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Mon
04
Dec

SMPD Officer shot, killed in line of duty

A San Marcos Police Officer was shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision. The officer’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

He and other SMPD officers were serving a warrant in the subdivision when the suspect shot him multiple times.  The officer was wearing his protective vest and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center immediately.

Fri
24
Nov

Deputies 'ambushed' in overnight shooting

A Wimberley resident with no clear anti-police sentiments is believe to have called in a fake burglary report early Friday morning, then ambushed four Hays County Sheriff’s Office vehicles that responded, wounding one deputy.
The deputies returned fire, after which the suspect, 26-year-old Rocky Miles West, was found dead. The officer, 28-year-old Benjamin Gieselman, was wounded and airlifted to an Austin hospital where he is recovering from injuries not described as life-threatening.
“Our initial impressions are that a suspect was attempting to ambush police officers,” District Attorney Wes Mau said in a press conference later Friday morning. “It’s an ongoing investigation...we’re going to wait for the results of the investigation before making a final determination.”

Fri
24
Nov

Wimberley man dead after 'officer involved shooting'

Rocky Miles West is deceased after exchanging gunfire with the Hays County Sheriff's Office Friday morning.

An Officer Involved Shooting ended with the death of a Wimberley man on the morning of Friday, November 24, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

Rocky Miles West, 28, of Wimberley, is the deceased.

The incident started when the Hays County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call of a possible break-in at Jean’s Antiques.

“Several deputies arrived in the area and while attempting to locate the male subject, someone began shooting at them, striking their patrol vehicles and wounding one of the deputies,” a press release from the Sheriff’s Office said. “The deputies fired back and the suspect retreated into a nearby wooded area.”

West was found dead in the woods near Spoke Hollow Road.

It is unclear as of 8:45 a.m. Friday whether West was killed by the officer’s shots or by a self inflicted wound.

Wed
22
Nov

Council says no to Aqua Texas, starts sewer

“This is the anti Aqua Texas vote,” Wimberley City Councilmember Allison Davis said. “This is the wastewater treatment plant that is supported by the Comprehensive Plan and written into the Master Plan for (Blue Hole) park. This is closing the door on Aqua Texas.”

Mayor Mac McCullough broke a 2-2 tie vote to order the Wastewater Treatment Facility for the city-owned sewer system. The approval accepted the bid from Black Castle General Contractors from New Braunfels. The original bid was for $3,068,900.

The bid commits the city to purchasing the treatment plant, which means that the options Aqua Texas offered to treat the city’s effluent are no longer in play.

Wed
22
Nov

County to cut cost from jail overruns

The construction manager at risk for Phase 2 of the Hays County Public Safety Bond Program will be able to submit a new Guaranteed Maximum Price, or GMP, for the work in January.

At its meeting last week, the Hays County Commissioners Court voted to allow the implementation of a third amendment to the agreement between the county and Turner Construction Company that would allow Turner to withdraw its GMP and present a new one in January.

“I reported last week that we were making progress, and I think we concluded that negotiation successfully,” said Hays County General Counsel Mark Kennedy, “meaning we’ve addressed the major points of concern that were raised.”

Wed
22
Nov

Restoring Blue Hole to the past

Michelle Bertelsen and Dick Davis of the LBJ Wildflower Center describe good cedar thinning practices

“We hold up Blue Hole as one of the best examples of Sustainable Development.” – Michelle Bertelsen, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Land Steward

The final major phase in the decade-spanning Blue Hole Regional Park Master Plan was quietly launched last Friday with a day-long training session at the Park Pavilion. Restoration of the Park’s Uplands will see the “not the swimming hole” areas of the 126-acre park returned to a classic example of authentic Texas Hill Country environment.

Wed
22
Nov

TreeFolks keeps planting trees

Bruce Sharrar and Alli Ritchey catch their breath on the river bank

It happened on Saturday, November 18. Volunteers by the swarm came out to plant trees to firm up the shores of the Blanco River. TreeFolks is concerned about saving the river and its banks. One way to stabilize the banks is by planting trees, a lot of them, in a small area. 

Volunteers and a little elbow grease are the way the trees got planted. TreeFolks hopes to plant 100,000 of them in the next year. Lots of smiling volunteers were there with shovels in hand, ready to plant the little stalks of trees. 

“There were about 45 volunteers on Saturday and we planted about 950 trees,” Matt Mears, Reforestation Manager of TreeFolks said. Native varieties of trees were planted as they have the best rate for survival. The acreage on which the trees were planted were just out of town.

Fri
03
Nov

Loan is in, sewer system nears

The city of Wimberley is now flush with cash for the wastewater treatment plant and collection system as the loan from the Texas Water Development Board was finalized last week. 

“The loan is done, the money is in the bank and we are ready to go,” Wimberley Mayor Mac McCullough said. 

With the Texas Water Development Board loan of $5.255 million, a $243,000 “Green Grant” and $1 million from both the U.S. Economic Development Agency and the Way Foundation, the total amount of funds collected for the project is just under $7.5 million. McCullough said that there is a misconception about the U.S. EDA grant, and that the grant funds are available upfront and can be used for construction.

Fri
03
Nov

Education grants helping teachers

Funding education is like the weather, everybody talks about it but nobody does anything about it. But that is where the Wimberley Education Foundation comes in. The WEF has been a helping hand to all of Wimberley ISD’s schools.  

They’re big event is this Sunday November 5 at the Leaning Pear with the 

4th Annual Evening for Education from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday 

“We have two fundraising events per year. The one at Leaning Pear…is more about the education foundation, learning what is the foundation, we go through the grant process and the benefits to teachers and students,” Chris Smith the WEF President said. Auctions have helped raise the foundation’s account and now it is in good shape.

Fri
03
Nov

Prescription Drug Take Back Day

It Takes A Village Community Outreach worked with Keep Wimberley Beautiful and Hays County Constable Precinct 3 for a Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.  This was Wimberley’s fourth Drug Take Back Day and was put together by It Takes A Village Community Outreach, Keep Wimberley Beautiful, and Hays County Constable Precinct 3.  Yesterday 10/28th, another 115 pounds was collected from Wimberley and Woodcreek area residents. 

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