Friends Foundation Dinner a success

Event organizer Wayland D. Clark and his wife Kathy sign in guests CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO


The Friends Foundation 24th Annual BBQ at the Salt Lick Pavilion was “glowing success,” according to event organizer Wayland D. Clark.

The annual BBQ supports the Friends Foundation’s programs benefiting the elderly, and people in need, in the greater Dripping Springs area.

“We feel like it was once again a great success. We had a lot of support from our local papers, area magazines, and the community,” Clark said. “We had good sponsorships this year. We picked up new sponsors at much higher monetary levels, plus many of our original sponsors are still with us. I want to thank you [The Century News] for your support as well. You are a part of the community.”


Toastmasters wins Area I-52 Humorous Speech Contest

Kymberli Speight (center) receives the Area I-52 Humorous Speech Contest Trophy from event judge Rick Collins and contest chair Sofia Besondy. PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO


Toastmaster Kymberli Speight won the Toastmasters Area I-52 Area Humorous Speech Contest on Wednesday September 13, and will go on to represent Dripping Springs in the Toastmaster Division 1 Contest.

Speight is an Air Force Academy graduate who currently gives “executive transition” courses for military personnel leaving military service and transitioning to a civilian career.

“I joined Toastmasters so that I could do my present job better. I have to speak to large groups of people about career and life transitions, and Toastmasters helps me develop better communication skills,” Speight said. “I also highly recommend Toastmasters to my career transition people. Public speaking is a valuable skill.”

Speight’s humorous speech dealt with her first parachute jump and how she had to avoid landing in a water treatment plant, a busy highway, and trees before landing safely. “I had a funny story to tell, so I decided to tell it,” Speight said.


The SHOW returned with art and music

Artist Ryan A Wannemacher’s paintings are a poem to his deceased mother, dealing with an actual garden that commemorates her. “There are peacocks in Lufkin, butterflies sometimes, but I don’t see monarchs anymore.” The upper left hand painting is one of the peacocks that roam the garden, the upper right hand painting represents the butterflies still present, and the bottom painting represents the monarchs he no longer sees.


For local lovers of art and music, The SHOW returned again this weekend.

The SHOW is a free 2-day event by the Artists Alliance of the Hill Country (AAHC), which features art and music at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park Event Center. It is held once a year.

“The SHOW of Dripping Springs was a huge success beyond my expectations. It was filled with happy shoppers and lots of energy,” event Chairman Mara Cardwell said.

The event has grown, and for 2017 almost 100 artists from all over the United States applied to The SHOW. AAHC jurists extensively judged entries from California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. Each artist submitted 3 JPEGS of their artwork, and 1 JPEG of their booth presentation.

From the nationwide selection, 4 local artists “from varied media and styles” were selected for The SHOW. They were: Stan Allen, Joanna Burch, Mara Cardwell, and Bob Cook.


Driftwood raffle supports Community Center

One of this year’s raffle prizes is a “beautiful queen-size quilt fashioned by the Driftwood Quilters.” PHOTO BY DRIFTWOOD COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT CLUB


The Driftwood Community Improvement Club (DCIC) will hold the drawings of its annual raffles on Saturday October 7, at 7 p.m., at the Driftwood Community Center, located at the intersection of FM 150 and CR 170 (Elder Hill Road behind the Methodist Church). The raffles provide funds for the upkeep of the Driftwood Community Center.

This year’s raffles are for a “beautiful queen-size quilt fashioned by the Driftwood Quilters,” and a Browning X-Bolt .270 Deer Rifle. Tickets are $2 each, or $5 for 3 tickets. DCIC volunteers will be selling tickets at the Salt Lick, 18300 FM 1826, Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tickets can also be obtained by calling Jim Fletcher at (512) 858-7597, or attending the drawing on October 7, at 7pm, at the Driftwood Community. Raffle tickets will be available until just before the raffle, and the community is invited to share in a DCIC potluck supper (brisket and sausage will be provided) at the event.


Calendar of Events this Weekend September 23,24

September 23

Pioneer Day at the Pound Farmstead

Pioneer Day is an educational experience of pioneer times held annually on the grounds of the museum, 570 Founder’s Park Road, on Saturday September 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will have over 40 demonstrators of pioneer crafts and skills, such as butter churning, blacksmithing and quilting. Attendees can also enjoy a covered wagon ride, and see Civil War and cowboy re-enactors demonstrate period rifles and even a small cannon. Admission is $7.50 per attendee, children ages 4 and under are free. For more information visit .


