Features

Thu
23
Mar

RED Arena’s reading leads to $25k grant

Reading directly led to RED Arena receiving a generous $25,000 donation.

RED Arena, a Dripping Springs nonprofit that serves children and adults in physical, occupational and speech therapy with the use of horses, announced a new reading program for children called “REDy to Read.” 

In it’s press release, RED Arena stated, “Children can get discouraged if they make a mistake while reading out loud, but not if it’s to a horse.  Children of all ages and abilities can sign up for a time to read to one of our friendly horses.  Children will build self-confidence and reading skills at the same time… A horse listens and offers no criticism back to the reader and offers encouragement just by listening. (It helps) them in a non-judgmental way when mistakes are made.” 

Thu
23
Mar

I like the Semi-annual Ritual of Changing the Clocks

 

Brian Sjolseth

 

Letter to the Editor

Thu
16
Mar

Burke Center opens doors to community

 

Executive Director Steve Fournier at the Burke Center

 

 

Travelling east on FM 150, there’s 23 acres that hope to put young boys together again. The Burke Center for Youth, for
boys ages 11 through 17, is a place that tries to put lives back together after abandonment, abuse and neglect. 

Their stated mission is to “(strive) to promote healing and inspire hope for children in crisis. Whether through treatment, placement, or a little extra stability, our ultimate goal is to help children rebuild their lives in a manner that will break the cycle of abuse and give them the tools necessary to flourish."

Thu
16
Mar

Fancy Feathers Ninth Annual Open Chicken Show

 

4-H members Nora Cowles and Claire Thomas hold their Serama chickens. Seramas are the smallest breed of chickens in the world and are native to Malaysia. PHOTO BY SUZANNE PACHECO

 

The Ninth Annual Fancy Feathers Open Chicken Show took place on Saturday, March 11, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park. The statewide event attracted 4H youngsters and adults from all over Texas to showcase their fowl in Dripping Springs. More information on Fancy Feathers 4-H Club can be found at www.fancyfeatherstx.org.

Thu
16
Mar

Lineal descendants of American Revolution provide honor guard

 

The Patrick Henry and William Hightower Color Guard. From left to right- Stan Trull, John Booth,  Stu Hoyt (William Hightower Chapter President), Ken Tooke, Donn Chandler, Mrs & Mr. Dinesh D'Souza (Dinesh D’Souza was the event’s guest speaker), Jeff Wise, Jim Clements ( Patrick Henry Chapter President), and Bob Jordan  SUBMITTED PHOTO

 

Members of the Patrick Henry and William Hightower Chapters of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution provided the honor guard for the Hays County Republican Lincoln-Reagan Dinner on March 4, at the San Marcos Conference Center/Embassy Suites.

The Patrick Henry Chapter provides honor guard services, in full Continental Army uniforms, to community organizations upon request.  “I think it’s a great way to infuse patriotism into community events, and it’s a great way for us to be involved with the community,” Jim Clements, Chapter President, said.

Thu
09
Mar

Jumping, swinging and blasting at Stunt Ranch

 

Reporter Gary Zupancic gets into the spirit of Stunt Ranch and jumps onto an airbag.  PHOTO BY STEVE SCHULTZ

 

Just a few miles east on Fitzhugh, past the breweries, vintners and spirit makers is a place where movie makers, rock groups, and TV shows come to do some serious learning.

And what do they learn, you might ask?

They learn how to blow up vehicles, how to climb the UT Tower, how to jump from a 30 ft. building, or how to become a trapeze aerialist.

Stunt Ranch is the name, and it is a unique training place where special stunts are learned for movies, commercials, TV shows and music videos.

“We’re 22 acres that offers facilities for team building, corporate events, birthday parties, school events…(for jumping) we have airbags, we have a place where we use airsoft guns, skateboards and a skate ramp,” General Manager Steve Schultz said. On site visitors will find all the things Schultz described, plus a trapeze with nets, a shooting range and two zip lines.

Thu
09
Mar

A home where there is none: Dripping Springs Community Mission Partnership

 

Amber Christy Jones and her son Greyson and daughter Riley taking a break from painting the inside of our Shack to Home Project.

 

Imagine the hardship of a single mom with two high school ages sons, no job, and no place to live; a very bleak picture.  But thanks to the Dripping Springs Community Partnership (DSCMP), she and her sons not only lives with a local family who has taken them in, but the same family has also donated the use of a small shack, connected to electric and septic, on their property for single mom’s family use.

The single mom and her sons were getting away from a domestic abuse situation. 

Travelling to a strange place and only being able to find day-to-day jobs was disheartening. 

Finally she and the United Methodist Church connected with the DSCMP and help was on the way. Formed in 2010, the DSCMP are individuals and organizations that want to help others in the Dripping Springs Independent School District’s boundaries. Most of the churches in the Dripping Springs area are part of DSCMP, as are many local businesses and individuals.

Fri
03
Mar

The Universe comes to life at Reimers Ranch

 

Park Supervisor Michael Brewster and his astronomy assistant Amy Jackson.  PHOTO BY SUZANNE PACHECO

 

Now you can take a tour of the Universe without leaving the Dripping Springs area.  Reimers Observatory, at Reimers Ranch Park, is entering into its second year of hosting nighttime programs for people interested in peeking beyond the Milky Way Galaxy.

The program hosted on Saturday, February 25, by Michael Brewster and Amy Jackson, was typical of what stargazers can expect.  “Tonight we’ll be looking towards the outskirts of our Milky Way Galaxy.  We’ll be seeing examples of stars in various stages of their life cycle, including the Orion Nebula.  February is a great month to look at the constellation Orion, perhaps the most prominent of the winter constellations.  The bright planet Venus will dominate the western sky in the early part of the evening,” Brewster said by way of introducing the evening’s agenda.

Fri
03
Mar

Livestock show Queens have fun at veterans event

 

Soldier Peter Venardes is a good sport as the 2017 Hays County Livestock Show & Expo Queen’s Court names him an honorary duchess at a recent veteran’s event. “This photo brought a lot of laughter to the group,” said Tina Thomas-Owens a volunteer with the Queens Court. Left to Right: Duchess Konleigh Eben, Duchess Hannah Griffin, Duchess Destinee Cabrera, and soldier Peter Venardas as an Honorary Duchess. 

Thu
23
Feb

A successful musical benefit

 

Kirk and Laurie Smith in front of the stage at Hudson’s on Mercer’s; on stage with his guitar, Micah Wagner.  PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

 

The Dripping Springs music community held a successful benefit for long time Dripping Springs Kirk Smith at Hudson’s on Mercer on Sunday, February 19.  Smith suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

Smith retired from the state in 1998 due to MS.  Recently his condition has worsened and he has decided to pursue expanded stem cell therapy in Panama.  The therapy is not available in the United States and the estimated cost of $25,000 is not covered by his medical insurance.

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