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The Lead Oct. 14, 2021: News and Notes — the Boston edition

COVID-19 continues its deadly march through Kerr County, claiming its first fatality in October.


We are traveling this week in New England — a long-planned family trip. So, our posting will be sporadic for the next few days. There is still plenty of news for us to share.


The Texas Department of State Health Services reported the first death of a Kerr County resident in October from COVID-19. The death marks the estimated 41st fatality of a Kerr County resident since Aug. 1. There were 20 deaths in both August and September. The latest death was recorded on Oct. 1.

The virus is still persistent across Texas, with more than 7,000 new cases reported and 300 new deaths reported. In a Tweet on Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bragged about reducing deaths — apparently not paying attention that Monday was a holiday for many and that reporting was sparse.

Peterson Regional Medical Center reported basically the same numbers as it had on Tuesday, three new cases and 14 patients admitted to the hospital. Kerr County continued its slow crawl on vaccinations, with 49.8% of those eligible have taken at least two doses. About 56% of those eligible have had one dose — a stat that has remained unchanged for the last couple of weeks.


If you want your voice heard on how the Kerr County precinct maps are going to be drawn, you will have a chance at 9 a.m. to express your concerns, support of share a conspiracy theory with the commissioner's court today. They're meeting at the courthouse.


OK, this is important — just because you can have a gun doesn't mean you should wear one without training. With the passage of "Constitutional Carry" just about everyone — except felons — can carry a pistol, handgun, etc., in public without a license. However, the sage Republican Women of Kerr County suggest you may want to consider some training and understand the full extent of the law.

The Republican Women of Kerr County will have a "Pistols and Pearls" event from 5:30-9 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Hill Country Youth Event Center to answer some of those questions. The event is being headlined by Sgt. Scott Cage of the Kerr County Sheriff's Office and Tara Mica, Texas director for the National Rifle Association. Tickets are $90 and include a barbecue dinner. There's also a ton of fascinating door prizes to be had, as well. However, you need to RSVP by Oct. 22. Visit: to reserve your ticket.


So, we're in Boston and we slogged through Logan International Airport, waited for about an hour to get a rental car, which ended up being a Dodge from — Texas. About an hour later, we met a young man who was from Austin. We also scribbled some "Kerrville is the new Kerrville" graffiti in the coffee shop.

Of course, the big story in Boston is the upcoming American League Championship Series between the hometown Red Sox and the Houston Astros — two teams implicated in the sign-stealing scandal from two years ago. However, we walked around Fenway Park and saw plenty of signs about how folks feel about the Astros.

Talking and drawing trash about Houston in Boston.


It wouldn't be a trip for me if I couldn't share a few photos from it.


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