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Wed
15
Jul

Habitat to host home dedication Sunday afternoon

Dedication ceremonies for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg’s 15th home will be held from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, July 19.

The house is located at 306 W. Park St.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Perez family into their new home,” said Kelly Musselman, Habitat vice president.  “House No. 15 has been a long time in the making but it is doubly exciting that it is taking place during our 20th anniversary year for our local affiliate.”

Construction on House 16 will take place in the fall on the adjoining property.

“We invite the public, all our supporters and donors, as well as volunteers and city and county officials to join us on this special day,” Musselman said.     

Wed
08
Jul

State funding a question in school budget

By Richard Zowie —

For the ninth year in a row, Fredericksburg Independent School District residents will have no new taxes.

Deborah Ottmers, FISD assistant superintendent of business and finance, presented the school’s financial numbers to the FISD trustees at a June 30 special meeting, which marked the end of fiscal year 2014-2015.

Trustees also approved the final budget for 2014-2015 while OK’ing a proposed budget for 2015-2016.

Though personal and business property valuations rose 10 percent this year, the budget will require FISD to use its general fund to help pay overages.

Budget approvals

Following Ottmers’ discussion, the board approved both the final budget for last year and the proposed budget for this year, 7-0.

Last year’s fiscal year ended June 30, and the new year began July 1.

Wed
08
Jul

City, county land-for-paving swap deal done; Pearson says no

By Matt Ward —

A land-for-paving swap between the City of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County has finally been completed, following months of negotiation.

The Fredericksburg City Council agreed to pave Nimitz Parkway and the adjacent county parking lot behind the Gillespie County Courthouse four times — at an estimated current cost of $50,000 each — for property running along Barons Creek near the proposed Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts on East Ufer Street.

The council approved the proposal, already OK’d by county commissioners, by a 4-1 vote during a regular meeting Monday with Councilman Graham Pearson voicing strong objection to the decision.

Wed
08
Jul

Weekend races draw large crowds to fair grounds


Horses in Saturday’s 5½-furlong race find high gear during the inaugural day of the 2015 racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Racing fans saw 22 races over two days and wagered more than $311,000. See pages A/B12 and A/B18 of this week's newspaper for more photos and results. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A “good crowd with good races” kicked off the 2015 live pari-mutuel racing season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday.

The July Fourth Racing Festival at the Class III track drew 5,247 fans, including 3,410 on Saturday and 1,837 on Sunday.

Over the two days, the fans wagered $311,178 on 22 races, which included $159,673 on 10 races on Saturday and $151,505 on 12 races on Sunday.

The payout to bettors totaled $242,801, which included $124,915 on Saturday and $117,886 on Sunday.

“The crowd was exceptional on Saturday,” said Lee DeLong, vice president of the board of directors of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association and general manager of the track this season.

He said that there were some “first day bugs” that they got worked out by Sunday.

Wed
08
Jul

Crime Stoppers increases reward for tips on Muegge murder cold case

Gillespie County Crime Stoppers has doubled the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Linda Muegge, a Fredericksburg resident killed in her home which was then burned down eight years ago.

The reward, now $10,000, is valid through July 31.

“Linda’s friends and family and our entire community have been left with unanswered questions for the past eight years. We are hopeful that this large reward will prompt someone to come forward with information which will help police solve this crime and bring closure to her family and the community,” Gillespie County sheriff’s deputy and Crime Stoppers coordinator Joe Folse said.

Muegge, 55, was discovered May 14, 2007 at her home at 506 Franklin Street. A complete profile on the killer has been difficult to pin down, though police believe the killer is likely a male who knew Muegge.

Wed
08
Jul

Liberty's lads and lasses


“All American Divas,” and best motorized vehicle, were Tori Crooks and Kayleigh Thatcher. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

It was the kids’ time to shine on Saturday morning.

Sparkles, streamers and lots of red, white and blue adorned entries as they made their way around the Marktplatz sidewalk parade route.

Organizers from the VFW Post 7105 gave awards as follows:

Most original — Brazos Worrell.

Most Patriotic Pet —Anna Lee Perez.

Most Patriotic Girl — Lamree Lacaz.

Most Patriotic Boy — Jake Venable.

Best Motorized Vehicle — Tori Crooks and Kayleigh Thatcher.

Uncle Sam Award — Emily Moeller.

Miss Liberty Award — Emma Windham.

Group Award — Luke and Zane Oestreich.

Best Bike (Girl) — Annabel Holster.

Best Bike (Boy) — Everett Osbourne.

Wed
08
Jul

Patriots on Parade


Fredericksburg’s VFW Post 7105 was one of the lead floats in Saturday’s Fourth of July parade down Main Street. Members of the American Legion Post and the Military Order of World Wars also joined VFW members. These heroes include, from left, Deborah Dombeck, Jim Glazener, Walt Abbott, Jim Bisson, Keith Blalock, Ralph Lewis, Roy Casper, Ruth Sarnecki and Ron Hasse. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
08
Jul

Fredericksburg hosts July 4th 'Star-Spangled' fireworks show


Prior to the Fourth of July fireworks show, Wounded Warriors at Nebo volunteers (from left) Joanne Owens and Rosemary Estenson share a laugh with U.S. Military Academy alumnus Capt. Jeff Anderson, who served six years in the Army. They watched the show from the Gillespie County Airport. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
08
Jul

BCFS given Head start reins

By Matt Ward

 

Approximately $1.1 million in federal funding previously allocated to Stonewall Head Start, Inc. has been awarded to BCFS Education Services for Head Start operations in Blanco and Gillespie counties.

Head Start services have been offered by Stonewall Head Start, Inc. since the federal program’s inception in the 1960’s, with former President Lyndon B. Johnson developing the local offering as Texas’ first program at the LBJ Ranch.

 

BCFS Education Services

Founded in San Antonio in 1944, BCFS is a global system of six health and human service non-profit corporations coast-to-coast and around the world. BCFS Education Services is the system’s entity focused on early education.

Wed
08
Jul

Pool party to celebrate name change Saturday

The City of Fredericksburg will host a throwback “Kick and Swim Party” Saturday, July 11, at the newly renamed Coach Tony Knopp Town Pool, located at 105 West Travis Street.

“The name change is in the honor and memory of the longtime manager of City of Fredericksburg’s pools, Tony Knopp,” Juli Bahlinger, city communications manager, said.  

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