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February 20, 2014 Volume 19, No. 4 Southwest Austin’s Community Newspaper Since 1995

Bowie wins Bi-District playoff game in overtime

SH 45 back in the fast lane by Bobbie Jean Sawyer

OAK HILL - In its over 20-year history, the SH 45 SW project, a contentious proposed 3.6-mile stretch of road that would connect MoPac with FM 1626, has had more stops and starts than southbound MoPac traffic at 5 p.m. The project appears to be moving forward again. At a Feb. 10 meeting, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) board voted to transfer $8.6 million in state funds

from the U.S. 183 South toll project to partially finance SH 45. In turn, federal funds originally designated to fund SH 45 will be moved to the toll project. The vote was 16 to 2, with Austin City Council members Chris Riley and Bill Spelman casting the dissenting votes. Melissa Hurst, community outreach manager for the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, said because SH 45 SW is not federally funded, the Environmental Impact

Statement (EIS), which will evaluate potential environmental, cultural and social impacts of building the road, would be conducted by TxDOT. The study is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. For SH 45 SW to be built, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) of the build alternative must be recommended. Hurst said state and federal studies follow the same guidelines. “The state and federal EIS analyses, See SH 45 on page 7

Inside: 19th annual Oak Hill History issue, p. 14

Convict Hill cave housed prisoners Longtime Oak Hillians share community history

Gazette: Dudley Hawthorne

A resilient Bowie boys’ basketball team knocked out District 165A champion Cedar Ridge 61-52 in an overtime bi-district playoff encounter Tuesday evening at Vista Ridge. Above, Hudson Urbanus, #15, drives to the hoop. Game re-cap and more sports starting on p. 16.

Austin History Center photo

In the fall of 1885, 100 prisoners were transported to the little village of Oatmanvill (now Oak Hill). By day they cut stone on what is now known as Convict Hill, by night they slept chained in a cave nearby.

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Civic Agenda This space is reserved for information on civic happenings that occur in, or relate to the Southwest Austin area. To be included in the Civic Agenda, a meeting or event must relate to public policy. For other community events please see our community calendar on page 10. If you would like to be included, please e-mail with the subject “Civic Agenda” and include details of your meeting or happening, along with any relevant agenda items. Primary Election Early Voting Now through Friday, February 28 Early voting locations in Southwest Austin are Randalls at MoPac and William Cannon, Randalls at Brodie and Slaughter and Wheatsville Food Co-op at 4001 South Lamar Blvd. Voting hours are Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m at both Randalls, Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Wheatsville and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. at all locations. Election day is March 4. For precinct locations and other information go to If you aren’t sure you have the required identification needed with

the new Texas Voter I.D. law check out the website www.gotidtexas to find out how to get a DPS-issued Election ID Certificate. The League of Women Voters has published a Voters Guide that is available to download from their website

Workforce Solutions, Alamo Room, 6505 Airport Blvd. The Aging Services Council, the Mayor’s Task Force on Aging and St. David’s Foundation will share insights into the issues and needs of Austin’s fast-growing aging population.

Get Covered Training Day Saturday, February 22, 11 am-2 pm United Way for Greater Austin, 2000 E. MLK Blvd. March 31st is last day to enroll for health insurance on the Marketplace. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the nation. There are an estimated 4 million Texans who are eligible for health coverage through the health insurance marketplace, but many are unaware of this opportunity or are confused by their options. Enroll America is targeting Texas for a flurry of outreach beginning March 1st and is training volunteers to help people get covered. RSVP to host Erica Gammill at 512-202-9260.

Austin Energ y G eneration Plan Stakeholder Input Meetings Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 – 10 a.m. to noon Tues., Feb. 25, 2014 – 6 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 27, 2014 – 1 to 3 p.m. All sessions will take place in the first floor assembly room at Austin Energy Headquarters, Town Lake Center, 721 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704. Austin Energy has kicked off a process to update the Resource, Generation and Climate Protection

CAN Community Council Meeting: Focus on aging population Monday, February 24th, 4-6 pm

Now in its 17th year, the Oak Hill Gazette is locally owned and is published every other Thursday. With a circulation of 7.500, it is home delivered to over 5,000 homes in Southwest Austin and is sold in stands for 50¢. Publisher/Editor: Will Atkins Co-Publisher/Advertising: Penny Levers Webmaster: Taylor Christensen Circulation Manager: Ingrid Morton Reporters/Writers: Ann Fowler, Tony Tucci, Patrick Olson, Travis Atkins, Bobbie Jean Sawyer T. Q. Jones, Roger White, Mike Jasper, Lucia Benavides and Joanne Foote, To advertise or subscribe: 301-0123 •

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The Vampirettes, a fanged girl group clad in all black, dance to the choreographed dance number “Be the Bite.”

Red Dragon Players to perform first staging of “I Kissed a Vampire” by Bobbie Jean Sawyer It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon outside, but inside Austin High School vampires roam. The Vampirettes, a fanged girl group clad in all black, dance amid smoke and fog to the choreographed dance number “Be the Bite,” which touts the perks of life as a vampire, a list that includes dining on the hemoglobin of the rich and famous. On Feb. 20, the Red Dragon Players, a theatre institution at Austin High School for over 40 years, will perform in the premier stage production of “I Kissed A Vampire,” a satirical rock musical that’s more “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” than “Twilight” on the parasitic undead media spectrum. The story follows Dylan Knight, a teen who gets bitten by a blood-sucking exchange student, and his girlfriend Sara Lane, who struggles not to succumb to her own vampiric symptoms and the desires of Trey Sylvania, a charismatic vampire mentor and owner of a six-feet underground rock club where the Vampirettes reside. The two are assisted by Dan Helsing, a science nerd turned vampire-doctor who passes

on the stake-through-the-heart method in favor of a more clinical, lab developed vampire antidote. The stage musical is based on a musical web series-turned 2012 film. Samuel French Publishing and 900000 Feet Productions approached the Red Dragon Players about adapting the film to the stage after seeing the AHS production of Spring Awakening in 2012. Abby Lewis, an AHS junior who plays Luna Dark, the vindictive leader of the Vampirettes, said the musical transforms the movie’s one-liners into campy comedy fun fit for a stage production. “It’s not Oscar-winning, but now that it’s onstage and you can make the corniness funny onstage and make it like slapstick comedy, I think it’s going to work better,” Lewis said. “I’m honored to play this role in the premier of this show.” Annie Dragoo, co-director of the Red Dragon Players, said adapting the musical from a film offered a unique set of challenges. “The medium of film is very different from that of theatre and we had to decide if this was farce, romantic comedy, or a combination of the

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two,” Dragoo said. “The inspiration comes from the process of creating something new and giving the writers an opportunity to see their work live on stage.” Dragoo said while the show’s writ-

ers have been incredibly supportive, the theatre troupe was often left to its own devices. “There was no piano vocal lead sheets so my students did not have actual sheet music,” Dragoo said.

“We had to hire one of our incredible band directors, Andrew Furman, to create (the sheet music). So we were literally learning a song as it came out of the printer. Usually, we have Continued on page 6

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return items in my younger daugh- down their makeout spot to shine ter’s ongoing BFF wars. flashlights and blast airhorns. Yeah,  Let me attempt an explanation. we were much more mature about If you are not the parent of teenage these things. daughter types, well, then, lucky Of course, none of this even reyou. Let me start over. If you are motely applies to me today. These not the parent of teenage daughter days, as married as long as we’ve types, you may not understand that been, the wife looks at me after I drama runs extremely high in this come home from hanging with my species. In fact, if Mr. Maslow had crew (Steve) and sighs, “Oh, you been raising a teenage daughter back again already?” Yeah. when he was developSo anyway, that’s the ing his “hierarchy of reason for all the bikini needs” philosophy, then tops on my doorstep. his list of basic human The BFFs are saying to necessities would be my young one, “Here ranked something like are your things back. this: 5. Shelter; 4. Food; Clothes and makeup 3. Water; 2. Oxygen; 1. trading is, like, off until Drama. Like so. you come to your senses.” It seems, if I’ve interMy delicate job in all preted correctly what of this, I’ve found from little I could catch of experience, is to nod or my daughter’s version shrug as appropriate and of recent events, that a say absolutely nothing. Roger White certain group of friends I learned that if I agree are, like, so jealous of too readily with my a certain person’s ongoing, like, daughter’s harsh appraisal of Heathrelationship, with a certain boy, so, er, Ashley, and/or Brittanie Anne like, this certain group of friends while the wars are in progress that are giving the cold shoulder to this this always comes back to bite me. person until she, like, shows them Hard. “Yes, you’re right,” I made the more attention. As if. Duh. mistake of saying one time trying to Aha, pals versus passion. The crew soothe dear daughter’s hurt feelings. versus the crush. I vaguely remem- “Brittanie Anne can be pretty snotty.” ber similar situations back in my Of course, during the ensuing BFF high school days, and I must say that truce, I heard my daughter proclaim we handled things very differently. to Brittanie Anne, “My dad thinks Of course, this was a bygone era, and you’re snotty.” I was a guy. I recall that if one of our Lord help me. group was lucky enough to actually find a girl who could tolerate him Roger White is a freelance writer for more than a week, we simply living in Austin, Texas, with his lovely wished him well—and hated him wife, two precocious daughters, a very behind his back. Then we followed fat dachshund, and a self-absorbed the unfortunate couple around the cat. For further adventures, visit school halls making lewd, disgusting noises, and we occasionally hunted

