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LAGNIAPPE Gunner Thames Memorial Rodeo

On Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4, head out to the Chester Franklin Arena at Veterans Park in Wimberley for this annual event benefitting the mission and vision of the Gunner Thames Memorial Foundation. Rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. The event is BYOB. Saturday night’s festivities will include a dance featuring the Sam Bentley Band. Show your law enforcement badge and you and a guest get free admission. Visit www. GunnerThames.com for more information.

Caregivers Support Group meeting

The Alzheimer’s Caregivers will meet on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Wimberley Presbyterian Church Library, 956 FM 2325. This is an opportunity for caregivers to discuss the latest Alzheimer’s information and to share ideas as they travel the caregiving journey together. If you or someone you know is caring for a loved one with dementia, please join us. For additional information contact Linda Germain, volunteer for Alzheimer’s Texas, at 512 924-3661.

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More than just barbecue  Local business owner eyes completion of new development  BY MOSES LEOS III

News-Dispatch Editor

Progress toward a 560-acre tract of land that will soon hold a new mixed-use development surrounding the Salt Lick restaurant in Driftwood continues to move forward. For Salt Lick owner Scott Roberts, whose family has

owned the property for more than 100 years, ensuring development falls in harmony with the surrounding land was imperative. Roberts’ planned development, called “Driftwood,” has been in the works for roughly 12 years. The project came about after his family decided to change the land use, as they

couldn’t use it for its original purpose as a cattle ranch. While the family wanted to continue to be involved with the land, Roberts said they also wanted to share it with others as well. “It’s a beautiful tract of land,” he said. “It’d be a

Wimberley Market Days

Wimberley Market Days will be Saturday September 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine at Lions Field on RR 2325 in Wimberley. Listen to live music on three stages from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m: Lynnette

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waste for just one family. It needed to be shared somewhat.”

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A 560-acre property owned by Salt Lick owner Scott Roberts is about to develop the property adjacent to his business that is expected to have 31 homesteads and a 200-unit lodge and spa.

What’s the fate of short term rentals?

North Hays Fire chief up for national award

BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ

News-Dispatch Reporter

First Thursday

Head to Mercer Street and Old Fitzhugh Rd. from 5-9 p.m.on the first Thursday of each month for fun activities, live music, shopping and more. Downtown businesses come together to stay open late and provide a fun environment for late-night shopping. Visit www.firstthursdaydrippingsprings.org for more information.

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North Hays County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief of Volunteers Bob Love has been nominated for the Step Up and Stand Out award, a national award recognizing outstanding department volunteers

BY MOSES LEOS III

News-Dispatch Editor

Every volunteer firefighter has a story about how they got into the profession. Bob Love became a firefighter after he was referred to a contractor in 1995 who was

also the fire chief of the North Hays Volunteer Fire Department. That person eventually talked him into joining. For the next 21 years, Love, who is now the assistant volunteer fire chief for the North Hays County Fire Rescue, has helped continue to foster a

“combination department” of volunteer and career personnel. It’s the reason why members of the NHCFR nominated him for the Step Up and Stand Out award, which is a national

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Grant provides one-on-one counseling to abuse victims STAFF REPORT A two-year grant totaling just over $500,000 awarded by the St. David’s Founation to the Hays Caldwell Women’s Center gives victims of sexual abuse and family violence access to vital resources. The grant, totaling $574,674, allows St. David’s to provide professional counseling and advocacy for victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse who reside in Hays and Caldwell County. Counseling and Advocacy Program Director Jennifer Vasquez said in a statement, funding from the St. David’s Foundation goes toward providing services for victims of abuse by licensed, professionally trained clinical staff with Master’s degrees in Counseling and Social Work. “Our Counseling and Advocacy staff have extensive education and training on the impact of trauma and abuse on the clients we serve,” Vasquez said in a press release. The funding gives victims access to six months of free individual counseling and on-

The funding gives victims access to six months of free individual counseling and ongoing support groups facilitated by licensed professionals who help them work toward their goal of living a life free of abuse, Vasquez said. going support groups facilitated by licensed professionals who help them work toward their goal of living a life free of abuse, Vasquez said. HCWC has benefitted from support from the St. David’s Foundation, which dates back to 2006. This grant allowed HCWC to expand counseling and advocacy services outside of its two main offices. That includes offsite locations in Lockhart, Dripping Springs and Luling. The center also provides additional support in its family violence shelter and expands services with the children’s advocacy center, Roxanne’s House. In addition to individual counseling and advocacy, HCWC counselors are currently providing seven adult groups.

