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The Lead Oct. 23, 2021: There's plenty to do today in Kerrville

A horrific injury to a standout player dampens Tivy's homecoming game on Friday night.


It's a jam-packed weekend with events ranging from college volleyball to drag racing to a major mountain bike race. Oh, by the way, there's also a rodeo.


Major injury dampens Tivy homecoming

The gruesome injury to Tivy High School junior wide receiver Jackson Johnston in the third quarter Friday night seemed to sap the life out of everyone in the crowd at Antler Stadium.

Johnston made a spectacular 36-yard catch to put the Antlers into the RedZone against visiting Floresville, but his left leg snapped when it caught the turf as he came down. A member of the Floresville staff was immediately there to provide aid. Fortunately, at least two orthopedic surgeons were on the Tivy sidelines to help stabilize Johnston's leg.


Johnston was taken off the field by ambulance, but not before giving a thumbs-up sign. Tivy ended up losing 49-34 to fall to 1-7 on the season.

COVID-19 claims another Kerr County life

The harsh delta variant outbreak in Kerr County continues to come into sharper focus as the Texas Department of State Health Services releases data. On Friday, DSHS said a Kerr County resident died on Oct. 3 — at least the eighth death from COVID-19 this month. You can dig deeper here:

Standoff leads to an arrest

In a case that Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha called "disturbing," sheriff's deputies arrested a Kerrville man on suspicion of a violent kidnapping and assault. Dig deeper here:

Is Roe vs. Wade dead?

After the Supreme Court declined to halt Texas' abortion ban on Friday, there seemed to those on social media seemed resigned to that reality, especially with a conservative majority on the court. However, the Supreme Court has fast-tracked hearings on the case for Nov. 1. Here's a deeper dive into the story from Associated Press:

Kerrville City Council to mull bond committee

The Kerrville City Council will take the first steps toward putting a general obligation bond on the ballot to fund a new police station, fire department administration and municipal court.

During its meeting Tuesday, the City Council will vote on a resolution establishing a committee that would study the feasibility of the bond. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Arcadia Theater, 717 Water St.

The Council could also approve hiring a Richardson-based architectural firm specializing in public buildings to facilitate the committee's bond recommendations.

The public safety building has been a source of heightened controversy after a group of residents blocked the city from issuing certificates of obligation that would have paid for the building. Petitioners argued the city should have been more transparent in its attempt to replace the aging police station. City Council members argued they were executing a safe fiscal strategy to purchase property for the building.

Randall Scott Architects will take feedback from the committee to provide a feasibility plan. The architecture firm has completed commissions across Texas, including the Boerne City Hall.

The city had previously commissioned a confidential study on replacing the police station, but with certificates of obligation no longer available, it remains unclear if the previous plans are viable. City Council members, led by Mayor Bill Blackburn, have argued that the general obligation bond election will delay the project.

The Council will appoint 10 members to the bond committee — each council member gets two appointments.


College volleyball

10 a.m., Schreiner University, Kerrville.

If you like college volleyball, Schreiner is playing host to four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference rivals starting this morning. The teams include NCAA Division III powers Trinity, ranked No. 3 in the nation, and Colorado College, ranked No. 7. Schreiner starts the day at 10 a.m. against Colorado College and follows it with a 4 p.m. match against St. Thomas.

Little Shop of Horrors

7:30 p.m., Cailloux Theater, Kerrville.

The Cailloux Theater will host an opening night dinner for the musical "Little Shop of Horrors," which runs afterward. It will be fun to see how Playhouse 2000 depicts the mighty Audrey. Tickets start at $22 for adults. Dinner tickets are separate and require a performance ticket. Information: 830-896-9393 or

Airport Race Wars

8 a.m.-11 p.m., Kerrville-Kerr County Airport

This was one of Kerrville's most significant events earlier this year, and it returns for another round of racing. Come see some of the fastest drag cars compete for over $8,000 in total prizes. Food and drink vendors will be onsite. Information:

Kerrville Pro Rodeo

8:30 p.m., Hill Country Youth Event Center

This is a big one with bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc action. There will also be barrel racing. If you enjoy seeing kids get run over sheep, that is there as well. Infomration:

Kerrville Mountain Bike Festival

1:30 p.m., Kerrville Schreiner Park

The festival brings a full weekend of mountain bike racing to Kerrville. This is the final race of 2020 Mountain Bike Texas Cup. American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) race. One of 11 races selected from over 1,200 events nationwide. Organizers expect 700 competitors and spectators. Information:

Music at Trailhead Beer Garden

7 p.m., Trailhead Beer Garden, Schreiner University, Kerrville.

Landon Lloyd Miller writes heartfelt roots music. His songs are seasoned with wit and memorable. A unique voice of expression that borrows from different sounds and eras. Vivid lyrical conviction amid playful creativity. Admission is $5.

The Haunted Ghoul Pool

5:30 p.m., Olympic Pool, 601 Olympic Drive.

Family-friendly tours will run from 5-6:30 p.m. both nights. From 7-8:30 p.m. both nights, parental guidance is suggested for anyone under 13 as the haunted attractions will come to life and the scary factor will be turned up. Please take note so that you are attending at the appropriate time for your desired choice of haunt. The entrance fee will be $5 per person for ages four and up.


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