2008-07-03

Contributed

The Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department has a brand-new brush truck, complete with equipment necessary for fighting fires in the rugged terrain around Lake Medina and other locations in the Bandera County area.

2008-07-03

Contributed

Saturday, July 26 has been designated the National Day of the American Cowboy - and no place celebrates the quintessential American icon better than the Cowboy Capital of the World.

2008-07-03

By Judith Pannebaker

In his monthly report to Bandera City Council on Thursday, June 19, Police Chief Jim Eigner noted that soaring gas prices - and temperatures - have contributed to the city’s influx of tourists.

2008-07-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Subdivisions and what the county can - and cannot - do about them crowded the agenda of Bandera County Commissioners Court on Thursday, June 26

2008-07-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Despite everyone being in favor of conserving the Hill Country’s most precious natural resource, no one on Bandera City Council or staff could quite figure out how to accomplish it - without rewriting a current ordinance.

2008-07-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Not a moment too soon, the City of Bandera seems to have a new board of adjustments - signed, sealed and delivered smartly by city council during their Thursday, June 19, meeting.

2008-07-03

By Judith Pannebaker

A treasure trove of over 100 photographs, assembled by J. Marvin Hunter and recently re-discovered by Bandera’s Ray Marvin and Ruth Hay, will find a new home at the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio.

2008-07-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Regarding growth management, Bandera County Commissioners are clearly caught between a rock and the proverbial hard place.

2008-07-10

By Judith Pannebaker

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a contested case hearing on the proposed wastewater treatment facility to be constructed for Hills of Castle Rock, a subdivision near the intersection of Bandera Road (Highway 16 South) and Park Road 37.

2008-07-10

Contributed

The Silver Sage Corral Senior Center will honor all its volunteers with an appreciation party on Thursday, July 24, at 6:30 pm at the Corral.

2008-07-10

By Judith Pannebaker

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is up for Sunset review during the 2009 state legislative session.

2008-07-10

By David Arny

Homeowners in River Bend Estates west of Bandera claim their water provider raised their monthly bills by 110 percent, but failed to provide them with a reliable supply of that most basic necessity.

2008-07-10

By Gail Joiner

In the middle of the commercialism and the rat race evident in our daily lives, at least one area in Bandera County clings to, enjoys and exhibits good old-fashioned community spirit.

2008-07-10

By Judith Pannebaker

A civil trial for a lawsuit filed by TE “Gene” and Gay Carnes against the Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League and its Executive Director Marlene Heavner concluded last week, but attorneys for both sides don’t anticipate District Judge Karl Prohl ruling on the case for several weeks.

2008-07-10

By David Arny

Thanks to the largesse of Bandera County taxpayers and a compliant commissioners court, an attorney hired by Bandera one year ago this week is still bringing home the bacon for his San Antonio law firm, Denton Navarro Rocha & Bernal PC.

2008-07-17

By David Arny

The results of a demographic survey commissioned by the Bandera Independent School District Board of Trustees was unveiled at the Tuesday, July 8, meeting and some of its findings go against widely-held beliefs of Bandera County residents.

2008-07-17

By Judith Pannebaker

Just in case anyone’s wondering, Mark Roetzel, PE, RPLS and senior project manager of CDS/Muery Services, dropped by the Thursday, July 10, meeting of Bandera County Commissioners Court, to offer options and an update on the well installation at the jail and justice center, currently under construction on Highway 173 North.

2008-07-17

By Judith Pannebaker

Residents who believe their roads are not being taken care of properly should take their complaints to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rather than Bandera County Road and Bridge Superintendent John Andrade - ‘cause, it isn’t his fault.

