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The Lead Jan. 17, 2022: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Across Kerr County, schools, government offices and banks are closed for the holiday.

Good morning

We are ready for a big and meaningful week, especially on The Lead Live. The weather looks great, but it should become more seasonal toward the end of the week. Seasonal is the code word for cold.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is here

The government, schools and banks are closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It's always a day when we like to take a look at the remarkable work done by King in his short yet full life. Perhaps the greatest orator of the 20th Century, two of King's speeches always stay with us. Here they are:

This week on The Lead Live

We'll be joined this morning by Verla Bruner to discuss her ongoing work with the Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas. We've got a lot in the works for this week on the show. Here's our preliminary lineup:

  • Tuesday — Misty Kothe, Families and Literacy, Inc.
  • Wednesday — Bismarck, North Dakota Mayor Steven Bakken is in town visiting Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, which expanded into Kerrville from its home base in North Dakota.
  • Thursday — Delayne Sigerman will host the show, and we will catch up with her latest adventures.
  • Friday — Kevin Pillow of Wildbirds Unlimited will join us to discuss the latest on the birds of Kerrville.

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The Dallas Cowboys

Is it just us, or are the Dallas Cowboys starting to feel like the Chicago Cubs? The amount of consternation about the Cowboys 23-17 loss to San Francisco on Sunday stirred up plenty of emotions. Interestingly, it was the 49ers' third playoffs win against the Cowboys — ever.

The first Hill District Grandstand Show is here

Today the Hill District Grandstand Show, the new version of the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show, begins its weeklong run. The event is spread out between Kerrville, Llano and Fredericksburg. Today's events at the Hill Country Youth Event Center include market barrow pigs and the beginning of the agricultural mechanics show.

Events for your calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 18

Art exhibit — Shared Spaces

Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram

The show runs through Feb. 11

They are featuring work by Johnson Creek Printmakers and the Monday Artists. While both groups of artists have long been associated with HCAF, their art features a wide variety of styles and mediums.

Artist exhibits

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, Kerrville

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the show is daily through the end of the month.

There are three separate art exhibits. "Adventure Awaits," HCQG quilts by local quilters, "Dinah Bowman: Birds on a Wire" artist Dinah Bowman shows bird-themed art, "New Beginnings: KACC Membership show" KACC members show off their work.

Thursday, Jan. 20

Thirsty Thursday Trivia

Arcadia Live

6:30 p.m.

Test your knowledge on all things the 2000s. It's another trivia night and, perhaps, become the new reigning Trivia Champ Team! Beyond bragging rights, winning teams will be awarded gift cards to local restaurants.

Live music by The Resonant Rogues

Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University

8 p.m. ($5 cover charge)

The Resonant Rogues' dark Appalachian folk paints a picture of their lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina and on the road. Anchored by the songwriting duo of Sparrow (banjo, accordion) and Keith Smith (guitar), the duo has traveled the byways and highways of America and crossed the oceans with instruments in tow. From riding freight trains to building their homestead, the pair are no strangers to blazing unconventional trails. At once rooted and adventurous, each song tells a story of authentic experiences, friendships, and challenges.

Friday, Jan. 21

Live Music by 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. No one does it better from public shows and house concerts except maybe James Taylor.

Saturday, Jan. 22

Kerrville Winter Market

Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

Vendors will be bringing the best in clothing, jewelry, gifts, accessories, Texas handmade, gourmet food, photography, Scentsy, home decor and so much more. Admission is $6 or $5 with your non-perishable food donation to Christian Assistance Ministries of Kerrville.

The great stuffed animal sleepover

Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library

4 p.m.

Bring a stuffed animal or doll to our Great Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Enjoy a story, craft, and variety of songs. Pajamas are welcome. After the lively evening, tuck the animals and dolls into bed and say good night. Return on Monday to pick up your stuffed animal or doll and discover the fun & mischief the stuffed animals had all weekend.

Live music by Scott Rotge

Cafe at the Ridge

6 p.m.

Live music by Eley Buck Davis

Southern Sky Music Cafe

6:30 p.m.

Storylines to follow this week

  • Candidates for the Kerrville City Council and the mayor's race can begin turning in their applications starting Wednesday. We expect Place 3 City Councilwoman Judy Eychner to return an application for the mayor's position. Eychner's fellow councilmember, Brenda Hughes, will also file for re-election.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on local schools will be something to watch. Ingram has already hit pause for a day to ensure they can clean rooms and have enough staff to cover classes. At its last report, Ingram had 11 staff members out. Kerrville schools saw as many as 200 students and staff out last week. All of Kerr County's districts have struggled with substitutes and staffing, and a few teachers out can cause a real problem. Before Jan. 1, 2022, Kerr County school districts had 824 students and staff test positive for the virus.

Best wishes

Our former colleague Cary Burgess, AKA Dr. Doppler, is suffering from a failing kidney that forced him to spend the weekend in hospitals in Fredericksburg and San Antonio. Burgess is one of the good guys and we wish him a speedy recovery.

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