2008-12-04

By Loy Burkes

Freedom is not free. The beginning of this nation came with a great price. When members of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, they realized many would lose their fortunes, their families and their lives - and many did.

2008-12-04

By Judith Pannebaker

Showing support for beleaguered Police Chief Jim Eigner, Bandera City Council declined to take action on an indictment that had resulted from his peripheral involvement with the recent John Heinen intoxication manslaughter case.

2008-12-04

By Judith Pannebaker

Sgt. Scott Sharp of the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division announced late Tuesday, Dec. 2, that a November stabbing incident had been solved

2008-12-04

Contributed

United States Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, made the following statement regarding a recent announcement by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid

2008-12-04

By Judith Pannebaker

After reluctantly making Bandera County Commissioners an offer they couldn’t refuse, Sheriff Weldon Tucker walked a way with a little more money in his deputies’ paychecks.

2008-12-04

By Stephanie Parker

Bandera City’s Planning and Zoning Commission met on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and members agreed on editing changes to the city’s proposed land use master plan

2008-12-04

‘Little Anna,’ ‘Sea

For the past three years, Lakehills resident Tom Ray has sought to authenticate “Little Anna” as being executed by Dutch Old Master Frans Hals. At present, the charming portrait reposes in a safe deposit box “in a small-town Texas bank.”

2008-12-04

By Judith Pannebaker

Cats - feral and domesticated - were discussed at length recently.

2008-12-04

Contributed

Members of the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association will hold their 67th National Convention in Fredericksburg from Thursday, Dec. 4, until Sunday, Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day.

2008-12-11

By Judith Pannebaker

And the hits just keep on comin’ for the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office.

2008-12-11

By Stephanie Parker

A Bandera County Grand Jury recently indicted Rosalia Clarice Sciafani, 46, of Polly Peak for fabricating evidence related to the Saturday, Nov. 11, dog attack that hospitalized a neighbor.

2008-12-11

Alice Kauwell, 53, was involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Friday, Dec. 5, on Wharton’s Dock Road.

2008-12-11

By Judith Pannebaker

After Bandera City Council emerged from an executive session regarding water catchment and city ordinances, municipal attorney Monte Akers predicted, “Things could get real ugly.”

2008-12-11

By Judith Pannebaker

As a first step toward a more cogent animal control policy, Bandera County Commissioners recently approved the part-time position of community liaison on animal issues.

2008-12-11

By Stephanie Parker

The Rev. Joel Garcia has spent the past 25 years getting locked up in the Bandera County Jail - intentionally. Since beginning his jail ministry in 1983, he has worked under sheriffs Guy Pickett, Steve Forest, James MacMillan and Weldon Tucker.

2008-12-11

Contributed

The Bandera County Courier has recently learned that Rev. Alan McKean, writer of the monthly feature, “Letter from Scotland,” was seriously injured in a mountain climbing accident on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

2008-12-18

By Judith Pannebaker

Just in time for Christmas and the New Year, Bandera County Commissioners reimposed a countywide burn ban and prohibited the sale and use of certain types of fireworks ­- namely missiles with fins and bottle rockets.

2008-12-18

By Stephanie Parker

Ray Marvin Hay died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, after losing a battle with liver cancer.

2008-12-18

By Stephanie Parker

A Thursday, Dec. 4, accident on Highway 16 and Phil’s Road sent four people to the hospital.

2008-12-18

By Judith Pannebaker

Don’t say we didn’t warn you, folks, but on Tuesday, Feb. 17, analog television broadcasting ceases and digital signals begins.

2008-12-18

Contributed

United States District 21 Rep. Lamar Smith recently voted against HR 7321, the $14 billion taxpayer-funded auto bailout proposed by House Democratic leaders.

2008-12-18

Judith Pannebaker

Volunteers, staff and members of the Board of Directors of the Arthur Nagel Community Clinic gathered on Thursday, Dec. 11, to share good news and holiday cheer at the home of Executive Director Dan Wise and his wife, Carie.

2008-12-18

Contributed

One of Bandera’s top real estate brokers recently earned one of the profession’s highest honors.

2008-12-18

By Judith Pannebaker

As Evillene in the 1978 film “The Wiz,” actress Mabel King sang, “Don’t nobody bring me no bad news.”

2008-12-25

By Judith Pannebaker

Alleged child killer Steven Shannon Veselka will not stand trial for capital murder in Bandera County. In a pre-trial hearing on Thursday, Dec. 4, 216th District Judge Stephen Ables granted his motion for a change of venue to Kendall County.

2008-12-25

By Stephanie Parker

No inferno is good, but the 5,000-acre brush fire at Ferguson Ranch last spring resulted in an unequaled Christmas gift for the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

2008-12-25

By Judith Pannebaker

According to Wayne Gondeck, AIA of DRG Architects, progress on the Bandera County Jail and Justice System is “moving along very well.”

2008-12-25

By Judith Pannebaker

To no one’s surprise, Bandera Police Chief pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of aggravated perjury before 216th District Judge Stephen Ables in Gillespie County.

2008-12-25

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera City Council took care of more water issues during its last meeting of 2008. Surprisingly, however, water concerns did not cover the current skirmish, water harvesting vs. connections to municipal utilities.

2008-12-25

Contributed

The 73rd annual Bandera County Junior Livestock Show will be held Jan. 8 through 10, at the Mansfield Park Show Barn on Highway 16 North.

2008-12-25

By Stephanie Parker

Medina Elementary School, rated Exemplary for the 2008 year, racked up 490 points during the Tuesday, Dec. 9, District 38 UIL meet to win zone competition

2008-12-25

By Judith Pannebaker

An eagle-eyed reader in Houston snapped this photo of the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft as it ferried the Endeavor from Edwards Air Force Base in California to its final destination, the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida