Archives for August 2019

Teachers Honored Tonight at Tivy

Teachers will be honored before tonight’s Tivy football game in Kerrville. The Kerrville Public School Foundation will announce grant recipients and recognize Teachers of the Year at the pregame ceremonies. Hillarie Swanner of Hal Peterson Middle School and Debbie Fowler of Tom Daniels Elementary will be honored. The grants will go for new technology for students. The ceremony starts at 7:15 p.m., right before the Tivy football game at Antler Stadium.

Ribbon Cutting Will Celebrate New Maternity Ward

The new Kathleen C. Cailloux Birthing Center is up and running at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg. They’ve expanded and renovated the OB department at the hospital with the help of a transformational $1.5 million dollar grant from The Cailloux Foundation. The labor, birthing, recovery, and postpartum suits used to be called the HCM Women’s Pavilion. With the changes, the Cailloux Birthing Center allows mothers and babies to stay in their room the entire time in a more home-like atmosphere. The ribbon cutting is coming up September 14th at 11am.

Landmark Restaurant is For Sale

A Bandera restaurant that’s been around more than 40 years could be changing ownership. Gwen Janes has operated the landmark Old Spanish Trail restaurant at 311 Main St. in Bandera since 1978. The Bandera Bulletin reports she said she is ready to retire and spend more time with her family, so she is putting the family restaurant up for sale. The sale could draw national interest from restaurant operators and investors. The old Dogleg Coffeehouse next door that currently houses O’Neals Florist & Antiques is also looking for a buyer. The OST building has continuously operated as a restaurant since 1921.

Affordable Housing Officer Idea is On Hold

The Fredericksburg City Council decided not to fund a new position that would address affordable housing. A housing specialist isn’t included in the City’s fiscal year 2020 budget and they’ve delayed considering the appointment of some type of task force until the next City workshops session, scheduled for October 29. The Fredericksburg Chamber says, based on feedback from members it will pursue housing as a key priority for workforce development and will continue on solutions.

Kerrville Zoning Changes to Impact Current Properties

Changes are coming to the way properties are zoned in Kerrville, but they’ll give you a chance to adjust. The rewrite of the zoning code cuts down the number of zones from 49 to 17 in an effort to make it less confusing. The city council realizes there will be some properties that won’t be in compliance with the changes, and they’ll work with you at city hall to get them ironed out over the next six months. The goal is to get properties to line up with the Kerrville 2050 Master Plan.

Those with non-conformity issues can contact the development services department at 830-258-1514.

Teen Faces Other Charges As He Awaits Murder Trial

A teen who is already facing charges in the deaths of two toddlers is facing new accusations. Kevin Franke is charged with murder in the hot car deaths of two toddlers when he was 16 years old, and the Daily Times reports Franke is on probation after pleading guilty to stealing firearms in Bandera when he was 17. If Franke completes probation for the theft charges, he will not have felony convictions on his record. Franke was indicted on the murder charges in July 2018, having been accused of letting two toddlers die in a car he’d been sleeping in at a party in June 2017.

Flood Warning System Expands

The Bandera County River Authority is developing a faster early warning flood system for the Medina River in Bandera County. An upgraded monitoring network also is being installed along the Sabinal River. It’s hot and dry now, but preparations are being made in case that changes.

Bandera Labor Day Celebration is Known By a New Name

Labor Day weekend festivities in Bandera will be known by a new name. Last year the event was called Experience Bandera, but this year it’s the Bandera Round-Up, with the same Old West feel in the Cowboy Capital of the World. The Round-Up will have a parade along Main Street led by longhorn cattle, and Arts & Crafts Market on the Bandera County Courthouse grounds Saturday and Sunday, and ranch rodeos on Saturday and Sunday evenings at Mansfield Park. There’s more at

Kerr County Elections Officials Finish Important Training

Two long-time employees of Kerr County recently completed six years of specialized education to earn the highest professional designations possible in their field of public service. Nadine Alford, chief deputy and elections coordinator, and Eva Washburn, elections clerk, now
carry the CERA distinction, which designates them as Certified Elections/Registration Administrators. Alford and Washburn both finished six years of study in the program and traveled last week to
Orlando, Florida, to be recognized in a ceremony.

Fatal Accident is Under Investigation

Kerrville police are investigating the cause of an accident that claimed the life of a Kerrvill man. 38-year old Michael Paul Lopez died last Saturday morning after crashing into a tree in the 1500 block of East Main Street. An off-duty nurse was administering CPR when police arrived, and he was taken to Peterson Regional Medical Center. Lopez was alone in the car.