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Sat
29
Apr

Early voting schedule

 

Early voting for Dripping Springs Independent School (DSISD) District Board of Trustees continues today at the DSISD Administration Building located at 510 W. Mercer Street, Dripping Springs.

Three candidates—Ron Jones, Trey Powers, Barbara Stroud—are vying for the 2 open positions; Jones and Stroud are incumbents, Powers bidding for his first term.

Early voting schedule left is:

  • Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to  2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election Day is Saturday May 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Locations by precincts are:

Fri
28
Apr

Republican group to host City Council Candidate Forum

 

The North Hays Republican Group (NHRG) will host a forum for City Council candidates on Sunday, April 30th at 6:30pm, at the Church of the Springs, 230 Sports Park Road, Dripping Springs.

“All candidates have been invited. Even if you cannot vote in the city election, the outcome of this election will have an impact on all who live in the Dripping Springs area, so we urge you to come and learn about these candidates and help campaign for your choice,” Wally Kinney, President of NHRG, said.

 

 

 

Thu
27
Apr

EMS at Founders Day

 

Commissioners show Founders Day visitors the inside of a Mobile Intensive Care Unit. Front Row: ESD 1 Commissioner Dan O’Brien, Commissioner Keith Hughart, and Commissioner Geoffrey Tahuahua. Back Row: Lily Moore and Madeline O’Brien.

 

The North Hays County Emergency Services District #1 (ESD 1) had one of their Mobile Intensive Care Units on display at Founders Day.

Thu
27
Apr

Dr. Pound’s Farmstead raises funds and honors supporters

 

The Pound House Historical Farmstead and Museum will have its annual fundraising Heritage Gala on Saturday, April 29.  The gala, the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Museum, will be hosted on the Pound grounds underneath a big tent and will celebrate 170 years plus of Dripping Springs history

The event will feature a gourmet buffet, provided by area restaurants and chefs, along with libations and incidental treats. Live and silent auctions also will be available.  An after dinner pop and classic rock music for the guests dancing pleasure will end what is described as a “Twilight and Starlight, a sparkling country evening” presented by the museum and farmstead.

The community is invited to the event.  The support of the community through the annual event provides the necessary funding to keep the Pound House’s programs and preserve the historic house and grounds.

Thu
27
Apr

Founders Day biggest ever

 

The carnival rides at Founders Day are always popular.

 

The 30th Founders Day was cited as the biggest ever.  It was also arguably the best organized as the city’s prohibition of parking along route 12 significantly cut down on the traffic congestion at the intersection of Ranch Route 12 and Hwy 290, something that had been heavily criticized in prior years. Instead, people were asked to park in the parking area within the Triangle, which was manned by the VFW and American Legion; or at the high school, from where the Rotary Club was running shuttles to the event.

When asked if Founders Day had grown to big to be held on Mercer Street, and perhaps should be moved to Dripping Springs Ranch Park, City Councilman Santos Alba replied, “To me Founders Day celebrates the founding and the City of Dripping Springs. To hold it anywhere else but the city would take away from it.  No, I like it right here.”

 

Sat
22
Apr

Citizens seek road safety

 

A full house for Commissioner Ray Whisenant's Town Hall

 

Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant held a Town Hall meeting to discuss law enforcement and transportation issues in the Dripping Springs area on Thursday April 13, at Dripping Springs City Hall. The meeting was heavily attended and most of the 125 chairs set up for the event were taken. 

In addition to Commissioner Whisenant, the meeting was also co-hosted by Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler, Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hood, State Representative Jason Isaac, City Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds, City Commissioners Gary Busbey and Santos Alba, as well as representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

During the two-hour meeting, which grew heated at times, local citizens put their questions directly to the elected officials and administrators present.

Wed
19
Apr

Firefighters seek sales tax to fund new rescue truck

 

North Hays Firefighters suit up for a swift water rescue. A ladder truck would enable the rescuers to simply extend the ladder and walk to the person being rescued, as opposed to entering the water in such a hazardous manner.

 

Voters will get the chance to vote on a proposal by Emergency Service District (ESD) 6, which provides firefighting related services, to begin collecting ¼ of 1% sales tax on the unincorporated areas within its district of service in Northern Hays County. The monies, if approved, would be used to purchase a new ladder truck for the department.

Currently ESD 6 receives its funding from 8 cents of property tax per $100 dollar valuation.  This has been the rate since 2009 when the last rate hike occurred.

“The law allows ESDs to collect up to 10 cents per $100 dollar valuation.  Surrounding area ESDs are already at 10 cents, but our board has agreed not to increase our property taxes despite our growth.  Instead the board decided to diversify our funding through use of a sales tax,” Chief Scott Collard said. Collard has been Dripping Springs fire chief since 2015.

Wed
19
Apr

Dripping Celebrates Founders Day

 

A grand celebration is in store come April 21-23, as 2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Founders Day Festival. A celebration of heritage and community spirit, the festival has grown to become an iconic event with thousands attending the annual festivities.

Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs and a twelve-member Founders Day Commission, which includes representatives of various community organizations, the proceeds from the weekend of live music, delicious food and good old-fashioned fun directly benefit local non-profit organizations, churches, school and park programs, youth groups, and charities.

Wed
19
Apr

Meet Trey Powers, DSISD School Board Candidate

 

DSISD Candidate Trey Powers (third from right) with his family.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

 

Why are you running?

I’m a man of faith and a family man.  My wife and I have two kids at Walnut Elementary.  I’ve always felt an inherent sense of civic duty, and charitable service, and that has manifested itself in many different ways.  I’m not running because we need sweeping change, but because I think it would be helpful to have a fresh perspective on the board.

One of the most important roles of the board is to pass the annual budget.  I want to delve into the details of the budget and make sure we make the right money decisions. The other issue is that I think the board can do a better job of communicating its decisions to the public.  I don’t want to sit back and read about what direction the school board took or didn’t take—If I can be of service in making sure our youth succeed, then that’s what I’m going to do.

Wed
19
Apr

Meet Ron Jones, DSISD School Board Candidate

 

DSISD Candidate Ron Jones (right), with fellow board member Mary Jane Hetrick.  SUBMITTED PHOTO.

 

Ron Jones

 

Why are you running?

I’m finishing my first term and running for reelection because both my kids had impressive  (student) careers at the DSISD. Prior school boards afforded my kids that opportunity, and I want to make sure future kids have the same educational opportunity.  That’s my primary reason.

Secondly, I believe we should have someone on the board who doesn’t have kids in the district anymore, but still appreciates the good that the district is doing.  I speak for a constituency that still wants good schools, but wants it done in a fiscally conservative way.

What would you add to board?

Mostly passion, passion for supporting teachers and staff—to compose the best district possible.  Our people are really doing well in academics, sports, and our school board is providing good governance.

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