Posts Tagged ‘Smithville’

SunFeb20107

Smithville High athlete signs scholarship

Here is a great story about one of our Smithville, Texas boys.

This is from the American Statesman, from Feb 4th, 2010. Smithville High athlete with cystic fibrosis signs scholarship!

For the full story see  http://www.statesman.com/sports/smithville-high-athlete-with-cystic-fibrosis-signs-scholarship-211151.html


“SMITHVILLE— Back in the summer of 2004, the Nieto family of Pflugerville shared their story with this newspaper, and it was a story of hope and salvation through the primal act of running.”

“Brice Nieto, who was 12 years old and struggling to manage cystic fibrosis, was about to compete in the 38th National Junior Olympic Games.”

“His parents, Laura and Jimmy, started Brice in running when he was a younger boy with too much mucus in his lungs. Their story included the strong belief that Brice would be better prepared to manage the genetic disease if he were in top physical shape.”

“Brice discovered that he actually loved running. He ran varsity track as a freshman in high school, and when his family moved 45 miles east of Austin to a 10-acre plot of land with fishing tanks and a couple of horses, he made the varsity track team at Smithville High School.”

“He ran in the Texas Relays.

He earned his letter jacket at Smithville High.

The story gets even better.

On Wednesday, Brice sent his letter of intent to Oklahoma City University, where he will join the track team in the fall.”

“Brice earned an athletic and academic scholarship at the private school of 2,100 undergraduate students. Brice and his mother toured the campus on his official visit. It felt like home, they said.”

“The coaches told Laura Nieto they expected Brice to grow. As an athlete. As a person.”

“I liked to hear that,” she said.

“Life changes for all college students when they leave home. For Brice, the change will be drastic.”

“He soon will be individually responsible for taking his medicines, wearing the vibrating chest that loosens his lungs and going to the hospital, if he needs to, when he needs to. Because he has to.”

“I think I’m ready for it,” Brice said.

“His parents worry. They also see reasons for optimism and opportunity.”

“Brice said he believes his running helps him stay one long stride ahead of the cystic fibrosis, which has no cure.”

“Jimmy and Laura Nieto take comfort in that fact. They know their son will do what he has to.”

“I need to,” Brice said.

“Brice is a year-round runner. After school, he runs three 400-meter sprints and three 500-meter sprints. On weekends, he stretches and performs lunges and high-knee kicks that keep his body moving the way he wants it to.”

“If people told him what he couldn’t do,” said Smithville athletic director Justin Wiley, “he wouldn’t be here today.”

“When Brice was diagnosed at the age of 9, his parents reasoned that scaling the bleachers and running around the track at Connally High School would make Brice stronger.”

“I’m really glad they did it,” Brice Nieto said. “Now that I look back on it, I’m really glad. It made me who I am.”

“His story begins with running.”

“For us it’s working,” Jimmy Nieto said. “So we’re not going to stop.”

“It continues with running.”

“He has a willingness to do whatever’s necessary,” said Oklahoma City University track coach Micheal L. Houston , who noted that Brice has “the heart of an athlete.”

“And he has the mind of a student. Brice took a chemistry class as a junior at Smithville. He enjoyed it. Chemistry made sense to him, he said.”

P.S.   All of us in town are proud of Brice.  I invite you to visit our small town.  Smithville Texas is 43 miles from Austin.  Come see many beautiful historic homes and old buildings.   There are lots of antique shops on Main Street and super small restaurents in town.  But lately, the town is getting known for being “Texas Film Friendly!”  We have had 2 major motion pictures filmed here in Smithville, “Hope Floats” and “The Tree of Life.”  There have been a number of smaller films, also.  Check out the Chamber Web Site for a listing of productions.  Our Bed and Breakfast is just off of Main Street. Come stay with us and explore Smithville.  Sallie Blalock, Innkeeper – Katy House Bed and Breakfast www.KatyHouse.com


WedJan201013

Round Top Festival Hill, near Smithville

Round Top Festival Hill Institute presents:

 Synergy Brass Quintet, Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 3:00 pm

 This entertaining group performs more concerts than anyone in classical music today, averaging nearly 300 engagements per year. Acclaimed for “a veritable fireworks display of outstanding musical ability combined with superb showmanship” (Door Concerts,Inc) in addition to “blazing precision [and] amazing technique” (The Watertown Daily Times), the Synergy Brass Quintet has emerged as one of the world’s most exciting ensembles. Synergy “has hit on a magical approach…unadulterated exuberance, and a rock star approach of performing,”

If you have not visited Festival Hill, put it on your list.

