Current Weekly News for Leakey, Camp Wood, Sabinal, Utopia and Surrounding Areas Vol. 5 No. 2
A WONDERFUL LIFE MARIA SEWARD CLARK
January 8, 2014
High Speed Chase Ends In Sabinal
by Billie Franklin
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Kelton Novel Evokes True Life Memories of 1950s Drought
Border Patrol agent Adam Garibay, age 33 of Corpus Christi, reportedly learned on Facebook that his wife was having an affair with Keith Jason Martin of Hondo, age 35. He confronted his wife, and then headed to Hondo. At approximately 9:30 am on Thursday, January 2, he then
reportedly murdered Martin. Garibay fled the crime scene, driving west in his black Jetta. He was pursued by the Medina County Sheriff’s Department. In Sabinal, on the Southeast corner of Orange Street and Fisher Avenue, reportedly officers fired into the right
side of the vehicle. The suspect was apprehended and had to be tased before being arrested. Highway Patrol, Uvalde Sheriff Mendeke and a number of his men, Sabinal Police Chief Chuy Reyes and a number of his men, Hondo Police and Medina County Sheriff Randy
Texas Retired Teacher Association Donates Books By Principal Luci Harmon
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SOME OF THE NEW TEXAS LAWS THAT TOOK EFFECT JANUARY 1
The Nueces Canyon Elementary second grade class would like to thank the local chapter of the Texas Retired Teachers Association for their recent book donation. Wanna Lou Lloyd represented the organization and presented each second grade student in Mrs. Jamie Suttles’ class a book of their choice to take home. We appreciate the efforts of this organization to promote literacy in our community and thank them for their considerate donation.
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WATER IS STILL SCARCE CONSERVATION IS STILL KEY ............................ Page 11
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
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Brown, Castroville Law Enforcement Officers and Sabinal Volunteer firemen were all on hand to put closure to the “accident” that was no accident Thursday a little before 11 am in Sabinal. Charges against Garibay are expected in both Medina County and Corpus Christi.
Real County Junior Livestock Show Is Here The Real County Junior Livestock Show Association is proud to announce the 66th Annual Livestock Show and Sale scheduled for Thursday and Friday, January 9-10, 2014 at the E. E. Bushong Show Barn on Ranch Road 337 West in Leakey. We have 120 exhibitors signed up for our show this year and our entries are: 12 horses, 25 pens of rabbits, 41 breeder rabbits, 77 meat goats, 47 breeder meat goats, 54 lambs, 26 swine and 30 pens of broilers. Exhibitors are to bring their animals to the show barn between 8:00 AM and 11:30 AM on Thursday. The animals will be sifted, classified
and weighed. Judging of the horses will begin at 1 PM followed by rabbits, broilers, breeder meat goats and finishing with the meat goats. On Friday at 9:00 AM, judging will begin with the lamb class, followed by the swine class. As well as a full concession on Thursday and Friday, a barbecue lunch will be served Friday at 11: 30 AM. Trophies and special awards will also be presented Friday at 12:45 PM, followed by the auction beginning at 1:00 PM. Joe Hargrove and his entertaining yet professional staff from Southwest Livestock Exchange will be conducting the sale.
Andrew Murr, Candidate for State Representative Visits Real County Commissioners Court by Julie Becker
Andrew Murr, Republican Candidate for State Representative Texas House District 53 stopped in for a visit Monday morning to the Real County Commissioners Court. Murr who is running against five others for the position formerly held by Harvey Hilderbran gave a candid interview to the Herald. Murr, grandson of Former Governor Coke R. Stevenson and current Kimble County Judge spoke with ease about his life in rural Texas. “I grew up on a ranch he said, just outside of Telegraph, Texas.” “The ranch, he said was pasted down through the family, funny thing is my folks wanted the high side, not the side with water that sometimes flooded.” As time went on, the water became a commodity and the land was sold, but
Murr said his side of the family still has the high and dry side. Murr said “I was asked to run by people in each of the twelve counties.” He said protection of property rights and maintaining local control is high on his list of priorities. Water rights is also one of his major concerns. He said he felt his experience was his greatest asset in representing the people of his district, if given the privilege. Very personalable, easy to talk to, and very knowledgeable, those are some of the words I would use to describe Murr. He has been to Austin and fought for his constituents in Kimble County, look him up, research it and then VOTE!!
Lto R: Real County Judge Garry Merritt, Commissioner Joe W. Connell, Sr. Andrew Murr, Commissioners, Bryan Shackelford and Manuel Rubio
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Edwards County Commissioner’s Corner
Well not only did we make it past Thanksgiving and Christmas, we survived the New Year and it resolutions. Yes, I think this year I made the perfect resolution. I resolved to not make any resolutions and so far it has worked. For many, the holiday season is a time of loneliness and depression. There are way to many who are alone during this time of year and even for many who are not alone, the high of Christmas morning is rapidly followed by the low of it being over with and nothing to look forward to but the bills that soon follow. Now we start 2014 and I would be lying if I said there will be no challenges ahead. However, there is also reason for optimism. When I first came into office and looked at the County Finances, I felt it would take five years to bring the County back from fiscal disaster. With a lot of hard decisions, numerous reductions and unfortunately some increase in taxes, it appears that we may have succeeded in three years instead of five. Getting to this point took a lot of work and sacrifice by County personnel along with the citizens and organizations of Edwards County and I commend everyone for their efforts. There is other good news as we start 2014. Right before Christmas, the County received notice from the Texas Department of Agriculture that we had been approved for the $500,000.00 Colonia Fund Construction Fund grant that we had applied for through Esser and Company. These funds will be used to improve septic systems in Barksdale, Stewart Mountain Estates, and Camp Wood Hills along with improvements to the Barksdale Water System. We should receive the actual contract within the next 60-90 days. We also recently received notice that Edwards County is eligible to receive a little over $200,000.00 for road improvements via a Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) grant. There is a very limited timeline to apply and we are currently working on the application. So, for now, it definitely looks like 2014 will be a better year for Edwards County. Many of you are aware that the County Jude’s email account along with a few others email accounts were compromised in Mid December. It is my understanding that there is an ongoing investigation in an attempt to trace the source of the problem. In light of this, I think now might be a good time to remind anyone who uses the internet and email about a few safety tips that can help prevent you from
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 “Happy New Year” by Lee Sweeten
being the victim of internet crime. While the following will not guarantee safety from an experienced and determined hacker it will go along way to prevent many potential phishing routines. 1. Routinely change your passwords and use a combination of letters and numbers that cannot easily be deciphered; 2. Be sure that you have a good updated virus program on your system and use it often; 3. Use anti-spyware software and run in often (there are several good free programs), 4. Routinely use and update a Malware program (I use a free version of one called Malwarebytes); 5. Routinely delete your browsing history, temporary internet files, and cookies. You can do this several ways but I use a program call CCleaner that does a great job and can also clear your registry of any errors. A word of caution though, be careful with programs such as this as you can wipe your hard drive; 6. If you travel and use a laptop you may wish to use a virtual private network or VPN. One use of VPN technology is that ordinary Internet users can connect to proxy servers for the purpose of protecting one’s identity (Hotspot Shield has a free version that does a decent job) and last but not least; 7. Never open an email from an unknown source and above all else remember if something sounds to good to be true, it is almost a certainty that it is in fact to good to be true. Once again, it is election year and the March Primary is rapidly approaching. If you are not registered to vote or if you need to change your voter registration due to moving, I urge you to do so. While our system may not be perfect, it is still the best in the world and gives you the voter the power to control government at all levels. I have said many times that I feel the voting is not only a right but a duty. Since this is my first article for the New Year, I feel that it is only appropriate to end with the following two quotes. The first is from “ Henry Moore” who said, “I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years.” and the second is by “ Ralph Waldo Emerson” who said, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” 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 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Perry Touts Progress in Texas Transportation Namesake award recognizes dedication to infrastructure investments Governor Rick Perry touted the important strides Texas has made in bolstering transportation infrastructure in the state since 2001. The governor spoke at the Ninth Annual Texas Transportation Forum, where the Texas Transportation Commission announced the creation of the Governor Rick Perry Leadership in Transportation Award. Beginning next year, the award will be presented annually to recognize leaders who have shown a commitment to advancing transportation infrastructure in Texas. Under Gov. Perry’s leadership, the Texas highway system has grown by more than 6,600 new miles from 2001 - 2012, more than any other state over that time, and invested more than $59 billion in transportation projects. This includes crucial projects across the state, from I-35 in Central Texas to I-10 in Houston, I-69 in the Rio Grande Valley and the Dallas-Fort Worth Connector. Texas has also implemented effective methods to fund new roads and highways, giving more control to local authorities who can best address their region’s needs and expanding publicprivate partnerships, all without raising taxes. “Transportation fuels the economy that’s making it possible for families to build lives, but transportation is also essential to help families enjoy the lives they’ve built,” Gov. Perry said. “That’s a
simple fact of life that we need to keep in mind moving forward. Investments in roads and infrastructure directly impact Texas’ That’s why we’ve taken so many steps over the past decade to economic competitiveness and companies’ ability to do business improve our roads, while remaining true to the essential Texas in the state. Texas has remained the top exporter in the U.S. for value of fiscal responsibility.” 11 years in a row, and Texas’ transportation system continues To further advance transportation projects in the state, Gov. to receive national attention, ranking the number one state for Perry called on lawmakers in the 83rd Legislative Session to infrastructure and transportation for three years in a row by pass House Bill 1, which pending voter approval this fall, will CNBC. Safety on Texas roads has also increased with initiatives allow the state to direct surplus severance tax revenue to critical like the Safety Bond Program, which Gov. Perry supported in infrastructure projects. Without raising taxes, this investment will 2003, and Click it or Ticket helping raise awareness and save secure funding for crucial transportation improvements across the lives across the state. state for years to come. Texas’ strong job creation and quality of life have attracted families and businesses to the state, with recent census data showing Texas Shawn Streib Gray, Broker grew more than any other state in 2013. 830-232-4500 This rapid population growth poses unique challenges for maintaining a safe and efficient Property 001: 9.3 ac. Views, underground NEWProperty 032: 492 E. Main in Leakey. Cute road and highway system, increasing capacity utilities and sensible restrictions. Borders a large 2BD/1BA on half acre lot w/large metal building. and making it easier for Texans to travel, ranch. Owner/Broker. $129,900 End of road privacy. Just $79,900 Property 002: Gorgeous 4BD/4BA custom home Property 033: 5.16 ac. lot near town. City water commute and move goods throughout the at 482 Camino del Rancho in Concan on 6+ acs. & elec. Gorgeous views, paved roads, security state.
