Archives for May 2020

3 New Cases of COVID-19 Kerr County

Three new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Kerr County bringing the total to 21. Peterson Health said they received the positive results yesterday. At least one of the cases is considered community spread, while the other two cases are under investigation. City of Kerrville confirms that one of the new positive cases is a city employee. 10 of the 21 Kerr County residents infected have recovered, one is hospitalized and there have been no local deaths from COVID-19.

Hill Country Graduations to be Live-Streamed

Hill Country graduations this evening have limited the number of attendees to protect everyone from COVID-19. But each graduation ceremony tonight can be watched online.

The link to the livestream of the Tivy Graduation Ceremony can be found on the homepage of the KISD website/.The livestream of the ceremony will begin approximately half an hour prior to the 8 p.m. start time.

Blanco High School AAVTC Students will be live streaming the BHS CLASS of 2020 Graduation tonight. The live stream starts at 7:30 PM with the graduation ceremony starting at 8:00 PM. Find the link to the AAVTC YouTube Channel on the Blanco Independent School District website.

Fredericksburg High School’s graduation is at 8 p.m. will livestream the graduation ceremony.

Kerrville Assessing Damage to City-Owned Property and Utilities

Kerr County continues to asses damage from Wednesday night’s storms – including damage to city-owned property and utilities. Kerrville City Manager Mark McDaniel told the Daily Times the damage is major and the extent is still being determined. The water treatment plant sustained significant damage when the power got knocked out, the lift stations had to be manually pumped. Atmos Energy has been busy repairing gas lines in the city that were damaged by uprooted trees. In Kerr County, at least 2 homes were destroyed, over 20 roofs lost, and hundreds of trees down.

National Weather Service Says Damage Caused by Straight Line Winds

The Kerr County Sheriff says he spent time with representatives from the National Weather Service who inspected areas impacted by Wednesday night’s storms. They told him wasn’t a tornado, but straight line winds and micro bursts, with winds in excess of 70 to 80 miles per hour that caused the extensive damage in the county.

KPUB Still Working to Restore Power

Kerrville Public Utility Board announced this morning that they are still experiencing 261 outages affecting over a thousand customers in the service area due to the storms that brought large hail, damaging winds & countless lightning strikes. KPUB asks for continued patience as their crews are being greeted with broken trees everywhere, downed power lines and over 20 downed utility poles when restoring these outages.

KPUB says they have close to 100 boots on the ground across the community between their crews and neighboring utilities from Boerne, Fredericksburg and Seguin, plus contract line/tree crews working to bring everyone back on.

Ingram Police Officer Saves Man Who Was Struck by Lightening

An Ingram Police Officer saved a man’s life who was struck by lightning in the Green Wood Forest area Wednesday night. IPD Officer Emilio Ledesma performed CPR for about 5 minutes to get the man breathing again on his own before he was transported to a hospital where he is recovering. For his actions, Officer Ledesma will be receiving a life saving award.

Playgrounds and More to Open Monday in Fredericksburg

More facilities are opening up Monday in Fredericksburg. City Hall and the Annex, the recycling center. Old Fair Park Basketball Pavillion and Skate Park, all playgrounds, and the Pioneer Pavilion and Tatsch House will open June 1. The Lady Bird Golf Course will also enter phase four of its reopening. Lady Bird Park Pool is scheduled to open June 15.

Fredicksburg Wants Public Input on Historic Design Guidelines

Public meetings for Historic District Design Guidelines in Fredericksburg will happen via Zoom. The new historic guidelines are a guide to use when evaluating exterior changes to buildings and new construction proposed within the local historic district and local landmarks. It will also help the property owner with the right methods to improve historic property. A draft of the new guidelines is up at and meeting times will be announced soon. Comments should be submitted to by June 30, 2020.

Youth Can Perform ‘The Lion King’ With FTC

Registration is ongoing for the Fredericksburg Theater Academy’s Summer Youth Camp. This year students will perform in the junior version of the Broadway musical Disney’s The Lion King. Students from third grade to high school senior are accepted. The class size is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Hill Country Political Candidate Faces Indictment

A candidate running for Fredericksburg City Council was indicted recently. A Gillespie County grand jury charged Michael (Mickey) Poole with illegal voting and tampering with governmental records. Court records show a pre-trial and arraignment hearing is set for June 11. The Fredericksburg Standard reported Poole believes the charges are politically motivated.