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Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

With claps of thunder rumbling in the background, Boerne American Legion Post 313 Commander Charles Cecchini on Monday morning talked about remembering, embracing and respecting those who were lost while serving their country.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

The Geneva School of Boerne conducted its 2020 commencement exercises on Saturday, May 23, on the school’s outdoor athletic field. This was the first time the ceremony took place on the campus and outdoors and was by invitation only in order to adhere to current health and safety protocols.The class of 58 seniors is the 10th graduating class.The Class of 2020 had 16 students who are members of the Geneva Guild, which recognizes those who began at Geneva in kindergarten and completed all 13 years at the school. The 2020 Geneva Guild members are McLain Brock, Joel Calderon, Cole Dutton, Anson Eggerss, Reese Ferguson, Macy Kate Flora, Braden Hall, Luke Hardin, Joseph Hohne, Emmalee Jonas, Cameron Kidd, Gage Kohler, Sarah Ledoux, Jack O’Quinn, Corley Petrie and Margaret Viña.Commencement exercises began with a prelude of classical music and a choral invocation titled “Peace of God.” The processional, “79th’s Farewell to Gibraltar,” was played on bagpipes as the faculty and members of the Class of 2020 entered.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

More than 100 small businesses in Boerne were granted some financial relief this week through a city initiative called the Boerne Strong Stimulus Program.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

About 1.4 percent of the population in Kendall County has been tested for COVID-19, and about 4 percent of those people have tested positive.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

One of my all-time favorite movies is the 1975 blockbuster “Jaws.”

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 12:00am

The Kendall County justice system is hoping to get a jump on pending drug cases with the addition of a dedicated drug analysis lab technician.

News

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

Boerne community members said farewell to former Mayor Patrick Heath and his wife, Carla, who are moving out of the area, by parading past his house on Saturday evening. The parade contingent consisted of friends, neighbors and fellow church members. Above: The Heaths and friend Richard Adams watch as parade vehicles drive by. Below: Heath visits with a friend during the parade. Bottom: Patrick, Carla and Richard watch, wave and take pictures as the parade of vehicles pass. Heath was Boerne’s mayor from 1987-2007 and served on the city council from 1981-87.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:00am

With claps of thunder rumbling in the background, Boerne American Legion Post 313 Commander Charles Cecchini on Monday morning talked about remembering, embracing and respecting those who were lost while serving their country.

Sports

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:06am

Boerne Champion had 13 girls soccer players recognized by the District 26-5A coaches.

Friday, May 29, 2020 - 12:05am

Boerne High seniors Andrea Saucedo and Mackenzie Vasquez were both selected to play in the “4 The Heroes All-Star Softball Game.” The game was canceled but Saucedo and Vasquez were allowed to keep their jerseys. Both young ladies will play softball in college. Saucedo signed with Austin College (see above) and Vasquez signed to play softball at Notre Dame.

Opinions

One of my all-time favorite movies is the 1975 blockbuster “Jaws.”

Someone asked me recently my thoughts on the state’s slide back to “normal.” I guess because I drown in COVID-19 information all day, they figured I had an eye on what was going on, and I do try to pay attention to the general vibe.

Last week, I lost my father – an icon in my life and one of a small handful of individuals I call my true heroes.

Last Friday, as I started to mentally check in to my own Mother’s Day weekend — one I hoped to be full of Netflix, silence and take-out Thai food — I got the call from my boss that there had been another shooting in Boerne.

Obituaries

May 29, 2020 - 00:00

Joe Dolores Gaitan, 63, of Boerne, passed away on May 25, 2020, peacefully with his family at his side. Joe was born in Portales, New Mexico, on Oct. 19, 1956. He graduated from Boerne High School and went on to successfully complete Manual Portable Air Defense Technical School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Joe married Martha Navejas on June 13, 1981; they were married for 39 years.

May 29, 2020 - 00:00

Thomas O. Harris, Ph.D., entered rest on May 20, 2020. He was born in Miami, Oklahoma, on March 4, 1935, to Orville Francis and Vivian Muriel Barnes Harris. He received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University, taught high school, and was a professor at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. He also served as the Kansas state director of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA) and a member of the board of directors of the American Vocational Association (AVA) serving as president of the trade and industrial (T&I) division. Upon moving to Texas, he taught at Texas A&M, Texas State University and St. Philip’s College where he also served as Dean of Applied Science and Technology. Tom was a teacher extraordinaire and was designated as a Master Teacher by the College of Education, University of Texas at Austin.

May 29, 2020 - 00:00

Mary Uecker fell asleep in her earthly home holding her husband’s hand and awoke in her heavenly home holding Jesus’ hand on May 25, 2020. She left a legacy that will live long beyond her time on Earth. Mary Louise Clubb Uecker (Sweetheart, Momma, Granny, Skeeter) was born to Isaac Edward Clubb and Sophie Louise Hatcher Clubb on Oct. 9,1943, in George West. She grew up a fiesty and determined little girl with dreams that no one could keep her from reaching. These are traits that she instilled in the lives of everyone she touched.

May 29, 2020 - 00:00

Dawn Grace Highsmith, age 73, passed away May 19, 2020, at her home in Boerne. How do you capture a lifetime in a few sentences and paragraphs? Here is an attempt, which will fall short but is prepared with love for our dear mother, wife and sister, Dawn Grace Boykin Highsmith.