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Aug

Pool renovation costs exceed bond budget by $500,000


HOW MUCH POOL SPACE $1.6 million can provide at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool has not changed over the last six months as city officials learned that their original design could not be constructed in the allotted budget approved by voters last year. Option one (see graphic) presented to the city council Monday is the lone design offered that would stay under budget, according to pool consultant Mark Hatchel of Kimley-Horn.

By Matt Ward

More than a year after voters approved a $1.8 million bond for renovations at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool, the Fredericksburg City Council will soon determine whether or not the original design shown to voters prior to the election will ultimately be constructed.

Bids for the project opened Aug. 7 came in at least $500,000 over the $1.6 million budget for construction work, leaving the council to decide whether to change the design or find additional money to fund the project.

No decision was reached during the meeting and the council is expected to continue discussion on the project during their next regular meeting, slated for Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Wed
21
Aug

Ranger foundation member finds family connection


HONORING Gordon Sauer, second from left, for becoming a life member of the Former Texas Rangers Foun-dation, were Rangers, from left, Sr. Capt. H.R. Block, Foundation President Joe Davis, and Tom Roarick, foundation advisory board member. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A desire to support a new Former Texas Rangers Foundation museum led to the discovery of a family connection for one local businessman.

Joe Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation, presented attorney Gordon Sauer with a framed certificate on Thursday for becoming a lifetime member of the organization.

Sauer recently found that his great-grandfather Johan F. Sauer (1838-1909) had served four to five stints as a Texas Ranger, starting in 1861.

Davis said the organization has copies of handwritten records — since transferred to a database — and can trace the history of locals to see if their ancestors had served with the Rangers.

Wed
21
Aug

Main Street mainstay unique in retail


SECOND AND THIRD generations of Dooley’s owners — Tim, left, and his father, John — stand in the splatterware department of their store on East Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

There are very few, if any, more popular landmarks in the downtown business area of Fredericksburg than Dooley’s 5-10 & 25¢ Store.

For nearly 90 years (the exact anniversary will occur in October), Dooley’s has offered an extremely wide variety of items for sale. That list ranges from potato guns to tea pots, belly button lint removers to plant seeds and bulbs, strawberry hullers to pickle pickers, many patterns of fabric for making clothes to a wide variety of toys.

And in those 90 years the Dooley family, now in its third generation, has been supplying the needs of its customers with a friendly, hometown atmosphere at its 131-133 East Main Street location.

One of the store’s areas that gets much of the customers’ attention is the toy department.

Wed
21
Aug

Events on tap to mark LBJ’s 105th birthday

Perhaps it is only fitting that the day after school begins is the birthday of a teacher-turned-politician who eventually became the 36th President of the United States.

Aug. 27 commemorates what would have been President Lyndon Johnson’s 105th birthday, and to celebrate his birthday, the State of Texas has a number of activities planned.

At the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, there will be free admission that day, along with a Texas summer favorite — cool air conditioning.

The library will serve cake and refreshments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the West Mall on the campus of the University of Texas, at 10 a.m., cupcakes will be served.

Wed
21
Aug

'Almost Patsy Cline' to take stage in PCAA finale Sunday

The final Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) “Concert in the Park” of the summer will feature the Almost Patsy Cline Band this Sunday, Aug. 25.

The free, open-air performance by the group will start at 6:30 p.m. and last until around 8 p.m.

Music fans are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to claim some of the limited picnic table seating at the Adelsverein Halle, the largest pavilion on Marktplatz.

Dancing is encouraged, as are picnic suppers.

While the Almost Patsy Cline Band is known for its renditions by the famous country singer, it offers much more.

Wed
21
Aug

Texaco ‘Country Showdown’ slated Thursday

The 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown returns to Fredericksburg on Thursday, Aug. 22, the opening night of the 125th Gillespie County Fair.

Scheduled for the outdoor stage next to the race track, this year’s program will feature local and area contestants as they vie for the ultimate grand prize of $100,000.

The event is sponsored locally by radio stations KNAF FM 105.7/103.1 (“The Deuce”).

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Daily Update for Tuesday, Aug. 20

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14
Aug

Wreck victim pleas to commissioners for truck route

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

A tearful plea to “get these trucks off Main Street!” was given to Gillespie County Commissioners meeting in regular session Monday.

Urging the court to move forward on an alternate truck route, local podiatrist and wound care specialist Angela Schladoer succeeded in putting a face on what some claim are the dangers of having heavy traffic traverse the downtown area.

“A lot of talk has focused on what would happen if a (big truck) accident were to occur on Main Street,” Schladoer said, before relating how such an incident has already happened, and recently.

On July 28, the vehicle she and her two children were traveling in was struck from behind by an 18-wheeled truck in the 200 block of East Main Street and then they were dragged by that same truck through an entire intersection while the truck driver remained clueless that an impact had occurred.

Wed
14
Aug

More testing, tougher penalties ahead in drug prevention plan

By Ken Esten Cooke

Students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District will face tougher scrutiny as trustees voted Monday to do all it can to reduce the chances of another overdose tragedy.

FISD trustees approved adjustments to the district’s Student Drug Prevention Program at their Monday meeting that will include more frequent drug dog visits, screening for more drugs and a more unified code of conduct for all extra-curricular organizations.

The action took place in the shadow of the death of Sammy Herrera, an FHS junior who died in April after an overdose in an off-campus incident. After his death, some parents asked trustees to review the district’s policies and penalties.

Superintendent Marc Williamson said the adjustments were made in four areas: education, what the school can legally do about on-campus incidents, the student code of conduct and drug testing.

Wed
14
Aug

Blue-collar jobs deficit


BEGINNING machinist Tyler Beckmann, on the job for two months, moves a ma-chined part that is ready for finishing. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Dave Campbell of Heartland Enterprises can’t just consider potential sales when he competes for additional for work. The leader at the precision machining shop in Fredericksburg must also consider if he will have enough people to fill the additional jobs necessitated by taking on additional work.

With American schools stressing college-track study for most every student, the unintended consequence is that programs and tracks for skilled trades have been “de-emphasized,” and there are fewer machinists, welders, carpenters and overall blue collar workers in the market.

“These are not ‘low-level jobs,’” Campbell said. “In our plant, our average yearly compensation exceeds $60,000 a year — a good middle-class income.”

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