Archives for December 2016

Kerrville Offers Tree Recycling

It’s time to recycle that big, dead tree sitting in the middle of your living room.

(The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department will be accepting Christmas trees from today through January 21st. The designated drop off area will be located in Lehmann & Monroe Park near the Park Lane / La Casa Street entrance. There is no cost associated with this program. It is very important that you remove all decorations and lights, including garland, hangers, icicles, etc. 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. Just remember to remove the decorations the city will take care of the rest.” If you have any other questions, call (830) 258-1151 or visit the city’s website at

Frontier Times Museum Celebrates Local Rodeo Hero

The Frontier Times Museum is celebrating Rodeo Champion Ray Wharton with a new book written by George Sharman. The Bandera County Courier reports the autobiography of Percy Ray Wharton was a collaborative work between the Wharton’s, Sharman, editor Maggie Schumacher and numerous others who contributed pictures, research and insight. Sharman grew up in Bandera and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970.

Bandera County Gets Historical Marker

The Texas Historical Commission has recognized a Bandera County landmark with a new historical marker. The Flying L Hill Country Resort has been an important part of history, and the designation honors the Pilot’s Lounge, Air Park & Villas at the resort itself. A special ceremony was held yesterday at the resort. The historical marker designation program is designed as a way of preserving history and increasing awareness about cultural resources. Criteria with the designation include historical significance and age. Texas has 15-thousand historical markers, among the most in the country.

Enchanted Rock Offers First Day Hike

Park Rangers will be working on New Year’s Day, as part of a hike at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The hike will start at 9:30 a.m. at Enchanted Rock and then moves up to the Summit Trail. A park ranger will be there to talk about the natural and cultural history of the park, the flora and fauna, and some of the legends that give the granite dome its name. The Fredericksburg Standard says the hike travels 6/10 of a mile to the top, with a 425-foot elevation gain.

Bandera Barrel Racer Earns Honors

An honor for a Bandera County barrel racer. 23-year old Callie duPerier becomes the first woman to be inducted into the Cowboy Capital of the World Monument of Champions with a ceremony this week. The monument is located in front of the courthouse, and that’s where she took social media photos and signed some autographs this week.

Kerr and Gillepsie County Officers to be Sworn In

Even though New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, several counties are planning swearing-in ceremonies to install newly-elected officers. In Kerr County, there’s a 1pm ceremony planned on Sunday in the district courtroom at the County Courthouse. Harley David Belew will be sworn in as the new Precinct 1 commissioner. Two new constables also will be sworn in — Constable Tommy Rodriguez for Precinct 1 and Constable Kenneth Wilke for Precinct 3. Existing officials keeping their jobs will be sworn in too, including Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, County Attorney Heather Stebbins, Tax Assessor-Collector Diane Bolin, and County Commissioner Jonathan Letz. At the Gillespie County Courthouse, County Attorney Chris Nevins, County Sheriff Buddy Mills Jr., and Tax Assessor-Collector Vicki J. Schmidt will also be sworn in.

Volkssport Walks This Weekend

Walkers will be out in Fredericksburg this weekend, on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The cost is $3 for each walk, and both begin at St. Joseph’s Halle at 212 West San Antonio Street. The Volkssport Association plans the Memorial Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with walkers finishing by 4 p.m. Friends and family will be reflecting on lives lost this yar. The Night Walk happens at midnight Saturday night and runs into the wee hours Sunday morning.

County Officials to be Sworn in January 1

Even though New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, they’ll waste no time in Gillespie County getting to work. The plan is to swear in new officers at 9am on January 1st at the Gillespie County Courthouse’s county courtroom. The county officials elected November 8th will be sworn into office. That includes County Attorney Christopher (Chris) Nevins, County Sheriff Forester Jake (Buddy) Mills Jr. and also Vicki J. Schmidt, County Tax Assessor-Collector.

Kerrville Man Threatens the President

A Kerrville man is in a heap of trouble, as the federal government accuses him of making threats against President Barack Obama.

(21 year-old Gavin Leonard Friedman is identified in a news release from US Marshals as the man who sent a series of letters with threats to kill the president. Friedman has a long history with local law enforcement. Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer confirmed to the Daily Times that Friedman has made previous threats against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Kerr County District Attorney Bruce Curry in 2013. The sheriff also says Friedman’s history of felonies includes aggravated sexual assault of a child, which he eventually pleaded guilty to, and assault of a public servant.)

Offices Closed for the New Year’s Holiday

Federal government offices will close on Monday, Jan. 2 to observe the New Year’s Day. Offices re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Same goes for state offices, and county and city offices across the Hill Country. Also no mail on Monday.