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The Word from Oak Hill Mike Jasper The word from Oak Hill is... spring. As in it’s time for some spring cleaning. Dr. Jim Turney tells me it’s time to clean, rake, mulch and otherwise resuscitate Convict Hill Quarry Rock Park on March 1 for the annual It’s My Park Day. Sponsored by Austin Parks Foundation, participants will get a free tee shirt with early registration, snacks and a Chipotle’s gift card. “We take great pride in our Park, which we built with all volunteer help and has many daily visitors,” Turney says. “Join us to show your support.” The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at Convict Hill Quarry Park, 6511 Convict Hill Rd. To sign up, point your browser at ••• I found a great spot on Sixth Street where older people can hang out or hide out. It’s called B.D. Riley’s, an Irish pub located just East of the Driskill Hotel at 204 E. Sixth—across the street from Buffalo Billiards and the Austin Visitor’s Center. Of course they have Guinness on tap—as well as whiskeys and Irish coffees—but the college kids don’t seem to have a clue it’s there. Nearly everyone in the pub is 40ish, like you probably and me for sure (I’m actually working on my second 40). I wound up at the Irish pub to speak about HAAM, since I’m one of its earliest members and something of a poster child given my sporadic health. Seems that B.D. Riley’s donates around $12,000 every year to HAAM, thanks to recreational sports gambling where the house winnings go to charity. And since the place is teeming with Notre Dame and New England Patriots fans, there’s a lot of money to be lost by patrons and gained by HAAM. Good thing, because without HAAM I never would have been able to afford the triple bypass I had two years ago and had dreamed of owning my entire life. Speaking of heart disease, they’ve got great pub food. Last Thursday night, I had the Shepherd’s Pie and my date enjoyed her medium rare ribeye featured in the Steak & Chips. Of course they also serve Fish &

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Chips, as well as Bangers & Mash, late great Oak Hill Grill—is featured Irish Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage prominently in the video. “It doesn’t matter if you believe or and Guinness Shrimp Skewers. Being a sports bar as well, they show not, when you’re washing dishes you always look up these stairs.” every Longhorn game, It’s as if you’re drawn by as well as the aforemenan irresistible presence, tioned Fighting Irish and she says. One night, she Patriots. They also have saw what she thought was music seven days a week a co-worker all dressed in with nary a cover charge. white. But when she exam“Why go to a bar with ined closer, she discovered a bunch of insane college it was the Stay Puft Marshkids, when you can come mallow Man. here and be in the compaMike Jasper Yeah, yeah I made that ny of insane middle-aged last part up. But some weird people,” co-owner Keith things did happen that Halloween Carmichael quipped. It’s a bar for grown-ups. An Irish night in 2013. For example, later in the video, pub. On Sixth Street, with sports, food and live music. Be there. I will. lead investigators Mark Marrow and Billy Driver take us to the kitchen Slainte. and announce, “So this is the room • • • And while we’re on the subject of where they have the pots and pans.” I did not see that coming. health, anyone who needs to lose But seriously… at one point they ten, twenty or 165 pounds should know that this Saturday, Feb.22, ask a ghost to turn on a flashlight, there will be a casting call for the and the flashlight definitely goes hit network show, “Who Wants To on. They ask the same ghost—Rosa Patton White, wife of slain Texas Marry A Fat Guy?” Sorry. It’s the other hit show. Ranger John White— to turn off the Extreme Fat Guy. I think that’s the flashlight and after a while, she does. Frankly, I can’t explain what name. It’s not? How about Extreme Weight Loss. Yeah, that’s the show. happened. “Neither can I,” said the ghost of Extreme Weight Loss. I’m no stranger to extreme weight John White. “I couldn’t even get loss myself. I once lost 120 pounds her to cook.” I know. I’m not a believer. I lack in one day. But I called it divorce. faith. I’m cynical, a doubter, an InBam! Now that’s comedy. Anyway, the casting call takes place ternet hater. I’m also the guy who, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at from now on, will be smart enough the Dougherty Arts Center Theatre, to order the Antipasto Salad under 1110 Barton Springs Road. They’ll an assumed name. The video is worth checking out, take auditions from everyone they can manage to fit into the room, even if it’s only for the interview which will be what? Fourteen or 15 with James White, great grandson of James Patton and owner of the people tops, right? I know. Enough with the fat jokes Austin Pizza Garden building. He already. It’s not like I’m exactly thin believes if any ghost really inhabits anyway. So here’s the straight dope— the building, then it must be a beIf you want more information, go nevolent spirit watching over the to Patton/White family. I may be a non-believer, but I’m or show up at the Dougherty Arts still a fan of Strange Town. Under the Center this Saturday. guise of ghost busting, they reveal ••• It’s finally up, the ghostbusters video the history behind the buildings and created by that the long lost souls they investigate. features everybody’s favorite haunt- • • • (Want your neighborhood assoed pizzeria, Austin Pizza Garden. Called “Slice of the Past,” you can ciation highlighted? Have a story find the video on YouTube at http:// you need to tell? Would you like to rat out a neighbor? If so, be sure to Weekend night manager Jayme email me at Garza—who I worked with at the and get the word out.)

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Democrats running for Travis County Judge at OHAN forum by Bobbie Jean Sawyer Traffic woes, environmental concerns, water shortage and property tax burdens were the focus of the forum between the two Democratic candidates for Travis County Judge, Sarah Eckhardt and Andy Brown. The forum was hosted by the Oak Hill Association of Neighborhoods (OHAN) on Feb. 12 at Southwest Family Fellowship Church. Sarah Eckhardt, who served as Travis County Commissioner for Precinct 2 before stepping down from that position to run for Travis County Judge, said she’s determined to find an environmentally sensitive solution to Austin’s traffic problem. “It’s true that if you don’t build it they still come. I’m endorsed by the Sierra Club and I’m a card carrying member of the Sierra Club. I’m an ardent environmentalist and I believe that we need to find a better way to live and move through our sensitive environment,” Eckhardt said. “Although I am an environmental idealist, I’m also a realist.” Eckhardt sites Lone Star Rail and the parkway option for the ‘Y’ at Oak Hill as two possible solutions to congested traffic in Southwest Austin. “We only have two major roads that circulate the people in this particular

Sarah Eckhardt and Andy Brown talked issues at a forum hosted by OHAN on February 12. community: 71 and 290. They are at capacity today,” Eckhardt said. “There is no doubt that we need to add capacity, but we also need to find ways to make that capacity effective and efficient as it can be.” Andy Brown, former chair of the Travis County Democratic Party, said Travis County needs to re-evaluate how it views transportation issues. “I think we need to look at transportation from a regional perspective,” Brown said. “We need to look at the entire region—not just one part of it—to have an effective regional plan.” Brown said he views mass transit options, such as Lone Star Rail and Capital Metro’s Project Connect program, as possible keys to solving Austin’s traffic problem.

