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Harper graduates 56 in Friday night commencement

Harper valedictorian Jordan White takes a selfie of herself and many of her classmates during Friday night’s commencement ceremonies held in the high school gymnasium. — Photo courtesy Jordan White

By Danny Hirt — 
 
When Harper High School class valedictorian Jordan White gave each of her fellow graduating seniors a fortune cookie at Friday’s commencement program in the gymnasium, most couldn’t wait to break it open to see what messages they’d find. 
 
But there was a twist — the fortunes were blank.
 
“It isn’t that I think you are all destined for emptiness or that I pulled a Taylor Swift by giving you a blank space,” White explained. “These blank fortunes are the best blessing we could ever hope for! Neither I nor anyone else can write out what our tomorrows will bring, but that’s the beauty of life.”
 
She added that “all of our fortunes are up to us to write. We do not have to be defined by our hardships or accept  hatever
future we get.”
 
Wed
10
Jun

Central Texas College will be new partner

By Christine Granados —

Central Texas College will offer low cost face-to-face and online classes to Gillespie County residents at the Hill Country University Center and Fredericksburg High School this fall.

“We wanted to be able to offer low cost tuition to the Fredericksburg community,” said Janice Anderson, dean of CTC Central and Service Area Campuses in Killeen.

Hill Country University Center Foundation Executive Director Bob Hickerson said, “As Central Texas College begins to offer lower-division courses in the center this fall, students will see a decrease of almost two-thirds in the cost of tuition and fees. They will be able to take three courses for what one course has cost this last year.”

Austin Community College (ACC) and CTC petitioned the state legislature to change the boundaries of

their service areas in 2014 with Senate Bill 495.

Wed
10
Jun

Big catch

It’s a perch for Joseph Christensen, who, with older brother
Andrew, fished in the Pedernales River during Fishing Day
at LBJ State Park and Historic Site on Saturday. “Prizes” in the free, catch-and- release event were crappie, catfish, black bass and turtles. For more pictures, see A/B18 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
10
Jun

Valero shootout suspect nets 10-year sentence

Victor Valdez at Valero station moments before shooting began
in December 2013 incident. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Matt Ward —

Formal sentencing for a local veteran who attempted to end his life via “suicide by cop” during a shootout at the Valero gas station on Dec. 18, 2013 is expected tomorrow, Thursday, June 11.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 25, pled guilty in Boerne to 12 counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery on June 2, 18 months after a three-hour standoff ended with gunfire but no major injuries to law enforcement.

According to reports, Valdez was wounded in the buttock by one of the 177 bullets fired into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 — located at 516 South Adams Street — where Valdez had barricaded himself after ordering two employees off the premises with a 9 mm pistol.

A former lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, Valdez had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital prior to the incident, according to his attorney, Pat Pattillo.

Wed
10
Jun

Man who shot officer waives plea

A San Angelo man charged with shooting Fredericksburg police officer Bradley Durst in April 2014 has reportedly declined a plea deal, according to a KENS5 San Antonio television news report confirmed by Durst’s family.
 
Robert Rendon, 31, awaits trial in 216th District Court on attempted capital murder charges following the shooting of Durst, who stopped Rendon for traffic violations on East Main Street.
 
After shooting Durst in the abdomen and neck, Rendon fled the county, leading area law enforcement officials on a multi-county chase that ended when he crashed and was arrested by Bexar County police in San Antonio.
 
Durst has since recovered from his injuries and returned to active duty with the Fredericksburg Police Department.
Wed
10
Jun

County OKs land-for-services swap

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday agreed in principle to a land-for-paving swap with the City of Fredericksburg with final details to be hammered out in the coming month.

At their regular meeting, commissioners adjourned to executive session to go over final details in the Barons Creek property the city wishes to have for downtown redevelopment plans. In turn, the city will perform paving work on Nimitz Parkway and an adjacent parking lot during its regular paving cycles.

Commissioners also debated for over an hour on a lease agreement on a 12-foot-wide path of county owned land that stretches from Creek Street to the back of the old Gillespie County Jail, which faces San Antonio Street.

The easement was deeded to the county in the 1920s for rear access to the jail. Now the two adjacent property owners are requesting a perpetual lease agreement as required for bank notes.

Wed
10
Jun

Antique tractor show cranks up on Friday

The sights and sounds of farms will be at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds this weekend as the 30th Annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club Show will run Friday and Saturday, June 12-13.

Show times are from 2 p.m. to sunset on Friday and then from 8 a.m. to sunset on Saturday.

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds is on Texas 16 South, two miles south of Main Street.

Specific events those two days will be from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $6 for adults, while children 12 years old and under are free. Two-day passes for $10 will also be available. No pets will be allowed.

Parking is free, and vendors and exhibitors are welcome.

Among the events scheduled will be tractor and engine displays, blacksmithing, tractor pulls, agricultural machinery demonstrations such as threshing wheat and baling straw and several different corn processing demonstrations.

Wed
10
Jun

Daily Update for June 10

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      • Due to the construction at the Pacific Combat Zone, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation has announced the closing of the following streets to thru traffic effective today, June 10:  
      East Austin Street from Elk Street to Lee Street.
      Lee Street from East Austin Street to approximately 10 feet south of the private driveway for Schubert Street residents.

Wed
03
Jun

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 public outcry when taxing entities chose to use the Law Enforcement Building (old county jail), built in 1974. Estimated renovation costs to make the jail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act rose significantly.

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 Lane and South Adams Street intersection).

Wed
03
Jun

'It's been a great ride'

State District 24 Senator Troy Fraser, a Republican from Horseshoe Bay, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Texas Legislature after 27 years of public service, including 23 years in the state legislature.

“The end of session has provided me a meaningful opportunity to reflect not only upon the past 140 days, but also the past 27 years,” Fraser said in a letter to constituents.

“There comes a time when leaders must take a look back at the trail they have blazed and reflect on all they have done. There also comes a time when leaders must allow others the opportunity to leave their mark. Today marks that time for me.”

Fraser served as a committee chairman for 16 of his 18 years in the Texas Senate, overseeing economic development, water, oil and gas, the electric market, insurance, real estate, banking, air quality, telecommunications and the cable industry.

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