New dispatch director backed by experience

By Austin R. Eck —

Without a doubt, Dispatch and Telecommunications is a new department. Even the door that hides director Les Metzler’s office doesn’t have a sign on it.

That is the nature of taking the helm of a department recently created by Gillespie County Commissioners.

But Metzler’s job is focused on the paperwork behind setting up a new joint dispatch center be-tween the City of Fredericksburg and County of Gillespie. Since the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office has operated dispatch, new licenses must be obtained from agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (T-COLE).

“A lot of paperwork needs to be gathered between the governmental organizations — the county and the city,” Metzler said. “That’s the biggest factor, trying to gather all that is needed to submit to the state.”


'Hometown boy' to headline chamber banquet Monday

Stonewall Chamber of Commerce will host its banquet and membership meeting on Monday, Jan. 26.

Set for the Stonewall Chamber Building, the event begins with a social at 6 p.m. with the meal at 7 p.m. and program to follow.

Justin Weinheimer, the Sorghum Checkoff’s New Crop Improvement Program Director, will be the guest speaker.

Tickets, at $15 each, can be purchased in advance (recommended so organizers and can have a head count) at Weinheimer and Son in Stonewall and Stroeher and Olfers in Fredericksburg.

Tickets can also be purchased the night of the banquet at the door.

All chamber members are invited to attend.

“We also welcome anyone who wishes to become members to attend as well,” said Brandon Weinheimer, the 2015 president.

Membership forms will be available at the banquet.

Door prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the program, and everyone attending will have a chance to win.


Catholic Schools Week celebration set at St. Mary's

Yobani Castro, Brant Bow-ers and William Sebera lead the way out of St. Mary’s Catholic Church for Deacon Pat Klein after last Thursday morning’s worship. St. Mary’s will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week, Monday through Friday, Jan. 26-30, with a series of events. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The week begins Sunday, Jan. 25, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 31.

The theme for 2015 is:  “Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

St. Mary’s School will begin the celebration at the weekend masses in church. Students will wear their uniforms to mass, and will participate in leading the liturgy.

Students will give testimony about the importance of Catholic education in their lives, and they will give parishioners small gifts of appreciation, and the seventh grade class will have a bake sale and hospitality after mass.

The library will open a week-long Scholastic Book Fair on Monday morning. Families are invited to purchase quality books and learning materials during the fair. All book fair profits will be used to purchase additional books for the library.


Fire destroys garage, two cars Friday

Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and Fredericksburg VFD worked to extinguish a detached garage, which caught on fire Friday at 4:32 p.m. Two vehicles in the garage along with its contents were lost in the fire, but little damage was done to the house. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and the Fredericksburg VFD responded to a structure fire at 4:32 p.m., Friday at 2728 Ranch Road 2721.

A detached garage on the north side of a house caught on fire. The homeowner, who was resting inside, did not know the garage was burning until his dog started barking.

First responders from Stonewall were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the northwest corner of the house.

“Stonewall did an absolutely remarkable job protecting the home,” County Fire Marshal Steve Olfers said.

According to Olfers, the cause of the fire was accidental. 


Britt to give violin recital on Jan. 24

Fredericksburg violinist Theresa Britt will perform a solo recital at 2 p.m. this Saturday in the sanctuary of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Pianist Marc Sanders from Abilene will accompany Britt.

The performance is free and open to the public. The church is at 1800 N. Llano St.

The program includes Chaconne by Vitali; Preludio of the Bach E Major Partita for Solo Violin; Schubert Sonata in A minor for Violin and Piano; Salut d’Amour by Elgar, and Melodie by Gluck.

Britt is the director of the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras, a teacher for the Hill Country Youth Orchestras, and maintains a large private studio of violin, viola and cello students in Fredericksburg and Kerrville. 


Gillespie County exhibitors in Kerrville for district show

Competition is already underway in Kerrville for local exhibitors participating in the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show.

Judging began on Sunday and concludes on Saturday, Jan. 24, with the auction at the Hill Country Youth Event Center.

Next up for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members is the Fort Worth Stock Show.

In Fort Worth, judging for local exhibitors begins on Jan. 31 and concludes with the auctions on Feb. 7.

From there, local exhibitors will head to the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 12-March 1; San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, Feb. 13-March 1; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 3-22, and Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin, March 14-28.

Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show


Kiwanis Club to host Texas Hold-Em tournament

The Fredericksburg Kiwanis Club will host a Texas Hold-Em Tournament Saturday to benefit the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund.

The poker tournament will be at St. Joseph’s Hall at 212 W. San Antonio St.

It’ll be an afternoon of food and poker as the donations help the fund support local education.

Registration opens at 10 a.m. and is limited to the first 100 entries. The buy-in is $100. This includes dinner, and complimentary soda, water and beer.

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City faces changes to insurance program

By Matt Ward —

Numerous claims in excess of $150,000 have put the City of Fredericksburg’s self-funded health insurance fund at risk of a deficit, according to a report to the city council made during a special meeting Jan. 7.

“We have experienced a large number of claims in the past six to eight months and this fund has used virtually all of its fund balance to cover these claims,” City Manager Kent Myers said.  “As a result, 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 on April 1.”

Claims from fiscal year 2013-2014 have taken the city’s insurance fund reserves “down to basically zero,” Myers said, with $1.448 million currently budgeted revenues this fiscal year in the fund.


Plans being studied for FHS, primary school bond projects

By Richard Zowie —

A new bond proposal is in the “tentative planning” phase, Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees discussed during a Monday special meeting.

Trustees set May 9 as the date for the election of trustees with voters deciding on two candidates for two-year terms and one candidate for one year.

Possible bond plans

Trustees met with officials from Pfluger Architects to discuss proposed building plans at both Fredericksburg High School and the neighboring primary campus, for inclusion into the proposed bond.

Superintendent Eric Wright said no action would be taken this month. At February’s board meeting, architects will go into more detail, and Wright will look at proposed plans other FISD campuses, also under consideration for the bond.

Currently, three options for building more rooms at the high school and primary school are being considered:


Weather doesn't chill turnout for largest show

As judge Tyler Bobinmeyer approaches, (from left) Macie Lumpkins, Taya Beyer, Taylor Gamble and Emily Gamble prepare their lambs for inspection during the fine wool cross class at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Exhibitors didn’t let the cold temperatures, rain and even patches of ice distract them when it came time to step into the show ring at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction Thursday through Saturday.

“What a great weekend,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association.

He said, “Our volunteers worked so well to make sure that everything from checking in the livestock on Thursday, to the sale on Saturday, went so smoothly despite the weather.”

“I am honored to serve as president of such a worthy organization that works with the youth,” Hahn said. “I am always constantly reminded of the times I spent as an exhibitor myself and the lessons that I try to teach my kids.”

Hahn praised the judges for their “outstanding work with our youth.”


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