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SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF LYTLE, SOMERSET, PLEASANTON, PEARSALL, POTEET, LA COSTE, VON ORMY & ATASCOSA COUNTY
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Eagle Ford traffic clogging roadways
Safety, road wear and tear among concerns associated with increased traffic due to oil field activity Barrett House Staff Writer On a Monday evening around 8 p.m., one wouldn’t expect to find any traffic on northbound I-35 outside of Lytle. Instead, anybody who
turned onto I-35 last Monday may have been both surprised and bummed out by what they saw: a line of 18-wheelers as far as the eye could see. There was no accident, not even any construction. It was a traffic jam from before
I-35 passes Lytle all the way to Somerset Road. There was just a massive number of trucks. The reason, obviously, is the Eagle Ford Shale and the increase in trucks. “That could be related to the hydraulic fracturing need-
ed for developing a single well that is in the vicinity,” said Cesar Quiroga, senior research engineer at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. “It’s not that it is a constant flow of traffic, it kind of goes in bursts.”
The major topic associated with the drastic increase of semi traffic has been the impact on state and county roads. However, state and county roads have been affectSee ‘Design’ on Page 3
LISD looks outside the box for its curriculum
Barrett House Staff Writer Lytle ISD is constantly caught in the delicate dance of being creative and innovative while adhering to state standards and expectations. In order to assist teachers in developing curriculums that accomplish all of these things, the district has been utilizing CSCOPE, a customizable online curriculum management system. Lytle ISD has been using this educational resource as a framework to ensure that the basic state standards, or TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) are met. “Any curriculum that you have, or somebody comes up with, has to start with those TEKS,” said Lytle ISD Assistant Superintendent Jimmy Gouard. Even with a progressive approach to learning, as has become a highlight for the district, the state standards must See ‘District’ on Page 4
Technology at forefront for LISD Barrett House Staff Writer As the modern day classroom continues to evolve, Lytle ISD students remain on the precipice of change as their administrators strive to expose them to as much technology as possible. Administrators’ efforts are an attempt to bridge the gap that exists between those who have adopted technology and those who were born into it. “Our teachers are learning, and our learners already know everything as far as technology itself,” said Kenneth Englehart, Lytle ISD technology director. “It’s a big jump for our teachers but it’s a way of life for our learners.” When compared to other districts, though, Lytle ISD is actually leading the way with its technological initiatives. “Our district is not behind in technology,” said Lytle ISD Assistant Superintendent See ‘Push’ on Page 3
Volunteers sought for Lytle trash-off event The Keep Lytle Beautiful Commission will be holding its local Texas Trash-off event on Saturday, April 6. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Lytle City Hall for breakfast tacos, and the disperse to different parts of the city to pick up litter from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. All volunteers should return to city hall by 10:45 a.m. for photographs. Safety vests will be provided.
Poteet home destroyed in fire Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture and project collaborators joined Somerset Mayor Paul Cuellar this past week for the grand opening of the new sewer facility that was made possible with a $3.4 million grant/loan program. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)
Somerset celebrates new sewer plant After years of planning and some struggles, city opens facility that will allow for growth Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Roughly 15 years ago, the city of Somerset purchased a tract of land adjacent to the existing wastewater treatment plant at the request of Luke Parchman, who was working with the city and Mayor Paul Cuellar. This past week, after years of work to garner the funding for the project and a yearlong construction project, the city of Somerset cut the ribbon officially opening the Luke Parchman Wastewater Treatment Facility. “We started working on this approximately four years ago looking for funds because we knew that the facility was almost at capacity,” said Cuellar. “We went to Austin to see the Texas Water Development Board and at that time they had no funds available for grants and they only had loans and we, the people of Somerset, could not afford just a loan.” With the facility reaching the critical 75 percent capacity threshold, the city then went to the United States Department of Agriculture office in Seguin and started working with the agency roughly two years ago. The city was able to get $3.4 million for the facility with a $2.2 million grant and a $1.2 million loan. “Now we have the capacity for development,” Cuellar said. “We were limited to the number of new hookups we could have and that was it because the capacity was not there, but now if a developer wants to
Somerset bank hosting Easter egg hunt Friday
Mayor Paul Cuellar unveiled the new sign for the Luke Parchman Wastewater Treatment Plant at the end of the ceremony with help from city employees. Parchman was instrumental throughout the entire process and was involved with the first plant. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez) come in and build, we’re ready for it.” That future development was one of the best outcomes for Tammye Trevino, the
administrator of rural housing and community facilities program, at the USDA. “The community leaders have the vision to see what
their community can be and they know that without the infrastructure they’re not going See ‘Plant’ on Page 4
Turn N’ Burn transforms Pleasanton into barbecue city More than 150 teams compete for over $35,000 in prize money at largest paying barbecue competition in Texas Barrett House Staff Writer Barbecue culture came crashing down on Pleasanton last weekend, giving rise to what was, for two days, the barbecue center of Texas. The 2013 Turn N’ Burn was an overwhelming success for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the event along with a slew of sponsors, including Western Premium
Products. The Atascosa County Show Barn was overrun, giving way to a city made up of RVs, barbecue pits, tents, trailers and even semis. Its inhabitants were the epitome of barbecue cookers, individuals coming from all over for a shot at barbecue glory. They had team names like The Worms Cooking Team, Wingnut Cookers, Rambling Amigos, Armadillo Flamekickers and
A Poteet family’s mobile home was destroyed in a fire Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported, but one family member was treated for smoke inhalation. The Poteet Volunteer Fire Department was the first to respond to the emergency. Firefighters from the Primrose, Pleasanton, and Jourdanton Volunteer Fire Departments were also on scene to combat the blaze. As of press time the cause of the fire is unknown. However, an arson investigator has been called in keeping with standard operating procedure. The Poteet VFD has called in the Red Cross to provide assistance for the family.
Bottle Cap Cookers. The demographics of this barbecue population ranged from amateurs to serious competitors, spectators to beer drinkers. The event kicked off with teams arriving Thursday night and setting up camp. Friday was for cookers’ choice, leading up to a dance that night. Saturday, though, was what the competition was all about. Trailers could be seen from Highway 97
while turning onto the dirt road leading up to the show barn. It was hot, very hot; the Texas weather throwing everybody for a loop. But that didn’t stop the new residents of the barbecue encampment from setting up shop next to hot pits, showing off their meat talents. After the food was turned in, the day was spent just like any other massive barbecue event. The tunes were cranked up, washer
boards set out and alcohol consumed. Surprisingly, there were no incidents over the weekend. Every one was there for a good time, despite the fact that it was a competition. Once all the food was turned in, a few judges tasked with tasting submissions from more than 150 teams in five categories, there was nothing left to do but sit and wait See ‘Chamber’ on Page 2
This Friday, while the schools are closed, Texas Community Bank will once again be partnering with the city of Somerset to bring some Easter cheer to local residents. The bank will provide free photos with the Easter Bunny starting at 12 p.m. in the bank’s conference room and the city will hold the annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. in the field behind the church for all local kids. The eggs will primarily be filled with candy with a few golden eggs containing money. After the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will be on hand until 4:30 p.m. for photos. All photos will be available for pick up next week.
La Coste to crack down on berms With the past council discussions regarding berms that have been recently constructed around town, the council asked City Attorney Chris Schuchart to draft an ordinance that would necessitate a permit before the berm was constructed. Schuchart went through the ordinances and found a 2009 ordinance that named City Administrator George Salzman as floodplain administrator and required any structure built to have a permit stating that it would not have a detrimental effect on the water flow. With the ordinance on the books, the city would simply need to enforce the rule as it would apply to the berms.
Page 2 Leader News Thursday, March 28, 2013 C ompetitors and spectators alike crowd the small Western Premium BBQ stage at Turn N’ Burn, patiently awaiting for more than $35,000, skillets and various titles to be handed out to those amongst them. (Photo by Barrett House
Chamber pleased with quick clean-up Continued from Page 1
The Lytle Veterinary Clinic held its annual rabies vaccination drive for local animals with people lining up outside of the clinic a half hour early, some with as many as seven different animals. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)
until the awards ceremony. People gathered, shared laughs and sun, patiently awaiting who would be crowned barbecue champ. Slowly, a crowd gathered around the Western Premium BBQ stage that had been set up right next to the show barn. At first, a few teams trickled in, but by the time the first award was given out, there was a sea of people engulfing the trucks and RVs around them. More than $35,000 was given out in total awards, a combination of entry fees and donations from sponsors. This amount made Turn N’ Burn the largest paying barbecue competition in the state, and one of the top 10 highest in the nation. The grand champion, Bottle Cap Cookers, walked away with almost $8,000. The reserve grand champion was Mama and Papa Joe’s BBQ. Perhaps more important than professional cookers winning money, was two students who won money. Part of the purpose of Turn N’ Burn is to bolster the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship fund. Two students, who are in the culinary class at Pleasanton High School, competed for the chance to win big bucks for college. The students were supplied with the food, but were tasked with preparing a delicious meal with visual appeal. It was the presentation that put first place winner Gabriel Rodriguez just enough over the edge to take home $1,250. Runner
up Katie Kruse managed to take home $750. “They did a good job,” said Chico Cox, chamber president. “Man, it was really good.” After the scholarships were awarded, 50 more awards were handed out. Cookers could compete in any of five categories: cooker’s choice, beans, chickens, spare ribs, and the barbecue meat king, brisket. Award money ranged from $60 to $2,000 and more. After the awards ceremony, the party continued as patrons migrat-
ed to the show barn itself for quality country music from performers the Bellamy Brothers, Rodney Hayden and Scott Wiggins. The night was capped off with cheers and toasts, a successful weekend come to a close. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the event was that, according to Cox, the entire area was cleaned up by Sunday. And just like that, the barbecue city was no more, only to await its triumphant return next year, hopefully with an even bigger purse.
