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Lytle cross country runner wins state competition Andrew Tolan Staff Writer As Cesar Gonzalez turned the corner, heading down the final stretch at the UIL Cross County Championships in Round Rock, he appeared to take a quick glance behind him. Fortunately for Cesar, nobody was there. Lytle cross country competitor Cesar Gonzalez finished in first place by a whopping 18 seconds in the 3A boys division at the UIL State
Championships, capturing the individual state title and leading a Lytle squad that finished in second place out of 17 teams competing from across the state of Texas. Head Coach Gilbert Ruiz believed heading into the meet that this Lytle team had the opportunity to become the best cross country team Lytle has ever fielded and with the team’s showing at the state meet, he believes they have achieved just that. The group of seven needed
to come up with a good time at the state meet to get onto the medal stand, competing alongside teams such as Decatur with multiple state championships on their mantle. Throughout the season, each of the seven competitors Lytle fielded continued to improve their times, culminating in a regional title at the penultimate meet of the season and a second place finish at the state championships. See ‘Lytle’ on Page 9
Engineer working on layout for new Lytle police station Cesar Gonzalez, pictured above, smiles as he crosses the finish line in first place at the Cross Country Championships to capture the individual state 3A title. (Photo by Andrew Tolan)
Playoffs, here we come! The Lytle Pirates are playoff bound. Wideout Ronald Montgomery played a role in the victory with this 61-yard touchdown catch to break a 7-7 deadlock in the second quarter, right. Following the hard fought win over Crystal City, Pirates’ players celebrated with fans, left. For a full recap of the Crystal City game and a look at the Pirates’ opening round playoff match-up, turn to Page 8. (Photos by Andrew Tolan)
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Homecoming in Somerset Finding strength
through faith Lytle native tells of long fight with cancer
The Somerset Homecoming Parade brought out all of the cheerleaders from high school to pre-school including this Li’l Bulldog who cheered her way through the entire parade route. For full story, see page 3. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)
Andrew Tolan Staff Writer Emma Scott, 66, has been diagnosed with cancer on three separate occasions. It is a fight that has spanned three different decades. Scott, who was born and raised in Lytle, thanks God every day for her good fortune. Others are bewildered by the approach; how can she be appreciative of such a terrible prognosis? Her response to those who ask ‘why’ is curt: Because her faith has given her the strength to keep fighting. It cannot cripple love. It cannot shatter hope. Scott was at her residence in Rochelle, Illinois in 1992.
She noticed a lump that had formed on her breast. She didn’t make anything of it. She figured she got hit with a box or bumped into something around the house. As the minutes turned in to hours, and the hours turned in to days, the lump stopped hurting. Scott barely acknowledged its existence. She was playing softball, one of her favorite past times, when she was hit by a line drive on the ankle. The impact of the line drive caused throbbing pain in her ankle. Later that night, in an effort to cut down the swelling, she took a hot bath. It turned out to be the wrong See ‘Motivational’ on Page 4
Boom goes the sales tax revenue Saluting our veterans Pleasanton gushing over new money brought by oil development Andrew Tolan Staff Writer Sales tax revenue in the city of Pleasanton continues on an upward curve, with the latest sales tax allocations placing the city of Pleasanton in rare territory. Based upon the figures released through the state comptroller’s website, the city of Pleasanton will have one of the highest sales tax percentage increases in the state of Texas for the month of November. In November 2012, the city of Pleasanton will receive $694,508.29 in sales tax monies juxtaposed with $253,717.86 that was received in November of last year. This 174 percent increase puts the city tops in the state of Texas with respect to percentage increases for municipalities that receive
more than $10,000 in monthly sales tax revenue. In October 2012, the city saw a greater than 200 percent increase over the year prior. This means more money in the city coffers and more money that can be used for inplace infrastructure that will allow the city to improve the quality of life for long-time residents. “It has allowed us to put a few more projects on our radar/scope not only on the yearly basis, but in the near, short-term,” said City Manager Bruce Pearson. “As far our city is concerned, we are working on projects right now that we knew needed to be addressed over the last several years. We are going to attempt to advance some of our projects as far as infrastructure is concerned,
because we see the need for increased services from the utility side, as well as streets and drainage, and we certainly hope we can do some things on our quality of life issues as a result of this as well, in reference to our parks system.” Pearson attributes a good portion of the credit for upward mobility to the oil boom. “Overall, we have continued to see our sales tax allocations on a curve upward,” said City Manager Bruce Pearson. “I think that is a direct reflection of the increased business activity due to the Eagle Ford.” The Eagle Ford Shale is not only increasing business activity, but is beginning to attract permanent housing developSee ‘Parks’ on Page 4
Lytle City Engineer Craig Bell provided an update regarding the development of the new Lytle Police Station. TRC Engineers have finished the fieldwork and surveying work at the proposed site and are starting to work on layouts for the building with an architect. A meeting is set for Nov. 19 between Bell and Police Chief Richey Priest to go over drawings for the new site. Bell anticipated the city going out for bids on the construction of the site as early as January of 2013.
Poteet is one step closer to getting a new daycare center. On Monday the Poteet City Council voted unanimously to hold a public hearing on rezoning the property at 801 4th St. from a residential to a commercial property. This will clear the way for the building to house a day care center. Margo Roberts, who moved to the area in August, called for the rezoning after the “In God’s Hands” dare care facility at the First Baptist Church closed. The hearing will take place at the next city council meeting scheduled for Dec. 10.
SISD trustee wins reelection bid Incumbent SISD Trustee Robert Sanchez was reelected last Tuesday over challenger Sean Williams, a regional director with HEB. Sanchez received 193 (66 percent) votes to Williams’ 99 (34 percent).
Study offers SISD energy saving solutions A preliminary study presented to the Somerset Independent School District by Schneider Electric says the district could save $140,000 a year in energy costs. Most of the conservation study recommendations changes to the school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as well as water conservation and new lighting.
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Lytle Elementary’s annual Veterans Day program was held at the High School Auditorium. Students from second through fifth grade sang and performed songs from the major American wars. The fifth graders, pictured above, paid tribute to the World War I Era. (Photo by Andrew Tolan)
Construction will begin later this month on a new parking lot for Early Childhood Elementary School. The Somerset Independent School District board of trustees voted 5-1 to give the contract to CGC Construction of San Antonio last Monday. The lone no vote was cast by Trustee Leo Salas. The final price of the contract is still being negotiated but will not exceed $769,000.
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Lytle seeking land for new well Andrew Tolan Staff Writer Discussions are going well concerning the city of Lytle’s desire to acquire land and bolster its utility reservoir. Mayor Mark Bowen, City Attorney Tom Cate, Public Works Director James McGrath and City Secretary Josie Campa met with Adam Keller concerning the land the city is wanting to purchase for its new water well site. The city had identified an area, close to the site of the existing well, that it wanted to use to develop a new water well a few months back and has been working to secure the necessary land. According to Campa, Keller informed those present at the meeting what his father is wanting for the land; Cate is drawing up an earnest money contract on behalf of the city for the possible
purchase of the land. Previously, at its October monthly meeting, the Lytle City Council received good news regarding the potential development of a new water well. Professional geoscientist Matt Uliana presented an evaluation of the potential well interference from constructing a new water well to the council. The analysis encompassed pump elevations, pumping rates and run times to determine if there would be any adverse effects of running another well pump so close to the existing well. News that the new well and the existing well could pump at the same time, while retaining efficiency, meant the city could move toward securing the necessary land to move to the next phase in the project. The city of Lytle currently owns
an 800 gpm (gallons per minute) capacity well in the Edwards Aquifer located in Medina County. Constructing a new water well has been placed at the top of the council’s list of priorities to tackle moving forward. The new well is set to become the primary well with an anticipated pump rate of 1,600 gpm (gallons per minute). The plan is to install this new well approximately 300 feet north of the existing well that will pump out of the same Edwards Aquifer formation. Currently, there would not be a need to run both wells at the same time and city officials do not anticipate running the wells simultaneously. The next step for the city of Lytle is to acquire the land to bring the well to fruition.