It is only 35 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast, here in Smithville, Texas.  The Katy House is a great place to stay. You can go to concerts at Festival Hill, drive back to Smithville, have a great dinner at the Back Door, located on Main Street. Then have a restful stay at the Katy House and awake to the smell of fresh baked bread.

 For more information on Festival Hill see the web site:

http://festivalhill.org


FriJan20108

Round Top Winter Antique Show, minutes from Smithville, TX

Antique Lovers:

See the information on the Winter Show.

 This is only 35 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast. The Katy House is one block from all the antiques shops on Main Street, here in Smithville.

Round Top, TX – - It’s time to shop at Round Top!! The Winter Antiques Show is scheduled for January 16 & 17 at the Big Red Barn Event Center, 475 S. Hwy 237, 5 miles north of Round Top, Texas. The hours are Saturday from 10 – 5 and Sunday from 10 – 4. Admission is $5.00, a shipper will be on site, full concessions and plenty of free parking are offered.

At the Winter Antiques Show, you will be able to find the same quality dealers as in the celebrated Original Round Top Antiques Fairs held each spring and fall. The same high-quality antiques will be available all in one venue with an even larger variety of Continental and American antiques. Many of the Big Red Barn dealers, in addition to dealers from many states and other Round Top venues, set up at this show. This is an excellent opportunity for local shoppers to shop Round Top – - the crowds are not as large as at the Spring and Fall shows, making it easier for shoppers to examine the beautiful and unique antiques brought by dealers from all over the country.

Shoppers can also mark their calendars for the upcoming 42nd Annual Spring Original Round Top Antiques Fair Scheduled for March 31, April 1, 2 & 3, 2010. For more information, contact Susan Franks, The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, PO Box 180, Smithville, TX 78957; Phone: 512-237-4747; Email: info@RoundTopTexasAntiques. com Website http://www.roundtoptexasantiques.com


WedSep200930

Airing of the Quilts in Smithville, TX

Be sure to visit Smithville November 7, 2009 because quilts will be on display all over town. Some will be for sale, but most will just be displayed. It will be a beautiful site and great photo opportunity.  This event is sponsored by the Smithville Business Association.  Smithville is located between Bastrop and LaGrange.  We are 43 miles East of Austin.

If you need a place to stay, check out our B and B.


FriMay20098

Smithville, Tx Fly – In (airport 84R)

Smithville Chamber will host the 5th Annual Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2009. There will be a FFA Class for pilots at 11:00 am in the Pilot’s Lounge.  Fly into the Smithville Airport and have a great breakfast served by Smithville Chamber volunteers. A Smithville B and B will pick you up and bring you into downtown to see and shop historic Main.  Spend the night, enjoy a big breakfast and  you will be taken back out to your plane.

Or, if your plane is in the shop, come to Smithville by car and go out to the airport to watch the small planes land.  At sunrise, weather permitting, hot air balloons will take off. For more info call the Smithville Chamber at 51 237-2313 or the Katy House Bed and Breakfast at 512 237-4262.  

 Please visit   www.smithvilletx.org/flyin.html 

For more information on our airport go to AirNav.com

here is the link:http://www.airnav.com/airport/84R   http://www.airnav.com/airport/84R


WedMay20096

We Love Smithville, Texas

The Smithville Chamber Banquet showed a video where they interviewed locals on why they loved Smithville.  There are a lot of neat photos of the beautiful homes here in Smithville. Look closely and you will see my grandparents home, and our home.  Here is the link to see the video on Loving Smithville. Looking at the photos you can see why film makers see the town full of sites for their movies. We are looking forward to the release of “Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in the fall of 2009.


