Fredericksburg man found in flood waters

The body of Kenneth Reissig, 81, of Fredericksburg, was found in the Blanco River floodwaters after days of searching following the Memorial Day weekend floods near Wimberley.

Reissig was found Sunday near the Blanco River at Narrows Road near the Blanco-Hays county line, reports said.

Reissig had reportedly attended a wedding in Blanco on Saturday.

Family members forwarded an email saying Reissig’s son, Mark, tried to save his father, even as he was being struck by debris in the river, and other injuries.

Reissig was a regular at the Golden Hub and at Whataburger, which cordoned off a table in his honor last week when he was missing.

Reissig was among eight fatalities caused by storms and high water in rivers around Central Texas.

Several more are still listed as missing.


City, county near land-for-paving swap

By Matt Ward —

City and county officials are one step closer to finalizing a land-for-paving swap as the City of Fredericksburg looks to acquire property along Barons Creek.

The Fredericksburg City Council narrowly approved a tentative agreement with Gillespie County by a 3-2 vote during a regular meeting Monday with council members Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson opposing the agreement.

The agreement, which still awaits approval from Gillespie County Commissioners, would see the city pave Nimitz Parkway and the adjacent county parking lot for an estimated cost of $42,000.

Additionally, the city agreed to pave the roadway and parking lot three successive times in the future.

Neffendorf and Pearson opposed the agreement, city officials said, because the proposal was “too expensive” and would commit future councils to action.

Property history


Locals killed in separate motor vehicle accidents

Three Fredericksburg residents, including a pair of recent Fredericksburg High School graduates, were killed in two separate motor vehicle accidents over the past two weeks.

Brandon Strackbein and Hayden Pfiester, both 20, were killed early Wednesday, May 27, on U.S. 87 South, north of Comfort.

Jan Budlong, 51, of Fredericksburg, and Deborah Ramaker, 48, of Austin died in a four-vehicle accident near Wildseed Farms, Sunday, May 24.

Comfort fatality wreck

An early morning accident led to the deaths of two local residents, Wednesday, May 27, on U.S. 87 South, seven miles north of Comfort.

A 2014 Chevy Malibu driven by Strackbein, heading southbound in the outside line, veered into northbound traffic around 3:30 a.m.

The vehicle then encountered a northbound 2015 tractor trailer driven by Guadalupe Torreros, 55, of Marion.


Drop a line on Saturday

A chance to fish, learn more about the sport and win prizes will be offered at the annual Fishing Day on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at Stonewall.

The LBJ State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall in conjunction with the Kerrville Walmart will host the clinic.

The event will be held in the state park on the banks of the Pedernales River at the group picnic area on Ranch Road 1.

This facility is located adjacent (just east) of the LBJ State Park Dining Hall.

A short seminar on fishing will be presented.

The two-hour program will conclude with drawings provided by Kerrville Walmart.

Fishing equipment and worms will be provided, or participants may bring their own equipment and favorite bait.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children and enjoy a morning of fishing.

It was noted that no dogs will be allowed at the event.


Daily Update for June 3


      • Hill Country Red Hatters will gather for lunch today at 11:30 a.m. at Mamacita's Restaurant.

      • A Fredericksburg High School 2015 parent and athlete cross country meeting will be held tonight from 6-6:30 p.m. in the FHS Athletic Field House. Summer workouts, the fall meet schedule and other information about the season will be discussed. Those who are unable to attend are asked to contact Coach Dan Aldrich for information discussed.


Governor adds Gillespie to disaster declaration

Gillespie County was one of 24 additional counties added to a state of disaster declaration by Governor Greg Abbott.

The additions bring the total number of Texas counties to 70. The declaration is necessary to request disaster aid from the federal government.

The county suffered flooding and probable tornadoes during recent bad weather.

Gillespie is now included on a list of 70 total counties, including:


Appraisal district will consider new location

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Directors for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District will consider a new location for its upcoming tax collection services.

Representatives from the county’s taxing entities met Thursday morning at City Hall to consider an offer to lease soon-to-be-acquired land from the City of Fredericksburg adjacent to its warehouse facility on Friendship Lane.

The GCAD called the meeting after a combination of public outcry when they chose to use the 1960s-era Law Enforcement Building (county jail) and the estimated upgrade costs rose to make the jail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

GCAD directors were presented with a scenario from the city where it leases enough land to hold a new, 6,000-square-foot building and roughly 30 spots for parking on a two-acre site on Friendship Lane (south of the Friendship and South Adams Street intersection).


Two die in collision Sunday on 290 East

Two area women were killed Sunday evening in a four vehicle accident near Wildseed Farms in eastern Gillespie County.

Jan Budlong, 51, of Fredericksburg, and Deborah Ramaker, 48, of Austin died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred around 7 p.m., Sunday, according to Trooper Michael Bacon of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Budlong, travelling westbound along U.S. 290 East toward Fredericksburg, ended up in eastbound traffic, where her vehicle collided with one other automobile before hitting the vehicle driven by Ramaker, Bacon said.

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FHS baccalaureate service set for Sunday

FHS baccalaureate

service set for Sunday


The baccalaureate worship service for Fredericksburg High School’s graduating seniors will be at 6 p.m., this Sunday, May 31, at First Baptist Church.

Gillespie County Ministerial Association (GCMA), an ecumenical group, will sponsor the service. Clergy members throughout the community will participate in the service, which is open to the public.

The church is at 1407 East Main Street.

“The Sunday before graduation, pastors and musicians from various churches provide a time of worship as seniors begin the countdown to graduation night,” said Rev. Bobby Vitek, president of the GCMA and pastor of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. “We will sing, pray and hear a timely message based on various scripture passages.”

The FHS seniors should arrive at 5:30 p.m. with their graduation gown.


Floods, tornadoes destroy property

Water in Barons Creek rose to four feet above flood stage on Monday to cover Edison Street in between Austin and Travis streets. – Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

From staff reports —

Memorial Day was memorable, but for more reasons than the country’s late veterans.

After days of rain, rains flooded streets and roads and breached creek banks and dams. Tornadic activity also was experienced east of town, with funnel clouds destroying the city’s Goehmann Lane pump station and several utility poles, taking out a barn off Stahl Road and destroying 40 trees on another property.

And roughly 2,000 homes were without power at some point during the weekend, according to Central Texas Electric Cooperative. Crews responded around the clock and most situations were resolved within an hour, said Bob Loth, CEO.

Rainfall totals since last Thursday ranged from 3.05 inches at Cherry Spring to 6.7 inches in Harper.


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