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Wed
21
Aug

Events on tap to mark LBJ’s 105th birthday

Perhaps it is only fitting that the day after school begins is the birthday of a teacher-turned-politician who eventually became the 36th President of the United States.

Aug. 27 commemorates what would have been President Lyndon Johnson’s 105th birthday, and to celebrate his birthday, the State of Texas has a number of activities planned.

At the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, there will be free admission that day, along with a Texas summer favorite — cool air conditioning.

The library will serve cake and refreshments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the West Mall on the campus of the University of Texas, at 10 a.m., cupcakes will be served.

Wed
21
Aug

'Almost Patsy Cline' to take stage in PCAA finale Sunday

The final Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) “Concert in the Park” of the summer will feature the Almost Patsy Cline Band this Sunday, Aug. 25.

The free, open-air performance by the group will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until around 8 p.m.

Music fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to claim some of the limited picnic table seating at the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on Marktplatz.

Dancing is encouraged, as are picnic suppers.

While the Almost Patsy Cline Band is known for its renditions by the famous country singer, it offers much more.

Wed
21
Aug

Texaco ‘Country Showdown’ slated Thursday

The 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown returns to Fredericksburg on Thursday, Aug. 22, the opening night of the 125th Gillespie County Fair.

Scheduled for the outdoor stage next to the race track, this year’s program will feature local and area contestants as they vie for the ultimate grand prize of $100,000.

The event is sponsored locally by radio stations KNAF FM 105.7/103.1 (“The Deuce”).

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Thu
15
Aug

Daily Update for Tuesday, Aug. 20

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Wed
14
Aug

Wreck victim pleas to commissioners for truck route

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

A tearful plea to “get these trucks off Main Street!” was given to Gillespie County Commissioners meeting in regular session Monday.

Urging the court to move forward on an alternate truck route, local podiatrist and wound care specialist Angela Schladoer succeeded in putting a face on what some claim are the dangers of having heavy traffic traverse the downtown area.

“A lot of talk has focused on what would happen if a (big truck) accident were to occur on Main Street,” Schladoer said, before relating how such an incident has already happened, and recently.

On July 28, the vehicle she and her two children were traveling in was struck from behind by an 18-wheeled truck in the 200 block of East Main Street and then they were dragged by that same truck through an entire intersection while the truck driver remained clueless that an impact had occurred.

Wed
14
Aug

More testing, tougher penalties ahead in drug prevention plan

By Ken Esten Cooke

Students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District will face tougher scrutiny as trustees voted Monday to do all it can to reduce the chances of another overdose tragedy.

FISD trustees approved adjustments to the district’s Student Drug Prevention Program at their Monday meeting that will include more frequent drug dog visits, screening for more drugs and a more unified code of conduct for all extra-curricular organizations.

The action took place in the shadow of the death of Sammy Herrera, an FHS junior who died in April after an overdose in an off-campus incident. After his death, some parents asked trustees to review the district’s policies and penalties.

Superintendent Marc Williamson said the adjustments were made in four areas: education, what the school can legally do about on-campus incidents, the student code of conduct and drug testing.

Wed
14
Aug

Blue-collar jobs deficit


BEGINNING machinist Tyler Beckmann, on the job for two months, moves a ma-chined part that is ready for finishing. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Dave Campbell of Heartland Enterprises can’t just consider potential sales when he competes for additional for work. The leader at the precision machining shop in Fredericksburg must also consider if he will have enough people to fill the additional jobs necessitated by taking on additional work.

With American schools stressing college-track study for most every student, the unintended consequence is that programs and tracks for skilled trades have been “de-emphasized,” and there are fewer machinists, welders, carpenters and overall blue collar workers in the market.

“These are not ‘low-level jobs,’” Campbell said. “In our plant, our average yearly compensation exceeds $60,000 a year — a good middle-class income.”

Wed
14
Aug

New FHS principal to lead parent information session


FHS PRINCIPAL Ralf Halderman served as assistant principal for seven years before taking the top campus position. He will lead the Parent Information Session scheduled for 6 p.m. Mon-day, Aug. 19 at the FHS Auditorium.

By Ken Esten Cooke

New Fredericksburg High School Principal Ralf Halderman is stoked about the new school year. He has gotten to know the staff in his seven years as assistant principal at FHS, and he is encouraged by the quality of instructors and staff.

But Halderman wants parents to know the school is serious about consequences for student drug use. That will be one of the topics at the annual Parent Informational Session, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at the FHS auditorium.

“I hope we get a huge turnout,” he said. “In the past, the information session has been about the dress code, tardy policies or cell-phone policies, but we want to offer things that parents will use — not just to meet each other.”

Wed
14
Aug

Weekend meet draws 2,245 to race track


COMING around the curve and heading to the finish line in the first race on Sunday — a thoroughbred maiden claiming for 5½ furlongs — was this field of horses. The two-day Gillespie County Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday was the third of four scheduled at the local Class III facility this summer. Live pari-mutuel racing comes to a close for 2013 on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, as part of the 125th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 22-25).

While the temperature outside may have reached near triple digits over the weekend, the pace at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday was a busy one for the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County fair and Festivals Association, the third of four live pari-mutuel horse racing meets saw 14 races run on Saturday and 12 on Sunday at the Class III five-eighths mile oval.

Activities were also taking place in the Show Barn on Saturday and Sunday with the Meat Goat Futurity, Lamb Futurity and Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show.

(Photos of the winners from the livestock shows, held as part of the upcoming 125th Gillespie County Fair, can be found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)

A total of 2,245 racing fans attended the two-day meet including 1,414 on Saturday and 831 on Sunday.

Wed
14
Aug

Messina Hof, Nimitz Foundation team up to produce program wine


A CHECK for $4,000 was presented on Sunday morning by Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. On hand for the check presentation were Paul M. Bonarrigo, left, and General Mike Hagee, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. has teamed up with the Admiral Nimitz Foundation to produce a program wine for the foundation.

And on Sunday, Messina Hof donated $4,000 to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation from first quarter sales of three program wines sold.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and Messina Hof have a collection of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Admiral Reserve with the National Museum of the Pacific War on the label.

For every bottle sold by Messina Hof, $5 is donated to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. In four months, 800 bottles have been sold.

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