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Wed
12
Feb

Two file for reelection to council

Current Fredericksburg council member Kathy Sanford filed for reelection Thursday, joining sitting mayor Jeryl Hoover as the lone candidates for three open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council.

Hoover previously filed on Jan. 29, the first day of filing. Filing will continue through 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

The May 10 ballot will include the races for mayor and city council spots currently held by Tim Dooley and Sanford.

Terms for sitting councilmen Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson do not expire until May 2015.

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Fri
07
Feb

Breaking news: Three jailed after local meth bust

Three people accused of dealing methamphetamine in Fredericksburg were arrested this week by officers working together from the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Just under 10 grams of meth packaged for delivery were discovered during the execution of a search warrant by officers around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 21 Linda Drive, Apartment 4, off U.S. Highway 87 north of Fredericksburg, according Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Detective Terry Weed.

Oscar Ramirez, 26, who reportedly lives at that single-bedroom apartment, was arrested earlier in the day on a traffic violation for driving with no license, Weed said. Investigation surrounding that incident led to the joint-force execution of a search warrant for narcotics at the apartment later that night, where additional occupants Holly Ewan, 25, and Stephen Benitz, 25, were arrested for manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance,” Weed said.

Wed
05
Feb

City to voters: Pass amendment and we may sue

By Matt Ward —

Though voters will maintain the option of regulating city financial policy during a charter amendment election this May, a new fact sheet approved by the Fredericksburg City Council Monday evening during their regular meeting warns that legal action might be taken if the amendment is passed.

A citizen’s group requested the amendment after $2.75 million of outstanding debt from electric department advances to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course was wiped off the books by the city council in March 2013.

Amendment in question

The charter amendment would prevent the city from using “proceeds or reserves from an enterprise fund (including but not limited to the electric, water and sewer, solid waste, and drainage funds) except for expenditures within the purpose of the fund unless approved by the voters in elections that specify the amount and the fund from which the money will be withdrawn.”

Wed
05
Feb

Council holds firm on HOT fund distributions

Applications are now being accepted by the County of Gillespie for the $120,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds it plans to divide up at the end of next month.

Organizations who prove they can use the money to put “heads in beds,” thereby pumping money into the local economy, will get their chance at a portion of the funding when deliberations commence in March.

Until then, the applications (which became available Jan. 29) will be due by the close of business on Monday, March 3.

A final decision on who gets what is expected to be made by the Gillespie County Commissioners Court at its regular session set for 9 a.m. on Monday, March 24, in the county courtroom of the courthouse.

HOT funds are supplied by taxes collected by the county from overnight visitors in hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and inns located in the unincorporated areas outside Fredericksburg.

Wed
05
Feb

FISD band boosters


RUSHING to grab another set of “to-go” plates bagged up for the convenience of motorists in the FISD Band Boosters Turkey Dinner drive-through lane is sixth grade student Elizabeth Crittell, who is aided by her uncle, John Crittell, and her father, David Crittell. The Super Bowl Sunday event Feb. 2 saw a record number of 3,150 plates served in just under three hours’ time, but diners were also had their passion for music fed as middle school and high school bands took turns performing. One number by the Fredericksburg High School Wind Ensemble featured Cade Ottmers, Ian Houston and Chase Ottmers on bongos. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Wed
05
Feb

Public reception Sunday, Feb. 9 for retiring school leader


TWO ‘SUPERS’ — Representing the changing of the guard, recently-retired Fredericksburg Independent School District superintendent Dr. Marc Williamson chats with new superintendent Dr. Eric Wright while walking down the hall at the FISD Administration Building last week. A reception in “Dr. Marc’s” honor was held that day to commemorate his 16 years of service to the FISD. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

A reception honoring Dr. Marc Williamson on his retirement as superintendent of the Fredericksburg Independent School District will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, from 4-7 p.m. at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center.

The FISD Board of Trustees are hosting the reception to honor Williamson for his “many years of dedicated service to our schools and community as superintendent of the FISD.”

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Wed
05
Feb

Gillespie County Jail construction


DIGGING drainage areas and retention ponds at the front of the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center, Sedalco construction workers have created quite a change in scenery out U.S. Highway 290 on the city’s eastern edge as they reshape the landscape on Industrial Loop and begin forming up the foundation for the $15 million, bond-approved Gillespie County Jail. Construction on the two-story structure, which will also house the law enforcement dispatch center, probation offices and an upstairs courtroom, is expected to last the better part of this year. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Wed
05
Feb

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg galleries to host exhibits, receptions

Two galleries are joining the First First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration set this month on Friday, Feb. 7.

Joining the list of participants is the Dan Pfeiffer Gallery and The Gallery at Vaudeville.

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg will generally take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and will feature special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

Each of the participating galleries will display the Art Walk flag on Friday.

For more ifnroamtion, visit the website at www.FFAWF.com.

This month’s schedule of events includes the following:

Wed
05
Feb

11 FHS HOSA members qualify for state contest


QUALIFYING for the State HOSA: Future Health Professionals competition in March were 11 students from Fredericksburg High School, including, in front from left, Valeria Herrera, Hailey Nicoson, Emanuel De La Torre, Mossie Tanner and (in back) Baylie Staedtler, Mackenzie Grumbles, Morgan Jenschke, Charissa Cook, Samuel Bullion, Katelyn Immel, Edward Williams and Diane Worth HOSA advisor. — Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

Eleven HOSA: Future Health Professionals from Fredericksburg High School qualified for state competition after earning top honors at the Area I Competition on Friday and Saturday in Austin.

The top three finishers in each division earn the right to advance to the state contest, which will be held March 27-29, in San Antonio.

Finishing first and qualifying for state was the Medical Reserve Team partnership of Emanuel De La Torre, Valeria Herrera, Hailey Nicoson and Mossie Tanner.

Also finishing first and qualifying for state was the CERT team of Katelyn Immel and Edward Williams.

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Wed
05
Feb

'Nimitzplatz' will be area for new WWII hero's statue

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and National Museum of the Pacific War will unveil one of two eight-foot bronze statues of Adm. Chester Nimitz at what will be known as “Nimitzplatz” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7.

The unveiling is open to the public. No seating will be provided.

Nimitz Foundation marketing director Brandon Vinyard said that in case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until Monday, Feb. 10.

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