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17
Sep

LBJ State Park to host annual seed stomp, run

A chance to help scatter wildflower seeds in a designated field will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, by the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

The Seventh Annual Seed Stomp takes place both days from 1:30-3 p.m.

There is no charge and children and their families are invited to help scatter the wildflower seeds provided by the state park.

The park will also be introducing the new Texas State Parks Junior Ranger Program to children during this event. 

Children ages 7-12 can learn about the natural world around them while exploring Texas state parks.

A special “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” 5K fun run/walk and 10K run will be held in conjunction with the event, beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20.

Wed
17
Sep

Daily Update for Sept. 17

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      • Gillespie County Republican Women will meet today at the Hangar Hotel Officers' Club. The social starts at 11 a.m. followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. A program on "Parliamentary Procedure" will be presented by Texas Federation of Republican Women Parliamentarian Pam Meyercord from Dallas. The public is invited. Membership applications for 2015 are available.

      • Members of the Fredericksburg Ex-Military Flyers Club will meet at 11 a.m. today at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites. The gathering will begin with a catered lunch followed by a program.

Wed
10
Sep

Fredericksburg bomb threat suspect arrested


Reuben Byon

Update: (Thursday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m.)  Reuben Byon, 17, of Fredericksburg, was arrested last night by the Fredericksburg Police Department on two counts of Terroristic Threats in relation to the bomb the threats to Fredericksburg High School on Tuesday. Byon’s bond was set at $200,000.

Reuben Byon, 17, was arrested last night in connection with bomb threats made to schools in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Byon is being held in Gillespie County Jail on a $500,000. He was arrested on a warrant from Alexandria.

The threats to the schools in Alexandria coincide with the threats made to FHS yesterday.

On Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to the FHS, which was answered by office personnel.

According to a statement issued by Fredericksburg Police Department, an unknown male voice said, “There is a bomb in the school, everybody needs to evacuate.”

Wed
10
Sep

Annexation plans dropped as council swayed by opposition

By Matt Ward

Overwhelming resistance from property owners swayed the Fredericksburg City Council to abandon annexation plans for a 145-acre area southeast of Fredericksburg along U.S 290 East.

The council voted unanimously to cancel the annexation during a regular meeting Sept. 2, choosing not to move forward with the proposal despite being given the opportunity to restart annexation with properties north of U.S. 290 East being the focal point.

Brian Jordan, city director of development services, offered the council a second proposal, which would move the majority of annexation from the south side of U.S. 290 to the north side, almost entirely agriculture-exempt farm land.

City Manager Kent Myers said the revised proposal would allow the city to keep its primary annexation goal “to protect our gateway into the community.”

Wed
10
Sep

Sons of local homebuilder killed in Abilene plane crash


Matthew Taylor Schafer and his brother, Richard Schafer III, died Sunday, Aug. 31, after the small airplane they were flying, crashed in Abilene. Also, injured in the crash were Matthew’s wife, Victoria, and son, Wyatt. — Submitted photo

A former instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base and his brother with local connections died in a Sunday evening, Aug. 31, plane crash in Abilene.

Air Force Maj. Richard (Tracer) Schafer III, 35, of Columbus, Mississippi, and Matthew Taylor Schafer, 28, of Abilene, died when the Foxtrot 4, a small home-built airplane they were flying, crashed.

The brothers were the sons of local homebuilder Rick Schafer and his wife, Beth Schafer.

Matthew’s wife, Victoria Schafer, 31, and their son Wyatt, 2, were also injured in the incident.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident and has released its preliminary report.

According to the report, the airplane, piloted by Richard Schafer, was taking off around 6:34 p.m. to the south and was about 200 feet above the ground when the pilot radioed the tower controller and said he needed to return.

Wed
10
Sep

Pro bull riding slated Saturday at fair grounds

Professional bull riders will be featured at the Fredericksburg PBR on Saturday night, Sept. 13, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The bull riding gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Adult general admission is $20, admission for children six to 12 years is $10 and children five and under are free.

Also, admission for active military, law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel and firefighters (ID required) is $10.

Reserved seats are $25 and box seats are $40.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.gillespiefair.com.

In addition, general admission tickets can be purchased in advance at the fair grounds, Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store.

Tickets will also be sold at the gate on Saturday night.

Throughout the evening, food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Wed
10
Sep

Boxtoberfest Buds


Mitch Leland of Fredericksburg, left, visits with Alan Bambina of Farmers Branch on Saturday at last weekend’s Boxtoberfest.” Both men have owned Porsche automobiles for more than 40 years. The Porsche car enthusiast event brought more than 200 attendees and 110 automobiles to town for the 17th annual event. Organizer Michael Shassere said Fredericksburg is the perfect place to host the event. See page D1 in this week's newspaper for the rest of story and more photos. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

German engineering and German culture are what keep bringing Porsche car enthusiasts back to Fredericksburg.

The 17th Annual Boxtoberfest was held last weekend at the Hangar Hotel, featuring 110 of the sportiest rides on the road.

“The first year, we had six cars,” said Michael Shassere of Cypress, Texas, organizer of the event. “This year, we have 210 people registered and 110 cars. There are Boxters, but we also have Turbos and some GT3s.”

Shassere said the car enthusiasts love the precision quality of the German Porsche automobiles, founded in 1931 by Ferdinand Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany.

And along with Fredericksburg’s German flavor, the curvy Hill Country roads, are hospitable to the driving fans.

“We love the Hangar Hotel,” Shassere said. “A lot of people get here early and go on wine tours and visit the town.”

Wed
10
Sep

‘Leave No Trace’ clean up, hikes set Sept. 13-14 at Enchanted Rock

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Boulder, Colorado, is partnering with Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to host community cleanup events and educational activities Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, at the park.

The center’s Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team invite the public to attend and learn “Leave No Trace” principles and help protect the park.

Leave No Trace recently designated Enchanted Rock State Natural Area as one of the nation’s eight “hot spots” in the U.S. this year as part of the nonprofit organization’s campaign to address and help public lands facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage.

Wed
10
Sep

'Pushing' for the Billies


Alter Stolz, the Fredericks-burg High School mascot (Jayleigh Brown), hollered “nicht mehr” (“no more”) after trying to perform post-touchdown pushups Friday evening with the school’s Navy Junior ROTC crew during the FHS-Austin Travis football game. The team, under the direction of Capt. George Fadok, does one pushup per point after the Billies score, so by the end of the third quarter, with a 48-14 lead, the team had quite a workout. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
10
Sep

Trustees keep school tax rate at $1.14 for eighth year

By Richard Zowie

 

It’s now eight years and counting for Fredericksburg Independent School District’s $1.14620 tax rate.

FISD trustees voted 6-0 on Monday at their regular meeting to keep tax rates unchanged.

Trustee Dave Campbell was not in attendance. The meeting was held at FISD’s central office on Friendship Lane.

The trustees also voted 5-1 on a land purchase approval for a new building for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD).

Trustee Jerry Durst, who’s on the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association board (the granter of the land), abstained from the vote.

 

No new taxes

Since FISD trustees voted to leave the total tax rate at its current amount of $1.04 (per $100 valuation) for maintenance and operations and $0.10620 for debt service and not adopt a new tax rate, a second hearing won’t be needed.

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