Archives for August 2015

4-H Bash Tomorrow in Kerr County

The annual 4-H Big Bash event is scheduled for tomorrow. bash.mp3

(It is a way for anyone interested in learning more about 4-H to find out. Kerr County Extension Agent Angela Fiedler says the youth program is more than just raising and showing animals. 4-H teachers young people life skills and helps them develop knowledge to become productive citizens. You might not realize it, but 4-H also offers programs in photography, shooting sports, and veterinary science. Tomorr’w Big Bash is free and open to anyone. Call 257-6568 for more information.)

Legal Fees for Water District May Mean Tax Hike

The budget at the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District is increasing by $112,000 and is likely to increase local taxes, and most of that is due to legal fees. The River Authority is involved in a legal hearings procedure with Flying L Guest Ranch over a pump permit and variance. The budget sets aside $75,000 for the district’s attorney and $25,000 for lobbying. The bottom line impact to property tax bills is about seven bucks per year.

Kendall Co Voters to Decide on Bond Package

Voters in Kendall County will decide on a $22 million bond package this November. The money would be used to build a new sheriff’s office administration building and 102-bed jail if voters say yes, and other existing buildings would be renovated. The need is because of overcrowding for office staff and prisoners, and with population growth projected in the future the need is there to keep up. Kendall County Commissioners have also talked about the need to increase space for female inmates. There would be a slight tax increase if the bond package goes through.

Boerne Woman Sentenced for Fraud

The sentence is in for a Boerne woman accused of fraud. Businesswoman Lea Ann Blystone was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and she’s been ordered to pay back $1.4 million taken in a wire fraud scheme. Blystone is owner and managing partner of HipDingo stores in Boerne and Fredericksburg and the former marketing director for the land development company Rinco of Texas, Inc., which owns the golf course community, Rockin’ J Ranch. Blystone pleaded guilty to money schemes at both places. Others implicated in the schemes have sentencing coming up in September, and others have been cleared.

Bandera Closes a Road to Keep Shortcutters Out

Drivers can’t shortcut in one spot in Bandera any longer. There are limestone blocks and orange cones up now next to Western Trail Antiques Mall, to keep drivers out that were trying to shortcut from Highways 173 and 16. The Bandera County Courier says traffic patterns will change by Labor Day weekend when the street running beside the Western Trail Antiques Mall is set to be closed to thru traffic.There are worries about safety with shoppers stepping out of the antiques business into traffic on that private road. Drivers may try to squeeze around the limestone blocks now, but next week the construction on the permanent gate will begin.

Fredericksburg Man to Run for State Senate

Retired radiologist Brent Mayes of Fredericksburg plans to run for Senate. He’s never run for public office before, but is passionate about areas including border security, Bill of Rights freedoms and local water issues. District 24 covers 17 counties including the Hill Country.

River Trail Project Gets A Boost

Kerrville’s River Trail Project moves a step forward. City council members approved a request from City Manager Todd Parton to execute a half million dollar construction contract with Zimmerman Construction, according to the Daily Times. The portion of the trail funded under the contract will start at the Riverside Nature Center, cross Town Creek and tie back at the corner of Guadalupe and Lowry streets.

Academic Boosters Help Mentor Students

It helps to have a mentor, and now is the time to become an academic booster in Fredericksburg. At the info meeting next week they’ll give a general overview of the boosters’ mentoring program and tell how it helps each of the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s four supported campuses: the elementary, middle and high schools in Fredericksburg, and Stonewall Elementary. Today is the last day to make a reservation with the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters, and the meeting is at 11 a.m.Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Hill Country University Center. Mentoring starts Sept. 14th.

Burn Bans On

In May there were worries about flooding, and now it’s more typical of Texas…worries about the lack of rain and heat. Burn bans are back in place at several Hill Country spots. In Bandera County the burn ban has been back on for a couple of weeks and it lasts for at least 90 days. No outdoor burning except in specially designed barrels, and that includes all household trash. Open burning is prohibited. Burn ban violaters can be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, and, if found guilty, subject to a fine up to $500. Gillespie County Commissioners have also put the burn ban back in place and that prohibits burning in unincorporated areas of Gillespie County, except in containers designed for flames. Significant rainfall could help the ban phase out, but otherwise it will also be in place for 90 days.

Outreach Event Planned in Boerne

There may be some resources to take advantage of…you just have to know about them. Later today there’s an opportunity to learn about programs with the Alamo Area Council of Governments that will serve up info on programs like Aging, Alamo Regional Transit, Housing and Energy Conservation Program and Weatherization, Services for Veterans and Natural Resources/Air Quality, and Resource Recovery. Workforce Solutions Alamo-Boerne is one of several groups that aare part of the road show today at the Boerne Civic Center from 10 to 2.