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16
Jul

New lock and key: Gillespie sheriff shows progress


Sheriff Buddy Mills shows the view from the future jail’s Master Control center looking toward the men’s jail cells. -- Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Sedalco Construction is making progress on the future Gillespie County Jail, located on Industrial Loop immediately
behind the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The two-story, $15 million bond approved structure due for
completion in December will consist of a total of 47,650 square feet, 30,930 square feet primarily for the first-floor jail and related support facilities, including a kitchen, laundry room and booking area, plus another 16,720 square feet for the second floor’s courtroom, probation offices, combined city/county dispatch center and an emergency operations center, which can double as training space. Sheriff Buddy Mills said he has received inquiries from other Texas counties interested in helping Gillespie fill the 144-bed facility by paying to house their prisoners there as well, and that would help offset some costs
Wed
16
Jul

City Street Paving


City of Fredericksburg crewmen get ready to spring into action as the tar truck lays a path of sticky mix down on Fulton Street last Wednesday morning, July 9. The work on the south side was just part of the city’s annual project to improve local byways and street paving is expected to continue well into the month of August. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Wed
16
Jul

Gillespie 4-Hers shoot at national competition


Gillespie County 4-Hers competing in the 49th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match tied for 12th place. Competing at the national contest from Gillespie County were, in front from left, Joel Jenschke, Kade Spies, Jaci Spies, (second row) Jaleigh Brown, Daylon Nebgen, Tucker Elliott, Jacob Brown and (in back) coaches Greg Nebgen and Sammy Segner. — Submitted photo

A Gillespie County team tied for 12th place at the 49th Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match July 4-6 in Rogers, Arkansas.

Team members included Daylon Nebgen, Kade Spies, Jaleigh Brown, Jaci Spies and Tucker Elliott.

Alternates were Jacob Brown and Joel Jenschke.

Coaches for the national team were Sammy Segner and Greg Nebgen.

The Gillespie County team tied for 12th place with 2,290 points.

Following are the overall totals for each Gillespie County team member, as well as the results for each event:

Overall total

Jaci Spies ..................... 463 (15)

Tucker Elliott ............... 462 (13)

Daylon Nebgen ........... 457 (10)

Kade Spies .................. 454 (13)

Jaleigh Brown ............. 454 (16)

Jacob Brown ............... 454 (11)

Joel Jenschke ................ 437 (8)

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Wed
16
Jul

Misión de Candelilla names Hutcherson 2014 honoree


Judy Hutcherson, right, delivers medical supplies to a resident in a Mexican village. Hutcherson is being honored by Misión de Candelilla for her contributions as a registered nurse and international volunteerism efforts.

Judy Hutcherson has been named 2014 honoree by the Misión de Candelilla board of directors.

Misión de Candelilla is a nonprofit Christian service organization that conducts medical missions into Coahuila and Chihuahua, Mexico.

The award is given each year to an individual or group for exemplary service, not only for the mission’s own work, but for volunteer efforts to other organizations around the world, said Curtis Allerkamp, executive director.

“Judy Hutcherson exemplifies the perfect honoree,” Allerkamp said. “She will be honored at our annual community-wide fund-raiser, Fiesta 2014, which will be held Aug. 2 at the Oak Hills Church on Tivydale Road.”

Allerkamp said Hutcherson has volunteered in her capacity as a registered nurse for many years, accompanying several medical missions each year.

Wed
16
Jul

Charter amendment suit filing delayed

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials remain quiet about a pending lawsuit which could overturn the recent charter amendment, but insist the suit, not yet filed, is still coming.

After announcing the suit in late June, the initial two-week projected timeframe to file in the Travis County District Court has passed, though lawyers at Norton, Rose and Fulbright continue to work on briefs in the case.

Officials indicated that there is no longer a timetable for filing, but would not comment further on the litigation.

Passed by voters in a slim 581-556 decision in May, the amendment regulates the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and requires approval by voters prior to the transfer.

The expected suit will seek a declaratory judgment that the recent charter amendment is not enforceable so long as the city’s currently-issued debt instrument bonds remain outstanding.

Wed
16
Jul

Night in Old Fredericksburg makes move to fair grounds

An afternoon and evening of German music, a performance by Jake Hooker and the Outlaws, contests, food and more will be featured at the Night In Old Fredericksburg celebration on Saturday, July 19.

This year’s celebration is moving back to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and is sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

Saturday’s NIOF is being held in conjunction with the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20.

(More information on the race meet at the fair grounds can be found in a separate article.)

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the horse racing and NIOF activities get underway around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Advance tickets for the races and Night In Old Fredericksburg are now available online at www.gillespiefair.com.

Wed
16
Jul

Horses back on race track for weekend meet

Two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing returns to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20.

Quarter horses and thoroughbreds will be back on the track at the Class III facility for the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m.

The second of four scheduled race meets is being held in conjunction with Night In Old Fredericksburg.

(More on the NIOF activities at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds can be found in a separate article.)

Both the race meet and NIOF are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

Advance tickets for the races and Night In Old Fredericksburg are now available online at www.gillespiefair.com.

For the weekend, adult general admission for the races and daytime activities is $7, reserved seats are $10 per seat and box seats are $15.

Wed
09
Jul

Council seeks gateway buffer with annexation

By Matt Ward —

The City of Fredericksburg will soon begin annexation proceedings along U.S. 290 East in an effort to protect a main gateway into town.

On Monday, the Fredericksburg City Council voted unanimously to schedule public hearings next month to begin the process of annexing approximately 150 acres of land southeast of the Hill Country University Center.

Public hearings on the potential annexation have been scheduled during the council’s two regular meetings next month, Aug. 4 and 18.

Following the hearings, the council is expected to officially institute annexation proceedings the first week in September to begin a 90-day waiting period before annexation is completed.

Maps depicting the potentially annexed property are available online at www.fbgtx.org in the July 7 council agenda.

Wed
09
Jul

Tampering charge added in OD case

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

The same person who already faces two state jail-felony charges in last year’s synthetic drug overdose of a local teen has been handed a third indictment.

Robert Gavin Jeffrey, 19, of Fredericksburg was indicted June 9 by the Gillespie County Grand Jury on third-degree felony charges of “Tampering with Physical Evidence.”

Fredericksburg Police Department Detective Javier Sanchez, lead investigator on the case, said Jeffrey attempted to dispose of synthetic drug material when he learned the two teens who ingested it required medical help.

Jeffrey was the first to be formally charged and arrested in relation to the April 20, 2013, overdose death of Fredericksburg High School (FHS) sophomore Samuel (Sammy) Herrera.

Herrera died when he and another teen ingested a designer hallucinogenic drug supplied to them by another student who bought it online.

Wed
09
Jul

Durst receives Purple Heart after return from shooting


Officer Bradley Durst, right, back on duty after an April 19 shooting, receives a Purple Heart medal from Fredericksburg Police Chief Police Steve Wetz. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

One of Fredericksburg’s “boys in blue” — Patrolman Bradley Durst — remains modest, even after receiving a Purple Heart on Monday.

“I feel extremely blessed to be alive and to be here to receive this award,” said Durst, who is still recovering from being shot twice while making a routine traffic stop on April 19.

The American Police Hall of Fame Award was presented to Durst by Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz Monday night before the Fredericksburg City Council. Durst’s family was there as were more than a dozen fellow officers who turned out in full uniform to show their support.

Recognized as “life savers” for aiding the downed officer were Hilario Villa, a deputy with the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) and Frank Stead, secretary of the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department and an EMT with Fredericksburg EMS.

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