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The Lead Nov. 13, 2021: This entrepreneur is making his mark shaping the perfect hat

It's Saturday and there's plenty to do this weekend in Kerrville.


Happy Saturday morning! It's been an incredibly busy week, and we're hurtling toward Turkey Day. There is still plenty to enjoy today in Kerrville.


Veterans Day Car Show

Kerrville Veteran's Affairs Medical Center

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Open car show and parade to benefit patients at Kerrville VA Hospital. 100% of proceeds benefit VA patients. Entertainment, food, fun and great camaraderie.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 5k

Louise Hays Park

9 a.m.

5K Run or walk benefitting Big Brothers Big Sister of the Texas Hill Country. Big Brothers Big Sisters offers 1 to 1 mentoring service to youth in the Texas Hill Country.

A Little Princess

Trailhead Beer Garden, Schreiner University

2 p.m.

This entirely student-run production features children aged 5 to 17 in a performance of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved A Little Princess – a story of hope and the human spirit.

College Wrestling

Schreiner University

2 p.m.

Schreiner University's men's wrestling team makes its NCAA debut by hosting dual meets at the Schreiner events center.

Beat Root Revival

Arcadia Live

7 p.m.

Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Ben Jones from Kent, England and Belfast, Ireland native Andrea Magee, the duo has been taking American audiences by storm with their utterly original amalgam of folk, rock, country, and traditional Irish sounds.

Point in Revue & 2022 Season Announcement

Point Theater, Ingram

6:30 p.m.

The 2022 season announcement fundraiser for the Point Theater features drinks, snacks, and the Point in Revue! Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the indoor theatre.


David Palestrant, 17, center, was killed in a crash along Interstate 10 on Nov. 4.

The mother of Jonah Stone, 19, accused of intoxicated manslaughter, posted on Facebook about the crash that claimed the life of David Palestrant, 17, a Tivy High School senior.

Steph Stone wrote on Facebook that her family was devastated by the incident and provided previously unreported details about Nov. 4 crash. Stone wrote that Palestrant was a passenger in the pickup truck that the Department of Public Safety said was driven by Jonah Stone. The crash involved another vehicle — a Kia K5. DPS said Stone's truck dove down an embankment along Interstate 10.

Palestrant was ejected from the truck, according to Steph Stone's account. She said her son attempted CPR on Palestrant but that it was too late. Two other passengers, who Steph Stone said were girls, were in the pickup and suffered minor injuries. A family of five was in the car struck by Stone's truck.

"Every time I've had a moment to think on my gratitude that eight of the nine involved in the physical incident are relatively okay, I also remember that David is not, and I fall to tears," Steph Stone wrote. "David was a beautiful and sweet human, a very best friend to Jonah and loved by all of us and countless others. While I do not know David's parents personally, I can very much tell that they were outstanding in the parental category by the quality of human their son was. I have seen photos of David and his parents in the past days that affirm this, but I already knew he had wonderful parents by the nature of him."

The matter is still under investigation. According to Stone's mother, Jonah Stone was arrested at the scene but was released later on Nov. 5 on bond.

However, the family is still reeling from the events of last week, but Steph Stone said she has been bolstered by the support of the community. More than 100 people commented on the Facebook post.

"We are hurting, but we are also feeling very well-loved and supported by our family, friends and community," Steph Stone said. "The outpouring of love and support for our family and Jonah has been huge and has made these very hard days a degree more manageable. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts."


For the second consecutive day, the Texas Department of State Health Services reported another Kerr County death related to COVID-19 — this one occurring on Oct. 25.

While the cases have gone down, the death toll continues to climb as DSHS catches up with its reporting. More than 300 deaths formally were reported on Friday by DSHS.

This latest Kerr County fatality drives October's death toll to at least 12 people. Since the pandemic's start, The Lead estimates 197 people in Kerr County have died from COVID-19. The DSHS toll is now 137 — the discrepancy rests with numbers from Peterson Health, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, the Kerrville State Hospital and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center not added to the official toll.


Carlos Cabrera shaping a hat.

We met Carlos Cabrera on Friday night, and he understands the meaning of a great cowboy hat. Cabrera owns Cabrera Hatters, a side hustle that the 29-year-old wants to grow into a full-time hat store.

Cabrera was set up at La Escondida 1962 on Friday night, steaming and shaping cowboy hats. A graduate of Ingram Tom Moore High School, Cabrera is a friend of La Escondida 1962 co-owner Daniel Medrano — himself a Tom Moore grad.

Cabrera's love of hats began when he was a teenager, while he was competing in rodeo. He loved the big hats, but they were also tricky keeping clean. So, at age 15, Cabrera started cleaning and shaping the cowboy hats of his friends. That work has progressed to the point that Cabrera began to see an opportunity to start his own business over the last two years.

Cabrera says Cowboy hats are a seasonal item, with different hats representing the respective time of year. Summertime is for straw hats, while Fall marks the return of felt hats. And for those who love a good cowboy hat, they understand these are not cheap. Cabrera said it's not uncommon for the best hats to cost more than $1,000.

With that sort of investment, it makes sense to have the hat refitted and cleaned. Cabrera steams the felt, brushes it out and brings it back to life. Sometime next year, Cabrera said he would open his store with top-of-the-line inventory but, more importantly, a business driven by his determination to provide the correct fit and long-term care for those buying the perfect cowboy hat.

Visit his Facebook page at:


We chatted with Dave Clark and Becka Hill this week about Wicks Studio — a Kerrville-based scented candle business. Actually, the company started with candles but has morphed into something more significant, with a wide range of products from essential oils to lotions. The store is along west Water Street — near Five Points. Clark has ambitions to grow the business beyond Kerrville in the years to come. Read more here:


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