Pleasanton master plan progressing Andrew Tolan Staff Writer Work continues on the city of Pleasanton’s comprehensive master plan, with the public providing input on the living document at a workshop meeting held last week. The project initially had a deliverable date of Sept. 30. Due to the consultant’s, Chris Stewart of Stewart Planning, suggestion that he felt it would be necessary to complete a thoroughfare plan, and his willingness to complete said plan within the monetary scope of the contract which has been deemed a blessing for the city, the project has suffered a slight setback. With the public input meeting having taken place, City Manager Bruce Pearson feels comfortable with the progress on the project. “Right now, where the plan is at, the public input meeting has been held, there has been input on three, if not four, different types of the future land use portion of the plan,” said City Manager Bruce Pearson. “ [Chris Stewart] and his associates will be putting that info together and compiling it and he will be back in front of the Planning and Zoning commission. Once the future land use assump-
tions are charted by the Planning and Zoning Commission based on public input it will be at that point we will begin to scope the capital improvement side from the infrastructure perspective.” This comprehensive master plan will outline how the city of Pleasanton is going to grow, what growth the city wants in certain corridors or segments of town, and what will be done with respect to infrastructure, leading to potential capital improvement projects. “The fact that we are being patient with this will prove to be beneficial in the long run and it also gives us a more extended look, being patient, as to the eventual impact that the Eagle Ford is going to have on our community,” said Pearson. The master plan will include a future land use assumption chart that maps where the city would like to see development, be it retail or commercial, and in what segment of town, but if the city is presented with a can’t miss business proposal, the plan can be modified. The master plan is being deemed a living document meaning it is made to adapt depending
on changes that come before the municipal docket. “Where business opportunities are concerned, and where future increases and employment opportunities are concerned, we may very well be confronted or be approached by a business that wants to establish in our city that may not be quite so in line with the master plan, because they may want to buy more property than one parcel and that would also cause us to re-examine what our CIP (capital improvement project) plan is and what we need to do to accommodate that business, as well as the thoroughfare plan that could be exposed to adjustment,” said Pearson. “Welcoming business to your community always asks a city to possibly adjust some of the plans or living documents that have been put in place.” Three future land use scenario maps can be viewed on the city of Pleasanton’s website at www. pleasantontx.org. The document, which will be further examined at a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in the near future, will inevitably provide a guide for the future growth of Pleasanton through the year 2025.
Commissioners approve resolution for creation of county court at law Andrew Tolan Staff Writer Atascosa County officials are preparing to add a new partner in crime. County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution supporting the creation of a County Court at Law at the most recent commissioners court meeting. This Statutory County Court will allow County Judge Diana Bautista to spend more time on administrative duties by providing an additional judge to handle increased court needs. The two district courts which serve Atascosa County, being the 81st and 218th District Court, also serve Frio, Karnes, La Salle and Wilson Counties; those four counties are also experiencing unprecedented growth and development. County Auditor Ray Samson said the county judge is seeing 85 to 90 people every time the court convenes.
The statutory court adds four positions: a judge (who must be a lawyer), a court coordinator, a secretary and court reporter. The commissioners would initially appoint the judge, who would serve to aid the county in judicial functions. After the individual serves their first term in office, the position would become an elected post. Funds were budgeted for the Statutory County Court office, which would become effective July 1, 2013, contingent upon the approval of state legislators. “This is a significant change that we will now have the county court at law and we have yet to find one attorney or other one judge that thinks this is a bad idea,” said County Auditor Ray Samson. “It’s time to become more progressive and to get these court cases taken care of.” Samson said the purpose
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The main event for many in the Somerset Homecoming Festival was the appearance of the varsity football team on the semitruck throwing candy out to their adoring fans as they basked in the glory of their district championship status. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)
Somerset community celebrates annual Homecoming in style Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Hundreds of people from Somerset and surrounding areas filled Somerset Road for the annual Homecoming Parade, the kickoff to the busiest day of the festival. Just the night before, the Somerset Bulldogs had routed the La Vernia Bears 27 to 3, leading to the joyous atmosphere that greeted anyone looking for a last minute spot to catch the parade, even though some had left their cars out the night before to reserve the ever cherished spaces in front of the Lowe’s. “We parked here last night, everybody does it,” said longtime Somerset resident JoAnn Griega. “It seems to be getting earlier and earlier. I remember in the mornings everybody would park and then it started to get so early in the morning and now it seems like it’s the night before, it’s nice.” For those who camped out to see the parade that did not start until 11 a.m., vendors at the intersections provided hot food, like Pauline Gomez who has been selling her fresh made tacos for five years in front of the Lowe’s. “This is a good spot right here by Super S,” said Gomez. “I got up at 3 a.m. to make the tortillas and the tacos and we were here by 6 a.m. to set up, but there were already a lot of people and a lot of cars here already.” By 10:30 a.m. Gomez had sold out of her most popular items and had only menudo and carne guisada left for the latecomers. “I think it’s nice because we have a lot of out of towners who are here and everybody is in a good spirit and everybody treats each other nice,” said Gomez of the evergrowing event. “It’s just nice and it brings the whole neighborhood together and you get
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Motivational poem helps encourage Scott, others Parks, utilities among Continued from page 1 improvements targeted decision. When she woke up in the morning, the pain had amplified ten-fold. Scott went to the hospital and told her doctor about her ailing ankle; in the back of her mind, she thought about the lump on her breast. She made the decision to tell her doctor about it. The doctor’s immediate diagnosis: cancer. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. She was not dismayed. She was expecting the news. She wasn’t afraid of the news. She wasn’t afraid of death. “I wasn’t afraid to die,” said Scott. “And for some reason God wanted me to take care of it, because he still had something else for me to do.” Scott began six months of chemotherapy, 14 days on and 14 days off. When she got through with the six months of chemotherapy, Scott had to go through five and a half weeks of radiation. “Radiation was not as hard on me as the chemo was, because with the chemo, I could hardly walk,” said Scott. “All I did was sleep in the daytime and sleep at night.” Scott was not accustomed to being bed-ridden. Everything in her life involved physical activity. In addition to her job as a stocker at Wal-Mart, she ran on a daily basis. Scott had already competed in four or five half marathons and was training for a full marathon, running upwards of 20 miles a day before a hairline fracture in her ankle caused her to take a small
hiatus. After Scott won her initial battle with cancer, she took a longer hiatus. Three or four years later, she decided to return to the activity she loved, mostly competing in short distance races. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friendship. Once she got back in to the swing of running, she had a routine examination. The doctor never called and said the results. She thought nothing of it. “I took it for granted that it wasn’t anything there,” Scott said. “I went on about my life, doing my job and then something else happened, I got sick, and I had to go to the doctor again, my same doctor, my family doctor and he happened to be looking at the charts and said ‘wait, a minute, there’s something here.’ The family doctor sent her to a gynecologist, who diagnosed Scott with pre-cancer in the cervix. Per his recommendation for further analysis, Scott went to a doctor at the University of Madison-Wisconsin. They completed some testing and found that Scott had cancer. She was in surgery for five hours, and in the hospital for three days, before being released to her home. She didn’t require any chemotherapy. Doctors didn’t find any cancer anywhere else. The surgery had contained and eradicated the cancer. Six months later, she began running once again and competed in her first two-mile race shortly after. She began to get back on the
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me the strength to get through it and I know it’s not his fault that I get cancer or people get cancer. Lots of things happen in life, but it’s how you deal with them and I think having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the best thing you can have in this life.” When Scott was diagnosed with cancer in 1992, she discovered a poem titled, “Cancer is so Limited” in a book she was reading. She placed the poem in her Bible and carried it around with her, memorizing the tenets of the passage. “It cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot corrode faith, it cannot eat away peace, it cannot destroy confidence, it cannot kill friendship, it cannot shut out memories, it cannot silence courage, it cannot invade the soul, it cannot reduce eternal life, it cannot quench the spirit, it cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.” She uses the poem to encourage other women who are fighting breast cancer. “I like to encourage others if I can,” said Scott. “We don’t know how much time we have on this earth, but I like to be helpful to other people. We are supposed to care about one another and that is what I love to do.” On Oct. 11, Scott was in Lytle to celebrate her 66th birthday with members of her family, including her brother Julio. Scott believes if it weren’t for a series of happenstance, be it an injury or an unrelated illness, she would have never discovered that she had cancer on three separate occasions. Scott continues to fight and continues to be thankful.
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“There was a pace set forth several years ago with the drilling of a new well on the northwest side of town. We will proceed with the drilling of that well, but we are also looking at storage facilities, which we hope to put in place in the next 12-14 months in the form of additional storage on the north side of town and possibly some additional storage and pumping facilities on the south west side of town.” When it comes to projecting revenues, and commenting on whether this increase is a blip or a trend, Pearson noted that the city tries to remain conservative when it comes to projections. Pearson believes the city will get to a point where it hits a peak, but because of the latest Eagle Ford forecasts, he is optimistic about future prospects. Pearson said it’s his understanding that there are somewhere close to 3,000 wells that have been permitted by the state and it’s also his understanding that there are around 300 wells that have been drilled to this point. “Our growth curve for all intents and purposes, based on economic models and based on information out of the Eagle Ford Consortium, reveals that this trend will continue as far as drilling exploration and drilling new wells is concerned,” said Pearson. Pearson believes there could be some leveling off on the pipeline network that may be a little different than the exploration side, noting that there have been some pipeline folks that have transitioned out of the area to other areas of the state and nation to build pipelines. All in all, given the economic forecasts and recent sales tax allocations, Pearson feels optimistic about the future for the city. “But I think that we will see this trend continue for at least the next 12 months and as long as the price of an oil of barrel stays up on the commodity markets, our area of the state is poised for enriched development,” said Pearson.
