The Lead Dec. 17: The primary for Kerr County Pct. 2 is a wide-open race

Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott goes on the attack against Joe Biden


We are a week away from Christmas Eve, and it's got us thinking about church services. How many of you are planning Christmas Eve services? We're working up a list of services for next week. If you know of one, let us know. The weather is going to be unsettled this weekend. Honestly, we'll take it after Thursday's icky and sticky weather.


This should be an exciting show with Florida-based food writer Larry Hoffman calling in to give us his look ahead toward the 2022 dining scene. Hoffman writes for Bulletin — the same program as The Lead. We're looking forward to Hoffman's insights. Kayte Graham will join us to discuss the Kerrville Farmer's Market, which is hosting a Holiday Market tonight. In the last half of our show, pastors Natarsha Sanders and Lorenzo Watson will join us to discuss the Christmas season. The show starts at 9 a.m. Also, expect plenty of discussion about pork chops.


The sheriff's office works with Secret Service to stop fraud


A Kerr County woman was set to invest $400,000 in a property, but along the way, a fraudulent title company swiped the money, the Kerr County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday.

Working with the Secret Service, sheriff's investigators were able to help seize the funds before they disappeared. However, sheriff's investigators remind people this type of fraud is rampant.

"Like all criminal activity, digital crimes are 24/7, and his quick action likely prevented a catastrophic loss for this Kerr County resident," Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said.

The sheriff's office said If you find yourself with a compromised email or a ransomware attack, please call the U.S. Secret Service Field Office in San Antonio at 210-308-6220 or call the sheriff's office at 830-896-1216 EXT 2453 for the Digital Forensic Unit.

Phishing and Spear Phishing are two of the most common methods of gaining access to private information. Learn more about Phishing scams and how to prevent them at

Lastly, you can also report fraud and other internet crimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, IC3 at

The race for Precinct 2, while Don Harris appears to be unopposed

We're still months away from the March 1 primary election; there's plenty of interest to fill the seat of Kerr County Precinct 2, formerly held by Tom Moser, who resigned last summer. The following candidates have filed to run in the Republican primary:

  • Sonya Hooten.
  • Stan Kubenka.
  • Rich Paces.
  • Jack Pratt.
  • John Sheffield.

Kerr County Judge Rob Kelly and Pct. 4 Commissioner Don Harris are not facing primary opposition. No Democrat has filed to run for a county seat.


Kerr County's COVID-19 numbers continued to be a confusing mix. However, as Kerrville Fire Chief Eric Maloney said, it's all about the number hospitalized. The good news is that Peterson Regional Medical Center has four people hospitalized.

More concerning are upward trends across the state. The number of hospitalized is holding steady at more than 3,100, but the number of new infections rose to more than 4,100 — one of the highest weekday numbers in weeks.


As part of the U.S. military, the Texas National Guard faces a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, drawing the ire of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. While vaccinations have been part of the military for decades, Abbott took the approach this was an overreach.

"As governor of Texas, I am the commander-in-chief of this state's militia," Abbott wrote. "In that capacity, on Oct. 4, 2021, I ordered the Adjutant General of Texas to comply with my Executive Order GA-39. If unvaccinated guardsmen suffer any adverse consequences within the state of Texas, they will have only President Biden and his administration to blame. The state of Texas will not enforce this latest COVID-19 vaccine mandate against its guardsmen. If the federal government keeps threatening to defund the Texas National Guard, I will deploy every legal tool available to me as Governor in defense of these American heroes."

The U.S. Army currently requires its recruits to have eight vaccinations before entering service.

See @GregAbbott_TX's post on Twitter.


After 12 days, countless miles, we completed our tour of awesome Christmas Lights in Kerr County. We know we left a few out, but we loved putting this together. Tonight we hit Center Point and parts of Kerrville. Our map now has 200 homes on the list. There's a slight problem with the map on Yorktown Boulevard but enjoy.



The Texas Furniture Makers Show

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

After, or before you tour the Schreiner Mansion, visit the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center to experience the 22nd annual Texas Furniture Makers Show. There's other offerings in the center, including shopping. Admission is free.

Kerrville Farmer's Market

Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library Campus

4-6 p.m.

Come find a Christmas gift or a pork chop. We're thinking pork chop, but there will be a wide range of items for sale at this pre-Christmas market.

Dave Kemp

Cafe at the Ridge

6 p.m.

A gifted singer and songwriter, his original material is some of the best music you've probably never heard. From public shows and house concerts, no one does it better. Except maybe James Taylor. But he's probably too expensive so yea, go with Dave.

Other live music around Kerr County

  • 6:30 p.m. Music by Modal Mojo at the Southern Sky Cafe, Ingram
  • 7 p.m. John Earle Mainord at Trailhead Beer Garden, Schreiner University


Arcadia Live, Kerrville

7:30 p.m.

Here's what Arcadia Live Executive Director Mike Kelliher said: "It's going to be a real fun show. If you've seen them at a normal event it's a really fun time. Lead singer Kevin Russell he used to be with "The Gourds." He plays a lot of funky instruments, and he's got the Shiny Soul Sisters backing him."

Dec. 18

Bird Walk And Talk

Riverside Nature Center, Kerrville

8-9:30 a.m.

Join Paul and Deloris Sellin on a stroll along the River Trail, where you will observe the avian inhabitants and learn about their life histories. All ages and levels of experience are welcome.

Christmas at the Kroc

The Kroc Center, Kerrville

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Celebrate the Christmas season. Join The Salvation Army for Christmas at the Kroc. Enjoy selfies with Santa or shop at the family store booth. Families can enjoy free food and drinks, gingerbread house contests, bounce houses, cakewalks, face painting, carnival games and much more.

Asleep at the Wheel, Merry Christmas Y'All

Cailloux Theater, Kerrville

7:30 p.m.

Fans can expect a wonderful evening that combines Asleep at the Wheel's most popular songs with holiday favorites. Don't miss a fun-filled evening with these Texas legends performing holiday music inspired by the Lone Star State.

Wilder Blue

Southern Sky Music Cafe, Ingram

6:30 p.m.

The owners of Southern Sky say this group may be the next iteration of Eagles. Pretty heady praise! This is Wilder Blue's second appearance at Southern Sky. This event has a $20 cover charge.

Other live music offerings:

  • 7 p.m., Buffalo Gals, Trailhead Beer Garden, Schreiner University
  • 6 p.m., Joe and Gino, Cafe at the Ridge, Kerrville

Dec. 19

Beyond the Magi's Gift

Zion Lutheran Church, Kerrville

9 a.m.

A family-friendly narrated play with skits and music, open to the community.

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