STAGE 1 DROUGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT FOR UNIVERSAL CITY, LIVE OAK AND GARDEN RIDGE. Outdoor watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is only allowed before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m. once a week for Universal City and Garden Ridge, and before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. in Live Oak. The last digit of a resident’s street address determines permission. In Universal City and Live Oak: 0 or 1 on Monday, 2 or 3 on Tuesday, 4 or 5 on Wednesday, 6 or 7 on Thursday and 8 or 9 on Friday. Watering prohibited on weekends. For Garden Ridge: 0 on Monday, 1 or 2 on Tuesday, 3 or 4 on Wednesday, 5 or 6 on Thursday, 7 or 8 on Friday and 9 on Saturday.

GARY WOPPERT RECENTLY RECEIVED THE TEXAS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HALL OF FAME AWARD from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The longtime Live Oak resident retired in 2016 as the city’s emergency management coordinator. He demonstrated “extraordinary contributions and accomplishments to emergency management and the state of Texas,” according to officials, and was among those honored during a ceremony in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The 30-year city employee remains active on the Planning and Zoning Commission, while volunteering as a Parks & Recreation board member.

CIBOLO TURNPIKE CORP. HAS ESTABLISHED a new website at about developments regarding the design and building of a toll-road extension of FM 1103 to Interstate 10 East. The city also has posted two proposed locations for the thoroughfare.

AN AIRCRAFT FLYING FROM RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE July 14 almost collided with a drone two miles north of the military reservation, officials said. According to reports, the drone flew 600 feet above the altitude allowed by federal regulations. Unmanned aerial-vehicle operators planning to fly within five miles of the base should first call airfield management at 652-3417 or email, the military said. For more, visit and

ABOUT $100,000 WILL BE INVESTED IN WINDCREST CITY HALL for better security and technology, leaders said recently. Enhancements include adding bullet-resistant glass and keypad-activated doors to the office, along with new front and side doors. Financing comes from the Court Technology Fund and court fees, not property or sales taxes.

RENOVATIONS BEGAN JULY 7 ON UNIVERSAL CITY PARK’S RESTROOMS AND CONCESSION STAND, with some facilities closed during construction. Upgrades include more men’s and women’s stalls, adding baby-changing areas, a water fountain with bottle-filling capabilities, a covered breezeway and remodeled refreshment station. The city plans to finish the project in November. Meanwhile, portable toilets are available.

CODE COMPLIANCE OFFICER JOHN DALTON OF LIVE OAK RETIRED after 12 years, officials said. He worked as a telecommunications dispatcher for the Police Department from 2005-08, and a code enforcement operative from 2008 until May 2017.


REPUBLIC SERVICES NOW PROVIDES the Selma area with refuse collection and recycling after buying Bexar Waste, officials said. Republic, which took over June 30, will continue to honor the contract with the city. The agreement ends in 2024.

DURING A JULY NATIONAL SPANISH SPELLING BEE COMPETITION AT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE, KEVIN LEAL MORALES FINISHED 11th for fourth- through eighth-graders. He recently completed sixth grade at Wilder Intermediate School and will attend Dobie Junior High School this fall.

KITTY HAWK MIDDLE SCHOOL SKILLSUSA OPENING AND CLOSING TEAM took gold at the National Leadership and Skills Conference for the second consecutive year. Held recently in Louisville, Kentucky, the competition evaluates a squad’s comprehension of the symbolic representation of colors and assembles parts of the SkillsUSA emblem. Students also constructed 10 of 250 tables benefiting nonprofit organizations, public schools and parks in Louisville as part of the Build-A-Table event. Lowe’s provided materials and tools.

THE METZGER MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND PLACED THIRD at the recent Texas Music Educators Association’s area competition. Officials said it’s the furthest any middle school in the Judson Independent School District has gone in 31 years.

NINE-YEAR LIVE OAK FIREFIGHTER AND PARAMEDIC ROBERT BLANCH retired in May. He started his career in 1998 in Converse, working almost two decades as a first responder.

PETTY OFFICER 1ST CLASS CHANDONNAE MURRAY, A JUDSON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE, is a logistics specialist aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Porter. Currently operating in Rota, Spain, Murray is responsible for purchasing essential mission items and controlling the movement of equipment.

THE REV. JON AARON RICHTER IS Triumphant Lutheran Church’s new senior pastor as of Aug. 15, delivering his first sermon the weekend of Aug. 19-20. Richter believes in “encouraging and creating a strong laity leadership team, and tapping into the many talents of the congregation to help nurture and grow TLC (tender loving care),” according to a release. Ordained in 2009, he received his Master of Divinity the same year at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

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