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26
Jan

Daily Update for Jan. 26

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      • Gillespie County Commissioners will consider passing a resolution between the City of Fredericksburg and the county about joint dispatched operations during their regular meeting starting at 9 a.m. this morning at the courthouse. Officials will also consider building a metal building at the county yard, a contingency expenditure for the new Gillespie County Jail and a change in the irrigation and landscape contract for work done at the jail.

Wed
21
Jan

HOT funds disbursement is council topic

By Matt Ward —

Paring down funding requests from local non-profits will prove challenging for the Fredericksburg City Council as over $725,000 in hotel occupancy tax requests have been made with only $430,000 available for allocation.

No decisions on fund requests were made at Monday’s regular council meeting, though the city has scheduled a special workshop on the topic for Monday at 1 p.m. inside City Hall.

“The funds available for this year come nowhere close to being able to fund grant requests,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said. “There are going to be a lot of people who are not going to get their funding or not all of their funding.”

Wed
21
Jan

Tax payments due Feb. 2 to assessor-collector's office

Gillespie County property owners are reminded that they have less than two weeks to make their 2014 tax payments.

The deadline for paying 2014 taxes has been extended to Monday, Feb. 2, since Jan. 31 falls on a Saturday this year.

Taxes must be paid either in person in Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer’s office (Room 104) in the Gillespie County Courthouse or through the mail.

For in-person payments, the tax assessor-collector’s office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mail-in payments must be postmarked no later than Feb. 2.

County property owners may also pay their 2014 taxes online by going to www.officialpayments.com and clicking on Gillespie County before indicating how much is to be paid, which taxing entities are to be paid and entering the local 6427 jurisdiction code.

Weinheimer noted that there is a convenience fee for using the online tax payment method.

Wed
21
Jan

2014 a record year for economy


EDC executive director Tim Lehmberg has seen a 141-percent increase in inquiries in the past two years.

By Matt Ward —

Record after record fell in 2014 as Fredericksburg enjoyed one of its most prosperous years, according to Tim Lehmberg, executive director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission.

“Simply put, last year was another record year by most accounts economically for the City of Fredericksburg,” Lehmberg said.

“The number of inquiries that I receive has gone up 141 percent over the last two years,” he added. “I think that’s indicative of a lot of the general activity that we’re seeing around town, and I look for that to continue to be pretty robust. I’m looking forward to and preparing for another busy and hopefully productive year.”

Lehmberg presented a report on the state of the economy to the Fredericksburg City Council on Monday evening as part of the city’s regular meeting.

Wed
21
Jan

New dispatch director backed by experience

By Austin R. Eck —

Without a doubt, Dispatch and Telecommunications is a new department. Even the door that hides director Les Metzler’s office doesn’t have a sign on it.

That is the nature of taking the helm of a department recently created by Gillespie County Commissioners.

But Metzler’s job is focused on the paperwork behind setting up a new joint dispatch center be-tween the City of Fredericksburg and County of Gillespie. Since the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office has operated dispatch, new licenses must be obtained from agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (T-COLE).

“A lot of paperwork needs to be gathered between the governmental organizations — the county and the city,” Metzler said. “That’s the biggest factor, trying to gather all that is needed to submit to the state.”

Wed
21
Jan

'Hometown boy' to headline chamber banquet Monday

Stonewall Chamber of Commerce will host its banquet and membership meeting on Monday, Jan. 26.

Set for the Stonewall Chamber Building, the event begins with a social at 6 p.m. with the meal at 7 p.m. and program to follow.

Justin Weinheimer, the Sorghum Checkoff’s New Crop Improvement Program Director, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets, at $15 each, can be purchased in advance (recommended so organizers and can have a head count) at Weinheimer and Son in Stonewall and Stroeher and Olfers in Fredericksburg.

Tickets can also be purchased the night of the banquet at the door.

All chamber members are invited to attend.

“We also welcome anyone who wishes to become members to attend as well,” said Brandon Weinheimer, the 2015 president.

Membership forms will be available at the banquet.

Door prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the program, and everyone attending will have a chance to win.

Wed
21
Jan

Catholic Schools Week celebration set at St. Mary's


Yobani Castro, Brant Bow-ers and William Sebera lead the way out of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for Deacon Pat Klein after last Thursday morning’s worship. St. Mary’s will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, Monday through Friday, Jan. 26-30, with a series of events. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The week begins Sunday, Jan. 25, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 31.

The theme for 2015 is:  “Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

St. Mary’s School will begin the celebration at the weekend masses in church. Students will wear their uniforms to mass, and will participate in leading the liturgy.

Students will give testimony about the importance of Catholic education in their lives, and they will give parishioners small gifts of appreciation, and the seventh grade class will have a bake sale and hospitality after mass.

The library will open a week-long Scholastic Book Fair on Monday morning. Families are invited to purchase quality books and learning materials during the fair. All book fair profits will be used to purchase additional books for the library.

Wed
21
Jan

Fire destroys garage, two cars Friday


Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and Fredericksburg VFD worked to extinguish a detached garage, which caught on fire Friday at 4:32 p.m. Two vehicles in the garage along with its contents were lost in the fire, but little damage was done to the house. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and the Fredericksburg VFD responded to a structure fire at 4:32 p.m., Friday at 2728 Ranch Road 2721.

A detached garage on the north side of a house caught on fire. The homeowner, who was resting inside, did not know the garage was burning until his dog started barking.

First responders from Stonewall were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the northwest corner of the house.

“Stonewall did an absolutely remarkable job protecting the home,” County Fire Marshal Steve Olfers said.

According to Olfers, the cause of the fire was accidental. 

Wed
21
Jan

Britt to give violin recital on Jan. 24

Fredericksburg violinist Theresa Britt will perform a solo recital at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the sanctuary of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Pianist Marc Sanders from Abilene will accompany Britt.

The performance is free and open to the public. The church is at 1800 N. Llano St.

The program includes Chaconne by Vitali; Preludio of the Bach E Major Partita for Solo Violin; Schubert Sonata in A minor for Violin and Piano; Salut d’Amour by Elgar, and Melodie by Gluck.

Britt is the director of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras, a teacher for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, and maintains a large private studio of violin, viola and cello students in Fredericksburg and Kerrville. 

Wed
21
Jan

Gillespie County exhibitors in Kerrville for district show

Competition is already underway in Kerrville for local exhibitors participating in the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show.

Judging began on Sunday and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the auction at the Hill Country Youth Event Center.

Next up for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members is the Fort Worth Stock Show.

In Fort Worth, judging for local exhibitors begins on Jan. 31 and concludes with the auctions on Feb. 7.

From there, local exhibitors will head to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 12-March 1; San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 13-March 1; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 3-22, and Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 14-28.

Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show

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