Archives for July 2020

Kerr County Adds One New Death Thursday

Texas reached a new high Wednesday with 313 newly reported fatalities due to the coronavirus, and 322 on Thursday. In Kerr County, Peterson Health reported five new cases on Thursday, and Peterson Regional Medical Center’s hospitalizations fell from eight to seven. There was one new death Thursday. The county currently has about 50 active cases and there have been 371 total cases since March.

Boerne High Finally Has Its New Soccer Coach

A new head girls soccer coach has been named at Boerne High. Jeremy Shannon, was an assistant soccer coach the last several years and has been named the new head coach. Shannon replaces Savannah Bryant who was only at the school one year. The Boerne Star reported another coach had been hired to take the girls soccer job at the June Boerne ISD School Board meeting, but she changed her mind by the end of the month and tendered her resignation. Boerne ISD Athletic Director Stan Leech then approached Shannon about becoming the head coach and he accepted.

Students to Perform ‘The Lion King Jr.’ Next Week

Tickets are on sale now for Disney’s The Lion King Jr., presented by young actors at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. Performances start August 6th for the Fredericksburg Theater Academy production at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater in Fredericksburg. Seating is limited because of social distancing. Performances are August 6th through the 9th, with evening performances and a matinee. Visit for more.

A Boerne Shop Gives Big Tex a Makeover

With the cancellation of the State Fair of Texas, the iconic 55-foot tall cowboy at the gate is using the time for improvement at a Boerne shop. Big Tex usually greets folks at the gate, but since he has some time off this year he’ll undergo a little maintenance. Big Tex has been broken down in to pieces so he can get some mechanical changes so it’s easier for him to run. He’ll also end up with a new hat and a fresh face. KENS 5 reported a dozen people at SRO Associates are working on Big Tex daily and he’ll be ready for the state fair in 2021.

Vaccine Could Be Ready By December

Two companies are getting closer to a major milestone in the fight against the coronavirus. Moderna and Pfizer have begun final-stage testing of vaccines and called it a pivotal phase of their studies. If testing goes well, the vaccines could be ready for wider use before year’s end.

Local Museum Receives an Honor for Virtual Offerings

The National Museum of the Pacific War has been honored by Connect2Texas. The Education Team at the museum won the award for Outstanding New Program for Distance Learning in our region. Connect2Texas said the museum dove into distance learning last school year and did an amazing job bringing the museum collections and resources to students virtually. NMPW had the opportunity to present programs to students as far away as Ghana this year. There are 6 lesson plans that reach students worldwide, and titles and links are on the museum’s website.

Veterans Can Receive Assistance Grants

More help is on the way for veterans. The Community Council of South Central Texas will provide financial help to area Veterans through partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission. The $300,000 general assistance grant will help eligible veterans, their dependents and surviving spouses with utility payments, rent, mortgage, and transportation fees. There are no income requirements and veterans in all Hill Country counties will be eligible. Contact veterans’ service administrators for more.

Webinar Will Address Common Pecan Tree Issues

The Kimble & Gillespie County Agrilife Extension Offices are hosting an online Webinar via ZOOM on August 18th regarding issues with Hill Country pecan trees. They’ll cover weevils, stink Bugs and late season water issues. Dr. Larry Stein, Extension Horticulture Specialist will be the speaker. For more information or to register, call the Kimble County AgriLife Extension Office at 325-446-2620. The deadline to register is August 12th.

Boerne Blanco Road Plan Can Be Viewed on the City Website

City staff in Boerne has been discussing changes with TxDOT and the City’s traffic engineer consultant reagarding Blanco Road, and one of the goals is to increase pedestrian safety with a potential lane striping reconfiguration. Proposed lane configurations are posted on the City of Boerne website along with a recent video presentation. A final plan is in the works.

Kerrville Gets Positive Budget News

Finances are looking good in Kerrville. The city council this week hear from Chief Financial Officer Amy Dozier who said the city’s budget is on pace for a $1.5 million loss, but that’s better than expected. Sales tax revenue has been better than anticipated, which has given the budget a boost. The city helps maintain the airport along with the county, and there have been no major financial hits because of it, although some repairs could be needed in the future.