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January 9, 2013


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THE TRIAD OF MENTAL ILLNESS By Elaine Padgett Carnegie

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Fun Bird Facts for Kids

an unusual situation because the county line between Bandera County and Edwards County ran directly through the center of this little settlement. Five years later in 1891, the county seat of Edwards County was moved to Rocksprings. Citizens of Leakey were forced to travel by horseback over mountainous terrain, across rivers and creeks, to the county seats of Bandera and Edwards counties to file official documents, acquire marriage licenses, serve on juries, causing them to be away from home for an undetermined time. Merritt noted the adjoining counties

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were all too happy to give up what they considered untamed land, of little use. So each of the counties gave a little bit and Real County was born, from left over parts. Merritt donned a smile and informed the audience that times have changed and many a visitor to the Nueces and Frio Canyons consider it the most beautiful location in Texas. continued on page 13

Snow in the Hill Country by Billie Franklin

Mike and Mary Forman of Leakey recently completed a mostly WWIIfocused trip to France and the Channel Islands (Jersey & Guernsey). They are pictured here on Omaha Beach, directly below the American Cemetery. Mike participated with a group of veterans in the flag raising ceremony that morning, followed by a visit to Utah Beach, where his father landed shortly after D-Day. FYI – the French (still!) refer to it as the D-Day Liberation, not Invasion! If you are planning a trip pick up your T-shirt before you leave! Get yours for only $15 each, we have all sizes. Contact Willis Springfield at 830-232-5783 or come by the Hill Country Herald shop to get yours today. They also have coffee mugs, note cards and Christmas ornaments. Be sure to send in your picture to the Hill Country Herald! Have Fun out there and SPREAD THE WORD!


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The Real County Junior Livestock Show Association 65th Annual Livestock Show and Sale we begin on Thursday and Friday, January 10th and 11th at the E. E. Bushong Show Barn in Leakey on Ranch Road 337 West. There are 118 exhibitors signed up for the show. Entries include: 16 horses, 12 pens of rabbits, 22 breeder rabbits, 68 meat goats, 32 breeder meat goats, 56 lambs, 34 swine and 29 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 1:00 p.m. followed by rabbits, broilers, breeder meat goats and finishing with the meat goats. On Friday at 9:00 a.m., judging will begin with the lamb class, followed by the swine class. A barbecue lunch will be served on Friday beginning at 11:30 AM. A full concession will be offered all day Thursday and Friday. Special Awards will be presented at 12:45 on Friday, January 11th, with the auction to begin at 1:00 p.m. conducted by Joe Hargrove and his staff of the Southwest Livestock Exchange of Uvalde.

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WINTER SKIN CARE ............................. Page 6

Whartons Paved Way To Kerr Before Camp Verde’s Camels Roamed By Irene Van Winkle

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INDEX State News .................... Page 2 Legals/Jail Register ...... Page 3 Community News ......... Page 4-6 Feature Story ................. Page 7 Obituaries ...................... Page 8 Classifieds ..................... Page 12

Today’s Weather

High:57° Low: 39°


by Julie Becker

The Real County Centennial Celebration has begun. The Kick-Off Breakfast held this past Saturday at Alto Frio Baptist Encampment begins a year of celebration for Real County. The gavel struck hard as Willis Springfield, Chairman of the Centennial Committee, announced the Call to Order and the Declaration. Real County Judge Garry Merritt welcomed everyone in attendance and gave little bit of Real County History. Uvalde County to the south, Bandera County to the east and Kerr County to the northeast were all organized in 1856. Edwards County was established in 1858, but because of its western location, it was sparsely populated and remained unorganized until 1886 when a settlement in the Frio Canyon later called “Leakey” was declared the county seat. This was


A photo taken by my son, Robert Vickers, shows a little bit of the fun my grandchildren, William age 11, Jacelynn age 9, and Brenda age 7, had when they experienced snow for the first time. And it is only natural that a Texas snow man should have a Texas cactus hat. This adventure took place a few miles north of Lost Maples State Natural Area. Everyone had a chilling, good time.

Speer Elected to Board of Directors Judge James Barden, Chairman of the Board of Texas Heritage Bancshares, announced the appointment of Mr. Justin Speer to the Board of Directors of Texas Heritage Bancshares and Hondo National Bank. Mr. Speer is a lifelong resident of Uvalde County and a 2004

Graduate of Texas A&M University. He is currently involved in several business ventures including Speer Ag, Pairadice Farms and Red Sand Springs, LLC. Justin is 31 years old and is married to Bethany. They have two children, Madison and McKenzie. Mr. Speer and his family have a long history

of ranching and farming in the greater Uvalde area. Hondo National Bank originated in 1901 with the chartering of the First National Bank of Hondo. The bank has operated continouusly since its inception and weathered the “Great Depression,” as well as the “Banking Crisis of the 1980’s.”

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Texas Legislature Enters 83rd Session AUSTIN — After passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 by Congress on Jan. 1, “98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses will not see their income taxes go up,” President Obama said. The act, signed by the president on Jan. 2, extends unemployment benefits for 2 million Americans who are looking for work, makes no cuts to Social Security and Medicare and expands Medicaid benefits. But the Act postpones Congressional action on budget “sequestration” for two months, leaving question marks over the accounting and social intricacies of how much to cut or tweak entitlements and how much revenue to raise. So, the short- and longterm impacts on states remain unclear. Dynamics of decisions made at the federal level add to the complexity of deliberations state lawmakers enter Jan. 8,

when the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature convenes. Systemic state budget deficits in recent years have left Texas unable to avoid shortfalls. In 2011, Texas resorted to using federal “stimulus” dollars to overcome a $6 billion budget deficit. In 2012, sales tax revenues flowed in at healthier rates, and the state comptroller soon will release her biennial revenue estimate, giving lawmakers some idea of how much cash they will have to meet the needs of Texas. Thirsty constituents, cattle, crops, industry are sure to be addressed this session. Widespread and chronic lack of water pose problems looking for legislative solutions. And yes, Gov. Rick Perry on Dec. 28 extended his drought emergency proclamation of July 5, 2011, to a majority of Texas’ 254 counties. Those multi-billion dollar cutbacks on education in the 82nd session of the Legislature

will be addressed, and so will Medicaid. If Texas refuses to meet the required match to receive federal Medicaid funds by rejecting the Medicaid expansion, the Lone Star State could lose billions of federal dollars. To that, Gov. Perry stated in a newspaper editorial published in July: “We have no interest in following the federal directive to expand our Medicaid ranks by over a million (people), and we are also rejecting calls to establish a so-called ‘state’ insurance exchange designed and ruled by federal guidelines, many of which have yet to be written. Neither of these is the proper role of the federal government and both represent brazen intrusions into the affairs of states.” Even if the Texas Legislature passes health care reform to cover more of its lowerincome and older residents, the governor wields the veto pen. It takes a two-thirds vote in

each house of the Legislature to override a veto.Benefits extension granted Pursuant to the passage of the federal Taxpayer Relief Act, the deadline for jobless Texans to qualify for emergency unemployment insurance benefits was extended to Jan. 1, 2014, the Texas Workforce Commission announced. Those benefits extend to some 120,000 Texans who would have exhausted their unemployment benefits on Dec. 31, but not for those who already exhausted their regular state unemployment benefits, federal Emergency

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Releases Biennial Revenue Estimate (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the state’s Biennial Revenue Estimate, showing the state is projected to have $101.4 billion available for general-purpose spending during the 2014-15 biennium. “Texas experienced a very strong rebound from a severe recession,” Combs said. “The state’s robust economic recovery led to betterthan-expected revenue collections in major taxes such as the sales tax, oil and natural gas production taxes and motor vehicle sales taxes. The outlook for both the economy and state revenue is for continuing expansion as the fast-growth of the economic recovery gives way to moderate, sustained growth.” The state’s general revenue collections from taxes, fees and other income is estimated to be $96.2 billion for the 2014-15 biennium, of which about $3.6 billion would be set aside for future transfers to the Rainy Day Fund. This leaves approximately $92.6 billion in net general revenue. Adding to that is a projected $8.8 billion ending balance from the current biennium, giving the Legislature the estimated $101.4 billion for general- purpose

spending for the next biennium. The Texas economy, in inflationadjusted terms, is projected to increase by 3.4 percent in fiscal 2013, another 3.4 percent in fiscal 2014 and 3.9 percent in fiscal 2015. The state’s unemployment rate, which reached 8.2 percent during the recession, is expected to continue slowly dropping and average 6 percent during 2015. The state’s largest tax revenue source is the sales tax, which accounts for more than half the state’s general revenue. It is expected to generate approximately $54.9 billion in the 2014-15 biennium, a 9.4 increase from the current biennium. Among other large tax revenue sources: • Motor vehicle sales taxes are expected to be about $7.9 billion in 2014-15, a 9.3 percent increase from the current biennium. • The oil production tax is projected to generate about $4.6 billion, a 3.9 percent increase from the current biennium; natural gas production tax revenue is estimated to be $2.5 billion, about a 4 percent decrease

from the current biennium. The state’s franchise tax revenue for all funds is estimated at $9.5 billion for 2014-15, a 3.1 percent increase. “While the Texas economy is doing well, we must be mindful of factors that cast a shadow over our economy,” Combs said. “The economic and financial troubles dogging Europe drag on and the powerful Chinese economy has slowed. Meanwhile, the federal government remains gridlocked across a number of issues. Economic and regulatory uncertainty, including the possibility of increased taxation, can delay purchasing decisions by businesses and households.” At the end of the current biennium, the state’s Rainy Day Fund will have a balance of about $8.1 billion, absent any appropriation that might be made by the Legislature. At the end of the 2014-15 biennium the balance is projected to be approximately $11.8 billion, absent any legislative appropriations. State revenue for all purposes is estimated at $208.2 billion for the 2014-15 biennium, which would include approximately $112 billion in federal receipts and other income.

Monday during the state’s sweeping school finance trial. Beaulieu said a $1 billion supplemental appropriation request will be necessary in coming weeks to help school districts make their July expense payments. Her revelation came as the case before state district Jude John Dietz

resumed after a three-week holiday break. More than 600 school districts have sued Texas over the way it funds public schools. Attorneys for the districts say the shortfall Beaulieu divulged shows the funding situation for schools is more dire than previously thought.