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CITY OF LYTLE’S The Somerset Animal Clinic held its annual vaccination drive this past weekend with a wide array of cats and dogs bring brought out for their yearly shots and city tags. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)
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A pipeline being installed near the gateway monument in Lytle has left the surrounding landscape slightly marred as most of the land has been torn up. The project will continue toward I-35 toward the bank. (Photo by Barrett House)
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Push for technology initiative driven by students rather than teachers Continued from page 1 Jimmy Gouard. “We are ahead of the curve in many areas, including the SMART Labs, we are one of only two or three schools in the area that has them.” Surprisingly, while some may think Lytle’s technology initiative is entirely teacher driven, Englehart said it’s quite the opposite. The students have necessitated the change, and teachers have been forced to adapt. “We are subservient to our learners, and our learners are digital learners,” Englehart said. “So we feel, from the board all the way down, we have to do this for our learners.” The outside world has had a large hand in the push for technology, due to the fact that it’s everywhere. Regardless of what a student plans on doing upon completing school, chances are they will be using technology. “[There’s] nothing you can do beyond high school today that doesn’t involve technology of some sort,” said Donnelle Harris, one of the district’s media specialists. “Even if you’re working at McDonald’s, you’re
using a computer to place the orders and things like that.” There are other benefits that have sprouted from integrating technology into the classrooms, other than just being familiar with it, Harris said. “It also helps kids develop creativity,” Harris said. “It gives them some options for a product that comes out and they can express themselves in different ways based on whatever programs they choose to use.” Creativity stems from the fact that a child is interested in whatever task they’re currently involved in. In this aspect, Harris said, technology allows teachers to create more interesting tasks. “It provides an interest level for the kids because they’ve got a device in their hands, which is way more interesting than a book,” Harris said. “We can use things that they’re really interested in to teach them now, the skills that they may not have wanted to learn or it may have been boring for them to learn before.” Students use the plethora of technology available to them in a number of ways, from standard research for projects to
following the Iditarod, the legendary Alaskan dog sledding race 4,000 miles away. Through their use, Englehart said, the students take ownership of the equipment and their subsequent learning. “You own the learning, we don’t,” Englehart said he tells students. “You’re a volunteer, you come on a volunteer basis, and you own this learning. What can I do to help you?” Walking around Lytle’s new junior high, one could easily think that the push for technology in the classrooms is something new. The district, though, has been trying to get as much technology into its classrooms for almost the last decade. Harris has been a technology coordinator, someone who assists other teachers in the technological shift, for the last eight years. It was when she and some other teachers received their masters in technological integration that the district began acquiring new equipment — thanks in part to district public relations specialist Dr. Randy Ewing. “Those were the first years that we had projectors and laptops and started using them as
teaching tools,” Harris said. “It’s been a priority for a while.” Since then, the district has undergone a series of transitions to where it is now. And students aren’t the only ones who are adjusting throughout the shuffle. Teachers have been right there with their students, if not a little behind, in learning the new technologies. “Some are really excited and they go out and they find new things and they bring it back,” Harris said. “There are other teachers that just want to be left alone. They want to close their door and teach, and there are very few like that in the district anymore.” While orientating teachers around technology-driven curriculums can sometimes prove to be a feasible task, finding the funds for that technology can often be a roadblock. “Funding is always an obstacle because we only have X amount of dollars in the bucket,” Englehart said. Having money for equipment is a priority for the district, though. Teachers come first, as in being able to pay their salaries and raises. After that, Englehart said, the focus is
on finding ways to save money. A cost-cutting measure that serves two purposes, saving money and providing a better education, is reducing the number of textbooks purchased. Englehart said the district is trying very hard to cut textbooks from the classroom because of how horribly out of date some of them are. “We want to get rid of our paper and go digital because your updates are current all the time,” Englehart said. “We’re making a major dent but we’re still waiting for manufacturers of textbooks to actually get their act together and digitize everything.” There are funds, though, available to the district to assist in the purchase of equipment. Several years ago, it was technology allotment. Now, equipment can be purchased with the Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) funds. In addition, the school has a general fund used to keep the district technologically current. “We also use money from our general fund to upgrade technology,” Gouard said. “Our school board is committed to helping keep the students
equipped with current technology.” The district has big ideas in terms of where to put that IMA money. Currently, Englehart said the district is in the process of purchasing iPads for every teacher in the district — high school teachers and primary teachers already have iPads. Gouard said the district is planning to increase its bandwidth sometime next month, as well as purchasing new computers for labs and classrooms. A priority amidst all this technology acquisition is student safety. Exposing them to this equipment also exposes them to a world outside their own with different rules and hazards. By pushing digital citizenship, students will have all the necessary tools to receive the maximum benefit from the opportunities being placed in their hands. “It’s our responsibility to educate our learners about what is out there, what is good and what’s bad, and how we’re supposed to represent ourselves online,” Englehart said. “Whenever we say or do something online, it represents us and our community.”
Youth Program introduces special new team
Pictured are Hadley Pawelek, age two, and Peter Pawelek, age four. They are the children of Abby and Pete Pawelek of Pleasanton. (Courtesy Photo)
Massive Easter egg hunt to be held in Jourdanton These kids are ready to celebrate the Easter season at the Community Egg Hunt sponsored by Cowboy Fellowship. The event will be held at the Jourdanton City Park on Friday, March 29. Hunting will start at 6:30 p.m. Children should bring their own Easter basket or egg container and be accompanied by a parent. The Easter Egg Hunt is a free event. This gigantic Easter Egg Hunt is for the entire county. There will be over 20,000 eggs to find and lots of fun for kids up to 10 years of age. This year’s hunt will have a family theme. Families
will be able to hunt together and find the eggs in a scavenger hunt format. Plan to make it a new tradition with your family. Be at the park by 6:30 and stay until all the eggs are found at 7:30 p.m. on March 29. Every child will go home with lots of candy and a new understanding of the Easter season. Finish the Easter weekend by attending a church service at Cowboy Fellowship. Easter Sunday service will be at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Cowboy Fellowship wishes everyone a safe, happy Easter season.
Over 60’s golfers hit links The Devine Over 60’s Guys and Gals Golf Association held two tournaments last week. In the March 18 event, Natalia’s Don Bottoms led the pack with a seven-under net 65. Second place went to San Antonian Earl Childs who was close behind with a six-under net 66. In third place was Castroville’s Bob Weaver who carded a three-under net 69. Tied for fourth place were San Antonio’s Jim Matthews and Devine’s Ken Chambers who both recorded even-par net 72’s. In the March 22 tournament, Bandera’s Bill Szuba blew everyTheOurLadyofGuadalupe Church’s grand raffle prize has a $3,899 value. Tickets are available for purchase for $5 for a chance on this EZTrak Series Z425 Lawn Mower (23 horsepower, 48-inch cutting width) and a total of 34 other prizes, including a $500 gift card and a 32-inch flat-screen TV. The drawing will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Festival on Hackberry Street in Leming to be held on May 19. The raffle drawing will be at about 8 p.m. after the festivities, such as barbecue brisket, a grand auction, bingo, drinks, dance, games, country store, plant sale and more. For more information call Susan Valdez at 210-8431274, Victor Valdez at 210789-2774 or Olivia Rendon at 210-705-3020. (Courtesy Photo)
one out with a 13-under net 59. San Antonio’s Allen Smith came in second place with a sixunder net 66. Third place went to Yancey’s Ray Raymond who finished with a three-under net 69. Fourth place ended in a tie between Earl Childs and Lytle’s Floyd McOsker. Both golfers shot one-under net 71. The next Over 60’s tournaments will be individual handicap events on Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1. For further information, contact Beth Burns at 830-709-0032 or Harry Trupp at 830-663-5010.
The Lytle Youth Program is proud to introduce the Buccaneers, a baseball team comprised of special needs children. The newest team to the Lytle Youth Program is eager and ready to chase balls and run the bases with the other players that they look up to, and they are happy to be included in this year’s lineup. The man with the vision to create the Buccaneers team was LYP president J.D. Oliver, who wanted to include all Lytle youth in the program that serves as an opportunity to create life-long friendships in a fun, stress-free game of baseball. The families of the Buccaneers players are very appreciative to Oliver for all of his support and dedication.
The Buccaneers, Lytle Youth Program’s newest baseball team consisting of special needs kids, gathered at the LYP opening day ceremonies last Saturday at Lytle’s John Lott Park. (Photo by Cortez Photos)
Design standards differ between county, U.S. roads Continued from page 1 ed differently, as someone paying attention to the road may have noticed. “As long as there is increased truck traffic, you can expect impact,” Quiroga said. “The magnitude of the impact is different as function of the type of road you have.” The reason why state roads look like they’re in better shape is because they were designed differently than county roads. Quiroga said the design standards under which a road is constructed revolve around ESALs, or Equivalent Single Axel Loads. Basically, Quiroga said, an ESAL is the number of repeated loads on a particular section of pavement over the years. Quiroga compared a road’s ESAL count to a bank account. Each time a vehicle drives on the road is like making a withdrawal from that account. County roads tend to be designed for a pavement life of 750,000 ESALs, or in this example $750,000. A U.S. road is designed for a pavement life for around 7 million ESALs. “You can imagine that [a U.S. road] will be able to sustain loads much longer” Quiroga said. “It’s not that [county roads] are necessarily poor quality roads, it’s just that these roads were not designed for heavier traffic.” A typical well could take 1,500 truckloads just to become developed, not to mention truck traffic associated with main-
tenance and further development. Although preventative measures have been tossed around, questions are being asked as to what to do to fix damaged roads — county and statewide. But the answers to those questions only bring up more questions, such as are funds available to maintaining or upgrading the road. One option, in regards to county roads, is to let the roads completely deteriorate and then start over. Though tempting, Quiroga said the reality of the situation is much more complex than just letting the roads go to pieces. “The roads still need to be traversed, people still need to travel on these roads, and it’s not just the heavy trucks, it’s also the local residents,” Quiroga said. “You need to provide a safe environment where people can drive.” The road conditions aren’t the only things being affected by semis. Safety has increasingly become an important issue that is slowly bypassing road condition, although the two go hand in hand. Initially the conversation revolved around the pavement. But soon the number of fatalities increased, and the focus changed. “When you started to see more fatalities, then the conversation shifted,” Quiroga said. “All of a sudden people thought we can live with poor pavement, but we cannot live with so many fatalities.” Road conditions are one of
many factors in fatalities, and can’t be directly contributed to the increase. “Every crash is different,” Quiroga said. “There is a random component that, even if you have the perfect condition, there is always a random factor that would explain why accidents happen.” Despite that randomness, safety of roads is still a high priority. In order to ensure the safest roads possible, funds must be available to repair and maintain roads. And while counties receive some money from the state, Quiroga said it’s not enough. “That amount is not really enough for addressing this type of deal,” Quiroga said. “For state roads, TxDOT has money that they have allocated for years to handle things like mainte-
nance.” During the 2012 fiscal year, in the San Antonio district of TxDOT, which includes Atascosa County, the state spent a combined $362,547,104.87 on construction and maintenance on its roads. The county is among others petitioning the state for an increase in funds to maintain its own roads. In a study conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Quiroga made recommendations for TxDOT in combating the potentially high likelihood of damaged roads. The goal, Quiroga said, is to be proactive, although that has proved to be quite difficult. “People are now in reactive mode, things have moved so quickly,” Quiroga said. “You need to be proactive but it’s easier said than done.”
