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10
Jul

Toe-tapping fourth


MEMBERS of the Lackland Air Force Base Color Guard presented and retired the colors during the Fourth of July program.

A nod to female veterans and a swinging set of World War II-era music highlighted the free patriotic program that followed the Fourth of July parade on Thursday at Marktplatz.

Lt. Cmdr. Michele Maasberg gave the keynote address, and discussed her service as a Navy Combat Search and Rescue helicopter pilot in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and European Theaters.

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Wed
10
Jul

Haley to succeed Wetz as FPD patrol division lieutenant


Brian Haley

Brian Haley was named the new Fredericksburg Police Department patrol division lieutenant on May 24 to succeed Steven T. Wetz, who was recently promoted as the chief of police.

Haley holds a master peace officer certification and is a firearms instructor, a taser instructor and a “less lethal” instructor.

He has served with the Fredericksburg Police Department for 11 years, nine of which have been as a patrol sergeant, since he was promoted on June 23, 2004.

Haley graduated from Mason High School in 1992 before attending Angelo State University, where he played football for the ASU Rams from 1992-1994.

While at ASU, Haley said he became interested in a career in law enforcement. “I had some friends who worked in the prison system, and it always intrigued me,” Haley said.

Wed
10
Jul

Behrends earns medals at national shooting contest


Hunter Behrends

Hunter Behrends represented Texas in the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational which ran from June 23-28.

The Texas team claimed first place in the contest, and Behrends won four medals.

Behrends earned a silver medal in the three-position air rifle event by scoring 553 points — one point shy of the gold medalist’s score. 

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10
Jul

Daily Update for Tuesday, July 16

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Wed
10
Jul

Commissioners look toward truck route, 4-H, honor flights

Ready to study the possibility of an alternate truck route around Fredericksburg, Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday appointed two of their own to serve on a newly-formed task force.

Commissioners Curtis Cameron and Donnie Schuch were unanimously chosen as the county’s liaisons on the committee looking into whether or not an alternate route is a viable option for improving pedestrian safety and relieving downtown traffic congestion.

County officials are also expected to appoint a citizen representative to serve on the task force and will consider adopting a resolution in support of the route at its next meeting, scheduled at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at the courthouse.

In other business Monday, commissioners heard an update on the state of the Gillespie County 4-H program from some of its members, as well as Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Micah Walker.

Wed
10
Jul

Program set for Wounded Warriors, therapy dogs

The healing bond between Wounded Warriors and therapy dogs will be on display free for visitors to see this Saturday, July 13, starting at 10 a.m. in the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

On hand will be representatives from Train A Dog Save A Warrior (TADSAW), along with their four-legged friends and the military members they assist.

The TADSAW program unites wounded servicemen, suffering with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,) with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two.

The result is a positive, non-judgmental, unconditional relationship needed by both, said Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret.)

Wed
10
Jul

Motorcycle ride to benefit Judds

A charity motorcycle ride has been scheduled July 27 to benefit Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri, who were both severely injured in an accident on June 25.

The head-on, two-vehicle collision on Ranch to Market 1631 claimed the life of local resident David Charles Meurer, but also left Jim Judd in a quadriplegic state and Sheri Judd with 11 broken ribs and three fractured vertebrae, according to their son-in-law, Mike Goy.

Jim remains in intensive care in “critical condition” at San Antonio Medical Center, while Sheri has been transferred to medical care in Kerrville and is improving through physical rehabilitation, Goy said.

“As you could imagine, the medical bills will be a very big concern and this ride is dedicated to them to help raise money for those bills,” Goy said.

Tue
02
Jul

Council reverses rezoning request for condo project

By Matt Ward

 

Six months after neighboring residents won in a fight to prevent construction of an 11-unit condominium project on South Lee Street, the Fredericksburg City Council denied a zoning change to stop similar projects from development in that area during their regular meeting Monday evening.

Continuing a public hearing that began June 17, the council denied the change, with Mayor Jeryl Hoover and council members Tim Dooley and Gary Neffendorf opposed to changing the land use plan from medium- to low-density residential and the zoning from R-2 Mixed Residential to R-1 Single Family Residential.

“This is R-2, has been and was when you all bought (property),” Hoover said. “The fact that you have developed it more in the flavor of an R-1 is an after-the-fact nice thing, but it does not impose upon us to make the changes to reflect what you have done when you knew it’s what it was when you bought it.”

 

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02
Jul

Pari-mutuel horse racing season begins Saturday

 

Kicking off the 2013 summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds will be the July Fourth Weekend Racing Festival on Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7.

In addition to the two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, the weekend will also include an evening concert and dance on the outdoor pavilion on Saturday.

The eight-day 2013 summer season at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds features live pari-mutuel horse racing over four weekends at the local five-eighths mile oval.

Along with the live pari-mutuel horse racing, the summer will also see the 125th Gillespie County Fair in August.

The summer season events are sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc.

 

Live pari-mutuel racing

Tue
02
Jul

Farmers, LCRA eye continuing drought


MORE UNRAVELING THAN USUAL is required as Paul Tybor (above), manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District, measures how low the water is in a monitor well over the Ellenberger Aquifer. To measure the depth of the wa-ter, Tybor lowers a probe into the well. The probe beeps when it hits the water, Tybor then reads the tape measure attached to the probe. The aquifer is about 15 feet above its historic low point. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin Eck

By Austin Eck

            

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is warning that the current drought is likely to continue throughout the summer.

The LCRA’s warning is based primarily on the levels of lakes Travis and Buchanan which together are 38 percent full.

The drought in Fredericksburg is considered severe using the Palmer Drought Index. The Palmer Drought Index is used by meteorologists to determine the severity of a long term drought.

“Water levels in the city wells are low, but they are fairly stable,” said Paul Tybor, manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District. “They are starting to trend downward.”

In the monitor well, the water is 80 feet down. The lowest it had ever been was in 2011 when the water was 95 feet down, and in wetter years water is about 50 feet down in the well.

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