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Wed
14
May

Annex debated as appraisal district seeks new home

By Matt Ward —

County Annex No. 2 may be considered to house the Gillespie Central Appraisal District after lengthy discussion of the proposal by Gillespie County Commissioners during their regular meeting Monday morning.

“From what I’m hearing, it sounds like there may be an interest, but we all understand that there are still issues to work out,” County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “We all have some concerns, but the overall consensus is that we would have an interest in discussing it.”

The appraisal district, which will need additional office space to accommodate tax collection services beginning in July 2015, is seeking alternative locations for a new site before making a recommendation to its five largest taxing entities next month.

Wed
14
May

Rains douse drought-parched area

By Terry Collier —

With the arrival of Monday night’s encouraging rain, Fredericksburg area residents are hoping (and praying in many cases) that more moisture will be forthcoming for what has been a drought-plagued countryside.

That’s because the long-term dry spell the city and the county have been experiencing is such that only once during the past 50 years has Fredericksburg received less rainfall during the first four months than it has in 2014.

Before a brief shower that dropped 0.05 inches Friday, and Monday night’s thunderstorm activity which delivered a much-needed 1.45 inches of moisture to bring the May total to 1.50 inches, the city had recorded only 1.65 inches for January through April -- second only since the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post in 1962 began collecting rainfall records to 1971 when just 1.01 inches fell during the same four-month period.

Wed
14
May

Harper man accused of family killings

A Harper man is in jail and faces capital murder charges after he reportedly murdered his wife and granddaughter Friday at their home.

Joseph C. Knight, 67, of Harper, remains in the Gillespie County Jail on a $1 million bond for the fatal shootings of his wife, Karon Knight, 59, and his granddaughter, Barbara Knight, 19, Sheriff Buddy Mills said.

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

After Knight allegedly killed the two females, he called local law enforcement to turn himself in.

The Texas Rangers are performing an ongoing interview and investigation of the case, but have not released any information on Knight’s mental state, weapons used or other details.

“We don’t have any ‘ifs’ or ‘whys,’ and we know that’s what everyone is waiting for,” Mills said. “We just don’t know what goes through people’s minds.”

Wed
14
May

Hero's Welcome


Carlos Vasquez, of Houston, is greeted by locals Saturday at a rally in support of injured soldiers and their families from Fort Hood in Killeen and the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). The event, sponsored by Fredericksburg Salutes Our Wounded Warriors, included about 125 warriors and their family members, who were transported on three buses to Marktplatz. Vasquez, who lost his leg last November after injuries sustained in Afghanistan, said he was on his third tour of duty for the military, but added he is recovering rapidly at SAMMC. “I’ve got to get better to keep up with my kids,” he said. The reception on Marktplatz also featured pets supplied by Zoofari Animals, of Harper. The weekend is designed to supply the soldiers and their families with entertainment, Main Street treats and admission to Street Dreams to view muscle and antique cars. Visit fsoww.org for more information. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
14
May

FMS Band Spring Concert


Eighth-grade French horn players, from left, Josh Bonillas, Joslyn Sanchez and Chase Jenschke perform “Miss Liberty March” as part of the Fredericksburg Middle School Bands’ Spring Concert, held Tuesday, May 6 in the high school auditorium. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands performed under the direction of Brad Bryant, Jason Younts and Dani Rauschuber, respectively. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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.

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