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3- Issue 1 Thursday, September 29, 2011

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GEDC abandons VC plan
Two small business grants approved

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The Gonzales campus expansion plan for Victoria College was delayed Monday when The Gonzales Economic Development Corporation abandoned the previously approved project during their meeting. “We had to do that in order to remove the pledge of funds from the books,” explained Economic Development Director Carolyn

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Gibson. That pledge was $400,000, promised to Victoria College in 2010 to help with the expense of constructing two new campus structures — a medical science building and a technical trade school facility. The original plans were approved last year, but increased material and labor costs pushed the project beyond the school’s budget. Victoria College received more than $700,000 in private

and corporate donations, however the funds and the evaluated cost did not meet. Project Director Dr. Larry Garrett of Victoria College told The Cannon in August that the school was looking for more grants and other sources to help the school complete this project by deadline — August 2012. But all is not lost. The Gonzales City Council held a consecutive meeting with GEDC Monday, and all parties went into Execu-

tive Session to discuss options for the project’s success. “In the end, they decided to move forward with $400,000 for the purchase of real property for the campus expansion,” Gibson said. “We had to do it that way, otherwise there would be $800,000 on the books dedicated to the project, and that is just not possible.” From large projects to small business, GEDC approved two grant applications submitted by Marlene Metzler and Barbara Crozier. GEDC, Page A3


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Funeral services are scheduled this week for Lawrence M. Walshak, 91, a beloved local hero, business and community leader. Walshak passed away Wednesday. A rosary will be recited Friday at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at St. James Catholic Church. Walshak graduated from Gonzales High School in 1937 and joined the U.S. Army. He served during World War II and then came home to create a new hometown radio station, KCTI 1450 AM, and a lifetime of memories. The Gonzales Cannon profiled Walshak and his service in an article originally published June 4, 2010. In honor of Walshak’s service to his country and community, we are republishing that story.
(Originally Published June 4, 2010)

Relay for Life Kickoff

Gonzales County Relay For Life Chairwoman Arline Rinehart led the 2012 Relay For Life Kick-Off Party Saturday at Victoria College. During the event, survivors shared their experiences fighting cancer, several teams registered for the March 2012 fundraiser, and relay volunteers worked on paper flowers for the Relay For Life float in this weekend’s Come And Take It parade. (Photo by Nikki Maxwell)

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GONZALES — Lawrence Walshak wasn’t in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 when the Allied Forces landed on the beaches and invaded. But he does remember the scene when WALSHAK, Page A3

Gonzales school trustees will decide at their regular Oct. 10 board meeting whether or not to join in a lawsuit against the state over equitable school funding, and will also be asked to consider a plan approved by

the district’s redistricting committee. During a special meeting Tuesday preceding a team-building workshop, the board tabled action on a resolution to join the legal action sponsored by the Equity Center, representing some 200 or so school districts around the state. The lawsuit seeks a court decision requiring state

lawmakers to distribute education funds equally among districts. “We don’t hurt as bad as some districts,” noted superintendent Dr. Kim Strozier, adding, that funding “has never been equitable.” An original lawsuit in 1984 by the Equity Center helped produce GISD, Page A3

GADC begins work on new building
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827 St. Joseph, Gonzales 830-672-2484

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With a focus on fostering local economic development and growth, the Gonzales Area Development Corporation (GADC) took another big step when it broke ground Wednesday on a

second commercial building in the Industrial Park in Gonzales. The groundbreaking took place at the park, which is bordered by Church Street, FM 794 (Harwood Rd.) and Delago St. The new building, located on Block 1, Lot 4 of the GADC Industrial Park subdivision, is scheduled for comple-

tion by the first of November and is currently for sale. Sitting on 1.3503 acres, the building will include 1,200 square feet of office space and 5,000 square feet of warehouse space with an attached 2,000 squarefoot lean-to. In addition, it will GADC Page A3

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“Come and Hear It!” Tune in to radio station KCTI 1450 AM at 8 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Tuesday for weekly updates from Gonzales Cannon news Breaking ground at the new GADC building site are from left Josh Gray, Casey McKee, Ray Raley, editor Nikki Maxwell and General Ross Hendershot, Gary Mobbs. Kenneth Gottwald, Lindsey Lyde, Andy Rodriugez, Jimmy Windwe- manager Dave Mundy with KCTI personality Egon Barthels. hen, David Lindemann and Sasha Kardosz. (Photo by Mark Lube)

GADC groundbreaking

Rural heritage theme of Farm & Ranch Forum Oct. 14-15
“Conserving Our Rural Heritage” is the theme of this year’s Farm & Range Forum to be held in Uvalde on Oct. 14-15. Friday afternoon’s program is a field trip to a working ranch, and the Saturday forum is on the campus of Southwest Texas Junior College. As farmers and ranchers struggle to make a living on the land, there are many practices, programs, and exercises in planning that can make a difference between success and failure. At the Farm & Range Forum, we will examine topics such as conservation easements that can generate income or tax relief in exchange for a pledge to keep land out of development. To get the greatest benefit from such programs, we will see how a landowner can maximize the conservation values of the land. For many landowners, diversifying income streams by adding hunting or nature tourism to the mix can help sustain profitability. It is important, too, to understand how many ways conserving open space contributes to the public benefit. We will learn how estate planning can help conserve land and resources into the next generation. Another topic of importance to everyone in south central Texas is water. Our afternoon session is dedicated to learning more about our water resources and how we can best manage them for the long run. New scientific discoveries, management plans for the Edwards Aquifer, and ways we hope to enhance productivity are all topics for discussion, as is the state of our western rivers. We will also hear how the recent legislative session affected land and landowners. As much as livestock and crops suffer from these hot, dry conditions, wildlife, too, are being stretched to their limits to stay alive. Water is scarce, and foraging for food requires more and more energy for less and less success. Whether landowners or not, these circumstances affect us all and the health of our region for the long term. When our rainfall totals are this far below normal, how can we help wildlife survive, and what happens when many animals die? “The solutions to surviving are ones we will discover together,” commented Susan Hughes, one of the Forum planners. “The Farm & Range Forum is a place for sharing concerns and frustrations, as well as ideas and plans to get through these difficult times.” Friday afternoon, at the ranch, specialists will lead small groups in discussing range management practices, riparian values and protection, and rangeland plant diversity, as well as income

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The Gonzales Cannon

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gonzales Police Report
Gonzales Police Dept. News Release for the Week Of Sept. 26: 09/21/2011 Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle 1300 Blk College St. 09/21/2011 Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle 1700 Blk Seydler St. 09/21/2011 Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle 1700 Blk Seydler St. 09/21/2011 Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle 1700 Blk Seydler St. 09/22/2011 Reported Burglary Motor Vehicle 800 Dunning St. 09/22/2011 Troy Swept Rosales 23 Of San Antonio, Tx Arrested And Charged With Possession Of Marijuana And Public Intoxication At 2000 Blk Hwy 183. 09/23/2011 Reported Forgery 200 Blk Smith St. 09/23/2011 Reported Theft 600 Blk Qualls St. 09/24/2011 Reported Criminal Mischief 300 Blk St. Louis St. 09/24/2011 Reported Retaliation 1000 Blk St. Joseph St. 09/25/2011 Reported Credit Card Abuse 500 Blk Wallace St. 09/25/2011 Simon Cantu 67 Of Gonzales Arrested And Charged With Public Intoxication At 300 Blk St. Joseph St.

Gonzales Co. Sheriff’s Office Report
The Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Report for 09/18/1109/24/11 09/18/11 Luna, Ismael, 09/1977, McAllen. Possession of Marijuana <2 oz. Released on $1,500 Bond. Alford, Zachary Steven, 11/1993, Gonzales. Local Warrant - No Drivers Licensed Issued. Requires $315.00 Fine. Local Warrant - Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility. Requires $415.00 Fine. Released on Order to Appear. 09/19/11 Bautista, Camilo Andres, 07/1979, Cuero. Bexar County Warrant - Theft >$500 <$1,500 by Check. Released on $1,600 Bond. Bexar County Warrant - Driving while License Invalid with previous. Conviction or Suspension. Released on $5,000 bond. Dulaney, Charles Edward Jr., 01/1978, Splendora. Local Warrant Driving while Intoxicated. Requires $3,000 Bond. Remains in Custody. 09/20/11 Duran, Teresa Mar, 07/1971, Waelder. Hinder Apprehension/ Prosecution. Requires $1,500 Bond. Immigration Detainer. Remains in Custody. Yanez, Modesto Mar, 06/1993, Waelder. No Drivers License Issued. Released on Order to Appear. Immigration Detainer. Released on ICE. 09/21/11 Garcia, Gilbert Santos, Jr., 06/1990, Gonzales. Hinder Proceedings by Disorderly Conduct. Released on $500 bond. 09/22/11 Macy, Myles Nicholas, 09/1986, Gonzales. Local Warrant - Speeding. Requires $253.00 Fine. Local Warrant - No Liability Insurance. Requires $415.00 Fine. Released on Pay Plan. 09/23/11 Walpole, Michael Dewayne, 09/1966, Harwood. Pardon and Parole Board Hold - Sexual Assault Child. Remains in Custody. Total Arrest, Court Commitments, other agency arrest and processing’s: GCSO 09 DPS 05 GPD 04 WPD 02 NPD 01 Constable 00 DWCSO 00 DEA 00 TPW 00 GCAI 00 Total 21

diversification. Dinner at the ranch will be followed by a roundtable conversation. If you are a rangeland manager or a Master Naturalist or have a pesticide applicator license, your participation can earn valuable Continuing Education Units. The Farm & Range Forum was developed in 2000 to foster dialog between rural landowners and urban dwellers on natural resource conservation issues. Advance registration encouraged: Friday/Saturday - $85; Friday only - $40; Saturday only - $65; students ½ price. Fees include meals and breaks. Registration forms are available at the following websites: http://, http://,, and<http://www.>, or register by phone at 800-TEXWILD. A block of rooms is being held at the Uvalde Holiday Inn Express: (830) 278-7300. Ask for the “Farm & Range Forum” rate.

Gonzales Municipal FTA List
Gonzales Municipal COurt noshow list for Sept. 21. Defendants who receive a citation(s) must appear on or before the date indicated on the citation(s). Their appearance must be in writing, in person or by an attorney, and any change of address must be given to the court. Defendants listed below have recently missed their scheduled court date and their failure to respond will result in a warrant(s) being issued for their arrest. An additional charge of violate promise to appear being added to their fine. In addition to the original charge, there will be a warrant fee for violate promise to appear. In addition, you may be denied the renewal of your driver license from the Department of Public Safety and collection of debt fees by attorneys at law. Rebecca Castillo Deyanita Yvette Molina John Vasilio Aleman, Jr. Catherine B. Page Arthur Lakey, Jr. Enrique Lopez Flores Emuil Greathouse Madison Marcus Justin Sepulveda Hugo Hernandez Sepulveda Francisco Moreno Brandon Ray Garcia Jose Alfonso Reyes-Hernandez Leila Gallegos Christopher Espinosa Kitrik Schann Reichart Walter Marion Taylor, Jr. Fabian Humberto Medrano The above listed defendants need to contact the court as soon as possible at 830-6722815. If you have any outstanding fines your name may make the next list.

DeWitt Co. Sheriff’s Office Report
DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report for Week of September 15: Inmates Housed for other Agencies 4 September 15, 2011 Aaron Conway, 24, of Cuero, Violation of Probation/ Failure to Register Sex Offender, Bond of $50,000, DCSO, Sex Offenders Duty to Register Life/ Annually, Out of Victoria, Bond of $20,000, DCSO September 16, 2011 Ashley Hardaway, 24, of Yoakum, Violation of Probation/ Theft Stolen Property $50-$500, out of Victoria, Bond $500 PR, DCSO James Holt, 46, of Caldwell, Violation of Probation/ Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, NO Bond, DCSO Kristopher Bluntzer, 22, of Victoria, Surety Desiring to Release Principal/ Credit Card Abuse, Bond of $15,000, DCSO Brent Gregg, 57, of Harlengin, Criminal Trespass, Bond $800 PR, Cuero PD Wesley Ledwick, 44, of Cuero, Assault Causes Bodily Injury, Bond of $1000 PR, Cuero PD Justin Zielonka, 23, of Cuero, Possession of CS PG 3 LT 28G, Bond of $1000, Cuero PD September 17, 2011 Billi Davis, 29, of Cuero, Criminal Mischief GT$50 LT $500, Bond of $1000, Disorderly Conduct/ Language, 30 Days to Appear, Capias Pro Fine/ No Drivers License, Fine of $159.25, Capias Pro Fine/ Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Fine of $157.25, Cuero PD Michael Garcia, 30, of Pleasanton, Hinder Apprehension/Prosecution, Bond of $1000, Possession of Marijuana LT2OZ, Bond of $1000, Cuero PD Kristie Pope, 37, of Cuero, Capias Prp Fine/ Speeding 16/20 Over Limit, Fine of $141, DPS September 18, 2011 Misael Gonzalez, 30, of San Antonio, Public Intoxication, 30 Days to Pay, Yorktown PD Dianna Dodds, 52, of Nordheim, Criminal Trespass, Bond of $1000 PR, Interfere with Public Duties, Bond of $1000 PR, Yorktown PD Timothy Dodds, 53, of Nordheim, Obstruction or Retaliation, Bond of $5000 PR, Criminal Trespass, Bond of $1000 PR, Terroristic Threat of Family/ Household, Bond of $1000 PR, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Bond of $1000 PR, Yorktown PD Timothy Dodds, 29, of Victoria, Terroristic Threat of Family/ Household, Bond of $1000, Yorktown PD Dianna Dodds, 52, of Nordheim, Criminal Trespass, Bond of $1,000 PR, Interfere with Public Duties, Bond of $1,000 PR, Yorktown PD Michael Slack, 17, of San Antonio, Burglary of a Habitation, Bond of $20,000, Theft of Firearm, Bond of $5000, Theft of Firearm, Bond of $5000, Engage in Organized Criminal Activity, Bond of $75,000, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Bond of $15,000, DCSO Kandice Williams, 21, of San Antonio, Burglary of a Habitation, Bond of $20,000, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity Bond of $75,000, Theft of Firearm, Bond of $5,000, Theft of Firearm, Bond of $5,000, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Bond of $15,000, DCSO Brandee Gunnels, 19, of Helotes, Theft of Firearm, Bond of $5,000, Theft of Firearm, Bond of $5,000, Burglary of Habitation, Bond of $20,000, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Bond of $15,000, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by a Felon, Bond of $25,000, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Bond of $75,000, DCSO September 19, 2011 Krystyne Bivens, 24, of Austin, Assault Causes Bodily Injury, Bond of $1000, DCSO September 20, 2011 Daniel Bailey, 25, of Victoria, Aggravated Robbery, Bond of $150,000, CPD Kenneth Smith, 23, of Gonzales, Aggravated Robbery, Bond of $150,000, Speeding 21/25 Over Limit, 30 Days to Appear, No/ Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection Certificate, 30 Days to Appear, Violate Drivers License Code Restriction, 30 Days to Appear, No Liability Insurance, 30 Days to Appear, Speeding 1/10 Over Limit, 30 Days to Pay, Driver Not Secured by Seatbelt, 30 Days to Appear, Driver Not Secured by Seatbelt, 30 Days to Appear, Failure to Appear, 30 Days to Pay, Improper Class Drivers License for Vehicle Type, 30 Days to Pay, Operate Unregistered Motor Vehicle, 30 Days to Appear, Failure to Appear/ Improper Class Drivers License for Motor Vehicle, 30 Days to Appear, Failure to Appear/ Operate Unregistered Motor Vehicle, 30 Days to Appear, CPD Kelvin Wright, 21, of Cuero, Aggravated Robbery, Bond of $150,000, CPD Eric Anzaldua,40, of Cuero, Violate Probation/Burglary of Habitation and Repeat Offender, Bond of $20,000, DCSO Justin Trevino, 20, of Richmond, Violate Probation/ Burglary of Building, Hold for ISF, DCSO Stephen Alsobrook, 44, of Nordheim, Driving While License Invalid, Bond of $800, DCSO Trent Hopkins, 23, of Cuero, Possession of Marijuana GT 2oz LT 4oz, Bond of $1000, Possession of Dangerous Drug, Bond of $1000, CPD September 21, 2011 Blaze Fernandez, 20, of Cuero, Commitment One Day, DCSO September 22, 2011 Eduardo Lopez, 20, of Yoakum, Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse, Bond of $5000, Yoakum Police Department Wade Huber, 22, of Cuero, Evading Arrest Detention With Vehicle, Bond of $7500, Driving While Intoxicated, Bond of $1000, Driving While License Invalid, Bond of $1000, CPD Vernon Petrich, 51, of Yorktown, Driving While Intoxicated/ Open Alcohol Container, Bond of $1000, DPS David Guerrero, 24, of Yorktown, Public Intoxication, 30 Days To Appear, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, 30 Days to Appear, Yorktown Police Department

Jamaica Queen

Jenna Dominguez, 15, of Gonzales was crowned Jamaica Queen at the annual Sacred Heart Catholic Church fundraiser, Sept. 10. Dominguez raised $2,504 for her parish community. This was her second time competing for Jamaica Queen (Courtesy Photo)

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Yoakum Police Report
Yoakum Police Department Weekly Incident Report for Sept. 19-25: 09/19/11 Case #11-177, Warrant Arrest, Baros, John, 64, Yoakum, 104 Capital; Offense, W#L201114016-Criminal Trespass; Disposition, Bond/$2,500/Trans. LCSO. Case #11-386, Theft-B, 104 Poth; Disposition, Investigation. 09/20/11 Case #11-360, Warrant Arrest, Lopez, Eduard, 20, Yoakum, 100 Blk. N. Park; Offense, W#11-099Credit/Debit Card Abuse; Disposition, Bond/$5,000/Trans., LCSO. 09/21/11 Case #11-387, Criminal Mischief-B, 508 Lavaca; Disposition, Investigation. 09/22/11 Case #11-388,Burglary-Vehicle, 1201 Hopkins; Complainant, Rodriguez, Joe; Disposition, Investigation. 09/24/11 Case #11-389, Assault-C, 311 Montgomery; Disposition, Court Citation. Case #11-390, Violate City Ordinance (2), 611 US 77AN; Complainant, City of Yoakum; Disposition, Court Citation. 09/25/11 Case #11-391, Criminal Mischief-Fel, 612 Davis; Disposition, Investigation. Case #11-392, Burglary-Residence, 303 Hochheim; Complainant, Austin, Coltin; Disposition, Investigation.

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Gonzales County History Harvest — Oct. 15
The Gonzales County Historical Commission is sponsoring a Gonzales County History Harvest, On Oct. 15. A Civic Tourism session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. “I think that will be of special interest to the Heritage Tourism Task Force and all VIP participants,” said Glenda Gordon, VIP-Heritage Tourism Task Force Team Leader. “Civic Tourism”: Sat., Oct. 15, from 1:30 pm - 4 p.m. Gonzales County Courthouse, District Courtroom. Presenter: April Garner, Program Specialist THC, Texas Heritage Tourism Program, Community Heritage Development Division, THS Lori Waters, Heritage Planning Graduate Intern, Center for Advanced Study of Museum Science and Heritage Management, Texas Tech University Belonging in and to “Place”. Garner will lead a discussion about Civic Tourism as an industry, as residents and as guests. Waters will present her inventory of heritage resources and Gonzales Heritage Planning Report “This two hour meeting has potential for harvesting huge benefits for those who are active participants in the well being and growth of Gonzales,” Gordon said.

GEDC: Approves business grants
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The Gonzales Cannon

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WALSHAK: Co-founder of KCTI radio passes
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Metzler is renovating the Booth & Lewis Building in downtown Gonzales, and plans to open a new restaurant — The Running M Bar & Grill — next month. Metzler told GEDC she plans to hire 13-15 employees, and be open Monday through Sunday, but only in the evenings for dinner. Crozier’s business project involves renovating the historic home on St. Joseph St. that she currently uses for Laurel Ridge Antiques, and converting the second floor into an Inn. The gift shop will remain on the first floor, with antiques and collectables decorating the entire business. “It will not be a tradi-

tional Bed and Breakfast, because we are not serving meals there,” Crozier told The Cannon. “It will be more like a “Bed and Shopping.” GEDC approved $25,000 for each project. According to GEDC President Connie Kacir, the Claw Backs will be in the document before GEDC signs each contract. A Claw Back is the criteria each applicant must maintain in order to be in compliance with the grant. $25,000 is the maximum amount available for each small business grant. Eligibility calculations include: 20 percent - base rate for all projects; 10 percent - use of local contractors; 10 percent - use of local suppliers; 10 percent - new full time

jobs created by project. “Each project brought before us is considered individually and we will do our best to help support local businesses as much as possible,” Kacir said. Grants are reimbursements, so they are paid when the projects are completed. The project must be completed within one year of application approval date by GEDC. All grant applications must be accompanied by and estimate or bid to complete project. For more information about the process and eligibility, call Carolyn Gibson at Gonzales City Hall, (830) 6722815. Lower Colorado River Authority will spend weeks

with community leaders in Gonzales next month, to discuss and evaluate how GEDC is meeting the needs of Gonzales businesses and citizens. “This is the first time the community will be involved with our strategic plan,” Kacir said. “We are excited to see what happens.” The Strategic Plan is an annual process GEDC goes through to self evaluate and determine what areas to focus on in the coming year. “The representative will interview the board, then the community leaders, then bring that information back to the board,” Kacir said. “We look forward to their input.”

he arrived on a ship a week later. “It was really, really awful,” said Walshak, who was a staff sergeant working in medical administration and assigned to the Headquarters Detachment 1st Medical Battalion 1st infantry division. “I wasn’t in the battle but I saw a lot of the bodies of the soldiers who were.” The D-Day invasion was conducted in two phases, with an air assault landing of 24,000 American, British, Canadian and Free French airborne troops at night, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armored divisions on the French coast at 6:30 a.m. along a 50-mile stretch of beach. The operation was the largest amphibious invasion of all time with more than 160,000 soldiers landing in one day. Walshak documented the wounded and organized medical records of the American casualties. Although a veteran himself, he says he’s not a hero because he wasn’t one of the men under fire as they landed on the beach. “I didn’t do anything special, just my job,” Walshak said. He said one of the real heros was his brother Richard A. Alton, who was wounded during the Normandy invasion and sent back to England for medical treatment. He said he lost many friends during World War II, at Normandy and other areas of conflict. “One of my close friends was killed when he was in a truck going to the front lines at the battle of the Bulge,” he said. Walshak enlisted in the 111th Engineers Medical Detachment, 36th Division Texas National Guard, Oct. 26, 1936 in Gonzales. He was called to active duty Nov. 25, 1940 and stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas near Brown-

wood. Then he deployed to Iceland in April 1942. As a first sergeant, Walshak served with the Medical Supply Depot in Iceland. After D-Day Walshak traveled to Holland and returned to Gonzales in April 1945. “I went home on furlow (vacation), and it was the first time I’d seen my family in three years,” said Walshak. While in Gonzales, he received some news that would change his life. “I got a call telling me to stay home, and that I didn’t have to come back to the war,” said Walshak. “VE Day had happened and World War II was over.” After the war, Walshak and his war buddy, U.S. Marine Frank Wilson Jr. decided to start a radio station in Gonzales. “Frank was a ham radio operator in the war so he handled the technical side of things while I took care of the business records,” said Walshak. “We both sold advertising and did anything else we had to do to keep it going.” Walshak remembers when the radio station in Waco was complaining that KCTI would compete with it’s frequency. The fight for the radio station went all the way to the capital. “We went to Washington, D.C. to ask for permission to start the radio station here,” said Walshak. He said it took about a year to get an answer. “We were approved and went on the air in 1947,” Walshak said. “We were the only radio station between Austin and Houston.” That same year, Walshak joined the Texas National Guard 36th division. He continued to serve his country as a reserve soldier for twenty years and retired as a major

in February 1967. Among his awards, Walshak received the EAME Campaign Medal with four Battle Stars, Amercan Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

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GADC: Groundbreaking held
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have a 5,024 squarefoot asphalt parking area with concrete driveway and 100 feet of sidewalk around the office area. The office will feature a stone facing, low-E windows and glass entry door. The warehouse will be a pre-engineered building with craneready columns and track stubs, insulated roof and walls, four commercial grade overhead doors with chain operators, and exterior security lights. It will also inMerchant Seaman Michael Alford provided the maritime adventure at the Monday, Sep- clude a plumbing and tember 26th meeting of the Noon Lions Club. Michael, (above left) who lives in Cistern, electrical package. The

Maritime tales

Tx....when he is home ...spends about 30 days at a time on one of the large container ships delivering supplies and merchandise, mainly to a seaport and military base in the Azores. They then pick up contains at other ports for return to the United States and his home base of Virginia Beach. Michael said his ship can carry about 15,000 containers with an average payload value of about $52-million. He provided a power point presentation depicting many facets of his ship, both loaded with containers and below deck. Michael heads a crew that is primarily concerned with the ships generators although he may be involved in many other duties. Michael said that although its a large ship, 75 to 90 foot swells in the ocean can cause the ship to list at up to 45 degrees at times and make for some exciting times when trying to eat or work on equipment. Alford is pictured above with Lion Ann Rodriguez from the Gonzales Learning and Career Center, where Alford, a high school dropout, earned his G.E.D., before qualifying for his seaman status. (Courtesy photo)

contractor is McKee Construction Company. For information about purchasing the building or other lots within the GADC Industrial Park, contact Lindsey Lyde at 830-857-1184. “We believe this building will be an important and very visible addition to the business park, especially in light of the oil and gas activity in the Gonzales area and the growing number of companies interested in expanding to Texas,” says GADC President Lindsey Lyde. “Once again, we’d like to thank our community partners,

like the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC), for their contributions, and are grateful for the cooperative effort between the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) and the City who are committed to the success of this project.” The development of the approximately 25acre business park is a partnership between the GADC and the GEDC. The park’s first commercial building, developed by the GADC, was recently sold and now houses a new business for Gonzales.

GISD: Delays decision on joining equity suit
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Blessing of the Animals

Jenny (held by Esther) will be among other animals receiving a blessing Sunday.

Sunday, October 2 at 6PM there will be a service to bless animals on the lawn of the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 721 St. Louis. All animals are welcome for this brief service of blessing.

the “Robin Hood” school funding legisilation, taking money away from propertyrich districts and giving it to property-poor districts. “If there is ever a hope for equity statewide, it’s going to involve a bunch of people working together,” board president Glenn Menking noted. After a short discussion, trustees opted to delay a decision until their October meeting. That October meeting will give the board its first official look at plans to redraw the boundaries of the single-member districts represented by trustees. That plan was approved by the GISD redistricting committee on Monday. The proposed plan would

retain two of GISD’s seven trustee districts as “majority Hispanic” districts of at least 61.6 percent Hispanic population while making minor adjustments to boundaries. Consultant Tony Resendez of the firm of Walsh, Anderson presented the citizen’s committee with information about concerns raised during their previous meeting seeking to make District 2 more geographically compact, saying that a proposal to eliminate a “finger” of territory along Church St. from the district would have a ripple effect because of the demographics involved. “We looked at making District 2 more compact, and what we found is that it would affect others and we wanted to ensure there would be no ‘ret-

rogression’ (lowering the percentages of Hispanic residents in Districts 1 and 2),” he said. “If you made District 2 more geographically compact, those numbers would go down.” During Tuesday’s special meeting, the board also approved a proposal seeking a waiver for the use of a desaggragation tool for data management and discussed setting priorities for further remodeling projects in the new budget year. Deputy superintendent Larry Wehde said his initial analysis sets the top priority as the remodeling and expansion of cafeteria/physical education facilities at East Avenue Elementary, followed by similar work on the annex and gym at North Avenue.

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Whether they ever find life there or not, I think Jupiter should be considered an enemy planet. --”Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handey One of the things I’ve observed over the last 35 or so years of following political events is that there doesn’t seem to be a lot of deep thinking going on -- and that seems to hold true whether you’re on the left, right, in the middle or way out in deep left field. People who are otherwise very intelligent and articulate make political decisions based on the most shallow of reasons — and do a disservice to those of us who try to make informed and responsible decisions at the polls. Watch a debate, for example. At the conclusion, when the talking heads begin their analysis, there is always the comment about which of the debaters “looked most presidential.” Every election, those post-voting interviews invariably include someone mentioning that she voted for candidate so-and-so because “he looks nice.” Why, exactly, should a candidate’s looks matter in how you vote? I don’t care if your hair is hot pink and you wear lime-green Underoos, if you support fiscally-responsible, minimally-invasive government, you’ll get my vote. This lack of deep thinking can be observed in both our conservative and liberal voters. I recall attending a “meet the candidate” forum for city council candidates in another town a few years back. During the Q&A portion of the meeting, citizen after thick-headed citizen rose up to ask the candidates not about water rates or capital improvements or noise ordinances, but about whether or not the

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Join The Cannon in celebrating our second birthday
We invite our readers and the communities we serve to join the staff and shareholders of The Gonzales Cannon newspaper as we celebrate our second birthday this weekend. The Cannon made its debut on Come and Take It Weekend two years ago -- a lively 18-page product, distributed for free, which promised to be a forum of honesty, integrity and fairness for a community which had grown increasingly convinced that its voice was not being heard. Today’s edition -- seven sections and more than 50 pages -- goes out to nearly a thousand mail subscribers and twice that many buyers on newsstands, as well as literally to the global audience via our website. The Gonzales Cannon newspaper has been, from its inception, imbued with the spirit of the community from whence it sprang -- unswerving to ideals, uncompromising to principles and unafraid to stray from the path of security in order to serve the cause of liberty. We have proven that the bean-counters of the media corporations which dominate the community newspaper business are what have ruined the community newspaper business. Rather than continuously trimming the editorial budget and shrinking coverage to televisionsized sound bites to “save money,” we have given our readers the avalanche of news they asked for -- and it is because of that emphasis on expanding, rather than condensing, news coverage that we attract both readers and advertisers. Like any two-year-old, we’ve done a little stumbling around to find our place in the world. Rather than trying to simply replace the paper whose refusal to tackle corruption inspired our birth, we have instead carved our own niche as the regional news weekly with an aggressive, old-fashioned approach to journalism. It is a role in which we can coexist with not only that historic publication, but the home town papers of ten other communities around the region. We have also found a warm welcome from readers and advertisers with the generallyconservative tone of our editorial page. It is our view that the newspaper should be the public’s watchdog over government, not its personal public-relations firm. Too much of our news media is dominated by unabashed liberalism; we give our readers and advertisers an alternative view, without censoring those who wish to speak their piece. On behalf of the staff and shareholders of The Gonzales Cannon, we invite you to join us at the Come and Take It celebration this weekend in downtown Gonzales -- and to Come and Read It.

We could use some deep thinking
Dances with Chihuahuas

Dave Mundy
General Manager

candidates were “pro-life.” I’m yet to find a city council in Texas that spends a lot of time building abortion clinics. For the flip side of that one, we have those who vote for candidates based solely on skin color — or sexual preference. Voters in Houston proved to everyone that they don’t have a prejudiced bone in their collective body by electing a lesbian Mayor simply because she is a lesbian and a liberal. Elise Parker has rewarded them by proving that she is just as incompetent as every previous holder of the office, if not more so. And after watching the YouTube videos interviewing some of those who voted for Barack Obama, I’m convinced we need to revisit the universal franchise concept. I don’t mind you casting a ballot for a liberal, but at least be educated enough to know what you’re doing. Then there is the ongoing “raise the taxes on the rich” shallow thinking, as well. Aside from the fact that “the rich” already pay most of the taxes at every level in this country, do those who support this concept realize what happens when you tax “the rich”? They’re not stupid: they got to be rich by learning how to bring in more than they pay out. They raise the prices we

pay for everything. So the more we tax them — the more we pay. Doh! Similarly, the whole concept of social spending has a major flaw in it. Sure, we want to help those who are less fortunate: it’s the right thing to do, it’s even the Christian thing to do. But when charity becomes government policy, we eliminate personal incentive. If the government will pay me enough to live on even if I’m not working, why in the world would I want to bust my chops working a job or two or three to make the same money or thereabouts? Similarly-shallow thinking is evident among our more libertarian brethren, who have it in their minds that if we leave other countries alone and don’t mess with them, they will leave us alone. By and large, that’s sound thinking — assuming you’re dealing with sane, reasonable, logical people. I’ve never met a jihadist who is sane, reasonable or logical. While we have some short-sighted conservative types, it’s hard to comprehend the obtuse reasoning of those farthyest out on the political Left — such as the gay-agenda folks. We are at war with a politico-socio-religious cult which abhors sexual perversity, so over the advice of our top military leaders the leftists have finagled the government into permanently removing the ban on homosexuals serving in our armed forces. Yeah, I’m sure that has Achmed the Terrorist shaking with abject fear. The sad fact is that we as a society do too little deep thinking about longterm consequences. A little forethought would go a long way in helping us to restore our republic.

More of the same from Obama
Once again President Obama has proposed to raise taxes during a weak economy, even though in 2009 he said it was a bad idea. His policies have been confused and he can’t seem to decide what his policy should be, changing its direction and its prescriptions from one year to the next. It’s obvious that he had one political strategy in 2009, and as his job approval polls continue to plunge, he has changed his tune. Obama was elected on the platform of class warfare promising to repeal George W. Bush’s tax cuts for upper-income Americans, but not middle-class and low-income tax cuts. However as the economy got worse because of his big spending stimulus plan, and as unemployment rose, Obama gave in to GOP pleas that this was no time to raise taxes on an economy struggling to get back on its feet. He reluctantly agreed to temporarily extend all the Bush tax cuts, but only after Republicans toppled the Democrats from majority control in the House, reduced their numbers in the Senate, and were coming after Obama to stop his big spending binge. Obama was driving the government deeper into debt and proposing even higher spending, until the GOP threatened to block

El Conservador
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the debt ceiling increase if he did not agree to major budget reductions. The battle raged for months until Obama blinked again, agreeing to $1 trillion in spending cuts and another $1.5 trillion in savings to be worked out by a joint House and Senate panel this year. But things got worse for Obama. The economy got weaker, his party base became disappointed, and the polls showed that even minorities, his strongest supporters, have lost faith in him. And so now that Obama’s job approval has sunk in recent days to between 39 percent and 40 percent, and there are new indications

the economy may fall into another recession, he has come forth with his answer to our nation’s economic problems: raise taxes. He also is using his wealthy friends to support for his class warfare as they claim they aren’t paying their fair share of taxes. There isn’t anything new in Obama’s tax plan. He wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher-income taxpayers and raise the present 35 percent top tax rate to nearly 40 percent. He wants to tax income earners that are small-business people, and the source of most of the jobs in our country. They are struggling to stay alive in this economy, and higher taxes would drive them and the jobs they create out of business. Here are some ideas for President Obama and his wealthy friends. If his rich friends want to pay more taxes or give more money to the government, why don’t they just write a big check? If President Obama wants to be fair to the “nonrich,” why not lower the tax rates? If Obama wants to address the deficit, why not stop the spending?

Thursday, September 29, 2011

In Your View
The Gonzales Cannon
Last week someone asked me, “What are the Northern Lights”? So, I thought I’d take the time to talk about astronomy again. The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis, are a colorful light show that occurs at the Earth’s north pole. The sphere of the earth has an iron core and because of this, behaves

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What are the Northern Lights?

Science Guy
What’s with the garage sale ordinance?
Thomas Enriquez Gonzales

Letters to

the editor

Steve Scott

Dear Editor: I’d love to go to garage sales; you can’t believe what people sell and the great bargains you can find but if they have to pay the City a fee and put ads in the paper. You won’t make much because you don’t get very much because you don’t get very much when you sell at a garage sale. Some of the folks that sell sometimes it is so they get enough money for extra spending for fun and sometimes I know they need it to help pay for rent, gas, utilities and food for their families, sometimes to buy something just helps them out. I know we have found expensive pool cues and donated them to the Youth Center. Why do folks have to pay the city a fee to hold a garage sale. Don’t they make enough on all of this oil business and more people in town. I think this is pure greed on their part. Leave the garage sales alone. You have them on your own property or a friend’s garage. I see nothing wrong with this. Darlene DuBose Gonzales

back to work by Step 3. In reality, this is what our president is proposing. Will it happen? I am a Pro-Life, Pro-Gun Democrat,

Steve Scott is a former science teacher at Gonzales High School.

