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...To Gary Priour, for his more than four decades ministering to the physical and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children. Priour, who founded Hill Country Youth Ranch in Ingram, will step down from the position of executive director in January.

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Some states have passed “red flag” gun laws whereby police or family members can petition a state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who they suspect may be a danger to others or to themselves. This month, California Senator Kamala Harris proposed a measure that w…

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The results, as of Friday, are in on a poll released on The Times’ website asking people about a gun control issue. 

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If there’s a clear message about the state of animal welfare in Kerr County, it is that we’re making progress. For many of us who value the lives of our pets, the idea of having to euthanize countless animals because of neglect or abuse runs counter to values that we want to foster in this c…

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... to the city of Kerrville, for providing dog owners the opportunity to take their furry pals to the Olympic Pool on Aug. 17 for some family-friendly fun. 

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There was a lot of business being done on Saturday at the Hill Country Youth Events Center, and that says a lot about where this community is headed. 

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When the workers and volunteers of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority pulled more than 10,000 pounds of trash out of and around the Guadalupe River there was certainly a reason to celebrate an inspiring community effort, but then again it’s distressing why these folks had to give up their t…

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Since the first 0.7-mile segment of Kerrville River Trail was built from the Riverside Nature Center to Louise Hays Park in 2012, the amenity has been a daily reality residents can enjoy. Miles of scenic, tree-lined path suitable for all manner of non-motorized travel run from the nature cen…

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Summertime is one of the most challenging seasons for low-income families. Many pay hundreds more in day care costs and face increased food costs as they struggle to provide their kids balanced breakfasts and lunches that many get for free during the school year.

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...To the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, for getting kids hands-on experience in stagecraft and other artistic endeavors as part of its arts summer camp. 

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Fifty years ago to the day, the United States showed the world what American unity, ambition, ingenuity and hard work could accomplish. On July 20, 1969, two Americans — Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — became the first human beings to walk on the moon. 

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In the last few decades, police have faced increasing political,social and legal pressures. Misconceptions about law enforcement fueled by manipulative politicians, biased news articles, and viral, decontextualized videos have made it harder for some people to trust public servants. 

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...To Hossein “Hagi” Hagigholam, owner of Mamacitas Restauran, who for the tenth consecutive year has contributed significant funding to make possible the city’s free, public fireworks display at Louise Hays Park in honor of Independence Day. 

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President Trump’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G-20 summit in Japan sought to arrive at a satisfactory trading relationship benefiting people of the world’s two largest countries. If we succeed, it may help strengthen human rights in China. Chinese leaders seem determ…

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Our capacity for storytelling is one of our most powerful and important abilities as human beings — and our capacity for hearing the stories of others helps us grow in empathy and humanity.

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This weekend my dog and I moved back into our first home in Kerrville alongside some of the best neighbors our community has to offer.

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…to the staff of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Kerrville, for commemorating Memorial Day in a powerful and touching way: they placed a wreath and a sign in a parking spot that they had blocked off with plants.  The sign read, “For Memorial Day, Lowe’s is reserving a parking space in Honor of ou…

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Monday’s edition of the Kerrville Daily Times incorrectly stated Ken Foster is a Purple Heart recipient. It also misidentified a speaker as Arnold Rathke. It was Raymond Tear.  

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Lest we forget: Memorial Day is not about a long weekend, a vacation from work, backyard barbecues or trips to the beach. This federal holiday — the last Monday of May each year — is a somber day, meant to honor and remember all those who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.

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Graduates of the Class of 2019: After four long years, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived, and we here at The Kerrville Daily Times congratulate you for all the milestones and memories that have brought you to this moment.

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One of the many benefits to living in such a beautiful area of the country is its appeal to visitors who boost the local economy with out-of-town dollars. 

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It’s become glancingly rare that you see a birthdate in public records — a loophole in the Texas Public Information Act that can pose problems for both the media and for the average individual. 

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… to the individuals and nonprofits who made possible Saturday’s 3-mile Shatter the Stigma run/walk event that served to promote the idea that people with mental health problems should not be stigmatized, but treated with compassion. The event, which also raised money for Kerrville State Hos…

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A community newspaper is not a monolith, standing immutable outside of time and space, but a living, breathing entity that depends upon the community it serves to hold it accountable and help it thrive. 

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… to Peterson Regional Medical Center for earning awards in patient safety and patient experience. It was the third consecutive year for PRMC to win the Healthgrades patient experience award, putting the hospital in the top 10 percent of hospitals across the nation. The Leapfrog Hospital Saf…

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We don’t often extend sufficient gratitude to the men and women in blue in our communities, those who wear the “uniforms that guard us while we sleep” — to borrow a phrase from novelist Rudyard Kipling. 

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“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall,” 19th-century American poet Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote. “A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” 

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It’s no secret that STEM programs are at the cutting edge of education, proven to lead to positive educational outcomes. 

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The idea — radical in 1776 — that the people of a nation ought, by right, to choose their own form of government and who should represent them in that body, has often been dubbed the “American Experiment.”

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There are a number of standards that can be used to judge the quality of life in a community: The quality of the local schools, the area’s tax burden, crime statistics and more. 

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Each year, the National Day of Prayer is commemorated on the first Thursday of May — a day in which people are asked to turn toward God in a spirit of meditation and prayer.

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If you’re a registered voter in Kerrville, you have one more opportunity to cast an early vote ahead of the upcoming May 4 city council election. Today is the last day of the early voting period — and chances are you haven’t yet gone to the polls to make your voice heard. 

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This past Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. Since then, America’s schools have seen 11 mass shootings, including one in Texas — the Sante Fe High School shooting in May 2018.