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Tracy Soldan takes reins of treasurers’ organization

Kerr County Treasurer Tracy Soldan says she took office as president of the County Treasurers Association of Texas in September, and will serve from 2019 to 2020.

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Wednesday 10/09/2019
Keith Williams retiring as 216th District judge
Posted: October 09, 2019

Keith Williams, who has been the judge of the 216th District Court since Jan. 1, 2009, recently announced he will not seek another term. The person elected to replace him will take office Jan. 1, 2021.

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Wednesday 10/02/2019
Symphony of the Hills names new concertmaster
Posted: October 02, 2019

Concertmaster Philip Johnson says his new position is a welcome change of pace from all his other gigs.

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Wednesday 09/25/2019
Debbie Fowler is KISD elementary teacher of the year
Posted: September 25, 2019

Tom Daniels Elementary teacher Debbie Fowler teaches fifth-grade science. She says that includes organisms and their environment; force, matter and energy; and Earth science.

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Virgil Justice has been performing more than 50 years
Posted: September 18, 2019

Virgil Justice recently helped the Hill Country Arts Foundation celebrate its 60th anniversary by once again appearing onstage. He says he linked up with old friends to participate in two acts of the Point Theatre Review.

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Wednesday 09/11/2019
Raymond Holloway is SU Varsity bass fishing coach
Posted: September 11, 2019

Schreiner University Varsity Bass Fishing Coach Raymond Holloway says he has recruited five anglers to launch one of SU's newest varsity sports. He recruited the freshmen from the high school bass-fishing circuit, and through contacting high school coaches.

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Tuesday 09/03/2019
Admin Assistant Nancy Robinson retires from KCSO
Posted: September 03, 2019

Nancy Robison describes her job as administrative assistant for the Kerr County Sheriff's Office for the past two decades as "to do whatever the sheriff wanted her to do," and that has changed over the years.

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Wednesday 08/28/2019
Cory Edmondson takes helm at Peterson Health
Posted: August 28, 2019

Peterson Health's new and president and chief executive officer says he represents the organization at all levels. It's his mission to establish a vision for Peterson and do the strategic planning for the organization.

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Wednesday 08/21/2019
Martin Stringer combines jewelry and history
Posted: August 21, 2019

Martin Stringer says his first career was in welding, which is still his occupation, only with very small projects. He is the president of Diamonds of Kerrville, a family business including his wife, Sherrie, and his son, Jacob.

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Wednesday 08/14/2019
Stephen and Carrie Schmerbeck run the 'Wine Share'
Posted: August 14, 2019

Stephen Schmerbeck says the First Friday Wine Share is unique locally, in that it's not about business.

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Wednesday 08/07/2019
Victoria and Graham Bishop, are helping local people heal
Posted: August 07, 2019

Graham Bishop says Victoria adopted him June 13 of 2013.

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Wednesday 07/31/2019
Jake Williamson manages the Youth Event Center
Posted: July 31, 2019

Hill Country Youth Event Center General Manager Jake Williamson says he is employed by Spectra, the event management company Kerr County has charged with managing the venue. He provides operations, marketing, sponsor coordination, sales, and event management for the four buildings of the Event Center, as well as River Star Park and the Outdoor Arena.

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Wednesday 07/24/2019
Margie Hocker celebrates 25 years at Kerrville Drug
Posted: July 24, 2019

Pharmacy manager and Certified Pharmacy Technician Margie Hocker says she spends her days making sure each of her Kerrville Drug Company customers get the right medications, and excellent customer service. Her team of 11 consists of pharmacy technicians, clerks, and two delivery drivers.

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Wednesday 07/10/2019
Colleen Brezden played at Brittany on D-Day in France
Posted: July 10, 2019

Colleen Brezden says the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band was one of the groups invited to play for ceremonies honoring the 75th anniversary of D-Day. She was one of the 300 musicians making the trip, along with 230 friends and family members.

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Wednesday 07/03/2019
Tana Althaus is B.T. Wilson principal, leader of Wildcats
Posted: July 03, 2019

Tana Althaus says at B.T. Wilson Sixth Grade School she wears many hats. This summer she's trying to conduct interviews in a school where the front entrance is an inaccessible construction zone, not something covered in education curricula.

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Wednesday 06/26/2019
Tara Bushnoe watches over the Guadalupe River
Posted: June 26, 2019

Tara Bushnoe says she has two main jobs as the natural resources coordinator for the Upper Guadalupe River Authority; coordinating water quality monitoring and conducting outreach and education.

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Wednesday 06/19/2019
Adrian Zapata has chemistry in and out of the classroom
Posted: June 19, 2019

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Adrian Zapata says he was surprised when he was presented the Harriet Garrett Award for 2018-2019. The Garrett award was the first faculty award established at Schreiner University, and the only one voted on exclusively by the student body.

