Two people who passed away in an accident on 290 this week have been identified. 51-year old Jan Budlong of Fredericksburg, and 48-year old Deborah Ramaker of Austin died from injuries sustained in the accident Sunday evening. The Texas Department of Public Safety said the two were driving separate vehicles on U.S. 290 East toward Fredericksburg and Budlong ended up in oncoming traffic and hit the vehicle driven by Ramaker. It happened close to Wildseed Farms in eastern Gillespie County
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There are times when not even police officers can cross barricades. A San Antonio police detective was arrested in Bandera County for crossing a high water barricade near Mansfield Park last weekend. Larry Price has been charged with driving while intoxicated and placed on administrative leave, according to the Bandera Bulletin. He’s been with the force in San Antonio for 25 years. Crews were blocking Hwy. 16 and preparing to shut it down when Price got into an argument with them and crossed anyway.
A lake that was almost dried up has really benefitted from the recent rains. The Texas Water Development Board said on its website Thursday that Medina Lake is now 47.3 percent full. One year ago, on May 28th 2014, the lake was only 4.3 percent full. To show how quickly the lake rose, one week ago the lake was 11.2 percent full, and gained 30 percent capacity in the past three days, after toreential rains over Memorial Day weekend.
It’s the first movie in the park of the season tonight at Main Plaza in Boerne. They’ll show The Lego Movie on the city’s new gigantic inflatable screen.
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and the Patrick Heath Public Library are co-hosting. The Parks and Rec Department along with other groups including the Boerne YMCA and the Kendall County Girl Scouts will team up for some pre-show events.
The Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance recently gave a big check to a summer art program. The PCAA puts on Oktoberfest each year, and gave a check for $10,000 to Texas Tech University’s summer art program, and dangled a carrot for a larger donation. The Fredericksburg Standard reports TTU will move its summer art program from Junction to Fredericksburg in July for the Summer II semester. The PCAA has a focus promoting local arts, and said it would donate another $50,000 to TTU if it would permanently move the program from Junction to Fredericksburg.
The Ingram school board has approved the final theater construction plans for the new performance space that will go next to Tom Moore High. There’s a budget of roughly $4 million and the theater will seat as many as 750 people and also will feature four classroom spaces, a makeup area, drama shop and two projection screens. The Daily Times reports it’s part of a school bond package voters approved in May 2014.
Some Bandera County spots that have been hit by flooding include Pioneer RV Park, Riverside RV Park, Beverage Barn, Riverbend Estates and Enchanted River Estates. Those were all evacuated after seven inches of rain came over Memorial Day. There were several road closures because of high water too, and although most of those have cleared, there are still a handful closed in Medina, Bandera, and the Utopia/Vanderpool area. You’ll see signs up, or you can contact the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office for more.
Boerne drivers have been dealing with construction on Herff Road for awhiel now, and there may be delays in getting it finished because of recent rains. But the plan is to have Phase 1 finished by the end of July. Then Phase 2 would start in two or three months and will take a little under a year to finish.
Another Boerne trasnportation note….the new access road at I-10 and Bandera Road is underway and should be done in the fall of this year. The roadwork at State Highway 46 and Esser Road should be finished by mid-July.
TXDOT is planning to install toll roads– or “managed” lanes – on Interstate 10 from Ralph Fair Road to Loop 1604 in Kendall County, and drivers will be feeling that soon between Kendall County and Fair Oaks Ranch and on to San Antonio. The Boerne Star reports the project will add two managed lanes in each direction, expanding the roadway along that section to a total of eight lanes.The existing free lanes and interchange will stay that way. Construction should start in late 2016 or early 2017 and finish in about three years at a cost of $180 million.
There’s one place in Boerne to drop off donations for those impacted by the worst of the floods. If you take supplies to Ranch Hand Truckfitters on I-10 in Boerne, volunteers will take that to people that need it in Wimberly. The Blanco River rose 12 feet in a half hour on Saturday night, and when the river overflowed its banks it destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced at least a thousand people. Ranch Hand Truckfitters says it will take donations of food, clothes, or money at the San Antonio and Boerne stores.