2010-08-05

By Judith Pannebaker

The Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas (RLAT) Board of Directors brought out the big water guns - pun intended - during their recent symposium, “Water - How Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

2010-08-05

By Judith Pannebaker

When Bandera County Judge Richard Evans began a budget workshop on Thursday, July 22, he announced the county needed to trim $474,000 in expenditures to maintain the recommended fund balance. Thus began the 2010-2011 version of “death by 1,000 cuts.”

2010-08-05

By Carolyn B. Edwards

According to a recent AARP newsletter, it pays to know how to detect counterfeit money. David Lipin cashed a $1,000 money order and discovered later that eight of his 10 bills were fake.

2010-08-05

By Judith Pannebaker

City of Bandera Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Schumacher unveiled her version of the city’s long-range land use plan - aka the master plan - during a meeting of the Bandera Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, July 27.

2010-08-05

By Judith Pannebaker

County and city leaders recently convened in the office of County Judge Richard Evans to do that which they enjoy most, receiving a big check - both literally and figuratively - from the State of Texas.

2010-08-05

Contributed

As the economy rebounds, families everywhere are refinancing home loans to secure more favorable rates and lower monthly debt. Administrators with the Bandera Independent School District have refinanced their bonded indebtedness to lower the long-term debt.

2010-08-05

By Carolyn B. Edwards

A 5 percent cut in the Texas Agri-life Extension Service budget has resulted in the elimination of 94 jobs across the state - 46 of those were county agent positions.

2010-08-12

By Judith Pannebaker

As Irish author and dramatist Brendan Behan once observed, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity …”

2010-08-12

By Carolyn B. Edwards

The 81st Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3613, which entitles Texas veterans to an increased exemption from taxation of the total appraised value of their primary residence (homestead).

2010-08-12

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Schumacher offered her version of the City of Bandera Master Plan on Tuesday, July 27.

2010-08-12

By Carolyn B. Edwards

In the absence of General Manager David Jeffery due to health reasons, the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD) board postponed deliberations on the GM’s report at a Special Meeting held Thursday, August 5.

2010-08-12

By Judith Pannebaker

In a bit of fortuitous timing, Senator John Cornyn scheduled his regular teleconference just hours after a district judge had ruled on Arizona’s controversial law, designed to stem the state’s mounting problems from unchecked illegal immigration.

2010-08-12

By Judith Pannebaker

Several speakers at the recent “Water - How Deep in the Heart of Texas” symposium, sponsored by the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas (RLAT) Board of Directors, referenced a lawsuit, Edwards Aquifer Authority and State of Texas v. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel.

2010-08-12

Contributed

Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 20, 21 and 22 - the state’s annual tax holiday. Layaway plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday

2010-08-12

By Judith Pannebaker

Repairs have been completed on a stretch of Highway 16 south of Bandera, but not to the satisfaction of a Bandera County Courier reader. Fortunately, he complained in the right ear about residual roughness and road racket.

2010-08-19

By Judith Pannebaker

The Bandera County Courier received a surprise last week - an advance copy of the September issue of Texas Highways, which features one of Bandera’s most iconic landmarks.

2010-08-19

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera County Commissioners Court voted on the proposed tax rate during a regular Thursday, August 12, meeting. According to Judge Richard Evans, the rate for fiscal year 2010-2011 is “a penny less than in previous years.”

2010-08-19

By Carolyn B. Edwards

A one-vehicle roll-over on FM 470 in the early hours of Saturday morning took the life of a Utopia man.

2010-08-19

By Carolyn B. Edwards

Vandals struck around Bandera during the night of Saturday, August 14, spray-painting tags on property at the Bandera Middle School and a downtown business.

2010-08-19

By Judith Pannebaker

During a Thursday, August 12, public hearing on proposed salaries and allowances for Bandera County elected officials, Precinct 2 Commissioner Bobby Harris vigorously defended a proposed 5 percent pay raise.

2010-08-19

By Judith Pannebaker

During their recent budget workshops, Bandera County Commissioners voted themselves - and other elected officials - a 5 percent across-the-boards raise. However, despite lobbying, they failed to approve longevity pay for elected officials.

2010-08-19

By Carolyn B. Edwards

The green flag flying in front of the City of Bandera offices indicates Stage 1 - Mild Water Shortage Conditions under the city’s Drought Contingency Plan.

2010-08-19

By Judith Pannebaker

As part of the nationwide initiative, America Speaking Out, United States District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith recently hosted a small business forum, designed to establish an “honest dialogue” between citizens and their representatives.

2010-08-19

By Judith Pannebaker

Well versed in water matters, Texas District 73 Rep. Doug Miller offered participants an overview of pending legislation and the future of water in the State of Texas.

2010-08-26

By Carolyn B. Edwards

AirLife of San Antonio transported a local man from Hills of Bandera Ranch subdivision, located off FM 1077, following an accident Thursday morning, August 19.

2010-08-26

Contributed

For decades, music lovers in Bandera County, the State of Texas and throughout much of the United States have considered Dicky Overbey to be one of the best steel guitar players in the business.

2010-08-26

By Judith Pannebaker

Bad news hit the housing market on Tuesday, August 24.

2010-08-26

By Carolyn B. Edwards

Charlie Moore of Medina recently visited Washington, DC as a part of the Veterans Honor Flight, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, AT&T Pioneers and others.

2010-08-26

By Carolyn B. Edwards

The Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District Board of Directors approved a $415,000 budget for 2011 at a called meeting on Thursday, August 19.

2010-08-26

By Judith Pannebaker

A trio of Bandera merchants arrived at work the morning of Tuesday, August 24, to find their businesses had been broken into.

2010-08-26

By Judith Pannebaker

Bandera City Council discussed modifying the municipality’s fee schedule during a regular meeting on Thursday, August 19.

2010-08-26

By Carolyn B. Edwards

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety worked two injury accidents last week in Bandera County. Four people were transported to medical facilities with non-incapacitating injuries, according to a DPS spokesman.

2010-08-26

By Judith Pannebaker

As director of the Natural Resources Policy Division in the office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, David Schanbacher, PE, has a responsibility nearly as big as the Lone Star State itself.