FMS campus improvements focus on safety

Eventually, the entire Fredericksburg Middle School will be enclosed. Assistant Principal Dalen Kirchner described the enclosure as a way of securing the campus. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about bond improvements on FISD campuses.)

By Richard Zowie —

From the elongated, inverted U-shaped parking lot, a short walk will take a person directly to the front of most buildings on the Fredericksburg Middle School campus.

If it’s raining, they’ll have to keep their heads covered.

This will all change, possibly as soon as the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

Using $500,000 of the $16.5 million school bond approved in May by almost 88 percent of voters, the middle school will receive a new fence surrounding the buildings, along with canopies connecting the buildings.

“There is already some fencing in the back of the campus but more is being added to make it secure,” said Dalen Kirchner, FMS assistant principal. “FISD believes in safety first and we think the fence will provide the added security we need.”


Bettors wager over $285,000 at weekend races

Horses race for the finish line in Sunday’s seventh race during the Gillespie County Race Meet. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Two more days of live pari-mutuel horse racing remain on the 2015 schedule at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds following Gillespie County Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday.

The 2015 racing season at the local Class III track comes to a close on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-23, as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair, which takes place Aug. 20-23.

(More information on the 127th Gillespie County Fair can be found in a separate article.)

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet drew 2,609 racing fans who wagered $285,619 on 24 races.

The total payout to bettors was $229,685.

On Saturday, 1,574 fans wagered $151,061 while on Sunday, 1,035 fans wagered $134,558.

The payout on Saturday was $123,812 and on Sunday totaled $105,873.


County commissioners mull USDA building lease

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County Commissioners will look at an existing lease to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and compare it to market rates and what the county absorbs in its utility and custodial payments.

Commissioners met Monday and continued a workshop to hash out the fiscal 2016 budget. They postponed setting tax rates for the upcoming year until more budget work is completed.

The county also agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the joint city-county engineering and marketing work for a possible alternative truck route. That project would likely go before voters, but city and county officials are trying to see what portion of the project will be paid by the Texas Department of Transportation.



City proposes $42 million budget; public hearing to be held on Monday

A public hearing on the City of Fredericksburg’s 2015-2016 budget will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center as part of the Fredericksburg City Council’s regular meeting.

The city has proposed a $42.098 million budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, down five million from the current year’s budget.

Most of the budget decrease is due to water and solid waste fund capital improvement projects that are on track to be complete before the end of the budget year Sept. 30.

Budget highlights include four new full-time personnel including a new fire chief and firefighter, building repairs at City Hall, continued sidewalk improvement and major renovations to Milam Street.


Bush grandson 'George P.' will speak here Friday

The National Museum of the Pacific War will host an End of World War II Commemoration at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in the Memorial Courtyard.

George P. Bush, grandson of former President George H.W. Bush, will be guest speaker.

The commemoration is free and open to the public, and is in conjunction with the Austin-based Veterans Land Board.

Scheduled events include a flyover by Terry Adams and friends; presentation of the colors by the Texas Cryptologic Color Guard; welcoming remarks from Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), CEO and president of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Bush’s keynote address; wreath presentation, and rifle salute.

In the Pacific War against Japan, World War II ended when Japan formally surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor on Sept. 2, 1945. Prior to that, Japan had surrendered on Aug. 14, 1945, following the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Livestock judging set this weekend at fair grounds

Three livestock competitions are planned on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the weekend shows are held in conjunction with the 127th Gillespie County Fair, which takes place Aug. 20-23.

This weekend’s schedule includes the Meat Goat Futurity on Saturday and the Lamb Futurity and the Battle of the Cattle Race Day Classic Steer Show on Sunday.

In addition to the livestock judging this weekend, there will also be live pari-mutuel horse racing on both Saturday and Sunday as part of the Gillespie County Race Meet.

(For more on the horse racing, refer to the separate article found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)

Meat Goat Futurity

The Meat Goat Futurity, sanctioned by the Junior Meat Goat Show Circuit, Inc., will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8.


Horses gallop back on track at Gillespie Downs

Horses will be back on the track on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds for the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and post time is 1 p.m.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children six to 15 years of age and free for children five and under.

Reserved seats are $10 and box seats are $15.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance at

Also taking place over the weekend will be three livestock shows. The competitions will be held in the Show Barn.

(More information on the livestock shows can be found in a separate article elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the two-day Gillespie County Race Meet will again see quarter horses and thoroughbreds running at the local five-eighths mile oval.


Break causes 'boil' alert

From left, H-E-B local employee Robert Gibbs, and emergency operations personnel Corey Albert and Roel Mendoza have passed out about half of the prepared 2,000 gallon containers of clean drinking water. — Standard-Radio Post photo

By Matt Ward —

A water main break at the intersection of Bell and Columbus streets led to some city residents being without potable water early this week.

A boil water notice issued to affected residents Sunday evening was rescinded Tuesday afternoon after turbidity and e coli test results came back negative.

City officials began addressing the situation Sunday evening, fixing the main break and alerting affected residents of the situation.

Per state regulations, the city was required to issue a boil water notice in the Windcrest, Oaks of Windcrest, Green Meadows and Post Oak subdivisions as well as Hill Country Memorial Hospital.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” Clinton Bailey, director of public works and utilities, said Monday evening. “With the backflow preventers (installed in the city’s water system), the likelihood of anything happening is minimal, but (a notice was issued) just as a precaution.”


Final property values see 4.7 percent rise to record

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Taxing entities will benefit from Gillespie County’s record valuations, as finalized tax rolls showed a 4.7 percent increase.

The certified values from the Gillespie Central Appraisal District also showed record valuations after a dip during the 2009-2011 recession.

Gillespie’s county-wide values were tabbed at $7,340,943,122, an increase of $332,683,064 or 4.7 percent over 2014 valuations.

The previous record for Gillespie County was $7,218,740,682 in 2008.

Chief Appraiser David Oehler said though about 250 properties still remain under protest, the amount represents 98 percent of the rolls.

Valuations include market rates for residential, agricultural and commercial properties, but exemptions are not figured in to final totals, Oehler said.


Worrell, Crenwelge reign royally as Schuetzenkoenig, Koenigin

As they sing “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”), the Grapetown Shooting Club lifts Jamie Worrell into the air and exalts him as the centerfire Schuetzenkoenig during the 120th Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest, Sunday. Worrell competed among 110 shooters from the county’s six shooting clubs. For more pictures and results, see the Community Section of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Jamie Worrell earned a toss in the air at the 120th Annual Gillespie County Bundes Schuetzenfest with a score of 100 and centerfire Schuetzenkoenig honors.

The two-day competition was Saturday and Sunday.

Last year, Dennis Crenwelge won centerfire king honors during the 119th Schuetzenfest.

And this year at the 120th Schuetzenfest, Crenwelge’s wife, Brenda, earned the rimfire crown and became a Schuetzenkoenigin (“Shooting Queen”).

As the new king and queen, both Worrell and Crenwelge were hoisted into the air as their teammates sang “Er Lebe Hoch” (“May He Live High”).

Event organizers say this is the first time a husband and wife — howbeit in separate years — have won top honors at the shooting event.

Crenwelge shot a 93 on the day.

The Hubertus Shooting Club was the rimfire team champion, while Grapetown Shooting Club took champion honors in centerfire team competition.


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