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County commissioners are proposing a nearly two-cent hike in Gillespie’s property tax rate as they prepare the county’s 2016-2017 budget.

A request for open board meetings, a question about cyber terrorism and more highlighted the 68th Annual Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) annual membership meeting last week.

Ricky Boyd and Taylor Grona, fifth graders at Fredericksburg Elementary School, carried the “Torch of Learning” through the halls as a part of first day of school activities and to celebrate the summer Olympics. — Standard-Radio Post/McKenzie Wedel

School bells once again are ringing as many area school students returned to class on Monday.

Sports

Keeley Marschall, center, waits for the ball to come back down before making a play on it during Thursday’s Harper High School varsity volleyball match against Comfort, played in the Harper High School gymnasium. With Marschall are teammates Sage Wilbanks, left, and Halli Lovell. The host Ladyhorns won, taking three out of four contests, 25-23, 26-24, 14-25 and 25-22. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Finally waking up from the nightmare that was a 1-5 start on the season, the varsity volleyball team from Harper High School won all five games it played during the past week.

A focused Sergio Neri serves up action in the boys’ doubles draw Friday, Aug. 19, as Fredericksburg High School’s varsity took on College Station High School in the third round of the team tournament the Billies co-host annually with Kerrville Tivy High School. FHS finished the meet 1-3 to bring its season count to 2-3. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Fredericksburg High School’s tennis team will try to shrug off two days of “tough tennis” as they get set to host Dripping Springs on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Texas’ longest dove hunting season in 80 years will open in just over a week on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Obituaries

Information on funerals that occur after Aug. 24 will appear under this heading.

JAMES W. (JIM) HARDIN

James W. (Jim) Hardin, 80, of Fredericksburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

Gloria Fordyce, 92, nee Burke, of Fredericksburg, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

A private memorial service is planned at a later date.

Iris Mae Garza, 28, of Harper, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio.

Gillespie Life

Fredericksburg couple Dwight and Karen Oestreich recently got the opportunity to meet with the couple who cares the grave of Karen’s late uncle, William Dietel Jr., who is buried in Margraten Cemetery in the Netherlands. Among those meeting with the Oestreichs were Corry Schouten, second from left, Dirk Schouten and Bindert Helder. At left is a friend of Helder’s while at right is his grandson and fiancé. — Submitted photo

This summer my husband, Dwight and I, along with our son, daughter-in-law and grandsons who live overseas had the privilege of visiting Margraten Cemetery.

Ashley Han

A new Gillespie County Fair Queen and her court will be crowned on Friday night as part of the 128th Gillespie County Fair.

A look at local businesses in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.

Yee Haw Ranch Outfitters owner Donna Mitchell, cen-ter, appears ready to make a sale of Old Gringo shoes to customer Kathleen Braun. Mitchell said her store’s women’s boutique items sell well. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

A Southern California native who moved to Texas long ago decided to open the store where she always wanted to shop.

Yee Haw Ranch Outfitters was the result.

The Pit Room is where the magic is created at Backwoods Barbecue, a new family-owned restaurant. The crew, from left, Jabier Rodriguez, Jonathon Rodriguez, Michael Zavala, Jennifer Zavala and Debra Rodriguez, want to make it a place for families. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

After 28 years in the Mexican restaurant business in Mason, Michael Zavala decided to get into the food service business here.

Columns, editorials and more of interest to our readers.

Fredericksburg High School students Parker Tran, a junior, left, and Brendon Huynh, a sophomore, collect items for Pokémon Go in front of Zion Lutheran Church on Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Christine Granados

Everyone who has access to the Internet or a television has heard about the latest cell phone app game craze — Pokémon Go.

Ask anyone in marketing what the most successful advertising campaign in Texas has been and “Don’t mess with Texas” is bound to be at or near the top.

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