Norris, a leader on and off the court

Coach David Norris, the new leadership in Tiger girls basketball. PHOTO BY GARY ZUPANCIC

There’s something about new girls basketball head coach that one can’t deny. Call it confidence. Most coaches have it. David Norris definitely does, having served in many capacities in education. He was the Assistant Principal at Hays High School for five years.

“I’ve coach it all, even tennis,” Norris said. Include softball and baseball on that list. He has been coaching and teaching for 32 years. At Leakey High School he was the Athletic Director and head coach of both football and basketball. Add Lake Travis to that list. He was assistant men’s and women’s. coach for Mary-Hardin Baylor.

The administrative skills he has learned over the years, serves him well. Most impressive is his ease of working with both girls and boys. Most recently he was the San Marcos Boys Basketball Coach after serving as the Girls Basketball coach there.


Liney Moon welcomed evacuees for free

An extended family of Sugar Land evacuees stayed at the main lodge house, the Stellar House. John Pace, Eric Pace, Lydia Buhanan, Emily Allen, Jared Buhanan, Kenneth Allen, Magnolia Allen (being held).

“Without hesitation,” that’s how Liney Moon owners Caroline and Stephen Bradford described their decision to open up their 8-acre lodging facility to Hurricane Harvey evacuees.

“It was without hesitation. We had something to give, and it was lodging, and it was what was needed at that moment. And so, there was absolutely no hesitation about making the free lodging offer to evacuees,” Caroline Bradford said. “I immediately put a big Facebook post, and the calls started coming in. I’m also from Rockport, I grew up there, and we still have a place there—So it hit home.”

The hotel’s main 4-bedroom lodge, called the Stellar House, and 13 cottages were immediately spoken for.


Texas Comptroller Expedites Fuel

Panic buying caused by Hurricane Harvey fuel shortage rumors caused the Dripping Springs HEB to sell out gas recently; however Texas officials at various levels of government have issued statements that there is no shortage.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today that the Comptroller’s office is working with the Office of the Governor and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to temporarily suspend certain requirements for motor vehicles engaged in interstate disaster relief efforts due to Hurricane Harvey.

“We hope the suspension of these requirements makes it easier to get needed fuel and relief supplies into the state so that Texans can receive the help they need as soon as possible,” Hegar said.

To respond to the natural disaster and speed up the delivery of fuel into Texas from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, the Comptroller’s office will issue expedited licenses to motor fuel distributors, importers, and transporters to import fuel. The Comptroller’s office will waive the bond requirement for these distributors and importers. There is no bond requirement for transporters.


PAWS Sunset Dinner Cruise this Sunday

PAWS is holding its annual Sunset Dinner Cruise this Sunday September 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. aboard the Lake Austin Riverboat the Commodore’s Pup. Proceeds will benefit the homeless pets at PAWS Shelter of Central Texas.

The private charter cruise, aboard an authentic hand-built stern-wheel riverboat on Lake Austin, will include dinner and entertainment.

Dinner will be provided by Brick Oven, craft cocktails by Dripping Springs Vodka, wine by Hye Meadows, and music by the Brand New Key, a local blue grass band.

“Your chartered course begins at the LCRA dock next to the Tom Miller Dam (free parking is available). As we meander up Lake Austin, you’ll enjoy the beauty of the natural limestone cliffs, Mt. Bonnell, some amazing lakefront mansions and picturesque Pennybacker Bridge,” the press release states.


September Tax Office Closures

The Hays County Dripping Springs tax office will be closed from Wednesday, September 6 through Friday, September 15, for construction. The office will reopen on Monday, September 18.
All tax offices will be closed Wednesday, September 13, for annual staff training. The offices will reopen September 14 at 8 a.m.
Taxpayers who need to renew their vehicle registration can take their three-part renewal form and their ID to any HEB in Hays County to register their vehicle. Tax payments can be made on the Tax Assessor-Collector’s website at
Alternative Tax Assessor-Collection locations are:

Hays County Precinct 2 Office
5458 FM 2770
Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 268-8024

Hays County Government Center
712 South Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 112
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 393-5545


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