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Valero shootout suspect indicted on 14 counts

The shooter who exchanged multiple gunshots with law enforcement officers during a convenience store stand-off on Dec. 18, 2013, has been indicted by the Gillespie County grand jury.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, was arrested to end that three-hour incident in which dozens of shots were fired, but no one was injured. The incident took place at the Valero Corner Store, No. 980 in Fredericksburg.

When the grand jury convened on March 10, he was indicted on 12 counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated robbery, according to Gillespie County District Clerk Jan Davis.

Valdez remains in Gillespie County Jail.

Wed
26
Mar

Error in congress district leads to voter card reprint

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A single digit printed wrong has led to a costly fix for the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office.

The office plans to mail out a new set of more than 17,000 voter registration cards in the coming days.

The first cards mailed out, and used already for one election, were based on a template provided by the Secretary of State’s office and contained the wrong number for the U.S. Rep. District.

The cards were printed, as provided by the state, with an “11” in the district box, while they should have read District “21,” Gillespie County Commissioners were told Monday by Marissa Weinheimer, local tax assessor-collector.

No other changes to the cards will be made.

Wed
26
Mar

Symposium explores land, water connection


PANELISTS Mark Steinbach, left, executive director of the Texas Land Trust, and Pam Mabry Bergman, landowner, listen to Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utilities for the City of Fredericksburg. Panelists discussed conservation and land restoration, which can affect river health.

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Healthy land means healthy rivers, a crowd of about 200 heard at a Pedernales River forum.

The Texas Water Symposium, held last Thursday at the Hill Country University Center, was entitled “The Pedernales: Challenges and Opportunities Facing an Iconic Hill Country River Basin.” A panel discussed the 120-mile river and its 800,000-acre catchment area, which is being affected by a variety of factors that have negatively affected other Texas waterways.

“Texas loses rural and agricultural land faster than any other state,” said Andrew Sansom, the moderator who is director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University in San Marcos. “The biggest danger to it is the fragmentation of family land, so we must find a way to keep large ranch tracts intact,” he said.

Wed
26
Mar

One month after burn ban enacted, it's lifted

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A little less than a month after it was enacted, Gillespie County’s “burn ban” was lifted Thursday, March 20, making it legal once again for residents to light outdoor, open-flame fires.

County Judge Mark Stroeher released the ban after County Fire Marshal Steve Olfers said he and the rural fire department chiefs agreed that the small amount of moisture that has fallen recently, along with forecasts for higher humidity and rains, provided more stable outdoor conditions.

“It presents a good opportunity for people to take care of some of the burning that needs to be done,” Stroeher said.

When Gillespie County Commissioners first adopted the measure on Monday, Feb. 24, they did so amid controversy.

Wed
26
Mar

LBJ 100 tour, time trial this weekend in Stonewall

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Whether it’s the wildflowers, the undulating hills or the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park’s landmarks that draws them, hundreds of cyclists are expected here this weekend for the LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour and Time Trial on March 29-30.

Featuring routes of different lengths for cyclists of all skill levels, the ride will “roll out” on Saturday, March 29, at 9 a.m.

Gates will open at the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall at 7 a.m., when arriving cyclists will begin lining the former presidential airstrip and making their way to the starting gate.

Offered Saturday will be routes of 10-mile, 30-mile, 42-mile, 62-mile and 85-mile distances through park property and the surrounding Hill Country.

Cost to register now is $50. Youths 12 years and younger may sign up for $30 each, while tandem cyclists may participate for a fee of $85.

Wed
26
Mar

'Lost in Yonkers' ticket sales to begin

Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 31 for “Lost in Yonkers,” the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s final production of Season 17.

The Neil Simon play will be performed April 11-27. Friday and Saturday performances will be 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinee performances being held at 2 p.m.

“This play has been underwritten by a generous anonymous donor,” said Julie Voorhees, FTC executive director.

“Lost in Yonkers” won the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1991 Tony Award for Best Play.

Set in Yonkers, New York in 1942, the play revolves around several characters, including Bella, who is 35 years old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz.

As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman.

Wed
19
Mar

Council seeks input for new water rules

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg water customers may soon see revised restrictions on outdoor watering as an overhaul of existing regulations was brought before the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday.

Major changes are proposed for the amount of watering time allowed in each stage as well as the number of days allowed for watering.

No vote was made on the proposed changes, with the ordinance to be placed on the council’s April 7 agenda.

City officials encouraged residents to familiarize themselves with the proposed ordinance, which is available online at www.fbgtx.org and contact the council with comments and/or suggestions before their next meeting.

Wed
19
Mar

Valero shootout suspect indicted on 14 counts

The man arrested for exchanging multiple gunshots with law enforcement officers during a convenience store stand-off on Dec. 18, 2013, has been indicted by the Gillespie County grand jury.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, was arrested to end that three-hour incident in which dozens of shots were fired, but no one was injured. The incident took place at the Valero Corner Store, No. 980 in Fredericksburg.

When the grand jury convened on March 10, he was indicted on 12 counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated robbery, according to Gillespie County District Clerk Jan Davis.

Valdez remains in Gillespie County Jail.

Wed
19
Mar

Volunteers construct ramp for local man on Saturday


LOUIS CASTANEDA checks on the progress of the wheelchair ramp that was being built at the home in which he lives on Saturday morning by a group of volunteers through the Texas Ramp Project. Castaneda and his brother, Jessie Borjas, visit with John Laine, left, executive director of the Texas Ramp Project, while volunteer Caleb Bauer of Kerrville kept working on the installation. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

A group of volunteers gathered on Saturday morning to build a wheelchair ramp for a local man through the Texas Ramp Project.

The ramp, built for Louis Castaneda, is the first to be built in Gillespie County through the Texas Ramp Project.

“The Texas Ramp Project pays for all of the materials,” explained John Laine, executive director. “We never bill a client for their ramp.”

Laine explained that the program covers all of Gillespie County, not just inside the Fredericksburg city limits.

However, a client must be referred for a ramp by a third party health care provider or agency. “We do not accept direct referrals from families or friends,” Laine said.

Referrals are made via the organization’s website at texasramps.org. Select “San Antonio” at the top of the homepage and then “Referrals” once in the San Antonio pages.

Wed
19
Mar

Texas History Days


ARMED with his rifle from Pennsylvania’s “Golden Age,” Joe Wolf demonstrates how the Texas West was won and how intimidating it could be to face the working end of a weapon during a demonstration at Fort Martin Scott’s Texas History Days. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

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