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The Lead March 21, 2022: It's a stormy outlook today; an argument on daylight savings

We're headed for another busy week here in Kerr County!

Good morning, Kerr County!

We always lead with the weather outlook, but it has some teeth today. The National Weather Service says today's weather could be severe. As of Sunday night, Kerr County was sitting outside of the "enhanced" forecast area, but there is still a risk this morning for significant hail. However, Central Texas could face damaging hail and possibly tornadoes. The bad news is this is the only day in the forecast with rain. The good news, the rest of the week will be spectacular.

On today's The Lead Live!

Michelle McBryde has many interests, including fighting against Chronic Wasting Disease in the Hill Country's deer population, but today she will give us some of the backstories of her family's deep roots in Texas. It's also national Down Syndrom Awareness Day. Brittany Lehmann, who volunteers at the Special Opportunity Center, will be our guest to discuss the importance of the day for the families of those with the genetic syndrome.

Also tonight!

Don't miss Gilberto Paiz and Andrew Gay breakdown the latest financial news at 6 p.m. The Texas Hill Country Advisors webcast is right here on The Lead.

Today's events

Public meetings

  • Kerr County Historical Commission — Union Church Building, 101 Travis St. Noon.
  • Kerrville Independent School District Board of Trustees — Kerrville Independent School District Administration, 1009 Barnett St., 6 p.m.

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We may have dodged a bullet on fire danger

Sunday presented a sweeping day of red-flag warnings across eight states, including most of West Texas. The red-flag warning extended to Kerr County. However, not everyone was so lucky, and near Abilene, a 54,000-acre fire forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes. Gov. Greg Abbott called it the largest fire in Texas history.

See @business's post on Twitter.

The war of words between California and Texas continues

A California legislator proposes making the state a sanctuary for transgender children and their parents. State Sen. Scott Wiener said his bill came after Texas ruled that it would prosecute parents seeking health care for their transgender children. While Texas lost one round on its rule in the courts, Attorney General Ken Paxton said he was confident that the state would prevail in its attempt to investigate and prosecute transgender parents.

"Bars compliance in California with any out-of-state subpoena seeking health or related information about people who come to California to receive gender-affirming care, if the subpoena relates to efforts to criminalize people, or remove children, based on receiving gender-affirming care," Wiener wrote on Twitter.

See @Scott_Wiener's post on Twitter.

Paxton, of course, has been one of the most outspoken critics of transgender issues, drawing controversy about his Tweet over a transgender U.S. Army general.

Speaking of war of words — DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

We posted a story over the weekend about the U.S. Senate unanimously approving a plan to adopt daylight savings time permanently. The idea seems like a good one in the wake of daylight savings most recent spring forward. The article's point was that it sounds good, especially for the sunshine lovers, but the logistics of the winter-time sunrises raises some questions — like 8:30 a.m. sunrise in January.

One of the champions of permanent daylight savings time is 216th District Attorney Lucy Wilke, an avid outdoors lover.

"Some of us work past 5 p.m.," Wilke wrote in the comments. "It's nice to come home and spend time outdoors in some daylight, even if just a couple of hours. I am all for it for that reason."

Not everyone agreed with that take.

"In December, when sunrise is at 7:30 it will be 8:30 if we stay in daylight savings time," wrote Kim Robinson. "Personally, I think that would be awful."

See @thekerrcountylead's post on Facebook.

Kerr County voter rejection rate

Kerr County rejected 32% of mail-in ballots under the strict implementation of new voter restrictions, creating confusion about properly filling out ballots. And those were just Republican ballots, according to the Kerr County elections department.

The county rejected 275 mail-in ballots, an issue that is not terribly surprising. In an interview earlier this year, Kerr County Assessor/Tax Collector Bob Reeves said the new rules required a specific identification to file a mail-in ballot.

Reeves recommended filling out the form using both your driver's license number and the last four digits of the social security card number. The form says only one is required, but Reeves says it's better to be safe than sorry on the form.

"The average person doesn't (know what they used) and they put one, and they use the other," Reeves said of the form's ID requirements. "So, what we're advising our citizens, our bosses, that when they fill out the application, they put both (numbers) down."

Shirley, you don't mean Shirley is coming to Kerrville?

For all of us who spent time in the 70s, Cindy Williams would have played a large part in our television viewing as Shirley in "LaVerne and Shirley," the sitcom that ran after "Happy Days."

Williams brings her one-woman show to Kerrville July 30-31 at the Cailloux Theater. The show is called "Me, Myself and Shirley." The 74-year-old actress has been performing it over the last year.

Williams gained her first big role in "American Graffitti," starring opposite Ron Howard in the iconic George Lucas-directed film. Later she became friends with Penny Marshall, and the two hit off. Cast in "Happy Days" as dates for Howard's Richie Cunningham and Henry Winkler's The Fonz in a 1975 episode, the pairing was so successful that Marshall's brother, Gary, who ran Happy Days, spun the characters off into their own series in 1976 as "LaVerne and Shirley."

Events this week

Tuesday, March 22

Public meetings

  • Kerrville City Council — Kerrville City Hall, 6 p.m.


  • NED Talk, Flash Flood Preparedness — Riverside Nature Center, 1 p.m. Information: The details: The talk will be led by Richard McAlister, Incident Meteorologist American Red Cross and Tara Bushnoe, Upper Guadalupe River Authority. We live in Flash Flood Alley. Why are we so prone to flash flooding and how to be ready, not if but when we flood.
  • College baseball — Schreiner University, 2 p.m. The details: Schreiner (8-7) takes on Hardin-Simmons University in a non-conference matchup at Bob Henry Field. The Mountaineers lost at Hardin-Simmons, 9-2, on March 9.