10 simple ways to instantly improve your finances in 2014
(BPT) - Do you wonder how you could better manage finances? You’re not alone. When it comes to money, most people are far from perfect. Whether you make $20,000 a year or $200,000, some simple steps can start you on the right financial path, and some of them only take a few minutes to complete. “Personal finance is an intimidating topic, especially if you’ve made mistakes in the past,” says Michael McAuliffe, an adjunct instructor at Morton College and president of the nonprofit Family Credit Management. “But everyone has the opportunity to start fresh and make improvements. Your past missteps don’t have to dictate your financial future if you resolve to be proactive today.” McAuliffe recently co-authored a financial workbook titled “Personal Finance Made Easy.” Thanks to a grant from State Farm, the workbook can be downloaded for free at www.familycredit.org, or you can request a hard copy be mailed to you free of charge. You can use the workbook alone or pair with the free online video lessons. Topics covered include money management,
savings, investing and more. McAuliffe suggests 10 simple ways for you to start improving your finances immediately: 1. Stop, think, save - When out shopping, don’t mindlessly pile things in the cart. Take a moment to stop, think what you really need, and save by not buying extras. Cutting unnecessary spending is easy when you make a habit of briefly pausing to analyze what you really need. 2. Cut 5 percent - If your employer cut your paycheck by 5 percent, you’d be unhappy, but you’d still be able to survive. Why not make that cut now? Reduce the extras like your daily latte or weekly visit to the salon and the savings will mount quickly. 3. Save - Every little bit counts when it comes to savings. If you save just $5 a day - the cost of a fast food lunch - you’ll have $1,800 in a year. It’s OK to start slow and build momentum. The ultimate goal should be to save at least 10 percent of your net income (income after taxes and other deductions). 4. Budget - It sounds simple, but most people don’t have a solid budget. Create a spending plan now and stick to it. List all expenses and see where adjustments can be made. Refer back to your budget regularly to stay on track. 5. Keep multiple savings accounts - The less accessible your money is, the easier it is to reduce spending. Keep multiple savings accounts and pay yourself first. One savings account could be designated for an emergency fund, another for a new
car or a future vacation. 6. Make it visual - Discourage overspending by reminding yourself why you are trying to save. A photo of your vacation destination, for example, illustrates what you’re saving for; put it everywhere you spend money - wallet, computer monitor, vehicle, etc. 7. Make your money work for you - Consistent contributions add up over time, and thanks to the power of compound interest, the longer you leave your money untouched in a savings account or other investment, the more it can grow. 8. Home savings - If you own a home, you know it can cost a lot of money. Cut costs by doing home improvements and maintenance jobs yourself rather than hire out. Call your insurance agent and see if there is a lower rate for homeowner’s insurance. Check into refinancing while rates are still low. 9. Manage checking accounts - You need a checking account, but are you really keeping track of your money? Online banking makes it easier than ever to balance your checkbook, track your spending and set up alerts when your balance goes under a certain amount. 10. Review your credit report From mortgages and car loans to employment and renting eligibility, your credit report and score affect many aspects of life. You can review your credit report for free annually by going to www.ann ualcreditreport.com. Make sure you know what’s on it and make corrections as necessary.
the stand as a fire was started inside and burned immediately after the burglary took place. Don Gass was very professional and considerate during his investigation. His kindness and understanding was also a great comfort during our time of distress. We do plan on opening the Eagle’s Nest Fireworks Stand up this coming July for Fourth of July out of the Eagle’s Nest Restaurant building. The community was very supportive and showed a lot of kindness in our time of need and we greatly appreciate the camaraderie. We just wanted all involved to know how much we appreciated them. Sincerely, Sandra and Key Duke
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
I just wanted to write in to follow up on the article referencing the Eagle’s Nest Firework Stand fire. First, I would like to thank KBLT-104.3 Leakey radio station, specifically George, for his support and kindness. He offered for his radio station to be available for any assistance with the investigation, if needed, and kept the community informed of the status of the stand. His generosity was greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. I would also like to thank Don Gass with the Real County Sheriff’s Department for his quick action in finding and interviewing the suspects. Due to his quick action, a lot of the inventory stolen was recovered. All three suspects were caught on camera committing the burglary of the firework stand and
$595,000 HUGE REDUCTION Property 3-6: 1+ ac. Commercial lots Concan. Frontage on US HWY 83. All utilities available. $139,000-$149,000 Property 007: 1570 sq. ft. 3/2 on 5+ acs. Great workshop w/extra living quarters. 435 RR 337 West is a MUST SEE. $196,000 NEWProperty 008: Rancho Real hunting tract. 25.61 acres, about 100 yds. from elec! Views, not too hard to access. $60,183 Property 009: First time on market!!! 1220 ft. of STUNNING Frio River front with 6.271 acs., large home, abundant outdoor entertaining areas overlooking river, apartment, metal barn, 2 older cabins. Beautiful, manicured grounds, oak trees…MUST SEE. $1,300,000 Property 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! $69,000 Property 011: Very nice 1.2 ac. lot ready for your RV in Frio River Place. Central water & elec. in place. River Access. $92,000 Property 012: Cute 2/1 cabin in Concan sitting on 6.98 unrestricted acres w/Hwy. 83 frontage. Tons of potential! Just $156,000 Property 013: 96 Canyon Oaks Dr. in Concan. 3BD/3BA 1792 sq. ft. home. Great rental potential $238,000 END OF SEASON REDUCTION Property 014 : TEXAS TUSCAN! Stunning 4/2 home on 10 acs. w/pool, outdoor kitchen, extensive landscaping, Utopia ISD. $369,000 Property 015: Nice 2 ac. lot in Saddle Mtn. Water meter in place, elec & phone run across front of lot. $49,000 REDUCED POSSIBLE O.F. Property 016: 3BD/2BA on nearly 1⁄2 ac. @ 525 Davis Place in Twin Forks. Beautiful river park and nice, spacious home. $129,000 PENDING Property 017: Whiskey Mountain Inn. 1869 Farmhouse on 17.69 acs. w/6 rental cabins. Gorgeous! $498,500 REDUCED!! Property 018 : 1304 sq. ft. 2BD/2BA on nearly 1 ac. in Reagan Wells. Access to 100+ acs. and over a mile of river! Must see! $115,000 Property 019 : RIVERFRONT HOME! Cypress Bend in Concan. Rentals OK!!! Great views & river frontage!! 3BR/3BA $499,000 Property 020: 75+ac. in Concan! No restrictions, end-of-road privacy. 4/2 mfg. DW home, guest cabin, studio. tank.24507 N. Hwy. 83 $595,000 NEWProperty 021: 3 view lots in Canyon Oaks—Concan, TX! 1+ ac. each. Water & elec. available, nightly rentals OK. $39,000 Per Lot 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: Log cabin on 7+/- acs. Deer Creek Estates. Seasonal creek, remote, pretty views. $10,000 buyer credit! $125,000 REDUCED Property 024: Frio River Place lot. Nearly THREE acres! Water & elec. available. Nice river access. RV usage ok. $109,000 REDUCED Property 025 : RR336 north of Leakey. 17+ acs. West prong of the Frio River on eastern boundary $222,000 REDUCED Property 026-027 : RIVER FRONT! Gorgeous oak and cypress trees, views of the mountains. $225,000 EA. POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 028 : Frio River Place 1.51 acs. SUPER CLOSE to river. Water system& elec. Nice area. $75,000 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 029 : 260 acs. +/- WILL DIVIDE Hwy. frontage, Call Martin for all the details! $4250 per acre Property 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
gate. $84,900 NEWProperty 034: 21.62 ac. of rough, rugged country! Great for hunting. 4x4 needed to access. Gorgeous views. $54,050 Property 035: 144 acs. Leakey city limits. Huge trees, county road frontage. Great homeplace or Development $7,000 per ac. PENDING Property 036: 8.65 acs. In Shady Oaks. Private yet minutes from town. Lots of big oaks. Electricity available. $69,000 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 039: Beautiful & spacious 4Bd/3Ba on nearly 1 ac. in Twin Forks. Super floor plan, covered porch, newer constr. $225,000 Property 040: Newer rock home in River Tree. Heavily treed lot, unique touches throughout, outdoor fp, GREAT river park. $259,900 Property 041: 24.63 acs. Hunting property w/rugged access. 4x4 required. Non-working windmill well. No elec. $49,260 PENDING Property 042: Estate size lot in The Ranch. Huge Oak & pecan trees, ag. Exempt, underground elec. Frio access. NICE! $181,000 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 048: 3BD/2BA nice brick home w/ workshop & barn. Emerald Oaks Subdv. 103 Laurel St. $275,000 Property 051: 3/2 ROCK home on 5+ acs. w/ Patterson Creek frontage& no restrictions. Close to town, great views. $265,000 REDUCED Property 052: 5+ acres just West of Leakey. Fronts on John Buchanan Rd. Bldg. site faces east and is ready to go! $52,500 Property 053: 130+ acs. In Concan. Bear Creek Rd. Both sides of Bear Creek, partially fenced. NO Restrictions. Development Potential. Property 054: Palo Verde Ln. Nice 3/2 mfrd. Home on over 1⁄4 acre lot. Oak Trees and fenced yard. $79,900 PENDING Property 055: Two adjacent lots in Emerald Oaks Subdivision. Each lot is 1/2 acre. Very nice area. $22,500 EACH Property 056: Lovely newer home on 4 ac. close to town. Views for MILES! Huge porches, custom cabinetry, workshop. $229,500 Property 057: 10 ac. in Rancho Real. Flat to gently rolling and very secluded. Must have 4x4 for access. Only $40,000 Property 058: 39 ac. in Rancho Real. Big views and great hunting. 4x4 is a MUST to access this property. $79,960 Property 059: Lot #260 in Twin Forks. Very close to Cathedral Park and the beautiful Frio River! Water & Elec. available. $25,000 Property 060: The Ranch Subdivision in Concan. Ag. Exempt residential lot 6+ ACS.w/Frio Access. $133,140 Property 061: 3BD/2 1⁄2 BA home PLUS guest house! Newly remodeled. Investors should take a look! $150,000 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 NEWProperty 066-068: 3 adjacent tracts in Deer Creek Estates—Rio Frio, TX. Beautiful homesites with views! 9-12 acs. $9,000 PER AC
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Real County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Dispatch Report December 29- January 4, 2014
December 29- January 4, 2014 THOMPSON, RICHARD NOEL 42 W/M, LEAKEY, TEXAS, A/O CARR, THEFT OF PROPERTY GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO $500 LESS THAN $1500 $6,000 SURETY BOND; WINN, CHRISTINA MICHELLE 25 W/F, RIO FRIO, TEXAS, A/O GASS, BURGLARY OF A HABITATION - BANDERA COUNTY WARRANT VIOLATION OF PROBATION THEFT - CHAMBERS COUNTY WARRANT TRANSFERRED TO BANDERA COUNTY ; DAVIS,MARTIN KEITH , 64 W/ M, SEGUIN, TEXAS, A/O GASS AGGRAVATED ASSUALT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON 1/3/2014 HOUSED IN BANDERA COUNTY.
