The Lead Oct. 17, 2022: Chalk Festival wraps up another successful show in downtown Kerrville!

Thousands turned out for the art, music and food.

Good morning, Kerr County!

We're waking up this morning to decidedly cooler temperatures today! We've got soaking rains in the forecast, with temperatures in the 60s today and Tuesday. The National Weather Service says about half an inch of rain could fall today. Whew.

On today's The Lead Live!

We kick off our week of "Be Our Guest" programming today with the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Julie Davis leading a discussion about Kerr County hospitality. The Kerrville CVB is sponsoring our conversations this week, and we've got some fun-filled shows planned. At 10 a.m. this morning, the crew from James Avery Artisan Jewelers makes its debut to discuss their new line of charms.

The rest of the week's shows

Tuesday: Beer, Wine and Spirits


Participants so far

  • Pint and Plow Brewing Co.
  • Off-Main Brewing
  • Bridget's Basket
  • Kerrville Hills Winery
  • Turtle Creek Olives and Vines
  • Grape Juice

Wednesday: Delectable Desserts

Participants so far:

  • 323 Bakery
  • Cafe at the Ridge
  • Pax
  • Vecinos
  • Cartewheels
  • Betty Trejo, a home baker
  • Billy Gene's
  • Pint and Plow
  • Cardoshinsky Confections
  • Shimna Gammack, a home baker
  • Paul Segovia, a home baker
  • Skinny Legs Provisions

Thursday: Signature Dish

Participants so far:

  • The Bayou
  • Cafe at the Ridge
  • Buzzie's
  • Billy Gene's
  • Skinny Legs Provisions

Friday: Charcuterie Challenge

Participants so far:

  • Lonestar Boards
  • Hill Country Cravings
  • Central Provisions

OK, if you're still interested in participating in one of these shows, let us know TODAY! Email us at

The Commissioner's Court moves on its subdivision rules

The Kerr County Commissioner's Court could approve its subdivision rules — concluding a two-year process — that would define how the county will manage growth in the years to come.

The court will meet first in a closed-door executive session at 9 a.m., and after that matter will open the public meeting to consider the new rules. Kerr County's principal tool for managing growth is water availability and sewer capacity.

While there's language in the document that minimum sewerage standards are for half-acre lots, there's nothing to stop large-scale developments from coming into unincorporated Kerr County, especially around Center Point, if the developer can prove it can provide adequate water, sewage and fire suppression.

However, that's a big ask for many developers. The city of Kerrville is currently wrestling with rules on managing municipal utility districts, a financing tool that could lead to new developments in the city's extra-territorial jurisdiction.

A development planned for Center Point tried to install a condominium regime to bypass some of the requirements under the previous rules — which meant the bare minimum of water availability and fire suppression. Any water plan has to meet the standards set by the Headwaters Groundwater Conservation District.

The 120-page document is available for review here:

The Kerrville City Council evaluates the city manager on Tuesday

The Kerrville City Council will provide its annual evaluation of City Manager E.A. Hoppe, who can expect some areas of improvement but will get a positive review. That meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and is a closed-door executive session.

Hoppe, of course, will face criticism from Councilmember Roman Garcia over the over-heated controversy surrounding the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library staff decision to display "banned books." Garcia motioned to take disciplinary action against the library staff and Hoppe last week, but that effort failed.

However, Hoppe and his staff received a rebuke from Councilmember Joe Herring Jr., who was critical of the city's use of workshops but did not follow the Council's direction from those meetings.

Meetings to pay attention to this week:

  • The Kerrville Independent School District meets at 6 p.m. tonight. It looks like a light agenda, but there is a report on student progress regarding reading and math scores in grades kindergarten through fifth.
  • The Kerr County Historical Commission meets at noon today at the Union Church Building. On the agenda include: Presenting Buzzie Hughes, owner of Buzzie's BBQ, with a framed photograph from the KCH. Summer History Camp; Introduction of four new members by Leroy Schlechte, KCHC Membership Chair. The Kerr County Commissioners Court approved appointing Bonnie Arnold, Sonya Hooten, Angela Kennedy and Stan Kubenka.
  • The Kerrville Economic Improvement Corporation meets today at 4 p.m. The agenda features discussions about funding an extension of the Guadalupe River Trail.

Events to consider this week!


Reach for the Stars

  • Star Party — Doyle School Community Center, 7-9 p.m. Learn about the stars by looking through a telescope, or learn how to use your own.


Chamber's big party

  • Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce Centennial Awards — Happy State Bank Expo Hall, 5:30 p.m. The details: The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 100th anniversary with its annual awards banquet.



  • Kerrville Oktoberfest — Arcadia Live, 6:30 p.m. Information: The details: Expect food vendors, a stein-holding competition, local Oktoberfest brews, and a best-dressed contest. Live music by Brave Combo — a Texas-based quintet with world music mixes salsa, polka, merengue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, zydeco, classical cha-cha, the blues, and more.


Another festival

  • The Kerrville Mountain Bike Festival — Kerrville-Schreiner Park, 1 p.m. Information: The details: In addition to hosting the mountain bike cross country events, The Kerrville Mountain Bike Festival brings a full weekend of activities. The race is committed to appealing to families and a wide variety of outdoor adventure participants.


