Archives for October 2016

Another Rabies Case Discovered

The rabies cases continue to pile up in Kerr County.

(There had been a couple weeks with no new discoveries, but that ended Wednesday wehen test results confirmed a 33rd positive rabies case in a bat. The animal was found at Tivy High School, just inside the northwest entrance. Interim Superintendent Wade Ivy made notifications throughout the district and it is suspected that no humans came in contact with the bat. However, anyone who did should contact a medical professional. Anyone who needs to report suspected rabies should call 257-3100.)

Feral Hogs Plague Fair Oaks Ranch

Kendall County has some worries about feral hogs, especially around Ralph Fair Road and Fair Oaks Parkway. Fair Oaks Ranch city council members recently heard from a game manager who explained a little more about why the wild hogs are attracted to the Hill Country. There are a lot of feral hogs in Texas – in fact six to eight million – which is half of the country’s feral hog population. And they’re pretty smart, with intelligence levels similar to a dolphin or chimpanzee, and has no natural predators. The Boerne Star says there has been no damage from the feral hogs in Kendall County, but homeowners in other areas have reported damage to sprinkler systems, landscaping and cars. Fair Oaks Ranch city leaders are talking about ways to stop the hogs before they start doing damage.

Bandera May Promote Interim Treasurer

The idea of promoting the interim treasurer in Bandera to a permanent position is still on the table. Rose Garr might have already gotten the permanent job if it weren’t for the idea that there could be a conflict of interest since her husband Michael Garr is the City Administrator. The Bandera City council voted 3-2 recently to change the city administrator’s powers and duties, so the treasurer isn’t one of the people that the city admininstrator oversees. The Bandera County Courier reports the decision to promote Garr is still pending.

Comfort ISD Plans for Growth

Population growth in the Hill Country means school districts need to come up with long-range plans. Comfort ISD Superintendent Leslie Vann introduced a plan to trustees recently that would create a steering committee that would help implement priority measures. The first meeting of the steering committee is coming up Nov. 1 and another action planning committee will meet Nov. 10. The Boerne Star reports the Comfort school board also recently gave the green light to a Discovery Education program for students, parents, and teachers that will offer video clips that focus on science, math, language arts, and social studies. There’s a link on the CISD website.

Comfort Will Add School Bus Cameras

The Comfort ISD is getting cameras for its buses, and those are in the process of being installed now. Three primary buses have had cameras for awhile now, but the new plan is to put digital cameras on all buses in the fleet. The Boerne Star reports the new system records image, sound and comes equipped with infrared technology allowing the cameras to record in the dark. Parents are getting letters from the district explaining how the cameras will be used, and the guidelines are also posted on the district website.

Deputies ID Body

A body found last week in eastern Kerr County has been identified. Angelica Jimenez was 34 when she died, and had been reported missing from San Antonio in November 2015. Her remains were discovered last Tuesday morning off Bartel Road in East Kerr County, near Interstate 10 while workers were clearing brush. The positive ID was made from dental records obtained from Mexico, and now investigators are working to determine what led up to her death, and whether foul play was involved.

Kerrville Hosts Bow Hunt

The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department is again hosting the annual wildlife management bow hunt at Kerrville-Schreiner Park.

(The bow hunt is planned for December1st through 20th. For safety, the Southside / Hillside area of the park will be closed during that time to all traffic and park visitors, however, the Riverside area of the park will remain open to the public as usual. Hunters are selected through an electronic drawing process through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Public Hunt Program in September. Standby hunter spots are still available by going to the city website at kerrvilletx.gov.)

New Police Van is Donated

A newly donated police van will benefit the Fredericksburg PD. It was recently donated by UniFirst Uniform Services in San Antonio, and the Fredricksburg Standard says it will be used by the Fredericksburg Police Department for emergency response and crime scene investigation.

Local Hospital Preps for Open Enrollment

The open enrollment period starts next week for healthcare sign-ups, and one local hospital is raising awareness about the options. Hill Country Memorial in Fredericksburg says two options exist on the Marketplace — Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Superior Ambetter. The Fredericksburg Standard reports the established BC/BS will offer better network coverage, while Ambetter claims to compete on price. Hill Country Memorial wants to be sure that, in 2017, there will be an in-network plan for local marketplace users. An HMO was the only BCBS option last time around, and many doctors, hospitals, and patients chose not to participate. United Healthcare has left the Texas market. Open enrollment starts November 1.

Golf Fee Discussion Continues in Fredericksburg

More now on a story regarding golf fees at the city course in Fredericksburg. There were reports that high school students played for free at the course when they joined high school golf programs, and that the city council decided to do away with the free play and start charging schools $90 per player to use the course. It turns out, high schoolers had been paying a fee the whole time, but at a reduced rate junior membership. The money continues to go into the general fund.