12/29/2013 @ • 1319 responded to Walter White Ranch Road to assist the public • 1458 responded to Texas Highway 41 for a report of loose livestock 12/30/2013 @ • 236 responded to Ranch Road 337 residential for a residential alarm • 742 responded to US Highway 83 North for a stranded
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People wanting to legally carry concealed weapons will have an easier time. Classes required of new applicants will be shorter. The Department of Public Safety no longer will require Social Security numbers for all applicants. And there no longer will be categories for weapons, meaning that an applicant who takes a proficiency test with a revolver may carry a semi-automatic. Tenants in residential rental properties will benefit from a number of new laws. First, they will find a bit more protection from suffering the consequences of deadbeat landlords. Apartment complexes will be required to give written notice to their renters and to the city of a pending disconnection of utility service because of a landlord’s nonpayment of a bill. The utility provider also must provide written notice to the city where the complex is located before a disconnection. This is aimed to protect tenants whose utility bills are included in their monthly rent. Property owners or managers will be prevented from forcing tenants to sign new leases as a requirement for moving them to new units if their old ones are made uninhabitable because of a natural disaster. Another new law expands the list of those tenants allowed to end their leases early, including victims of sexual assault, abuse, indecent exposure or stalking, along with parents whose children were victims of the
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SOME OF THE NEW TEXAS LAWS THAT TOOK EFFECT JANUARY 1
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
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motorist 12/31/2013 @ 1354 responded to Texas Highway 55 South for a stranded motorist 1/1/2014 @ 146 responded to Twin Forks subdivision for a loud noise complaint 1023 responded to US Highway 83 South for a business alarm
same. Also, renters who join or attempt to establish a tenants association are specifically protected from retaliation. Frequent news stories about elderly abuse in state-licensed facilities prompted the Legislature to create registries for employees and nurses aides who work in them. A new law gives access to that registry to individual employers and management companies, in addition to the facilities. It requires record-keeping of periodic background checks, prohibits the employment of anyone convicted of exploitation of a child, senior or disabled individual and gives employees accused of misconduct the right to a formal hearing. Perhaps no criminal justice case sparked more outrage this year than the conclusion of Michael Morton’s lengthy saga, which saw an innocent husband and father wrongly sent to prison for almost 25 years in part because a prosecutor deliberately withheld crucial information. A new law dubbed the Michael Morton Act requires all state prosecutors to disclose most of the contents of their files, especially anything found to be favorable to defendants. Dentists and dental chains could come under increased scrutiny as a result of a new law that beefs up the ability of the state dental board to look into complaints, requires dentists working for chains to provide regular information about the chains to the board,
REAL COUNTY CENTENNIAL SUPPORTERS May we express our sincere appreciation to all businesses and individuals whose financial support enabled us to make our year-long Centennial celebration a huge success: Judy and Jimmy Cavender, First State Bank, Amy and Tim Leach, Janey Briscoe Marmion, Real County Commissioners Court, Buehring Family, Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Kitty Harrison, Harvey Hilderbran, Hill Country Telephone Cooperative, Inc., Leinweber Ranch, Rodney and Deloise Reagan, Roadrunner Energy, Inc., Security Service Federal Credit Union, Texarome, Inc., AEP Texas, Detering Ranch, Capital Farm Credit-Uvalde Branch, Steve and Shawn Gray, John Locke, Jr., Danny Rimkus, George and Beverly Streib, Uvalco Supply, Wal-Mart Stores, Henry John Yeakle. We also appreciate a variety of contributions made by these businesses and individuals: Betty Jo and Jerry Bates, Carlson’s Creative Images, Ron and Ramona Dalton, Mary Forman, Getn-Go, Mi Mi Hardwick, Hill Country Herald, Diane Hirst, Jet Press, Marjorie Kellner, Loessberg’s, Penny and Art Maguire, Bridget and Johnny Preece, Suze Sarto Design, Johnny Seibert, Silver Eagle Distributing, Vic Stadter, Suttle and Company, Uvalde Leader News, Dolores Vernor, Rick and Regina Verde, Jimmie and Debbie Walker, Carl and Judy Wood. Centennial Steering Committee: Willis Springfield, Chairman, Kathy Brooks, Ben Cox, Sondra Madden, Dub Suttle, Kathy Suttle, Becky Williams, Anne Burns Woodley, Garry Merritt, Ex-Officio Member
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and allows parents to be in the room where a child’s dental procedure is being performed. Another new Texas law revises the definition of a service animal, consistent with revisions to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act that added post-traumatic stress disorder as a disability that qualifies for the use of one. The Texas act spells out what business can do if the person’s disability is not apparent, the gist being that employees can only inquire if the dog is needed for a disability and what the dog is trained to do. Texas voters signed off on nine amendments to the Texas constitution, with some of the new measures taking effect with the arrival of the new year. Disabled veterans, for instance, will get property tax relief on homes provided to them by charitable organizations. Likewise, spouses of armed forces members killed in action will see a lower tax bill on their residence homesteads. The state of Texas and Gov. Rick Perry took advantage of one component of socalled Obamacare. Though much decried by Republicans like Perry, the Affordable Care Act included provisions that made the state’s high-risk insurance pool unnecessary. Because insurers may no longer discriminate against people because of pre-existing conditions, the pool is not needed. So it was officially abolished effective January 1, 2014.
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The January meeting of the Huajilla Unit TRTA will be on January 27, 2014 at the Devine Methodist Fellowship Hall (a change from the original site of the Triple C), at 10 AM. A luncheon will be served following the program, and the Wesley Nurses will be onsite to take blood sugar and blood pressure readings. CHARITY BINGO 1st Thursday of each Month 7:15 p.m. @ Leakey American Legion Hall For more info call A.G. @ 232-6078 sponsored by American Legion & Leakey Lions Club
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LEAKEY EAGLES FIGHTING HARD On January 3, 2014, the Leakey Eagle Boys Basketball team hosted the Carrizo Springs Wildcats. Although the Eagles suffered the loss, they never stopped competing. The final score of the game was 40-55. Carrizo led by 10 points midway through the 2nd quarter and all throughout the 3rd quarter. Leakey put up a fight in the 4th quarter and cut the lead to 5 points, but unfortunately Carrizo kicked it into another
gear and pulled ahead for the win. The stats for the game against Carrizo Springs are as follows: Will Stewart 13 points and 11 rebounds, Rylan Springer 12 points and 8 rebounds, Lorenzo Rodriguez 7 points and 3 steals, Frank Garcia 2 points and 7 rebounds, Quinten Pigg 2 points and 4 rebounds, Dimitri Perez 2 points and 2 rebounds, Tristan Troch 2 points and 2 rebounds.
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This week the Eagles will have two home games. On Tuesday, January 7, they will play the Brackettville Tigers and on Friday, January 10, they will play against the D’Hanis Cowboys. Friday is the boys’ first district games for the Leakey Eagles. Please come out and support the Leakey basketball teams. Go Eagles!!
LEAKEY STUDENTS EXHIBIT AT SANDHILLS by Melissa Bates
Exhibitors from Real County Hayley Bates Class 1 Finewool 2nd Place Class 4 Finewool 6th Trey Bates Class 2 Finewool 6th Place Class 3 Finewool 9th Place Taos Trees Class 2 Finewool 13th Place
Hayley Bates, a Junior at Leakey ISD with her 2nd Place Finewool Lamb and Sam Silvers, Kimble County Extension Agent
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LEAKEY ISD 2013 – 2014 A/B HONOR ROLL CYCLE 3 2ND GRADE Jordan Bradshaw Luis Castillo Lopez Nataleigh Galindo Vivian Guerrero Gustavo Lainez Arteaga Ariana Perez Makenzie Ramirez Alaila Scott Logan Webb Autumn Wilson 3RD GRADE Austin Gonzalez Ella Morshead Dillon Wilson
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NCHS Girls Basketball vs. Junction The Prowling Panthers opened their district bid in Junction when they took on the Eagles. The J.V. Panthers had quite a feat ahead of them as they squared off against last year’s J.V. Champions and another tall athletic team. The Panthers did win two quarters, but it was the opening one that did the most damage when Junction scored 18 to N.C.’s 7 points. It made the contest an up-hill battle, and N.C. could never fully recover. However, the Panthers were always within striking distance thanks to a strong performance from
Jayden Aguilera who led the scoring for the Panthers with 13 points, and Kristol Perez who had a solid game finishing with 4 steals and 6 points. N.C. had to settle for a 23 - 34 loss. Next up was the Girls Varsity. The game from the opening tip did not go the Panthers’ way. Whether it was overconfidence, or not being ready to play, or simply Junction’s superior play, or perhaps all of the above - it was a recipe for disaster for the Canyon. No player scored in double digits, and the largest quarter N.C. could muster was 11 points. On the other side of the ball, Junction tallied two bookend quarters of 22 points and
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20 points. The only ray of hope came at halftime when Siera Edwards heaved up a last second shot from well behind the half court line that banked in to put N.C. down 17 - 31. And it looked as if that might be the catalyst for a change in the right direction when Hailey Luce finally connected from downtown to open the third quarter. However, it was false hope. Any positive from the game came from reserves Gabby Irwin who showed some spark and finished with 7 points, and April Amine who battled late in the game for 5 points. However, the bottom line was N.C. dropped their opener 38 - 62.
NCHS Girls Basketball vs. Brackett The Panthers brought in the New Year with a bang when they hosted the 14th - ranked Brackett Tigerettes. JV Girls began with the 11:00 tip off. They had not played since December 11th, and it took some shaking to get the cobwebs out. Kristol Perez paced the Panthers early scoring 8 of her 11 points in the first half to finish with top honors. At halftime, it was a wash at 16 points each. It was in the third quarter when Big Blue began to gain some ground. Destiny Tinsley knocked down three big jumpers to be the other double digit scorer with
10. Aspen Winston hit a timely threepointer to help the cause, finishing with 7 points to help N.C. hold onto their lead and grab a good victory 34 - 29. Next up was the Girls Varsity. They jumped out of the starting gate fairly quickly. Ashley Harmon led all scorers with 21 big ones, and Nikki Milliorn had a solid game as well with 12 points. The Panthers won every quarter and had balanced scoring from reserves as well as starters. Scoring for N.C. was: Hailey Luce with the Panthers’ third double-figure scorer
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with 11, Gabby Irwin continued to show improvement with 7 points, Siera Edwards also finished with 7, Danielle Irwin hit a three pointer to add to her total of 6 on the day, Emily Carnes also hit from downtown to finish with 5 off the bench, Priscilla Gonzales chipped in two jumpers, Natalie Vargulish had a strong performance on defense and hit from beyond the arch for 3, and April Amine rounded out the hustle for the Panthers. When the dust had settled, N.C. notched a nice 76 - 43 win over Brackett.
