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Wed
14
May

Teacher of the Year


TEACHER OF THE YEAR — Fredericksburg Independent School District held its Teacher of the Year reception on Wednesday at the Central Administration Building. Honored were, from left, Dana Sultemeier, Stonewall Elementary; Abban Lastovica, Fredericksburg Elementary; Dr. Eric Wright, FISD superintendent; Natalie Bowman, district winner and Fredericksburg High School campus winner, and Shayna Aldrich, Fredericksburg Middle School. — Standard-Radio Post photo
Wed
14
May

Homegrown Fredericksburg: Peach Tree Inn


When not manning the front desk at the Peach Tree Inn, among Brett Davis’ many chores that keep him busy are making sure outdoor furniture looks neat and doing remodeling. Davis said a desire to return to Fredericksburg led him to purchase the inn. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Brett Davis eventually moved to Virginia while in the military, and later, as a contractor.

But a chance to own his own business brought him back home.

Davis’ mother, Sharon Moose, is one of the owners of the Attic Storage and rented a storage room to the owners of The Peach Tree Inn.

“They approached Mom and asked if she wanted to buy the hotel,” Davis recalled. “She said she knew someone who might be interested and contacted me. I returned for a look and decided to buy.”

For the past 3.5 years, Davis has been the inn’s owner. The hotel opened in 1941 and has been in service in town for 73 years.

Located a quarter mile south of downtown Fredericksburg, the Peach Tree Inn has seven different room and lodging options, ranging from queen- to king-sized rooms, along with executive suites with full-sized kitchens.

Wed
14
May

Rockets '14 launching here Thursday-Sunday

A love for aerospace engineering shared by high school students around the state will be evident this week with just a glimpse skyward over Gillespie County.

“Rockets 2014” will feature eight-foot-tall student-designed and student-built test vehicles being launched every half hour for four full days tomorrow through Sunday, May 15-18, at the Hillview Ranch near Willow City.

The public is invited to visit the ranch to watch the launches — all free of charge.

Student teams from some 50 different Texas high school aeroscience programs will launch their first-year and second-year project vehicles on their maiden voyages.

The yearly event is made possible by the SystemsGo initiative, which started at Fredericksburg High School.

Wed
14
May

FISD trustees talk dollars, 'sense'

By Richard Zowie —

Prior to its May 12 regular meeting, the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees talked dollars and cents during a budget workshop special meeting at the Central Administration Building.

FISD’s 2013-2014 fiscal year will end June 30, and the 2014-2015 year begins July 1.

The projected budget for next year is $35.3 million, an increase of $2.2 million from the previous year.

By the end of this fiscal year, FISD officials project a general fund balance of $12,358,301.

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, said the district always budgets at about 110 percent of what they expect due to various reasons. Among them:

• The state may change requirements or revenue formulas, and the school districts’ costs may rise quickly.

Sat
10
May

City elects new mayor, councilmen while amendment passes

By Matt Ward —

 

City government in Fredericksburg will be going through some major changes with the election of three new council members Saturday as former mayor Linda Langerhans defeated current mayor Jeryl Hoover 687-494, while Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson were elected to replace current council members Tim Dooley and Kathy Sanford.

Luckenbach led the council candidates wtih 683 votes, with Watson in second with 657 votes and incumbent Dooley in third with 513 votes. Sanford chose not to run for re-election.

The first amendment to the city's home-rule charter passed by a slim 581-556 margin Saturday.

Fervently opposed by City of Fredericksburg staff, current city council members and all candidates running in the election, the amendment seeks to regulate the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and require approval by voters prior to the transfer.

Sat
10
May

Harper man allegedly kills wife, granddaughter; now in custody in Gillespie County Jail

BREAKIING NEWS A Harper man reportedly murdered his wife and granddaughter last night at their home and he is now in custody in the Gillespie County Jail.

Joseph C. Knight, 67, of Harper, is facing capital murder charges and $1 million bond for the fatal shooting of his wife, Karon Elaine Knight, 59, and his granddaughter, Barbara Knight, 19, according to Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills.

The incident was reported to have happened shortly before 8:06 p.m. yesterday, May 9, at the Knight residence, 623 Josephine Drive in Harper, Mills said.

After he allegedly killed the two females, Knight called local law enforcement to turn himself in. More details will follow when available.

 

Wed
07
May

Turnout only tops 620 for council, amendment votes

Voters will take to the polls Saturday for both the City of Fredericksburg and Doss Common Consolidated School District general elections as early voting ended on Tuesday evening.

City Election Day voting will be held at Fredericksburg Middle School from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., while Doss CCSD Election Day voting will be held at the Doss School Cafeteria from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

No election will be held this year for the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees as only incumbents Lorrie Hess and Kay Stech as well as newcomer Kerinne Herber filed for the three open board seats.

Early voting

A steady stream of residents cast their ballots in the City of Fredericksburg election since early voting began April 28.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 624 residents cast their ballots at City Hall with 120 voters on Tuesday and 120 voters on Monday.

Wed
07
May

'Dark sky' lighting rules postponed

By Matt Ward —

Efforts to limit the nighttime glow in and around Fredericksburg will be delayed as the Fredericksburg City Council opted to postpone action on an outdoor lighting ordinance for an additional 30 days.

A vote to pass the ordinance during Monday’s regular meeting failed 3-2 with Mayor Jeryl Hoover and council members Tim Dooley and Graham Pearson opposed.

“This is about getting it better and getting it right and not turning down the issue completely,” Hoover said. “I think it’s a good idea to head toward the ‘Dark Skies Initiative.’ I don’t know enough about the consequences of city action to know whether or not I would be making a good vote tonight on that.”

The council agreed that they would like to reconsider the ordinance once all the proposed changes were written into the document.

Wed
07
May

Freddyburg Youth Theater on stage for weekend shows

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Freddyburg Youth Theater will perform three one-act plays at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, Friday and Saturday, May 9-10, beginning at 7 p.m.

The theater is located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South.

The plays to be performed are “Sasha and the Pearl,” “The Velveteen Rabbit” and “Scene!” Each play will be performed by a different age group.

• In Rudy Linke’s “Sasha and the Pearl,” Sasha follows adventure under the sea where she meets several sea creatures in trouble. Sasha learns what is important and how far people must go to help their friends. The Imagineers (grades 3-5) will perform this play, and Bethany Kunz will direct.

Wed
07
May

TTU recognizes its 25 area graduates


Texas Tech University President Duane Nellis with education graduation Diana Marichalar. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Twenty-five bachelor’s degree recipients of Texas Tech University’s Fredericksburg and Marble Falls campuses were recognized on Saturday at a reception at Hill Country University Center.

The reception brought four of TTU’s top officials to town: President Duane Nellis, Provost Lawrence Schovanec, Vice Provost Melanie Hart and College of Education Dean Scott Ridley.

“My first stop after starting at Texas Tech was here in Fredericksburg,” Nellis told a crowd of graduates’ family and friends. “We are very proud to have our Texas Tech campus here.”

Nellis praised the graduates for the additional work needed to complete their degrees, especially considering family and work commitments by the “non-traditional students.”

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