The Lead Oct. 21, 2022: Karen Guerriero of Kerrville Pets Alive named volunteer of the year

Tivy's homecoming parade draws thousands; Antlers face pivotal game tonight

Good morning, Kerr County!

Here are two great words to describe our weather — seasonable and comfortable. That's exactly how the National Weather Service described Thursday night. However, it looks like we're heating up for the weekend with highs from the mid to high 80s. There's a chance of rain next week.

On today's The Lead Live!

We wrap up a remarkable week of shows focused on tourism and hospitality. We will start the show with a visit from Kerrville Independent School District, looking for adult mentors at its elementary school campuses. We then jump into today's Charcuterie Challenge with Lonestar Boards, Hill Country Cravings and Central Provisions. All three will provide samples to those lucky enough to be at Pint and Plow this morning.

Upcoming programming on The Lead Live: Salute to our Heroes Week

Nov. 7-11

With support from Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Schreiner University, the Museum of Western Art, Pint and Plow and MHDD, we are lining up a vital week of programming on The Lead Live that centers around veterans interviewing veterans. The shows are from 9-10 a.m. Monday-Friday. Our first day of programming focuses on connecting veterans to the array of services in our community. Some of these may be familiar, but there are plenty of benefits you may have never heard of — like Yoga for Veterans. We're also looking for veterans to share their experiences with other veterans. Or if you're interested in being an interviewer, we're also considering those spots. All that we ask is that you're a veteran. Please email for more information.


Our video from the Kerrville Chalk Festival

Today's events


  • 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.

The performing arts

  • The Legend of Sleep Hollow — Hill Country Arts Foundation and Point Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday through Oct. 23. 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.


  • Learn to Belly Dance — Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 6 p.m. Information: 830-895-2911 The details: $10 per class, or a comparable trade e.g., art, jewelry, wine or even shiny pebbles, because the teacher, a.k.a Lorien, is part crow and loves shiny things! Bring a yoga mat, a bottle of water and a friend! Come Shimmy with us!


  • Oktoberfisch — Hill Country Youth Event Center, Noon and runs through Sunday. Information: The details: Top regional fly casting and fly tying instructors, professional guides, and outfitters come together in a weekend learning event celebrating fly fishing. Event-goers of all levels, beginner or expert, attend hands-on learning from pro-level fly fishing experts and authors. Everyone will make friends and learn something new at Oktoberfisch 2022.

Live music

  • Lyla Moura — Arcadia Live, 5 p.m. Information: The details: Come enjoy Arcadia Live's back deck and enjoy the sounds of Uklyla — Lyla Moura.
  • Dave Kemp — Cafe at the Ridge, 6 p.m. Information:
  • The Reefs — Southern Sky Music Cafe, 6:30 p.m. Information:
  • Clint Alford and Owen Tiner — Trailhead Beer Garden at Schreiner University, 7:30 p.m. Information: The details: Based in the small town of Rusk, Texas, Clint Alford began songwriting at the young age of 19. Over the next few years, he tried perfecting his songwriter ability and was constantly searching for his own distinct and unique sound. Following years of experience performing on numerous stages and at events, he has also lent his musical talent to many different recordings. He has had studio projects of many different styles of music and has been making a name for himself in the Texas music scene since the early 2000s.

Science and nature

  • Star Party — Schreiner University's Loftis Family Science Center, 7:30 p.m. Information: 830-792-7249 The details: Participants will be able to view celestial objects in the Hill Country sky in the domed observatory containing Schreiner's 16-inch telescope. Several eight-inch telescopes will also be available for public viewing. Free parking is available adjacent to the center. The entrance gate is along East Main Street across from the Schreiner University baseball and softball fields and is marked by a flagpole. The star party will generally go till about midnight, and participants may come and go at any time.

Schreiner celebrates is centennial with sculpture

Schreiner University is unveiling a sculpture today to mark its 100th anniversary. The ceremony is at 12:15 p.m. at the campus quad.

Schreiner University Marketing and Communications Manager Toby Appleton said The installation is called "Signs of the Times."

"Each piece is representative of a general Schreiner theme (mountain lion crouched in flowers) and a period in our history or future," Appleton said in an email.

Homecoming is a must-win for Tivy

The Tivy High School Antlers celebrate Homecoming tonight, and the game is as vital as ever for the Antlers. With a 3-4 record and 1-2 record in the district, the Antlers face a winless Cedar Creek team tonight, and a win strengthens Tivy's playoff chances.

Tivy needs to run the table in these last three games. While Cedar Creek is winless, they've played a difficult schedule. After a week off, the Antlers come into tonight's game having scored a season-high for points — resembling the Tivy offense of old.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Of course, in advance of tonight's game, Tivy held its annual Homecoming parade along Water Street.

