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Bandera County • BANDERA — Bandera school trustees voted to reinstate personal property taxes and borrow up to $350,000 to prevent cutting programs for the 1991-92 school year. The board made the decisions Wednesday, Feb. 6 at a special meeting. "This is a plan that evolved over the course of about four meetings," said superintendent Ted Dockery. "The board spent long hours examining the budget line by line to come up with this package. "By April 1, if (the state legislature) really addresses the mandates from the supreme court, we should be looking at a totally new state funding package anyway." Numerous citizens and teachers have urged the board to hurry and make some decisions about the upcoming school year, following the Jan. 19 vote that limited the local tax rale. The board voted Wednesday 5—1 in favor of the measures that would reassure parents who had said they would consider moving their children to another school district if the board did not make some decisions and announce whether substantial program cuts in the school would become reality. Gillespie County • FREDERICKSBURG — Wall to wall people is how Don Hill, president of the Texas Gun & Knife Association, described last weekend's gun and knife Show at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. "We had a sell-out show this year and they seem to be getting bigger and better," said Hill. "We set up 250 tables and each vendor had about 2 to 3 tables for their display." The show was held on Saturday and Sunday this past weekend. It is the sixth gun and knife show this year in Texas sponsored by the association said Hill. On display at the show were a variety guns ranging from small .22 ca- lier pistols to large semi-automatic rifles. Also there were a number of custom knife dealers as well as amunition dealers, custom jewelers and weapon supply companies. "We hold shows from Amarillo to Victoria," said Hill, "and we have vendors from all over the state here this weekend." Hill also said that about half of the vendors at the show are from about a 50-mile radius of Fredericksburg. The next gun and knife show in Fredericksburg is scheduled to be held on Nov. 9-10. • FREDERJCKSBURG — Last August a photographer, a group of men, some young children and a mo- torhome full of clothes rolled into Fredericksburg. They came to Fredericksburg to photograph the men's sportswear section in the new JCPenney Spring & Summer catalogue. "The photographer for J. C. Penney and Speigel, Tom Jackson, who visits Fredericksburg on occasion, suggested to the companies to do a shoot in Fredericksburg," Loretta Schmidt, owner of Gastehaus Schmidt explained. "All of the photos from page 412-451 in the catalogue were taken here in Fredericksburg," Schmidt said. Quinn Brutell, 3, of Kerrville, was used in some of the shoots, according to his grandmother Sherry Hanna, of Fredericksburg. He is a student at Zion Lutheran Children Center in Kerrville. "He's on page 436 and 432," said Hanna. "He really enjoyed the whole thing. His mother thought he might be a little nervous, but he did exactly as he was supposed to do. Quinn's mother is Carolyn Klein, of Kerrville. • HARPER — Fredericksburg Child Development Agency opened a new Harper Head Stan expansion center at the Harper school campus Friday. "I think it is great for the kids, the family and the community," said Michelle Ross, center director and teacher. "I hope that it will provide a means for the parents to get out of the home and work without having to worry about day care expense. The center's classroom can accommodate 20 children. The room Hill Country Journal A ROUNDUP OF THE WEEK'S NEWS FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 1991 KERRVILLE DAILY TIMES - Friday, February 15, The cost analysis will be pro- sented by Dr. Joe Docnges, superintendent, Monday night. 1991 Silversmith coins the unique By BOBBI PRUNEDA Times Staff Writer WILLOW CITY — Houston- born silversmith Bill Bell, who now resides in Willow City, first became interested in working with silver in 1973. He credits a friend for getting him started in the craft. Bell was working in Austin at the University of Texas, printing catalogue cards when he first decided to give silversmithing a try. He started with a few simple pieces, then tried his hand at a larger project He made himself a belt fashioned out of hand-hammered silver dollar pieces. This belt ultimately caught the attention of country music singer Willie Nelson. "My wife and I were babysitting Willie's kids one night," Bell said; "and when he came to pick them up he saw the belt I was wearing, liked it and ordered one for himself." From that sale, orders started pouring in. Some of Nelson's band and family members ordered belts and after that, his business soared. "I don't limit my orders to show people, though," said Bell. "I have customers from all walks of life. I've even made belts fora state senator and some of his family members." Bell spent a year in Taos, New Mexico, learning more about his craft. At U.T. he was gradually being replaced by computers, and though they would have placed him in another position, he decided it was time to make a move. He drew the retirement he had accumulated in the five years he was employed at the university, and headed for New Mexico. "I had a Mend in Taos so I