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Wed
23
Sep

Crime Stoppers fundraiser this Saturday

The fourth annual Gillespie County Crime Stoppers fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 26, at Turner Hall.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. with Graham Warwick.

Texas Country artist Thomas Michael Riley will follow Warwick.

Clear River Pecan Company have a food truck at the event.

A silent auction is also scheduled, and there will be a prize drawing for a Yeti cooler and a gun.

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Wed
23
Sep

FFA Booster Club to host tailgate party on Friday

Fredericksburg Future Farmers of America is hosting a tailgate party, 5:30-7 p.m., this Friday, Sept. 25.

The football and hamburgers event will be at the Fredericksburg Independent School District Agricultural Science Building, at the corner of South Milam Street and Friendship Lane.

The Fredericksburg FFA Booster Club will host the event.

While eating grilled hamburgers, students and parents can meet advisor Patrick Padgett and new instructors Joel Bush and Caleb Elrod. They can also tour the new facility and see what FFA is all about.

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
23
Sep

PAWS fundraiser starts Saturday morning

Pedernales Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) kicks off its 2015 Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 26, in front of Chase Bank at 150 E. Main St.

During Saturday’s kickoff, PAWS will offer fresh, home-baked cookies, bottled water, PAWS caps, hand-sewn pet leashes and items made from recycled feed sacks.

Items range from $10-$25.

PAWS volunteers are also making themed baskets for a fundraiser supporting PAWS’ mission to reduce the unwanted animal population in Gillespie County by providing spay/neuter assistance to companion animals and community cats of Gillespie County.

PAWS has an upcoming prize drawing for five different themed gift baskets to be given away on Dec. 4 at the PAWS booth in the Holiday Sharing Village after the Light the Night Christmas Parade.

Baskets are valued between $300 to more than $1,000.

Thu
17
Sep

FMS to host Aim For Success, two open houses

Aim For Success will present their “Freedom to Succeed” program to Fredericksburg Middle School students and parents later this month.

The school will also present open houses to further acquaint parents with the school and their children’s teachers.

Aim For Success

For parents, the Aim For Success program on teens, sex and choices will be from 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the FMS Cafeteria.

For students, the program will be throughout the day, Wednesday, Sept. 30.

The Aim For Success motivational programs have educated more than two million teens, parents and educators across America since 1993 on topics such as sex, drugs and bullying.

The Freedom to Succeed program discusses legal reasons why to choose abstinence.

Wed
16
Sep

After appraisal spikes, city trims its tax rate

By Richard Zowie —

For the third year in a row, the Fredericksburg City Council has voted to lower its property tax rate.

At their regular meeting Sept. 8, the council voted 5-0 to lower the rate from $0.02482 to $0.02313 per $100 valuation, due to new growth and appraisals resulting in higher property values.

The council also approved the 2015-2016 budget and received updates on the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and a proposed ordinance on entry corridors.

2015-2016 budget

The council approved 5-0 the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1 and will end Sept. 30, 2016.

The budget includes revenues of $43,273,250 and expenditures of $42,674,000.

In this year’s budget, the three fee increases include a three-percent raise in electric rates and eliminating 1,000 gallons of water consumption used for minimum monthly sewer charges.

Wed
16
Sep

City looks to lease golf course grill space

By Richard Zowie —

Facing closure due to years spent running in the red, the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course’s Red Bird Grille will remain open for now.

While approving the 2015-2016 budget Sept. 8, the Fredericksburg City Council agreed to explore leasing the Red Bird Grille to a private company.

The golf course budget was reduced to $1.5 million, an 18 percent decrease. Officials plan to closely monitor the golf course revenues and expenditures.

Council members decided to not provide for the Red Bird Grille in the new budget, citing the deficit the eatery has been running.

Both the golf course and grill have operated in the red in recent years, with money from the general fund covering the difference. Current estimates indicate the golf course lost an estimated $575,000 in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Wed
16
Sep

STAAR bright

Shayna Aldrich, eighth grade science teacher at Fredericksburg Middle School, works on a problem with students (from left) Ryan Vick, Julia Freeborn and Cameron Sheffield. She avoids using the term “STAAR” in class until it’s time to begin preparing her students for the exam. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Teachers across Texas and in Fredericksburg Independent School District spend the year giving students new knowledge.

Then, for some students, a yearly test determines how much they’ve learned.

Implemented in spring 2012, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) program tests whether students are ready for the next level of their academic careers.

Some teachers find STAAR beneficial, while some see it as controversial, arguing it forces them “to teach to the test.”

The exam also annoys some parents, who see it as a stress-inducing, threatening roadblock to their child’s advancement to the next grade.

Wed
16
Sep

Tanner, DeLeon crowned royalty at homecoming

Tatum Tanner, with her father, Zach Tanner, was crowned Homecoming Queen, and Zach DeLeon, with mother Mirtha DeLeon, was chosen as Homecoming King. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Wed
16
Sep

Seeing is believing

The Vowell-Ellis home on Big Bend Lane was built with a rainwater catchment system and cistern due to homeowners’ concerns about the ongoing drought. This home will be part of the Green Home Tour. — Submitted photo

An energy assessment prompted Russell Vowell to make his home more energy efficient. His home on Big Bend Lane is part of the Green Home Tour, Saturday, Sept. 19

An assessment measures a home’s energy use with a custom list of energy-saving recommendations to help a homeowner develop a plan to make a residence more efficient, according to Vowell.

The result of Vowell’s analysis was to retrofit the attic of his home with foam insulation, which has lowered heating costs by one half and air conditioning costs by one third.

“It improved our electrical consumption,” Vowell said. “Our attic space has become a 10 degree living area, which means it’s no hotter or colder in the attic than it is in the central living area of the house by 10 degrees.”

Vowell and nine homeowners like him will be on hand to talk energy efficiency at Fredericksburg Shines’ third annual Fredericksburg and Gillespie County fall tour of homes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

Wed
16
Sep

'God and Country' Canto Chamber Choir

Prior to the Sunday Canto Chamber Choir concert at the Nimitz Museum ballroom, Hill Country Color Guard members (from left, clockwise) Frank Bertagnolli, Barbara Heckman-Sauer, Arnold Rathke and Bill Vaughan demonstrate how to fold a U.S. flag and the story behind the folds. The choir’s “God and Country” concert included several gospel and patriotic hymns, including “Land of the Free,” “My Johnny’s A Soldier,” “It Is Well With My Soul” and “God Bless the USA.” — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

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