Students return to the classrooms

Heidi Davis makes sure her son, Carson Davis, is all squared away as they walk into Fredericksburg Elementary School. The youngster started second grade on Monday, when Fredericksburg Independent School District welcomed students back as classes began for the new school year. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

For most schools across Gillespie County, classes began on Monday, Aug. 25.

Providence Hall began classes yesterday, while Heritage School began classes today. Fredericksburg Christian School will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Fredericksburg ISD

This year in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, there were 2,928 total students on the first day, 77 more than the 2,851 enrolled last year.

Enrollment figures as of the first day of school were:

Fredericksburg High School had 955 students on the first day. Last year, there were 935.

There will be an open house at the high school on Monday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

There were 623 students at Fredericksburg Middle School on the first day, an increase of 16 students from last year.

Fredericksburg Elementary School had 989 students, almost 40 more than last year.


A picture-perfect fair

One popular ride was the Windsurfer, which flipped riders and sprayed water that was used to splash those in neighboring seats. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Frontier Days kicks off Friday

A parade with patriotic flavor will be part of Harper festivities. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Harper Community Park Association (HCPA) will mark its “50th Annual Harper Frontier Days Celebration” Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31, at the park in Harper.

The Labor Day weekend event kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, with Open Draw Pot Team Roping. The draw three will cost $150 per man and roping will immediately follow barrel racing.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, will be rodeo slack.

Other activities throughout the day include Pioneer Museum tours, 42 tournament, kid fishing contest, washer pitching contest and Little Miss/Mr. Harper Contest.

A parade will begin at 5 p.m. on U.S. 290 in downtown Harper, followed by a 6 p.m. barbecue meal by donation.

The Lester Meier Open Rodeo will start at 8 p.m., followed by a dance at 9 p.m. featuring John Christopher Way and Barbwire.


Roots concert to bring trio of Texas music talents

“Texas Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be featured at the final Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Two Hoots and a Holler will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by Al Staehley at 7:55 p.m. and the Freddie Steady 5 at 9:20 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

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Doss VFD to host annual benefit fish fry

Fried catfish with all the trimmings will be served up by the Doss Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Doss Community Center.

Serving for the annual fundraiser begins at 4:30 p.m. and the cost of the meal is by donation.

Along with the fried fish, the menu includes potato salad, beans, vegetables and dessert.

During the evening, Dutch Treat will be providing the music.

Along with the fish dinner will be a prize drawing including the grand prize — a $2,500 VISA gift card.

Tickets for the prize drawing are $2 each or six for $10. It was noted that winners need not be present to win.


Wreath-laying, tours, movie on tap for LBJ birthday observance

A wreath-laying will commemorate what would have been the 106th birthday of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. - Standard-Radio Post file photo

A celebration to mark what would be the 106th birthday of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson will be held at Stonewall on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The traditional wreath laying cemetery will be held at the Johnson Family Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Both the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and the LBJ National Historical Park are joining in the celebration.

Visitors should first stop at the Visitor Center in the state park to obtain their free park permit to enjoy both the state and national parks.

Texas White House tours given by the National Park Service will be free to the public on Aug. 27.

Visitors may stop by the cemetery to pay their respects.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site will host several activities on Aug. 27 in honor of the late president’s birthday.

The LBJ State Park Visitor Center will have patriotic decorations and everyone is urged to bring a camera to take part in the LBJ photo opportunity.


City OKs first reading of new $50.2 million budget

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials expect to bolster services while decreasing property taxes over the next year, according to the latest projections in their 2014-2015 budget proposal.

City Manager Kent Myers presented the proposal during a regular meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council Monday evening. The proposal would add nearly $12 million to next year’s budget, jumping from $38.4 million to $50.2 million in total spending.

Featured in the budget are $10.3 million in capital expenditures, including a new cell at the city landfill, street improvements on Brehmer Lane as well as $5.8 million in water and wastewater improvement projects funded from a $6.5 million bond project approved in 2013.


Property owners lash out at city's annexation plan

By Matt Ward —

Frustrated residents living in a 145-acre area southeast of Fredericksburg along U.S 290 East voiced their opposition to being annexed by the City of Fredericksburg during a public hearing held Monday evening.

“At the first meeting, we asked a lot of detailed questions about what was going to be involved, but what I don’t think was said that night is ‘I don’t want to be annexed,’” Danz Lane resident Wayne Turrentine said. “I speak for a lot of my neighbors who will come up and tell you the same thing.”

No decision was made by the council, though they are expected to begin the institution of annexation proceedings during a special meeting on Sept. 8.

Residents in the area with an agriculture-exemption on their property taxes have until 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, to opt out of annexation for a 15-year period. As of Monday, three of the 10 ag-exempt properties have opted to delay annexation.


126th Gillespie fair kicks off Thursday

Gillespie County Fair Queen Kelsie Jenschke shows a little “piggy love” to a 17-day-old Duroc at the Knaupp Hog Farm. Although Jenschke will be too busy this weekend at the 126th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-24, to participate in the livestock shows, she is a familiar face in the show ring with her swine projects. Along with the livestock competitions at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the fair will feature a carnival and midway, music, parade, queen’s contest, live pari-mutuel horse racing, washer pitching, mutton busting, domino tournament, vendors and more. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Carnival rides are going up, the horses will start arriving, floats are being decorated, entries for the various divisions are getting their final touches and the musicians are tuning up for the 126th Gillespie County Fair to be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21.-24.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” will again feature four days of activities and events for the entire family.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the 126th Gillespie County Fair includes live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock competitions, vendors and more.

The Gillespie County Fair also includes a parade down Main Street on Friday morning.


Some closing doors for the fair

The carnival’s in town and workers with Moore’s Greater Shows were busy over the weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds cleaning, servicing and putting up the various rides for the 126th Gillespie County Fair which runs Thursday through Sunday. Working on the “Hurricane” are Jose Gomez and Felipe Reyes. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the four-day exposition offers events for the entire family. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

In keeping with tradition, some businesses and offices will be closing their doors on Friday in observance of the Gillespie County Fair.

City offices will be closing at noon, and county offices will be closed all day on Friday.

Federal offices will be open for business as usual on Friday and state offices will be observing their regular business hours. (Some state offices are normally closed on Fridays.)

Some businesses will also be closing their doors for the entire day on Friday while others will close only during the parade.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.


•Federal offices: Open on Friday.

•State offices: State offices will be observing regular schedules on Friday. (Some state offices are normally closed on Friday.)

•County offices: Closed on Friday.


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