The Lead May 6, 2022: We have seen the last of stormy weather in Kerr County — for a bit, bring on the heat

It's going to be an incredibly warm weekend!

Good morning, Kerr County!

BRACE YOURSELF! It's going to be hot today, Saturday and Sunday! Like disgustingly hot. The National Weather Service forecasts to reach potential records on Saturday and Sunday — 98 degrees or hotter. It's not going to be a lot of fun. "The first summer heat wave of the year is expected this weekend into early next week," the National Weather Service said. "High temperatures will be in the upper 90s to near 107 with afternoon heat index values as high as 110. Heat advisories may be issued."

On today's The Lead Live!

OK, today's show will be a tad different from our previous Friday shows. We've got a handful of political candidates who are given 10 minutes to make their final pitches. We've got Kerrville City Council candidates Robin Monroe, Joe Herring Jr., Brenda Hughes and Judy Eychner visiting the show. We will also have appearances from those supporting Prop. A — the $45 million bond measure to pay for a new public safety complex.

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Our top story on Thursday was about the mayor's race

On Thursday, The Lead broke the story about Kerrville mayoral candidate Brent Bates's long history of not paying people back on investments or loans. Here's a sample: They were a couple, so good-natured that those who knew them said they could be struck by lightning and not have anything bad to say about it.

Stan Cobbs was known to many in Kerrville — a good Presbyterian who oversaw the church-affiliated Mo-Ranch camp development in the 1980s. His wife, Carolynn, was equally cherished for her commitment to education — having taught school for 33 years.


However, in the twilight of their lives, they quietly fought a lengthy legal battle against Brent Bates, a real estate developer and investor who promised to return nearly $300,000 of the hard-earned money they loaned him. When they finally got Brent Bates to sign an agreement to pay them back on Nov. 11, 2019, their lives were nearing an end.

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This weekend's agenda!



Food and Drink

  • First Friday Wine Share — East End Market, 6-7:30 p.m. Information: The details: A fun way to meet new or different wines, people and places of business. Please bring no more than one bottle of wine for every two people. Singles may feel free to bring a bottle every other month.

Live Music

  • Aaron Lacombe — Cafe at the Ridge, 6 p.m. Information:
  • Corey Weaver Band and Rebel Roxie — Louise Hays Park, 7 p.m. Information: The details: Pack up your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and come out to Louise Hays Park to enjoy a free summer concert along the banks of the beautiful Guadalupe River. There will be food and refreshments available for purchase.
  • Ragland with Tyler Byrd — The Hunt Store, 7 p.m. Information:
  • Chris Boss — Pier 27 River Lounge and Pizzeria, 8 p.m. Information: 830-896-7437
  • The Lonesome Heroes and Staci Foster — Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University, 9 p.m. Information: The details: Austin's Lonesome Heroes reside at the cosmic junction of indie rock and country. Led by frontman Rich Russell's never-ending call of the road, the group has toured extensively behind two acclaimed albums across continents on both sides of the world while never straying too far from their "Cosmic Americana" roots. Staci Foster, born in the hills and raised on rock and roll, has her roots planted firmly along the banks of the Guadalupe River. Her honest brand of Americana combines artisan songwriting with powerful acoustic accompaniment to create soul-stirring melodies just as fit for a riverside summer day as a rocking chair sunset. A lifetime of mentorship under the legendary songwriters of the Kerrville Folk Festival grants Staci an eloquence and authenticity rarely seen today. She is a bonafide true to her roots Texan songbird that never lost her country grit.


  • Golden Girls Spring Recital — Cailloux Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Information: The details: The legendary Tivy High School dance team hosts its spring recital.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Election Day

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Polling locations

  • River Hills Mall — For Precincts 101, 107, 109, 113, 118, 119.
  • Union Church — For Precincts 202, 211, 215, 220
  • Cailloux Theater — For Precincts 303, 308, 312, 314
  • City West Church — For Precincts 404, 405, 406, 410, 417


  • Mother's Day Tea — Dietert Center, 2-4 p.m. Information: The details: Come celebrate our mothers with a delightful afternoon tea with light refreshments.

Live music

  • First Saturday Dance — Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University, 5:30 p.m. Information: The details: Pastel Panties is a six-piece Americana band led by longtime friends and musical partners Emily Foley and Sarah Ristaino. North Carolina bred, New Orleans based, their sound features bluegrass harmonies and is inspired by whiskey, broken hearts, mountains and Louisiana swamps. Their debut album with the full band, My Mississippi Heart, is now available on Bandcamp and major streaming platforms. Dance Lessons by Clifton Fifer at 5:30, for anyone wanting an introduction or a brush-up on their two-steppin' skills.
  • Reuben Darnell — Cafe at the Ridge, 6 p.m. Information: 830-896-0420
  • No Other Band — The Hunt Store, 6 p.m. Information: 830-238-4410
  • Matthew James Butler — Pint and Plow Brewing Co., 6 p.m. Information: The details: As a one-man-band, Matthew James Butler uses looping techniques to blend his Mandolin, Guitar, Piano playing and voice into various groovy ways. His style runs from Blues and Country to Alternative Rock and Indie-Folk.
  • Tejano Image — La Escondida 1962, 5:30 p.m., Information: La Escondida 1962 The details: Another night filled with music and the St. Edward's University Alumni Folklorico Dancers will perform at 6 p.m.