decided to give it a try," said Bell. "I struck up acquaintances with some of the other silversmiths of the area and also became interested in Navajo history." Bell said that studying the traditional Navajo style of working silver gave his own style flavor. "I don't copy anyone," he said, "but I have adapted some of the old techniques to my work." Times Photo by Bobbi Praneda WILLOW CITY SILVERSMITH BILL BELL ...Counts Willie Nelson among his customers Bell makes his pieces by hammering silver coins such as dimes, quarters, and silver dollar pieces into shape then placing them on prepared strips ofleather. Then he attaches a matching buckle that he makQSifrom silver ingots he pours himself. Bell said he never makes any two belts alike. "I can't think of anything more dreary that sitting day after day pounding out the same designs I've made a dozen times before. Besides, making only one of a kind belts gives each owner something unique. I do, however, make an extra concho for each belt to keep a record for my- self. This keeps me from making repeats," he said. The only other silver Bell uses besides the coins are the hand poured ingots. He said sheet silver would be cheaper, bul the qualky would not be there. "I've built a reputation for myself and people recognize my work. I'm not about to take short cuts," said Bell. "I would rather charge a little more and keep the quality and in the long run, I think my customers prefer it that way." Bell's belts sell from $300 to $3,000 given the customer's desires. was provided by a collaborated effort with the Harper school district, but Head Start paid for all renovations. Head Start is a federally funded program and the families with children in the program must qualify under income poverty quidelines. Even though the program in Harper has 20 assigned slots, only 7 children are currently participating in the program. The agency is taking applications at the center for children 3 years old before Sept 1 and children not yet 5 before Sept. 1. Parents applying for the program must complete and application and bring an income document, child's birth certificate, shot records and child's Social Security number. The expansion is pah of the legislative act to expand head Start services nationwide, Ross said. Kendall County • BOERNE — One item of "old" business and a request from Boeme High School students for permission toilet their hair down" highlights the agenda for next Monday s meeting of Boeme Independent School District trustees. The meeting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in the administration building at 123 Johns Road. The "old" business involves a proposition to install a sprinker irrigation system on the football and soccer practice field at Boeme High School. Trustees have been kicking this item around for months and last November ordered a cost-efficiency study be conducted. The cost of the project, estimated at $7,000, excluding volunteer labor, would be handled through donations and athletic department activity funds. No tax money would be required. BEAT CD'S HIGHER YIELDS • SECURITY GUARANTEES • FLEXIBILITY ASK US ABOUT SPLIT For Full Details and Free Information Contact BRYAN FINLEY & ASSOCIATES 625 Sidney Baker 896-4400 Kerrville Obituary ROBERT L. "BOB- MANSFIELD Rodeo producer BANDERA — Services for Robert L. "Bob" Mansfield. 81, of Bandera, who died Wednesday at his home, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera with the Rev. Joe T. Stevens and the Rev. Franklin Pullin officiating. Burial will follow in Bandera Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pjn today at the funeral home. Bora Doc. 19, 1909, in Bandera, Mr. Mansfield was a lifetime resident of the community- tie was a rancher and a rodeo producer. He was a member of the Baptist church, had served as a trustee of Bandera lirckff.fulp.ni School District for 11 years or Kanizcd the Community Wolf ClubT was past director of the Bandera Farmers and Ranchers As- sociation and the Bandera Wool and Mohair Association. Mr. Mansfield was a professional rodeo performer in the 1940s and 1950s. He received the conservation award for Bandera County in 1953,1967 and 1990. He married Mary Ruth Davenport Aug. 7, 1935, in Bandera. She survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Barbara L. Mazurek of Utopia, Shelby L. Bennett of Puerto Rico and Mary Jo Cosiello of Garland; two brothers, Charles Rhea Mansfield of Bandm and Coy Herman 'Toots" Mansfield of Big Spring; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or die First Baptist Church in Bandera. Pallbearers are Mark D. Bennett, Robert H. Mazurek. Regen Mazurek. Edward James Coudlo IV and Thomas W. Davis. Grimes Funeral Chapels in Bandera is in charge of arrangements. fold Door Entertainment Center 39x21x49 Guadalupe Woods 408 Sidney Baker 896-5959 Uyaway Available • COMPORT — The Comfort Chamber 1 of Commerce has large yellow bows available which may be purchased by local businesses who wish to Show their support for our service personnel in the Desert Storm Oberation. The Chamber is underwriting the cost of the bows, making them only $1.50 each and they may be purchased from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, at the Chamber office in the Community Center on the comet of 7th and High Streets. A walking tour video of the points of interest and community