Archives for September 2017

Tivy Teacher Earns Honor

In Kerrville, a Tivy High School teacher has earned an honor. Becky Likin has coached the mock trial team at Tivy High School for the better part of 14 years, and she’s also a senior English teacher and debate coach. The Daily Times says the Texas Lawyers Auxiliary announced that Likin will be awarded the Teacher of the Year honor at an Austin event in March, primarily for her work with the mock trial team. She and a co-winner from El Paso will be presented with their awards in Austin along with $1,000 each.

Kerrville EIC to Get Less Money Under New Budget

The Kerr Economic Development Corporation is getting less money from the city under the new budget. The Daily Times reports the council voted 3-2 for an amended 2018 city budget that reduces the Kerrville’s direct contribution to the KEDC by $21,500, from $24,500 to $3,000. The council says the KEDC would still be fully funded and could either draw down on its reserves or request more funds.

Man Accused of Threatening the VA Waives Hearing

Steven Crosley of Lakehills was arrested back on Sept 7 for making alleged threats to the VA, and he recently waived his preliminary and detention hearing. Crosley is facing charges for using the internet and social media to threaten people working for the US Department of Veteran Affairs. He’s still in federal custody awaiting more court dates.

Two in Kerrville Face New Charges

Two people already in jail are facing more felony charges. 28-year old Skyler Ray Hall of Kerrville, and 25-year old Beth Bybett Wesner of Ingram have been linked to a kidnapping that happened earlier in September. The Daily Times says Wesneer told officers that on Sept. 13, the victim had come to purchase meth from Hall, and the two got into a disagreement at Monkey Island. After that incident, Hall and Wesner were arrested on Sept. 21 with drugs and drug paraphenalia inside a vehicle. The two initially posted bond before facing the new charges.

Kerrville Receives Finance Award

Kerrville’s City Finance Department has again been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The city says it’s the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and it’s an award Kerrville has received for 32 straight years, starting in 1984.

Fredericksburg Bed and Breakfast Faces Steep Advertising Bill

One website that gains some credit for drawing tourists to the Hill Country is going to start charging more. One Fredericksburg business that’s finding out about that is Barons CreekSide bed and breakfast. The business relies some on the online booking site BedandBreakfast.com, which is responsible for about 10 percent of his business annually, according to the Fredericksburg Standard. For that, he pays them a $700 annual fee to showcase his listings, but starting Oct. 1, the site will take away a “visit the site” link to the property owner’s own website, and it will begin charging a 15-percent commission. The Standard reports, based on last year’s bookings, Meyer said that will increase his payment to that site from $700 annually to about $28,500. A meeting in October may produce a new deal, or we could see fewer Fredericksburg bed and breakfasts listed on that site.

Property Tax Discount Ends in Fair Oaks Ranch

Fair Oaks Ranch City Council members are moving to what they say is the right way to budget, by ending a property tax savings incentive. The early pay discount primarily benefited escrow companies. It offered a three percent discount for paying property taxes in October, 2 percent in November, and 1 percent in December. If everyone paid taxes early that would lead to a loss of $100,000 for Fair Oaks Ranch. Overall, Fair Oaks Ranch is anticipating almost a half million dollar increase in revenue in the next fiscal year.

Drug Testing Policy to be Implemented at Comfort ISD

There’s a new drug testing policy at the Comfort ISD, and it’s going to be mandatory. The Boerne Star says the district will host meetings with students and parents to outline the testing policy and procedures, and show how it will all be implemented. Under the new policy, students in Comfort will be tested for illegal drugs and alcohol on a random basis. It will apply to high schoolers in school-sponsored extracurricular activities and any student who requests a parking permit. There’s another meeting coming up at the Comfort high cafeteria on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.

Carriage Business Comes to Bandera

The Cowboy Capital of the World may get a new business that would fit right in. A horse-drawn carriage company recently secured up to $18,000 worth of business incentives from the Bandera Economic Development Corporation to help with start-up costs. The Bandera Bulletin says the new company will be called Cowboy Capital Carriage Services, and there are still some permits to obtain from the city. The EDC offered the incentives as long as the carriage company stays in business for three years and six months. If it folds, it will become the property of Bandera. Cowboy Capital Carriage Services hopes to be up and running by Thanksgiving.

Register to Vote Now for November Election

The League of Women Voters were out in full force Tuesday registering people to vote. Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day, which takes place on the fourth Tuesday of September and started in 2012.
For more information on registering to vote or upcoming elections, visit the League of Women Voters website lwvhillcountrytexas.org.