Archives for April 2018

Investigation Continues Into Pipe Creek Plane Wreck

A pilot and retired Marine from Pipe Creek died earlier this month when his experimental, small-engine aircraft crashed in a brushy area near the Medina-Bexar County line. The Bandera Bulletin reported 68-year old Carl Edward Bray died April 15th after taking off from Freedom Springs Ranch airport near Pipe Creek. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said a fire that started after the plane crashed destroyed the aircraft. No ruling yet on the cause of the crash. The NTSB continues to compile a report and will release the final result in several weeks.

Bandera Irons Out Riverfest Details

The Bandera Business Association is getting ready for its 21st annual Riverfest on the banks of the Medina River this summer. This comes two weeks after sponsors said skyrocketing costs demanded by the city and prohibitions against vehicular traffic in the lower level of the park had forced them to move the festival out of city park to the Pioneer River Resort RV park. The Bandera Bulletin’s Chris Darius reported the council endorsed the idea of moving Riverfest back to City Park and got the details ironed out. The conditions outlined by the business association would waive the fee the city charges to use the park, would make Maple Street bordering city park a one-way street during the festival, would instruct the BBA to provide its own security, EMS and clean-up crews and would impose other operating rules that the association wants to implement. It runs from 10am to 6pm on Saturday June 30th at City Park in Bandera.

Hospital Recognized for Women’s Services

Hill Country Memorial has been recognized by Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Hospital for Obstetrics, and that makes five years in a row. HCM was one of 452 hospitals that met the highest standards for obstetrics in the nation, according to a news release. The hospital scored well with patient satisfaction, education of patients, and patient outcomes. HCM is planning some renovations to the OB department too, that should be done sometime in mid-2019.

Gillespie County Hosts Texan Roundup

The Gillespie County Airport has a show starting tomorrow that will showcase World War II era planes. The annual Texan Roundup will have more than 20 vintage warbirds on display with some aircraft taxiing on the runway. The flying clinic for Texan owners got its start in 2007. The show runs April 28 through May 1.

Kerrville to Conduct Public Safety Study for Facilities

Kerrville is looking into what it would take to build a new space for police and courts. A master plan in 2008 set out priorities for existing public safety facilities that needed to be changed or updated, and a study is in the works that will look at the costs for building a new structure that could hold police and fire departments in addition to courtrooms. Besides the costs, the feasibility study will identify potential locations and explore bond options. It may take a year to complete the study.

GoFundMe Account Set up for Kerrville Accident Victim

A Gofundme account has been set up to help a Kerrville man injured in an accident. William Stucky had to be airlifted to a San Antonio hospital after he lost control of a motorcycle last Saturday night as he was headed southeast in the 300 block of East Davis Street at Hays Street, according to the Kerrville Police Department. Stuckey has a wife and three children, adn teh Gofundme page said he suffered bleeding from the brain, had air around is lungs and a lacerated liver when he was taken to the hospital. Look for William Stuckey’s Fund on the crowd-sourcing website if you’d like to help out.

Fredericksburg Has Wheel of Fortune Winner

You may have seen a Hill Country native win big on Wheel of Fortune. Elliott Byrd is a Texas State University student with ties to Fredericksburg, and won a total of $60,800 in cash and prizes on the show Tuesday during College Week Spring Break. In addition to cash, Byrd also won trips to the Amazon, Andes Mountains and Maui, Hawaii. The Fredericksburg Standard reports Byrd is a finance major at Texas State, set to graduate next month.

Teen Indicted in Amanda Hawkins Case

A Kerrville teenager has been indicted on several charges, including manslaughter, in connection with the June death of two toddlers. The Daily Times reports 17-year old Kevin William Franke will be tried as an adult in the death of two toddlers last June who were left inside a hot car for 15 hours near a home in the 2900 block of Riverside Drive. Franke is accused of exposing the girls to an unreasonable risk of harm, according to the indictment. He is scheduled to go to trial on Aug. 27. The mother, Amanda Hawkins, is set for trial May 21.

Bandera Gets a New Business

A Tractor Supply Company store will soon be coming to Bandera…

(A company spokesperson confirmed to the Bandera Bulletin this week that Tractor Supply Company, which bills itself as the largest rural lifestyle retail store in the US, will build a 19-thousand square foot store. The company is not yet saying exactly WHERE the store will be located or what sites they might have in mind. However, Art Crawford, the president of the Bandera Economic Development Corporation, tells the Bulletin that the likely site will be off Highway 173 South, on the southeast side of Medina River. While some say they’re enthused about the new jobs the store will bring, others also have concerned about increased competition that might squeeze out revenue for local mom and pop shops. The company has not disclosed a potential opening date.)

One Hospitalized After Domestic Violence Incident

A man is still hospitalized in San Antonio after a disturbance a week ago in Fredericksburg. 28-year-old subject, Marc Desharnais, of Fredericksburg, was shot in the abdomen as police were called to a domestic violence call involving Desharnais and his girlfriend. 32-year old Carl Mohr intervened. The investigation continues with charges pending.