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Wed
25
May

Biedermann, Schmidt, Olfers win

                                                                       By Ken Esten Cooke

Kyle Biedermann rode a tea party-backed wave of anti-incumbent sentiment and scored a huge upset against three-term District 73 State Rep. Doug Miller in Tuesday’s runoff elections.

In county races, Vicki Schmidt defeated sitting county tax assessor-collector Marissa Weinheimer and Charles Olfers outpaced Dennis Behrends to win the runoff for Precinct 1 County Commissioner.

“I started this campaign as a grassroots challenger knocking on thousands of doors and meeting tens of thousands of voters,” Biedermann said in a news release Tuesday night. “I have been blessed to live in Texas for the past 30 years and I have been working as hard as I can to provide for my family and serve my community. Tonight was a great win for the taxpayers and conservative grassroots.”

Wed
25
May

Closing of daycare facility trims options

                                                                 By Sandra Lane

One local daycare facility will shut down tomorrow after an employee was indicted for inappropriate behavior. (See page 00.) Parents of young children will have fewer daycare options in a crowded market.

In Fredericksburg, there are 14 licensed daycares, four located in churches (which will drop to three after Thursday), one operated by a non-profit organization and nine privately run facilities.

One of the privately owned daycare facilities will close in a few days because the owner is retiring.

Beginning in June, there will be 12 daycare centers in Fredericksburg.

                                                               Background checks

Wed
25
May

Baccalaureate service

With a smile and wave, Fredericksburg High School senior Sloane Guthrie exits St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday evening following baccalaureate services for the Class of 2016. More photos from the event, sponsored by the Gillespie County Ministerial Association, on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
25
May

Purple Haze

Tuba player Jake Wiemers, in a stylish bowler hat, performs on the “George Washington Bicentennial” score by John Phillip Sousa at last Thursday’s Fredericksburg High School Band Spring Concert at the FHS Auditorium. Wiemers was part of the FHS Wind Ensemble. See more photos on page
A/B5. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Wed
25
May

A performance...

Performing a belly dance routine on Saturday as part of Shimmy Mob Fredericksburg 2016 were, in front from left, David Taylor Masters of San
Marcos; Carrie Scott and Cynthia Rutledge, both of San Angelo, and (in back) Misty Atha-Barron of San Angelo, Carol Lofland of Fredericksburg and Halie Perkins of San Angelo. Along with the performances, the group offered handmade jewelry and baked items for sale. Funds raised
at the event benefit Hill Country CARES, which serves Gillespie County along with Kerr, Kendall, Kimble and Bandera. — Standard-Radio Post/
Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
25
May

PCAA concert

Weldon Henson brought his special brand of music to Fredericksburg on Sunday evening as part of the Marktplatz Concert Series at the Adelsverein
Halle. The concert series is hosted by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, sponsors of Oktoberfest. Sunday’s performance was the second in the series, which continues on June 26 with The Sophisticates. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne
Hartmann

Wed
25
May

Fly fishers film fest

Christopher Johnson, owner of Living Waters Fly Fishing in Round Rock, shows how to cast a fly rod during the Fredericksburg Fly Fishers’ first fishing film tour on Tuesday, May 17 at Fritztown Cinema. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Wed
25
May

Museum will honor war dead Monday

National Museum of the Pacific War will host its annual Memorial Day observance at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in the Memorial Courtyard.

The museum is at 340 East Main Street. This observance, free and open to the public, honors all of those who have lost their lives serving in the United States armed forces.

Keynote speaker for the event will be Dennis Blocker.

Born into an Air Force family, Blocker traveled the globe and attended Department of Defense schools.

Because of this background, he developed a love of country and appreciation of the military.

Blocker has worked in San Antonio emergency rooms for the past 17 years as a medic. Twelve of those years were in a level one trauma center.

While off duty, he pursued another quest involving his own family, which brought him into a close involvement with this museum.

Wed
25
May

Pinch some tails at annual Crawfish Fest

Come rain or shine, the three-day Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival returns Friday through Sunday, May 27-29, at Marktplatz.

“It’s rained on us the last three or four years,” said Joshua Buss, president of the Fredericksburg Jaycees. “It’s kind of a tradition. People seem to like to eat crawfish in the rain.”

“Unless an act of God happens, we won’t shut it down,” Buss said.

At press time, the National Weather Service predicted a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday and a 30 percent chance on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $12 on Saturday. Tickets for youth ages six to 12 will be $5 a day and five and under are free.

Thu
19
May

Mid-year budget items OK'd, but golf course omitted

By Scott Allen

 

Fredericksburg City Council members on Monday approved $784,200 for five of six proposed mid-year budget amendments.

The council left out an amendment for $423,877 as a deficit from 2014-2015 for the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course.

Mayor Linda Langerhans, who won re-election last week, wanted to wait until later in the year to make a decision about taking the money from the general fund.

“I would prefer to, the transfer of the golf deficit, to hold off on that until we get into our budget meetings this summer,” Langerhans said. “I just don’t think that should be approved right now.”

The other five budget amendments that were approved by council include:

• Purchase of property at 301 Friendship Lane — $524,200;

• Marktplatz square expense (drainage improvements) — $100,000 from the tourism fund;

• Computer software maintenance — $65,000 out of the general fund;

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