Archives for October 2017

Red Ribbons to be Placed on Hundreds of Veterans’ Graves

Red ribbons are going up at cemeteries around the Hill Country, including the Kerrville National Cemetery ahead of Veterans Day. There’s a ceremony planned this Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the cemetery, on Spur 100 just east of the Veterans Administration Hospital. Anyone can attend. The Daily Times says the Red Ribbon Corps project started in 2008 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, and expanded to the Kerrville National Cemetery in 2010, when the Republican Women of Kerr County volunteered to sponsor it. There are 462 headstones getting red ribbons in Kerrville.

LBJ White House to Close for Four Days for Repairs

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has announced that the Texas White House on the LBJ Ranch will be closed for public tours for at least four days in November due to a historic preservation project. Beginning on Monday, November 6, and continuing through at least November 9 the home will be closed so that work can be completed on the living room ceiling. Depending on the rate of progress, the home may be closed even longer. Each day during the closure, park rangers will provide free tours through part of the grounds near the historic home and all other park facilities will be open.

www.nps.gov/lyjo and facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS.

Rex Emerson Runs Again for District Judge

Rex Emerson is seeking re-election for the 198th District Judge position after holding the post for the past eight years. Among his ambitions, Emerson says he’s exploring ways now to integrate specialty court programs to help address substance abuse issues around the Hill Country. Emerson was appointed in 2009 to complete an unexpired term, and he successfully ran for office in 2010 and 2014.

Dentist Will Collect Halloween Candy for the Troops

What to do with all that Halloween candy….besides eat it. Parents might be happy to know that Boerne Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry will collect left-over Halloween candy from Nov. 1 – 10 to be sent to service members, wounded heroes and veterans. They’re located at 215 W. Bandera, Suite 112, and is the only official drop-off site in Boerne for The Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops Candy Buy Back Program. Last year the program collected about a hundred pounds of candy, and this year’s goal is to collect 200 pounds.

KPUB to Hold Town Hall on New Smart Meters

The Kerrville Public Utility Board will host a public town hall meeting this week to talk about a new project. It’s a $4.4 million advanced metering infrastructure project that would allow two-way transmission between “smart meters” and the utility’s headquarters. It would take six years to pay off, and the utility says it would save customers money on bills. At Thursday’s town hall they’ll answer questions about what information travels back and forth from house to headquarters, and what electromagnetic signals would be transmitted to and from the meters. The meeting starts at 6pm Thursday, and there’s more on the KPUB website, kpub.com.

Fair Oaks Ranch May Legalize Golf Carts on Streets

Residents in Fair Oaks Ranch have been using golf carts to run out to the grocery store or to take kids to school, and city officials have been looking at how to regulate that. City leaders want to bring the rules into compliance with the Texas Transportation Code, so golf carts have to be equipped with head lamps, tail lamps, reflectors and slow-moving vehicle emblems. Drivers also have to obey traffic laws and keep the golf carts under 30 mph. The Boerne Star reports the Fair Oaks Ranch City Council is expected to consider a second reading of the ordinance during its next regular meeting. The ordinance, if approved, will take effect Jan. 1.

Purchases Approved for Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office

Gillespie County Commissioners unanimously approved county Sheriff Buddy Mills’ requests this week to buy body armor, patrol vehicles and handheld radios. The Fredericksburg Standard reports four new bullet-proof vests will be purchased to replace those that have worn out. The vests cost $850 each, but federal grant funds will cover up to half the cost. And when the new patrol cars are purchased, five older vehicles will be rotated out.

Kerrville Chamber Luncheon Incluese Preview of Master Plan

The Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready for the annual state of the city luncheon in Kerrville next week. It’s happening 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Inn of the Hills, and Kerrville Mayor Bonnie White and City Manager Mark McDaniel will speak. They’ll also cover the long-term plan for the city as they put that plan together. City leaders have said they want to involve the community in the planning process, and that will be through the web and media. They’ll outline those plans at the luncheon next week too. Tickets are available at the Chamber office or www.kerrvilletx.gov.

Kerrville Plans Hazardous Waste Event

The City of Kerrville teams up with Kerr County for the annual Household Hazardous Waste collection event in a few weeks at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. It’s planned for Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. It’s intended for residents and not businesses. All hazardous waste dropped off has to be under 5 gallons and in a safe container. For more of the specs about what’s accepted and what’s not, go to www.kerrvilletx.gov.

Fright Night Tuesday in Kerrville

The City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its Family Fright Night next Tuesday, Halloween night. It’s happening at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive, starting at 5:30 p.m. and it’s a free event with trick-or-treating, games, a costume contest, and food vendors. The costume contest registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with judging after that by age category. There’s more at www.kerrvilletx.org.