“The main thing that we need to keep in mind is that people are going to keep coming to Travis County,” Brown said. “We need to work on ways to get around the entire region.” Both candidates voiced opposition to SH 45 SW, a proposed 3.6-mile stretch of roadway that would connect Mopac with FM 1626. Eckhardt said the negative environmental impact the road is likely to have on the recharge zone and the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve is too great. The road would likely have a minimal impact on traffic congestion and leave taxpayers with a steep bill, Eckhardt said. “The engineering necessary to build it in a way that improves upon our current circumstances from a transportation and a water quality perspective makes it possibly the most expensive stretch of concrete that we’ve ever seen in the state,” Eckhardt said. Brown said SH 45 SW would not have a longterm benefit for traffic, adding that he supports finding a more environmentally safe solution to congestion. “I would fight to get Lone Star Rail completed as soon as possible,” Brown said. Each candidate named water Continued on next page

Red Dragon Players to perform Continued from p. 3

plenty of time to prepare the music so that our music director and rehearsal pianist can teach it fluently.” But the Red Dragon Players, whose name is a reference to Austin High’s maroon school colors, are no strangers to the hard work and dedication that comes with developing a stage production. The group has won four University Interscholastic League (UIL) One-Act Play State Championships and 45 UIL District Championships. Over the course of this production, the cast spent a week working with New York musical theater actors and

opera artists. “It is good for our students to be able to work with professionals, other than ourselves, who can give them a little more insight into the real world of theatre,” Dragoo said. Lewis said the experience of working with fellow theatre members and co-directors Annie and Billy Dragoo will stick with her long after the curtains close. “I’m definitely going to remember them for the rest of my life,” Lewis said. “They’re characters.” Connor Patterson, a junior who works as sound technician on the production, said though this is his

first year as a member of the Red Dragon Players, he’s worked on every production but one this season. “I like the collaboration that goes on between everybody to try to get the production set and going smoothly,” Patterson said. “After the production you get really close to everybody and you make friends with everybody. It’s a very unique experience at Austin High School.” “I Kissed A Vampire” runs Feb. 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

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SH 45 SW is back in the fast lane The Donut Gang Continued from p. 1

processes, and documents are virtually identical. The laws and regulations governing the preparation of a state or federal EIS are also similar, with the state laws and regulations being modeled on their federal counterparts,” Hurst said. “The studies differ primarily in how they are reviewed and coordinated. For example, TxDOT is the lead agency in preparing a state EIS, while the Federal Highway Administration is the lead agency in preparing a federal EIS.” However, many in the environmental community say removing federal funds from the project is a dangerous and unfair move. Dick Kallerman, a longtime member of the Austin Sierra Club, said the

state guidelines are “less stringent” than the federal rules. “It’s a concern because it’s the most environmentally sensitive area around for a road. We shouldn’t be compromising the Environmental Impact Statement, especially over an aquifer recharge zone. I think it’s very shortsighted of CAMPO to take that action,” Kallerman said. “CAMPO is our last line of defense for the environment in terms of infrastructure. For them to be that lax in terms of environmental problems is really surprising.” At last week’s CAMPO meeting, council member Chris Riley read a memo from City of Austin staff in opposition to the CAMPO staff ’s recommendation to transfer the funds. City staff said the state’s

environmental study “may not be as rigorous or robust as the requirements of the federal National Environmental Policy Act.” Riley said he shared the city’s concerns. “I think if this road is going to succeed we should be very careful that we’re looking at all of the environmental implications,” Riley said. Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe said the move to state funding is the natural step in the process. “I don’t know how we can do more than say we’ll spend whatever amount of money is necessary to protect the environment,” Biscoe said. For more information and updates on SH 45 SW, visit

OHAN forum for County Judge candidates Continued from p. 6

shortage as a priority issue. Eckhardt said the county should work with neighboring counties to help equally distribute water. “What we need to do as a county is ally ourselves with the other ten counties in the region,” Eckhardt said. “We are sitting on a fault line where you have very dry counties over to the west and you have some wet counties to the east on the Carrizo Wilcox [aquifer]. We need a partnership with all ten counties in the region to equitably distribute resources that we have—both surface and ground water.” Brown said Travis County has to make a conscious effort to conserve water and said as Travis County

Judge, he would work with the city to develop a plan for reducing county-wide water usage. “There’s not an endless supply of water out there that we can just pay some county to get. We need to work on reducing our water usage in Travis County,” Brown said. “It’s the cheapest way to get more water and it’s the only way we have.” When questioned about Travis County’s increasing property tax burdens, Brown said he wants to raise the senior property tax exemption and assess the county’s appraisal system. “My first solution is to try to reduce the burden and give some property tax relief to seniors,” Brown said. “I think we need to take a look at the

entire appraisal system and make sure that all properties are appraised at a fair value, including commercial properties. I don’t want the burden to be only on residential properties.” Eckhardt said she would focus her efforts on equally distributing the tax burden and limiting tax rebates given to large corporations, such as Formula 1. “What we also need to look at is tax equity and how we’re distributing the burden,” Eckhardt said. “Every time someone gets a tax rebate or a tax giveaway, the burden is placed on the rest of the taxpayers.” Early voting for the March 4 primary election lasts until Feb. 28.

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Austin High Varsity Lacrosse team wins Aggieland Classic

The Austin High Varsity Lacrosse team took top honors at the Division 1 Championship of the Aggieland Classic held Feb 8th-9th in College Station. Austin High defeated Houston Memorial 7-5 in the final game. Maroon Varsity Head Coach is John Trevey. Assistant coaches are Kyle Loda, Offensive Coordinator and Eric Liberatore, Defensive Coordinator. Both the Varsity and JV teams traveled to The Woodlands last weekend to compete in the Mudslinger Invitational. Austin High Maroon Lacrosse begins the regular season in a home game February 27th against Cedar Park High. Austin High home games are played at Chalmers Field on W. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

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in a round robin, open mic atmosphere following the featured preSundays sentation. On the third Thursday of every month. Free. Food pantry doLive Jazz Brunch- 10am-2pm. nations are welcomed. 7pm at New Nutty Brown Cafe, 12225 Hwy. 290 Life Lutheran Church, 120 Frog W., 78737. 301-4648. www.nuttyPond Lane in Dripping Springs. For more info call 858-2024. Tessy Lou Williams & The Shotgun Stars- 3pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Mondays Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces- 6:30pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586. Texas Songwriters Showcase - 6:30pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. No cover.

Tuesdays Kem Watts - 4pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-03183 Brennen Leigh - 7pm at Evangeline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. 282-2586.

Wednesdays No Bad Days Open Mic - 7pm at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood.

to answer the question on everyone’s mind, WHY LUBBOCK? The Paramount Theatre 512.472.5470 Tuesday, February 25

Audra McDonald - 7:30pm The most acclaimed musical theatre Third Thursday at The Blanton- performer of our time. free evening of art and activities. Thursday, February 27 5-9pm at Blanton Museum, Brazos and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fridays Friday night Dance Club- w/ Western bands and a Pot Luck break. 7:30pm-10pm at South Austin Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca RD, Austin. $4.50.


New Events January 29 - February 23

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group - 8pm stars of the Emmy nominated Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Dell Hall The Long Center 701 W. Riverside Drive (512) 457-5100

In The Next Room or The Vibrator Play - This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection. Contains brief male nudity. Topfer Friday, February 28 Theater at Zach 202 South Lamar (512) February 13 - March 2

Ongoing Events South Austin Mystery Book Club - 7:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at the Sunset Valley Barnes & Noble on Brodie Ln. Our April 16th book is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you have questions please email Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting - Bannockburn Baptist Church room 103 Every Wednesday, 7pm - 8:30pm Anne Slater 512-215-9719 for more info Free Conversation Cafe - Drop in for open, public dialogue on a variety of topics. Every third Saturday from 10:30am-11:30am at the Hampton Branch of the Austin Public Library at Oak Hill, 5125 Convict Hill Rd.. Free and open to the public. 512974-9900 / Classes and meditation - with Western Buddhist nun, Gen Kelsang Ingchug. Every Sunday at 9:30am at Chittamani Buddhist Center, 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745. Everyone welcome. Spiritual counselling by appointment. Call for free brochure. 916-4444. Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter - Meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm at the Westlake Barnes & Noble bookstore, corner of Loop 360 and Bee Cave Road,. www.

50+ Singles Dance- 7:30-9:45 Live Music. Senior Activity Center 29th & Lamar. 2874 Shoal Crest. Trivia Night - Wednesdays at Waterloo Ice House, Southpark Meadows, 9600 South I-35 Service Rd. SB, Suite D-100. 512-301-1007.

