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Valero shootout suspect indicted on 14 counts

The man arrested for exchanging multiple gunshots with law enforcement officers during a convenience store stand-off on Dec. 18, 2013, has been indicted by the Gillespie County grand jury.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, was arrested to end that three-hour incident in which dozens of shots were fired, but no one was injured. The incident took place at the Valero Corner Store, No. 980 in Fredericksburg.

When the grand jury convened on March 10, he was indicted on 12 counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated robbery, according to Gillespie County District Clerk Jan Davis.

Valdez remains in Gillespie County Jail.

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Volunteers construct ramp for local man on Saturday


LOUIS CASTANEDA checks on the progress of the wheelchair ramp that was being built at the home in which he lives on Saturday morning by a group of volunteers through the Texas Ramp Project. Castaneda and his brother, Jessie Borjas, visit with John Laine, left, executive director of the Texas Ramp Project, while volunteer Caleb Bauer of Kerrville kept working on the installation. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

A group of volunteers gathered on Saturday morning to build a wheelchair ramp for a local man through the Texas Ramp Project.

The ramp, built for Louis Castaneda, is the first to be built in Gillespie County through the Texas Ramp Project.

“The Texas Ramp Project pays for all of the materials,” explained John Laine, executive director. “We never bill a client for their ramp.”

Laine explained that the program covers all of Gillespie County, not just inside the Fredericksburg city limits.

However, a client must be referred for a ramp by a third party health care provider or agency. “We do not accept direct referrals from families or friends,” Laine said.

Referrals are made via the organization’s website at texasramps.org. Select “San Antonio” at the top of the homepage and then “Referrals” once in the San Antonio pages.

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Texas History Days


ARMED with his rifle from Pennsylvania’s “Golden Age,” Joe Wolf demonstrates how the Texas West was won and how intimidating it could be to face the working end of a weapon during a demonstration at Fort Martin Scott’s Texas History Days. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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Fredericksburg native stars in new TV ‘Redemption’ film

Fredericksburg native Ezra Proch, 17, stars in Echolight’s “The Redemption of Henry Myers,” which premieres at 8 p.m., Sunday, March 23 on the Hallmark Movie Channel. 

Set in the 1800s, the film tells the story of Henry Myers (Drew Waters from “Breaking Bad” and “Friday Night Lights”) who lives a hard life on the frontier and resorts to robbing a bank. After his latest heist goes wrong and his outlaw friends betray him and leave him for dead, Henry is surprised to find extraordinary kindness from a widow named Marilyn (Erin Bethea) and her children, Will (Proch) and Laura (Jaden Roberts).

Proch got his start in acting when he played “Young Luke” in “Seven Days in Utopia,” the Fredericksburg-filmed movie starring Robert Duval. Proch then went on to be cast in a small film, “Sons of Georgia”, a Civil War story shot in St. Louis.

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FHS One-Act Play to compete at district UIL contest Friday


ADJUSTING TO LIFE in her new school, Raja Englanderova (portrayed at right by Kinsey Stevens) expresses her emotions to the audience while the other children (portrayed from left by Daniel Ransleben, Faith Hearn and Eliza Goldsberry) during a dress rehearsal Monday of the Fredericksburg High School theater department’s one act play entry, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.” FHS will perform the piece at the University Interscholastic League District 27-3A One-Act Play Competition on Friday at Canyon Lake High School. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

The Fredericksburg High School theater department will be performing in the University Interscholastic League District 27-3A One-Act Play Competition on Friday at Canyon Lake High School with their production of Celeste Raspanti’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

Performances begin at 1 p.m. and run back-to-back, with FHS slated to perform last between 5-6 p.m.

Fredericksburg will also host a community performance of their one-act entry on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the FHS auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $4 for adults and $2 for students. Faculty members and children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge.

“I Never Saw Another Butterfly” is set during 1942-1945 in the Jewish ghetto of Terezin and tells the story of a young girl named Raja Englanderova who was separated from her family in Prague.

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'Texafrance' on stage


COMBINING a variety of influences, Christine Albert performed music from her “Texafrance” series on Sunday afternoon as part of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s concert series at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. She was accompanied by her husband, Chris Gage (pictured) on guitar, piano and accordion, along with Chip Dolan on piano and accordion and David Carroll on the upright bass. — Stand-ard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
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Trustees discuss health programs

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District’s board of trustees discussed fund balances, received a report from the School Health Advisory Council and approved a new requirement for incoming freshmen at its Monday meeting.

Fund balances

Among the estimated fund balances by the end of the current fiscal year on June 30 are:

• School Nutrition Fund — $409,314.

• Debt Service Fund — $2,444,523.

• General Fund — $12,258,301.

• Local Capital Projects Fund — $1,618,958.

The local capital projects fund balance includes both “planned and in-process expenditures” such as staff tablets and the effluent water project, along with “planned but not definitive future projects,” such as the agriculture facility, FHS stadium field and track project and tablets for FHS and Fredericksburg Middle School students.

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Breezy activity: LBJ State Park sets annual 'Kite Day'

The Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall will offer a chance to build and fly an old-fashioned 1900s-style kite in a free activity Saturday, March 22.

“LBJ Annual Kite Day” will welcome visitors to finish out kites from frames and materials for tails cut by staff and volunteers.

Visitors are welcome to bring kites from home or to purchase kites in the state park gift shop.

After construction, colorful kites will be flown at the state park’s baseball field on Coronet Street from 1-3 p.m.

Participation in the event is free of charge.

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Indian Artifact Show returns to Pioneer Pavilion Saturday

Returning to Fredericksburg for the second time this year, the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show will display Indian artifacts, jewelry, pottery and related items on Saturday, March 22.

The one-day show will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Pioneer Pavilion, located inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Collectors will be bringing their displays of Native American artifacts from Texas and elsewhere in the United States to share with visitors in a show comprised of as many as 70 tables.

Admission to the show will be $6 for adults, while children aged 14 years and younger will be admitted free.

Door prizes will be given away and refreshments of food, including breakfast and then a barbecue lunch, will also be available for purchase on site.

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Wild dogs prompt citizen to call for rural shelter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Dogs running wild in Gillespie County have prompted one local woman to speak out in favor of a leash law and the establishment of a countywide shelter.

“Each day when I try to walk my dogs, I get attacked by 18 animals — every day,” said Sally Jarnecke on Monday as she approached Gillespie County Commissioners in their regular session at the courthouse.

 “I have to carry a gun to protect myself and my dogs,” she said, claiming that the unrestrained dogs have bitten several children, although those bites have gone unreported to authorities.

“No one knows if they’ve had a rabies shot or not,” she said. “What I’m afraid of is that a kid or an adult is going to get rabies and we are all going to be liable for what happened because that wasn’t enforced.”

“All these animals run loose while their owners are at work,” she added, saying that calls to law enforcement have been ineffective.

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