Archives for December 2019

A Hill Country Man Fights His Drug Conviction

A Center Point man is arguing that his drug conviction should be overturned. Patrick Childers is serving an 18-year prison sentence on a meth dealing conviction and claims his sentence should be overturned because officers used bad information and a faulty search warrant that was seven months old. The Daily Times reported the court brief claims the search warrant was overly broad, and that police obtained the search warrants using unreliable information provided by a confidential informant who provided no first-hand information. A response to the court brief is expected in the coming weeks.

Schreiner University Plans for More Food, Beverage, and Recreation Areas

Schreiner University is teaming up with Pint & Plow Brewing Company to open a new venue to go with the university’s connection to the Guadalupe River Trail. Schreiner announced last week that it will convert the historic Faculty Clubhouse into the new venue, which will sell beer and wine, and will be open to the public. The new venue is expected to open in April of 2020 on the westside of the campus where there will also be space for food trucks. Several new recreation and entertainment areas will be opening up in the Trailhead area.

Candidate Packets Available Thursday for City Election

The election filing period will open up soon. In fact you can run for mayor or city council member in Kerrville in the May 2020 election, and to do that you can pick up candidate petition packets and applications starting Jan. 2. The current mayor is Bill Blackburn. Council Places 3 and 4, currently held by Judy Eychner and Delayne Sigerman, are up for grabs. Council members are elected at large and serve two year terms. Candidate packets will be available Thursday and the filing period begins January 15. The petition must include the signatures of at least 100 qualified and registered voters of the city. A filing fee is waived if you file a petition.The packets are available at the city secretary’s office at City Hall, 701 Main Street in Kerrville.

Parolee is Back in Jail After Arrest

A man on parole is accused of assaulting a police officer. Isaih Garcia served time in the Kerr County Jail for assaulting two police officers five years ago, and was arrested again last week while out on parole, on suspicion of assaulting a police officer again, vandalism and resisting arrest. The Daily Times reported Garcia is being held on bonds totaling $65,000.

Boerne ISD Sets New School Calendar

Schools are starting to set calendars for the 2020-2021 school year. The Boerne Independent School District will start classes on Aug. 12, and the final day will be Wednesday, May 26th so students are out before Memorial Day. The Boerne Star reported that calendar option was preferred by 73 percent of faculty and staff. The approved calendar includes a full week off at Thanksgiving, three weekends and two weeks at Christmas and a full week in March for spring break. For more information, visit the BISD website at www.boerneisd.net.

Tickets On Sale This Week for Kerrville Daddy-Daughter Dance

The Kerrville Parks and Rec Department is putting on the 12th Annual Daddy & Daughter Sweetheart Dance in February, and tickets will go on sale Thursday, Jan. 2. The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hill Country Youth Event Center. The event usually sells out, so you’re advised to get them early at the Parks and Recreation Department office at KerrvilleSchreiner Park, 2385 Bandera Hwy., or online at www.kerrvilletx.gov.

Boerne Reviews Its Sign Policy and Will Make Changes

Boerne’s sign ordinance will see some changes in the new year. As the new Unified Development Code is developed the sign regulations are being overhauled to comply with a court ruling that changed how cities can enforce signage. The court ruled that only the design of the sign can be regulated and not the content. The Boerne Star reports under the new strategy, rather than the city council approving or denying variances, those requests now will be handled by the board of adjustments. The new code will speed up the development process by changing the amendment process and restrictions regarding the number of times it can be amended per year. The city could adopt the new Unified Development Code in March.

Bandera City Hall to Close Three Days Next Week

Most city and county offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but Bandera City Hall is adding one extra day to that. City Hall in Bandera will be closed Monday, December 23rd as well. It will reopen December 26th.

Burn Bans Persist for Much of Texas

The burn ban is still on in Kendall County with no immediate plans to lift it. The burn ban has been in place for the past four months, and the risk of fire is still to high to cancel it, according to the burn index from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Kendalll and Bandera counties have some of the highest fire risk ranges in Texas. Of the 254 counties in Texas, 98 still had burn bans in effect as of Dec. 10, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service website.

Fredericksburg Announces Public Hearing for New Development

The City of Fredericksburg has posted notice of a public hearing that will be held January 8th at 5:30 pm to discuss 13.4 acres of land that would be zoned single residential. The land is west of Ellebracht Drive and south of Lower Crabapple Road, otherwise known as Stone Ridge, Unit 10. The public hearing will be the first of two, and it will be at the conference room of the Law Enforcement Center, 1601 East Main Street. A second public hearing will be held by the city council on January 21 at 6 pm at the same location. There’s more at www.fbgtx.org.