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Wed
11
Feb

New software will help manage prisoners

By Austin R. Eck

Managing the inmate population at the new Gillespie County Jail will be easier after commissioners approved the purchase of a new inmate classification software system by the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

The $5,153 purchase was approved in Monday’s session.

When an inmate is brought into a jail, a risk assessment is conducted to determine any possible threat. Inmates are kept with those of similar risk or, if the danger is high enough, kept separate from other prisoners.

Jails use software as part of their classification system to help determine the threat level of an inmate.

Currently, the county uses a program by Point Additive. However, Sheriff Buddy Mills believes the classification system, Decision Tree, is superior.  

The system allows for intermingling of inmates by being more lenient in criteria. 

Wed
11
Feb

Cave Creek school open this weekend

Officials at Cave Creek Historic School will host an open house tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The school is at 470 Cave Creek Road off Ranch Road 1631, and the event will feature a Valentine’s Day theme and a chocolate dessert bar.

Visitors can see the days of late 19th and early 20th century education, where blackboards, pencils and one-room school houses were replaced by computers, iPhones and iPods.

Recent renovations to the school include a new paint job, and the school also now has a wildlife watering station.

Docents will greet visitors with stories of the past and present use of the historic school, including how Cave Creek school received its name.

Wed
11
Feb

Indie film screening planned Feb. 18

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), the annual independent film event to be held in Fredericksburg, April 30-May 3, will continue its partnership with Fritztown Cinema to promote independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series.”

The next film presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, with a screening of the British dark comedy “The Drummond Will” from director Alan Butterworth.

Winner of the best feature film award from the 2011 Hill Country Film Festival, this dark comedy is about estranged brothers who find themselves on a surprisingly dangerous quest to unravel the mystery surrounding their father’s very unlikely wealth.

Wed
11
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 11

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      • Readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post may find that their Classified and Real Estate sections are somewhat crumpled today. That's because the truck hauling the papers from the printing press in San Marcos was involved in an accident near Stonewall last evening. The driver is recovering in a San Antonio hospital after being airlifted from the scene.

Tue
10
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 10

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Fri
06
Feb

City health fund receives $100,000 shot in arm

By Matt Ward —

Numerous large claims on the City of Fredericksburg’s self-funded health insurance plan have left the account at risk of deficit, though a report to the Fredericksburg City Council Monday advised that the fund should be in good shape for the next several months.

“Our experience over the past 10-15 years has been positive with this self-insurance fund,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “But here within the last 12 months, we’ve somehow received a total of 12 large catastrophic claims (approaching $70,000).”

Effective March 1, the city will move to a more cost-effective provider network, which will reduce some benefits such as office visit requirements and changes to prescription policy. The move is expected to save the city $163,000 this year.

The current budget includes a 15-percent increase in city funding for health insurance, effective Oct. 1, and a 10-percent increase in dependent insurance, effective April 1.

Fri
06
Feb

Fredericksburg named 'place to retire'

Forbes.com ranked Fredericksburg 14th in its 2014 list of 25 Best Places to Retire.

Fredericksburg was one of four Texas towns on the list.

The website listed Fredericksburg’s pros as warm climate, above-average air quality, cost of living five percent below national average, median home price $138,000, low crime and a high “walkability” rank.

Named after Prince Frederick of Prussia, the city had no listed cons.

Other Lone Star State towns included Abilene (first), Austin (third) and San Angelo (22nd).

Among the other cities making the Forbes.com list were Venice, Florida; Tucson, Arizona; Salt Lake City; Pittsburgh and Oklahoma City.

Fri
06
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 6 and the Weekend

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Wed
04
Feb

'Bird is the word' at band fundraiser


Sylvia Sanchez (right) serves stuffing during the Fredericksburg Band Booster Turkey Dinner on Sunday. Sanchez along with several volunteers worked together make to-go meals for the drive-thru lane. More coverage can be found on page A/B3 and D3 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck —

The sound of music and the scent of turkey filled the air at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds as thousands of people were served at the Fredericksburg Band Booster’s Turkey Dinner.

Over one ton of turkey was dished out on to 3,000 plates in three hours during the turkey dinner, said Melissa May, FISD Band Booster Club assistant reporter.

In addition to the 2,500 pounds of turkey, 1,100 pounds of dressing, 340 pounds of noodles and 167 gallons of green beans were served, volunteer Ralph Koennecke said. 

The plate seemed to be a crowd pleaser.

“This year’s plate was the best I’ve had in years,” Koennecke said. “The noodle and bean people had it down. Everything went smooth, especially, the noodles. Sometimes they get pasty but they had their timers and everything worked well. Everything seemed to click.”

Wed
04
Feb

Rabies shot clinics to continue Saturday


Missy Kelum took her dog, Jewel, to the City of Fredericksburg’s rabies clinic on Saturday for vaccinations from Dr. Neal Eckert. Citizens were able to take advantage of reduced prices on shots and registration tags. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

The City of Fredericksburg will vaccinate dogs and cats during its second rabies clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7. 

Doss, Willow City and Stonewall will host rabies vaccination clinics during February.

The clinics feature rabies vaccinations at a discounted rate, and also offer the opportunity for owners to get their cat and dog caught up on their shots.

The following is a list of the planned clinics in the county:

City of Fredericksburg

The City of Fredericksburg will host its next rabies vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Consolidated Warehouse, which is on Friendship Lane, behind Fredericksburg High School.

Vaccines will be administered by veterinarians, Dr. Travis Halfman and Dr. Neil Eckert. The cost of the rabies vaccine is $8 per dog or cat. Each is sacrificing a portion of their fee.

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