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Byrd wins ‘Hometown Hero’ honors

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Buddy Byrd, a pillar of the Bandera community, will be honored as the 2019 Hometown Hero at the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic Cork & Fork fundraiser on Nov. 9.

“Buddy Byrd is an icon for the kind of hard work and determination that makes Bandera great,” said Nagel clinic Executive Director Chuck Lutke. “He also exemplifies compassion for others and generosity of heart, which seem limitless.”

Byrd is owner of Buddy’s Water Well & Septic Service that has served the central Texas Hill Country community for decades.

Clinic officials said Byrd has supported most if not all the charitable organizations in Bandera County.

He is a past president of the Bandera Masonic Lodge and has been instrumental in the success of the Cowboy Capital Rodeo Association, the Bandera County Junior Livestock Show, the Ridin’ the River Cowboy Fellowship and other local groups.

“I am so honored and humbled by this award. It is a blessing to have my family and friends’ support in everything I’ve done and will do in the future,” Byrd said. “Thank you all so much, and God bless this great community that we call home.”

Byrd has been married 46 years to Karon Byrd. They have two children, Roger Byrd and Stephanie D’Spain, along with nine grandchildren.

Cork & Fork is the Nagel clinic’s largest single-night fundraiser. It will celebrate Bandera’s western heritage under the theme of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.”

This year’s gala marks the fifth year that it has raised funding for the health care services the clinic provides to low-income, uninsured Bandera County families.

Chaired by longtime Clinic board member Dianna Harris, the Cork & Fork will again combine the excitement of a gala charity event with the down-home feel of a rousing Hill Country supper and barn dance.

It will be held at The Farm Country Club, 347 Pue Road north of Bandera.

Additional honorary co-chairs are Harry Harris, Holly and Johnny Boyle, Joe and Cindy McMullan, and Sandy and Gary Nagel.

The Cork & Fork will feature musical entertainment by Tony Booth and his band.

In addition, the Trinitones, Trinity University’s celebrated men’s a capella vocal ensemble will sing the National Anthem and Western songs at the event.

Last year’s sold-out Cork & Fork brought in a record $47,000 for the clinic’s programs, Lutke said.

“We invite everyone to buy your tickets early. Come help us thank Buddy Byrd for his contributions to the community, salute the brave men and women who have served in our military, and celebrate the wonderful life we all enjoy in the Texas Hill Country,” he said.

Single tickets for the event, which includes catered dinner with complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, are $55 per person. Veterans will receive a $10 discount.

Tables of eight are available at $440.

Leadership support for Cork & Fork is provided by H-E-B, Hondo National Bank, Peterson Health, HYO Silver and Quick Draw Payroll.

For more information, call 830-796-3448, visit the clinic at 1116 12th Bandera or go online to