8 years later, a killer still walks

Fredericksburg police are still hunting for the person responsible for the murder of Linda Muegge, whose body was found among the debris of her fire-ravaged home on Franklin Street in 2007. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Investigation still ongoing into Muegge murder-arson

By Matt Ward —

Eight years has come and gone since a residential fire at 506 Franklin Street burned up most of the home with murdered local resident Linda Muegge still inside.

The murder-arson, which took place the day after Mother’s Day 2007, remains the biggest cold case for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Lieutenant Terry Weed, lead investigator on the case, said Friday he would be lying if he said the unsolved case hasn’t taken an emotional toll.

“You revisit it all the time. You beat yourself up. What have I missed? What haven’t I done? I hope it’s not something that’s just that easy that’s right there in front of me that I did miss,” Weed said. “It takes a toll on you, but I’m the type of person — just like any cop would be — you want to be able to give that answer to the family of why it happened.”


Bowman joins FISD board of trustees

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees gained a new member as Natalie Bowman was sworn in during a Monday special meeting.

Bowman, a retired teacher, replaces Wayne Harrell, who temporarily filled in for the late Jerry Durst. Harrell chose not to run again.

Trustees also approved implementing Texas Senate Bill 149, which allows for alternative high school graduation requirements.

In executive session, they added three new teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.

Bowman joins board

Jerry Prochnow, election judge for both the FISD bond and school board vote, was present to confirm the votes received.

Trustees voted 5-0 to canvass the $16.5 million bond vote, which passed 763-106. (Trustee Kerinne Herber had not yet arrived at the meeting, and trustee Dave Campbell was not present.)


Museum, new vet council set Memorial Day events

Local events on Memorial Day will be available to honor local service members who gave their lives while serving in American armed forces.

This year, Memorial Day will be Monday, May 25.

On Saturday, May 23, the newly-formed Veterans Council of Gillespie County will place flags at the graves of area veterans.

The National Museum of the Pacific War will hold a May 25 event in the Memorial Courtyard.

Flags on veterans’ graves

The Veterans Council of Gillespie County will sponsor a Memorial Day weekend event honoring the area’s deceased veterans.

On Saturday, May 23, they will gather at Der Stadt Friedhof (formerly City Cemetery) to honor the estimated 600 veterans buried at the cemetery.

Those participating should arrive by 8:30 a.m.


Myers embraces town's character, growth

City Manager Kent Myers said previous leaders developed ordinances that made for quality growth, versus quantity. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
(Editor’s note: May 9 marked three years in the city manager’s seat for Kent Myers after following the town’s only previous manager, Gary Neffendorf. The Standard-Radio Post sat down with Myers to reflect on three years at the helm of this bustling town.)
By Ken Esten Cooke —

How do you find city government to function in Fredericksburg compared to other towns that you have managed?

In general, I found that the city had most of the basic qualities in terms of sound municipal practices, procedures and policies when I came on board three years ago. It has operated very well in the past with very few major controversies or problems.

In my opinion, this has been due to the quality of the city staff that existed in the past and that was in place when I was hired.


New exhibit set to honor life, career of Bob Hope

Brodie Waters (right) of the World Golf Hall of Fame offers insights into the “Bob Hope: An American Treasure” exhibit now on display at the National Museum of the Pacific War to Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.) president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The free exhibit, sponsored by the World Golf Hall of Fame, went on display Thursday and will remain open to the public through Sept. 15. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A special exhibit honoring the life and career of Bob Hope went on display Thursday at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Admission is free for the exhibit entitled “Bob Hope: An American Treasure,” which continues through Sept. 15 and is sponsored by the World Golf Hall of Fame.

A museum ticket will not be required to see the exhibit, located in the temporary gallery of the George H.W. Bush Gallery.

“Bob Hope: An American Treasure” tells the story of Hope’s career through a series of 15 themed exhibit display units that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment and relationships with a number of U.S. presidents and his other passion, golf.


Crawfish feast returns to Marktplatz

Cajun food, live music, children’s activities and more will highlight the annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival, Friday through Sunday, May 22-24, at Marktplatz.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees, the festival includes activities for the entire family.

Festival hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $12 on Saturday. Tickets for youth ages six to 12 will be $5 a day.

Two-day passes are available for purchase for $20 and three-day passes are $25.

This year’s musical entertainment will feature Texas country music artist Aaron Tippin, Rick Trevino, Almost Patsy Cline, Jean-Pierre and the Zydeco Angels, Zydeco Blanco, Bayou Roux and Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s.

Special guests this year will be the cast from CMT’s hit television show, “Gator 911.” 


FMS art show set to open Tuesday

Fredericksburg Middle School will have its art show from Tuesday through Thursday, May 26-28, in the old gymnasium at FMS.

The art show will be open from 2-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Works will be judged on Tuesday at noon.

Admission to the gallery will be free each day and donations will be accepted.

The gallery will display art work from Studio 620, comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at FMS who participate in Art I, II or III. 

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Memorial Day closings in town, Gillespie County

City, county and state offices, along with some school districts in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.


•Federal offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

•State offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

•County offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

•City offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

Postal Service

• The United States Post Office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash Collection: Regular trash collection schedules will take place on Monday.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Landfill will close on Memorial Day.

Financial Institutions


Daily Update for May 20


      • The Gillespie County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting today at the Officer’s Club at the Hangar Hotel. A social with light refreshments will begin at 11 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting and program. This month’s guest speaker will be Michele Samuelson from Austin.


County, GCAD agree to old jail lease

By Ken Esten Cooke

Calling it “the best option at the time,” county commissioners on Monday approved a 10-year lease agreement of the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Building (LEB) for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

Last week, Gillespie Central Appraisal District’s board of directors approved the move after local taxing entities had weighed in.

Commissioners ok’d the lease after another appeal from Timothy Koock, chairman of the Courthouse Square Advisory Committee. Koock said the LEB should be torn down and a Master Plan for the square with room for more green space should be given top consideration.

“The decision to move into the LEB building comes after kind of a misuse of time and money by the appraisal board. Too much time and money was spent on the Tivydale site plan, and I have heard that from some on the commission,” Koock told the court.


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