Archives for November 2018

Youth Orchestra Performs Sunday

The Hill Country Youth Orchestras will perform a free show this Sunday at the Cailloux Theater, including a brand new middle school wind ensemble. A full symphony orchestra will also perform and the show starts at 3pm. HCYO is a tuition-free orchestra program open to all kids Hill Country.

Hunters Discover Body of Missing Woman

The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide related to a missing person’s report. Martha Garza had been missing since November 17th, and a body was found early Friday, Nov. 23. Police said Garza left her purse and medications at her home but her cell phone was missing. Garza’s body was found in the Pecan Creek area by hunters around 6:15am the day after Thanksgiving and the death has been ruled a homicide. Texas Rangers are leading the investigation and a person of interest has been identified. If you have tips, contact the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Solar Farm Plans Continue in Kerrville

A solar farm on land owned by Schreiner University is a step closer to happening. The Kerrville City Council approved a conditional use permit this week that will clear the way for the Singing Wind Solar Farm across the street from Tom Daniels Elementary School. The Kerrville Public Utility Board told the Daily Times construction should be done next year. It’s one of three private-public partnerships KPUB is creating with other groups in the city to establish solar farms.

Kerrville Police Arrest Two After Traffic Stop

Two men were arrested after a traffic stop Wednesday on Sidney Baker in Kerrville. Deputies found guns and methamphetamine in their car after getting a tip that the two were staying at a local motel. Deputies went to check, and saw Christopher Hammer and Eric Sweat driving, and pulled them over. A news release from the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office said both were in possession of meth and guns, and face felony charges. They’re at the Kerr County Jail.

Commissioners Consider When to Close Roads in Kerr County

Kerr County Commissioners have been talking about how to handle possible road closures near rivers and streams when flooding happens. Commissioner Tom Moser said at a meeting this week there has to be a balance between safety and convenience. The Daily Times reported county commissioners are considering a TxDOT standard of a water depth of 6 inches for closing roads, and Kendall County uses a system based on a combination of water depth and velocity. A motion to involve the county engineer failed, so it’s back to square one to come up with guidelines.

Local Fire Department Gets a Grant

The Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department got a boost recently in the form of a $32,000 grant. The Daily Times reported the money will go toward buying new personal protective equipment, and it comes from a Community Development Partnership Grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative. The plan is to replace firefighters’ standard gear and add new lightweight woodland gear for the entire department.

Traffic Delays Expected on Highway 16

Road work may slow down drivers in Gillespie County. TxDOT will be performing bridge maintenance work on the bridge crossing Live Oak Creek on Hwy 16 South starting today and it will continue for about two weeks. The city says the contractor will be using one-way traffic control with a pilot car. Drivers traveling on Hwy 16 can expect delays up to 15 minutes.

Boerne Parade Will Bring Road Closures

Boerne’s Weinacht Parade is coming up this Saturday along the Hill Country Mile. The grand marshal this year is Tammie Jo Shults, who is an American commercial airline captain and retired naval aviator who was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy. The parade starts at 6 pm on Saturday at North Street and Main near the fire station and will head south across Cibolo Creek to Hosack Street. Detours will be set up, and Main Street will close to through traffic starting at 4:30.

Christmas Celebration Planned for Saturday

The Kendall County Fairgrounds will host the 35th Oma’s Christmas event this weekend. Santa will be there for photos, and they’ll have a coloring contest, face painting, and other kids’ activities, and a drawing for a Visa gift card. Vendors will be set up with three halls of artisan items for sale both Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds.

Donations Needed at Well-Known Charity

Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries works all year long to help those in need around the Hill Country, and they can especially use donations this time of year. Donations of non-perishable food or money can be dropped off during business hours at the ministry at 38 Cascade Caverns Road, and there’s more at Several Boerne businesses recently dropped off checks to help too.