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Capped wells among pluses Texas Railroad Commission, looking back on its accomplishments in 2012, noted that its agents “investigated, assessed or cleaned up 253 abandoned oilfield sites and plugged 764 orphaned wells using fees paid by the industry into the Oil & Gas Regulation & Cleanup Fund.” Water-use figures are in A study by the Texas Water Development Board concludes “31 percent of annual singlefamily residential water use in Texas is dedicated to outdoor purposes, such as lawn and garden maintenance, pools, and car washing, with the rest used indoors.” In a Dec. 17 release, the agency stated the findings are based on an analysis of monthly water use data for 259 cities, and that average outdoor water use ranged from 20 to 53 percent of total household water use, with dryer areas of the state tending to use more than wetter areas.

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Texas Schools Running $1B Short, Expert Testifies AUSTIN - - Public Education in Texas is running $1 billion short, meaning officials will soon have to seek that much in supplemental appropriations from the state Legislature. That’s what Shirley Beaulieu, chief financial officer at the Texas Education Agency, told the court

Unemployment Compensation, and Extended Benefits, the agency said. Emergency unemployment benefits provide temporary income for those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Benefits are federally funded, and Texas employers will not be charged for any claims paid on this extension. Spill settlement is reached Transocean Deepwater Inc. defendants have agreed to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal fines for April 20, 2010, Gulf Coast oil spill originating from BP’s Macondo well, widely known as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. But recovery efforts have just begun and “there remains a long road ahead to restore the Gulf,” Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker said on Jan. 3. Transocean is based in Zug, Switzerland. The fines are to be paid over a period of three years, per agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prospective students have until Friday, Jan. 11, to register in person for spring classes at Southwest Texas Junior College


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Property 001 : 9.3 ac. Views, underground utilities and sensible restrictions. Borders a large ranch. Owner/Broker. $129,900 Property 002 : Rocksprings area. Gently rolling topography, small hunting cabin, elec close. $54,000 PENDING!!! Property 3-6: 1+ ac. Commercial lots Concan. Frontage on US HWY 83. All utilities available. $139,000-$149,000 NEW Property 007: 130 acs. On Bear Creek in Concan. No restrictions. Off CR349. $15,227.31 per acre POSSIBLE OWNER TERMS Property 008: Old Town Uvalde! 823 N. Getty St. Charming 2/2 home w/2 guest houses. Fully leased! $268,000 Property 009 : 134 acs. RR337 West frontage. Great for hunting. Elec. meter. Views. Will divide into 84 and 50 ac. $369,930 Property 010-011: Adjacent cabins in Frio Pecan Farms. 2BR/2BA. Tons of amenities and income producing. $190,000 each NEW Property 013 : 417 Oriole Ave. Valley Ranch. All brick 3/2 open floorplan w/workshop. 2.24 acs. Attached 2C garage. $199,000 Property 015: Heavily treed 2 ac. lot in Saddle Mtn. Water meter in place, elec & phone run across front of lot. $60,000 POSSIBLE O.F. Property 016: 21 acs. Hwy.1050. No restrictions & lg. neighbors. Nice topography and views! $146,979 NEW Property 017: Whiskey Mountain Inn. 1869 Farmhouse on 17.69 acs. w/6 rental cabins. Gorgeous! $579,000 Property 018 : HUNTING! 31+ ACS. Blinds, feeders and travel trailer! Remote but good access. REDUCED $74,900 POSSIBLE O.F. Property 019 : RIVERFRONT HOME! 6+ acs. 3BR/3.5BA + Apt. Fishing pond, huge barn, rock patios! $699,000 REDUCED! POSSIBLE O.F. Property 020: 31+ acs. NO RESTRICTIONS. Hwy. 1050frontage. Unique cabin & guest house. Water well, views, fenced. $349,000 Property 021: Kickapoo Valley Ranch. 237 to 585 acs. Super hunting & large neighbors. $1050 to $1300 per acre Property 022 : INCOME PRODUCING! 2/1 house and 3/2 mobile home. Frio River access + close to Garner State Park. $126,500 REDUCED NEW Property 023: Cute log cabin on 7+/acs. Deer Creek Estates. On a seasonal creek, remote, pretty views. $140,000 NEW Property 024: Frio River Place lot. Nearly THREE acres! Water & elec. available. Nice river access. RV usage ok. $119,000 Property 025 : RR336 north of Leakey. 17+ acs. West prong of the Frio River on eastern boundary $222,000 REDUCED Property 026-027 : RIVER FRONT! Gorgeous oak and cypress trees, views of the mountains. $225,000 EA. POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 028 : Frio River Place 1.51 acs. SUPER CLOSE to river. Water system& elec. Nice area. $75,000 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 029 : 260 acs. +/- WILL DIVIDE Hwy. frontage, Call Martin for all the details! $4250 per acre Property 031: Riverfront home in the Frio Pecan Farm! In rental pool. Lots of amenities. $269,000 REDUCED Property 033: 5.16 ac. lot near town. City water & elec. Gorgeous views, paved roads, security gate. $84,900 Property 034: 3 acs. In Concan fronting Hwy.

127. Just past Neal’s& Frio River. Great Commercial location! $225,000 Property 035: 144 acs. Leakey city limits. Huge trees, county road frontage. Great homeplace or Development$7,000 per ac. REDUCED Property 036: Riverfront lot w/water & electric. Huge cypress and oak trees. Very nice! 1.78 acs. $159,000 POSSIBLE OWNER FINANCING Property 037: 5.3 ac. in Deer Creek. HUGE oak trees and views. Great area. All useable land. $64,500 NEW Property 038: Cozy 2/2 log cabin in Frio Pecan Farm. Managed rentals. Investment property. $175,000 Property 039: 3/2.5 hill country home. Gorgeous flat lot w/oaks & river access. Premier Concan builder. $299,000 PENDING!! Property 040: Beautiful rock home. Unique details. River Park. 1620 sq. ft. on 1.24 acs. HUGE trees. Outdoor fp. $259,900 REDUCED Property 041: 25 acs. Hunting property w/well & electricity. Frontage on Hwy. 41. Great location. $95,000 Property 042: 1+ac. lot w/Septic, meter loop & water well. Easy restrictions & no HOA. Perfect for RV. River Access. $48,000 PENDING Property 043: 10+ acs. AG EXEMPT! Great homesite. Small tank site, meter pole, RR337 & County Rd. frontage. $105,000 Property 044-046 : Canyon Oaks/Concan lots. River access, elec./ water available. 1ac. to 9+ acs.!!! $42,500 to $85,000 NEW Property 047: 1+/- ac. lot Mountain Valley in Concan. Close to golf course, House Pasture, Frio. Rentals OK!!! $89,000 Property 049: 10+ acs. Near Reagan Wells. Elec.& Water available. river access and other amenities. $150,000 POSSIBLE O.F. Property 050:River access lot w/huge trees! All utilities. Frio River Place. Just steps from the Frio! Owner/Agent $86,000 NEW Property 052: Huge 3/2 Triple wide on beautiful, shady 1.52 acs. Garage + sunroom. Close to town. City water AND well. $99,000 NEW Property 053: 7+ acs. Frio frontage w/large 4/2 DW plus nice barn. $299,000 Property 056: Lovely newer home on 4 ac. close to town. Views for MILES! Huge porches, custom cabinetry, workshop. $229,500 Property 060, 063: The Ranch Subdivision in Concan. Ag. Exempt residential lots 5-8 ACS.w/Frio Access. $130-165K Property 061: Cute brick house in Leakey. 170 Pecan Drive. Close to everything. On 2 lots w/guest house. $115,000 Property 064: Two 1+ ac. lots w/Hwy. 83 frontage. No Restrictions. Elec. & city water available. $37,500 each lot. Property 065: 3/2 brick house on RR337. No Restrictions. Currently a successful nightly rental. CLOSE to river. $129,500 REDUCED Property 067: 89+ acs. Hwy. frontage, near Garner. Partial high fence. Addtl. acreage available. $429,000OWNER TERMS Property 068: 89+ acs. Adjacent to #67 above. Gorgeous land w/great topography. $429,000 OWNER TERMS Property 069: 14.9 acs. Hwy. 2748 frontage in Uvalde Co. Just gorgeous. Great homesite. Additional acreage avail. $115,000 OWNER TERMS Property 070: 18.74 acs. Real County. 2/3rds high fenced. Additional acreage available. $115,000 OWNER TERMS

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JAIL REGISTER December 30 - January 5, 2013 REED, ANTHONY JOSEPH, 21 W/M, LEAKEY, TEXAS, A/O GASS, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA LESS THAN 2 OUNCES, $3000 SURETY BOND 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 Disclaimer: All print and other visual media is for informational purposes only. This information is considered public information under the Freedom of Information Act and the Public Records Act. Any indication of an arrest is not intended to imply or infer that such individual has been convicted of a crime. All persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Real County Sheriff’s Office Weekly Dispatch Report December 30, 2012 – January 5, 2013 12/30/2012 @ - 917 responded to the 10500 block of Ranch Road 337 for a report of Trespassing - 2136 responded to the 300 block of Pecan Lane for a assault complaint 12/31/2012 @ - 1901 responded to the US Hwy 83 south for a report of a drunken driver - 2007 responded to the City Park in Camp Wood for a complaint on illegal use of fireworks 1/1/2013 @ - 1006 responded to the 6600 block of US Hwy 83 for a break-in complaint

1/2/2013 @ - 2319 responded to Pecan Street for a disturbance call 1/4/2013 @ - 300 responded to the 90 block of Pecan Street of a disturbance call - 1148 responded to US Hwy 83 south for a motor vehicle accident 1/5/2013 @ - 1629 responded to the 400 block of Flagger Ranch Road for a residen�al alarm - 2352 responded to the 400 block of East Eighth Street in Camp Wood for a domes�c disturbance call


On December 28, 2012, Radio Cactus, Ltd. applied to the Federal Communications Commission for consent to assign radio station KBLT(FM), Channel 282A, 104.3 MHz, Leakey, Texas, to Radio Dalhart, Inc. (RDI). Radio Cactus, Ltd. is a Texas Limited Partnership. Its sole General Partner is Furr Investments Holding, Inc. Paula Furr and the Estate of John Furr are its Limited Partners. RDI is a Texas Corporation. George Chambers is its sole Shareholder and Director. He and his wife, Bonnie Chambers, are its officers. A copy of the application and related materials are available for public inspection at KBLT’s main studio, 424 North Highway 83, in Leakey, Texas.


