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Thu
19
May

Day care center to close after employee indicted

Church leaders at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church will suspend operations of its Child Development Center, effective May 26, after an employee was accused of inappropriate behavior with a child and struggles to meet state compliance standards.

Seth M. Batterton, 31, of Fredericksburg was indicted by the 216th Judicial District Court Grand Jury following a month-long investigation by the Fredericksburg Police Department on 12 counts of sexual assault, one count of indecency with a child and one count of continuous indecency with a child under 14 years old,  said Lt. Terry Weed. (One incident involved the daycare center.)

Batterton is currently in the Gillespie County Jail with a bond of over $480,000, according to Weed. (See law enforcement page for details on the case.)

Thu
19
May

Blast off

A transonic rocket clears the rail during the four-day Rockets 2016 event. Students from 30 Texas high schools were in the Willow City area Thursday through Sunday to launch approximately 80 rockets that they built and designed as part of the SystemsGo science program. More photos on A16. — Photo by Phil Houseal

Thu
19
May

Honoring founders

Founders Day events on May 14 included a laying of the wreath near the bust of Fredericksburg founder John O. Meusenbach at Marktplatz. Among Meusenbach’s direct descendants in attendance were, from left), great-great-granddaughter Dr. Cynthia Fuller Frey and great-granddaughters Patsy Marschall Stewart and Dr. Marie M. Fuller. Also at the wreath laying were former Gillespie County Historical Society president Glen Treibs, GCHS board of directors’ president Dr. James Lindley and Pioneer Museum executive director Dr. Jeryl Hoover. For more pictures of Founders Day, go to D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Thu
19
May

'Power to the Purple'

At the conclusion of the 2016 Relay for Life, officials dimmed the lights as participants illuminated individual bags and then walked laps in honor of cancer survivors and in memory of those who lost their battles. This year’s theme was “Paint Your World Purple,” and eight teams and their participants in Gillespie County raised more than $46,000. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Thu
19
May

FCO performs

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra members, from left, Jey Ping, Jordan Widener, Nancy Grimes, James Klein, Margaret Duval, Tammy Widener, Sarah Klein, John Reeve and Roise Spangler perform during the group’s Spring Concert, May 14 at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church. Among the songs they performed included “Ghost Riders In The Sky,” “Take the A Train,” “Minnie The Moocher” and “The Entertainer.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
18
May

Relay for Life Serenade

Using a fiddle, Logan Pausewang, of Southern Anthem, serenades Edgar and Margaret Priess during the May 14 Relay For Life ceremony. Officials recognized the couple for being married 59 years. Both are also cancer survivors. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
18
May

Gillespie County Commissioners prioritize transportation projects

Gillespie County Commissioners approved the top three mobility and connectivity priorities for the county at their May 12 meeting.

Commissioners said Gillespie County’s number one priority is to build a relief route to help alleviate the commercial traffic that comes through the county.

The route has been spoken about since the late 1960s, but recent growth in the county has pushed the topic to the top of the county’s list.

Darcie Schipull, strategic initiative liaison for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), said that funding for the relief route’s right-of-way will have to be paid for by Gillespie County.

Wed
18
May

FHS to hold baccalaureate service May 22

Fredericksburg High School’s baccalaureate worship service for its graduating seniors will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 West San Antonio Street.  

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

Graduating seniors are asked to bring their graduation robes and meet at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, located west of the church.

The Rev. Clint Pluenneke, youth pastor at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, will bring the evening message for the seniors. The Victory Fellowship Praise Team will provide music. Also, one or two graduates will sing.

Wed
11
May

Langerhans, Watson, Kiehne win

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Mayor Linda Langerhans retained her seat with a close win over councilman Graham Pearson, while Charlie Kiehne and Bobby Watson won council seats in the three-person race in Saturday’s City of Fredericksburg Election.

With final counts being reported just before midnight, City Secretary Shelley Britton said all 29 charter amendments passed.

Langerhans, who also served as mayor in the 1990s, won by a vote of 534 to 490. Pearson will retain his seat on the city council.

Kiehne and Watson outpaced former councilwoman Kathy Sanford to win the seats held by Watson and Jerry Luckenbach, who did not run for re-election.

Vote totals were as follows:

Mayor

Linda Langerhans   534

Graham Pearson     490

City council - 2 seats

Charlie Kiehne        583

Bobby Watson       571

Kathy Sanford         523

Wed
11
May

Commissioners mull 'fleet management'

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners received a presentation from Simon Ortega and Billy Dobosz, representatives for Enterprise Fleet Management, during the commissioner’s meeting on Monday morning.

Ortega and Dobosz spoke about a management program that would get the county’s fleet of vehicles up to date and would work on implementing Enterprise’s program so that the county is putting the right vehicle in the right place.

“We work with the City of Fredericksburg, Allen Keller and Eilers Steel, as well as Hill Country Memorial,” Ortega, fleet consultant, said. “We look at streamlining the capital budget process as well as looking at lowering operating expenses to the fleet you currently own.”

The program only manages non-emergency street vehicles, and doesn’t work with dump trucks or marked police vehicles.

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