Archives for August 2018

School Safety Programs are Being Implemented in the Hill Country

School safety continues to be a top priority for Hill Country Districts, and some are taking matters into their own hands. Harper is unincorporated, which means it doesn’t have a city police force but county only, nad the Harper ISD has put the Guardian Program in place to be proactive. The Fredericksburg Standard reports that provides students and staff with an armed self-defense option prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Armed school employees undergo training and the district establishes policies and rules. Hill Country districts are also considering the School Marshal Program which also turns teachers and school employees into security personnel. School safety is expected to continue to be a big issue before Texas lawmakers.

Bandera Horse Refuge Needs Help

A refuge for horses in Bandera could use some help. The Brighter Days Horse Refuge has been around for thirty years on twenty acres near Pipe Creek, and it’s been tough paying the bills lately. The nonprofit provides food and daily care for forty three horses, and the Bandera Bulletin reports the refuge is running out of funds. It takes $600 to $700 per week to get enough grain to feed the horses. They need donations of food, money, and time from volunteers. More information about the refuge is available online at www.brighterdayshorserefuge.org, and on their Facebook page.

KPUB Rates May Increase This Fall

The Kerrville Public Utility Board is considering raising rates, and moved a step closer that that this week. The results of a study show the rate increase would bring rates in line with the costs of service. The Daily Times reported if it’s approved, the increases would come in phases. The first one would be at 2.2 percent by October, and rates would increase again by another 2 percent in 2020, although that could be stretched further into the future. The Kerrville City Council would have to sign off on the rate increases before they go into effect.

Bandera Plans Events to Kick Off Labor Day Weekend

Another historical re-enactment is happening this weekend in Bandera. They’re planning to have gunfighters at the courthouse – 500 Main Street – along with arts and crafts, live music, and native American dances. And a Cowboy Breakfast Sunday morning from 8am to 11am. There’s also a shopper’s jubilee on Main Street in Bandera tonight with shops on Main Street open until 8.

One-Woman Performance Will Portray Three First Ladies

Fredericksburg Theater Company will present Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka this weeked in a one-person show that has her portraying three former First Ladies. “Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty” will run on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 1-2. Bromka plays Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Both performances are at 2 p.m. in the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. There’s more at www.fredericksburgtheater.org.

Kendall County Parade Set for Saturday

The Kendall County Fair parade is coming up this Saturday morning. The city says that will mean street closures. The Hill Country Mile portion of Main Street will be closed until about noon on Saturday, but anyone is welcome to pull up a chair and line the parade route to watch.

Horse Racing Season Wraps Up in Fredericksburg

The final weekend for horse racing for the 2018 season in Fredericksburg ended on a positive note. The president of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association told the Fredericksburg Standard that the track was only able to run 20 races on the final weekend because of the lack of race horses in Texas, but attendance and wagers were steady. Over the season, $935,364 was paid back to the bettors.

Revenue Increases at the Kerrville Golf Course

The golf course in Kerrville will have more money for salaries, office supplies, utilities and advertising in the next fiscal year. The Kerrville City Council voted to increase the fund for the Scott Schreiner Golf Course by $60,000 to just over $1 million total for the fiscal year that starts October 1. Revenue comes from green fees, cart rentals, membership dues, golf merchandise, beer sales and more. The Daily Times reported green fees generated $437,000 last year to make up the largest portion of the revenue. The success is welcome news, since the golf course operated on a negative cash balance for several years.

Wine Industry Celebrates Grape Harvest

August is grape harvest month, and many Hill Country wineries are hosting events to let the public be part of it. Fredericksburg wineries are hosting picking parties, grape stomps and wine tastings through Labor Day weekend. Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is a self-guided route, meaning you can visit any of fifteen participating wineries during normal business hours – and no reservations are required. And if you want to set your calendar, the 28th Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest will take place on Saturday, October 27.

Kerr County Man Faces Sexual Assault Charges

Kerr County Sheriff’s deputies have been invesigating a case of a sexual assault involving a 6-year old girl, and made an arrest earlier this week. Robert Yastic admitted to the alleged abuse, according to the Daily Times, and he was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his home on Shannon Drive in Kerrville. He’s being held at the Kerr County Jail on $50,000 bond.