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Former first daughter attends LBJ event


The 106th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s birth brought dignitaries to the LBJ National Historical Park for the wreath laying at his grave. Among them (from left) were retired Air Force Brig. Gen. James U. Cross (USAF, ret.), Johnson’s Air Force One pilot, and Luci Baines Johnson. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Students, dignitaries and countless well wishers paid their respects at President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s grave Aug. 27 at a ceremony commemorating his 106th birthday.

President Johnson’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, attended the event, as did 92-year-old Brig. Gen. James U. Cross (USAF, ret.), who served as LBJ’s Air Force One pilot.

Among the students were third- through fifth-grade students from Stonewall Elementary School, along with students from Lackland Air Force Base’s Defense Language Institute.

At the end of the ceremony, the former first daughter spoke to the crowd about her father and his legacy. She also spoke directly with the Stonewall students following the ceremony.

The standing room-only event, for Johnson, said a lot about her father’s life and career.

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03
Sep

Stitching pretty panels, colorful covers


These two Kerrville residents actually came from much further away to take a close look at the Best of Show quilt “Fright Night ... the Cast is Ready” by Mary Ann Hildebrand. (From left) Jean Kusch is originally from Cambridge, England, while Joyce Roddick is from Bristol, England. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

“This is an addiction,” said Fredericksburg’s Ann Bryk, referring to her passion for quilting. “The collecting fabric, magazines and books. It’s all worth collecting, since there’s the possibility of many quilts.”

Bryk got her fill of quilts at the Vereins Quilt Guild’s eighth biennial show, which was last weekend at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. She entered four quilts and received three honors: a second-place, third-place and honorable mention.

“I have made many quilts in my lifetime,” Bryk said. “Some have been given away, and some are stacked on my bed.”

For Bryk and others, part of the fun of the biennial show was the search for new fabrics and patterns to sort through and work with. Sometimes in quilting, a fabric or pattern one person casually discards sometimes is exactly what someone else has been looking for.

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03
Sep

14 galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

Fourteen galleries will participate in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, Sept. 5.

Most of the galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be featuring special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For more information, the latest news and events by participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the First Friday Art Walk flags on Friday.

This month’s schedule includes:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, is located one block south of Main Street in a historic limestone Sunday house.

Agave Gallery “Fine Art. Texas Style!" will feature new works by master pastel artist Kathleen Cook. 

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03
Sep

Harper celebrates rural life with annual Frontier Days event


Little Mr. Harper Quaid Durst waves to the crowd during the parade down U.S. 290 West Saturday afternoon in festivities for the 50th annual Harper Frontier Days. -- Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
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03
Sep

Police make drug busts for meth, pot

Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) executed three warrants for drug-related cases over the past month.

The first instance was shortly after 5 p.m., Aug. 14, when a narcotics search warrant for methamphetamines was executed at 294 Friendship Lane.

Emily Schmidt, 30, Zachary Vargas, 22 and Travis Rakes, 33, were arrested after the search warrant was executed, said FPD Detective Sgt. Terry Weed.

According to Weed, Schmidt and Vargas were arrested and charged with first-degree felonies for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance over four grams and under 200 grams.

Their charges are enhanced for being in a drug-free zone.

Rakes was not charged for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, but was charged with possession of more than a gram and less than four grams. His charges are also enhanced because of the drug-free zone designation.

Wed
03
Sep

School finance decision won't affect locals for now

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Fredericksburg Independent School District Superintendent Eric Wright said potential changes may be slow-arriving after last week’s ruling that the state’s school finance system was unconstitutional.

But in Texas politics, and especially during an election year, anything can happen.

State District Judge John Dietz, of Travis County, affirmed a 2013 ruling that struck down the mode of funding public education as inefficient, inequitable and inadequate.

As Texas relies on property tax dollars to fund its public schools, the judge claimed it was a de facto statewide property tax, in violation of the Texas Constitution.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor, said the ruling would be appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.

Wright said he was not surprised by the judge’s ruling.

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03
Sep

City to host joint meeting on comprehensive plan

Strategic planning for Fredericksburg’s future civic development will continue Monday evening as the Fredericksburg City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss the ongoing comprehensive plan issues update.

The meeting, slated for 5:30 p.m. in the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, will see the council, the planning and zoning commission and the historic review board review and discuss a three-pronged issues-based update to their 2006 comprehensive plan.

Last year, the city decided to update design guidelines for new commercial buildings constructed along major corridors; create design options for major gateway improvements located at entryways into Fredericksburg; and develop a trails and sidewalk master plan.

City Manager Kent Myers said the update should be completed by the end of this year.

Wed
27
Aug

New indictment made in drug overdose case

By Austin R. Eck —

James Burke Jarreau of Fredericksburg became the second person indicted by the Gillespie County Grand Jury in connection with the death of a local high school student in April 2013.

Jarreau was indicted on one count of “Delivery or Offer of Delivery of a Dangerous Drug” on Monday, Aug. 18.

The indictment of Jarreau stems from the investigation of the death of Samuel “Sammy” Herrera, said Fredericksburg Police Department Detective Javier Sanchez. 

Jarreau ingested 25B-NBOMe with Herrera last year, and both suffered overdoses. Jarreau was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio where he eventually recovered, but Herrera was pronounced dead at Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

According to the police report, after the boys, who were staying at a friend’s house, took the drug, began shouting and being disruptive. The commotion awoke the homeowner, who separated the boys.

Wed
27
Aug

Commissioners hire 'forensic accountant' to attract funds

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the hiring of a forensic accounting firm to investigate discrepancies and shortages within the county’s Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The request to approve the hiring of Dawson Forensic Group was made during the regular meeting.

In July, Laura Lundquist, the county treasurer, sent a letter to the Gillespie County Tax Collector-Assessor regarding a shortage in funds the county was not receiving, commissioner Curtis Cameron said.

Cameron was not satisfied with the response, so he saw a need to investigate the shortage.

“I talked to the county attorney, and he agreed,” Cameron said. “He said it would be inappropriate if we didn’t do something.”

The letter to the tax assessor-collector’s office stated the balance due to the county was $75,889.60.

Wed
27
Aug

Fair play


All smiles after being chosen on Friday night to represent the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association in 2015 were, from left, First Duchess Morgan Baethge, Second Duchess Hannah Fewox, Queen Victoria Klein, Third Duchess Baylie Staedtler and Fourth Duchess Brooke Loth. The crowning of the new queen and her court was one of the many highlights of the 126th Gillespie County Fair. See more photos, stories and results throughout the Aug. 27, 2014 issue. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By all accounts, the 126th Gillespie County Fair was another “blue ribbon” event.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the four-day celebration included a queen’s contest, music, parade, live pari-mutuel horse racing, carnival and midway, agricultural and home products displays, dominos, washer pitching, livestock judging and more.

Carey Durst, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, said that while attendance at some events seemed to be down somewhat, the crowd on Saturday night “blew the doors off.”

In looking at the various aspects of the fair, Durst noted that the carnival was “exceptional” with lots more to do, the mutton busting contests were crowd pleasers and the combination of Moe Bandy and Kyle Park on Saturday night seemed to appeal to all ages.

“The agriculture and home products exhibits are always nice,” he said. “The exhibits still touch on the old fairs.”

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