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May 11, 2022 - 05:00

The Lakehills Library will be working with Vaccinate Bandera to host a vaccine clinic for free COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for children aged five and up and adults on Thursday, May 12, from 3:30-5:30. No appointments are needed.

Bandera County Judge Richard Evans was recently reappointed by Governor Greg Abott to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, according to a May 5 release from Abbott’s office.

Texas voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of two propositions to amend the state constitution, both of which involved property tax relief.

The Texas Hill Country has always been a place that attracts the wanderer, the explorer, and the adventurer. Stories have been told about explorers from the early Spanish conquistadors to Jim Bowie of the Alamo seeking gold and silver in the hills, and now Bandera writer and historian Raymond V. Carter, Jr., has written a book separating the legends from the facts.

Sports

May 4, 2022 - 00:00

Seniors Tyler Moore, Liam DeMarchi and Junior Braden Cox represented Bandera High School in the Regional Track Competition for Region Four in Kingsville last week.

May 4, 2022 - 00:00

From left, Bandera Lady Bulldogs senior soccer players Ashlynn Brown, Hannah Edwards, Lauren Benedict and Bietzel Gonzalez huddle for a photo. All were named to the Texas Association of Soccer Coaches 2022 All-Region Team for 4A Region 4: Brown as District 26 4A 2nd Team Academic All District Edwards as All-Region Honorable Mention, Lauren Benedict as First Team All-Region Defender and Gonzalez as First Team All-Region Goalkeeper. BULLETIN PHOTO/Tracy Thayer

May 4, 2022 - 00:00

Dylan Stevens, a 2008 Bandera High School Graduated, finished 113th in the 126th Boston Marathon with a time of 2:29:36. This year’s race featured 24,822 racers. Stevens maintained a 5:43 pace, bettering his place by 29 positions compared to his performance last October. He placed 100th out of 14,258 for the male gender and 93rd for males age 18-39. According to his mother, Yvonne Kamppi of Tarpley, Dylan hopes to crack the top 100 next year and currently resides in Erie, PA. Courtesy Photo

Student athletes from Bandera, Medina and Utopia High School are headed to their respective Regional competitions following performance after qualifying at recent Area competitions.

Opinions

May 11, 2022 - 05:00

In June of this year, next month, the game playing of insurrectionists, who tried and failed to take over our government by violent means will face the music in front of the American people. The facts will be laid out by a Committee of the United States House of Representatives and the people of this country will be able to judge for themselves what happened leading up to, on, and following the violent storming of our Capitol on January 6th. After that, it will be up to the Department of Justice to decide the fate of those who are accused of putting party loyalty and devotion to a leader (Donald Trump), above the law. For many, based on information that is tumbling out every day, it will be a bitter pill to swallow. The legal case will be presented in a formal presentation on television, for everyone to judge for themselves. The Department of Justice will then decide charges, if any, to prosecute against the parties involved.

I first learned about “Whisper Campaigns” years ago when I got involved in volunteering with the Republican Party. A local incumbent I was volunteering for was not being directly attacked by their primary challenger, but instead the challenger was systematically spreading false rumors about him. The rumors gained traction and the challenger won. Within months of taking office, the challenger showed their true colors and became a huge disappointment to the very voters who voted for him! When the next election came around, this person was voted out by a large majority and a painful lesson was learned. Sadly, the damage had been done and it would take years to undo much of the poor leadership decisions that took place during the term of the ‘whisperer!’

May 11, 2022 - 05:00

Working in rodeo, when cowboys or bull riders share advice, it’s often focused on how to be more successful at the sport. A common piece of advice I’ve seen shared among the cowboy crowd is about just that—the crowd you’re in. They advise to spend more time with better, more successful competitors otherwise you risk being brought down by others.

May 11, 2022 - 05:00

Brandin Powers’ cartoon published May 4, 2022 depicted Mickey Mouse beating Florida governor Ron DeSantis in a celebrity boxing match. We can only guess that Powers wrongly assumes Walt Disney was the winner of the legal decision that the state of Florida recently passed outlawing the overt sexual grooming of young children.

Obituaries

May 11, 2022 - 05:00

Oliver Lee Hornbeek (aka..Pops) passed away at the Bandera Rehab and nursing home on April 23. He was a character at the home and played Santa for 4 years. I just know my mom Norma was waiting to greet him with open arms. They were married 57 years. He was 84 years old. Pops was born in Orlando Florida November 6, 1937. a long time ago. He was raised with 11 brothers and 1 sister. He is survived by his three sons, Lee Jr. and his spouse Leti, Eric and his wife Carol, and last but not least little brother Gary (aka.. stinky) and his spouse Sandy. Also his brother Lamar and sister Trudy. And a whole slew of grandkids, nephew Allen, who came down to Bandera Texas from Orlando Florida to see Pops in his final weeks and got to share Pops last meal out at Bricks Restaurant.

May 11, 2022 - 05:00

Adoloph Julius Stricker Jr, 81, of Cleveland, Tx passed away on March 21, 2022. He was the eldest son of Adoloph Julius Stricker Sr. and Harriett Inez Buck and was born on April 18, 1940. He was one of fourteen children and had a twin, Alice May, who was still born. Adolph was raised in Bandera and was a proud member of the FFA and graduated from Bandera High School in 1959.

May 11, 2022 - 05:00

Shirley Jean Cardwell Hunter went peacefully to be with Our Lord on April 23, 2022, at the age of 87 in San Antonio, Texas. Shirley was born on April 10, 1935, in Celeste, Texas to Chylas and Weldon Cardwell. She is preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters Sarah Cardwell Shruptrine and Patricia Cardwell D’Spain. Shirley wholeheartedly believed in marriage and had one true love, her husband Harold “Hal” Maurice Hunter, who preceded her in death in 1998. Shirley is survived by her two children, Kevin LeStourgeon & his wife Colette and Tal LeStourgeon & his wife Becky. She was “Shooey” to her grandchildren, Nicole Humphrey & her husband Stephen, Stefen LeStourgeon, Chance LeStourgeon, Danielle Copeland & her husband Eric and Clifford Stratton & his wife Christina. Shirley was a loving great grandparent to her seven great-grandchildren. Shirley grew up in Bandera, Texas and graduated from Bandera High School in 1952. She relocated to San Antonio, Texas. However, her biggest accomplishments in life were her sons, Kevin & Tal and marrying her husband, Hal.

May 4, 2022 - 06:08

Susie Runnels was born no December 15, 1941, in Cross Plains, Texas, and passed away on Friday, April 22, in Bandera, Texas.