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Growth and Community Contributions

Posted by Reggie on October 1, 2014 at 3:15 AM

Comanche Trace Reaches More Milestones

Comanche Trace Realty has been a busy place this year. The 2014 Tour of Homes was a huge success, building and selling of homes and lots has been brisk, and we have contributed to some great local causes.

It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. It seems like we just finished celebrating last fall! Comanche Trace Realty has had a very busy year with the Tour of Homes, selling homes and lots, and introducing a lot of new people to our community. Comanche Trace has reached many milestones in 2014. For instance, houses are going up all over the development and we passed the 320 completed homes mark in August. The vast majority of permits for new homes in Kerrville are for Comanche Trace. As of August, 38 transactions for homes or lots have been closed, and there were 15 transactions in escrow. Our tours have increased 20% over the same period last year, and last year was a great year. Inquiries through our website are up 47% over last year, and sales are up again this year!

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Topics: October / November 2014, Real Estate Update

The Charm and Intrigue of Old Ingram Loop

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Old Ingram Loop is delightfully unique; a step back in time combined with a touch of today. Originally settled as Ingram in 1879 along the banks of the Guadalupe River, the area thrived as a bustling center of commerce centered around a well-traveled stagecoach stop and a stop on the Great Western Trail. Its history is steeped with tales of cattle drives and cowboys, hanging trees and saloons, and floods and new beginnings.

Until the late 1960s, the confluence of road junctions 27 and 39 joined where present-day Clint Orms Silversmith and Jewelers now sits. The roads were then rerouted a third of a mile away to where present-day T.J. Moore Lumber Company now stands. It was then that this one-third-mile stretch of land on Highway 39 became known as Old Ingram and eventually Old Ingram Loop.

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Topics: Hill Country Treasures, October / November 2014

Ghost Stories of Kerr County

Posted by Joe on October 1, 2014 at 3:13 AM

Who knows if these ghost stores are true? Over the years I have heard numerous Kerr County tales of haunted mansions, scary cellars, and walking spirits. And once, when I was in middle-school, a friend and I thought we saw a ghost downtown.

Here a few of the most repeated ghosts stories of our community: Schreiner University: for many years residents of Delaney Hall have reported seeing a young cadet, in military uniform, who appears, salutes, and then disappears. He’s been known to open doors for students, as well.

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Topics: Then and Now, October / November 2014, Then & Now

Kerrville ISD Scores a Touchdown With New Stadium

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:12 AM

After just eight months of construction, major renovations to Kerrville ISD's Antler Stadium are complete. The improvements began in January 2014, after the district passed a $6.2 million, no tax increase, bond sale in May 2013. Coupled with $2.3 million from the district's fund balance, the bond sale allowed KISD to bring the stadium, built in 1971 up to date with federal requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title IX, which ensures equal access for females, while improving the overall safety and accessibility of the facilities.

Although Antler Stadium is thought of as primarily a football venue, the stadium is actually utilized year round by a minimum of eight football teams, three soccer teams, eight track and field groups, band, three cheerleader squads, dance team, color guard, JROTC, summer athletic camps and graduation. Additionally, outside groups including Little Olympics, YMCA, Relay for Life, Fields of Faith, and traveling sports teams utilize the stadium. The improvements to Antler Stadium will impact numerous groups, students, families, and visitors for many years to come.

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Topics: Community, October / November 2014

Fall Into a Wine Festival

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:11 AM

So what do you do when the work is done? Well, for those in the Texas wine industry, they celebrate. October is Texas Wine Month, and by that point, the vineyards and wineries are ready to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labors. The parties begin October 1 and end in November.

The big highlight of October is the Texas Hill Country wineries annual Texas Wine Trail Month. For all 31 days, ticket holders can visit any of the 42 member wineries. Those on the trail will receive a passbook for a full complimentary tasting at each winery. Due to the expanded tastings, the trail has decided to limit guests to 4 tasting per day. In addition to the tastings, there is a 15% discount on wine purchases of 3 bottles or more. The trail will also include two scheduled tasting parties on Oct. 4 at Hye Meadow Winery and Oct. 25 at Driftwood Estate Winery. Guests get 10 tasting tickets, a logo glass, and 3+ bottle discount. The best part is enjoying a glass or a bottle with area winemakers, wine experts, and vineyard owners, as well as taking home a souvenir glass.