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NCHS Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Brackett and vs. Sonora By Coach Charlie Marquardt
On Wednesday, Dec. 1 the team lost a close contest to Brackettville by a score of 36-33. The leading scorers for the Panthers were Isaiah DeLeon with 13, Bailey Gober with 8, Jose Gonzales added 6, Reagan Luce finished with 5 points and finally Preston Nevarez with 1 point. It was a close game for the most part with our shooting woes continuing. For the game we shot 28 % from the field and 51% from the line. We made them play our tempo which keep us in the ball game. Turnovers were another factor in our loss. Twenty two is way too many to win close ball games. On Friday, Dec. 3rd we lost another close st
ball game to Sonora 53-48. Once again we had our chances to get in the win column but turnovers late in the game cost us. Isaiah Deleon once again led us in scoring with 16 points followed by Bailey Gober with 12, Reagan Luce and Jose Gonzales 6, Wesley Harmon 5 and finally Michael Pina 3. The Panthers led most of the game until early in the fourth quarter win their pressure seemed to get the best of us. We are improving each and every game and our attitudes are great, itâ€™s my hope that we get this thing turned around quickly since district is right around the corner.
NCHS Girls Win the Eldorado Tournament By Coach Brandy Sweeten
Over the Christmas Break, the Panthers did some prowling out West in the Eldorado Invitational Basketball Tournament. N.C. used the event to begin preparing for their 2014 district bid. Big Blue opened the tournament with the Blizzards from Winters. The Blizzards were quicker to the ball as the Panthers still seemed lost in their Holiday spirit. N.C. made a bit of a run in the second quarter to go into halftime up 29 - 20, but the Panthers were being out-rebounded and out-played too often. An ailing Hailey Luce and Ashley Harmon each scored in double figures for the Canyon each notching 12 points, and N.C. shot decent from the foul line going 7 of 11. And Danielle Irwin put in a solid 8 points. The effort was good enough to grab the 44 - 39 win and get the Panthers off the
court and into the next round. Next up was the home team, the Eldorado Eagles. The team in green gave a valiant performance in the first half, shooting the ball well from the outside and having a game-plan for the Panthersâ€™ half-court press. The scoreboard showed that fact as the Panthers were lucky to be ahead by just one point, 24 - 23 going into the halftime. In the second half of this second contest, N.C. began to show signs of life on the defensive end. They changed tactics and backed down into a 1-2-2 zone. Eldorado continued to hustle, but surprisingly only managed one bucket for the entire second half. The Panthers only became stronger offensively as their defensive stance became better. Big Blue put up their biggest quarter in the third with 18 points. With Nikki Milliorn playing better in this contest scoring a double-double with 12 boards and 13 points, and Hailey Luce and Ashley Harmon again having double-figure performances with 13 and 12 points respectively, N.C. finally made their presence known in the tournament. Also coming up big for the Panthers were freshman guard Gabby Irwin who finished with 7 rebounds and 9 points, and Siera Edwards who dished out 6 assists. When the final buzzer sounded, N.C. grabbed their second victory 52 to 25.
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In the Championship round, N.C. squared off against 2-A Grape Creek who was also undefeated for the round robin bracket. The Panthers took control early using superior athleticism and grabbed the early lead 20 - 2. This game was never in any real doubt as N.C. was too quick and too aggressive for Grape Creek. Big Blue got plenty of time in for their reserves who did not disappoint scoring 14 of the Canyonâ€™s 51 total points to Grape Creeks 24. Scoring for the Panthers were: Hailey Luce and Nikki Milliorn who grabbed high honors each with 10, Ashley Harmon scored 8 to go with 6 boards, Gabby Irwin also netted 8 points before fouling out, Danielle Irwin finished with 7 points and 4 assists, and Emily Carnes notched 3 points, as did Natalie Vargulish who hit from downtown, and forwards April Amine and Priscilla Gonzales finished with some strong hustle plays. The Panthers won their second tournament of the season with the victory, and had Ashley Harmon and Hailey Luce named to the All Tournament Team.
Submitted by Elementary Librarian Jana Valenzuela
The Top Readers for the 3rd Six Weeks are as follows: 1st Grade - Delaney Schaeffer, Zachary Hotard, and Aiden Floyd. 2nd Grade - Shyann Villarreal, Charlie Perez, and Ethan Hondorf. 3rd Grade - Houston Williams, Nathan Carabajal, and Camdyn Childs. 4th Grade - Susan Blakeney, Shelbi Suttles, and Andres Carabajal. Kylie Luce, Michael Bejarano, and Michaela Brown. 5th Grade - Kimberly Stults, Analee Carabajal and Nacole Hale. 6th Grade - Caiden Childs, Anthony short, and Cheyenne Whipkey. And for their first 6 weeks in reading, we have top readers in Kindergarten!!! The Top 3 Readers for Kindergarten are: Gabriella Luce with a whopping 13.8 points, Averi Walker with a smashing 12.1 points, and Nia Nevarez with an impressive 11.0 points!!! We had several t-shirt winners this 6 weeks! Caiden Childs, Delaney Schaeffer, Zachary Hotard, and Soraya DeLeon. We also have our first Fun Fling winner, Kimberly Stults will be going on the AR Fun Fling trip at the end of the year. We are very proud of these students and look forward to more achievements!
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The Sabinal Emergency Medical Services reports that in the year 2013, they answered a total of 225 calls. During the month of December, they had 21 calls with the variance allowed by the State of Texas being used 5 times. Two calls were for fire standby made by the Sabinal Volunteer Fire Department. Five calls were where persons were treated but not transported. Three calls were used to transport persons to Medina Regional Hospital in Hondo. Seven calls were transportations to Uvalde Memorial Hospital in Uvalde and there was one cancellation made after they had already proceeded to the site. The other three calls went to another EMS because Sabinal was busy at the time. The Sabinal EMS was granted the use of a variance by the State of Texas for the year 2014.
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At Neighborhood Watch on Tuesday evening, January 14, at 6 pm at First Baptist Church, an officer from San Antonio will demonstrate use of two, full-armor, canine units using both Bolt and Donna. Just about the time we think we learn a lot about police work, we find that there is so much more out there. The meeting is open to all interested individuals. First United Methodist A new confirmation class is in the processed of being formed. If
you are interested, please contact the pastor. The annual Equipping the Saints training event will take place Saturday, January 25 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. St. Patrick Catholic Religious Education classes will resume on Wednesday, January 15. Sunday religious education classes begin on January 19. Prayers after Mass are offered to St. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Michael, the Archangel.
The words “coffee shop” drew me to this location on Center Street on the opposite end of Connell’s Hardware. Upon investigation, I learned that it is a project of Team Focus and their new meeting place. They now offer coffee and will soon add other coffee specialties of all types in addition to Christian music and a place to meet. Hours at first will be from 3:30 to 9 pm. As the need arises, they plan to extend their hours. On Saturday evening, they began with the band, composed of Megan Contreras, Jacob Haby, Abigail Jacklin, Tommy Salazar, and Melissa Tristan. Leader of the band, Stewart DeRowen from Louisana, led them in praise music for openers. There were about 30 people present and all were engrossed in the music and the message.
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running water. She learned to cook on a wood stove and was educated in a three room schoolhouse. A native of Uvalde County and a descendant of some of the first settlers to the Texas Hill Country, her passion became the history of our area. She began collecting oral histories of the pioneer families in 1979. With a deep and abiding love for the history of our people, Lora B. was voted Woman of the Year by Texas Press Women in 1984, she served for many years in some capacity for the following entities, Texas Folklore Society, Texas Folklore Festival, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Board of the “Alamo”, and the Board of the French Legation’s Museum in Austin. Her background and education was in Fashion Design, art and anthropology, folklore and creative writing. It was a good solid background to delve into the mysteries that presented themselves to her as she began her task to ferret out the information regarding a cemetery lot that belonged to her husband’s great grandfather, T. I. (Thomas Isaac) Garrison. T.I. Garrison and his family left Leakey in 1909 and her husband Roger did not know a great deal about his family history, as his parents had moved to the Texas Panhandle soon after they were married. A letter to one of her husband’s aunts, Lucy Landrum, revealed that she was on the right track and also became a treasure trove of information regarding the Garrison Family.
Next week we will walk a trail of adventure and mishap with the Garrison family in the turbulent years of the Civil War. A forced journey and a family strong enough to pull together to make it successfully!
