Archives for September 2016

New Person Sought to Lead Economic Development

The Kerrville Economic Development Partnership is looking for a new leader.

(Executive Director Jonas Titus is moving to Houston, where he will take over domestic marketing recruitment for the Greater Houston Partnership, which serves a metro of about 6.5 million people. He says it’s bittersweet to move away from Kerrville, but that he couldn’t pass up the chance to take the Houston job. KEDC is a non-profit organization that tries to bring new business to Kerrville, and helps existing businesses expand or relocate. The board of directors is in the process of interviewing candidates to take over KEDC, but has not yet chosen a new executive director.)

Reward Offered in Fence Cutting Case

State land managers are offering a reward for a crime in Bandera County. The Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas putting up a thousand dollars for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of those responsible for cutting farm and ranch fences in the Bandera County area. If you have tips, contact the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office.

Oktoberfest Will Be a Big Draw

It’s going to be a big three days in Fredericksburg with thousands expected for Oktoberfest. As many as 1,200 volunteers are expected to be part of it, and about 20,000 visitors from the Hill Country and beyond. Some highlights include the Ok-tuba-fest this afternoon, the chicken dance tomorrow morning, and a domino tournament on Sunday. Gates open at 6 p.m. today and if you want to avoid the expected congestion, they’ll have the Park & Ride running. You can park at the Gillespie County Fairgrounds at 530 Fair Drive, get a wristband, hop on the bus, and they’ll drop you off at Marktplatz. Buses leave every 30 minutes. There’s more info a t www.oktoberfestinfbg.com.

New Speed Limit in Effect Tomorrow

One more week until a new speed limit takes effect on Loop 534 in Kerrville. Starting next Saturday, October 1, the speed limit moves from 60 mph to 55 on Loop 534 between Stoneledge Drive and Beech Street. At the same time, part of Loop 534 bordering Tivy High School will be designated as a school zone and that means the speeds will be reduced 35 mph speed limit during certain portions of the school day. Signs are already up alerting drivers to the changes, but started October 1 the new speeds will be enforced.

Several Hill Country Agencies Join National Night Out

It’s an opportunity to support police and meet your neighbors. Kerrville Police will join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “33rd Annual National Night Out” on Tuesday, October 4th. Neighborhoods from Boerne to Fredericksburg and across the country will join in. National Night Out will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states and over 37 million people are expected to be part of it. It’s designed to heighten crime prevention awareness; generate support for anticrime programs; and strengthen police-community partnerships. From 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. on October 4th, you’re asked to lock your doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Groups can sign up now with community services officer Juan Trevino with the Kerrville PD. The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Officeis involved too, and you can contact them to request a deputy be part of the event in your neighborhood. Bandera County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Bandera Marshals Office will also be part of National Night Out events on Tuesday.

Medina Makes National Headlines Over a Sign

The Medina ISD is making national headlines over a sign posted at a school. It says, “Please be aware that the staff at Medina ISD may be armed and will use whatever force is necessary to protect our students.”The Bandera County Courier says over 100 school districts in Texas have adopted, what many call “the guardian plan,” which, allows teachers and staff members to be armed on campus. Medina board member Dr. James Lindstrom told KSAT 12 there wasn’t any specific event brought this on. Even the Washington Post has picked up on the story.

Two Schools Celebrate Homecoming

It’s homecoming tonight at Fredericksburg High School and at Boerne High. In Fredericksburg, they’ll celebrate homecoming with a football game against Hondo tonight, and the crowning of a king and queen who will be crowned during halftime. In Boerne,. they’ll wait until after the game to announce the royalty. Boerne plays Wimberly tonight at 7:30.

Kerrville Offices Closed Friday

City offices will be closed tomorrow (Friday) for the memorial service for Kerrville city councilman Gary Storck.

(The City of Kerrville Municipal Offices and the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library, will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 to allow city employees the opportunity to attend a memorial service for Councilman Gary Stork. The City will resume normal business at 12:00 p.m. Friday.)

6th Grade Entreprenuer Recognized

The Boerne Lemonade Day board members are recognizing two elementary students for a job well done. Lemonade Day was back in May – a nationwide program that teaches young entrepreneurs the basic skills of starting and maintaining a business. The Boerne Star reported Fabra’s PTO received a check for $1,000. Sixth grader Colton Schroeder was also named Entrepreneur of the Year and received a trophy along with a $1,000 scholarship for his overall business skills. Boerne’s next Lemonade Day is May 7, 2017.

Final Reports Pending in Stork Case

More now on the death of Kerrville City Councilman Gary Stork. Kerrville police were dispatched to the Storks’ home last Saturday and found Gary and his wife Peggy unresponsive with gunshot wounds, and pronounced them dead. Autopsies on both were conducted on Monday in Lockhart, and the initial autopsy reports show the cause of death for both Gary and Peggy Stork was a single gunshot wound to the head. Final reports from Central Texas Autopsy typically take two to four months. The evidence will be sent to the DPS Crimes Laboratory in Austin and the investigation will be open until all of the reports are in and available for review by Kerrville Police Department Investigators. A case for Indecency with a Child in which Gary Stork was the suspect was scheduled to be presented to the Grand Jury this week, but that did not happen due to the death of the suspect.