Wednesday, March 23

  • College tennis — Schreiner University, 2 p.m. The details: The Schreiner men and women will look to snap three-match losing streaks against visiting Ozarks.
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale — Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, 1-3 p.m. Information: The details: Looking for a great read? Or better yet, come down and support the work of Friends of the Library. Maybe find a banned book? That sounds like a fun day to us.

Thursday, March 24

  • Book discussion — Kerr Regional History Center, 425 Water St. Noon. Information: 830-258-1274 Details: The book discussed is "Monday, Monday" by Elizabeth Crook.
  • Live music with Micah French — Cailloux Theater, 7 p.m. Information: The details: Singer, Songwriter, worship leader and GMA Dove Award Winner Micah Tyler is on tour with special guest Austin French. Micah has three number one radio hits to his name and was the 2012 Gospel Music Association "Male Vocalist of the Year." Austin released his debut album "Wide Open" in 2018, and was honored with the "New Artist of the Year" Dove nomination. He's been seen on "Good Morning America" and "the Voice." Together, Micah and Austin promise an evening of amazing inspiration.
  • Game night at Arcadia Live — Arcadia Live, 5-8 p.m. Information: The details: Bring your friends and family and join us for games and beverages at the Arcadia Live!
  • Trivia night at The Boat — The Boat Oyster Bar and Grill, 9 p.m. Information: 830-896-3354. The details: Come and join The Boat for trivia night. Prizes, drink specials and Schreiner Alumni "Professor Sparky" to host. Bring your team.

Friday, March 25

  • Fiber Show and Sale — Hill Country Arts Foundation, 10 a.m., through April 15. Information: The details: An exhibit of fiber art by artists from across Texas.
  • Kerrville Farmers Market — A.C. Schreiner Mansion, 4 p.m. Information: The details: Come down and enjoy a complimentary beer, or buy a handcrafted pizza and enjoy the market.
  • Live music by Bernie Nelson — Gravity Check Saloon and Arena, TBD. Information:
  • Art demonstration — Hill Country Arts Foundation, 11:30 a.m. Information: The details: Mike Martin will discuss Collograph Printmaking and the many ways an image can be altered or added to with a variety of textures. Mike Martin's work can be seen in galleries across the Hill Country.
  • Live music by Chris and Bill — Pint and Plow Brewing Co., 6 p.m. Information: The details: Chris and Bill Booker, formerly a dentist and a nurse turned singer-songwriter duo. Bill has been playing music since the 1960s, and Chris, a shower vocalist, picked up the violin and mandolin in her 40s. When the two retired in 2005, they had time to concentrate on music, and eventually, Chris picked up the guitar and started writing her music and recorded a CD called "Live."
  • Live music by Tim Porter and Gary Hatch — Cafe at the Ridge, 6 p.m. Information:
  • Magic in Motown — St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 6 p.m. Information: The details: Annual fundraiser for Art2Heart. Live music and children's performances, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed in the 60s and 70s nostalgia or just come as you are.
  • "They Played A Rigged Game" — Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram, 7:30 p.m. Information: The details: This is a new play written by Kerr County playwright David R. Remschel. Michael Dysart has spent his autumn years at Windy Acres Retirement Center relishing his reputation, superiority over others, and the unquestioning loyalty of his fellow resident, Thomas. Michael's perfect utopia sours with the sudden appearance of new resident Alice Dewitt.
  • Live music by Eley Buck Davis — Southern Sky Music Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Information:
  • Movie night — Zion Lutheran Church, Kerrville, 6:30 p.m. Information: The details: Come and enjoy the Disney flick "Swiss Family Robinson." This is a free event. Donations accepted, but nod required. Funds collected will go to future youth events.
  • Live music by Bryan Bros — Pier 27 River Lounge and Pizzeria, 8 p.m. Information: 830-896-7437
  • Live music by Los Alegres de Guamuchil — La Escondida 1962, 8 p.m. Information:

Saturday, March 26

  • Texas Woodcarvers Guild — Hill Country Youth Event Center, TBD. Information: The details: There are many classes offered at each of our events: Realistic animals, Caricature carving, Relief carving, Mallet Carving, Chip Carving, Architectural carving, plus more.
  • Educational gardening series, composting — Bridget's Basket, Hunt, 8 a.m to noon. Information: The details: A great hands-on learning experience integrating composting practices in the Texas Hill Country. During this workshop, we will learn about the types of composting, how to compost, and even get the chance to make your composting container. You will have an option to purchase a VermiComposting kit.
  • Family Free Day at MOWA — Museum of Western Art, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: The details: Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the museum.
  • Educational gardening series, raised beds — Bridget's Basket, Hunt, 1-5 p.m. Information: The details: A great hands-on learning experience that will lead you through constructing, filling, and maintaining a raised bed garden in the Texas Hill Country.
  • Live music by Chad Boyd and Mike McMillan — Cafe at the Ridge, 6 p.m. Information:
  • Live music by Nichole Wagner — Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University, 7 p.m. Information: The details: $5. One of Austin's most promising young singer-songwriters" (Peter Blackstock, Austin-American Statesman), Nichole Wagner's music is rooted in Americana-folk traditions, with disarmingly honest lyrics accented by wistful alto. Her most recent EP, Dance Songs for the Apocalypse, was released in May 2020. She is currently working on a full-length release for 2022.

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