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Police Reports Atascosa Co. Jail Bookings 10/29/12 Juan Norberto Rodriguez, 42, charged with reckless driving. 10/29/12 Johnny Serna Muniz, Jr., 36, charged with criminal nonsupport. 10/29/12 Randy Hernandez Estrada, 31, charged with possession of CS <1G/bench warrant. 10/29/12 Austin James Shipley, 26, charged with driving while intoxicated, 2nd. 10/29/12 Ramiro De Los Santos, 30, charged with public intoxication. 10/29/12 Dora Elida Herrera, 28, charged with revoking probation/driving while intoxication. 10/29/12 Amanda Jean Aguirre, 29, charged with DWI. 10/29/12 Charlie Coronado, 25, charged with criminal mischief. 10/29/12 Raul Bermudez, Jr., 32, charged with theft of property >=$1,500. 10/29/12 Ida Arriaga, 45, charged with revoking probation/DWI, 3rd or more. 10/29/12 Marcos Vincente Zamaro, 34, charged with violation of protective order. 10/30/12 Bok Sik Park, 42, charged with liquor possession for sale w/o permit. 10/30/12 Michael Jason Tucker, 37, charged with aggravated sexual assault on child—bench warrant. 10/30/12 Joseph Louie Gamez, 32, charged with criminal nonsupport. 10/30/12 Javier Morin, Sr., 37, charged with driving while intoxicated. 10/31/12 Gustavo Lopez, 40, charged with driving while intoxicated. 10/31/12 Emily Aguilar, 32, charged with driving while intoxicated w/child under 15 years of age, possession of CS <28G. 10/31/12 Daniel Alberto Sandoval, 22, charged with revoking probation/failure to ID. 10/31/12 Angela Martinez Salazar, 35, charged with driving while intoxicated w/child under 15 years of age. 10/31/12 Jesus Gomez Guerra, 51, charged with revoking probation/possession of marijuana <2 oz. 10/31/12 Rachel Cantu, 17, charged with contempt of court, disobedience of court order. 10/31/12 Mark Anthony Hernandez, 35, charged with revoking probation/theft of property >=$1,500. 10/31/12 Monique Nicole Belovosky, 33, charged with theft of property >=$1,500. 10/31/12 Richard Anthony Griego, Jr., 31, charged with revoking probation/aggravated robbery. 10/31/12 Brenton Dwayne Coolidge, 19, charged with failure to identify, giving false and fictitious information, criminal mischief. 10/31/12 Joe Martin Rodriguez, 21, 5 charges of revoking probation/burglary of building 11/01/12 Angelica Marie Mayorga, 26, charged with possession of dangerous drug. 11/01/12 Vicente Saenz, 37, charged with public intoxication. 11/01/12 Fentonette Lynne Highsmith, 43, charged with revoking probation/burglary of building, theft of service $500. 11/01/12 Eduardo Mendoza, 26, charged with revoking probation/unauthorized use of motor vehicle, 2 bench warrants/unauthorized use of motor vehicle. 11/01/12 Ray Anthony Zavala, 28, charged with contempt, child support. 11/01/12 Lewis Anthony De La Rosa, 30, charged with unlawfully carrying weapon. 11/01/12 Segundo Escobar, 25, indictment/theft of property $1,500, failure to appear, theft of property. 11/01/12 Terry Scott Treadway, 21, charged with failure to appear, possession of marijuana. 11/02/12 Crystal Marie Villanueva, 21, charged with public intoxication.
11/02/12 Travis Quick, 25, charged with unlawful restraint, expose to severe bodily injury. 11/02/12 Rudy Cardenas, Jr., 38, charged with revoking probation/injury to a child w/intent of bodily injury. 11/02/12 Shane Neil Garcia, 33, charged with criminal nonsupport. 11/02/12 Pedro Lara, Jr., 46, charged with assault causing bodily injury/family violence. 11/03/12 Alexander Demetri Rangel, 18, charged with driving while intoxicated/open alcohol container. 11/03/12 Faron Dean Kral, 48, charged with public intoxication. 11/03/12 Jose Raul Iruegas, Jr., 25, charged with violation of protective order. 11/03/12 Kelsey Johanna McDaniel, 22, 2 charges of theft of property by check <$500, issuance of bad check. 11/03/12 Jeremy Gonzales, 24, charged with possession of CS <28G. 11/04/12 Juan Benavides, 45, charged with public intoxication. 11/04/12 Akel LaWayne Bryant, Sr., 35, charged with driving while intoxicated. 11/04/12 Richard Brett McLendon, 41, 2 charges of possession of CS <1G in drug free zone, driving while intoxicated. 11/04/12 Vanessa Casias, 25, charged with assault on family member/family violence, assault by threat/family violence. 11/02/12 Alejandro Rene Abrigo, 20, charged with failure to appear, failure to identify fugitive, intent giving false information. 11/03/12 Ray Neil Barnes III, 19, charged with assault/family violence by threat.
Medina Co. Jail Bookings 10/31/12 Candelaria Benites, 63, charged with credit card or debit card abuse. 11/01/12 Adrianne Elizabeth Book, 32, charged with failure to appear, theft >=$20 but <$20 but <$200 by check. 10/31/12 Melinda Lea Campos, 40, charged with credit card or debit card abuse. 10/30/12 Ruben Ben Chavarria, 32, charged with a bench warrant, engaging in organized crime. 10/29/12 Dallas Rene Deaver, 18, charged with theft of servant <$1,500. 10/31/12 Theresa Marie Eng, 44, charged with sale of alcohol to minor. 10/29/12 Enrique Espinoza, 27, charged with injury to a child/ family violence. 10/30/12 Luis Daniel GalvanPerez, 35, charged with criminal nonsupport. 10/30/12 Jose Martin Garcia, Sr., 48, charged with aggravated assault on date/family/house w/ weapon, failure to appear, possession of marijuana <2 oz. 11/01/12 Luciano Garcia, Jr., 27, charged with assault on family/ house member impede breath/ circulator. 11/02/12 Gilbert Garza, 31, charged with indecency w/child/ sexual contact. 11/04/12 Leticia Esquivel Gonzales, 45, charged with driving while intoxicated/open alcohol container. 11/02/12 Roy Guerrero, 49,
charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving. 11/03/12 Gonzalo Pena Heredia, 49, charged with aggravated assault w/deadly weapon. 11/02/12 Richard Hernandez, 37, charged with assault causing bodily injury/family violence. 10/31/12 Dexter Eugene Hoover, 68, unlawful possession of firearm by felon. 11/03/12 Ross Courtland Houston, 20, charged with driving while intoxicated. 11/01/12 Keith Alan Jackson, 51, charged with assault on family/ household member. 10/29/12 Collin William Kaiser, 19, charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. 10/29/12 Thomas Michael Kaiser, 23, charged with public intoxication. 10/31/12 Renee Klebahn, 39, charged with possession of CS <1G. 11/04/12 Matthew Douglas Kohlleppel, 23, charged with public intoxication. 10/30/12 Manuel Lopez IV, 50, indictment—unauthorized possession of food stamps. 11/01/12 Amado Mascorro, Jr., 25, charged with injury to a child/ elderly disabled w/intent of bodily injury. 11/04/12 Conrad Steven McAnally, 23, charged with driving while intoxicated. 10/29/12 Alfonso Jose Morales, Sr., 34, charged with failure to appear, assault causing bodily injury. 11/01/12 Aurelio V. Nira, 54, charged with violating pretrial— driving while intoxicated, 3rd or more. 10/31/12 Joshua Roy Nira, 20, charged with violation of pretrial—aggravated assault w/deadly weapon. 11/01/12 Roland Weaver Olivares, 61, 2 charges of theft of servant <$500. 11/02/12 Gustavo Ozuna, Jr., 42, charged with aggravated assault on date/family house w/weapon. 11/03/12 Jennifer Nicole Pardo, 31, charged with failure to appear, theft of property <$500 by check, 2 charges of bail jumping and failure to appear, 2 charges of theft of property by check <$500, bond forfeiture-forgery of financial instrument. 11/01/12 Humberto Rivera, Jr., 20, charged with driving while intoxicated, theft of servant <$500. 10/31/12 Alexander Rodriguez, 26, charged with burglary of habitation, intend other felony. 11/04/12 Manuel Garcia Sanchez, 19, charged with disorderly conduct, discharge/display of firearm. 11/04/12 Adrian Joseph Solis, 21, charged with possession of marijuana <2 oz. 11/04/12 Rickie Marie Thompson, 20, charged with public intoxication. 11/0/12 Maria Guadalupe Torres, 33, charged with unlawful possession of firearm by felon, fraud use/possessing identifying information, tampering w/government records—insurance document— defraud/harm. 11/01/12 Robert Triana, Jr., 43, charged with unlawful possession of firearm by felon. 10/29/12 Luis Omar Vera, 27, charged with driving w/license invalid w/previous conviction and suspension w/o financial responsibility.
