Protesters gather asking for ICE detainee's release

Nataly Avendano, daughter of Victor and a student at Wimberley High School, protests on the Wimberley Square to have her father released from ICE detention. (Photo by Dalton Sweat/Wimberley View)



A group of protesters marched around the Wimberley Square on Friday afternoon asking for the immediate release of Victor Avendano-Ramirez from the Pearsall immigration detention center.

Avendano-Ramirez, who has lived in Wimberley for over a decade, was arrested by the Kyle Police Department and subsequently turned over to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and then Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Katy King spins the Wheel of Fortune

Katy King on Wheel of Fortune. (Photo by Carol Kaelson)

One of the most popular TV Game Shows in the world featured a Wimberley resident on their December 20, 2017 program. Local Katy King was a contestant on the show. Spoiler alert. She didn’t win a car or the game, but she had a great time doing it.

Katy is a member of the Wheel Watchers Club and sent an application into their website and received an email saying that tryouts would be held at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. About 50 others competed with her and 25 of the contestants were picked, after playing the game.  

Of course, WOF producers taped the game’s contestants for perusal. The producers at the tryouts would be the same producers from start to end of their appearance on the show.


Wastewater loan takes big step

“We take allegations seriously and as such have conducted a thorough review into the complaints received that were in our purview,” Texas Water Development Board Executive Director Jeff Walker told the TWDB Board on Tuesday afternoon. “We have found no evidence of fraud, waste or abuse.”

Walker recommended that the Texas Water Development Board continue moving forward with the $5.5 million loan to the city of Wimberley for the wastewater treatment plant and collection system. He said that all parties believe they can close the loan before the Oct. 31 deadline. If a problem arises, a TWDB meeting is already scheduled for Oct. 31 and an extension will be on the agenda just in case.


From football coach to deejay

Smiling Coach Dick Smith is behind the mic on his radio show ‘Over Easy’.

Former Wimberley High School Coach Dick Smith has found his vocal calling as the mid-morning host of ‘Over Easy with Coach’ on KWVH 94.1 Wimberley Valley Radio. As you might expect from a host used to calling out orders and “coachin’em up,” the listener will never hear a lack of conversation or down time on air. Smith has an infection enthusiasm, and it affects those around him. 

This big guy, both tall and hefty, is really a big teddy bear, though, and he is well loved in the community and at the high school, from which he retired after coaching football, basketball, and tennis. He deems it a great honor to be called coach.

“I was third in my graduating class but not in the top ten percent,” Smith said. He grew up in the tiny town of Santa Anna, located about 175 miles northwest of Wimberley. The town’s population was about a thousand, as it is today. 


How to lead

Matthew Dowd wrote “New Way” to provide leadership pathways.

In many ways, Wimberley is a divided community – as anyone involved in local politics can certainly profess – but that isn’t particularly unique these days. 

Matthew Dowd, a former political strategist for President George W. Bush who now lives in Wimberley, said that the country is living through a “disruptive moment,” and he hopes his new book on leadership, “New Way: Embracing The Paradox As We Lead and Serve,” can help be a guiding light.

“You can take it from healthcare to whether or not Tractor Supply should be able to build a store in Wimberley or the decision over sewage systems,” Dowd said. “People lock into these tribes, and it’s hard for them to come out and make decisions for the common good. Our democracy depends on it. It’s happening at every single level.”


Local named commander of Navy installations

Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander of Navy Installations Command (CNIC), delivers remarks after assuming command during the CNIC change of command ceremony. Attending the ceremony are Rear Adm. Charles Rock, left, commandant of Naval District Washington, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, and CNIC chaplain Capt. Gary Clore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Taylor N. Stinson/Released)

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Mary M. Jackson, of Wimberley, relieved Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith at a change of command ceremony for Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) March 31, at the Washington Navy Yard.

Jackson jumped from being a one star Rear Admiral to a three-star Vice Admiral.

She is now head of the Navy’s entire shore infrastructure for approximately two and a half years and is the sixth commander of CNIC since the command’s inception in 2003. Navy Installations Command, also known as the Navy’s shore enterprise, is comprised of 71 installations, under 11 regions and responsible for 912 special areas, which include transmitter sites, missile ranges, schools, naval magazines, and fuel storage sites across nearly 1 million acres of land. The shore enterprise is staffed by approximately 53,000 military and civilian personnel around the world.


Wimberley comes through for Ingrid

Ingrid has a long road ahead but with Leukemia there is a path to being cured ahead.

Local artist, Kathy Kelsey is the grandmother of Ingrid Breit.  Just three years old, Ingrid has been diagnosed with Leukemia.  Today this disease is highly curable in children, but Ingrid is facing more than two years of chemotherapy.  And the family’s challenges go farther.  Ingrid’s Mom, Abby, was in an automobile accident that left her disabled, and Chris, her Dad, had to give up his job to look after his wife and daughter.  So the family is depending solely on Abby’s disability payments.  

Ingrid lives in Denton and that community has conducted auctions to help the family but their need is great. Now, Wimberley is stepping up to help.  Bob Cook, part owner of Art on 12 gallery where Kathy is a member artist, set up a Go Fund Me website and has been successful in persuading artists to dedicate pieces to Ingrid and then pass on the revenue to her when the piece sells. 


‘Pho-lishious’ new food trail gears up for Wimberley

Alisha Spencer and her husband Travis Martin at their new food truck Pho-Lisha’s. (Photo by Dalton Sweat/Wimberley View)

A new food truck is opening this weekend bringing both Asian food and Cajun food to Wimberley.

“It’s not a fusion,” Pho-Lisha’s owner Alisha Spencer said.  

The flagship offering of the food truck will be a “phorrito,” a Texas style twist on a Vietnamese classic.

“The phorrito takes the dry ingredients of a pho, which is your beef or meat, rice noodles, cilantro, mint, basil and hoisin sauce, and puts that in a tortilla,” Spencer said. “You wrap it up light like a burrito and throw it on the flat grill. Then you dip the burrito into the broth. It’s almost like an Ashu French dip. It’s great, because it’s a Texan style since we try and put everything in a tortilla.”


Sister Act: Messenger twins help lead Wimberley softball

Twins Averie and Allie Messenger have helped the Lady Texans this year by leading in multiple categories like home runs and average. (Photo by Karli Rico)

The Wimberley Softball team is not only winning lots of games this year - they’re twinning.

Junior softball players Averie and Allie Messenger are identical twins and valuable assets to a team that has surged out to a sizzling start this season.

The Lady Texans are currently 11-3 and looking to secure a district title in what will be a very challenging league. 

Growing up, the Messenger twins didn’t know what positions they wanted to play or even if softball would be their go-to sport.

But as their skills have developed after becoming members of the National Tournament participant Dripping Springs Lady Redbugs as elementary school kids, the talented pair has blazed their own glory in excelling on the softball diamond.


Story behind the cross

The cross lights up the church and is interactive, but only in the morning as it faces east. (Photo by Gary Zupancic/Wimberley View)

Churches and art have long been hand in hand in offering worship in Christianity. Cathedrals in Europe have featured religious art on its walls by Renaissance masters such as Giotto, DaVinci, and of course, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel’s ceilings and walls. They were originally painted for illiterate congregations to visually tell Bible stories so they could be grasped and understood by peasants. Wimberley’s Chapel in the Hills has it’s own bit of artistic history.

When it comes to the design of churches, traditional thought also comes into play. It is carried on from centuries ago. This is especially true of the building of the Chapel of the Hills, built to honor the glory of God.

To fill a big religious need, families in Wimberley formed the church in 1949. 


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