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


Job Title: General Transportation Tech I Job Number: 019021 Location: 913 N. US 83 – Leakey, TX Closes : 1/23/2013 at 5:00 p.m. Salary: $2470.00 per month Entry level – no experience required. Must obtain Class A CDL with N endorsement within 60 days if hired. Must be able to report for duty for emergency conditions within 45 minutes of notification. Work hours are Mon-Thurs 7:00 – 5: 30. Applicants must submit a paper application found on our web site or at any TxDOT office or apply using the online system: For additional information or to request an accommodation in order to apply for the above job, please contact Human Resources at 4502 Knickerbocker Rd. San AngeloTX 76904 or call 325/944-1501. An Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Perry on Texas Comptroller’s Revenue Estimate Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding Comptroller Susan Combs’ biennial revenue estimate: “Today’s revenue estimate is more evidence that we made the right decisions two years ago by budgeting carefully

to meet the challenges of the national recession. The Texas formula of low taxes, reasonable regulations, fair courts and a quality workforce is the best way to continue creating jobs and growing our economy. Even as we head into the 83rd

Legislative Session with higher revenues, we still need to focus on separating our wants from our needs, and continue to follow the conservative fiscal principles that have led to Texas’ ongoing success and will keep Texas strong.”

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1. Business Personal Property (mandatory as of 2004-failure to file a business personal property rendition will result in a 10% penalty) 2 Real Estate DEADLINE FOR FILING OF RENDITIONS, PROPERTY INFORMATION REPORTS, AND REPORTS OF DECREASED VAULE IS MONDAY, APRIL 15 2013. A filing extension will be allowed for business renditions upon receipt of a written Request received by the filing deadline, MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013. EXEMPTIONS* 1. Residential Homestead Exemption 2. Over-65 Exemption** 3. Over 55 Surviving Spouse of a person who received the Over-65 Exemption 4. Medical disability Exemption** 5. Veteran’s disability Exemption 6. Widow of Disabled Veteran Exemption *If you previously received a Homestead and/or and Over-65 Exemption, or an Over-55 Surviving Spouse of a person who received the Over-65 Exemption, a disability Exemption, or a Disabled Veteran’s Exemption, it is not necessary for you to file again this year. IF THE LEVEL OF CERTIFIED DISABILITY FOR THE VETERAN’S EXEMPTION HAS CHANGED OR IS AT 100%, YOU MAY FILE A NEW APPLICATION. **The Over-65 School Homestead Exemption or Medical Disability Exemption can be transported to another home within Texas on a percentage basis. TAX DEFERRAL OR ABATEMENT Eligible persons may obtain a deferral or abatement. PLEASE CONTACT THE APPRAISAL DISTRICT FOR EXEMPTION(S) AND DEFERRAL OR ABATEMENT FORMS AND EXPLANATION. SPECIAL USE VALUATIONS Agricultural Valuation-Applications are being accepted for Ad Valorem Tax purposes as provided under Article III, Section 1-d and 1-d-1 of the Texas State Constitution. Properties qualifying under these Amendments are valued on the basis of Agricultural Productivity rather than their market value. The tax that would be levied on market value is deferred. Information on agricultural use valuation is available in the State Comptroller’s Publication, Taxpayers’Rights, Remedies & Responsibilities. Copies are available at the Appraisal District Office. DEADLINE FOR FILING EXEMPTIONS AND APPLYING FOR SPECIAL USE VALUATIONS IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013, FOR ALL TAXING JURISDICTIONS. ALL OF THE ABOVE APPLICATIONS MUST BE FILED EITHER IN PERSON OR BY MAIL AT THE REAL COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT, P.O. BOX 158, LEAKEY, TEXAS 78873. TO OBTAIN APPLICATION(S) CALL (830) 232-6248 OR WRITE TO ABOVE ADDRESS. REAL COUNTY APPRAISAL DISTRICT NO FEE IS REQUIRED FOR FILING ANY OF THE ABOVE RENDITIONS, EXEMPTIONS OR SPECIAL USE VALUATION




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by Coach Aris

The Lady Eagles opened district play with a 56-30 win over Knippa last Friday night. This was probably our most complete game all year. We played man-to-man defense for most of the game and played it well. We are usually a zone defense team but last time we played Knippa, they picked us apart and scored from the perimeter. I wanted us to stay in front of them and prevent dribble penetration this time. Our team defense was great. We were in good help position all night and didn’t allow drives to the basket. Mackenzie Wade did a great job on their best scorer, not allowing her good looks at the basket and stopping the drive. Brianna Rubio did an outstanding job on the other scorer, making her work for everything she got.

The rest of the players on the floor were there for good help when needed. We got off to good first quarter, out scoring Knippa 168. We were able to attack inside and get some transition baskets. The second quarter our defense really took control allowing them only two field goals while scoring 14 points in the quarter. With a solid 30-12 halftime lead, I felt really good about the way we were playing. The second half we out scored them 26-20, switching back and forth from man to zone defense to keep them off balance. We were led in scoring by Sarah Reagor with 14 points, followed by Chastity Thompson and Keena Auld with 11 points each. Mackenzie Wade and Joanie Eliott scored 7 points. I thought Joanie

had her best game of the year. She was aggressive to the basket, made some perimeter shots and played really good defense and added a couple assists and steals. Sarah, Keena, and Chastity each grabbed 6 rebounds. Keena had 6 steals and Chastity had 5 steals. As a team, we had 24 steals to go along with 27 rebounds. When we can create turnovers like that, it means easy transition baskets. Our field goal percentage was the best we have had all year, 47% and 72% from the free throw line. If we can continue to shoot with those percentages, we will be hard to beat along with the aggressive defense we played. Our next district game is at home against a tough Rock Springs team Tuesday.

by Coach Macias

The Jr. High Lady Eagles tipped off with a huge win against Sabinal with a score of 36-15. These girls came out with fire and are continually progressing each game. Sydney Carter and Sofia Rodriguez were the top leading scorers for the Lady Eagles, with Carter scoring 15 points and Rodriquez scoring 17 points. Sydney Jones and Alaenna Bates also added points to help out the Lady Eagles. Each one of the players consistently progress in their skills and

show understanding of the game. I am very proud of these JH Lady Eagles for all their hard work in practice and in the game. We will face Rocksprings on Jan. 7, in Leakey and then will face Nueces Canyon on Jan. 14, there. “A BIG Thank You,” to all the Eagle fans for their support in cheering on these Lady Eagles. “We work hard, WE DO Work, We give 100%!”- Keep up the great work JH Lady Eagles.

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The National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society will host a Blood Drive at the United Methodist Church’s fellowship hall on Monday, February 11, 2012 10 am to 3:30 pm. In order to make donating blood an enjoyable experience, eat a full meal within four hours prior to donating blood, drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water or fruit juice 24 hours prior to donating blood, get a good night’s sleep the night before donating, and avoid strenuous activity for a few hours after donating. Who may donate? Anyone who is 16 years old

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The Junior High UIL District Academic meet was held in Comstock this year on December 14, 2012. Joan McCarson, Karen Kurz, Beth Manglberger and (driver) Mark Manglberger took 26 seventh and eighth graders in the fog and drizzle to the meet. Normally fog does not cause many problems in the late morning, but as we flew by the one blinking light at Comstock, we wondered if we had missed the town. The fog was so heavy; we could not even tell where the big city of Comstock was

located, much less where the school was located. We turned around on the highway and took a right where we thought the direction of the school might be. The fog was so heavy that we could only see about 20 feet in front of the bus. We began to take a tour of Comstock. This would normally only take a couple of minutes, but 30 minutes later we were near a large hay field on the far side of town. Mrs. Kurz pulled out her phone and proceeded to get on her GPS to find the school. This seemed so austere. We found

streets that didn’t even exist on the GPS. Next we looked up and almost ran into the High School Gym. What a morning! We returned home around 10:00 PM that night. Our seventh and eighth graders received 22 medals and ribbons. The list below includes all the winners with their events. 8th Grade Jake Gray:6th Spelling; Sofia Rodriguez:4th Modern Oratory, 4th Mathematics,5th Art Smart Tatum Dean: 4th Maps, Graphs & Charts 7th Grade Satera Perez: 4th Social Studies;

Jolee Cave: 1st Spelling,1st Ready Writing, 2nd Oral Reading,1st Maps, Graphs & Charts, 6th Editorial Writing; Coleman Kerr: 5th Science, 2nd Ready Writing, 4th Modern Oratory Sydney Jones: 6th Science; Damian Gonzalez: 6th Modern Oratory; Haden Hart: 2nd Modern Oratory Sydney Carter: 6th Math; 7th Art Team: 6th Place- Jolee Cave, Satera Perez, Sydney Jones, Coleman Kerr, Sydney Carter 8th Art Team: 4th Place- Sofia Rodriquez, James Diaz 7th Spelling Team: 6th Place-Jolee Cave, Sydney Jones, Sydney Carter, Satera Perez

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Nueces Canyon Board of Education - Regular Session Meeting- December 17th, 2012 Members of the Nueces Canyon C.I.S.D. Board of Education met in regular session on December 17th, 2012. Diana DelaRosa, Board President, presided at the meeting. The board meeting was called to order at 7:41 pm. Rick Howard gave the invocation. ¡ Three student readers who successfully represented us at the recent District UIL Academic Contest read their award winning stories ¡ Mr. Jaime Nevarez was honored for completing his undergraduate degree this month. ¡ The Oath of Office was administered to Denise Rogers and Paul Frizzell as new board members Junior High and High School Principal Kristi Powers reported Junior High and High School enrollment of 144. Mrs.

Powers reported on the Junior High Academic UIL Results. NCJH won 2nd Place overall with 623.5 points earned. Mrs. Powers told the board about the free College and Career website from TEA and the PSAT quickstart websites that students are using to prepare. Also covered were the PLAN (10th Grade) and EXPLORE (8th Grade) Test Results; and she noted the completion of the End of Course Retesting. Elementary Principal Luci Harmon reported Elementary enrollment of 121. On the Academic UIL competition, for Elementary Mrs. Harmon reported 129 medals and ribbons with a 1st place finish overall. The equipment is being configured for the new mobile i-Pad lab purchased with grant funds. This lab will further increase technology access for students. Mrs. Harmon also

commended everyone involved on the success of the Christmas Concert. Luci Harmon also presented the Food Services Report for the month. Athletic Director Greg Voyles reported that Nueces Canyon had 8 football players on the district picks. Mr. Voyles also said the basketball programs are going well. Mike Hicks gave the Maintenance, Transportation, and Tax Collections Reports to the School Board. In the consent agenda the board: • The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting. • The board voted to accept and pay bills as presented. • The board accepted the Budget/Finance report as presented.