Cannon’s staff pulls no punches

Obama’s on track with right plan

Dear Editor, With a struggling economy, a very stubborn un-employment rate, a tough House of Republicans and two wars, what can Obama do to get things back on track? 1. Bring the troops home. That would save $1.1 trillion alone ending operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, a place my cousin is fighting for our freedom as we speak. God bless him. 2. $580 billion in adjustments to health and entitlement programs, $248 billion to Medicare, $72 billion Medicaid and would not increase Medicaid eligibility age. 3. Assert the Buffet rule named after billionaire Warren Buffet who has publicly complained he is taxed at a lower rate than his own employees. It would let the Bush-era tax cuts expire, an increase of $800 billion from that. The other step would come from closing loopholes and limiting deductions among people making $200,000 a year as well as corporations generating another $700 billion in revenue. It makes sense since we’re paying out more than we are taking in currently. Everyone rich or poor should pay the same as the next citizen, no exemptions unless permitted by law. 4. Promote a job, creation bill, get people back to work, fix our streets, our bridges, our highways as well as our society and communities. If we can nation build in countries all over the Middle East we certainly deserve the same here at home. Offset the cost of getting people

Dear Editor, The Cannon had two wonderful editorials lately by Nikki Maxwell and one by Dave Mundy. The is only the second letter to the editor I have ever written, but I just had to thank Dave and Nikki for saying the things we as citizens should be saying. Is there any other small Texas town that would allow the disgraces that we have sat back and ignored? As Dave said, one public official received a scolding and a slap on the hand. And Nikki certainly didn’t pull any punches about the things that are happening in town. We must get our younger people more involved. There should not be a meeting of the school board, city council, county commissioners or any other local entity without citizens there. Thank you Nikki and Dave for doing our jobs for us. Jane Johnson Gonzales

Thanks for support of Iron Cuff Rally

Dear Editor, We could not have put on the Iron Cuff Rally without your interest and support. Thanks to your sponsorship, we were more organized, reached a greater number of people and offered more to attendees. In spite of the typical August weather, attendance was good. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet others with common interests and a sincere desire to assist with raising funds for the Texas Honor Ride and Wounded warriors. For those of us working to make the Iron Cuff Rally a success, your contribution was immeasurable. we cannot thank you enough for the thoughtfulness and respect you have shown to the Reguladores South Central Texas Chapter. Mark Bennet, President Reguladores South Central Texas Chapter

like a giant magnet, setting up a magnetic field. Now, the Sun gives us more than just light and heat. Every second it bombards the earth with X-rays, ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation, radio raves. Some have even said that the Sun provides us with vitaminD, however that is just our bodies producing it when we get ultraviolet B radiation from the Sun. Besides these types of radiation, the sun also lets off a stream of charged particles, mostly electrons and protons, with very high energy. This stream of particles is called the Solar Wind. As the solar wind heads towards earth, our magnetic field bends and focuses some of it towards the North Pole. When these particles hit the oxygen and nitrogen in our atmosphere, they temporarily absorb the energy. When the energy is released again, we see it as light. Oxygen emits green or brownish-red light, depending on the amount of energy, and ni-

trogen emits blue or red. The more solar radiation is emitted, the greater the light show becomes. Has the Northern Lights ever been visible in Texas? A giant Solar flare was expected to produce a great aurora show in August, but that did not happen. We were supposed to have one last February 15th, but that didn’t happen either. Since Aurora are usually visible in extreme northern latitudes, like Alaska, and Norway, sometimes they are seen in Wisconsin and even as far asouth as Nebraska. In 2006, an aurora could be seen in Arizona. The last time we could see it

in Texas was in 2003 during the Sun’s “Halloween storms”-- a very rare two week period when the sun was throwing a temper tantrum. The Northern Lights are a beautiful and spooky light show that you will never forget when you see. If you have a chance to see one, count your blessings, because most of us don’t get to. By the way, everything that I wrote above also goes for the Southern Lights or Corona Borealis. They work the same way at the Earth’s South Pole. Send your science related questions to sciguy@

“One of the wisest things my daddy ever taught me was that “so-and-so is a damned smart man, but the fool’s got no sense.” —Lyndon B. Johnson

Not everything you see and hear is what is happening
Jim Cunningham

Scratch Pad
Jim Cunningham is a former longtime Gonzales newsman and the former interim publisher of the Gonzales Cannon.

It’s been my belief that if you want to hear everything, you need to keep both eyes open. Reasoning for my reason is that for over forty years I was in the busyness of the newspaper business. After a stint in that strange little war in that strange little country called Vietnam serving in the MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam) Press Corps I returned to the world and later went to toiling as a reporter up there in San Marcos. Covering a few entities such as the school board and county commissioners’ court, along with sundry assignments. With pen and pad and camera in hand. As a cub reporter in his first civilian newspaper job. It didn’t take getting hit over the head with a Louisville Slugger for

me to rely on the ears and eyes as the senses to make sense of things. As a writer. Yep, I took to embracing the traits of looking and listening like the dew covers Dixie. I had the sense to cater to those two senses and enough sense to keep one’s mouth shut. Well, not always. But in covering stories of say, a government entity, one can’t put 100 per cent stock in what is seen and said. Because even what you hear is not always a claim that can be ratified. So there is a cause to doubt an elected official when they go off

on a tangent and start comparing beans to bullfrogs. People love listening to themselves as they expound on things they consider of import. Paying homage to a self-importance to whatever comes into the head and out the mouth. You know, he or she is transmitting when he or she should be receiving. Over the years I have been on the listening end of, and also have eavesdropped on, conversations in a multitude of environments. On the job and off. Covering meetings or visiting in a coffee shop, restaurant, or establishment for thirst. Both urban and rural. I have witnessed history (covered the funeral of LBJ from Austin to his burial near Johnson City). And believed what I saw. And have only glanced at things I still question today. As truth. I have sat through a fellow’s orchestrated chin music. And tolerated a lady who had a tongue that was just plumb frolicsome. Contending his or her conversation is the gospel truth and the whole

truth. So help me God. However, I’m guilty also. I have overheard a thing or two and repeated it. Only to find out later it had about as much merit as a politician’s promise or a marriage vow of “forever.” And there is where the problem is. And that is that truth has only to pass through a few persons to become fiction. Consider. For the past week there have been posts on the social internet that Facebook was to begin charging its members as of midnight Monday. Not so. But what is so? When it comes to the internet. It is my belief that the internet has gestated more myths than the best of ‘liar, liar, pants on fire’ person in this universe. Pulpy and tacky idjits will forward e-mails about a virus to their contacts when the e-mail itself is the virus. Duh. And the internet has become the bearer of more chain mails than the postal service since its inception. For goodness sakes, don’t break this chain or your Aunt Mil-

dred will leave you out of her will. Take talk radio. Please. Listeners will hear Rush Limbaugh and other self-professed experts and then start their conversations with “Rush said today on his show that ….” More gospel for a gabfest. And the power of observation. Passing off Lady GaGa’s wardrobe of 16-inch heels, cornbread muffins strung together with licorice sticks for a bra, and a bottom consisting of woven noodles for a bottom as today’s news. Can we believe what we hear and see? What about the standing joke of “I’m with the government and I’m here to help you!” Or back in 19 and 86 when television viewers tuned in to watch David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear. The illusion said he did. Seeing is believing? Hearing it through the grapevine? Gabbing about it over a beer? Since we are carbon-based and walk upright, it’s no telling what we’ll hear or see or say … down the road. I kid you not!

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E-Mail Your local information to: The O’Neal Brothers Band will headline the entertainment at the Leesville Country Fair, the annual fund raiser for the Leesville Cemetery and the Leesville scholarship fund. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 and include an auction, silent auction and raffle drawing, a country store and flag presentation as well as lots of kid-friendly activities. Pets-In-The- Park is scheduled Saturday, Oct.1 at Starcke Park in Seguin from 10 a.m.4 p.m. There are Chihuahua, Dachshund and open dog races starting at 1 p.m. There is live music, great food, dog show, llama rides. The Classic Car Show will start at 11 a.m. Costume contest at 10:45 a.m. Talent contest at noon and the ugliest pet at 2:30 p.m. There will also be vendor booths, a shot clinic and micro chipping clinic. There will be games and animals of all kinds. Free admission and restrained well mannered pets are welcome. The Old Chisholm’s Fall Trail Ride is scheduled Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Sign-up starts at the Friar Thomas Ranch near Cuero on Friar Roadd off Highway 87 at 6 p.m. Sept. 30. Registration is $30 for ages 16 and up, $15 for ages 5-15 and free for children ages 4 and under. Price includes six meals and drinks during the ride. There will be a primitive camp and water available for horses. For details, contact Rip Gibson at 361-277-2671, Lupe Briseno at 361-6522489 or Jerry McWhorter at 210-241-2131. The City of Yoakum, along with area organizations will be coordinating a Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Local businesses and citizens are asked to contact City Hall at 293-6321 if they are interested in disposing of ANY items. Regular household garbage, paint and hazardous waste will NOT be accepted. Calls will be accepted until Friday, September 23rd. No items will be picked up outside the City limits of Yoakum. If any individual or organization is interested in volunteering their time or equipment, please contact Gena or Theresa at City Hall. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact City Hall at 293-6321. Community involvement is needed for this to be a success! The Apache Booster Club is holding the Annual Community Pep Rally 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Apache Field. The club will hold a parade to the stadium from the old practice fields south of the stadium, starting at 7. The club is asking the entire community: businesses, CYFL teams and schools to participate. Each GISD campus is asked to either have a display outside the campus entrance or be represented at the pep rally, by wearing campus spirit T-shirts and by reserving a section in

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The Texas Historical Commission recently designated Saturn Cemetery as a Historic Texas Cemetery. The distinction means the cemetery has been legally Cemetery Program, an important step in ensuring its preservation. Dedication ceremony commemorate this historic designation and the placing of the medallion at the Saturn Cemetery will be held at 11:15 on Oct. 9, 2011 at Saturn. Gonzales IOOF #38 is holding its annual smoked chicken, sausage, turkey and ham sale. Orders will be turned in by Nov, 15 and will be picked up/delivered on Dec. 14. Prices include smoked chicken (about 3 pounds) at $8 each, smoked sausage (3-pound packages) at $10 each, 8-10 pound smoked turkeys for $21 each and smoked hams (5-6 pounds each) for $25 each. For details contact an Oddfellows member or call 830-263-0331. Gonzales Library. Piano Lessons: FREE. Students: Age 8-18. Lessons: once a week. Registration at Library by Parent/Guardian. Library Membership Required. Telephone Registration NOT Accepted. The Gonzales American Legion Post #40 will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Legion Hall. All members and prospective members are urged

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to attend. Food donations Gonzales Christian Assistance Ministries is out of food, as there were over 500 people who came in for food last month. It’s shocking that that many people in our town can be hungry and even more shocking that the food bank cannot accommodate them. The Gonzales County 4-H Third Annual Food Drive will be held the first week in October to coincide with National 4-H Week. Last year over 1,000 items were given to the food drive, and they were low on food at that time, so we can make a difference. If some groups or individuals take food to GCAM, that will carry them over until the county drive. 4-H members and GIDS grades PK-6 will be getting a message of this type. The Gonzales Youth Center will host a fundraising Bar-B-Que Sunday Oct. 16, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Gonzales Jr. High Cafeteria. The delicious plates will consist of delicious Beef Brisket, potato salad, beans, and pickles, onions, bread and dessert for only $7.00. You may dine in or go through the drive-through pick up on St. Louis Street . Ken Hedrick will again head up the fantastic cook team. Tickets are available from any Youth Center member or can be purchased at the event. Any briskets left after 1:00pm will be sold for $35 & halves for $20. Please plan to eat with us Sunday, October 16 after church and help the Youth Center continue serving our kids. If you would like to help, need tickets or need more information call Pat Anders at 857-3483.

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Leesville Fair

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the stands for administration, faculty and students to sit. During the rally, the Booster club will recognize the campus, giving them an opportunity to show the community “You Support the Apaches!” Last year, Gonzales Elementary won the title of “Most Spiritative Campus!” Theme this year is “Beware of the Tribe!” First 400 people through the gates will receive a free spirit item from the club. Any campuses wanting to participate in the contest need to call Elisa Hood-Waddle at 830-263-0261 by Oct. 3. Judging of campus displays will be Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.. The Gonzales Community African American Interface Church Scholarship Fund will be conducting its Monthly Business Meeting the first Thursday of each Month. The next meeting is scheduled for October 6, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at The Union Lea B/C, Gonzales. The public is invited. Contact Eugene Wilson Sr. for information at 830-857-3764. There will be a 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Livestock show Barn in Nixon to help raise funds for Nixon-Smiley CISD educator Janna Wheat. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Race begins at 8 a.m. Wheat is a dedicated educator at NixonSmiley CISD. Janna was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer, and the event will aid in raising money to help with her treatment expenses. Janna has two daughters, Katey and Erin, and is the daughter of Nathan and Dixell Wheat. She has been an advocate for the children in our community and a tireless volunteer with the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show. A $15 donation to participate in the 2011 Run/Walk includes a t-shirt that will be available on Friday, Oct. 14th. Please include a phone number or your child’s campus/teacher to help with pre-delivery. Deadline to order a t-shirt is Monday, October 3rd. Make checks payable to Nixon-Smiley CISD. School contact is Linda Parks (830 582 1536 ext. 0107). Donations will be accepted at registration on race day. DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office will host a send-off for Deputy Larry Robles at the sheriff’s office starting at noon Oct. 14. Robles is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps for 14 years and has been serving with the Sheriff’s Department since 2009. Mark down Sunday, October 9 for the Saturn Homecoming. For a day of reunion, fellowship, and renewing friendship. Bring your favorite covered dishes. This is a day of fun. An auction will be held.

Oddfellows Barbecue

GYC Barbecue

Interface Scholarship Fund

Piano Lessons

Chisholm Trail Ride

Cancer Benefit 5K

American Legion

Yoakum Clean-up

Deputy Send-Off

Apache Pep Rally

Saturn Homecoming

The Come & Take It Christmas Open House, Around the washer-pitching contest this year showcasing worldis set for 2 p.m. on Satrenowned artist Lynn Chamber Office urday afternoon on St. Haney, who will personalGeorge Street, between ize his Santas both Friday the Biergarten and the evening from 4 to 8 and Satfood-booth tent and will urday afternoon from noon be limited to the first 15 to 6. Guests will also get to teams to sign up. Entry preview the homes restored fee is $20, so come by the Barbara Hand is the Executive Di- second-floor inn and regischamber office to enter. rector of the Gonzales Chamber of ter to win a two-night stay. Chicken-flying will be Commerce. The Gonzales Area Deheld at approximately the velopment Corporation same time and area. Carnival bracelets will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for will be $25 this year. their second spec building on Sept. 28 at Gonzales FFA member Kyle Day was 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to join them named second of 12 finalists in the National for the event. Delo Tractor Restoration Competition for Gonzales Memorial Hospital will also the year. He will make a presentation at the celebrate the new home of Premier Sleep national convention in Indianapolis, IN. in Disorders Center, now located at MemoOctober and will be interviewed by restora- rial Hospital, on Thursday, Sept. 29 at at tion specialists. Finalists have the chance to 11:30 a.m. A reception will be held in the win $6,000, $3,000 or $1,500 if named to one lobby, with refreshments served. of the top three places. They think he is the The Chamber Board meets on Wednesfirst local FFA member to compete in a na- days at noon in the office. tional competition. Thursday through Sunday the Central Laurel Ridge Inn, Antiques & Christmas Texas Cutters will be at the J. B. Wells at 827 St. Joseph Street, will hold the annual Park.

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Area Livestock Reports
The Gonzales Livestock Market Report for Saturday, September 24, 2011 had on hand: 2,288. Compared to our last sale: Calves and yearlings sold steady to a lower undertone. Packer cows sold steady to $2-$7 lower. Stocker-feeder steers: medium and large frame No. 1: 150-300 lbs., $145-$152; 300-400 lbs., $141-$148; 400-500 lbs., $128$138; 500-600 lbs., $122-$126; 600-700 lbs., $117-$119; 700-800 lbs., $111-$115. Bull yearlings: 700-900 lbs., $92-$111. Stocker-feeder heifers: medium and large frame No. 1: 150-300 lbs., $126-$155; 300-400 lbs., $123-$126; 400-500 lbs., $114$121; 500-600 lbs., $111-$115; 600-700 lbs., $111-$113. Packer cows: good lean utility and commercial, $41-$51; cutters, $53-$59; canners, $35-$41; low yielding fat cows, $51-$58. Packer bulls: yield grade 1 & 2, good heavy bulls, $63-$69; light weights and medium quality bulls, $59-$61. Stocker cows: $525-$850. Pairs: $775-$950. Thank you for your business! View our sale live at


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$112 to $123; 700-800 lbs, $100 to $110 to $123. Heifers: 200-300 lbs, $95 to $105 to $152; 300-400 lbs, $100 to $110 to $143; 400-500 lbs, $100 to $110 to $138; 500-600 lbs $97 to $107 to $128; 600-700 lbs, $93 to $103 to $112; 700-800 lbs, $82 to $92 to $111. Slaughter cows: $35 to $56; Slaughter bulls: $52 to $69; Stocker cows: $206 to $676; Pairs, $360$750.

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The Hallettsville Livestock Commission Co., Inc had on hand on September 20, 2011, 2,280; week ago, 4,753 year ago, 989. Better quality classes of calves sold fully steady and very active. Light weights calves and plainer quality calves continue to struggle. Packer cows sold steady. Packer cows $2 to $3 lower but active with several out of state buyers on hand. 622 total cows and bulls on hand. Packer Cows: Individuals,


higher dressing utility & cutter cows, $48-$60; lower dressing utility & cutter cows, $34-$48; light weight canner cows, $22-$34. Packer Bulls: Heavyweight bulls, $66-$70.50; Utility & cutter bulls, $61-$66; light weight canner bulls, $54-$61. Stocker and feeder calves and yearlings: No. 1 steer & bull calves: under 200 lbs, $115-$135; 200300lbs, $115-$162.50; 300-400lbs, $115-$160; 400-500lbs, $112$141; 500-600lbs, $112-$131; 600-700lbs, $108-123; 700-800lbs, $100-$113. No. 1 Heifer calves, under 200 lbs, $110-$135; 200300lbs, $110-$132; 300-400lbs, $112-$128; 400-500lbs, $109$121; 500-600lbs, $105-$118; 600700lbs, $101-$112; 700-800lbs, $90-$100. No. 2 & 3 steer & bull calves, 200-300lbs, $87-$118; 300400lbs, $85-$116; 400-500lbs, $84-$115; 500-600lbs, $82-$113; 600-700lbs, $80-$109. No. 2 & 3, heifer calves, 200-300lbs, $84$112; 300-400lbs, $83-$111; 400500lbs, $80-$108; 500-600lbs,

$78-$105; 600-700lbs, $76-$100. Plain Quality $40-$80. If we can help with marketing your livestock, please call 361798-4336.

Cuero Livestock Market Report on September 23, 2011 had 2,006 head. Had 419 cows and 22 bulls. Bulls were steady. Cows about steady with last weeks lower market calves. Packer bulls: heavy weights, $63-$68; lower grades, $50-$60. Packer cows: boning cows, $51-$55.50; cutters mainly, $35$48; few, $50.50-$53; low yielding cutters, $25-$40; canners, $15$35. Dry cows, $28-$57; young, $35.50-$72. Cow and calf pairs, $625-$815. Early Sales: steers, 250-300 lbs, $142-$148; 350-400 lbs, $130$142; heifers: 350-400 lbs, $111$118.


Gonzales County Deeds
Gonzales County Courthouse Deeds September 1-30 Hodge, Hazel R ( Indiv. & Trustee), Hodge Family Trust, Hazel R. and Hodge Family Trust No. 1, Hazel R. to Forest Oil Corporation, o/l, 150.00 Acres, Robert Sellers Svy, A-419. Commissioner of The General Land Office State of Texas and Texas, State of. to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 7.56 Acres, Peter Winn A-464, C J Clements A-173, George Gwinn A-223 & James Bostwick A-137 Svys. Commissioner of The General Land Office State of Texas and Texas, State of to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 6.13 Acres, E G Coffman A-155, J A Seargeant A-417, G W Spears A-41 & Byrd Lockhart A-36 Svys. Commissioner of The General Land Office State of Texas and Texas, State of to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 2.269 Acres, James Jones Svy, A-310. Baker, Wanda Ann to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 146.812 Acres, Jean Humphrey A-266 & James Jones A-301 Svys. Wolter, Welmon to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 146.812 Acres, Jean Humphrey A-266 & James Jones A-301 Svys. Gray III, Tilman Hillis to Smith, Eli, o/l, 2.952 Acres, Sarah Hendricks Svy, A-261. Gray III, Tilman Hillis to Smith, Eli, o/l, 7.934 Acres, Sarah Hendricks Svy, A-261. Ramirez, Rosaura to Ramirez Jr., Elias, w/d, Lts. 8-9, Blk. 2, Tom & Thrift Addn, Nixon. 304 W. 2nd Ave Land Trust to Martinez, Angelique and Taylor, Wilbur, w/d, Lt. 9, Blk. 24, Nixon. Dube, Mark to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 146.812 Acres, Jean Humphrey Svy, A-266. Aguilar, Lynn to EOG Resources, Inc., o/l, 146.812 Acres, Jean Humphrey A-266 & James Jones A-301 Svys. Assumed Names Portales, Carlos- Los Portales Ranch, Waelder. Trevizo, Manuela - Country Corner Grill, Gonzales. Caruso, Mark Anthony - Jesus 360’, Smiley. Marriage License Vega, Travis and Neira, Monica L.

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Gonzales Family Church Assembly of God
320 St. Andrew

Assemblies of God

Places of Worship
The Gonzales Cannon
“They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. ” 2 Peter 2:19
Church of Christ (Iglesia de Cristo)
201 E. Second St. Nixon

Thursday, September 29, 2011

First United Methodist 410 N. Franklin, Nixon
403 E North Main, Flatonia

Jesus Holy Ghost Temple
1906 Hickston, Gonzales

Flatonia United Methodist Harris Chapel United Methodist
S. Liberty St. Nixon

First Assembly of God
509 E. 3rd St. Nixon

Church of Christ

Lighthouse Church of Our Lord
1805 Weimar, Gonzales

E. 3rd & Texas, Nixon

New Life Assembly of God

Corner of Church St. & Jessie Smith St. Gonzales

Community Church of God
1020 St. Louis, Gonzales

Churches of God

New Life Temple for Jesus Christ
Belmont, Corner of Hwy 466 & Hwy 80

Harwood Methodist Church

Baha’i Faith

Baha’i Faith Baptist

621 St. George St. Gonzales

Gonzales Memorial Church of God in Christ
1113 Hastings, Gonzales

North 2nd and North Gonzales, Harwood

Clark Baptist Church
F.M. 794, Gonzales Hwy. 87 Smiley

New Way Church of God in Christ
514 St. Andrew, Gonzales

Henson Chapel United Methodist
1113 St. Andrew, Gonzales

River of Life Christian Fellowship
207 Steele St., Smiley 830-587-6500

Two Rivers Bible Church

Monthalia United Methodist
CR 112 off 97

1600 Sarah DeWitt Dr., Ste 210, Gonzales

County Baptist Church Iglesia Bautista Memorial
Hwy 97 Waelder

Shiner Baptist Church

Eastside Baptist Church
Seydler Street, Gonzales Hwy. 87 Smiley

Avenue F and 15th Street, Shiner

Episcopal Church of the Messiah
721 S. Louis, Gonzales (830) 6723407


Smiley United Methodist
1 blk S. of Hwy 87

Faith Family Church

Inter-Denominational Pentecostal

1812 Cartwheel Dr., Gonzales

Leesville Baptist Church
E. of Hwy 80 on CR 121

Union Lea Baptist Church
St. Andrew St. Gonzales

Waelder United Methodist
2 blks from Hwy 90 & 97

Efeso Igesia Bautista First Baptist Church
422 St. Paul, Gonzales 403 N Texas Nixon Hwy 108 N Smiley

Memorial Heights Baptist Church
1330 College Gonzales 100 Capes Gonzales Hwy. 97 Bebe

Union Valley Baptist Church
FM 1681 NW of Nixon

La Os del Evangelio Mission Capilla del Pueblo
W. Central at 87 Nixon


Faith Temple

Hwy 80 (N. Nixon Ave.) Nixon

Webster Chapel A.M.E.
1027 Church St. Gonzales

First Baptist Church First Baptist Church First Baptist Church
406 N Ave E Waelder

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Oak Valley Baptist Church Old Moulton Baptist Church
2287 FM 1680, Moulton

St. James Catholic Church
417 N. College, Gonzales St. John St. Gonzales


Camp Valley Full Gospel
7 mi N of Nixon on Hwy 80

Full Gospel

Agape Ministries Living Waters Church


Holy Temple of Jesus Christ No. 2
1515 Dallas, Gonzales

512 St. James, Gonzales

Temple Bethel Pentecostal
1104 S. Paul, Gonzales

Sacred Heart Catholic Church St. Joseph Catholic Church
207 S. Washington, Nixon

Full Gospel Church
1426 Fisher, Gonzales

605 Saint Joseph St. Gonzales

Life Changing Church of Gonzales
3.3 miles north on 183, Right on CR 235, Right on CR 236

First Evangelical Lutheran
1206 St. Joseph, Gonzales


Bread of Life Ministries
613 St. Joseph, Gonzales

Greater Church



Primitive Baptist Church
1121 N. College Gonzales

S of 90-A (sign on Hwy 80)

Greater Rising Star Baptist Church

Providence Missionary Baptist Church
1020 St. Andrew Gonzales

St Patrick Catholic Church in Waelder
613 Highway 90 East Waelder Hwy 87 Smiley

Abiding Word Church, LCMS 1310 St. Louis


Cowboy Church of Gonzales County
J.B. Wells Showbarn El Centro Cristiano “Agua Viva” of Waelder Sun. Worship 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Pilgrim Presbyterian Church
CR 210 off FM 1116


St. Phillip Catholic Church

3rd Ave S of Hwy 87 Nixon

Stratton Primitive Baptist
FM 1447 9 miles east of Cuero Hwy 80- North of Belmont SE 2nd St. Waelder

Harwood Baptist Church
North of Post Office

St. James Baptist Church Saint Paul Baptist Church

First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
712 Crockett, Luling


Belmont United Methodist Hwy. 90-A Dewville United Methodist
West of FM 1117 on CR 121


Presbyterian Church of Gonzales
414 St. Louis, Gonzales

Emmanuel Fellowship

1817 St. Lawrence St. Gonzales

Iglesia Bautista Macedonia

Congregation Adat HaDerech Meets on Saturdays and Holy Days, 672-5953

Messianic Judaism

201 S Congress Nixon

Church of Christ

Churches of Christ

1323 Seydler St. Gonzales


First United Methodist 426 St. Paul, Gonzales

Encouraging Word Christian Fellowship
Hwy. 80 in Leesville

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516 St. Paul PO Box 100 Gonzales, Texas 78629

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Greetings to my family and friends, peace be unto you. Things are heating up ministry wise here in East Texas. When we finish our study of Romans 8 I will devote an entire column to testimonies of the incredible things God is doing in my life, my ministry and at my home church and others. Let’s dive back in to our study and pick up at verse 31. Every time I read this verse I can’t help but shout Hallelujah! Romans 8:31“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?” Who indeed. This verse would be rendered more aptly “since God is for us”, the word if might imply that maybe He is and maybe He isn’t. The “if ” here might also point to those who have heard the call and chose to answer by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. In other words if God is for us no one can stand against us, but if God is not for you(by unbelief ) then everything is against you. I personally allude to my own life before Christ and can assure you that the previous statement is true. God is “SO” for us that it is difficult to wrap our finite minds around the vast greatness of this statement. He protects us, He provides for us, and most of all He loves us so much that He sent His Son to pay our sin debt so that we might be adopted into His family. Paul is reiterating all that he taught us in chapters 5-8 concerning the blessings and assurance that come from a relationship with God. Finnis Dake comments thusly, “We must conclude from these doctrines that God is for us and will freely give us all things; that God alone is our judge; that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are our Helpers; that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ; and that we are more than conquerors through Him.” So we can con-

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clude that if He didn’t hesitate to give us His Son then He will also be faithful to freely give us all things to richly enjoy when we place our trust in Christ. Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Think about the first thought in this verse, He did not spare Jesus from suffering the things that we deserved, and dying a cruel death that should have been us. Hallelujah! Paul uses a phrase that is similar to what God said to Abraham in Genesis 22:12c “you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Abraham proved that He was totally loyal to God by immediately obeying and taking Issac to the point of raising the knife to kill the son of promise. So if Abraham was willing to sacrifice that which he prized most, with out any doubt God was faithful to sacrifice Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of the Living God. So having given His Son then why would He not give us all things pertaining to life and godliness. Simply put He gave us the greatest gift so why would He not give us the lesser? By all things Paul is referring to things that are needful and profitable for His children. We can gather that this is for believers in that he wrote “He delivered Him over for us all. So I will close for the week. I believe that these two verses should compel all to come to Christ. Be blessed until next time, and as always enjoy God at the church of your choice this weekend. Amen…

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You have no one to impress but yourself and your God
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are our undeniable rights as citizens of the United States. Without harming or interfering with the rights of others, we have the right to freely express our personal thoughts and opinions. We have the right to live for as long as God intended, and to defend ourselves against the violation of our right to life. We have the right to sustain our life, and to make it as comfortable as we desire. The right to pursue happiness means that we are free to live for ourselves, so long as we respect the rights of others to do the same. No one can be forced to live for the sake of society, or to give over his/her own happiness for the sake of others. The liberty to pursue our personal gain has no limits. You and I have the freedom to get as much of the pie as we can get. Unfortunately, it seems to have become a national obsession to encourage us to gorge. From the time we are old enough to compare ourselves with those around us, and yearn for what they have—be it prestige, power or possessions—the insanity begins. We get so involved in the race to prosper—making sure that we don’t become one of the “havenots”—that we don’t notice the ticket price. A price is paid for everything attained. Our bodies sag and wrinkles deepen while we run after whatever will gratify the senses. Have you ever asked yourself what would make you happy? What will totally satisfy your craving, once and for all? Will you ever have enough? Will

The children and families of Christian Kids Day Care donated 24 pillows to the Bastrop Fire victims. All classes participated in this event to help the ones that lost items in the fire. Christian Kids would like to thank the children and their families for participating in making this event successful in helping others. Pictured not in order are: Connie Kacir, owner, Brandi Vinklarek, Director, Kim Haynes, Office Mgr., Amanda Bennett, Rose Rivera, Wanda Simmons. Ms. Crystalynn and class - Cooper Warrick, Michael Brumme, Jonathon Harkey, Jonalyn Hunt, Addison Pustka, Khloe Rodriguez, Justin Kloesel. Ms. Kelly and class - Lily Borjon, Eduardo Grifaldo, Michael Meeh II, Jaiden Navarro, Kamryn Riojas, James Sanchez, Miranda Vinklarek, Kinsley Voigt. Ms. Kendra and class - Mia Guerra, Trinity Flowers, Yesenia Melchor, Isaac Mendez, Daniel Parks, Makenna Pish, Kylynn Ramirez, Max Stover. Mrs. Jennifer and class Jerry Carmona, Lillian Dierlam, Brandon DuBose, Paige Kuntschik, Aubrey Lindemann, Mason Martin, Zoii Miller, Emma Riojas, Brandie Smith, Madison Stoker, Connor Wasserman, Kyle Wilson. Ms. Lydia and class - Krissy Jo Hodges, Cason Dement, Sarah Smith, Anthony DeCola, Skylar Cantu, Draco Means. (Photo by Debbie Toliver)

Love, Eloise
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you ever be comfortable in your own skin—okay with who you are? What is this thing called happiness anyway? If you look up the origin of this word it means ‘a state of well-being brought about by chance.’ In other words, happiness is the pleasurable feeling that we experience when luck makes things go our way. Yes, the world is a beautiful place when we’re healthy, our finances are good, and our relationships are stress-free. We are happiest when there are no threats of war, the economy is thriving, and people are not dying all around us. In the midst of crisis the sunset isn’t as inspiring, the birds don’t sound as sweet, and things just aren’t as funny. But, here’s the thing, situations and circumstances are constantly changing. And the changes are not always pleasant; the stuff that happens to us does not always make life better. So, if our happiness depends on everything going our way, how happy can we expect to be? Why depend on unpredictable circumstances to dictate our degree of happiness? The current state of the world economy is volatile. What if it gets worse and you lost everything of material importance to you? What if your career goals came to a screeching halt? How would you handle life without the things you have become accustomed to? These are not pleasant possibilities to think about; yet, it might happen. There are many

Fall CWJC class

Christian Women’s Job Corps of Gonzales County has six beautiful women attending the fall semester located in the historical “Bethany House”, formerly the Episcopal rectory. The class includes: Eva Ortiz, Kodie Purnell, Kim Koncaba, Kim Lightsy, Vanessa Glass, Erin O’Neal (not pictured). CWJC is a national non-profit ministry that reaches out to women who need a hand up, rather than a hand out through Bible study, life/job skills classes, and computer training. For more information on this local women’s ministry outreach, contact Sherry Poe, Director, at 830-672-6180. (Photo courtesy Photos by Lori Raabe)

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people already in this situation who are changing their perspectives. Tragedies have a way of stopping us in our tracks, forcing us to consider our values and priorities. Take the victims of 9-11, or even more recently, the victims of these Texas fires, as examples. If these people had known the day before the calamity struck that their future was only 24 hours long, do you think they would have done something differently? What if we find ourselves in that same position? It could happen just as quickly to us. When everything goes up in smoke, what do people have left when the dust settles? ‘We the people’ thought we were safe, secure, and under control before 9-11. We were wrong. Why it is that so many of us do not think about what really matters until we are faced with death or disaster? Right before 9-11, prayer and God were banned at schools, government buildings and the media. Things changed immediately after this tragedy. God was visible on signs everywhere. People began to realize that there is comfort in being a nation under God after all. It is sad that we put Him on the back burner until we can’t handle the heat anymore. It is only in our helplessness and weakness that He becomes the full focus of our attention. God has been our spiritual fire-hydrant and is used only in case of emergencies for far too long. Everyone who is a part of this free society should be eternally grateful for the opportunities we have been given. But, freedom isn’t really free. Minute by minute the hour glass dispenses the sands of time as we strive to locate happiness. Remember this: Time Spent=Life Expended. The trade off better be worthwhile, and it better be enduring. Every minute of our lives is valuable because once time is spent, it is gone forever. The way we choose to spend our time really does matter. And, here lies the problem. Most people are creatures of habit, and we don’t usually stop to think that things could be— or should be—any different. If our happiness depends on how much we have, and how high in the success ladder we have climbed—we need to reevaluate our priorities as soon as possible. The clock is ticking. Please don’t waste your life trying to impress anyone but God. love, eloise

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Above, 2011 Gonzales Homecoming Queen Mariah Hastings has her crown adjusted by her escort during the halftime ceremony Friday, Sept. 23. At left, members of the Homecoming Court pose before the game. Photos by Nikki Maxwell

Above, from left, Sophomore Duchess Hayley Blanton; Senior Duchess Lauren Parr meets her escort Alejandro Hernandez at the 50 yard line; Gonzales Elementary Students carry the Queen’s train during the crowning ceremony; and Crown Bearer Ethan Crouch and Flower Girl Kristyn Baker. Below left, Mariah Hastings (red dress) reacts as she is named Gonzales Homecoming Queen. Below right, Junior Duchess Taylor Green meets her escort Cameron Smith at the 50 yard line. The Homecoming Court includes Queen Mariah Hastings, Princess Amber Torres, Princess Bre-Ann Stafford, Freshman Duchess Alenis Matamoros, Sophomore Duchess Hayley Blanton Junior Duchess Taylor Green, Senior Duchess Stephanie Horner, Senior Duchess Lauren Parr, and Senior Duchess Katie Staton. Photos by Nikki Maxwell

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HOUSTON —With a strong commitment to communities, and supporting the “Show with a Heart,” Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo area volunteers recently turned their time and efforts toward helping Texas fire victims. Several members of the Show’s Houston Metro Go Texan and Area Go Texan committees formed alliances in supporting these fellow Texans. The Houston Metro Go Texan Waller County Subcommittee was forced to cancel its September 10 Turkey Shoot fundraiser due to the wildfires in its area. The subcommittee’s members then selflessly volunteered their time and resources to help the hundreds of victims throughout the Waller County area. Not only did Waller County volunteers come together, but other Houston Metro Go Texan subcommittees drove from as far as Galveston and Chambers County to help the wildfire victims. Items such as water, clothes, food, feed and hay were donated during a two day span.


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citizens here. Devin Pesek and Blue HybSHINER —What began as an Eagle Scout project in 2007 ner, two Eagle Scouts and 2011 has turned into a four year graduates of Shiner Catholic community project of faithful School, felt a strong desire to honor the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament for their hard work in establishing their school and hoped to watch their beloved school, founded in 1897, thrive into the future. For their Eagle Scout projects, these young men joined forces to initiate the renovation of the 1916 four-story convent building, the only original structure left on the 114-year-old campus of Shiner Catholic School. After approval through the parish, school and Boy Scout organization, the two scouts acquired $25,000 in funds through generous donations from family, friends, parishioners, organizations and grants. These initial funds were used to hire an architect and create a Master Plan Project for Sts. An open house is set at the restored Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Cyril & Methodius Catholic Sacrament convent building on the campus of St. Paul Catholic School on Oct. 8. Church and Shiner Catholic School. After its completion, (Courtesy Photo)

For victims of the devastating Bastrop wildfires, which destroyed 95 percent of the nearly 6,000 acre state park located in the area, several of the 62 Area Go Texan counties came forward to help their fellowmen as well. Show volunteers from Austin, Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, Lee, Washington, Williamson and Wharton counties answered requests to gather supplies for firefighters in Bastrop. Together, these volunteers gathered enough supplies to fill two pickup trucks and more than $3,000 in cash and donated it to the Bastrop Christian Ministries Alliance. “The Show prides itself on our amazing volunteers, and the efforts made by these Go Texan committees just proves what a dedicated group of individuals we have as the heartbeat of our organization,” said Skip Wagner, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president. “I am honored to be associated with people that are so willing to give of their time to help — be it for the Show or a fellow man in need.”

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Navy Lt (JG) Ross E. McCaskill, the son of former Gonzales residents Bill and Sharon McCaskill, is celebrating Come and Take It this week in Afghanistan with Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 1. He’s shown here at one corner of the Come and Take It flag wearing sunglasses. (Courtesy Photo)

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funds began to be located for Phase I of the restoration of the 1916 building. The boys were blessed to receive over $900,000 in grants for Phase I of the renovation. Due to a 2-for-1 matching grant proposal, Father Bob Knippenberg, former Pastor of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, the Pastoral Council approved a capital campaign within the Parish. Through the very generous parishioners and alumni, over $667,000 was raised for the project and for other renovations within the church. Phase I of the convent restoration has included a new roof, repairs to the outside mortar, repainting of the building, replacement of old windows and doors, new signs, and removal of exterior stairwells. This summer, Justin Siegel and Cole Hybner, two other Boy Scouts and current Shiner Catholic School students, continued the vision and desire to see their school prosper into the future. Due to their planning

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and hard work, portions of Phase II have been completed by these prospective Eagle Scouts. Their work included restoration of the interior of the building including portions of the basement and the first floor. This has allowed the 1916 convent building to once again be reopened, remain the cornerstone of the school, and be the link to our faithful ancestors and a bridge to our future. It is only because of the tremendous support of the Shiner community, our parishioners, alumni, family, friends and foundations that this project has become a reality. Father Kirby Hlavaty, Pastor of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Neely Yackel, Principal of Shiner Catholic School, and the Eagle Scouts would like to invite you to an Open House of the newly restored 1916 convent on October 8, from 3-5 p.m. It is our wish that you celebrate with us our past, present and future as we give thanks to God for your tremendous support and our many blessings!

