Bet on the future at Casino Night Reply

DSMS student Tyler Mallett shows off his robotic 3D printer at the Get Your Geek On event hosted by the middle school on January 28. Photo courtesy Dripping Springs Education Foundation

This 3D printer proudly displayed by 14-year old Tyler Mallett was funded by a grant through the Dripping Springs Education Foundation. In fact, the Dripping Springs Middle School’s successful 2011-2012 rookie year for the new, popular Tiger Robotics Club has been one direct result of Education Foundation funds.

“Education Foundation funds do not go into the DSISD budget,” said Education Foundation board member Jeanette Ramirez. “Many people think that the funds we raise go into the big District budget, and want to know why they should support the Education Foundation when they already pay their taxes. But the reality is that the Foundation funds go directly to innovative, out-of-the-box education enrichment programs that are not funded in the DSISD budget.” 

The Foundation states that it has been providing scholarships and grants to DSISD students and educators since 1992. One of the ways the Dripping Springs Education Foundation raises support for programs like Tiger Robotics is through the organization’s annual Casino Night fundraiser event.

This year’s event takes place on Friday night, February 24th, from 7-11pm, at Creekside Pavilion on FM 1826 in Driftwood. The Education Foundation invites area residents to come out and bet on the future of education of Dripping Springs, have fun, and help the organization reach its 2012 goal of raising $100,000 from individuals and corporations to support innovative teaching grants, classroom programs, and academic achievement in the Dripping Springs ISD.

Guests at the Casino Night event will receive $20,000 worth of donation dollar gaming chips to play at a wide variety of casino tables. Dinner, drinks, and dessert are included, with live music provided by the Hot Texas Swing Band. This year’s Silent Auction items include vacation condo stays in the mountains of Colorado or by the beach in Port Aransas, as well as four Club Level tickets to a 2012 home football game at Texas State.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available in advance at Keller Williams Realty and Gracy Title in Dripping Springs, or online at Tickets are also available at the door on Friday night for the same price.

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Voter registration card rumors Reply

From the office of Hays County Constable Ron Hood, sent on behalf of Joyce Cowan, Hays County Elections Administrator. 

The Hays County Elections Department has been contacted about several erroneous emails circulating that state that because voter registration cards expired as of December 31, 2011, residents of Hays County will not be able to vote in upcoming elections. That is not true. If you were registered to vote as of Dec. 31, 2011, you will be able to vote once elections are held — the elections are currently delayed due to redistricting issues, and voter cards can’t be mailed out until all that is settled because the exact precinct boundaries are not yet established.

Below is information from our Elections Department and the Secretary of State’s Office that will help clear up any questions you may get as employees of the County. And remember, you don’t even have to have a voter registration card to vote, you can use another form of identification just like always. However, if you are not registered or have changed your name or address, the information below also includes how to fix that!

Voter Registration Renewal Card Delay will not Prevent Registered Voters from Participating in Upcoming Elections

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – In response to concerns from the public and to various erroneous emails that are circulating, Hays County Elections Administrator Joyce Cowan is assuring Hays County voters that while ongoing litigation regarding state redistricting plans has delayed the mailing of voter registration certificate renewals, the expiration of voter registration cards on Dec. 31, 2011 will not prevent citizens from voting in upcoming elections.

The Texas Secretary of State’s Office has issued this additional information:  As a result of ongoing redistricting litigation, the mailing of new voter registration certificates is delayed. The expiration of your old voter registration certificate on 12/31/2011 does not invalidate your voter registration. 

·        If you do not have any changes to your voter registration (i.e., you haven’t moved or changed your name), no action is needed at this time.

·        If you remain in your county of registration but have changed your residence address or name, you will need to submit your updated information to your county voter registrar and your new voter registration certificate will be mailed to you from your county voter registrar.

·         If you have changed your residence address to a new county, you will need to submit a new voter registration application no later than the 30th day before Election Day. 

·        If you are not sure where you are registered, you can check online here.

Once the court approves interim redistricting maps and counties have the opportunity to finalize precinct lines, the county will issue new voter registration certificates.

In addition, Ms. Cowan reminds voters that they can expect their new yellow cards before the 2012 primary elections, which are not yet set. They will be valid through Dec. 31, 2013.

For questions about the renewal process or to register to vote, contact the Hays County Elections Department at 512-393-7310 or visit