Archives for June 2018

Boerne Couple is Wanted for Stealing Amazon Packages

A couple from Boerne is wanted on drug and theft charges. Police say Valeska Shilling and Rudy Shilling were caught on surveillance video with dozens of stolen Amazon packages and methamphetamine after stealing from a mail station on June 19 in Cordillera Ranch. The San Antonio Express News reported the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office received an “overwhelming” number of tips and were able to identify the Shillings and obtain arrest warrants for them. The Amazon and other mail packages belong to residents in the Boerne, Bergheim and Cordillera Ranch areas. If you have tips, contact the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office


Hot Weather Leads to Burn Bans

Gillespie County Commissioners put a burn ban into place earlier this week, and most of the Hill Country is under the same restriction. Kerr County has a burn ban in effect for all four precints, and Kendall County has had a burn ban in effect since the end of May. Bandera County is focusing on water restrictions with the goal of achieving a 20 percent reduction in the total use of water per day. Non-essential things like washing down driveways and buildings with hoses are prohibited right now.

Schreiner Freshmen Attend Orientation

It’s time to think about going back to school for quite a few students. Schreiner University recently hosted a two-day orientation, which gave incoming freshmen and their parents a glimpse into the fall and what life on campus may be like. About 150 students were there to pick roommates and hear a speech by President Charlie McCormack. Classes start Monday, August 20th at Schreiner.

Fredericksburg Students Launch Another Rocket

Students in the Fredericksburg High School Engineering Program launched a big rocket last week as they traveled to White Sands Missile Range. The Fredericksburg Standard reported the students succeeded in launching Redbird #19 and it was the second year in a row that the FHS students were able to achieve a recorded flight. Redbird #19 had an eight-inch diameter and was 25 feet long, and students divided into the rocket building team and the wind tunnel team to engineer it and make it happen.

Fredericksburg Budget Hearing Set for Monday

A public hearing on the City of Fredericksburg’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget will be held on Monday, July 2 during the City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 6 pm at the Law Enforcement Center located at 1601 E. Main Street. While no formal preliminary budget has been prepared, you can voice concerns during the hearing and give input on the upcoming City budget. The budget process will continue through the next few months while the final FY2019 Budget is expected to be adopted in September.

Holiday Week Brings Office Closures

With the 4th of July holiday next week, city and county offices will be closed across the Hill Country, and some services will have special hours. Garbarge collection will stay on schedule in Fredericksburg and the city says holidays don’t impact trash collection days. The recycling center in Fredericksburg will be closed Wednesday and Thursday and will reopen Friday, July 6th. The animal shelter and law enforcement center will be closed on the 4th and will re-open on the 5th.

Kerrville’s 4th on the River will Close Louise Hays Park

Robert Earl Keen’s 4th on the River is coming up next week at Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive in Kerrville. There will be festivities throughout the day, including free concerts, vendors and a large
fireworks display. The vendors will open at 2 p.m. and the concerts begin at 5 p.m. Headliner Robert Earl Keen will be followed by fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. Don’t forget, Louise Hays Park will be closed to traffic all day on July 4th.

Gillespie County Continues to Fight Invasive River Cane

Gillespie County is doing its best to rid the area of invasive river cane or Arundo donax. The Fredericksburg Standard reports the eradication project combines Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, City of Fredericksburg and the Hill Country Alliance, and keep the fast-growing river cane out of creek beds. It can lead to erosion, poor water quality, and the loss of the ability to retain floodwaters. The eradication effort is in its third year.

Fredericksburg High Moves to 8-Period Day

Students in Fredericksburg will be going to more classes this fall. Instead of a 6-period school day, High School students in Fredericksburg will have 8 periods in the day. Parents and students weighed in on the move back in February after the principal proposed the change. One of the options was moving to a five-period day, but it was ultimately decided that would limit course selections too much. With the 8-period schedule, each class will be 45 minutes and students will have two semesters per school year instead of four. The high school’s day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:50 p.m., and school starts Monday August 13th.

Accident on Texas 39 Snarled Traffic, but No Serious Injuries

It could have been worse when a a garbage truck and 18-wheeler collided Monday on Texas 39. It happened just before 10am and involved a commercial trash truck and an 18-wheeler hauling construction equipment, according to the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office. No one was seriously injured, but one person complained of back pain. DPS is continuing to investigate.