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
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Kelton Novel Evokes True Life Memories of 1950s Drought By Irene Van Winkle
As this summer’s local dry spell continues dragging on, save for an occasional sprinkle, the dreaded word “drought” may start coming to mind. There are three kinds of drought: meteorological (lack of precipitation), agricultural (lack of soil moisture) and hydrological (reduced streamflow or groundwater levels). Another definition is when an area receives, in a given year, less than 75 percent of its average rainfall. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Knipling-Bushland Insect Laboratory in Kerrville keeps statistics of annual rainfall (starting from 1931), which paint an interesting picture. Tracking from 1931-2007, Kerr County’s average annual rainfall is 31.77 inches; the 30-year average (19782007) is slightly higher, at 33.23 inches. Currently, however, the records kept by Ingram Volunteer Fire Department show only 1.01 inches of rain in July, bringing the total at that location to a mere 7.73 inches for all of 2008. The USDA gives a cautionary note county-wide: “The total rainfall for July 2008 was 1.82 inches, which is 0.91 inches below average July rainfall. The year-to-date rainfall through the end of July 2008 was 8.92 inches which is 10.10 inches below average.” The City of Kerrville implemented Stage 1 water restrictions on June 21, 2008. Neighboring Kimble County looks even more dire — it has been at Stage 4 for several months. Bleak as the picture is beginning to look, it cannot yet compare to the dire conditions of earlier times. There are ranchers who are old enough to remember a severe drought that spread across Texas more than a half-century ago, forcing many of them to sell off their livestock, find another trade, or sink under a bank’s unyielding hands. However, this took place not during the 1930s, but in more recent memory. Last Sunday, at a big fundraiser for the Harper library, renowned writer Elmer Kelton was a special guest. He said his favorite book is one he wrote in 1973, “The Time It Never Rained.” It chronicled the story of a diehard steely rancher named Charlie Flagg, who, basically, was modeled after Kelton’s own father, Buck. Kelton himself knew well about those years, having written about them and experiencing them first-hand. Kelton grew up in Andrews County, Texas, and remembered the 1930 drought as a 10-year-old, when his father worked on a ranch owned by a French oil syndicate. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas in 1948, Kelton was farm and ranch editor of the San Angelo Standard-Times until 1963. He became associate editor of Livestock Weekly from 1968 to 1990, and also wrote for the Sheep and Goat Magazine. Though generally lauded as a writer of Western novels, Kelton goes beyond the genre with his “everyman” portrayal of the life and times of his central character. Flagg was a rugged individualist who shunned government handouts and suffered the consequences. Yet, as many fellow ranchers fell around him in despair, he survived; and though diminished, never was crushed by his tribulations. Near the book’s conclusion, after grittily sticking it out, and even as his sensitive Mohair goats were dying from being cold and wet — ironically, they had been sheared just before the longed-for rains had begun to fall — Charlie said wearily to his wife and ranchhand, “There’s still the land. ... A man can always start again. A man always has to.” “The Day It Never Rained” won him one of his seven Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America. Over the past nearly 50 years, he has received three Western heritage awards and a lifetime achievement award, after crafting more than 40 books. Kelton said his father, who thought that he could never earn a real living by writing, never got to see his son’s success, but his mother did. Although many people associate the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s with the worst drought, in Texas, the most prolonged one occurred in the 1950s, stretching to a mind-boggling seven years. Local Kerr County newspapers mirrored the situation across the state, as weekly rainfall reports cried out for relief and prophesied disaster Although 1949 was an ample year for rainfall in Kerr County — a healthy 41.82 inches, the next year it dwindled to a paltry 22.7 inches. Then, in 1951, Kerr County received a pitiful 18.15 inches of rain, followed by a hefty 41 inches in 1952. Another slump of 26.36 inches followed in 1953, with another plunge to a mere 14.64 inches in 1954. There was a hopeful spike to 28.9 inches in 1955, which quickly evaporated with an all-time low (since before 1931) to a parching 14.04 inches in 1956. Finally, there came relief. In 1957, there was more rain than the past three combined — a veritable deluge of 55.09 inches! “We’re usually either in a drought or a flood, or getting ready for one or the other,” Kelton said. Divide native and rancher Billy Fred Klein said his brother, Barney, Jr., was running the family ranch during the 1950s, and took measures. “He moved all the sheep off to a leased place in East Texas near Nacogdoches, and moved some of the cattle there, too,” Billy Fred said. “He brought them back later, in about five years, after it started raining again.” The problem was less of water than of feed, Billy Fred said. “It was bare as a bull’s back — no grass at all,” he said. “The Boneyard Water Hole didn’t have an inch of variation of water, so we could still water the animals, but the grass wasn’t growing. My dad had gotten a lease in East Texas a few years earlier, so they were lucky to have a place to go to. Most other ranchers who didn’t, sold practically out. They only kept what they could run and hand-feed.” Goats, on the other hand, tended to fare a bit better, being more hardy and easier to feed, Billy Fred said. “They did fine, even though the brush didn’t put out as much, they got by on browsing,” he added. With few farms in the area, except for those raising hay, there were always challenges, but Billy Fred said that often, cattle also got to eat cottonseed cake. “When they squeeze the oil out of cottonseed, it forms a big hard block,” he said. “They break it up and sell it for livestock feed. It’s got good nutrients, and is high in protein. Nowadays, though, there are new foods, made in all-grain cubes, with vitamin additives.” Billy Fred said he is more optimistic this year, though, saying that his grass is up enough from the earlier spring rain, so they might still do well enough even if it stays dry. Cleo Meadow of Mountain Home remembered those lean times, saying, “Everyone was in the same shape.” Her brother, Harvey Goff, dealt with the drought not only on his own place, but for other ranches nearby as well. Cleo and Harvey are both the children of Lee Goff, who was Kerr County Precinct
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F-Sa 7am-9pm Walter Schreiner, who grew up on the YO Ranch with his brothers, Charlie IV, Louis, and Gus, said that when he was just a baby, the drought was in full swing. “I remember my mom and dad picked up and moved to Montana,” he said. SCHMIDT COMPANY, INC In the late 1940s, Charlie Schreiner III started taking up the reins at the ranch under the direction of his mother, Myrtle. However, they viewed it through different lenses, and he began introducing •Sewer & Drain Cleaning •Water Heaters, Disposals, other elements. He’d scored a coup with their lambs in 1950, selling Faucets, etc.•Remodels & New Construction 85,000 pounds of wool for 95 cents a pound, just in time to alleviate mounting debts. Rick Schmidt Master He married Audrey Phillips in 1949, and the family began growing CALL Plumber along with Charlie III’s responsibilities. Soon, though, the slowly830-232-5221 MPL#18321 building drought would test all their mettle. As the dry years wore on, Charles Schreiner III lamented, “It hasn’t rained since we got married.” The book “Long Days and Short Nights,” by Neal Barrett, Jr., described more woes, noting that the screwworms had infected their other source of income, white-tail deer. Meanwhile the wild turkey fled the ranch, and even the predators disappeared. DRIVE THRU AND PICK UP It was time to act, Walter said. In 1954, Charlie III and his wife, A COLD ONE AND A BAG OF Audrey, along with sons Charlie IV and Walter in tow, “piled up in CORN! our ’51 Ford station wagon, and off we went to Two Dot, Montana. Hours The only thing they had there was a gas station. Dad put our ... 7-9 Monday thru Thursday DEER CORN $11.15 7-10 Friday & Saturday (cattle) in rail cars and shipped them up to a ranch there, too. I US Hwy 83 South, Leakey, Texas 12-8 on Sunday 232-4224 remember how cold the winters were.” Thirty carloads of the YO’s cattle — Brangus, Charolais and all the Herefords — were shipped from Brady to Billings. This represented only 25 percent of the original stock. Of the 800 head of Herefords left behind at the YO, 200 had died and more were sold off. Experience the Excellence Two Dot was about 120 miles northwest of Billings. Besides the Quality First & 100% Sanitized gas station, it had a street full of bars. “Until they moved to a house, Audrey mixed Walter’s baby formula in the shower,” Barrett said. The family stayed for several years, Walter said, renting an undertaker’s house. When Charlie III made the decision to move the Monday - Saturday: cattle north, Walter said, “Myrtle was mad, to say the least. She just 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 401 E. Fisher Rd. 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In the fall of 1955, Myrtle arranged to lease 53,000 acres of the YO to Humble Oil executives for hunting. At $1.50 per acre, the lease yielded $79,224. Combined with a healthy inventory of goats that year, and with grass starting to grow, Walter said, “That lease saved the ranch.”
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O B I T U A R I E S
Eluterio M. (Telo) Gonzales
Kelly Dean Hood
(September 21, 1929 - December 27, 2013)
(August 14, 1957 - January 5, 2014)
Eluterio M. (Telo) Gonzales of Rocksprings, Texas went to be with his Lord on Friday, December 27, 2013. He was born to Antonio and Georgie Gonzales in Rocksprings, Texas on September 21, 1929. A man that died never giving up on his dreams. When he was a child he used to shine shoes to make a living. He then worked at the Devil Sink Hole. Around this time he met Guadalupe (Lupina) Covarrubio and they were married on January 17, 1950. He started doing migrant work around the western United States like sheep shearing in S.D., WY and MT. Field work in AZ and CA, picking potatoes in Colorado, picking cotton in Eldorado, TX and sugar beet work in the panhandle of Texas. He also worked for the Green Giant Co in MN. He was a people person that enjoyed running his own crew and bussing people to MN. After he got tired of traveling he enjoyed selling concession items and different things. He was just a natural born salesman. He enjoyed being around people and talking with them. Telo was a giving person, at Christmas time he would give gifts to children or his favorite giving a dollar bill. From now on when we get a dollar we will not see it as money but as a symbol of giving. He is survived by his daughters, Dora Estrada, Bertha Flores, Aydalou Cazer and husband Terry her only son-in-law all of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Eluteria Flores of Rocksprings, Texas; grandchildren, Joe Flores and wife Mel, Arturo Flores and wife Sarah, Guadalupe Estrada and husband Allen, Sammy Flores and wife Cindy, Petra Tarno, Ricky Estrada and wife Heather, Roberto Flores and wife Nita, Amaro Cazer and wife Jamell, Annabel Cortex and husband Osiel, Juan Flores, Jr. and wife Ariel, Lisa Flores, Terry Cazer, Jr., Chris Flores and wife Patty, Daniel Flores and wife Elaine, Georgie Estrada and husband Brian, Ronald Cazer and wife Maria, Krystel Cazer and husband Ryan, Nichlos Flores, Veronica Flores and Natasha Flores. He is also survived by 56 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; sisters, Maria Gonzales and husband Hector a special brother-in-law of Plainview, Texas and Benita Piper of Rocksprings, Texas; very special nephews, Dennis Piper, Mario and Hector Gonzales; numerous nieces and nephews. Lots of Godchildren but extra special was James Palacio and wife Carmen. He was preceded in death by his wife Guadalupe; parents, Antonio and Georgie Gonzales; brothers, Augustine Gonzales and Felipe Palacio; one grandchild. Pallbearers include Enrique Estrada, Jr. (Ricky), Joe Flores, Jr., Antonio Gonzales (Tony), Juan Flores, Jr. (JJ), Hector Gonzales, Jr., Dennis Piper, James Palacio. Honorary pallbearers include Hector Gonzales, Terry Cazer, and all of his grandsons. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014 at Nelson Funeral Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Rocksprings, Texas, with Father Clay Hunt officiating. Committal followed in the Rocksprings Cemetery. Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home, Rocksprings, Texas.
Resident of Leakey, Texas; formerly of McAllen, Texas. Kelly was born August 14, 1957 in McAllen, Texas. He attended McAllen High School and earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics from Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) in Harlingen, Texas.As a boy, and into his teens, Kelly was active in Boy Scouts with his father and two brothers. Kelly enjoyed water skiing, playing washers, singing and playing his guitars (especially around a campfire). He was baptized in 1969 at First Christian Church in McAllen. Kelly is survived by his father and mother, A.G and Rita Hood of Leakey; brother Tracy and his wife, DJ, of Houston; brother Randy and his wife, Debbie, of Richardson; and nephews Steve, Matt, Mike, Seth and Austin; and nieces Brittany and Jessica; as well as three loyal dogs Willie, Oreo and Pretzel. A memorial service for Kelly will be held at 2: 00pm Friday, January 10, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, 419 North Market Street, Leakey, Texas, with Pastor Doug Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Frio Canyon EMS, P.O. Box 803, Leakey, TX; Frio Canyon Park, PO Box 361, Leakey, TX; Real Public Library,225 Main Street, Leakey, TX; or Leakey Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 250, Leakey, TX. The family invites you to leave a condolence at www.nelsonfuneralhomes.n et. Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Leakey, Texas.
