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The Lead Sept. 25, 2021: Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be live at the Kroc


Happy Thanksgiving, Kerr County. We are ready to enjoy the day, but there's still work to be done today. We will be live at the Kerrville Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 9 a.m. for The Lead Live. Delayne Sigerman will join us as we cover Thanksgiving festivities — one of the busiest days of the year at the Kroc.


We're going to be joined by Justin Graham, owner of Zanzenberg Farms and the co-operator of the Kerrville Farmer's Market. We're going to be talking regularly about the market. However, the market will be closed on Friday afternoon, returning to service on Dec. 3. We're also going to have a visit from Kevin Pillow, who runs Wild Birds Unlimited in Kerrville. Pillow said they would give back a significant portion of their holiday sales from Friday through Christmas to local nature organizations. Last year, they raised more than $6,000. So, we're going to have a lot to talk about on Friday. The show starts at 9 a.m.


There it is — turkey!

The festivities at the Kroc begin in earnest today at 11 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. The crew at the Kroc cooked more than 500 pounds of turkey to be served at the center, to those who are homebound and to motorists stopping at rest stops along Interstate 10, just east of Kerrville.



On Wednesday, we profiled the latest mural installation in Kerrville. This work is going up at the H-E-B Tennis Center and is a commissioned work managed by Big Seed. The lead artist is Fredericksburg High School Senior Olivia Findley, who is being assisted by her younger sister, Bella. Read more about their efforts here:


COVID-19 hospitalizations wane

The Texas Tribune provides context today about the waning number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across Texas, and that's a bit of good news. There's always a but with these stories, and the but is clear — we may not be finished.

"We're certainly in a better place right now than we have been in quite a while," said Chris Van Deusen, spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services. "But we are sort of starting to see things change again. And you know, if there's one thing we know about this pandemic, it's that it's going to keep changing."

Here's more on the story:

What's the impact here?

We're seeing a significant decline in hospitalizations in Kerr County at Peterson Regional Medical Center. The last check was two people hospitalized. Peterson won't update their numbers until Monday.


Kerrville Pets Alive is scrambling, leveraging all of its messaging tools, to re-home 13 dogs — all surrendered by one owner. Kerr County Animal Services has custody of the dogs, but KPA members are worried the animals face euthanization.

"For those in this group who aren't aware 13 dogs were surrendered by one person yesterday at the shelter," KPA member Becky Babb wrote in a Facebook group. "The dogs and cats need our help. We are in need of fosters ASAP. The shelter cannot handle the number of animals coming in and they need our community to step up. We have 647 members in this group so we should be able to come together to save these animals. If you can foster please reach out."


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