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Opinion The real surprise of election night Well, everyone saw that coming? Or did they? As I sat behind my desk waiting for results from our local elections so we could put to bed another arduous Election Day issue of the newspaper, my eyes would occasionally wander to an open Web site on my computer desktop. Throughout the night, the results became increasingly less surprising. Before my reporters on the ground could even make it back to our office with the final results of the local contests, the presidential race had the proverbial fork in it, and President Barack Obama was reelected in an Electoral College landslide. As someone who tries to study all things as objectively as possible, it seemed that the writing had been on the wall for the past several months.
However, our reporters who had the opportunity to travel outside the confines of the newspaper office and interact with local folks said that there was genuine shock and disbelief as the numbers poured in. The level of shock and disbelief described was, well, quite shocking and unbelievable. Polls began to show the president with a clear advantage in the waning days of the election. In fact, the polling analysis Web site FiveThirtyEight. com (now under a New York Times domain), gave Obama a 91 percent chance of winning reelection on the eve of the election, and showed the president with a consistently widening advantage since mid-October. The site predicted the president would win 313 Electoral College votes and would win 50.8 percent of the popular vote. As it turned
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out this was pretty clo out, close to ased experts. the mark. As many polls gave the presFiveThirtyEight.com is a ident small but clear advantagpolling aggregation site that es in most of the states needed develops election predictions to secure an Electoral College using nothing but pure statis- victory, a segment aired on tical analysis. Its founder and Fox News’s “America Live” on main contributor Nate Silver the day before the election feauses a mathematic method- turing its own polling guru ology in compiling and ana- Dick Morris. Morris insisted lyzing poll data that balances that the aforementioned polls out the polls with demograph- were inaccurate, and “adjusted” ic data and them to remove weighs each perceived bias, poll based on which resulted News Editor James LaCombe the poll’s hisin a near clean torical accurasweep of the cy, recentness swing states and sample size. It has been for Republican challenger Mitt remarkably accurate since its Romney. inception in 2008. Under this premise, Morris So, how was it that (A.) an predicted that Romney would Obama victory and (B.) an be the one to win in a landslide anti-climatic wide margin of with a more than five point victory could baffle so many? advantage in the national popThen I took a closer look on ular vote and a 325 to 213 how this election was covered, shellacking of the Democrat most especially by television Obama in the Electoral College news outlets and their parade tally. He put the odds at 90 perof partisans posing as unbi- cent that Romney would win the election (a nearly complete reverse of Silver’s aforementioned projections). Morris was hardly alone, though. Former George W. Bush political advisor and regular Fox News contributor Karl Rove also predicted a solid Romney victory in the days leading up to the election. Rove, in fact, continued to dispute the reality of an Obama victory as it played out on Election Day, even requesting live on the air that the network’s own paid analysts rescind their decision to project an Obama victory in the key swing state of Ohio. In a poignant moment of clarity during Fox News’s election coverage that night, as Rove struggled to justify not
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calling a victor in the Ohio race, news anchor Megyn Kelley asked Rove, “is this just math that you do, as a Republican, to make yourself feel better, or is this real?” Just two days before the election on the ABC Sunday morning news program “This Week,” Washington Post columnist George Will also predicted a Romney victory by a large Electoral College margin. Other members of the program’s expert roundtable all wrongly predicted a very close Obama victory. Meanwhile, on Fox News’s progressive-leaning counterpart MSNBC, many of the pundits were insistent that the election was going to be an extremely close affair. Most notably, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough scoffed at the notion that the election was anything but a total toss-up on the Thursday before Election Day. With these news programs, designed to keep their viewers informed on the realities of the election, presenting people like these as credible experts, it begins to become crystal clear why those who trusted this program to present reliable, factual information were completely gobsmacked by the unfiltered reality of the actual election results. Why would these networks allow for such distortion of reality? Is it, as Kelley phrased it above, to make their diehard viewers feel better, telling them what they want to hear to keep them tuned in? Is it to fire up their respective bases to get out and vote for their networks’ candidates of choice? Is it to make their viewers believe this election was some
sort of back-and-forth exciting rollercoaster ride to keep them glued to their television sets? I believe that the aforementioned Silver summed it up perfectly in a Nov. 2 post on his FiveThirtyEight site by stating the following: “If you can’t acknowledge that after a day when Mr. Obama leads 19 out of 20 swing-state polls, then you should abandon the pretense that your goal is to inform rather than entertain the public.” On the day after the election, Morris explained his miscalculations in a segment on the Fox News program “The O’Reilly Factor.” He basically gambled on the minority vote somehow receding back to its pre-2008 presidential election levels, ignoring trends being reported in the majority of credible poll information available. Surely, others will, if they have not already, come forward with their own reasoning with why they were off the mark. Hindsight may be 20/20 for everyone, but to so grossly mislead the public is not only a black eye for these commentators but also the outlets that give them a forum and portray them as credible sources. In our publications, we are fully dedicated to only covering local races and issues, and leaving the national stuff to the national outlets. But we are also dedicated to keeping our area people informed. Has it reached a point to where we will need to weigh in on national elections and other issues in our humble local publication? It is something I think we should definitely consider.
After the election: what’s next
Second, unemployment has remained disturbingly high, continuing to hover around the 8 percent mark. For the 20-plus millions of Americans still looking for work, that translates into considerable economic hardship now, The results are in on the election of 2012. For and a roadblock to advancement opportunities the next week, the pols and pundits will spend later. These Americans are not just hoping for their time dissecting voters’ motivations, but they jobs; they’re hoping for careers. should not ignore the two fundamental truths Third, the economic recovery continues to of this election: first, that the problems we had move at a snail’s pace. Businesses have been going into it remain unsolved. And second, that stuck in limbo, worried about more punishing the close popular vote shows that Americans have regulations and tax hikes that have stalled growth differing views of how to go and hiring. I am hopeful that the about addressing them. President and Congress will listen Senator The people have spoken and to the voices in the business comKay Bailey Hutchison President Obama has won a secmunity that want to get back to ond term. But the voice of the business of business: generatAmerica also said that it is time ing revenue, reinvesting to grow for Congress and the President to work together their businesses and creating jobs. to find solutions that we can all get behind. Americans have said they are tired of the First, the threat of the fiscal cliff still looms. partisan acrimony in Washington. What they Massive tax hikes and cuts to important pro- want – and what we need – are workable bipargrams like defense and military spending are tisan solutions to the problems we continue to set to occur on January 1st. The non-partisan face. Those problems are not insurmountable, Congressional Budget Office warns that inaction but they will take work, and compromise, from could plunge the economy back into recession for both sides of the aisle. I urge the President and the first half of 2013 and leave America vulner- all my colleagues in Congress to come together able. It would also set off credit downgrades and to do just that. It is time for Washington to get drive up interest rates on credit cards, mortgages back to work, and it is time for leadership from and personal and government debt. the White House.