On Sunday, September 4, 2011, the 62nd Annual Thompsonville Homecoming was held at the Thompsonville Community Center. Approximately 150 individuals were in attendance, with over 30 attending the homecoming church service next door at the Thompsonville Community Church. This year’s Homecoming was dedicated to the following individuals who had passed away since the last Marrisa Ynclan was crowned Homecoming Queen at Cassie Stafford, escorted by Blaine Caka, was named Homecoming and are burSt. Paul High School while Justin Natal was crowned the 2011 Homecoming Queen for Shiner High School ied in the Thompsonville Homecoming King. (Photo courtesy Photos by Lori Friday. (Photo by Dave Mundy) Cemetery: Philip Blank, Jr., Raabe)

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Amy Blundell, Beth Ann Atkinson Brewer, Dixie Janet McBryde Davis, Betty Jane (Phelps) Filip, Norma Jo (Phelps) Jakse, Daisy “Dee” Marie Kelso, Marie Hill Ort, Thomas Keith Robinson and Juanita Louise Taylor. Bruce Schreiner, master of ceremonies, introduced the officers and other members of the governing board of the Thompsonville Cemetery Association: Bruce Schreiner, President; Mark Kincaid, Vice President; LaVerne Davis 2nd Vice President; Carol Shea and Betty Schroeder, Secretary-Treasurer; and DoroHOMECOMING, Page B3

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Rick Tamez, Nora Gaytan, Freddy Tamez, and numerous cousins. A visitation was held Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Stockdale Church of Christ from 10:00AM-8:00PM with a singing service at 7:00PM. Service was scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2011at the Stockdale Church of Christ. Mr. John Massie and Mr. Mark Forster officiated with the interment following at Stockdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joey Tamez Memorial Fund in care of Robert Tamez. You are invited to sign the online guestbook at www. bell Road, Houston, Texas, 77055. The family wishes to give special thanks to Alpearl Okopie and Mrs. Rita Lewis and her staff at, Supporting our Seniors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Retta’s name to Spring Branch Presbyterian Church - PW Mission and Scholarship Fund. Raaz as celebrant. Interment followed in St. James Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers: Deuce Parks, Dru Parks, Christopher Parks, Hunter Parks, Shawn Parks and John Arnold. The family of Dorothy Shaw would like to acknowledge with grateful appreciation the wonderful care their mother received from the staff of The Heights of Gonzales and Hospice of South Texas. The family received friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday evening. Memorials may be made to the St. James Altar Society or the American Diabetes Association. Services are under the care and direction of SeydlerHill Funeral Home. Myrtie M. McKinney, formerly of Nixon, was born June 27, 1915 in Wilson County and left this world to be with her Lord on September 28, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ella Irene (Croft) McKinney; seven brothers: Warren, Frank, Tip, Cloman, Green, Lee, and Braxton McKinney; and two sisters: Jessie Quinney and Francis (Fannie) Woodall. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Myrtie was a lifetime member of the Nixon Assembly of God Church. During her lifetime, she worked at numerous jobs: Hewell’s Drug Store, Billings’ Dry Goods, Smith’s Propane, Nixon Library, and as a Teacher’s Aide for thirteen years. If you were to ask which job she enjoyed the most, she would always say “working with kids”. She had been in Nesbit Nursing Home in Seguin for the past few years after having a stroke. Myrtie will be missed by all her family and friends. She never met a stranger and was always there to give a helping hand when it was needed. Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 30th, from 6 PM – 8 PM at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Oct. 1st, at 10:00 AM at Finch Chapel with interment following at the Nixon Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Irwin will officiate. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. The guest book may be signed on-line at Gonzales and found joy in serving his fellow man, as is reflected in the many contributions he made to the City of Gonzales over his 91 years. Lawrence had joined the Knights of Columbus February 3, 1946 and was a member for over 65 years. He joined the Lions Club February 6, 1946 and was a member for over 65 years and had been a loyal member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gonzales Chamber of Commerce, Gonzales Area Development Cooperation and the South Texas Old Timers Baseball Association. He had served as President of the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce, Gonzales Noon Lions Club, Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, and the Apache Booster Club where he organized a drive to raise money for the first electronic scoreboard for the Apache Field. Lawrence had served as Chairman of the ½ Cent Sales Tax Board, the Gonzales Fryer Frolic, and Chairman of Fundraising for the Gonzales Noon Lion’s Club which raised over $100,000 to build a Playscape at Lion’s Park in 1998. Lawrence had served as Chairman of the Gonzales County United Fund, Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America and had served as Commander of the Gonzales American Legion Post #40. Through his commitment to community service, Lawrence was awarded the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce David B. Walshak Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992, the Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 2000, and the Knights of Columbus, Knight of the Year award in 2006. He was an avid Gonzales Apaches sports fan. Lawrence had honorably served in the U.S. Army during WWII, from November 25, 1940 to May 12, 1945. He had served in the National Guard for over 26 years and was discharged in 1967 as a Major. He had served in the European Theatre of World War II and had joined the 1st Infantry division on June 13th 1944 to assist with the Allied invasion of Normandy, France. He also served in Iceland, England, North France, Belgium and Germany. Lawrence and the late Frank Wilson, Jr. owned and operated KCTI Radio Station in Gonzales. They went on the air December 17th, 1947. A hearing was held to secure the 1450 frequency. There were 5 different applications for the frequency including the San Antonio Express. The station was sold in 1983 to Patrick Nugent. They operated the station again from 1993 to 1995 when it was sold to William Mann. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and served on the building committee when the present St. James Parish was built. He also served on the Finance Committee and Parish Council 2004-2006. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine Jaqueline Redmon Walshak of Gonzales, his son Richard Lawrence Walshak and Frances Kelley of Gonzales, his daughter and son-in-law Julie and Chris Langford of Tyler, and grandchildren John Rayburn, Andrew Christopher, Alex Maurin, and Rebecca Marie all of Tyler. He had 4 sisters and 3 brothers. He is survived by his sisters Edith Browne, Murlene Enke, and Patricia and Vincent Bianchi all of Victoria, his brother Douglas J. and Joan Walshak of Gonzales and his sister-in-law, Jeanne Walshak Boothe, wife of the late David B. Walshak and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister Mildred Wilson, and two brothers Richard A. (Alton) Walshak and David B. Walshak. A rosary will be recited for Lawrence M. Walshak at 7 p.m. Friday September 30, 2011 in SeydlerHill Funeral Home. A Holy Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday October 1, 2011 in St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul Raaz officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are nephews Mike Walshak, Mark Walshak, David Walshak, Jr., Brian Bianchi, Gerard Bianchi, Steven Bianchi, Michael Potter, and Greg Krenek. Honorary Pallbearers: Members of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, 9’oclock and 9:30 Wells Fargo Coffee Groups. Friends may make memorial contributions to: Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, Noon Lions Club Library Fund or to the Organization of one’s choice. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.

Joe Edward Keith, 1934-2011 Joe Edward Keith, 77, of Leesville, past away Saturday, September 24, 2011. Joe was born May 11, 1934 in Leesville, Texas to Gerald Ramsey Keith, Sr. and Hilda Mata Soefje Keith. Joe had honorably served in the United States Navy aboard the ship U.S.S. Allagash during the Korean War. He had worked over twenty years at Kelly AFB as a parts specialist retiring in 1994. Joe enjoyed keeping his classic 1966 Dodge pickup and his 1970 Plymouth Fury in tiptop shape from the crank case to the paint. He also enjoyed keeping his 1959 John Deere 730 Diesel tractor in working order for use on his ranch. He was a very neat person, his clothes were always clean, properly folded and neatly put in their place, he kept his dishes cleaned and put away after every meal, a place for everything and everything in its place, just like he kept his tools. He was a simple man with simple needs, he loved working cattle and tending his ranch, wiping his brow after a good days work with his red handkerchief satisfied that he had done his best. Joe found comfort in old classic western music, driving his lawn tractor to all the way down his lane to meet the mail carrier and visit just for a moment. He loved having friends over to fish in his tank that he worked to keep full of healthy fish. Joe Keith is survived by his sister, Betty Johnson of Bastrop, half brother, Mike Wayne Bond (Connie) of Belmont, stepbrother, May Albert Bond, Jr. of Hungerford, first wife, Jean Clish of Michigan, a sister-in-law, Patricia Keith of Clinton, OK, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gerald Ramsey Keith, Jr. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday September 27, 2011 in Leesville Cemetery officiated by Randy Meyer. Honorary pallbearers included Dennis Keith, Jerry Keith, Willie Soefje and Tom Dodgen. Memorials may be made to the Belmont United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.



Dorothy Marie Shaw, 1927-2011 Dorothy Marie Shaw, 84, passed away Friday September 23, 2011. She was born September 11, 1927 in Austwell, Texas to Theodore Mikolajczyk and Victoria Dylla Mikolajczyk. Dorothy married James Shaw on December 29, 1969 in Gonzales. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She had taught CCD and played the piano at church earlier in her life. Dorothy had worked as a payroll clerk in Round Rock, TX at OK Egg Farms before moving her career to Nixon where she continued as a payroll clerk for Holmes Foods, Inc. for over twenty years, before retiring. Dorothy continued working as the Post Master for Bebe until the Post Office was closed. Dorothy had lived in Bebe are for over 45 years. She graduated from Nixon High School and was salutatorian of her class. She was an out going woman with a captivating personality, she never met a stranger and all the neighborhood children came to her house where they were welcomed with her delicious fudge or peanut butter pie. Dorothy loved family, she enjoyed having everyone home for Thanksgiving dinner and she was truly in her element while cooking a magnificent holiday dinner for those that she loved. Her grandchildren have many loving memories of their G-Ma as they adoringly called Dorothy. She took the time to teach them how to sew and how to enjoy the drama of the “Young and the Restless” and “As the World Turns.” Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Letitia Marie and John Arnold of Houston, sons and daughters in law, Roger Wayne and Cyndi Parks of Boise, ID, Gary Dwain and Linda Parks of Nixon, Guy Stephen and Judy Parks of Pasadena, grandchildren, Deeanna Durant (Kevin), Shawn Parks (Addie), Deuce Parks, Sgt. Christopher Parks, USMC, Ashley Arnold, Stephanie Parks, Dru Parks, Brandi Parks, Hannah Arnold, Jonathan Parks and Victoria Parks, great-grandchildren, Dakota Durant, Hunter Parks and Morgan Parks. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Christopher Parks and a sister, Rosalie Wenske. A rosary was recited by the St. James Altar Society at 7 p.m. Monday evening at Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday September 27, 2011 in St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Paul


Retta Louise Pravel, 1926-2011 Retta Louise Pravel, 84, passed away on September 19, 2011. She was born in Edinburg, Texas on October 18, 1926, to Russell and Gladys Atkinson. Retta was a loving and caring person that will be missed by everyone that knew her, especially her family. She had a quick wit and can best be described as funny, clever and charming. She and her husband Bill both participated in the Lamar 41’ers. They enjoyed traveling, entertaining, and getaways to their beach house in Galveston. She also enjoyed tennis, dancing, reading, wildflowers and painting. She doted on her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and also welcomed and cared for the many and varied pets that became a part of the family. Retta graduated from the University of Houston in 1947 after also attending Texas Tech University. She was active in the square dance club “Buckaroos”, Spanish Club, Co-ed Club, and Red Masque Players and graduated with a BS in English with a minor in home economics. Retta lived at the Buckingham during the past several years with Bill and received exceptional kind attention and care from the Buckingham staff. Retta would often say goodbye by laughing cheerfully and saying “drive carefully, lock your doors, and be particular!”. Retta is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bernarr Roe “Bill” Pravel; children, Mark R. Pravel and wife Cecelia, Bonnie P. Laverty and husband Paul H., Ann P. Cherry and husband Wayne, James W. Pravel, Esq.; grandchildren, Laura P. Herring and husband Craig A., Mark Robert Pravel, Jr. and wife Aime L., Dr. Cynthia Ballesteros and husband Nick; Paul H. Laverty, Jr. and fiancé Nicki, Theresa L. Morris and husband Micah, Adryan S. Dupré and husband Nick and Alyson R. Sartorius; many great-grandchildren; sister, Betsy A. Brien; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving family members and friends. A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Spring Branch Presbyterian Church, 1215 Camp-


Joey Tamez passed away Friday, September 23, 2011 at the age of 17 years, in Stockdale, TX. Joey is preceded in death by his uncle, Joey Angel Tamez; grandfather, Raul Tamez. He was born May 19, 1994. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Sally Tamez of Stockdale, TX; siblings, Casey Tamez, Tina Tamez, Timothy Tamez all of Stockdale, TX; grandparents, Antonio and Ella Rangel of Stockdale, TX, Delfina Tamez Bustamante of Nixon, TX; aunts and uncles, Tony Rangel, Jr., Sylvia Aguilar, Susie Rangel, Eddie Rangel, Abel Rangel, Pres. Tamez,


Lawrence Maurin Walshak, 1919-2011 Lawrence Maurin Walshak, a man dedicated to his faith in Christ, his integrity, and to his family and friends passed away Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at the age of 91. He was a lifetime resident of Gonzales County. Lawrence was born in Dilworth on December 1st, 1919 to Richard A. and Melanie Agnes Maurin Walshak. Lawrence was a devoted and active member of the community throughout his entire life. He had a great love for


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The 62nd annual Thompsonville Cemetery Association Homecoming was a chance to renew old acquaintances and greet some new faces — including LaVerne Davis (left) with new granddaughter Ryleigh Campos. At right are Hannah Kincaid and her father, Mark Kincaid. (Photos courtesy Thompsonville Cemetery Association)

Kincaid, Joyce Harris, Dwana Kincaid and J.L. DuBose, members. Also recognized was David Allison, the Board’s maintenance trustee who oversees the maintenance of the cemetery and all property, buildings and equipment owned by the association, and who has secured the services of Gator Lawn Services for the mowing and edging of the cemetery. Miss Hannah Kincaid was recognized for com-

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Way to go Gonzales Apache Marching Band
Congratulations to the Gonzales Apache Marching Band for winning second place at the pre-UIL certification Marching Band Contest at East Central High School in San Antonio last Saturday. I think that is a really good rating for this early in the season. Keep up the good work. This next weekend you will be demonstrating your marching abilities for all of Gonzales County and more to see in a long parade route for the Come and Take It Parade. When I was a kid, I was always so excited to see my hometown band turning the corner marching toward me in the parade. Good luck to you. You are making some memories that you won’t forget. Let me give you a little hint. This applies to boys and girls. Pin a couple of the larger size safety

Members of the Saturn Friendship Club met at the Cistern Schoolhouse on the afternoon of Sept. 19. Thirteen members and one guest, Sue Kalinec, were in attendance. Arrivals were greeted by Elizabeth Brosch and Libby Hopkins who were hostesses for the meeting. At the appointed time the president, Roberta Kilpatrick, called the meeting to order. The Club prayer was read and the motto,”To make the best better.” was stated. Nancy Littlefield offered the blessing. The serving table held an inviting variety of dishes including deviled eggs, homemade watermelon rind pickles, sweet pickles, Seven Layer Salad, Cheesy Lasagna, toasted garlic bread and Italian Cream cake with drinks of choice. There was a time of visiting and companionship as the meal was enjoyed. Before the business of the afternoon resumed, Devotional Leader, Nancy Littlefield, presented a reading “Giving Thanks”. It touched on being thankful for things in daily life such as “ a wife

who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is able to cook. A husband who is being a couch potato in the evening because he is at home, for teens complaining about helping with the dishes because they are not out on the streets, for all the complaints about the Government because it means we have freedom of speech.” There were many other unexpected things for which to be thankful. It ended with the statement ”The past is History, the future is a Mystery and today is a Gift that’s why it’s called the Present.” Be thankful for all you have, live well, laugh often and love others with all your heart. The minutes of the August meeting were read and approved and the financial statement was accepted. The president, Roberta Kilpatrick thanked the members for the cards, letters and acts of kindness she received during her recent confinement. She also expressed her pleasure at feeling well enough to be at the meeting. Following a discussion about the location for the Thanksgiving meal in November, it was decided to have a Covered Dish meal at the Cistern

Schoolhouse. One member offered to bake a turkey another to bake a ham. The rest of the members will bring sides, salads and desserts. Plans were made for the upcoming holiday season. Reminders to include some Christmas gifts to go to the Nursing Homes and for retired members. Also that yearly membership dues are to be paid by November so that a generous donation can be given to help Gonzales County Santa’s Helpers bring Christmas cheer to local needy boys and girls. Penny Snyder updated the progress being made by the “Traveling Teapot.” Door prizes were awarded to Penny Snyder, Eva Boscamp and Mary Kelly for choosing a correct number in a guessing game. It had been a busy, productive, and enjoyable afternoon. As the meeting adjourned everyone was talking about the coming fall months that they would bring no more wildfires, cooler temperatures and rain, lots of RAIN ! The next meeting will be on Oct. 17 at 11:30 at Robert’s Steakhouse in Flatonia.

pleting her Girls Scouts Gold Star Award which resulted in 14 new picnic tables being constructed through various donations. A plaque with the names of honorees and donors was placed in the Thompsonville Community Center. A pamphlet describing her project and containing pictures was distributed. Doing the many tasks that make such an event successful takes a lot of volunteers and time. Board members, along with their families and friends, were thanked for their efforts. A first-time volunteer, Susan Landers, were thanked for helping with the work day by cleaning tables, etc., especially since it was her birthday. A special thank you went to Trey Schreiner who managed the sale of cookbooks, raffle tickets, fresh ground corn meal, etc. Organizations and other individuals were also thanked for their contributions. Annie Oakley’s Pest Control donated spraying and pest eradication services. GVEC provided large outdoor cooling units and the raffle drum. GVEC’s continued and expanded support was recognized. County Commissioner Donnie Brozozowski had the right of ways mowed all the way up to the cemetery and this year had the cemetery’s roadway resurfaced. Johnnie Fogle lead the Homecoming church service at the Thompsonville Community Church and Jarod Kincaid played the music. Everyone proceeded into the Community Center to fill their plates with wonderful food brought by all the attendees and sit outside at the picnic tables to eat, visit with friends and relatives, and relax. President Bruce Schreiner awarded special recognition gifts to the following individuals: oldest woman—Johnny Wiley Seitz,98; oldest man, Frank Bates 89; youngest child—

Frank Bates, 89

William Bryant Phelps Ryleigh Campons, nine months, daughter of David and Crystal Campos, longest married couple—Gene and Maureen Cox, 58 years; most recently married coupe—Jason and Stacy Fogle, less than three years. Drawing for door prizes were conducted and were determined by attendee’s name tag numbers, followed a drawing of purchased tickets for raffle prizes. Some of the raffle items were several fleece throws, a framed crossstitched work titled “America”, two framed metal artwork pieces, stuffed animals, toys, picture frames, soft-sided cooler, a Bible, a crocheted afghan/bedspread, etc. The final activity was a live auction. Items auctioned included a hand painted 100-year-old chair with greenery, two handmade wind chimes, a hummingbird feeder, a baby quilt, a baby blanket, a regular quilt, a metal planter, a decorative bird feeder made up of cups and saucers, etc. Next year’s 63rd Annual Thompsonville Homecoming will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012.

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pins to inside of your jacket and it might save you a lot of embarrassment. We, in our small community of Belmont, want to especially recognize Kyle Day, grandson of Robert and Mary Ann Day. He is one of twelve finalists in the National Delo Tractor Restoration Competition for 2011 sponsored Chevron Lubricants. Kyle submitted his workbook, pictures, and video with the help of his Ag instructor Robert Washington. He will travel to the

National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, for a week in October to present his work. I can tell that Mary Ann is very proud of Kyle and I don’t blame her. It was particularly interesting to me that he restored a 1948 International Harvester Farmall M Tractor. (I like Farmall tractors and I was born in 1948. I used to love to help my daddy work on his Farmall tractors.) It is believed that Kyle is the first Gonzales FFA member to be a finalist in the National Competition. Please lift the following people up in your prayers: Joe Kotwig, Kenneth Crumley, Gilby, Roy Wright, Lynn (who is Rudolpho and Edna Garza’s daughter as well as Rudolpho and Edna: Elson Schreiber(a former employee of Johnson Oil);

Kathryn, Dena Black, Karen Roecker Mahan, Mary Jane Keith, Sabrina Flores, Mr. Washington, Bill and Marie Lott, Laddie Studler, William Fink, Doris and Alvin Hewell; Whitney, Chasidy, Mildred O’Neal, Lisa Rodriguez, Joe Keith, Debbie and Bill Read, Aunt Georgie; Lawrence Walshak, Joyce Schellenberg, Pete Kallies, Lillie Lay, Mildred O’Neal, Doug Walshak, Louise Rossow, Selma Vickers, Teresa Wilke, Sandi Gandre, Carl and Vida Tindle; Aunt Betty Gandre, Anna Lindemann, Ann and Bubba Bond; Shirley Dozier, Britt Hindman, Sean Weda, Scott Hindman, the family of Roland Barthels, the family of Annie Kotwig, family of John Conlin, the family of Ruby Elizabeth Null; the family of Marcia and Spike Pinney; and our troops and their families, and RAIN--and we do need lots more. This was just a

taste. We went for our usual jaunt up to the Hill Country around Canyon Lake. I am sad to say that it was a pitiful site. The lake was so very low that you could see lots of things that you had not seen in a long time. The Guadalupe River was barely a trickle in some places. Of course, I guess that I will date myself when I say that we saw the lake when it was empty before it ever had water in it and that was an awesome picture to remember in your head too. We saw the Guadalupe River when it completely stopped flowing so it is not as bad as it can get. You sure can tell the places that have been irrigated and the places that have gotten some rain. You look at all of the license plates from out of state and wonder if they have any inkling of what it can really be like and truly doubt it. Somewhere in the middle

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of this, we got in a trip to the doctor in San Antonio. While sitting in the waiting room, I struck up a conversation with a patient by the name of Mr. Schuh. He is the engineer for KWED radio station in Seguin. It is a small world. Everyone up there is complaining about allergies including our doctor. . My eyes are itching here at home and I am totally out of sorts. We took old Twerpt with us and she thought that she was in “high cotton”. She really was as she got all the attention and all the extra goodies, and little pieces off hamburger meat etc. She knows how to travel and just curls up on her pink blanket and doesn’t bark or give us any trouble. I am going to have to put up rails on our bed yet. It is a good thing that Hugo has an extra few pounds on him. He has some extra “blubber” to land on as padding. He goes to sleep and then rolls over sometimes maybe twice. In that process he rolls over one too many times and lands on the floor. He blamed it on me tonight. Hugo hit that floor with a mighty “kaplop”. I went dashing around to the front of the bed and picked him up. Hugo gave me the most awful put out look. He was okay, but it took him a long time to get over his pouting. Have a good week, and God Bless. Don’t text and drive!

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Found: Wedding Ring left at WalMart. Call (830) 4456597 and describe. -------------------------Lost - 5 Donkeys. 1 Black, 4 white. I-10, 304, Hensling Lane area. 830-437-2952.

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401k, Retirement. Apply in person at: Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., 748 CR422, Waelder, Texas 78959. Or fax or email resume with references to: FAX: (830) 540-3996; EMAIL, maguero@ -------------------------Part-time position available for Weekend RN Supervisor. Long Term Care experience required. Please apply in person at The Heights of Gonzales Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt Drive, Gonzales, TX. -------------------------Part-time position available for MDS Coordinator. Must be Licensed Vocational Nurse with knowledge of MDS in Long Term Care. Please apply in person at The Heights of Gonzales Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt Drive, Gonzales. TX.

Full-time position with benefits available for Housekeeping/Building Supervisor. Management experience required. Please apply in person at The Heights of Gonzales Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 701 N. Sarah DeWitt Drive, Gonzales, TX. -------------------------Automotive & Diesel Repair Business looking for Service Writer/Clerical Help M o n d a y - F r i d a y, 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. Please send resume to: P.O. Box E, Gonzales, Texas 78629. -------------------------CDL DRIVERS WANTED J.M. Oilfield Service, a family oriented company is seeking professional & reliable Class A CDL employees. Requirements: 2 years experience tanker and must be willing to get HazMat endorsement ASAP. Call 830-672-8000.

Power Box Asphalt Paving Machine and Roller. Good Condition. $9,900. Call after 5 p.m. 361-594-3668. -------------------------Small computer desk, wood, $40.00 obo. Large playpen, $25.00. Both in great condition. 830-203-9159. -------------------------For Sale: pickup bed utility trailer, $125. (830) 377-8814. -------------------------Deer Hunters: For sale; feeder and feeder parts; cameras etc. 830-8575720 -------------------------ATTENTION TRUCKERS. Cobra 25, NW Ltd, Classic CB, Igloo

Ref. Cooler, Wave Box, Portable Microwave. $50.00 each. 361-596-4502 or 361-401-0556. -------------------------For Sale: Used 2x4’s. Call 263-1181 for information. -------------------------Radio Controlled “R/L” model airplane kits. Kits are complete. Engine and radio sold separate. Kits range from $5.00 to $15.00. Call for details, 512-431-0823. -------------------------Like new, 26” Men’s 21 spd., $50 obo. Call Theresa at 830203-5212. -------------------------2000 Buick Century, large capacity Estate Clothes Dryer,

Kingsize mattress & standard box spring. 857-8090. -------------------------2 Teenagers Formals-Party Dresses. 1 White w/spaghetti Strap, with rhinestones. 1 Beige/ golden color, spaghetti straps, gold rhinestones. Call 672-8034 or come by 1822 St. Louis. -------------------------Heavy, vinyl tarps. 15’x50’. UV proof, tuff boogers. $50 each. 830-6602813. -------------------------6 oak restaurant booths w/copper inlaid tops. Large round folding tables w/6 armchairs. Contact Tommy, 830-351-1263.

Excellent condition. 20” push mower, weed eater, $125/ both. 361-7412604, Yoakum. -------------------------Maytag Washing Machine. $150.00. Call 361-208-3565. -------------------------FOR SALE: 35mm Minolta SLR Film Camera, 3 lenses, strobe, filters, tripod, case. $75.00. Call 830-822-6857. -------------------------For sale: Float tube for fishing, like new. $50 obo. Also electric trolling motormake offer. 8575720.

Immediate Opening. Records Clerk. Detailed Oriented & Computer Literate. Bilingual Preferred. Benefits include: Vacation, Sick Leave, Hosp. Ins., Dental, Vision, 401K, Retirement. Apply in person at: Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., 748 CR422, Waelder, Texas 78959 or fax or email resume with references to: Fax: (830) 540-3996; Email: maguero@ -------------------------Immediate Opening. Food Safety Compliance. Must be computer literate & have HACCP & Food Safety Knowledge. Bilingual Preferred. Benefits include: Vacation, Sick Leave, Hosp. Ins., Dental, Vision,

The Heights of Gonzales Activity Department is looking for a fridge/freezer to hold supplies for event refreshments. If you would like to donate or know of one that is reasonably priced, contact Gwen Koncaba, 830-672-4530. -------------------------Gonzales Learning Center seeking donations of caps and gowns. Call 830672-8291 for information. -------------------------Job Corps is currently enrolling students aged 16-24 in over 20 vocational trades at no-cost! Will help students get drivers license GED or High School

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Separate sealed bids addressed to the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation (GEDC) (OWNER) clearly labeled IMPROVEMENTS TO GADC INDUSTRIAL PARK SUBDIVISION will be received at Gonzales City Hall, 820 St. Joseph Street, Gonzales, Texas 78629, until 2:00 o’clock P.M. on October 6, 2011, and then publicly opened and read aloud immediately. This project entails the construction of approximately 500-linear feet of street with curb & gutter, installation and removal of temporary erosion controls, site re-vegetation, and pavement repairs. The Contract Documents, consisting of Advertisement for Bids, Information for Bidders, Bid Proposal, Bid Bond, Agreement, Performance and Payment Bonds, General Conditions, Special Conditions, Notice of Award, Notice to Proceed, Technical Specifications and Plans, together with any Addenda are available at Doucet & Associates, Inc. (830-6721205), 427 St. George Street, Suite 304, Gonzales, Texas 78629, or at Doucet & Associates, Inc., (512-583-2600), 7401 B Hwy 71 West, Suite 160, Austin, TX 78735. Plans, Specifications, and Contract Documents may be examined and purchased for a non-refundable fee of $30.00. Each bid shall be accompanied by a cashier’s check or certified check upon a national or state bank in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the total actual bid price payable without recourse to the Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, or a bid bond in the same amount from a reliable surety company as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute required performance and payment bonds. The contract shall be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder: however, the right is reserved, as the interests of the OWNER may require, to reject any and all bids, and to waive any informality or minor defects in bids received. Bids may be held by the GEDC for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days from the date of the opening for Bids for the purpose of reviewing the Bids and investigating the qualifications of Bidders, prior to awarding of the Contract. There will be no pre-bid conference. Contractors shall make their own individual site inspections and/or investigations to make themselves aware of existing conditions/issues. Failure to make adequate observations and/or ask questions shall not be grounds for requesting additional work or services. Questions shall be forwarded to J. Keith Schauer, P.E., 427 St. George Street, Suite 304, Gonzales, Texas 78629, (830) 672-1205, by 5:00 o’clock September 30, 2011.





Dr. Kim Strozier, Superintendent of Schools NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Gonzales ISD is accepting bids for a no-drill/no surface use Oil Gas and Mineral Lease. Bids will be received until November 7, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. All bids will be received and opened in the office of the Superintendent of Schools, 926 St. Lawrence, Gonzales, Texas 78629. You may obtain the bid documents from the Superintendent of Schools at the address shown above or by phone request to 830.672.7159. Gonzales ISD is currently seeking bids to lease (no drilling or surface use) the following real property for the purposes of investigating, exploring, prospecting, mining and producing oil and gas: TRACT 1: 22.375 acres, more or less, part of Lots 7, 8, 9, 10, in Range 7, East of Water Street, in the Original Outer Town of Gonzales Survey, A-25, in Gonzales County, Texas, described in deed dated June 30, 1966, from Roy Halamicek to Gonzales Independent School District, and recorded in Volume 349, Page 232, of the Deed Records of Gonzales County, TX; AND TRACT 2: 3.028 acres, more or less, part of Lot 9, in Tier 2, East of Water Street, in the Original Outer Town of Gonzales Survey, A-25, in Gonzales County, Texas, described in deed dated December 30, 1976, from W.H. Mason to Gonzales Independent School District, and recorded in Volume 428, Page 806, of the Deed Records of Gonzales County, TX; AND TRACT 3: .459 acres, more or less, part of Lot 8, in Range 7, East of Water Street, in the Original Outer Town of Gonzales Survey, A-25, in Gonzales County, Texas, described in deed dated January 28, 1991, from the Guthrie Trust and the Huebner Trust to Gonzales Independent School District, and recorded in Volume 674, Page 496, of the Official Records of Gonzales County, TX; AND TRACT 4: .422 acres, more or less, part of Lot 9, in Range 7, East of Water Street, in the Original Outer Town of Gonzales Survey, A-25, in Gonzales County, Texas, described in deed dated May 16, 1996, from Edna Allen, Independent Executrix of the Estate of Oscar Filip to Gonzales Independent School District, and recorded in Volume 767, Page 369, of the Official Records of Gonzales County, TX. The information stated herein has been gathered in good faith by the District. However, it shall be the responsibility of the Bidder to determine the exact property, including the exact net mineral acres, to be leased. Gonzales ISD does not make any representations regarding the Gonzales ISD’s ownership and right to lease the interest in the land. Bidders must research the county and any other records Bidders deem necessary to determine the extent of such interest. No other interests are subject to the proposed lease.

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Baby bed for sale. $60. Call 254-9315712. -------------------------Electric Hospital Bed, $300. 12 function exercise bicycle, $65. Prices Negotiable. 830582-1120, Nixon. -------------------------Insulated 6x8 storage building. Like new. Used as a produce cooler. $1,000. Call 512-227-6950. -------------------------Proform Treadmill. Model 380CS. Programmable, includes built-in fan, speaker for IPOD radio. Like new condition. $350/obo. Contact Liz, 830263-2103. -------------------------Radio Control Airplane parts/kits. If I don’t have it, I can get it. Lockhart, TX. Call 979-393-8642. -------------------------Whirlpool Heavy Duty Gas Dryer. Good condition. $75. Can be seen at 511 Church St. 830857-4993. -------------------------For Sale: 3 pt. Chip-

p e r / S h re d d e r, never been used, $600. Also Windmill Seeder, $250. 830540-4971. -------------------------For Sale: Thomas Playmate with Color Glo Chord Organ. Good condition. All instruction books included. Call Sue, 672-2192. -------------------------Utility trailer. All wired for lights. Current tag. $575. 512-917-4078. -------------------------Hats from the makers of Koozie-Norwood 48 @ 192.08 “plus” transportation charges. 4 color heat transfer. Color of hats - Red, yellow, pink, green, bone, khaki, orange, black navy and royal. That’s only $4.00 a hat. DBK Advertising. 830-437-5142 or 830-857-0876. -------------------------Prayer Shawl, 38x72, handmade, $75.00. Animal or bird cage, utility wire, 14x18, $60.00. 512-917-4078.


672-7127. -------------------------Beautiful Vintage water color painting, landscape & water. 12x19. $375. Antique very ornate picture frame. 16x20, $295. Call 512-917-4078. -------------------------Dalhart Winberg original oil painting, landscape, $3800 (512)9174078. -------------------------For Sale: Picnic tables built with treated 2x6 lumber with bolts and screws. No nails. 4, 6, and 8 foot sizes available. For more details call 830540-4776 or 830857-3273. Delivery Available. $4,000, will take $3,000 for them. Call 672-3613. -------------------------Cargo style sofa. $100.00. Call 361772-5859. -------------------------Custom Designed Western motif 3 panel decorative screen, 54”x78 1/2’, horses, brands & leather look, $395. 512-917-4078. -------------------------For sale antique set twin beds, antique wardrobe, table with chairs, sofa and two matching chairs. 830-672-7347. -------------------------For sale 3 piece antique loveseat, lamp’s new and used mobile chair with batteries. 1827 St. Louis 830-672-8034.

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dually, 10’ dump bed, $1,800. 1986 Chevy dually, welding bed, $1,800. 1970 Ford gravel truck, new brakes, $1,000. 1965 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup, flat bed, $600. Call (830) 377-8814. -------------------------Grill Guard and Running Boards for 2002 Durango. Westin Brand, excellent condition. $300. Call 830560-0238. -------------------------For Sale. Older Buick Regal Sport Car. Engine is gone. Body, tires are almost new. Air condition system is new. Make me an offer. 361-594-2129. Shiner, County Rd. 299, Box 577. -------------------------1988 Wrangler, new motor. Sahara special and John Deere 350 C Dozer. 90% Condition Overall. Make offer on Jeep and Tractor. Call 857-1781. -------------------------“Simply the best deal on new Chevrolets and GMCs and over 100 used vehicles with financing to fit most credit situations. Grafe Chevrolet GMC - Hallettsville, TX - 800 798-3225 or 361-798-3281.” -------------------------1989 Ford Conversion Van. Super clean interior, good motor & A/C, transmissions slips, $1,900 firm. 830-437-5659 or 857-6565. -------------------------2000 Jeep Wrangler SE Sport 2D, New Tires and New Sony Stereo. 107,000 miles. Great Condition. Asking $7,000 obo. Call 361-8653353. -------------------------For Sale: 2001 Crown Victoria Ford, price $3,250. Call 830-5876230 or 830-8575559. -------------------------1998 Chevrolet, heavy 1/2 ton 4WD, 350CC engine. New AC. $5,000. Call 830-

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203-0147. -------------------------Van for Sale. $3,800 OBO. 2001 Oldsmobile Silhouette. Wellmaintained, very clean. 181,000 miles. Great for family or hauling van. Call 512905-8226. -------------------------2,000 F-250, Powerstroke, Ford Diesel truck, Hunter Green, Tow Ball, Bedliner, CLEAN, 182K Miles. Power windows, locks. $6,500 cash. (512) 917-4078. -------------------------2005 Yamaha V-Star Classic with Silverado Package. Lots of extras. 1995 F-250 4x4 Supercab Diesel 5-speed. 281-3309417. -------------------------2009 Honda Trailwagon, w/dump bed, headlights, receiver hitch & seat belts. 2wd w/rear differential. $2,500. For more information, 672-8580. -------------------------2007 Saturn Ion, 56,000 Miles $5000 worth of performance parts. $9000 OBO 830-203-0282. -------------------------For sale: 1998 GMC P/U, V8 automatic, 2D Extended Cab, 181K miles, bed liner, tow-package, $3,800. 830-203-0287.

House in country for rent. 3/2, nice yard. 361-594-3233 or 830-857-4364.