  • Kerrville Comedy 2Nite — Babez Seafood Bucket, 8 p.m., Information: 830-895-0592The details: Paul Varghese's act includes several observations about being Indian, providing outsider-looking-in and insider-looking-out commentary while also exploring an array of topics and issues outside that realm.


  • Live comedy theater "Drinking Habits" — The Point Theater, Ingram, TBD, through May 15. Information: The details: Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. There's the spilling of wine and secrets as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Car Shows

  • Cars and Coffee — Billy Gene's Restaurant, 8 a.m. Information: The details: Billy Gene's Restaurant hosts its first Saturday car show with antiques, sports cars, lifted trucks, slammed trucks, Jeeps and project cars.

Markets and Swap Meets

  • Hill Country Swap Meet and Market Days — Hill Country Youth Event Center, 8 a.m. Information: The details: A community garage sale and flea market with all types of merchandise. Buy, sell and trade. Antiques, collectibles, new, used books, tools, furniture, household items, sporting goods, etc. Concessions available, indoor, free parking and pet friendly.
  • Heart of the Hills Farmers Market — River Hills Mall parking lot, 8 a.m. Information:


  • Boy Scout Troop 111 Car Wash — Notre Dame Catholic Church, 10 a.m.

Schreiner University graduation is tonight

The 99th commencement ceremony for Schreiner University starts at 7 p.m. tonight on the university's front lawn. Schreiner officials said they expect more than 1,800 people to attend the ceremony, which will feature fireworks at the end.

Kerrville native and 1991 Schreiner graduate Carl Davis is a retired Boeing executive with over 17 years of experience in flight training and over 12 years of experience in flight training management. A native of Kerrville, Davis graduated from Tivy High School, where he played football and ran track – going to the state finals in 1984 and 1985. He earned his private pilot's license at Schreiner Field in 1984, received a bachelor's degree from Schreiner University in May 1991 and a master's degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2018.

Fourth on the River with Robert Earl Keen

Arcadia Live formally announced the lineup for Robert Earl Keen's final Fourth on the River concert on July 4 — with one missing element, apparently still a surprise.

With Keen's impending retirement later this year, the annual Fourth of July Show takes on an even bigger meaning. Still, organizers said the singer-songwriter is keeping his opening act a closely held secret. However, the rest of the Fourth of July lineup looks like this:

  • July 2 — Band of Heathens at Arcadia Live, 7:30 p.m.
  • July 4 — The Fourth on the River opens at 2 p.m. with Tejano band Del Castillo and singer Kyle Frey. Keen and his surprise guest close out the show before the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show.

Larry Howard, president of the Arcadia board of directors, said this year's event attracted new sponsors, and they continue to develop more sponsors.

Final thoughts from the Kerrville Citizen's Police Academy

For the last few weeks, I've been working my way through the Kerrville Police Department's Citizen Police Academy, and on Thursday night, the 18 members of the 27th class graduated. I decided to do the course because I believed it would better inform my reporting, and it has.

Here are some of my takeaways:

  • I was a little hesitant to give up my Tuesday nights for three hours, but what was I really giving up? Well, covering City Council meetings for one, but I can watch those later. However, every night of the course flew by. I don't think I was bored for one minute in the class.
  • The class that caused the most personal reflection was the final one — clearing a room. In the scenario, we clear a room and shoot the bad guy with a training gun similar to a Glock .40 caliber service weapon. The gun fires paint rounds, but it's still loud. I did the exercise twice. I don't care about guns, but I respect those who appreciate them. So, even a simulated weapon was a new experience. However, he's the part that's so important to remember — the fog of the action. In the scenario, our suspect, one of Kerrville's detectives, runs into a darkened room, and we have to get him out. The suspect is also not ready to be taken down and is armed. So, I shot him — six times. But the fascinating part was what I thought I saw and what actually happened. When our suspect charged me, I could have sworn he was not only trying to shoot me while throwing a traffic cone. When I saw the video, the traffic cones were there but not being thrown. For Police Chief Chris McCall, the psychology of that moment is important to understand thinking during a stressful situation — from what we think we see to what we actually see. It's fascinating.
  • The one part of the class that I wish was longer was the evidence collection. An incredible amount of detail goes into being a police officer, and there isn't time for everything. However, that evidence collection course offers a meticulous and scientific part of the job that some may not appreciate.
  • Finally, it's important to understand that this program is supported — and has been by previous police administrations. It's a critical community outreach piece, which pays dividends in awareness and volunteers. Those volunteers, many of them who have come through the academy, play a critical role in the department's efforts.

Summer Sky Music Cafe finds a new home

After losing its lease at the Hill Country Arts Foundation, Southern Sky Music Cafe has found a new home in Ingram — at 101 Rowland Drive.

That means the music is never going to stop! And tonight, the cafe will host singer Justin Heflin at 6:30 p.m. So, check it out.

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