Several action items were considered by the School Board: ¡ The independent audit of last year’s financials was reported on by one of the auditors conducting the work. It included an “unqualified opinion,â€? the best report available from school district auditors. ¡ The annual report of continuing education hours earned by the board members individually through the year was approved with all trustees exceeded the required hours of training. ¡ Interlocal agreements were renewed for NCCISD’s participation in a multiregional purchasing coop for food supplies and commodity processing for 2013-14 ¡ A resolution was adopted casting ballots in the election of two directors for the Uvalde

NCHS Girls Basketball Holiday Hoops Over the Christmas Break, the Prowling Panthers grabbed some holiday cheer on the basketball court with the Iraan Alleyhoop Invitational and then one last preseason game at Brackettville. N.C. went into the tournament with a line-up change and looking to shake the rust from the break. They opened with a rebuilding Presidio team, but one that clearly had the height advantage. It took N.C. a bit to find their old aggression, but the game was never in any real danger. Every Panther found the bottom of the net in the 70 -31 openinground victory. Abbey Falcon finally heated up to lead all scorers with 19 points. Junior posts Nikki Milliorn and Ashley Harmon gave solid performances with 10 points apiece. N.C.’s backcourt also chipped in their fair share with the guard tandem of Alyssa Ramirez and Hailey Luce each finishing with 8 points. Reserve guards Danielle Irwin and Nevah Navarro knocked down four points each. Kyra Sifuentes hit one from beyond the arch. Jennifer Huddleston and Jaron Falcon rounded out the action with a bucket each. Next up was a quicker team from Kermit. The Panthers grabbed the early lead by keeping a fast-paced game. However, the momentum began to change rapidly in the fourth quarter as the game became marred by whistles and trips to the foul line for Kermit. The Panthers had to use some good clock management for the final five minutes as the maroon team took advantage of eight trips to the foul line. To Big Blue’s credit, they weathered the storm with a 47 - 36 victory and advanced into the finals. Scoring was fairly well-rounded for the Canyon with Nikki Milliorn leading with 10 points, Abbey Falcon and Kyra Sifuentes up next each with 9 points. In the Championship round, N.C. faced

the Midland Classical team who knocked the Panthers out of the medal round last year. The TAPPS private school was again well coached and well prepared to make the game as much a half-court contest as possible. They took advantage of their superior shooting, including going 18 for 26 from the foul line to keep the Panthers at bay. In the second quarter, N.C. would make a run and come within three points, but the Lady Knights never lost a handle on the game as they out hustled the Canyon for rebounds and loose balls. The Knights’ point guard went a perfect nine for nine from the charity stripe to put the nails in the coffin. The Panthers would settle for Runner-up with the 49 - 64 defeat. Ashley Harmon, Danielle Irwin, Alyssa Ramirez, and Nevah Navarro all had strong performances for the weekend, and Kyra Sifuentes finally found her shooting touch to lead N.C. with 16 in the final game. Nikki Milliorn and Abbey Falcon were named to the All-Tournament Team. N.C. enjoyed a nice size fan following for their trip out West and would like to thank their family for making the long effort. That same fan base got to travel a considerably shorter distance in the New Year when the Panthers celebrated in Tiger country. The J.V. finally got to lace up their high tops after a long

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Superintendent of Schools, Rick Howard, as well as Junior High / High School Principal Kristi Powers, Elementary Principal Luci Harmon, and Athletic Director Greg Voyles attended the meeting. Also present were; Billye Smith, Mike Hicks, Donna Jones, Dixie Frizzell, Natalie DeLeon, Gabriella Irwin, Kathryn Nevarez, Christian Nevarez, Raul Nevarez, Dale Nevarez, Jaime Nevarez, Elsie Irwin, Angela Fox, Reagan Fox, and Norma DeLeon. Board Member absent from the meeting was Charles E. Hunger. The Nueces Canyon Board of Education meets the third Monday of each month at 6: 30pm. Please call the District Business Office at 830-2343514 or consult the school calendar at to verify meeting dates and times

By Coach Brandy Sweeten

wait and opened play for the early afternoon game in Brackettville. Brackett looked to exact revenge on Big Blue from their tournament loss before the break, but the Panthers would have none of it. Priscilla Gonzales got things heated up for the Panthers. She scored 7 of her 11 points in the first quarter with smooth post moves and a soft touch from the foul line. Then Emily Carnes and Malerie Gomez took over in the second half. Carnes scored all 9 of her points in the last two quarters to help widen N.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17point lead, while Gomez took her outside game on the move knifing in the key to lead all scorers with 14 big ones. When the last buzzer sounded, the Panthers kept their undefeated record going into district with a 47 - 27 victory. Varsity tipped off next. The Panthers squared off against a play-off potential Brackett squad. N.C.

was the aggressor on defense and on offense attacking the basket. It paid off as the Panthers took an early lead 17 - 6 at the end of one. N.C. did struggle with some poor shooting in transition, but the Panthers did pound it into the posts who made the moves to get the score. Posts Nikki Milliorn and Abbey Falcon had 16 and 10 points respectively to keep the Pantherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inside game in check. Ashley Harmon continued to be on a roll with her inside game giving the Canyon a cool 13 off the bench. In the backcourt, Hailey Luce and Alyssa Ramirez applied pressure on defense, and Luce began to take a better command of the point position again. They each had 4 on the afternoon. Kyra Sifuentes sunk one from downtown, but more importantly led the way on defense causing several tie-ups or forced turnovers from the Tigerettes. Danielle Irwin hit a driving jumper, and Jennifer Huddleston drilled a runner at the buzzer to make the final 54 - 37 in favor of Big Blue. The Panthers will now hope to improve their record to 17 and 3 when they host their first District opponent, the Junction Eagles, on January 5th due to a weather change. Photos courtesy of Navarro Photography. Iraan Tourn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NP (1): Alley Hoop Runners-Up back row Hailey Luce, Abbey Falcon, Nikki Milliorn, Ashley Harmon, Jennifer Huddleston, Danielle Irwin front row: Kyra Sifuentes, Alyssa Ramirez, Nevah Navarro, Jaron Falcon

By Coach Brandy Sweeten

The Panthers could never get any open looks inside, and the score reflected that. The Canyon only scored three points in the second quarter. The Eagles kept their lead in the third quarter in large part to their strong free throw shooting. They shot a strong 67% from the foul line while

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County Appraisal District ¡ A proposed appraisal instrument was adopted that will be used next month as a component in the annual superintendent appraisal process ¡ A Public Hearing was held for the purpose of discussing the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Performance Report which includes reports from the AEIS system, campus performance objectives, student discipline referrals from last year, and if we had met the minimum size requirements, college success of our 2010 graduates attending college last year. The Meeting was adjourned at 9:24 pm. In attendance at the meeting were NC School Board members; Diana DelaRosa, Danny Irwin, Noreda Sifuentes, Ignacio Sanchez, Denise Rogers, and Paul Frizzell. Nueces Canyon

the Panthers could only muster one make all game long. However, N.C. showed their fighting spirit in the fourth quarter. Big Blue never quit playing, and thus they were rewarded with their biggest quarter of the game scoring 15 points and almost stealing the victory from the Eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s grasp. Emily Carnes sunk a rebound at the buzzer to give the Panthers just one point shy of snatching the win. The Panthers suffered their first loss of the season to a very strong Junction J.V. team 30 - 31. Putting up good numbers for the Canyon in a valiant effort were: Emily Carnes who led all scorers with 14, Selena DeLeon who hit 3 threeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, April Amine with 3 points, and Priscilla Gonzales and Malerie Gomez rounded out the action with a bucket each. Next up was the Varsity. The Panthers came out with some fire and good movement on defense. They jumped out to a 10 - 0 run. However, Junction found their way little by little back into the game. N.C. could never quite shake the Eagles. The Panthers did win every quarter, but the Black and Gold stayed on their heels.

Junctionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full court man defense produced its fair share of turnovers from the Panthers. The guards and posts could never really get into sink on offense. Luckily, in the fourth quarter, just as in the J.V. game, N.C. found some rhythm. Siera Edwards began to connect with the posts, dishing out 7 assists to go with 2 points. Posts Nikki Milliorn and Abbey Falcon continued to go up strong to score the high marks. Falcon finished with 15 points and 9 boards, while Milliorn dropped in 14 points and 10 rebounds to establish the inside game for the Panthers. Kyra Sifuentes kept the Eagles honest from the outside finishing with 7 points. Other scorers for the Panthers were Hailey Luce with three, Danielle Irwin and Nevah Navarro gave the Panthers some valuable production off the bench with a jumper apiece, Alyssa Ramirez helped set the defensive tone for N.C. while dropping in a two footer, and Ashley Harmon hit a free throw. N.C. put up 13 points in the final quarter and was relieved to capture their first District win 48 - 38.





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I discovered Cedar Fever is now full blown, experiencing it personally. One of the “perks” of living at the foothills of the Hill Country, we are all aware of the disadvantages that it can bring to each of us. So we learn to stay indoors and eat soup, drink hot tea or coffee, and blow away our troubles. The Kleenex, Puffs, Scott, and whatever other brand of tissues we use are the beneficiaries of this humbling experience.

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The TOPS Club (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is hosting an open house on January 24, to offer the public a chance to see what inspires each of us to continue our personal “battle of the bulge”. This special invitation is offered from 5 to 7 pm at the Sabinal Senior Center, located on Rheiner Avenue, one block west of Center Street. Let us inspire you to start your own plan to lose weight. TOPS is planning to man a booth at the upcoming Wild Hog Festival. We will have a cookbook available for the general public along with samples of some of the fares from the recipes in the book. Look for us and see what we eat to lose weight, keep off weight, all while having a good time enjoying each others small successes.