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The CFPB has officially stated to the House Committee on Financial Services that it is “committed to promoting a culture of transparOne of the reasons our Founding Fathers ency and accountability”. Yet, when the House declared their independence from Great Britain Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations was:”taxation without representation”. The col- has tried to look at the budget planning proonists had no say in the laws they had to follow cess, or review the Bureau’s statutorily required or the taxes they had to pay; because they were financial operating plans and forecasts, the not allowed to choose their government repre- CFPB has denied the requests. sentatives. The same is again happening here Oh, but you say, the head of agency must in the United States. It is called the Consumer have his appointment okayed by Congress. Financial Protection Bureau. That is normally the case, but President Obama The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, bypassed Congress and made a “recess” appoint(CFPB), is part of the Doddment this past January. I am Frank Act that was enacted in sure everyone remembers that 2010. The CFPB is a new indeCongress was officially in sesJune Haliscak pendent federal agency created sion, but Obama declared that to regulate consumer financial it was really in “recess” so that products and services. It has an he could make some controenormous amount of power, and is subject to versial appointments. The President said that NO oversight by Congress. Congress was delaying the appointment of Congress doesn’t even have the power of the the Bureau’s head, even though the Obama purse. The CFPA is allowed to request more than Administration had never sent the appointment $550 million a year from the Federal Reserve. If request to Congress. the agency director decides the money is “necWhat I have shown here is just the tip of essary”, the money must be given to them. No the iceberg, when it comes to the shenanigans one, including Congress, the Federal Reserve of the CFPB. We as taxpayers and voters must or even the Office of Management and Budget demand that no government agency or body has the ability to deny funds to the CFPB. They be above the scrutiny of our elected represenare not even accountable for how they spend tatives, and if such a body exists, it must be taxpayer dollars, like other government agen- disbanded, or brought under congressional cies. They are allowed to ask for money without authority. detailing how it will be spent.
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Andrew Tolan Staff Writer The yuletide spirit is about to sweep through the city of Lytle, with the cityâ€™s annual Santaâ€™s Hayride set for Saturday, Nov. 24. The annual celebration takes children on a hayride throughout the city and sees Santa officially flip the switch on the cityâ€™s holiday lights. Preparation for the event has already begun, with holiday dĂŠcor being strung throughout the city. The festivities will formally begin on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Lytle Community Center. Santa Claus will arrive at the community center in time to turn the lights on at the community center and Lytleâ€™s Main Street area. Mr. Claus will then accompany children and their guardians on Santaâ€™s Hayride. Admission fee for the hayride is one canned good or $1 per person. Refreshments will be served. A note that all children must be accompanied by an adult in order to go on Santaâ€™s Hayride. Any organization interested in participating in the Christmas Decorating Contest should contact Lytle City Hall at 830-709-3692. Mayor Mark Bowen is encouraging citizens to put out their decorations early to ensure a well-lit Hay Ride route.
Somersetâ€™s Blue Santa gearing up for another season of gift giving Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Every year, the Somerset Police Department surprises roughly 200 local children with presents from the Blue Santa program and this year the penny wars have already begun. â€œWe place bottles in the homeroom classes at Somerset Elementary School, the Somerset ECE, Barrera Veterans Elementary School and Savannah Heights Intermediate School and several businesses throughout the city, like El Paraiso, El Gallo, The Hair Affair and Constantinoâ€™s,â€? said Police Chief Richard James. â€œWhat we do is collect money from them and then we take the money and go to one of the toy stores, sometimes itâ€™s Toys â€˜Râ€™ Us and sometimes itâ€™s Walmart and then we purchase toys for underprivileged children in the community.â€? James said that the police department is able to help between 180 to 200 children every year who are recommended to the department by teachers who see the children on a daily basis. â€œWe determine the families and children through the homeroom teachers who submit the names of families and children they would like to see receive Christmas presents,â€? he said. â€œThen on Dec. 14, we have a Blue Santa party with entertainment, a tamale dinner and the fire department brings in Blue Santa on the fire truck with the lights flashing and the sirens going and then we pass out the presents to those children the teachers have identified as being in need of some assistance.â€? At the party, a DJ dressed as the traditional Santa plays music while booths around the event pass out snacks and other small items to those in attendance, but it is not only the children at the party who get to celebrate. â€œWe take the classes from each school that have contributed the most to the penny wars, we have a pizza party for them and Blue Santa goes and takes pictures and that sort of thing in each of the classrooms,â€? James said. â€œThe penny wars go until the first week of December.â€?
SISD trustees agree to fund dual credit classes
James Armstrong Staff Writer Somerset ISD is working to maintain and expand the number of students seeking a higher education. At the school board meeting last Monday the trustees approved funding dual credit courses with Alamo Community College. The meeting was moved up a week in order to accommodate Veterans Day. Somerset ISD Superintendent Saul Hinojosa said the dual credit courses had been free of charge but in the face of cuts to higher education now cost the district $3,000 per class. Hinojosa hopes more students will get a head start on earning college credit and was optimistic that they could expand the number of students in Advanced Placement courses. Currently 11 percent of Somerset ISD students take AP classes. â€œWeâ€™re really proud of them and hope to increase that number,â€? Hinojosa said. Hinojosa also touted a new $125,000 grant from the Texas Education Agency aimed at encouraging students to plan for a college education. Somerset ISD recently received the Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs Grant, or the GEAR UP Grant. GEAR UP is a six-year grant that seeks to promote the importance of seeking a post-secondary education and aids students in financial planning for college.
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Devine (5-0, 9-1) + * Lytle (3-2, 5-5) * Carrizo Springs (3-2, 4-6) * Hondo (3-2, 6-4) Pearsall (1-4, 3-7) Crystal City (0-5, 0-10)
Season Leaders Passing: Joseph Santos- 67-149, 873 yards, 9 TD ,9 INT Rushing: Joseph Santos- 163 carries, 719 yards, 10 TD Juan Guerrero- 80 carries, 427 yards, 4 TD Jordan Ramirez- 37 carries, 447 yards, 3 TD Receiving: Richard Ramirez- 19 catches, 289 yards, 3 TD Jordan Ramirez- 13 catches, 175 yards, 3 TD Defense: Abel DeLoera- 95 tackles (14 tackles for loss), 1 sack Deron Taylor- 63 tackles (7 tackles for loss) Dylan Aguinaga- 62 tackles (8 tackles for loss), 2 sacks, 1 interception Armondo Martinez- 53 tackles (15 tackles for loss), 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles Juan Guerrero- 3 interceptions
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his emotion, as the ball began to sputter out of the Pirates’ hands at an inordinate rate, in one word: surprised. The Pirates knew coming in to the game that if they left with a win, they were in to the playoffs. The pressure was on, and Gomez said his players felt that pressure just a little bit. “I knew we were much better than they were, and it was kind of one of those games where nobody wanted to win it,” said Gomez. In the fourth quarter, with the game in the balance, the Pirates showed the unflappable resilience they have shown throughout the season. “All year, it’s been a year of tight games and calls not going our way, and it’s been a rough trip on a ship in waters that are coming low or coming high,” said Gomez. “The kids prevailed and no matter what (happened) throughout the season, through all the issues, the kids kept moving forward.” It was homecoming night in Crystal City with the game deadlocked at 14 apiece. The Javelinas had possession of the ball, after forcing a Pirate incompletion on fourth down, on their own 33-yard line. With six minutes and 43 seconds remaining in regulation, the Javelinas had an opportunity to move in to the lead and nab their first victory of the 2012
Bulldogs alone on top of district Maury Vasquez Special to the Leader News The seniors on the Somerset Bulldogs football roster knew that a 10-0 lead vs. archrival La Vernia wasn’t safe. They also knew it wasn’t good enough to serve as their grand finale in Bulldog Stadium. “We gave a halftime speech about how it was the last time to play in Bulldog Stadium, and that we were going to go out and give it our all,” said Bulldogs senior Eden Rodriguez. “And we did.” The Bulldogs members in the class of 2013 exited their home turf in grand style with a 27-3 victory over the Bears on Homecoming Night. The win clinched the District 28-3A championship outright for Somerset (8-2, 4-0 in district), instead of the ‘Dawgs sharing the crown with La Vernia (4-6, 2-2) and Pleasanton. “Feels good. We’re stingy with the district title,” said Rodriguez. “The one thing was we wanted to have this title to ourselves,” said Bulldogs quarterback Koy Detmer Jr. “We didn’t