Two Men and Their Contrasting Views Two men had contrasting views concerning what God wants man to do today. The first man feels that whatever a man decides to do is okay with God. He has never thought that there might be some way to determine what is pleasing to the Lord by looking into God’s Word. The second man looks at the Scriptures and sees that there is a way to determine what pleased God in the past. He believes that if a man does these same things today he will please God in the same way. As he looks in Genesis chapters 6 and 7 he sees that Noah obeyed direct commands of God such as: “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood…” (6:14a). This direct command limited Noah in his selection of materials to use in the construction. God did not
have to tell him, “don’t use oak; don’t use cedar; don’t use birch; etc.” Noah understood that a specific command eliminates other variants. This command also had a generic aspect in that God left it up to Noah to decide WHICH gopher wood trees to use – he could pick this one, for example, and pass up that one – as long as it was gopher wood. A direct command limits man’s choices as to what he can do. The first man understands this concept quite well. When he sends one of his children to the store to buy something he does not have to tell them what NOT to buy - he simply tells them what to buy and other choices are automatically eliminated. If he gives his kid money and sends them to buy milk and eggs, he doesn’t have to
Strategies for Marital Bliss Prior to our marriage, my husband had been married once before. After his first marriage failed, he developed a strategy for marital bliss that he faithfully applies to our marriage. The first rule in his “Strategies for Marital Bliss” is, “Never go to bed angry, upset or annoyed at your spouse.” Seems simple enough, unless, of course, one has ever been married. Through the years, however, anger, discontent and annoyance have never been a significant problem for us. The reason, I imagine, is directly related to his second strategy for marital bliss. During the 1960’s, the “flower children” coined a phrase, “Love is never having to say you’re sorry.” My husband’s second strategy for marital bliss is in direct conflict with this philosophy. His second strategy is “Regardless of fault; love rushes to say sorry, first.” My husband’s “Strategies for Marital Bliss” actually apply to every relationship between human beings. Whether you are sweethearts, siblings, relatives, co-workers or acquaintances, you should seriously consider incorporating his rules, into every relationship in which you participate. While it is true that none of us is perfect, at the moment of death, imperfection is frozen. Death robs the living of the opportunity for simple resolution and blocks the comfort of peace. These lost opportunities for resolution and peace are unfortunate indeed. This undesirable state of affairs creates years of complicated grief for the bereaved survivor. The depth of stress brought on by this situation can lead to serious ailments. My best advice is to follow my husband’s “Strategies for Marital Bliss” in one’s everyday interactions and in every relationship in which one engages. If one finds that he or she is at odds with a loved one, or with anyone for that matter, try to incorporate my husband’s strategies into the relationship. Even in the worst of circumstances, clearing one’s
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tell them NOT to buy candy, jerky, etc. Milk and eggs are what pleases Dad. The same is true when he goes into a restaurant and orders something. If he tells the waiter that he wants a soup and salad and the waiter brings him ham and eggs – he will not be pleased with that. Specific commands eliminate other options. To please someone you must do that which they desire. The second man also understands that an approved example in the Bible also pleased God. An example of this is the fact that Christians worshiped God on the first day of the week (Sunday) in the New Testament (Acts 20:7). He believes that if we worship God on Sundays we can please Him today as well.
by Tracy Renee Lee
own slate of any blame, will in the end, clear one’s conscious. I am certainly not advocating that a victim apologize to a perpetrator for any abuse or crime inflicted upon them. What I am suggesting, is that you try to forgive. Forgiveness will bring you the most comfort possible. Do not continue the cycle of victimization at your own hands. Do what is best for you, by releasing the negative stresses of anger and hate. Once a death has occurred, victims become the unexpected losers, giving the obnoxious or abusive acquaintance, indefinite power over them. Due to their own inability to resolve their lives, the victim has perpetuated the negative control that will hamper their recovery until they are able to effect resolution within themselves. This is an extremely difficult feat to accomplish. Turn your woes into a winning scenario; deal with the abuse while your abuser remains living. Clear your life of them and their negative control over your happiness. In the case of a failed marriage, no matter who is at fault, both parties lose. The same is true in life and death. Do not rob yourself of peace, do not rob yourself of happiness and certainly, do not rob yourself of bliss. Follow my husband’s strategies; take care of unfinished business today before your head hits the pillow. Your life will be better for it. My name is Tracy Renee Lee. I am a funeral director, author and freelance writer. I write books, weekly bereavement articles, and mid-week grief briefs related to understanding and coping with grief. It is my life’s work to comfort the bereaved and help them live on. Please follow my blog at http://pushin-up-daisies.blogspot.com/ and Twitter account @PushnUpDaisies, visit my website www.QueenCityFuneralHome. com or read my book “Pushin’ Up Daisies” for additional encouragement and information.
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These men agree that direct commands and approved examples are valid ways to determine what God wants man to do today. They also agree to continue this discussion and see if there are other ways to determine what will please God in the 21st century. How about you? Do you have some way to determine what you feel God wants from you, or do you feel that whatever man’s imagination can conjure up will be okay with Him? Your answer to this question could have eternal consequences! “Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.” (Romans 14:5c).
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All the Nueces Canyon Girl Scouts held “A Magical Disney Christmas Party”. The girls made snowflakes with Mickey heads, painted Mickey ornaments, each girl took a picture to make her own Christmas card and they had a bounty of refreshments. The girls also took home a Mickey hat craft to make over the holidays and a handmade ornament for their tree. Pictured: Trinity Harlow shows off her Mickey Snowflake
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Creating a Last Will: Pros and Cons No one wants to think about a time when they’ll no longer be around, but planning for the inevitable—that is, setting down your wishes in as last will—can not only give you peace of mind, it can also make things easier on your family and friendsHaving a last will in place at the time of your death is a smart choice, but as with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages to consider when drafting one. Some of these pros and cons are discussed below. Advantages of a Last Will • You can leave property to those you choose. One of the greatest advantages to having a will is that you can choose who will receive what from your estate. Without a will, your estate is subject state laws of “intestacy.” That means the people you would like to benefit may receive little or nothing, while others with whom you’re not as close receive the bulk. Accordingly, if you are not married but have a long-term partner, he or she could receive nothing under such laws. Alternately, if you are in the process of a divorce but it has not been finalized, without a will, your estranged husband or wife could make a claim on your estate. • You can name a guardian for children and provide for them. A will allows you to choose a guardian for your children and set aside funds to make sure of their support and comfort. • You can create a testamentary trust in the will. You can create a testamentary trust within a last will, which is created upon your death and used to hold property for another person’s benefit, such as your children. • You choose your executor. The executor is in charge of making sure all your bequests are carried out. A will gives you complete control over deciding who this will be. The executor should be someone who is willing and able to handle everything that is involved with the closing of your estate. Without a will, a court appoints someone to administer your estate, and that person may not be someone you would choose. • You can plan for personal matters. From burial arrangements to pet care, you can use a will to dictate what type of services, if any, you would like, and other personal matters.
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You can amend it. Circumstances change, and so can your will. Through a “codicil,” you can amend any provisions of your will at any time so that they better reflect your most current wishes and assets. • You can revoke it. If you find that a will no longer represents your interests, you can revoke it entirely and start over. • Doesn’t have to be expensive. Creating a last will can be surprisingly affordable, particularly if your finances, assets and beneficiaries are fairly straightforward. Disadvantages of a Last Will • Possible challenges. Although it’s possible that someone could challenge your will, if you have followed all of the proper procedures in its creation, your will and its provisions will likely stand. • May need to go through probate. If you have assets that pass under your will worth more than a certain amount, your will must be filed for probate, the procedure through which a decedent’s assets are distributed; this can be a long process, which can, in turn, be costly for the estate. In contrast, a living trust does not require probate. • It is public record. A will becomes public record once it is filed for probate, which means anyone can search for it and see its contents. • May not fully address tax concerns. A will that is not carefully planned out could leave your estate open to paying large state and/or federal estate taxes or your beneficiaries to paying hefty inheritance taxes. LegalZoom’s Last Wills include provisions helping to minimize state and federal estate taxes. Final Thoughts on Last Wills All of the disadvantages listed above can be addressed with proper will planning and/or other estate planning documents, so don’t let the potential downsides discourage you from expressing your last wishes in writing. Also, laws regarding last wills do vary by state, so it is crucial that you understand the requirements for drafting and signing a valid will in your jurisdiction to avoid further problems in its execution.
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GRANNY’S KITCHEN BACK TO BASICS BETTER HOMES & GARDENS When I was growing up, the old red checked Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook was so much more than a cookbook! It was where I went to find out how many apples it took to make 5 cups or how to measure butter. It taught me what kind of knife to cut tomatoes with, what a soufflé pan was (actually what a soufflé was) and how to season a skillet. As I have been in a reminiscent type of mood over the Holidays, I am going to dedicate the Back to Basics in January to the old Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook! This first week we are going to do the “Introduction to Cooking Basics”. It is separated into several categories and ends with basic skills that many cooks these days lack knowledge of, with fast food being our new norm. We will start with knives.
Basic Care of Knives. Always cut on a cutting board. Wash your knives in hot soapy
water. Do not let them soak in water and do not wash them in the dishwasher. Store your knives in a block or in a protective case. You should sharpen your knives periodically and in between sharpening you can realign the edge and remove nicks with sharpening steel.
Pots & Pans. The Range top cookware checklist includes the following: Double boiler,
Dutch oven or kettle, Saucepans, skillets, Vegetable Steamer, Griddle, Grill, Omelet pan and wok. For nonstick cookware choose heavy, moderately priced pans. With proper care and use of heat proof spatulas and wooden spoons a pan should last about 5 years before it needs replacing.
Baking Pans and Dishes. Here is my weakness! I bet you without counting I have
hundreds of bake ware and utensils. I love to bake and years of picking up this and that
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saving essentials to make your meals easily and make them turn out beautiful! Most of them are self explanatory so I will just list them unless they require some evaluation. Bottle/can opener, colander, corkscrew, cutting boards, egg separator, food mill, funnel, grater, kitchen shears, knives, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, pastry cutter, pastry brush, pepper grinder, rolling pin. Some extras you might want to stock are cheese slicer, juicer/reamer, zester, meat mallet, mortar and pestle, parchment paper, pastry bag with tips pizza cutter, pizza stone, potato masher, salad spinner. Candy thermometers, meat thermometers, and an oven thermometer. A happy welcome here to silicone baking mats! Cookies, jelly rolls, and biscuits heat evenly and slide right off, and the mats are easily cleaned with a damp sponge! In cooking our holiday dinners I always get some kind of amazed look from my daughters and daughters-in-law at something I know how to do they never dreamed could be done! I have to admit I like it but in the day I grew up…girls were taught to cook and it’s really nothing special. I like to cook so I have refined my skill through the years. Here are a few hints from Better Homes & Gardens!
Thickening Math. If your gravy is too thin or you want to thicken your soup just a little and this can be used for many, many variation of foods. For each cup of medium thick sauce use 2T flour and 1⁄4 c of cold water or 1 T cornstarch with 1 T cold water. You must mix the powder into the liquid very well to prevent lumps and stir continually until your sauce has thickened. After you remove from the heat keep stirring for one minute to insure even thickening.
Gravy. Pan fried gravy for any type of fried meats. Reserve 2T of oil in skillet, Add 2 T
flour, salt and pepper to taste. Mix till smooth. Return to heat and add 1 1⁄2 c milk all at once. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly and then for one minute more. Thin with more milk if necessary. Makes 1 2/3 c gravy. You can add chicken or beef bouillon granules, water or broth. Gravy is easy to make substitutions with.
