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Leader News

SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF LYTLE, SOMERSET, PLEASANTON, PEARSALL, POTEET, LA COSTE, VON ORMY & ATASCOSA COUNTY

Volume 14

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Area rallies to raise over $16,000 for foundation Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer The spin of a roulette wheel, cheers and the sound of falling change from the slot machine filled the room of the Lytle Community Center as the Lytle Education Foundation held its second annual Casino Night on Oct. 5. The foundation was able to raise $16,550, an increase from last year’s funds. The funds raised from the night’s event will go towards teacher grants that will be awarded in January. The event was operated through Simmons Events based out of La Vernia, Texas, which puts on around 150 parties per year all around the United States ranging from company picnics to team building to casino nights. Parties can be anywhere from 50 people to 10,000 people. Saturday’s event seemed to be an easy task for them. “They had a pretty good turn out tonight,” said Scott Simmons, one of the owners of Simmons Events. Lytle residents, educators and business owners all joined

the party on Saturday and even visitors from surrounding areas such as La Coste and Devine were in attendance as well. “This is so wonderful,” said Jeri Stanfield, a Lytle resident. “I lost all my money at the craps table.” The raffle at the end of the night had four people leave with a prize including a Yeti cooler, spurs tickets, a flat screen television, rodeo tickets and passes and a three carat necklace. The silent auction had multiple prizes and winners as well. The event included a craps table, roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em and slot machines. They were also given dinner and drinks as part of the ticket fee. Sponsors included local businesses such as Lytle State Bank, True Value and Brush County Realty along with a number of other businesses from around the area and even individuals. “I want to give a special thanks to all our sponsors,” said Donna Delaney, Vice President for Marketing and Events. “Phenomenal job with the food too. It was great and we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Educators, business owners and local residents gathered for the second annual Lytle Education Foundation Casino Night. They were able to raise $16,550 for teacher grants to be awarded in January. The player above is making his bet and placing his chip for the roulette wheel. (Photo by Luz Moreno-Lozano)

The Lytle Friendship Art Club held its annual art show on Sept. 27. This is the first time they have included a student art show and contest. Both Lytle Junior High and Lytle High School competed. A Junior High student competing in Category A for Group one completed the artwork above. (Courtesy photo)

Lytle students compete in area art show, take home multiple first place, honorable mention awards arts,” said Club President, Shirley Friesenhahn. “We have the show and several really good artists.” A few class projects motivated the teachers to enter into the contest. The High School Art students entered in Group 2 in both Categories A and B, drawing and paint and assembly. Six Lytle Junior High art students were entered into Group 1 and all in Category A for drawing. “These youngsters come up with most amazing approaches,” Andrews said. “The approach is what’s so interesting especially with these high schoolers. It was so different and diverse that it was hard to judge. “ Hannah Apps placed first overall, Savannah Dyrer placed third overall and first in Category A and Brandi Perkins received honorable mention in Category A for Group 2. “The kids here have a lot of talent,” said Sarah Gomez, Lytle High School Art Teacher. “We wanted to displays our students art work for the community to see.” Maddi VanHecke, Shelby Olivarri and Anna Alcorta all received honorable mention in

SIDE NOTES

Fire Prevention Week runs through Saturday

Federal shutdown effects felt in Poteet

Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer The Friendship Art Club held its annual art show and contest on Sept. 27, but this year incorporated kids at the middle and high school level. Both Lytle Junior High and Lytle High School competed and came back with ribbons. “This is the first time we had a student art show and contest,” said Roberta Andrews, a judge for the contest. “Our goal was to let as many kids as possible display their work and get credit for something they probably don’t get a lot of credit for. In other words, encourage creativity from these kids and it came through.” The Friendship Art Cub is a local club that caters to other communities surrounding Lytle, areas reaching as far as Hondo, Natalia, Somerset, Atascosa and Castroville. The group holds an annual art show along with a raffle that brings in money for scholarships. Last year the group was able to give away four scholarships. “We just want to enlighten the community into the fine

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Category A. Loreana Vasquez won first place in Category A and Jayde Lopez received third place in Category A. Leyla Escalante received third place overall for Group 1. “We had done a couple projects in class and I went through a picked a few to enter,” said Lytle Junior High art teacher Kristen Vineyard. “They were excited especially once they knew how they did in placing. I think they really enjoyed it. “ Not only was the art show a benefit for the students but also for the community and the parents as well. “It really showed the community what were doing in the classroom and the projects we had been working on and it showcased the student and their awesome work,” Vineyard said. Each school was awarded points for the ribbon’s students earned with their work and the school with the most points was awarded a plaque for outstanding excellence for 2013 at the end of the competition. While Lytle did not take home this award each student was able to come home with a ribbon.

