2009-12-03

By Carol L. Smith

Gary Leon Dacus, a resident of Pipe Creek, apparently committed suicide the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 1, just prior to being sentenced by 216th Judicial District Judge Keith Williams in Bandera.

2009-12-03

By Judith Pannebaker

Just a couple of months after the new Bandera County Jail and Justice Center opened for business on Highway 173 North, commissioners found themselves in the unenviable position of having to cut the rates charged for housing out-of-county prisoners.

2009-12-03

Contributed

Medical personnel with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Region 8 will hold a free H1N1 Flu Vaccine Clinic for high-risk residents of Bandera County.

2009-12-03

Contributed

This time of year brings visions of bustling shoppers seeking out perfect gifts for loved ones. Or perhaps choirs of “little angels” bundled up in sweaters and caps, spreading holiday cheer and cups of hot chocolate.

2009-12-03

By Carol L. Smith

Thousand Trail members visiting the resort over the Thanksgiving holiday were surprised to find a couple of juveniles, approximately 14 to 15 years old, roaming the park in ski masks and carrying BB guns.

2009-12-03

By Judith Pannebaker

The City of Bandera Planning and Zoning Commission recently took up what had become an increasingly tricky question of what to do with the curious case of dueling master plans.

2009-12-03

Contributed

Bandera County Election Administrator Toba Perez has announced that personnel in her office will issue new voter registration certificates in a mass mailing this December.

2009-12-10

By Judith Pannebaker

The capital murder trial of Karl Hodson Jr., a former resident of Lakehills, for the 2007 stabbing death of pizza deliveryman Leon Poe, 27, in Kendall County began Monday, Dec. 7, in Kerrville.

2009-12-10

Contributed

Over 4,000 guests attended the grand opening of the George HW Bush Gallery of the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) in Fredericksburg on Monday, Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day.

2009-12-10

By Carol L. Smith

Seven years ago, the then Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) - now the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ - and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, along with various other local and state emergency management officials stood near the Medina Dam giving a press conference in the pouring rain.

2009-12-10

Contributed

Administrators with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, have received reports of fraudulent emails - commonly known as “phishing” - that reference a CDC-sponsored State Vaccination Program.

2009-12-10

By Carol L. Smith

One Thousand Trails couple felt thankful to be alive after being threatened by two juveniles over the long holiday weekend. The juveniles had apparently accompanied their grandparents, who are Thousand Trails members, to the RV resort park in Lakehills.

2009-12-10

Courtesy of Sul Ross

His collegiate competition ended Saturday, but Sul Ross State University’s Michael Van Wagner has no intention of kicking his field goal habit.

2009-12-10

By Judith Pannebaker

When Rep. Doug Miller took his seat in the 81st Texas Legislature last year, veteran legislator Sid Miller of Dallas informed Miller that his “official psalm” corresponded with the 73rd legislative district.

2009-12-17

By Judith Pannebaker

After deliberating five hours, a Kerr County jury found former Lakehills resident Karl Anthony Hodson, 22, guilty of capital murder in the fatal stabbing of a Kendall County pizza deliveryman in July 2007.

2009-12-17

By Judith Pannebaker

The Bandera branch of Guaranty Bank-BBVA Compass, 800 Main Street, will close its doors for business on Friday, Jan. 29, according to Stacy Mezger, public information and media manager.

2009-12-17

By Carol L. Smith

After two hours of devastating testimony, the Utopia couple charged with running a “puppy mill” breeding operation on their property surrendered all of the dogs seized in November.

2009-12-17

By Julie Whitmore

To the surprise of many directors of the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD), a special meeting scheduled for at 9:30 am, Friday, Dec. 18, will consider not only bids on turning the metal shed at 440 FM 3240 into an office, but will also include an executive session to consult with attorney Mary Sahs about “the Mansfield Violation Issue and Rulemaking Schedule.”

2009-12-17

Contributed

Medical personnel with the Texas Department of State Health Services recently announced they would open up the state’s H1N1 vaccine supply to the general public.

2009-12-17

By Carol L. Smith

The Bandera County Commissioners were quick on the draw, finalizing seven items on their monthly agenda in under 40 minutes on Thursday, Dec 10.

2009-12-17

By Carol L. Smith

The City Of Bandera Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met on Wednesday Dec. 9, with most of the discussion and action taken on items relating to finances, funding and projects in the works.

2009-12-24

By Carol L. Smith

The Bandera Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 320 Frontier Lane off Polly Peak Drive on Monday, Dec. 21 at 10:08 pm.

2009-12-24

By Judith Pannebaker

When apprised that an investigation had been launched into allegations that he had misused asset forfeiture funds, former 198th District Attorney Ron Sutton reportedly deemed the action “much ado about nothing.”

2009-12-24

By Judith Pannebaker

It’s official, and when the smoke - pun intended - finally cleared, Bandera County had a new fire marshal.

2009-12-24

By Carol Smith

Bandera County landowners and ranchers following Senate Bill 787 have expressed concern that if passed, it will take away some of their rights as private property owners.

2009-12-24

By Julie Whitmore

At a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 18, directors of the Bandera Country River Authority and Groundwater District opened bids for renovation of its recently purchased property at 440 FM 3240.

2009-12-24

Senator John Cornyn

“I have two words for President Obama regarding his challenge to identify the ‘gap’ between what he campaigned on last year and what Congress is on the verge of passing: ‘I accept’,” Cornyn said.

2009-12-24

Contributed

Bandera County Clerk Candy Wheeler is seeking re-election to her third term. She was elected in March 2004 to complete the final two years of retiring clerk Bernice Bates’ unexpired term.

2009-12-24

Contributed

Medical personnel with the Texas Department of State Health Services are encouraging people to get their H1N1 flu vaccination immediately.

2009-12-31

By Judith Pannebaker

While cleaning a 9 mm handgun, a Pipe Creek resident accidentally discharged his weapon, shooting his toddler in the head on Friday, Dec. 25. A single gunshot entered the back of the child’s head and exited though her left temple, according to Chief Deputy Richard Smith.

2009-12-31

By Carol Smith

A historic home owned by Preston Word Jr. and his wife, Elsie, in Lakehills, was completely destroyed by fire Friday evening, Dec. 25.

2009-12-31

By Carol L. Smith

Three people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Highway 16, just south of Bandera, at approximately 1 pm, Saturday, Dec 26.

2009-12-31

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera County Attorney John Payne recently dismissed 14 counts of animal cruelty and 14 counts of failure to vaccinate against Rosalia Clarice Sclafani.

2009-12-31

Contributed

Medical personnel with the Texas Department of State Health Services last week issued a statement regarding the recent settlement of a lawsuit about the storage of dried bloodspots from the state’s newborn screening program:

2009-12-31

Contributed

Tamera “Tammy” Deale Kneuper was first elected to the position of district clerk in January 1999 when Bandera County’s increased population required the combined county and district clerks’ offices to reorganize into separate offices.

2009-12-31

Contributed

Billie Reeves is seeking election for the position of Bandera County Treasurer on the upcoming Republican primary ticket.

2009-12-31

Contributed

Eino Zapata has announced his bid for re-election as Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace in Bandera County.

2009-12-31

By Judith Pannebaker

The Better Business Bureau serving Central, Coastal and Southwest Texas has delivered a rating of “F” - the lowest possible, to the website, MySpoiledPuppy.com.