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County, GCAD agree to old jail lease

By Ken Esten Cooke

Calling it “the best option at the time,” county commissioners on Monday approved a 10-year lease agreement of the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Building (LEB) for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

Last week, Gillespie Central Appraisal District’s board of directors approved the move after local taxing entities had weighed in.

Commissioners ok’d the lease after another appeal from Timothy Koock, chairman of the Courthouse Square Advisory Committee. Koock said the LEB should be torn down and a Master Plan for the square with room for more green space should be given top consideration.

“The decision to move into the LEB building comes after kind of a misuse of time and money by the appraisal board. Too much time and money was spent on the Tivydale site plan, and I have heard that from some on the commission,” Koock told the court.

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May

Trustees discuss district finances

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees now have a taste of what’s in store for the district’s finances for 2015-2016.

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, presented tentative plans for a budget for FISD’s next fiscal year on Monday night.

Bobby Kincaid of Pfluger Architects also presented trustees with campus master plans.

Preliminary budget
The proposed 2015-2016 budget, subject to change, includes $37.4 million in expenditures, a 5.31 percent increase over the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The current fiscal year ends June 30, and the new fiscal year will begin July 1.

The budget also would include an approximately three-percent increase in teacher salaries.

“This is the most in-depth budget I’ve seen for a school district,” said FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright.

“Everybody’s very aware of what they’ll be spending for next year,” Ottmers said. “It’s a detailed but very big process.”

Wed
13
May

Bond, incumbents get voter OK

Fredericksburg public schools will soon receive a facelift thanks to the passage of a $16.5 million Fredericksburg Independent School District bond, Saturday.

The bond, which passed on a 763-106 vote, will primarily focus on construction and upgrades at Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Primary School, along with improvements at each campus and additional items for custodians, transportation and technology.

Voters also opted for the status quo in government on Election Day, returning four incumbents to posts on the Fredericksburg City Council and FISD board of trustees.

Incumbent city councilmen Gary Neffendorf (328 votes) and Graham Pearson (282 votes) held off lone challenger Thomas Sigg (151 votes) for two-year terms on the council.

Dale Geistweidt (532 votes) and Dave Campbell (447 votes) were re-elected to three-year terms on the FISD board of trustees, narrowly edging out challenger C. Brian Lehne (419 votes).

Wed
13
May

Rockets 2015 to launch Thursday at Hillview Ranch


Students will show off rocket design skills at annual event. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Students from 30 Texas high schools will launch 80 rockets over four days as part of Rockets 2015 at Stewart’s Hillview Ranch, located north of Fredericksburg, off the Willow City Loop at 4259 Ranch Road 1323.

The rocket launches are scheduled between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, May 14-17.

The public is invited to attend the event in person. Food and restroom facilities will be available.

Admission is free, but anyone attending is required to register in advance by going to www.systemsgo.org.

Direction signs will be posted.

Maps to the site, launch schedules and a complete listing of activities are online at www.systemsgo.org.

Once again, the launches will be livestreamed.

A video crew will have up to 11 cameras placed at the rocket prep area, launch pads and inside Mission Control.

Wed
13
May

'Through Flanders Flowers'


Diane Anderson of Boerne runs along the trail through a field of colorful blooms toward the finish line on Saturday morning during the Third Annual Texas Flower Country Women’s 5K and 10K event at Wildseed Farms. Anderson, who ran the 5K, and the other female participants were treated to a cham-pagne brunch, massages and live music following the run. More photos on D1, results on D5. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
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May

Anniversary of Muegge murder-arson Thursday

A raging fire at 506 Franklin Street did much to cover up the murder of local resident Linda Ann Muegge.

Years later, it’s still not stopping investigators from trying to find her killer.

Tomorrow, May 14, marks the eighth anniversary of Muegge’s murder in 2007, when her body was discovered among the debris of her fire-ravaged home.

An autopsy later confirmed that Muegge “sustained trauma reflective of homicide prior to the structure fire.”

Lieutenant Terry Weed served as lead investigator on the case prior to his promotion to head of the criminal investigations division of the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Wed
13
May

Let's Ride


Cyclists leave the starting point behind Marktplatz on Saturday morning as part of the Second Annual Texas Gran Fondo Bicycle Race in Fredericksburg and around the Hill Country. Three different routes were featured that took partici-pants on rides of 36, 65 or 100 miles. More photos, results from the non-competitive, fully-supported timed ride can be found in the Gillespie Life section. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
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May

Minshew discusses CTE job training

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg High School has a growing program that can help students learn skills today for tomorrow’s jobs.

Logan Minshew, coordinator of FHS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, discussed details with the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees Monday night.

Minshew referenced a recent $2,000 donation to the program by the Hill Country Builders Association’s Wine Country Division.

“You should’ve seen the looks on the students’ faces when they heard about what’s expected at the job, how much money they could make,” Minshew said. “Afterward, the students talked to the business leaders to try to secure a type of work after high school.”

“The major area we need to improve is in internships and in the practicum area,” Minshew said. “This will come from working with local businesses.”

Minshew added that giving students practical experience now will help them to find jobs sooner rather than later.

Wed
13
May

Harper VFD barbecue, roping fundraiser on tap

The Harper Volunteer Fire Department’s annual spring roping and barbecue fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 16.

All events will take place at the Harper fire station except the roping, which will take place at Harper Community Park. The books for the roping open at 9 a.m.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. at the fire station and the barbecue dinner will start at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the dinner.

The Fireman’s Dance begins at 8 p.m. and runs until midnight, with special guest Felix Truvere providing music for the event. Texas Thunder was originally scheduled to play at the event but due to scheduling conflicts, had to cancel their appearance.

Wed
13
May

The hills are alive with community concerts

A wide-ranging program of works — including those by Irving Berlin, Giacomo Puccini, George Gershwin, Charlie Daniels and Louis Prima — will be featured Sunday, May 17, when the Austin-based group of Kay and Friends performs for the eighth and final installment of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-15 Concert Series.

The 3 p.m. appearance by Kay Rivers Kidd (piano and musical director), Art Kidd (percussion and vocals), James Warth (saxophone, clarinet and flute), Gerardo Ramos (tenor), Evan Arredondo (bass) and Javier Chaparro (violin) in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

The group is led by Rivers Kidd, a native of Elgin, who performs as both a soloist and in ensembles at home and abroad, in festivals, workshops and recording sessions devoted to chamber, popular and folk music.

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