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FREE 3 haul Fiberglass boat, 16 ft. Needs work & no leaks. Call for information. 830-5403574. -------------------------Fullsize Mattress & Box Springs, $100. Queensize Mattress and Box Springs, $175. Both in excellent condition & sanitized. 830-6723728. -------------------------2 young ladies black jackets size 14. One is leather. 672-8034. -------------------------Old Readers Digests for Sale. Call 830-672-3362. -------------------------Autograph picture of Muhammad Ali/ Cassius Clay (60’s), Certificate of Authenticity (11x16), $1,400. Yellow Lab Stud Service. (806) 577-3962. -------------------------Beautiful handmade “orange poinsettia” pottery bowl. Large. Great gift. $35. Call (512) 917-4078. -------------------------Pecans for Sale. This year’s crop. Shelled, Halved. $10/1 lb. bag. 512-417-3032. -------------------------Culligan Water Softner and Rust Remover, old cars, elect. water heater, 2001 Fiber Truck bed w/key, Hay Balers, Bar B Q pipe. 830-437-5759. -------------------------2 pipe BBQ pits for sale. Ozarka Water cooler with bottle. Call 361-208-3565. -------------------------128 used letter-size hanging file folders, most have colored tabs, excellent condition. $30 cash for all or $7 per 25. 830672-1106. -------------------------Computer, printer & desk, all $400. Stamina #4755 exercise machine. Like new condition. $100/obo. 6722267. -------------------------4 tires. LT2457QR17 in good condition. $100 obo. 830-6722075. -------------------------Metal Bench, $150; Organ, $50; School desk & books of all kinds. Just out of Moulton on 532. Call 361-596-4403. -------------------------Tanning Bed for Sale. 1996, 24SF. $300. Children’s wardrobe, good condition. $300.

Huge 2BR/2 Living areas apartment. Located downtown in historic building. $800/mo. Contact Ken, 512-422-0811.

Little Miss Dawn’s Cleaning Services Residential, RV. Janitorial Services, Carpet Cleaning, Window Cleaning, Floor Maintenance, Laundry & Ironing. At reasonable Rates. Licensed & Bonded.(512) 5086221. -------------------------I want to share my gift of making a room come alive. I can see the room and vision what I can do. Clean picture frames, knickknacks, move furniture around. If thats what it takes to make my vision come alive. Guaranteed you will be enchanted. Just give me a try, give Laura’s Gift a call. 830-203-5180. Free estimates on site. -------------------------You Vacation, I’ll take care of the place. Includes pets, yard, grandma. References. Mature lady. Gonzales, 512-296-4845. -------------------------Do you need your house cleaned? No job is too small or too big. $10-$15/hr. Available M-S. Call Brittany Balderas at 445-0703. -------------------------House cleaning services available. Reasonable rates. Servicing Gonzales and surrounding areas. References available. Call Barbara at 979-7778710 or email bjbrzozowski@yahoo. com. -------------------------Experienced Care Giver excellent references available for private setting in home hospital and nursing home. Day and night. 361865-0286 or 832655-9195. -------------------------Dennis Fojtek (Mechanic), Moulton, Tx. 713-408-9388. Repairs the following: tractors, lawn mowers, tillers, chain saws, trucks etc. -------------------------Private Caregiver. 20+ years experience. Hospice certified. Looking to do private duty, cook, clean, drive. 361772-2011. -------------------------Ironing done, in my home can pick up & deliver. References if needed. Call Louise (830) 582-1120. -------------------------Will clean your house. I’m dependable and have references. Call Mary at 830-672-4691. -------------------------All-around handyman available. I also build sheds, 16x8 tool shed. Call 830857-1959. -------------------------Building Demolition – House, barns, etc. 830-263-0663 or 830-203-0540. -------------------------Hand for Hire, Odd Jobs Done, FREE estimates. Anything you don’t want to do, Junk hauling, Tree Removal, Lot clearing, House pressure washing, office help, ranch, farm, lawn & Flower beds, Barbed wire fence repair, gutter cleaning, I do windows. One call does it all. Call Terry (830 203-1503 or (830) 857-5927.
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Heavily fertilized, horse quality, coastal square & round bales. Bebe, Tx. 210-326-6053.

3/2, Singlewide Mobile Home. All electric, excellent condition. Also, Zenith 25 in. console TV and 25 inch color TV. All in excellent condition. Call 830672-6414. -------------------------For Sale: 3br/2ba Fleetwood Mobile Home. 1,728 sq. ft. New roof, laminated wood floors, new windows, new furnace and door. Antique bath tub. 85% completely new remodeling throughout house. Must sell fast and be moved. Reduced $18,000/obo. Call 830-445-9889. -------------------------For Sale: 7.3070 Acres w/1973 Doublewide Mobile Home. 14 mi. South, FM 1117 in Seguin, TX. Mobile home is in need of repair. New water well. There are two septic tanks on property. Asking $56,000. Call 830401-0147.

Dozer BD2G - Mitsubishi, 40hp, good condition, sell $9,800 or trade for larger. Call after 5 p.m. 361594-3668. -------------------------For Sale: 4 bale hay hauler. $1,000. (830) 437-2826. -------------------------For Sale: Case 970 tractor, new rear tires. $5,000. (830) 3778814. -------------------------John Deere 350 C Dozer. 90% Condition Overall and 1988 Wrangler, new motor. Sahara special Make offer on Jeep and Tractor. Call 8571781. -------------------------For Sale: Cat D6C Dozer, power shift, hydraulic single blade, Hyster Winch w/cable, brush cab, extra set tracks pads. 830-4375759. -------------------------Ford 3000 Tractor. Diesel. $4,800. Call 830-203-9385. -------------------------1977 WW 2-horse straight load bumper pull. Good condition - ready to haul. Asking $2,000. (830) 857-5695. -------------------------Old western saddle, needs repair $150 (512) 917-4078. -------------------------2 wheel trailer. Call Robert at 830-2030540.

For Rent: 3/2 house in town. $775/mo $400/deposit. 830832-3163. -------------------------3BR/2BA home for rent on 318 DeWitt St. Central Air. Big back yard. $850/ mo., $500/dep. Call 830-445-9294. -------------------------2BR/2BA house for rent, w/covered patio, w/electricity. Lots of trees, quiet. No pets, no smoking. $650/mo + dep. 1st and last months. Appliances available. Luling area. 210-386-1399. -------------------------Home in Seguin for Rent. Two bedroom, one bath. Completely updated with all new appliances. $750.00 per month and $750.00 deposit. Call Debbie at 830-445-9583 for details.

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Bar Stools, 2-24” dark w/rattan cane, swivel seats, nice. $35.00 each. 2-24” V-finish ladder back w/woven seats. $15.00 each. 830263-1702. -------------------------Beautiful 6 month old dark brown all leather sofa & loveseat, 4 recliners built in. Very comfortable. Need to sell, too large for room. Store will not take back. They are custom made. Paid

needed for J Bar B Foods at our Weimar and Waelder facilities. Needed to perform a variety of job duties ranging from: Operating mixing, stuffing and cooking machinery, placing and removing product from racks, washing items used in the production of our products, inspecting and packing the finished products.Qualified candidate will have the ability to work in a COLD environment. Follow instructions and directions. The ability to interact cordially with our employees to accomplish common tasks is essential to this position.
Excellent benefits offered. MUST be available to work overtime and weekends. Please send resume and salary requirements If interested please apply in person at J Bar B Foods, 1078 Hwy 90 W, Weimar, TX or at 100 Main Street, Waelder, TX.

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Waelder Independent School District will hold a public meeting at 5:45 pm, October 3, 2011 in the High School Tech Room 109 N Ave C, Waelder, TX. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Waelder ISD’s S.I.P. A Special Meeting of the WISD Board of Trustees will follow immediately after, with no break.

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Gonzales County Appraisal District is soliciting proposals for the lease of mass appraisal software and hardware for the years 2012 and 2013. Specifications are available at the Gonzales County Appraisal District, 928 St. Paul Street; Gonzales, Texas 78629. For more information, contact John Liford at (830) 672-2879. All proposals must be sealed, addressed to “Gonzales County Appraisal District, Hardware and Software Proposal”, signed by an authorized representative of the vendor and must be received prior to, or on the date and time specified. Proposals may be hand delivered to Gonzales County Appraisal District, 928 St. Paul Street, Gonzales, Texas or mailed to P.O. Box 867 Gonzales, Texas 78629. Late proposals will not be accepted. The deadline for submitting proposals is 5:00 P.M., Thursday, October 20, 2011. Proposals will be opened at 5:30 P.M. on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the appraisal district office located at 928 St. Paul Street, Gonzales, Texas. Contract may be awarded on Thursday, October 20, 2011 during the regular called meeting of the Board of Directors which begins at 5:30 p.m. The district reserves the right to accept or reject any and all proposals. The submitted proposals may be evaluated based on the following factors: price, cost and time of conversion, lost time due to training, for ease of operation, and the responsibility and reputation of the Vendor. The contract may be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder or to the bidder who provides goods or services at the best value for the district.

Bobtail Truck Driver Day & Night Positions Available Requirements: Class A CDL with HazMat/Tanker Endorsements Must be at least 25 years of age Insurance, 401K and vacation included Applications available at: Schmidt & Sons, Inc. 2510 Church St. • Gonzales, Texas 78629 (830) 672-2018 • James @ ext. 107


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Need help with lawn or pool? Please call Gene Kridler at 830-8571576. -------------------------Lawn care & shredding. Call for free estimates. 830-2039385. -------------------------Lawn mowing service, residential & commercial. Liability ins., free estimates and low cost.. No job too large or too small. 830-263-4181. -------------------------Will mow yards reasonable rates. Call for free estimate, 830-8575147.

shower, qn. bed, m/w, stove, refrigerator, sat./cable prep, tires 2-yrsold. $9,800; located near Gonzales. Call 936-203-4378 or 936-594-9809. -------------------------FOR SALE: 25 ft. 5th wheel travel trailer with 5th wheel hitch. Good condition. Microwave, stove, refrigerator, sleeper couch, queen bed. Asking $4,000. Call 830437-2359. -------------------------1996 Pace Arrow. Ready to travel. Good condition. Runs well. 830-6603883. -------------------------2009 38’ Landmark. 3 slide-outs. Like new. King size bed. Great Buy. $39,900. 830-437-5211.

$5,200.00 FIRM. Call 830-560-0238. -------------------------2 80CC Kawasaki 4-wheelers for sale. $900/each. Call 830-534-4996. -------------------------Enduro 55 lb. Thrust Minn Kota used 1 hour. $150. 916 Qualls St., Gonzales. -------------------------Boat Fender and life vests. $5 to $10 each. 916 Qualls St., Gonzales. -------------------------For Sale: 2007 Honda Shadow, VT 750 C2, 3,902 Miles. Like New condition. $3,000.00. Call after 5:00 p.m. M-F. 830540-3555. -------------------------2006 Buell Blast 500cc bike. Made by Harley-Davidson. Only 2,100 miles. Gets 62 miles to a gallon. Great fun, easy to ride, beginners or experienced. $2,500 obo. Located near Old Moulton. Cell, 830-857-0734, after 6, can call 361-5967317. -------------------------FOR RENT: 2-RV Parking Sites, shade trees, all hook ups. 5 miles East Gonzales. $350/mo. Call 263-0292. -------------------------5 RV Spots for rent. $350/mo. Electric, sewer hookups, water all included in price. Off 90A and Kelly Loop. For information call 830857-3112. -------------------------2003 Dyna SuperGlide Harley 100 yr. Anniv. Gold Key addition windshield,

backrest, forward controls. Great condition. $7,500. 830875-2278. -------------------------Having Fun with piano lessons with Shelia Wright 1622 N. College St. Youth and Adults Flexible Schedule (830) 6722719. Very cute Rat Terrier puppies. 6 wks old. $75. 830-203-0470. -------------------------Tiny Chihuahua puppies. 8 wks. Registered. S/W, tiger striped, Apple Head. $150-$175. 210-379-0771. -------------------------Cocker Spaniels AKC, 3 males, shots & wormed. $250.00. 830-540-4368 or 830-203-8511. -------------------------2 Great Dane puppies. Asking $225. 857-5147. -------------------------Rhodesian Ridgeback and lab mix puppies. With ridges $50. They are blond, brown and tan. Without ridges, $25. Will be big dogs around 75-100 lbs. Call Leia Dalton at 830-2632570. -------------------------AKC Bichon Puppy’s. Shots and wormed. Females, $500; Males, $450. 830-540-4368. 830203-8511, cell. -------------------------Turn your favorite pet photo into a work of art! Artist Brenda Shannon, Pastel or Acrylic. Great gift idea. (512) 917-4078. -------------------------5 Cockatiels. 2 years old. Yellow and gray. $50 each. Call 830-534-5930.

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son need to help write HACCP plan for poultry. 830339-0419. -------------------------Boer Goats for Sale: 1 Billy, 6 mths. 1 Nannie, 6 mth & 5 Adult Nannies. Sell as package deal or individual. 830-5600238. -------------------------Baby Guineas. $2.00 each, your choice. Multiple colors. 830-540-4063. Leave number, will return call. -------------------------For Sale: Guinea eggs for setting. Call 830-672-7384. -------------------------For Sale: Sorrel Gelding, 10 yrs. old. Big, strong, sound ranch horse. Very good looking. Needs a strong rider. Gentle, calm disposition. $850/firm. Call 361-596-4954. -------------------------Black Limousin & Black Angus Bulls. Also Heifers. Gentle. Increase your weaning waits. Delivery available. 979-2635829. -------------------------Reg. Polled Hereford Bulls. One year to 3 1/2 years, $1,100-$1,500. Also Reg. Heifers, 1 yr. olds. $650-$850. Call 830-540-4430. -------------------------For Sale. 3 black Brangus Bulls, 1 red Brangus Bull. 2 yrs. old. No papers. $1,200/each. 830437-5772. -------------------------For Sale. Female mare, 6 yrs. old. $500. Please call

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if interested. 713203-2814. -------------------------Riding lessons in Gonzales. My horses or yours. For more information please call, 830203-0470. -------------------------APHA flashy mare for sale. Broke to ride. FMI please call 830-203-0470. $1750.00. Used in Playdays/trailride. -------------------------Pretty Reg. A.Q.H.A. Cremello Colt, 6 months old. Great conformation. Good bloodline Hollywood Gold & King. $500.00. 830437-5671 or 830857-4591. -------------------------Longhorn young bulls and heifers for sale. Foundation genetics. Yard art or breeders. Gold Star Longhorns, Bob Tinstman, 830-540-

4591. -------------------------For Sale: Black Angus Bulls. 1 1/2 yrs. old. $1200-$1500. 830-437-5772. -------------------------Yearling smoky grulla dun filly (solid). Has halter on and has been trailered. Asking $600 OBO. (830) 857-5695. -------------------------17 year sorrel paint with blue eye. Originally trained in western pleasure - used for trail rides. Asking $1,200. (830) 857-5695. -------------------------7 year dun paint. Well trained, ready to finish your way. Asking $2,000. (830) 857-5695. -------------------------White Leghorn chickens, $7.00 each. 830-8574580.

Chihuahua puppies, 6 wks. old. 1 male, 1 female. $100. also 3 month. APR Longhair male. $125. 210-3790771. -------------------------Adorable Longhair Chihuahua puppy, last one, is looking for a new home, male, 9 wks, pure bred, health, playful, raised in home with a lot of love. 1st shots, wormed. $125. 830-8759519. -------------------------Dobermans. AKC Registered, Black/ Tan, Born 7-2-11, 4 females. Warlock Breeding. Shots & Wormed, tails and dewclaws, $150. 830-857-3232. -------------------------For Sale: Dog carrying cage. Asking $40.00. Call 361208-3565. -------------------------AKC German Shorthair pointer puppies for sale. Great hunters & family companions. Male $200; female - $250. 830-203-0470. -------------------------Pups For Sale. Great Pyrenees, (1/8 Anatolian). Call Sammie Gibson at (830) 2038666.

Willing to do babysitting at my house. 8-5 M-F. 511 Church St., 830-857-4993.

GREAT DEAL! 1997 Kountry Star 34 ft., 5th Wheel. 2 slideouts, upgraded kitchen, ducted A/H, 11 storage compar tmenbts, ceiling fans. NADA. com/RV appraised RV at $15,900. Asking $10,000. Great home for oilfield. Located in Rockport, TX. 361-6451009. -------------------------2004 Wildcat 5th Wheel RV. 28 ft., equipped to sleep 5, w/lrg. slide containing sofa & dinette. Lots of storage. Adapted to pull as gooseneck. Excellent condition. Call 361-218-1880. -------------------------2004 Fleetwood RV Pecos pop-up. Like new, only pulled from dealer. $4,000. Both units located near Old Moulton. Call 857-0734 or 361-596-7317. -------------------------1990 25ft Dutchman travel trailer for sale. Fifth wheel hitch, queen size bed and couch, rear bathroom with closet, gas stove and microwave, new tires. Gonzales area, $4,000. 830857-4750. -------------------------1976 Ford Eldorado Motorhome. V-8, super clean, good motor & A/C. New refrigerator. $3,700/ obo. 830-437-5659 or 857-6565. -------------------------24 ft. 2006 bought in 2007. Zeppelin Travel Trailer w/ slide out; Lg. corner

Fire Fox Go Cart, 1 seater, very good condition. $375. Call after 5 p.m. 361-594-3668. -------------------------For Sale: Motorcycle trailer, $100. (830) 377-8814. -------------------------2008 Honda Fourtrax with only 250 miles $3,500 o.b.o. 830-857-5236. -------------------------Harley Sportster, 883 Custom, 2005 model. Hwy. guard bars, detachable windshield, saddle bags, windshield bag. Yellow custom paint, garage kept, excellent condition, never laid down. 9K miles, tires excellent, new battery & new rear tire.



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vGONZALES New home under construction, complete by 10/25/11. Home has 3bed/2 baths, metal roof, double pane windows, pec plumbing system, HUGE monster size lot with large trees, great location, 711 St. Francis Gonzales.......................................................................................$159,500 vTHOMPSONVILLE CONTRACT on 30 ac. Recent new metal UNDER 2br/1ba home Con roof, remodeled and updated. On CR 240 in Thompsonville ........................................................................................... $199,500 vWAELDER 97.44 acres, 4BR ranch house, great house, oil/gas income, Ranching/Investment............................................$750,000 vGONZALES 28 acres, 2 story, 3BR, 2 Bath custom built home.. ............................................................................................$375,000 vTHOMPSONVILLE 10 ac. fronting CR 240........ $4,900.00/ac. vRED ROCK 181 acres......................................................$895,000 vGONZALES 2.25 acres fronting Oil Patch Lane. Raw land includes metal shed and fencing............................................................$50,000 vGONZALES One acre fronting Oil Patch Lane withwater, phone and elec. ready for hook-up....................................................$50,000 vGONZALES 7.62 acres w/access to Sarah DeWitt. SOLD Con Bank Foreclosure, great investment.....................................$42,000 vWAELDER Poultry Farm. 4 breeder hen houses, 50 acres, mobile home.........................................................................$1,250,000




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297 HOWARD LANE, Gonzales - Located on Guadalupe River adjoining Lake-H, 2/1, app. 1,068 sq. ft. Very nice. Move in ready, Deck, fishing pier!.................................... ......................................................................................................................$148,500 First North Street, Harwood - .49 ac lot w/2 storage bldgs, water, septic, electricity available..................................................................................................................$20,000 4-H Lake Property - 90B - Gonzales, .41 ac. lot w/MH, Mature trees. Great for weekend getaway; rental property....................................................................................$55,000 110 First North St., Harwood - 3/1, app. 1,410 sq. ft, FP, 2 storage bldgs, nice lot........ .........................................................................................................................$46,000 277 HOWARD LANE, GONZALES - 1.168 acres - beautiful river property, rock home, app. 2,648 sq. ft., open kit with family room and dining area glassed in with panoramic view of water. Wrap around porch. Located on the Guadalupe River, adjoining Lake 4-H. Workshop and fishing pier......................................................................$282,000 189 CR 280, Harwood - 3BD/2BA, app. 1,574 sq. ft, 2 dining areas, 2 family rooms, FP, enclosed bonus room, covered deck, 10x20 storage bldg.........................$94,989 11439 HWY 90A, Gonzales - 5 acres, ranch fenced, ag exempt, barn with 1/2 bath, elec., septic....................................................................................................$157,800 16.96 ACS - 77CR 391, Gonzales - 3/2 rock home, app. 2,131 sq. ft. barn, outdoor arena, 2 storage bldgs, water well.................................................................$290,000 RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, LAND & RANCHES, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT
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MINI-DONKEYS. Great pets, loves people. All ages and colors, some “cross” designs, 36” tall. 830-672-6265, 830-857-4251, 830672-5152. -------------------------M I N I - G OAT S . (Dwarf Nigerians) 18” to 24” tall. Good weed eaters. Fun to have around. Beautiful silver and white herd sire. (7 left) 830-672-6265, 830-857-4251, 830672-5152.

includes three bedroom, two baths. Apprx. 2,500 sq. ft. on about an half acre. Corner lot, zoned for resident i a l / co m m e rc i a l. Luling. $150,000. 830-875-6975. -------------------------53.35 Improved Pasture with 3/2 older home, CA/H, on FM 1116. 5 miles from downtown Gonzales. Live Oaks, lots of new fence. After 5 p.m. call 830-437-2955 or 830-857-4242. -------------------------Home For Sale; New Construction; 2 bed/1 bath; 1504 Weimar Street; $74,900; 100% financing for qualified buyers; 830203-5065. -------------------------House for Sale. 3BR/1 bath or 2 BR and dining room, carport & storage building in back. Phone, 830-2035181, good bargain. -------------------------3BR/2BA at 1609 Gardien St. 1,400 sq. ft, 2 living areas, lg. fenced yard. $94K. 830-203-1874. -------------------------4BR/1BA, privacy fenced-in yard. 1000 Cuero St., Gonzales. Open lot in front of house, carport. Good condition. About 20

yrs. old. $75,000. Call 830-203-0389 for information.

WANTED: Old, broken and unwanted costume and vintage jewelry, chain necklaces/belts and loose beads. I am a crafter who loves beading and making jewelry, and can’t afford new, full price beads. I will make an offer. I am in Gonzales. Please help me with my hobby. YOUR TRASH IS MY TREASURE! Call (512) 227-4040 today. -------------------------Wanted: Heavy duty metal shelving, 6-7 ft. tall, 3-5 ft. long, 12-24 inches deep. 832-4195275. -------------------------Looking for a nice house in or near Gonzales. 940-2844255. -------------------------Small family owned trucking company looking to lease or purchase 5-15 acres in Gonzales or surrounding area. Prefer w/shop or building. Call 501589-5097. -------------------------Wanted: Looking for Deer Lease to pay by the day. 361596-7792. -------------------------Needed: I need to rent a 2 bed or 3 bedroom apartment or house in Gonzales or Luling area. Please call 830-822-5076. etc, great with the public & full of common sense. 24 hr. prior notice. Will be glad to drop by before hire. Laura Gift, 830-203-5180. -------------------------JCK Services. Tree shearing, brush stacking, stump treatment, small brush grubbing. Call Jeff (830) 2631016 or Wayne, (830) 857-3611. -------------------------A/C & Electrical side jobs: New installs, A/C maintenance, Condenser changeouts, Residential & Commercial at affordable prices. Please call David anytime at 830263-1747. -------------------------Ranch Hand Work. Rounding up cattle, fence work. Willing to learn. Call Steven & Gerald, 512-5388950. -------------------------Need help with lawn or pool? Please call Gene Kridler at 830-8571576. -------------------------Mobile Massage is now serving Gonzales & Luling. Specializing in Therapeutic Massage for pain in lower back, neck, knees etc. Also corporate chair massage. 13 years experience. LMT Steve Turner, Lic. # MT021213. Call 830-857-0270. “Let me help getting you mobile.” -------------------------Brush Busters. Bobcat, w/tree cutter attachment, land clearing, mesquite spraying, fence building, misc. odd end jobs. Reasonable Rates. Call James at 512738-0848. -------------------------Electrical wiring, troubleshooting & Repairs, new construction, additions,meter loops, ceiling fans, metal buildings, panel upgrades, etc. 830-437-5747. -------------------------Photographer - Professional, Affordable, and Convenient. Specializing in families, children and maternity photography sessions. Or relax and enjoy your special day by hiring “Memories by Maxwell” to shoot your birthday/anniversar y party, retirement ceremony, wedding, baptism, or

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other memorable event. Call Nikki today to schedule your event or session. (512) 2274040. Located in Gonzales. Will travel to events within surrounding area. -------------------------No Limit Accessories David Matias, Owner 830-263-1633 1026 St. Paul St., Gonzales Window Tinting, Commercial. Call for appointment. -------------------------Need a monument or marker? Save $$ on monuments, markers. High Quality. Less Cost Monuments & Markers. 1405 Conway St., Gonzales, the IOOF Building. 830-8578070.

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For Sale: 37 acres land. North of Waelder, TX. FMR 1296. Contact Info. 830-237-9227. -------------------------6+ Acres for Sale or Lease. Build to suit. End of Oil Patch Lane. Call 210-4160041. -------------------------Small acreage for sale or lease on US 183 just North of US 90A in Gonzales. Great for oilfield, etc. 830-203-0470. -------------------------Approximately 10 acres for lease in Gonzales. Great for commercial business. For more info please call 830-2030470. -------------------------For Sale: 7.3070 Acres w/1973 Doublewide Mobile Home. 14 mi. South, FM 1117 in Seguin, TX. Mobile home is in need of repair. New water well. There are two septic tanks on property. Asking $56,000. Call 830401-0147. -------------------------Lot for Rent. $100/ month. 70’x130’ on Church St. Call 830423-2103. -------------------------25 acres for sale. I-10 & 304 area. Abundant wildlife, great hunting, pond, nice homesite. $4,500/acre. Call 713-203-2814 for information.

511 Williams, Updated, 2BR/1BA, central A/C & Heat. Insulated. Wood floors throughout, kitchen & shower hard tile. Nancy, Stobaugh, Realtor, 512-297-8500, Sale or Lease. -------------------------Brick Home for Sale. 4BR/3BA, 1513 St. Michael Street on about 1 acre. Lots of trees. 830-857-5231 or 830-857-5236. -------------------------House for Sale/To Be Moved: 3BR/1Ba frame house, pier & beam foundation, central A/H. Buyer responsible for moving house from property, $6,000. 830-857-4172. -------------------------Two story, eleven room home which

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K&S Storage Units 922 St. Peter, Gonzales, Texas. Units are available for rent with specials. First Month $10.00 - Move in special for month of August and September!!! Call 830-445-9583 or 830-857-3505 for details. -------------------------APACHE STORAGE The Store All Place is located at 2502 Harwood Rd. Gonzales, TX. 830-2035115.

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Looking for a good, used 3 wheel bike for adult. Call Paula at 672-3747. -------------------------The Heights of Gonzales Activity Department is looking for a fridge/freezer to hold supplies for event refreshments. If you would like to donate or know of one that is reasonably priced, contact Gwen Koncaba, 830-672-4530. -------------------------Professional Artist needs coastal round bales of hay. Will barter for artwork. Brenda Shannon, 512-917-4078. -------------------------Wanted: Any make rifle, caliber 22-250. Call 830-857-1781. -------------------------I want to buy a used shower stall & kitchen cabinets. 830-437-5659

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Cannon News Services set, researchers discovered additional conditions, cluding arthritis, sinus inMany people are appre- fections, incontinence, and hensive about getting older poor hearing, also played a because of the fear of losing role. The correlation betheir faculties. Individuals tween circulatory issues may worry that dementia could rob them of precious and brain function may memories and make daily be obvious, but researchers aren’t exactly sure why living more difficult. Many factors can con- minor health infractions tribute to the onset of could contribute to senility. dementia, and recent re- Some suggest that people search notes those fac- with the burden of health tors include heart disease, problems may not be able strokes and other serious to successfully thwart dehealth conditions that af- terioration of the brain fect the circulatory system. that comes with dementias, But other seemingly harm- including Alzheimer’s disless conditions can play ease. The World Alzheimer a role, too. Maintaining a Report states that more healthy lifestyle could help than 35 million people seniors fend off dementia. Researchers in Canada around the world are living studied data on more than with Alzheimer’s disease 7,000 survey participants and other types of demenwho answered questions of tia. These are largely brainoverall health. While cir- destroying illnesses that culatory diseases did cor- have no cure. But adults relate high to dementia on- might be able to prevent

Healthy living could help fight dementia
or delay its onset. Placing a greater emphasis on overall health may help. According to Dr. Kenneth Rockwood, MD, a professor of geriatric medicine and neurology at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who participated in the dementia study published in July 2011 in the journal Neurology, “the best thing people can do to stay physically healthy — and thus maintain their brains, too — is to exercise.” Other things that can be done include adopting a healthy, balanced diet and keeping the brain active as much as possible. Here are ways to do just that. • Seniors can participate in low-impact exercises that promote muscle strength and flexibility. Water exercises are very good because they don’t place strain on the joints. Stretching routines, like

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Maintaining overall health is one way seniors might stave off the onset of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease.
yoga or tai chi, are also effective. Exercise plans should be discussed with a health care provider prior to starting. • Work with a nutritionist to develop a healthy eating plan. A healthy diet is essential to keep many diseases at bay, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and even to help maintain proper digestion. • Keep the brain active by engaging in puzzles, like crosswords or sudoku. Reading is a way to stimulate vocabulary and also keep the brain sharp. Interact with people on a daily basis and engage in conversation.

What should you look for in an elder care facility
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As men and women enter their golden years, many decide they can no longer maintain their homes and choose to downgrade to something smaller, be it an apartment or a condominium. For millions of others, health plays a significant role when deciding where to move when it’s time to sell their homes. According to the AARP, slightly more than five percent of people 65 years and older reside in nursing homes, congregate care, assisted living, and board-and-care homes. Statistics Canada notes that by 2004-05, the most recent year for which statistics are available, one in 30 Canadians over the age of 65 were living in homes for the aged. Though no one plans to live in a nursing home, seniors and their families should at least know what to look for just in case. Determine Individual Needs

Men and women researching potential living facilities might find it difficult to determine their specific needs. Unforeseen health conditions, for instance, might dictate which option is the best fit. Men and women who have a medical condition that requires routine monitoring will almost certainly want a skilled nursing facility. But those without medical conditions who need help with simpler tasks of everyday life are likely to have those needs met by an intermediate facility. Some facilities provide both types of care, which can make transitioning from one to another much easier if or when that need arises. Facilities typically have intake planners on staff who evaluate each individual and determine which level of care is the best fit. Research Policies and Procedures

What is the procedure when a resident has a medical emergency? What if a resident finds a living situation unpleasant? What is the facility’s philosophy regarding staff and resident interaction? What are the facility’s hiring practices, including certification requirements, for its personnel? What is the ratio of staff to residents? Each facility should be able to answer these questions promptly and adequately. Those who can’t should be checked off the list of residences to consider. Facility Ratings

safety of the facility and its overall quality of care and a host of other factors. Get a Firsthand Account of the Facility Before choosing a facility for themselves or an elderly relative, individuals should spend some time at the facilities they’re considering to get a firsthand account of what life at that facility is like. Observe the staff interactions with residents, including if they address residents with respect and patience. How do the current residents look? Are they unkempt and left to their own devices, or do they appear well groomed and are they encouraged to interact with other residents? Does the facility seem warm and welcoming, or is it antiseptic? The move to an elderly care facility is often difficult and sometimes depressing, so each of the above conditions can carry significant weight when choosing a facility. Finding a nursing home or a similar facility for yourself or an aging relative is not necessarily easy. Men and women facing such a difficult decision should begin the process as early as possible to ensure they find the facility that is the best fit.

Each facility should be ready and willing to share and discuss its policies and procedures with regards to residents.

According to the AARP, recent research has shown that nonprofit nursing homes may offer higher-quality care, better staff-resident ratios, and have fewer health violations than facilities managed by for-profit companies. Men and women researching facilities can visit, an online resource for men and women caring for aging relatives. The Web site enables adults to compare nursing homes in their areas, including if a home is for profit or nonprofit, and the home’s capacity. U.S. residents can even learn each facility’s Medicare ratings, which are determined by examining the

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Gonzales Memorial Hospital (830)672-7581 Gonzales Christian Assistance Ministries (GCAM) (830)672-5566 Social Security Office, Seguin (830)379-8802 Social Security/Medicare (800)772-1213 Food Stamp Program, Seguin (830)379-6525 Gonzales Senior Citizen Association (830)672-7014 Gonzales Senior Citizens Nutrition Site (830)672-2613 Elder Abuse Hotline (800)458-7214 Aged & Disabled Abuse (800)252-5400 Medicare Choices Helpline (800)633-4227 Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Hotline (800)447-8477 Children of Aging Parents (800)227-7294 American Society on Aging (415)974-9600 - Gonzales; 24 hour nursing care A host of factors, including staff interaction with residents, should - Nursing home information

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Aggies no joke for Gonzales
play in their house because they will have a good crowd,” Lock said. “Poteet is very good when they are at home.” “We will have to prepare for their crowd.” The Aggies run a one or twoback spread offense without tight ends. Lock said Poteet will rotate two quarterbacks on a regular basis. Ruben Reyes will take the snaps when the Aggies throw the ball. His favorite targets are Derrick
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Santos and Morgan Menchacha. Quarterback Sean Rodriguez will call the signals when Poteet runs the ball, and he is one of the main ball carriers. “They run a lot of zone plays and the option with Rodriguez,” Lock said. Poteet will also have running back Matthew Chapa to take some carries. With Poteet having a balanced

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Any football team will play better at its home stadium, even when it’s a winless team. That is what the Gonzales Apaches are banking on in their first district road game, tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Poteet. “It is tough to play on the road in district,” Gonzales head coach Ricky Lock said. He said the Aggies will feed off the energy of their fans. “Poteet will be a tough game to

offense, it will be crucial for the Apache defensive line to win the battle against the Aggies’ offensive line. Lock said Poteet’s defense generally runs a 3-4 but will shift to a 3-3-Stack and a 4-2-5. No special adjustments are anticipated for the Tribe offense. “We need to continue with our solid blocking from the offensive line, “Lock said. He said the status of Matt Hillman, starting quarterback who has a shoulder injury, will be decided on a day-to-day basis.

Thrilling win has Mustangs atop district

The Apaches’ trip to Poteet falls on the first day of the annual Come and Take it Celebration in Gonzales. “I know Come and Take It is big but any fan that can make the trip would be appreciated,” Lock said. Poteet is 0-5 on the season after playing San Antonio Central Catholic (21-13), Dilley (39-20), Robinson (49-21) and their District 28-3A opener, falling to San Antonio Sam Houston 74-0. The Apaches opened 28-3A play with a shutout over Yoakum in the Homecoming game.

Commemorative coin toss

Gonzales captain Cory Espinosa (6) receives a commemorative Ronald Reagan coin from Mayor Bobby O’Neal as they shake hands during the commemorative coin toss Friday. Last weekend, at thousands of high school, college, and NFL games across the country, the Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Tosshonored President Ronald Reagan during the Centennial year of his birth. Ronald Reagan played football in high school and college and was a life long fan of the game. In commemoration of the Reagan Centennial, and in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, The Gonzales Apaches honored President Reagan with the commemorative Reagan Centennial Coin. Joining the Apaches for this historical occasion were Mayor Bobby O’Neal and GISD Superintendant Dr. Kim Strozier. The Centennial Coin used in the coin toss represents the Ronald Reagan Award for Excellence and Leadership exhibited by a youth this year and beyond. It is a symbol of President Reagan’s love for the game of football, and his passion for leadership. (Photo by Nikki Maxwell)

Shiner to get back into ‘W’ column; reigning TAPPS champs to tangle

Football Roundup

After falling 48-21 last week to Navarro, the Shiner Comanches carry a three-game losing streak into Friday’s matchup at Ben Bolt-Palito Blanco. Shiner head coach Steven Cerny said last Friday’s loss was not a totally negative experience. “It was a great test for us,” he said. “We didn’t win the game, but I thought we gave a great effort and saw some things on the field that we had been looking forward to seeing.” The Badgers, who are 16th in the Associated Press’ Class 1A poll and averaging 50.6 points per game, return 14 starters from an area finalist that went 9-1 in 2010. “They’ve got a lot back from last year’s club,” said Cerny. “They lost their quarterback but Coach (Jeff) Lefevre does a good job of developing them, so they’ve got another good one this year. Their definitely going to be a playoff team this year, so it’s another good test for us. We want to see where we are and see if we fit the mold of being a playoff team ourselves.” Shiner comes into the game with 1,084 rushing yards from their traditional veer offense, but the Comanches have had difficulty holding on to the football with 26 fumbles this season.

