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A Kerrville Keepsake
Iconic jewelry designer James Avery celebrates 60th anniversary with
​destination showroom 


Travelers attracted to the picturesque Guadalupe River hamlet of Kerrville by the promise of wildflowers, homegrown music, arts and crafts or exotic wildlife sanctuaries such as the Y.O. Ranch can now add the James Avery Visitor Center & Store to their itinerary.

Housed in a handsome, 4,300-square-ft limestone building that anchors the company’s pastoral, 43-acre campus less than a mile from Interstate 10, the center combines a retail outlet and exhibit hall. Both are full of Avery’s creations as well as artifacts dating to the jeweler’s early days in his mother-in-law’s garage, where the budding artist began fashioning crosses and other creations.

The center’s opening in late 2014 marked James Avery’s 60th anniversary of creating iconic Christian-themed and nature-inspired necklaces, pendants, rings, bracelets and other keepsakes.

Customers who visit the Avery campus just off FM 783 (Harper Road) and make their way past cases displaying handcrafted works of sterling silver, gold, turquoise and other gems will discover the visitor center, which tells the James Avery story through six exhibits. A design studio exhibit includes a drafting table, sketches and tools used by craftspeople. The exhibit details the artisan’s career through vintage photographs on panels describing Avery’s guiding principles: integrity, meaning, simplicity and universality.

Avery, 93, reminiscing one time about his first year of designing furniture and jewelry, says he loved playing the 19th-century craftsman. Visitors learn that the Wisconsin native, who earned a degree in fine arts and industrial design from the University of Illinois, considered himself more a craftsman than artist.
Schreiner University engineering student James Lewis has received a U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship.

SMART Scholarships are for students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Awardees receive full tuition and education-related fees; a stipend paid at a rate depending on degree pursued; summer research internships; mentoring; and employment placement after graduation.
Starting summer 2018, Lewis will intern at the U.S. Army Communications Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds near Baltimore, MD. He will also have a job there after graduation.


  • Since 2000, Schreiner’s student body has grown 68% and it’s facilities have expanded by 287,186 square feet
  • Schreiner generates $65 million annually in regional economic impact
  • Fall 2017 Record Enrollment of 1,312 – Third Consecutive Record Year
  • 52.36% of current students are from Kerrville, surrounding Hill Country counties and San Antonio
  • Over $10 million in Federal Grants awarded
  • Over $141 million in Net Assets

Peterson Named Top 20 Rural Community Hospital In Nation: March 2017

Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the country by the NRHA - the National Rural Heath Association. Peterson Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Texas to make this exclusive list.

The Top 20 Rural Community Hospital winners are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability.

Peterson is a 124 bed hopsital - all private rooms.
Peterson has over 900 fulltime employees making them the largest employer in Kerr County
with 250 medical professionals
Peterson has thirteen rooftops (to include our hospital, physician offices, urgent care, labs, etc.)
We perform an average of 4,500 surgeries a year. Peterson has an average of 30,000 ER visits a year with over 80 a day. Peterson is  proud of our orthopedic surgeons who in 2015 were the only surgeons in Texas to have 5 stars for 5 consecutive years for total knee replacements, hip replacements and hip fractures. 
Thomas Houdeshell, President and CEO
​of All-Plastics, Addison (Dallas), Texas announced the expansion its medical components manufacturing footprint through the acquisition of the Kerrville division of Vention Medical.


Vention Medical announced in July that the Kerrville facility would be closing in March of 2017 leaving approximately 70 employees without jobs. Houdeshell said, “Adding this group of highly talented personnel to our established team is not only a win for us, but also a win for the city of Kerrville and the surrounding communities.” Houdeshell was part of the ATEK senior leadership team when the company was sold to Vention Medical in 2011. Under Houdeshell’s leadership at ATEK Plastics, the company was recognized in 2010 by Harbour Results (a national plastics benchmarking company) as one of the top performing plastics manufacturing facilities in the country. Also in 2010, the ATEK team was recognized by Plastics News as the 2010 Processor of the Year Finalist. In 2011 ATEK received the Plastics News Culture of the Year Award.
Tivy Seniors Named Commended Students In 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

The 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program has named three Tivy seniors as Commended Students. Alexis Cooper, Zhengjun Li, and Cody Swanner are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these seniors.
 “These young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” a spokesperson for NMSC said. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation.  We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”
Bending Branch Winery is a boutique winery near Comfort, Texas. Our wines include award-winning Tannat, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Souzão, Picpoul Blanc, Vermentino, and Roussanne. While Tannat, our signature grape, has quickly emerged as a true champion of the terroir unique to Texas, we have found great success with many more. We partner with approximately 10 vineyards that grow our unique grape varieties throughout the state.

Bending Branch Winery was awarded Top Texas Winery in the 2018 Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.
Bending Branch Winery was also named Top Texas Winery by the San Antonio Express-News

2017 Top 100 and was voted Best Texas Winery in the 2017 San Antonio Express-News Readers' Choice Awards for the third consecutive year and was also selected Critics' Choice in 2017.