Those groups include a six week Domestic Violence Psychoeducational class and two children’s groups on a regular basis. Last year, HCWC provided professional counseling services to 951 victims who benefitted from 8,045 counseling sessions and 1,957 advocacy days all provided free-of-charge and confidential. In total, HCWC provided free face-to-face services to 1,743 victims of abuse in 2015 and responded to 2,490 HELPline crisis calls. According to a press release, clients of the HCWC cited counseling and advocacy as the most valuable resource. “I don’t feel isolated anymore, individual counseling was awesome, life changing,” one person said.

Wimberley city leaders could decide this month on a proposed 90-day moratorium on the issuance of new conditional use permits (CUP) for shortterm rental and bed and breakfast facilities within city limits. The city of Wimberley will hold a series of meetings, beginning Sept. 8 with the planning and zoning committee, which will decide whether or not to recommend the moratorium. The Wimberley City Council will then hold a first reading during its Sept.15 council meeting, followed by a second reading a few days after that. If passed, the moratorium will only apply to the issuance of new permits. Properties that have already been issued a permit will be allowed to continue to operate provided they meet all of the conditions of their permit. Although conditional use permits can be issued for any number of reasons, the permits that are under review pertain to vacation, short-term rentals and bed and breakfast facilities. Most of the lodging facilities in Wimberley come from vacation rentals, short-term rentals and bed and breakfast facilities. The city has started collecting a hotel occupancy tax (HOT) on the usage of these properties. Don Ferguson, Wimberley city administrator, said that the city “started hearing complaints from neighbors about things happening at the short-term rental properties.” Issues extended to overcrowding and noise complaints. “The city council wants to get a grip on the real problems and try to develop regulations to keep those problems from continuing to exist,” Ferguson said. “The moratorium is

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This one’s for the laborers

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ere’s to the workin one way or another. ers out there. The The day was started by laborers. The ones labor unions honoring who work through the those who made the night when the storms achievements of Amerihit. Those who raise the can companies possible flags early in the morning. – those working day in The workers who take and day out to bring U.S. out the trash, sweep the products to the world and floors, or build a strong labor outeconomy. side in the Businesses The days sweltering today have heat. benefitted of 70-hour Here’s from the gains to Labor workweeks, made by labor Day, and unions in the 12-year-old past – despite the reasons behind it. the grumbling children While there of many in are several management working a different – and even versions some of the full work on how the workers who day came are recipients week, and to be made of the benefits. dangerous A steady workofficial, it is generally edujobs without force, accepted cated, knowlthat in New edgeable safety York in and healthy 1882, 10,000 because controls are workers of benefits came demanded by a thing of together for labor unions the past. a parade, and provided and then by employers headed out means Amerfrom Union Square for ican workers are efficient a picnic and speeches. and well-trained. Sure, It began as a day when there are problems and the Central Labor Union conflicts today between came together to honor labor unions and employthe workers who were ers. But the days of 70making changes in the hour workweeks, 12-yearAmerican workforce. Just old children working a full 11 years later, more than work week, and dangerhalf of the states were ous jobs without safety celebrating a Labor Day controls are a thing of the

past. The economy today is fairly strong and we have a higher standard of living today than almost anywhere in the world. And laborers should be honored for all they do for this country. Those not working on Labor Day should remember what the day is truly about, and say thanks to all those around who work full-time, give of their time for their children and their elders, volunteer in organizations, and still keep the economy going. Thanks.

Who wants Old Crow in the White House? T he presidential election is just about two months away, and like a mess of folks, I just don’t feel right about voting for either candidate. I don’t trust Hillary as far as I can throw her, and y’all know I can sling it far and wide. And Donald Trump is crazier than a snared coyote. Every time I hear Trump speaking at a podium, I think of Archie Bunker. So, whom do I vote for come November? Well, while I was pondering over this dilemma out here at the Crow’s Nest, I found the solution to this presidential perplexity. I could select a write-in candidate instead of the current clowns, and after more pondering, I came up with the most logical choice for president: Me! That’s right! The Old Crow himself. Sure, why not? I meet the criteria to become president. I am well beyond 35 years of age. Shoot, these drawers I’m wearing are over 35. I am a true-blooded