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want to blow it and let everyone else have a share of the championship.” At first, it seemed Somerset might cruise to victory with ease, as they did the week before in blasting Pleasanton 61-27. The Bulldogs opened the game the very same way: driving the down the field on their opening possession by pounding the Bears with their running game. Donnie Perez capped that drive with a 35-yard touchdown run. “We hit them with some big plays, but they did a good job containing us,” said Perez, who finished with 86 yards rushing and two TDs. “After the big win in Pleasanton, we weren’t as sharp in this game. We’ll need to pick that back up when we start the playoffs.” But the La Vernia defense got very bearish vs. the Bulldogs after that opening scoring drive. Drives would stall out, leaving punter Ozzie Gonzales with the task of keeping the Bears pinned deep in their end. “Well, they could be get a piece of the district title. So they were jacked up about that,
and just about playing us,” said Somerset head coach Sonny Detmer. “We thought it was going to be easier than it was. We had a little bit of a letdown after looking so good against Pleasanton.” That’s where the Bulldog defense seized its moment to shine. Somerset used a swarming defensive scheme to keep La Vernia bottled up for most of the night. The Bears were held to a humbling 167 total yards of offense and harassed into turning the ball over five times. “Our defense has been on a real roll lately. Playing real hard and making big plays. We’ve got a bunch of guys who aren’t afraid of making a play. You got to go for it, and our guys are doing that,” said coach Detmer. The D-Squad drew a line in the turf, backed up at their own 1-yard line. But playing the role of gatekeeper, the defense put on a goal line stand that kept any hopes of a La Vernia rally locked out of reality. “The defense was awesome. The thing about the goal line See ‘Somerset’ on Page 9
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Lytle runner completes “worst to first” story with state crown Continued from page 1 Ruiz would have never believed the now junior and senior laden squad could have achieved these heights three years ago. “We really shouldn’t have been here,” said Ruiz. “If you would have seen them three years ago, you would have never thought they would be here. They worked extremely hard to get to this point – they had a desire and kept pushing.” Cesar’s recent success is much ballyhooed, but what is largely unknown, outside of the Lytle running community, is the quality of competitor Cesar was when he first arrived at Lytle High School. “He has really been the inspiration for all of these kids, where he has come from, where he started off when he came here as a freshman, and how much he has improved,” said Head Coach Gilbert Ruiz. “To go from being of the worst runners that I’ve had to being one of the best, that says a lot about him and how much work he has put in and that has spread throughout these guys. They saw what was capable if you put in hard work and you are dedicated to something and you believe in yourself that you can accomplish a lot.” In his final run as a cross country competitor at Lytle High School, Cesar Gonzalez completed the worst to fi rst story with an individual state title. Due to his performance, Cesar has been invited to run in the NXN South qualifier at the Woodlands in Houston this Saturday. This is a meet thrown by Nike with the top runners in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Ruiz believes a chance to qualify for Nationals is up for grabs. It was an accomplishment for the boys cross country group to qualify for the state meet, let alone medal; just one year ago, the team finished seventh at regionals, missing out on state qualification by a solid margin. When the team qualified for state, Ruiz tempered expectations, noting the faster times of three or four of Lytle’s direct competitors. When the race ended, with a second place title in tow, Ruiz was proud of the approach of his runners. “It’s one thing to get here, but you still have to perform and that’s a lot of pressure and for our kids and to come out and do that - that says a lot about them,” said Ruiz. “It is hard to produce at this level, just the mental part - being nervous, feeling whether you
Bulldogs players celebrate after their district title clinching win over rival La Verina. The game was not only Somerset’s homecoming, but it will also be the final game at Bulldog Stadium. (Photo by Gracie Gomez)
Somerset enters Bi-district play against Boerne Greyhounds Continued from page 8
Lytle sophomore Jethro Stokes hugs a teammate at the conclusion of the state meet. Stokes, who finished in 50 th place, was one of seven Pirates who contributed to a second place team finish. (Photo by Andrew Tolan) are prepared or not prepared – and they take a great approach to it and I think it showed today.” Out of the 104 runners competing at the state meet, the seven Lytle competitors finished in the following order: Cesar Gonzalez, first place; Adrian Valdez, 15th place; Alex Herrera, 21st place; Landon Vasquez, 34th place; Elijah Marquez, 45th place; Jethro Stokes, 50th place; and Jacob Ivie, 60th place. Senior Adrian Valdez finished his career on a high note earning All-State honors for the top-15 finish. He become the fifth and Cesar the sixth runner in Lytle’s cross country history to achieve that honor, joining the ranks of Jeremy Juarez in 2006 with his fifth place finish, Brandon Lacy in 2009 with his State Championship and 2010 with his fifth place finish and Sebastian Benavides in 2009 with his 15th place finish. Valdez made a huge leap after fi nishing 19th at the regional meet last week by besting 14 of the 18 runners at the state meet. Ruiz credited Herrera for running a fabulous race, placing 21st (after placing 16th at regionals) and beating five of the 11 runners that beat him at regionals. With at least one Lytle runner qualifying for the state championships each of the past six years and the team
winning seven straight district championships, the Lytle cross country program has certainly solidified its place in the state of Texas. “People in the running community know who we are,” said Ruiz. “When we go to regional meets, when we go to state meets and not just from this region, people are taking notice.” Ruiz hopes the success of the program encourages the community to continue to lend their support to team. “I think if people come out and see this, people will fall in love with it and want to come out,” said Ruiz. “These guys work hard and I believe that they are the epitome of what hard work is and we stress working hard, not just in athletics but in academics.” While the Pirates top two runners, Adrian Valdez and Cesar Gonzalez, are graduating, the cross country team will return their next five fastest competitors, and Ruiz hopes to continue the success of the Pirate cross country program next season. This past Saturday, the Lytle boys cross country team proved at the state meet in Round Rock that with the right mixture of desire, hard work and resolve, one can exceed any and all expectations. In this instance, exceeding expectations came with a satchel of medals.
Pirates score safety, kickoff return TD back-to-back to seal victory Continued from page 8 ger two-yard gain. The Pirates were one play from forcing Crystal City to a three and out and on third down and 31 from Crystal City’s 12-yard line, the fate of the game and the fate of the season took a turn in the Pirates’ favor. Bonilla handed the ball off to running back Daniel Cisneros. Pirate defender Armando Martinez penetrated the offensive line and made initial contact with Cisneros in the backfield at the fiveyard line. The contact forced Cisneros away from the line of scrimmage. Cisneros’ momentum carried him into the end zone. When Cisneros attempted to turn his body away from the opposing goal line and regain
his balance, he slipped in the end zone and was swarmed by Pirate defenders for a safety. The referee brought his arms to a point above his head; the Pirates had taken a 16-14 lead. On the ensuing safety kickoff, Jordan Ramirez ran the return back for a touchdown to stretch the lead to nine, with only four minutes and 59 seconds separating the Pirates from a postseason bid. A Juan Guerrero interception on the following Crystal City possession gave the Pirates a short field to work with and ended with a goal-line touchdown run by Armando Martinez. When the final buzzer sounded, the two teams had combined for 12 turnovers and nearly 200 yards in penalties. What the game may have lacked in quality play, it more
than made up for in entertainment and the end result was the Pirates securing a berth in the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. From his vantage point, Gomez did not take much time to relish the win. “It was a big win for the kids and a big win for the community,” said Gomez. “I didn’t enjoy it as much because I felt we were just a better ball club not playing to our best potential and to me that was my concern.” The Crystal City game served as a fitting bookend to an edge-of-your-seat, unpredictable regular season for the Pirates. And the game ended in expected fashion, even if the game may not have gone quite how the coaches had drawn it up.
stand, on that last play their guy ran into a wall. He even lost a yard,” said coach Detmer. “Our guys really got off on that snap. That was really big.” The Somerset passing game only connected on 4-of-9 passing attempts, but two of those catches turned into touchdowns. Detmer Jr. found enough time to hit Justin Guerra on a 20-yard TD pass where the sophomore receiver had to
twist his body around to make the acrobatic catch midway through the third quarter to extend the Bulldog lead out to 17-3. “We started to get a little run game going, hit some passes. Then we got Justin Guerra with one-on-one coverage, and he made a great catch over his shoulder,” said Detmer Jr. The sophomore QB closed out the Somerset TDs with a 20-yard scoring toss to Perez. Gonzales tacked on a 29-yard field goal to cap the scoring on the night.
“I didn’t want the game to end, “ said Rodriguez. “But I knew it had to.” The season doesn’t end for the Bulldogs, though. Somerset enters 3A Bi-district action this Friday night vs. the Boerne Greyhounds. The game will take place in Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos with a 7:30 kickoff. “Boerne is a different challenge since they are more of a passing team than they are a running team,” said coach Detmer. “They run a good offense, so we better be alert.”
