2009-04-02

By Judith Pannebaker

A hearing to determine custody of 40 animals seized from an alleged animal rescue organization at 414 Skyline Drive in Lake Medina Shores was held Thursday, March 26, with Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Lynn Holt presiding.

2009-04-02

By Stephanie Parker

“My idea of heaven,” Bandera’s pioneer longhorn rancher Maudeen Marks once said, “would be to own Texas, stock it with Texas longhorn cattle, staff it with Texas Rangers, ride from windmill to windmill and have a dance every night.”

2009-04-02

By Stephanie Parker

Bandera County County Fire Marshal Ralph Dresser recently told commissioners the state’s emergency burn ban enacted by Governor Rick Perry had been lifted, but that a regular burn ban still remained in effect for Bandera County.

2009-04-02

By Judith Pannebaker

Some Bandera Planning and Zoning Commissioners tacitly acknowledged the onerous process that currently surrounds an application for a special use permit. However, as Vice Chairman Tony Battle noted, “This is a learning process.”

2009-04-02

The Bandera County Grand Jury met on Monday, March 23, and returned seven true bills.

2009-04-02

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Johnny “Red” Prevalte, center, is new animal control officer for the City of Bandera. Mayor Horst Pallaske and City Administrator Gene Foerster presented him with his certification

2009-04-02

By Stephanie Parker

Even after two major elections, some Bandera County residents remain distrustful of Bandera County’s electronic voting machines because they provide no paper trail. Election results are stored on a computer chip but no paper printout is provided as a safeguard.

2009-04-02

Contributed

The Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Bandera County recently announced Molly Frost, a sophomore at Bandera High School, has received the prestigious Sophomore of the Year Scholarship from the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International.

2009-04-02

The 216th District Court with presiding Judge Keith Williams met in Bandera County on Tuesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 26.

2009-04-09

By Stephanie Parker

Bandera County Fire Marshal Ralph Dresser said that only community cooperation and the concerted efforts of nine volunteer fire departments saved six homes that were threatened on Thursday, April 2

2009-04-09

By Stephanie Parker

When Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Richard Smith hit the road at 1:45 pm on Thursday, April 2, he expected to provide law enforcement for a huge brush fire raging off FM 1077.

2009-04-09

By Judith Pannebaker

The clear day offered an unobstructed view as Highway 16 meandered south toward San Antonio. However, even optimal driving conditions were insufficient to prevent a brutal two-vehicle accident that occurred a little before 1 pm Tuesday, April 7.

2009-04-09

By Judith Pannebaker

Attempting to secure more regulatory authority, Bandera County Commissioners accompanied Judge Richard Evans to Austin on Monday, April 6, at the request of District 73 Rep. Doug Miller.

2009-04-09

By Judith Pannebaker

Members of Bandera City Council found themselves sequestered in an executive session with municipal attorney Veronica Boulware-Wells for most of their regular meeting on Thursday, April 2.

2009-04-09

By Stephanie Parker

Members of the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD) met on Thursday, April 2, to introduce a drought management program and take care of other water-related issues.

2009-04-09

Contributed

The Bandera Community Foundation supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations to improve the lives of Bandera County residents.

2009-04-16

By Stephanie Parker

The conflagration that started Thursday, April 2, on Deer Mountain Ranch was pushed across RR 1077 by 50 mph gusts of wind. The fast-moving fire burned between 150 and 500 acres, bringing out all the county’s volunteer fire departments

2009-04-16

By Judith Pannebaker

After 11 drafts, Bandera County Commissioners unanimously approved a new rabies and animal control order during a Thursday, April 9, meeting.

2009-04-16

By Stephanie Parker

Dancing Bear subdivision sales office staff thought it was an April Fool joke after discovering that the eight-foot-plus, 300-pound carved wooden bear

2009-04-16

Contributed

Dr. MJ Schumacher is running for Bandera City Council - although most everyone knows her as “Maggie.” She’s been at the forefront of every parade down Main Street,

2009-04-16

Contributed

Don Kruckemeyer is a candidate for Precinct 1 on the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District Board.

2009-04-16

By Stephanie Parker

With the absence of Bandera County Judge Richard Evans and Precinct 1 Commissioner Bruce Eliker, Precinct 4 Commissioner Doug King gingerly led a quorum of board members through a hot topic in Bandera - history.

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera’s worst kept secret is out. On or about May 1, the Bandera Chevrolet sign that’s loomed over Highway 16 South for the past five years will come down - and General Manager Alex Donalson couldn’t be more pleased.

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

Mass media and cable talking heads attempted to denigrate participants at the grassroots gatherings that took place across the country on Wednesday, April 15, as “citizens unwilling to pay their income taxes.”

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

Historically, Texans hold dear the tenets of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, the Right to Bear Arms - and Bandera County Commissioners recently proved no exception.

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

The intersection of Bandera’s Main and Hackberry streets was buzzing on Wednesday, April 15 - and it had nothing to do with Tax Day or TEA Parties. The hoopla, it seemed, was about hot dogs.

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera County Richard Evans recently sat down with the Bandera County Courier and offered an update on the county’s recent throw of the dice throw in the state legislature for increased authority.

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

Capitalizing on Bandera County’s cowboy, western and ranching legacies, the folks at the Hill Country State Natural Area will sponsor Ranch Heritage Weekend

2009-04-23

John Cornyn

I send greetings to all those who gathered at Tax Day TEA Parties across the state of Texas. You were part of a nationwide, grassroots movement created by the people, not by a political campaign.

2009-04-23

Lamar Smith

Editor’s note: On Tax Day, Wednesday, April 15, United States District 21 Rep. Lamar Smith sent a letter of support to TEA Party organizers and participants throughout his district. According to Smith’s DC office, a grassroots TEA

2009-04-23

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera City Adminis-trator Gene Foerster recently announced the hiring of Michael Armstrong as a part-time code enforcement officer in training.

2009-04-30

By Stephanie Parker

Dustin Crenshaw, 27, from New Braunfels, confessed to the Saturday, April 11, sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl during a camping trip at Lost Maples Park in Vanderpool, according to Bandera County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Richard Smith.

2009-04-30

By Judith Pannebaker

The first death in the United States attributed to swine flu has been confirmed in Texas.

2009-04-30

by Stephanie Parker

Department of Public Safety Trooper E. Morgan said that April Jaramillo, 33, of Lakehills remains in guarded condition following a one-vehicle accident on 18th Street in Lakehills that occurred Wednesday, April 22.

2009-04-30

By Judith Pannebaker

Brandishing his “not-quite-ready-for-PowerPoint” visual aids, Bandera County Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris expressed a reluctance to put his stamp of approval on a proposed Lakehills housing development that would, coincidentally, also serve as a taxing entity.

2009-04-30

Contributed

The Bandera County Republican Women will host National Committeewoman and President of Texas Eagle Forum Cathie Adams as guest speaker during their Friday, May 8, meeting.

2009-04-30

Contributed

Groundwater conservation districts (GCD) are local units of government authorized by the state legislature and ratified at the local level to manage and protect groundwater.

2009-04-30

Contributed

The Bandera Independent School District Education Foundation’s Prize Posse visited three campuses recently, surprising teachers with Educator Initiative Grants totaling more than $14,000.