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Aug

County enacts burn ban as heat lingers

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County Commissioners joined neighboring counties on Monday to enact a burn ban during this intense, hot, dry summer.

“We all knew this was coming. With the robust growth in the spring and the drastic change in the weather, we now have incredible fuel loads,” said Steve Olfers, county fire marshal. “I don’t see anything favorable to change it in the near future.”

Fire personnel with the county met with representatives from the Texas Forest Service, who described conditions that have led to several wildfires in neighboring counties.

“With the fuel load, fires are able to advance without much wind,” Olfers said. “The types of fires they’re seeing are certainly concerning.”

The ban prohibits burning in the unincorporated areas of the county, except in containers designed to contain flames and embers, such as trash barrels and charcoal grills.

Wed
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Aug

First-day enrollment for FISD is combined 3,045


Matt Tekulve drops his son, Ruger, off for his first day of kindergarten at Fredericksburg Primary School on Monday morning, Aug. 24. FPS and the rest of the Fredericksburg Independent School District had their first day of school on Monday. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Joshua McKinney —

Summer’s officially over for public school students and some private school students in the area.

An estimated 4,150 students are attending Gillespie County schools so far, and more students are to follow.

Fredericksburg, Harper and Doss school districts resumed classes on Monday, Aug. 24, along with Ambleside School of Fredericksburg.

St. Mary’s School returned to class on Monday, Aug. 17.

Fredericksburg ISD

Fredericksburg Independent School District had a first-day enrollment of 3,045 students.

Fredericksburg Primary School had 312 students in attendance on the first day.

Stonewall Elementary counted 102 students and Fredericksburg Elementary had 1,024 signed up for classes.

Fredericksburg Middle School’s enrollment was 645 and Fredericksburg High School had 949 in class on Monday.

Wed
26
Aug

Investment firms buy Boot Ranch


Luxury property golf resort Boot Ranch was purchased from Lehman Brothers. — File photo

Terra Verde Group and Wheelock Street Capital have purchased Boot Ranch, the 2,051-acre private master planned community in Fredericksburg, from Lehman Brothers.

The acquisition included estate and cabin home sites that range in price from $300,000 to $2.5 million; a 55,000-square-foot members-only clubhouse and village complex; a 4.5-acre pool and sports campus; an 18-hole Hal Sutton-designed golf course and a 34-acre golf practice park and executive par-3 course.

“Boot Ranch is an exciting high-end lifestyle real estate project within our strongest market, Texas,” said Mark Enderle, partner with Terra Verde Group. “Our successful and sound approach to structured property releases, along with our substantial experience in the marketing and selling of amenity-rich lifestyle communities, make Boot Ranch a good fit for our company.”

Wed
26
Aug

'Fair thee well'


A new queen and three duchesses were crowned on Friday night during the 127th Gillespie County Fair to represent the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association during 2016. Crowned were, from left, First Duchess Rachel Rothermel, Queen Julie Krebs, Second Duchess Jaleigh Brown and Third Duchess Marah Graef. More photos from the queen’s contest on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

A queen has been crowned, trophies awarded, the animals have returned home and the last live horse race of the season has been run to bring to a close the 127th Gillespie County Fair.

Held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the four-day celebration Thursday through Sunday included a queen’s contest, music, parade, live pari-mutuel horse racing, carnival and midway, agricultural and home products displays, domino tournament, livestock judging and more.

“It was a great fair,” said Robert (Henry) Sagebiel, president of the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association. “We received great support from the community.”

He also recognized all of those who brought entries for the fair. “A lot of people really enjoy looking at all of the vegetables, canned goods, sewing, baked goods, arts and crafts and more that are in the Exhibition Hall.”

Wed
26
Aug

Horse racing season ends at county fair

Live pari-mutuel horse racing for the 2015 season came to an end over the weekend with two days of action held as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair. 
 
In addition to Saturday and Sunday’s program, the eightday summer season at the Class III track at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds also included live racing on July 4-5, July 18-19 and Aug. 8-9.
 
The Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association sponsors the live pari-mutuel horse racing as well as the 127th Gillespie County Fair. (More information on the fair can be found in a separate article.)
 
“It was another great horse race meet,” said Lee DeLong, a director with the fair association and mutuels manager.
 
He said that the “races went well” and that there were full gates both days. “We attribute that to the trainers and owners
who enjoy coming to the fair and supporting us.”
 
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26
Aug

Gillespie County Fair Parade


Ursula Worrell and grandson Brazos Worrell give a thumbs up from their cruiser in the fair parade. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
26
Aug

Redbird Grille closure expected at golf course

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials estimate around $100,000 will be saved at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course by the closure of the Redbird Grille.

Though the decision will not become official until the approval of the city’s 2015-2016 budget next month, the Fredericksburg City Council informally agreed to close the grill following budget discussions Thursday evening.

The course’s restaurant will close as of Oct. 1, scaling back food operations to a “grab and go” system of cold sandwiches and drinks.

“I just keep thinking that we can make this golf course something that this community supports,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said, “that more people will go golf, more people will be willing to accept a small deficit.”

Council members entertained the idea of leasing the grill to a third party after being approached by several local business owners, but opted not to pursue that route.

Wed
26
Aug

Academic boosters mentor orientation, signup set for Sept. 3

Those interested in being a Fredericksburg Academic Boosters mentor should attend a general meeting 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Hill Country University Center.

The center is at 2818 U.S. 290 East.

Orientation for new mentors will follow at 11:45 a.m.

At the lunch, Fredericksburg Academic Booster Board member and mentor liaison, Afton Hominick will provide a brief overview of the boosters’ mentoring program as well as other programs supported by the organization.

Attendees will learn how the program operates at each of the Fredericksburg Independent School District’s four supported campuses: the elementary, middle and high schools in Fredericksburg, and Stonewall Elementary. Current mentors will share their experiences and a brief question and answer session will follow.

Wed
26
Aug

LBJ birthday celebration tomorrow

A celebration to commemorate what would be the 107th birthday of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson will be held at Stonewall tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 27.

The traditional wreath laying cemetery will be held at the Johnson Family Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Following the wreath presentation, Col. Mark A. Lee will provide remarks about Johnson’s legacy. Lee is vice commander and deputy at Joint Base San Antonio, speaking on behalf of the 502nd Air Base Wing.

Also featured as a speaker at the event will be Frank Wolfe, a White House photographer during the Johnson administration.

Wolfe moved to Texas after Johnson left office in 1969. While supervising the audio-visual collections at the LBJ Presidential Library, Wolfe captured many images of former President and Mrs. Johnson that have been widely used in films, exhibits and publications.

Laurie Jenschke will be the featured vocalist.

Additional activities

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26
Aug

Daily Update for Aug. 26

News 

      • Fredericksburg City Council will hold a public hearing on their proposed tax rate at 6 p.m. tonight at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The tax rate is proposed at $0.2513 per $100 valuation, two cents above the effective tax rate, though the council can lower the rate before approval next month.

      • Families interested in the Gillespie County 4-H program are invited to the New Member Orientation at 6 p.m. tonight at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office.

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