2008-04-03

By David Arny

The fun and games at 777 Vegas Games Bandera Downs, 2303 Highway 16 South, came to an abrupt end Wednesday, March 26, as investigators with the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety

2008-04-03

By Judith Pannebaker

On the advice of 216th Assistant District Attorney Steven Wadsworth, Medina attorney Carole Boyd has filed a civil rights complaint against the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office with County Attorney Kerry Schneider.

2008-04-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Votes have been counted and recounted, but the contested - and acrimonious - race between incumbent Nathan Macias and challenger Doug Miller for the House District 73 seat appears far from over.

2008-04-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Offering some words of wisdom from “inside the beltway,” District 21 United States Representative, Lamar Smith, recently attended a fundraising reception sponsored by the Kendall County Republican Women.

2008-04-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Accolades keep on comin’ for Bandera County with listings in both American Cowboy and now, Texas Monthly.

2008-04-03

By Judith Pannebaker

“I told them the minute they let me out (of jail) I was going straight to the Courier.”

2008-04-03

Contributed

I was born in 1944 in Silesia, Germany, and raised in Nurnburg, where I attended high school and machinist school. I immigrated to this great country in 1963, where I worked as a machinist for a newspaper in Minnesota.

2008-04-03

Contributed

Bandera County Election Administrator Toba Perez reminded voters that the Democratic run-off for railroad commissioner would be held Tuesday, April 8.

2008-04-10

By David Arny

Events surrounding the weekend of Friday, April 4, through Sunday, April 6, ran the gamut from routine to tragic. However, Bandera business owners will remember the influx of a reported 5,000 to 6,000 visitors as keeping the merchandise moving and the cash registers ringing.

2008-04-10

Special to the Courier

Trustees with the Medina River Protection Fund are looking for vols and funds to assist with the annual river cleanup.

2008-04-10

By Judith Pannebaker

Effective immediately, no longer will large livestock be allowed to languish on the lawn around the Bandera County Courthouse.

2008-04-10

Contributed

Bandera ISD Assistant Superintendent Richard Grill was named the new superintendent for the Sabinal Independent School District effective July 1.

2008-04-10

By Judith Pannebaker

At least one county in the controversial District 73 election has reported no shenanigans in the voting process. The district is comprised of Bandera, Comal, Gillespie and Kendall counties.

2008-04-10

By Judith Pannebaker

In tiny - and not so tiny - towns throughout Texas, the water tower is usually the tallest structure visible on the horizon - and Bandera is no exception.

2008-04-17

By Judith Pannebaker

Water, especially in aquifers flowing under this area, is considered the Hill Country’s liquid gold. Its abundance pushes development; its absence impedes the process. The question now facing directors of groundwater management districts becomes:

2008-04-17

By Judith Pannebaker

Standard & Poor’s has upgraded Bandera County’s bond rating from A- to A+, a sign of the county’s good financial management and economics, according to Robert D. Traylor, vice president of RBC Capital Markets.

2008-04-17

By Steve Smith

Residents of two Bandera County homeowners associations recently went to Austin to fight a 42 percent hike in water rates, which went into effect last September.

2008-04-17

By David Arny

Attempting to rein in a rumor galloping around town, Bandera Police Chief James Eigner told The Bandera County Courier there’s no reason for folks to worry about the city becoming an equine-free zone.

2008-04-17

By Judith Pannebaker

Although a self-described bibliophile, District 21 Rep. Lamar Smith hadn’t visited the Medina Community Library until Sunday, April 12, after Gilbert Bower, president of the library board of directors

2008-04-17

By Judith Pannebaker

In a gutsy move that may eventually have ramifications throughout Groundwater Management Area 9 - which includes the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District - groundwater directors in Kendall County recently suspended the drilling

2008-04-17

Contributed

Four candidates will vie for two seats on the Bandera Independent School District Board of Trustees. On May 10, voters will choose a pair trustees who will represent their interests in future policies and procedures at BISD.

2008-04-17

Contributed

Gov. Rick Perry March 10 announced that an estimated 370,000 Texas businesses will be getting a tax cut of $90 million, thanks to the state’s strong economy and low unemployment.

2008-04-17

By Judith Pannebaker

The 11th Street Cowboy Bar was described in the Friday, April 18, edition of the New York Times as “the type of place where you sit outside at the picnic table … and the first time there, you aren’t a stranger.”

2008-04-24

By David Arny

A two-car collision that occurred on FM 1077 Wednesday, April 16, resulted in one of the seriously injured drivers being transported by an AirLife helicopter to University Medical Center in San Antonio.

2008-04-24

By Judith Pannebaker

In his quest for a second term in the state legislature, District 73 Rep. Nathan Macias amended a lawsuit Tuesday, April 8, asking the state to declare him the winner in the March 4 Primary Election or order a new election.

2008-04-24

By Judith Pannebaker

Stymied in their first and second attempts to secure utilities for a huge subdivision proposed for Highway 16 and Park Road 37, developers of Hills of Castle Rock may have to turn to Plan C - creation of municipal utility districts (MUDs).

2008-04-24

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera County Commissioners recently received some good news and some good news regarding the new jail and justice center currently under construction on Highway 173 North.

2008-04-24

Contributed

Bandera’s bronc bustin’ - as well as other pro rodeo events - will soon be enjoyed by cowboys and wannabes across the United States.

2008-04-24

By Judith Pannebaker

In the second part of an interview, local businessman James McGroarty offered some tough advice on what he believes it will take for Bandera to survive and thrive in today’s tourism market.