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‘Leave No Trace’ clean up, hikes set Sept. 13-14 at Enchanted Rock

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Boulder, Colorado, is partnering with Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to host community cleanup events and educational activities Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, at the park.

The center’s Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team invite the public to attend and learn “Leave No Trace” principles and help protect the park.

Leave No Trace recently designated Enchanted Rock State Natural Area as one of the nation’s eight “hot spots” in the U.S. this year as part of the nonprofit organization’s campaign to address and help public lands facing the threat of irreversible environmental damage.

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10
Sep

'Pushing' for the Billies


Alter Stolz, the Fredericks-burg High School mascot (Jayleigh Brown), hollered “nicht mehr” (“no more”) after trying to perform post-touchdown pushups Friday evening with the school’s Navy Junior ROTC crew during the FHS-Austin Travis football game. The team, under the direction of Capt. George Fadok, does one pushup per point after the Billies score, so by the end of the third quarter, with a 48-14 lead, the team had quite a workout. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
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10
Sep

Trustees keep school tax rate at $1.14 for eighth year

By Richard Zowie

 

It’s now eight years and counting for Fredericksburg Independent School District’s $1.14620 tax rate.

FISD trustees voted 6-0 on Monday at their regular meeting to keep tax rates unchanged.

Trustee Dave Campbell was not in attendance. The meeting was held at FISD’s central office on Friendship Lane.

The trustees also voted 5-1 on a land purchase approval for a new building for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD).

Trustee Jerry Durst, who’s on the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association board (the granter of the land), abstained from the vote.

 

No new taxes

Since FISD trustees voted to leave the total tax rate at its current amount of $1.04 (per $100 valuation) for maintenance and operations and $0.10620 for debt service and not adopt a new tax rate, a second hearing won’t be needed.

Wed
10
Sep

Canto Chamber Choir to perform patriotic concert

A patriotic program, “Lest We Forget: In God We Trust,” will be presented by the Canto Chamber Choir on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

Tickets are available in advance at Grasshopper and Wild Honey, 113 East Main Street, and Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets are $5. They ask that checks or cash only be used.

Jerry Neuenschwander of Bandera will direct the group and Charlene James will accompany on piano.

Susan Rees, president of Canto, said, “The program has been scheduled and created specifically to commemorate the attack on our country on Sept. 11, 2001. Many may remember Canto’s concert on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.”

While the theme will be similar, Rees said, the music will be completely different from the prior concert.

Wed
10
Sep

Polkamatics to perform at final PCAA concert

The Polkamatics will fill Marktplatz with their brand of polka music during the last concert of the “Concert in the Park” series.

The concert, which is sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA), will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on Marktplatz.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, a picnic meal and their friends to the hour-and-half long event, which is free to the public.

The Polkamatics are an untraditional polka group that evolved from the “Luckenbach Junior High Progressive Oompah Band” by way of the “We’d Rather Not Be Marching Band.”

Wed
10
Sep

Fredericksburg bomb threat suspect arrested

Reuben Byon, 17, was arrested last night in connection with bomb threats made to schools in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Byon is being held in Gillespie County Jail on a $500,000. He was arrested on a warrant from Alexandria.

The threats to the schools in Alexandria coincide with the threats made to FHS yesterday.

On Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to the FHS, which was answered by office personnel.

According to a statement issued by Fredericksburg Police Department, an unknown male voice said, “There is a bomb in the school, everybody needs to evacuate.”

At this point, Christopher Ayala, FPD school resource officer, was notified of threat, and in-turn notified Gillespie County Dispatch.

Wed
03
Sep

Plane crash claims the lives of two brothers


Richard and Matthew Schafer died on Sunday evening when the small airplane they were flying in crashed in Abilene. — Submitted photo

A former instructor at Sheppard Air Force Base and his brother with local connections died in a Sunday evening plane crash in Abilene.

Air Force Maj. Richard “Tracer” Schafer III, 35, of Columbus Mississippi, and Matthew Taylor Schafer, 28, of Abilene, died when the Foxtrot 4, a small home-built airplane they were flying crashed.

The brothers were the sons of local homebuilder Rick Schafer and wife Beth.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the accident.

A preliminary report is expected to be released sometime next week, but it could take between six months to a year for a more in depth factual report to be done, said Tom Latson, NTSB aircraft accident investigator. 

Another adult was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. Also, a child passanger was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, Latson said.

Wed
03
Sep

City abandons annexation plans

Overwhelming resistance from property owners swayed the Fredericksburg City Council to abandon annexation plans for a 145-acre area southeast of Fredericksburg along U.S 290 East.

The council opted to cancel annexation plans during their regular meeting Tuesday evening, choosing not to move forward with the proposal despite being given the opportunity to restart annexation with properties north of U.S. 290 East being the focal point.

City officials indicate that the council will likely reexamine future annexation plans during a special council retreat next month, with all major corridors into Fredericksburg under consideration.

Wed
03
Sep

Friday Night Lights


High school football season kicked off Friday under a spectacular fall sunset in Lampasas as the Fredericksburg High School varsity football team notched their first win of the season with a 22-15 road victory over the Badgers. Fredericksburg will make their regular season debut in the renovated FHS Stadium Friday night against Austin Travis. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
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03
Sep

Former first daughter attends LBJ event


The 106th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s birth brought dignitaries to the LBJ National Historical Park for the wreath laying at his grave. Among them (from left) were retired Air Force Brig. Gen. James U. Cross (USAF, ret.), Johnson’s Air Force One pilot, and Luci Baines Johnson. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Students, dignitaries and countless well wishers paid their respects at President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s grave Aug. 27 at a ceremony commemorating his 106th birthday.

President Johnson’s daughter, Luci Baines Johnson, attended the event, as did 92-year-old Brig. Gen. James U. Cross (USAF, ret.), who served as LBJ’s Air Force One pilot.

Among the students were third- through fifth-grade students from Stonewall Elementary School, along with students from Lackland Air Force Base’s Defense Language Institute.

At the end of the ceremony, the former first daughter spoke to the crowd about her father and his legacy. She also spoke directly with the Stonewall students following the ceremony.

The standing room-only event, for Johnson, said a lot about her father’s life and career.

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