CITATION BY PUBLICATION NOTICE TO RESPONENT: “You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attoney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of 20 days after the date you were served this citation and petition, a default judgement may be taken against you.” The ORIGINAL petition of BLASA R. DOZAL, was filed in the COUNTY CORT AT LAW of Medina County, Texas on the 4th day of FEBRUARY, 2013 against JOSE L. DOZAL JR., respondent in the above entitled “In the Matter of the Marriage of Blasa R. Dozal and in the interest of Reynaldo Dozal, Ricky Dozel and Jose Dozal III, Children The suit request THE ORIGINAL PETITION FOR DIVORCE as is more fully shown by Petition on file in this suit. The date and place of birth of the child/children who is/are the subject of the suit is/are: REYNALDO DOZAL, DOB 04-19-1997, IL RICKY DOZAL, DOB 05-23-1999, TX JOSE DOZAL III, DOB 03-23-2001, TX The court has authority in this suit to render an order in the child/children’s interest that will be binding on you, including the termination of the ParentChild Relationship, the term of paternity, and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child’s/children’s adoption. ISSUED and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Hondo, Texas this day the 12th day of MARCH, 2013. Attoney for Petition or Petitioner::
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District looking for ways beyond test scores to gauge progress of students Continued from Page 1 always be considered, which is sometimes easier said than done. “There is sometimes a bit of a challenge in shifting to a more progressive style because of testing,” said Randy Ewing, Lytle ISD public information. “The curriculum is pretty broad and it’s how it’s tested that makes it challenging.” The reason for this challenge, Ewing said, is because the district is looking for ways to gauge the progress of their students that aren’t based on test scores. “What we’re trying to move to is a system where kids demonstrate their learning in ways that aren’t measured necessarily always on a standardized test, multiple choice answering,” Ewing said. “We want them to be able to think bigger than just multiple choice.” Basically CSCOPE provides a foundation in which teachers can build off to develop their curriculums. It provides what to teach, when to teach and how to test what has been taught, all to prepare students for state tests. CSCOPE, though, has managed to attract flak each legislative session since it was first created several years ago. One of the issues revolves around the sample lesson plans, which are examples of how to teach certain concepts. “Some people have looked at some of the lessons and when you
take them out of context, it can make it look like it’s something different than what it is,” Ewing said. Another issue stems from the fact that some districts, when they first started using CSCOPE, were requiring teachers to adhere to the program 100 percent. “Some school districts didn’t get a good roll out of it and they just came down and told teachers ‘you have to do this,’” said Lytle ISD Superintendent Michelle Carroll Smith. “Then the teachers were resistant to it.” Lytle ISD has managed to stay under the radar in terms of attracting unnecessary attention because it uses CSCOPE. This is because Lytle teachers are not required to use the program, and because those who do use it, use it appropriately. “Some of the teachers use some of the lessons some of the time,” Ewing said. “Most of our faculty is fairly sensitive to the community’s desires and needs.” The controversies surrounding CSCOPE haven’t gone through Lytle unnoticed. During the board of trustees meeting on Monday, members discussed the various issues, ultimately reaffirming the district’s use of the management system. It was also reaffirmed that Lytle teachers have the option to use CSCOPE on their own terms. “This is not really curriculum
that you teach word for word,” Gouard said. “Teachers don’t want to do that, teachers don’t need to do that. They need to be able to pick and choose what fits those kids for that particular year.” Giving teachers the choice, while having a resource to fall back on, allows time to be devoted to more important issues, Ewing said, such as how are particular concepts going to be approached. “It allows us to focus on the development of the lessons,” Ewing said. “If you’re spending your time trying to figure out what you’re supposed to teach, you don’t have as much time to generate how kids are going to learn best.” Regardless of what resources are used or how they are used, the focus remains on providing quality education for the students. “Our goal is to try to make kids do better in school,” Ewing said. “Our big push in the change in the way we’re teaching is to try to make it so that kids are more engaged and believe that it has relevance to their lives.” The discussion revolving around CSCOPE, state standards and quality of learning is an ongoing one. Ewing said when it comes to education, there shouldn’t be an end in sight. “We’re excited by where we are and where we’re going,” Ewing said. “And it’s a process, it’s not a destination. We’re excited about the possibilities for children.”
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Guzman, 63, was booked on charges of assault causing bodily injury/family violence, resisting arrest, search or transport.
03/13/13 Berlinda Barco, 44, was booked on 2 charges of failure to appear—theft >=$20 but <$200 by check.
03/11/13 Roberto Christopher Lara, Jr., 24, was booked on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving.
03/16/13 Waylon D. Barnes, 32, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated/open alcohol container. 03/16/13 Corey Wayne DeCock, 25, was booked on a charge of VOP—possession of CS pg 1 <1G. 03/12/13 Alisha Diane Florentino, 41, was booked on 2 charges of theft of property >=$20 <$500 by check. 03/16/13 Carlos Enrique Amado Flores, 35, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/14/13 Robert Anthony Flores, 40, was booked on charges of resisting arrest search or transport, assault by contact— family violence. 03/17/13 Brittany Garcia, 21, was booked on charges of assault causing bodily injury/ family violence, possession of drug paraphanalia. 03/18/13 Jose Enriquez Garcia, Jr., 29, was booked on a charge of assault causing bodily injury/family violence, possession of drug paraphanalia. 03/14/13 Freddie Correa Gonzales, 32, was booked on a charge of VOP—man-delivered CS pg ¾ <28G. 03/17/13 Nicholas Joel Gonzales, 22, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/11/13 Savannah Alexia Gonzales, 20, was booked on charges of resisting arrest, search or transport, assault by contact, public intoxication. 03/12/13 Margarito Guerro, 48, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/12/13 Isabella Melinda Gutierrez, 18, was booked on a charge of assault causing bodily injury. 03/11/13 Celestino Cordova
03/12/13 Joshua Rene Leal, 25, was booked on a charge of VOP—assault on family/house member impede breath circulator. 03/17/13 Nathan Lee Mandujano, 22, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/15/13 Juan Manuel Martinez, 42, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated, 2nd. 03/14/13 Ramon Ernesto Martinez, 25, was booked on a charge of VOP—aggravated assault w/deadly weapon. 03/13/13 George Cruz Mascorro, 26, was booked on a charge of criminal trespass.
03/11/13 Timothy Lee Northup, 46, was booked on a charge of NISI/possession of CS pg 1 <1G. 03/11/13 Nick Alan Martinez, 41, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated. 03/12/13 Nasario Rodriguez, 67, was booked on a charge of Frio Co./failure to appear/harassing comm. 03/12/13 James Rodman Brister, 46, was booked on a charge of aggravated on date/ family/house w/weapon. 03/13/13 Raul Rivas Luna, 42, was booked on a charge of revoking probation/driving while intoxicated, 2nd. 03/13/13 Sandra Lambaria, 33, was booked on charges of affidavit of surety/possession of marijuana <2 oz., affidavit of surety/possession of dangerous drug for purpose of selling, Bexar Co./bond forfeiture—theft 50-500.
03/11/13 Jose Alfredo Pulido, 51, was booked on a charge of VOP—delivering CS pg 1 <1G.
03/13/13 Omar Casarez, 23, was booked on a charge of parole violation.
03/11/13 Trevor Dylan Salazar, 20, was booked on charges of evading arrest and detention w/vehicle.
03/13/13 Taylor Anthony Swearington, 20, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated, 1st.
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03/14/13 Kenneth H. Wells, 53, was booked on a charge of aggravated assault w/ deadly weapon. 03/14/13 Gilbert Paiz Yanez, 40, was booked on a charge of murder.
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03/15/13 Persilliano Saenz, 48, was booked on a charge of public intoxication.
03/17/13 Joshua Robert Staggs, Jr., 20, was booked on charges of revoking probation/ criminal trespass, possession/ delivery of drug paraphernalia.
03/15/13 Cleofas Juan Castillo, 62, was booked on a charge of public intoxication.
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03/16/13 Armando Sandoval, 54, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated, 3rd or more.
03/18/13 Adam Perez Rodriguez, 30, was booked on a charge of aggravated assault w/ deadly weapon.
03/16/13 Jessica Annmarie Camacho, 26, was booked on a charge of NISI/harassment in correctional/detention.
