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Wed
28
Jan

St. Mary's ends observance with mass


Students of Carol Reyes’ 5K class, Ross DiCuffa, Sam Brewer, Kelsey Fiedler and Kate Fryburger, enjoy the opportunity to read books inside of a tent in preparation for National Catholic Schools Week. During the week, students participate in a spelling bee, book fair and parade. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

St. Mary’s School is continuing its festivities for National Catholic Schools Week with several events to close out the week.

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

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

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

Many parents, grandparents and friends will join the students for the 8 a.m. mass on Thursday. Additionally, many students from Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School will join in the school liturgy.

These St. Mary’s graduates will visit classrooms after mass and speak with students about Catholic education and their experience at Our Lady of the Hills.

Wed
28
Jan

Boy Scouts warm up to history, values at fort's 'Freeze-O-Ree'


As the cannon smoke wafted through the air, “Freeze-O-Ree” Junior Rangers (from left) Steven Maclin, Aaron Aleman and Zach Smith pay their respect during the morning flag-raising ceremony. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

An estimated 200 Boy Scouts and adult leaders from the San Antonio district gathered at Fort Martin Scott on Saturday for the Summit District Freeze-O-Ree 2015.

Camping in overnight temperatures below freezing offered scouts a chance to earn their “Polar Bear Award” patch.

Boy and Girl Scouts camping at Fort Martin Scott is something Walter Pletz hopes will become a regular event.

“The kids were well-organized, well-mannered and orderly,” said Pletz, membership committee chairperson for the Former Texas Ranger Foundation. “They treated the property with the respect that scouts teaches them. When those kids left here, the property was as good or better than before they got here. Part of their training is to leave no trace and for it to look as if you weren’t there.”

Wed
28
Jan

Filing for May city election opens today

Applications for a place on the May 9 Fredericksburg City Council election ballot will be accepted beginning today, Wednesday, Jan. 28 at City Hall.

Candidate packets are available at the receptionist desk at City Hall.

Council positions currently held by Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson will be up for election, while Mayor Linda Langerhans, Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson still have a year remaining on their two-year terms after being elected last May.

Filing for the May election will conclude at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Wed
28
Jan

FISD, Doss CCSD candidates can file Wednesday

Those wishing to file to run for seats on the boards of either Fredericksburg Independent School District or Doss Consolidated Common School District may do so, beginning today.

Candidates will have until Friday, Feb. 27 to file.

Applications for ballots by mail must be received by April 30.

The school board elections will be on Saturday, May 9, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27 to May 5.

FISD

Of the three different seats up for election in the FISD race, two are three-year terms for the seats of board president Dale Geistweidt and trustee Dave Campbell. Both plan to run again.

The third position is for an unexpired, one-year term. Whoever wins will serve the remainder of the late Jerry Durst’s term.

Wayne Harrell, who currently fills Durst’s vacancy, has said he will not run again.

Wed
28
Jan

Rabies vaccination clinics Saturday in city, Harper

The City of Fredericksburg, along with several other communities around the county, will host rabies vaccination clinics, starting with Fredericksburg’s on Saturday, Jan. 31.

The clinics feature rabies vaccinations at a discounted rate, and also offer the opportunity for owners to get their cat and dog caught up on their shots.

The following is a list of the planned clinics in the county:

City of Fredericksburg

The City of Fredericksburg will host its first rabies vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Consolidated Warehouse, which is on Friendship Lane behind Fredericksburg High School.

Vaccines will be administered by veterinarians, Dr. Travis Halfman and Dr. Neil Eckert. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $8 per dog or cat. Each is sacrificing a portion of their fee.

Mon
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.”

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