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Topics: October / November 2014, Texas Wine & Brew

Poanna & Mulligan Wege

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:10 AM

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worth of such devotion. - Author Unknown

My name is Poanna (derived from poa annua, a type of grass used on greens and generally regarded by the golfer as being difficult to read and annoying). Everyone calls me “Po Po”. I am a simple sort – a Golden Retriever by breed, no long pedigree, no champion blood lines. I was born in Mishicot, Wisconsin in a barn along with 7 siblings. It was 2006. For some reason, they picked me and it has been a heck of run so far. It was winter when they took me home to a 10 acre playground of snow, trees and plenty of room to run and roam. Little did I know at the time that winter would become a distant memory and chewing ice balls out of my feet would be a thing of the past. We packed up and moved to Texas in 2008 and it has been a party ever since. Now I spend my days riding in the golf cart (got over my motion sickness), waiting by the fence for Pam and Mike to throw me a treat (two barks means I am waiting for them) and taking my daily walks around the neighborhood. I was pretty much the center of attention all around until “she” came up the driveway in the golf cart… y name is Mulligan and judging by my appearance, I am a mix of Miniature Pinscher, Chihuahua and some sort of terrier. I was “adopted” by my owners after they found me on the corner of Cielo Drive and Clubhouse Road. From my initial appearance, I was not in the best of shape but with some patience on their part and a little effort on mine, I came around in due time. My name is aptly suited since the golfer’s definition of a mulligan is a “do over” and boy did I hit the jackpot! I fell into the lottery of “found dogs” when I agreed to hop into the golf cart on that hot July day in 2011. A regime of daily exercise, playtime and proper discipline has turned me into a stellar example of how good a mutt can be given the time and patience required. You will often see me trotting alongside my owners, head and tail held high as we make our daily trek around Comanche Trace. I am also known as the “four legged shag bag” as my owner pitches golf balls out into the back yard and before they hit the ground, I snap them up and deposit them back at his feet. I could do that all day long!

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Topics: Pet Profile, October / November 2014

Topless in Terlingua - Road Trip to Big Bend

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Day 1

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Topics: Feature Story, October / November 2014, Featured

Fall, A Great Time to Plant from Seed

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Gentle Readers, as I began thinking about writing an article for this issue of Lifestyle magazine, I went to one of my favorite references; Native American Seed Company in Junction, Texas. If you have not yet discovered this Hill Country jewel, think about making an outing to Junction just to see their operation and meet the Neiman family (please call ahead to schedule your visit). You can go for a short visit or stay at one of their on-site guest houses. Understanding the care and commitment they give to producing seeds that are not only native to the Texas Hill Country, but harvested here in the Hill Country makes them truly unique. As I read their message on fall, I could not imagine saying anything more eloquently than what they had written. So I called my friend, Emily Neiman for permission to share their wisdom with you. Here it is.

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Topics: October / November 2014, gardening

Beautiful Bare Perfection

Posted by admin on October 1, 2014 at 3:07 AM

O YOUNG MD Laser nd Medical Aesthetics is nestled in the heart of downtown Kerrville, located across from the Bell Tower at 218 Sidney Baker North. Dr. Odemaris “Ode” Santiago-Young brings 20 years of medical experience, with nine years devoted to medical aesthetics and cosmetic lasers.

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Topics: Advertorial, Advertorials

Gourmet Destinations in the Texas Coastal Bend

Posted by Don on October 1, 2014 at 3:06 AM

Since I moved to Kerrville five years ago, I have learned in conversations with my hill country friends and neighbors that one escape many of you take is the three hour drive to the Coastal Bend of Texas. Whether you go for the beach, the sights and sounds of the surf, bay or offshore bay fishing, the USS Lexington tour, the Texas State Aquarium or just go for quiet relaxation, many hill country folks really do enjoy the Coastal Bend. Some of you even have a second home there while others stay at one of the rental beach homes, condos or hotels. While my home is in Kerrville, my full time industrial equipment sales job takes me to Coastal Bend oil refineries and chemical plants every other week for three days. For dinner choices, there are many national chain and hotel restaurants, and plenty of fast foods and taquerias almost in every block. But, there are three locally owned and operated gourmet level destination restaurants. I visit The Yardarm on Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi, Latitude 28°02’ and Glow in the Rockport area frequently for dinners with friends, customers or sometimes alone. All three establishments serve the very freshest, never frozen Gulf seafood in delightful preparations with seasonal starters and sides.

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Topics: October / November 2014, Flavors

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