Archives for October 2015

Woman Sentenced for Fake Court Subpoenas

A Kerrville jury this week convicted a Republic of Texas member for three counts of simulating legal process for her role in ssuing bogus court subpoenas. of Texas trial.mp3

(Susan Cammack issued documents purporting to be from the chief justice in Harris County. The documents were sent to a real judge and lawyer summoning the pair to a proceeding in Bryan. Instead, the act summoned a raid in February. Cammack has been fined 500 dollars and received two years probation, but no jail time for three misdemeanor charges. She says she will appeal.)

Recycling Grant Goes to Bandera

Bandera County gets money for recycling in the form of a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority Community Development Partnership Program. County commissioners formally accepted the $15,000 grant last week. The Bandera County Courier reports the money will be used to buy a second baler for a county solid waste disposal station. Leftover money from the grant will go toward a metal structure to protect the baler from the elements. Bandera has been recyling more each year, and 2015 is expected to top 2014.

Bandera Reviews Curriculum

The Bandera ISD is in the process of developing a set of standards to measure how much students should know in each subject. The Director of Curriculum at the school district is leading the effort, and there are four lead teachers helping out – one from Bandera High, one from Bandera Middle School, another from Hill Country Elementary, and one from Alkek Elementary. The focus is not only on book smarts, but also on life skills. The Bandera County Courier reports teachers from kindergarten to 12th grade have been meeting to work out schedules, subject matter resources and best practices.

Medina to Dedicate New Science Lab

That new science lab at the Medina ISD is finished, and there’s an open house coming up next week to see it. The new science lab is truly a community effort…the district was short on funds for it, but reached out to businesses and individuals for help and more than $100,000 was raised. To honor the donors and celebrate the construction, the new science lab at Medina High School will host an Open House/Reception Friday, Nov. 6, from 5 to 7:30 pm, with a dedication ceremony scheduled for 6 pm.

Fredericksburg Considers Noise Ordinance

Fredericksburg isn’t looking to ban noise, but rather to find the best level for it. Mayor Linda Langerhans and City Manager Kent Myers along with Police Chief Steve Wetz are considering changing the noise ordinance, but the Fredericksburg Standard reports it may be the first of the year before changes are made and they’re not planning to ban outdoor music like rumors suggested. The city council meets Monday and the noise ordinance is not on the agenda. They do plan to study it a bit more.

Child Abuse Workshop Coming Up

The Kendall County Child Services Board is doing its best to fight child abuse, and they’ll host a free community-wide seminar tomorrow. Retired Beaumont Police Sergeant Bill Davis will talk about bullying, child abuse, and family violence. It’s a free event Thursday, Oct. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boerne YMCA, 1361 S. Main Street. It might be a good opportunity for parents to learn about warning signs, and it’s expected to be beneficial to those who work with kids.

Local Brewery Wins Again

Pedernales Brewing Company in Fredericksburg is a craft beer startup that has been in production for only three years, but just added another national award. Lobo Negro won the Gold Medal in the German Schwarzbier category at the critically acclaimed Great American Beer Festival recently in Denver. Overall, in the past 14 months the brewery has won 28 medals in nine competitions.

Blue Santa Application Period Open

It’s hard to mention Santa before Halloween, but…it’s necessary for preparation sometimes. The Kerrville Police Department’s Blue Santa program, organized by the Kerrville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, is accepting applications for families in need during the holiday season. Families get clothing and a gift for each child. Applications are available, Monday through Friday, between 8am – 5 pm, at the front desk inside the police department lobby. They have to be back by November 20, 2015 at 4:30pm.

Center Point Fish Fry is This Weekend

Center Point Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate 64 years of service Saturday with its annual fish fry. fry.mp3

(Meals are by donation, and include fish, french fries, cole slaw, pinto beans, hush puppies and tea. There also will be homemade desserts available. The event will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Center Point Fire Station at Kelly Street and Skyline Drive.)

Another Burn Ban Lifted

Rain helps, and it’s allowing burn bans to be lifted. Kendall County lifted its burn ban earlier this week, and that means so outdoor burning is allowed after several weeks being prohibited. Burning within the city of Boerne is still not allowed. Gillespie County has also decided to lift its burn ban after talking it over with the county Fire Marshal. Since the chance for more rain is there this fall and humidity is up, it’s a good time to lift the ban and let folks do the burning that they’ve been unable to get to for several months. Gillespie and Kendall County are both still urging caution.