Library to be Closed Next Week

Renovations will have the Bandera County Library closed starting next week. The library just got new lighting, heating, and new computers with the help of grant funds, and work is about to begin on more improvements with the goal of making the library more open and inviting with rolling shelves for kids and a straighter shot to the information desk. The library at 515 Main Street in Bandera will be closed beginning on Monday, Aug. 20, until Aug. 24th with normal hours after that. A grand opening is planned for September 13.

Harper Frontier Days Will Be Later This Month

It’s an event that has been happening for more than fifty years, and it’s coming to Harper at the end of the month. The 54th annual Harper Frontier Days is set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Harper Community Park with team roping Friday night, and the annual rodeo on Saturday night. The street dance on Friday night will happen outside this year because of construction at the old community hall. There’s also a 5k planned, and kids activities. All proceeds benefit the Harper Community Park Association. There’s more at www.harpercommunitypark.org.

Medina Tax Rate Increase is on the Table

A vote is coming up in the Medina ISD that will decide whether or not there will be a tax rate increase. The Bandera Bulletin reports an additional 19 cents per $100 value in the proposed rate will be used to retire the $5.95 million in bonds that voters approved to improve schools. The school board will meet next Wednesday, August 22nd and the public can attend, and a vote could follow. The meeting will be in the board room at 1 Bobcat Lane in Medina.

Pigs are Okay to Have as Pets in Bandera

Potbellied pigs are okay to own in Bandera. One woman contested the city’s efforts to remove the potbellied pig she was raising in town and convinced City Council to regulate the animals like a pet. The Bandera Bulletin reported Stacey Dyer was cited for violating the city’s animal control ordinance for raising a Vietnamese potbellied pig named Wilma, but eventually convinced the city council that the pig was just as loyal as a dog and should be treated that way. The pigs have to be spayed or neutered and not be more than 2 feet tall at the shoulder, and they’ve got to be fenced in and vaccinated.

Solar Plant is in the Works in Kerrville

A solar power plant is a step closer to happening in Kerrville. The Kerrville City Council this week unanimously approved a joint lease agreement with the Kerrville Public Utility Board to put in a solar energy farm on an 11-acre piece of land between Spur 100 and Loop 534, according to the Daily Times. The city owns the land, and it was to be the site of a future landfill. It could become a solar plant by next summer.

Commissioners Get Ready for Fall Election

Texas voters will be electing a governor and Lt. Governor this fall, along with state senators and representatives, and US Congress members. On the local level, there will be several county races up for grabs, plus judges seats and constables. Kerr County commissioners made plans for the election this week and said early voting will take place at the Cailloux Center in Kerrville, and at the West Kerr County Annex in Ingram. Early voting begins October 22 for the November 6th election.

Hill Country Nonprofit Needs Votes to Win Grant Money

A local nonprofit has a big opportunity to earn grant money. Families and Literacy Inc. is one of the top 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant program and your vote could help them win one of 40 $25,000 grants. Voting for the current phase runs through August 24th, and winners will be announced September 25th. Vote online at www.NeighborhoodAssist.com/entry/2011957.

Boerne to Undergo More Smoke Testing

You may see some smoke in Boerne again next week. Weather permitting starting on Monday, Boerne Utilities work crews will be conducting a smoke test survey that will take about two weeks. The testing forces smoke into the city’s sewer system to show leaks, breaks, and defects and it means you may see harmless smoke coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. Crews will be testing lines in an area south of River Road and an area west of Main Street. There’s more on the city of Boerne website.

www.ci.boerne.tx.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=587

Gillespie County Commissioners Consider Airport Improvements

The Gillespie County Airport may see some improvements soon. County Commissioners heard from Airport Manager Tony Lombardi this week who presented seven requests from improvement projects to leasing hangar space. The Fredericksburg Standard reported commissioners approved a renewed agreement to allow Texas A&M Forest Service to use airport facilities. If TxDOT approves a grant agreement on August 30th for improvements, Gillespie County Commissioners will consider those at that point and possibly move forward.

Kerrville Teachers Take Active Shooter Training

With school getting started again, safety is a top priority for administrators. The Kerrville ISD hosted some training this week for KISD teachers about how to respond to active shooter events. The Daily Times reported KISD had been in talks with law enforcement, including KPD, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FBI since March to make the training available and about 700 teachers will be certified by the end of it.