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Wed
29
Jan

Icy road claims life of Kerrville woman, 42


FREDERICKSBURG emergency workers attempt to extricate the occupants of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup following a head-on collision Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, shortly before 9 a.m. on Texas Highway 16 South when the 2000 Toyota 4Runner (at right) lost control on ice and spun into its lane. The driver of the 4Runner, Tamara Pfiester Pate, 42, of Kerrville, was pronounced dead, while her three-year-old passenger is in “stable” condition. The driver of the truck and her passenger, both Fredericksburg residents, survived the crash, although the driver is in “critical” condition in San Antonio’s University Hospital. — Photo courtesy Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office

A 42-year-old Kerrville woman died and a three-year-old girl survived a head-on collision, in which icy conditions contributed, and two others were injured around 8:55 a.m., Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, about six miles south of Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16.

Tamara Pfiester Pate of Kerrville was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg by Dr. Todd Bell, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper J.C. Spillman, who investigated.

Three-year-old Chloe Sage Pate was listed in stable condition at Hill Country Memorial Hospital later in the day, the DPS report said.

They were traveling southbound in a 2000 Toyota 4Runner on the Kerrville highway, when the vehicle reached an ice-covered part of the roadway, causing Pate to lose control of her vehicle, Spillman said.

Wed
29
Jan

Forest service eyes new facility at airport


COUNTY OFFICIALS listen to a proposal Monday morning, Jan. 28, from the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) to build a new regional hub facility here. The metal barn-type structure would feature bays for storing equipment, as well as an enclosed end for offices to house the expanding TFS staff, organizers said. The county is expected to construct the facility near its airport and then offer a long-term lease to the TFS, which would benefit from that particular location most especially during air-based fire-fighting operations. —Standard-Radio Post photo

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

 

Although normally known for extinguishing fires, the Texas A&M Forest Service has sparked a wildfire of enthusiasm among Gillespie County Commissioners at the prospect of building a regional hub here.

“I think it’s certainly a project that comes around once in a lifetime and we need to figure out some way to implement it,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, following a presentation by local and state Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) representatives at Monday morning’s regular county court meeting.

“The sooner the better,” responded Paul Hannemann, a Fredericksburg resident who serves as TFS’ statewide incident response department head.

Wed
29
Jan

Nielsen, Dueckers honored with civil awards


STONEWALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE president Brandon Weinheimer, right, congratulates Golden Service Award winners Henry and Kathy Duecker, left, and Outstanding Community Citizen Bradley Nielsen. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Bradley Nielsen was named Outstanding Community Citizen while Henry and Kathy Duecker won the Golden Service Award on Monday at the annual Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

The event, held at the Stonewall Chamber building, featured an introduction of new board members, recognition of outgoing members and a talk on the wine industry by Maureen Qualia, enology instructor at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg (see separate story on page A/B6).

Incoming chamber president Brandon Weinheimer said he was proud to lead the organization, especially considering his family’s deep roots in the area.

Weinheimer highlighted the chamber’s 2013 accomplishments, including a Casino Night, hosting the Peach JAMboree, and the Stonewall Seed Stomp Skidaddle 5K Run.

Wed
29
Jan

Rabies vaccination clinics to continue around county


GRUMPY CAT — Dr. Travis Halfmann of the Gillespie Animal Center administers an inoculation to Mouse, a domestic long-haired cat. Many of the cats seemed content to stay in their pet carriers while receiving shots like rabies, leukemia and other health disorders. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The second in the City of Fredericksburg’s 2014 back-to-back pet rabies vaccination clinics is planned this Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pet owners are welcome to bring their furry friends to the clinic set up in the City of Fredericksburg Consolidated Warehouse, 233 Friendship Lane (behind Fredericksburg High School’s campus.)

Administering the vaccines will either local veterinarian Dr. Daniel Fritz of the Gillespie Animal Center or Dr. Curtis Eckhardt of the Fredericksburg Veterinary Hospital. Both have sacrificed a portion of their normal proceeds so that local citizens can protect their pets.

Rabies shots will cost $7 per dog or cat.

Other inoculations to protect four-legged family members against such things as rattlesnake venom, kennel cough, lyme disease, leukemia and other conditions/diseases will be available at the same time as a matter of convenience for pet owners.

Pet microchips will also be available for $10.

Wed
29
Jan

Austin Street bridge reopens to public


WAVING to a small crowd, Fredericksburg City Manager Kent Myers, Mayor Jeryl Hoover and Director of Public Works and Utilities Clinton Bailey take the inaugural first ride across a newly reopened Austin Street Bridge Monday afternoon in a ceremonial Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department truck. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Closed since last May, the Austin Street Bridge at the Washington Street intersection was reopened Monday afternoon during a special ceremony hosted by City of Fredericksburg officials.

