Archives for December 2018

Boerne Employees Honored for Years of Service

In Boerne, Rusty Cass was honored recently for 25 years of service to the Road and Bridge department. Cass has been working for the county the longest, but six others were also recognized for service that totaled more than 110 years. The group was honored for longevity at a recent Kendall County Commissioners’ meeting.

Hikes Planned on New Year’s Day

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is hoping for an active New Year’s Day across the Hill Country. There will be many “First Day Hikes” across the state, with several programs across the Hill Country at scenic trails. Guadalupe River State Park on the line between Kendall and Comal counties will host an event, along with Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg. Canyon State Natural Area near Helotes will do the same, as will Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area in northern Kendall County.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved in Kerr County

Kerr County got some good news recently. The Hazard Mitigation Plan for the county has been approved by FEMA, and that means all participating jurisdictions that adopt the plan will be eligible for grant funding that will help in the case of natural disasters and flooding. Groups covered by the plan include the Center Point, Hunt, Ingram, and Kerrville ISDs, the cities of Ingram and Kerrville, Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital, The Upper Guadalupe River Authority, Schreiner University, and Kerr County. The hazard mitigation plan is good for five years.

New Officers Take Over in Kerr County Jan. 1

Tuesday may be a holiday, but there will be things happening at the Kerr County Courthouse. Precinct 1 Commissioner Harley Belew tells us that the new year will ring in personnel changes at the Kerr County Courthouse. Effective tomorrow, Marty Mistretta (Reservist USAF) will take over as Veterans Services Officer. Also Jennifer Doss becomes the new HR Director, Pam Peter will be the new Victim Services Coordinator, and Carole Machetta becomes the new Assistant Victims Services Coordinator. Jackie Dowdy will be moving from the County Attorney’s Office to become our new Kerr County Clerk, former Kerr County Commissioner Pct 4, Bob Reeves has been appointed the new Kerr County Tax Assessor. Also on January 1, current HR Director, Dawn Lantz will be sworn-in as the new Kerr County District Court Clerk.

Pollard Conducts Final Commissioners Court

At Wednesday’s meeting of Kerr County Commissioners Court, it was the last time to preside over the court for Judge Tom Pollard. He decided not to run for re-election, so that means beginning Jan. 1, Judge-elect Rob Kelly will take the lead role for the court. The first regularly scheduled meeting of the New Year is coming up Monday, Jan. 14.

Survey Results Are In for Movies in the Park

The Kerrville Parks and Rec Department has posted the results of the “Movies in the Park” online survey. Based on the survey results, the Dive-In Movie at the Olympic Pool will start off the series next year and they’ll show “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” on Friday, July 5 at 9 p.m. or dark. This event is new to Kerrville and you’ll be able to watch the movie either from the pool deck or while floating in the pool. Other movies will show throughout July and August at Kerrville Schreiner Park.
All movies were selected based on the survey. Complete results are available at

Kerrville Takes Lifeguard Applications Now

Kerrville is making plans for next summer. The City of Kerrville is accepting applications for lifeguards at the Olympic Pool next year, and if you’re at least 15 years old and can work regularly from late May through mid-August you’re welcome to apply. There’s no special certification needed and training is provided through Kerrville Parks and Rec. Applications are available at City Hall at 701 Main St., and at

Kerrville Robotics Team Preps for Competition

A robotics competition is coming up at Schreiner University in January, and a group of Kerrville fifth graders will be part of it. Mustang Robotics is a group that makes robotic projects after school, and the Daily Times reported the group decided to make Puppies for Astronauts’ Well-Being in Space, or PAWS for the competition. The virtual pet would hlep astronauts combat loneliness and give them emotional support in space. The robotics team is based at Tom Daniels Elementary and the robotics competition will be at Schreiner University Jan. 12.

Online Reservations Coming in 2019 for Parks

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area is always a popular spot for visitors, and 2018 was no exception. The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau tells us that because of massive demand for park use, in 2019 Texas Parks and Wildlife will be moving to an online reservation system for day passes so you will be assured entry to a particular park if you have purchased your pass online in advance. The goal is to give Hill Country residents an equal shot at getting into the park, especially during peak times. Many are pushing for increased funding to better accommodate the record number of visitors in the Texas parks system as well.

FISD to Offer More School Tours in 2019

The 2018-19 FISD Taxpayer Tour is scheduled for each of the campuses along with central office and maintenance. All taxpayers of FISD are invited to sign up for a small group tour of a campus to see a campus in action and a view into the classrooms and facilities. The tours begin at 11:00 am and end by 1:00 pm at all campuses. The next tour is happening January 22 at Stonewall Elementary School and you can contact the FISD administrative offices to register.

February 19 – Fredericksburg Elementary School
March 19 – Fredericksburg High School
April 16 – Fredericksburg Middle School
May 21- Central Office, Maintenance, and Transportation

Participants are asked to meet at the school office. Please contact Joanie Kramer, Director of FISD Community Education at 830-997-7182 or to register.