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HaysFreePress.com ? SUPER CHARGER Tesla Motors sets up charging station in San Marcos. - Page 1D August 28, 2013 Page 1C Welcome back, kids! A BUDA i:, BITS w, what traffic we ad on Monday orning. All roads leading to the area schools were very crowded with the thousands of students try- ing to get to school on time. Please remember to drive carefully and watch out for our children and the other drivers. Looks like things in Justice of the Peace Scott Cary's office will get simpler beginning on Aug. 31, when new rules go into effect that were adopted by the Supreme Court of Tex- as. It seems that justice court cases and small claims will be combined into one court. BUDA BITS, 2C Buda Library awards outstanding writers CHECK IT OUT, or the past three years, the Friends of the Buda Library and the Hays Free Press have sponsored writing contests for children and teens as part of the li- brary's summer reading pro- gram. This summer approx- imately thirty young writers from the surrounding area entered the contest. Entries are divided by age group with Teens representing kids 13 - 18 years old and Youth representing those children between the ages of 8 and 12. TEEN WINNERS First place and $100 was awarded to Hannah Hudson for her story, "The Cyber- space Maze". Second place ($50) was awarded to Lois Bronaugh for "The Scorpion's Gift" and third place ($25) went to Sydney Smith for writing "Checking Out." The winning stories can all be f,:n d a,t .friendsofthe- dalibrary.org. The Hays Free Press will also publish th e first place story in the newspaper, iThe awards ceremony for teens was held at Buda City Hall on Friday, Aug. 9 and was well attended by our young writers, readers and citenry of Buda, including Mayor Todd Ruge and City CoUncilwoman Eileen Alt- miller. It was very exciting for this reporter to see such accomplished young teens representing the Buda Li- are and taking the adven- r a reading and writing p:rode. YOUTH WINNERS In the 8 to 12-year-old category, first place and $100 went to Julia Creed for her story 'n Ancient Ad- venture." Bethany Hudson reeeived $50 for her second place tale of "The Queen of Narnia." Third place ($25) went to Amy Swearingen who wrote "Kids These Days." Buda Mayor Ruge presented the writing awards at the Monday night ceremo- ny held at Buda Elementary. Congratulations to all of our young writers and good luck in the new school year. Contact us at info@friend- softhebudalibrary.com PHOTOS BY KIM HILSENBECK Pastor Dennis Koger with his wife, Jan, accepting one of several accolades and honors from the congregation of Immanuel Baptist Church in Kyle. Koger is retiring as senior pastor after 13 years with the church. He has been a minister for 50 years. Pastor honored for 50 years ofser, rice BY KIM HILSENBECK kim@haysfreepress.com he little stone church on FM 150 East sits across the street from Hemphill Elementary School. On Sunday the pews in the main sanctuary sat empty - a first in the church's 127-year history. But rows of chairs in a recently built new addition at the back of the church were filled to capacity, with more chairs opened to accommodate the overflow crowd. Typically the church has simultane- ous services in Spanish and English, but on this day, about 200 members of the two multi-ethnic congrega- tions combined to honor and thank Pastor Dennis Koger for his 13 years of service to the church and the com- munity. The pastor and the church have a common history - they both have been around a long time. According to Koger, he "got the call" when he was only 16 years old. And since then, he has not wavered from the church. Koger has spent 50 years in the ministry at Baptist churches in places like Enlo and Crawford, Texas, pri- or to landing in Kyle. He was also a teacher and chaplain at San Marcos Baptist Academy as well as a teaching assistant in Old and New Testaments at Baylor University where he earned a PhD in Bible Studies. During his time as a minister, he and his wife, Jan, a librarian who worked at Hemphill, started a fam- ily. They have four grown children, Matt, Mandy, Mi- chael and Melo- dy, as well as six grandchildren. Throughout the service, Koger re- ceived honors and accolades from fellow ministers, including an old friend, Jack By- rum, president emeritus of San Marcos Baptist Academy. "There are many, many lives that Dennis, Jan and their family and their ministry here at Immanuel Baptist Church have touched. We wish to say thank you for that," Worship Pastor Robert Lanning said. -Jack Byrom, president emeritus of San Marcos Baptist Academy where he worked with Koger for more than a decade. Byrom provided the sermon, using the time to laud his friend for his min- istry over the years, particularly