Archives for February 2016

Fair Oaks Ranch Recognizes Police Dept.

City leaders in one Hill County town gave a big high five to the police department for all the work it does. Fair Oaks Ranch City Council honored the police department for its 23 years of service, after starting from scratch with portable typewriters and three used patrol cars. The department started with five officers, including the chief, and later had some nonpaid reserve officers.

Boerne CVB to Host Info Session on Fund Availability

The Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau is providing some financial incentive to groups that attract visitors. The CVB is accepting applications from those looking for funding to promote events, and they’ll have an info session about the process of applying for Hotel Occupancy Tax funds Tuesday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at the Visitors Center, 1407 S. Main St., in front of the Walmart Garden Center.
The application can be downloaded from the “Finance” page of the city’s website –

Jack Pratt Withdraws From Mayor’s Race

Kerrville will have a new mayor. Current mayor, Jack Pratt, broke the news Friday during an exclusive interview with the Ranch Radio Group, that he will withdraw from the mayor’s race. And he revealed why the news may not be a surprise to some. on promises.mp3

Pratt had already filed to run for office, and by withdrawing his name from the list of candidates, that leaves Glenn Andrew and Bonnie White on the ballot May 7th.

New Facility Caters to Horses

Town and Country Animal Hospital off Junction Highway west of Kerrville has unveiled their new equine center. hospital.mp3

(On Saturday, the animal hospital between Kerrville and Ingram debuted it’s brand new 11-hundred square foot facility that will cater to horses. According to the Daily Times, the new digs feature an operating room capable of providing X-rays, and 20 stalls, half of which are fully indoors. Ground was broken seven months ago on what was previously just a barn. If you’d like more information about the facility, call 367-5316.)

Kerr County Has 8th Rabies Case

Another rabies case in Kerr County, and this makes 8 so far this year. The Daily Times reports, three dogs that may have been exposed to a rabid skunk southwest of Mountain Home have been quarantined for observation. The skunk was found this week, and it is the fourth animal to test positive for rabies this month and the eighth this year, according to the county’s rabies and animal control department. The dogs that may have been exposed have to be isolated from other animals and have minimal human contact for 45 days.

Fighter Jets Are Coming to Fredericksburg

This is your chance to hop aboard a fancy airplane. The Collings Foundation wants to sell airplane rides at the third annual Collings Foundation Wings of Freedom Tour in Fredericksburg on March 14-16., and the Gillespie County Airport seems to be on board with the idea. They’ll have three bombers there: a B-24, a B-17 and a B-25 as well as a P-51 Mustang. Rides will cost between $400 and $3,200.

Trade Programs Prep Kids for Work

The Fredericksburg School District continues to highlight its trades programs, as it helps prepare students for careers. Fredericksburg High School’s career and technical education trades programs have been supported by the legislature and the community, according to the Fredericksburg Standard. The programs include automotive, agriculture, architecture, business, work/technology, education/human resources, health science, law enforcement, manufacturing and STEM concentrations. Gillespie County talks openly about its labor shortage, and the school district is responding, doing its best to helps students get ready to work.

Cleanup Days Approved in Fredericksburg

Gillespie County commissioners have approved cleanup days for the first week of April and September. Local residents partner with Gillespie County, the City of Fredericksburg and the Texas Department of Transportation to clean up litter and raise awareness about the problems litter causes. City leaders may approve the same resolution on cleanup days at the March 7th Fredericksburg City Council meeting.

Contracts Approved in Gillespie County

Gillespie County Commissioners approved contracts between Gillespie County and the Willow City Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Harper Volunteer Fire Department this week. The Fredericksburg Standard reports the Willow City VFD was approved for a contract of $13,540 and Harper VFD was approved for $19,650.

Bandera Economic Alliance Gains Steam

The Bandera Regional Partnership is gaining steam. It’s an affiliation that would be aimed at boosting economic growth, and held its second meeting recently. They’ve covered the look and function of a new economic development organization; perceived obstacles, and how it might be funded. The Bandera County Courier reports the partnership would require buy-in from local governments and businesses; support but not compete with existing business; provide a supporting role for local tourism, and engage all areas of Bandera County to include Lakehills, Medina, Pipe Creek and Vanderpool. They’ll establish a resolution and action plan as next steps.