Archives for December 2015

New Gun Law Starts This Weekend

A law change means you may be seeing guns out in the open this weekend. Fredericksburg police are sending the reminder that gun laws are changing January 1st across the state and “License to Carry” permit holders can have guns in belt and shoulder holsters. The same places that banned guns with the concealed carry law will still be keeping guns out, including bars, sports events and high schools, hospitals, churches, restaurants, and businesses. No guns there and signs will be posted. Hill Country Memorial Hospital just put up new signs this week.

New Site Helps Crime Tracking

A new website has launched that allows you to keep track of police reports, and Mayor Jack Pratt in Kerrville says it offers increased transparency. You’ll know what crimes are happening, what to watch out for, and help the police department with any tips. It’s a national site called, and Kerrville becomes the fourth city in Texas to use it. The others are all outside the Hill Country. After you create an account, it’s a matter of entering your zip code to see the crime information that pertains to Kerrville.

Amendments Approved by Airport Advisory Board

Three amendments to the rules and regulations for the Airport Advisory Board were given the green light this week by the commissioners court in Fredericksburg. The Fredericksburg Standard reports the amendments dealt with how the board advises the commissioners with matters regarding the airport, when the board elects a chairman and vice chairman, and the steps taken for when a motion is brought to the board. It’s the first time there have been changes to the board’s rules and regulations since 1993.

PRMC Reaches Agreement with Blue Cross

News now that affects your health insurance….Peterson Medical Associates will be an in-service provider for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Advantage health maintenance organization plan beginning Jan. 1. The two sides reached an agreement after Blue Cross dropped PPO plans in favor of HMO plans.

Taylor to Run for Commissioner

Incumbent County Commissioner, H.A. “Buster” Baldwin, announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election. Local firefighter and mechanic Richard Taylor has announced he’ll run for Precinct 1 commissioner in Kerr County. The primary is March 1.

Kerrville Offers Tree Disposal

The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting Christmas trees from now until January 15. The designated drop off area will be located in Lehmann & Monroe Park near the Park Lane / La Casa Street park entrance. There is no cost associated with this program. Christmas trees should be free of ornaments, lights, hangers, icicles, strings and any other glass, metal or plastic. Trees that were not sold from retailers will be accepted, however, please assure that all ropes, twines, and plastic nettings are removed before delivery to the park. Special Projects Manager Ashlea Boyle says it’s a very convenient and free process. Just remove the decorations and drop your tree off at the park.

Tivy Student Gives Back

Kudos to a Tivy High School student. Zackary Reyna and his family delivered 12,550 letters from his Dear Santa campaign to the North Star Mall Macy’s in San Antonio on Dec. 14. The Daily Times reports, for each stamped letter collected, the retailer donated $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Zachary is a Tivy High School freshman who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm in 2007, and works to help other kids have wishes granted.

Teens Honored for Rodeo Performances

Two Boerne athletes are in the spotlight from performances earlier this month. At the National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas, Callie duPerier won the 2015 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion Barrel Racer competition, and Jacobs Crawley came away with the 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider gold buckle. Both were honored recently by Kendall County Commissioners, according to the Boerne Star. They received certificates for honoring Boerne and Kendall County on the national stage.

No Fireworks in the City of Boerne

New Year’s Eve means fireworks to some, and police are sending the reminder that it’s not allowed within city limits in most places around the Hill Country. It doesn’t take much for dry grass to catch a spark and set off a blaze, plus fireworks can be dangerous in dense populations. Boerne police say it’s a no-no in the city limits. By the way, the burn ban is off in Kendall County, meaning conditions have improved and outdoor burning is allowed.

Now is an Important Time for Water Averaging

What you do now can have an impact on your water bill later. Boerne Water Utility customers should avoid landscape irrigation and reduce indoor water use as much as possible during the winter months, December through March. Conserving water indoors and especially outdoors during this timeframe can mean savings on the sewer portion of your Boerne utility bill next year. Formulas are based on the average water usage during December, January, February, and March each year. The new sewer rate is then effective April 2016 through March 2017. See more on the city of Boerne website.