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h U.S. Military. l gating the In 1942, at the age of 18, Calvin Curtis and his late twin brother Clarence, who grew up on a farm in Charlotte, Texas, Texas recently lost not only a member of the Greatest were assigned to the Marine Corps and received basic training Generation but an individual who paved the way for the many at Montford Point, a segregated boot camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. African Americans who have served in our nationís military. Conditions at Montford Point were sub-par. While their San Antonio resident Calvin Curtis passed away on counterparts at Camp Lejeune slept in standard barracks, the Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at the age of 87. Just three Montford Point Marines slept in dilapidated months before his death, Curtis was presented huts with a single stove providing heat for more with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest Senator than 40 men. They faced discrimination and a civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress, John Cornyn general sense that their service was unwanted. for his service in World War II as a member of Following his training, Corporal Calvin the Montford Point Marines, the first African Curtis was deployed to Hawaii, where he served in an all-black Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marines Corps. unit handling ammunition. After his service in the war, Curtis In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an Executive Order requiring the Armed Forces to recruit and enlist African returned to Texas and settled in San Antonio, where he and Americans. Until that point, the Marine Corps had not done his late wife of 55 years, Patricia Lucia Tennyson Green Curtis, so since the Revolutionary War. Still, following President raised three sons on San Antonio's East Side. Curtis worked for Roosevelt's order, African American Marines were required 35 years as a postal carrier. It was not until 2012 that one of Curtis' sons learned that to train and serve in segregated units until President Harry S. Congress had approved the Congressional Gold Medal for all Truman signed an Executive Order in 1948 officially desegre-
Letters to Editor Do you know what your children are being taught? Editor, There used to be an ad on TV asking, ‘Do you know where your children are?’ Today, parents should be asked, ‘Do you know what your children are being taught?’ All but one school system in Medina County are using teaching materials known as CSCOPE. This system has never been vetted in the state of Texas. Until recently, your representatives did not know about it. Now, thanks to people like Glenn Beck, David Barton, State Senator Dan Patrick, Pat Gray, and Jeanine McGregor light is being shed on this NEW VISION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN TEXAS. Under the Obama administration’s Common Core education takeover, Marxist curriculums like CSCOPE are being implemented across the country. Here are some of the lessons being taught to your children: 1. Islam is awesome In a unit of high school world history, the online material given essentially professes the greatness of Islam and its founder, Mohammed. One portion involves openended discussion of the merits of the hijab - the face and body covering worn by many Muslim women (and under threat of arrest in Saudi Arabia and Iran). The widespread and ordinary mistreatment of women in Islamic countries particularly Arab ones is ignored. In Islamic countries, if an arrangement for marriage can be made, rapists are forgiven. 2. Christianity is a cult Christianity is a cult that parallels the death and resurrection in the story of Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead. 3. Communism is awesome A chart shows communism, which the CSCOPE creators innocuously describe as
the idea of living together in a commune, where all people work together for everyone. The chart manages to insult the Marxist vision of communism as well, by suggesting that government control and planning is highest under this system. There is no mention of the nearly 100 million people who died in the 20th century under various self-described communist regimes around the world. 4. Hey kids! Let’s make communist flags Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag,The instructions from an activity that directs sixth graders to design a socialist or communist flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. 5. The Boston Tea Party was a terrorist attack Depicts the Boston Tea Party, the famous protest against taxation without representation, as an act of terrorism. The seeds have already been in a child’s mind, whether or not a parent objects with the material and tries to explain the truth to their child later. The child cannot unsee or unhear what he has been taught. He’s now trying to decide whom to believe: mom and dad, or the teacher. To glean greater insight, Glenn Beck invited special guests David Barton and Pat Gray, along with teachers Mary Bowen, Stan Hartzler and Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick to discuss what is truly going on within their state’s education system. Since CSCOPE is referred to as instructional material and not curriculum, it is not subject to regulation by the State Board of Education C S C OPE m ate r i a l, eliminates national values, Americanism or rather, American exceptionalism, the study of federalism and majority rule (the core of our constitution) along with patriotic symbols like the Liberty Bell. Christopher Columbus, Rosh Hashanah and Christmas are all relegated to the dustbin along with American military history. Equality and a belief in justice are replaced
by ‘fairness’ and instruction on American propaganda and imperialism. According to reports, teachers complained that they were expected to deliver the curriculum verbatim and only on days allotted by the CSCOPE lesson plan. Even if students were unable to absorb the lesson, teachers were allegedly directed to progress to the next lesson regardless. It has also been reported that teachers were asked to sign a contract that would prevent them from revealing what was in the CSCOPE lessons or face civil and criminal penalties. Which is essentially a gag order designed to resemble a user license agreement. It also prevents parents from obtaining information about what their children are being taught. The best thing is to educate yourself as a teacher and parent on CSCOPE. Parents should broach the subject with the curriculum directors of their children’s schools and engage the school superintendent.
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He loved Lytle Editor, Welcome to Lytle, get ready to set your clock back 40 years!!! I say that with a huge grin on my face. I had never been to Lytle, Texas before this weekend. I was given the assignment of umpiring 5 baseball games on Saturday. The atmosphere took be back to my days in Robstown, Texas when I was a little leaguer myself!!! The feeling was euphoric!!! I have been an umpire for 27 years. I have been to many, many small towns. But the experience I had in this town is without question, the best experience I have ever had while visiting any small town in my 27 years. I was taken aback by the courtesy not only exhibited towards me and my partner, but also among the patrons, coaches, and players. I witnessed families having a great time, kids being kids, vendors extending courtesies to each other. There was NO LOUD MUSIC, NO SAGGING PANTS, NO RAISED VOICES. I did hear
constant praise of the players and plenty of laughter that was broken by the occasional train roaring by. Civility ruled this day!!! To top it off, we stopped at a convenient store where a
of the Montford Point Marines. Because Curtis was not a registered member of the Montford Point Marine Association, he had not been notified. After Curtis' son contacted my office, we were able to assist the Curtis family in obtaining the medal and ensuring his name was added to the Montford Point Marine Associationís registry. Last December, Curtis, surrounded by his sons and relatives, was presented with a replica of the medal by Marine Lt. Col. Bruce Sotire of the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion during a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston. James Averhart Jr., national president of the Montford Point Marine Association, told the San Antonio Express-News the Montford Point Marines 'had to fight for the right to fight. They fought two wars: They fought one in their country and they fought one overseas.' Despite facing tremendous adversity, Mr. Curtis and the Montford Point Marines, some of whom were fellow Texans, were driven by their love of country and answered the call of duty to serve our nation with distinction. May this Texas hero rest in peace and may his legacy bring great pride to his family for generations to come.
worker was sweeping the storefront. That was almost straight out of Mayberry RFD..... I hope that I will receive many more umpiring assignments that bring me back. It
is my opinion that Lytle, Texas is EVERYTHING THAT IS RIGHT about this great country!!! Casey Wilder
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Lytle softball records pair of come-from-behind victories his team’s performance. “They could have quit going down 1-3 but instead fought back to win in the last at bat.” The close win capped off a good week for the Lady Pirates, having beat Pearsall at home last Tuesday. Similar to Friday, the Lady Pirates trailed Pearsall for most of the game. The first inning started with the Lady Mavs scoring three runs, with the Lady Pirates only scoring two — including an RBI from Hailey Stewart. In the second the Lady Mavs extended their lead to five while the Lady Pirates could only garner one run — an RBI from Daisy Bippert. It was during the fourth that Lytle started to make a run for the win, holding the Lady Mavs to five while Amber Estrada’s RBI put the Lady Pirates within one. In the fifth, Estrada had another RBI, tying the game up at five. With solid defense the score remained tied until the bottom of the seventh. A week before against Crystal City, Macy Smith ended the game with a home run. She walked up to the plate once again with the game on the line against Pearsall. She made solid
contact, and with a glance, knew the ball was gone. She took a couple steps before jogging the bases to meet her team at home. The Lady Pirates beat Pearsall 6-5. “Two games in a row winning in the last at bat in district is pretty special,” Gaylor said. Still, an apparent issue with the Lady Pirates is that more likely than not, they are forced to come back from behind. It takes a couple innings for the team to shake out the jitters and settle into a rhythm. But once they do, they can inflict some serious damage. “That has been an issue all season. Giving up runs, earned and unearned, in the first two innings and then shutting teams down,” Gaylor said. “However, the fight we have has been great.” The Lady Pirates faced off against Devine, who was also 3-0, on Tuesday. They will finish the week with Hondo at home on Friday. Gaylor said it’s a big week for district play as the first round comes to an end. “It is a huge week for us, plus the other district games can play a huge role,” Gaylor said. “[It’s] an extremely important week in district for everyone.”
Pirates off to 2-0 start in district campaign Barrett House Staff Writer After only a couple of wins during non-district play, the first round of district could have spelled disaster for the Lytle Pirates. Instead, the Pirates took home two wins last week. The auspicious start was highlighted by Friday’s close win against the Carrizo Springs Wildcats. The Pirates were in a fight from the start but showed early on they were a different team. During the top of the second the Pirates were faced with loaded bases and only a one-run lead — 1-0. Although he walked a run in, pitcher Joseph Santos had two strikeouts; and with a solid defensive play by third baseman Bart Ramos the Pirates got out of the jam while giving up only one run. When it came time to hit, RBIs from Matt Frias and Gustavo Martinez put the Pirates back on top, 3-1. The third inning was eventful for both teams, perhaps more so for Carrizo Springs who scored four runs on a mix of hits and errors. Lytle was able to keep the Wildcats within range by scoring two more runs, both by Alan Jaramillo — who had an RBI and stole home. The game remained tied until the fifth when both teams scored a run apiece. Jaramillo had another run after stealing home on a wild pitch. The beginning of the sixth looked promising for the Pirates as pitcher Bart Ramos struck out the first two Wildcats after relieving Josh Macat. But with runners on first and second, Ramos walked a batter to load the bases. A two-run Wildcat RBI broke the tie, putting Carrizo Springs up to eight. They almost scored another run after
the rescue. Joseph Santos hit a tworun RBI, coupled with another run on a wild pitch. Gonzales tied the game by hitting another RBI. And with another RBI by Ramos, the team took the lead. The Pirates solidified their win during the sixth by shutting down Pearsall with solid defense. The Pirates scored another run, extending their lead to two. In the seventh, the Pirates ended the game with a double play, winning 14-12. The Pirates traveled to Devine on Tuesday, and will be playing against Hondo at home tonight at 7 p.m.
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Joe Cantu is called safe after sliding into home against Carrizo Springs on Friday. Cantu scored what would prove to be the game winning run after a two-run RBI and stealing all the bases. (Photo by Barrett House) a wild pitch, but the runner was tagged out at home. Down two runs, the Pirates went to work in the bottom of the sixth. The Pirates managed to get the tying and winning runs on base, a wild pitch advancing them to second and third. Senior Joe Cantu stepped up to the plate to hit a line drive out to right field, bringing in both runners. Tying the game wasn’t enough for Cantu, though, who managed steal his way to third base. From there, Cantu stole home, an impressive feat for the stocky powerlifter, to get what would prove to be the game-winning run. The Pirates held the Wildcats in the seventh — including two strikeouts from Ramos — and with an easy fly ball caught, the Pirates won, 9-8. Beating Carrizo Springs put the Pirates at 2-0 in district play. They started district with a win at
home against Pearsall last Tuesday. Pearsall proved to be a shootout of a game, with both teams putting up big numbers. The game was close during the first two innings, the score 2-2 until the third. The Mavericks put a dent in Lytle’s spirit with a solo shot home run. That, coupled with another run, put the Mavericks up by two. But the Pirates responded in a big way. With a two run RBI by Marc Gonzales, and RBIs by Bart Ramos and Alan Jaramillo, the Pirates found themselves up 6-4. The fourth, though, almost undid all of Lytle’s efforts. Pearsall scored six runs, making the score 6-10. Fortunately, the Pirates managed to stay alive, scoring two runs. In the fifth, Lytle took control of the game and didn’t let go for the rest of it. After two more runs by Pearsall, the Lytle bats came to
Tennis team has solid showing at meet The Lytle tennis team competed in its last tournament before district last week. The team traveled to La Vernia, where several members had productive tournaments. Perhaps the player who was most productive was Katie Robbins, who placed first in girls singles. Among the others to place was Juan Carbajal, who placed second in the consolation bracket for boys singles. Mike “Mathew” Antu and Pat Garcia placed second in the consolation for boys doubles. Ryan Benvente and Kim Garcia placed second in the consolation bracket for mixed doubles. On the JV side, Roger Rodriguez took home second place in the consolation bracket for mixed doubles. The team will have until April 5 and 6 to prepare for the district tournament in Hondo.
