Archives for September 2015

New Middle School Works Well in Ingram

Ingram Independent School Board Members recently toured the new middle school building. school tour.mp3

(The building was finished in August, just in time for the new school year to begin. The biggest benefit is allowing everyone to be together on one campus rather than using portable buildings. About 2.3 million dollars was used to convert the foundation of an existing pavallion into classrooms. The new school is 13-thousand square feet, with 10 classrooms, two science labs, and a gym. In May of last year, voters approved a 13.9 million dollar bond issue to pay for the project.)

Street Paving Underway in Kerrville

The City of Kerrville has begun the final phase of the 2015 Street Overlay project. While the work is going on, cars have to be moved off of the streets for about four hours at a time. The overlay project gets underway today and will last until mid-October, with different sections of Kerrville getting the work at different times. Some of the streets listed include Quinlan, Tivy, Hays, Rodriguez, Washington, North, and Prescott. You can see the complete list at

Chronic Wasting Disease a Concern Wtih Deer Hunting Season

With deer hunting season not far away, wildlife biologists are continuing to study how Chronic Wasting Disease might have an impact this year. The disease has been found in south-central Texas, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be doing more sampling of the deer that hunters harvest this fall, to keep it isolated. The two cases so far were found at breeding facilities, and there’s been no evidence that deer in the wild have the disease. Archery hunting season for white-tailed deer will start Saturday and run through November 6th. General hunting starts Nov. 6, and lasts until Jan. 3.

Boerne Plans for Future Growth

It’s happened in Austin, it’s happened in the Dallas suburbs, and now Boerne….when there is a big population boom, who does a city walk the line between welcoming the economic boost and preserving the elements that make the city unique. Boerne has unveiled its 2016 economic development work plan, and the Boerne Star says there’s a focus on important road projects and increasing the city’s tax and utility revenues. There is room for more retail space, and the city is working with the Boerne Kendall County Economic Development Corporation on goals and expansion.

Boerne Enrollment is Up

Enrollment at the Boerne ISD is up. The BISD unveiled totals at a meeting this week, and said there are 7,869 students going to Boerne schools now. That’s up by about 400 from a year ago, and up by over 600 from 2013. It amounts to a 5.6 percent, and the Boerne Star reports that’s higher than the anticipated 4.8 percent, or 376-student increase. The BISD has formed a long-range facilities planning committee that will continue to address growth and how to deal with it.

Schools Tackle Bullying

Anti-bullying efforts are happening in schools this week. The Ingram Independent School District is partnering with Hunt ISD for two days of presentations called “Empowered To Defend” Aim for Success sponsors the programs, involving 45-minute presentations for grades K through 5. Cyberbullying, bullying, and understanding the issues are at the heart of the talks.

Kerrville to Host Block Party

The Historic Downtown Business Alliance will hold the 2015 Downtown Kerrville Block Party this Friday. party.mp3

(The event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Earl Garrett Street will be closed between Water and Main Street from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Block Party will feature an Outdoor Painter’s Event, the popular Wine Share Event, Business Open House as well as food and music. The festivities start off with the Quick Draw competition by outdoor painters. You’ll be able to watch as over 25 artists compete to see who can create a painting quickly. The art will be for sale afterwards. The very popular Wine Share event starts at 6:00. Bring a bottle of wine to share and your own glass to sample the available wines of your choosing. As always, parking is free in the public parking garage.)

Fatal Pipe Creek Wreck Under Investigation

An accident in Pipe Creek is still under investigation. A woman in her 50’s died in the accident after investigators said another woman in her 60’s failed to yield the right-of-way. The two collided on FM 1283. The woman who failed to yield was taken to the hospital in stable condition, while the woman she hit died at a San Antonio hospital. So far no citations have been issued, but witness accounts are being taken as the investigation continues.

Boerne to Join National Night Out

One week from tonight neighbors all across Texas will be heading outside for a National Night Out event. The Boerne police dept. is one Hill Country organization encouraging people to head outdoors and meet neighbors, to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention. Since 1984, National Night Out has been a way to strengthen police-community partnerships with social gatherings in front yards. You can go to the Boerne PD website at for a list of the planned block parties on Tuesday, October 6.

Fredericksburg to Launch Fall Leaf Program

The Fall-Winter Leaf Pick Up Program is about to get underway in Fredericksburg. Residential trash customers get the service at no additional charge, and it starts October 5th and runs through January 29th. Just put leaves on the street in front of the house about a foot from the curb. Crews will patrol city streets and pick them up. It only happens twice a year, in the spring and fall, and you can see more on