Archives for June 2015

Boerne Groups Look for Volunteers

Two organizations in Boerne that rely at least partially on volunteers could use a little more help. The Patrick Heath Public Library needs volunteers to organize materials at the library and help with programs and special events. The Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau needs people to greet and welcome vistiors, answer phone calls, and keep kiosks stocked. If you know a lot about Boerne and it’s history, you’re especially encouraged. Find out more on the city of Boerne website.

Boerne Highlighted in SA Paper

If you see visitors in Boerne taking selfies on Main Plaza it might be because the San Antonio Express News ran an article highlighting the best places to visit around Boerne and included the life-size statue of Wild Bill Hickok as a good place to take pictures. The article also put the spotlight on the Cibolo Nature Center, the shopping along Main Street, along with a restaurants that fous on Texas ingredients. The tourism industry continues to be a focus for the Hill Country.

BCSO Wants to Reunite Burglary Victims With Property

The Bandera County Sheriff’s Office is auctioning off some property that it’s recovered from burglaries. The sheriff’s office says anyone that was a victim of a burglary before October 7th, 2011 they’ve got several items to release, and if it’s not claimed it’ll be destroyed or sold at a public auction. Much it is collector coins, and there’s also some jewelry that needs to be reunited with its owner.

Bandera Forms Group to Help Feed Veterans

An anonymous donor in Gillespie County helped establish a Veterans Honor Fund, which provides food for veterans in need and it’s been a success, and it looks like it’s expanding to Bandera County. Veterans Service officer Dennis Birchall told the Bandera Bulletin that the Silver Sage Community Center is willing to be part of a similar program in Bandera County, and after a few details were worked out the Veterans Honor Fund of Bandera was born. To find out more about eligibility for meal, veterans can contact the Bandera County Veterans Service Office at 403 E. 12th Street in Bandera.

No-Kill Animal Shelter Expands

A no-kill animal shelter in Kerrville has been expanding recently. The Freeman-Fritts animal shelter also has spay and neuter programs, vaccinations, and a low-cost clinic, and after donations from two foundations and private individuals, the Daily Times reports they’re expanding at their 5-acre facility. The new larger facility will include an extended visitation room, 16 outdoor dog kennels, and more, and it should be finished early next year.

Swim Accidents Serve As Reminders of Dangers This Time of Year

For the second time this month, a serious accident among swimmers along the Guadalupe River.

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(On Saturday, 51 year-old Mark Withers was reportedly going down a slide head first at Monkey Island, near Brinks Crossing and River Road. Sheriff’s investigators aren’t sure how, but he struck his head on something and possibly broke his neck. Withers was airlifted to a San Antonio Hospital, where his condition is not known this morning. Two weekends ago, another swimmer, 26 year-old Luis Alfredo Gutierrez, disappeared while swimming. Rescuers found him submerged and performed CPR, but Gutierrez was pronounced dead from drowning.)

Two Water Rescues Last Week

Two people are lucky to be alive after water rescues last week. A woman whose SUV became stuck in raging water in a flooded creek is glad a firefighter happened by. Lt. Mark Gill ws able to save the woman’s life last week after the woman’s vehicle was washed 200 yards downstream. She was crossing Rocky Creek on Old Castroville Road in Bandera County, and once the vehicle got caught on a branch or a stump, Gill was able to climb in and pull her out. And in Kendall County, a 10-year old girl trapped in a culvert pipe in Little Joshua Creek near Waring Welfare Road was rescued. The water got up to her neck and chin, so Kendall County Road and Bridge crews used a backhoe to dig a trench to let some water out, which made it easier for rescuers to pull her to safety.

TxDOT Plans Open House

Tx DOT is giving you the chance to go over details and ask questions about the Interstate 10 at Scenic Loop Road improvement project in Kendall County. They’ll have an open house tomorrow night to talk about the proposed improvements which include building an I-10 bridge over Scenic Loop Road, widening frontage road approaches to the intersection and widening Scenic Loop Road between the frontage roads. All of it aims to ease the congetion that’s developed as the Boerne population has grown. The open house is Tuesday from 5 to 7pm at the Currey Creek Baptist Church student center, 35 Cascade Cavern Road in Boerne.

Kerr County Has 10th Rabies Case

Rabies concerns are big in Kerr County after a fox tested positive on Friday. The fox was found outside of an equipment business on Junction Highway on Wednesday along with stray cats. The fox tested postive and made the 10th rabies case so far this year in Kerr County. Just last week, Kerr County Commissioners decided at an emergency meeting to allow animal services to trap raccoons and skunks to try to control high risk rabies carriers. Veteranarians will also be providing rabies vaccines at a lower cost. The 10th Kerr County ties the number of cases it had in all of 2014.

Boerne Gets New EMS Equipment

The ambulance in Kendall County has some new equipment that will help paramedics more quickly or more easily treat patients. One of those things is a Pentax video laryngoscope, which lets paramedics perform an intubation with the help of a camera. They’ve also got the LUCAS CPR machine now, which is a machine that goes over the chest and performs CPR while paramedics tend to the patient’s other needs. The Boerne Star says there are a few other high tech pieces of equipment for hear patients and trauma patients…one monitor even sends data straight to the hospital. A large, anonymous donation funded the bulk of the purchases, with the rest coming from the Boerne EMS Association.