News

Wed
12
Feb

An admiral unveiled


POWERFUL -- Gen. Michael Hagee (foreground) and other members of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation board took the cover off the 8-foot statue immortalizing Fredericksburg's native son. -- Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Richard Zowie —

Despite near-freezing temperatures, Fredericksburg residents and both local and state dignitaries gathered Friday, Feb. 7 at Nimitzplatz for the unveiling of a bronze statue of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz.

The eight-foot-tall statue of Fredericksburg’s native son faces west toward the Pacific Ocean to signify the admiral’s journey from the Texas Hill Country to the fleet admiral who oversaw America’s World War II victory over Japan in the Pacific theater.

The newly coined “Nimitzplatz” is an open area just west of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. The area was his grandmother’s garden, where he was often seen playing as a child.

Among the dignitaries who spoke were Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith. State Rep. Doug Miller was unable to attend the weather-postponed event due to a prior commitment.

Wed
12
Feb

Three arrested for meth dealing at local apartments

Three people accused of dealing methamphetamine in Fredericksburg were arrested this week by officers working together from the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Just under 10 grams of meth packaged for delivery were discovered during the execution of a search warrant by officers around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 21 Linda Drive, Apartment 4, off U.S. Highway 87, north of Fredericksburg, according Detective Terry Weed of the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD.)

Oscar Ramirez, 26, who reportedly lives at that single-bedroom apartment, was arrested earlier in the day on a traffic violation for driving with no license, Weed said.

Wed
12
Feb

GCLC, projects, technology discussed at FISD meeting


A PLAQUE of appreciation and a gift were presented to Dr. Marc Williamson by the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees on Sunday afternoon during a re-ception held in the retiring superintendent’s honor. On hand for the presentation were, from left, trustees Mark Cornett, Dale Geistweidt and Kay Stech, Williamson, and trustees Lorrie Hess and Jerry Durst. Not pictured were Dave Campbell and Leola Mills. The board hosted the reception at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center to honor Williamson who retired after 22 years with the FISD, 16 of which he served as superintendent. — Standard-Radio Post photo

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees heard updates on the Gillespie County Learning Center and capital project timelines, and it approved the purchase of wireless tablets for next year’s freshman class at its Feb. 10 regular meeting.

The meeting marked the first one presided over by new superintendent Dr. Eric Wright.

Update on GCLC

GCLC Principal Blaine Hahn announced that 17 students graduated last year from the GCLC and that, so far this year, about five students have dropped out.

“That is unfortunate,” Hahn said of the drop outs. “You’re going to have those, but we want to shoot for zero all the time.”

Hahn estimated about 20 to 25 students will graduate from the GCLC this year.

“We’re hoping for an even higher number,” he said. “If we don’t achieve that, it’s not because we didn’t try to reach out to them and let them achieve their goals.”

Wed
12
Feb

Hill Country Film Society event to showcase pursuits of 'uncommon artist'

The Hill Country Film Society will partner with the Will Walk Foundation, which uses art and film to create awareness about paralysis from spinal cord injury, for its second annual fundraiser “Eat. Drink. Be Inspired.”

The event will be held Friday, Feb. 21, beginning at 6 p.m., in the ballroom of the Admiral Nimitz Museum, 340 East Main Street in Fredericksburg.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at: www.eat-drink-inspire2014.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited.

All proceeds will benefit the Hill Country Film Society and the Will Walk Foundation.

The film society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering, encouraging and promoting independent film production.

This year’s event will again bring together the best of food, wine, art and film in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with an evening featuring artist Jared Dunten.

Wed
12
Feb

Tickets on sale for FTC's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Tickets are now on sale for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s upcoming production of the 1960s comedy-horror-rock musical Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical, directed by FTC artistic/technical director Kerry Goff, will be performed Feb. 21 through March 9 with 7:30 p.m. showings on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinee showings on Sundays.

Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $5.50 for youth 18 years and younger ($7.50 at the door).

Little Shop of Horrors revolves around a hapless florist, a blood-thirsty plant, a Greek chorus of Doo-Wop singers, and a sadistic dentist who ignores the “Do no harm” portion of the Hippocratic Oath. Set in Skid Row, the characters want nothing more than happiness and to leave Skid Row.

“I think rehearsals have been going quite well,” Goff said. “Great energy and enthusiasm from the cast, mixed with some great solo work from the principles and the chorus sounds amazing in the group numbers.”

Wed
12
Feb

Early voting for primaries begins Tuesday

Selection of local, state and federal candidates begins here Tuesday, Feb. 18 when in-person voting gets under way at the Gillespie County Courthouse 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.

The top primary vote recipients will be their party nominees in the 2014 general election, scheduled later this year on Nov. 4.

A special weekend voting session will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1-3 p.m.

Wed
12
Feb

Two file for reelection to council

Current Fredericksburg council member Kathy Sanford filed for reelection Thursday, joining sitting mayor Jeryl Hoover as the lone candidates for three open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council.

Hoover previously filed on Jan. 29, the first day of filing. 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.

Terms for sitting councilmen Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson do not expire until May 2015.

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Fri
07
Feb

Breaking news: Three jailed after local meth bust

Three people accused of dealing methamphetamine in Fredericksburg were arrested this week by officers working together from the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Just under 10 grams of meth packaged for delivery were discovered during the execution of a search warrant by officers around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 21 Linda Drive, Apartment 4, off U.S. Highway 87 north of Fredericksburg, according Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Detective Terry Weed.

Oscar Ramirez, 26, who reportedly lives at that single-bedroom apartment, was arrested earlier in the day on a traffic violation for driving with no license, Weed said. Investigation surrounding that incident led to the joint-force execution of a search warrant for narcotics at the apartment later that night, where additional occupants Holly Ewan, 25, and Stephen Benitz, 25, were arrested for manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance,” Weed said.

Wed
05
Feb

City to voters: Pass amendment and we may sue

By Matt Ward —

Though voters will maintain the option of regulating city financial policy during a charter amendment election this May, a new fact sheet approved by the Fredericksburg City Council Monday evening during their regular meeting warns that legal action might be taken if the amendment is passed.

A citizen’s group requested the amendment after $2.75 million of outstanding debt from electric department advances to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course was wiped off the books by the city council in March 2013.

Amendment in question

The charter amendment would prevent the city from using “proceeds or reserves from an enterprise fund (including but not limited to the electric, water and sewer, solid waste, and drainage funds) except for expenditures within the purpose of the fund unless approved by the voters in elections that specify the amount and the fund from which the money will be withdrawn.”

Wed
05
Feb

Council holds firm on HOT fund distributions

Applications are now being accepted by the County of Gillespie for the $120,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds it plans to divide up at the end of next month.

Organizations who prove they can use the money to put “heads in beds,” thereby pumping money into the local economy, will get their chance at a portion of the funding when deliberations commence in March.

Until then, the applications (which became available Jan. 29) will be due by the close of business on Monday, March 3.

A final decision on who gets what is expected to be made by the Gillespie County Commissioners Court at its regular session set for 9 a.m. on Monday, March 24, in the county courtroom of the courthouse.

HOT funds are supplied by taxes collected by the county from overnight visitors in hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and inns located in the unincorporated areas outside Fredericksburg.

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