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Lily Tomlin - 7pm back to the Paramount stage by popular demand. The Paramount Theatre 719 Congress Ave. 512.472.5470 info@

The Peacemakers- 10pm at EvanSaturday, March 1 geline Cafe, 8106 Brodie Lane. Othello - 8pm and 3pm on Sun282-2586. days. Presented by Austin Shakesphere. The Long Center 701 W. Open Mic Night- at Nutty Brown Riverside Drive (512) 457-5100 Cafe, 12225 W Highway 290, Free. Thursdays February 14 - February 23 KGSR Unplugged At The Grove -every Thursday evening through Dead Man’s Cell Phone - Feb14Sept 6th. Join KGSR every Thurs15, 19-22 at 8:00pm. & Feb16, 23 day for 23 consecutive weeks at at 2pm UT at Austin Department of Shady Grove on Barton Springs Theatre and Dance presents SarRoad for one of Austin’s longest ah Ruhl’s thoughtful and intriguing running free concert series. play at the Oscar G. Brockett TheKaraoke- at Boomerz Nightclub, atre. 300 E 23rd St., (512) 477-6060 6148 Hwy 290 W.. 892-3373. Spring Fling Burlesque - 7pm Tony Harrisson / Dance Lessons Fri., Feb 21 and Sat., Feb 22 Presented by Ruby Joule & Dia/ Jesse Dayton- 6pm - 9:15pm / mond Burlesque Productions. The Is There Life After Lubbock? 9:15pm at the Broken Spoke, 3201 Paramount Theatre 719 Congress 7pm oin Jaston and his guests Ave. 512.472.5470 info@austinS. Lamar. 442-6189. for the evening, legendary singer/ Open Mic with your host, Ga- songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore rett Endres. Starts at 9pm every and brilliant writer and monologist Tuesday, March 4 Thursday 290 West Club 12013 W Jo Carol Pierce as all three share music, stories, poetry and original Hair - 7:30pm Peace, Love and the Hwy 290 works never before performed. ’60s! Dell Hall The Long Center “Thirsty Thursday” gathering- Wear house shoes, sip longnecks, 701 W. Riverside Drive (512) 457Poems and songs will be shared participate in talkbacks and try 5100

VFW Post 4443 meeting - Meets on first Tues. of month from 7-8:30pm at 7614 Thomas Springs Road in Oak Hill. Members and potential members are encouraged to be there around 6pm to gather for dinner. There is no cost. The Oak Hill Rotary Club -Meets at noon on the first three Mondays of the month at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon. More info at 288-8487 See www. for other activities and events. Circle C Area Democrats - 6:308:30pm at Santa Rita in the Escarpment Village. Meets on second Mondays of month. For infor Toastmasters Groups - Build leadership and communication skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Visitors welcome. Tejas Toastmasters: 288-7808/ Meets every Mon. at 6 pm at IHOP, 1101 S. Mopac. South Austin Toastmasters: meets first and third Tuesday at noon at ACC South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane. Phone 443-7110 or 288-7808. Oak Hill Toastmasters: meet every Thursday from 6:45-8pm at West-

ern Hills Church of Christ, 6211 Parkwood Drive. Open to ages 18 & up. 956-494-4809 / for more info. Alzheimer’s Caregiver SupporGroup - 2nd Wednesday of the month at noon at Arveda Alzheimer’s Family Care, 11013 Signal Hill Drive, 78737. Anyone caring for a loved-one with dementia and needing support is invited. RSVP to 512-637-5400 and feel free to bring your own lunch. Senior Luncheon Program - Seniors (over 60) meet at 8656 Hwy. 71 W, Bldg A, next to JP bldg every Tues, Wed and Thurs from 10am2pm. Transportation available. Call 512-854-2138 for more info. Oak Hill Neighborhood Planning Contact Team - Meets fourth Wednesday of the month at the ACC Pinnacle Campus, 10th Floor Board Room. MOMS Club of Austin - Southwest Oaks - Social and support group for stay-at-home moms and their children. Meet new friends, and enjoy a guest speaker. Monthly meeting at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 7815 W Hwy 290. 10am on the first Thursday of every month. For more info, email Southwest Networking Group (SWING) - meets for breakfast at Waterloo Ice House, Slaughter Ln. & Escarpment Blvd., 9600 Escarpment Blvd.. 8-9:30am. Bring business cards. For more info call 482-9026 or 921-4901. Thursdays. South Austin AARP Chapter 2426 - Tom Bauer will talk about leadership styles and best practices, 1pm - 4pm at South Austin Senior Activity Center, 3911 Manchaca Rd. Free. Meets on third Wednesday of the month. For more info call Mary at 280-8661. OHBPA Meeting - (Oak Hill Business Professionals Association). Meets every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am-1pm at Mandola’s Italian Market, 4301 W. Wm. Cannon $15. Retired Austin Travelers - a group for people who love to travel. Regular meetings are held the second Wednesday of odd-numbered months, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM,in the Oak Hill Library at 5124 Convict Hill Road.. Creative Arts Society - Meets on first Wed. of month (except Jan.,July, Aug.) at ACC Pinnacle, 10th floor, faculty lounge. 6pm networking. 7pm program. All artists and art enthusiasts are welcome. 288-0574.

South Austin Lions Club -Meets every second and fourth Thursday 6pm – 7pm Premier High School at Travis 1211 E. Oltorf On the campus of Travis High School, follow Premier sign as you enter driveway, veer right. Austin Public Library Computer Training Classes - Adult computer classes covering everything from the basics to finding a job online. Classes are held in various languages, with some requiring registration beforehand. Call or go online for a complete schedule and additional details. 512/9747400 Sat. & Sun. February 8 & 9

New Events Thursday, February 20 A pet loss support group - 7pm It will be held at Austin Pet Memorial Center - 16670 I-35 S, Suite B in Buda, Texas. Claudia Carroll, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist will facilitate the group. For further information please call 512-4250879 Saturday, February 22

All About Herbs: 2014 - 9am Noon From basil and lemon balm to lavender and beyond, the Austin Herb Society shows you how to grow, use and enjoy herbs in Central Texas. Zilker Botanical Garden Center Call (512) 358-4542 Tapestry Fundraiser - 7am 12:30pm Community Garage Sale in the Tapestry parking lot All funds raised will go toward youth tuition. 2302 Western Trails Blvd Friday, February 28 The People’s Gallery celebrates 10 years of visual art at City Hall - free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Local indie rock band Mobley will perform on the City Hall Plaza at 8 p.m. and the Whole Foods Market trailer will be on site offering food for purchase. Austin City Hall 301 W. 2nd St. Contact: Megan Crigger, , (512) 974-9312 Sunday, March 2 GriefShare Class - 3pm - 5pm Sunday’s It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. You may begin the class at any point during the 13week time frame. Call 512-9706130 Manchaca United Methodist Church, 1011 FM 1626

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Outdoors & Fitness Ongoing Events Farmer’s Market at Sunset Valley - Locally grown fresh produce at Tony Burger Center, 3200 Jones Rd. Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Free Introduction to Dance Class - for adults and teens. Every Saturday at 11am at Tapestry Dance Company & Academy, Western Trails Blvd., Austin. www. Docent Tours of AMOA - Each Saturday and Sunday 1pm Docent-led tours of the recently restored 1916 Driscoll Villa, the intimate art exhibition Laguna Gloria Grounded and the historic gardens overlooking Lake Austin. at Austin Museum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. 512-495-9224 Texas Outdoor Women’s Network - Open to women of all ages interested in outdoor activities. fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and more! No experience required. Free monthly meetings on fourth Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the LCRA Red Bud Complex, 3601 Lake Austin Blvd. . Hill Country Outdoors- “Austin’s Most Active Outdoor, Sport and

Social Club” Specializing in adventure with outdoor events such as hiking, camping, biking, road trips and rafting. Westcave Preserve public weekend tours- Sats. and Sundays, 10am., noon, 2pm & 4, $5 adult/$2 child/$15 family. One mile hike into the canyon & back. Kids welcome w/ adult. No pets. For more info call (830)825-3442 . Thursday, Novemver 28Guided Hike - Second Saturday & second Sunday of each month at 9am at Bright Leaf Natural Area, 4400 Crestway Dr., Austin. Hikes are usually 4 miles long and last about 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes and bring your own water. Boot Camp Workout - At 9am every Saturday, our expert coaches will lead you through a muscle toning, fat burning, FREE 45 minute boot camp class! Bring your ten closest friends and jump start your weekend. Mills Elementary School 1-877-801-8171, extension 710 Nature Hike at McKinney State Falls - Free interpretive hikes to discover the diverse range of flora and fauna that can be seen at McKinney Falls. Hikes are offered

the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month starting at 10am from the Smith Visitors Center. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and bring water. Hikes last approximately 1.5 hours. Info contact: jeanneffia@

New Events Through March 16 Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo Join with the Cowboys and Cowgirls in this star studded event at the Travis County Expo Center 7311 Decker Lane (512) 919-3000 Saturday, February 22 Outdoor Adventure Showcase at LBJ State Park - 10am - 4pm adventure and hands-on experiences for all ages. (830)644-2252 or visit: state-parks/lyndon-b-johnson.

