Archives for November 2019

Comfort Hosts Christmas Celebration This Weekend

Christmas in Comfort is happening Saturday. The event is now in its 33rd year and takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Historic District. The Comfort Chamber of Commerce says the event features more than 125 vendors, joining the merchants in the downtown area and along Highways 27 and 87. Vendor booths on High Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. while vendor and food booths on Seventh and Eighth streets will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Boerne Star said children can have photos taken with Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Christmas tree will light up at 6 p.m. and the lighted parade begins at 7 p.m. and marches through the downtown area.

Eisbahn Skating Rink Opens Today in Fredericksburg

Today is opening day for the Eisbahn skating rink in Fredericksburg. Since 2008, Eisbahn has a main attraction during the Christmas season in Fredericksburg. One hundred percent of the families at Heritage School volunteer to work Eisbahn. A portion of the proceeds from Eisbahn is donated to two causes: Lifeline Foundation supporting cystic fibrosis research, and the Boys and Girls Club of Fredericksburg. Eisbahn also contributes to needs-based tuition assistance for qualifying families at Heritage School. Eisbahn is open the Friday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s weekend.

Local Homebuilding Program May Expand Across the Country

Richard Laughlin, owner of Laughlin Homes & Restoration in Fredericksburg, is featured on the cover of Remodeling Magazine with a story about Casa Uber Alles, a program where local home builders partner with the high school building trades class. The program is designed to produce students who are equipped for successful careers in construction, whether they intend to enter the workforce after high school or pursue advanced education. The program looks to expand across the country.

New Housing Development Could Be Coming to Kerrville

Kerrville city leaders will be considering a proposal next week to build 510 homes in a development named Vintage Heights just south of the Riverhill area along the east side of Medina Highway. There would be a mix of lot sizes that would meet needs for workforce housing. The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. next Thursday in the City Council Chambers, and a public hearing is planned that day.

Fredericksburg Announces the Next Coffee With the City Manager

The next Coffee with the City Manager Event is coming up in Fredericksburg December 11. The City of Fredericksburg says it helps you get answers to your local government questions or express your ideas and concerns than to sit down in a relaxed atmosphere, face to face with the City Manager. The next Coffee with the City Manager event will take place on Wednesday, December 11, from 8 – 9 am at Campo Azul, at 803 S. Adams St.

Boerne Woman is An Inspiration for Those With Hearing Loss

An inspirational woman in Boerne is one of four people honored for helping others. The Boerne Star reported Emma Faye Rudkin is almost totally deaf, and she’s getting her message across loud and clear.
Rudkin was honored by Oticon Inc. by being named the top advocate for helping to show that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to achieve, contribute and inspire. Oticon’s awards program now has honored more than 280 individuals with hearing loss and hearing care professionals over its 21-year history.

Boerne Preps for Dickens on Main This Weekend

Dickens on Main will celebrate 20 years this weekend in Boerne along the Hill Country Mile. It was started in 1999 by a group of Boerne shopkeepers and the Boerne Star reported it has grown to include five villages. And it’s one of the rare times you’ll see snow in the Hill Country. The street and villages open at 4 p.m. Friday and the festival officially kicks off at 6 p.m. with the traditional tree lighting ceremony at Main Plaza. Dickens on Main runs through Saturday night.

Kerr County Wants Out of Animal Adoptions

The way that Kerr County Animal Services operates has been a source of controversy since Kerr County Commissioners opted to end Saturday hours at the shelter and change volunteer policies. This week, Kerr County Commissioners voted to end adoption services at the county-run shelter by the end of 2020. The Daily Times reported the county wants to work with a nonprofit that will help facilitate adoptions in the future. A newly formed group called Kerrville Pets Alive could run the shelter, and it has plans to fundraise to different animal welfare organizations. Commissioners haven’t formally chosen to work with Kerrville Pets Alive, but adopted a wait-and-see approach as the nonprofit gets off the ground.

Voters Should Update Information Now

Kerr County Voters are about to receive new Voter ID Cards in the mail.
Kerr County voters whose registration is current in December 2019 will get new voter registration certificates and they’ll be valid for two years, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, through Dec. 31, 2021. The new cards will be needed to cast ballots in the upcoming primary and general elections. The next election is set for March 3, 2020. Any registered voter who has had an address change, name change, 911 change or who has moved in the last two years, but who hasn’t yet notified the Kerr County Elections Department, is asked to update that.

Voters also have the option of emailing their changes to either or

Kerr County Tax Assessor-Collector – Elections Department, 700 Main Street Ste. 124, Kerrville, TX 78028.

Fredericksburg Will Have New Lights This Holiday Season

On Friday evening they’ll flip the switch to light the Community Christmas Tree and Christmas Pyramid at Marktplatz in Fredericksburg. That will happen at 6:30 pm. and Santa Claus will take photos with kids until 8 pm. City crews install the pyramid and all of the Christmas decorations along Main Street each year, and this year they’re putting up thousands of new lights on the trees thanks to funding from the City’s hotel occupancy tax fund. Lights will be on through January 6. And Eisbahn at Marktplatz opens on November 29 as well.