Four newly elected officials will take office in Kerr County on Jan. 1. The formal swearing-in ceremony, which is in conjunction with a special commissioners court meeting called for that purpose, is slated for 1 p.m. that afternoon in District Courtroom 1 on the second floor in the Kerr Cou…

Change is in the air. Fall has arrived, and the temperatures are dropping and trees are beginning their annual color change. Change is a catalyst for humanity. It can inspire us to be better, try harder or accomplish more.

Kerr County received notification earlier this month that a Victims of Crime Act grant has been awarded to fund the Kerr County crime victims rights coordinator position and other program costs for the next two years. The grant pays 80 percent of the costs of the office and coordinator and t…

The cost for Kerr County to provide court-appointed attorneys to persons determined indigent by the courts is steadily rising. Each year, Kerr County spends more than a half million dollars to provide legal representation to those persons who are determined eligible through the process.

August rain, green grass and cool temperatures … not the usual description of Kerr County this time of year, but all is welcome. Schools around the county both public and private plus Schreiner University opened their classroom doors to thousands of eager students this week, and maybe a few …

Many victims of family violence and sexual assault who are assaulted in their place of residence qualify for benefits under the Texas Crime Victims Compensation Program. The program is managed by the Attorney General’s office, and funding for the program comes from restitution paid by perpet…

Decision time is near for commissioners to approve a budget and tax rate for the next fiscal year. After a series of budget workshops and input from elected officials and department heads, the county fathers will be faced with several difficult decisions in the next few weeks.

The longest-serving elected county official doesn’t have an office in the courthouse, or a staff — or even a budget. County Surveyor Lee Voelkel, who was first elected to the office in 1982 just one year after he became a licensed surveyor, will be sworn in on Jan. 1, 2017, for his ninth term.

Much has been said by local leaders in recent weeks about the shortage of affordable housing in our community. The issue isn’t something new or revolutionary; it’s been discussed for decades, without much more than conversation for many years.

The ballots have been counted, and Kerr County voters have made their choices in several local and statewide races, but Super Tuesday didn’t settle all races locally or statewide.

Grant funding gives Kerr County the opportunity to offer services and complete projects that benefit county residents each year. Some grants require matching funds that are sometimes provided through in-kind activities, while other grants involve a cash match.

Dust off your boots and hats — or tennis shoes and caps — and join us for the annual Cowboy Breakfast from 6 to 8 a.m. Friday on the courthouse square. The event marks the kickoff of the 72nd Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show.

For more than a decade, each county in the 13-county region served by the Alamo Area Council of Governments — which includes Kerr County — was required to submit a community plan to identify priority needs in the areas of law enforcement, juvenile services and victim services.

The past two months have seen several difficult jury trials at the Kerr County Courthouse. The cases involved sexual assaults of children which are very difficult cases to take to trial, not only for prosecutors and victims but also for jurors.

Next year will be the 50th anniversary of a far-reaching Supreme Court decision in a case titled Miranda vs. Arizona. Supreme Court decisions often have far-reaching impacts on national and state legislation, but they can impact local governments, too.

The 2016 election season has begun with the national party presidential debates already dominating the news, but local candidates also are gearing up for the upcoming campaigns for county and district elected officials. 

Each year when the deadline to adopt a budget and tax rate nears for county leaders, residents of the cities of Kerrville and Ingram can be heard asking why they have to pay double taxes for the same services. Let’s look at the real facts of the matter.

Last Friday, law enforcement and other emergency responders gathered on the courthouse square just before 11 a.m. to honor the memory of Harris County sheriff’s deputy Darren Goforth. who was murdered a week earlier. Officers turned on their red and blue patrol car lights at precisely 11 a.m…

The first public hearing, when citizens had the opportunity to comment on the proposed fiscal year 2015-16 county budget and tax rate, was Aug. 24, after this column was written, and the second hearing is set for the commissioners court meeting on Monday, Sept. 14. 

Crafting the final details of the county’s proposed 2015-16 budget will be the primary task for commissioners and staff in the county auditor’s office in the coming days. 

Kerr County will say goodbye at the end of the month to Becky Henderson, the longtime district court coordinator for the two district courts. Henderson will retire after 26 years in the position. She was the first coordinator for both the 198th and 216th District Courts hired by retired Judg…

The budget process for county leaders is moving forward with two budget meetings with elected officials and department heads completed and four more scheduled. Each elected official or department head is given the opportunity to talk to the court about their proposed budget and the commissio…