New Events Thursday, February 20 Freddy Steady KRC - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 28-CAJUN Jesse Dayton - 9:15pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 Andy Barham - 6pm Johnson830:pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Rollfast Ramblers - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Friday, February 21

Sunday, March 2 86th Annual Zilker Park Kite Festival - Open to all. Only homemade single line kites are accepted in the contest. FREE Registration is between 11am and 2pm at the tables next to the sound booth. Contest starts at 1pm. contact the festival organizers, call 512-448KITE (5483) or

Kids Calendar Ongoing Events

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cluded with regular Zoo admission. Ages 3 up 10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin 78736. Second Saturdays are for Fami- For additional information, call 512- February 22 - 23 and March 1 - 2 lies - $7 per family; $5 Member 288-1490 or visit www.austinzoo. Hansel and Gretel - 2pm & families. Noon-4pm at Austin Mu- org. 4:30pm Ballet Austin II’s playful reseum of Art, 823 Congress Ave. imagining of the classic Grimm’s Please RSVP to akichorowsky@ New Events fairy tale with choreography by to give an idea of materiJanuary 31 - February 23 ly van Bommel, is recommended als needed. 512-495-9224 / www. for children ages 3 to 10 years old The Legends of Robin Hood - Fri. and their families. AustinVentures & Sat 7:30pm Sun Matinees 2pm StudioTheater At Austin Children’s Museum: Performed in the Burdine Johnson Community Night - Come out and Studio Theatre. Emily Ann Theatre Saturday, March 1 play EVERY Wednesday night at and Gardens1101 FM 2325 5125pm and enjoy exhibits, storytime 847-6969 and a variety of hands-on activities. Themed stories, songs,d activities. Tuesday - Saturday: 11am, 1pm & Friday, February 21 - May 3 3pm. Baby Bloomers- Every Mon.. For kids 3 & under & their caregivers. Storytimes 9:30 & 11am; Singa-long 10:30am at Austin Children’s The Monster Who Ate My Peas Museum, 201 Colorado St.. 472- 12pm Children and adults alike 2499 / will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesthe value of will power. One World days at the Hampton Library, 5125 Theater 7701 Bee Caves Road Convict Hill Rd. Toddlers Fridays at 11am, . 892-6680. 512.330.9500 ext 5 Austin Zoo & Animal Sanctuary - Join us in making Animal EnrichMarch 1 - March 23 ment (toys for animals) every Monday and Wednesday at 11:30am in The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss’s Rapunzel - Sat at 10am Sun at the Picnic Grove and Story Time classic children’s book comes to on Tuesdays and Thursdays at life in a wild ride of physical com- 2pm The EmilyAnn Theatre & Gar11:15am and 1:15pm in the Pea- edy. Kleburg Stage Zach Theater. dens 101 FM 2325 Wimberly 512cock Barn. Both activities are in- 202 South Lamar (512) 476-0541 847-6969

John Carrick - 8pm $10 Dallas Moore Band - 10pm $10 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 The Bee Gees Songbook - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 Jacqui Walker - 6:30pm Central Market 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512899-4300 Sunday, February 23 Gospel Brunch w/ The Purgatory Players - 11am Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-8287636 Monday, February 24 Texas Songwriters Showcase: W.C. Jamison Hosts Fletcher Clark Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Tuesday, February 25

Van Wilkes Band - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com Eleven Hundred Springs - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 Charlie Pierce - 4pm Dale Watson - 10pm Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 $15 Advance $20 Door Amateur MMA Belts of Honorius iV - Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Grant Ewing Band - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 28-CAJUN Tony Harrison - 6:30pm Central Market 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512899-4300 Saturday, February 22 T Jarrod Bonta Trio - 7:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Two Tons of Steel - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. com Medina Moonshine Band - 7pm Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Free

Debra Peters w/the Accordion Round Up - 6pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 John Edward Baumann - 4pm Kem Watts - 6pm Tommy Elskes - 8:30 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 Rey Bensen - 2pm KDRP Live at Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 $5

George Ensle - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com Tara Williamson - 5:30 Chisos Grill 512. 263-7353 12921 Hill Country Blvd, Suite D2-130 Danny Britt & Marvin Dykuis 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 28-CAJUN Friday, February 28 Redd Volkaert - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 28-CAJUN Cornell Hurd - 9:30 Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 Charlie Pierce - 4pm Bo Davis/Emily Grace Clark and the Dreamers - 8pm $7 Erik Tessmer - 11pm Poodies Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318 $7 Flying Balalaika Brothers 6:30pm Central Market 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-899-4300 Free LeeAnn Atherton Band - 7pm Maria’s Taco Xpress 2529 South Lamar Blvd. 512-444-0261 Cold Steel Revolver - 7pmNutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648

Dime Store Poets - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 2822586 28-CAJUN evangelinecafe. com Wednesday, February 26 Mike and the Moonpies - 9pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 442-6189 brokenspokeaustintx. com Denny Freeman & Jon Blondell - 7pm Evangeline Cafe 8106 Brodie Lane 282-2586 28-CAJUN Thursday, February 27 Silvie Rider Young - 7pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 Jesse Dayton - 9:15pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 Andy Barham - 6pm Johnson830:pm Leyla Fences - 10:30 Poodie’s Hilltop Bar & Grill, 22308 Hwy. 71 W., Spicewood. 264-0318

Jon Dee Graham Birthday Bash - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512-828-7636 $8 Saturday, March 1 Jimmy La Fave - 8pm Strange Brew 5326 Manchaca Rd 512828-7636 strangebrewloungeside. com $20 Dale Watson - 9:30pm Broken Spoke 3201 South Lamar 4426189 Night Train with Courtney McAdams - 7:30pm Satellite Bistro & Bar 5900 Slaughter Ln #400 288-9994 satellitebistroandbar. com Al Monti’s Blues - 7pm Nutty Brown Cafe 12225 Highway 290 West 512-301-4648 Free

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Car Review

2014 Buick LaCrosse-Premium By T. Q. Jones

Okay, where’s Buck Rogers and how did we end up with his car? Though no one under sixty is likely to understand that reference, this new Buick marks not only the return of the “Big Buick”, but the most “driverfriendly cars we’ve had the chance to get our hands on. In case you hadn’t noticed, the newer cars are adding equipment not just to protect the car and passengers but meant to keep the driver out of trouble. Buick calls it the “driver confidence package,” and our test car for the week had two: the driver confidence package one and the driver confidence package two.  One includes the forward collision alert, the rear cross traffic alert, and the side blind zone alert with lane departure warning. Package two has adaptive cruise control and automatic collision preparation, which basically means the car gets ready for a crash as soon as its sensors think a crash is imminent. Still,

the first package seems to be the most cost-efficient, as it covers more possibilities that are more likely to occur. We’ve had the chance to try a number of the systems, starting with the first-generationadaptivecruisecontrols which were a bit annoying, braking whenyouweren’treadytobrake,though you probably should have been. To help you out, this Buick LaCrosse also included a head-up display so you don’t have to take your eyes off of the road except to tune the radio. Among the high-tech gadgetry, though, is a real throwback, though the kids won’t believe it: a push-button starter on the dash. (That’s another current fad, though the last push-button starter we recall was on a 1949 Buick, the year was 1958, and the button was under the gas pedal.) Another thing this Buick brought to mind was the relative hierarchy of cars in the 1950s.  People with a lot of money drove Cadillacs, people with a little money drove Buicks, or, if they had a sporty flair, Pontiacs.

We asked about Buck Rogers because this Buick will do everything but fly, although, according to the old engineering adage, anything will fly if you put enough T. Q. Jones power behind it, (though the landing would probably leave something to be desired, like live passengers.) But this new Buick has all the things we thought were right around the corner.  (One thing was: at least one of the so-called “Dream Cars” of the 50s had a rear-facing TV camera.) The new cars like the Buick and the new Chevrolet are the throwbacks to the big cars of the 1950s, at least on the inside.  The Impala and the LaCrosse are both very spacious and our test unit from Buick was also equipped with every one of the currently-desirable items of equipment

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Oak Hill Gazette Sports

Softball season updates

Bowie High Bulldogs by Patrick Olson

An appearance in the AISD Tournament gave coach Catherine Johnson-Landers an opportunity to evaluate the Bowie softball team. “We are still making changes each game,” said the coach. “We are looking to put people in different places until we find our strongest line up. We are very pleased with how people

are stepping up to the challenges we give them.” The Dawgs defeated Travis, Irving Nimitz, Crockett, Dripping Springs and Eastside, but lost to Leander in games limited to 1½ hours to accommodate a huge field of teams. The Dawgs are represented behind the plate by 1st Team All-District catcher McKenzie Cain, while Sam



Austin High Maroons by Patrick Olson

The Austin High softball team returns multiple starters to make a run at the District 15-5A title. Coach Elizabeth Wissel enjoyed watching pitchers Vannessa Castro and Poqui Bergara perform well over the weekend at the AISD Tournament. “The girls are showing great potential for this year,” stated the skipper. The Maroons shut out Eastside, Irving Nimitz and McCallum at the local event, before dropping contests to Leander and Dripping Springs 0-6 and 0-1 respectively. Dariann Resendez operates behind the plate for Wissel, while freshman Makayla Dominguez holds down duties on the hot corner at third base. The Maroons possess strength up the middle defensively

Flores holds down third base after earning All-District honors as a designated hitter. 2nd Team All-District Ashli Lotz works in the outfield, with Brittany Patton and Alexandra McLennan. Sisters Cassi and Lexi Grimaldo operate at second base and shortstop respectively. “We are training the kids in many different places,” added Johnson-Landers. “Our goal is to put the best ten kids in the lineup.” Hailey Walker and Cain have both toiled at first base. Beginning Thursday, the Dawgs will compete in the Dripping Springs

with Mariah Garcia at shortstop and Dezarae Mendoza at second base. Krystal Requejo serves as the primary first baseman. Outfielders for Austin High include Brianna Garcia, Alexus Martinez and Angel Sustaita working from left to right. With Bergara on the mound, Austin High disposed of Travis 9-1 at the AISD Tournament. Maroons patiently waited on the erratic Rebel pitcher, coaxing bases on balls before Bergara smashed a two-run single past a diving Travis shortstop. Austin High will participate in the Round Rock Tournament this weekend, opening competition at the event with an 11 a.m. game versus Vandegrift at Cedar Ridge. At 3 p.m., the Maroons face Sharyland at the same location.