ThuApr200930

Katy House and Smithville Gingerbread Video

How exciting! The Katy House is on YouTube.  One of the couples here for their anniversary, in December 2006, took lots of photos.  They stayed with us again, and Al put this slide show together and we uploaded it to YouTube. There are photos of Buddy and William and our Smithville Bed and Breakfast.  There are lots of photos of downtown Smithville, and the baking of the Giant Gingerbread Man.  That Gingerbread Cookie now holds the title of Guinness World Record Largest Gingerbread Man.    The Cookie mold now stands at the end of Main Street, next to the Smithville Chamber.  Click on the link below, or go to youtube and do a search for “Al and Sharron’s Visit”  (Sharron has two ‘r’s)

Are there any previous guests of ours that have videos on YouTube about your visit to Smithville? Please let me know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ro7ubt9tPSc


SunApr200926

Katy House sent items to Presidential Library

The Bush Library and Museum, in College Station, borrowed over 20 railroad items from the Katy House for a 6 month exhibit on Railroading last year.   Our Ragsdale clock was displayed in a large exhibit explaining timekeeping with running the railroads years ago.  Ragsdale Jeweler, on Main Street, in Smithville, was the official watch inspector for the M.K.&T.R.R.

Bruce and Sallie in front of display on Railroading timekeeping

Bruce and Sallie in front of display on Railroading timekeeping


FriMar200913

Antique Store – Milk and Honey in Smithville

Milk And Honey
Milk And Honey

Milk & Honey on Main St

There is a great historic building on Main Street that has an antique store on the first floor and a beautiful large townhome on the second floor.  The front of the building has my family name on it.  It was probably built by my  great grandfather or my grandfather, Yerger Hill, in 1895.

This store is a favorite of our guests at the Bed and Breakfast.  It’s so much fun to tell our guests that shopping and dining are just a short walk from the B & B.

Milk & Honey Antiques, at 218 Main Street, Smithville, Texas specializes in objects and furniture that range from beautiful to bizarre. The collection includes European and American furniture,antique and fine jewelry, oriental carpets, books, vintage clothing, pharmaceutical collectables, kitchen collectables and a large variety of “mantiques” such as fishing and hunting items.  Their hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Sunday.  Be sure to include this shop as you tour our beautiful town. Sallie Blalock


SunMar20098

Wildfires hit Bastrop/Smithville area

Wildfire ravages Lost Pines Area February 28, 2009

Winds were hitting 30 MPH and above when a power line fell and started a grass fire on Wilderness Ridge, a few miles west of Smithville. The Smithville Volunteer Fire Department was called to respond early Saturday afternoon. The wind-driven wildfire raced through the Alum Creek/Cottle Town area destroying 1,200 acres, 28 homes, 12 businesses, dozens of vehicles and miles of fencing.

 The winds were so strong that the fires jumped across Hwy 71 and headed South. The Texas Forest Service brought in heavy equipment including several light spotter planes, two large air tankers/bombers and a Chinook heavy lift helicopter.  Two Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters were used to made numerous precision water bucket drops over hot-spots.

All Saturday afternoon, citizens of Smithville listened to first hand reports of the fire and how fast it was spreading.  The Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce was having our annual banquet in the Smithville Recreation Center.  There was a discussion on whether it should be postponed.  It was decided the banquet would go on as planned, understanding that at a moments notice, the Recreation Center could be needed as an emergency evacuation center.  Luckly, near the end of the banquet, the Red Cross workers showed up. The Chamber President announce to the crowd that we needed to end the banquet, clean up and turn it over to the Red Cross. The room was filled with many of Smithville greatest volunteers and within 8 minutes, all decorations were down, tables were folded and stored under the stage, 300 chairs were stacked and returned to a closet. And cots, blankets and pillows were set up.  Left over Banquet food was left for the volunteers, the evacuees, firemen and emergency crews.  It was the fastest cleanup in Chamber history.  Twenty nine people spent Saturday, March 28, in the gym of the Smithville Rec Center.  All B&B’s were called and many evacuees needed rooms that allowed Pets.  Unfortunely for those in need, the Katy House was already full with a group of Scrap Bookers.

 With the help of many firefighters the fires were contained by Monday afternoon. Luckly, both our wonderful State Parks, Bastrop State Park and Buescher State Park were not damaged by the fires. The community continues to reach out to those families that lost so much in the fires.  The Smithville Ministerial Alliance is serving as a clearinghouse for donations. Call Bro. Michael Murphy at 512 237-2176 to find out how you can help.