Amber Estrada brings the ball into third base after fielding a triple against Pearsall last Tuesday. The Lady Pirates would go on to win the game during last at bats, winning 6-5. (Photo by Barrett House)
Barrett House Staff Writer Last year the Lytle Lady Pirates finished the season with a disappointing record of 2-10 in district play. After the first three games of this year’s district season, the Lady Pirates remain undefeated after two close calls at home last week. Both games came down to the wire as the Lady Pirates were forced to score during last bats, to prevent extra innings and to prevent a loss. On Friday against the Carrizo Springs Lady Cats, the Lady Pirates trailed the entire game. The Lady Cats scored two runs in the first while the first three Lytle hitters struck out. In the second inning, the Lady Pirates started to find their defensive rhythm but still struggled to produce any points. Carli Diver managed to hit an RBI, closing the gap to one. The score remained 1-2 for
several innings. And while Lytle’s defense continued to hold, especially with another strong pitching performance from Macy Smith, their bats were relatively ineffective. As the game began to wind down in the sixth, the Lady Cats scored another run, potentially ending the game right then and there. But in the bottom of the sixth, an RBI hit by Julianna Flores put the Lady Pirates back within one. Flores almost scored the game-winning run but was tagged out at home. In the top of the seventh, Lytle’s defense stepped up in a big way, shutting out Carrizo Springs. In doing so the Lady Pirates had yet another opportunity to grab a win in their last at bats. Amber Estrada did what she does best and got on base. She was advanced to third base by Daisy Bippert’s double. The stage was set, and Emily Stevens was there to answer the call. Stevens sent a line drive to right field to bring in both Estrada and Bippert, and the Lady Pirates won with a score of 4-3. “[The] team really battles,” said head coach Brian Gaylor of
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Katie Robbins shows off her first place medal, which she won in La Vernia last Friday. Robbins is a Lytle hopeful to qualify for regionals. (Courtesy Photo) One of the goals for the team has been to have several of its players make it to regionals,
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Bulldog rally falls just short against state-ranked Pleasanton
Somerset’s Donnie Perez slides in for a run during the Bulldogs’ 5-4 loss in Pleasanton. (Photo by Maury Vasquez)
Maury Vasquez Special to the Leader News Down by one run to Pleasanton in their last at bat, Somerset baseball coach Donaldo Perez saw shortstop Koy Detmer blast a shot to the gap for an extra base hit. And with one his best athletes racing around the base paths, Perez gave Detmer the green light to go for a triple. “Koy ripped it, and I thought we could get him to third, and with our best bunter up, he could squeeze him in to tie it up. We were just trying to do whatever we could to manufacture a run,” said Perez. In a bang-bang play that left his head scraped with blood, Detmer was tagged out after the Eagles perfectly executed relay throw from right-center field. One out later, the game was over, with Pleasanton hanging on for a thrilling 5-4 victory. “Great game. Our guys played their hearts out. You’ve got to give Pleasanton credit. They aren’t 16-1 and ranked
Young Lady Dawgs have learning experience against Pleasanton Maury Vasquez Special to the Leader News These are the kind of nights when the young pups on the Somerset Lady Bulldogs softball team pick up some credit hours in the School of Hard Knocks. “The hype was there. Two teams coming in that are tough. We tried to do what we do, but we came up short,” said Somerset head coach Abraham Alvarez. The Lady Bulldogs were blanked 4-0 by the Lady Eagles Monday night in Pleasanton. Not only was this a key contest in the District 28-3A race, Somerset was up against the leading pitcher in the Greater San Antonio area in Pleasanton’s strikeout queen Emma Garcia.
“Our girls weren’t scared. They just go out and play, they don’t care who’s pitching,” said Alvarez. “She’s a good pitcher, but we hit the ball and put the ball in play. Just a few mistakes on defense really hurt us.” Costly errors in the first two innings resulted in a pair Pleasanton (19-2 overall, 3-1 in district) runs early. It started with a misplayed pop fly in right field in the first, followed by a throwing error in the infield in the second. “We tried to get that little backdoor pick-off. It’s worked for us many times before, but this time it got us,” said Alvarez. Bulldogs freshman pitcher Kayla Kerr went the distance,
allowing only one earned run in the loss. Somerset (23-4, 3-1) saw its bats come alive with five hits, but couldn’t get that extra hit to get runs home. “We got them once more at our house, in our last home game of the year. We’ll be ready,” said Alvarez. There’s little time for the Lady ‘Dawgs to lick their wounds. Not with district leading La Vernia coming to Somerset for another pivotal showdown Thursday night. “Big turnaround. Two days off then another big one with La Vernia. It’s going to be just like tonight,” said Alvarez. “Another good team with good hitting, good pitching and good defense.”
Track team has district meet tune-up Barrett House Staff Writer The Lytle track team traveled to Devine on Saturday where it continued its preparations for the district meet, now only a few weeks away. The boys team ended up third after collecting 91 points, finishing behind first place Devine and second place Pleasanton. The 3,200m was a highlight for the team, as Lytle placed first, second and third with Cesar Gonzalez setting a personal best with a time of 9:35.65. The long distance boys then took first and second in the 1,600m race with Alex Herrera placing first and Jethro Stokes taking second. The 800m race some new Lytle faces, including Jose Camacho who placed second with a time of 2:06.55. Camacho then went on to anchor the 4x400m relay team, which also took second with a time of 3:39.90. On the girls side, Coach Gilbert Ruiz said that some of his best runners have been struggling with serious injuries, and have had to rest up in order to be ready for district. As a result, only four girls competed at the varsity level. Julianna Flores led the way placing first in discus. Vanessa Estrada placed fourth in the 800m race
In a last ditch effort to overtake an opponent during one of his many races Saturday, Jethro Stokes screams out as he strives for the finish line. (Photo by Barrett House) and tied for fifth in pole vault. Clarissa Rios placed fifth in discus, and Gabriella Medina placed sixth in shot put. The JV girls had a productive day, though, placing second. Lytle took first in multiple events. Leala Marquez took first in the 100m hurdles. Alyssa Salinas placed first in the 1,600m race. Marina Ferdin placed first in the 400m. And a team composed of Salinas, Cierra Cuenca, Marquez and Jasmine Soto took first in the 1,600m relay. Gonzalez only ran the 3,200m race and not the 1,600m or any of the relays because he was invited
to participate in the Texas Relays in Austin this Saturday. Coach Joseph Arguello said Gonzalez only ran the 3,200m in order to better his time. Gonzalez qualified for the Texas Relays with a time of 9:44, a little bit on the lower end when compared to the other runners. But with a 9:35.65, Gonzalez is now poised to make an even better showing in Austin. The track team traveled to Uvalde yesterday, and will compete again next at Randolph on April 4. It will be the last meet before district, which will be April 10 and 11 in Crystal City.
Pirates golfers face tough competition Barrett House Staff Writer A week before district qualifiers, both the girls and boys Lytle golf teams endured tough courses and even tougher competition. The girls had two tournaments last week, the Canyon Lake Invitational on Tuesday and the Bandera Bulldog Invitational on Wednesday. At Canyon Lake, the team took home fourth place, missing out on third by only nine strokes. Nadia Robinson missed out on placing third by only five strokes. Coach Danny Sanchez
said overall the girls had a successful week. “The girls were very successful in the Canyon Lake tournament, missing out on a placing position by just a few points,” Sanchez said. “[They] had a tougher time in a very competitive Bandera tournament.” The boys team had to fair a combination of rough conditions and competition. “They faced stiff competition, very tough weather conditions and a demanding golf course,” Sanchez said.
Both the girls and boys will spend this week squaring off against one another in order to determine who is going to represent Lytle at district. Sanchez said a goal for the team has been to improve, although the team regularly showcases a willingness to compete. “They continue to compete despite the conditions and the level of competition,” Sanchez said. “This type of competitiveness should translate well in the district tournament.”
fourth in the state for nothing,” said Perez. “We think we have a good team, as well, but tonight they were run one better than us.” The Eagles looked worthy of their lofty state ranking right from the start. After Bulldog starter Tyler Soluhub walked a batter, Elias Engelman made him pay with a two-run home run over the left field fence to place Pleasanton (16-1 overall, 3-0 in district) out in front. “They came out and hit a two run shot, and we’re down 2-0 just like that in the first,” said Perez. “Our kids battled. We told them to just stay close, give yourself a chance, and we did that.” The Bulldogs scored a run in the second to trim the Eagle’s lead. Meanwhile, the
Bulldog shortstop Koy Detmer wore some battle scars after diving head first into third base. (Photo by Maury Vasquez) junior pitcher Solohub started finding his groove that would allow him to pitch a complete
game. “Proud of that guy. He will battle game in and game out. A hard-nosed kid, when you give him the ball. He gave us a chance to win tonight,” said Perez. Somerset (15-5, 2-1 in district) had several chances to score, but couldn’t get the tying run across. Brett Wilson opened the sixth inning with a shot to left center that barely stayed in the park. But the Bulldogs left him stranded on third base. “I’m proud of our effort. We ran into a good team, but we have to shake it off in a hurry,” said Perez. “We’ve got another huge game Thursday night at home against La Vernia.”
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Sunday Castroville - First Baptist Church, 1408 Alsace. First Sunday Service- 8:30 a.m. (Choir Led); Sunday School 9:45 a.m. (all ages); Second Service- 11 a.m. (Band Led)
Lytle - Boy Scout Troop 369 meets at Lytle United Methodist Church Mondays at 7 p.m. Call 830-772-3537.
Monday Lytle - The Lytle City Council meets the second Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Lytle City Hall. For more information, contact the city at 830709-3692. The Lytle Memorial VFW Post 12041 has its monthly post meeting on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lytle Senior Nutrition Center. Call 830-709-0250 for more information. The Lytle PTO meets on the first Monday of every month at Lytle Primary. Parents of all Lytle students are encouraged to attend. Natalia - The Natalia City Council meets the third Monday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. For more information call Beth Leonesio at
Natalia - The Knights meet the third Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John Bosco Parish Hall in Natalia. For more information, contact David Estes at 830709-0336.