Playing their first full game of the season, Crockett trounced Travis 8-1 in a district opener, behind thirteen strikeouts by pitcher Sara Sanders. Offensively, Alyssa Martinez drilled a pair of doubles and Jacy Wright added a double and a single for the brown and gold. Crockett visits Connally on Tuesday with first pitch set for 7:30 p.m. At the AISD Tournament, Crockett defeated Llano, Reagan and Lanier, but lost to Bowie, Dripping Springs and Akins. “I’m pleased with the ability of the players to adapt to different situations,” coach Sharon

Montgomery said after using the event to find the best lineup for the Cougars. “We need to focus on consistency.” Games at the tournament were limited to 1½ hours. Gabby Acosta pitched for Crockett versus Lanier and Reagan, with Wright operating behind the plate. Martinez works at both shortstop and third base. The right side of the infield includes Sara Navarro at second base and Danielle Fee at first. Dominique Alvarez and Kristina Soriano cover ground in the outfield for a Cougar club that has been undefeated in district each of the past two seasons.

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Oak Hill History issue - an annual look back at the colorful history of Old Oak Hill

Long gone Oak Hill lives on in memory by Donna Marie Miller Four long-time residents of Oak Hill: James Wier, James White, Archie Enochs and his sister Linda Enochs, remember a different Oak Hill, long before the intersection of US HWY 290 and Texas HWY 71 became a snarl of traffic and noise— the Oak Hill they and generations of their families grew up in. James Wier Seventy-three year-old James Wier and his wife, Carolyn, lived in Oak Hill for more than 20 years while he managed road construction crews for Travis County commissioner Johnny Voudouris and then for

Ann Richards. While the family raised their sons, Mike and David, near Granada Hills subdivision, Wier volunteered both for the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department and later for the Oak Hill Volunteer EMS Department. He retired in 2003 and moved his family’s homestead to Buda. These days he likes to sit and to tell stories about the Oak Hill he remembers, dirt roads and ranchland that stretched for miles. “Whenever we had to put in a road, we had to do our research to make sure it was a community road. We were not allowed to work on private Continued on next page

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This is an actual photo taken around 1885 of convicts laboring on what is now Convict Hill in Oak Hill. They slept in a cave that was destroyed when a shopping center was built at 290 and Wm. Cannon.

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roads. Back in the 1960s the roads were mostly dirt and residents were paying their taxes, but we couldn’t work on any road unless it was approved by the county,” Wier said. “We don’t know the history of the area around us anymore. But we can still be neighborly and talk to people and take the time to find out what was here before us.” When he worked for the county Wier often spent his afternoons either in the basement of the Travis County courthouse digging through survey maps, or out in the community trying to figure out which roads the county owned and which it did not. “We would sit down and talk to some of the old people who had been living in Oak Hill all their lives. The more I researched, the more I enjoyed the old-timers telling their stories about Oak Hill,” Wier said. Wier said the Mexican government awarded William Cannon a land grant to own the acres stretching from Williamson Creek to Slaughter Lane, known as Oak Springs in 1835. Soon afterwards, settlers discovered an endless supply of cedar trees and natural limestone in the area. In the early 1880s, the Austin and Oatmanville Railway Company built six miles of rail to transport quarried limestone downtown to be used in building the foundation and inner walls of the Texas capitol, Wier said. The train tracks began at Oatman Quarry, once located at what is now the intersection of William Cannon Street and US HWY 290 West, and followed a route northeast on Convict Hill where they intersected with the Missouri Pacific (MoPac) railroad. The local train tracks remained in place from 1884 until 1888, until the company removed the rails. Only a few of the old railroad mounds still exist in the neighborhood. Set off by chain link fencing, the mounds still remain visible today when looking just to the west along MoPac/Loop 1 South between William Cannon and Davis Lane, Wier said. “A lot of people just drive by and don’t know what those mounds are,” Wier said. Oak Springs, soon became known as Oatmanville, as the community

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James Weir remembers dirt ro a d s a n d r a n c h l a n d t h at stretched for miles. grew up around the former site of Oatman Quarry, owned eventually by Buster Thomas. Skeeter Hudson owned the land where the quarry sat. Partners Thomas and Hudson operated the quarry through the 1960s until developers began building homes in the subdivision. Back in the fall of 1885, Texas convicts worked long hours in the quarry without pay, chained at the ankles nightly in a large cave where Oak Hill Centre shopping center now stands, Wier said. “There was a cave there where the prisoners stayed at night,” Wier said. “They had wooden bunk beds and straw mattresses. There was a big iron ring embedded in the wall and at night when the prisoners went to bed, the bosses would run a chain through all their leg irons and attached them to the ring in the wall, so they couldn’t get out of bed at night and escape.” Wier said the prisoners used a “cow dip” style water trough about 4 feet wide by 6 feet deep and 15 feet long for bathing and cleaning their clothes once a week. “That was used for the prisoners to take their weekly baths and to wash their clothes. The prisoners would go in on one end and they would be handed a bar of lye soap and they would take a bath and wash their clothes at the same time, before coming out on the other end. At the end, they would put their clothes back on,” Wier said. Continued on page 23

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by Patrick Olson A resilient Bowie boys’ basketball team knocked out District 16-5A champion Cedar Ridge 61-52 in an overtime bi-district playoff encounter Tuesday evening at Vista Ridge. “The kids really paid attention to detail,” Bulldog coach Celester Collier stated afterward. “We rebounded it

when we had to and our defense got us back in the game.” Bowie finished tied with Akins for third place in District 15-5A, won a clip flip and opted to take the fourth playoff spot. Facing a Raider squad featuring De’Andre Davis who will play collegiately at Grand Canyon University proved an advantageous

matchup for Collier’s crew. Point guard Liam O’Reilly ran the Bowie offense efficiently, and the defense switched from zone to man in the second half to secure the victory. “We have the best coach in Texas, period,” O’Reilly boldly proclaimed. Jake Walton’s work in the paint Continued on next page

Samantha Flores by Patrick Olson Working diligently in the classroom, Samantha Flores has enrolled in five dual credit courses to prepare for college. While on the softball diamond, she works at third base defensively and brings a lethal bat to the plate offensively. Flores hopes to help lead the Dawgs back to playoffs, where they last faced Klein Collins in the area round of the postseason. At the age of eight, Flores began playing softball with current teammate Brittany Patton on the ATX Eclipse. Samantha attended Lee Elementary, before moving up to Keeling Junior High. Upon arriving at Bowie, she played on the junior varsity softball club as a freshman, before earning a varsity spot as a sophomore. Flores honed her softball skills on select teams Freeze and Blast traveling to tournaments in Dallas and Houston. Her older brother Eddie played baseball at Bowie. French instructor Michelle Shadwick is Samantha’s favorite teacher at Bowie. “She’s the nicest teacher I’ve ever had,” the infielder noted. Flores’ favorite athletic moment occurred last year versus Westlake. “McKenzie (Cain) hit a home run to tie the game, and I hit a home run and we won by one run,” she recalled. Following graduation, Samantha will attend Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls to seek a degree in physical therapy.

Samantha Flores, Bowie “Even if at times it seems difficult, you can push through it and get help from teachers and class aids,” Flores replied when asked if she had advice for younger pupils aspiring to play varsity athletics at the high school level. Samantha’s parents Bella and Tony Flores have provided a persistent positive influence for her. “They have pushed me through all the hard times I’ve had,” she said. “They have been there for support and also my brother.”