“We’re fumbling way too much, it’s been unbelievable,” Cerny said. “If we don’t fix that problem, then we’re not going to fix our offense.” Even though on paper it looks like a matchup of two teams heading in different directions, Lefevre is not in any way taking the Comanches lightly. “Let’s not forget who Shiner is,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how they start out, they’re still Shiner and they are what they’ve always been. Their record is no indicative of what their football program is right now. They’re probably the best 1-4 football team in the state of Texas.” The Comanche defense will be tested by the Badgers’ skill players, which include quarterback Albert Gonzalez (1,048 passing yards, 12TDs), tailback Gabriel Ramirez (836 rushing yards, 14TDs), and all-state receiver Andres Alaniz (36 catches, 744 yards, 13TDs). “Our strength right now is we don’t have just one kid who catches the ball, we’ve got five or six,” Lefevre said. “Alaniz is a special kid, but we do have others who catch the ball well and are effective. We’re not big at all, so we’ve got to try and get yards anyway we can.” The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at J.E. Barrera Stadium in Ben Bolt. In other regional action, Yoakum looks for its first district, victory and Cuero seeks its second straight win

while Luling has the night off; Hallettsville travels to Rice Consolidated for a district matchup while Flatonia and Shiner St. Paul have long road trips, to Burton and Austin, respectively, and Sacred Heart hosts Louise. Pleasanton at Yoakum The Bulldogs welcome the Pleasanton Eagles into town on Friday. Both teams fell in their district openers as Yoakum was blanked by Gonzales, 33-0, and the Eagles were defeated by Cuero, 23-8, in the Gobblers’ first win of the season. Pleasanton deploys a pass-happy offense led by quarterback Luke Walters and wide receiver co-horts, Zack Jackson, Albert Mares and Justin Llamas. The Yoakum defense will need to get pressure on Walters and make sure Jackson, Mares and Llamas and whoever else gets a pass thrown in their direction are covered. The Yoakum offense will need to not turn the ball over and block well as the strength of the Eagle defense is their line. St. Paul at Austin Regents The Cardinals quickly rebounded from their first loss of the season by pounding the Bryan St. Joseph Eagles 70-13 over the weekend. St. Paul travels to the capital to take on Austin ReROUNDUP, Page C8

NIXON — What looked like a late-game collapse last week turned into a thrilling double-overtime win that has spirits running wild in Mustang Country. On the heels of their 43-42 road win at Dilley, Nixon-Smiley now finds themselves in the enviable position of sitting atop the league standings after the opening week of district play. “We talked to the kids about having the opportunity to go on the road and get a district win,” said head coach Carlton McKinney. “They took it to heart, had a good week of practice and really stepped up to the challenge. If we play the way that we’re capable of playing and give ourselves a chance to win at the end, then anything can happen.” The Wolves were among the favorites to win the District 14-2AII championship and making the win even more impressive for the Mustangs is the fact that it was done without the services of their leading rusher, Joe Medina. “Our motto this year has been ‘Team first - no one does it alone,’” said McKinney. “Losing Joe is a huge loss, but we have other guys who are willing to do what they have to do. When you have a devastating loss like that you can go in one of two ways. You can either collapse and make excuses, or you can pool together and make something positive out of a negative. Our kids have really leaned on each other and are depending on each other. They’re really committed to each other to do the best they can.” Medina, an all-district performer last year, has a dislocated ankle and a fractured fibia. McKinney said it’s possible the 1,000yard rusher from a year ago could return to action in 6-8 weeks. “There’s a chance we might get him back, it just depends on how the rehab goes,” said McKinney. “We are all really hoping that he

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Jared Van Auken can make it back at some point.” In his absence, the Mustangs ran for 305 yards and four touchdowns against Dilley behind the play of Miguel Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, Jaime Moreno and sophomore Jared Van Auken. Friday brings to town another challenge and another tough opponent in undefeated Poth. The Pirates, who are 5-0 after beating Stockdale 26-7 last week, remain formidable after graduating 14 lettermen from last year’s 11-1 regional semifinalist. “They lost some of the talent from last year’s playoff team, but Poth is going to be Poth,” McKinney said. “They’re very tough-minded, so you’re going to have to beat them to win. We need to use the momentum we gained off the Dilley win, but we realize that one win alone is not going to do anything for us if we don’t follow it up with another huge performance this week. Poth is going to be ready to play, but so are we.” The Pirates come into MUSTANGS, Page C8

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Volleyball Roundup
From coaches’ reports

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Lady Mustangs whip Cole; Shiner sweeps Waelder
Nixon-Smiley improved to 2-2 in district with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-19 win over San Antonio Cole on Friday. Devon Tristan had three blocks and 17 kills; Brooke Gordon had nine assist and one ace and Jennifer Flores had three digs. The Lady Mustangs made it 3-2 on Tuesday with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-16) win over San Antonio Brooks Academy. Tristan had nine kills and two aces; Gordon had 13 assists; Ashley Maldonado had four digs and Kelby Henderson had three blocks. •Shiner swept Faith Academy 2511, 25-12, 25-23 on Friday. Cassie Stafford and Kaylyn Benes had 11 points each and six aces each; LaNeshia Hunt had 13 kills; Stafford had 19 assists and 10 digs while Emmalie Berkovsky had three blocks. The Shiner JV team defeated Faith Academy. The Lady Comanches swept Waelder 3-0 (25-6, 25-6, 25-10) on Tuesday. Hunt had seven aces and eight kills; Stafford had 23 assists and Ryah Michalec had six digs. •The Yoakum Lady Bulldogs won their fourth district game in five tries with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-8, 25-19) win Tuesday against San Antonio Sam Houston. Leslie Seidenberger had 11 kills; Amy Malik and Ryan Hagen had three aces; Camile Desmet had 19 assists; Danielle Pohl had two blocks and Hagen had 17 digs. •The Sacred Heart volleyball team fell to San Antonio Keystone 3-1 (1925, 22-25, 25-16, 16-25) on Thursday. Adrienne Klimitchek had eight kills and four blocks; Shelby McElroy had 18 assists, and Kirsten Heger had 22 digs and three aces. “We did not show up there with any intensity,” Sacred Heart head coach Wanda Orsak said. “This was a very important match for us and we were not focused. We are now tied for second place in district and have to make sure we do not let up anywhere else down the line. We have six more district matches to get through and we need to focus on each one separately.” Sacred Heart won the JV match 25-14, 25-17. The Indianettes rebounded with a 3-0 (34-32, 25-15, 25-19). Klimitchek had nine kills and two blocks; McElroy had 17 assists; Orsak had seven digs and Kirsten Heger had five aces. “We did not play very good at the start,” Coach Orsak said. “We need to pick up our intensity so that no one sneaks ups on us and gives us an unnecessary loss.”. The Indianette JV won 25-18, 2512. •The Hallettsville Lady Brahmas fell to Needville in five sets (27-25, 25-27, 26-28, 25-21, 15-12) on Tuesday. Madison Schindler had 14 kills; Lauren Jones and Cassidy Targac had three aces; Heather Henneke had 25 assists; Schindler had 17 digs; Cheyenne Dowdy had seven blocks. Hallettsville is now 4-2 in district. •The Flatonia Lady Bulldogs won two last week against Waelder on Sept. 20 and Weimar last Friday. Against Waelder (25-8, 25-8, 2510), Leanna Dunk had seven kills; Alex Bruns had 13 assists and nine aces, and Courtney Mica had six digs. The Lady ‘Dogs beat Weimar beat •Shiner St. Paul took part in the Alvin Tournament over the weekend. They opened with a 2-0 (25-16, 25-14) win over Conroe Covenant. Marissa Ynclan had seven kills and two blocks; Kourtney Knesek had 12 assists; Madison Kurtz had four digs; Alexa Schaefer had seven aces. They defeated Bellville Faith 2-1 (19-25, 25-16, 15-10) in the Gold Bracket semifinal. Ynclan had 17 kills and three blocks; Schaefer had four aces; Knesek had 12 assists and Abby Hull had one ace. In the Gold championship game, St. Paul played the TX Tornadoes, falling 2-0 (19-25, 15-25). Ynclan had six kills, Knesek had two aces; Katelynn Leist had one assist and Kali Kocian had 10 digs. On Monday, the Lady Cardinals swept Dickinson Pine Drive Christian 3-0 (25-9, 27-25, 25-19). Ynclan and Schaefer had 13 kills;

Yoakum sweeps Gonzales

Knesek had 25 assists; Ynclan had one block; Schaefer had 13 digs and Ynclan had four aces. The next day, St. Paul swept Sugar Land Logos Prep 25-16, 25-14, 25-8. Ynclan had 13 kills and 10 aces; Katie Denson had two blocks; Knesek had 21 assists and Kocian had two digs. The Lady Cardinals JV won 2513, 25-18. Nicolette Siegel had 11 kills; Melanie Wagner had seven aces and one dig; Kymberlie Malatek had seven assists and three blocks, and Samantha Siegel had one dig. •On Sept. 13, the Luling Lady Eagles hosted the San Antonio Brooks Academy Lady Bengals at Lady Eagle Gym. The Lady Eagles got a District 29-2A win 25-13, 25-21, 25-19 over Brooks. On Sept. 16, the Lady Eagles played at Stockdale, falling 3-1 (1625, 25-14, 17-25, 16-25). On Sept. 20, the Lady Eagles got a visit from No. 18 Marion. The Lady Bulldogs swept Luling 25-11, 25-18, 25-11.

Blocking game comes up short for Lady Apaches

The Lady Apaches volleyball team is looking at their glass and seeing it as half full. Gonzales fell to 1-3 in district play as they fell to Yoakum 3-0 (16-25, 17-25, 2025) Friday afternoon at GHS Special Events Center. “For the most part, we played the best we have in a while,” said junior Morgan Simper. “We were on all on the same page, but just came up short.” “We are still positive despite this loss and will build on it when we face our next opponent. If we can push past this, we will be fine because we can only go up from here.” Yoakum coach Paula Berger liked how her offense Yoakum’s Ashtyn Henkes gets high to block a kill at- got a lot of the points. “We were getting kills on tempt by Gonzales’ Brittany Pakebusch during Frithe second touch which is day’s action. (Photo by Mark Lube)

Block at the net

something we have worked on,” she said. “It was first touch, second touch, kill.” “Our defense also played better. Still a few rotations we need to work on.” She said Gonzales’ defense made it challenging for the Lady Bulldogs. “Gonzales did well on defense. They put their hands on everything we threw at them,” Berger said. The Lady Apaches got two early plays from Allison Raley to go up 2-1 in the first set. Yoakum got kills from Ashtyn Henkes and Morgan Long to help go up 5-2. Gonzales fought back and went ahead 9-8, getting some help from block by Shayla Simper and Brittany Pakebusch. Yoakum then scored 10 of

the next 12 and never looked back, getting an ace from Ryan Hagan on game point. In the second set, Henkes paced the Lady Bulldogs to seven of the first nine points. Gonzales fought back to force an 8-8 tie. Kills from Long, Henkes and Lesley Seidenberger put Yoakum ahead 16-11. Gonzales closed down to 18-16 on plays from Danyelle Glass, Raley and Shayla Simper before Yoakum closed out the set on a 7-1 run. The Lady ‘Dogs got the early advantage in the third set before kills from Carly Bozka, Glass and Pakebusch brought Gonzales even at 5-5. Later, the Lady ‘Dogs battled to a 20-12 advan-

tage. The Lady Apaches then scored eight of the next 11 points. Henkes got a pair of kills to finish of the third set. For Gonzales, Bozka had 13 digs, one assist; Shayla Simper had seven digs, two blocks, one ace; Morgan Simper had four digs, one ace; Kiley Braune nine digs, one assists two aces; Raley had 17 kills, seven blocks, four digs, one block; Jessica Cantu had six digs, 35 assists; Lindsey Akers had one dig, one block and Glass had one block, one dig and five kills. For the Lady ‘Dogs, Henkes had 16 kills and five blocks; Camille DeSmet had 12 digs, three aces and 34 assists; Ryan Hagan had three aces.

The Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, by this instrument, notifies the public of a PUBLIC HEARING on the following project that has been presented to the GEDC Board for their consideration: 1.) Gonzales Economic Development Corporation has pledged $400,000.00 for an expansion of the Victoria College, Gonzales Campus. The expansion plans include a welding, H-VAC, and construction trades instruction facility. The GEDC will hold a Public Hearing October 24, 2011, at the Gonzales City Hall, 820 St. Joseph St., during the Regular Meeting that begins at 6:00pm, to allow for public comment on this project and the proposed expenditure of 4B Sales Tax funds. After consideration and voting by GEDC, the projects will go to City Council for their approval of the expenditure of funds at their next meeting. The GEDC encourages citizens to participate in the public comment and public hearing stages of all GEDC projects. Citizens unable to attend meetings may submit their views to Carolyn Gibson, Economic Development Director for the City of Gonzales, by mailing them to P.O. Drawer 547, Gonzales, TX 78629. For additional information, contact the Economic Development office at (830)-672-2815.


Good blocking. Not just the job of a welloiled football offensive line. It is there in volleyball as well. The Gonzales Lady Apaches were swept by the Cuero Lady Gobblers 2725, 25-16 and 25-15 Tuesday night at Gonzales High School Special Events Center. “We were not on our blocking game tonight,” Lady Apaches head coach Kim Payne said. “It is hard for our defense when we do not have the blocking.” “We also need to finish when we have a lead.” There were some bright spots to the match, though. “I thought our hitting and our overall defensive effort was improved,” Payne said. Gonzales got early kills from Allison Raley and Shayla Simper to take a 5-3 lead in the first set. Cuero battled to take an 11-8 advantage on a pair of kills from Abby Sheppard and service from Emily Valenta. The Lady Apaches closed down to 15-13, getting help on an ace from Carly Bozka and a kill from Jessica Cantu. Gonzales later surged into the lead at 20-18 before Cuero closed out with a 9-5 run. In the second set, Gonzales rallied from an earlier deficit for a slim 11-9 lead on kills from Brittany Pakebusch, Danyelle Glass and Lindsey Akers combined with more service from Bozka.

Down 15-13, the Lady Gobblers rode the service of Caycay Toot and kills from Valenta and Emery Johnson for the win and 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, Cuero grabbed the lead early and protected it despite hard effort from Gonzales to get back into the game. For the Lady Apaches, Bozka had 21 digs and four aces; Shayla Simper had nine digs, five kills; Raley had 10 kills, three blocks, one dig;

Pakebusch had five digs, five blocks and two kills; Glass had 11 kills and three digs; Morgan Simper had two digs and an ace; Kiley Braune had six digs; Akers had one dig, one block and one kill; Lynnea Fink had three digs and Cantu had five digs and 30 assists. For Cuero, Sheppard and Valenta had 14 kills; Toot and Shellenbarger had three aces; Valenta and Emily Olsovsky had two blocks and Shellenbarger had 11 digs.

The Gonzales Economic Development Corporation, by this instrument, notifies the public of the commencement of the 60 Day Public Comment Period and PUBLIC HEARING on the following Small Business Incentive Grant Applications that have been presented to the GEDC Board for their consideration. The maximum grant amount is $25,000.00 and a 50% minimum match is required. The grant applications are available at City Hall for viewing by the public during the 60 Day Public Comment Period. 1.) Mike Hanson , Owner of Wolff Rental Properties, 715 Tate Street, Gonzales 2.) Gilbert Perez, Owner of Gilbert B. Perez Income Tax Service, 343 Saint George Street, Gonzales The GEDC will hold a Public Hearing October 24, 2011, at the Gonzales City Hall, 820 St. Joseph St., during the Regular Meeting that begins at 6:00pm, to allow for public comment on this project and the proposed expenditure of Type B Sales Tax funds. After consideration and voting by GEDC, the projects will go to City Council for their approval of the expenditure of funds at their next meeting. The GEDC encourages citizens to participate in the public comment and public hearing stages of all GEDC projects. Citizens unable to attend meetings may submit their views to Carolyn Gibson, Economic Development Director for the City of Gonzales, by mailing them to P.O. Drawer 547, Gonzales, TX 78629. For additional information, contact the Economic Development office at (830)-672-2815.


Just out of reach

Gonzales Allison Raley (13) and Shayla Simper find a kill attempt by Cuero just out of reach during Tuesday’s contest. (Photo by Mark Lube)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gonzales executes on both sides of ball to blank Yoakum 33-0

Apaches turn into fundamentalists
opportunities; we just did not make the plays.” “Gonzales has a lot of size and we knew that coming in. I think they have one of the best offensive lines in the district.” The Apaches were without the signal-calling services of quarterback Matt Hillman and Gonzales had Jon Anthony Casares take most of the snaps.Casares led rushing for Gonzales with 119 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns with Cecil Johnson getting 25 rushes for 113 yards. Donald Cartwright, Zack Lopez, Landon Lock and D.J. Gonzales also had carries. Lock said Hillman suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the week and will return in a week or two. The Apaches scored three touchdowns in the first half, all by Lopez. Lopez redeemed himself after losing a fumble on the Apaches’ second possession by picking off Yoakum quarterback Jeff Harrison close to midfield and returning for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Yoakum had a punt to midfield, and Lopez’s 4-yard run capped a sixplay drive that took less than three minutes. Later, Gonzales picked

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The Gonzales football team was sound in its fundamentals with a 33-0 pasting of the Yoakum Bulldogs Friday night at Apaches Field in their Homecoming game. “We blocked and we tackled really well,” Gonzales head coach Ricky Lock said. “We got after them tonight. We ran right at them. “We were pretty thorough up front, on both sides of the ball.” “Gonzales made plays and we did not,” Yoakum head coach Brent Kornegay said. “We had

Turning the corner


Cards bounce back with a vengeance, 70-13

Gonzales’ Cecil Johnson turns the corner in a blur of motion during Friday’s Homecoming win over the Yoakum Bulldogs. (Photo by Mark Lube)

Yoakum’s Troy DeWeese (9) tries to head off a rush by Gonzales’ Don Cartwright (10) after playing off a block by the Apaches’ Cecil Johnson (12). (Photo by NikkI Maxwell) off Harrison again, with Apache 30, but Yoakum Gonzales 33, Yoakum 0 Cartwright making the could not capitalize and 0 0 0 0--0 play. Casares led the Gonzales led 20-0 at the Yoakum Gonzales 6 14 13 0--33 Tribe inside the 20 and break. Scoring Summary all the way down to the The Apaches recovered G-Zack Lopez 45 interception 10 but a procedural pen- another fumble on the return (run failed) G-Lopez 4 run (Matt Hillman alty and an incomplete opening kickoff of the kick) pass brought up fourth third quarter. A 27-yard G-Lopez 4 run (Hillman kick) down. Casares was scramble by Casares gave G-Jon Anthony Casares 27 run (pass failed) stopped short of the first Gonzales a 26-0 lead. G-Casares 1 run (Hillman kick) down, giving the ball to The ‘Dogs went three Yoakum on downs. and out on the next Team stats GON YOAK The ‘Dogs then backed drive, and had a bad First downs 20 10 up to the 10 on a five- punt of 12 yards to set Rushes-yards 56-320 26-92 yard penalty, and TJ up Gonzales at the Yoa- Passes yards 2-6-0 6-17-2 Passing 40 76 Hights got a handoff and kum 42. Gonzales had a Punts-yards 1-29 2-34 got back to the 15 but holding call push them Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-2 lost the ball on the tackle back into their side of Penalties-yards 17-112 8-71 Individual stats and Lopez recovered at the field. Rushing— Yoakum: Jeff Harthe ‘Dog 15. Johnson got A 19-yard hookup rison 8-50, TJ Hights 3-13, Rico an 11-yard gain to and between Casares and Moya 2-11, Blake McCrackLopez scored his sec- Cartwright along with en 8-10, Reagan Jacobs 1-7, Kyle Mikulik ond offensive and third a couple of runs gave Devante Price 1-2,Jon Anthony 1-(-1). Gonzales: overall touchdown of the the Tribe first down at Casares 13-119, Cecil Johnson night to give Gonzales a the Yoakum 23. Later, a 25-113, Zack Lopez 8-51, Donald 20-0 advantage. Casares pass was incom- Cartwright 6-19, Landon Lock On the next drive, Yoa- plete on third down but 2-15, D.J. Gonzales 2-3. Harrison Passing — Yoakum: kum took advantage of a Yoakum was assessed 6-17-2 76. Gonzales: Casares 2-6Gonzales personal-foul for pass interference in 0 40. Receving — Yoakum: Fred call and a Harrison-to- the end zone, moving 4-45, Fred Thompson com- the ball to the 2 where Thompson Mikulik Timmy Blakeney 1-22, 1-9.Gonzales: pletion for 17 yards to Casares scored a couple Alejandro Hernandez 1-21, Cartmove the ball inside the of plays later. wright 1-19.

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SHINER — The St. Paul Cardinals were hoping to have learned from the mistakes made in their recent loss to Flatonia, which snapped their 18-game win streak. Consider the lesson learned. “We missed a lot of chances against Flatonia last week,” Cardinal head coach Paul Johnston said. “Hopefully, both the players and the coaches learned some things.” Saturday afternoon against Bryan St. Joseph at Comanche Stadium, the Cardinals delivered some early blows, jumping to a 35-7 lead after the first quarter en route to a 70-13 win. “The guys played well and we had good execution,” Johnson said. St. Paul seemed determined to not let this game get away from them the least bit. The Cardinals opened the game with a successful onsides kick. The Cardinals needed five plays to march 44 yards for a 6-0 lead. Adam Hollenbach took the ball to the end zone on a 28-yard endaround that was negated on a holding call. Next play, Hollenbach hauled in a 24-yard touchdown strike from St. Paul quarterback Dakota Kresta. After getting a defensive stop and forcing a short

more, and scored three more touchdowns — a 40yard run by Brett Hodges; Kresta passing to Hybner for a 10-yard touchdown play and a 30-yard run by Natal. Hodges got to take some snaps late in the game and Kresta played some receiver.
St. Paul 70, Bryan St. Joseph 13 St.Joseph 7 6 0 0--13 St.Paul 35 14 13 8-70 Scoring Plays SP-Adam Hollenbach 24 pass from Dakota Kresta (run failed) SP-Martin Kennedy 15 run (Cole Hybner kick) SJ-Justin Knight 24 pass from Luke McClure (Connelly Cooper kick) SP-Hollenbach 34 pass from Kresta (Hybner kick) SP-Justin Natal 71 pass from Kresta (Hybner kick) SP-Mitchell McElroy 35 interception return (Hybner run) SP-Natal 36 pass from Kresta (Hybner kick) SP-Dylan Barton 18 pass from Kresta (Hybner kick) SJ-Tate Brightwell 18 run (kick failed) SP-Brett Hodges 40 run (Hybner kick) SP-Hybner 14 pass from Kresta (kick failed) SP-Natal 30 run (Kennedy pass from Hybner)

St. Paul’s Mitchell McElroy (25) sets sail for the end zone with a pass interception with teammate Dylan Barton (23) as an escort during Saturday’s contest. (Photo courtesy Photos by Lori Raabe) punt, Cardinals were on yard gain and later a 10- score and a 27-7 Cardinal 36-yard touchdown pass; the march again, 60-yards. yard scoring toss. advantage with less than McElroy got his second Kresta went to Justin Natal The Cardinals’ no-hud- two minutes to go in the pick and later scored on for 45 yards to the Eagle dle offense answered with first quarter. offense with an 18-yard 15 where Martin Kennedy a 34-yard pass from KresMcClure was picked off pass from Kresta. scored and Cole Hybner ta to Hollenbach to end a again, this time by MitchThe Eagles cut the lead added the point after for a 47-yard drive. ell McElroy who took slightly to 49-13 with a 13-0 lead. Kresta intercepted Mc- it the distance from 45 sustained drive over five St. Joseph answered with Clure on the next drive yards and the score was minutes. Running back a four-play, 73-yard touch- after St.Joseph drove 35-7 — still in the first Tate Brightwell scored down drive with quarter- down into Cardinal ter- period. from 18 yards out. back Luke McClure hitting ritory. He then linked Early in the second In the second half, St. Justin Knight for a big 46- with Natal for a 71-yard quarter, Natal caught a Paul ran the ball a little

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Team stats SJ SP First downs 14 21 Rushes-yards 41-119 34-250 Passing 9-16-3 10-14-0 Passing yards 118 252 Punts-yards 2-88 2-88 Fumbles-lost 3-2 2-1 Penalties-yards 0-0 5-50 Individual stats Rushing— St. Joseph: Tate Brightwell 17-86, James Hu 7-20, Nicky Damon 10-17, Matthew Krause 2-7, Tres Todd 1-0, Ben Rios 1-(-5), Luke McClure 3-(-6). St. Paul:Adam Hollenbach 10-96, Brett Hodges 11-70, Justin Natal 3-43, Martin Kennedy 5-21, Dakota Kresta 4-21, Mitchell McElroy 1-(-1). Passing — St. Joseph: McClure 9-16-3 118. St. Paul:Kresta 9-13-0 252, Hodges 1-1-0 2. Receviing — St. Joseph:Justin Knight 4-77, Rios 3-15, Damon 2-26. St. Paul:Natal 3-152, Hollenbauch 3-72m Dylan Barton 1-8, Cole Hybner 1-14, Kennedy 1-2, Hodges 1-(-4).

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it at intemission, however, as Hernandez scooted 31 yards for a score and Earlywine gathered in a 9-yard scoring toss from Moreno. The Mustangs moved ahead midway through the final period when Moreno punched it in from a yard away, but Dilley answered on the ensuing kickoff when Orlando Bernal took it 85 yards for a score. A 2-yard scoring run by Van Auken staked the Mustangs to a 28-20 lead, but Leonardo Garcia took in a 6-yard scoring pass from Urban and Urban ran in a two-point conversion to send it into overtime. Hernandez finished with 122 rushing yards on 14 carries and Van Auken carried 23 times for 86 yards as the Mustangs pounded out 305 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs had jumped out to a 20-7 lead after one period and had to hold off a furious Tiger comeback which sent the game into overtime before Bruns’ tie clinched teh win for Flatonia. Kollin Scruggs hit Lane Hobbs iwth a 15-yard TD pass to stake Thrall to an early lead, but the Bulldogs charged back when Mica and Bruns connected on a 21-yard scoring play.A 4-yard TD run by Aaron Manzano put the Bulldogs in front, and Clay Branecky’s 22-yard return of an intercepted pass sent Flatoinia to halftime with a 20-7 edge. Scruggs hit Hobbs with a 25-yard TD toss and then scored himself on a 75yard run to even things up before Flatonia struck back on a 40-yard aerial from Mica to Zane Ponder. Another Mica-to-Ponder connection covered 18 yards to put the Bulldogs up 34-20 before the Tigers rallied. Scruggs hit Bradley Scruggs with a 14-yard scoring toss and then Bradley Scruggs picked off a Flatonia pass and returned it 62 yards for a score to tie the game in regulation. Kollin Scruggs scored on a 19-yard run in the overtime period but Coulton Cuton’s kick failed. Flatonia responded when Mica hit Bruns with a 15-yard scoring toss, and Bruns’ PAT iced the win.
30-2-297. Thrall, Kollin Scruggs 10-212-118. RECEIVING: Flatonia, Cole Robbins 7-125, Zane Ponder 6-136, Will Bruns 4-53. Thrall, Lane Hobbs 5-58, Austin Walleck 2-11, Bradley Scruggs 1-14.

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Mustangs, Bulldogs grab thriller wins
HA L L E T T S V I L L E - The Edna Cowboys got 423 passing yards and six touchdown passes from quarterback DeQuan Cantu, and used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to finally put away the comeback-minded Hallettsville Brahmas by a 47-36 score Friday. Edna bolted to an early lead on a 17-yard scoring toss from DeQuan Cantu to John Hughes and Devin Parks’ 69-yard scoring pass from Cantu, but the Brahmas came back on a 16-yard TD run by Chez Evans. Cantu hit Darius Callies with an 18-yard scoring toss and sailed another 73-yarder to Parks to offset a 72-yard TD toss from Braden Kahanek to Travor McGee and give teh Cowboys a 28-14 halftime edge. Cantu tossed a 7-yard TD to Callies in the third period, and followed with an 81-yard scoring strike to Callies in the fourth. The Brahmas came back to score three times in the final period, however, as Evans scored on runs of 21 and 2 yards and Kahanek hit McGee with a 22-yard scoring pass.
Edna 47, Hallettsville 36 Edna 7 21 7 12--47 Hallettsville 0 14 0 22--36 Scoring Summary E- John Hughes 17 pass from DeQuan Cantu (Jesse Martinez kick) E- Devin Parks 69 pass from Cantu ( Martinez kick) H- Chez Evans 16 run ( Kick Failed) E- Darius Callies 18 pass from Cantu (Martinez Kick) H- Trevor McGee 72 pass from Braden Kahanek ( Kahanek run) E- Parks 73 pass from Cantu ( Martinez kick) E- Callies 7 pass from Cantu ( Martinez kick) H- Evans 21 run ( Sam Barrera kick) E- Callies 81 pass from Cantu ( kick failed) E- Tyler Kucera 4 run ( kick failed) H- Evans 2 run ( Barrera kick) H- McGee 22 pass from Kahanek (Kahanek pass to Dalton Herrington) Team Statistics Hal Edn First Downs 16 20 Yards Rushing 53-165 35-148 Yards Passing 193 423 Passes 5-11-1 17-27-0 Punts N/A N/A Fumbles-lost 4-2 2-1 Penalties-yards 5-60 12-105 Individual Statistics RUSHING -- Hallettsville, J. Reeves 7-24, C. Schindler 4-11, C. Evans 1894, B. Kahanek 13-20, T. Smith 12-16. Edna, D. Gosson 16-46, D. Parks 11111. PASSING -- Edna, D. Cantu 27-17423. RECEIVING -- Hallettsville, T. McGee 2-94, J. Reeves 1-8, A. Vesely 1-60, D. Herrington 1-31. Edna, D. Callies 7-158, J. Hughes 3-27, D. Parks 3-153.

Forget the Thrilla in Manila: as far as Nixon-Smiley is concerned, the Thrilla in Dilley has it topped. Jared Van Auken gathered in a trick-play conversion pass from Garrett Earlywine in the second overtime Friday to give the Nixon-Smiley Mustangs the winning margin in a huge District 14-2A Division II district opener, 4342 in double overtime. The Mustangs weren’t the only team with overtime heroics Friday: Will Bruns’ conversion kick lifted the Flatonia Bulldogs to a 41-40 upset victory over Thrall, also in OT. It was a night for high scoring around the area Friday. Edna needed a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to hold off a spirited comeback by Hallettsville in a 47-36 shootout, while Sacred Heart got a pair of fourth-quarter scores to pull away from Austin Hyde Park 43-28 and remain unbeaten at 5-0. The Cuero Gobblers got into the win column for the first time this year, holding off Pleasanton 23-8.

Edna 47, Hallettsville 36

DILLEY — The host Wolves scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 28 before both teams scored twice in the overtime periods, but it was the difference of a conversion which lifted the Mustangs to the win. A 2-yard run by Dilley’s Will Urban in the first overtime period was answered by the Mustangs when Robby Mejia grabbed a 15-yard TD pass from Jaime Moreno to force a second OT. Urban scored again on a 5-yard run and Juan Cantu’s kick gave the Wolves a 7-point edge, but the Mustangs again answered on an 8-yard scoring run by Miguel Hernandez. On the conversion, N-S coach Carlton McKinney opted for a two-point play and Earlywine’s pass to Van Auken gave the Mustangs the winning margin. The Wolves jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second period on scoring runs by Urban, who rushed for 123 yards on 17 carries, and Dalton Foster. The Mustangs came back to tie

Nixon-Smiley 43, Dilley 42

Nixon-Smiley 43, Dilley 42, 2 OT Nixon Smiley 0 14 0 14 15--43 Dilley 0 14 0 14 14--42 Scoring Plays DLL- Will Urban 24 run ( Juan Cantu kick) DLL- Dalton Foster 11 run ( Juan Cantu kick) N-S- Miguel Hernandez 31 run (Alex Hernandez kick). N-S- Garrett Earlywine 9 pass from Jaime Moreno ( Alex Hernandez kick) N-S- Jaime Moreno 1 run ( Alex Hernandez kick) DLL- Orlando Bernal 85 kickoff return (Juan Cantu kick failed) N-S- Jared Van Aucken 2 run ( Alex Hernandez kick), 1:37. DLL- Leonardo Garcia 6 pass from Will Urban ( Will Urban run) DLL- Will Urban 2 run ( Juan Cantu kick), OT1 N-S- Robby Mejia 15 pass from Jaime Moreno ( Alex Hernandez kick), OT1. DLL- Will Urban 5 run ( Juan Cantu kick), OT2. N-S- Miguel Hernandez 8 run ( Jared Van Aucken from Garrett Earlywine), OT2. Team Statistics Nix Dill First Downs 23 13 Rushes-Yards 69-305 24-129 Yards Passing 55 84 Passes 6-10-1 8-10-0 Punts 0 3-31.3 Fumbles-lost 3-3 4-2 Penalties-yards 7-50 6-62 Individual Statistics RUSHING: Nixon-Smiley, Miguel Hernandez 14-122, Jared Van Auken 23-86, Jaime Moreno 13-51, Alex Hernandez 19-46. Dilley, Will Urban 17123, Dalton Foster 2-2, Orlando Bernal 2-2, Ryan Autrey 1-2. PASSING: Nixon-Smiley, Jaime Moreno 5-9-2-46, Miguel Hernandez 1-1-0-9. Dilley, Will Urban 8-10-0-84. RECEIVING: Nixon-Smiley, Garrett Earlywine 3-32, Robby Mejia 1-15, Damian Perez 1-5, Jared Van Auken 1-3. Dilley, Dalton Foster 2-20, Orlando Bernal 2-(-2), Jeremy Herrera 1-13, Ryan Autrey 1-8, Leonardo Garcia 1-6, Ernie Guzman 1-4.

PLEASANTON --The Cuero Gobblers survived a 48-pass barrage by the Pleasanton Eagles to grind out a 23-8 win in the teams’ District 28-3A opener. The Gobblers used a pair of long scoring runs and a 27-yard field goal from Logan Goebel to open a 16-0 halftime lead. Quarterback Stoney Schoenfield broke loose for a 69-yard TD run on the Gobblers’ opening drive for a 7-0 lead, and Goebel made it 10-0 early in the second quarter. Chris Papacek scored on a 55-yard dash midway through the second quarter to make it a 16-0 game. The Eagles’ Luke Walters launched 47 passes, completing 28 of them for 253 yards, but the Cuero defense kept them ouit of the end zone. Pleasanton’s lone score came in the third period when Albert Mares scooped up a fumble and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. Cuero iced the win with 20 seconds remaining when Lane Balfanz scored on a 2-yard run. The Gobblers pounded out 377 yards rushing in the contest, but were plagued by seven fumbles, turning the ball over four times. Papacek finished with 127 yards on 20 carries.
Cuero 23, Pleasanton 8 Cuero 7 9 0 7--23 Pleasanton 0 0 8 0--8 Scoring Summary CUE -- Stoney Schoenfield 69-yard run (Logan Goebel kick) CUE -- Logan Goebel 27-yard field goal CUE -- Chris Papacek 55-yard run (kick failed) PLE -- Albert Mares 45-yard fumble recovery (Zade Llamas from Luke Walters) CUE -- Lane Balfanz 2-yard run (Logan Goebel kick) Team Statistics Cue Plea First Downs 15 17 Yards Rushing 54-377 24-59 Yards Passing 0 248 Passes 0-2-0 28-48-1 Punts 5-38.4 4-43.2 Fumbles-lost 7-4 4-2 Penalties-yards 7-59 6-65 Individual Statistics RUSHING: Cuero, Chris Papacek 20-127, D’Anthony Hopkins 12-83, Stoney Schoenfield 7-69, Logan Goebel 3-40, Lane Balfanz 4-27, A.J. Bustos 6-19, Robert Gray 1-12. Pleasanton, Jacob Arevalo 18-49, Luke Walters 6-16. PASSING: Cuero, Stoney Schoenfield 0-2-0. Pleasanton, Luke Walters 27-47-1-253. RECEIVING: Pleasanton, Jacob Arevalo 10-46, Jacob Lundt 6-68, Zade Llamas 4-31, Mike Sorola 3-42, Zack Jackson 2-17, Justin Llamas 2-38, Jake Michaels 1-11.

Cuero 23, Pleasanton 8

Canyon Lake outscores Luling, 56-28
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THRALL — Colby Mica passed for four touchdowns and 297 yards Friday, but it was a simple point-aftertouchdown kick from Will Bruns which provided the winning margin as the Flatonia Bulldogs pulled out a 41-40 win over the Thrall Tigers.

Flatonia 41, Thrall 40

Flatonia 41, Thrall 40 Flatonia 20 0 7 7 7--41 Thrall 7 0 13 14 6--40 Scoring Plays T-Lane Hobbs 15 pass from Kollin Scruggs (Colton Cuton kick) F-Will Bruns 21 pass from Colby Mica (Bruns kick) F-Aaron Manzano 4 run (kick failed) F-Clay Branesky 22 interception return (Bruns kick) T-Hobbs 25 pass from Scruggs (Cuton kick) T-Scruggs 75 run (kick failed) F-Zane Ponder 40 pass from Mica (Bruns kick) F-Ponder 18 pass from Mica (Bruns kick), 11:22 T-Bradley Scruggs 14 pass from Kollin Scruggs (Cuton kick) T-Bradley Scruggs 62 interception return (Cuton kick) T-Kollin Scruggs 19 run (kick failed), OT F-Bruns 15 pass from Mica (Bruns kick), OT Team Statistics Fla Thrall First Downs 25 8 Rushes-Yards 37-190 28-158 Yards Passing 297 118 Passes 18-30-2 10-21-2 Punts 4-34 6-38 Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-0 Penalties-yards 7-61 10-82 Individual Statistics RUSHING: Flatonia, Colby Mica 14-117, Mitchell Mica 10-36, Dalton Griffin 7-17, Cole Robbins 2-12, Aaron Manzano 3-11. Thrall, Kollin Scruggs 16-142, Josh Miller 10-13, Kevin Anderson 2-3. PASSING: Flatonia, Colby Mica 18-

cir rushed for 225 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the fourth period which enabled the Sacred Heart Indians to pull away from the Hyde Park Baptist Panthers for a 43-28 win which kept them undefeated. Three of Hrncir’s scoring runs came in the second half and enabled the Indians, 5-0, to overcome a 2821 lead by the upset-minded Panthers. The Indians struck first midway through the opening period, getting a 2-yard TD run from Hrncir and two-point conversion to go up 8-0. Hyde Park came back on a 25-yard TD toss from David Dunkin to Ryan Roberts to make it 8-7, but Sacred Heart responded with a TD pass of its own from Jared Krischke to Cole Wick early in the second period. Dustin Quigley scored on a 5-yard run and Dunkin threw a 13-yard TD pass to Davon Henry before Sacred Heart tied the game at 21 at intermission on a 2-yard run by Krischke. Jackson Effiom put Hyde Park back in front early in the third quarter on a 31yard TD run, but Sacred Heart responded with a 1-yard Hrncir plunge and two-point conversion to go in front 29-28. Hrncir added a 5-yard TD jaunt on the opening play of the final period, then scored again from two yards out with 4:23 remaining to ice it.
Sacred Heart 43, Hyde Park 28 Sacred Heart 8 13 8 14--43 Austin Hyde Park 7 14 7 0--28 SH- Sterling Hrncir 2 run (Hrncir run) 8:28. HP- Ryan Roberts 25 pass from David Dunkin (Jansen Tapia kick) 4:15. SH- Cole Wick 5 pass from Jared Krischke (pass failed) 11:12. HP- Dustin Quigley 5 run (Tapia kick ) 8:08. HP- Davon Henry 13 pass from Dunkin (Tapia kick) 3:23. SH- Jared Krischke 2 run (Colton Brown kick) 0:12. HP- Jackson Effiom 31 run (Tapia Kick), 10:45 SH- Sterling Hincir 1 run (Hincir run) 8:45. SH- Sterling Hincir 5 run (kick failed), 11:55. SH- Sterling Hincir 2 run (Jared Krischke run) 4:23. Team Statistics Aus Hal First Downs 17 19 Yards Rushing 27-183 52-366 Yards Passing 140 54 Passes 7-14 4-9-0 Punts 2-57 N/A Fumbles-lost 3-1 N/A Penalties-yards 4-45 3-20 Individual Statistics RUSHING -- Sacred Heart, Jared Krischke 7-38, Sterling Hrncir 28-225, Scott Stoner 2-19, Matt Holub 15-84. PASSING -- Sacred Heart, Jared Krischke 9-4-54. RECEIVING -- Sacred Heart, Cole Wick 2-22, Scott Stoner 1-3, Sterling Hrncir 1-29.