Kneading. I love to knead dough. Here is how to do it! Work the dough with the heels of
your hands until pressed and flat. Fold and do it again until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. This is an essential step in developing the gluten in many yeast breads. Well, that is all for this week. Next week we are going to take a look at microwave cooking hints, emergency substitutions and equivalents along with some recipes they may be used in!
makes for crowded cupboards! The difference between metal and glass bake ware. Metal is better if you are broiling and it also makes for nicely browned baked goods. Glass should be used for all dishes made with eggs, tomatoes, lemon and other highly acidic foods as these will discolor most metal bake ware. Your kitchen should include different sized baking dishes in both metal and glass. Cake pans, (2 round or square), Cookie sheets, pizza pans, roasting pan with rack and covered casserole dishes. You can also include specialty items such as fluted (bundt) pan, spring form pan, Tart pan with removable bottom and tube (angel food cake) pan.
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WATER IS STILL SCARCE - CONSERVATION IS STILL KEY Despite many parts of the state having a rainy fall season, 44 percent of Texas is suffering moderate to exceptional drought. Statewide, reservoir storage levels are more than 15 percentage points lower than average. These levels are lower than they were in 2012. In 2011, Texas experienced the driest year on record and set a new low for rainfall, greatly straining the water supply. In that year alone, approximately 100 cubic kilometers of water (which is about the size of Lake Travis multiplied by 70) were lost to evaporation according to a study by the University of Texas at Austin. As a reminder that the drought is not over, according to the Texas Water Development Board, water levels in the San Antonio Segment of the Edwards Aquifer recently dropped to their lowest level for this time of year since the drought of the 1950s. Do your part to Take Care of Texas and conserve water in the new year. Winter Water Conservation Tips*
Remember to weatherize your
irrigation system: Remove the and how to turn it off can save water from the system, shut it off valuable time and prevent water for the season, and insulate its damage and water loss. backflow preventer. • Insulate hot water pipes to Winterize your pipes to prevent reduce the amount of water that them from freezing, which can must be run in order to get hot lead to pipes bursting and losing water to the faucet. water. Water pipes in houses • To protect your pipes when in southern climates (such as you’re away, keep your Texas) often are more vulnerable thermostat at 55 degrees or to winter cold spells. The pipes higher. If you will be away from are more likely to be located home for an extended period of in unprotected areas outside time, have a friend or neighbor of the building insulation, and check on your house. homeowners tend to be less • Check for leaks in pipes, faucets, aware of freezing problems, and other likely places. These which may occur only once or leaks can lead to thousands of twice a season. gallons of water wasted each Locate your water shut-off year. valve. If a water pipe bursts *Always comply with your water or leaks heavily, knowing the system’s water-use restrictions. location of your shut-off valve
Additional Counties to Rules Requiring Draining Water from Vessels Getting Closer to South Texas
AUSTIN – In the state’s ongoing effort to combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved for public comment a proposal to add 30 counties in North and Central Texas to the recentlyimplemented rules requiring that all boats operating on public water be drained after use. Additional counties being considered for vessel draining requirements are: Archer, Bastrop, Bell, Bosque, Burnet, Clay, Comal, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Hamilton, Hays, Henderson (west of Hwy 19), Hill, Johnson, Leon, Limestone, Llano, McLennan, Navarro, Robertson, Somervell, Travis, Wichita, and Williamson. The water draining regulations were implemented December 10 and are in effect on all public waters in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Jack, Kaufman, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Stephens, Tarrant, Wise, and Young counties. These same regulations are also in place on an emergency basis in Belton and Coryell counties. The current rules require that persons leaving or approaching public water in the affected counties drain all water from their vessels and on-board receptacles. This applies to all types and sizes of
boats whether powered or not, personal watercraft, sailboats, or any other vessel used to travel on public waters. Applicable in all areas where boats can be launched, the regulation requires the draining of live wells, bilges, motors, and any other receptacles or water-intake systems coming into contact with public waters. Under the current rules, live fish cannot be transported in water that comes from the water body where they were caught and personally caught live bait can be used only in the water body where it was caught. The department is proposing to modify rules that affect participants in fishing tournaments that hold off-site weigh-ins. The proposed changes would allow anglers participating in a fishing tournament confined to one water body to transport live fish in water from that single water body to an identified weigh-in location, provided all water is drained before leaving that location. Anglers would be required to possess documentation provided by tournament organizers that would identify them as participants in a tournament. Movement from one access point to another on the same lake during the same day does not require draining and there is an exception for governmental activities and emergencies. Marine sanitary systems are
not covered by the new regulations. Anglers are allowed to transport and use commercially purchased live bait in water provided they have a receipt that identifies the source of the bait. Any live bait purchased from a location on or adjacent to a public water body that is transported in water from that water body could only be used as bait on that same water body. The public may comment on the proposed rules online at http://tpwd.texas.gov/ business/feedback/public_comment/ proposals/201401_water_draining.phtml. Comment may also be made in writing to Ken Kurzawski, TPWD Inland Fisheries, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at any of the following two public hearings. All meetings are set to begin at 7:00 pm. • Tuesday, January 7 in Austin at TPWD Headquarters, Commissioners Hearing Room, 4200 Smith School Rd.. • Thursday, January 9 in Waco at the McLennan County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Courtroom – 1st Floor, 501 Washington Ave.. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission is expected to take action on the proposed change at its January 23, 2014, meeting
Feral hog management workshop set for Feb. 4 in Luling
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LULING – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in cooperation with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, will conduct a Feral Hog Management Workshop from 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Luling Foundation, 523 S. Mulberry St., in Luling. “Despite greatly increased public awareness and more effective control methods, Texas feral hog populations continue to grow,” said Jared Timmons, AgriLife Extension wildlife associate at San Marcos. “More feral hogs mean a magnification of some already serious problems such as the polluting of creeks and rivers from the animals congregating around water sources to drink and wallow.” Timmons said. “The
result is fecal matter going directly into streams, thus adding often dangerous levels of bacteria and nutrients to the water.” “Our goal for this program is to keep landowners in tune with the latest information available in regards to the feral hog situation in our region and to offer them ways to cope with it.” Workshop topics will include: basic biology of feral swine and their damage to watersheds, feral hogs in the Plum Creek watershed, population dynamics, laws and regulations for hunting feral hogs, agricultural regulations, safety and disease concerns, transportation regulations, control and trap demonstration. Individual preregistration is $15 by Feb.1
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Properties We have a policy of furnishing a home owners warranty for every property that we LIST and market. This includes owner occupied single family residences. It takes the worry away from owners and buyers. If you are a seller, any covered item that needs repair during the term of the listing will be repaired. If you are a buyer, any covered item that needs repair for up to 12 months after closing will be repaired. We furnish the policy, not you. So, if you are considering selling your property, list with us and let us take the worry away. Call for details. NEW LISTING in Frio River Place. Three bedrooms and 3.5 baths overlooking the most beautiful swimming hole on the river. Lots of outdoor decking and covered parking. This is a real show place. Call today! NEW LISTING in the Tierra Linda Subdivision, Con Can. Prime residential building site for only $50,000. NEW LISTING Con Can on Bear Creek. 3 bdrm 2 bth with bonus room, approx. 2,000 square feet, large covered porches, large detached garage/workshop. Great week end home or nightly rental near 7 bluffs. $459,500. NEW LISTING in northern Real County. 615 acre turnkey hunting ranch. High fenced, improved deer herd, blinds, feeders, hunting lodge, everything you need is in place. $1,250,000. NEW LISTING, The historic Frio Canyon Theatre has just come on the market. Tons of potential, downtown location, lots of history just waiting to be put into your service. $149,000. Cadillac Farms, 244 ac located 2 miles west of Leakey. A little bit of everything, fields, mtns, old ranch house, rustic barn. Fronts on FM 337 with Patterson Creek forming the southern boundary. Abundant wildlife. Call for details. CANYON OAKS! New construction, 4 bdrm 2 1⁄2 bth home with excellent views and river access. Great income producing potential. $279,900 CANYON OAKS Three bedroom, 3 1⁄2 bath home on River Road. Income producing. Reduced to $299,000 CON CAN COUNTRY CLUB Golf Course lot in Con Can Country Club! 1⁄2 acre prime residential site on golf course and nightly rentals allowed. Wont last long at $49,950. CON CAN RANCH 3 bdrm 2 bth manufactured home on 36.67 acres. Located in back of ranch adjoining a large ranch. Ideal hunting property in great location. $71,900 FAIRVIEW RANCH Nearly 20 acres with 3 bdrm 2 bth manufactured home and 2 bdrm 2 bth cabin., large metal building. Turn key living and hunting. Call for details. FRIO PECAN FARM managed rental with 2b/2ba, covered porch, beautiful Pecan grove, wildlife, price reduced to $160,000. PRICE REDUCED 3 bedroom 3 bth home on river front lot in Frio Pecan Farm. Like new condition with huge deck overlooking the river. Great income potential. Price reduced to $335,000. This property is a great income producer. FRIO RIVER PLACE Beautiful 1.93 acre building site, heavily wooded. Quiet location. $109,500. FRIO RIVER RANCH A beautiful hill country home sitting on the bank of the Frio River. Three bedrooms with 2 1⁄2 baths, high ceilings, open floor plan. All this plus a detached 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin with approximately 148 feet of frontage along the east bank of the river. Close to town, yet private. Great income potential, only $469,900. FRIO RIVER RANCH River front home on 2.2 acres. Good swimming hole. Three bedroom 2 bath home with 179 feet of river frontage. Nightly rental potential. $279,500. FRIO TERRITORY This five acre building site on the
Frio River is waiting for you. Huge cypress trees line this blue water hole that is teeming with fish. Fronts on Highway 83 and the Frio River, private, yet close to town. Good restrictions, beautiful building site overlooking the river. $329,000 OAKMONT VILLAGE 2.21 acres of heavily wooded building site located just of FM 1120. $49,000 RANCHO REAL Secluded 15 acres with hunting cabin. 4 wheel drive required. $47,000 RANCHO REAL River frontage with 22 1⁄2 acres for only $70,000. RANCHO REAL The perfect hunting tract. 36.7 acres adjoining a large ranch. $64,000. RIVERTREE Beautiful residential building sites ranging in price from $99,900 to $109,950. SHADOW VALLEY Prime residential tract with city water and river access. 1.9 acres for only $52,500. SPICEWOOD SPRINGS Riverfront home on 3.7 acres in Spicewood Springs. Access to over a mile of Frio River. Four bedroom, three bath, 2 story home sitting on bank of river with a wraparound porch. $429,500. SPRING HILL-.3.2 acres. Beautiful lot in a gated subdv, city wtr, O.F. terms 10% Dn,7.9% for 15 yrs: List Price $64,500 SPRING HILL 3.52 acres with a beautiful view overlooking Leakey. City water, Price reduced to $69,500 THE RIDGE-Experience the Texas hill country at its finest w/ private access to your own beautiful Frio River park w/BBQ pavilion. Underground utilities, free roaming wildlife, hiking, biking & much more! This 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. Check out our website for current sales! Prices start $87,500 THE RIDGE New construction, 3 bedroom 3 bth, with 2 fireplaces and outdoor kitchen, walking distance to river. Nestled under huge live oaks. Call for a showing today TWIN FORKS Two tree covered lots in good location with owner financing available. $32,500 for one, or both for $59,900. TWIN FORKS Like new double wide in Twin Forks, 3 bedroom 2 bth with approx. 1,848 sf, 2 carport, stg building, huge covered deck to enjoy your coffee. Only $99,500. Call today for a showing. COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY. 5 income producing cabins on approx. 7 acres with room for more! $375,000. COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY Now you can enjoy your own rodeo arena. Located just north of Leakey, complete with bleachers, snack bar, restrooms, and plenty of room for additional buildings or possible dance floor. Over 7 acres of land and improvements with owner financing available. This is a great investment at $225,000. COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITY. Turn key restaurant available on Highway 83. Ready to go. Price reduced to $145,000. Call for details.