From the Crow’s Nest

by Clint Younts

American, and I have never been convicted of a felony. Okay, back in ’78, I was caught plagiarizing Lady Bird Johnson in my college speech class, but apparently stealing a speech from a First Lady is not really a crime. I admit I have never run for any political office, but then, knowing how to run a country apparently isn’t essential to being on the ballot, is it? Candidates are supposed to have a platform. I have a wood pallet from the feed store. That’ll be my platform. As for my campaign pledges, I’ve made a long list of stuff I’ll do to restore the economy and make America so-so again. By electing a redneck like me, there’s no need for the White House. I’d be happy in a

little cabin on the banks of the Potomac. Then we can turn the White House into a bed and breakfast and make good money. I’d plow up the Rose Garden and plant some corn and taters. With all the manure that is flung around Washington, we should have plenty of fertilizer. I wouldn’t throw expensive dinners for heads of states. Tossing some crawdads in a pot, a brisket on the grill and a Yeti full of beer should suffice nicely if Putin comes for a visit. There would be no need for the Secret Service. I’ve got some unemployed buddies who are always packin’ who could be my personal bodyguards. Give ‘em a few bucks and some cold beer, and they’ll follow me anywhere. I’d turn off the A/C in the U.S. Capitol. Then maybe Congress would get some work done in a timely manner.

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Fraud 11:40 a.m. - 1XX Victoria Ct - Aug. 25

Illegal Hunting 5:29 p.m. - 1XX Black Bear Ct - Aug. 25

Illegal Dumping 6:13 p.m. - Sapling Dr at Rutherford Dr - Aug. 28

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Burglary/Habitation 4:59 p.m. - 3XX Ella Ln - Aug. 25

Sexual Assault 11:16 a.m. - Dripping Springs High School - Aug. 25 Theft 11:46 a.m. - Ledgestone Assisted Living - Aug. 25 Criminal Trespass 5:53 p.m. - 3XX Ella Ln - Aug. 26

Driving While Intoxicated 11:20 p.m. - Bell Springs Rd at Low Water Crossing Aug. 27 Assault/Aggravated/Deadly Weapon 3:53 a.m. - Area of 1XX Heritage Dr - Aug. 28 Assault/Family Violence 5:14 p.m. - 1XX Brookside St - Aug. 28

Accident/Major 4:46 a.m. - RR 12 S of Shelton Ranch Rd - Aug. 29

Driving While Intoxicated 8:04 p.m. - Hwy 290 Wb @ Sawyer Ranch Rd - Aug. 29

WIMBERLEY

Credit/Debit Card Abuse 9:41 a.m. - 10XX GW Haschke Ln - Aug. 25

Illegal Hunting 5:52 p.m. - Area of X Maplewood Cir - Aug. 25 Narcotics 2:34 p.m. - 2XX Lazy L Ln - Aug. 25

False Report To Peace Officer 6:21 a.m. - 5XX High Mesa Dr - Aug. 26 Fraud 10:10 a.m. - 13XX Montell Rd - Aug. 26

Possession/Marijuana 12:44 a.m. - 29XX Blk Fm 3237 - Aug. 26

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Theft 6:43 p.m. - 5XX High Mesa Dr - Aug. 26

Driving While Intoxicated 8:41 p.m. - RR 12 at Wintermill Pkwy - Aug. 27 Fraud 12:46 p.m. - XX Lonestar Trl - Aug. 27

Fraud 6:02 p.m. - 2XX Rancho Grande Dr - Aug. 27 Assault 4:36 p.m. - 5XX G W Hascheke - Aug. 29 Burglary/Building 7:32 a.m. - 1XX Campfire Cir - Aug. 29 Credit/Debit Card Abuse 8:02 a.m. - 82XX Ozark Dr - Aug. 29 Fraud 3:32 p.m. - 18XX Fm 32 - Aug. 29