Sacred Heart 43, Hyde Park 28


LULING — Canyon Lake used an array of big plays to offset a valiant Eagle effort and claim a 5628 victory Friday night at Luling’s Eagle Stadium. Luling (2-3) played inspired defense throughout most of the contest and held the Hawks’ outstanding running back Zach Henshaw to just 70 yards on 12 carries. But Canyon Lake overcame with nine plays over 20 yards including five that went for touchdowns.

“Luling came out and played their butts off,” said Canyon Lake head coach Matt Monzingo. “They played good, solid football and gave us a difficult time. We showed that we’re not one-dimensional tonight. They did a good job of taking away Zach, so we decided to throw the football a little bit.” Hawk quarterback Branson Belcher was surgical all night, completing 11 of 14 passes for 312 yards and two scores. Doug Hubnik was also major for Canyon Lake (5-0) with two touchdown returns, a 62-yard intercep-

tion and an 82-yard kickoff. “We had shown our bigplay ability before but we haven’t been able to show it consistently,” said Monzingo. “We’re not really a bigplay team, we’re more of a ball-control team. We did show tonight that we can be explosive.” Luling gained 370 yards on offense led by Billy Medford, who turned in another great performance. The senior completed 17 of his 20 passes for 173 yards and two scores, and also caught a 20-yard touchdown pass.

“I felt like we did whatever we wanted to all night on offense, we just didn’t finish a couple of drives in the first half,” said Luling head coach Michael Waldie. “I’m real disappointed about the way we tackled tonight. We were in position a lot, but we just didn’t tackle very well. That’s fundamental football and when you don’t play fundamental football you get your butt in trouble. That’s what happened tonight, but I’m proud of our kids for fighting. They didn’t roll over one time.”

Canyon Lake 56, Luling 28 Canyon Lake 14 14 14 14—56 Luling 0 6 6 16—28 Scoring Summary C - Matt Magness 55 pass from Branson Belcher (Jake Robinson kick) C - Doug Hubnik 62 interception return (Robinson kick) L - Billy Medford 20 pass from Trayden Staton (kick failed) C - Hubnik 80 kick return (Robinson kick) C - Zach Henshaw 15 run (Robinson kick) L - Jorge Munoz 18 pass from Medford (kick failed) C - Quinn Pike 61 pass from Belcher (Robinson kick) C - Henshaw 1 run (Robinson kick) C - Henshaw 79 pass from Belcher (Robinson kick) L - Ty Anderson 14 pass from Medford (Medford run) L - Staton 8 run (Medford pass from Staton) C - Belcher 1 run (Robinson kick)

Team Statistics CL Luling First downs 16 22 Rushes-yds 19-123 37-119 Passing yds 312 251 Passes 11-14-1 27-37-2 Punts-avg 0-0 1-34 Penalties-yds 5-55 5-40 Fumbles-lost 4-1 2-0 Individual Statistics RUSHING -Canyon Lake: Zach Henshaw 12-70, Casey Coffee 4-58, Branson Belcher 3-(-5). Luling: Billy Medford 18-43, Trayden Staton 9-17, Brendon Cubit 8-68, Vince Garcia 1-(3), Josh Alvarez 1-(-6). PASSING - Canyon Lake: Branson Belcher 11-14-312. Luling: Billy Medford 17-20-173, Trayden Staton 1017-78. RECEIVING - Canyon Lake: Zach Henshaw 2-89, Quinn Pike 2-74, Matt Magness 2-65, Jeremy Fulton 2-45, Ryan Bustamente 2-34, Matt Andress 1-8. Luling: Jorge Munoz 5-55, Ty Anderson 7-55, Billy Medford 3-29, Josh Alvarez 4-19, Vince Garcia 3-47, Brendon Cubit 2-22, Keeton Coe 1-5

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Navarro overpowers Shiner, 48-21

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SHINER —The Navarro Panthers proved to have too much firepower and too much depth for the mistake-prone Shiner Comanches Friday, powering their way to a 48-21 win in Shiner’s Homecoming contest. The Class 3A Panthers used tailback Eric Schleier like a battering ram as the rangy senior carried 31 times for 171 yards and four touchdowns, including the backbreaker score in the third quarter that turned the lights out on the Class 1A Comanches’ hopes of overcoming a 28-14 halftime deficit. “They hit that big play right befor ethe half (a 24-yard TD pass from Chris Sestak to Desmond Smith) and then we didn’t capitalize on a turnover to start the third quarter and we lost momentum,” Shiner head coach Steven Cerny analyzed. “I thought our kids did a good job of fighting all the way to the end, but the turnovers killed us.” Shiner fumbled six times, losing four of them, and the turnovers sucked the wind right out of the Comanches’ sails. “Overall, we saw some improvement, we cleaned up our blocking,” Cerny said. “Our quarterbacks did a good job of reading the option.” The Panthers marched

The Comanches got their final marker midway through the fourth period when Stafford, who carried nine times for 112 yards, bolted for a 34-yard score off the option.
Navarro 48, Shiner 21 Navarro 13 15 13 7--48 Shiner 0 14 0 7--21 Scoring Summary NAV--Eric Schleier 5 run (Tyler Howard kick) NAV--Schleier 2 run (kick failed) SHI--Jacob Stafford 50 run (Lucian Blaschke kick) NAV--Schleier 1 run (LJ Anderson run) SHI--Zach Lawrence 28 run (Blaschke kick) NAV--Desmond Smith 24 pass from Chris Sestak (Howard kick) NAV--Schleier 7 run (kick failed) NAV--Anderson 46 run (Howard kick) SHI--Stafford 34 run (Blaschke kick) NAV--Pedro Carreon 18 run (Howard kick)

Shiner tight end Blaine Caka (10) looks for running against Navarro. (Photo by Dave Mundy) 62 yards in eight plays to scooted 50 yards for a score on their opening score to make it 13-7. possession with a 5-yard Navarro responded Schleier run, then got with a 75-yard, 11-play solid field position fol- march which ended with lowing a Shiner fumble. Schleier scoring from a Schleier’s second TD run yard out for a 21-7 lead, of the evening, a 2-yard- but Shiner answered in er, made it a 13-0 game at kind. This time it was the end of a quarter. running back Zach LawFollowing an exchange rence hitting Lucian of punts, the Comanches Blaschke with a halfback came alive in the second pass good for 27 yards to quarter when sophomore set up a twisting, churnquarterback Jacob Staf- ing 28-yard TD run by ford froze the middle Lawrence to pull the Coof the Navarro defense manches within seven on the option play and points at 21-14.

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room after a short reception during Friday’s contest A holding call on the ensuing kickoff set the Panthers back at their own 8-yard line with just 1:47 left in the first half, but Navarro stormed back downfield. A 24yard gain on a belly draw by Schleier got them within scoring range, and with just eight ticks left in the half Sestak looped a pass to an uncovered Smith for a score ana 14-point halftime lead. The Comanches were unable to take advantage of a fumble on Navarro’s first possession of the third period, then fumbled the ball away on their second try.The Panthers turned teh turnover into points with a sixplay, 76-yard drive, with Schleier plowing in from seven yards out to finish things off. Two plays later, another Comanche fumble gave the Panthers the ball right back and on the next play, LJ Anderson raced 46 yards with an inside reverse to score to make it 41-14.

Team Statistics NAV SHI First Downs 24 9 Rushes-Yards 60-423 34-238 Passing Yards 81 27 Passes 5-9-0 1-7-0 Punts-Avg 3-35.7 3-39.5 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 6-4 Penalties-Yards 5-40 3-25 Individual Statistics RUSHING: Navarro, Eric Schleier 27-162, LJ Anderson 10-147, Zane Conlin 4-32, Pedro Carreon 4-25, Evan DeLeon 2-11, Tyler Howard 1-9, Oscar Esquivel 1-9, Chris Sestak 4-7, Collin Cowan 2-3. Shiner, Jacob Stafford 9-112, Zach Lawrence 8-54, Myron Wallace 12-42, Brady Cejka 4-35, Blaine Caka 1-4. PASSING: Navarro, Chris Sestak3-6-0-41, Collin Cowan 2-3-040. Shiner, Zach Lawrence 1-1-027, Jacob Stafford 0-6-0. RECEIVING: Navarro, Gage Bowles 3-48, Desmond Smith 1-24, Nick Tery 1-9. Shiner, Lucian Blaschke 1-27.

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AUSTIN - A rare catch of a red-breasted piranha in a community lake near Houston recently illustrates the need for prohibition of invasive aquatic species in Texas waters. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials an actual piranha is Taking first place in the weekly Wednesday Scramble at Independence Park a VERY rare occurrence in Golf Course Sept. 21 was the team of Raul Contreras, Charlie Murlough, Russell the wild--only 2 documented Moody, Ricky Bazanand Tom Sudderth. Taking second was the team of Landon specimens in 30 years--and Allen, Clay Harris, Ricky Walker, Bo Davis and Dow Farrell. (Courtesy Photo) possessing and releasing live

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The Gonzales junior varsity defense held the Bulldogs on a two-point conversion with five minutes remaining to defeat Yoakum. After the onsides kick, the Apache offense drove the ball down to the 10-yard line where Morgan Martinez took a knee with 45 seconds on the clock to seal the victory. The Apaches scored first on a 20yard pass from Martinez to Lucas Hurt who made a diving catch in the

end-zone. The Apache offense would score again in the second quarter on a 10-yard rush by Marvin Lewis. The point after by Nestor Solis was good. Yoakum came back after an Apache turnover and raced 70 yards to score. The halftime score was 14-6 in favor of the Apaches. The Bulldogs would score again following the second Apache turnover of the night with five minutes remaining. Leading the defense was Francisco Diaz, Darrin Hernandez, Trey Lester, and Taylor Walker. •The Gonzales freshmen football

team fell to Yoakum, 28-14, on Sept. 22. The Apaches got a 23-yard touchdown run in the first quarter by Darrance James and a 4-yard pass from Grayson Meredith to Nathan Burek in the fourth quarter. “We had two touchdowns called back on penalties and resulted into punts,” coach John Patek said. “Darrance James and Allen Beene ran the The 2011-12 Gonzales Counball well. Nathan Burek’s touchdown catch came on fourth and goal play. ty Buck Contest will kick off Oct. Jose Contreros kicked a 35-yard extra 1 and includes s archery, youth and regular hunting seasons. point because of a penalty.”

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piranhas and dozens of other exotic, harmful or potentially harmful fish species is prohibited by Texas law. Dave Terre, management and research chief with TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division, said the 23-acre Tom Bass Park community lake in Pearland on the outskirts of Houston where the piranha was caught on Aug. 27 remains a great place to go fishing and is completely safe to go fishing there. “We strongly believe that this is an isolated catch,” said Terre. “Our biologists will do an electrofishing survey of the lake to confirm this.” Biologists say piranhas are unlikely to be able to over winter and they will not reproduce. Terre said it is possible someone held this specimen

in captivity illegally and disposed of the fish in the lake. Game wardens remind individuals that first offense for possession of prohibited fish species is a Class C misdemeanor in Texas, with a maximum $500 fine. Subsequent convictions are Class B and Class A misdemeanors, which could carry jail time and heftier fines. Anyone caught releasing a live, prohibited fish in Texas faces a Class B misdemeanor for first offense, and repeated offenses can bring state-jail felony charges. If someone catches a fish that they cannot identify or suspect may be an exotic species they should not return it to the water, handle it with caution, and contact their local game warden or TPWD fisheries office.

tificate for the Spike Kill- longest unbranched antler; $100 certificate for Bow Hunt Killbest score bow harvest and $100 certificate for Oldest Hunter-best score harvested by hunter 65 and older as of Oct. 31, 2011. The deer must be a whitetail buck harvested on a property that has a current membership in a WMA in Gonzales County during the current hunting season. For more information, contact Gonzales_buck@yahoo. com.

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GONZALES APACHES Record: 5-0, 1-0 A 26 at CC Miller W, 42-6 S 02 Luling W, 35-0 S 08 at Austin Lanier W, 45-7 S 16 at Columbus W, 41-27 S 23 Yoakum* W, 33-0 S 30 at Poteet* O 07 Sam Houston* O 14 Open O 21 at Pleasanton* O 28 La Vernia* N 04 at Cuero* YOAKUM BULLDOGS Record: 3-2, 0-1 A 26 at Columbus W, 19-16 S 02 La Grange L, 0-6 S 09 at Hallettsville W, 29-14 S 16 Edna W, 21-13 S 23 at Gonzales* L, 0-33 S 30 Pleasanton* O 07 at La Vernia* O 14 Cuero* O 21 Open O 28 at Poteet* N 04 Sam Houston* CUERO GOBBLERS Record: 1-4, 1-0 A 26 at Wimberley L, 6-34 S 02 at Liberty Hill L, 7-14 S 08 at Bellville L, 13-21 S 16 Calhoun L, 0-35 S 23 at Pleasanton* W, 23-8 S 30 La Vernia* O 07 Open* O 14 at Yoakum* O 21 Poteet* O 28 at Sam Houston* N 04 at Gonzales* POTEET AGGIES Record: 0-5, 0-1 A 26 at SA CentCath. L, 13-21 S 02 Dilley L, 20-39 S 08 at Carrizo Spr. L, 21-27 S 16 Waco Robinson L, 21-49 S 24 at Sam Houston*L, 0-74 S 30 Gonzales* O 07 at Pleasanton* O 14 La Vernia* O 21 at Cuero* O 28 Yoakum* N 04 Open* LA VERNIA BEARS Record: 1-3 A 26 Open S 02 Canyon Lake L, 23-34 S 09 at Giddings L, 7-45 S 16 at Wimberley L, 6-49 S 23 Bandera W, 63-34 S 30 at Cuero* O 07 Yoakum* O 14 at Poteet* O 21 Sam Houston* O 28 at Gonzales* N 04 Pleasanton* PLEASANTON EAGLES Record: 1-4, 0-1 A 26 SA Edison W, 41-8 S 02 at SA Jefferson L, 32-44 S 09 SA Lanier L, 12-17 S 16 at Aransas Pass L, 33-34 S 23 Cuero* L, 8-23 S 30 at Yoakum* O 07 Poteet* O 13 at Sam Houston* O 21 Gonzales* O 28 Open N 04 at La Vernia* SAM HOUSTON HURRICANES Record: 5-0, 1-0 A 26 SABrackenridge W,45-13 S 02 at SA Southside W, 58-7 S 09 SA Brennan W, 26-13 S 17 at SA Edison W, 48-10 S 24 Poteet* W, 74-0 S 30 Open* O 07 at Gonzales* O 13 Pleasanton* O 21 at La Vernia* O 29 Cuero* N 04 at Yoakum* NIXON-SMILEY MUSTANGS Record: 3-2, 1-0 A 26 at Flatonia W, 36-33 S 02 Bloomington W, 33-3 S 09 at Yorktown L, 13-20 S 16 at Sacred Heart L, 20-35 S 23 at Dilley* W, 43-42 S 30 Poth* O 07 at Three Rivers* O 14 Karnes City* O 21 SA Brooks* O 28 Stockdale* N 04 Open DILLEY WOLVES Record: 4-1, 0-1 A 26 Charlotte W, 62-13 S 02 at Poteet W, 39-20 S 09 La Pryor W, 37-0 S 16 at Cotulla W, 42-13 S 23 Nixon-Smiley* L, 42-43 S 30 Open O 07 at Poth* O 14 Three Rivers* O 21 at Karnes City* O 28 SA Brooks* N 04 at Stockdale* POTH PIRATES Record: 5-0, 1-0 A 26 Marion W, 8-7 S 02 at Falls City W, 49-6 S 09 at George West W, 22-21 S 16 Natalia W, 49-13 S 23 Stockdale* W, 26-7 S 30 at Nixon-Smiley* O 07 Dilley* O 14 Open O 21 at Three Rivers* O 28 Karnes City* N 04 at SA Brooks* STOCKDALE BRAHMAS Record: 2-3, 0-1 A 26 Falls City W, 34-14 S 02 Jourdanton L, 22-28 S 09 at St. Paul L, 34-38 S 16 Odem W, 49-28 S 23 at Poth* L, 7-26 S 30 Three Rivers* O 07 at Karnes City* O 14 SA Brooks* O 21 Open O 28 at Nixon-Smiley* N 04 Dilley* THREE RIVERS BULLDOGS Record: 4-1, 1-0 A 26 George West W, 21-20 S 02 Natalia W, 48-22 S 09 at Jourdanton L, 14-55 S 16 at Kenedy W, 35-21 S 23 SA Brooks* W, 55-0 S 30 at Stockdale* O 07 Nixon-Smiley* O 14 at Dilley* O 21 Poth* O 28 Open N 04 at Karnes City* KARNES CITY BADGERS Record: 1-3 A 26 at Kenedy L, 12-13 S 02 at Marion L, 0-21 S 09 at UC Randolph W, 10-7 S 16 Luling L, 19-41 S 23 Open S 30 SA Brooks* O 07 Stockdale* O 14 at Nixon-Smiley* O 21 Dilley* O 28 at Poth* N 04 Three Rivers* SA BROOKS TIGERS Record: 1-4, 0-1 A 26 at Runge L, 8-14 S 02 at SM Baptist L, 6-35 S 09 Center Point L, 7-28 S 16 at SA St. Gerard W, 34-0 S 23 at Three Rivers* L, 0-55 S 30 at Karnes City* O 07 Open O 14 at Stockdale* O 21 at Nixon-Smiley* O 28 at Dilley* N 04 Poth*

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LULING EAGLES Record: 2-3 A 26 Navarro L, 22-43 S 02 at Gonzales L, 0-35 S 09 at Woodsboro W, 48-0 S 16 at Karnes City W, 41-19 S 23 Canyon Lake L, 56-28 S 30 Open O 07 at Lago Vista* O 14 at Comfort* O 21 Ingram Moore* O 28 at Marion* N 04 Blanco* LAGO VISTA VIKINGS Record: 4-1 A 26 La Pryor W, 52-0 S 02 at E. Memorial W, 45-0 S 09 at Wac.Robinson L, 54-61 S 16 Austin Reagan W, 65-0 S 23 at San Saba W, 34-16 S 30 Open O 07 Luling* O 14 at Ingram Moore* O 21 Marion* O 28 at Blanco* N 04 Comfort* INGRAM MOORE WARRIORS Record: 0-5 A 26 at Natalia L, 21-28 S 02 UC Randolph L, 14-55 S 09 at Harper L, 26-45 S 16 at Crystal City L, 34-42 S 23 Mason L, 0-56 S 30 Open O 07 at Blanco* O 14 Lago Vista* O 21 at Luling* O 28 at Comfort* N 04 Marion* MARION BULLDOGS Record: 3-1 A 26 at Poth L, 7-8 S 02 Karnes City W, 21-0 S 09 at SA Cole W, 48-0 S 16 UC Randolph W, 53-0 S 23 Open S 30 Goldthwaite O 07 Comfort* O 14 Blanco* O 21 at Lago Vista* O 28 Luling* N 04 at Ingram Moore* COMFORT BOBCATS Record: 3-2 A 26 Lytle W, 49-6 S 02 Skdmore-TynanW, 28-14 S 09 Mason L, 24-48 S 16 at F’ricksburg W, 31-24 S 23 Boerne L, 21-41 S 30 Open O 07 at Marion* O 14 Luling* O 21 at Blanco* O 28 Ingram Moore* N 04 at Lago Vista* BLANCO PANTHERS Record: 2-3 A 26 at Canyon Lake L, 7-14 S 02 at Lexington L, 7-32 S 09 Somerset W, 36-7 S 16 at SA Christian W, 36-34 S 23 Sonora L, 9-16 S 30 Open O 07 Ingram Moore* O 14 at Marion* O 21 Comfort* O 28 Lago Vista* N 04 at Luling*

HALLETTSVILLE BRAHMAS Record: 1-4, 0-1 A 26 at Ganado L, 7-32 S 02 Refugio L, 21-64 S 09 Yoakum L, 14-29 S 16 at Palacios W, 21-17 S 23 Edna* L, 36-47 S 30 at Rice Cons.* O 07 Hempstead* O 14 Open O 21 at Van Vleck* O 28 Hitchcock* N 04 at Industrial* EDNA COWBOYS Record: 4-1, 1-0 A 26 Needville W, 42-7 S 02 George Ranch W, 34-18 S 09 Boling W, 48-7 S 16 Yoakum L, 13-21 S 23 at Hallettsville* W, 47-36 S 30 Van Vleck* O 07 at Hitchcock* O 14 Industrial* O 21 Open O 28 at Rice Cons.* N 04 Hempstead* VAN VLECK LEOPARDS Record: 1-3, 0-1 A 26 Schulenburg L, 8-55 S 02 at Louise W, 22-16 S 09 at Weimar L, 8-27 S 16 Open S 23 Industrial* L, 20-34 S 30 at Edna* O 07 Rice Cons.* O 14 at Hempstead* O 21 Hallettsville* O 28 Open N 04 at Hitchcock* HITCHCOCK BULLDOGS Record: 2-2 A 26 at Clear FallsJV L28-33 S 02 Danbury W, 19-0 S 09 Tomball Luth. L, 21-28 S 16 Lutheran South W, 47-7 S 23 Open S 30 at Industrial* O 07 Edna* O 14 at Rice Cons.* O 21 Hempstead* O 28 at Hallettsville* N 04 Van Vleck* HEMPSTEAD BOBCATS Record: 4-0, 1-0 A 26 Open S 02 at Stafford W, 24-23 S 09 at Austin Reagan W, 77-0 S 16 Brookshire Royal W, 28-0 S 23 at Rice Cons.* W, 18-7 S 30 Hou. St. John’s O 07 at Hallettsville* O 14 Van Vleck* O 21 at Hitchcock* O 28 Industrial* N 04 at Edna* RICE CONS. RAIDERS Record: 2-2, 0-1 A 26 at Refugio L, 7-26 S 02 Somerset W, 62-22 S 09 at Columbus W, 22-14 S 16 Open S 23 Hempstead* L, 7-18 S 30 Hallettsville* O 07 at Van Vleck* O 14 Hitchcock* O 21 at Industrial* O 28 Edna* N 04 Open INDUSTRIAL COBRAS Record: 4-1, 1-0 A 26 at Shiner W, 20-7 S 02 Ganado L, 13-33 S 09 at Tidehaven W, 42-6 S 16 Somerville W, 33-7 S 23 at Van Vleck* W, 34-20 S 30 Hitchcock* O 07 Open O 14 at Edna* O 21 Rice Cons.* O 28 at Hempstead* N 04 Hallettsville*

SHINER COMANCHES Record: 1-4 A 26 Industrial L, 7-20 S 02 Brazos W, 53-10 S 09 at Schulenburg L, 14-21 S 16 at Weimar L, 14-19 S 23 Navarro L, 21-48 S 30 at Ben Bolt O 07 Ganado* O 14 at Yorktown* O 21 Flatonia* O 28 Open N 04 at Louise* FLATONIA BULLDOGS Record: 3-2 A 26 Nixon-Smiley L, 33-36 S 02 Sacred Heart L, 27-33 S 09 Bloomington W, 26-2 S 16 at St. Paul W, 21-17 S 23 at Thrall W, 41-40 S 30 at Burton O 07 Yorktown* O 14 Open O 21 at Shiner* O 28 Louise* N 04 at Ganado* YORKTOWN WILDCATS Record: 2-3 A 26 at Sacred Heart L, 19-22 S 02 at Agua Dulce W, 55-0 S 09 Nixon-Smiley W, 20-13 S 16 at Falls City L, 37-40 S 23 Kenedy L, 31-33 S 30 Open O 07 at Flatonia* O 14 Shiner* O 21 at Louise* O 28 Ganado* N 04 at SA Cornerstone LOUISE HORNETS Record: 1-4 A 26 at Danbury L, 13-35 S 02 Van Vleck L, 16-22 S 09 at Burton L, 8-49 S 16 Woodsboro W, 48-0 S 23 San Mar. Baptist L, 14-33 S 30 at Sacred Heart O 07 Open O 14 at Ganado* O 21 Yorktown* O 28 at Flatonia* N 04 Shiner* GANADO INDIANS Record: 5-0 A 26 Hallettsville W, 32-7 S 02 at Industrial W, 33-13 S 09 at East Bernard W, 22-21 S 16 Tidehaven W, 42-0 S 23 George Ranch W, 41-7 S 30 Palacios O 07 at Shiner* O 14 Louise* O 21 Open O 28 at Yorktown* N 04 Flatonia*

ST. PAUL CARDINALS Record: 4-1 A 26 at Pettus W, 28-24 S 02 at Cornerstone W, 59-0 S 09 Stockdale W, 38-34 S 16 Flatonia L, 17-21 S 24 Bryan St.Joseph W, 70-13 S 30 at Austin Regents O 08 Brazos Christian* O 14 Open O 21 at St. Gerard* O 29 at Sacred Heart* N 04 St. Dominic Savio* SACRED HEART INDIANS Record: 5-0 A 26 Yorktown W, 22-19 S 02 at Flatonia W, 33-27 S 09 at Faith West W, 33-19 S 16 Nixon-Smiley W, 35-20 S 23 at Hyde Park W, 43-28 S 30 Louise O 08 Bryan St. Joseph O 14 at SA St. Gerard* O 21 St. Dominic Savio* O 29 St. Paul* N 04 at Brazos Christian* SA ST. GERARD ROYALS Record: 0-5 A 26 at Nuec.Canyon L, 6-56 S 02 CP Summit L, 19-66 S 09 SA Cornerstone L, 12-13 S 16 SA Brooks L, 0-34 S 23 D’Hanis L, 6-57 S 30 at Sabinal O 07 at St. Dominic Savio* O 14 Sacred Heart* O 21 St. Paul* O 28 at Brazos Christian* N 04 Schertz John Paul II ST. DOMINIC SAVIO Record: 1-3 A 26 at C.TexChrist. W,20-13 S 01 Texas Sch. Deaf L, 0-13 S 09 San Marc. Baptist L, 0-42 S 16Texas Christian L, 20-27 S 23 Open S 30 Somerville O 07 SA St. Gerard* O 14 Brazos Christian* O 21 at Sacred Heart* O 28 Dallas Homeschool N 04 at St. Paul* BRAZOS CHRISTIAN EAGLES Record: 4-1 A 26 Cypress Christ. W, 12-10 S 02 Snook L, 7-27 S 09 at Tx. Sch. Deaf W, 54-29 S 16 St. Joseph W, 39-6 S 23 Wdlands Christ W, 63-36 S 30 at Faith West O 08 at St. Paul* O 14 at St. Dominic Savio* O 21 Open O 28 SA St. Gerard* N 04 Sacred Heart*

DALLAS COWBOYS Record: 2-1 S 11 at NY Jets L, 24-27 N 13 Buffalo S 18 at SanFranciscoW, 27-24 N 20 at Washington S 26 Washington W, 18-16 N 24 Miami O 02 Detroit D 04 at Arizona O 16 at New England D 11 NY Giants O 23 St. Louis D 17 at Tampa Bay O 30 at Philadelphia D 24 Philadelphia N 06 Seattle J 01 at NY Giants

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the game averaging nearly 31 points per contest behind the play of quarterback Braden Lyssy, the district’s leading passer with 665 yards. He has completed 51 percent of his passes for three touchdowns, but has also thrown a leaguehigh seven interceptions. “He’s provided a bunch of leadership for us,” said Poth head coach Andrew King. “His numbers aren’t the greatest in the world, but it hasn’t been all his fault. We’ve had some drops and tipped balls that fell into the other team’s hands, but he never gets down. He keeps a positive attitude and the kids respond to him. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do.” The other major cog in the Poth offensive machine is running back Phillip Garza, a three-year starter who has rushed for 573 yards and leads the district

in scoring with 14 touchdowns. “He’s our go-to guy,” said King. “Everybody knows when we need yards, he’s going to have his hands on the football. This is his first year as a two-way starter, so we didn’t want to give him a bunch of carries early on to keep him fresh for district. Now we’re going to have to give him the ball a little bit more.” The Pirates have been stingy on defense, allowing opponents just 198 yards per game. The unit is led by the reigning Defensive MVP in Lyssy at linebacker, as well as Garza, linebacker Trey Broyles, defensive end Antonio Cantu and free safety Tyler Kallies. “Trey does a great job of recognizing things and getting the defense lined up,” King said. “Antonio very rarely comes off the field and he’s done a great job for us so far.” Poth has shown some

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ball-hawking ability in the secondary. Garza leads the district with four interceptions and Kallies is right behind him with three. “Tyler didn’t play for us last year, but he came back out in the spring and has really done a great job for us,” said King. “We needed somebody at safety and he’s stepped up. We’re really proud of him.” The Pirates are going to have to come up with a way to slow down the Mustangs’ vaunted rushing attack, which is averaging 287 yards per game. “Nixon does a great job of running the football,” King said. “I’ve been very impressed with their backs, they run hard and really hit the holes. They keep the ball away from you and they just continue to pound it. They do all of the things you need to do to be successful.” Even though it’s still very early in the district portion of the season, the importance of Friday’s game cannot be overstated with both teams looking for a victory to put them in the driver’s seat for the league title. “This is a big game and our younger kids have got to understand that,” said King. “It’s going to be a crazy and hostile environment, so we’ve got to get over the butterflies early and get them out of the way quickly. Whoever comes out of this game with a win will be sitting in very good shape at 2-0 and that’s appealing to all of us.” The game kicks off Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Mustang Stadium in Nixon.

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gents School. It will be a meeting of reigning state TAPPS champions as Regents won the TAPPS Division III title and St. Paul was crowned the TAPPS Division II kings. The Cardinals will have to continue to do what they do — run a balanced offense with solid blocking and a hard-hitting defense. La Vernia at Cuero The Cuero Gobblers face the La Vernia Bears at home. Cuero opened district with its first win of the season, a 23-8 result at Pleasanton on Friday. The Bears closed out non-district against Bandera with a 63-34 victory, which was their first win of the season. The Bears run a balanced offense that appears to lean towards the run. Key players on La Vernia’s offense are wide out Aaron Grubb (185 yards receiving with two touchdowns and 246 yards on the ground with three touchdowns), quarterback Jose Sahagun (28-52, 385 yards, four touchdowns) and lineman Tory Reyes. Cuero’s defense will have to tackle well to slow the run game down and force the Bears to the air. The Gobblers will need to build on their 23 points against Pleasanton with long drives and ball security. Hallettsville at Rice Consolidated It has not been a bad couple of weeks for the Brahmas. Nearly two weeks ago, they got their first win against Palacios and last time out, lost a close shootout to the Edna Cowboys. Hallettsville will look to earn a district win with a trip to Rice Consolidated. The Raiders have a run-heavy offense with quarterback Lorenzo Anderson leading the way with 260 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He has completed 21-of-42 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. Running back James Garner has rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Hallettsville will need to play physical on defense and contain Anderson, throwing or running.

Jimmy Foster (35 tackles) and Justin Semora (25 tackles) are Rice Consolidated’s leading tacklers so far. The Brahmas’ offensive line will have to watch for those two, and the offense as a whole must protect the ball and keep Hallettsville’s defense on the sidelines as much as possible. Flatonia at Burton Flatonia had a slow start to the season, dropping their first two contests. But things have turned around, with the Bulldogs now on a three-game win streak. Flatonia hopes to make it four in a row against Burton on Friday. The Panthers are on a streak of their own as they have won their first four contests. Their main offensive threats will be quarterback Xavier Bethany and wide receiver Andy Gibson. The Bulldog defense will need to contain both Bethany and Gibson. Burton defenders that the Flatonia offense will need to be on the lookout for are cornerback Gibson, and linebackers Keaton Tarver and Brian Fisher. The Flatonia offense will need solid execution, no turnovers and good offensive blocking.

Louise at Sacred Heart Sacred Heart has had a great start to the season. The Indians have found ways to win in all of their five games so far. Sacred Heart now has the challenge of a Louise team hungry for more success. Louise has just one win from its first five games. The Hornets will be led by running backs Angel Garza and Tanner Surratt who will follow behind the offensive line blocks of Jaylon Bradford, Ethan Hulsey and Colton Courville. Sacred Heart’s defense will need to key on Garza and Surratt for the most part and win the battle upfront. The Indian offense will need to continue their ways of pounding the ball on the ground and controlling the tempo of the game. Key players for the Louise defense are OLB George Aguilar and DL Alex Tamez.

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Don’t go challenging the county mounties by speeding to get back from Poteet Friday — but Clint Martin says he’d enjoy having the locals on-hand when he takes the stage at the Biergarten to headline the opening-night entertainment at the Come and Take It celebration. “I’m really looking forward to it,” the Leesville resident said in a phone interview Monday. “We’ll be on until around midnight, so I hope a lot of local folks get the chance to come by.” Martin is one of a number of local artists who will be featured entertainers during Come and Take It at the Biergarten tent on the west side of Heroes Square. Friday’s lineup runs from 6 p.m.-midnight and includes The Situations, Seguin’s Max Castillo & Conjunto Lumbre and The Clint Martin Band headlining starting around 10 p.m.. Mark Winston Kirk of Shiner will headline the entertainment lineup at

the Biergarten on Saturday, Oct. 1. Another Shiner artist, Los Kolaches, will open the show at 6:30 p.m., followed by Gonzales favorites The Pale Horses at 8:30. The Shiner Hobo Band will be back again this year from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Martin has been a busy camper this summer since resuming his touring schedule at the end of July. His latest single, “I Love Being Me,” has been in the Top 20 of the Texas music charts for more than six weeks, and sales of his independently-produced “Last of a Dying Breed” album have been so good he’s attracted the notice of at least one major record label — no names yet, he said. “We’ve been real busy playing everywhere around central Texas,” he said. “We’ve done a lot of fun festivals, some club gigs, even a couple of private events. Since the album came out in March it’s been real good for us.” Martin had put his touring on hold for a time following the birth of his first son May 28. “I took June off, I’m glad I did that,” he said. “It was real hard when we got on the road again in July, I’d come home after four or MARTIN, Page D2

Art show features local artists
Artists of all ages are encouraged to bring their artwork to have it displayed at the annual Come and Take It Art Show. The members of the Gonzales Art Group will be accepting artwork for the show Thursday from 2-4:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Students artwork from PreK through grade 12 is $1 per entry and should be matted no larger than 11x14. Adults artwork should be framed and the entry for them is $4 each for members and $5 each for non-members. The categories for adults is according to medium used such as: Watercolor, Oil, Acrylics, Pastel/Charcoal, Pencil/Pen/Ink, Mixed Media, Weavings/Textile, Sculpture/Pottery/ Stained Glass. There will be a non-local judge with prizes awarded in each category. People’s Choice awards will be voted on

Leesville’s Clint Martin (right) headlines opening-night entertainment at the Biergarten on Heroes Square.

and revealed on Sunday, when the raffle of a Juanita Altman original is announced at 4:30. For rules of the show go by any school campus office, the Chamber of Commerce or contact Janice Williamson at 830-857-5694,Steve Lewis at 830-857-0914, Gina Alford at 830-672-6025 or Sarah Williamson Bailey at 830-857-5695. Please come see the show Friday from 5-7pm, Saturday from 1 to 7pm or Sunday from 1-5pm

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Beverly Holik will be out to capture the Central Texas State Final of the 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown at the El Campo Prairie Days Festival Saturday. Holik won the local title sponsored by KCTI Radio Aug. 27 at Yoakum Gin & Feed. The Central Texas event is part of America’s largest country musical talent search and begins at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Contestants at this year’s Texaco Country Showdown Central Texas State Final represent radio stations: KASE Austin, KTTX Brenham, KORA A couple of acts from Shiner will be featured at the Biergarten at Come and Take Bryan, KULP El Campo, It on Saturday. Los Kolaches (above) open the show starting at 6:30 p.m., with KCTI Gonzales, KBUK La Grange, KCYL/KACQ Mark Winston Kirk (below) serving as the headliner at 10:30.

Holik chases Showcase title
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state events where prizes include $1,000 and the opportunity to compete in one of five regional events. Regional winners receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Final in Nashville, Tenn. to compete for $100,000 and the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music.” About the Showdown: each year more than 50,000 artists compete in throughout the U.S. Past local, state and regional winners include Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Neal McCoy, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley and Billy Ray Circus. Visit for more information.

