Archives for March 2018

Fredericksburg Talks Parking Ahead of a Busy Visitor Month

With the results of the recently completed DestinationNEXT assessment of tourism in Fredericksburg, the on-going retail strategy work and the report coming soon from the City/County visioning process, the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau and its board will begin work on a tourism master plan that will look at challenges and opportunities as they manage the future of tourism in the Hill Country. The CVB says the goal is creating positive experiences for visitors and local residents alike.

Cyclists Come to Kerr County for the Easter Tour

March and April are big months for cyclists to descend upon the Hill Country for charity rides, and there’s one this weekend in Kerr County. About 900 bicycle riders will be part of the 45th annual Easter Hill Country Bicycle Tour, which starts today and runs through Sunday. You may see them today south out of Kerrville on Texas Highway 16 through Medina, then on FM 2828 and FM 3240 to Bandera, to Center Point, then back to Kerrville. The home base is at the Lion’s Den of Schreiner University’s Cailloux Campus Activity Center. Complete routes are posted at

Kerrville ISD Gives One -Time Bonuses to Employees

A one-time bonus is going to teachers and administrators at the Kerrville ISD. Full-time employees are getting $500, and part-time employees will get $300 as a stiped going into the 2018-2019 school year. It’s not easy on the budget at a cost of $345,000, but the chief finiancial officer told the school board this week it’s an important way of taking care of valuable resources like personnel. The board approved. The Kerrville ISD is also putting money into the budget to fix roofs at B.T. Wilson Sixth Grade School, Hill Country High School and a portion of the Tivy Antler Stadium field house.

New Principal Approved for Starkey Elementary

A Kerrville elementary school is getting a new principal. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved Jenna Wentrcek as the new principal of Starkey Elementary. She’s the assistant principal at Tally Elementary School right now, and will replace Amy Ahrens, who took an administration role at Tivy High School. Both will stay in their current roles until the end of the school year and will transition to the new posts over the summer.

Hill Country Family Services Earns Honors

Hill Country Family Services has received another honor. The food pantry just won another Golden Apple Award at an awards dinner in San Antonio, which makes three years in a row. The Corner Cupboard Grocery and Nutrition Center opened last year, which gives patrons the chance to pick up nutritious food that they want, rather than receive a pre-boxed donation. The Corner Cupboard also offers a diabetes prevention program, nutrition education, cooking classes and volunteer opportunities. The Boerne Star reports HCFS was honored as Best Multi-Purpose Agency of the Year in 2016 and 2017, and has now received the coveted Nutrition Partner of the Year in 2018.

City Offices Closed for Good Friday

Not every city office will be closed for Good Friday, but many will be. The city of Fredericksburg for one, says it’s closing on Friday to mark the holiday and that includes the landfill and recycling center, animal shelter, and law enforcement offices. All will reopen on Monday, April 2. Regular trash pickup will happen on Saturday. City Offices in Kerrville are also closed on Friday.

Kerrville to Host ‘Get Outdoors Day’

The Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department is thinking about summer, and they’ve organized an event to encourage everyone to get outdoors. They’re looking for vendors, sponsors, and groups to get involved with the Get Outdoors Day event to be held June 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Dr. They’ll have a 5k, bounce houses, and even snake education, but want to expand from there with events that connect kids and families with the outdoors. There’s more on how to get involved on the city of Kerrville website…

Fredericksburg Will Get New Soccer Fields

Two temporary soccer fields are coming to Fredericksburg. The ten acres near Oak Crest Park are considered to be future sports park property, and the Fredericksburg City Council approved a request from the Youth Soccer Association to turn that into the temporary fields. The soccer teams currently play on baseball fields at Oak Crest Park, but this will give them designated soccer space. The FYSA will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep for the new fields.

Rates Decrease for Atmos Energy Customers

If you use Atmos Energy in Fredericksburg, your rates are going down. A resolution to reduce Atmos Energy rates for residents was approved by the city council. The changes will go into effect on Sunday, April 1 and the Fredericksburg Standard reports it’s possible because the federal corporate tax rate was dropped to 21 percent from 35 percent. Atmos Energy says the new rates will result in a decrease in the average residential and commercial customers’ bills of approximately six percent in non-gas costs.

Hail Takes Out Patrol Cars Before Sheriff’s Office Receives Them

They even get to use them before they were severely damaged. Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer says six of seven new Kerr County Sheriff’s Office vehicles were heavily damaged in a March 18 hail storm in Caldwell. The Daily Times reports the cars were sitting on the lot at Caldwell Country Chevrolet with about 300 other vehicles when hail hit. The vehicles had already been outfitted with sheriff’s equipment, but the sheriff’s office hadn’t taken possession of them yet. The county has agreed to take possession of one vehile that wasn’t on the lot at the time of the storm, and they’ll re-order the others which could take three months.