INVESTORS!!! GIVE DUB A CALL AND HE WILL EXPLAIN A REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT THAT HAS THE POTENTIAL OF AN 11% PER ANNUM RETURN ON INVESTMENT, BEFORE TAX ADVANTAGES ARE CONSIDERED. THIS CAN BE DONE RIGHT HERE IN THE FRIO CANYON. Call us if you don’t see what you are looking for here. We have numerous other properties that we would be more than glad to help you with. Or better yet, come by for a visit. The coffee pot is always on.
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NEW LISTING: .4 of an acre, mobiles and rv’s allowed, access to central water and gorgeous Frio River! $27,000. NEW LISTINGS: Two one acre tracts of land, good views, city water, paved road frontage. $25,000. each NEW LISTING: .7 of an acre with fully equipped and furnished restaurant. Highway 83 frontage with good visibility! Priced to sell at $139,000. NEW LISTING: 1 acre south of Leakey on corner lot with large trees, city water, well, electricity, septic and outbuilding on slab. All ready to go! $49,000. NEW LISTING: Large 3BR/2B home on 20 beautiful acres of rolling terrain, large trees and seasonal creek. City water and wells, two cabins, rv shed, carport and large barn with electricity. $350,000. NEW LISTING: 2 acres with historic church and 3BR/1B mobile home. Beautiful grounds, backing up to larger acreage with good views and situated between two popular river crossings, this property has potential! $150,000. NEW LISTING: 2 city lots totaling almost one acre on the north side of town with availability of city water, highway frontage, cleared of all cedar exposing beautiful oaks, and corners on three roads. $29,000. 5.6 acres just a couple of miles east of Leakey on corner lot, with comfortable cabin, city water, well, cargo box, BBQ pit, no restrictions, no HOA, access to Frio River. $175,000. 75 stunning acres with gorgeous 3BR/3B “barndominium”, bunk house, rv shed, well, city water, and breath-taking long views! Tastefully and beautifully furnished! Many extras you just have to see this one! $625,000. 1BR/1B home on 2.2 acres with gorgeous views, under fence, completely and beautifully furnished! $129,000.
1 acre, completely fenced, fruit trees, shed, energy efficient 2BR/1B home, long views, wrap-a-round deck, comes tastefully furnished! $195,000. COMMERCIAL BUILDING DOWNTOWN LEAKEY! Two story, with leased restaurant downstairs and offices upstairs! Offices space upstairs could be easily renovated to be living quarters! Move to Leakey and make a living! $315,000. 14.65 acres with incredible views from the 2BR/2B home, with sunroom, Wrap-a-round porch, city water, open floor plan with lots of privacy! $265,000. 4.9 acres on the Frio River, good elevated building sites, electricity close! REDUCED $85,000. 1BR/1B rock cabin on 29.95, well, elec, and septic, amazing views. $300,000. 3BR/2B home, 3 car garage, guest home, barn, workshop on 21 gorgeous acres! $499,000. SOLD! .4 of an acre with access to one mile Frio, all utilities. $25,000. 1.18 acres, access to 1 mile Frio River and 130 acres! All utilities in place, great views! $89,000. Cozy cabin on 6 acres, access to lake, creek, deep swimming hole. $129,000. 1 acre near Garner, access to Frio River, water hookup available. $52,900. Two adjacent lots with access to the Frio River! $45,000. Each 8.09 acres, with well, mixed terrain $109,080. Adjacent 22.6 acres $203,400. Owner financing available! 50 acres, with Frio River, Bluff Creek , home and cabin, springs! REDUCED $549,000. SOLD!
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Shaniece Nicole Hohman, a 2008 graduate of Leakey ISD graduated December 14, 2013 from Texas State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies - Curriculum and Instruction Special Education All Levels and a Minor in Exercised Sports Science. Shaniece is the daughter of Duke and Shane Hohman of Leakey, Texas. Shaniece is the third child of the Hohman family to graduate from Texas State, following in the footsteps of older brother, Tyrel and older sister Candi. We would like to thank all of the donors of local scholarships that Shaniece received to help her obtain her degree and fulfill her dream. We are very proud of you Shaniece!! Love, Mom & Dad, Candi & Greg, Gunner, Gatlin, Tyrel & Melissa, Tell and Sackett.
C�i���� � ��� Wes�, Yes��rd�� �n� Tod�� With the two weeks of Christmas and New Year’s celebration behind us, I began to wonder about the days of old and what foods they consumed during that special time of the year. Therefore, with that thought in mind, I began to pull books from the shelves and hit the Google button. The difference between then and now is overwhelming. Even those in the 1800’s who had the means to overload their tables did not compare with ours of today. They focused on the gathering of families, friends, and the spirit of
the heart. Gifts and commercialization practically did not exist. My dad remembers getting a cast iron horse and that was it that year. My mom remembered bags of fruit and candy and both of these memories were in the 1920’s. Everybody has a Christmas memory of some description and those memories usually weave around gifts, some around family and some around food. I know that this last holiday, for me and mine, was heavily laden with food and more food. Thinking about the last two weeks prompted me to delve into the foods served back in the day. The shock really set in when I realized that today an average person might consume around 3,000 calories on an average day compared to 4,500 of the early day Texas settler. This is according to John H. Leinhard of the University of Houston. The pioneer ate for the energy necessary to get them through the day with protein and carbs being the base of their food consumption. Let’s face it, we find a lot of pleasure in the food we eat. The pioneers consumed sensibly. Those settlers turned up their noses to “ruffage” while it is now a staple on our plate. According to the modern dietician, the plate needs a large portion of fruits and vegetables. The settlers were not dictated by the influence of dietician and they truly looked at food from an entirely different perspective. Refrigeration and freezers were non-existent so they had to depend on fresh, canned and smoked foods to preserve their fare. The idea of prepackaged, frozen, and preservatives never entered their minds. So how did they do it? According to John Raven, Ph.D, people have been eating in Texas for about thirteen thousand years. His theory states that the first Texans arrived here from Asia via the Straits of Alaska. Their food consisted of mammals and reptiles, most now extinct. They added to that any roots, berries or nuts that they could find. The early shipwrecked Spaniards ate the foods of the Indians from whence came the term hunter and gather. The mammals eaten by the early arrivers are gone. The buffalo, deer, and smaller animals replaced them and the roots, berries and nuts still round out the meals. Farming was beginning to creep in as another way of supplying food. The next wave of Spaniards introduced cattle, hogs, sheep and goats into the food chain. As the missions and the missionaries arrived, the food options expanded. More Indians and settlers learned to farm, garden and to protect their animals from predators. The gardens did not produce lettuce and kale but potatoes, corn and later grains like wheat, oats and rye. The potatoes were mostly sweet potatoes. As time moved on, salt, coffee, sugar and flour, found its way to Texas from New Orleans
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via Galveston. The early Texan ate a lot of corn based foods. The protein they consumed came in the form of meat. They ate small mammals like squirrels, rabbits, coon, possums and birds. They consumed these small animals in one meal, thus no need yet for refrigeration or canning. They would eat the corn raw when it was young and tender or they would boil it, grind it and dry it. They ate corn mush, corn cakes and corn bread. They soaked the dry corn in limewater and made hominy. They ground the dried corn into masa, to later be made into tortillas. Early Texas began to prosper and flourish in the food department. I found a recipe for cooking squirrel and it reminded me of an old time song titled, “Squirrel Heads and Gravy.” Then I remembered that those pioneers wasted very little. Here is the recipe for preparing a squirrel followed by a recipe squirrel heads and gravy. “Rinse skinned squirrel in cold water and pat dry. Dip in buttermilk and then flour, fry in hot fat. If the squirrel is young, steaming is not necessary. Otherwise, drain off excess fat and add a cup of water and steam, covered. Make gravy in the frying pan by adding leftover seasoned flour and milk and water. Serve with biscuits and wild plum jelly.” For those of you just itchin’ to prepare squirrel heads and gravy, Bayou Bill, on his blog, says “…the notion that squirrel heads should be saved for cooking may bring about some cases of the “jeebies.” But there is a lot of good meat on the cheeks and the part of the head that joins the neck, not to mention a great little morsel of brain when the top of the head is cracked (usually with the handle of a table knife) after the meat is removed. Cook the head like the other pieces of the squirrel.” Go for it, but do not invite me for dinner. I am sure I am busy. Times have changed dramatically. There is a great interest today in the foods of old and heritage recipes while we are deep frying turkeys and putting a prop under the table to support the weight of all the side and desserts. I must add that folks gather around the chuck wagons at the cook-offs. They enjoy listening to the stories about cooking on the trail drives and then they hang around for a taste of the food prepared the old-fashioned way. Yes, there was a time before microwaves and prepackaged foods. My Texas friends, John and Treva Chadwell packed up and moved to New York City, where they prepare and successfully sell none other than heritage buttermilk biscuits. In an interview with them, they told how they created Bee Hive Oven, which features the biscuit, a food made in the fashion of Treva’s Texas ancestors. People from different countries and all walks-of-life remember home and days gone by when they consume a Bee Hive biscuit. A taste of old time Texas on the streets of New York City, can it get any better than that? The biscuit, a staple food in the pioneer Texas homes, was a must on the cattle drives. After breakfast and before daylight, the cowboys would mount up to relive the night herders and start the cattle moving. They carried their lunch in their pockets and saddlebags, usually a biscuit and hunk of jerky. That would carry them through the day, until they came in for the night meal of beans, biscuit, stew and lots of hot coffee. Food consumption has changed drastically. The pioneers consumed more with less but it worked for them. Today we consume more with more and it is definitely not working in our favor. Should we eat like our ancestors, not exactly? Should we watch our caloric intake and increase our activity, of course.
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Published on Jan 8, 2014