Archives for July 2018

Kerr County Considers Higher Salaries

Kerr County department heads put in salary increase requests for their employees, and county commissioners held a recent workshop to talk about it. The Daily Times reported most of the increases were the result of obligatory step raises within grades for posts including the tax assessor-collector, county attorney, the 198th and 216th judicial districts, road and bridge, and the sheriff’s office. More workers will have to be hired for the jail expansion too, and those salaries are being set. It was just a budget workshop last week and nothing is final yet.

Bandera Business Closes

A landmark business in Bandera has shut its doors. The Gingerbread House opened in 1980 and had three Bandera locations, including 1110 Cedar Street for the last 30 years. The Bandera Bulletin reported the last day was one week ago today, and said the owner sold the building on Cedar Street, but not the business or the Gingerbread House name.

Opening Remains for Kendall Co. Commissioner

Both the Republican and Democratic parties of Kendall County are looking for nominees to be on the November ballot as candidates for county commissioner of Precinct 3. That seat opened up after Commissioner Tommy Pfeiffer passed away July 13 and had served in some capacity in Kendall County since 1982. Whoever wins the November election would serve for the remaining two years of the unexpired term.

Man Shooting at a Raccoon Faces No Charges

A Kendall County man caused a stir after shooting at raccoons in his front yard on Spring Creek Road in Boerne. The man’s nephew hid in the closet because he was afraid the man was shooting at a dog, but deputies confirmed he was after the raccoons that were on his front porch. Deputies treated it as a felony traffic stop in the H-E-B parking lot because they didn’t know if the man was armed, and that led to commotion inside H-E-B. In the end, the man wasn’t charged and there were no signs of damage anywhere.

Family Swim Night This Saturday

Family swim night at the Olympic pool is this weekend. Bring the family and enjoy an evening at Kerrville’s Olympic Pool on Saturday with Fam,ily swim night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Along with regular $1 admission fees, each admission will include a hot dog, chips, and a drink. There will also be games for those interested in participating in some fun activities, and of course swimming! The last operating day at the pool will be Aug. 17. For more information, call 257-7300.

Kerrville’s Hoppe Earns Professional Award

Kerrville’s deputy city manager has recently been awarded the CRedentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. E.A. Hoppe is one of more than 13-hundred local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. In a news release, Hoppe said he considers it an honor to be able to serve the public as a profession and to have the opportunity to better any community each and every day. Hoppe has 15 years of professional local government executive experience. Prior to his appointment in 2016 as Deputy City Manager of Kerrville, he served as City Manager in Bulverde, Texas, and also previously served the City of Richardson, Texas.

KPD Citizens Police Academy Applications Being Accepted

The Kerrville Police Department is once again gearing for its citizens police academy. Applications are now being accepted through August 2nd. There are 12 classes that are instructed by KPD personnel. They cover a variety of law enforcement topics, from everyday patrol and traffic issues, to evidence collecting and criminal investigations. There is no charge for the class. Meetings are once a week on Thursdays starting at 6pm. Graduation is planned for November 1st. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A criminal background check will be done. Applicants cannot have a Class B misdemeanor or higher offense on their record in order to participate. The first class is Thursday, August 9th.

Movies In The Park This Friday

It’s a flashback to the 1980s this week during the third installment of the City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department’s “Movies in the Park” series! Bring the family, chairs, blankets, insect repellant and a flashlight for an outdoor evening. The “Movies in the Park” series, sponsored by The Cailloux Foundation and The Bosworth Company, returns Friday night, July 27 at Kerrville Schreiner Park. The movie will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and is FREE for all attendees. There will be complimentary popcorn.
For movie title information, please contact the Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department at (830) 257-7300 or visit

FSA Committee Candidate Nominations Due Aug. 1

Kerr and Bandera County residents are reminded that farmers and ranchers have until the first of AUgust to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA committees. USDAFSA County Executive Director Joel Gourley says the county committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees meet monthly. Members help decide on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, and other agriculture issues. Terms are for three years.

Fredericksburg ISD to Add Laptops

The Fredericksburg ISD has been working on bond-related technology projects and several upgrades are happening including desktop computers, electronic whiteboards, interactive equipment, scanners and projectors, according to the Fredericksburg Standard. There is also a plan to provide students with laptops instead of having the libraries hand them out each day. More than 800 new laptop units are coming soon to the high school campus.