Tuesday The Jolly Roger Athletic Association meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Topis in Lytle. The East Medina Special Utility District district meets the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the main office located on FM 471 between La Coste and Natalia. For more information call the office at 830-7093879. Somerset - The Somerset City Council meets the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact the city at 830-701-4100. Thursday Lytle - The Woodman of the World Lodge #406 meets the third Thursday in Lytle at Topis Restaurant at 7 p.m. All members are urged to attend. For more information call 830-772-3325.
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La Coste - The VFW Auxiliary hosts a senior citizens day out on the third Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. at the VFW Hall in La Coste.
the Braden Keller Community Center. Everyone is welcome to attend and have a good time. Call Ken Whiteside at 830-931-3459 for more information.
Pleasanton - The Pleasanton City Council meets the first and third Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Pleasanton City Hall. For more information, contact the city at 830-569-3867.
The Friendship Art Club welcomes all area artists to its weekly activities on Tuesdays at 9:30 am. The group meets to paint together and enjoy camaraderie in the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ in Lytle. On the second Tuesday of each month the club holds a business meeting and enjoys a guest artist presentation followed by a covered-dish luncheon and painting together. For further info, contact Jane Brown at 210-415-2546.
Natalia - A narcotics anonymous support group meets every Thursday in Natalia at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. For more information, call 210-865-6769. ONGOING Monday, Thursday Lytle - The Mother’s Day Out Program at the Church of Christ on Main Street has some openings. Lunch, fun activities and crafts are included from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Please contact Joyce Burris 830-709-4268. Thursday Leming - The Mini-Thrift Store at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is open every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is next door to the church on Hackberry Street. Call 830569-4517. Tuesday Castroville - The Castroville Line Dancers meet every Tuesday from 1 - 3 p.m. at
Grief group for women and men meets each Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall of the Lytle United Methodist Church. It begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 4:30. All are welcome. Come and share your loved one’s story with us. The Art on Main Gallery and Nest Feathers in Pleasanton is sponsoring “Art Walk” on the third Friday of every month. It will be held from 3pm to 7pm on the 200 block of N. Main Street. The event is in need of emerging artists to participate (fine arts craftsman, youth artists, painters, musicians, produce vendors, etc.). It is also in need of schools and non-
profits for fundraising events. Please contact Ann at 210550-2102 or visit her at 217 1/2 N. Main Street. The Medina County Democrats will be holding “Coffee ‘n Conversation” meetings every Friday morning at 10 a.m. at El Charro Restaurant in Hondo. For more information, call 210-548-6585. Castroville - The Rotary Club of Medina Valley meets Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. at The Alsatian Restaurant (located at the Hotel Alsace). A cost of $10 includes meal, beverage and tip. For details, contact 210-283-6592 or dsensenig@ broadwaybank.com. Jourdanton - Alcoholics Anonymous meets in Jourdanton at 7:30 p.m. every Monday at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 1608 Campbell Avenue. The help is free. Call 830-200-9554. Free quilting classes will be offered every third and fourth Tuesday of the month starting at 5:30 p.m. at Somerset City Hall. For more information, contact city hall at 830-7014100. The Lytle Public Library holds Story Time every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for children ages two to five. Patrons may call the library for more information. Awana is Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lytle First Baptist Church. Ages four years to high school are welcome. For more information, call 830709-2202. Wesley Nurse Health Ministries, a Mission of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries, is offering a Sit & Stretch program- A chair exercise program targeted to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. The program is offered Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at the Devine First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. It is offered on Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m. at the Lytle First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. It is also offered on Fridays (Starting Aug. 31) at 10:30 a.m. at the Natalia Veterans Memorial Library. Classes are free of charge and open to the community. Please contact Melissa D. Sagemuehl, RN/Wesley Nurse for any additional information at 830-6636108 (office). Medina County Food Policy Council presents: Monthly Farmer’s Market in Natalia. The Farmer’s Market is every first Saturday across the street from the city office at 2079 State Hwy 132N. Handmade craft vendors are invited free of charge. Vendors must bring own tables and chairs. Contact Maria Sanchez at 210-2890354 or Feliz Lopez at 210393-1495 for information, or email SVdP.firstname.lastname@example.org. Fudokan Martial Arts, located at 15155 Main Street across from Sign Depot in Lytle, will be hosting a free self-defense workshop at on the first Saturday of each and every month, starting April 6. This workshop is open to the public. Must be 18 years old and up. For more information, contact Michael Waight at 210-326-4412. The Bluebonnets are blooming at the Shooting Star Museum. March 16 marks the opening of the 12 th Annual Bluebonnet Walk at the museum. The fields surrounding the museum afford visitors the opportunity to walk in the bluebonnet flowers or to take a ride in a vintage automobile. The museum is free and open to visitors, with food and beverage available during the day. The event is every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m., and runs from March 16-31. The museum is located six miles south of Castroville off FM 1343. Call 210-3866038 for driving directions. Coming Up The Keep Lytle Beautiful Commission will be holding its local Texas Trash-off event on Saturday, April 6. Volunteers are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. at Lytle City Hall for breakfast tacos, and the disperse to different parts of the city to pick up litter from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. All volunteers should return to city hall by 10:45 a.m. for photographs. Safety vests will be provided. The Lytle United Methodist Church is sponsoring its second annual community yard sale in conjunction with Lytle’s city-wide yard sale on April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church is again looking for participants (vendors welcome) to set up on the church grounds/ parking lot. There will be free hot dogs and drinks and music available to all—both sellers and buyers. To participate or for additional information, please call 210-416-4317 or email YardSale2013@att.net. The Lytle PTO’s Spring Festival will be Saturday, April 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lytle Primary School. The festival will feature games, food and vendors. Those interesting in setting up as a vendor at the festival should contact Belinda Huon at 956-324-5214. The Brush Country Tea Party will meet Monday, April 1 at 7 p.m. in Pleasanton. The exact location will be announced. The guest speaker will be Mr. George Rodriguez, President of the South Texas Political Alliance. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Caroline George at 830-276-4185. The Lytle Nursing Home will be having its Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Mark your calendar for the second annual Community Easter Egg hunt sponsored by Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County. This year’s event will be Friday, April 22 at the Jourdanton City Park from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children aged 10 and under are invited to hunt for eggs. All participants must bring a basket or bag and a parent. A special toddler area will be available for the youngest egg hunters. There will be thousands of eggs and plenty of candy for everyone. Come out with your family and friends to the Community Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 22 at the Jourdanton City Park. Bring your family and friends to a one-of-a-kind church experience this weekend. Cowboy Fellowship will host its first Easter service outside in the covered facility on Sunday, March 31 at 10:45 a.m. In case of bad weather, the service will be moved inside the church. Donuts and coffee or lemonade will be served beginning at 9:45. A nursery and children’s church will be provided for children up to age four. Children K-sixth grade can attend church with their family. There will be music from Brian and Lacey Anderson and the Cowboy Fellowship Band and an Easter message from Pastor Pete Pawelek. Castroville’s Nip and Tuck spay and neuter program will be holding its annual silent auction fundraiser on Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Castroville Café. All proceeds from the silent auction go to benefit the program.
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Barrett House Staff Writer Although several months have passed, the city of Pleasanton continues to find ways to pay homage to the memory of Tommy Shearrer and his family. Most recently, the city council was asked during its meeting on Thursday to consider renaming the terminal building at the municipal airport to the Tommy Shearrer Terminal Building. “Shortly after his passing, the [Airport Advisory Board] discussed and explored ways to honor Mr. Shearrer and his family,” said Jerry Drew, who took over as chairman of the board. The decision to rename the terminal is an indication that the board is ready to move on, something City Manager Bruce Pearson said has not been easy. “The airport board took several months before they could bring themselves to have a meeting,” Pearson said. “The depths of the feelings for Mr. Shearrer by the airport board, and I’m sure many citizens in this community, are shared.” In the process of moving forward, Pearson said the board has increased its efforts to the betterment of the city’s airport. “I salute the board for biting down and moving forward because they are working with renewed energy, renewed vitality,” Pearson said. “They are really energetic and hopeful about the bright future of the airport.” The council voted unanimously to rename the terminal. Mayor Clint Powell said the name change was a reflection of Shearrer’s contributions to the city of Pleasanton. “I think it’s a fitting tribute for us as a city, especially his involvement with the airport and aviation,” Powell said.
Pleasanton receives healthy financial report The financial status of Pleasanton for the 2012 fiscal year was presented during the city council meeting on Thursday. Wayne Beyer, certified public accountant, said overall the city had very good finances, with a phenomenal income statement and excellent equity. Most notably, the city ended the fiscal year with an amount of $4,330,989 in its general fund, an increase of $1,196,000 from the previous year. The city budgeted $6.4 million in total revenue, yet brought in $8.3 million. The sales tax was budgeted for $3.2 million, but brought in $4.8 million, almost a 50 percent increase. In fact, all the applicable categories exceeded their budgeted amounts. In terms of expenses, the city was under budget in all categories. Expenditures had been budgeted at $6.6 million, but the city only spent $6.18 million. “It looks like we’re under and over in all the right categories,” said Mayor Clint Powell.
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Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Union Pacific has once again encountered a problem with the water well in La Coste that the city was hoping to take ownership of for municipal use. “This has been, as you know, an ongoing battle since I started here,” said City Administrator George Salzman. “There have been several stages and steps taken by the railroad. The railroad would really like to close that just to have it off of their list of things that they worry about, but we’ve requested it and they’ve been really cooperative about letting us being in on the decision making of this as to whether we keep the well or not.” While UP would prefer to close the well, the Edwards Aquifer Authority has forbidden that from happening until a battery of tests have been completed at which point a permit would be granted. Part of that process included capturing a video of the entire recorded depth of the well of 1,130 feet recorded by the EAA. UP has currently only made it down to approximately 880 feet deep. “There are evidently major problems in the well, the shaft collapsed and some of the casing of the pipes might have been broken,” Salzman said. “It’s just been remarkable. The final consensus at this point was that it couldn’t be refurbished by anyone. It would be cheaper to drill a new well.” In a copy of the video log he received from the video company, the well goes down 300 feet with a 10-inch well casing and from 300 feet to 500 feet deep it changes to an 8-inch well casing and then back out to 10-inches from 500 feet to 880 feet. “It looks like when that well was drilled, they drilled part way and hit the Austin Chalk aquifer and then they put perforated pipe in there and then they kept going into the Edwards Aquifer and the EAA isn’t going to be really happy about that because it looks like it might be combined water from two aquifers,” Salzman said. “They’ve got that information.” Salzman said that the railroad would again appeal to the EAA to have the well permitted for closure since the process has now cost them over $100,000. “It would be a shame for them to spend this much money just to close it up,” said Councilman Jacinto Medellin. “I think people should benefit from the money they spent on it. I think the city of La Coste should benefit.”
