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Thu
05
Sep

County gets earful on jail’s tax rate jump

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Questions, answers and discussions at last night’s two public hearings at the courthouse centered on Gillespie County’s new jail project and how it will impact local taxpayers.

Commissioners hosted the public forums to provide information and hear citizens’ concerns regarding their proposed $30 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and the proposed seven-cent property tax hike.

Both will be considered for adoption at the elected officials’ regularly scheduled 9 a.m. court session Monday, Sept. 9, in the county courtroom at the Gillespie County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St.

Proposed county budget

Gillespie County is expecting its budget to soar to about $30 million from $18.6 million — primarily due to the big-ticket item of the voter-approved construction of a multi-million-dollar Gillespie County Jail.

Thu
05
Sep

Council OKs original park pool plan, costs

By Matt Ward —

City voters will get the design they approved last May for renovations at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool, though the final total will end up $575,000-$600,000 over the $1.6 million construction budget.

During their regular meeting Monday, Fredericksburg city council members approved exceeding budget for the project by a 4-1 vote with Councilman Graham Pearson opposed.

“I am not in favor of overriding the vote of the people on a new pool,” Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover said. “I would opt to provide the pool that they thought they were getting at the price it’s going to cost.”

Financing the difference between project cost and the current budget is expected to come in the form of a limited tax note with approximately one percent interest. The council will approve the issuance of the note at a future meeting.

Wed
04
Sep

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg to be celebrated

Eleven galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Sept. 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Residents and visitors alike are invited to join in the celebration which generally takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Art Walk is an all-day event with most galleries hosting receptions on Friday evening.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks, along with serving wines by Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra.

Look for the new logo and new Art Walk flags at each participating gallery.

Visit the FFAWF website, www.FFAWF.com, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

Wed
04
Sep

Providence Hall welcomes students’ various learning abilities, styles


STUDENTS SIT AT THE HARKNESS TABLE to discuss ideas on various topics. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Last year, Leslie Spraggins and Elizabeth Beall began an afternoon educational program with four students. The program catered to the different learning styles of each student.

By Christmas, there were 16 kids in the program.

And this year, the program has evolved into Providence Hall, a college preparatory school serving students first through 12th grade. An estimated 27 students are attending Providence in its inaugural year.

The two ladies, who had been friends for about 10 years prior to moving to Fredericksburg, shared several things in common: backgrounds in child development, and children with both health issues and different learning styles. Their kids were in the same class at school.

Spraggins and Beall began talking to each other a lot about their children’s educational needs.

Wed
04
Sep

HCM welcomes new Chief Operating Officer


Mike Reno

Hill Country Memorial (HCM) has hired Mike Reno as Chief Operating Officer to replace Steve Sosland, according to Jayne Pope, chief executive officer.

Reno joined the hospital executive team on Aug. 26.

Sosland served as COO since 2010, but left recently to take a position with the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

“Mike’s exceptional skills and abilities were recognized by all our key panels, including the Executive Council, Leadership Panel, and representatives from the Medical Executive Council,” Pope said. “We look forward to him being a key part of our team.”

Reno holds a master of science degree in healthcare administration from Houston Baptist University. He most recently served as vice president and senior executive at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, where he oversaw operations for seven non-profit, rural hospitals.

Wed
04
Sep

Community Foundation awards grants


REPRESENTATIVES from non-profit agencies gathered outside the office of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation recently to receive checks from The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. Making the presentations was foundation executive director Paul Urban, extreme right. Those pictured from left to right are Case Fischer, chairman, Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Dr. James Lindley, president, Gillespie County Historical Society; Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO, Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Bill Pahl, St. Mary’s School, and Urban.

Officials with the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country have announced the Gillespie County recipients of their second grant cycle for 2013.

Those receiving grants include: Case Fischer, chairman, Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Dr. James Lindley, president, Gillespie County Historical Society; Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and Bill Pahl, St. Mary’s School.

“The Community Foundation is proud to continue our tradition of supporting the non-profit organizations with grant awards,” said Paul Urban, executive director of the foundation. “These agencies provide much needed support and services to the citizens of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County and have certainly earned every dollar awarded today.

Wed
04
Sep

Nimitz Foundation boosts Wounded Warriors


NIMITZ FOUNDATION DONATES — Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, along with foundation supporters, Boot Ranch staff, and Mike Crownover of Valero present Sgt. Guillermo Tejeda and Sgt. Kenneth Fischer with a check for $14,000. Pictured are, left to right: Emil Hale, Bob Phelps, Bruce Nichols, Carol Ann Shepherd, Tejeda, Hagee, Fischer, Todd Huizinga, Mike Crownover, Barbara Heinen and John Pipkin.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation held its fourth annual Nimitz Golf Classic on June 14 with the proceeds from the golf event resulting in a $14,000 donation to Wounded Warriors Outdoors.

The event drew golfers from all over the country.

Each year the foundation chooses another non-profit which helps military service members and donates a portion of the proceeds raised through the tournament to that organization.

The money will go toward funding hunting, fishing and camping trips for qualified Wounded Warriors.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc. is a non-profit organization exclusively founded to provide wounded servicemen and women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. WWO gives active duty warriors in transition an adventure in the wilderness location of their choice.

Wed
04
Sep

Water customers notch win over Aqua

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

In a “David versus Goliath”-type duel between a small group of local water consumers and a national utility corporation, the little guy has officially won concessions.

Nearly two years ago, Gillespie water consumers serviced in the four housing areas of Harper Road Estates, Northwest Hills Water Supply, Deerwood Subdivision and West Oak Heights were shocked to discover that their water rates had doubled overnight.

“After investigation, it seemed the odds were stacked against us. Our water system had been purchased by a multi-state corporation using antiquated state law to maximum advantage,” said Forrest Nikorak, a Northwest Drive resident who was affected by the change and who spearheaded a local movement to fight for and which won on the side of change. “This didn’t just happen in Gillespie County, but to 30,000 Aqua Texas customers across the state.”

Wed
04
Sep

‘Boxstoberfest’ to rev up for party this weekend

Soon it will be time start the Porsche and get the engine running as the 15th annual Boxstoberfest takes place in Fredericksburg Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8.

The event, named after the Porsche Boxster car, is expected to draw over 200 participants into town.

Organizers describe the fest as a “low-key weekend filled with fun Porsche events in a great location.”

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Wed
04
Sep

Classes in session for all county schools

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg Independent School District and other area schools are now once again in full swing, as the Labor Day holiday and its famous telethon are done for the year, and it is once again time for “fashion experts” to advise against wearing white.

Previously, the Fredericksburg Standard reported estimated school enrollments before classes began and then the enrollments reported on the first day of school. Now, here are the enrollment numbers for area schools — most of which have now been in school for a week:

Fredericksburg Independent School District

Fredericksburg High School has 955 students, compared to 935 on the first day of school. Fredericksburg Middle School now has 623 students, an increase of 16 from the beginning of school.

At the elementary school there are 971 students, an increase of 21 from the first day.

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