Narcotics 1:08 a.m. - XX Stonehouse Cir - Aug. 29

Theft/Identity 2:00 p.m. - Hill Country Cowboy Chrurch - Aug. 29


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Continued from pg. 1 award recognizing outfrom a belief in their sysstanding department tem, which centers on volunteers. the idea that, no matter For Love, now a finalwho applies to become a ist, being nominated for volunteer, they must be the award means “a lot” committed to the cause not only to him, but also and will fit into the role for the department. where they are needed. “If we were fortunate While the department enough to win, it would does have “something be good for Dripping for everyone,” Love said Springs,” making Love said. sure volun“It would teers have a put us on skill set and the map of knows what what the fire they’re dodepartment ing is parahas achieved mount for with the safety. growth and “We’re what can be not the rodone if you tary club or want to be a the library combination club … it’s department.” not a game NHFR asor the same sistant chief as other Todd Colvin (volunteer) said the proorganizacess began tions,” he when NHCsaid. FR firefightHe said it ers learned was critical about the to have award and the career decided to firefighters, nominate many of Love. whom They Love said filled out the were once necessary volunteer paperwork, firefighters, while also believe – Bob Love, North creating and in that Hays County Fire submitting a system. Rescue Assistant video showOver the Volunteer Fire Chief ing Love’s course of service to the his career, department. Love said Out of the hundreds he has seen mentalities of entries, Love and the change for volunteer NHFR were tabbed as a firefighters in the NHFR. top 25 finalists. While listening to After another twothe radio for calls is month round of voting, the focus, Love said Love made the cut as one volunteers don’t have to of the top five finalists. “go to every single call,” All through the votas career firefighters now ing process, the fire handle it. It’s a difference department created a from the past, when “grassroots campaign” to Love and many other spread the word about NHFR firefighters had the vote, Colvin said. to respond to all calls, They did so when they as they were only ones realized they were behind available. at one point during the “It was very difficult, first two rounds of voting. frankly, a different The word quickly grew mindset. That’s why to neighboring businessvolunteer firefighters are es and even the Dripping so close-knit,” Love said. Springs Chamber of “All you have are those Commerce, which have people when you go to placed the link on their a call.” Facebook pages. As the contest draws “This community has to a close on Sept. 23, always supported this de- the NHFR continues to partment the whole time draw attention to honor I’ve been here,” Colvin its fellow brothers, as said, who later added, well as its community “I’m proud of what we’re and the department it doing and how we’re doserves. ing it.” “Our delivery of For Love, the basis for service is unique in success for the departthis area and across the ment is the harmony bestate,” Fire Chief Scott tween the volunteer and Collard said. “We truly career personnel. have a combination The success stems force of personnel.”

“It was very difficult, frankly, a different mindset. That’s why volunteer firefighters are so close knit ... All you have are those people when you go to a call.”

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(Left to right) Michelle Fischer with the City of Dripping Springs, Julie Forbis with HEB, Cindy Luongo Cassidy with IDA, Shelby Hubbard with Central Garage, Gina Anderson with Broadway Bank and Marysol Imler with Five Star ER.

Accolades given for local dark sky protection efforts SUBMITTED REPORT

Eight Dripping Springs-area property owners received an inaugural award for their commitment toward ensuring the stars are big and bright in the Texas Sky. Dripping Springs City Hall, along with seven local businesses, received the “Be a Star” award, which is given out jointly by the Texas chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association and the Hays County chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. The award recognizes property owners who

The award recognizes property owners who illuminate their property that is “considerate of their neighbors and the natural world around them.”

illuminate their property that is “considerate of their neighbors and the natural world around them,” according to a Dripping Springs press release. Their efforts stem from the city’s outdoor lighting ordinance, which was originally passed in 2011. The ordinance requires property owners,

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both commercial and residential, to shield their lights to prevent light pollution. In addition, business owners in Dripping Springs must adhere to regulations on limiting lumens for light fixtures. Dripping Springs’ ordinance was one of many factors that led the city to become the first in Texas to be named an

International Dark Sky Community in 2014. “These property owners shield their lights to keep the light they need on their property while eliminating glare, light trespass and excess light which can cause many issues,” International Dark-Sky Association Texas Section Leader, Cindy Luongo Cassidy said in a statement. Casssidy added that the city’s ordinance benefits property owners and helps lower electric bills, and also contributes to safety, along with “improved neighbor relations and to conservation efforts aimed as protecting our health.”

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Sports Texans go Bear hunting in season opener BY MIKE BLACKWELL

left in the third period when quarterback Davin Masur scrambled 38 yards for a touchdown, A two-hour lightning though the two-point delay seemed to take attempt failed. some first-game, emoLa Vernia responded tional “juice” out of the Wimberley Texans and La several minutes later, as it cut the lead to 12-7 when Vernia Bears Friday night running back Derrick at Texans Stadium in Barhart scored Wimberley. on a 20-yard Once the touchdown storms blew COMING UP run. safely away, Speedy WimThe Texans the Texans take on berley running managed to Giddings back Jake ultimately Friday at Cockerham blow the Bears Giddings pushed into away, scoring High school the end zone 21 points in the at 7:30 p.m. from one yard fourth quarter out with 10:12 to win, 33-7. left to play to Doug Warwiden the lead, which ren’s Wimberley team was pushed to 20-7 when took the first lead of the Masur hit Thomas Cargame on quarterback ruthers on the two-point JoJo Week’s 20-yard conversion. touchdown run, leading Cockerham struck 6-0 with 24 seconds left to play in the first quarter again the next time Wimberley got the ball, sprintafter the point-after ing 51-yards for a touchfailed. down that was followed Neither team scored by a failed conversion try. in the second quarter, Carruthers then though the Texans drove capped the scoring to the Bears’ three yardwith a 10-yard run, and line before failing on a Daniel Lopez made the fourth down attempt. extra point for the final Wimberley extended margin. its lead to 12-0 with 9:20 News-Dispatch Contributor

