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14
Aug

New FHS principal to lead parent information session


FHS PRINCIPAL Ralf Halderman served as assistant principal for seven years before taking the top campus position. He will lead the Parent Information Session scheduled for 6 p.m. Mon-day, Aug. 19 at the FHS Auditorium.

By Ken Esten Cooke

New Fredericksburg High School Principal Ralf Halderman is stoked about the new school year. He has gotten to know the staff in his seven years as assistant principal at FHS, and he is encouraged by the quality of instructors and staff.

But Halderman wants parents to know the school is serious about consequences for student drug use. That will be one of the topics at the annual Parent Informational Session, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 at the FHS auditorium.

“I hope we get a huge turnout,” he said. “In the past, the information session has been about the dress code, tardy policies or cell-phone policies, but we want to offer things that parents will use — not just to meet each other.”

Wed
14
Aug

Weekend meet draws 2,245 to race track


COMING around the curve and heading to the finish line in the first race on Sunday — a thoroughbred maiden claiming for 5½ furlongs — was this field of horses. The two-day Gillespie County Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday was the third of four scheduled at the local Class III facility this summer. Live pari-mutuel racing comes to a close for 2013 on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, as part of the 125th Gillespie County Fair (Aug. 22-25).

While the temperature outside may have reached near triple digits over the weekend, the pace at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday and Sunday was a busy one for the Gillespie County Race Meet.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County fair and Festivals Association, the third of four live pari-mutuel horse racing meets saw 14 races run on Saturday and 12 on Sunday at the Class III five-eighths mile oval.

Activities were also taking place in the Show Barn on Saturday and Sunday with the Meat Goat Futurity, Lamb Futurity and Gillespie County Race Day Classic Steer Show.

(Photos of the winners from the livestock shows, held as part of the upcoming 125th Gillespie County Fair, can be found elsewhere in this issue of the newspaper.)

A total of 2,245 racing fans attended the two-day meet including 1,414 on Saturday and 831 on Sunday.

Wed
14
Aug

Messina Hof, Nimitz Foundation team up to produce program wine


A CHECK for $4,000 was presented on Sunday morning by Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. On hand for the check presentation were Paul M. Bonarrigo, left, and General Mike Hagee, USMC (Ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc. has teamed up with the Admiral Nimitz Foundation to produce a program wine for the foundation.

And on Sunday, Messina Hof donated $4,000 to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation from first quarter sales of three program wines sold.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation and Messina Hof have a collection of a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Admiral Reserve with the National Museum of the Pacific War on the label.

For every bottle sold by Messina Hof, $5 is donated to the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. In four months, 800 bottles have been sold.

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Wed
14
Aug

125th Gillespie Fair all set for four-day run Aug. 22-25

It will be a busy four days at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds when the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association celebrates the 125th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 22-25.

To celebrate the 125th Gillespie County Fair, a number of special events and activities are planned along with traditional events while still focusing on the entire family.

Among the special events are a postal cancellation station, 42 tournament, pig races, 5K Fun Run and more.

Among the highlights at the “oldest, continuous county fair in Texas” are two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, a queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment and a livestock exhibition.

The 125th Gillespie County Fair opens Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m. with free admission to the grounds.

Wed
14
Aug

Roots series to end with 'Bourbon Street Night'

Pioneer Museum will resemble the French Quarter for one night as the Roots Concert Series ends with Bourbon Street Night on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Tickets are available online or at the gate for the blues, Cajun and Zydeco music concert. An adult ticket costs $12, while children under 18 years old do not have to pay admission. There is no charge for parking.

The entrance for the event will be off of South Milam Street, and the gates will open at 5 p.m.

The first 70 visitors can pay $5 to walk the half-mile nature trail down to the lower viewing area to see the bat emergence up close.

Tickets will go on sale about 6 p.m.

Seating for the lower viewing area is limited to 70 visitors.

Any remaining visitors can watch from the upper viewing area for free.

Approximately 20,000 people visit the state park each year, primarily to view the bats emerging from the abandoned rail tunnel in their nightly search for insects.

Wed
14
Aug

'Old Tunnel' to mark 100 years since first train trip

Old Tunnel State Park will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first train steaming through the only tunnel on the San Antonio Fredericksburg & Northern Railroad’s 24-mile rail line on Saturday, Aug. 17.

An afternoon of activities, many geared toward youngsters, begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. with a talk on the history of the railroad and tunnel by a member of the Kendall County Historical Society. 

After the event, visitors are invited to stay for the nightly bat emergence from the tunnel.

The first 70 visitors can pay $5 to walk the half-mile nature trail down to the lower viewing area to see the bat emergence up close.

Tickets will go on sale about 6 p.m.

Seating for the lower viewing area is limited to 70 visitors.

Any remaining visitors can watch from the upper viewing area for free.

Wed
14
Aug

FISD board votes to leave 2013-2014 tax rate unchanged

By Richard Zowie

For those who were hoping for no increase in Fredericksburg school taxes, there is good news.

At its August 12 regular meeting, the Fredericksburg school board voted unanimously to keep the school tax rates at what they have been for the past seven years.

The approved rates for 2013-2014 will be 1.0400 maintenance and operations and .1062 interest and sinking for a total tax rate of 1.1462.

Superintendent Marc Williamson said another public hearing would be required and that, regarding taxes and its budget, the school district was well within accepted margins.

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, added, “All the numbers check out.”

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08
Aug

Daily Update for Tuesday, August 13

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Wed
07
Aug

Utility rate increases appear a sure thing

By Matt Ward

 

Utility customers in the city of Fredericksburg will likely see changes in their monthly bills later this fall as the city council prepares to adopt a series of rate changes and hikes.

No decisions have been made on any increases, but they are expected to be in place by Oct. 1 when the city’s 2013-2014 budget will go into effect.

During a special budget workshop July 31, the council received a presentation from Tony Bagwell of HDR Engineering, the city’s utility rate consultant, who said that deficits in city utility funds need immediate attention to prevent a larger problem.

“To address the deficits in the water and sewer fund, some pretty dramatic action is needed,” Bagwell said. “The fund balances and the trend in fund balance are such that we’ve got to get it fixed.”

Wed
07
Aug

Council to hold election, despite rejection of petition

By Matt Ward

 

A citizen petition seeking to restrict the transfer of enterprise fund reserves without voter approval was unanimously rejected by the Fredericksburg City Council, but the issue will still go before voters next May.

During their regular meeting Monday, council members voted against the petition, but moved to call a charter amendment election in May 2014 on the issue by a 3-2 vote with council members Kathy Sanford and Graham Pearson opposed.

“We decided that we don’t want the validity of the petition to be the issue,” Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover said. “Maybe the merits of the charter amendment should be the issue.”

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