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Wednesday, February 21, 2024 - 5:00am

She was a Southern Belle from polite society, the inspiration for Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke, and a famous gambler who could hold her own in the saloons and gambling joints of the Old West.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - 12:00am

The 2024 Cowboy Mardi Gras Parade drew thousands to Main Street in Bandera on Saturday.


The Bandera ISD Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a four-day instructional calendar for school and employees for the 2024-2025 school year at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.

She was a Southern Belle from polite society, the inspiration for Miss Kitty on Gunsmoke, and a famous gambler who could hold her own in the saloons and gambling joints of the Old West.

BCRTA Officers Sharon Anderwald (at left) and Lynn Oliver stand with 102 jars of donated peanut butter for the Snak Pak 4Kids program. The jars were delivered to local food insecure students as part of a package providing supplies and meals.  

Bandera County officials honored the service of Silver Sage Hill Country Resource Center and Lakehills United Methodist Church at the Feb. 8 Commissioners’ Court. Emergency Management Coordinator Judy Lefevers presented to the Court, stating, “This letter is to formally recognize your commitment to the well-being of the residents of Bandera county.


Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00

Bandera’s Bryson Holden drives by Canyon Lake’s Christian Cheatham during the Bulldogs-Hawks play-in game on Friday, Feb. 16, at Canyon Lake High School. 

Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00

Zy'heme Jones drives to the basket during the Bobcats’ game against D’Hanis Friday, Feb. 16. 

Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00


Feb 7, 2024 - 00:00

Medina FCCLA participated in their Regional Competition and Leadership Conference on Friday, Feb. 2, in Corpus Christi.


A federal judge is expected to rule quickly on the constitutionality of a Texas law about to go into effect that institutes new state penalties for illegal border crossings. During a hearing last week, U.S. District Judge David Ezra said he had concerns that other states would follow Texas’ lead in creating their own immigration laws — a power given exclusively to the federal government under the U.S. Constitution.

Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00

Some days, just feathers

When I was very young, my Mamaw used to keep me while my mom was at work.

Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00

When a cowboy or bull rider reaches a level where he gets a corporate sponsorship, he works for that sponsor. When we own our own business, we want employees that represent us to the public well and we think twice about how we speak to someone. We take our commitment to our sponsor seriously and we care that he or she or the business is well-represented.

I’ve lived in Texas for over forty years, but it wasn’t until I moved to Bandera a few years ago that I learned much about Texas politics. The occasion was the 2020 Presidential election, and I volunteered at the polls along with a very interesting bunch of fellow volunteers, Republicans and Democrats alike.


Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00

Charles (Sonny) Linus Batto, Jr., of Bandera, passed away on Feb. 15, 2024, in Bandera at 90 years of age. He was born in San Antonio to Charles and Lydia (Ploch) on Aug. 21, 1933, and was later adopted by Hazele (Greiner). And he married Mary Ann Fisher on Oct. 9, 1957, at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church in San Antonio.

Feb 21, 2024 - 05:00

Bette Jo (Roberts) Koenig was born May 12, 1967, in Cuero, Texas and passed away Feb. 17, 2024, at her home in Bandera, Texas.

Feb 7, 2024 - 00:00

Patricia Ann Spratling was born Oct. 12, 1936 in Galveston, Texas to Esther Carlson Spratling and Charles Cecil Spratling. Her family moved to Houston when she was 7 years old, and she grew up near cousins and her fun and caring Aunts and Uncle, Ruth, Mary and Carl. Since her earliest childhood, Patsy was surrounded by all kinds of animals. Her backyard on Cason Street in West University Place boasted a huge chicken coop, where Patsy would spend hours each day with her feathered friends. Along with her pet chickens, Patsy also had a pet duck, a trusted and loyal Cocker Spaniel named Bill.

Jan 31, 2024 - 05:00

Stanley Howard Kendrick, 77, of Bandera, went home to be with our Lord and his wife on Jan. 26, 2024. He was born in Rutherfordton, NC to Robert Edward Kendrick and Evelyn Lee Harriss Kendrick on Nov. 18, 1946. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Pember on April 6, 1966.