Trustees pick contractor for bond projects

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees voted April 21 to choose Weatherford-based Imperial Construction to complete the district’s 2015 $16.5 million bond project.

But before that can be done, some finances will have to be reworked.

Imperial’s bid is a combined $16.89 million (including an alternate bid of $890,000 for extra classrooms at Fredericksburg High School). FISD Supt. Dr. Eric Wright and Bobby Kincaid of Pfluger Associates will work with the company to determine what plans to modify to get the bid under budget.

“We think we can get that number down where our budget needs to be without harming the overall intent of the bond project,” Wright said, adding they will build everything in the bond’s base package.


Sidewalk expansion OK’d for monument

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved an addition to the sidewalk of the Veteran’s War Memorial Monument in front of the county’s courthouse.  

Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer, said the sidewalk was needed for the monument to be wheelchair accessible.

“It may have met 1980 standards when it was originally put in, but that was not something they were going to be able to fix,” King said. “So, we are proposing to put in a separate wheelchair access to the side of that, which will be five feet by twenty-six feet. It will join the existing sidewalk between the courthouse and the library.”

The cost of the project is $1,905 and money will come out of the Veterans Council of Gillespie County budget from extra funds raised, King said.

Additionally, the concrete will be brushed so that it is not a slippery surface.


Quenching a fiery thirst

Volunteers, from left, Billy Moellering, Jeremy Harrison, Santos Guevara and Marissa Scott, serve up the suds at the annual Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department Benefit Fish Fry and Prize Give-Away, held Saturday at Marktplatz. Thousands of people came out for fried fish, dancing and a chance to win prizes and auction items. See more photos and story on page D1. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Marquardt takes reins at post office

Surrounded by her family, Debbie Marquardt was sworn in Thursday, April 21 as the Fredericksburg Post Office’s new postmaster. Marquardt, left, is joined by her family, including son Daniel Marquardt, daughter Diane Moellering, son Dean Marquardt and husband Dudley Marquardt. Tammy Snell, right, manager for Post Office Operations for the Rio Grande District, conducted the ceremony. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie


After more than seven months on the job as Fredericksburg’s postmaster, it finally became official for Debbie Marquardt.

In front of her family, friends and in front of former Fredericksburg postmasters, Marquardt on April 21 was sworn in as the Fredericksburg Post Office’s new postmaster.

She has worked 33 years in the postal service and has worked at the local post office since 1983.

Marquardt initially took over as postmaster Sept. 5, 2015.

Tammy Snell, manager for Post Office Operations for the Rio Grande District, swore her in.

“Just in the last couple of months that I’ve worked with her, I’ve seen that Marquardt does a great job,” said Snell. “She’s an outstanding employee, very committed, very loyal and very knowledgeable of the operation.”


A Dog's Life

Denali, a black mixed-breed owned by Nick Craig of Fredericksburg, gets the royal treatment on Saturday at a dog wash fundraiser to benefit Eli’s Fund. The event was sponsored by the Cross Mountain 4-H Club. First Baptist Church Youth Minister Austin Loza said more than 20 canines were washed and $264 was donated to Eli’s Fund, which provides financial support to service men and women and service animals. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Nature Center celebrates winged wildlife for three days this weekend at Lady Bird Park

This Ringed Kingfisher will be one of the birds discussed at the Sixth Annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. — Submitted photo

Birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bats and snakes are front and center at the Sixth Annual Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, Friday through Sunday, April 29-May 1 at Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center have developed an informative, educational and fun experience for the whole family to enjoy that promotes the Hill Country’s scenic landscape, which is one of the world’s most diverse ecological systems, according to Bill Lindemann, spokesman for Wings Over the Hills.

The Friends created the nature trails and the Pollinator Garden in the park, so the next step was highlight them with a festival.

 “The Friends understand that Fredericksburg hosts festivals almost every weekend of the year, but they also want to be sure that local and area residents understand that they need everyone’s support to make it successful,” Lindemann said.


Early voting underway for city; county, state runoff votes near

Early voting is underway for mayor, council and city charter amendments for the City of Fredericksburg while Gillespie County and the state will hold elections in upcoming weeks to decide on the next round of representatives.

Through Tuesday, City Secretary Shelly Britton said there were 83 early voters as of Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. That includes 31 on Monday and 52 on Tuesday.

Runoff primary elections for Gillespie County will take place on Tuesday, May 24. Early voting for county and state contests will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 16-20 at the Gillespie County Courthouse. (There are no extended hours for early voting in county and state races.)


Wildflower Run returns to the streets on Saturday

The race will be on in Fredericksburg, as runners and walkers take to the streets this Saturday, April 30, during the 22nd Annual Wildflower 5K and 10K Run/Walk.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. (for both runners and walkers) at Marktplatz. It will also end there.

Chip timing will be provided.

Besides the 5K and 10K run and walk, the race will also feature a children’s Fun Run (both 200 yard and one mile distances) at 9:30 a.m.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Fredericksburg Academic Boosters’ programs to recognize and encourage student academic achievement.

Prior to the race at 8 a.m., stretching and warm-ups will be sponsored and led by fitness professionals from Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center, near the race start line.


Online registration has closed.


City of Fredericksburg announces charter amendment information

The City of Fredericksburg is continuing efforts to provide information to citizens on the proposed charter amendments, which are on the Saturday, May 7 ballot. Detailed information is available on the City’s website at

The public is invited to a public forum at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 2 at the Law Enforcement Center at 1601 East Main Street.  


Daily Update - April 21, 2016

The 100 Club of Gillespie County held its 11th annual Peace Officer Appreciation Dinner last night and remembered late President Mike Carnes (obituary in this week's Standard). Plaques were presented for service time to: Ranger Michael Barr, 35 years; Deputy Kevin Carter, 25 years; Officer Felix Castaneda, 20 years; and Lt. Brian Haley, Trooper Erich Neumann and Deputy Hilario Villa for 15 years.

Debbie Marquardt will be sworn in at 11 a.m. today as new Post Master today at the Fredericksburg Post Office.

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees will hold a special meeting at the Central Administration Building at noon today to consider and approve contractors and bids for the bond projects.

Fredericksburg Beekeepers will meet from 6:30-9 tonight at the AgriLife Extension Center, 95 Frederick Road.


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