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Wed
27
Aug

Doss VFD to host annual benefit fish fry

Fried catfish with all the trimmings will be served up by the Doss Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Doss Community Center.

Serving for the annual fundraiser begins at 4:30 p.m. and the cost of the meal is by donation.

Along with the fried fish, the menu includes potato salad, beans, vegetables and dessert.

During the evening, Dutch Treat will be providing the music.

Along with the fish dinner will be a prize drawing including the grand prize — a $2,500 VISA gift card.

Tickets for the prize drawing are $2 each or six for $10. It was noted that winners need not be present to win.

Thu
21
Aug

Wreath-laying, tours, movie on tap for LBJ birthday observance


A wreath-laying will commemorate what would have been the 106th birthday of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. - Standard-Radio Post file photo

A celebration to mark what would be the 106th birthday of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson will be held at Stonewall on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

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

Both the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and the LBJ National Historical Park are joining in the celebration.

Visitors should first stop at the Visitor Center in the state park to obtain their free park permit to enjoy both the state and national parks.

Texas White House tours given by the National Park Service will be free to the public on Aug. 27.

Visitors may stop by the cemetery to pay their respects.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site will host several activities on Aug. 27 in honor of the late president’s birthday.

The LBJ State Park Visitor Center will have patriotic decorations and everyone is urged to bring a camera to take part in the LBJ photo opportunity.

Wed
20
Aug

City OKs first reading of new $50.2 million budget

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials expect to bolster services while decreasing property taxes over the next year, according to the latest projections in their 2014-2015 budget proposal.

City Manager Kent Myers presented the proposal during a regular meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council Monday evening. The proposal would add nearly $12 million to next year’s budget, jumping from $38.4 million to $50.2 million in total spending.

Featured in the budget are $10.3 million in capital expenditures, including a new cell at the city landfill, street improvements on Brehmer Lane as well as $5.8 million in water and wastewater improvement projects funded from a $6.5 million bond project approved in 2013.

Wed
20
Aug

Property owners lash out at city's annexation plan

By Matt Ward —

Frustrated residents living in a 145-acre area southeast of Fredericksburg along U.S 290 East voiced their opposition to being annexed by the City of Fredericksburg during a public hearing held Monday evening.

“At the first meeting, we asked a lot of detailed questions about what was going to be involved, but what I don’t think was said that night is ‘I don’t want to be annexed,’” Danz Lane resident Wayne Turrentine said. “I speak for a lot of my neighbors who will come up and tell you the same thing.”

No decision was made by the council, though they are expected to begin the institution of annexation proceedings during a special meeting on Sept. 8.

Residents in the area with an agriculture-exemption on their property taxes have until 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, to opt out of annexation for a 15-year period. As of Monday, three of the 10 ag-exempt properties have opted to delay annexation.

Wed
20
Aug

126th Gillespie fair kicks off Thursday


Gillespie County Fair Queen Kelsie Jenschke shows a little “piggy love” to a 17-day-old Duroc at the Knaupp Hog Farm. Although Jenschke will be too busy this weekend at the 126th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21-24, to participate in the livestock shows, she is a familiar face in the show ring with her swine projects. Along with the livestock competitions at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the fair will feature a carnival and midway, music, parade, queen’s contest, live pari-mutuel horse racing, washer pitching, mutton busting, domino tournament, vendors and more. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Carnival rides are going up, the horses will start arriving, floats are being decorated, entries for the various divisions are getting their final touches and the musicians are tuning up for the 126th Gillespie County Fair to be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 21.-24.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” will again feature four days of activities and events for the entire family.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the 126th Gillespie County Fair includes live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, livestock competitions, vendors and more.

The Gillespie County Fair also includes a parade down Main Street on Friday morning.

Wed
20
Aug

Some closing doors for the fair


The carnival’s in town and workers with Moore’s Greater Shows were busy over the weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds cleaning, servicing and putting up the various rides for the 126th Gillespie County Fair which runs Thursday through Sunday. Working on the “Hurricane” are Jose Gomez and Felipe Reyes. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the four-day exposition offers events for the entire family. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

In keeping with tradition, some businesses and offices will be closing their doors on Friday in observance of the Gillespie County Fair.

City offices will be closing at noon, and county offices will be closed all day on Friday.

Federal offices will be open for business as usual on Friday and state offices will be observing their regular business hours. (Some state offices are normally closed on Fridays.)

Some businesses will also be closing their doors for the entire day on Friday while others will close only during the parade.

For specific information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

Government

•Federal offices: Open on Friday.

•State offices: State offices will be observing regular schedules on Friday. (Some state offices are normally closed on Friday.)

•County offices: Closed on Friday.

Wed
20
Aug

'Golden Ticket' for senior citizens


For those 65 and older, a Gold Card carries the magic phrase, “free admission.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

In Major League Baseball, a “gold card” allows a recipient free admission into a game.

Fredericksburg Independent School District now offers a similar perk.

Beginning this school year, area residents age 65 and older can receive the “Gold Card Lifetime,” a pass that will give them free admission into any FISD home sporting event.

The card, which features a gold border and heavy-grade plastic, does not expire.

The pass is free and can be obtained at the FISD central office. It can be used for general admission into University Interscholastic League events, such as football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.

Reserve seats will still cost extra.

Superintendent Dr. Eric Wright offered the pass at previous districts he’s worked in and wanted to offer it to locals.

Wed
20
Aug

Frontera Clinic marks ‘Health Center Week’


The staff at Frontera Health Network Clinic held an open house last Friday in recognition of National Health Center Week. They are, from left: Delia Castruita, receptionist and medical assistant; June Toeppich, client; Carol Freeman, family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife; Palmeira Nery, licensed vocational nurse; Beatris Morales, client services, outreach and enrollment, and Martha Whitson, receptionist. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The staff of Frontera Health Network Clinic, located at 140 Industrial Loop, held an open house Friday as a part of National Health Center Week.

The center offers services for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program clients and offers vaccinations. The center, open just under a year ago, also features an all-bilingual staff and an after-hours nurse.

While some private practices are curtailing federal program recipients, Beatris Morales, client services representative, said they are seeking out Medicaid patients. They have a sliding cost scale for services for uninsured patients.

“We exist to serve low-income patients,” Morales said. “It is difficult to afford health insurance, even if clients are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act. Oftentimes, the deductibles are so high, it makes the monthly premium unaffordable.”

Wed
20
Aug

Hill Country Sunset


The setting sun on Friday evening turned the thin clouds into fiery oranges and yellows for another picturesque Hill Country sunset. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
20
Aug

Wage, benefit survey released by Chamber

Average wages in Fredericksburg are on par with state averages, but housing costs eat into employee pay significantly, according to results of a Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce wage and benefits study released Tuesday.

Average hourly wage was $15.23 per hour, with construction trades leading all industries in pay scale at an average $19.05 per hour. Food service and wine-related service jobs were on the low end of the scale of those responding at an average $11.95 per hour.

“I hope this is relevant data so employers can see where they are in comparison to the market,” said Penny C. McBride, executive director and CEO of the chamber. “I’ve spoken with a few employers who have seen it and said it was very useful to them. I’m not sure if that will translate into specific changes.”

Ninety-one Gillespie County business owners or managers took part in the blind survey. Data was collected using an online survey website.

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