his service at Immanuel Baptist Church. "I had the privilege of working with him and watching "It is significant as he combined his education and experience with that this grand old his compassion for students," church that began he said. "He's preached to me much more often as a German- than I've preached to him." "It's what you speaking church paid me for," Ko- ger said from his should now again be seat. "Not very well," bi-ling ual." Bryom joked back. Back on script, he continued, "Your walk to- gether, you [the congregation] and your pastor has been character- ized by numerical growth in the con- gregation; record numbers have been baptized into the membership." "This wonderful facility in which we are gathered here today has been built at a cost of $500,000 and is now debt free," he said. A rousing round of applause broke out in the audience. "And a budget that has grown three- fold during his ministry," Byrom said. "I congratulate you, the congrega- tion." He continued, "The membership of Latin-American friends has greatly increased. An associate pastor who preaches and teaches in Spanish has been added." As an aside, he told the audience, "He didn't write that," referring to Sil- verio Hernandez. "It is significant that this grand old church that began as a German- speaking church should now again be bi-lingual," Byrom said. "Dr. Koger is retiring from the pas- torate of this church, he is not retiring from the ministry," he concluded. "As a retired pastor, I think I can be joined by the pastor's father-in-law [also a pastor]...that it's almost impossible to retire from the ministry." Koger will remain with Immanuel Baptist as an interim pastor until De- cember. "[he joy (:collard greens IT'S ABOUT THYME ollards growlike a weed in these parts in the fall, through the winter, and well into the spring; when it gets hot they typically bolt and go to seed, making the leaves bitter. They descended from wild cabbages that once grew in Europe. They are a continuous crop, meaning that you can harvest the outer leaves while the center continues to grow. Collards can be seeded, or planted as starts. Most nurser- ies have several varieties of starts at the moment, includ- ing the ever-popular 'Vates.' Collards prefer full to half sun, rich fertile soil high in nitrogen, regular water, good drainage, and organic mulch. Plant them 1-foot apart, and expect them to yield for 6 months or so if they are regularly harvested; increase the mulch when it warms in the spring to insulate the roots and deter blooming. If you get any insect pests, expect small beetles or caterpillars. A pot of collard greens is always referred to in the South as a "mess of greens", and the vitamin-rich, bacon-seasoned savory broth in the bottom of the pot is called poflikker. Tra- ditionally the white plantation owners of the South consumed the cooked and drained collard greens while the slave cooks, who understood the high nu- trient value ofpoflikker, saved the broth to supplement their family's diets. Nothing is better for soak- ing up the potlikker than a hot piece of crusty cornbread that's been split down the middle and slathered with sweet butter. The Poflikker and Cornpone Debate in Febru- ary and March of 1931 pitted Julian Harris, an editor at the Atlanta Constitution, against Huey"The Kingfish" Long, the backwoods populist governor and soon to be U.S. senator- elect from Louisiana. The traditionalist Harris contended that Southerners must crumble cornpone into potlikker, criticizing Long as an unrefined rube, who contend- ed that the cornpone should instead be dunked. What started as a lightheart- ed fluff piece in the local paper turned into a 23-daylong news event that captivated the South (and much of the rest of the nation, once it spread on the wires), and ended up dealing with all sorts of cultural affairs, including race relations, gen- der, social class, elitism, and regional chauvinism. For what it's worth, we prefer eating our poflikker-soaked chunk of but- tered cornbread with a spoon, so as not to lose any of that precious elixir. MICK'S COLLARD GREENS 2 bunches of collard greens, washed well, central ribs removed, chopped coarsely 3A pound thick-sliced bacon, sliced thinly 1 large onion, halved and sliced 6 doves garlic, minced 2 cups rich chicken stock 3 to 4 tablespoons Balsamic negar, to taste 2 to 3 tablespoons white sugar, to taste 1 to 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper, to taste Cornbread to soak up the potlikker In a large stock pot with a lid, saut the bacon over medium low heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon golden brown. Add the onion and saut6 over medium heat until transparent, about 5 min- utes. Add the garlic and saut6 30 seconds. Add the collards IT'S ABOUT THYME, 4C +