Ann Chen Staff Writer A loan to the city of Poteet, scheduled for discussion and approval by the United States Department of Agriculture, has been put on hold due to the shut down of the federal government. The loan, which will be $3 to $3.3 million, will go towards the installation of a water pipeline connecting the city’s two water towers. According to City Administrator Scott Moore, the city was supposed to meet with the government entity on Oct. 2 to discuss how to move forward with the project. “Right now the well at… strawberry tower has been out of operation since maybe a couple of years, and the cost of that to repair is about $800,000 to repair,” Moore said. “So that’s why we’re going to have to run from the other water tower going towards Pleasanton to that one.” The project was approved by city council approximately two years ago and would have helped alleviate issues caused

by the defunct well at the strawberry water tower. A line between the two towers would not only allow for more water availability throughout the system, but it would also allow for more water to be stored at any given time. “Once the water tower going towards Pleasanton is full, then it would automatically force water to the system to store over there at the strawberry tower,” said Moore. The stall affects not just the city, but potentially also Poteet Independent School District, whose bond-funded athletic facility project requires a water system evaluation in conjunction with the pipeline project. Because the pipeline will run down School Drive, the two water systems will have to be coordinated in order to ensure proper water pressure for both. “Since the building’s going up, [PISD wants] to make sure [that the water system is See “Both,” on Page 3

Lytle Animal Care and Control center closer to goal of complete coverage Luz Moreno-Lozano Staff Writer Taking on its own identity in 2010, the Lytle Animal Care and Control Center is still working toward making the facility as successful as possible. In April, Santiago Morantez was promoted to the full-time animal control officer after putting in almost three years of work. As of a month ago, Rachel Saish was selected as the new part-time animal control officer. “It’s made it a little bit easier for Santi and myself,” said Betty Kroeger, the head volunteer. “We’re not like most businesses where we can close our doors on Friday and come back Monday. There are ani-

mals fighting for their lives every day. We’ve been filling in on weekends and hopefully we can start getting some weekends off. Rachel is still in training a little while longer but it’s definitely beneficial.” An advertisement went out informing everyone the position was open for a parttime officer. From Morantez’s promotion in April to about a month ago, the work was done solely by volunteers and Morantez. “We’re very lucky that we have such dedicated volunteers,” Kroeger said. “Volunteers cover a lot for them because it saves money. These animals require our See ‘Officers,” on Page 3

The week of Oct. 6 to Oct. 12 is National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week dates back to the great Chicago Fire of 1871. This year’s focus is on kitchen fire prevention. According to the National Fire Protection Association, two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen. U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cookingrelated fires between 2007 and 2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage. The Lytle Police Department has reminded everyone to be safe when cooking and help prevent home fires.

New art guild forming in Atascosa County Atascosa County is now home to the South Texas Art Guild. The organization is a club catering to art enthusiast and artists in the South Texas area. It is allowing all skill levels and ages to join. Membership is $20 a year and is open to all artists working in fine art mediums including sculpture. They are planning to hold two art shows per year and will include a student art show as well. For more information you can email Frances Schneider at francesschneider@yahoo.com. The next meeting will be Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the fellowship hall, Church of Christ, 1003 N. Main in Pleasanton.

Pleasanton City Council approves ACAD budget The Pleasanton City Council unanimously approved the 2014 Atascosa County Appraisal District Budget in its Oct. 3 meeting. After failing approval the first time, the new budget will call for an $88,204 budget reduction. The budget has to pass with a majority vote and the deadline to disapprove the budget is Oct.11. At time of press, no one had disapproved the budget and is expected for approval.

Lytle City Council meeting on Monday The monthly meeting of the Lytle City Council will be held on Monday, Oct. 14 starting at 6:30 at the council chambers in city hall. The council agenda will be posted at the city website at www. lytletx.org on Friday.

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