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Daily Update for Aug. 19

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Wed
13
Aug

County cleared in wrongful death lawsuit

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Gillespie County was cleared of blame in a “wrongful death” lawsuit filed by the family of an inmate who hung himself and died back in 2011.

While most federal civil rights trials typically take at least three to four hours to be decided, the jury in  last week’s three-day trial deliberated for 50 minutes before returning its decision that Gillespie County was not at fault in prisoner Damion Michael Schroeder’s death.

“When the jury looked at all the facts — how we had cared for the inmate,” that’s what helped them reach their decision so quickly, said Charles S. Frigerio, P.C., the attorney and president of the firm that has represented the county for the past 20 years on legal matters concerning law enforcement.

Schroeder’s family had filed the suit claiming the county, its sheriff and deputies didn’t do enough to prevent his suicide, in spite of observing suicidal behavior.

Wed
13
Aug

FISD scores high in STAAR test ratings

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg Independent School District met Texas Education Agency standards in both overall accountability and its Bilingual/English as a Second Language Program.

School trustees heard reports of both results during their Monday, Aug. 11 regular meeting.

Harper ISD overall received a “met standard” rating, although Harper Elementary School received an “improvement required” rating.

Doss Consolidated Common School District also received an overall “met standard” rating.

FISD received 12 campus distinction designation stars but missed by one distinction of receiving postsecondary readiness at the district level.

Of the more than 1,200 Texas school districts tested, 26 of the districts (including Kerrville ISD and Wimberley ISD) achieved this special recognition.

Wed
13
Aug

Preserving the Dark


Austin-based photographer Rob Greebon captured the Milky Way in this time-lapse photograph from his vantage point on Enchanted Rock. © Rob Greebon, www.ImagesFromTexas.com.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

The stars at night are, indeed, big and bright and will remain that way at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.

Enchanted Rock, located about 15 miles north of Fredericksburg, was one of two Texas state parks to be designated International Dark Sky Parks. Copper Breaks State Park in the Panhandle was the other.

Named for its giant pink granite dome rising from the Llano Uplift, Enchanted Rock park staffers reduced manmade glare, benefiting star parties introduced to park visitors in 2011.

Park Superintendent Doug Cochran said 90 percent of Enchanted Rock’s lighting now complies with International Dark-Sky Alliance (IDA) lighting requirements, “not only saving energy, but also assuring that visitors from the city experience a night sky uninterrupted by bright lights and skyscrapers.”

Wed
13
Aug

TTU education expert picked as interim leader

Kelly Fox, director of Texas Tech University’s “Tech Teach” program at its Hill Country sites, has been named interim director of Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg.

The appointment was made last week and Fox will oversee TTU-Fredericksburg’s fall classes, which begin Aug. 25.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as interim director of the Texas Tech campuses in Fredericksburg and Marble Falls,” Fox said. “I look forward to expanding our programs and increasing enrollment by offering course studies that are of interest to the Fredericksburg community.”

Fox said she looks forward to meeting more people in the community.

“Texas Tech University wants to be a good partner to the community it serves,” she said. “I will have an open-door policy to anyone in the community who would like to give suggestions or learn more about our mission in Fredericksburg.”

Wed
13
Aug

'Peter Pan JR.'


Captain Hook, played by Eric Koennecke, is flanked by his fellow pirates Kanyon Swift (left) and (Jacob Lees) as they aim a canon at an incoming threat. Students enrolled in Fredericksburg Independent School District Community Education’s Theater Arts Camp performed the play from Friday-Sunday after rehearsing the play for a month. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck
Wed
13
Aug

Weekend race meet draws bettors to Class III track


Jose Montoya rode My Mighty Sam to victory Saturday in the third race of the Gillespie County Race Meet. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Only two more days of live pari-mutuel horse racing remains on the 2014 season following last weekend’s Gillespie County Race Meet at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The 2014 racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds wraps up on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, during the 126th Gillespie County Fair, which takes place Aug. 21-24.

(More information on the 126th Gillespie County Fair can be found in a separate article.)

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the Gillespie County Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday drew 2,812 racing fans who wagered $291,496 on 24 races.

The total payout to betters was $228,023.

On Saturday, 1,607 fans wagered $169,633 while on Sunday, 1,205 fans wagered $121,860.

The payout on Saturday was $133,149 and on Sunday totaled $94,874.

Wed
13
Aug

Coming up...the county fair


The Gillespie County Fair is fast approaching. Set for Aug. 21-24, those interested in the livestock and exhibition shows, rules and regulations should pick up a copy of our Blue Ribbon Summer magazine, still available at the Standard-Radio Post offices, 712 W. Main, or at the fair grounds. Read all about it, and we’ll see you at the fair!
Wed
13
Aug

County denies architects' request for more funds

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners denied a request by an architectural firm for work on the new county jail.

WHJ Architects of Plano sought to increase allowable expenses of their contract by $4,500.

“It’s not because they performed extra services or something,” Judge Mark Stroeher said at the county commissioners’ regular meeting held Monday, Aug. 11. “I don’t see why we need to pay them.”

WHJ had requested an increase of $8,500 earlier in the jail construction process, but county officials only approved $4,000.

“I feel like they should at least have a reason,” commissioner Calvin Ransleben said.

In the contract with the architects, there was a specified maximum amount of payment, and the increase would push the total over that amount.

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Wed
13
Aug

126th Gillespie County Fair ready to open

In just over a week, the 126th Gillespie County Fair will once offer four days of events for the entire family, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-24.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” features live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock competitions, vendors and more.

And with the 126th celebration just around the corner, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at www.gillespiefair.com.

The 126th Gillespie County Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 21, with free admission to the grounds. The gates will open at 5 p.m.

There is a charge for the Moore’s Greater Shows carnival and midway, which also opens Thursday and continues throughout the weekend.

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