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Wednesday 06/12/2019
Lisa Solder fulfills a two-decade ambition to publish book
Posted: June 12, 2019

Lisa Solder, CRNA, says she has been wanting to write her book for two decades, and now it's finally published. Solder is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, who is fascinated by the eyes she sees in the operating room.

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Wednesday 06/05/2019
Gary E. Cochrane takes first seat on City Council
Posted: June 05, 2019

Gary E. Cochrane sees his election to Place 1 of the City Council as a continuation of his involvement in the community. He says he was on the Economic Improvement Council for five years, and held other positions.

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Wednesday 05/29/2019
Roy Boudreaux pursues, shares his love of clocks
Posted: May 29, 2019

Roy Boudreaux says he was prodded toward opening Kerrville Clock Company.

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Wednesday 05/22/2019
Kim Clarkson joins the Kerrville City Council
Posted: May 22, 2019

Kim Clarkson has been elected to Place 2 on the Kerrville City Council. She says the "place" designation is simply which chair she sits in.

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Wednesday 05/15/2019
Pat Hudgins feeds the Hill Country homebound
Posted: May 15, 2019

Pat Hudgins, the Meals on Wheels coordinator at the Dietert Center, says it's her job to find people in the Hill Country who can't prepare their own meals, and make sure they have food that will allow them to stay in their homes.

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Wednesday 05/08/2019
Isabel Lopez has served seven generations
Posted: May 08, 2019

Isabel Lopez, the Estée Lauder consultant at Belk, was recently presented with a letter from Aerin Lauder, style and image director for Estée Lauder, that said, "On behalf of the entire Lauder family, I want to thank you for your continued commitment to Estée Lauder over the past 40 years. My grandmother built her career by sharing her passion for beauty and bringing the best to every woman she touched. Over the years, she encouraged her beauty advisors to share that singular passion with their customers."

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Wednesday 05/01/2019
Peter Lewis has designs for the Hill Country
Posted: May 01, 2019

Peter Lewis says he is the principal at Peter Lewis Architect + Associates, which designs commercial buildings within 50 to 90 miles of his office in Kerrville.

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Wednesday 04/24/2019
At 90, Ingram’s Ray Courtney is still making birdhouses
Posted: April 24, 2019

Ray Courtney says he started making birdhouses and bird feeders about 1992, after he retired. Depending on how many shows he attends, he creates 80 to 150 a year.

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Wednesday 04/17/2019
Darrell Beauchamp saddles up at helm of MOWA
Posted: April 17, 2019

The Museum of Western Art's new executive director, Darrell Beauchamp, started on April Fool's Day. He says, "The irony wasn't lost on me."

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Wednesday 04/10/2019
Patti Hatch partners with her children at Texas Finial
Posted: April 10, 2019

Patti Hatch, founder of Texas Finial, says that in architectural hardware the word finial means "crowning detail." Instead of a curtain rod or gatepost just having a blunt end, they are often fitted with a finial to match the style of the project.

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Wednesday 04/03/2019
Ashlea Boyle runs more than the city parks
Posted: April 03, 2019

Kerrville's Director of Parks and Recreation Ashlea Boyle says her department does more than oversee city parks.

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Thursday 03/28/2019
Cate Fahey is Schreiner's new varsity cycling coach
Posted: March 28, 2019

Schreiner University Cycling Coach Cate Fahey says she is busy recruiting athletes for the new SU varsity cycling program.

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Wednesday 03/20/2019
Kit Werlein reprising role as Don Quixote March 23 for P2K
Posted: March 20, 2019

Kit Werlein says he was born and raised in Houston, but was always part of the Hill Country. His father, Ewing Werlein, was a judge on the Texas Court of Civil Appeals, and his mother, Ruth Storey Werlein, grew up in the Salvation Army. His big brother, Ewing Werlein, is a federal district judge in Houston.

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Wednesday 03/13/2019
Jennifer Harris is the Peterson Health birth navigator
Posted: March 13, 2019

Peterson Women's Associates Birth Navigator Jennifer Harris says she is the constant resource and support for all expectant moms all the way through their pregnancy and delivery.

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Wednesday 03/06/2019
Preston Weatherred has a heritage of Scouting
Posted: March 06, 2019

Preston Weatherred is the third of that name, and he says his father and grandfather were also Boy Scouts.

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Wednesday 02/27/2019
Leonard chairs the Kerr Co. Historical Commission
Posted: February 27, 2019

Julie Leonard says the Kerr County Historical Commission is “charged with the protection and preservation of Kerr County’s historic and cultural resources for the use, education, enjoyment and appreciation for present and future generations.” As chair of the 65-member commission, she oversees the activities of the many volunteers who gave more than 5,700 hours last year to keep Kerr County history alive and available.

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Wednesday 02/20/2019
Charlie Lacy rounds up cows and rare coin collections
Posted: February 20, 2019

Charlie Lacy says he found his calling in Austin, in 1968. He was supporting two kids by working successfully in real estate, among the top sellers, but burning out.

