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Thu
23
Mar

Dripping Robot Team Texas Night Sky Festival a hit  wins prestigious award

 

Team Konstant members

 

“Spring Konstant,” the Dripping Springs High School robotic team, won the prestigious Rookie All-Star Award at the FIRST Dallas Regional robotics competition; and qualified for the World Championship competition.

The Dripping Springs team was formed this year and consists of 27 team members. In FIRST events, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a "brand," and build and program robots to complete various tasks. The team received its challenge in January and since has been working to build its robot.

The Rookie All-Star Award celebrates a first-year team that has made a strong partnership effort with its community and has a vision for their future impact. This award recognizes a team that inspires others to appreciate science and engineering, and to view these career fields as exciting and meaningful.

Thu
23
Mar

Texas Night Sky Festival a hit

 

Addyson Douglas peers at the sun through a special solar telescope provided by Festival volunteer Mark Carlson.  Carlson is a member of the Austin Astronomical Society and stargazing hobbyist. 

 

The Texas Night Sky Festival, was once again a hit with the local community according to event organizer Cindy Luongo Cassidy.

“It was absolutely a success. We haven’t done our wristband count yet, so we don’t know the exact number, but I think it was a bigger crowd than last year.  Volunteers who live in the area said they could see the parking lot from their place, and that there were more cars than any other event, with the exception of the rodeo,” Cassidy said.

Just under 3,000 attended the inaugural 2016 Festival.  For 2017 the event was expanded to include more activities, which included special solar telescopes to view the sun, two mobile planetariums, additional booths (over last year), an evening star gazing party complete with volunteer provided telescopes, and even a special “yoga under the stars” session.  The Hays County Master Gardeners held their annual plant sale during the Festival, and food and drink vendors were also on site.

Thu
23
Mar

Local indicted for Fort Hood mass shooting threat

 

A Dripping Springs man was indicted for allegedly threatening to kill soldiers on Fort Hood.

Thomas Anthony Chestnut was indicted with one count of “interstate communications with threat to injure” by a Waco grand jury on March 15, according to U.S. Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs.  If convicted, Chestnut faces up to five years in prison.

Thu
23
Mar

Hi-Steppers end season with sweepstakes honors

 

DSHS Hi-Steppers celebrate with their trophies from the season.

 

The Dripping Springs High School Hi-Steppers have completed their competitive season with multiple honors.

At the Vista Ridge Classic, senior soloist Lauren Mamrosh and the duet of Sage Handley and Natalie Green placed first in their events. Junior Jillian Bohuslav and freshman Rylee Oldham placed third at their grade levels.

DSHS was extremely successful at the Crowdpleasers Hill Country Classic in San Marcos Feb. 18. With an overall team GPA, the Hi-Steppers received the Academic Achievement Excellence Team Award.

Thu
23
Mar

Six run for three openings in City Council

 

Three incumbents and three newcomers are running for the three Dripping Springs City Council seats on the ballot for the May 6, 2017 Election.

Incumbents Santos Y. Alba, Charles Busbey, and Bill Foulds are running for reelection; while newcomers William Travis Crow, Taline Manassian, and Harrison Schultz are vying for their first seating. 

Only residents within the city limits are eligible to cast a vote. Residents of the Dripping Springs Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) are ineligible to vote in the council election.

There will be a candidate forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and co-sponsored by the Century News, on Tuesday April 4th, from 7 to 8:30 pm, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park, 1042 Event Center Dr.  Doors will open at 6:30 pm. There are also two additional forums in the works, but specifics on them have not yet been released at time of press.

Thu
23
Mar

Parents can order online birth certificates

 

With kindergarten roundup approaching for school districts across Texas, parents of children entering school for the first time can order a certified birth certificate via the Texas.gov Online Vital Records Application. This official service, offered in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), provides easy-to-follow instructions in English or Spanish for a secure and convenient experience.

The price of an online birth certificate is $22 per record, the same as a walk-in or mail order, and is generally less expensive than other third-party online sources. DSHS fulfills all online vital record orders, and most orders are processed within 10 to 15 business days. Marriage and divorce verifications, as well as certified death certificates, can also be ordered through this online service.   

Wed
22
Mar

Impersonating a public servant

 

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Impersonating a Peace Officer call on March 16, 2017 at approximately 11:44pm. According to the complainant, she was driving with a friend on FM 2001 near Goforth Road in Kyle, Texas when the driver of a pickup truck, described as:

White or Silver Chevrolet pickup with damage to the front left quarter panel

activated red and blue interior lights. The complainant thought that she was being pulled over by law enforcement in what appeared to be a traffic stop When the occupants of the vehicle observed a male suspect wearing all black exit the Chevrolet pickup, they drove off in fear that they were not being stopped by law enforcement. The pickup truck initially began following them but they stopped after the complainant made a turn off of FM 2001. The occupants thought that they observed a second subject in the pickup.

Mon
20
Mar

Five acres catch fire

 

North Hays County Fire Rescue responded to a 5-acre brush fire near the intersection of Lost Valley and Longview on March 14, at approximately 3:50 pm. 

Upon arrival, firefighters found the fire had been started by controlled burn, which had grown out of control.  A total of 6 units, with 9 personnel, spent about 2 hours on scene extinguishing the fire.  There were no injuries reported and no damage to structures.

The Fire Department urges Hays County residents to exercise caution in their controlled burns.

Sun
19
Mar

Deadline for PEC scholarships is fast approaching

 

The deadline to apply for a Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) scholarship is March 24.  PEC is offering a total of $100,000 in scholarships for the 2017 school year.

Scholarships will range from $2,500 to $10,000.  The funds can be used to pay expenses at any accredited university, college, junior college, technical school or trade school.  PEC will also be offering a PEC Rodeo Team Scholarship that awards tools and full tuition to the Northwest Lineman College.

Recipients will be selected based on their applications, which include:  an essay, academic performance, community involvement, extracurricular activities, and financial need.  Scholarship recipients must be at the 12th grade level through public, private, or home-schooled education.  Applicant’s parents, or legal guardian, must be PEC members.  Learn more at pec.coop/scholarships.

Thu
16
Mar

City eyes restrictions for short term rentals

 

The city moves to regulate short-term rentals by introducing a new ordinance that would require residents running a bed and breakfast or renting out their homes to visitors to obtain a conditional use permit.

The permit would require renters to inform tenants of the city’s ordinances such as parking and noise, have a guest limit to include two adults per bedroom and pay all applicable hotel taxes. A draft of the ordinance also said rentees must rent their property for a minimum of two-night stays. Fines for violating the ordinance are not to exceed $2,000.

City Administrator Michelle Fischer said residents offering their homes as short-term rentals is not just here and there but becoming a trend in the area. The city routinely investigates who is offering short-term rentals in the city limits to ensure renters are paying the appropriate taxes.

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