Originally scheduled for Friday, the event was moved to Monday after cold weather forced a delay.

The $412,000 project was designed by Freese and Nichols, Inc. of San Antonio and constructed by BPI - Bauerle Partners, Inc. of Lakeway. Following the construction of the bridge, city crews worked to complete the sidewalks and the street entrances to the bridge.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
29
Jan

Turkey dinner slated for Super Bowl Sunday

Offering hot plates of turkey and dressing, a side of live music and a dessert of fellowship this Sunday, Feb. 2, just prior to the Super Bowl will be the annual Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD) Band Boosters Turkey Dinner.

Dining in at the annual affair inside the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or until sold out) will come with the bonus of live music and prize drawings, while a drive-through lane just outside will offer the convenience of “to-go” service for those who want to show their support to this community’s music program, but cannot stay.

Either way, organizers of this year’s event are expecting to draw just as large a crowd or larger than in years past. That’s saying something since the local band turkey dinner is considered by many to be one of the largest fundraisers of its kind in the state.

Wed
29
Jan

County to begin taking HOT fund applications today

Gillespie County is getting ready to slice up a $120,000 Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund “pie” among local organizations and who proves they can “put heads in beds” will get the largest bites.

Deadline for applications by those seeking a portion of the funds are being accepted starting today, Jan. 29, through 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 planned Monday, March 24, in the county courtroom of the courthouse.

Purpose of HOT funding is to assist and support qualifying events, projects and programs in promoting tourism to the county, which increases business at overnight accommodations.

The $120,000 to be divided up among the local groups is a disbursement of actual funds collected from visitors/tourists who used overnight venues in the county over the last year.

Wed
29
Jan

Commissioners hear update on jail construction project

Although cold weather has thrown a few wrinkles into the mix, construction on the new Gillespie County Jail is progressing according to plan, county officials learned Monday.

“The project looks really good,” Gloria Barrera, of Vanir Construction Management, Inc., told commissioners meeting in regular session Monday, Jan. 27.

She said the new jail’s to-date construction could be judged on a three-fold basis, according to cost, schedule and quality.

As far as expense, the jail (which was bond-approved by voters up to a cost of $15 million) is still proceeding within its budget, Barrera said.

So far, the county has paid $1,266,308 to date, although some of the project’s more expensive items will come into play later in the schedule, she said.

Tue
28
Jan

Breaking News: Woman dies, three survive head-on accident Tuesday


FREDERICKSBURG emergency workers attempt to extricate the occupants of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup following a head-on collision Tuesday, Jan. 28, shortly before 9 a.m. on Texas Highway 16 South when the 2000 Toyota 4Runner (at right) lost control on ice and spun into its lane. The driver of the 4Runner, Tamara Pfiester Pate, 42, of Kerrville, was pronounced dead, while her three-year-old passenger is in “stable” condition. The driver of the truck and her passenger, both Fredericksburg residents, survived the crash, although the driver is in “critical” condition in San Antonio’s University Hospital. —Photo courtesy Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office

A 42-year-old Kerrville woman died and a three-year-old girl survived a head-on collision, in which icy conditions contributed, and two others were injured around 8:55 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, about six miles south of Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16.

Tamara Pfiester Pate of Kerrville was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg by Dr. Todd Bell, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper J.C. Spillman, who investigated.

Three-year-old Chloe Sage Pate was listed in stable condition at Hill Country Memorial Hospital later in the day, the DPS report said.

They were traveling southbound in a 2000 Toyota 4Runner on the Kerrville highway, when the vehicle reached an ice-covered part of the roadway, causing Pate to lose control of her vehicle, Spillman said.

Thu
23
Jan

Residents warned about leaf scam

Residents are being warned by Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz to not believe the information printed on pieces of paper being taped to houses in an attempt to secure landscaping jobs.

The fliers appearing in numerous residential areas around the city, starting last week and continuing this week, are reportedly from D&R Landscaping of Bandera.

The small notes make an attempt to gain customers for the company’s landscaping services by stating: “After January 31, 2014, you will be fined by the City of Fredericksburg if you have leaves on your property.”

 “The notes are wrong,” Wetz said, adding that there is no new ordinance and the advertisements are spreading misinformation.

“We’re now investigating the case for possible criminal charges, but we want to get a notice out to people now that this is simply not true,” Wetz added.

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