Senior Davin Masur outruns the pursuit of La Vernia’s Derek Miller in route to a 38-yard touchdown with 9:20 in the third quarter to give the Texans a 12-0 lead. (photo by Wayland D. Clark, wfotos.com)

Twin wins for Tigers Tiger tennis take down Bears 43-6 Dripping Springs Tennis claimed a pair of victories last week as they defeated the Fredricksburg Battlin’ Billies and the New Braunfels Unicorns in back-to-back days. The Tigers began with a 14-5 team win over the Billies on August 25. They followed with a dominating 17-2 win over New Braunfels on August 26.

TIGER TENNIS VS. NEW BRAUNFELS – DRIPPING SPRINGS WINNERS Girls singles Jayci Goldsmith Kailee Meyer Karley Higgerson Abby Brack Nicole Benyukhis Laura Haddad

TIGER TENNIS VS. FREDRICKSBURG – DRIPPING SPRINGS WINNERS Girls singles Jayci Goldsmith Nicole Benyukhis Laura Haddad

Boys singles Trey McBurney Will Gretzinger Jeffrey Walker Mitchell Hertick Sam Anderson

Boys singles Trey McBurney Will Gretzinger Mitch Hetrick Nico Babot Andrew Lovelace Sam Anderson

Girls doubles Brack/Goldsmith Benyuichis/Meyer Shanle Longmire-Monford/ Krystal Ramirez

Girls doubles Karley Higgerson/Shanle Longmire-Monford Aubrie Caldwell/Bailey Phillips

Boys doubles Babot/Gretzinger Mitchell Hetrick/Andrew Lovelace

Boys doubles Babot/Gretzinger Anderson/McBurney Hetrick/Lovelace

Mixed doubles Higgerson/Walker

Mixed doubles Benyukhis/Nick Mowen

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Dripping Springs Tiger sophomore running back Jake Cox powers his way through the line of scrimmage during the team’s season opening game against the Bastrop Bears Friday in Bastrop. Dripping Springs started off the season on the right foot Monday when it rolled to a 43-6 win over the Bears, which had the Tigers amass close to 300 rushing yards in the game. Dripping Springs (1-0) will open its 2016 home schedule Friday when it hosts former 25-5A foe Vista Ridge at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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Education STAAR given ‘F’ amid calls for change STAFF REPORT

A local state representative is calling for fundamental reform of the state’s standardized testing system after the “litany of errors” he claims plagued the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) in 2016. State Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) called for reform in a press release Monday, adding “flawed testing practice” threatens the state’s “ability to fulfill our education system’s goals – and our children’s futures.” Isaac suggests school districts should be able to choose from national standardized tests as the state fixes the STAAR test. “The litany of errors being uncovered about STAAR is simply a disservice to our students,

hard-working teachers, and families,” Isaac said in a statement. “To that end, I propose that schools be given the freedom to choose from a variety of nationally normed standardized tests, not have their hands tied while the State of Texas tries to iron out STAAR’s many kinks.” When STAAR was last administered in May, issues regarding test administration, along with lost or late testing materials, glitches that erased test results, and mishandling of students’ private information have been discovered, according to a press release. In March, numerous school districts across the state reported issues with the online STAAR test, causing test answers to be lost. According to a report by the Texas Tribune, the glitch affected more than

–Jason Isaac, State Representative

14,000 tests. In June, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) said it wouldn’t hold fifth and eighth grade students who failed the STAAR exam back a grade, or force them to retest, due to issues with New Jersey-based test vendor Education Testing Services (ETJ), according to the Tribune. According to the release, STAAR also failed

to meet the provisions of House Bill 743, which Isaac jointly authored. HB 743 requires that 85 percent of students be able to complete the exams within two or three hours, depending on grade. The TEA last week announced ETS has been fined more than $20 million for these errors, possibly the largest such fine in Texas history.