Gonzales Cannon Music Calendar
Thursday, September 29 Thursday Night Acoustic Jam, Ole Moulton Bank, Moulton, 6:30 p.m.-midnight, call 361-596-7499 for info Friday, September 30 The Situations, Max Castillo and Conjunto Lumbre and Clint Martin at the Biergarten at the Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales, 6 p.m.-midnight. No admission charge. Best Friends, Sally and Debbie, at the Belmont Social Club, Belmont, starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1 Scottie Decker & Family at the Biergarten at the Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales noon-5:30 p.m.. No admission charge. Los Kolaches at the Biergarten at the Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales, 6:30-8 p.m. No admission charge. Pale Horses at the Biergarten at the Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales, 8:30-10 p.m. No admission charge. Mark Winston Kirk at the Biergarten at the Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales, 10:30-12:30 p.m.. No admission charge. Tommy Schlein at the Belmont Social Club, starting 6-6:30 p.m. Sunday, October 2 Shiner Hobo Band at the Biergarten at the Come and Take It Festival, Gonzales 1-5 p.m. No admission charge. Granger Smith at Scooter’s Dancehall, Moulton. Tickets $12. Sons of Magnolia at Yoakum Gin & Feed, Yoakum. Friday, October 7 Curtis Grimes at Scooter’s Dancehall, Moulton. Tickets $8. Saturday, October 8 The O’Neal Brothers Band at Leesville Country Fair, Methodist Church Grounds, Leesville. Events begin at 10 a.m. Friday, October14 Zack Edwards at Scooter’s Dancehall, Moulton. Tickets $8. Saturday, October15 Jarrod Bingham at Yoakum Gin & Feed, Yoakum. Saturday, October22 Bri Bagwell at Yoakum Gin & Feed, Yoakum. Saturday, Nov. 5 Scott Taylor at Yoakum Gin & Feed, Yoakum. Saturday, Nov. 12 Nightrider at Yoakum Gin & Feed, Yoakum. Saturday, Nov. 19 Jake Kellen at Yoakum Gin & Feed, Yoakum. Musicians and Venues: To add or update events, contact us via e-mail to manager@

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five days and he would really have changed just in four or five days.” Could there be a fatherand-son act in the future? “Well, I’ve started playing for him,” the singer said, “he seems to like it, he laughs. Then again, almost anything you say to him, he laughs.” Martin and his band have a full October ahead of them. After playing Come and Take It, they’ll appear at the Rockport Seafair Oct. 9, then have a private event at the Barton Creek Resort. On Oct. 14, they’ll headline the entertainment at the annual Nixon Wild Hog Cookoff, and the next day will be in Smithville singing at the Cody Palooza benefit. “Originally that was going to benefit Wounded

Warriors, but after the fire and all now they’re going to donate half the proceeds to the fire victims in Smithville too,” he said. “I hope we can get a lot of people out for those two events.” This fall will probably also see the release of a second single from “Last of a Dying Breed.” Martin said he’s considering several tunes, but don’t be surprised if “Storm of Her Memory” doesn’t make it to radio stations as a single at some point. “I’m still writing, I go through phases,” he said. “There will be time swhere I go two-three weeks at a time writing songs, then I’ll lay off for a while. “We’ve got two more singles we’re going to release from this album, then probably some time next year I’ll do some more recording,” he said.

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Gonzales High School Theatre Arts Teacher Leslie Beusing (far right) works with the cast of Willy Wonka Junior during a rehearsal Tuesday at Gonzales Junior High School. Shown on stage with Beusing (from left) is Elizabeth Williams (Mrs. Tea- Layne Becker (Willy Wonka/Candy Man) rehearses his lines with Makenzie Moers vee), Ian Maxwell (Mike Teavee), Layne Becker (Willy Wonka/Candy Man), Vickie (Charlie) and Austin Forester (Grandpa Joe) for Gonzales High School’s production of Willy Wonka Junior in November. (Photo by Nikki Maxwell) Gomez (Mrs. Gloop), and Cody East (Augustus Gloop) (Photo by Nikki Maxwell)

Sponsors needed for ‘Willy Wonka Junior’

Oompa-Loompas, Charlie Bucket and lots of chocolate...Sound familiar? Gonzales High School is currently in rehearsals for its fall production of Willy Wonka Junior. The performance dates are Nov. 5 and 12 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Gonzales Junior High School Auditorium. Auditions were held in early September, with the young thespians cast in the show proving their stage potential by singing and acting. All students cast in the

production must be passing all their classes to keep their roles and stay in the musical. “We have 40 Gonzales students involved, ranging from 7 to 17 years old,” said Gonzales ISD Theatre Director Leslie Buesing. Rena Gray is the music director and Jimi Lee Riverkamp of Dance Dance Dance is choreographing the production, which involves dozens of songs and dance numbers. “It will be an amazing show and we invite everyone to be part of the production,” Beusing said. “We’re so excited, because after all, this is Wonka!”

Due to state-wide education budget cuts and the logistical cost of producing a musical, Beusing is asking the public to help anyway they can. “We hope to find some sponsors to help us make our show unforgettable for the kids and the audience,” she said. “Our biggest expense is set design, props and some of the technical requirements.” There are several levels of sponsorship available: Willy Wonka Fan: $50$99 donation, receives two golden tickets to the show on Nov. 5, with seats in the reserved section; and your name listed in the program.

Willy Wonka Purple Sponsor: $100-$149 donation, receives two golden tickets to the show on Nov. 5, with seats in the reserved section; two candy tickets for candy during the intermission; your name listed in the program; and a sponsor card to put in car or at business. Willy Wonka Silver Sponsor: $150-$199 donation, receives four golden tickets to the show on Nov. 5, with seats in the reserved section; four candy tickets for candy during the intermission; your name listed in the program and a small advertisement box in the program; and a spon-

sor card to put in car or at business. Willy Wonka Gold Sponsor: Donation of $200 and up, receives six golden tickets to the show at any performance, with seats in the reserved section; six candy tickets for candy during the intermission; your name listed in the program and a large advertisement box in the program; and a sponsor card to put in car or at business. “Any amount is greatly appreciated,” Beusing said. “Whether its $10 or $100, we can definitely use it to help the kids.” She added that the cast and their parents are work-

ing hard putting together their costumes, raiding thrift stores and family closets to find what they need for each character. “There are a lot of surprises in this show,” she said. “I can’t wait to see all our Oompa-Loompas and other characters singing on stage in costume. Its going to be wonderful.” Proceeds from the ticket sales of the production will help fund other theatrical events for the students throughout the school year. For information about how to sponsor call (830) 6727535, ext. 2109, or e-mail leslie.buesing@gonzales.

A statewide election will be held Nov. 8 for Texans to vote on several amendments to the state constitution. State Rep. John Kuempel, who district currently represents most of the Gonzales Cannon’s readership, has provided the following summary of those amendments to better inform voters: Amendment No. 1 (S.J.R. 14) Authorizing legislature to provide an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran. Supporters Say: By allowing a surviving spouse to transfer the surviving spouse’s exemption to a subsequent homestead, the proposed amendment would permit the surviving spouse to move to a different home, including a home closer to family, without losing the exemption. Opponents Say. The state should not provide for new property tax exemptions at a time when essential services such as public education and health care are underfunded. Amendment No. 2 (S.J.R. 4) Providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board in an amount not to exceed $6 billion at any time outstanding. Supporters Say: The increase in Texas’ population and the persistent threat of severe drought highlight the need to update infrastructure to meet current water needs and to anticipate and plan for future water needs. Without the additional bonding authority, critical water planning and infrastructure upgrades will be greatly impeded or halted altogether. Opponents Say:. Funding for implementation of the state water plan is inadequate and should be considered where possible. Amendment No. 3 (S.J.R. 50) Providing for the issuance of general ob-

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ligation bonds of the state to finance educational loans to students. Supporters Say: Recent cuts in federal financial aid and the elimination of certain federal financial aid programs, together with expected reductions in available state grant programs, likely will increase the demand for student loans, and low-interest, fixed-rate loans. Opponents Say: National student loan debt presently exceeds national credit card debt, and certain media sources have identified student loans as a potential catalyst for a widespread financial predicament similar to that relating to subprime mortgage loans. Amendment No. 4 (H.J.R. 63) Authorizing the legislature to permit a county to issue bonds or notes to finance the development or redevelopment of an unproductive, underdeveloped, or blighted area and to pledge for repayment of the bonds or notes increases in ad valorem taxes imposed by the county on property in the area. Supporter Say: Counties should have the same ability as cities and towns to finance needed public improvements in areas that are deteriorating and designated as reinvestment zones. The proposed amendment would provide a mechanism for financing structural improvements in a defined area without a tax increase. Opponents Say: Authorizing counties to implement tax increment financing to fund transportation or other projects in a reinvestment zone could create an incentive to appraise property in the zone at a higher value. Amendment No. 5 (S.J.R. 26) Authorizing the legislature to allow cities or counties to enter into interlocal contracts with other cities or counties without the imposition of a tax or the provision of a sinking fund. Supporters Say: By allowing a local government to enter into a contract with a term of more than one year without having to impose a tax or create a sinking fund, the proposed amendment would increase government efficiency by allowing for the consolidation of more programs, services, and projects. Opponents Say: No comments opposing the amendment were made during the house and senate committee hearings on the amendment or during discussion of the amendment in the house and senate chambers.

Amendment No. 6 (H.J.R. 109) Clarifying references to the permanent school fund, allowing the General Land Office to distribute revenue from permanent school fund land or other properties to the available school fund to provide additional funding for public education, and providing for an increase in the market value of the permanent school fund for the purpose of allowing increased distributions from the available school fund. Supporters Say: The proposed amendment is necessary to clarify the constitutionality of the General Land Office’s authority to distribute revenue derived from permanent school fund land and property directly to the available school fund for distribution in the next biennium to the state’s public schools. Opponents Say: The permanent school fund is meant to provide interest revenue from investment of the fund’s permanent assets for distribution through the available school fund to the public schools in this state, and it would be unwise to spend funds that otherwise would be invested. Amendment No. 7 (S.J.R. 28) Authorizing the legislature to permit conservation and reclamation districts in El Paso County to issue bonds supported by ad valorem taxes to fund the development and maintenance of parks and recreational facilities. Supporters Say: Currently, the City of El Paso’s park system, used by both city and El Paso County residents, is underfunded. The proposed amendment would facilitate the creation and maintenance of a regional parks district in the county through certain bonding and taxing authority currently available in 10 other counties. Opponents Say: The proposed amendment would provide an opportunity for further taxing authority in El Paso County, a property-poor county. In this current economic climate, government leaders should be focused on sustaining the local economy and generating revenue rather than on creating additional debt. Amendment No. 8 (S.J.R. 16) Providing for the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of open-space land devoted to water-stewardship purposes on the basis of its productive capacity. Supporters Say: Active conservation will

account for 23 percent of the state’s future water supply, and the state water plan endorses voluntary water stewardship as a water conservation strategy. Promoting water stewardship is sound and sustainable water conservation policy. Farmers and ranchers would have a financial incentive to run fewer cattle on their land, helping to preserve the land’s habitat and native plant and animal species. Opponents Say: The proposed amendment and its enabling legislation could provide a way to undermine the agricultural-use property valuation, or have other unintended consequences.

Amendment No. 9 (S.J.R. 9) Authorizing the governor to grant a pardon to a person who successfully completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision. Supporters Say: The Texas Constitution currently authorizes the governor to pardon a person who has been convicted of a crime but not a person who has completed deferred adjudication community supervision. This allows a situation in which a person who is convicted of a violent crime may receive a pardon while a person who is charged with a nonviolent crime and is placed on and completes deferred adjudication community supervision is not allowed to seek a pardon. Opponents Say: Providing the means by which a person who completes a term of deferred adjudication community supervision may be pardoned would not efficiently achieve the goal of expunction of criminal history record information because the person still must proceed through the pardon process involving the Board of Pardons and Paroles and the governor, a process that historically has resulted in few pardons. Amendment No. 10 (S.J.R. 37) Change the length of the unexpired term that causes the automatic resignation of certain elected county or district officeholders if they become candidates for another office. Supporters Say: Under the current resignto-run provision in the Texas Constitution, an officeholder could file an application for a place on the general primary election ballot as late as January 2 of the primary election year, the current filing deadline, at which time the officeholder would have less than one year remaining in that office and would not be affected by the resignto-run provision. Because Senate Bill 100 changes that filing deadline from January 2 to the second Monday in December of the preceding year, a conforming change to the constitutional resign-to-run provision is necessary to preserve the original intent of that provision. Opponent Say: No comments opposing the amendment were made during the house and senate committee hearings or during discussion of the amendment in the house and senate chambers.

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The first shot, first-hand: George W. Davis
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is another in a series of articles written by lineage research teams with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and is presented as the second of two parts. It was authored by Polly Fink, a direct descendant of George W. Davis Sr. daughter, Mrs. Lottie Thorne. On Nov. 1, 1835, Davis was sent as on eof the delegates to the Consultation at San Felipe de Austin. In December, Governor Henry Smith commissioned him to install into office Andrew Ponton as First Judge and Charlie Lockhart as Second Judge of the Municipality of Gonzales. This commission was issued from San Felipe de Austin. In 1836, Davis was appointed a sub-contractor for the Army at the post of Baxar, from where he issued supplies not only to the army but also to the families of the men who were in the army. The appointment was made by Matthew Caldwell, contractor. A replica of the wagon and a copy of the letter of appointment are displayed at the Gonzales Memorial Museum. When the first District Court was organized in Gonzales County in 1838, Davis was appointed Clerk of the Court under Judge James W. Robinson. On June 22, 1842, Sam Houston, president of the Republic of Texas, appointed Davis the Postmaster at Cuero in the County of Gonzales. Davis was elected Justice of the Peace of the Cuero District in 1843 and later Associate Justice of the Peace for DeWitt County by J. Pinckney Henderson, governor of the new state of Texas. All of these appointments are confirmed by original letters and papers which are still inthe family’s possession. In 1936 Lucinda Davis Robinson was contracted by Mrs. W.J. Hildebrand to borrow a daguerrotype picture of Davis to send to the sculptor Waldine Taush. This likeness was used on the monument placed near the banks of the Guadalupe River near Cost where the first battle took place. Rebecca Warfield Gaston married George W. Davis on Oct. 8, 1820. Rebecca was widowed and had three children when they married. Of Rebecca’s children, one daughter married Theo Green in Kentucky and never came to Texas. The other daughter, Sidna, married John Kellog. Stephen John Gaston and son-in-law John Kellog were among the Immortal 32 of Gonzales; John Gaston was one of the youngest to die at the Alamo. George W. Davis Jr. was born on the Navidad as the family arrived in Texas on March 24, 1831. He married Charlotte Hodges, of another pioneer family, in 1853. The Davis cattle brand was registered as “a large G” in March, 1840. George w. Davis Sr. died on Jan. 30, 1853, 21 years after coming to his beloved Texas. Rebecca preceded him in death. They are buried on a bluff of the Guadalupe River under a spreading live oak on the original Davis Survey about seven miles from Cuero. A state marker was erected at the cemetery site in 1962. A Texas Historical Marker was dedicated by his descendants in 1986 and is located on U.S. Highway 183 approximately one mile from the cemetery. When Davis arrived in Gonzales he had a half-dollar in his pocket. The probate inventory at his death listed 1600 acres worth $12,000, 558 acres worth $1,000 and a lot

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Special to the Cannon

In a letter of March 2, 1832, to his family, George W. Davis tells them he has selected a league of land in the DeWitt Colony. He described the land as being first-rate, quality, very rich, well-timbered, good water, very healthy and free from mosquitoes. In short, he said, “it is th erichest, most beautiful country” he had ever beheld. On Sept. 6, 1832, George Davis received title to his league of land. On Sept. 25, 1835, Davis was appointed Secretary to the Committee of Safety of Gonzales. It was Davis who wrote the letter that was carried by runner to Mina to J.H. Moore on the Colorado River asking for help when the Mexicans came asking for the cannon. He took part in the battle of Gonzales on Oct. 2, 1835, being one of the “Eighteen” who refused to give up the cannon. When the Mexicans first demanded the return of the cannon, it was hurriedly buried in the peach orchard belonging to Davis and described as block 12 of the City of Gonzales. This block is now marked with a Texas Historical Monument and two peach trees, one of which was planted by his great-grand-

Texas pioneer

An old daguerrotype photo of George W. Davis Sr., taken around 1860. (Courtesy Photo) in the town of Gonzales worth $200. Together with personal property that included a library of books, slaves, equipment, guns, buggies, wagons and animals, his estate totaled $25,000. It was quite an accomplishment for a man who, upon arriving in Gonzales, had said, “What had I to calculate or how to expect to live in this wilderness.” Note: Davis’ diary is on display at the Gonzales Memorial Museum, and an audio reading of the diary is available to visitors.

DRT to celebrate Gonzales Day
October 2 is a day to celebrate many historic accounts in Gonzales. Gonzales Day is celebrated annually on October 2nd by members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas as one of the nine official commemorative days. It is the 51st anniversary of the Gonzales Chapter DRT Memorial Service held in remembrance of Gonzales’ firing the first shot for Texas Independence. This year, 2011, is the 175th anniversary of the Fall of the Alamo, and the 120 anniversary of the organization of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The Gonzales Memorial Service will be held in the Amphitheater of Gonzales Memorial Museum at 12:15pm Sunday, October 2. Celebration of this momentous year includes a special guest speaker for the Memorial Service. The Gonzales Chapter DRT welcomes President General, Karen R. Thompson and members of the Board of Management. A trio consisting of Pat Braden, Mark Newman, and Nathan Gordon will provide special music. The laying of the wreath will be in memory of the Settlers of the Texas Independence Region by the Grandchildren of J. H. May. The firing of a replica of the Gonzales Cannon will culminate the ceremony. The Daughters exist to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas and to encourage historical research into the ear-

liest records of Texas, especially those relating to the Revolution of 1835 and the events which followed. They foster the preservation of documents and relics and encourage the publication of records of individual service of the soldiers and patriots of the Republic and other source material for the history of Texas. The Gonzales Chapter DRT invites everyone to attend the Memorial Service on Sunday afternoon and to plan to tour the J. B. Wells House on Saturday between 2pm and 5pm. The house is a complete collection of a founding daughter of the Gonzales Chapter and is a history lesson, room by room. For more information call Polly Fink at 830-672-9793.

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What’s new at the Gonzales Memorial Museum for October? There’s a new Cannon Exhibit, new panels on the Amphitheater Stage, and a new interactive exhibit of the events leading to the Runaway Scrape! Many have noticed and commented on the new art panels gracing the Amphitheater Stage at the Gonzales Memorial Museum. The new “Runaway Scrape” Exhibit takes visitors from the 3 Runaway Scrape interpretive panels located under the trees on the north side of the museum , into the north wing to see the cannon and mural, across the entry into the south wing to find objects from Pioneer days ( marked with Come and Take It flag stickers), around and onto the stage for a child’s hands- on activity and ends at the Eggleston House across the street. GISD primary and elementary schools are conducting a Penny Drive the first two weeks to help the DAR Museum Board raise money to restore the mural in the South Wing. The DAR — Museum Board and DRT organizations have been working this summer to provide this exhibit in time for Come and Take It Days and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, 2011 at 12:15 the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will honor the memory of the “Immortal 32” with a program in the amphitheater at the Gonzales Memorial Museum. The hands-on exhibit on the stage of the Gonzales Memorial Museum will run through October, 2011. To learn more details about the Gonzales Memorial Museum exhibits and projects visit gonzalesmemorialmuseum. com

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10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Memorial Museum Open 10:30 a.m.: Come & Take It Parade begins Noon: Pride of Texas Carnival Opens; Scottie Decker & Family at The Biergarten 12:30 p.m.: “Gonzales: The Beginning” Historical Program at Courthouse 1 p.m.: Pioneer Village opens U.S. 183 N. (admission fee) 1-6 p.m.: Photo Show at the RandleRather Bldg. 1-7 p.m.: Gonzales Art Group at 426 St. Paul St. - First United Methodist Church 2 p.m.: “Gonzales: The Beginning” Historical Program at the Courthouse 2-5 p.m.: J.B. Wells House Open for tours 829 Mitchell St. (admission fee) 3 p.m.: Battle Re-Enactment at Pioneer Village 3:30: 4 p.m.: Eating Contests - 2nd grade through adult (entry fee) 6-7 p.m.: Come & Take It Square Dancers 6-10 p.m.: Bingo - Confederate Square Music at The Biergarten: 6:30-8 p.m.: Los Kolaches 8:30-10 p.m.: Pale Horses 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m: Mark Winston Kirk

Friday, Sept. 30
8 a.m.-5 p.m.:Old Jail Museum Opens 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Memorial Museum Opens 5-7 p.m.: Gonzales Art Show at 426 St. Paul St. - First United Methodist Church 5-8 p.m: Gonzales County Camera Club Photo Contest at the RandleRather Bldg. 6 p.m.: Celebration & Carnival open in Historic Downtown Gonzales 6-10 p.m.: Bingo - Confederate Square 6 p.m. to Midnight: The Situations, Max Castillo & Conjunto Lumbre,

Saturday, Oct. 1
7:45 - 8 a.m.: 5K Walk/Run at Independence Park 9 a.m.: Old Jail Museum Opens, Masonic Ceremony at Market Square 10 a.m.: Come & Take It Canoe Race at Lake Wood to U.S. 183 bridge

9-11 a.m.: Set up for Car Show; Texas T-Bone Cook-off; Texas Bean & Chili Cook Off 9:30 a.m.: Memorial Service at Pioneer Village 11 a.m.: Ticket booth opens Noon: Celebration opens in historic downtown Gonzales 12:15 p.m.: DRT Memorial Service at Memorial Museum, 414 Smith St. 1 p.m.: Pioneer Village opens (admission fee) 1-3 p.m.: Gonzales County Camera Club Photo Contest 1-5 p.m.: Gonzales Art Group Show at 426 St. Paul St. at First UMC 1-5 p.m.: Old Jail Museum, Memorial Museum and Eggleston House Open; 1-5 p.m.: Shiner Hobo Band at Biergarten 2-6 p.m.: Bingo on Confederate Square 2 p.m.: Texas T-Bone Cook Off Awards 2:30 p.m.: Bean & Chili Cook Off Awards 5 p.m.: Car Show Awards 6 p.m.: Ticket Booth closes

Sunday, Oct. 2

Annual Three-day celebration honors Gonzales history
p.m. Saturday, near the Gonzales Fire Station. For a complete schedule and profiles of the musical artists set to perform at the Biergarten throughout ‘Come And Take It’ weekend, see the D Section of this issue. Sporting Events The CATI weekend also includes some athletic competitions. The Come And Take It Run/Walk 5K is Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Independence Park in Gonzales. The Run/Walk is open to adults and children. If you prefer to Each year, on the first full weekend of October, the citizens of Gonzales gather to celebrate their unique Texas heritage in a three-day festival called “Come & Take It.” The ‘CATI’ Festival celebrates the firing of the first shot of the Texas revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, which took place near the city of Gonzales. Three full days of events and entertainment are The Pioneer Village float during the 2010 Come And Take It Parade. offered to visitors Photo by Nikki Maxwell during the weekend morning at 10:30 The parade is route runs through celebration. a.m. The parade announced by Egon downtown Gonzales includes floats from Barthels of radio and along the historic Community Parade local businesses, station KCTI AM area of town. schools, sports teams, 1450 in Gonzales and One of the highlights marching bands, non- broadcast live. Awards Live Music of the festival is the profit organizations, are given to parade Come And Take and surrounding entries in several The musical It Parade Saturday communities. categories. The parade entertainment lineup for this year’s Come and Take It Festival features several local singers and bands, including Mark Winston Kirk, Los Kolaches, and The Shiner Hobo Band (all three from Shiner), The Pale Horses and The Situations (both from Gonzales), Max Castillo & Conjunto Lumbre of Seguin, and Clint Martin of Leesville. The Come & Take It Square Dancers The Waelder Fiesta Guacamole Float in the 2010 CATI Parade. will perform from 6-7 Photo by Nikki Maxwell

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watch a competition, Cutting Horse Events are hosted at J.B. Wells Park all weekend. Admission is free. The Come And Take It Canoe Race is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. The race goes from Lake Wood (outside of Gonzales) to U.S. 183 bridge. If you’re looking for a team event, a Washer Pitching contest will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. on St. George Street. Only 15 pre-registered teams will be allowed to play. The registration fee is $20. Call the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce at (830) 672-6532 to register.

Spectators of all ages enjoyed the 2009 CATI Parade. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

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Thursday, September 29, 2011 Historic Reenactments, Tours Gonzales: The Beginning — Actors in period costumes present the founding of Gonzales in 1825 and the circumstances under which Texas was colonized. Performances in the Gonzales County Courthouse District Courtroom are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Battle Reenactment at Gonzales’ Pioneer Village — Witness firsthand the historic battle between the settlers and the Mexican soldiers as Gonzales pioneers fight for their independence from Mexico. Waving a white flag with the words “Come And Take It” painted underneath a cannon, they face down their oppressors and begin the Texas Revolution during a reenactment

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Chicken Flying & Family Games Another highly competitive and anticipated event is the chicken flying contest in downtown Gonzales, Saturday at 2 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee, and registration is at 1:30 p.m. Spectators line the street as participants climb a ladder, load their live chicken into a mailbox aimed at the street and use a toilet plunger to encourage their chicken to fly. Judges measure and determine the length of each flight. Last year’s winner was Hollywood superstar “Lyndsey Lohan,” flying 62 1/2 feet. Another chicken named “Fly or Fry” took second place with 50 feet. A few minutes later Tina Turner tried to prove age doesn’t matter in the competition, but the ebony feathered beauty fell instead of flew, with a distance of only one foot from the

Page E3 mailbox. The chicken flying contest has been part of CATI on and off since 1980. Other fun events and family games include a cheese puff eating contest (for grades 2-4, and 5-6) and a hot dog eating contest (for grades 7-8, and 8-12). Those games begin Saturday at 3:30 p.m. There is a jalapeno eating contest (for adults) at 4 p.m. All eating contests have entry fees. Carnival and Cotton Candy The Pride of Texas Carnival will be set up on Texas Heroes Square in downtown Gonzales. The carnival offers rides for all ages, games, prizes and refreshments. There is no admission fee to the carnival, however tickets are required for the rides. The carnival hours are Friday - 6 p.m. to midnight; Saturday Noon to midnight; and Sunday - noon to 6 p.m.

Gonzales: The Beginning, a historic account firsthand by actors in the Gonzales County Courthouse, in 2010. Photo by Nikki Maxwell at Gonzales’ Pioneer The J.B. Wells the weekend. The Village, Saturday at House at 829 Mitchell Daughters of the 3 p.m. There is an Street is open for tours Republic of Texas admission fee, but Saturday from 2-5 will hold a Memorial the grounds include p.m.. Built in 1885, Service and Cannon historic buildings the 15-room house Firing at the Gonzales from Gonzales’ has a Texas Historical Memorial Museum early days more Marker and is owned (414 Smith St.), than a century ago. by the Daughters of Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Visitors are allowed the Republic of Texas. For more about the to roam the grounds, There is a $5 per first shot for Texas enjoying the tours person tour fee. Independence, see of the preserved The Old Jail Section F, and for structures and Museum, Gonzales more about Gonzales demonstrations of Memorial Museum history, museums pioneer life including and Eggleston House and landmarks, see blacksmithing and will be open for free Section G of this broom making. tours throughout special issue.

The Water Beetle Cherokee Storytelling The Battle Reenactment at Gonzales’ Pioneer Village during the Come And Take It Festival Program, one of hundreds of booths at CATI 2009. Photo by Nikki Maxwell in 2009. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

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I would like to welcome everyone to Come & Take It 2011. While enjoying the history and having fun visiting please have a safe trip home.
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Memorial Hospital has added a new member to it’s team, Kathleen Koerner, D.O., M.S. Dr. Koerner has joined Memorial Hospital as a full-time General Surgeon. General surgery is available seven days a week twenty-four hours a day. Her office will be in Sievers Medical Clinic. Prior to accepting the position at Memorial Hospital Dr. Koerner has had an extensive medical background with a broad range of experience. The Michigan native is a graduate of Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her surgical training as Chief Resident at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Warren, Michigan and has been practicing in the Phoenix area for the past three years. Dr. Koerner enjoys all aspects of General Surgery with special interest in Hernia repair and breast surgery. Dr. Koerner is passionate about education and promoting a healthy lifestyle, and she looks forward to beginning community programs to that end. “We are thrilled to have such a driven and talented surgeon join our staff to bring us a step closer to our mission to provide quality comprehensive healthcare in our community to all we serve, “said Chuck Norris, CEO of Gonzales Healthcare Systems. Dr. Koerner is here to provide you and your loved ones the highest quality of patient care.

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Page E4 CATI Car Show The Come And Take It Car Show is Sunday. Vehicles begin parking for the show at 9 a.m., with judging throughout the day and an awards presentation at 5 p.m. The annual car show is sponsored by the Gonzales Classic Cruisers, a local car club. New and restored cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to enter the contest. Visitors pick their favorite ‘ride’. Vehicles from every era were represented at the 15th Annual Come And Take It Car Show in 2010, with a record number of entries, 89. Chris Hampe of Seguin took home the “Best of Show”

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One of several musical performances featured at the 2010 Come And Take It Festival. See Section G for 2011 CATI singers and band schedules. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

Spectators keep their eyes on the birdie during the 2010 Come And Take It Chicken Flying Contest. Photo by Nikki Maxwell award for his cherry Cook-Offs red 1962 Corvette (pictured on page E1 The Texas T-Bone and below). Cook Off, and the Texas Bean & Chili Cook Off will both be held on Sunday. Set up is scheduled for 9 a.m., with awards at 2 p.m. for steak, and 2:30 p.m. for beans & chili. The cooking competition is held in downtown Gonzales, with teams being judged on the Face painting, food, and fun games is food’s taste and overall offered to children during the CATI festival presentation. each year. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

The 2010 Come And Take It Car Show ‘Best of Show’ winner, Chris Hampe, receives his plaque and prize money. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

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The 2010 Come And Take It Chicken Flying Contest winners. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

Runners in the 2010 CATI 5K Run take off from the starting line at Independence Park. Photo by Nikki Maxwell

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Bracelets - $25.00 Fri., Sept. 30 - 6 p.m. - Midnight Sat., Oct. 1, 12 noon - Midnight (Bracelets Change at 5:00) Sun. 12-6 p.m.
Tickets $1.00 each (rides take up to 4 tickets)

Games • Food • Soft Drinks Famous Corn Dogs • Cotton Candy


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Reenactors fire the cannon during the 2009 Come and Take It celebration at Pioneer Village. This year’s event is set for 3 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by Nikki Maxwell)

A stand for principle which changed history
It was a trivial matter, over an item of no special significance. Yet it was the principle at stake which determined the course of history. The Gonzales Cannon which was the focal point of the Battle of Gonzales was no major artillery piece; many historians believe it had been spiked (rendered useless) and even when fired could do little more than make noise. Yet throughout history, time has proven when you begin disarming the populace you are paving the way for brutal tyranny — and like today’s citizens of Gonzales, the Gonzales residents of 1835 held a keen appreciation for history. In the summer of 1835, the settlers in DeWitt’s Colony grew increasingly alarmed at events happening in the capital of their country — Mexico City. While maintaining their loyalty to the government and to the liberal Constitution of 1824, they were especially alarmed at the progressive assumption of dictatorial powers by President Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The colonists were especially frightened when they learned that Santa Anna had suppressed a rebellion in the state of Zacatecas with special brutality. A friend of the soon-to-be-dictator, Edward Gritten, visited Gonzales and, after conversing with the colonists, convinced the Mexican commander in San Antonio, Col. Domingo Ugartechea, to send letters of assurance to the colonists that troops would not be stationed there. That changed late in the summer when a Mexican soldier rifle-butted a colonist named Jesse McCoy in Adam Zumwalt’s store, without provocation. News of the incident spread rapidly and colonists began drifting toward the “war hawks” faction. One of Santa Anna’s policies was to disarm all local militias. The DeWitt colonists had, in 1831, been gifted with a small cannon (which some historians believe may have been spiked, or rendered incapable of firing) for defense against the Comanches who occasionally made forways against settlements. Because it had been spiked, it was likely little more than a noisemaker. Col. Ugartechea send a small detail to Gonzales to ask for return of the cannon, but when they arrived on Sept. 25, 1835, they were informed by Alcalde (Mayor) Andrew Ponton that the local citizenry had voted against doing so. The

cannon was temporarily buried in a peach orchard on the Davis farm. Upon hearing the news, Ugartechea sent Lt. Francisco Castaneda with more than 100 troops from San Antonio to again demand the cannon, but to avoid confrontation if possible. On Sept. 29, the lieutenant learned that more than 200 colonists had gathered against them. That afternoon, Castaneda met with Regidor (councilman) Joseph Clements by shouting across the rain-swollen Guadalupe River, who told him that “...I cannot now will not deliver to you the cannon ...” GONZALES, Page F2

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Castaneda’s force camped overnight on a spot later known as Santa Anna’s Mound. The colonists, meanwhile, were reinforced by contingents from the current Fayette County area, Columbus, Coleman, Wallace and other settlements. A Dr. Lancelot Smithers arrived from San Antonio and attempted to arrange a parley between the two forces. On the morning of Oct. 1 Castaneda, aware that the Texian force was increasing in size, moved his force to a more defensible position some seven miles upstream near the farm of Ezekial Williams. A group of colonists, including Jacob Darst, Richard Chisholm and John

Sowell, went to the Davis farm and dug up the cannon, mounting it on wooden wheels from Eli Mitchell’s cotton wagon. Darst unspiked the cannon’s touch hole while others grabbed every spare piece of metal they could find to turn into shrapnel. Thinking that Castaneda’s orders were to take the cannon by force — in reality, he had been told to avoid any engagement — the colonists decided to take the initiative. At 7 p.m. the evening of Oct. 1 the Texian force crossed the river at the Gonzales ferry crossing, with the cannon and 50 horsemen in addition to foot troops. They approached the Mexican position through a thick fog at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 2.

The barking of a dog alerted the Mexicans and the federalista pickets opened fire, wounding one man. As dawn broke, the Texians found themselves in Williams’ corn and watermelon fields and moved to an open area within 350 yards of the Mexicans, where they opened fire. A troop of about 40 cavalrymen under Lt. Gregorio Perez charged the Texians, who fell back to the thick trees along the river bank. Smithers, who had earlier Oliver Davis, curator of the Gonzales Memorial Museum, with the Gonzales Canbeen arrested as a Mexican non — re-discovered in 1936 and believed to be the actual piece which fired the spy, now attempted to ar- first shot of the Texas Revolution. (Photo by Mark Lube) range a parley again and Texian position and ordered to withdraw if the Texian though the Texian casualty Castaneda and Col. John H. the cannon, loaded with force was superior in num- is disputed among historiMoore, now in command of powder and scrap metal, bers, immediately pulled his ans; the Texians also had one the Texians. The two met in to be fired — a harmless force back and retreated to man whose nose was bloodan open area but when Cas- shot, since it was nowhere San Antonio. ied when his horse spooked taneda again asked for the in range. The shot became In his official report, at the sound of gunfire. cannon, he was told: “There known, however, as the Castañeda noted: “Since the Days later, a provisional it is — come and take it.” “first shot” of the Texas rev- orders from your Lordship government formed and The Texian force flew a olution. were for me to withdraw named Stephen F. Austin the small hand-made flag made The Texians fired a volley without compromising the commander of the Texian of white silk with a repre- with their rifles, and made a honor of Mexican arms, I Republican Army, ordering sentation of the cannon on it, cautious advance toward the did so.” him to march on San Antoa single star, and the words, Mexican position. CastaneEach side suffered one nio in defense of the Consti“Come and Take It!” da, who had received orders casualty from gunfire, al- tution of 1824. Moore returned to the

The ‘First Shot’ Cannon

Frontiersmen and settlers vs. professional soldiery

Reenactors in period costumery and carrying authentic weaponry re-create the Battle of Gonzales at Pioneer Village. The historical battle pitted farmers, settlers and frontiersmen against a detachment of profesisonal soldiers. (Photos by Nikki Maxwell)

Goliad: A freed slave sheds blood for Texas
Only days after the Battle of Gonzales, a second skirmish took place at nearby Goliad which further helped set the stage for the Siege of Bexar during the coming winter months. A small Mexican garrison had been established at Presidio La Bahia near Goliad because of its strategic location midway between San Antonio (Bexar) and the port of Copano (near current-day Port Lavaca). In the early-morning hours of October 10, 1835, Texian rebels hoping to capture General Martin Perfecto de Cos stormed the garrison, which surrendered after a short firefight in which a freed slave became the first documented Texian casualty of the revolution. Cos had been appointed to quell the rebellious Texians, told by his brother-in-law Santa Anna to “repress with strong arm all those who, forgetting their duties to the nation which has adopted them as her children, are pushing forward with a desire to live at their own option without subjection to the laws.” Cos landed at Copano at the head of 500 troops. Some of the more radical Texian settlers, including James Fannin, Philip Dimmitt and John Linn, had begun plans to attempt to kidnap him . Upon hearing of the Battle of Gonzales, however, Cos bypassed Goliad and headed directly for the larger garrison in San Antonio on Oct. 5, leaving most of his supplies behind at La Bahia. The garrison at La Bahía was understaffed and could not mount an effective defense of the fort’s perimeter. Using axes borrowed from townspeople, Texians were able to chop through a door and enter the complex before the bulk of the soldiers were aware of their presence. The Mexican soldiers opened fire, hitting Samuel McCulloch, a slave whom George Collingsworth had freed, in the shoulder. McCulloch was the only Texian soldier to be wounded, and he later claimed to be the “first whose blood was shed in the Texas War for Independence.” After a 30-minute battle, the Mexican garrison, under Colonel Juan López Sandoval, surrendered. One Mexican soldier had been killed and three others wounded, while only one Texian had been injured. The majority of the Mexican soldiers were instructed to leave Texas, and the Texians confiscated $10,000 worth of provisions and several cannons, which they soon transported to the Texian Army for use in the Siege of Béxar. The victory isolated Cos’s men in Béxar from the coast, forcing them to rely on a long overland march to request or receive reinforcements or supplies.