The City Council has asked the Sabinal Senior Citizens to help provide a light in front of the Sabinal Senior Citizens building. This has been an ongoing difference of opinion for some time now. The building is owned by the City and as such, the City Council wants to rent the building out on the weekends for parties and meetings. The Sabinal Senior Citizens use the building during the day, not at night, and therefore see no reason to spend their paltry amount of money for an outside light. The suggestion is that if the City Council wants a light, they should be the ones who pay for it. They would be the ones who benefit from it. All the money earned from the rental of the building goes to the City. When the building is left in disarray, it is the Senior Citizens who suffer, not the City. Something here just does not seem right. The next City Council meeting will be held on January 14.

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Now that the holidays are over and I am carrying 15 extra pounds, it is the new year and everything feels like it should be ripe with potential but I look in the mirror and see the results of too little sleep and the excesses I have partaken of…ugh! So I googled winter skin care to see if I could improve anything. In two weeks the results were remarkable as far as the appearance of my skin. I’m going to share it with you this week…good luck! 1. Get a facial A facial is a great way to clear out your skin and start a new season with a clean slate. As the climate changes, so does our skin. First, remove all traces of makeup, dirt and impurities. A gentle, creamy cleanser hydrates dry skin. For a spa-like experience, fill the sink with lukewarm water, then add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender, rosewood or eucalyptus. Dip a cotton facecloth into the water, then gently wring it out and press it onto your face to soothe and further cleanse your skin. This second cleanse will help you unwind – and remove all makeup residue, without stripping away oils. Next, choose a mild exfoliate, which will remove the surface layer of dead cells. If you frequently skip this step in your regular beauty regimen, it can give your skin a dull appearance. If you’re using a manual scrub, distribute the product all over your face in a circular motion, using light pressure (avoid the eye area, as that skin is thin and can be damaged easily); rinse with tepid water. Now it’s time to indulge in a refreshing, invigorating mask

that’s designed to fulfill your skin-care desires. Regrettably, there’s no such thing as a mask that can treat all of your skin-care woes in a single application. If your complexion is oily, use a clay mask. If you have dry or mature skin, look for an ultranourishing cream mask to add moisture and plump up your skin. Finally, it’s important to seal in all that hard work by applying your daily serum, eye cream and moisturizer. Don’t forget your lips: apply a rich hydrating balm or treatment to get them looking just as radiant as the rest of your face. If you’re planning on stepping outside into sunlight after your facial, be sure to apply sunscreen with at least an SPF 30. 2. Drink water Remembering to stay hydrated in the summer is a no-brainer, but as it gets colder, getting your daily dose of water isn’t always a top priority. We all get more dehydrated in the winter, so it’s important to drink more water. This is a very simple, but beneficial tip for people wanting to maintain healthy skin. 3. Protect your face from the elements We wrap ourselves in heavy jackets and clothing during the winter, and it shouldn’t be any different with our skin. Use a heavier cream versus a lighter moisturizer to keep skin hydrated. Skin gets more sensitive in the winter so think of a heavier cream as an extra layer of protection -- like a warm sweater. 4. Avoid petroleum Don’t neglect your lips, which have a tendency to dry out in the winter. Keep balm with you and

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As a rule, choose produce of various colors to get a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. 7. Try a hydrating serum Add a hydrating serum to your routine, to be applied under your regular moisturizer. There is so much humidity in the summer, you don’t need one. But winter’s dry air means we need an extra layer of moisture, which a serum can provide. Like layering a favorite fitted T-shirt under your cardigan, a hydrating serum seals in the comfort -- not to mention helps provide dewylooking skin despite dry air and frigid temperatures. 8. Use a cream cleanser Switch from a gel to a cream cleanser for the winter, because skin is more sensitive in cold weather, gel cleansers, which are often astringent, can further dry out and irritate winter skin. A quality cream cleanser will remove makeup and debris without depleting skin’s precious moisture. 9. Exfoliate regularly Dull, lackluster skin is an unfortunate winter trademark. This is caused by a buildup of dead skin. To give those dry, flaky cheeks a boost, exfoliate regularly. You need to do this more often in winter than you do in summer! Three times a week is a great way to ensure you’re always showcasing your freshest, healthiest skin. 10. Try oils A great -- and comforting -- way to provide your whole body with much-needed hydration during the winter is with bath oils. Your skin absorbs the moisture from the oils, leaving your skin silky soft every time you step out of the tub.

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Whartons Paved Way To Kerr Before Camp Verde’s Camels Roamed By Irene Van Winkle

It’s off the beaten path and small, but Wharton Cemetery is replete “Horses, according to the 90-year-old pioneer, could smell camels with history. a long distance away, and frequently showed signs of alarm at the Tucked away on Wharton Road (off Hwy. 173 west of Center Point), approach of the tawny, lumbering, humpback animals. When several it was founded in 1870 when Indians killed a man on the Wharton of the camels came one Sabbath to Camp Ives bringing officers’ farm. The Whartons buried him under a large oak tree, but without wives from Camp Verde, the horses already hitched around the arbor identification, his name was never learned. The first known person became so frightened and unruly that the minister had to suspend his buried there was William Watson Wharton. preaching until the women had dismounted and the horses had been Barely two dozen graves exist, old and new, but as one of the calmed.” county’s oldest cemeteries, unlocking its secrets yields rewarding David’s brothers served in the Confederate forces during the war, treasures. In 1857, just one year after Kerr County was founded, but David was too young to fight. He took up freighting from the pioneers William W. Wharton (1799-1871) and his wife, Thankful Hill Country all the way to far south in Texas, using teams of six Rankin (1804-1885), arrived from McNairy County, Tennessee by to eight yoked oxen. The story he told was that once when he was covered wagon with their three sons — John Doderidge (1838- turning his team around in front of the Alamo, his whole rig tipped 1919), William G’laspie (1841 -1919) and David Newton (1846- over. 1938) — in tow. “The papers reported the story, but never gave his name,” Susan They settled on 640 acres, but it was rarely quiet on the frontier said, “but he told the family later that he was the one driving that — Indian raids, the Civil War. The Whartons witnessed, and wagon.” contributed to, a wealth of history in the Hill Country. David freighted shingles to Austin, returning with flour, salt and Of the sons, David, in old age, reportedly was the last man living in coffee. Remarkably, at 16 years of age, he hauled cotton from near Kerr County to see camels at Camp Verde. He saw Kerrville when it Bryan to Brownsville, a trip of three to four weeks through the had only 15 houses and shingle-making was the main industry. wilderness. He earned $1 for every 100 pounds he delivered, and One of his descendants who enjoys preserving her history is the $600 he made he gave to his mother. In 1863, David joined Lt. T. Susan Sublett Ferguson who has volumes of photos and historical H. Farr’s company of Frontier Rangers, and also served in the Texas information. Her parents were Jesse Julius Sublett (the grandson of Cavalry. At 18 years of age, David went with a group to the Medina another pioneer, Burkett Foster Sublett and his wife, Sarah Brazeal) River on a “cow hunt” to retrieve cattle which had strayed during the and Dorothy “Dot” Lee Young (1916-2005). winter. He and six men tried to chase a band of Indians who stole all Among her keepsakes are two chairs belonging to her great- but one of their seven horses. The group tried to track them on foot, grandfather, David. David and Susan Hollimon Wharton’s daughter, but only got sores on their feet for their trouble. Alice (1881-1978), married Tom Young, who were the parents of Susan said the family also helped found the Center Point United Susan’s mother, Dot. (See April 19, 2007 issue of West Kerr Current Methodist Church. for Hollimon story.) She said that two of Dot’s cousins, Ray and David and Susie had many children, some of whom died young: Wayne Wharton, live in Bandera. Alice, Pherby Thankful, Alfred, Oleva, Sidney Lee, Edward Rankin, Susan, who lives in Kerrville with husband Edward “Earl,” spent Mollie Belle, William Glaspie II, Susie Angelina, Gertie and an many childhood years in West Kerr County. Both sides of her family unnamed infant. Sidney married Margaret McDonald, a pioneer arrived early in the New World, but some came sooner. descendant; Edward wed Cornelia Baker, daughter of Benjamin “The Whartons were newcomers to America compared to the Franklin Baker and Elizabeth Peterson. Mollie, who married Garve Subletts, who came to Virginia in the 1600s,” Susie said. “The Taylor, died in the 1918 flu epidemic. Sublett(e)s were Huguenots who came from France, through Although David’s obituary stated that he died at his ranch, in the Germany, Belgium (or Holland) and England,” Susie said. Later home that still stands near Lower Turtle Creek, he and his wife had some of them dropped the “e” from the end of their surname. moved to 902 Wheless St. in Kerrville in their final years. Later, his William Wharton’s parents, John Wharton and Sallie Rankin, came wife moved in with Alice’s family who had moved to Kerrville from to North Carolina, receiving land grants in 1832. John’s parents, Hunt. Watson and Martha, came from Delaware. “My grandfather stood tall, and never took Born in Guilford County, Thankful Rankin a drink,” Dot told Ashby. “His brother, Bill was a talented artist. Susan said that her drank for him.” grandmother, Alice, owned three miniature Bill was one of Charles A. Schreiner’s first watercolor portraits Thankful had painted of customers when his store opened on Dec. herself, her mother and her grandfather. She 24, 1869 in Kerrville, purchasing two quarts took them to Texas, along with a hand-woven of whiskey for $1.50 on credit. In the store coverlet, her father’s will and her grandfather’s ledger, the other entries were for $2 from obituary. The paintings are valued as Primitive George Hollimon, Sr., for 7-1/2 lbs. of coffee, Art, and were reprinted in a booklet, “Windows and $1 in cash Schreiner paid himself. Bill was to the Past,” for an exhibit at the Greensboro Kerr County deputy sheriff for 50 years, but Historical Museum in 1982. attaining the office made for a colorful tale, Thankful’s grandfather, Col. Daniel Gillespie according to Dot: (1743-1829), was born in Frederick County, “Uncle Bill grew up wearing a six-gun. He Virginia. He came from the Scottish clan wore it everywhere and, as civilization came to McPherson of Cluny Castle, built in 1438. Kerrville, the city council passed an ordinance Gillespie, or Gillaspie, are modern forms saying you couldn’t wear a six-gun on your hip of the Gaelic name, Gillsprig. There were in town. But Uncle Bill continued to wear one several ministers in the family and others were every time he rode in. Now, everyone loved prominent in England. In America, Daniel’s him. He was a decent guy until he stopped Three Wharton brothers — John Doderidge, branch settled in Frederick County, where off at the saloon and got bombed. Finally, the seated, left, William G’laspie, seated right, Daniel and his brother, John, were born. sheriff had no choice but to arrest Uncle Bill and David Newton — blazed a trail to Kerr Daniel later received a grant in North Carolina for wearing a gun. The problem was eventually County in 1857 by covered wagon with their from Lord Granville on South Buffalo Creek. solved when the sheriff swore in Uncle Bill as parents, William Watson Wharton (17991871) and Thankful Rankin (1804-1885), In 1769, he married Margaret Hall, and had a deputy.” eight children. He fought in the Revolution, from McNairy County, Tennessee. The family Bill lived on the Divide and is credited cemetery between Kerrville and Center Point receiving promotions for his service in the state with discovering the Devil’s Sinkhole near has a historical marker noting the Whartons’ militia. He served in the North Carolina House Rocksprings on his land. He married Lucia Ann contributions as pioneers of Commons and Senate, attended the congress Knowlton, but the couple had no children. that drafted the state’s constitution, and was at the 1789 convention The oldest brother, John, married Rachel McCarty in 1866. They that ratified the Federal Constitution. had 13 children, and later moved to Oklahoma. His daughter, Nancy, married George Rankin, and it was their Susan’s mother, Dot, grew up around Hunt, and graduated from its daughter, Thankful, who married William W. Wharton ca. 1835-38. then-high school. However, Dot told Ashby she was born at the old “Windows to the Past,” cites part of an interview with David, who David Wharton home: “Mom and Dad lived up on the Divide, but told how the family got here: Mom came here to have me. We’d use buggies and horses. We didn’t “Sometime in October, 1856, when I was 10 years of age, ... (we) left have electricity. We sold the house and eventually it was owned by McNairy Co., Tenn. in a wagon drawn by three mules and a horse, a Mrs. Ross. She sold it to a couple who wrote out on a check on the bound for Kerr Co., Texas. In the wagon was packed our household spot, then walked out on the front porch and said, ‘The first thing goods, personal effects ... and enough food to last 2 months ... We we’ll do is get a bulldozer and doze down this old house.’ Mrs. Ross averaged 18 miles per day, and it took us 50 days to make the trip. said, ‘Oh, no you won’t,’ and ripped up the check.” Near San Antonio, we met a young man on horseback who stopped Susan said that Dot’s husband, Tom Young, lost his parents when he us and asked us where we were going and we told him ‘Kerr Co.’. and his sister were rather young. He said we would never be able to keep our mules and horses and “He and his sister took off walking from Center Point to find his that we better turn back. (They turned back to DeWitt Co. and rented brother who lived out on the Divide,” Susan said. “Miss Nichols was land.) driving by and saw them. She took them in until the brother could be “We planted 60 acres of corn and we harvested 60 acres of nubbins. notified. Then she offered to raise them.” We were so discouraged we decided to go on to Kerr Co. and brave This might explain why Tom and Alice were buried at Nichols the depredations of the Indians. This we did going immediately to a Cemetery. Besides Susie, Dot and Jessie’s other children were log cabin on the Watson Creek survey ... We spent the first year in Dorothy Jane “Janie,” Gloria and Mike. clearing land and getting a crop started, and then hauled lumber from “I was born while our parents lived at Camp Rio Vista, where my Kerrville to build a house. We all had the surprise of our lives when dad worked,” Susan said. “Then we were at Cliff Lodge, and then mother said we could have a dance to celebrate the opening of our lived in a cabin owned by Jasper Moore. My mother kept turkeys, new home, mother being an old Presbyterian and very religious.” and we had one gobbler that loved me, but for some reason, hated As David grew up, he found work. In a 1980 interview with Houston my uncle, Herman Sublett.” Susan was only 6 years old when her Post writer, Lynn Ashby, Dot said: “He told us once about the time grandmother Wharton died, and remembered how cold and wet it he took care of the camels. During the Civil War he was hired to was on the day of her funeral. She attended Hunt elementary and drive a herd of camels from one place to another. He didn’t say middle schools and then graduated from Tivy High School, where exactly where.” she met Earl Ferguson. When David turned 90 years of age in 1936, the Kerrville Mountain “In 1966, we moved to Fort Worth, when Earl worked for Bell Sun wrote that “Uncle Dave” was “believed to be the only man Helicopter,” she said. “Then, we moved to Florida in 1971, but only living who saw the camel pack train at Camp Verde just before and lived there eight months, and then came back here. It’s funny — all during the Civil War.” He was also the last living pioneer in Kerr three of our daughters were born outside Kerr County, and all four County on the Confederate Pension Roll. of our sons were born in Kerr County.” His wife, Susan Melissa Hollimon, who was just 5 years old by the Their surviving children are daughters Kathy Persol, Josanna Flach, end of the Civil War, also remembered seeing the camels. She and and Bonnie Lannick, and sons Pat, John and Christopher. One son, her parents, George and Phoebe Fincher Hollimon, came to Kerr Wade Clayton, passed away nearly 20 years ago. County from Tennessee in 1860. She was born on the way in Burnet A note is warranted about Ray Wharton’s accomplishments. County, six weeks before they got here. He garnered top titles as a calf roper, such as Rodeo Cowboy The Fort Worth Star Telegram listed David on its Centennial Honor Association’s World Champion in 1956. In 1995, by a Texas Senate Roll in 1936. Another publication stated later that a few months Resolution, he was approved for induction into the National Cowboy before he passed away, David recalled the names of two camel Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. drivers — Mico, who was buried on the old Herman Lindner In 2002, he was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame farm near Comfort, and Hadji Ali (called “Hi Jolly”), who has a in Belton as well as into the Champion’s Hall at the PRCA Hall of Fame monument in his memory at Quartzite, Ariz., where he later lived. in Colorado Springs. Recently, he was grand marshal for the inaugural In another clip, David said that a troop of camels had wintered about Frontier Times Museum Ranch Rodeo held July 25 in Bandera. a mile from the Wharton homestead at Camp Ives, about a half-mile Such abilities likely had their roots in the frontier of his ancestors. from the Guadalupe River. The camp was named for a Methodist preacher, who conducted religious meetings.


