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Grill closure eyed to reduce course deficit

By Matt Ward —

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course will see food service trimmed and pro shop inventory reduced following the Fredericksburg City Council’s special budget workshop Monday.

Though no changes are official as of now, the council tentatively agreed to shut down the course’s Redbird Grille in order to reduce budget shortfalls in the golf department, which will lose $575,000 this fiscal year.

Additionally, the course is projected to lose $289,300 in the 2015-2016 budget, which could be approved as early as next Monday’s regular council meeting.

“I’d like to see the grille closed down because we know we’re losing money (there) and it may be an amenity, but it’s an amenity to a very small percentage of our taxpayers,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said Monday.

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FISD meets standard in TEA requirements

By Richard Zowie —

Each Fredericksburg Independent School District campus earned sufficient marks in the Texas Association Agency (TEA) accountability survey for 2015.

Linda Hicks, FISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented a report Monday evening to the school board at its regular meeting.

Ronda Tomplait, FISD director of special programs, also briefed trustees on the school’s bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

Accountability

Under the TEA’s current rating system, school districts and campuses in Texas either “met standard” or “need improvement.”

“I’m really pleased that every campus in the district met the standard,” Hicks said.

As a district, FISD met 35 of the 41 indicators. This included 21 of 27 performance rates and perfect scores of 10 and four in participation and graduation rates, respectively.

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Aug

Efficiency in demand


Les Metzler, the Director of Dispatch for Gillespie County, has overseen the merger of all emergency dispatch services in the county. Metzler says it made response easier and efficient. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Joshua McKinney —

Dispatch operations at the Gillespie County Communication Center have run smoothly since combining municipal and county departments more than two months ago, according to its director.

Les Metzler, Gillespie County’s Director of Dispatch, said the merging of the law enforcement and emergency medical service/fire service dispatch centers makes things easier on call center employees and response times quicker.

“Efficiency wise, it’s made it easier because those calls aren’t being transferred to another location,” Metzler said. “They’re all in the same room … they thought that for the benefit of the citizens and time, they would bring them together.”

He said EMS and fire can now respond to incidents that involve all three emergency services in a timely manner.

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Aug

'Tuna' royalty Williams to attend play opening


It’s anybody’s guess what’ll happen when Aunt Pearl Burras (left, Daniel Melton) and Vera Carp (Ryan Bailey) get together. The two are among the many characters in “Greater Tuna,” which Fredericksburg Theater Company will perform this and next weekend at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. “Tuna” co-creator Jaston Williams will attend the opening-night performance Friday. — Submitted photo

More than 30 years ago, three men put their collective funny bones together and wrote a Texas-based play that has woven itself into the fabric of the Lone Star State.

Fredericksburg Theater Company will open “Greater Tuna” on Friday, and the Texas-based comedy will run for two weeks.

Jaston Williams, who co-created “Greater Tuna,” will attend FTC’s opening night performance.

On Friday, the opening night gala begins at 6:30 p.m.

Artwork from Die Künstler von Fredericksburg will be in the lobby during the performances. A mural by Die Künstler president Donna Lafferty will be on stage as a backgdrop during the show.

Co-creator

Williams co-created the comedy along with Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Based in the fictitious town of Tuna, “Greater Tuna” is where “the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline lives forever.”

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Aug

127th Gillespie County Fair to be celebrated Aug. 20-23


Shelby Winn of Montgomery County 4-H maintains control of her steer while waiting to be judged on Sunday morning during the Battle of the Cattle Race Day Classic Steer Show held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Livestock competitions continue in two weeks during the 127th Gillespie County Fair Aug. 20-23. Additional coverage of this weekend’s stock shows, including meat goat and lamb futurities, can be found on pages D1 and D6 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Four days of events and activities for the entire family are being planned as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 20-23.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the 127th Gillespie County Fair will include two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, a queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, mutton busting, domino tournament and livestock shows.

And with the 127th celebration just around the corner, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at www.gillespiefair.com.

Online tickets are priced the same as those sold at the gate, and can be purchased using credit or debit cards.

The 127th Gillespie County Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. with free admission to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

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Aug

FMS campus improvements focus on safety


Eventually, the entire Fredericksburg Middle School will be enclosed. Assistant Principal Dalen Kirchner described the enclosure as a way of securing the campus. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about bond improvements on FISD campuses.)

By Richard Zowie —

From the elongated, inverted U-shaped parking lot, a short walk will take a person directly to the front of most buildings on the Fredericksburg Middle School campus.

If it’s raining, they’ll have to keep their heads covered.

This will all change, possibly as soon as the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Using $500,000 of the $16.5 million school bond approved in May by almost 88 percent of voters, the middle school will receive a new fence surrounding the buildings, along with canopies connecting the buildings.

“There is already some fencing in the back of the campus but more is being added to make it secure,” said Dalen Kirchner, FMS assistant principal. “FISD believes in safety first and we think the fence will provide the added security we need.”

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Aug

Bettors wager over $285,000 at weekend races


Horses race for the finish line in Sunday’s seventh race during the Gillespie County Race Meet. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Two more days of live pari-mutuel horse racing remain on the 2015 schedule at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds following Gillespie County Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2015 racing season at the local Class III track comes to a close on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23, as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair, which takes place Aug. 20-23.

(More information on the 127th Gillespie County Fair can be found in a separate article.)

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet drew 2,609 racing fans who wagered $285,619 on 24 races.

The total payout to bettors was $229,685.

On Saturday, 1,574 fans wagered $151,061 while on Sunday, 1,035 fans wagered $134,558.

The payout on Saturday was $123,812 and on Sunday totaled $105,873.

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Aug

County commissioners mull USDA building lease

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County Commissioners will look at an existing lease to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and compare it to market rates and what the county absorbs in its utility and custodial payments.

Commissioners met Monday and continued a workshop to hash out the fiscal 2016 budget. They postponed setting tax rates for the upcoming year until more budget work is completed.

The county also agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the joint city-county engineering and marketing work for a possible alternative truck route. That project would likely go before voters, but city and county officials are trying to see what portion of the project will be paid by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Lease

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City proposes $42 million budget; public hearing to be held on Monday

A public hearing on the City of Fredericksburg’s 2015-2016 budget will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center as part of the Fredericksburg City Council’s regular meeting.

The city has proposed a $42.098 million budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, down five million from the current year’s budget.

Most of the budget decrease is due to water and solid waste fund capital improvement projects that are on track to be complete before the end of the budget year Sept. 30.

Budget highlights include four new full-time personnel including a new fire chief and firefighter, building repairs at City Hall, continued sidewalk improvement and major renovations to Milam Street.

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Aug

Bush grandson 'George P.' will speak here Friday

The National Museum of the Pacific War will host an End of World War II Commemoration at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in the Memorial Courtyard.

George P. Bush, grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, will be guest speaker.

The commemoration is free and open to the public, and is in conjunction with the Austin-based Veterans Land Board.

Scheduled events include a flyover by Terry Adams and friends; presentation of the colors by the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard; welcoming remarks from Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), CEO and president of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Bush’s keynote address; wreath presentation, and rifle salute.

In the Pacific War against Japan, World War II ended when Japan formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor on Sept. 2, 1945. Prior to that, Japan had surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945, following the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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