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Sep

City looks to lease golf course grill space

By Richard Zowie —

Facing closure due to years spent running in the red, the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course’s Red Bird Grille will remain open for now.

While approving the 2015-2016 budget Sept. 8, the Fredericksburg City Council agreed to explore leasing the Red Bird Grille to a private company.

The golf course budget was reduced to $1.5 million, an 18 percent decrease. Officials plan to closely monitor the golf course revenues and expenditures.

Council members decided to not provide for the Red Bird Grille in the new budget, citing the deficit the eatery has been running.

Both the golf course and grill have operated in the red in recent years, with money from the general fund covering the difference. Current estimates indicate the golf course lost an estimated $575,000 in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Wed
16
Sep

STAAR bright


Shayna Aldrich, eighth grade science teacher at Fredericksburg Middle School, works on a problem with students (from left) Ryan Vick, Julia Freeborn and Cameron Sheffield. She avoids using the term “STAAR” in class until it’s time to begin preparing her students for the exam. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Teachers across Texas and in Fredericksburg Independent School District spend the year giving students new knowledge.

Then, for some students, a yearly test determines how much they’ve learned.

Implemented in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program tests whether students are ready for the next level of their academic careers.

Some teachers find STAAR beneficial, while some see it as controversial, arguing it forces them “to teach to the test.”

The exam also annoys some parents, who see it as a stress-inducing, threatening roadblock to their child’s advancement to the next grade.

Wed
16
Sep

Tanner, DeLeon crowned royalty at homecoming


Tatum Tanner, with her father, Zach Tanner, was crowned Homecoming Queen, and Zach DeLeon, with mother Mirtha DeLeon, was chosen as Homecoming King. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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16
Sep

Seeing is believing


The Vowell-Ellis home on Big Bend Lane was built with a rainwater catchment system and cistern due to homeowners’ concerns about the ongoing drought. This home will be part of the Green Home Tour. — Submitted photo

An energy assessment prompted Russell Vowell to make his home more energy efficient. His home on Big Bend Lane is part of the Green Home Tour, Saturday, Sept. 19

An assessment measures a home’s energy use with a custom list of energy-saving recommendations to help a homeowner develop a plan to make a residence more efficient, according to Vowell.

The result of Vowell’s analysis was to retrofit the attic of his home with foam insulation, which has lowered heating costs by one half and air conditioning costs by one third.

“It improved our electrical consumption,” Vowell said. “Our attic space has become a 10 degree living area, which means it’s no hotter or colder in the attic than it is in the central living area of the house by 10 degrees.”

Vowell and nine homeowners like him will be on hand to talk energy efficiency at Fredericksburg Shines’ third annual Fredericksburg and Gillespie County fall tour of homes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Wed
16
Sep

'God and Country' Canto Chamber Choir


Prior to the Sunday Canto Chamber Choir concert at the Nimitz Museum ballroom, Hill Country Color Guard members (from left, clockwise) Frank Bertagnolli, Barbara Heckman-Sauer, Arnold Rathke and Bill Vaughan demonstrate how to fold a U.S. flag and the story behind the folds. The choir’s “God and Country” concert included several gospel and patriotic hymns, including “Land of the Free,” “My Johnny’s A Soldier,” “It Is Well With My Soul” and “God Bless the USA.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
16
Sep

Professional Bull Riders


There are no free rides, as Tyler Lieck of Blanco learns as he loses his grip while riding a bull named Eyebrow. Lieck was among 36 cowboys riding 36 bulls during the Sixth Annual Fredericksburg PBR Saturday night. The riders competed for spots in the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas in October. For more pictures, go to D1 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
16
Sep

County tax rate rises 1.76 cents as new jail costs hit budget

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the 2015-2016 tax rate at 41.47 cents per $100 valuation for its $28.3 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

The tax rate marks an increase of 10.4 percent, or 1.76 cents, with roughly $2.2 million in tax revenue going to pay for jail operating costs and debt on the new 96-bed facility, which voters approved in 2013.

This year’s tax rate rose from 39.71 cents in last year’s budget. That includes 37.03 cents for maintenance and operation and another 4.44 cents for debt payments.

The deficit budget includes $28.3 million in expenditures, based on an anticipated $24.9 million in revenue.

Commissioners adopted the proposed budget with an addition of $23,000 to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District budget, and a reduction in anticipated costs for the county’s share of the fire and EMS budget.

Wed
16
Sep

FTC theater hosts Nimitz symposium on Saturday

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s annual symposium will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

This year’s theme is “In Stealth We Trust: Special Forces and Their Origins in WWII.”

This will be the second and final symposium on special forces.

Tickets are now available and can be purchased at the door, the day of the event.

Cost to attend is $50 per person for Admiral Nimitz Foundation members and $60 for non-members.

Attendees may also partake in a cocktail reception and dinner for $50 per person.

Students with appropriate ID can attend the symposium for free, but they must register.

For more information on the symposium and to register for tickets, visit www.pacificwarmuseum.org or call 830-997-8600 extension 223.

Topics for this year include:

Wed
16
Sep

28th Lutheran Fall Festival to host run, events Saturday

A run/walk, chili cook-off, quilt show and auction, food, music and more will highlight the 28th Annual Lutheran Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Marktplatz.

All ages are invited to the program and its numerous activities.

This fall festival is a fundraiser for Cross Trails Ministry, to fund entrance, road and parking improvements at Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp at Harper.

Thrivent Financial will match a portion of the funds raised.

Cross Trails Ministry is in Kerrville at 391 Upper Turtle Creek Road.

 

5K Race

The day will start with the Lutheran Fall Festival 5K through Fredericksburg at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at Marktplatz.

This is a chip-timed event with various categories, and participants can run or walk.

Goodie bags, T-shirts and snacks will be available after the race for all participants.

Wed
09
Sep

Gillespie Downs: It's 'business as usual' ... for now

The Texas Racing Commission has been funded for 90 days and all racetracks across the state, including Gillespie Downs can continue live and broadcast racing.

“The Legislative Budget Board has informed Texas Racing Commission Executive Director Chuck Trout that the agency has been approved to immediately resume operations for the next 90 days, or until Nov. 30, 2015,” according to TRC officials. “This action by the LBB was subsequently approved by the governor. All TRC offices are now open for regular business hours.”

The TRC, which regulates horse and dog racing in Texas, received this news Thursday, Sept. 3.

The Race Barn at Gillespie Downs, which also operates a full restaurant and bar, was able to show simulcast racing over the Labor Day weekend. The public was able to view the Ruidoso races. The New Mexico races are the third-biggest purse-building weekend for the barn.

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