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Wed
18
Apr

Rabid bat found in Wimberley

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters - Mexican free-tailed batUploaded by Dolovis, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31315036

A rabid bat was found in Wimberley on Tuesday.

The Hays County Sheriff's Department responded to a call for a dead bat at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on April 16 at around 1:30 p.m. The bat was found in an outdoor breezeway near a set of lockers.

The Department of State Health Services examined the bat and found that it tested positive for the rabies virus.

If you or someone else may have come in physical contact with this animal, please call: Hays County Sheriff’s Office, Animal Control Unit at (512) 393-7896 or The Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control at (254) 778- 6744.

Here are a few tips for how to deal with bats, either alive or dead, from the Austin Health and Human Services Department:

Wed
18
Apr

The future roads of Wimberley

David Logan speaks with CAMPO representative Kelly Porter at the Wimberley Community Center.

The Capital Area Metro Planning Organization is in the process of planning the future roads of Central Texas as they work on the long-range comprehensive regional transportation plan which will be adopted in 2020 and run through 2045.

“We are trying to do a more bottom up approach to planning, so we are doing special studies that feed into that long-range plan so we can identify needs,” Kelly Porter, Regional Planning Manager for CAMPO, said. “We can look at specific topics like active transportation with pedestrian and bicycle, which we adopted last year. We are now talking with local governments to see what their plans are.”

All of these plans will be put together to form the long-term regional plan, which represents Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

Wed
18
Apr

Brookshire Brothers Anywhere launches

In new ways to market the supermarket, Brookshire Brothers announced a new service where you can order your groceries online and pick it the order at the side of the store, or have it delivered right to your home.

‘We will deliver within 15 miles of the store,” Sally Alvis, BB’s Marketing and Public Relations Director said. “We will have the curbside service in the near future.”

Once you join Brookshire Bothers Anywhere, on their website, your choices of food are recorded and gathered by Personal Shoppers back at the store. “The personal shoppers get the list and will fill it for you,” Store Manager Dalen Welch said. The website can keep lists and tell you what your most ordered items are. 

Wed
18
Apr

City Council Candidate Interviews: Mayor

Steve Thurber

What are your goals if elected?  

If I am elected, the immediate goal will be to restore civility and respect at the council table. I don’t believe anything meaningful can be achieved when the council is as divided as it is.  Regardless of the council makeup, it is imperative that council members respect one other and work together for the benefit of the community.  Another goal will be to reinstate our road improvement program with the council and the transportation advisory board working together with input from the public to develop and implement a plan to repair/rebuild our city roads.  I would also make pedestrian mobility and safety a priority.  We need sidewalks not only in the central business district but along FM 2325 to make it safe for our many students who walk along that route.

 

Wed
18
Apr

City Council Candidate Interviews: Place 2

Rebecca Minnick

 

What are your goals if elected?

Wed
18
Apr

City Council Candidate Interviews: Place 4

Christine Byrne

What are your goals if elected?

Wed
18
Apr

City Council Candidate Interviews: Place 5

Patricia Cantu Kelly

What are your goals if elect?

My goals would be very simple, it is to represent all of Wimberley, not just a special interest group. My goal would be to seek input from citizens before making and voting on issues, particularly those creating more debt or cost.

Additionally, I want to tap into our wonderful resources that our citizens can contribute like we used to. Wimberley was built by volunteers, my goals would be to bring that spirit of unity and community involvement back. I think we can and should work together as citizens and all of our goals should be to have Wimberley be the quaint, charming jewel of the hill country that we all know it to be.

 

Thu
05
Apr

County hit hard by strong spring rains

A car parked in a San Marcos garage nearly covered in water. (Photo by Toy Mendez)

There have been 31 instances of rainfall of three inches or more over the last 31 years in Wimberley making for a nice and tidy average of one per year, according to Wimberley’s weather historian Raymond Schiflett.

On Wednesday of last week, Wimberley got that three-inch rainfall with most of western Hays County receiving about 3.5 inches of rain.

“We had moisture off the Gulf, moisture from the Pacific and a low pressure system from the west,” Schiflett said. “When you have all three things come together, you’ll get some rain. When you add in the cold front on top of that, you get what we had last week, but for this time of year, that is pretty normal.”

In fact, Wimberley received 3.1 inches or rain during the exact same week in 2017.

Thu
05
Apr

Family fun over Easter Weekend

Scout Bisett collects Easter Eggs at Deer Creek of Wimberley last week.

It is a rite of spring, along with bluebonnets, baby bunnies and chicks. It is the time when young children are treated to jellybeans, candy eggs and chocolate Easter bunnies at the valley’s Easter Egg Hunts.

Literally thousands and thousands of plastic eggs were filled with childhood delights throughout the valley. The intense pressure of trying to be patient was hard for each of the little ones, but once it was time to hunt, they all did their best to get as many as possible.

It started at Deer Creek of Wimberley on Thursday, where the seniors watched with delight at the antics of the kids. The kids gathered and giggled at finding each egg.

Thu
05
Apr

Pie Social is back

WIC members Carolyn LaRocca and Linda Reed.

The 28th annual Pie Social, a fundraiser benefiting the Wimberley Institute of Cultures (WIC) will be held Saturday, April 14th, 11am-2 pm at the Winters-Wimberley House in downtown.  The event will feature a pie-eating contest, live music by Tracie Lynn, pie baking contest and an auction of winning pies, a vintage quilt raffle, as well as hot dogs and pie by the slice for sale.  

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