Archives for May 2017

Longtime Kerrville Employee Retires Today

It’s rare that anyone works at one place for 42 years, and the City of Kerrville is honoring one man who has done that as he retires. Joe Alvarez started work as a mechanic for the City of Kerrville on May 1, 1975 and is the city’s longest tenured employee. He helped maintain fire trucks, ambulances, police cars and all other city vehicles in between and the city says he’s been through many technology changes during his 42 years, and 9 city managers. Alvarez retires today, and says he’ll spend time with family.

Fredericksburg Refines Approach to Marketing its Golf Course

The Lady Bird Johnson golf course in Fredericksburg has been losing money over the past few years, and the city says an Operational Review looking at the finances and more has been completed. The objective and scope included marketing, golf operations, golf course maintenance, F&B lease agreement, facilities and financials. The golf course will be marketed to attract more tourists, as a destination for golfers from Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, and the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will lead the marketing effort. A copy of the Operational Review is on the city of Fredericksburg website.

Luckenbach to Host Food Truck Fest

The Fourth Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival is coming up next month, and the Fredericksburg Chamber says it will feature a dozen food trucks, ten Texas Hill Country wineries and music, from noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, in Luckenbach. Last year almost 3,000 attended, and you can see more at The event starts at 11am that day and goes on rain or shine.

Former Kerrville Nurse Faces New Murder Charges

It’s been 30 years since the murder, and the person accused is facing new charges. Kerrville infant Chelsea McClellan died in 1984, and the Daily Times reports, her murderer is set to take the stand again in the murder trial of a San Antonio boy. Former Kerrville nurse Genene Jones is serving prison tim for the McClellan case, and has been indicted on additional murder charges in the death of a San Antonio boy in 1981, which means she won’t be released from prison just yet. Jones is former pediatric nurse, and is suspected in the deaths of up to 60 infants during her time at a San Antonio hospital and a Kerrville clinic.

New Kerrville City Manager Focuses on Master Plan

Kerrville’s comprehensive plan is the focus for the new City Manager Mark McDaniel, who took over the job about a month ago. McDaniel addressed the Rotary Club recently and said by 2050, some wonder whether Kerrville still have a sense of place, uniqueness, heritage and natural beauty, or if it will become more run-of-the-mill. The Daily Times reports Kerrville’s current comprehensive plan is nearly 10 years old and McDaniel’s top priority is refreshing that. The new master plan will outline priorities for Kerrville in the coming years.

Homeowners Fight Annexation

To annex or not to annex. Some who live near San Antonio are fighting to keep their independence as Bexar County aims to include them. They live in an extraterritorial jurisdiction that the Boerne Star says runs up and down I-10 to the Kendall County line. A bill before state lawmakers now reforms annexations procedures and may help the residents. The San Antonio City Council voted to annex an area on I-10W in September 2016, and the HAA formed after that to fight it. Visit for more. The bill before state lawmakers still needs final approval.

Ribbon Cutting Planned in Bandera

A new business is opening up in Bandera, and they’ll recognize that with a ribbon cutting this weekend. Anyone can go to the ceremony for Bandera
Historic Rides from noon to 3p.m. this Saturday, June 3rd. They’ll have live music and games- paint the pony, nail the tail to the mule, and pony
rides. It’s at 803 Maple Street in Bandera.

Kerrville Board Members are in Question

The Kerrville City Council is showing some dissent in nominating new members to local boards…

(William Morgan will take a seat on the Kerr Central Appraisal District after a nomination by Mayor Bonnie White. He was approved on a 3-2 vote. We don’t know why, but Mary Ellen Summerlin moved to discuss White’s nomination of Morgan in closed session. Her motion was rejected, with her and Warren Ferguson voting against Morgan’s nomination. When it came time for votes on new members to the Economic Improvement Corporation, Summerlin again interjected that she felt those who have served in the past and done a good job should be re-appointed. She nominated Delayne Sigerman for reappointment. Sigerman then spoke to the board to express her gratitude, but when it came time to vote, both she and Paul Stafford were rejected together on a 3-2 vote. Eventually, a commission of George Baroody, Robert Naman, Gary Cooper and Paul Stafford to the four seats, which passed unanimously.)

Safety Questions Raised After Boerne Child is Hit by a Bus

A child in Boerne is recovering after being hit by a car while she was waiting for the bus. It happened on Herff Ranch Blvd., and the Boerne Star reports it’s the second time in a month that a child has been hit on that road. The girl attends Boerne Middle School South, and suffered a concussion and several scrapes and contusions. Witness helped police find the driver, who is from Lubbock. The girl was not in a crosswalk when she was hit.

Fredericksburg Hosts Memorial Day Events

Several Memorial Day services are planned around the Hill Country on Monday, including ceremonies in Fredericksburg. One will be at the National Museum of the Pacific War, honoring those who died while fighting in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War on Terrorism. That starts at 10am. The Veterans Council of Gillespie County will host a ceremony too, featuring an Iwo Jima survivor. It’s free, but get to the Memorial Courtyard early because seating will be limited.