Archives for September 2019

Kendall County Jobless Rate Drops Slightly

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Texas is 3.4 percent, and the Hill Country is in that range. The 13-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area includes Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kerr, and Medina counties. McMullen County registered the lowest unemployment rate among the counties at 2.2 percent while Atascosa County registered the highest rate at 3.7 percent. The Boerne Star reported the Kendall County unemployment decreased to 2.8 percent in August, down from the 3.0 percent rate reported in July.

Office Upgrades are Complete at Kerrville Camping Headquarters

The H.E. Butt Foundation is one of the oldest in the state of Texas and supports five camping programs and it’s headquartered in Kerrville. Local contractors and neighbors recently gathered at the H.E. Butt Foundation offices at 719 Earl Garrett St. to celebrate the grand opening of three new buildings. The Daily Times reported campus improvements in Kerrville consist of three new buildings facing Earl Garrett, Barnett and Washington streets, each designed to look like the two historic houses built in the early 1930s at 719 and 721 Earl Garrett St. The foundation employs 113 people full time around Leakey, San Antonio and Kerrville.

Boerne ISD Student Numbers Are on the Rise

Enrollment at the Boerne ISD continues to grow. Superintendent Thomas Price said there currently are more than 9,500 students attending this fall and the district is continuing to grow. The Boerne Star reported the number of students enrolled this school year is 108 more than anticipated. The goal for the average daily attendance is 96 percent. During the first month of the academic year, half of the campuses have met those targets.

Kerrville Drivers May Find Construction Delays

The City of Kerrville’s annual street maintenance program is underway and that means a contractor has started spreading an asphalt and aggregate mixture on the street surface to make a protective coating and help them last longer. Streets to see the work include Antler Drive North, Quinlan Street North, Water Street East, and several others. The list can be found on the city’s website at Slurry seal work is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks and barricades and cones will be up until the sticky mixture dries.

Register Now for TX Democratic Women’s Meeting

Hill Country Chapter of Texas Democratic Women will meet next month and anyone can attend. Maria Regalado, president of Texas Democratic Women, will speak about serving on the state board and the goals of the organization. The meeting will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 201 Holdsworth Drive. Reservations for the luncheon are due no later than Thursday, Sept. 26.

Kerrville Triathlon to Draw Runners and Spectators

The Ninth Annual Kerrville Triathlon Festival is coming up this weekend. The long-course triathlon started in 2011, and again this year the 2-day event will consist of eight races, a sports exposition and a free Kids Fun Run. Organizers say the Half Ironman Triathlon will feature some of the most scenic cycling available in Texas. The festival kicks off Saturday, Sept. 28 with a Sprint Distance and a free Kids Fun Run. Sunday is the big day featuring both a Half and Quarter Distance Triathlon. There’s also an expo Friday and Saturday at the Inn of the Hills Hotel and Conference Center.

Meeting to Cover I-10 Widening Project

You’ve got the chance next week to hear more about transportation plans for the future. The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Boerne Middle School South about the planned Interstate 10 expansion. Under the plan, I-10 will be to be widened from four to eight lanes from Highway 46 in Boerne to Farm to Market 3351 (Ralph Fair Road) in Kendall and Bexar counties. They’ll add an HOV lane, and TxDOT says existing bridges, crossings and overpasses also will be widened, replaced or modified. There’s more at

Burn Bans Are Still in Effect

Burn bans are on for much of the Hill Country. Gillespie County’s burn ban is still in effect after county commissioners reinstated it in late August. The burn ban is also on in Kendall County. Outdoor burning is alway prohibited inside city limits, but with the countywide burn bans, no outdoor burning is allowed at all. Burn bans are continuously evaluated, as moisture levels and drought indexes are considered.

High School to Host Meeting About Teen Drug Use

Parents can learn about signs to watch for with teen drug use at a meeting today at Tivy High School. The event with the Kerrville Recovery Coalition starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Tivy High School auditorium, 3250 Loop 534. Parents can even get a free home drug testing kit.

Repeat Offender Sentenced for Drugs

A Kerrville man convicted once before is going to prison again. 49-year old Anthony Brown, 49 was sentenced on four felony drug charges including drug possession with intent to deliver. Brown was within 1,000 feet of Ingram Elementary School when the offenses occurred in August 2018, and that meant stiffer penalties. Brown’s wife asked the judge to give him the opportunity to get help, but Brown was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Daily Times reported Brown has been in jail several times over the last 10 years for drug dealing and related crimes in Kerr County.