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Pleasanton postpones deal with ad agency Barrett House Staff Writer After some last minute changes and negotiations, the Pleasanton City Council decided during its meeting on Thursday to postpone entering into an agreement with advertising agency Briscoe Hall. The reason for the slight stall is mostly due to the fact that the council received an edited contract on the day of the meeting. City Manager Bruce Pearson said the reason for the late arrival was because changes had to be made to the original contract. “Sometimes these things take up to the last minute when you want to go back and take a second look,” Pearson said. With the changes in place, Pearson said that he and City Attorney Robert Maldonado felt comfortable with the new contract. “We feel like we have the best possible contract,” Pearson said. Some of the discrepancies revolved around the commission Briscoe Hall would receive for their efforts. That amount of $11,000, Pearson said, is what the city would pay for the brand that would result from those efforts. “That’s to take the heritage that we have, and the identification that we’ve had for so many years and come up with how do we announce this to other people,” Pearson said. Despite the fact the Pearson said he and Maldonado felt the contract was solid, the council members decided to postpone their decision until they could fully review the new contract.
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Obituaries Obituar ies CORTE Robert Michael Corte, born to Frank and Rose Corte on June 12, 1963, was called to heaven by his Lord on March 22, 2013 after a short but fierce battle with cancer. His courage and positive attitude inspired us all. Robert is survived by his parents, brother Frank Corte, Jr., Sisters Julia Corte, Brenda Beam, and Rita Corte, along with numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews all of whom he loved dearly. As the son of homebuilder and developer, Robert was born to the construction industry. He was playing on job sites as a child, and was fascinated by all the large equipment. He could drive a backhoe or a front end loader like a pro before he was 12, and started his first business before graduating from high school. Whether it was mining for gold in Costa Rica or building roads in Texas he always stayed busy. Robert was a very giving person. All of his many friends can recall him helping when a fence needed mending, a roof repaired, flood damage fixed, or even a burned out home torn down. Robert’s life was not defined by his possessions, it was defined by his relationships with family and friends. His place in Devine was known for great barbecues, hayrides, and shooting contests. Robert was a free spirit, born 200 years too late. He didn’t twitter, tweet, or do Facebook. He did not own a computer, and only answered his cell phone grudgingly. No TV for him unless John Wayne was involved. Robert was happiest riding his tractor, walking the fields with his dog, shotgun on his shoulder, wetting a line at his fishing cabin at the coast, or sitting around a campfire with his friends. The world needs more Roberts. He will be sorely missed. They say you can’t take it with you, but they are wrong. Robert is gone, and something is missing. A memorial and celebration of Robert’s life was held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at University Baptist Church at 6465 Babcock Rd with burial at the family ranch at 425 County Road 761 Devine, Texas 78016 on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the ThriveWell Cancer Foundation, 4383 Medical Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229. FLORES Arnulfo Flores of Moore, Texas passed away March 21, 2013 at his home in Moore. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Flores; his parents, Rodolfo and Ramoncita (Ramirez) Flores. He is survived by his sons; Arnulfo Flores, Jr. of Lytle, Juan Flores of Moore, Antonio Flores of Hondo; daughters, Ramona F. Ayon of Devine, Hilda Rodriguez of Moore, Gracie F. Marquez of Pearsall and Isabel F. Camarillo of Moore. He had twenty-two grandchildren and thirty-six great- grandchildren. Visitation was held Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Hurley Funeral Home Chapel in Devine with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. in the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Moore with interment in the Moore Catholic Cemetery.
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La Coste not ready to unleash animal control ordinance Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The La Coste City Council again discussed its animal control ordinance that was prepared by City Attorney Chris Schuchart. Councilman Jacinto Medellin once again felt that the proposed ordinance the council was given needed to have the rules for vicious animals and necessary restraint better spelled out for the citizens who choose to own breeds such as pit bulls. “There have been so many injured from pit bulls because their nature is to attack,” Medellin. “That’s what that breed was settled for, for dog fighting, and they have that inherent tendency in them.” At the next meeting, Medellin wants to have the ordinance clearly state what restraint is necessary for animals, that they cannot be tied down for more than three hours at a time and that a fence will be needed surrounding any yard where animals reside due to state animal cruelty laws. He also wanted there to be a more specific rule for the definition of vicious animals including what behavior warrants the title of a vicious animal. “It says that it’s up to the animal control officer to declare whether it’s a vicious dog or not,” Schuhart said. “The issue that comes with that is that there is a huge difference between a chihuahua bite and a pit bull bite. The animal control guy will call the shots and we’re assuming that the animal control guys have gone to some sort of class.” The final issue discussed by the council was the part of the ordinance relating to swine and when they could and could not be allowed in the city. In the proposed ordinance, swine would be allowed to reside in the city limits from October through March 15, but Mayor Pro Tem Wade Tschirhart felt that the date should be from Aug. 1 through March 15 and that the size of the lot required for a swine project should be decreased since the lots in La Coste are historically small. The council took no action on the ordinance, but it will be put back on the agenda for the April meeting.
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La Coste council delays man’s variance request Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The La Coste City Council heard a variance request from Alex Carrillo to demolish his home and replace it with a new mobile home, but with three of the council members absent took no action. “I just wanted to see if I could knock the house down and put either a small doublewide or a singlewide trailer there,” he said. “I measured it and it’s [small]. It’s an old house. The ceilings are only seven feet high.” Carrillo feels that the work that he has done to the home and will have to do to the home in the future to keep the home livable would be better used on finding a mobile home to more safely and adequately house him and his wife. His goal was to have a new home up on the property before next winter. “We have an ordinance that if there was a manufactured home there before, you can put another one in its place,” said Mayor Pro Tem Wade Tschirhart. “Something like this would be going against what we have in our ordinance, but this is something that we’ve never run across before really because of the condition that the home is in right now. The way it looks to me, it looks like it would be a big improvement, especially for you.” Since the area where the home is located is not in La Coste Heights where manufactured homes are allowed, City Attorney Chris Schuchart recommended that the neighbors send in letters of approval for the change as well. “They’re going to be granting a variance that’s not consistent with what they’ve done in the past,” Schuchart said. “I would just, for your purposes, suggest that if you’re considering doing it, then maybe get his neighbors to sign off on this.” Carrillo was eventually asked to get with City Administrator George Salzman to discuss potential problems that could arise from the floodplain, which could require Carrillo to place the manufactured home on a pier system. “This is something that we need to look at in the future, because that property could actually be condemned, so on that level, we might have a leg to stand on if we go on this route,” Tschirhart said. “But, I think we ought to have everybody here.”
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Local boys scout troop has spring break trip to remember Barrett House Staff Writer Spring break gave some Lytle children much needed rest before exams, while others took the opportunity to get out of the city for a little bit. The Lytle Boy Scouts of Troop 369 were among those to head for the coast over the weekend, traveling to Corpus Christi to spend the night on the fabled USS Lexington. “The boys run the unit and they wanted to go,” said Cindy Merchant, one of the scoutmasters. “The USS Lexington actually puts on a program for scouting and it’s really great.” After meeting up with their brother troop out of Farmersville, Texas and spending the night at the Lytle Methodist Church, the group headed to Corpus on Saturday. There, the 36 members came into contact with almost 300 other scouts. “We were able to mix with other scouts,” Merchant said. “Scouts were there from
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RESIDENTIAL Jourdanton-819 Broadway St. This is a lovely 3 bedroom 2.5 Bath home that sits on a 3.5 city lots. Home also has wood flooring throughout. $89,500 Charlotte-565 Edwards Ave. 3 bedroom 2 bath home needing aINfew up-dates. Has a PEND G shed that could be used as an apartment or workshop. $96,800 Pleasanton-126 Ocotillo Well maintained 3 bedroom 2 bath 2 car garage home sits on 2 lots in a very nice Home ING PENDneighborhood. has a very large backyard with a covered patio and a privacy fence. $145,000 San Antonio-13124 Cypress Meadow Nice 3 bedroom 2 bathG home with easy PENDIN access to park, schools, and major highways.. $150,000 San Antonio-7302 Wilder St.. Great 4 bedroom 3 bath home in Northwest Crossing. Saltillo floors in ding, living and entry way. $179,000 Helotes- 18830 Shadow Canyon Dr. 4/3 beautiful home sits over an acre of land and has too many amenities to mention. Reduced to $394,900 COMMERCIAL & INVESTMENT Pleasanton-IH 37 near FM 536 Exit 510 acre property can easily be seen along IH 37. Price depends on size of property & location. $10,900 per acre Von Ormy-19579 S. Hwy 16 Large dance hall/party rental building with amenities. Property has a large parking area as well and is near Loop 1604. Good for oil field companies. $425,000
