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City airs grievances with tax office work

By Matt Ward

 

Following several months of private discussions between three of the largest tax collecting entities in Gillespie County, City of Fredericksburg officials recently spoke out publicly about a potential change in tax collection amid concerns with the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

A special meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council was held Monday, Dec. 30, to discuss a possible move to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District for tax collection purposes.

“Accuracy of the reports (from the tax office) is in question at times. The timeliness of the reports and the timeliness of the collections are not always there,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “We’re like a customer to the county on this issue and we’re an unhappy customer. What is the county willing to offer us to meet our needs and our concerns?”

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08
Jan

Dog park project ok'd by council

By Matt Ward

 

Fredericksburg’s canine residents will soon have a spot of their own as formal approval for a dog park facility inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park was given by the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening.

“City dog parks bring all kinds of benefits to the public, not just dog and dog owners, but to the whole community itself,” Jody Donovan, representative of the non-profit Fredericksburg Dog Park Association said, highlighting the emphasis placed on safety for the animals and humans, as well as the educational and recreational benefits of having a park in town.

“Socialized dogs that have been around other dogs regularly tend to be more behaving, not a nuisance in barking and chewing things up,” he added.

The fenced park will be constructed on 5.77 acres of land between the RV campgrounds at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and the adjacent Gillespie County Airport.

Wed
08
Jan

Brian Roeder selected as 2014 livestock show honoree


PLAQUES OF APPRECIA-TION were presented on Sunday night to two individ-uals — Brian Roeder and Ronnie Ottmers — for their support of the youth of Gil-lespie County. On hand for the presentation during the annual buyer appreciation barbecue at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds were, from left, Blaine Hahn, presi-dent of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Asso-ciation; Roeder; Ottmers, and Lane Ottmers, vice pres-ident of the association. The 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and auction is dedicated to Roeder and Ottmers. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Whether it is setting up or tearing down for the next show, Brian Roeder has been involved with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show his entire life.

And this year’s 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction is dedicated to Roeder and Ronnie Ottmers.

Both men were recognized with plaques of appreciation on Sunday night at the annual buyers’ barbecue held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Roeder exhibited hogs, steers and turkeys during his 12 years as a 4-H member and four years in FFA. He received the 4-H Gold Star Award and was the recipient of a Houston Livestock Show Scholarship.

Wed
08
Jan

Wright accepts top FISD spot on Monday

By Matt Ward

 

Fredericksburg Independent School District will have a new leader at the helm beginning next week after the FISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Eric Wright as superintendent during a special meeting on Monday.

Wright, who served as Huntington ISD superintendent until his hiring by FISD, will begin on Monday, Jan. 13, as he transitions to take over from the retiring Dr. Marc Williamson, following 15 years as FISD’s superintendent.

“I truly think we have found the perfect candidate and that he will lead our district to success,” trustee Kay Stech said.

The board of trustees named Wright as the final candidate for the position on Dec. 11 after a search that saw over 60 candidates apply.

“I’m looking forward to working with our new superintendent and achieve our new goals and reach higher heights,” trustee Jerry Durst said.

Wed
08
Jan

Stevenson steps into Harper ISD superintendent role

By Danny Hirt

 

A former principal at Harper middle and high schools has been named the new superintendent for the Harper Independent School District as the result of a unanimous vote taken at Monday’s special meeting of the school board.

Chris Stevenson, who became principal at Harper in January 2000, was selected to be the new superintendent, taking the place of Pari Whitten who recently left the Harper post to become superintendent for the Sinton ISD.

“I am excited,” Stevenson said about receiving his new appointment, adding that he feels “honored and humbled” to be offered the position of superintendent. He started on the job Monday following school board approval.

Wed
08
Jan

First baby of 2014 born in Fredericksburg

GRABBING A NAP after his grand entrance into the world was Carson James Schuessler, who was the first baby born in 2014 in Gillespie County. The baby, who weighed seven pounds, six ounces and measured 20 inches in length, was born at 3:24 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Pavilion. Proud parents are Cody Schuessler and Lisa Warden (holding the baby), both of Junction. Pictured with the new mother and baby are, seated, nurses Jamie Bryant, left, and Macy Starr, as well as Dr. Mark Eden, obstetrician. As parents of the year’s first baby, the couple took home a basketful of goodies and baby accessories (pictured behind Eden). – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Wed
08
Jan

Memorial Walk

DOWNTOWN STROLL — Pat Roberts, left, of San Antonio, and Diana Battan, of Live Oak, walk down East Park Street as part of the annual Memorial Walk, held Dec. 31 in town. The event, sponsored by the Texas Volkssport Association, took in residential areas, parts of downtown and Der Stadt Friedhof. See more photos on page A/B8. – Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
08
Jan

Fort Martin Scott 'New Orleans Day' event on Saturday

Fort Martin Scott will host the “Battle of New Orleans Celebration,” a presentation of western music, cowboy poetry and storytelling on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The fort gates will open at 11 a.m. for visiting, wine tasting and catered appetizers with the show starting at noon and the finale at 3 p.m.

Admission is free but seating is limited if the event is moved indoors due to inclement weather. Freewill donations will be appreciated to help fund this event and events to come at Fort Martin Scott in the future.

“During the 1800’s, commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans was celebrated with the pomp and ceremony of a national holiday,” City of Fredericksburg communication manager Juli Bahlinger said. “Fort Martin Scott friends organized to plan the fort’s activities and fundraising, will rejuvenate that feeling and use this week in January every year to bring an additional entertainment event to Fredericksburg during the winter months.”

Wed
08
Jan

Dialogues and Dances to host monthly shows

Dialogues and Dances, begun in 2002 by Mark Hierholzer to be a forum for new composition, will host monthly shows at 7 p.m. every second Saturday at the Hill Country University Center.

The first show of 2013 will be Saturday, Jan. 11 at the HCUC. Director Hierholzer said this month’s show will feature solo piano and accordion music, along with newly composed and traditional classical music compositions.

Hierholzer said the shows were originally slated quarterly at Zion Lutheran Church.

“At first it was only my work and work written for me, but later involved student composers as well as works written for other instrumentalists specifically for these concerts,” Hierholzer said.

Wed
08
Jan

County unemployment rates stay below national, state average

Gillespie County’s unemployment rate is lower than the state and national averages. 

The latest report by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) shows Gillespie County’s November unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, just a shade lower than last month and November 2012. 

The county’s unemployment rate is lower than the surrounding counties. Mason County has the second lowest unemployment rate of the surrounding counties at 4 percent.

For the state, the unemployment rate dropped from 6 percent to 5.8 percent. This was the lowest reported rate since December 2008. The state’s unemployment numbers are below the nation’s, which also saw a dip in unemployment to 6.6 percent. 

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