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Dec

Nighttime shootout leads to man's arrest


AFTER A SHOOTOUT that knocked out the windows of the Valero gas station, but in which no one was injured, Fredericksburg Police Department officers escort a cuffed Victor Valdez, 24, from the store. - Standard-Radio Post photo/Ken Esten Cooke

A three-hour standoff last Wednesday night at the Valero gas station and convenience store culminated with an exchange of multiple gunshots that led to no injuries, but the arrest of the man who started it all.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, remains in jail with bond set at $400,000 on charges of aggravated robbery, confirmed Sheriff Buddy Mills Monday morning.

Additional charges of attempted capital murder are expected to come after a consultation with the district attorney, said Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz.

Armed with a pistol, Valdez reportedly walked into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 and ordered two employees to leave the premises immediately, said Wetz.

There were no customers in the building at the time, he said.

Mon
23
Dec

Government offices, newspaper, banks set Yule schedules

Christmas is here, and friends and family are starting to gather to celebrate the season.

And with the arrival of Christmas on Tuesday and Wednesday, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the Christmas holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

The Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 24-25.

Because Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on a Wednesday, the Standard-Radio Post’s usual publication date, the newspaper is being published on Monday, Dec. 23, and again on Monday, Dec. 30.

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

Mon
23
Dec

Christmas Pyramid


TOWERING OVER all that step up to witness its spinning tiers, this 26-foot-tall pyramid draws attention from its spot on Marktplatz downtown. Made specifically for Fredericksburg by craftsmen in Germany, the wooden tower stands near the community’s 30-foot-tall Christmas tree and features scenes of everything from snowmen to shepherds on five levels of rotating vignettes. The pyramid pays homage to this city’s heritage and the German holiday tradition of displaying candle-powered tabletop carousels depicting angels or manger scenes. Other features of Marktplatz include a nativity, a Gingerbread Village and the ice skating rink, Eisbahn, which continues through Jan. 4. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
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23
Dec

Roadwork on U.S. 290


CONSTRUCTION crews work on the bridge on U.S. Highway 290, just east of Fredericksburg and near the Hill Country University Center. According to Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Kelli Reyna, the project will extend the continuous left-turn lane from west of Mariposa Drive to the east for approximately 0.5 miles to past Old San Antonio Road. The scope of work includes converting this section of U.S. 290 from four 11-foot lanes, two lanes in each direction, with two-foot shoulders to four 12-foot lanes, two lanes in each direction, with four-foot shoulders, and a 14-foot left-turn lane. Construction should be complete by spring 2014.— Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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Dec

St. Mary's Concert


McCORMICK MUSIC — Rachel McCormick sings soprano, accompanied on guitar by her father, Kevin McCormick, as they perform “Songs of Christmas for Guitar and Voice” in concert at the Old St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, Dec. 22. The father and daughter collaborated on classic Christmas songs along with newer songs. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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23
Dec

Gillespie County 4-H, FFA Livestock Show, Auction set

With the start of a new year comes the beginning of the livestock show season for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members.

Kicking off the 2014 season for most exhibitors will be the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 9-11.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Following the Gillespie County show is the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 13-18.

From there, local exhibitors will head to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Jan. 17-Feb. 8; the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 6-23; the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 14-March 2; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 4-23, and the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 1-16.

Mon
23
Dec

Deadlines moved up for holiday publications

Readers of the holiday edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post should be receiving their papers early this week since it is being released Monday in order to accommodate the Christmas Day holiday on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Likewise, next week’s issue will hit news stands on Monday, Dec. 30, in advance of New Year’s Day — which also falls on this newspaper’s regular Wednesday publication schedule on Jan. 1.

To accommodate the first edition of 2013, advertising and news article deadlines have been pushed up.

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!

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'Eisbahn' to remain open through Jan. 5

Kinderhalle Pavilion on Marktplatz has been transformed into a frozen wonderland, and from now to Jan. 4, it will be open for ice skating, thanks to “Eisbahn.”

The ice skating rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. on Sundays.

In addition, the rink will be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. It is closed on Christmas. 

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!

Thu
19
Dec

Shots fired at Valero; man arrested unharmed


Law enforcement officers escort Victor Valdez, 24, from the store after a shootout. - Standard-Radio Post photo/Ken Esten Cooke

A three-hour standoff last night at the Valero gas station/convenience store culminated with an exchange of multiple gunshots, but no injuries to a man who was ultimately taken into custody.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, reportedly walked into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 around 7:34 p.m. brandishing a pistol and ordered the two store clerks on duty to leave the store, said Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Chief Steve Wetz. There were no customers in the store at the time, he said.

Police officers were called and they responded quickly to the scene, where they barricaded off much of the block surrounding the store at 516 South Adams Street. (Traffic remains limited around the store this morning while officers complete their on-site investigation.)

Off-and-on throughout the next three hours, officers made contact over cell phone and the store’s phone with Valdez, attempting to resolve a peaceful ending to the incident, Wetz said.

Wed
18
Dec

County opts to use city as jail electric provider

By Matt Ward —

Concerned with potentially costly litigation and project delays, Gillespie County commissioners rescinded approval of a Central Texas Electric Cooperative proposal to provide electricity at the new Gillespie County Jail facility during a special meeting Monday.

As a result of the unanimous decision, the City of Fredericksburg was chosen to provide electricity to the $15 million jail facility under construction behind the existing Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center and scheduled for opening by the end of 2014.

“All we were trying to do was get the best deal for our taxpayers, basically,” Commissioner Donnie Schuch said. “That’s what we’re here to do, to save where we can and that’s why I was willing to look at both proposals (city and CTEC.)”

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