COMMERCIAL & INVESTMENT Cont. Poteet-35 W. FM 476 25 acres with approx. 700 feet of road frontage. Home on property can be use as office space or residential. $750,000 Jourdanton-1515 Simmons Ave An Office building with workshop on 4 acres. Has 4 year lease that will convey. $850,000 LOTS & RURAL ACREAGE Pleasanton-321 Bluefield Dr. Lot 21 is over 1/3 acre in thePE beautiful NDING Crownhill Sub. Buyer please verify availability of utilities. $10,000 Poteet: 00 Sand Brach Rd. (TR# 4 & 5) -1 acre tracts. Utilities available. TxVet. No seller finance. $12,000 Poteet-Peach Tree Ave. 2 acres with large oaks. $29,000 Poteet-0 FM 1333 5.27 acres. Close to city. Owner will seller finance. $32,000 FARMS & RANCHES Pleasanton-IH 37 near FM 536 Exit 30 acres. A hunters dream with 2/1 log cabin PENDING and tank with fish. Good hunting. Blinds will convey with property. $250,000 Jourdanton 100 +/- acres off La Parita Road or FM 1332 100+/- acres. Hunting & cattle grazing. $350,000 Poteet-14350 Schuettiq 100 acres. Great place to build on or just for privacy. 25% minerals will convey at the asking price. $400,000 Jourdanton-0000FM 1332 171 acres. Great developemnet, hunting & cattle grazing. $598,500
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20115 Somerset Rd. #2 • P.O. Box 1284 • Somerset, TX 78069
830.429.3444 Commercial/Ranches Somerset - 25 acres, very nice property. All in coastal bermuda grass, two water wells, pipe pen, barn, oak tress $175,000 Lytle - 26 acres, Coastal Bermuda, Barn, Sits of the road, Great place to build. $162,000 Somerset - 29 acres with city utilities available. Pipe pens, barn, would make a great place to put a subdivision. $188,000 Somerset - 28 acres with 8 rental homes. Hwy 16 South frontage. Great income making property. $499,000
Residential/Subdivision Lytle - New custom 3-3-2 With Office.PEN Brick/Rock DING Home, 10’ ceilings, many upgrades on approx. 0.6 acres. $191,000 Elmendorf-4-2 - Two story home on approx. 1/2 acre. Somerset - Savannah Heights - 3- 2 On 1.2 acres with front & back decks. Approx. PENDING 1984 sg ft living area. $125,000 Von Ormy - Two homes with Medina River frontage. Lots of Storage, Workshop, on PENDING approx. 2.4 acres $159,000 Lytle - Lake Shore 3-3-2 Brick home, fireplace, tile floor, granite countertop, sprinkler system, 50’x12’ covered patio and more for $205,000 Lytle - Custom Home 3-2.5-2 On approx 3/4 acres. Tile floor, high ceilings, large kitchen, bay windows. Home is approx. 2,300 sq. ft., for $245,000
Lots/Acreage Southwest ISD - 30 acres w/Coastal Bermuda with one or two oaks. Close to IH 35 & Lytle. $86,000 Elmendorf - 20 acres of Coastal with some trees. Great place to build a dream home. $150,000 DINGElectric and Septic for $35,000 Natalia -5 acres in Great Oaks with many PENOaks, Lytle - 6.099 acres with good restrictions, utilities available, some trees. $50,000 Poteet -11.01 acres, mobile OK, Owner carry with 20% down. $65,000 Lytle - Approx. 7.74 acres with great restrictions, water, electric on site, some trees. PENDING $71,900 Somerset -10 out of a 30 acre tract with ag, some trees, no restrictions. $83,000
Rentals Somerset -3 Bedroom 1.5 Bath Fouplex. Owner pays water & sewer. $750 Somerset -2 Bedroom 1 Bath Home with 1 car garage. Very Nice. $750
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Castroville First Baptist 1408 Alsace Ave • Castroville 830-931-2277 Country Baptist 17800 Farm Rd 471 • Lytle 830-709-4265 First Baptist Harris St. & Yule St. Charlotte, 830-277-1412
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First Baptist 515 Zanderson Ave. Jourdanton, 830-769-3552 First Hispanic Baptist 1602 Alsace Ave. Castroville, 830-538-3122 Iglesia Bautista De Somerset 7300 E. 6th St. Somerset, 830-429-3661
Automotive Paint & Body 4798 FM 1343 • Devine, Texas 78016
La Coste First Baptist 11885 FM 2790 • La Coste 830-762-3163
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Old Rock Baptist Old Rock Rd Somerset, 830-709-3761 Shalimar Baptist 22185 State Hwy 16 S. Von Ormy, 210-624-2439 Somerset Baptist 19961 Somerset Rd Somerset, 830-429-3683 Victory Independent Baptist 16071 Somerset Rd Von Ormy, 210-622-8981
14610 MAIN • SUITE 103 • LYTLE, TEXAS 78052 NEXT TO LYTLE COMMUNITY CENTER
First Baptist Church Fourth St. & Avenue D Poteet, 830-742-3856
Church of Christ 18320 W. FM 2790 S. Lytle Tx 830-709-5929
Grace Bible Church Hwy 81 N • Lytle 830-709-4388
New Beginnings Baptist Church 535 Trade Street • Pleasanton 830-570-9758
Southwest Church of Christ Old Pearsall Rd at Loop 1604 210-622-7022
First United Pentecostal 70 CR 431 • Pleasanton 830-569-5490
New Beginnings Baptist Church 16636 N. State Highway 16 Poteet
Church of God
Grace Community 8406 FM 471 S • Castroville 830-931-3057
Palo Alto Baptist Fellowship Hwy 16 • Poteet 830-742-8636 Hosanna Baptist Church 705 School Drive • Poteet 830-276-8449 Blessings Baptist Church 805 Fifth Street • Poteet 830-742-4759
Divine Saviour Lutheran Vernon & Ingram, Devine 830-663-3735
Buen Pastor Iglesia De Dios School Drive & Ninth Street Poteet
Sacred Heart of Jesus 13466 IH 35S Von Ormy, 210-622-3457 Sacredheartcatholicchurch.com
Lutheran 1702 Hwy 97 E Jourdanton, 830-769-3623
Atascosa Christian Fellowship Poteet 830-74208730
Zion Lutheran Church 1106 Fiorella St. Castroville, 830-538-6335
Good Shepherd 10485 Hackleberg Atascosa, 210-622-9681
First Christian Church Disciples of Christ 202 W. College Ave. • Devine 830-665-2118
St. Louis Catholic 610 Madrid St. Castroville, 830-931-2826 St. Mary’s Catholic 19711 N. Dixon St. Somerset, 830-701-3123 St. Matthew’s Catholic 1700 Campbell Ave. Jourdanton, 830-769-3687 St. Peter the Fisherman 17534 N. State Hwy 16 Poteet, 830-276-8778 St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church Third Street • Poteet 830-742-3796 Our Lady Queen of Heaven 11150 Macdona-LaCoste Road PO Box 94 • Macdona 210-622-3282 Church of Christ Lytle Church of Christ 15340 Main St. Lytle, 830-388-2944 Natalia Church of Christ Fourth & Pearson • Natalia 830-663-9758
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Other The Gathering Church 14670 Main St. Lytle, 830-709-2222
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Lamb of God Church Fourth Street & Ave. I Poteet
Lytle United Methodist 19341 S. Somerset St. Lytle, 830-772-3345 www.lytlemethodistchurch.com Medina Valley United Methodist 1108 Country Lane Castroville, 830-931-3533
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ASHLEY STEEL & RECYCLING 830.665.9773
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Trojan Community 422 Corlena Ave. • Charlotte 830-277-2253
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2007 DODGE R1500 QUAD CAB SLT V8, Auto, A/C, Only 56K Miles, # 27469A........................$17,590 2011 FORD RANGER SUPER CAB XL 4 cyl, Auto, A/C, Only 16K Miles, # P5114.......................$18,590 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT V8, Auto, A/C, Only 47K Miles, # 37217A.......................$23,990 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT Six, Auto, A/C, Only 32K Miles, # 31009A......................$24,990 2010 DODGE R2500 CREW CAB ST 4X4 V8, Auto, A/C, Only 32K Miles, # 27289B.......................$25,990 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT Six, Auto, A/C, Only 21K Miles!, # P5111........................$26,490 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT V8, Auto, A/C, Only 26K Miles, # P5083.........................$27,990 2012 FORD F150 SUPER CAB XLT 4X4 Six, Auto, A/C, Only 23K Miles, # P5109.........................$27,990 2011 FORD F150 SUPER XLT 4X4 V8, Auto, A/C, Only 26K, # P5083..................................$29,990 2009 FORD F350 CREW CAB KING RANCH 4X4 V10, Auto, A/C, Nav, Moonroof, Leather, # 27574A..........$31,990 2010 FORD F150 SUPER CREW LARIAT V8, Auto, A/C, 39K Miles, # 37160A...............................$34,490 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW KING RANCH Six, Auto, A/C, Only 16K Miles!, # 37004A.....................$34,590 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CAB LARIIAT 4X4 Six, Eco-Boost, Auto, A/C, Only 18K Miles!, # 27013A......$34,590 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW LARIAT 4X4 V8, Auto, A/C, Only 13K Miles!, # P5110........................$36,990 2009 FORD F350 CREW CAB KING RANCH 4X4 V8, Auto, A/C, Nav, Moonroof, 38K Miles, # P5094.........$42,190
2009 NISSAN MURANO S 4DR Six, Auto, A/C, # 37014A...............................................$18,290 2011 GMC TERRAIN SLE 4DR 4 cyl, Auto, A/C, # 5069A...............................................$21,690 2012 FORD E350 15 PASSENGER VAN V8, Auto, Dual A/C, Only 18K Miles!, # P5102................$25,990 2009 FORD EXPEDITION EDDIE BAUER 4X4 V8, Auto, Dual A/C, 3rd Row Pwr, Leather, # 27574B......$25,990 2009 FORD EXPEDITION LIMITED 4DR V8, Auto, Dual A/C, 3rd Row, Leather, # 33096B............$26,990 2013 FORD EDGE LIMITED 4DR Six, Auto, A/C, # P5080.................................................$26,990
2007 DODGE R2500 QUAD CAB SLT, 4X4 Diesel, Auto, A/C, # P5045A..........................................$22,990 2010 FORD F250 SUPER CAB XLT, 4X4 Diesel, Auto, A/C, Only 45K Miles, # P5058....................$31,990 2012 FORD F250 CREW CAB XLT, 4X4 Diesel, Auto, A/C, Only 40K Miles, # P5081....................$35,990 2011 CHEVROLET K2500 EXTENDED CAB LT 4X4 Diesel, Z71, Auto, A/C, Only 10K Miles!, # 37079A.........$40,590 2010 FORD F250 CREW CAB LARIAT 4X4 Diesel, Auto, A/C, Only 35K Miles!, # P5097...................$40,990 2011 FORD F250 CREW CAB LARIAT Diesel, Auto, A/C, Only 24K Miles!, # 37140A.................$40,990 2012 FORD F350 CREW CAB KING RANCH 4X4 Diesel, Auto, A/C, Only 54K Miles!, # P5067A.................$42,990 2011 FORD F350 CREW CAB LARIAT 4X4 Diesel, Auto, A/C, Only 29K Miles!, # 37208A................$45,990
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2007 FORD F150 SUPER CAB XLT V8, Auto, A/C, # 27515A................................................$14,990 2011 DODGE R1500 REGULAR CAB ST Six, Auto, A/C, Only 19K Miles, # P5108.........................$15,990 2011 FORD F150 SUPER CREW XLT V8, Auto, A/C, Only 52K, # 27562A...............................$23,590
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