Archives for July 2015

Cellist chosen for special musical tour

Quite an honor for 13 year old Audrey Jellet Adrian. She’s a cellis with the Hill Country Youth Orchestras and is coming off a tour…her first. She was chosen as one of seven artists to take part in the 2015 Cactus Pear Young Artist Program. That inititative offers intensive training for up and coming artists with festival professionals. The participants also get opportunities to perform in front of half a dozen or so live audiences. Audrey’s audition for the group was selected from hundreds sent in.

Bandera Back to School bash

You can’t stop time, and with another school year drawing closer, a Back to School Bash is set at Bandera High School on August 11th. Parents can get back to school info between 5:30 and 7 pm that evening. Also, a pep rally featuring band members and cheerleaders will be held. Also, several vendors will be there with information on day care providers and extra curricular activiees. The event is free to the public.

Escaped inmate back behind bars

It didn’t last long, but a prisoner bolted from the Bandera County jail. It happened during work duty last Thursday. The sheriff says Dalton Williams got away while working with a crew at the Lakehills trash compactor station while a guard was busy moving a bale. The 25 year old Williams had been serving six years on an arson sentence. Tracking dogs were brought in and Williams was on the lam for just a day, until he was found in Kerrville. He now faces a longer stint behind bars and authorities say two people who worked with him during his escape also face charges.

Sedalco settlement: No decision

There was no action taken this by Gillespie County commissioners concerning a settlement offer by Sedalco, Incorproated. The company was looking to come to terms over claims relating to the delayed completion of the new county jail. What commissioners say they want to get done is a reduction in the the “guaranteed maximum price” from Sedalco, which is the jail contractor. Construction has been held up for a number of months due to a secured entry way and other issues.

Fugitive tracked down in Kerrville

Kerr County Sheriffs along with Kerrville Police and the US Marshalls Service moved in on a fugitive hiding out in Kerrville. 20 year old Christopher Lopez had been a target of law enforcement since June 4th in relation to an allegation of aggravated sexual assault involving children. On October 14th of last year, Lopez was formally indicted for sexually assaulting two 17 year old girls on separate occasions. Authorities say Lopez immediately went into hiding and had ben on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List.

Multi use meeting space discussed in Gillespie County

A town hall meeting in Harper concerning a new community center proposed for the area had a decent turnout. About 200 people showed up to get information from the community park board about a multi use facility it says could generate revenue for westen Gillespie County by hosting meetings and events. Those behind it say the facility could be an attraction for people from not only Gillespie county but also, Kerr, Kimble and Mason counties,

Road plan okayed by county council

A request from the Veterans Administration to rebuild the driveway to the Kerrville National Cemetary on Spur 100 was approved by County Council. An official with the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetary contacted county officials recently to inquire about the project since work is already being done on the Spur 100 bridge and roughly one mile of roadway that surrounds it.

More rabies in Kerr County

Another case of rabies reported in Kerr County. Animal Services says it’s the 16th confirmed case this season and involves a raccoon spotted and tested in Mount Home that showed some symptoms of the disease last week. The raccoon was tested and the results came back Monday. If you spot wildlife exhibiting symptoms like foaming of the mouth, aggressiveness, including a lack of fear of humans, or animals that seem to have lost some coordination, they may be showing signs of rabies and it’s worth it to contact officials and keep your own pets away from that animal.

Kerrville insurance costs headed down?

Health care costs are going down in Kerrville. The Daily Times reports starting October 1, the city’s yearly cost will drop by roughly 70 thousand dollars. Also, the city is upping its premium coverage for employee dependents to 60 percent, an increase of nine percent. The savings is happening because the city has a solid claims history, plus city officials were able to strike a soid deal with insurers. Some good fortune is also in the mix, since there have been no catastrophic and costly illnesses among those with city provided health coverage.

Inmate snagged after prison work detail escape

A manhunt for an inmate who escaped from a work detail in Bandera late last week, ended 12 hours after it began. Police say 25 year old Dalton Williams of Center Point took off from a solid waste site in Lake Hills on Thursday, having gotten out of his orange jumpsuit and running in only his underwear. Sheriffs deputies found a hole in a fence at the site and canine officers were brought in. Williams had been behind bars since April, accused of stealing a pick up truck. His family and friends were questioned during the search and ultimately his brother in law, 24 year old Rusty Petsch was charged with hindering apprehension for giving Williams food and clothes. Police got a tip early Friday that Petsch was at Flat Rock Park. He jumped into the water and was apprehended by authorities. He’s back behind bars on 295 thousand dollars bail.