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ANGLICAN St. Philip’s Anglican Church 1408 W. 9th St, Austin. 78703 Fr. Gary Francis, Vicar Holy Communion 1928 Book of Common Prayer Sunday 11:00 am Traditional Anglican Worship

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BUDDHIST Chittamani Buddhist Center Without Inner Peace, Outer Peace is Impossible. Classes and meditation currently on the 4 Noble Truths. Every Sunday 9:30am -11 am Everyone welcome 1918 Bissel Lane, 78745 (off Manchaca) 512-916-4444 Sitagu Buddha Vihara 9001 Honeycomb Dr. 78737 (4 miles west of the “Y”). We are a monastery, meditation center, community center, education center and home of a beautiful Burmese pagoda. Daily activities., (512)301-3968

CATHOLIC St. Catherine of Siena 4800 Convict Hill Rd. 78749 892-2420 Pastor Rev. Patrick Coakley Weekend Masses: Sat. 5pm, Sun 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:15pm, 5pm Weekday Masses: Mon-Fri. 12noon, Sat. 9am, Tues & 1st Fri 7pm


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Bethany Lutheran Church “Where Jesus Meets His Friends” 3701 West Slaughter Lane (next to Bowie High School) 292-8778 email: Pastor: Rev. William B. Knippa Assoc. Pastor: Rev. Kevin D. Lentz Sun. Worship Services: 8am (Trad.) 9:30 & 11:00 am (Blended Traditional & Contemporary Music) 6:00 p.m. (Contemporary Praise) Sunday School & Bible Study: 9:30am Nursery During Services Bethany Preschool, Mon & Wed program, Tues & Thur program Holy Cross Lutheran Church 4622 S. Lamar 892-0516 Rev. Magdalene Holm-Roesler, Pastor Services: 10:00 am Sunday Study Hour: 9:00 am Sunday Fellowship & Coffee after services Adult and Children’s Sun. School You’re always welcome here.

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METHODIST Oak Hill United Methodist Church 7815 Hwy. 290 W. 78736 288-3836 Rev. Jim Roberts, Rev. Pam Sheffield, and Rev. Stella Burkhalter Services: Sunday 8:45, 10 & 11:15am (Interpreted for the deaf at 11:15 service) Wednesday ReCharge service 6:15pm Sunday School: 10 & 11:15am Children’s Sunday School: 8:45, 10 & 11:15am Youth group: 5pm open hearts, open minds, open doors! Manchaca United Methodist Church Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors! 1011 FM 1626 (SE corner of FM 1626 & Manchaca Rd); office@; 512.282.7274 Pastors: Rev. Laura Adam, Rev. Tracey Beadle Sunday Schedule: 8:30 am – Traditional Worship with Communion in the Sanctuary. 9:45 am - Sunday School; adult, youth and children. 11:00 am - Traditional Worship and Hymns in the Sanctuary. 11 am - Life on the Road - Casual Praise Service in the Family Life Center 5 pm - High School & Middle School youth programs Wednesday Worship: 6:00 am Individual Prayer and Meditation with Communion

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“When they (Thomas and Hudson) built the shopping center, they dug out the cave. Today there is no cave, no trough; there’s nothing there now. That’s all gone. All that was excavated. Where that cave was located, developers probably cut back that rock 50 or 60 feet deep.” Wier owns a few artifacts excavated from the site in the early 1970s: a wheelbarrow’s wheel believed to have been used at the quarry, and oil-burning lanterns likely used in the convicts’ cave. “When Buster Thomas and them were doing the excavation up there by Convict Hill, we were friends,” Wier said. “Digging around through the rocks, rubble and all, we found these things. We found the lanterns that they had used because they didn’t have electricity. They used kerosene lanterns.”

Wier recalls in the old days often eating lunch at a few landmark restaurants that have since disappeared from the area. The site of the old Convict Hill restaurant once operated by Ralph Moreland, stood directly across the street on the north side of William Cannon and US HWY 290 West. On the south side of US HWY 290, today where a parking lot recently served bus commuters for Capital Metro transportation, stood the former site of the Big Wheel Restaurant, near where McCarthy Lane ends. Adjacent to the restaurant once stood a Phillips 66 gas and service station owned by Richards Oil Company. Curly Glosson operated the Circleville Inn at 9926 Circle Drive, just off Thomas Springs Road from 1972 until 1998. The location later Continued on next page

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History Issue - an annual look back at the colorful history of Old Oak Hill Continued from p. 23 served as Kelli’s Up-N-Smoke Bar and Grill before it closed in 2012. Wier remembers the Circleville Inn was the last place locals or travelers could buy alcohol before heading west either to Spicewood on TX HWY 71or to Johnson City on US HWY 290 West. Wier regularly showed up at the Oak Hill Downs racetrack (where FreeScale now stands) on Saturdays to race his car, he said. Wier said at times 50 to 60 teenagers showed up with their cars to race on weekends. “Any kid who thought he had a fast car or the ‘baddest’ car would run. They were mostly stock cars; a few of them were souped-up old cars. They were mostly high school kids having a good time,” Wier said. “It was a straight line track—a traditional weekly drag race.” Nearby, on Friday nights, more experienced drivers raced on what Wier called “the round arounds,” an adjacent oval track. Wier recalls that Dick Polk operated Polk’s Feed Store near the racetrack and later moved his business down HWY 290 a short ways. There, in 1992, Polk sold Texas’ first scratch off lotto ticket to then Gov. Ann Richards in what was then a huge media event.

Richards served as Wier’s boss as Travis County commissioner while he managed road construction for TxDOT. The previous incumbent county commissioner, Johnny Voudouris, hired Wier in 1970. “At that time we only had 33 people working for county staff and we had 353 miles of county roads,” Wier said. Voudouris also promoted the construction of MoPac/Loop1 South and Texas state highway Loop 360 even though the majority of Oak Hill residents at the time did not support the plans, Wier said. Voudouris also supported plans to extend MoPac South all the way out to US HWY 290 West and past the ‘Y’ in Oak Hill. “The (original) plan was to spend only about $15 million to extend MoPac South out to U.S. 290 West past the ‘Y,’ but people didn’t want it,” Wier said. “TxDOT folks said ‘ok, we’ll put that money someplace else,’ and they did.” Oak Hill at one time used to be called “Cedar Chopper Hill,” Wier said. “Everybody out here either worked rock, or they sold cedar posts and wood stuff,” Wier said. “They were the nucleus of families that helped get everything going. They worked to clear the land of the cedar and

J. A. Patton was the great-grandfather of James Morris White (above), owner and proprietor of the venerable Austin honky-tonk, “The Broken Spoke.” they sold the cedar posts.” Wier remembers meeting Joe Tanner while he still worked as a blacksmith, but before he had a short-cut street named after him that runs from William Cannon to US HWY 290 West across McCarty Lane. “I first met Mr. Tanner in the early 1960s when he was over 80 then,” Wier said. “Tanner was probably there at the turn of the century around 1900. His little building was located at the corner of (what is now)

A masked driver enters his “souped up jalopy” in a race at Oak Hill Downs.

The James A. Patton family poses in the doorway of “The Old Rock Store”, built in 1898, it now houses Austin Pizza Garden. Joe Tanner and US HWY 290.” Wier said Tanner Blacksmith Shop remained open until Skeeter Hudson bought the property from Tanner in the early 1970s. James White Seventy-four year-old James White has spent most of his life living and working in Oak Hill, as a member of one of the area’s oldest founding families. White’s great-great-great grandfather once owned the Lazy SL Ranch where FreeScale Semiconductors now stands, and the historic building that today houses Austin Pizza Garden, at 6266 HWY 290 West. The building first served as a general store owned and operated by the former Texas Ranger James Andrew Patton, and his wife, Virginia Bishop, from 1879 until 1909. J.A. Patton helped to change the local community’s name from Oatmanville to Oak Hill and soon became known as the “unofficial mayor of Oak Hill.” He also became the area’s first postmaster, operating a small mail center from inside his store until the U.S. Postal Service began to offer rural delivery service.

