Koerner To Run for Council in Fair Oaks Ranch

A Fair Oaks Ranch city council member has filed for re-election. Laura Koerner was elected to a 2-year term in 2017, and filed to run again in Place 4. She lives in the Fairways neighborhood, but serves as an at-large representative for everyone in Fair Oaks Ranch.

Kerrville Hopes for Tax Money for a Convention Center

The current Texas legislative session will be a key one for Kerrville. Right now there is a 13 percent hotel tax on every overnight stay, and the state gets 6 percent of it, and the cities get 7 percent. State Rep. Andrew Murr and Sen. Dawn Buckingham filed a bill that asks for a rebate of that 6 percent that now goes to the state. The Daily Times reported Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel, who spearheaded the bill, said he hopes that by getting the full 13 percent for the city, the funds could be used to help pay for a hotel and convention center. A 2018 showed Kerrville could support a facility like that and would benefit from it, but there’s no commitment yet to move forward with it. The project would require financing and private/public partnership.

One Killed in Gillespie County Plane Crash

The investigation continues into Thursday’s plane crash. It happened at about 5 p.m. Thursday on Kerr Road, just west of Fredericksburg, according to a report from the Department of Public Safety. The only person on board the single-engine plane was killed, and it’s not known yet what caused the plane to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration is in Gillespie County for the ongoing investigation.

Rain Helps, But Conservation Measures Still in Place

The city of Fredericksburg says rainfall totals for 2018 helped stabilize the water supply, but conservation efforts are still needed. Fredericksburg received 34.90″ of rainfall at the official collection station at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and that’s about six and a half inches above the average for this time of year. Assistant City Manager and Director of Public Works, Clinton Bailey, says the rainfall has helped recharge aquifers and provide a more secure water supply, but Fredericksburg does not anticipate moving out of Stage 3 of Water Conservation Measures. Weather models predict a dryer than normal late summer and fall for 2019.

Boerne ISD Plans for the Future

The Boerne ISD has unveiled a new strategic plan which highlights fifteen core beliefs. Among the highlights of the plan — that all students deserve the highest quality education, and that all students should be post-high school ready when they graduate. The district wants to make sure teachers have input and will be able to implement the strategic plan too, and they’ll create a support system for all BISD staff. Another goal is transparency when it comes to decision-making and with financial information.

Woman Sentenced for Stealing Money From a Church

A church bookkeeper in Kerrville has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stealing money to send her son to livestock shows. Shannon Webb learned her sentence this week for theft between $150,000 and $300,000 from Zion Lutheran Church. The Daily Times reported she apologized in court for stealing money to feed the livestock show hobby. Webb also admitted to stealing money while working at First Presbyterian Church in 2011, and the church chose not to prosecute.

Kerr County Supports Border Wall

Kerr County Commissioners have approved a resolution to show support for a wall at the U.S. and Mexico border. The Daily Times reported the resolution draws attention to the impact of illegal immigrants on Kerr County, saying it costs the Kerr County taxpayers $120,000 per year. There was much debate, but in the end the resolution was unanimously approved.

Dance to Benefit Firefighters

The annual Firefighters’ Dance is coming up Saturday, January 19th, at the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. This year’s dance will feature the Jesse Stratton Band. All proceeds benefit the FVFD.

Three Found Dead in Boerne

The investigation continues into three deaths in Boerne. Deputies believe that 37-year-old Nichol Olsen committed suicide, but there are questions about how two young girls died in the same home. The Bexar County Sheriff’s office said this week that the medical examiner declared their deaths to be caused by a homicide, but there is a long way to go in the investigation. Olsen’s 16-year-old daughter Alexa Montez and a 10-year-old girl were found dead in the home in the Anaqua Springs Ranch neighborhood. Olsen’s boyfriend found the bodies and is cooperating with the investigation.

Commissioners Draft Ordinance for Codes of Conduct

Kerr County Commissioners are looking at a new ordinance that addresses codes of conduct. It’s a set of rules and procedures that would govern behavior during commissioner’s court meetings, and the Daily Times reported it was the idea of Commissioner Tom Moser, who said it was suggested to him during a recent conference that the county have specific rules in place. The rules would give three minutes to anyone that wants to speak, and ban profane and threatening language. For the media, they couldn’t be closer than 5 feet in front of the bench. The ordinance will be revisited at the next commissioner’s court meeting.