2008-07-17

By Judith Pannebaker

It became evident during a departmental presentation at a county budget workshop for fiscal year 2008-2009 that a kind of “shadow government” is operating within Bandera County

2008-07-24

Contributed

With thanks to Methodist Healthcare in Boerne, Bandera County’s sports fields now sport three life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

2008-07-24

Contributed

Speaking recently on the floor of the United States Senate, Senator John Cornyn, vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, expressed disappointment with Congress’ inaction on gas prices, accusing Democrats of continuing to obstruct attempts to pass legislation aimed at lowering gas prices and addressing energy securit

2008-07-24

Contributed

With gas prices topping $4 per gallon, Texans are increasingly trading their gas-guzzling SUVs and pickup trucks for more fuel-efficient motorcycles to save money at the pump.

2008-07-24

By Judith Pannebaker

First potential Killer Tomatoes were ripped from the shelves; now people are advised to “hold the salsa” if they intend to dig into the obligatory baskets of warm tortilla chips that herald a Mexican feast.

2008-07-24

Stephanie Parker

Following the hay highway to San Antonio…On Monday, July 21, Bill Rivers was hauling a load of round hay bales from Hondo to the BR Lightning Ranch in Pipe Creek when a tie-down strap broke.

2008-07-24

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera City Council will receive a draft report from Robin Abrams on Urban Design Associates’ proposed master plan the first week in August, said City Manager Gene Foerster at a Thursday, July 17, meeting.

2008-07-24

By David Arny

On a recent Sunday afternoon, an elderly couple who had been visiting their daughter in Tempe, Arizona, became disoriented on their way home to Oklahoma and inadvertently wound up in the Cowboy Capital.

2008-07-24

By Judith Pannebaker

Although one law enforcement officer referred to Marie Yvette Trevino’s civil litigation as a “shotgun lawsuit” designed to “intimidate and confuse,” her case has been set for trial on Sept. 9, 2009, in the United States District Court Western District of Texas in San Antonio with Judge Xavier Rodriguez presiding

2008-07-24

By Stephanie Parker

Bandera County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Alan Tucker said that a methamphetamine lab at 946 Frontier Lane in Polly Peak was dismantled on Friday, July 18, after the sheriff’s department received tips about it.

2008-07-24

By Judith Pannebaker

The fact of the matter is everyone has a little bit of the cowboy in ‘im. And, along with the rest of the nation, Bandera will proudly celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy this Saturday, July 26, with festivities and events scheduled from 10 am until late that evening throughout the Cowboy Capital of the World.

2008-07-31

Contributed

Bandera County may sue Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott seeking to keep secret information about the settlement of an age and gender discrimination suit against the county.

2008-07-31

By Judith Pannebaker

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced a new summer push to reach retirees and disabled veterans who qualify for the economic stimulus payment but have not yet filed to claim it.

2008-07-31

By Judith Pannebaker

The Bandera County Courier is advising advertisers that solicitations for the fall edition of “Cowboy Up!” - the newspaper’s twice yearly visitors’ guide - have not yet begun.

2008-07-31

By Stephanie Parker

After inspecting the Bandera County Animal Control facility on Highway 16 North near Mansfield Park on Friday, July 25, Texas Department of State Health Services, Region 8, Zoonosis Control Officer Dr. Catherine Hull deemed the shelter inadequate.

2008-07-31

By Judith Pannebaker

The $150,000 civil lawsuit initiated against the Cowboy Capital Pet Assistance League and its Executive Director Marlene Heavner by TE “Gene” and Gay Carnes has finally been settled - for $30.

2008-07-31

By Stephanie Parker

Guaranty Bank customers, who have watched their bank win four awards over the past 10 years for outstanding customer service, need not worry - the Bandera branch will stay even though the building it now occupies has been sold.

2008-07-31

By Stephanie Parker

Bandera County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher Lorene Cheswick of Wharton’s Dock was put on administrative leave after a Saturday, July 19, party that allegedly involved underage drinking, nudity and sex. Cheswick has since been fired.

2008-07-31

By Judith Pannebaker

Rumors that have been swirling around for years regarding the final disposition of many stray dogs and cats in Bandera County finally became public during commissioners court, Thursday, July 24.