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O B I T U A R I E S James Lloyd Peloquen, Sr.

Francisco “Franky” Carrillo, Jr. (May 5, 1961 - December 31, 2012)

(Jan. 25, 1923 - Dec. 19, 2012)

James Lloyd Peloquen, Sr. went to be with his Lord on the morning of December 29, 2012. He was born August 30, 1934 in Houston, TX to Lloyd Ephraim Peloquen and Lottie Mae Tisdale. As a young man, James attended East Texas Baptist College and then the University of Houston. He worked for the United States Postal service for many years and also served on the Board of Alief Independent School District in the 70’s. He retired to his beloved Hill Country, in Leakey, TX in 1997. Jimmy married the love of his life, Donna Davis on December 22, 1953. Donna preceded him in death in 2005. Jimmy will always be remembered for his zeal for all things hunting and fishing and any and all outdoor activities. He is survived by his children James L. Peloquen, Jr. of N.Y.C., Kyleen Wright of Mansfield, TX and Jenny Peloquen of Austin, TX; four grandsons; Joshua and his wife Kelsey, Zachary, Matthew and Jesse Wright, as well as many nieces and nephews. A visitation was held at Nelson Funeral Chapel in Leakey, TX on Friday, January 4, 2013, from 1-7 p.m. Graveside services were held at Mansfield Cemetery on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11:00am, with Pastor Dan Wynn officiating. The family invites you to leave a condolence at Arrangements are under the personal care of Nelson Funeral Home of Leakey.

Francisco “Franky” Carrillo, Jr., age 51 of Camp Wood, Texas went to be with his Lord on Monday, December 31, 2012, at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on May 5, 1961, in Junction, Texas to Francisco Carrillo, Sr. and Virginia Recendez Carrillo. Franky is survived by his sons, Juan Francisco (KiKo) Carrillo of Del Rio, Texas, Little Franky Carrillo of Camp Wood, Texas; daughters, Amy Carrillo and Gabriel Lerma of Kerrville, Texas, Mandy Carrillo and Anthony Estrada of Camp Wood, Texas; parents, Francisco and Virginia Carrillo of Rocksprings, Texas; grandchildren, Derick Carrillo, Damien Ornelas, Jasmine Carrillo, Jayden Carrillo and Aiden Lerma. Franky is also survived by his brothers, Johnny Carrillo and wife, Elia of Sonora, Texas, Ricky Carrillo and wife, Terry of Rocksprings, Texas, Joey Carrillo and wife, Janie of Spring, Texas, Robert Carrillo and wife, Rosalinda of Ozona, Texas; sisters, Leticia Gonzales and husband, Jimmy of Big Lake, Texas, Lucinda Dotson Conroe, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jesse Carrillo. Pallbearers include Anthony Estrada, Simon Estrada, Ernest Sifuentes, Jr., Javier Ramirez, Carlos Hernandez, Tio Ricky Carrillo, Tio Joey Carrillo, and Tio Stevie Ramirez. Honorary Pallbearers include Franky Carrillo, KiKo Carrillo, Derick Carrillo, Damien Ornelas, and Aiden Lerma. Recitation of the Holy Rosary was at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at Nelson Funeral Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial was at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Rocksprings, Texas. Interment followed at Rocksprings Cemetery. Arrangements under the care of Nelson Funeral Homes of Rocksprings, Texas

Irene Connell, 89, of Sabinal died on Dec. 19, 2012, at her residence. She was born Jan. 25, 1923, in Hackberry to Erea Merritt Colwell and Clarence Colwell. Raised in the country, Connell learned and kept strong Christian values and instilled them in her family.In 1937, she met and married Leslie Connell, sharing 52 years together, prior to his death in 1989. Following a number of years working in her family grocery and hardware store, Connell retired to her home. She is survived by one daughter, Joan Keeney of Sabinal; one son, Johnny Connell and wife, Dolores, of Sabinal; five granddaughters, Debi Alderson of San Antonio, Cissy Foster and husband, Martin, of Sabinal, Sondra Keeney of Pleasanton, Bradie Williams and husband, Ronnie, of Sabinal and Robbie Connell of San Antonio; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Lillian Neatherlin; one son, Don Connell; and two grandsons, Daunt Lee Connell and Chuck Keeney. A memorial service was held on Dec. 21 at the First Baptist Church of Sabinal. The family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 607 N. San Antonio St., Sabinal, TX 78881; and Uvalde Hospice, 124 Royal Lane, Uvalde, TX 78801

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Loyal Norman Goodnough (March 7, 1921 - Dec. 28, 2012)

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(Oct. 6, 1955 - Dec. 31, 2012)

Margarito Juarez Esquivel of Knippa passed away on December 31, 2012 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital at the age of 57. He was born on October 6, 1955 in Knippa to Melquiades and Maria De La Luz (Juarez) Esquivel. He married Susana Ortega on March 27, 1978 in Uvalde. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Susana Ortega Esquivel of Knippa; sons, Margarito Esquivel Jr. and Michael Esquivel both of Knippa; sisters, Gloria Esquivel of Uvalde, Irene Esquivel and Maria Esquivel both of San Antonio; brothers, Jessie Esquivel, Frank Esquivel, Juan Esquivel all of Uvalde and Melquiades Esquivel Jr. of San Antonio and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Sally Esquivel and brother, Umberto Esquivel. Funeral services were held on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Knippa. Burial followed at Knippa Cemetery.