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“The overriding deal was that every generation of Roberts has been able to swim in Onion Creek …you want the creek to be clean after the project is done.” –Scott Roberts, owner of Driftwood property

Roadways, which are typically 120 to 180 feet due to drainage features on the sides, would be limited to 32 feet due to overland drainage. In addition, he said roadways were “hand cleared,” with contractors successfully relocating 165 trees. The development received a permit from TCEQ for rainwater capture from rooftops, with the resulting water used for irrigation on the land. He said the development received a private consultation from the Texas Department of Fish and Wildlife, which said in a letter the development would have “no impact

“I’m pleased that the Texas Education Agency has taken significant steps to improve STAAR, but it’s clear there is still more work to be done,” Isaac said. “School districts should not be hampered by an inefficient and ineffective system. Adding a dose of free-market philosophy to education by allowing a variety of standardized test options can only drive down costs

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Driftwood: ‘You want the creek to be clean...’ What Driftwood could share with area neighbors is retail and residential space, along with a lodge and spa, an events center and a hotel. Thus far, the main entryway has been constructed and 31 home sites have been prepared. Home sites in the development have a footprint of a maximum 4,500 square feet, with home site prices starting at $350,000. Driftwood would also feature a 200-unit lodge and spa. Build out is expected over the next three to five years. Maintaining an environmentally sensitive design was also the prime focus for Roberts and his development team. Features include limiting the amount of impervious cover on the property to only 17 percent. Roberts said estimates could have the amount of impervious cover limited to 14 percent. He also said 90 percent of drainage in the property is “open flow.”

and improve quality.” Dripping Springs ISD Superintendent Dr. Bruce Gearing said in an emailed response the district has always advocated for “local control in education” and believes Isaac’s call for reform would be a “positive step to consider other mechanisms for assessment. “The freedom to make local decisions also aligns with our status as a District of Innovation and our district goals of delivering personalized learning to students,” Gearing said. He added that Isaac listens “carefully to the challenges that educators and school districts face.” “We appreciate Rep. Isaac’s interest in public education, and look forward to working together in the future to address some of these changes,” Gearing said.

“The litany of errors being uncovered about STAAR is simply a disservice to our students, hard-working teachers, and families ... To that end, I propose that schools be given the freedom to choose from a variety of nationally normed standardized tests, not have their hands tied while the State of Texas tries to iron out STAAR’s many kinks.”

on endangered species on the habitat.” Roberts said the development obtains surface water from the West Travis County Public Utility Agency (WTCPUA). “The water running off is pure enough to protect the [Barton Springs] Salamander,” Roberts said. The property will also have roughly 200-acres of open space, which would include water quality ponds and open grass areas. Amenities for the development include nine miles of nature trails. “The overriding deal was that every generation of Roberts has been able to swim in Onion Creek … you want the creek to be

clean after the project is done,” Roberts said. Roberts hopes his development would “raise the bar” and set a standard for future developments involving open land. A University of Texas at Austin study referenced Driftwood as a development “as it should be” in the Hill Country, Roberts said. Opposition to his development has been limited, said Roberts, who has held three to four town meetings in the past. Only one person has objected to his project, but Roberts said the objection “went away.” Developing the land brought mixed emotions for Roberts. “I’ve been associated with this land all of my life,” he said. “There’s some regret on one side, but happiness and expectations on the other. I’m kind of happy and hoping that it sets a new standard on how it would be developed.”

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New signage coming for downtown Dripping Springs

Goes great with our

BY SAMANTHA SMITH

News-Dispatch Contributor

Development of new retail centers in Dripping Springs doesn’t phase downtown business owners along Mercer St. and Old Fitzhugh Road, as the Texas Department of Transportation plans to install signage to draw visitors to the city’s historic district. Longtime business owner Christine Ann, owner of Goodie Two Shoes on Old Fitzhugh Road, said the signage would encourage drivers passing through on FM 150 to turn off the main road and experience a taste of “small town charm” in Dripping Springs. Ann said installation of directional signage for the historic district would be provided in two phases. The first phase would be to install temporary signs at Mercer Street and Ranch Road 12, a sign at the other end of Mercer Street and a sign at the corner of Old Fitzhugh Road and Mercer Street. Business owners who

PHOTO BY SAMANTHA SMITH

Businesses in downtown Dripping Springs may see an increase in visitors with the addition of new signage in the historic district. The businesses will split the cost of temporary directional signage and TxDOT will pay for permanent signage.

opt in will split the cost of the temporary directional signage, Ann said. The cost is expected to total around $2,000. “The temporary signs would cost around $100 per business owner,” Ann said. “Of course, the more businesses that get involved, the more spread out the cost will be for each business owner.”

