandish 29. Relating to heraldry 33. Epoch 34. Precipitation 35. Similar or related 37. Three note major or minor chord 41. Lodge 42. Large internal organ 44. Singing pair





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Leakey #3 Unit, 2 bedrooms, 12’x12’, closets, 1 bath, kitchen with stove, ref. with ice maker, central heat and air, living roo with telephone and tv connections, low electric bills, over 600 sq. ft. $450 lease with $450 deposit -AVAILABLE NOW! Call 830-591-3479 (24/7) Also Built 2 years ago-Available FOR SALE - Only interested parties call Owner at 830-5913479 Very Low Price.



Properties »Prop#4/Frio Pecan Farm mngd rental with 2b/ 2ba, covr’d porch, beautiful Pecan grove, wildlife, 7000sf pavilion w/comm. kitchen, Frio Rvr common area, Lg custm BBQ, nice location & great hill country investment! $175,000 »NEWProp#09/City lot 0.726 w/nice dbl-wide & lg accessory bldg. w/2 half baths,slab fndtn. No city zoning so possible comm.or residential. 1 blk off Hwy 83, walking dist to school & shpng. OF avail. List $149,000 »NEW Prop#14/Lot 6, Spring Hill Subdv., Leakey, 3.22 ac,Nice Tx rch style with 3b/3ba, two 1/2ba, wd flrs,FP,opn flrpln,split design,pool,arbor,outside entrtng,surround snd inside & out,lg mstr,carprt & unique country décor.2012 taxes $4,396.61 Owner LREB List $350,000 »Prop#11/Nice 30 ac TBS hunting tract in Standing Rock Diamond Rch. Lot 193 located just east of Hwy 41 for good access. 3 blnds,3 feeders,sm cab.,water coll syst, & 1 bow stand.Great Price: $65,000 » Prop#12/Lot 19, Canyon Oaks Subdv., Un II in Concan. Great vacation 2b/2ba hm with great space, natural light, cvr’d prch,huge stg, pvd circle dr. B&B allowed for great investment! List:$185,000 » Prop#15-25+/- acres in Real County. 12 miles west of Leakey on Hwy 337. UNRESTRICTED. Deep well, electricity, hunting cabin, water storage tank. 2 blinds, 3 feeders, abundant wildlife. Ag exempt! $132,500 »Prop#21/Gorgeous views offered on this 21 ac. Tract with unfnshd 2000+sq 3/2 hm w/frplc. Excel for horses, less than 5 min N. of Leakey. Finish w/ your own personal touches. Great price $339,500 » Prop#32/Hidden River Rch, 265 gorgeous ac w/ 3/4 mi West Frio Rvr & both sides! Mt views,level topog,wildlf,3 hms,6 wtr wells,8 stall hrse barn, & soooo much more! Endless possibilities. Exclusively listed $4,900,000 »NEW Prop#35/Lot 73, Rio Park Estates “Canal Circle”, 1.06 ac, 3b/2ba hm with guest qtrs, carport, fenced yard, utility rm, built-ins, tile flrs, central air/ heat & apprx 1438sf. Priced to sell!! List $149,500 » Prop#42-.3.2 acres in Springhill Subd.Beautiful lot in a gated subdvv.teleph, city wtr,& elec.Lg trees & views of the hill country, great location & bldg sites. restr. to protect your invest. O.F. terms 10% Dn,7.9% for 15 yrs:List Price $70,000 » Prop#46-Leakey Hills 38.5 Ac, Tr 32, Co Rd access, barn, cabin, stg shed, well, electricity. & Hunting! Very desirable area for hunting & with well & elect.on site, you’re set for the new season! Must see! List Price: $140,000 » Prop#47-/5.22 ac w/beautiful 3/2 hm. All you COME BY FOR ONE OF OUR COMPLETE LISTS OF PROPERTIES, CHECK US OUT ON THE WEBSITE OR SCAN THE QR CODE BELOW WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE!

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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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!

OPEN SUNDAYS !! 9a.m.-9p.m. Corner of 83 and 337 DOWNTOWN, LEAKEY, TEXAS

830-232-6299 Hours: M-F 7a.m. - 9p.m. Sat. 8a.m.-9p.m.

...for all your Real Estate needs in the Hill Country River Region...

830.279.5973 2805 Highway 90 West Hondo, Texas 78861 830.426.TIRE (8473)

830.988.FRIO (3746) Land & Ranch Realty, LLC

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



5X10, 10X20, 10X30 UNITS RENTAL PRICES FROM $30 PER MONTH Office Location: 171 E. Main, Leakey, Texas Office Hours: 9 am to 3 pm, Tues., Wed., Thurs.

830-232-5656 830-232-5290


FUEL • FEED • GROCERIES 608 Hwy. 83 South Leakey, Texas




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Harley’s Hideaway Fine Dining and Club Camp Wood, Texas


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 Mon-Fri 9:00 to 4:30 Sat 9:00 to 12:00 Drive-Up ATM Located at Branch 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

It’s our 1st Birthday! To say “Thank You” for all of your support 20% Off All Retail This Week!! Hours:

Breakfast & Lunch served all day!! Wednesday-Saturday. Homemade Desserts Soup Daily 9ish-5:30


Located in Downtown Leakey, Texas! in the Historic Drugstore 183 Hwy. 83 south

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