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is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Kathy Bode; and his brother Bruce

Brian Bode. Butch is survived by his wife, Linda Bode of Bandera; his mother-in-law, Edith Barnett; his daughter, Sara Balcar and husband Eddie Castillo of Bandera;

his sons, Oscar E. “Buster” Bode IV and wife Kristi of Jarrell, TX and Bruce Bode of Milano; his sisters, Brenda Klotz and husband Larry of Montgomery, and Sharon Pennell of Bryan; his grandchildren, Bayle Bode, Oscar E. “Bryce” Bode V and Emily M. Castillo; along with numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 5-8 pm, on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera. Afterward, a visitation will be held from 5-8 pm, on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Strickland Funeral Home in Caldwell, TX. The funeral will be held at 2 pm, Friday, January 11, 2013 in the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the camp for kids: Joe Beaver Roping, 1329B University Ave., Huntsville, TX 77340.

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Texas Women’s Health Program Can Serve More Women, Survey Finds AUSTIN – The new Texas Women’s Health Program has enough providers to serve even more women than before, according to a survey just completed by Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) researchers. “This gives us great confidence that we can continue to provide women with family planning and preventive care and fully comply with state law,” said Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, M.D. “We’ve added more than

a thousand new doctors and clinics to the program since this spring, and we found that they are ready and willing to serve these patients.” The Women’s Health Program provides family planning and preventive care for low-income women who wouldn’t qualify for Medicaid unless they were pregnant. The federal government cut off funding for the Medicaid program at the end of the year over a state law that excludes organizations that perform or promote abortions from the program. Gov. Perry

POSITIVE THINKING My New Year’s resolution is to try to think more positive. I know that is going to be more difficult with the present government, but we have survived great disasters before and this is being watched by many people who still understand freedom and don’t want to lose it without a fight. Most positive or free thinkers will think about how to fix a problem—not how to cry about it. Look back in history and you will find that some of our greatest inventions and developments weren’t discovered by rich people, but curious guys and gals that were bugged one way or another and thought up ways to solve their problems. Henry Ford and Edison ignored the norm and changed the world. Backyard inventors have changed our lives more than any government has or ever will. I have been around for a long time and have seen many changes, some good, some bad. The bad ones have done their damage and we can do nothing about them; however, we can think positive and create good. I have started and been somewhat successful with many deals,

directed HHSC to create a new state program in its place. In addition to the services covered by the Medicaid program, the new state program includes treatment for some sexually transmitted infections. Women who qualified for services under the Medicaid program are now eligible for Texas Women’s Health Program services. HHSC surveyed Texas Women’s Health Program providers by mail, email and phone in areas where a Planned Parenthood previously

provided services. The survey found that overall the state has the capacity in those areas to serve more women in 2013. In fiscal year 2012, Planned Parenthood and other providers served 80,127 women in those areas of the state. The survey found that current providers in those areas have the ability to serve 147,513 Texas Women’s Health Program patients in 2013. The survey also looked at individual geographic areas and found that the state’s largest cities have enough

providers to serve more women than last year. Of the 17 geographic areas examined, only San Angelo was identified as having an apparent capacity shortfall. Because Planned Parenthood combines billings from Waco, Corsicana and Tyler, the state couldn’t perform the same detailed analysis in those cities. Overall capacity for the combined area was good, but the number of providers suggests that state may need to add capacity in Corsicana. “We’ve worked hard to add

new doctors and clinics to the program all across the state, and we’ll work even harder in the two areas where we’ve identified some concerns,” Janek said. “We’re going to make sure that every woman who qualifies for these services is able to get them.” Women can search for a Women’s Health Program provider online at www.texasw or by calling 1-800-335-8957 to get help with finding a new doctor or clinic.

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not so much from brainwork but just from ideas that I would see that should be done. Most often my ideas would be rejected by my peers because they said they wouldn’t work and would start telling me about all the negative sides. I never had time for the negative, you don’t have to worry about problems, they will show up by themselves. Not all my deals worked, so what! Enough did work to keep me and mine eating. I hate the word “can’t”, I hear it too often. How do you know you can’t if you don’t try? I built a couple of things since I arrived in Leakey some 30 years ago that created a lot of laughs around town. One was Seawheels, a better way to go fishing; the other was an eco-friendly house that was immediately dubbed the“foam dome” (with no mercy I might add). After many years and some 700 houses later we are number one in the country with 25 patents. However, both of these items now need promotion and this part is not my cup of tea. We don’t even have a salesman. I notice after reviewing this article I see that “I” has been used a great deal. Don’t

get me wrong, no man is an island. If it hadn’t been for many disgruntled and pessimistic, good people helping me nothing could have been accomplished. I’m afraid my time is running out, my wife even told me the other day when I brought in a new deal that I was getting old, and so were the time-consuming, energygrabbing, never-ending bookwork deals. Ain’t it a shame that now we must keep books just for thinking? This article was intended to get people to start thinking positive, but as usual I have done some wandering, so let’s end this thing with a thought that may help: Remember, there is no disgrace in failure, the disgrace is not trying. Opportunity walks softly, be alert or it passes you by. You might be interested in my motto which I have framed on my wall. It’s a quote from Theodore Roosevelt: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

Removing Mercury Convenience Switches Until they were phased out in model 2003 vehicles, many American automobiles used switches that included mercury. These switches most often were used for the convenience lights found in the vehicle’s trunk and under the hood. If these mercury-containing switches are not removed from scrap vehicles, the mercury they contain can be emitted into the atmosphere when the vehicle is recycled. The TCEQ’s voluntary

program—using End of Life Vehicle Solutions—helps auto salvage facilities remove convenience switches from vehicles before they are shredded for recycling. For the most recent reporting period, a total of 68 facilities submitted annual reports. The 68 facilities that submitted the voluntary Annual Reporting Forms reported processing a total of 61,954 vehicles and removing a total of 33,973 switches.

Aerial Vaccine Drop Returns as Defense Against Rabies The Texas Department of State Health Services this week begins its annual airdrop of rabies vaccine baits over portions of southern and western Texas in the continuing effort to protect people and animals from rabies. Planes will take off from an airport in Del Rio around dawn Wednesday, Jan. 9 and from Alpine and Zapata Monday, Jan. 14. They will drop about 1 million doses of rabies vaccine over wild areas of Texas as part of the DSHS Oral Rabies Vaccination Program.

“We’ve successfully eliminated both the canine and fox strains of rabies from Texas using this approach,” said veterinarian Ernest Oertli, the vaccination program’s director. “We now need to maintain that immunity to keep these strains from being reintroduced as animals migrate in and out of the state.” Animal cases of the canine strain of rabies in southern Texas fell from 122 in 1994 to zero in 2000. There have since been single cases in 2001 and 2004, each within a mile of the Rio

Grande. The fox strain, prevalent in western Texas, dropped from 244 animal cases in 1995, the year before the project expanded to that area, to zero in 2010. The vaccine dose is enclosed in a small packet dipped in fish oil and coated with fish meal crumbles. The baits don’t pose a risk to humans, but people should avoid handling them since human contact makes it less likely a wild animal will eat the baits. Rabies is a deadly virus spread through the

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GRANNY’S KITCHEN Crock pot recipes are perfect for busy cooks. Cooking dinner after a long day is something a lot of people don’t look forward to, so they end up eating unhealthy take out food or they throw something in the microwave just to get dinner over and done with. A great slow cooker recipes stash and a crockpot will solve the dinner dilemma. There are an incredible amount of recipes for tasty main dishes, side dishes and desserts that are easy to make. You can get everything ready in the crock pot in the morning, and then walk in the door in the evening to a wonderful home cooked meal. We gathered crock pot recipes with a great selection of different ingredients and meal types. There are main dishes with beef, ground beef, pork, chicken and turkey for dinners to please every preference. You’re sure to find the perfect crockpot recipe to help you create a great tasting meal that is easy to make.

Slow-Cooked Beef Burgundy Ingredients: Vegetable oil spray 1 onion, minced 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and minced 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon tomato paste 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried 2 teaspoons chili powder 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed 2 slices high-quality white sandwich bread, torn into quarters 1⁄2 cup whole milk 2 pounds 85% lean ground beef 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces) 3⁄4 cup frozen corn 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro Salt and pepper 1⁄2 cup barbecue sauce Directions: 1. Line slow cooker with aluminum collar, then line with foil sling and coat with vegetable oil spray. Microwave onion, bell pepper, oil, garlic, tomato paste, oregano, and chili powder in bowl, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. 2. Mash black beans, bread, and milk into paste in large bowl using potato masher. Mix in onion

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mixture, ground beef, cheddar, corn, eggs, cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper using hands. 3. Transfer meat mixture to slow cooker and press into even layer. Brush meatloaf with 1⁄4 cup barbecue sauce. Cover and cook until meatloaf is tender, about 4 hours on low. 4. Position oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Using sling, transfer meatloaf with foil rimmed baking sheet, allowing juice to drain back into slow cooker. Press edges of foil flat, brush meatloaf with remaining 1⁄4 cup barbecue sauce, and broil until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Italian Meatball Soup Ingredients: 2 slices high-quality white sandwich bread, torn into quarters 1⁄2 cup whole milk 1 pound meatloaf mix 1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley 1 large egg yolk 6 garlic cloves, minced 11⁄2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1⁄2 teaspoon dried Salt and pepper 1 onion, minced 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for

serving 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth 8 ounces kale, stemmed and leaves sliced 1⁄4 inch thick 6 ounces orzo (about 1 cup) Directions: 1. Mash bread and milk into paste in large bowl using fork. Mix in meatloaf mix, Parmesan, parsley, egg yolk, 3 garlic cloves, oregano, 3⁄4 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper using hands. Pinch off and roll mixture into tablespoon-size meatballs (30 to 35 meatballs total). 2. Microwave meatballs on large plate until fat renders and meatballs are firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour off fat and transfer meatballs to slow cooker. 3. Microwave onion, remaining 3 garlic cloves, oil, and red pepper flakes in bowl, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes; transfer to slow cooker. 4. Add broth to slow cooker. Cover and cook until meatballs are tender, 4 to 6 hours on low. 5. Let soup settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using large spoon. Stir in kale and orzo, cover, and cook on high until kale and orzo are tender about 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with additional Parmesan and olive oil.

