Daily Update for Aug. 26


      • Fredericksburg City Council will hold a public hearing on their proposed tax rate at 6 p.m. tonight at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. The tax rate is proposed at $0.2513 per $100 valuation, two cents above the effective tax rate, though the council can lower the rate before approval next month.

      • Families interested in the Gillespie County 4-H program are invited to the New Member Orientation at 6 p.m. tonight at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office.


City eyes potential tax rate increase

By Matt Ward —

City property tax rates could increase for the first time since 2012 as the Fredericksburg City Council proposed a rate of $0.2513 per $100 valuation during their regular meeting Monday.

Currently, city taxes are collected at a rate of $0.2482 per $100 valuation, though the effective tax rate for the 2015-2016 fiscal year calculated by the Gillespie Central Appraisal District is two cents lower than the proposed rate at $0.2313.

The appraisal district has taken over property tax collection this year, following issues at the Gillespie County Tax Assessor/Collector’s office.

Tax rate debate

Councilman Graham Pearson spoke out in opposition of a tax rate increase, serving as the lone dissenter of the proposal, which passed 4-1.


'Welfare check' may bring about lawsuit

By Matt Ward —

A civil suit may be filed against the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office by two Harper residents following an early morning incident at a private residence on May 3 that the homeowners believe to be “a warrantless raid.”

Deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, performed a search of property owned by Huntley Dantzler Sr. in the 16000 block of U.S. 290 West seeking to perform a welfare check on a female whose name has been withheld due to privacy reasons

The female had reportedly been drugged by Dantzler’s son, Huntley Jr., 32, also of Harper.

Deputy Hunter Westbrook, aided by Sergeant Joe Hindman, performed the welfare check at the Dantzler residence. During the check, Westbrook handcuffed and restrained Dantzler Sr. while Hindman executed the search, finding neither Dantzler Jr. nor the female on the premises.


127th Gillespie fair begins Thursday

Gillespie County Fair Queen Victoria Klein and her Shorthorn steer “Mater” are ready for the 127th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the four-day fair includes two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, agricultural and home products displays, a parade, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, mutton busting, domino tournament, livestock shows and more. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartmann —

A celebration with more than a century of history and tradition behind it returns Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 20-23, when the 127th Gillespie County Fair takes place.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the 127th Gillespie County Fair will include two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, mutton busting, domino tournament, livestock shows and more.

The event is sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

And with the 127th Gillespie County Fair set to open tomorrow, Thursday, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at


'Greater Tuna' to conclude at FTC

Jaston Williams (left), co-creator of “Greater Tuna,” and director Bob Straus talk about the iconic Texas play’s popularity during a talk back session following the play’s local premiere on Friday night, Aug. 14 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Steve W. Shepherd Theater. Williams co-wrote the play, which debuted in Austin in 1981, with Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Williams also led a youth acting workshop on Saturday. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Tickets are still available for the final weekend of the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “Greater Tuna.”

The three performances, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 21-23, will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Show times will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Regular admission is $29 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 830-997-3588.

An answering machine will capture requests after hours. For more information or directions, visit


Renovation plans eyed at Fredericksburg Elementary

Fredericksburg Elementary School Principal Monica Ward plans to use this first-grade wing for expansion. It will be vacated once first grade moves to Fredericksburg Primary School. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

For now, the halls of Fredericksburg Elementary School are quiet, save for teachers setting up rooms and janitors and maintenance workers polishing up the school.

That solitude will end when school begins next Monday. Then, halls will become busy with children moving from class to class.

Principal Monica Ward and her staff will continue to exercise flexibility as the school deals with a growing student population.

Fredericksburg Independent School District is handling this growth spurt by beginning construction on a first-grade wing at Fredericksburg Primary School.

Once completed (officials estimate in 2017), it should give FES breathing room as first graders are moved to the primary school campus.

“This plan would give the third-grade teachers more elbow room,” Ward said. “Right now, many of my special area teachers are sharing a room with one or two other teachers.”


Ceremony marks 70 years since VJ Day

Gen. Michael Hagee salutes World War II veterans, from left, Alvin Stotz, Sam Sorenson, Huey Lamb, P.B. Snyder, Jim Glazener and Ernestine Walker-Burnham.— Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

It may seem like a lifetime ago, but the effects of allied victory during World War II are still felt around the globe.

Six WWII veterans attended the “End of WWII” ceremony on Friday in the memorial courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War. And the grandson of the nation’s 41st president, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, gave the keynote speech.

Hostilities in the Pacific ended officially on Aug. 14, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered to Allied Forces aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Michael Hagee, the 33rd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and now president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, opened the ceremony. Hagee said the men and women “who wear the cloth of our nation” have qualities few others, if any, possess.

“When they meet adversity, they respond to it,” he said. “They don’t have to wait for orders, they figure it out and they make it happen.”


Fair queen to be crowned Friday

A new Gillespie County Fair Queen and her court will be crowned on Friday night as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair.

Six girls are vying for the title of 2016 Gillespie County Fair Queen.

The pageant to crown the new queen and duchesses gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday night in front of the grandstand at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Contestants and their parents include:

•Jaleigh Brown, daughter of Jason Brown and Jennifer McAfee Brown.

•Callie Eckhardt, daughter of Daniel and Sheila Eckhardt.

•Marah Graef, daughter of Carissa Staats and Nathan Graef.

•Julie Krebs, daughter of William and Mary Krebs.

•Rachel Rothermel, daughter of Kathy Rothermel and Peter Rothermel.

•Mckayla Wade, daughter of Steve and Crystil Wade.

Serving as master of ceremonies for the pageant will be Leland Geistweidt. 


Schools to open Monday

By Joshua McKinney —

Area students are on the cusp of returning to school after a summer break.

Public schools in Gillespie County resume classes on Monday, Aug. 24, while private schools in the area return on various dates.

Fredericksburg ISD

As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, the Fredericksburg Independent School District has an enrollment of 3,052 students for the school year.

Fredericksburg Primary School expects 285 students in attendance on the first day.

Stonewall Elementary has 88 students currently enrolled in school and Fredericksburg Elementary has 1,021 signed up for classes.

Fredericksburg Middle School has 652 set to attend school and Fredericksburg High School has 1,006 students expected on the first day of classes.

Last year, FISD had a total 3,175 students in its school system.


Almost Patsy Cline to perform Sunday

The Almost Patsy Cline Band will perform this weekend in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA) Marktplatz Concert Series.

The Bandera-based band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz.

Admission is free, and attendees can bring their lawn chairs, a picnic meal and friends.

Once the music starts, listeners are encouraged to dance. The concert will last around an hour and a half.

Classic country-era singer Patsy Cline, the band’s namesake, had hits including “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.”


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