Archives for March 2016

Restoration Work Continues in Bandera

Restoration work at a Bandera County cemetary has been making progress, and the goal is to have it finished by June. The Boy Scouts have been helping out with work at the Bertha Tryon – Hendrick Arnold Cemetery, but there’s still some work on the rocks and fences to do before the projet will be complete. The Bandera Bulletin says the goal is to have the work on the onetime African-American cemetery done in time for it to be dedicated on Juneteenth, the day in 1865 on which blacks in Texas learned that slavery had been abolished. And the restoration work continues in other places in Bandera County, according to the Historical Commission. The county’s original jailhouse-courthouse complex on 12th Street near the American Legion Post is also seeing restoration work now.

Fredericksburg Fire Draws 100 Firefighters

A fire in Fredericksburg a week ago started in a tin pile, at a recycling center, and the metals burned so strongly it took 12 agencies and a hundred fire fighters to knock down the flames. The Fredericksburg Standard reports things like refrigerators, appliances, bicycles and roofing tin burned at the Fredericksburg Metal Recycling plant. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was there too. The fire burned for four hours and the investigation into the cause continues.

Houston Man Faces Charges in Bandera

A 29-year-old Houston man is in trouble in Bandera. Police suspecct Dustin Morris of having inappropriate relations repeatedly with a 13-year-old girl from Bandera County, and the Bandera Bulletin reports he ignored a magistrate’s warning not to contact the girl after being arrested. Bandera County Chief Deputy Matt King says the two met on a social network in January, and Morris claimed the juvenile told him she was 17 when they first got together. He later admitted he knew she was 13. Morris was arrested in Houston on March 15 and brought back to Bandera County to face charges.

Weekend Events Could Affect Traffic

If you’ll be driving along Texas 27 this weekend, expect delays east of downtown Kerrville. events.mp3

(On Saturday, the Little League opening day kicks off, with players arriving bright and early. Things get underway at 8:15. But also going on at the same time is the Kerr County Market Days and Hill Country Swap Meet right across the street. That’s at the Hill Country Youth Event Center starting at 8am and running until 3pm. There will likely be many people walking near the roadway, so police are asking drivers to be extra vigilant for pedestrians.)

Funeral Arrangements Annouced for Boerne Teen

More now on the death of Boerne teen Justin Walker. He was last seen a week and a half ago at a concert at Schlitterbahn Water Park on South Padre Island, and his body was discovered a few days later on the coast of Matamoros in Tamaulipas, Mexico, directly across the border from Brownsville. There are reports that investigators think the cause of death was drowning, but an autopsy will confirm that. His parents live in Fair Oaks Ranch, and Justin graduated last year from Boerne Champion. A visitation will be held tonight, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home, and funeral services are tomorrow at 2pm at Cibolo Creek Community Church. Burial will follow in the Boerne Cemetery.

Road Conversion Changes to One-Way

Works starts this morning after the rush hour on a Kendall County road, and by the end of the day a road that’s currently a 2-way road will become 1-way. Crews are changing the Interstate 10 frontage roads between Dominion Drive and Boerne Stage Road to one-way starting this morning, and the work will be done in quick phases. The eastbound frontage roads will be converted first, and then the westbound frontage roads. They had initially planned to do this March 15, but was pushed back because of bad weather. The conversion should be done in time for the evening ride home today.

Herff Farm is Dedicated

The Cibolo Nature Center and Kendall County Historical Commission are honoring a piece of history. Dozens turned out recently for the dedication of the Dr. Ferdinand Ludwig von Herff Historical Marker at the Herff Farm. The Boerne Star says the farm is now a 61-acre protected landmark that cared for by the Cibolo Nature Center and used as a learning farm. It’ll be used as a community farm and sustainable living educational center, with teaching gardens, a chicken school yard, and programs that promote the appreciation of the local environment.

Gillespie County to Host Relay for Life

Relay For Life of Gillespie County is scheduled for 4-10 p.m. Sat., May 14 at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, 2000 S State Highway 16 in Fredericksburg. The American Cancer Society says one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer within their lifetime. The money raised at Relay saves lives by funding cutting-edge cancer research, early detection and prevention education, advocacy efforts, and more. For more information or to register for the Hill Country event, go to

Agencies Urge Fire Safety

Fire departments across the Hill Country are urging you to check smoke detector batteries and have a fire escape plan for your family. The Kerrville Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross for the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years, and they’re installing smoke detectors in homes now. See more on the city of Kerrville website. Kendall County Commissioners have also proclaimed March American Red Cross Month, and urge fire safety.

Kerrville Area Students Can Win Scholarship

The local chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas are giving out another college scholarship.

(The amount is for 500 dollars and any high school senior is elgible to apply. The senior must be planning to attend college after graduation and pursue a bachelor or associate’s degree from a Texas university or college. You must be a Texas resident and scheduled to graduate from a high school within 50 miles of Kerrville. However, applicants can be either public, private or homeschooled students. Your transcripts must be included with your application. You can find an application in your counselor’s office or by calling 895-0788.)