Archives for March 2020

SBA Connects Businesses With Resources

Chambers of Commerce groups across the Hill Country want businesses to know there are resources available. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners. There’s also an economic Injury Disaster Loan available. You can reach the SBA online for more.

1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Kerr County Extends Disaster Declaration

Kerr County is extending its disaster declaration that had been due to expire. The declaration gave County Judge Rob Kelly the power to stop work on a TxDOT-licensed construction project along Texas 27. The Daily Times reported there had been worries that work on the project might inadvertently sever communication lines, which would be especially bad during a pandemic.

REAL ID Deadline Has Been Extended

You have a little bit longer to get the gold star on your driver’s license. The Department of Homeland Security is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline by a whole year. The current October 1, 2020 deadline has been moved to October 1, 2021. The federal government says because of COVID-19, states across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs and that will keep millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. The Dept. of Homeland Security also says extending the deadline will allow the Department to work with Congress to implement changes to speed up issuing REAL IDs once the health crisis is over.

Some School Districts Extend Closures

School districts are taking it week by week in deciding how long to maintain closures. Comfort and Center Point independent school districts will extend the closure for the next several weeks. Center Point informed parents it was indefinitely shutting down indefinitely. Comfort is closed through at least April 24. The Daily Times reported districts in Hunt, Ingram and Harper said they planned to return to school on April 6, but that could change.

Blood Drive Moved to April 7

There’s an urgent need for blood right now after many blood drives were canceled earlier this month over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Organizers say it’s a safe thing to do, and you’re encouraged to donate to help restock supplies. A blood drive set for Thursday, April 2nd in Kerrville has moved to Tuesday, April 7th at the Hill Country Youth Event Center between 9 am and 2 pm. You can sign up for an appointment with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.

donor.southtexasblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/112708

Kerr County Disaster Declaration Extenstion Approved

Kerr County Commissioners approved the extension of last week’s disaster declaration by County Judge Rob Kelly. The declaration was due to expire and needed the approval of commissioners for it to remain in effect. The vote in favor was unanimous. The disaster delcaration enables the county to utilize resources and adapt quickly to conditions as they change.

KISD Lights of Hope

Kerrville ISD is letting is reaching out to the community with lights of hope. The stadium lights at Antler Stadium will be on from 8-9 p.m. every night as a show of solidarity with the students and community during these difficult times. Tivy Athletic Director David Jones says, “The symbolism is that there is light at the end of this road and we are all in this together.” He added that the hope is that when students, families and citizens see those lights on, they know the KISD family is thinking of them.

Bandera Electric Cooperative Closes Office Lobbies

Out of an abundance of caution, Bandera Electric Cooperative office lobbies are closed until further notice. Temporary hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In-person payments can be made at the Bandera and Comfort drive-thrus, at the Comfort and Leakey kiosks, and all office drop-boxes. Members are encouraged to make payments by calling 866.226.3372 or by using the SmartHub app

Kerrville Playgrounds And Drinking Fountains Closed

The Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department is closing all city park playgrounds and drinking fountains until further notice, in an effort to make community health and wellness a priority, and out of an abundance of caution. While all Parks and Recreation events and activities are still postponed until further notice, Parks and trails are remaining open for now. The City believes that parks, trails, and open spaces can continue to be used in a safe manner that allows people to enjoy the mental and physical health benefits of parks. All park goers are encouraged to follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks and trails, and observe at all times the CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people.

Boerne ISD Closed Through April 24

Boerne ISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Price announced that district schools will remain closed through April 24. He says district personnel are quickly learning and implementing remote work environments for staff and can continue providing the many supports to students. Price says that while it’s a different way of doing the work, district personnel are dedicated to being their very best for all. See the full statement at: boerneisd.net