Schertz News

Steele Knights Recognized for State Championship




  The Steele High School Football team was recognized January 14 with a parade and pep rally in downtown Cibolo for their 2010 5A Division II State Championship. Residents and fans from around the region were on hand to cheer on the team and meet the players that brought home the trophy. In addition to local officials from Schertz, Cibolo, Marion, and the SCUCISD being on hand, United States Congressman Henry Cuellar presented a copy of a speech he read into the Congressional Record recognizing the schools achievement. Head football coach Michael Jinks reciprocated the Congressman’s gesture with a football signed by the entire championship team.


  Following the pep rally, Steele players signed autographs and mingled with the crowd. Future University of Texas signee Malcolm Brown met briefly with area officials, including Congressman Cuellar and autographed for him a copy of the November 2010 Schertz Magazine which pictured the star running back on the cover (Pictured above).



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Schertz Area Senior Center and WellMed to Hold Grand Opening March 4


  Join the City of Schertz, the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation, and WellMed for the grand opening of the Schertz Area Senior Center and the WellMed Clinic in Schertz on Friday, March 4 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at 608 Schertz Parkway.


  The WellMed Clinic -located in the same building as the Schertz Area Senior Center - is open to Medicare patients and United Health Care Secure Horizons insurance, said WellMed Representative Steve Webber.


  “I also am available to speak with anyone about their Medicare coverage and any new changes to Medicare,” said Webber, who can be reached at (210) 485-8773.


  The Schertz Area Senior Center, which has been gearing up since late November 2010, is fully operational and serving seniors, said Center Director Ida Hardy.


  Qualified seniors who are age 60 or older can receive a free hot lunch Monday through Friday at 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. In addition to the nutrition program, the center offers opportunities for Senior Center members to explore seven dimensions of wellness: social, physical, intellectual, vocational, environmental, emotional and spiritual.


  While you do not have to be a member to enjoy the hot meal program, membership is required for participation in the other events. The facility is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information about Senior Center call (210) 619-1970, visit or email Hardy at

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Schertz Charrette Set for January 31 and February 2


  How will the northern part of Schertz look in the future?


  The pubic will get an idea during a planning and design charrette held January 31 and February 2 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 5.


  Both sessions start at 6:00 PM.


  Monday, January 31, the charrette will involve community input and a planning process overview.


  Wednesday, February 2, the charrette will consist of a joint meeting of the Schertz City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and Economic Development Corp. and a charrette progress report.


  The charrette will focus on the northern part of Schertz, especially the area from FM 3009 to Friesenhahn Road.


  The charrette is a process to create the vision that the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and Economic Development Corporation has for Schertz.


  It also will look at attracting investment as well as quality development - such as from the medical, higher education, entertainment and corporate sectors - to the IH-35 section.



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Trail Riders Lunch Volunteers Needed


  Schertz Bank & Trust needs volunteers to prepare a stew lunch for the Greater Randolph Area Trail Riders and Kerr County Trail Riders.


  Preparations will begin Wednesday, February 2, at 5:00 PM and continue throughout the evening with someone to watch the stew cookers all night long.


  Lunch will be served Thursday, February 3, at 11:00 AM when the Trail Riders arrive. Volunteers can call Lynda Jackson at (210) 945-7400.



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Schertz Father and Son Heroes Honored by City Council

Pictured: During the January 11 Schertz City Council meeting, Richard Eldridge of Cibolo (right) thanks Schertz residents William K. Shahan (left) and his son Bradley Hunt (center) for rescuing him from a sinking boat on Calavares Lake on December 20. Hunt jumped into the water and used his dad’s knife to free Eldridge’s legs which were tangled in a nylon rope as his boat sank after being swamped by the wake of a bigger boat. Eldridge wrote a letter to Mayor Hal Baldwin (far right) telling of the rescue. The City Council presented Shahan and Hunt with proclamations honoring their heroism.

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BVYA Opening Day Ceremonies March 26


  The Buffalo Valley Youth Association's Opening Day for the Spring 2011 baseball/softball season will kick off Saturday, March 26 with a parade and carnival. Mayor Hal Baldwin will throw out the first pitch and festivities begin at 9 AM. For more information go to



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Schertz 2010 Bond Projects Moving Forward


  Schertz City Engineer Larry Dublin told City Council that bond projects approved by voters last November are moving forward.


  In an update during the January 11 City Council meeting, Dublin said that in the next six months work should be underway on three major projects that were part of two propositions.


  “We should see dirt moving on the projects concerning soccer fields and baseball fields and design work will be under way for the aquatic center,” the city engineer said.


  City Council asked for regular updates on bond projects and Dublin said they will be provided and that the public will be kept informed.


  On November 2, Schertz voters approved the following:


  *Proposition 1 for $6.62 million for a Community Swimming Pool and Aquatic Center.


  *Proposition 2 for $6 million for Athletic/Recreational Sports Fields.


  *Proposition 3 for $2.25 million for upgraded Animal Services Facility, new Adoption Space, Vaccination Facility and Dog Park.


  *Proposition 4 for $ 1million for revitalization and improvements to Downtown Schertz.



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Schertz City Manager Don Taylor Retiring – End Of Legendary Career


  Schertz City Manager Don Taylor has announced his retirement after six years with the city. Taylor informed City Council he plans to leave in a matter of months.


  “This is the best city and the best city staff I have ever worked with,” Taylor said about Schertz. “And now I plan to spend a lot more time with my family. And it is a big family counting the grandkids and all,” he added.


  City Council will meet shortly to start the process for finding a new city manager.


  After the announcement, Taylor was praised by Mayor Hal Baldwin and City Council members Jim Fowler, David Scagliola, George Antuna, Cedric Edwards Sr. and Michael Carpenter.


  Taylor is the dean of city managers in Texas and Oklahoma (his home state) and has been in municipal management for more than 40 years. He previously served as City Manager in Universal City and in eight other cities in those two states.


  Taylor received the Texas City Management Association Lifetime Achievement Award last June in Galveston and was honored in October by the International City/County Management Association for his nearly 50 years of service in the local government sector during its convention in San Jose, Calif.



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Guadalupe County Youth Livestock & Homemakers Show January 19-22

The 70th Guadalupe County Youth Livestock & Homemakers Show will be held January 19-22 at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds located at Midway and Nelda Streets in Seguin.


  The judging action starts Wednesday, January 19, with broilers and turkeys and continues Thursday, January 20, with steers and swine.


  The Homemaking auction will be held at 7:00 PM Friday, January 21, in the Seguin Coliseum.


  The Livestock auction will be held at noon Saturday, January 22, at the fairgrounds.


  For more information on the Guadalupe County Youth Livestock & Homemakers Show, including exhibitor, buyer or vendor rules, visit



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Christmas Tree curbside recycling announced

Pictured: The City of Schertz Christmas tree is way bigger than the ones many residents will leave on the curb for recycling after the holidays.


  Schertz residents can recycle their Christmas trees by leaving them on the curb, said Dennis Little with Public Works.


  Trees should be cut in half.


  Bexar Waste will send a special truck to pick up the trees, but it may not be on the residents’ regular pick up day, Little explained.



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