Gilbert Galvan and Opal Lutz were crowned as the 2012 Somerset High School Homecoming King and Queen Friday night in Bulldog Stadium. (Photo by Gracie Gomez)
Playoff pairing pits Pirates vs Pirates Andrew Tolan Staff Writer For the first time in five seasons, the Lytle Pirates have qualified for postseason play. Lytle will make the trek to the Coastal Bend to face a formidable and similarly named foe, when they take on the Sinton Pirates in the first round of the bi-district playoffs. The Lytle Pirates (5-5, 3-2) defeated Crystal City, 30-14, in the last game of the regular season to secure a playoff berth. The Sinton Pirates (8-2, 4-1) ended the regular season on a high note, staking a claim to a share of the 30-3A District crown with a 49-0 win over Robstown. Lytle Head Coach Dan Gomez is stressing to his players to not be content with their recent success. “At the beginning of the season, I told them where they were going to be and whether some believed me or not, I think the majority of the coaching staff and the players believed that they would,” said Gomez. “I let them know that we are here for a reason and it’s to win games, it’s not just to get in to the playoffs, it’s to pick up playoff wins and to play as good as we can to get as far as we can.” Sinton is led on offense by sophomore signal caller Tyler Handson, who leads the team statistically in passing (1,560 yards, 19 touchdowns) and rushing (1,121 yards, 14 touchdowns). The Sinton quarterback
reminds Gomez of his own quarterback, Joseph Santos. Although the quarterbacks are similar stylistically, Gomez emphasized a belief that his group holds a distinct advantage in the quarterbacking category. “He is similar to our quarterback, but when our quarterback is on he’s a better quarterback,” said Gomez. “When Joe is hitting on all cylinders, he’s a very tough athlete to stop. (Handson’s) younger, he’s only a sophomore, but they have the same intangibles. I just think ours is better.” Sinton’s strength is in their offense; their brand of Pirate football averages 40.6 points per game, behind a strong
offensive line and strong quarterback play. After a poor defensive performance against Devine, the Lytle defense has gotten back on track holding its last two opponents under 20 points. Gomez believes the defense is playing well at the right time. By virtue of having a better regular season record, Sinton was allowed to call the coin toss, inevitably winning the toss, granting them home field advantage for the playoff opener. The Lytle Pirates have encountered a myriad of unfamiliar scenarios this season, from match-ups with perennial rivals for conference supremacy to end of season match-ups with postseason play on the line. The Pirates have left those clashes with varying levels of success. Gomez is hoping for the most optimal end result to come to light on Friday. “They have seen all scenarios: they have seen themselves play good football and lose; they have seen themselves play good football and win; they have seen themselves play bad football and win; and they have seen themselves play bad football and lose,” said Gomez. “I would like to see them play good football and win.” The Lytle Pirates will take on the Sinton Pirates on Friday, Nov. 16 at Sinton High School with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
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Fend off flu with food
Sandra Kunkel Medina County Extension Agent The best ways to protect yourself from the flu are vaccination, regular hand washing and getting enough sleep. But eating a well-balanced diet with some key nutrients may thwart flu as well (and it may surprise you that vitamin C is not one of them). Vitamin D Add bolstering immunity to the growing list of this vitamin’s perks. In one study, people with low blood levels of vitamin D were somewhat more likely to have had an upper respiratory tract infection than people with higher levels. It appears that this vitamin helps the body produce an antimicrobial substance that defends against infections. How to Consume Enough: Eat fatty fish like salmon, herring and light tuna canned in oil. Also, drink D-fortified low-fat milk and orange juice. Yet even if you have these items, you may still fall short with the optimal vitamin D amount recommended. So supplement with 1,000 units of this vitamin (preferably the D3 version) -- especially during the remaining winter months when access to sunlight is scarce. Protein If you don’t eat adequate protein, your body has to break down its own tissue to make some of this necessary nutrient. This can impede immunity. Sufficient protein ensures a decent supply of circulating white blood cells and antibodies, which are essential to a highly functional immune system. How to Consume Enough: Eat two to three servings a day of low-fat dairy foods, soy foods, nuts or dried beans, plus up to a daily serving (three ounces) of fish, skinless poultry or lean meat. This makes you more likely to meet the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein: 63 grams a day for men and 50 for women. Unsaturated Fat Omega-3 fatty acids may enhance immunity by squelching inflammation. They may also boost white blood cells. Other research has found that a higher intake of a specific monounsaturated fat, called oleic acid, decreased pneumonia risk. It, too, acts by controlling the immune system. How to Consume Enough: Eat fatty fish (such as those mentioned above), omega-3 enhanced eggs, tofu, walnuts and ground flaxseed. Choose canola and olive oils as your main oils. And if you don’t eat fish, consider an omega-3 supplement -- one that has a combined 1,000-milligram total of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Zinc This mineral is crucial for supporting healthy immune cells. Zinc’s effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties help fight viruses. In a study of older individuals, those with lower than ideal blood levels of zinc were more likely to get and die from pneumonia. How to Consume Enough: Eat beans, lean red meat and nuts, such as cashews and peanuts. It is not necessary -- and perhaps not even helpful -- to rely on zinc lozenges. Evidence regarding efficacy has been contradictory and often weak. It may be worthwhile to take a multivitamin supplement -- especially during flu season -- as most brands provide the recommended daily value of 15 milligrams. Avoid single high-dose zinc supplements, as too much of this nutrient can actually interfere with immunity. Certainly, there are no guarantees that you won’t come down with the flu this season. However, reducing your risk of flu is within your reach if you adopt a lifestyle that includes getting your flu vaccine, using good personal hygiene, eating healthy foods, being physically active, managing stress levels and not shortchanging yourself on sleep.
GODETTE Our loving angel Jeanne Marie Keller Godette, 60, of San Antonio passed away Nov. 8, 2012 in San Antonio. Jeanne was born April 16, 1952 in Castroville to Lloyd and Tessie Keller. She was a 1970 graduate of Medina Valley High School and graduated from the Baptist School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Jeanne was an avid reader and loved to watch the Dallas Cowboys and the San Antonio Spurs. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Craig Gooch. Survivors include her husband, Sam Farmer of San Antonio; her parents Lloyd and Tessie Keller of La Coste; daughter, Jennifer Rebecca McCaw and her husband Christopher of San Antonio; grandchildren, P.J. Guajardo, Aislin Guajardo, Luke McCaw and Leila McCaw all of San Antonio; siblings and their spouses Nancy and Joe Peters of La Coste, Cheri and Ralph Hoog of Castroville, Chris and Meschelle Keller of Hondo, Gery and Patti Keller of La Coste, Mary and Charlie Migl of San Antonio and Carolyn and Mark Payne of La Coste; numerous nieces and nephews and her cat Bella. Visitation was on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. A Memorial Service was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home in Castroville. Services concluded at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Liver Foundation. You may view the obituary, sign the guest book and leave a tribute at www.tondreguinn.com.
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Healthy diet vital for individuals of all ages Sandra Kunkel County Extension Agent Eating well is vital for everyone at all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel. Eating a well-planned, balanced mix of foods every day has many health benefits. For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes. Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water. Eating well helps keep up your energy level, too. By consuming enough calories -- a way to measure the energy you get from food --you give your body the fuel it needs throughout the day. The number of calories needed depends on how old you are, whether you’re a man or woman, your height and weight, and how active you are. Consuming the right number of calories for your level of physical activity helps you control your weight, too. Extra weight is a concern for older adults because it can increase the risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and can increase joint problems. Eating more calories than your body needs for your activity level will lead to extra pounds. If you become less physically active as you age, you will probably need fewer calories to stay at the same weight. Choosing mostly nutrient-dense foods -- foods which have a lot of nutrients but relatively few calories -- can give you the nutrients you need while keeping down calorie intake. Your food choices also affect your digestion. For instance, not getting enough fiber or fluids may cause constipation. Eating more whole-grain foods with fiber, fruits and vegetables or drinking more water may help with constipation. Eating well isn’t just a “diet” or “program” that’s here today and gone tomorrow. It is part of a healthy lifestyle that you can adopt now and stay with in the years to come. To eat healthier, you can begin by taking small steps, making one change at a time. For instance, you might: Take the salt shaker off your table. Decreasing your salt intake slowly will allow you to adjust. Switch to whole-grain bread, seafood, or more vegetables and fruits when you shop. These changes may be easier than you think. They’re possible even if you need help with shopping or cooking, or if you have a limited budget. If you have a specific medical condition, be sure to check with your doctor or registered dietitian about foods you should include or avoid. Whatever your age, you can start making positive lifestyle changes today. Eating well can help you stay healthy and independent -- and look and feel good -- in the years to come.
