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Local public schools to join celebration


FREDERICKSBURG Middle School art students add color to their campus. Art III students Kyle Ritter, Crystal Rubio, Cheyenne Beals, Sofia de la Fuentes, Demetrio Rivas, Vincent Cedillo and Jacqueline Lopez install art tiles to liven up the cafeteria.

“Celebrate Texas schools education. It’s bigger here.”

That is the theme for the 2014 Texas Public Schools Week to be observed March 3-7.

Work from students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, Harper ISD and the Doss Common Consolidated School District is on display in this week’s edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, and a community-wide breakfast taco and orange juice breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, March 6 from 7-8 a.m. at the drive-thru of the Security State Bank and Trust Motor Bank at the corner of Crockett and Austin streets.

FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright will be serving the breakfast tacos.

Wed
26
Feb

'Pianorama'


FIVE PIANO PLAYERS walk into a bar and raise money for a good cause. The annual “Pianorama,” featuring a quintet of ivory ticklers and a drummer, was held Saturday at Pat’s Hall. The players entertained the crowds with boogie woogie, New Orle-ans-style, western swing classics and blues-flavored numbers. Featured were (above) Fredericksburg’s Johnny Nicholas, and, be-low from left, Earl Poole Ball, Floyd Domino, Red Young and Danny Levin. Drummer Wes Starr accompanied the keyboard-ists. Proceeds will be used for music scholarships and for performance and song-writing workshops to benefit Fredericksburg-area youth music programs. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
26
Feb

Early voting totals surpass 1,300 ballots

Halfway through early voting at the Gillespie County Courthouse, residents have been “streaming in” to cast their ballots preceding the March 4 political primary elections.

Two ballots, one Republican and the other Democratic, will be available through Friday, Feb. 28, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for qualified Gillespie County voters in the county commissioners’ courtroom.

Mail-in balloting concluded on Friday, Feb. 21.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche, who also is on this year’s ballot, said special weekend voting held Saturday and Sunday had “pretty good turnout. It helps a lot of the people who work during the week to get a chance to vote.”

As of Monday evening, 543 mail-in ballots and 792 in-person voters have cast their ballots in Republican primaries, while the Democratic primaries saw 27 mail-in ballots and 69 in-person voters.

Wed
26
Feb

Filing to end Friday for city council races

Individuals interested in running for three open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council have until 5 p.m., Friday, to file an application with City Secretary Shelley Britton at City Hall.

Current mayor Jeryl Hoover, who filed on Jan. 29, will be contested in the May 10 election by former mayor Linda Langerhans, who filed on Feb. 17.

Only incumbent Kathy Sanford, who turned in her application on Feb. 6, has filed to run for two open council member positions. Councilman Tim Dooley is also up for reelection this year.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
26
Feb

Three candidates so far for FISD board, one seeks Doss seat

Nobody new this week filed to run for the three seats up for election in the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees election, while one Doss Common Consolidated School District Board of Trustees incumbent has filed for re-election.

According to Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher’s office, Denver Mixon has filed to run for re-election in Doss. Mixon is the only candidate so far to have filed to run. Incumbents Cecil Crenwelge and Linda Kesler have not filed yet.

For FISD, incumbents Lorrie Hess and Kay Stech have filed for re-election while fellow incumbent Leola Mills has yet to do so.

Kerinne Herber has also filed to run for a seat on the FISD board.

Wed
19
Feb

'Fairness' issue debated by city on ordinance

By Matt Ward —

After more than a year of discussion and revision, an updated subdivision ordinance for the city of Fredericksburg could be approved as early as March 3, following the first reading of the ordinance during the Fredericksburg City Council’s regular meeting Monday.

While the third draft of the 152-page ordinance prepared by city consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc. of Dallas was not discussed in its entirety, council members debated a recent addition to the ordinance which seeks to defer public improvements and obligations on gifted or inherited tracts of land.

No final decision on the ordinance was made at Monday’s meeting, although the council voted to hold a second reading of the proposal.

‘Issue of fairness’

Wed
19
Feb

City joins FISD in tax office opt-out

By Matt Ward —

A week after the Fredericksburg Independent School District voted to leave the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office as its property tax collector, the Fredericksburg City Council voted 4-0 to make the same move, opting for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District during their regular meeting Monday.

Though the council approved the move, the change will not happen before July 1, 2015, as the appraisal district needs time to prepare for the additional workload and potentially construct new office space.

“If you set aside the new building discussion, with the school district making the decision they’ve made, I think the numbers will lead us to follow the school district,” Councilman Gary Neffendorf said.

Harper ISD was also slated to consider a move to the appraisal district at their board meeting last night. A decision was not available as of press time.

Wed
19
Feb

Early voting under way


PARENTAL SUPPORT – Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 candidates had familiar faces out stumping for them during the first day of early voting Tuesday at the Gillespie County Courthouse. Betty Hickman, mother of candidate J.D. Hickman, and Jerry McLeod, father of candidate Debbi McCurdy, were both holding signs for their favored candidates on the sidewalk. Another sign from an anti-incumbent group read “If they’re in, they’re out,” placed by supporters of Matt McCall, a challenger to longtime Dist. 21 Congressman Lamar Smith. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Early voting began Tuesday at the Gillespie County Courthouse, and there was “steady” turnout preceding the March 4 political primary elections.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche, who also is on this year’s ballot, said first-day totals were 95 Republicans and 17 Democrats.

Including mail-in requests, the county has recorded 501 Republicans and 21 Democratic ballots turned in.

“We weren’t overrun, but there was a steady turnout of voters throughout the day,” Rusche said.

Voters were greeted by activists holding signs, some supporting local candidates and others advocating turnover of sitting office-holders.

Voters who have not yet made their selections can learn more about state and federal candidates in this week’s League of Women Voters Voter’s Guide, inside the Feb. 19, 20014 edition of the Standard-Radio Post.

Wed
19
Feb

Contested race emerges as Langerhans challenges Hoover

The first contested race for three open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council has emerged as former mayor Linda Langerhans filed Monday morning to run against current mayor Jeryl Hoover in the May 10 election.

Langerhans is the third candidate to file, joining Hoover, who filed on Jan. 29, and current Fredericksburg council member Kathy Sanford who filed for reelection Feb. 6.

Filing will continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

The May 10 ballot will include the races for mayor and city council spots currently held by Tim Dooley and Sanford.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
19
Feb

Drug arrests near daycare nab mother, daughter

A mother and daughter who were living a “stone’s throw” from a daycare center in Fredericksburg were arrested on felony drug charges, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD).

Taken into custody after a narcotics search warrant was executed on Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, at their residence at 907 Apple Street (less than a half a block away from a childcare facility) were Karen Mills, 57, and her daughter, Sara Dvorak, 34.

Mills remains in custody, with bond set at $106,500, while Dvorak has since posted bail of $25,000 to gain release, confirmed Gillespie County Jail Sergeant John Robinson.

The drug bust was the result of a month-long investigation with cooperation between the city police force and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office, according to FPD Detective Terry Weed.

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