The Dripping Springs City Council gave its final approval earlier this year to allow the temporary signage to be installed, Ann said. A decision has yet to be made on the color of the historic signage or when prototypes of the signs will be made available. She added that TxDOT would pay to replace the temporary signs with

permanent signs after two years. It is unknown at this time how much the permanent signs would cost. “This street is zoned commercial, so it can accommodate more commercial businesses moving forward,” Ann said of the two streets intended for historic signage.

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Y’all might wonder what my views on certain subjects are. I won’t skirt issues like certain gas bags do. I’ll tell y’all what I think whether you want to hear it or not. Gun control: The best gun control is the keeping the safety on until you’re ready to squeeze the trigger. Sure, keeping crazy folks and criminals from owning guns would be best, but if someone knows how to do that, we would be writing his name on the ballot. Education: Put an end to all those standardized tests, give teachers a raise and let them teach, dagnabbit!

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Foreign policy: If some country can’t produce a good tasting beer, don’t bother with doing business with ‘em. Let’s keep Germany, Belgium and Mexico as allies. Taxation: Make the ultra-rich folks who gave millions to fund the campaigns of Hillary and Trump pay at a much higher tax rate than the poor blue-collar folks who barely make ends meet. Foreign policy: If some country can’t produce a good tasting beer, don’t bother with doing business with ‘em. Let’s keep

Germany, Belgium and Mexico as allies. Y’all might be wonderin’ who my choice for the Supreme Court might be. I’m thinking Judge Judy. And for my VP, I will ask Roger Staubach first. If he turns me down, then George Strait. Can’t go wrong with either choice. So, come November, I’d appreciate your vote. Remember: It’s not what

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Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate Hays County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2016 on September 15, 2016 5:45 p.m. at 235 Ledge Stone Drive, Austin, Texas. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

AGAINST the proposal: PRESENT and not voting: ABSENT:

Thomas Phillips; Royce Wachsmann; Donald Kelly; Robert Krick; Jason Mehigan None None None

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year. Total tax rate (per $100 of value)

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This Year $0.875/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value $0.00/$100 Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-) 0.00% Average appraised value $364,141 $392,578 General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen's or disabled person's exemptions) Average taxable value $364,141 $392,578 Tax on average residence homestead $3,186.23 $3,435.06 Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) +248.83 and percentage of increase (+/-) +7.80% NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS' RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election to be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.


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5TH ANNUAL GUNNER THAMES MEMORIAL

Dobie house earns historical designation

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It was a Texas-sized affair Monday as Wimberley residents celebrated the unveiling of a historical marker from the Texas Historical Commission at the former home of Miss Lillie Dobie on River Road. The event featured speeches from several local dignitaries, including Kate Johnson, who is the Hays County Historical Commission Chair, and Wimberley Mayor Mac McCullough. Also in attendance were descendants of Dobie, including Chester Wagner and Carolyn Wager-Lorenz, who are Dobie’s great-niece and nephew. During the ceremony, harmonica player Darrell Anglin, along with the Blue Bottle Band performed several Texas standards, including the “Eyes of Texas” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Dobie, whose maiden name is Wagner, married in 1901 and helped her husband, John Richard Dobie, Jr., with their dairy farm. After their original house burned down, John built a new cottage in 1920 that featured a garage. That garage housed a Model A Ford used by Dobie, who delivered milk, cream and butter.

Celebrate hummingbirds BY JERRY HALL

News-Dispatch Contributor

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News-Dispatch Volume XXXVI No. 42

Serving Western Hays County, Texas since 1982

BY MOSES LEOS III

News-Dispatch Editor

Concern over Dripping Springs’ proposed discharge permit spilled over into Monday’s Dripping Springs ISD’s board meeting as residents addressed board trustees to relay possible impacts the permit

could have to the district. But as a meeting involving the city and the district looms, Dripping Springs ISD superintendent Bruce Gearing said the district will do its “due diligence” to gather all sides of the issue before crafting a re-

sponse. “We haven’t done our due diligence to make sure we understand the situation or the impact to the school district,” Gearing said. “Once we have information, we’ll formulate a response.” The

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City, DSISD to discuss water permit meeting, which Gearing said could take place within the next week, will include representatives from the city, Dripping Springs ISD and the Dripping Springs Water Supply Corporation (DSWSC). Gearing said the district was

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Belterra Village addition approved BY SAMANTHA SMITH

News-Dispatch Reporter

With the passage of an amendment earlier this month, the Dripping Springs City Council gave the green light for a developer to begin a 90plus acre mixed-use development called Belterra Village near Belterra. Residents were concerned over the height of a hotel and senior living facility proposed to go within the development. By a unanimous vote, the Dripping Springs City Council approved an amendment allowing developer Endeavor Real Estate Group to add Belterra Village in the existing development agreement between Belterra and the city. Dripping Springs City Administrator Michelle Fischer said council approved the amendment only after it approved the total design plan and roofing design plan for the development.

