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11
Jun

Class of 2014 makes exit at fair grounds


Madison Ray waves hello to friends and family and a new chapter in her life while also saying goodbye on Friday night as she prepares to join fellow Fredericksburg High School Class of 2014 members in graduation ceremonies at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. More photos from the FHS commencement on page C1 of this week's edition. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartman —

Fredericksburg High School valedictorian Mattie Lastovica on Friday night challenged her classmates to “… discover your passion, turn it into a dream and go get it.”

Lastovica led the FHS Class of 2014 through commencement ceremonies at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Friday evening.

“I challenge you to take that one thing you love most and pursue it with every ounce of blood, sweat and tears in your body,” Lastovica said. “I challenge you to search deep within yourself and find the childhood devotion to your interests and dreams.”

This year’s senior class totaled 221 students, and Friday night’s ceremony opened with the playing of the class song, “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

Class members processed in while the FHS Band, under the direction of John Rauschuber, played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance.”

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11
Jun

Harper Class of 2014 cheers 'Best Day'


Prior to receiving his diploma, Harper High School senior Ross Barlow keeps the school tradition and “brands” the Longhorn, leaving his mark on the school. Barlow was one of 40 members of Harper’s Class of 2014 who graduated on June 6. To the left are senior sponsors (from left) Nancy Cantwell, Allison Burow and Pat Buch. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Forty students “branded” the Longhorn and received their diplomas during Harper High School’s 2014 Commencement on Friday, June 6, at the school gymnasium.

Madison Lang was the valedictorian while Taylor Reid was salutatorian. Of the 40 graduates, 23 graduated with honors. Eight received departmental awards.

Twenty different seniors received a combined $662,000 in scholarships.

Before receiving their diplomas, the Harper Class of 2014 partook in a long-standing school tradition by touching a Longhorn statue. This tradition, Harper Independent School District superintendent Chris Stevenson explained, symbolizes that as students finish their education at HHS, they are leaving their “mark.”

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11
Jun

Former general reflects on war, career, life


Leslie W. Bray Jr. always wanted to be an airline pilot, but found he loved the military life. His distinguished career took him to stints in the Pentagon and around the globe. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

Leslie Bray vividly remembers when his new flight squadron was shipped to Calcutta, India to do missions into Bangkok, Thailand during World War II.

Bray was a squadron commander, leading 60 aviators and 25 new airplanes. Missions into Burma were three times daily.

“All of my pilots were very junior,” he said. “Most were not married and most had just come out of flying school.

“We found out when we got there that we were no longer under the Army, and they assigned us to the British 14th Army that was fighting to recapture in Burma,” he said. “For two years, we were stationed in India, flying across the Chiyun Mountains.

“The British had no supply system at all, and we took them every round of ammunition, every bite of food, everything came to them from flying usually three round trips per day, India to Burma,” he said.

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11
Jun

Allied Ag adds a new generation


It’s “like father, like daughters” as Jimmy Duecker, owner of Allied Ag, shows his twin daughters (from left) Kristen and Katelyn how to use the store’s computer to track inventory, look up invoices and change prices. — Standard-Radio Post photo/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

“Service is our business, taking care of our customers in the Texas Hill Country.”

That’s how Jimmy Duecker describes his company, Allied Agricultural Services in Stonewall.

What Allied Ag sells can be described in one word: agricultural. This includes fertilizer, herbicides, feed, seed and farm chemicals.

Allied Ag began on the Lyndon Baines Johnson Ranch as Hill Country Fertilizer and was affiliated with Allied Chemical. It eventually moved outside the ranch into Stonewall and was transferred to Dale Malecheck, LBJ’s ranch foreman.

Around 1970, the ownership changed and re-branded the business Allied Agricultural Services.

Duecker began working for Malecheck in 1975 and in 1978 became a part-owner. Then, in the early 1980s, he bought out the Malecheck family and became full owner.

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11
Jun

LBJ Annual Fishing Day


It’s hard to see who’s bigger — six-year-old Haylee Vickers of Fredericksburg or the catfish she just caught. Ricky Weinheimer helps her haul in her catch from the Pedernales River. Thankfully for the catfish, Vickers chose to “pardon” it rather than having it for dinner. Weinheimer, a retired LBJ State Park employee, said the June 7 Annual Fishing Day helps get kids involved in fishing and other outdoor activities with the message, “Life is better outside.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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11
Jun

Tractors on display at machinery show

The sound of engines roaring will be heard miles away when the 29th Annual Antique Machinery Show returns to Fredericksburg, Friday and Saturday, June 13-14.

The Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club is sponsoring the show at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Gates are set to open to the public Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. Both days gates will close at dark.

Cost of admission for adults will be $6, with children under 12 getting in free. There will also be a two-day pass available for $10.

Parking for the event will be free.

This year’s show will feature the Gibson tractor and the Hercules engine. Another feature will be a couple of tractors that were donated to the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

There will be many demonstrations, including wheat threshing, straw baling, log sawing at the saw mill and two blacksmiths.

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11
Jun

'Bach at the 'Bach'' event takes stage Thursday

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestras will present their third annual “Bach at the ’Bach” event at Luckenbach, tomorrow, Thursday, June 12.

The music begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Twinkle group, followed by the Suzuki ensemble, the Community Orchestra, and the FCO String Quartet. The program ends at 8 p.m.

The musical program highlights several cultures. Selections include Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto #2,” “Cielito Lindo,” “Tango Mariana,” “Irish Suite” and a collection of familiar fiddle tunes.

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11
Jun

Fort Martin Scott to host concert, re-enactments

Fort Martin Scott concludes its first season of events with “Pickin’ On The Porch” on Friday, June 13, from 6-9 p.m.

Performers include Kerrville-based dulcimer club Southwind, John Kirby and Austin Ladd Roberts.

Food and beverages will be on hand. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs, or use the fort’s bench seating. Admission is free with a $5 per car parking fee.

On Saturday, June 14, the fort will host “Fort Martin Scott Day,” a full day of living history interpretations and re-enactments, period crafts and games, music and storytelling, complete with cannon firing and military drills. Admission is free with a $5 per car parking fee.

Wed
04
Jun

Location, not need, debated over substation

By Matt Ward

Land development in southeastern Gillespie County has spurred an increased electric need in that area, prompting Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to propose a new substation.

The project would include not only a new substation near Blumenthal, but also an accompanying stretch of 10-15 miles of 138-kilovolt transmission line.

Currently, CTEC operates with four substations in the county, none located east of Fredericksburg.

“If you think about our map and you have substations throughout it, there’s a big hole in eastern Gillespie County where there isn’t a substation,” CTEC Chief Executive Officer Bob Loth said. “Many of our distribution lines are running 20 to 30 miles from their power source at a substation. The City of Fredericksburg has three substations that they are taking power out of and don’t go anywhere close to 20 miles.”

Wed
04
Jun

Traffic signal okayed at Heritage Hill Country

By Matt Ward

Heritage Hill Country residents will feel much safer turning in and out of their subdivision after the Fredericksburg City Council approved an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to construct a traffic signal at the intersection.

Driving the push for an additional signal to be located on U.S. Highway 290 East is the development of the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Center, whose entrance will be directly across the highway from the subdivision.

 

Funding the light

While the city would normally be expected to foot the entirety of the $227,844 bill for the project, City Public Works Director Clinton Bailey said the city got a deal at a “greatly reduced cost” for construction of the signal.

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