support for service personnel is being sponsored by the Chamber with the help of the Heritage Foundation and the PTA and will be sent to the Hospital Ship U.S.N.S. Comfort, which is stationed in the Persian Gulf. The annual PTA Talent Show this year will be dedicated as a tribute to the men and women serving on the hospital ship Comfort and will be included in the video. The show will be held Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Comfort High School gymasium. Kimble County • JUNCTION — The City Council met in regular sesson Monday and adopted a resolution setting the procedure for the May 4 city election. The election will be held to elect a mayor and two aldermen, Places 1 and 2. Luke Hagood now serves as mayor, Gordon Robbins and Jamie Jacoby hold Places 1 and 2. Monday will be the first day for candidates to apply to have their names placed on the ballot The last date for filing will be March 20. Absentee voting will be held from April 15 to April 30 at city hall. Real County • LEAKEY —Tickets must be purchased in advance for "Murder In The Magnolias," the dinner theater to be presented by the Frio Canyon Players in Leakey's American Legion Hall on tonight and Saturday. Tickets will not be sold at the door, because organizers must know din-1 ner needs in advance. "Delicious food and a funny, funny play" are promised by the Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce, who will serve the steak dinners, and the players, who will serve up the comedy. Lean Kirkpatrick is director; Donna Blazek is the producer. "Murder In The Magnolias" by Tim Kelly is a spoof of Southern plays with a crazy plot afloat in a swamp of melodramatics and comic hysteria. The mysterious death of Colonel Chickenwing brings his daffy relations to Beue Acres, his decaying plantation manor, for the reading of the will. The dinner theater will start at 7 p.m. tonght and Saturday, Feb. 15-16. Tickets are $15 per person and are available in Leakey at Cox's Family Clothing, D&D Grocery, Frio Canyon Restaurant and Leakey Drug Store. Out-of-towners can caU Lora Blazfik, 232-5695, or Betty Jo Bates, 232-6616, to reserve tickets. Nina Harwood ODDS *N' ENDS Memories of Valentine's Day indelible Happy belated Valentine's Day to all of you! 1 hope you received many tokens of love and friendship from loved ones and friends. February 14 is indelibly imprinted on my mind. On Valentine's Day in 1987 I underwent open heart surgery, four bypasses, at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio. On February 14,1978, Earl Holliman on Johnny Carson's show that evening, told him how much he appreciated the write-up I gave him in The Kerrville Daily Times when he came to Kerryille January 31 to plug the Fiesta Dinner Theater he had opened in San Antonio. About 11 p.m. a friend from San Antonio called to tell me she had just heard Holliman talking about me on Carson's show. The next day I had calls from friends in Kansas, State of Washington and other places telling me about the show. I was flabbergasted. When Holliman came to San Antonio a couple of weeks later, he brought me the tape. Congratulaions to Clyde and Lois Hester of Kerrville who celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary Valentine's Day! The couple has lived in Kerrville 44 years. It is heartwarming to see so much patriotism displayed days in support of our troops serving in the Desert Storm. Stores can't keep yellow ribbons in stock and American flags are as scarce as hen's teeth. I tried in vain to get one here and in Fredericksburg. A store manager mere said he had an order in that morning, but the flags went like hotcakes. The other day a friend and I were discussing how political corruption seems to have escalated. His comment was, "There's nothing you can do about it," which really irritated me. I thought about Edmund Burke, British orator and statesman, whose famous quote, "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing," has been the inspiration for many who attempt to correct evil siualions. Abraham Lincoln once said,'This is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas, my opponent, and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. These are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time, and will ever continue to struggle." When Ken Towery undertook to expose the Veterans Land Scandal in Cuero in 1955, he took on some prestigious people, but that didn't deter him. As result he won the Pulitzer Prize for his efforts. One Day Only! SILVER "FIX-UP" i Afonday, February 18th Candlesticks Vases, Bowls & Baskets 10:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m. Sterling and plated flatware, hoUoware and candelabra expertly buffed, plated and repaired. Trays, Coffee, Tea Pots & sets Dresser Articles \j A silver repair specialist from me country's oldest and finest restoration company will be in our store. The specialist will talk to you individually about refinishing, resilvering and repairing your silver and pewter. Dresserwore repairs and new parts for Antique Combs, Brushes and Mirrors. Fine repairs, refinishing and lacquering to old Pewter, Copper and Brass. REMEMBER-Restored heirlooms make treasured gifts of inherent value that will provide years of usefulness and beauty. Brehmers Jewelers tion Hwy. at Harper Rd 895-4444

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