Commissioners hire 'forensic accountant' to attract funds

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the hiring of a forensic accounting firm to investigate discrepancies and shortages within the county’s Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

The request to approve the hiring of Dawson Forensic Group was made during the regular meeting.

In July, Laura Lundquist, the county treasurer, sent a letter to the Gillespie County Tax Collector-Assessor regarding a shortage in funds the county was not receiving, commissioner Curtis Cameron said.

Cameron was not satisfied with the response, so he saw a need to investigate the shortage.

“I talked to the county attorney, and he agreed,” Cameron said. “He said it would be inappropriate if we didn’t do something.”

The letter to the tax assessor-collector’s office stated the balance due to the county was $75,889.60.


Fair play

All smiles after being chosen on Friday night to represent the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association in 2015 were, from left, First Duchess Morgan Baethge, Second Duchess Hannah Fewox, Queen Victoria Klein, Third Duchess Baylie Staedtler and Fourth Duchess Brooke Loth. The crowning of the new queen and her court was one of the many highlights of the 126th Gillespie County Fair. See more photos, stories and results throughout the Aug. 27, 2014 issue. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By all accounts, the 126th Gillespie County Fair was another “blue ribbon” event.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the four-day celebration included a queen’s contest, music, parade, live pari-mutuel horse racing, carnival and midway, agricultural and home products displays, dominos, washer pitching, livestock judging and more.

Carey Durst, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, said that while attendance at some events seemed to be down somewhat, the crowd on Saturday night “blew the doors off.”

In looking at the various aspects of the fair, Durst noted that the carnival was “exceptional” with lots more to do, the mutton busting contests were crowd pleasers and the combination of Moe Bandy and Kyle Park on Saturday night seemed to appeal to all ages.

“The agriculture and home products exhibits are always nice,” he said. “The exhibits still touch on the old fairs.”


Plane pilot injured in crash

First responders attempt to extricate pilot Mike Herder from wreckage after his airplane flipped Thursday during a landing attempt at Gillespie County Airport. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A pilot from Roanoke was injured when his aircraft was blown from the runway last Thursday at Gillespie County Airport.

Mike Herder, 65, suffered two broken ankles when he attempted to land his home-built experimental Zodiac 601 aircraft at 2:43 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21. (The plane was built in 2010.) Herder was transported to University Hospital via AirLife helicopter.

First responders had to free Herder from his plane which flipped into a grassy field adjacent to the runway and landed upside down. 

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Students return to the classrooms

Heidi Davis makes sure her son, Carson Davis, is all squared away as they walk into Fredericksburg Elementary School. The youngster started second grade on Monday, when Fredericksburg Independent School District welcomed students back as classes began for the new school year. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

For most schools across Gillespie County, classes began on Monday, Aug. 25.

Providence Hall began classes yesterday, while Heritage School began classes today. Fredericksburg Christian School will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Fredericksburg ISD

This year in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, there were 2,928 total students on the first day, 77 more than the 2,851 enrolled last year.

Enrollment figures as of the first day of school were:

Fredericksburg High School had 955 students on the first day. Last year, there were 935.

There will be an open house at the high school on Monday, Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m.

There were 623 students at Fredericksburg Middle School on the first day, an increase of 16 students from last year.

Fredericksburg Elementary School had 989 students, almost 40 more than last year.


A picture-perfect fair

One popular ride was the Windsurfer, which flipped riders and sprayed water that was used to splash those in neighboring seats. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Frontier Days kicks off Friday

A parade with patriotic flavor will be part of Harper festivities. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Harper Community Park Association (HCPA) will mark its “50th Annual Harper Frontier Days Celebration” Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31, at the park in Harper.

The Labor Day weekend event kicks off at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 29, with Open Draw Pot Team Roping. The draw three will cost $150 per man and roping will immediately follow barrel racing.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, will be rodeo slack.

Other activities throughout the day include Pioneer Museum tours, 42 tournament, kid fishing contest, washer pitching contest and Little Miss/Mr. Harper Contest.

A parade will begin at 5 p.m. on U.S. 290 in downtown Harper, followed by a 6 p.m. barbecue meal by donation.

The Lester Meier Open Rodeo will start at 8 p.m., followed by a dance at 9 p.m. featuring John Christopher Way and Barbwire.


Roots concert to bring trio of Texas music talents

“Texas Rock ‘n’ Roll” will be featured at the final Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country concert on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Pioneer Museum.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Two Hoots and a Holler will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by Al Staehley at 7:55 p.m. and the Freddie Steady 5 at 9:20 p.m.

Admission is $15 at the gate while online pre-purchase admission is $13.

To purchase tickets online, visit

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Doss VFD to host annual benefit fish fry

Fried catfish with all the trimmings will be served up by the Doss Volunteer Fire Department on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Doss Community Center.

Serving for the annual fundraiser begins at 4:30 p.m. and the cost of the meal is by donation.

Along with the fried fish, the menu includes potato salad, beans, vegetables and dessert.

During the evening, Dutch Treat will be providing the music.

Along with the fish dinner will be a prize drawing including the grand prize — a $2,500 VISA gift card.

Tickets for the prize drawing are $2 each or six for $10. It was noted that winners need not be present to win.


Wreath-laying, tours, movie on tap for LBJ birthday observance

A wreath-laying will commemorate what would have been the 106th birthday of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. - Standard-Radio Post file photo

A celebration to mark what would be the 106th birthday of the late President Lyndon B. Johnson will be held at Stonewall on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The traditional wreath laying cemetery will be held at the Johnson Family Cemetery at 10 a.m.

Both the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site and the LBJ National Historical Park are joining in the celebration.

Visitors should first stop at the Visitor Center in the state park to obtain their free park permit to enjoy both the state and national parks.

Texas White House tours given by the National Park Service will be free to the public on Aug. 27.

Visitors may stop by the cemetery to pay their respects.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site will host several activities on Aug. 27 in honor of the late president’s birthday.

The LBJ State Park Visitor Center will have patriotic decorations and everyone is urged to bring a camera to take part in the LBJ photo opportunity.


City OKs first reading of new $50.2 million budget

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials expect to bolster services while decreasing property taxes over the next year, according to the latest projections in their 2014-2015 budget proposal.

City Manager Kent Myers presented the proposal during a regular meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council Monday evening. The proposal would add nearly $12 million to next year’s budget, jumping from $38.4 million to $50.2 million in total spending.

Featured in the budget are $10.3 million in capital expenditures, including a new cell at the city landfill, street improvements on Brehmer Lane as well as $5.8 million in water and wastewater improvement projects funded from a $6.5 million bond project approved in 2013.


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