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Wednesday 02/13/2019
Jeff Cooper wants to start a Kerr County search, rescue team
Posted: February 13, 2019

Jeff Cooper says whenever someone is missing in the United States, most likely volunteers will be the ones looking for them.

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Wednesday 02/06/2019
Lance Little heads the Schreiner University rifle team
Posted: February 06, 2019

When Schreiner University approached Lance Little for the position of head varsity rifle coach, he says he knew what he wanted.

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Wednesday 01/30/2019
Playhouse 2000 and Schreiner University team up
Posted: January 30, 2019

Executive Director Jeffrey Brown says he's excited about Playhouse 2000 coordinating with Schreiner University's music and theater departments for a musical production of "Footloose," at the Cailloux Theater.

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Thursday 01/24/2019
Michael Vasquez is development director for OLH
Posted: January 24, 2019

Michael Vasquez says his primary goal is to bring favorable attention to Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School. As director of development, he says he makes personal contact with people, preferably by phone but emailing if necessary.

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Wednesday 01/16/2019
Jackie Dowdy takes helm as Kerr County Clerk
Posted: January 16, 2019

Jackie Dowdy will soon have one of the most familiar names in Kerr County. She is the new county clerk, and by law most of the checks individuals write to pay for anything to do with Kerr County must be made out to her.

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Tuesday 01/08/2019
Dawn Lantz takes over as district clerk as Burlew resigns
Posted: January 08, 2019

The morning of Jan. 1 a short County Commissioners' meeting included the swearing-in of several new elected officers of Kerr County. The new District Clerk Dawn Lantz was one of them.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Virginia Higgins is the soul of Kerr Villa Store
Posted: January 03, 2019

Virginia Higgins says 35 years ago she was working for a financial investment company, in charge of entering trades over the telephone. She entered several trades in succession, then her boss chewed her out because she didn't do his trade first.

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Wednesday 12/26/2018
Brenda Thompson relishes role at helm of Dietert Center
Posted: December 26, 2018

Brenda Thompson followed her good friend Tina Woods as executive director of Kerrville's Dietert Center eight months ago. She describes her job as, "Leading a group of wonderful people to do wonderful things for our wonderful community."

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Wednesday 12/19/2018
Don Harris ready to serve as Precinct 4 commissioner early
Posted: December 19, 2018

After winning the primary election, and being unopposed in the general election, Don Harris says he was all ready to transition into the Precinct 4 County Commissioner position on January 1. Then Kerr County Tax Assessor/Collector Diane Bolin decided to retire on the first of December, and incumbent Precinct 4 commissioner Bob Reeves was tapped to take her place. He transitioned into that job to have some overlap, and Harris found himself sworn in on Nov. 5.

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Wednesday 12/12/2018
Texas A&M honors Kevin Bernhard
Posted: December 12, 2018

Texas A&M University honored Steel Frame Solutions and Drywall, LLC, on Nov. 9 in a ceremony listing the 2018 "Aggie 100," the 100 fastest-growing Aggie-owned or led businesses in the world. Founder and owner Kevin Bernhard, class of 2000, accepted the award from Dr. Richard Lester, executive director of the McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship at A&M.

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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Allen Noah pastors Barnett Chapel with faith, grace
Posted: December 05, 2018

Allen Noah says he sees Barnett Chapel both as a Methodist Church serving a multicultural congregation, and a part of the larger community reaching out to make a difference in the neighborhood.

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
'Retired' Gary Ramsey stays busy educating ESL
Posted: November 28, 2018

U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force veteran Gary Ramsey retired in 1999, and says now, at 80, he divides his time among teaching his own "Military Flying Free" class, participating in English as a second language seminars across Europe, developing public speakers as vice-president of Toastmasters, staying on the Ingram ISD substitute teacher list, and proctoring examinations for potential members of Mensa.

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
F.G. Dreiss' life revolves around tires, local history
Posted: November 20, 2018

F.G. Dreiss says he celebrated his 90th birthday Nov. 10. "We had a big party, with about a hundred guests. Eighty percent were family, and the rest friends."

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
John Davis receives Wright Brothers award
Posted: November 14, 2018

Dr. John Davis says he has always loved airplanes. "In the 1950s, when I was a Cub Scout, I got to go up for my first flight. My second flight was in high school, at night, over Dallas. A week after I graduated from high school, I had my first flying lesson. I got my private pilot's license in 1967, and the first passenger I took up was Billie Ragsdale."

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
Karen Burson supervises PRMC communications
Posted: November 07, 2018

Karen Burson says she has been working the Peterson Medical switchboard for more than 30 years. Now she's the communications supervisor.

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Wednesday 10/31/2018
Donna Schloss recognized for her nursing career
Posted: October 31, 2018

Donna Schloss says before she retired from her U.S. Foreign Service career she had the sand of 83 countries, on four continents, in her shoes. First as a nurse, then as a family nurse practitioner, she was independently posted as a medical officer. That meant she was the only health care provider available for U.S. government employees and contractors, and their families.

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