Photo gallery:

A centennial celebration is full of joy, surprises

Kerrville Pets Alive President Karen Guerriero said her volunteer of the year award was for the entire nonprofit organization.

There were plenty of surprises Thursday night as the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce handed out its awards during its Centennial banquet at the Happy State Bank Expo Hall.

On a night when the Chamber celebrated its 100 years of work, the awards highlighted the achievements of newcomers, the brawny brainpower of retirees and the grit of business leaders to overcome unprecedented challenges.

In an emotional moment, the Dietert Center's Brenda Thompson presented the volunteer of the year award. Her voice wavering with emotion, Thompson read out the importance of the work Kerrville Pets Alive President Karen Guerriero had done since founding the nonprofit nearly three years ago.

"This isn't about just me," Guerriero said. "This is about everyone in Kerrville Pets Alive."

Established to help Kerr County Animal Services reduce its euthanization rate, KPA! has become one of the most visible nonprofits in the county — a regular at almost every event.

Guerriero was weepy as she made her way through a standing ovation to accept the award from Thompson.

Guerriero wasn't the only surprised person on Thursday — nearly all of the winners were stunned by the accolades. Ken Stoepel Ford General Manager Terry Massey said he was planning to stay home but found his wife had a suit laid out for him.

Peterson Health's Tim Rye , left, congratulates Ken Stoepel Ford General Manager Terry Massey for being named "Business Person of the Year."

Massey, a longtime new car sales manager, thanked his team at the Ford dealer. He later commented to The Lead that despite the appearance that there are never any cars on the dealer's Sidney Baker Street lot, the dealership is heading to an impressive year — most cars are now pre-sold.

"I was blown away," Massey said. "I really was."

JAM Radio's Justin McClure.

JAM Radio's Justin McClure said he had no idea about his family-owned business earning the business of the year honor and that he's committed to serving Kerr County.

"What a great surprise and it's super cool to have the recognition of your community," McClure said.

Jan Lynch, who owns Rustic Elegance along Junction Highway, was named businesswoman of the year by the Kerr County Women's Chamber of Commerce. Lynch said she never liked small towns before moving to Kerrville in 1990. When her long list of accomplishments and community service were announced, it was clear that Lynch was thriving in our small community.

Rustic Elegance owner Jan Lynch.

Valerie Grimes was named ambassador of the year by the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Valerie Grimes was named ambassador of the year as part of the Chamber's ambassador program. Grimes made a point that Kerr County helped raise and support her, and that's why she's committed to giving back.

Garrett Insurance earned recognition for being a chamber member for 100 years. The company's current owner, Stephen Schmerbeck, let his father, Bob, do all the talking by relating the family's deep commitment to Kerrville since 1918.

The Kerrville Daily Times awarded its annual Bill Dozier Citizen of the Year to retired petroleum engineers and geologists who helped the city of Kerrville tap into a reservoir of freshwater in the Ellenberger Aquifer — a well that now produced 1 million gallons of water per day. The men who were honored were Bobby Joines, Bryant Williams and Digger Gray.

More photos from Thursday's event:

Saturday's events

  • 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.

Festivals and fundraisers

  • Fall Festivals — Glory Community Garden, 11 a.m. Information: 804-514-7145 The details: Celebrate the harvest season at Glory Community Garden! Free lunch, fun, games, and community partner exhibits. Kerrville Pets Alive! will be onsite to do free microchipping.
  • Barktober — Blue Oak Trading Co., noon. Information: (830) 315-2583 The details: Dog costume contest. Bring your fur baby in a costume and enter the contest to win great prizes. We will have live music, face painting, pumpkin decorating, beer and wine, and food trucks. The entire outdoor area will become a doggy park so everyone can run around and socialize.
  • Pints and Polios — Trailhead Beer Garden, 3 p.m. Information: 830-315-5433 The details: Rotary Club of Kerrville is hosting the 2022 Pints for Polio.
  • Dinner with the Stars: 2022 Macabre Masquerade, 6 p.m. Information: The details: The Cailloux's "Dinner with the Stars" 2022 fFundraising gala. For more than 10 years, the Playhouse 2000 "Dinner with the Stars" Gala has offered the most fun fundraiser in the Hill Country. This year's DWTS, is hosted by honorary chairs George and Judy Eychner, and we'll be celebrating Halloween a week early with "Nightmare at the Cailloux: A Macabre Masquerade."

Live music


  • Kerrville Open Pro Rodeo — Hill Country Youth Event Center, 8 p.m. Information: The details: Lester Meier Rodeo Company presents Kerrville Open Pro Rodeo. Rodeo events include bull riding, bareback & saddle bronc riding, ladies barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, mini bull and mini bareback riding, and drill team performing nightly.

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