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Wed
04
Sep

Water customers notch win over Aqua

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

In a “David versus Goliath”-type duel between a small group of local water consumers and a national utility corporation, the little guy has officially won concessions.

Nearly two years ago, Gillespie water consumers serviced in the four housing areas of Harper Road Estates, Northwest Hills Water Supply, Deerwood Subdivision and West Oak Heights were shocked to discover that their water rates had doubled overnight.

“After investigation, it seemed the odds were stacked against us. Our water system had been purchased by a multi-state corporation using antiquated state law to maximum advantage,” said Forrest Nikorak, a Northwest Drive resident who was affected by the change and who spearheaded a local movement to fight for and which won on the side of change. “This didn’t just happen in Gillespie County, but to 30,000 Aqua Texas customers across the state.”

Wed
04
Sep

‘Boxstoberfest’ to rev up for party this weekend

Soon it will be time start the Porsche and get the engine running as the 15th annual Boxstoberfest takes place in Fredericksburg Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8.

The event, named after the Porsche Boxster car, is expected to draw over 200 participants into town.

Organizers describe the fest as a “low-key weekend filled with fun Porsche events in a great location.”

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Wed
04
Sep

Classes in session for all county schools

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg Independent School District and other area schools are now once again in full swing, as the Labor Day holiday and its famous telethon are done for the year, and it is once again time for “fashion experts” to advise against wearing white.

Previously, the Fredericksburg Standard reported estimated school enrollments before classes began and then the enrollments reported on the first day of school. Now, here are the enrollment numbers for area schools — most of which have now been in school for a week:

Fredericksburg Independent School District

Fredericksburg High School has 955 students, compared to 935 on the first day of school. Fredericksburg Middle School now has 623 students, an increase of 16 from the beginning of school.

At the elementary school there are 971 students, an increase of 21 from the first day.

Fri
30
Aug

Daily Update for Tuesday, Sept. 3

News

Thu
29
Aug

County leaders propose 7-cent property tax hike

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A local property tax increase of 21 percent — most of which to cover jail bond costs — is being proposed by the County of Gillespie and citizens may offer their input during two public hearings.

The first of those meetings is scheduled Friday, Aug. 30, at 5:15 p.m. at the courthouse, 101 West Main Street.

The second hearing will also be at the courthouse on Tuesday, Sept. 3, starting at 5:20 p.m. The county’s budget hearing will immediately follow this hearing. (Copies of the proposed budget can be found at the front desk in Pioneer Memorial Library, in the County Judge’s office, at the County Clerk’s office, the County Auditor’s office and at: www.gillespiecounty.org.)

Thu
29
Aug

County approves Hotel Occupancy Tax Funds for CVB

A “shot in the arm” was given to the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) Monday, Aug. 26, when Gillespie County commissioners divvied the entity a five-sevenths share of the county’s Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

Based on actual collections from overnight accommodations during the third and fourth quarters of 2012 and the first two quarters of 2013, county commissioners noted they had a total of $311,256.45 to distribute.

A unanimous vote by commissioners then ear-marked the five-sevenths share, or $222,325, as the CVB’s portion to be received in two installments in October and April of next year.

Some of the remaining funds then will be distributed to local organizations who work to “put heads in beds” as their various activities and efforts promote overnight tourism in Gillespie County.

Thu
29
Aug

Enrollment mixed on first day for area campuses


FIRST DAY SMILES — Saying a hearty “Good morning!” to Fredericksburg Elementary School (FES) student Audrey Benfield (right,) second grade teacher Carrie Roemer also offers to help her new student situate supplies on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 26. In all, there was a total of 950 students saying goodbye to summer and returning to classrooms on the FES cam-pus. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

For most schools across Gillespie County, classes began on Monday, Aug. 26.

Both Heritage School and Providence Hall begin classes today, Aug. 28. Fredericksburg Christian School will begin on Sept. 3.

