Archives for January 2020

Now is the Time to Join the Local Search and Rescue Team

The Kerr County Search and Rescue Team is looking for new members. There are mandatory weekend training sessions coming up that will equip the new members to search for, locate, stabilize and extract people who are in imminent danger. The Search and Rescue team also helps in the aftermath of disasters. The Kerr County team helps with swift water rescues, structure fires, missing children, and many other things. A Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) basic training course is scheduled Feb. 28-29 and March 1; and another certification session is planned over two weekends: March 27-29 and April 17-19.

For more information about Kerr County Search and Rescue or about the application process and training, contact Kerr County Emergency Management Coordinator William B. Thomas at 830-315-2430.

Johnson City to Open New Community Center

New meeting space is opening up next week in Johnson City. The Blanco County Community Resource Center plans to open Monday at 206 S. Highway 281 in Johnson City. Theh new center will provide office and meeting space for up to 30 federal, state, and local nonprofits that provide social services to Blanco County residents.The hope is that residents of Blanco County will have increased access to services and won’t have to travel to Austin or San Antonio.

Trial Continues for a Kerrville Man

A trial has been happening this week in Kerrville for Sean Osborn, who is accused of shooting a gun inside his home in 2018 and endangering his 5-year old daughter. He’s also accused of pointing a gun at police. Kerrville officers were called to testify and one said several shell casings were found inside the home at 232 Mack Holliman. The Daily Times reported one evidence technicial also testified to drug paraphenalia at the home. His daughter is now in the care of her mother.

Fredericksburg Has Plans to Upgrade Marktplatz

Marktplatz in Fredericksburg will see some improvements. The city council recently approved a bid from Hill Country Home and Ranch to do the work, which will bring upgrades to the pavillions. Marktplatz hosts festivals, concerts and an ice skating rink in the holiday season, and it’s got a playground for children and places for a picnic. Work on the upgrades will start this spring.

Kerr County Supervisor is Honored by Secretary of Defense

One of Kerr County’s own has received a high honor from the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Ashli S. Badders, director of the Kerr County Environmental Health office, received the Patriot Award which directly recognizes supervisors for their contributions to national security by participating in America‚Äôs National Guard and Reserve Forces. Robert Imler, a Texas volunteer with ESGR from Camp Mabry in Austin presented the award, and Badders is his supervisor. Imler said she’s a huge supporter of the military and is understanding any time training or assignments occur.

New Kerrville Neighborhood Gets Approval

It’s been several months in the making, and this week the Kerrville City Council voted unanimously in favor of a new housing development. The zoning change clears the way for a 510-home development along Texas 16 and south of Riverhill Boulevard. The Vintage Heights neighborhood will include mid-income homes by builder D.R. Horton. One of the big concerns was over traffic leading into the neighborhood, and the developer has ensured there will be no public access through Riverhill Boulevard. There will also be an 8-foot wooden fence to buffer the neighborhood and Riverhill, and the houses nearest the road will be one-story.

River Trail to Connect with Schreiner University Trail

The Kerrville River Trail is making progress. The trail extension adds one mile to the overall trail system that runs from the G Street crossing, alongside Memorial Boulevard and eventually to the Quinlan Creek Bridge toward the university. The Daily Times reported Schreiner is putting together its own trail that will run the perimeter of campus and will connect with the city’s trail at a trailhead. The whole thing should be finished by the summer. Kerrville has also adopted a River Trail Master Plan for future expansion.

Bandera ISD Launches Survey on Drug Use

Parents of students in the Bandera ISD should know about a new survey that’s important to the district. The school district is asking students about their drug and alcohol use in a new anonymous survey, and they want to let parents know about it too. Employees of the district, parents, students, and community members can take the survey through tomorrow, January 31 and you can access it through www.banderaisd.net.

Boerne City Staff Moves Into New Offices

Some final construction work is still happening on the inside fo the new building in Boerne that houses city offices, the city staff has officially moved in and they’re open for business. The new facility houses over 10 city departments and provides one-stop services for utility customers and the general public. The city says on its website that the new permanent City Council chambers are not complete so City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, the Historic Landmark Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustments meetings will continue to be held at the Municipal Court Complex until March. A public open house will be scheduled once everything is totally finished.

New Coffee Shop is Planned in Kerrville

Kerrville is getting another Starbucks location. This one will go up in front of the new Hobby Lobby store, along Sidney Baker Street. The new Hobby Lobby has been drawing big crowds since it opened last week. No word yet on a planned opening date for the new coffee shop.