Archives for January 2019

Tips Encouraged During Shooting Investigation

Kerrville Police want your help with a shooting investigation. Deputies said shots were reportedly fired in the 500 block of Beech Street Monday night and witnesses said they saw a light colored pickup truck in the area at the time. KPD’s Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating and working to identify those connected with the shooting. Anyone with information should call 830-257-8181 or Kerr County Crime Stoppers at 830-896-8477 (TIPS).

Boerne Outlines Framework for Possible Annexation

More information is expected in February about Boerne’s plans to annex land. The city says on its website that the City Council may consider annexation at their February 12 meeting. A presentation was provided to the Boerne City Council at their January 22nd meeting and it”s a legal summary of annexation laws and processes along with a draft annexation strategy, and how it applies to the extraterritorial jurisdiction. The rules are posted on www.ci.boerne.tx.us.

Chamber CEO Resigns

The president and CEO of the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce has resigned. Joe Granados will leave the chamber to join Ye Kendall Inn owner Bill Bird in a business partnership, according to the Boerne Star. Kimberley Blohm, the vice president of marketing and membership, is interim CEO and could take over permanently. A search is also being conducted.

Water Storage Tower Considered in Fair Oaks Ranch

Better water pressure could be coming to Fair Oaks Ranch. Plans for a new elevated water storage tank in the northeast part of the city are in the works, and the Boerne Star reports the goals are to improve water pressure and to comply with a state law that requires storage tanks for towns with more than 2500 connections. An engineering study is in the works to figure out the best place for the water storage tank, and site-selection will come after that. It will be another 2-3 years before the tank is up and running.

Local Leaders Oppose Wastewater Discharge

Kerr County lawmakers don’t want wastewater to be dumped into local streams and rivers. Commissioners voted this week to support state legislation that would stop the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality from allowing treated wastewater or pollutants flow any surface water, specifically in the Nueces River Basin. It’s an effort to keep streams clean and minimize damage to the ecosystem. A bill allowing discharges failed last year, but state lawmakers are considering it again.

Motorcycle Accident Critically Injures One

The investigation continues into a Monday accident involving a motorcyclist. Two motorcycles hit each other at the intersection of Wharton and Center Point River Roads and one driver was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital. The motorcycles were traveling east on Wharton Road when they had to stop at an intersection. One rear-ended the other as the first one had to yield for a truck. The driver in front had just minor injuries, but the second driver’s injuries were critical. DPS is leading the investigation.

Crews Raise Construction Beams in Kendall County

Drivers in Kendall County should prepare for another road closure this weekend. Construction crews closed I-10 at Fair Oaks Parkway last weekend to install new beams, and the same thing will happen this weekend, according to TxDOT. They’re putting up a turn-around bridge that’s a part of the conversion of frontage roads for one-way traffic. The Boerne Star reported the dedicated turn lane from eastbound State Hwy. 46 to Charger Lane will be closed for the next week as well. Drivers can still get through, but delays are expected.

Aviation Day Helps Students Learn About Careers

Gillespie County Aviation Career Day is coming up April 9th a the Hangar Hotel Conference Center. Organizers say it will give students the chance to learn about careers in the aviation industry in Gillespie County and beyond. Speakers will cover aviation, aviation curriculum, and possible pathways for a career in the industry as a pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, and aircraft assembly technicians. Students will also get hands-on experience with a Flight Simulator, Drones, and more. All students from Hill Country High Schools and Middle Schools are welcome.

Special Needs Prom Planned for February

A special prom night for people with special needs will happen in Kerrville in ten days. Organizers are looking for sponsorships right now and guests to sign up. The Night to Shine is happening Feb. 8 and will include limo rides, professional photography, a catered dinner, and dance. Cross Kingdom Church helps organize the event and provides many of the volunteers. Night to Shine is part of the Tim Tebow Foundation and it’s free for guests. To register, go to www.NTSHillCountry.com.

New Athletic Director Starts This Week at the Bandera ISD

The Bandera Independent School District named its new Athletic Director this month. Joel Fontenot-Amedee is the district’s new athletic director/head football coach and comes to Bandera from San Antonio’s Robert G. Cole High School, where the Bandera Bulletin reports he served as the offensive coordinator. He was also the boys head track coach at the Fort Sam Houston ISD school. Fontenot-Amedee officially begins his duties locally on Feb. 1. Former AD and Head Football Coach Jeff Hamilton left in November to return to Brandeis High School in San Antonio.