Fredericksburg ISD

This year in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, there were 2,851 total students — 34 less than the 2,885 enrolled last year.

Enrollment figures as of the first day of school were:

Fredericksburg High School: 935 students, or 46 fewer than last year.

There will be an open house at the high school on Monday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Fredericksburg Middle School: 607 students, a decrease in two from last year.

Fredericksburg Elementary School: 950, an increase of 29 students.

Fredericksburg Primary School: 250. This is 15 less than last year’s total.

Stonewall Elementary School: 109. This is an increase of four students from last year.

 

Thu
29
Aug

A picture perfect fair


A NEW COURT was crowned on Friday night during the 125th Gillespie County Fair to represent the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association in 2014. Crowned were, from left, First Duchess MaKenzie Goehmann, Second Duchess Rachel Howell, Queen Kelsie Jenschke, Third Duchess Mason DeLong and Fourth Duchess Kasie Vestal. More photos from the queen’s contest on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartmann —

“Outstanding” could very well be the title for the 125th chapter in the history of the Gillespie County Fair.

Officials with the sponsoring Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association spent the last two years planning and coordinating events and activities to appeal to everyone when the 125th Gillespie County Fair was celebrated Thursday through Sunday.

Edward Stroeher, president of the fair association, said he feels like the 125th celebration was just that — outstanding.

And, “memorable.”

“This will be a memorable fair for many years to come,” Stroeher said, adding that “everyone can be proud to be a part of it.”

Looking back, he said, “Sometimes the committees and all involved were stretched pretty thin getting everything ready, but it makes all of the hard work and planning worthwhile when people come out and enjoy the fair.”

Thu
29
Aug

Commissioners reinstate countywide burn ban


UNLIKE IN 2011 when there were sometimes multiple calls in a day, grass fires like this one being extinguished Friday evening, Aug. 23, by Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department member Phillip Baumann alongside Shorty Crenwelge Road near U.S. Highway 87, north of Fredericksburg, have amounted to very little call volume this summer. Still, the county’s worsening drought condition from “severe” to “critical” this past week and the drying up of dangerous canopy fuels led fire chiefs to recommend the ban on open-air, outdoor burning. It was enacted by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, Aug. 26. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A countywide “burn ban” prohibiting outdoor burning was enacted by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning, Aug. 26.

The order was signed into effect at 9:15 a.m. when county officials acted on the urging of Gillespie County Fire Marshall Steve Olfers.

“We recognize that there are some areas of the county better off than others, but, generally, the county is still in a pretty critical situation,” Olfers advised commissioners.

The “sprinkles” of rain that fell Monday and Tuesday amounted to temporary moisture that would not make significant changes in the drought picture, he said.

“Overall, we’re losing ground moisture which affects your canopy fires (from cedars and other above-ground foliage),” Olfers said.

“When you think about the data we’re getting with the canopies and the larger fuels drying up, it makes life so much more difficult with that threat,” he added.

Thu
29
Aug

Doss to swell Saturday for 30th annual fish fry


HELPING PITCH IN on fire duty, and at the 30th Annual Doss Volunteer Fire Department fish fry on Saturday, will be, front, Fire Chief Kenny Priess, left, and DVFD President David Kesler; back, from left, Assistant Fire Chief Mark Geistweidt; Captain Ralph Rode, and Lieutenant James Priess. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

The biggest dangers for Gillespie County residents 150 years ago might have been hostile Indian tribes. But today, it is wildfire.

The tiny burg of Doss, population 225, will swell on Saturday as an expected 3,200 supporters of the Doss Volunteer Fire Department converge on the town for the 30th annual DVFD fish fry.

Serving begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Doss Community Center where the menu for the ‘donation-only’ meal includes fried catfish, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans, trimmings, desserts and drinks.

Over 60 prizes which have been donated by local and area merchants and individuals will be awarded to lucky ticketholders throughout the evening with the grand prize being a $2,500 VISA gift card.

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