Archives for September 2020

Free COVID Testing in Kerrville This Week

Those in Kerr County can receive a free COVID-19 test this week. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Hill Country Youth Event Center, Davaco Inc. will be on site to perform the nasal swab test. No appointment or doctor’s orders are needed. The clinic will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those who get the test can expect to receive their results within 48 hours after the testing date.

Fredericksburg Hopes Destination Weddings Jumpstart Tourism

Destination weddings have drawn visitors to Fredericksburg for the past several years, and those venues may provide an economic boost tourists return to the Hill Country. The Fredericksburg Chamber says there are about 50 venues now in Gillespie County that host wedding celebrations and many of the new venues are located on ranches and offer Hill Country views. Some wineries offer facilities for weddings and rehearsal dinners. Destination weddings provide economic boosts to other businesses includig lodging, catering companies, florists, entertainers, bakeries and more.

Boerne Adopts Its New Budget

The Boerne City Council adopted its new budget and tax rate last week. The budget had no changes since the first Aug. 25 public hearing, and it was accepted unanimously by council members. It’s a $78.2 million budget, down by about 5 percent from last year with a conservative spending approach given the uncertainty of the pandemic. The Boerne Star reported the city reduced general government expenditures by about 4.47 percent and will be reassessing revenues and expenditures throughout the year.

Boerne ISD Gives Working Students Some Flexibility

The Boerne ISD administration recently recommended adoption of the Optional Flexible School Day Program and the school board approved. The program allows districts to provide flexible hours and days of attendance for students who meet at least one of the requirements of the Texas Education Code. The Boerne Star reported the goal of the program is to improve graduation rates and it allows flexibility for BISD students and staff at the Boerne Academy.

Boerne School Dress Code Is Updated To Include Masks

The Boerne ISD board approved changes to the student dress code that adds masks. The language change adds mask usage to the dress code in the BISD student handbook for this year. Per the governor’s order, students are required to wear face coverings when social distancing is not feasible, on buses and inside buildings, common areas and classrooms. The dress code also says face coverings should not display advertising, emblems, patches, pictures, slogans and writing that are lewd or offensive.

Burn Ban is Completely Lifted in Kerr County

The Burn Ban in Kerr County was lifted this week from Precinct 4, and that was the last of the areas to be under a ban. Now all precincts in Kerr County can resume outdoor burning with safety precautions. Fires could still get out of control and put people and properties at risk. There’s more on the burn ban at


Kerr County Hopes Case Numbers Trend Down

Kerr County reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, along with one hospitalization. Kerrville Fire Department Chief Dannie Smith told the city council he was setting Sept. 21 as a target date to see if the area is through the worst of it. State trends are headed down, and there is hope that the Hill Country will match that. September 21st will be two weeks after Labor Day and health officials will know more about the effects of travel and gatherings at that point.

Late Judge Had a Wide Impact

Kerr County lost a former judicial leader this week. The late retired Judge Spencer W. Brown is remembered as a key figure in Kerr County’s judicial system who was instrumental in its growth. Judge Brown retired from the bench at the end of 2014, after serving as a county judge for 24 years. Prior to that he was in private practice, and served as a municipal judge, a justice of the peace, a county attorney and an assistant district attorney. Brown helped implement video conferencing for the processing of jail inmates. Judge Brown died in a local hospital at the age of 80 on Sept. 8th.

A Mother Faces Charges After Son Dies in a Car Accident

A 21-year-old woman is facing a manslaughter charge in the death of her 2-month old son. The Daily Times reported Kendra Leann Robinson was indicted along with the father of the child, 34-year-old Jeremy Ray Lizenbee. The boy died in a car accident in May, and investigators say the couple did not take steps to protect him. He wasn’t in a safety seat. Court records show the parents have prior convictions.

Fair Oaks Ranch Considers Creating a Stormwater Utility

The Fair Oaks Ranch City Council still is not sold on a stormwater utility, but after a presentation from consultants they have a bettter understanding what it will cost. A stormwater utility is a user-fee-based funding program for the city’s drainage management system, and there isn’t one right now. The Boerne Star reported the stormwater utility would need to generate $1.5 million by 2025 to work. The project is in the conceptual phase right now as the city prioritizes capital improvement projects.