Locals, council disagree on B&B permits BY BAILEY BUCKINGHAM News-Dispatch Reporter

Name _________________________________________________________ Tears and tension resonated at Wimberley City Hall Thursday as residents and city council members discussed the fate of three Conditional Use Permit (CUP) applications relating to bed and breakfasts and vacation rental properties. While council approved only one out of three CUPs, Thursday’s meeting concluded with conversations among council members on how to alleviate the rising controversy surrounding B&Bs and vacation properties. Council member Gary Barchfeld said he hopes council can come together to educate themselves on vacation properties and B&Bs because there is high conflict and he wants to take action. “We can make this a better environment all around for everybody,” Barchfeld said Several residents spoke Thursday on each side of the argument for the CUP applications, which were presented as public hearing items. Place 1 council member Bob Dussler voted against all three CUP applications. “When a commercial business is established,

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BELTERRA, 8

Holiday Inn light variance granted

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With a foot strategically tucked into an apparatus, a performer hangs freely off of the side of her mount as the horse gallops around the stage during a performance at the Dripping Springs Fair and Rodeo, which featured back-to-back Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) events July 22 and 23. Additional photos can be found on page 4. Browse and buy photos at bartonpublications.smugmug.com.

BY SAMANTHA SMITH

News-Dispatch Reporter

Dripping Springs gave the nod July 12 on a request from a hotelier to build a sign that exceeds current city standards. The Dripping Springs City Council approved a variance to the ordinance for the Holiday Inn, which will be constructed in the Springs Retail Center. The variance allows for a hotel sign that is 96 square feet long, but also has lighting that does not exceed 3,000 Kelvin. Dripping Springs City Administrator Michelle Fischer said the current sign ordinance in Dripping Springs allows for a maximum signage size of 64 square feet. Fischer also said the city is considering redoing its lighting ordinance as a whole to exclude signage with lighting over a 3,000 Kelvin rating in order to improve the safety and health of its residents. She said there have been scientific studies proving that signage with lighting over 3,000 Kelvin is harmful to people’s vision, as well as causing more incidents of glare for drivers. Fischer said the Holiday Inn sign lights will exude an amber hue at the lower Kelvin rating compared to brighter white lights with a higher than 3,000 Kelvin rating. The Holiday Inn is projected to be competed by June 2017.

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The Wimberley City Council Thursday gave the green light on new safety regulations for golf cart use in the city. Council approved the regulations by a unanimous vote during Thursday’s city council meeting. During the discussions with the council, Place 3 council member Sally Trapp reminded residents and fellow members that golf carts are already legal in the city. The ordinance is not to discourage use, but to make golf cart operation safe not only for the passengers of the cart, but for drivers in Wimberley, Trapp said. The ordinance outlines certain safety precautions golf cart drivers will be required to take in order to legally operate their neighbhorhood electric vehicle (NEV). New regulations include the operator having a driver’s li-

THOSE WHO OPERATE A GOLF CART IN WIMBERLEY MUST:

– Have a valid driver’s license. – Abide by all local and state traffic regulations. – Use standard hand signals for turning during daylight. – Not operate or park on sidewalks or hike/bike trails – Not pull any object or person with golf cart/NEV – Not exceed the seating capacity designed by the manufacturer – Remain seated at all times. Passengers can be issued a citation for not remaining in seat while vehicle is moving. – Not have or permit a passenger younger than 4-years-old. – Maintain financial responsibility as required in the Texas Transportation Code, Section 601.051 and – Not intentionally or knowingly allow an unlicensed operator to operate the vehicle in violation of this ordinance and state law.

GOLF CARTS AND NEV USE IS PERMITTED: On streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less and private/ public parking lots with the exception of the following: – Flite Acres Road from Buttercup Lane to FM 3237 – River Road from CR 1492 to western city limits – Wayside Drive from Green Acres Drive to western city limits

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Sept. 1, 2016 News-Dispatch