City joins FISD in tax office opt-out

By Matt Ward —

A week after the Fredericksburg Independent School District voted to leave the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office as its property tax collector, the Fredericksburg City Council voted 4-0 to make the same move, opting for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District during their regular meeting Monday.

Though the council approved the move, the change will not happen before July 1, 2015, as the appraisal district needs time to prepare for the additional workload and potentially construct new office space.

“If you set aside the new building discussion, with the school district making the decision they’ve made, I think the numbers will lead us to follow the school district,” Councilman Gary Neffendorf said.

Harper ISD was also slated to consider a move to the appraisal district at their board meeting last night. A decision was not available as of press time.


Early voting under way

PARENTAL SUPPORT – Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 candidates had familiar faces out stumping for them during the first day of early voting Tuesday at the Gillespie County Courthouse. Betty Hickman, mother of candidate J.D. Hickman, and Jerry McLeod, father of candidate Debbi McCurdy, were both holding signs for their favored candidates on the sidewalk. Another sign from an anti-incumbent group read “If they’re in, they’re out,” placed by supporters of Matt McCall, a challenger to longtime Dist. 21 Congressman Lamar Smith. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Early voting began Tuesday at the Gillespie County Courthouse, and there was “steady” turnout preceding the March 4 political primary elections.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche, who also is on this year’s ballot, said first-day totals were 95 Republicans and 17 Democrats.

Including mail-in requests, the county has recorded 501 Republicans and 21 Democratic ballots turned in.

“We weren’t overrun, but there was a steady turnout of voters throughout the day,” Rusche said.

Voters were greeted by activists holding signs, some supporting local candidates and others advocating turnover of sitting office-holders.

Voters who have not yet made their selections can learn more about state and federal candidates in this week’s League of Women Voters Voter’s Guide, inside the Feb. 19, 20014 edition of the Standard-Radio Post.


Contested race emerges as Langerhans challenges Hoover

The first contested race for three open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council has emerged as former mayor Linda Langerhans filed Monday morning to run against current mayor Jeryl Hoover in the May 10 election.

Langerhans is the third candidate to file, joining Hoover, who filed on Jan. 29, and current Fredericksburg council member Kathy Sanford who filed for reelection Feb. 6.

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.

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Drug arrests near daycare nab mother, daughter

A mother and daughter who were living a “stone’s throw” from a daycare center in Fredericksburg were arrested on felony drug charges, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD).

Taken into custody after a narcotics search warrant was executed on Wednesday morning, Feb. 12, at their residence at 907 Apple Street (less than a half a block away from a childcare facility) were Karen Mills, 57, and her daughter, Sara Dvorak, 34.

Mills remains in custody, with bond set at $106,500, while Dvorak has since posted bail of $25,000 to gain release, confirmed Gillespie County Jail Sergeant John Robinson.

The drug bust was the result of a month-long investigation with cooperation between the city police force and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office, according to FPD Detective Terry Weed.


FTC’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to open on FTC stage Friday

CELEBRATING their new union, Mr. Mushnik (James Lacy, left) and his newly-adopted son, Seymour Krelborn (Will Vaughan), dance in front of their flower shop in the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s comedy rock-musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The production showcases a bizarre plant that Seymour names “Audrey II,” after the love of his life. As he cares for it, Seymour soon discovers that the plant can thrive... but only on human blood — posing a predicament as the up-and-coming florist struggles to balance his newfound successes with the guilt from what it takes to keep his ticket to fame alive. The three-week show debuts Friday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call 830-997-3588 or visit —Standard- Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

The Fredericksburg Theater Company production of the 1960s comedy-horror-rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” opens Friday, Feb. 21.

The musical, directed by FTC artistic/technical director Kerry Goff, will be performed Feb. 21 through March 9 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South, with 7:30 p.m. showings on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinee showings on Sundays.

Tickets are now on sale, and they 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 who is propelled to stardom by a blood-thirsty plant. The plant constantly requires sustenance. Seymour the florist aspires to win the heart of his co-worker, Audrey.

Also in the play are a Greek chorus of Doo-Wop singers, and a sadistic dentist who entered the profession because his mother observed that he “had a talent for causing things pain.”


Nimitz Foundation reveals plans for combat zone

THIS RENDERING shows what a renovated Pacific Combat Zone could look like in five years. The zone is part of the National Museum of the Pacific War and provides reenactments of Pacific World War II combat. — Admiral Nimitz Museum graphic

By Richard Zowie —

In five years, the Pacific Combat Zone could look completely different than it does today.

On Feb. 3, Admiral Nimitz Foundation CEO Gen. Mike Hagee presented the Fredericksburg City Council with a plan to renovate the zone.

In the Feb. 5 issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, the retired general had told the council they wanted to renovate the zone so that visitors would feel like they were “still at the National Museum of the Pacific War.”

According to Hagee, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Board and the Texas Historical Commission approved the concept of the Pacific Combat Zone renovation in 2012.

“We spent 2012 and the majority of 2013 developing the master plan,” he said. “We have briefed the master plan to the city staff, city council and chairman of the Texas Historical Commission.”

The project would be the first major renovation of the combat zone since 2001.


Gillespie 4-H BB gun contest set Saturday

Young marksmen will be using the skills and knowledge they have learned over the past six weeks on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they compete in the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition.

Approximately 80 shooters in the first grade through 15 years of age will be competing in the county-level event in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. and includes shooting in four positions — sitting, standing, prone and kneeling — and a written test.

A hamburger lunch will be served around noon and the awards presentation will follow the meal at around 2 p.m.

This year for the first time, an Orion scoring system will be used. In this system, scoring is done by computer, rather than manually.

Awards will be given in each age group as well as for the top three overall shooters.


Pianorama set for Saturday

Five pianists, including local artist and former Asleep at the Wheel band member Johnny Nicholas, will perform at “Pianorama” slated Saturday, Feb. 22 at Pat’s Hall, 406 Post Oak Road, starting at 7 p.m.

Also scheduled to appear are Earl Poole Ball, Floyd Domino, Red Young and Danny Levin.

The setup is similar to a picker’s circle, only with pianos (and one drummer). Each player takes a turn choosing the tune. 

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Breaking news: Mother, daughter jailed after drug bust in city

A mother and daughter are in Gillespie County Jail this morning after they were arrested on drug charges in Fredericksburg yesterday, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD).

A narcotics search warrant was executed just after 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 907 Apple Street following a month-long investigation, said FPD Detective Terry Weed.

Arrested on site were residents: Karen Mills, 57, and her daughter, Sarah Dvorak, 34.

Mills was charged with “Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a Drug-Free Zone” — a first-degree felony — for possession of 12 grams of methamphetamine (“meth”) in her bedroom, Weed said.

She was also charged with “Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone,” which is a third-degree felony because of the home’s proximity to a daycare facility virtually a “stone’s throw” from the house, Weed said.

The daughter, Dvorak, was charged with “Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone,” he said.


Committee recommends joint dispatch services at new jail

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

When it comes to dispatching emergency services, the citizens of Gillespie County would be better served if the county and city combined their operations in the new jail.

That was the claim made to Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday in the final report of the “Joint Dispatch Research Committee,” presented by chairman Kent Myers, Fredericksburg city manager.

“I think the committee did a good job. It was not an easy process … there were a lot of lively discussions in our meetings,” Myers said. “But I think all the members were committed to providing the best possible dispatching to the citizens of the county and city.”

The Joint Dispatch Research Committee was formed after a combined city council/county commission meeting last year.


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