The last performance

  • The Legend of Sleep Hollow — Hill Country Arts Foundation and Point Theatre, 2:30 p.m. Information: The details: Held in the Elizabeth Huth Coats Indoor Theater, it begins when Ichabod Crane, a slightly goofy schoolmaster, comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow with all his worldly possessions. He's looking for a good life and a wealthy wife who will supply it. Once he sets eyes on the local beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, he's sure his dream will come true. Unhappily for Ichabod, Katrina has a boyfriend… the boisterous Brom Bones. At a party, Ichabod proposes marriage to Katrina, but is booted out by Brom and forced to make his way home through a terrible storm. In the dark, there's something shadowy and towering intent on taking Ichabod's life — the Headless Horseman! Poor Ichabod has to outrun the galloping phantom! Does he? No one knows for sure because the schoolmaster is never seen again.

Chalk this up for another Kerrville win!

Tivy High School sophomore Rachel Keller was all smiles after completing her art on Sunday.

Rachel Keller has watched her mom work at the Kerrville Chalk Festival for the last five years, but she was determined to do it herself this year. The Tivy High School sophomore labored Saturday and Sunday on her chalk drawing, and her effort turned out to be one of the many stunning artistic displays at the festival.

With great weather, although it was a bit warm, the Kerrville Chalk Festival drew thousands to Kerrville City Hall's Peterson Plaza for the annual celebration of the arts.

"I really think, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend," said Katherine Boyette, who organizes the event on behalf of the Cailloux Foundation.

The main tent at the Kerrville Chalk Festival.

With 75 artists spread across the plaza, live music playing and plenty of food, visitors were immersed in one of the biggest festivals in Kerrville, which requires people to stop and spend some time with each work and artist.

"We just love Kerrville," said Russ Gobel, who was helping Kelly Faltemayer paint a huge patriotic image of a U.S. Marine. The two, who hail from Houston, have participated in the chalk festival for the last five years.

Faltemayer said the reaction to the piece was significant.

"We asked if they would be interested in sponsoring this piece for this festival, and they said it would be great," Faltemayer said about being selected to paint the patriotic piece.

There were plenty of newcomers, longtime artists and those who attacked their work on a massive scale. And this isn't easy work. Most of the time, the artists are hunched over, squatting or sitting on the hard concrete doing their work.

Kelly Faltemayer works on a sword on Saturday.

Kerrville's Vicki Keese was next to Leslie Jones and Dalton Dover, and she's no stranger to the festival. Keese, a longtime graphic designer, was drawing a cool French Bulldog surfing, and the win for her was more personal.

"It's fun making the art, but a big part for me is the interaction with the people," Keese said.

Keller, 15, got plenty of interaction.

"I like making art and I had fun," said Keller, whose art was a snake of various patterns. It was colorful and fun.

"She usually chalks with me," said Stephanie Keller, Rachel's mom. "She's been chalking with me since I started in 2015. It's time for her to have her own thing."

Of course, in the case of Leslie Jones, she was under pressure from resident art critic and rodent enthusiast Russell Nemky, who insisted she add a Guadalupe River beaver to her work. She obliged him.

Leslie Jones added a beaver to her work to honor the recent sighting of the rodent cruising the Guadalupe River.

Next to Jones was Dalton Dover, who faced pressures of his own. As he sketched out his colorful lizard, one of his daughters was horrified that he was drawing stick figures. He assured her it was going to be fleshed out, and it was.

And that was the Chalk Festival, filled with little stories, fun, and hard work.

Photos from Day 1:

Photos from Day 2:

Another big year for Baubles and Beads

One of the highlights of Baubles and Beads was when breast cancer survivors crossed the stage to receive a pink rose.

The weekend was "chalk" full of events, and the annual Baubles and Beads event hosted by the Executive Women's Club raised more than $79,000 for breast cancer awareness. More photos from the event:

Schreiner University earns a win on the pitch

Schreiner University's Adora Lumpkin-Nevarez takes a shot on goal on Sunday.

Schreiner University's women's soccer team has been on an up-and-down ride this season — the down part just happened. However, on Sunday, the Mountaineers kept up in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 1-0 victory over visiting Austin College.

Caroline Quioriga scored in the 35th minute to give the Mountaineers the 1-0 lead, which Schreiner held. The Mountaineers placed tremendous pressure on Austin's defense in the second half with at least four shots on goal but couldn't convert.

The victory was Schreiner's second of the weekend after beating visiting Dallas University on Friday. That win snapped a three-match losing streak that saw the Mountaineers outscored 15-0, including 9-0 against Trinity.

Schreiner, however, is now 3-3-2 in the conference.

More photos:

Schreiner women's volleyball

Schreiner University setter Xera Monterosa had a 57 assist performance on Saturday

The Mountaineers split a pair of volleyball matches on Saturday with a win against Dallas Christian and then a 3-0 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan.

Against Dallas Christian, the Mountaineers squandered a two-set lead and needed a fifth set to win the match. Schreiner's Haley Rodriguez turned in a career-high 21 kills to lead the Mountaineers.

With setter Mia Moreno injured, freshman setter Xera Monterosa turned in a monster day by dishing out 57 assists, adding 21 digs and one service ace. The effort was a season-high for Monterosa and the most by a Schreiner player this year.

Taylor Braxton added 11 kills for the Mountaineers, and four other players had five kills or more.

Against Nebraska Wesleyan, the Mountaineers were overpowered by the big-hitting lineup, which hit .294 on the night. Braxton and Kayla Lofland had six kills each.

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