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Texas Tech's big man visits small campus


TEXAS TECH President Dr. Duane Nellis speaks to a crowd at a reception in the Cherry Spring community. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

On the job for exactly one month, new Texas Tech University president Duane Nellis visited Fredericksburg on Monday to get a picture of the school’s regional operations.

Nellis spoke to members of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, toured Hill Country University Center — one of three TTU Hill Country sites — then met that evening at the Mansfeldt Sheep Barn near Cherry Spring.

“We have a strong presence in the Hill Country and we value the relationship between the university and the Texas Hill Country University Center Foundation,” Nellis said. “Recently, the legislature approved $400,000 for our Hill Country sites.”

Nellis spoke of the recent hire of a full-time enology professor, who will help guide students through viticulture offerings for the burgeoning local wine industry.

Wed
17
Jul

Park pool design plans OK'd by city


FINAL DESIGNS for the ren-ovation at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool were approved by the Fredericks-burg City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening. Most of the existing park pool will be reutilized as part of two separate bodies of water at the new facility, a 2,386 square foot recreational pool and a 25 yard by 25 meter competition lap pool with ¾ meter diving board. — Photo courtesy Kimley-Horn

Nearly identical to the plan okayed by voters last May, the final design for renovations at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool was approved by the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday.

City pool consultant Kimley-Horn’s design of the renovation is expected to come in above the $1.8 million project budget, though representative Mark Hatchel asked the council to allow contractors to bid on the project first.

“Let’s see what it costs. The bids may come in better than we think,” Hatchel said. “If they don’t, we will sit down, roll up our sleeves and figure out how to get it within budget and get her built.”

A similar process was utilized during the planning and construction of the newly rebuilt Town Pool, where “value engineering” was done to bring the project within the $1.4 million budget.

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17
Jul

Carol Smith to be honored at Fiesta fundraiser Aug. 3


CAROL SMITH, pictured with her late husband, Jack, will be honored for her service to Misión de Candelilla, during the group’s Fiesta 2013 fundraiser, slated for Aug. 3.

Long-time Fredericksburg resident Carol Smith will be honored Aug. 3 at “Fiesta 2013,” the annual fund-raiser for Misión de Candelilla, sponsor of medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua.

“Carol and her late husband, Jack, were instrumental in the founding of our medical missions some 27 years ago,” Curtis Allerkamp, the group’s executive director, said. “They were agriculture missionaries working with the Southern Baptist Conference in Mexico when the need for supplemental medical assistance across the Rio Grande became apparent. Without them, our initial efforts might not have ever happened.”

Smith and her husband were retired teachers from La Porte, working with the Southern Baptist HANDS mission, teaching proper soil fertilization and growing techniques in Mexico.

Wed
17
Jul

Program focuses on bond between vets, therapy dogs


SPECIAL BOND — Dennis Blocker and his dog, “Laky,” were part of a program on Saturday morning at the Na-tional Museum of the Pacific War. Blocker talked about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs with canine Post Trau-matic Stress Disorder while representatives from the Train A Dog — Save A War-rior program spoke on the healing bond between wounded warriors and ther-apy dogs. More photos on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Visitors to the National Museum of the Pacific War on Saturday morning may have been a little surprised to hear barking coming from inside the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom.

It’s not the usual sounds visitors to the museum will hear, but the dogs were part of a special program that focused on the healing bond between wounded warriors and therapy dogs.

Among the speakers was Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret.).

With the help of retired war dog “Laky”, Blocker talked about his training, experiences overseas and dealing with dogs, including “Laky,” with canine PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

“Laky,” originally from Russia, was assigned to Blocker because the dog was “out of control.”

“He turned out to be an awesome dog,” Blocker said.

Sharing the program with Blocker on Saturday was Bart Sherwood, program director for Train A Dog — Save A Warrior (TADSAW).

Wed
17
Jul

HCM partners with Frontera to expand clinic services here

Hill Country Memorial is partnering with Frontera Healthcare Network to expand health services that have been provided through the HCM Community Health Center since the 1990s.

The initiative is a response to recent health care reforms, and is designed to bring a broader spectrum of services to the community, according to Emily Padula, HCM executive director of integration and outreach.

“Due to changes coming with the Affordable Care Act, the state of Texas lost federal funding previously used to support clinics like ours,” Padula said. “Rather than leave low-income patients without needed health services, we approached Frontera Healthcare Network about forming a collegial partnership to expand those services for the community. They are able to provide the services we had been providing in addition to primary care for Medicaid patients.”

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17
Jul

Weekend tribute concerts to benefit local Rotary Club

Derek Spence Music Productions will bring a full band tribute performance to the Hangar Hotel’s Pacific Showroom and Tiki Bar Friday and Saturday, July 19-20.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Fredericksburg Rotary Club in its support of wounded warriors.

The tribute performance will include the music of country greats George Strait, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.

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17
Jul

Film fest will hold screening before NIOF

In conjunction with Night In Old Fredericksburg, the Hill Country Film Festival will host a free public screening of several family-friendly, independently produced short films at Marktplatz, Thursday, July 18, at 8:30 p.m

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Wed
10
Jul

Trustees study tougher penalties for drug use

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

In light of the spring overdose tragedy of a Fredericksburg High School student, school trustees are mulling changes to the student code of conduct.

On Monday, Fredericksburg Independent School District Supt. Marc Williamson made suggestions to the board of trustees to strengthen what he said is a proactive policy. Trustees will study the suggestions and potentially offer others to adopt at their next meeting.

Continuing and expanding the district’s use of drug dogs and drug testing of students is an option. New tests could be expanded to include more drugs, Williamson said, though costs must be weighed against the benefits.

The district also will consider upgrading its Crime Stoppers program, a partnership with the local community crime prevention organization. That would let students offer anonymous tips to increase policing of drug use.

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10
Jul

FISD okays purchase of 275 tablets

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees on Monday agreed to enter the tablet era of computing in hopes of eventually leveling the playing field between haves and have nots.

Trustees okayed the purchase of 275 tablet computers to begin teacher training, and for use with some staff members, Supt. Marc Williamson said. Cost for the initial purchase was $161,000.

“The infrastructure needs to be in place before we offer this to students and every staff member,” Williamson said. “We are negotiating with Time Warner for additional bandwidth (to accommodate increased needs).”

Williamson said iPads or Dell tablets would be given to 242 teachers and the rest would be to administrative support services and a few non-contractual positions.

Wed
10
Jul

Libation makers liberated


THE PIONEER PORTER is one of the Fredericksburg Brewing Company’s (FBC) beers. New laws passed by the Texas Legislature allow brewpubs, like FBC, to distribute their beer outside of the restaurant. Before the laws’ enactment, brewpubs could only sell beer onsite. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Austin Eck

 

The Texas Legislature passed a series of beer-related bills into law during their latest session. Both bills expanded how breweries and brewpubs could sell their products.

Senate Bill 515 allows Brewpubs, like the Fredericksburg Brewing Company (FBC), to sell their beers to retailers and distributors.

Before the law was passed, brewpubs could only sell their beers onsite in glasses, to-go cups or 64 ounce growlers.  

FBC will continue to sell their beer in the traditional ways while they consider future expansion.

The FBC makes about a 1,000 barrels of beer a year. Under the new law, brewpubs can make up to 10,000 31-gallon-barrels of beer. Before, brewpubs could only legally produce 5,000 barrels of beer.

“Our biggest problem right now is that we are at max capacity with this equipment,” said Rick Green, brewmaster at FBC. “We pretty much sell everything that we make.”

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