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Obituaries GONZALES Lazara Gonzales, 88, of La Coste passed away Nov. 5, 2012 in Hondo. Lazara was born Dec. 17, 1923 in Hondo, to the late Manuel and Juanita Salazar Lopez. She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. She married Jose Hernandez Gonzales on May 29, 1942. She is preceded in death by her sons-in-law, Jesus Solis and Luciano Lopez, Jr.; sisters, Andrea Contreras, and Julia Dominguez; and brother, Pedro Contreras. Survivors include her husband, Jose H. Gonzales of La Coste; children and their spouses, Carmen Solis, Maria Elena Lopez, Linda and Henry Niño, Delia and Joe DeLeon all of La Coste, Josie and Joe Frank Garcia of Hondo, Janie and Efrain of Yancey, Ofelia Garcia and Richard DeHoya, Margie and George Prado all of San Antonio, Irene Sandoval of Hondo, Aurora and Daryl Reiler of La Coste, Rosemary Castillo of Hondo, Rumaldo and Irma Gonzales, and Joe L. Gonzales all of La Coste; 37 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; four great great grandchildren; sisters, Blanca Rodriguez and husband Enrique of Hondo, Dora Rodriguez of San Antonio; brother, Tony Contreras and wife Eva of Hondo; numerous nieces and nephews. The Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home was open for visitation on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 from noon to 5:30 p.m. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in La Coste. Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Interment followed at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be given in her memory to Hospice Commpassus. You may view the obituary, sign the guest book and leave a tribute at www.tondreguinn.com.
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What’s Up Calendar listings are free. To list an event of general interest, call us at 830-931-9698, fax 830931-3450, or email email@example.com. Send items by Monday at 5 p.m. for inclusion in that week’s issue. Items run as space allows. 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) 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 830-709-3692. 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. Natalia - The Natalia City Council meets the third Monday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. For more information call Beth Leonesio at 830-663-2926. Natalia - The Knights meet the third Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John Bosco Parish Hall in Natalia. For more information,
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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 210415-2546. The Medina County History Volume II is going to be published soon and the association is still looking for histories on families, churches, schools, organizations, and businesses to include in this publication. So there is still time to get your stories in. There are guidelines for each type of submission and they can be picked up at the Natalia City Office. Volume I had lots of information on the founding of Medina County, but very little information about folks from the southeast portion of the county. There are so many wonderful stories just waiting to be told about our families, businesses, churches and organizations that it would be a shame not to let ever yone know of these contributions to Medina County. Once again,
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forms may be picked up at the Natalia City Office and returned to get the information in on time. If you have questions or need additional information please call Ruby Vera at 830663-2926. 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 210-550-2102 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. 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 830-709-2202. 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 830-663-6108 (office). COMING UP St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Lytle is planning their Christmas Bazaar for Saturday, Dec. 15 at the church pavilion from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone wanting to rent a booth, please call the church office at 830709-4287 for details. Arts and crafts, jewelry, foods and baked goods, and other types of items will be welcomed. The church ladies will be selling homemade tamales and other foods. Profits will benefit the church building fund. So, crafters get your wares ready, and come out to join the fun and get in the holiday
spirit. St. Andrew Catholic Church in Lytle is taking orders for homemade tamales, which will be made by the parish ladies. The tamales will be sold in conjunction with the Christmas Bazaar to be held at the church pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the church building fund. The tamales will be available on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. To order, please call 210-413-7477. Vendor spaces for the bazaar are still available. For more information, please call the church office at 830709-4287. The next Downtown Pleasanton Artwalk will be Nov. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The featured artist will be Frances Schneider. Other featured artists will be jazz musician Adam Zuniga, as well as various local and regional artists. There will also be a kids art area, and offers from local vendors. The Rossville Historical Community Association will have their 27th Annual Turkey Shoot and Raffle on Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. until dark at the Rossville Community Center, located at 515 FM 2504 just one mile south of the Rossville tree. The shoot will consist of 15 shooters per round. Each round is $3 per person. Scatter shot rounds will be held during the day. Bring your own shotgun; shells will be provided. Brisket plates, nachos, sausage wraps, brisket sandwiches, desserts and drinks will be available. There will be a paddle wheel with baked goods and other prizes to win, and a country store for the ladies. This year’s raffle has a great list of prizes to be won, lots of cash, a Curves gift card, a pallet of grass, a car safety kit, gift baskets, Avon products, a one hour massage, a Red Lobster gift card, and many other prizes. Tickets can be bought from any Community Association member at Yours and Mine Gift Shop or at the event. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Atascosa County Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring an Amateur Extra Radio License Class this fall. The class will be held on Nov. 17 at the Fixed Base Operations building at the Pleasanton Municipal Airport. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. each Saturday. This class is for any Amateur Radio Operator holding a General class license or better. The class will prepare the radio operator to take the Amateur Extra Class test, which will be held on the last Saturday of the class session. Class size is being held to the first fifteen to sign up and spots are going fast. Total cost for the class is $39, which includes the study book and materials and the test fee. For further information or to sign up for the class, contact Hugo South, KK5BZ at 830281-2408. The Lytle Chamber of Commerce is collecting monetary donations for the Elf Louise Christmas Project. We are trying to bring this worthwhile project to the Lytle area. To donate contact, J.J. Villarreal at 210-378-2292 or Michelle Keith at 830-709-4304. Donations are being accepted until Nov. 15. The deadline to submit stories for the Medina County History Book, Volume II is Dec. 31. Narrations along with two photos may be sent to: Castro Colonies Heritage Assoc., P.O.Box 636, Castroville, TX 78009 or email to suannagold@ gmail.com. No charge for stories or photos. Any questions, call 830-741-0642.
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For Sale Antique vanity with mirror for sale. $300 or best offer. Call 210-262-9331. Manual medical bed without mattress. $100 Call 830-4448928 Refrigerated cooler for sale. 7’5” tall, 4’wide, 10’ long with 3 display doors. Great for flowers, restaurant use, deer meat, etc. Call 210-422-6764 or 830-7724411. Snap-on impact socket set: ½ drive, 3/8 – 1 ¼, plus one 1 5/16 socet, swvel joint 1, 10” and 1, 13” extension. Call after 6 p.m. 830-538-6314 ’03 Jazz 5th Wheel made by Thor. 2 slideouts, fiberglass side. Brand new tires, $15,000 firm. 830-709-0857.
Garage Sales Garage sale 15922 Lakeshore Drive in Lake Shore Estates, Lyle Tx 78059. Nov. 17, Saturday. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No early birds.
Estate Sale and Multifamily yard sale 15606 CR681 across from Lytle Elementary Adjustable queen bed, chairs, sofa, tables, collectables, craft items, kitchen items, and much more! Friday, beginning at 3 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.
Help Wanted Billy Bob’s Hamburgers is now hiring smiling faces. Apply within, 1905 19th St., Hondo. 830-426-5345. Lytle Nursing Home is now hiring nurse’s aides and CNAs. Call 210-622-9753. Lytle Nursing Home is an EOE. Someone to clean home. $8/ hour, 4 hours weekly, preferably on Tuesday. 210-382-5534. Labor needed. Hours 6am to 5pm. Must have drivers license with clean driving record. Workplace is located in LaCoste Tx. Work includes shoveling waste sludge from
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Jourdanton - For rent - 1-2 huge bedroom, living room, full kitchen, 2 baths & 2 covered parking spaces. $1200 month, please call 830-5702245.
Now accepting applications for part-time help in Lytle. Seeking ambitious local college student who needs a job and wants to learn while working. 210-4142020. Drivers: Home Nightly San Antonio Flatbed! Great Pay & Benefits! CDL-A w/1yr Exp. Req. Estenson Logistics Apply: www.goelc.com 1-866-336-9642 Experienced pre-K teacher for learning center. CPR, first aid certified. M-F, FT. Email resumes to jvers@sbcglobal. net or call 210-326-7235, Southwest SA, 78252. Front porch model 32’ x 60’ Doublewide on Sale now. Get
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One Stop Sewing Machine & Vacuum Cleaner Shop: Sales, service, supplies, and parts. Repair all makes and models. Free estimates. 119 N. Main St., Pleasanton 78064. Call 830-569-5077
song Fluctuation. Call Jason at 512-785-8714. Single, disabled vet looking for place to rent in Castroville, Lytle, or Hondo area. Can make repairs. Call 210-870-0814.
Wanted Rented or leased home Want: Ranch hand house, or House on fenced acreage, secluded. Need: Within 20 miles/30 min of Lackland, small indoor dog, bigger outdoor dog, quiet, private. Finance is not a concern, references on request. Dave 414-416-4413
Wanted Looking to buy a copy of the 45 rpm record by 1960s Lytle band Shades of Night, including the
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I would like to express my most sincere appreciation to ALL the voters that took the time to cast their ballots in the General Election. A SPECIAL THANK YOU to all my supporters who helped make this campaign successful. My pledge is to serve All the citizens of this great county fairly, and to protect the reputation of our Sheriffâ€™s Office. I appreciate your vote of confidence in me in being your next Sheriff.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or my office if I can be of assistance to you or your family. Sincerely,
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