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Thu
28
May

Appraisal district will consider new location

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Directors for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District will consider a new location for its upcoming tax collection services.

Representatives from the county’s taxing entities met Thursday morning at City Hall to consider an offer to lease soon-to-be-acquired land from the City of Fredericksburg adjacent to its warehouse facility on Friendship Lane.

The GCAD called the meeting after a combination of public outcry when they chose to use the 1960s-era Law Enforcement Building (county jail) and the estimated upgrade costs rose to make the jail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

GCAD directors were presented with a scenario from the city where it leases enough land to hold a new, 6,000-square-foot building and roughly 30 spots for parking on a two-acre site on Friendship Lane (south of the Friendship and South Adams Street intersection).

Thu
28
May

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Wed
27
May

Two die in collision Sunday on 290 East

Two area women were killed Sunday evening in a four vehicle accident near Wildseed Farms in eastern Gillespie County.

Jan Budlong, 51, of Fredericksburg, and Deborah Ramaker, 48, of Austin died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred around 7 p.m., Sunday, according to Trooper Michael Bacon of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Budlong, travelling westbound along U.S. 290 East toward Fredericksburg, ended up in eastbound traffic, where her vehicle collided with one other automobile before hitting the vehicle driven by Ramaker, Bacon said.

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Wed
27
May

FHS baccalaureate service set for Sunday

FHS baccalaureate

service set for Sunday

 

The baccalaureate worship service for Fredericksburg High School’s graduating seniors will be at 6 p.m., this Sunday, May 31, at First Baptist Church.

Gillespie County Ministerial Association (GCMA), an ecumenical group, will sponsor the service. Clergy members throughout the community will participate in the service, which is open to the public.

The church is at 1407 East Main Street.

“The Sunday before graduation, pastors and musicians from various churches provide a time of worship as seniors begin the countdown to graduation night,” said Rev. Bobby Vitek, president of the GCMA and pastor of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. “We will sing, pray and hear a timely message based on various scripture passages.”

The FHS seniors should arrive at 5:30 p.m. with their graduation gown.

Wed
27
May

Floods, tornadoes destroy property


Water in Barons Creek rose to four feet above flood stage on Monday to cover Edison Street in between Austin and Travis streets. – Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

From staff reports —

Memorial Day was memorable, but for more reasons than the country’s late veterans.

After days of rain, rains flooded streets and roads and breached creek banks and dams. Tornadic activity also was experienced east of town, with funnel clouds destroying the city’s Goehmann Lane pump station and several utility poles, taking out a barn off Stahl Road and destroying 40 trees on another property.

And roughly 2,000 homes were without power at some point during the weekend, according to Central Texas Electric Cooperative. Crews responded around the clock and most situations were resolved within an hour, said Bob Loth, CEO.

Rainfall totals since last Thursday ranged from 3.05 inches at Cherry Spring to 6.7 inches in Harper.

Wed
27
May

Gary P. Nunn will kick off Roots series

Texas country music will fill the air Saturday, May 30, as Pioneer Museum will kick off its 14th year of the Roots Music Series.

Austin-based Rosie and the Ramblers will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., while Gary P. Nunn will perform a pair of sets at 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $13 each purchased in advance on-line with a $3 discount for Gillespie County Historical Society members. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15.

Children 17 and under will be admitted free of charge.

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Wed
27
May

Honoring war heroes


Veterans and their loved ones helped fill the Nimitz Ballroom Monday morning for a Memorial Day ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War, where attendees heard a message from Cap. John C. Ring, commanding officer of the USS Nimitz. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Paying respect to those who made “the ultimate sacrifice,” the National Museum of the Pacific War held a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, featuring Capt. John C. Ring, commanding officer of the USS Nimitz. 

“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who both served and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Ring said. “Often times, that sacrifice was made so that others of us could live on. It was always made so that all of us could live better, freer lives."

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Wed
27
May

A Mile for Marley


Crystal Bedford holds daughter Marley. The family is dealing with “Rhizo” disease. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Around 100 walkers laced up their sneakers and took to San Antonio Street on Saturday morning in the “Mile for Marley” fund-raiser.

The event was to benefit Marley Bedford, age four, who has Rhizomelic Chondro Dysplasia Punctata, or “Rhizo,” a rare disease that affects fewer than 100 children nationwide. Most with the disease don’t make it past age two.

The walk was sponsored by the eighth-grade class at St. Mary’s Catholic School, the second time the class has held a fund-raiser for the Bedford family.

“Marley’s Eyes” T-shirts are still available at Sweet Marley’s, 1005 State Highway 16 South, or at St. Mary’s School, 202 S. Orange. Orders may also be placed by emailing Bedford at crystal.bedford@gmail.com

Wed
27
May

PCAA gives $10,000 to TTU program


At presentation of a $10,000 check were, from left: Kelly Fox, HCUC interim director; David Mondt, TTU budget director; Ryan Sheckel, academic advisor; Buddy Frels, PCAA president; Lydia Thompson, director of TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts; Charlie Wilson, PCAA director; Robin Germany, TTU associate professor of photography; Pam Wilson, PCAA treasurer, and Bill Rogers, PCAA director. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, the organization which puts on Oktoberfest annually, last Wednesday donated $10,000 to Texas Tech University’s summer art program, and dangled a carrot for a larger donation.

TTU will move its summer art program from Junction to Fredericksburg in July for the Summer II semester. Students will be able to take upper level courses in photography, printmaking, experimental drawing and painting, and documentary filmmaking.

But PCAA, which promotes local arts efforts, promised another $50,000 to TTU if it would permanently move the program from Junction to Fredericksburg.

Lydia Thompson, professor and director of the TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts, said the offer would be considered, but made no statement on its acceptance.

Thompson instead praised PCAA for the donation and gave an overview of the TTU graduate level courses.

Wed
27
May

High school Jazz Ensemble kicks off series

A performance by the Fredericksburg High School Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, May 31, will open the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s summer concert series.

Set for the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz, the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their law chairs, picnics, family and friends.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The FHS Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire spans approximately 80 years and includes Big Band Swing of the Dance Band era, modern swing, rock, pop and vocal ballads.

Under the direction of Jason Younts, the ensemble performs in and around Fredericksburg throughout the year and Sunday’s performance completes the current season.

Members of the FHS Jazz Ensemble include the following:

Saxophone — Jazmin Galindo, Astri Smith, Chase Jenschke, Jonas Wikander, Bella Garcia and Drew Bonillas. 

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