Archives for August 2020

A Justice of the Peace is Denied a Salary Increase

Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Teri Nunley went before a salary grievance committee last week after filing an official grievance with the county, but the Boerne Star reported she was denied the 12 percent increase in pay she requested with an 8-1 vote. Nunley cited late-night calls to vehicle accidents, an understaffed office and a lack of technological resources as reasons for the pay increase request. Nunley also brought up ssues with the way the Justice of the Peace position is classified, because right now it’s equivalent to a juvenile probation officer. Other elected officials in the county are classified differently. The classification issue could be brought up again and addressed.

Kerrville Theater Reopens

A Kerrville movie theater opened over the weekend. Gov. Greg Abbott set minimum standard health protocols for movie theaters and allowed them to reopen in April under certain conditions, but many held off. Rio 10 Cinemas opened at 50% capacity over the weekend and will require face masks. Rio 10 is at 1401 Bandera Highway.

Schreiner Nursing Students Take An Oath of Compassion

Ten new nursing students advanced in their training process this month in Kerrville. Schreiner University hosted its first ever White Coat Ceremony to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care throughout training. The students took an oath at the ceremony held at Peterson Regional Medical Center. The Daily Times reported a grant through a partnership with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing supports the Schreiner University program.

Schreiner Students Can Study at a School in the Caribbean

Schreiner University says students now have the chance to attend the American University of Antigua College of Medicine after graduation. The agreement with the Caribbean-based school is the first of its kind with an undergraduate university in Texas. It’s also Schreiner’s first agreement with an international medical school.

A Man is Sentenced for Injuries to a Child

Kenneth Chidester of Kerrville has been sentenced to prison for injuring a child. The 15-month old boy had a fractured forearm and wrist last year while under Chidester’s care. The judge sentenced him to prison for 15 years. Investigative reports showed he initially lied to police about his involvement in the baby’s injuries.

Boerne Merchants Cancel Fall Style Show

The fall style show sponsored by Boerne area merchants has been canceled. The 2020 Boerne Retailers’ Style Show and Shopping Event had been set for September 19th to benefit the Kendall County Women’s Shelter, but health risks forced organizers to call it off. Organizers are asking that all ticket holders designate whether they would like to donate their purchased ticket to the Kendall County Women’s Shelter or request a refund. The deadline to make a decision is Sept. 4. Any tickets that have not been designated as a donation or refund by then will be donated to the women’s shelter. The Boerne Star reported all donors will be given early-bird access to the 2021 show.

Vehicles Should Be Off The Street During Fredericksburg’s Paving Project

The 2020 Annual City Paving Project is underway in Frederickburg. Several streets will see improvements, including Stonehaven, Stonewood, Bluebonnet, and Cross Mountain Drive. The list of streets can be changed at the discretion of the City. Property owners along the street are being notified about impacts to neighborhood access while the work is going on. The city requests that no vehicles be left unattended on the street until after the street is paved. If they have to tow, it would be at the owner’s expense.

September’s Arts Festival is Canceled in Kerrville

The Hill Country Arts Foundation board of directors made the decision to cancel this year’s Texas Arts and Crafts Fair. The event got its start in 1972 on the campus of Schreiner College at the time. Now of course it’s Schreiner University. The Texas Arts and Crafts Fair usually attracts more than 100 artists from all over Texas and it had been scheduled for Sept. 26-27. Plans are underway to bring it back in 2021.

Bandera Works To Earn Music-Friendly Designation

Bandera is becoming a music friendly place. The Bandera Bulletin reported it’s an effort by local and state officials, area musicians and others tied to the music industry turn the spotlight on Bandera’s music legacy. The Texas Music Office and the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau co-hosted a virtual Music Friendly Community workshop earlier this month, which was the first step in the certification process to help Bandera earn the designation “Music Friendly.” The next step will be to create an advisory committee to move toward certification.

Census Workers Will Set up at Marktplatz to Answer Questions

U.S. Census Bureau staff will be visiting Fredericksburg to help people with responding on their own to the 2020 Census. This operation, known as the Mobile Questionnaire Assistance program, is a separate activity from census takers going door to door to count households that have not yet responded. MQA is part of the Census Bureau’s final push to encourage people to complete the 2020 Census before the Nonresponse Follow Up (NRFU) operation begins. MQA representatives will be at the Fest Room on Marktplatz (next to the public restrooms and Police Substation) each Wednesday, beginning September 2, 2020, through September 23, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. About 56% of households across Gillespie County have already responded online, by phone or by mail since invitations began arriving in mid-March. The state of Texas currently has approximately a 60% response rate.