In 1970, then Gov. Preston Smith dedicated the official Texas Historical Landmark at the personal request of James and Annetta White and their eldest daughter, Terri Rene White. White recalls that his youngest daughter, Ginny White-Peacock, learned how to walk inside the historic building, when the family operated the Fortress restaurant, downstairs. “Governor Smith had dinner with us the night before and it was the only night that I ever had dinner with the governor of Texas at the Fortress. He ate a T-bone steak and he took some barbecue with him back to the Governor’s Mansion,” White said. “The next day he dedicated the historical landmark.” The Whites started leasing out the building in 1977 to several businesses including The Natural Gardner, owned by John Dromgoole. Not long afterwards, The Natural Gardner relocated to its current location at 8648 Old Bee Caves Road. Willie Nelson’s daughter, Lana Nelson, for a time also leased space inside the Patton building, naming Continued on page 27

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Long gone Oak Hill lives on Continued from p. 24 her restaurant Cowboy’s Steak House. “Willie Nelson performed there in the 1980s—right there where the fire place is located inside,” James White said. “Lana told me one day, ‘Daddy wants to buy this place,’ but I said I appreciated the offer, but I didn’t want to sell it; I wasn’t interested in selling it then and I’m still not.” Several sandwich businesses moved in and out of the Patton building before the early 1990s, when Austin Pizza Garden opened. J.A. Patton donated an acre of his land to build Oak Hill’s first elementary school where Don’s Grass company stands today at 6240 HWY 290 West. Austin Independent School District built a new J.A. Patton Elementary School, at 6001 Westcreek in 1985. J.A. Patton’s great-great-great grandson, James Lamar White Peacock, currently attends kindergarten there. His mom, Ginny Peacock, is James White’s daughter and she and her husband, Mike Peacock, also manage the Broken Spoke. In the lobby of the school a picture of J.A. Patton, donated by James White, hangs. In 2000, the Whites co-authored and self-published the book, They Came to Texas, written about the Patton, the White and the Campbell families of Oak Hill. James White remembers that as a teenager, quite a few establishments earned reputations along US HWY 290 West where it met Texas State HWY 71 at the ‘Y’ in Oak Hill. One of those places included The Moose Head Tavern, where an actual moose head hung on one wall inside the bar, home to a large dance hall. On Saturday nights Moose Head patrons could count on a fight. As the evenings drew long and serious drinking began at the Moose Head, James White said he learned how to keep away from trouble, if anyone threw a punch or a bottle. White also recalls that he used to drive his 1959 hard top black and Continued on next page

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Oak Hill History issue Continued from p. 27 white Chevy onto the parking lot of the Sportsman’s Inn, then a dimly-lit, 30-by 50-foot wooden-shingled building along US HWY 290 West near the ‘Y’ in Oak Hill. The cover charge at the door of the Sportsman’s Inn on Saturday nights paid for a band to play. After a few beers, White said he would look for the prettiest girl he could find in the place, to either dance a two-step, a waltz, or the Cotton-Eyed-Joe. On one particular night in 1961, a pretty blonde-haired girl dancing in a red dress on the dance floor there, caught his eye. “That girl turned out to be the love of my life and my wife, Annetta Wells,” James White said. James White and Annetta Wells dated before he enlisted in the U.S. Army and he went overseas during the fall of 1961. He returned home Nov. 10, 1964, and opened the Broken Spoke. The two married on a Thursday, Sept. 15, 1966 and

they held their wedding reception there. White celebrates his 75th birthday with a public party at the Broken Spoke April 12, and they will celebrate the Broken Spoke’s 50th anniversary Nov. 10. “That’s an accomplishment. I’ll be 75 this same year that the Broken Spoke turns 50. What I did was kinda’ create a place like some of the places that we used to go to when I was a kid,” James White said. “I looked out over a vast Texas landscape and there wasn’t another building in sight except for a mile down the road on the right, the Austin city limits sign.” The Broken Spoke stands not only as a 50-year-old landmark in Austin, but represents decades of country music stars who have performed there over the years including: Bob Wills and the original Texas Playboys, Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Marcia Ball, Don Walser, George Strait, Ray Benson and the Asleep at the Wheel Band, Continued on next page

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Continued from p. 28 Alvin Crow, Dale Watson, Bruce Robison, James Hand, Johnny Bush, Johnny Rodriguez, Rosie Flores and more. Archie Enochs At 68, Archie Enochs has lived his whole life in Oak Hill and he currently resides in the only house that still faces the highway at 6254 US HWY 290 West—the old stone house next to Austin Pizza Garden. He also sometimes works cattle on a ranch in San Angelo. Traffic zooms by at speeds beyond 50 mph, just a few steps outside

In this undated photo, it appears to be a photo finish at Oak Hill Downs with the horse in the back winning by a nose. his front door daily, headed west towards Johnson City. “I don’t have any problem with the traffic anymore than anyone else does. You kind of have to creep your way into the traffic from one signal to the next,” he said. When he’s home in Oak Hill, he eats breakfast every morning at Jim’s restaurant across Texas HWY 71 or lunch daily at Austin Pizza Garden, his next door neighbor. Archie Enochs remembers the former Big Wheel restaurant opening as the first 24-hours restaurant in Oak Hill. “When it opened up, that was a lot of bright lights for Oak Hill. There was always a lot of activity there at the Big Wheel and it was a good place to get a get a cup of coffee,” Archie Enochs said. He also helped to build Hart Field at the Oak Hill Little League Baseball fields at the corner of McCarty and US HWY 290 West. “I drove a dump truck. We cleared all the trees, piled up and burned them. We borrowed a front-end loader and some other people brought some other equipment and we cleared out that area to build the ball field. When it opened, it didn’t have bleachers or a concession stand

or anything like that. It was built up incrementally as funds became available,” Archie Enochs said. Linda Enochs Archie Enochs’ younger sister, Linda Enochs, remembers as a young girl, buying soda pop and candy at Mrs. Martin’s Store when it

operated out of the downstairs level of the Patton building, also known as “the Old Rock Store”. She recalls that the upstairs of the Patton building served for years as the regular meeting place for the Woodmen of the World organization. “When I was little, Miss Martin

lived in the back and ran that little store at the front of the building downstairs,” Linda Enochs said. “That’s where all of us kids went to buy a nickel Dr. Pepper and penny candy and things like that. I remember being old enough that Mom would send me for a loaf of bread Continued on next page

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and she would give me a quarter and I brought back 3 cents change.” Linda Enochs also remembers that as a girl some of the top floor of the Patton building leased out apartments to private individuals. She also remembers her maternal uncle, Archie Patton, operated three local racetracks nearby. He operated a horse racing track, an oval racetrack and a “straight away” track. “I remember that little oval jalopy mud track for just old car racing, then he had a quarter mile drag track too,” Linda Enochs said. “Archie’s (Patton’s) idea was, if you had two things you needed to race ‘em – cars and horses. And he could sell beer while everyone was watching.”

Linda Enochs said the cars raced on the oval track well into the 1960s. “The oval car track was hysterical—it was just a little oval with bank turns and they would just water that black dirt. It just made the greatest mud and the drivers would just spin their tires and throw mud into the air—it was wonderful,” she said. Linda Enochs said she remembers the horse race track ran about threetenths of a mile long. “When I was little I would work the concession stand with my aunt. Of course, I couldn’t sell beer, but I could open the Dr. Peppers and make change,” she said. The racetracks drew crowds of 200

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Oak Hill History issue - an annual look back Continued from p. 30 or 300 people, who sat in stadium style seating. She recalls that Archie Patton’s wife, Norenah Patton, until the 1970s ran the Oak Hill Steak House, just east of where the Shell Station stands at 8314 State HWY 71. Linda Enochs also remembers Cecil Hill, a rancher, and his wife, Maxine, who kept a rodeo arena located near where Bank of America sits today at 5725 Highway 290 West. Hill allowed cowboys to rope steers and ride bulls there, but the place also served as a hangout for local children after school let out for the day. “They built that arena and it was just a fun place to go. They held junior rodeos and Labor Day adult rodeos,” Linda Enochs said. “There was always something going on down there.” The owners of a local feed store

also looked after Oak Hill children after school, she said. “I would just jump on my horse and ride up to my cousin Bobby Miller’s, and he and his sister would saddle their horses and away we’d go,” she said. Linda Enochs, the daughter of Alvis “Buster” Enochs, said her father earned his nickname by being a bit of a cowboy in Oak Hill who broke horses and could rope them too. She also loved riding horses at the former Patton Lazy SL Ranch in Oak Hill, where FreeScale Semiconductors Co. stands today at 6501 William Cannon. The Enochs knew Joe Tanner well and they might have been some of his best customers. “I used to ride my horse across 290. I know that’s hard to believe today. He was a big Sorrell horse with white stocking feet, so I called him ‘Socks,’” Linda Enochs said. Buster Enochs’ wife, Erelene

Enochs, worked at the Texas Public Service Company and drove into downtown daily. Linda Enochs recalls that it took her mother only seven minutes to drive from Oak Hill to Fourth and Congress streets daily. Linda Enochs and her brother Archie Enochs tend to their ancestors’ graves inside Oak Hill Cemetery on Old Bee Caves Road, just a half mile off US HWY 290 West. Her paternal great-great grandparents, James Maddison Patton and Sarah Jane Smithson-Patton, her great grandparents James “Jim” Andrew Patton and his wife, Virginia Bishop, and her grandparents Andrew Patton and his wife, Webster Grumbles-Patton, are buried there. Linda Enochs’ mother, Erelene Enochs also is buried there. “It’s ours to take care of now,” Linda Enochs said. “On Mother’s Day we go out there to take flowers to Mom and all the grandmothers.”

This illustration by Oak Hill artist Bill Rider shows the Old Rock Store on the right and Joe Tanner’s Blacksmith shop on the left.

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