Ingredients: 1 (5-pound) boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 11⁄2inch chunks Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 4 ounces bacon (about 4 slices), minced 3 onions, minced 1 carrot, peeled and minced 1⁄4 cup tomato paste 6 garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour 21⁄2 cups Pinot Noir 11⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth, plus extra as needed 1⁄3 cup soy sauce 2 bay leaves 2 cups frozen pearl onions 1⁄2 cup water 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons sugar 1 pound cremini mushrooms, trimmed and halved if small or quartered if large Directions: 1. Dry beef with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place half of beef in slow cooker. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Brown remaining beef well on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes; transfer to slow cooker. 2. Cook bacon in skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. Stir in onions, carrot, tomato paste, garlic, and thyme and cook until onions are softened and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir

in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in 11⁄4 cups wine, scraping up any browned bits and smoothing out any lumps; transfer to slow cooker. 3. Stir broth, soy sauce, and bay leaves into slow cooker. Cover and cook until beef is tender, 9 to 11 hours on low or 5 to 7 hours on high. 4. About 20 minutes before serving, bring frozen pearl onions, water, butter, and sugar to boil in 12-inch skillet. Reduce to simmer, cover, and cook until onions are fully thawed and tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Uncover, bring to a boil, and cook until all liquid evaporates, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and cook until vegetables are browned and glazed, 8 to 12 minutes; transfer to slow cooker. 5. Add remaining 11⁄4 cups wine to skillet and simmer until it has reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to slow cooker. Let stew settle for 5 minutes, then remove fat from surface using large spoon. Discard bay leaves. (Adjust stew consistency with additional hot broth as needed.) Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls Ingredients: 1 large head cabbage 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce 3⁄4 cup quick-cooking rice 1⁄2 cup chopped green pepper 1⁄2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers) 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 ounce onion soup mix 11⁄2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean) 1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice, such as V8 Salt to taste Grated Parmesan cheese, optional Directions: 1. Cook cabbage in boiling water just until leaves fall off head. Set aside 12 large leaves for rolls; drain well. 2. Cut out the thick vein from the bottom

of each reserved leaf, making a V-shaped cut; set aside. 3. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, rice, green pepper, cracker crumbs, egg and soup mix. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. 4. Place about 1⁄3 cup meat mixture on each cabbage leaf; overlap cut ends of leaf. Fold in sides, beginning from the cut end. Roll up completely to enclose filling. Secure with toothpicks if desired. 5. Place cabbage rolls in a greased 5-quart slow cooker. Pour tomato juice over rolls. 6. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hour. Just before serving, sprinkle with salt and cheese if desired

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THE TRIAD OF MENTAL ILLNESS We all know Murphy’s Law right? Murphy’s law is an adage from roughly the late 40’s that is typically stated as: “Anything that can go wrong- will go wrong”. “When it rains it pours” is another good one. I especially like “Bad things do happen to good people. All of those old adages survived for a reason… life…completely unpredictable when factoring humanity into the equation. A humanity that is currently in deep trouble… the enemy…mental illness. Not for the first time, medicine is beginning to accept what folklore has been saying for some time—in this case, that stress causes illness. The cause for something is most comfortable for us when it directly relates to a physical event, bacteria causes infection, radiation causes cancer, and so on. In other words, if we can pinpoint something to “blame“… it is easier to accept. How can stress cause anything? Stress is something that we cannot see or touch. Many people believe that those with anxiety, depression and other more serious forms of mental illness are just characteristically “weak”… and nothing could be further from the truth! Stress, however, is the stuff of life, some form of stress is commonplace: work, infidelity, love, death, divorce… different events require different responses; yet each is a stressor. Coping is our way of adapting to stress. Some people handle stress as a challenge while others are simply, completely overwhelmed. There are as many varied types of stress as there are individuals in the world, just as the responses and coping strategies are individual. As the stress continues, its importance may change as people become aware of the benefit or ineffectiveness of their effort to deal with it. Events in the brain determine whether stress is followed by depression, and a triad-r seems to be involved. The triad begins with the Social aspect Wikipedia tells us that the word means a trait

applied to populations, their relationships and collective co-existence. So the beginning of the triad is actually the environment within our society and the way we react to it. The word Psychology literally means, “study of the soul”. So the second point of the triad is our innermost being, the place where each and every human being is vulnerable. The last and maybe most important point of the triad is the Neurochemical effect, which is an organic molecule that plays a part in brain activity. The reason I say this is the most important point, is because it is the point of the triad that is impossible for us to control as individuals. Our science understands for instance that the lack of DHEA in our system causes cognitive dysfunction, (brain fog, memory loss, aggressiveness and/or apathy) and that increased cortisol may alter mood and can damage the brain. (there are many more neurochemicals involved also) However, on a daily living basis, forgetting where we left our purse, keys, or watch 4 times in one day (and the resulting loss of time to re-find them) is spiritually defeating,

depressing, embarrassing and frightening. Overwhelming as we try to deal with an already difficult situation. It almost creates a vicious and hopeless cycle that is impossible to break. Understanding depression and finding new avenues for its treatment depend on combining the triad of social, psychological,

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and neurochemical information about stress and its consequences for mental health issues. Unfortunately, the State of Texas spends less each year to treat our mentally ill than any other state in the nation. That surprised me, however, when comparing, as we must do, Connecticut where our most devastating contemporary disaster has taken place, we find that while Texas spends roughly a little less than $40.00 per year, per capita on the mentally ill, Connecticut spends about $190.00 for the same treatment. Just for comparison sake the state of Texas has a 36% gun ownership and Connecticut has a 16% gun ownership. In Arizona where Gabrielle Giffords was shot, the mental health expenditure is $222.00 per capita, per year and gun ownership is 31%. So the percentage of gun ownership and funds spent on the mentally ill do not seem to hold up to a rational explanation of what is going on here. This quote was written in January 2011 as a result of the Arizona shooting…“It’s clear that this was the work of the same kind of person who always engages in spectacular incidents of gun violence. It’s almost always a man, frequently under 25 or so, and it’s usually someone whose mental illness has been obvious to others for a long time. In December 2012 the 20-year-old gunman from Connecticut, Adam Lanza had Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism. “Experts were quick to say violence is not associated with Asperger’s, yet people with autism do have a higher rate of aggressive behavior — outbursts, shoving or pushing or angry shouting — than the general population. Everyone runs for cover…blame guns…blame the professionals…blame the politicians for the lack of funding. In America today it is easier for our poor to buy a gun than it is for them to seek care for mental illness which disproportionately affects

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continued from front page Photos by Charles Carlson

Betty Jo Bates led the invocation. Breakfast was served and wonderful it was! Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy and baked apples to top it off. I remember my grandmother said as child baked apples for breakfast was a treat. And a treat they were. Leakey ISD students dressed in period costumes designed and sewed by Mi Mi Hardwick were a perfect fit for the occasion. Music for the event was provided by a rousing country group consisting of Dudley Ilse, Darrell Zimmermen and Jimmy Carnes. Their Christian contemporary country music set the tone for the early morning gathering. A beautiful piano solo was

performed by Bill Schahn. He is the Minister of Music for Knox Fellowship. He has blessed Knox with his musical talents leading worship at Knox events since 1989. He grew up in Rio Frio, Texas. He has been a Minister of Music and college teacher since 1950. He has also worked as a professional singer, voice and choral teacher throughout his musical career. His greatest passion is lifting up praise to

Jesus with the piano and his voice. Dr. Mark Roberts, Senior Advisor and Theologian in Residence for Foundations for Laity Renewal, delivered the

performed on the main street of town, but ran a little astray, crashed and they ended up spending a few days in Camp

“Real Prayer”, a confessed play on words. Roberts expressed his sincere appreciation that the yearlong Centennial Celebration for Real County began with a prayer. He spoke of happenstance that occurs to led people to certain locations. He said Slim and his friend flew off and soon realized they were low on fuel and set down in a small town in south Texas. After fueling the takeoff was

Wood, Real County, Texas. Slim was known to many as Charles Lindbergh. He said many passing through these canyons have noted its beauty; one such visitor was bestselling author, James A. Michener. Real County J.P. Dianne Rogers was scheduled to give the benediction, but in addition to being a J.P. she is also director and medic for the Frio Canyon EMS, and was

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called away from the event. So, the Centennial Committee Photographer and Rio Frio resident, Charles Carlson filled in for her and delivered the benediction. The entire event was so well planned and so beautifully decorated you would think it was done professionally, but alas it was completed by those in the community that have a great love and respect

for Real County. I would like to publicly thank Willis Springfield for all the many hours he has devoted to the organization of this year’s events. I know only too well how hard he has and continues to work for our communities. Thank you also to all the volunteers who made the event a success and we look forward to a fun filled year! Happy Birthday Real County!

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Fun Bird Facts for Kids Enjoy our range of fun bird facts for kids and learn some interesting information. Find out about the largest, smallest and fastest birds, how scientists believe they evolved, how many different species there are and much more •Birds have feathers, wings, lay eggs and are warm blooded. •There are around 10000 different species of birds worldwide. •The Ostrich is the largest bird in the world. It also lays the largest eggs and has the fastest maximum running speed (97 kph). •Scientists believe that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs. •Birds have hollow bones which help them fly. •Some bird species are intelligent enough to create and use tools. •The chicken is the most

common species of bird found in the world. •Kiwis are endangered, flightless birds that live in New Zealand. They lay the largest eggs relative to their body size of any bird in the world. •Hummingbirds can fly backwards. •The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest living bird in the world, with a length of just 5 cm (2 in). •Around 20% of bird species migrate long distances every year.



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