Archives for September 2018

Gillespie County Approves Insurance Coverage for Volunteers

Gillespie County Commissioners said yes this week to providing workers’ compensation insurance for volunteers. The coverage will be through the Texas Association of Counties, and will cover one volunteer each at Pioneer Memorial Library and the Gillespie County Airport. Original requests at the Pioneer Memorial Library were for two volunteers, and four at the Gillespie County Airport, but commissioners agreed to cover one in each place.

Schreiner University Announces Plan to Lock in Tuition

Schreiner University has a plan to make tuition more affordable. The school rolled out a new initiative this week that will have tuition locked in on a student’s first day and will not be raised if the student graduates in four years or less. The goal is to help families make a reasonable financial plan that will cover four years on perhaps a fixed financial aid package. Schreiner is also developing academic programs that could be completed in three years, and setting low prices on summer courses so students can use that time to catch up or accelerate work on a degree.

KPUB Rate Increase Moves Ahead

The Kerrville Public Utility Board has a proposed rate increase that would increase residential rates by an average of 2.6 percent, and the Kerrville City Council has agreed with the move so far. City lawmaker unanimously approved on a first reading this week. The reason behind the rate hike is to cover operational costs, according to KPUB.

Habitat for Humanity Still Needs Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg is looking for volunteer members for both their board and to serve on committees. Areas of expertise and positions needing to be filled are: CPA, Treasurer, CLO (Certified Loan Officer), Educator, Spanish Speaker, Grant Writer, Fundraising, Mortgage Banking and Servicing, Lawyer or Paralegal, and Construction. Habitat is a non-profit organization with a mission of providing decent, affordable housing to those in need in Gillespie County.
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Science Mill Hosts Badge Day for Girl Scouts

A family friendly STEM adventure day is coming up tomorrow with the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the Science Mill! Troop members can earn badges at the self-guided badge workshop. The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City.

Kerrville Relaxes Water Restrictions

The last two months have seen more than 10 inches of rain in many parts of the Hill Country. The Guadalupe River flow has stabilize and aquifer levels are on the rise. The city of Kerrville says water consumption has shown a drop to levels where overall consumption is less than 65 percent of the city’s safe operating capacity and that makes it possible to relax landscape and lawn watering a bit. You can water with hose-end sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems daily from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., and anytime for hand-held-hoses with nozzle, drip irrigation or buckets. There’s more on Kerrville’s website at

Two Face Charges After Ingram School Burglary

A man landed in jail this week after reports of a theft from Ingram Elementary School. Ingram Police said the break-in happened last weekend and quickly identified two suspects. 18-year-old Cameron Mitchell was taken to the Kerr County jail, and the Daily Times reported he’s still there on a $10,000 bond. A juvenile was detained and released to juvenile authorities. Both are facing burglary charges and Ingram police continue their investigation.

New Adoption Hours at the Kerrville Animal Shelter

Kerrville’s animal shelter is revising its hours and adding seven more hours during the week. The Kerr County Animal Services center on Loop 534 will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The standard adoption fee is $45 per pet.,

Pipeline Expected to Pass Through Hill Country

Some landowners in the Hill Country may be contacted soon by developers who want build a natural gas pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Gulf of Mexico. The Fredericksburg Standard reported would stretch 430-miles starting north of Fort Stockton and stretching across Texas to its destinations near Houston. The pipeline would be buried, and would include parts of the Hill Country including 233 parcels of land in southern Gillespie County, starting just north of U.S. 290, then going south of Harper, Fredericksburg and Stonewall. More than two thousand construction jobs would be generated by the project. The process of contacting landowners and gaining the easements will happen first, and construction could begin in the fall of 2019.

Submissions Accepted Now for Writing Competition

Kids involved with the the ten area Gillespie County 4-H chapters are invited to enter a Poetry and Short Story writing competition with the themes Classic Cowboy–Western Culture–Farm & Ranch Life. Trophies will be handed out on Thursday, November 8 at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium. Applications are due Monday, October 1st, and the deadline for submissions is Monday, October 22nd.

For details and application forms, contact Taylor Osbourn at 830.997-3452 or