General Martin Perfecto de Cos

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While many modern textbooks condense the Texas Revolution of 183536 into a few lines of text centered around the idea that settlers from the United States came in and wrested the territory away from Mexico, the truth of the matter is much more complicated. Most of those who came to the Texas colonies of empresarios Stephen F. Austin and Green DeWitt in the years following Mexico’s independence from Spain were, in fact, intent on becoming good Mexican citizens — especially after the country adopted a constitution in 1824 modeled after that of the United States. They were offered a number of incentives by Mexico, which wanted a settled Texas to help control raids by Indians against its outlying northeastern settlements like San Antonio de Bejar: there was an exemption from the property tax and tariffs on many goods, as well as an exemption from Mexico’s prohibition of slavery. Those incentives proved to be powerful: by 1830, immigrants born in the United States vastly outnumbered Mexican-born settlers, and on April 6, 1830, President Anastasio Bustamante issued a prohibition against further immigration from the U.S. into Texas, rescinded the tax and tariff exemptions, and ordered all settlers to comply with the prohibition against slavery or face military intervention. Bustamante’s order had little effect; settlers continued to pour into the territory and ignored the directives. But other Mexican statutes proved equally vexing. The colonists, who formed their own militias to protect against raids by Comanches, resented Mexican troops being stationed in Texas; many of the troops were criminals whose sentence was to serve in Texas. Texas was also part of the state of Coahuila y Tejas, and the state capital of Saltillo was hundreds of miles away. Many settlers felt Texas deserved to be its own state without reaching the constitutional population stipulation.

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Texians’ revolt a reaction to despotic government

Stephen F. Austin
Economics also played a role in fomenting unrest. There was great demand in Europe for cotton, and many Texas farmers wanted to cash in by growing cotton — but the central government instead dictated which crops they were allowed to grow, and where they were allowed to sell it. Many of the settlers also had issues with the fact that Mexican law required (and still requires) that all citizens be Roman Catholic and pay tithes to the Catholic church. Relations between Texas and the central government worsened over the next five years, but almost right until the Battle of Gonzales on Oct. 2, 1835, most of those who settled in Texas con-

Green DeWitt
sidered themselves loyal citizens of Mexico. In 1826, for example, some of Austin’s original settlers formed a militia which marched alongside Mexican troops to quell the short-lived Fredonian Rebellion near Nacogdoches. When Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna staged his coup against Bustamante, most of the Texas settlements sent their assurances that they were acting against Bustamante’s troops in support of Santa Anna. Settlers called a convention in 1833 which called for the government to rescind Bustamante’s edicts and to grant Texas separate statehood. The new president of Mexico, Santa

Texians’ early successes may have bred overconfidence
Cos and a large amount of money he was rumored to be carrying. The garrisons at Copano and Refugio abandoned their posts and also retreated to San Antonio. Two days after the victory at Gonzales, colonial empresario Stephen F. Austin wrote to the San Felipe Committee of Public Safety saying that “War is declared—public opinion has proclaimed it against a Military despotism—The campaign has commenced”. His letter concluded: “One spirit and one purpose animates the people of this party of the country, and that is to take Bexar, and drive the military out of Texas. ... A combined effort of all Texas would soon free our soil of Military despots.” Although Austin had no official military training,

Anna, agreed and rescinded them save for the granting of statehood. Austin was jailed, however, after he wrote a letter calling on Texans to declare statehood on their own. Texas was not the only concern for Santa Anna, however: several other regions in the interior of the country also saw outbreaks of unrest, and in 1834 he began dissolving state legislatures, disarming militias and scrapping the 1824 Constitution, transitioning the government from a federal one to a centralized dictatorship. Some farmers who insisted on growing cotton instead of their assigned crops were imprisoned.

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna

Santa Anna — who as a younger officer became well-versed in brutal tactical warfare on the frontier against Comanche and Apache Indians — considered anyone opposing his programs to be an outlaw, and anyone rebelling against his government to be a “pirate,” and dealt with rebels harshly. After supressing one rebellion in Zacatecas in May, 1835, Santa Anna allowed his victorious troops to loot and ransack the city of Zacatecas for two days. In 1835, many of the colonists began forming “Committees of Correspondence and Safety,” and in June, a riot broke out over tariffs in Anahuac. Santa Anna immediately ordered more troops to Texas, including his brother-in-law, General Martin Perfecto do Cos, with orders to “repress with strong arm all those who, forgetting their duties to the nation which has adopted them as her children, are pushing forward with a desire to live at their own option without subjection to the laws.”

The success of Texian forces in driving Mexican troops from the region in the fall of 1835 may have helped breed over-confidence which would eventually lead to two tragic massacres the following spring. What the Texians failed to realize was that the troops they were routing were not first-rate — most were convicted criminals doing military service in exchange for commuted sentences — and they were poorly equipped. As Texian troops gathered at Gonzales following the battle there on Oct. 2, General Martin Perfecto de Cos, the Mexican commander in the now-rebellious territory of Texas, fell back to San Antonio de Bejar. On Oct. 6, a Texian force stormed the presidio at La Bahia (Goliad), hoping to capture

James Fannin
he was widely respected in Texas for his sound judgement, and he had led several excursions against raiding Indian tribes, On Oct. 13, the Texian army, under the nominal command of Austin, marched on San Antonio de Bejar and initiated a siege a week later. Meanwhile, Cos worked to fortify the town squares in San Antonio and the walls of the Alamo, a missionturned-fort near the town. By October 26, Cos’s men had mounted 11 cannon— five in the town squares and six on the walls of the Alamo. An 18-pounder cannon, with a much longer range than the other Mexican artillery, was positioned inside the Alamo chapel On Oct. 27, Austin sent a detail under Jim Bowie and James Fannin to find a campsite closer to Cos’s headquarters at The Alamo.

Ben Milam
They found Mission Concepcion defensible, but rather than return to the main campsite, instead sent word for Austin to join them. When he learned the Texian force was temporarily divided, Cos detailed a force under Col. Domingo Ugartechea to attack Bowie and Fannin. The Texians, with superior-ranged rifles and better defensive positions, easily repelled the attack. The Mexicans were using “Brown Bess” muskets with an effective range of only 70 yards; by contrast, many of the Texaians’ rifles had effective ranges of 200 yards or more. While the Mexicans has plenty of ammunition, it was poor quality: in some cases, Mexican musket balls bounced off Texian soldiers, causing little damage other than a bruise. On the morning of November 26, Texian scout

Erastus “Deaf” Smith
Erastus “Deaf” Smith rode into camp to report that a pack train of mules and horses, accompanied by 50– 100 Mexican soldiers, was within five miles of Bexar. It was rumored the Mexican Army was expecting a shipment of silver and gold to pay the troops and purchase additional supplies, and after some debate Jim Bowie and 12 marksmen were detailed to intercept the force. Another 100 infantry were later added to Bowie’s force. After a short exchange of fire, the Mexican troops escorting the animals withdrew to Bexar, leaving the animals behind. To the surprise of the Texians, the saddlebags contained not bullion, but freshly cut grass — to feed the Mexican horses trapped in Bexar. The engagement became known as “The Grass Fight.” On Dec. 5, columns commanded by Ben Milam and

Jim Bowie
Francis W. Johnson began an assault on the town. Milam was killed and Johnson took command of the Texian troops, eventually forcing Cos and most of his 600 or so troops to withdraw into the Alamo. The siege continued until Dec. 9, when Cos’ order for a counterattack was refused by his cavalry commanders and more than 150 soldiers simply rode out of the mission and headed for the Rio Grande. On Dec. 11, the Texians officially accepted the surrender of the garrison. In Gonzales, a provisional government formed with Henry Smith elected as governor and Sam Houston, the former governor of Tennessee, selected to command the Army of Texas — an organization which did not exist, since the troops Austin had led were all volunteers. But the war was far from over.

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The most painful excitement was occasioned in this place on Wednesday by a rumor that the fort at St. Antonio, in possession of the Texans, had been stormed by the Mexican army and the garrison put to the sword. Yesterday the news, even in its most revolting features, was fully confirmed. They were all slaughtered! Our late fellow-citizen, Col David Crockett, it will be seen, was among the slain. Subjoined are all the particulars that have come to hand of this melancholy affair.
was refused; but an offer of surrender was made as prisoners of war, which was acceded to by the Mexicans— But no sooner had the Texans marched out of their quarters and stacked their arms, that a general fire was opened upon them by the whole Mexican force— the Texans attempted to escape but only three of them succeeded; one of whom was Col. Johnson. Between the 25th of February and 2d March the Mexicans were employed in forming entrenchments around the Alamo and bombarding the place; on the 2d March, Col. Travis wrote that 200 shells had been thrown into the Alamo without injuring a man - on the 1st March the Garrison of Alamo received a reinforcement of 32 Texans from Gonzales, having forced their way through the enemy’s lines, making the number in the Alamo consist of 182 men. On the 6th March about midnight the Alamo was assaulted by the whole force of the Mexican army commanded by Santa Anna in person, the battle was desperate until day light when only 7 men belonging to the Texan Garrison were found alive who cried for quarters, but were told that there was no mercy for them—they then continued fighting until the whole were butchered. One woman, Mrs., Dickson, and a negro of Col. Travis were the only persons whose lives were spared. We regret to say that Col. David Crockett and companion, Mr.Berton and Col. Bonhan, of SC, were among the number slain— Gen. Bowie was murdered in his bed sick and helpless. Gen. Cos on entering the Fort ordered the servant of Col. Travis, to point out the body of his master; he did so, when Cos drew his sword and mangled the face and limbs with the malignant feeling of a Cumanche savage. The bodies of the slain were thrown into a mass in the centre of the Alamo and burned—the loss of the Mexicans in storming the place was not less than 1000 killed and mortally wounded, and as many wounded, making with their loss in the first assault between 2 and 3000 men. The flag used by the Mexicans was a bloodred one, in place of the constitutional one. Immediately after the capture, Gen. Santa Anna sent Mrs. Dickson and the servant to General Houston’s camp, accompanied by a Mexican with a flag, who was bearer of a note from St. Anna, offering the Texans peace and general amnesty, if they would lay down their arms and submit to his government. Gen. Houston’s reply was, ‘’true sir, you have

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From the New Orleans True American, March 29, 1836, Courtesy of Genealogy Trails: We learn by the passengers of the schr. Cumanche eight days from Texas that the War has assumed a serious character—on the 25th Feb. the Texan Garrison in Bexar of 150 men, commanded by Lt. Col. B. Travis was attacked by the advance division of Gen. Santa Anna’s army consisting of 2000 men who were repulsed with the loss of many killed, (between 500 to 800 men,) without the loss of one man of the Texans—about the same time Col. Johnson with a party of 70 men while reconnoitering the westward of San Patricio was surrounded in the night by a large body of Mexican Troops—in the morning the demand of a surrender was made by the Mexican Commander unconditionally, which

William Barrett Travis
succeeded in killing some of our brave men, but the Texans are not yet cornered.” The effect of the fall of Bexar throughout Texas was electrical. Every man who could use the rifle and was in a condition to lake field, marched forthwith to the seat of war. It is believed that not less than 4000 riflemen were on their way to the army when the Cumanche sailed, determined to wreak their revenge on the Mexicans Gen. Houston had burnt

David Crockett
Gonzales, and fallen back on the Colorado with about 1000 men. Col. Fanning was in the Fort at Goliad, a very strong position, well supplied with ammunitions and provision, with 4 or 500 men. The general determination of the people of Texas is to abandon all their occupations and pursuits of peace, and continue in arms until every Mexican east of the Rio del Norte shall be exterminated.

Santa Anna strikes back: The Alamo and La Bahia
As early as Oct. 27, Santa Anna was preparing to take a personal hand in quelling the rebellion. As he began assembling an army, the Mexican Congress passed a resolution defining any foreigners coming to the aid of Texas as “pirates” and thus subject to immediate execution. Santa Anna sent a letter containing that warning to United States President Andrew Jackson. The army Santa Anna gathered was initially composed of a little more than 6,000 men — many of them raw recruits or conscripted criminals with no military experience. Santa Anna, convinced of his own military genius and that he needed to crush the rebellion with brute force, declined to march up the Texas coast and instead headed inland toward San Antonio. They set out in late December, 1835, but progress was slow because the force did not have enough transportation for all the supplies — many of the civilian teamsters deserted when their pay was delayed. The winter of 183536 was one of the coldest ever recorded. Many of the Mexican recruits were from the tropical climate of the Yucatan, and many of them perished from hypothermia. In early February, more than a foot of snow fell, and the soldiers were eventually reduced to halfrations because the terrain could not support such a large force trying to live off the land. Nonetheless, the army arrived in San Antonio on Feb. 23 as a complete surprise to the small Texian garrison there, which retreated into the Alamo. By the end of the day, about 1,500 Mexican troops laid siege to the mission, raising a red flag, signaling that no quarter would be given. William B. Travis, the Texian commander, dispatched a messenger to Gonzales, where Houston was expected to be raising his army, appealing for aid. At Gonzales, a relief force of 25 men under the command of Lieutenant George C. Kimble of the Gonzales Rangers marched on Feb. 27, adding seven additional volunteers on the way and arriving at the Alamo in the wee hours of March 1. Those 32 men from Gonzales would become known as the “Immortal 32,” the only Texians who answered Travis’ call. In the pre-dawn hours of March 6, the Mexican force stormed the mission. While some recently-rediscovered texts indicate that some of the Alamo’s defenders, perhaps even Davy Crockett, survived the onslaught, any who surrendered were put to the sword at Santa Anna’s orders. The cost was high for the Mexicans, however: some 400 to 600 Mexicans were killed, many others wounded — up to one-third of the attacking force. One of the relief forces Travis had hoped for was the 450 men gathered in Goliad, under the command of James Fannin. When he got word that General Jose Urrea, marching up the coast parallel to Santa Anna, was closing on Goliad, he moved to intercept — but divided his forces, sending a contingent to Refugio. Urrea’s army defeated that force piecemeal March 12-15, then caught Fannin’s main force of about 300 men at Coleto Creek on March 19. Fannin made three charges against the superior Mexi-

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can force, causing heavy casualties, but the next morning found themselves surrounded by Urrea’s men, who had now been reinforced by artillery. Fannin asked for and received terms. A week later, on March 27, again at Santa Anna’s direct order, Fannin and his 342 survivors were executed at Goliad.

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Houston waited for his chance, and got it
claimed large numbers of civilian lives. Through an adroit series of maneuvers, Houston managed to stay one step ahead of Santa Anna’s pursuers, and the dictator eventually split his forces into flying columns in an attempt to bring the Texian army to bay in a single decisive engagement. Houston avoided the confrontation, seeking ground he considered favorable while relentlessly drilling his forces and trying to instill some type of military order into them. One of the experts Houston employed was a Tejano (Mexican-born Texan) who chafed that he had been sent from the Alamo as a messenger only to leave his men to die. Capt. Juan Seguin now took charge of Houston’s rear guard, harrying Mexican scouts and keeping them away from the main army. The provisional government of Texas, which had declared independence on March 2 — four days before the fall The disasters at The Alamo and Goliad created a precarious situation for the newly-declared Republic of Texas. The commander of the newly-formed army, General Sam Houston, knew his force was not prepared to fight the superior Mexican forces arrayed against it. Houston had intended to gather his forces at Gonzales, but upon hearing of the defeat at the Alamo and, worse, of the massacre of Fannin’s force at Goliad, put the town to the torch and began retreating eastward. The settlers from DeWitt’s Colony preceded the army in a mad flight which became known as “The Runaway Scrape.” Because of swollen streams from heavy rains, both the armies and the civilians quickly bogged down as the few roads became quagmires. While both the Texian and Mexican armies suffered from the cold, wet weather, disease and exposure also

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“The Battle of San Jacinto” (1895)
of the Alamo — now fled Washington-on-theBrazos toward Galveston. Santa Anna got word of their attempt to escape, and took personal command of one force in an attempt to intercept them. Santa Anna’s force swept through Harrisburg and turned southeast in an attempt to catch the revolutionary leaders, but they had already escaped to Galveston. Houston’s army now turned in pursuit of Santa Anna, and on April 20, the two forces found themselves near Lynch’s Ferry along the banks of the San Jacinto River. Santa Anna made camp, expecting reinforcements shortly from General Martin Cos, who arrived late in the afternoon. Houston, surveying the ground, found himself with a large sloping ground of tall grass that would give the Texians and their longer-range rifles cover, with the river blocking a possible retreat by the Mexican force. Santa Anna, confident that Houston’s army would not force a battle against his larger force, ordered his men to stand down and remained encamped. At 3:30 p.m. on April 21, Houston’s army of about 900 men suddenly surged across the sloping prairie, accompanied by two cannon sent to Texas by the citizens of Cincinnati, Ohio — the “twin sisters” — with a piper playing the only tune he knew to spur the men to battle: an Irish drinking-house song entitled Will You Come to the Bower? Santa Anna’s overconfidence proved to be his fatal flaw; many of the sentries posted to guard the encampment were dozing as the Texians attacked, and as the Mexican army rushed to take up positions, Houston’s troops swept over them. The Mexican troops broke and fled in panic, with Seguin’s cavalry riding down many of them and others being chased to drown in the San Jacinto River. The battle took just 18 minutes. Santa Anna’s entire force was either dead, wounded or captured at the cost of just nine Texian lives. The dictator himself, wearing the uniform of a common corporal, was tracked down and captured and formaly surrendered his army to Houston, who had been wounded in the ankle in the exchange. Many of the Texian force, as well as some in the provisional government, argued in favor of executing Santa Anna, but Houston argued that he was more valuable alive. Some weeks later, on May 14, he signed the Treaty of Valasco, recognizing Texas independence and guaranteeing Santa Anna’s life. While the Mexican Congress never ratified the treaty, it was never able to muster support for a renewal of the war. Santa Anna, disgraced by the defeat, was exiled to the United States for a time before being allowed to return to Mexico in early 1838. He soon re-claimed his status as a hero when France landed a force at Veracruz in an attempt to force mexico to pay compensation for debts owed its citizens. Mexico asked him to take command of the army again and defend the country, and in the socalled Pastry War, he was hit in the leg by cannon fire and had much of one leg amputated. He re-gained the presidency again and held on to it until the annexation of Texas by the United States and the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, during which he again led his forces courageously but was undermined by his own Congress.

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Family gatherings are fun at the Pride of Texas Carnival during Come & Take It.

Seydler - Hill Funeral Home
“Proudly Serving the Gonzales Area Since 1914”

Garth O. Vaz, M.D.
Family Practice

906 St. Paul, Gonzales 830-672-3232

Mon., Tues. & Wed.(appointments) 8:30-11:45 am & 2:00 - 5:45 pm Thurs.(appointments & late evenings) 8:30 - 11:45 am & 2:00 - 7:45 pm Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome. Accepting New Patients “We offer great discounts on labotatory fees among other amazing values.”
“You will like our fees!”

Clinic Hours:

Shear Designs Boutique
20% off all Fall Designs
Come by after the parade for cool refreshments and a great sale! 12:00-4:00 p.m. Lots of new Kut, Anoname, Jag and Not Your Daughter Jeans Also Uncle Frank, Ivy Jane, Muttiples, Ya, Joy Joy, Jade, and Double D, Corral Boots
Excluding Brighton and Consuela

Come & Take It Sale Tue., Sept. 27 - Sat., Oct. 11

1103 N. Sarah DeWitt Dr. P.O. Box 562 Gonzales, Texas 78629
24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week - coverage by phone


805 St. Joseph St., Gonzales


2011 Gonzales Come and Take IT speCIal seCTIon

The Gonzales Cannon


Gonzales: A Treasure Trove of Texas History

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Texas historical landmark

The Gonzales Memorial Museum, built in 1936 at 414 Smith Street to celebrate the Texas Centennial, is home to numerous historic exhibits including the famous “Gonzales Cannon,” which fired the first shot of the Texas Revoution. (Photo by Dave Mundy)

A short history of Gonzales
Adapted with grateful help from the Gonzales Bed & Breakfast Assoc.

Gonzales was established in 1825 on Kerr Creek, 2 ½ miles east of the confluence of the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers in the gentle verdant hills of central Texas. Over thousands of years the Guadalupe River carved a fertile valley which is now 30 miles wide. Gonzales is on the northwestern edge of the valley. For many hundreds of years, American Indians lived at the junction of the 2 rivers. Gonzales was established to be the capital of a new colony of 400 families granted by the Mexican government to Empresario

Green DeWitt. Most of the settlers that joined his colony were German, Polish, & Czech immigrants who entered through the Gulf of Mexico port settlement of Indianola. For 12 years, until the close of the Texas Revolution, it was the westernmost Anglo settlement of the northern Mexican Territory of Tejas. The town was named in honor of Don Rafael Gonzales, provisional Governor of Tejas and Coahuila, Mexico. In 1832, the Mexican government appointed Byrd Lockhart to resurvey the town about a mile west of its original site. He placed seven public squares in the shape of a Spanish cross at the center of town



and named all of the streets in the original town site after Catholic Saints (in alphabetical order, no less!). Two additional strips of

Come Start Your Come & Take It Weekend With a Blast! Starting...
25th Anniversary Santa

“An Old Tavern With A New Attitude”

NARO U N R U Tavern

Relax with good music from DJ Loco and good cold Domestic Beer only $1.25

Music by DJ Superman - 7 pm - 12 am


Lynn Haney
In a Rare Appearance
World renowned artist in Gonzales to personalize your Santa purchase.

Cool off and relax after the parade Happy Hour 4-6 pm Music by DJ Loco 8 pm - 1 am Enjoy your NFL games with us in a relaxing place with good cold beer and music with DJ Max


Angel’s Stop Gift Shop
We will be open for extended Come & Take it hours Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Large selection of Yellow Box, jewelry, belts, purses, caps, flowers, crosses and much more.

Friday, Sept. 30 4 pm to 8 pm Saturday, Oct. 1 Noon to 4 pm
Preview our new Inn.
Register to win a 2 night stay.

The Burtons

POOL TOURNAMENT SIGN IN 6:30 starting time 7:30

332 Saint George St. Gonzales


827 St. Joseph, Gonzales 830-672-2484

Inn & Antiques

Dallas Cowboys


Detroit Lions

Sunday, October 2 Noon

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History comes alive at The Pioneer Village
The Gonzales Pioneer Village Living History Center, located at 2122 N. St. Joseph St., is often referred to as “The Village” and houses a collection of 1800’s and early 1900’s era houses and buildings from Gonzales County. Visitors strolling through The Village often feel as if they stepped into the same era as the original occupants, who’ve stepped out. Visitors will become easily immersed in pioneer life as a short stroll transitions everyone from modern life, to The Village. The Pioneer Village will be the site of the annual re-enactment of the Battle of Gonzales on Sunday, Oct. 2, starting at around 3:30 p.m. Viistors are taken back in time to the events leading up to the start of the Texas Revolution, and the volunteer actors taking part in the re-enactment play their roles to the hilt — listen closely and follow the dialogue! Each structure has been donated and carefully relocated to the grounds of The Village for preservation. Most furnishings and equipment found within these structures were either loaned or donated to help represent the cultural lifestyle of the pioneers who settled this area. Every year many individuals, friends and families journey through The Village for exploration. As part of this preserved Gonzales County architectural history, our association takes great care to insure authenticity. The Village hosts numerous groups, organizations, clubs and school children eager to learn about Texas history. All tours and special events are manned by period costumed volunteers who provide information about the buildings and their furnishings. Additionally, our volunteers will demonstrate numerous skills and crafts necessary for the pioneer way of life.

The Gonzales Cannon • Come and Take It

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Have a Fun & Safe time during Come & Take It!
Mon-Fri. 10:30-8:30, Closed Sat. & Sun

Join us during Come & Take It for a cold beer and fun!

1303 St. Lawrence Gonzales

Sports Bar

2513 Harwood Rd, Gonzales, TX 830-672-6098

Come & Take It In Style
Hi lites, Cuts, Nails, Massages, Facials

Come & Take It Fun for all ages.
Kid’s Games Begin @ 3:30 - Entry Fees • Cheese Puff Eating Contest - gr. 2-4/5-6 • Hot Dog Eating Contest - gr 7-8/9-12 • Jalapeno Eating Contest (Adults) @ 4 p.m.


No Limit Accessories 830-263-1633

1402 St. Louis, Gonzales, TX

Yours & Mine Salon
David, Kristin & Tenley Matias



All Antiques...No Reproductions. Huge Stock of Beams in Long Leaf Pine, Oak, Northern Pines, and Cypress Salvaged and custom milled Flooring. 100’s of Stained Glass windows, 5,000+ Doors & Windows, 1,000+ patterns of Antique Doorknobs & Hardware, Ceiling Tin, Beaded Board, Barnwood, Tubs, Sinks, Lighting, Iron, Mesquite & Pine Custom Mantles, Custom Mill Work

Tuesday-Saturday 9-5:30

409 St. Francis, Gonzales, Texas 78629

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Unique architecture influenced by Gonzales history

The complete destruction of Gonzales during the Runaway Scrape led to returning settlers rebuilding the town, often in lasting, unique architectural styles. Among the surviving historic structures now available as bed and breakfasts are the Abracadabra and Cabana Guest House at 826 Mitchell (left), the Belle Oaks Inn at 222 St. Peter (center) and the John Fauth Guest Cottage at 521 St. Peter (right).

HISTORY: Gonzales plays pivotal role in the story of Texas
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land, each one-block wide, were set aside for public use only. One extended 5 miles north and the other extended 3 miles east of the courthouse. A number of towns in Texas were organized in this traditional fashion, but Gonzales is the only town that still has all of the original squares from the Spanish land grant intact and still in use as public land. During the colonial period of 1825 to 1835, there were many problems with the Comanche and Tonkawa Indians. A number of settlers were killed during raids along the perimeter of the settlement. In 1831, the Mexican political chief in San Antonio, at the request of the settlers in Gonzales, sent a sixpound cannon to Gonzales as protection against the Indian raids. The cannon is believed to have been “spiked,” renedering it effectively useless save as a noise-maker. By 1835, the political relationship between the settlers of the colony and the new dictator of Mexico, El Presidente Generalisimo Santa Anna, had deteriorated dramatically. He decided that he needed to take back the cannon so that it could not be used against his government in a revolution. After a diplomatic mission failed, General Santa Anna responded with a detachment of 100 Mexican dragoons. On September 29, 1835, the Mexicans camped at a ferry crossing on the Guadalupe River. There were only 18 men living in the town. They quickly buried the cannon in a peach orchard and secured the ferry to the east side of the river to prevent the Mexican troops from crossing. This allowed an additional two days for prepa-

Stop by Lottie’s Bar for a good cold beverage!

rations, while the Mexican detachment searched the river for another suitable crossing, for the citizens of Gonzales to recruit a total of 168 Texans from the surrounding area, re-deployed their cannon, and make a flag with the words “COME AND TAKE IT!” emblazoned in black against a pure white background (believed now to have been made from a wedding dress). On October 2, 1835 the two forces again met, and this time the Gonzalians opened fire. The Mexican force, which had been told not to engage a superior force, retreated quickly back to San Antonio. The first shot of the Texas War of Independence from Mexico had been fired! Gonzales has been known since that time as the “Lexington of Texas.” Only four months later, in late February, 1836, General Santa Anna returned; this time he brought several thousand troops with him to quell the revolution against the dictator in this northern territory of rebels who wanted to govern themselves and break away from Mexico. General Sam Houston was still trying to organize a Texas army when the Mexican army pushed northward through the valley area of Texas. Soon, it was evident that the next major battle would be fought at the Alamo, just 60 miles west of Gonzales. The citizens of Gonzales were the ONLY town to respond to Col. Travis’ urgent call for re-enforcements. A total of 32 men from Gonzales and the closely surrounding area (the Immortal 32) gathered just west of town and rode together to the Alamo to join the nine Gonzales men who were already fighting there.

207 US Hwy. 90 A East Gonzales

Lottie’s Bar

General Sam Houston learned of the devastating defeat and the death of all of the volunteers from Gonzales when the sole survivors of the Alamo siege, Mrs. Almaron (Susanna) Dickinson, her baby, and Joe, Col. Travis’s servant, returned from the battle together to report the tragedy. General Houston quickly gathered his few troops along with all of the citizens of Gonzales and began the famous “Runaway Scrape” to gain time and muster more troops. He burned the town and all of the provisions in it to deny General Santa Anna the supplies that he needed to pursue the growing Texas army. The first night after leaving the destroyed town, he established his headquarters under a beautiful oak tree now known as the Sam Houston Oak, which still stands along remnants of the Old Spanish Trail in front of the Braches House nine miles east of town on Peach Creek. Eventually Gen. Houston made a stand at San Jacinto on the Texas coast where Santa Anna was defeated in a surprise attack and Texas gained its freedom from Mexico on April 21, 1836: The Republic of Texas was born. On December 14, 1837, Gonzales County was created by the new Texas legislature from the DeWitt Colony. During the 1850’s more Germans and Czechs moved into the area along with Mexicans. John Fauth was taking an apprenticeship in barrel making in upper New York state. He heard so many thrilling tales of adventure and success that he, along with hundreds of others, immigrated through the port of Indianola to ride the train from the coast northward to Gonzales. The destruction of the Runaway Scrape gave way to a complete rebuilding of the town. All of the standing buildings were constructed in the mid 1800’s or later. That is why there are so many Victorian, Edwardian,

The Fort Waul site, located just north of the intersection of St. Joseph and U.S. Highway 90 Alternate near Pioneer Village.

We will be closed Saturday, October 1 for Come & Take It. We hope you have a fun time.
Fehner & Son Grain Co.
•Grains •Custom Mix Feed •Liquid Feed •Cattle Cubes •Liquid Fertilizer •Pellet Feed •Spraying

The Eggleston Log House was built in the 1840s by Horace Eggleston and is now located facing St. Louis St. near the Gonzales Memorial Museum. raised New Orleans Cot- tary companies were ac- and a church have been tage, Neo-classical, and tive in Gonzales County. relocated and restored Arts & Crafts style homes In 1863, the Confederate for visitors to enjoy. in the town. In fact, over government commisCotton and Cattle were 165 of the homes are still sioned a fort to be built the major industries standing and identified in Gonzales as protec- of the 1800’s and early on a driving tour of the tion against inland in- 1900’s. Cattle drives town. Gonzales hosts a vasion by Yankee troops made their way along the homes tour in the first who might want to sur- Chisom Trail to Gonzaweek-ends of every De- prise the Confederate les as they headed north cember and April. troops in the fortifica- to the railhead in KanThe carefully restored tions along the Gulf sas. After the civil war, 1896 courthouse of Gon- coast. the railroads moved the zales County now sits at Fort Waul, C.S.A., an cattle. The cotton industhe junction of the two earthen embankment try never returned after beams of the Spanish fort surrounded by a the Great Depression of cross, and only public ar- moat, was constructed 1929. However, Goneas, schools, and church- on the prominent hill zales County now raises es occupy those original just north of the town. more cattle and more squares today. The “Old Apparently, the use of chickens than any other Jail,” built in 1887, still a dry moat to slow the county in Texas. stands on the courthouse charge of cavalry troops A circular road-trip, The square. The cell blocks, was unusual in the con- Texas Independence Trail, furniture, and inside gal- federate fortifications. begins and ends in Gonzalows still wait for visitors This may be the only les. It provides a visit to all today. remaining visible site of of the Texas Independence In Civil War period, this type of fort in the historical sites which you about 20 volunteer mili- south. Its location is still can visit at your own pace. visible today and is now Maps and information are adjacent to the site of a available at the Old Jail on Dr. Bryan Glass, historic Pioneer Village the courthouse square diDr. Kenneth Gottwald, in which a number of rectly across from the fire Gary, Leah, Jo, Amber Dr. Cindy Jackson and historic stores, homes, station. and Hanna Dr. Stephanie Hampe-Gacke

Get in the spirit of Come & Take It! Stop by

Wide Selection of Liquor, Wine, Liqueurs and Beer!
Special Orders Welcome! Gift Baskets made to order!

B&J Liquor
(830) 672-3107
7310 Seydler Gonzales, Tx 78629

James Fehner - Cell 830-857-3638 Jimmy Fehner - Cell 830-857-3636
1922 Co. Road 197 Gonzales, TX 78629 Phone: 830-672-3710

Celebrate 175 years of Texas Independence

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The historic J.B. Wells House gives visitors a fascinating glimpse into life in the early 20th Century. A family plaque (above) contains two small vials of oil which flowed from J.B. Wells’ first oil strike, while the antique clock (right) was dated on the back by J.B. Wells himself with the date of 1890. (Photos by Dave Mundy J.B. Wells Jr. (1892-1963) was born to wealth and devoted a lot of attention to a series of hobbies, including fine woodworking. In addition to hand-carving several scale-model ships on display at the J.B. Wells House, he also carved his scale-model miniature of The Alamo. (Photos by Dave Mundy

J.B. Wells House gives visitors glimpse of past
Special to the Cannon

An amazing discovery

This was the home of James Bailey Wells, Sr. (March 11, 1847-March 2, 1930) and his wife Josephine Henry Wells (Jan. 10, 1858-Jan. 3, 1941). “Jim Bailey” Wells was born in Mississippi and cameto Texas with his parents when he was a child. “Josie” Henry, the daughte rof Samirah Emeline Hodges and Garner Henry and granddaughter of James Hodges Jr., was born in Gonzales County. The house, of Florida long leaf pine, was built in 1885 by T.N. Matthews. The lumber was shipped from Florida to Indianola on Gulf steamboats and then hauled on ox carts to Gonzales. The house was quite modern for its time with fire escapes, lightning rods and indoor plumbing. On Jan. 1, 1890, Mr. and Mrs. Wells, their 16-yearold son Charley and 12-year-old daughter Effie moved from their Willow Springs Ranch home near Leesville to the recentlypurchased home in Gonzales. The people of Texas suffered many hardships during the struggle for independence, the Civil War and Reconstruction days. The clinate and living con-

ditions were different from what many of them had known. By 1885 Texas was enjoying a period of growth and development. More permanent churches and schools were established and larger, more comfortable homes were built. The hom eis typical of Texas at the time. In 1962, it was awarded a Texas Historical Building medallion and in 1964, a medallion plate was added. The plate states, “This 15-room home is furnished in Guadalupe River Valley walnut pieces, hand-crafted during the Republic of Texas. This structure is designed

a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark and records concerning its history are being placed in the State Archives for researchers to use. This building is worthy of marking and preserving because of its place in Texas history.” Even the location is historic. Mitchell Street is named for Eli Mitchell, whose home and cornfield, across the street at the west end of the block, helped supply food for the Texas army. Audrey B. Collins is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Wells Sr.

Every old house has its stories and its secrets, but the local Daughters of the Republic of Texas group in charge of maintenance and restoration work on the J.B. Wells House at 833 Mitchell found some secrets they’d never dreamed of finding about three years ago when they began trying to clean out the attic in the 1885 home. In addition to some amazing antique furniture, they found a veritable treasure trove of documents — primarily deeds, some dating from as far back as the Republic of Texas. “We were amazed,” reports Polly Fink. “Some of them were neatly folded, some of them were rolled up, but they are all nearly in perfect condition.” The group is currently at work cataloguing, preserving and restoring the documents, and has posted some of them on display — including one deed from Governor P.H. Bell (18491853) awarding the heirs of Valentine Bennett for valiant service in the army of the Republic of Texas “16,000,702,000 varas in Bexar County.” Even recognizing that a vara is an outmoded measurement of land, using a conversion table supplied by the Texas General Land Office it still rings up a tidy estate of 2,834,313 acres. Most of the documents located in the attic find, Fink said, appear to relate to holdings later obtained by the family of J.B. Wells.

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Enjoy the Car Show
Sunday, Oct. 2 • 9-11 a.m. Awards, 5 p.m.

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1405 Sarah DeWitt • Gonzales, TX 78629 830-672-9646

(830) 672-2911

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It’s Our Birthday!!!
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We Yea ’re rs O 2 ld!

News Editor Nikki Maxwell

Advertising Director, Debbie Toliver

Business Manager, Dorothy Voigt

Sports Editor, Mark Lube

General Manager, Dave Mundy Regional News Editor, Cedric Iglehart

Some said it couldn’t be done — Starting a new newspaper at a time when many were closing their doors — But WE DID IT! And two years later, we are still here and going strong... The Gonzales Cannon Newspaper launched its first issue at “Come And Take It” in 2009, and has been published every week since. We, the Cannon staff and shareholders, have enjoyed serving our local and regional community and thank everyone for their generosity, support, and valuable feedback. We are named for the cannon that fired the first shot for Texas Independence, and we look forward to the years ahead as together we make more history in Gonzales!

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Come & Take It

First Shot Monument

The actual location of the Battle of Gonzales is actually a few miles southwest of the current downtown area in the hamlet of Cost. This marker on Highway 97 directs visitors to the actual site of the battle about a mile off the road near the banks of the Guadalupe River. To reach the site, head south from Gonzales on US Highway 183 and take a right on Highway 97 at the J.B. Wells Rodeo Arena. Follow the highway about seven miles to Cost. (Photos by Mark Lube)

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(most students don’t make any payments while attending school)

Financial Aid Available to those who qualify

Located in downtown Seguin & new BraunfeLS

great cLaSS HourS: tueSday: 1:00-5:00 wedneSday-friday • 9:00-5:00

Buddy will be in the Come & Take It Parade, Saturday Oct. 1. See you there!

830-372-0935 or 620-1301