FMS to host Aim For Success, open house, txConnect workshop

Fredericksburg Middle School will host an Aim For Success program and an open house, Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 23-24.

Aim For Success, a national program, educates teens, parents and educators on topics such as abstinence education, drug prevention and anti-bullying.

The parent program will be from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the FMS Cafeteria. The student program for sixth through eighth grade will be throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The program addresses the problems of teen pregnancies, the escalating STD epidemic and the emotional pain that, Aim For Success described as “often associated with teen sexual activity.”

The parent program is a preview of the student presentation where parents will learn creative ways to talk about sex with their children and encourage them to avoid sexual activity until marriage.


27th Annual Lutheran Fall Festival returns Sept. 20

The 27th annual Lutheran Fall Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 20 at Marktplatz with the event benefitting Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville and Ebert Ranch Camp in Harper.

The festival kicks off with the third annual 5K a “Hit the Trails Running 5K” event set for 9 a.m. at Marktplatz. Check in for the run begins at 7:30 a.m.

The day will be filled with activities, including a chili cook-off, crafts fair, games for children, live music and a silent auction.

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Bomb threat suspect jailed for FHS calls

By Austin R. Eck —

Reuben Byon, 17, of Fredericksburg, was arrested in connection with multiple bomb threats made to schools in Fredericksburg and Alexandria, Louisiana.

Byon was first detained Tuesday night, Sept. 9, for an arrest warrant in Alexandria, then arrested the following day in Fredericksburg for two counts of terroristic threats, Fredericksburg Police Department Sgt. Terry Weed said.

Byon is being held in Gillespie County Jail on a $500,000 bond from Louisiana and his bond in Gillespie County was set at $200,000.

Weed said the threats to the schools in Alexandria coincided with the threats made to Fredericksburg High School.

Timeline of threats

On Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m., a call was made to the FHS office, which was answered by a staff member.


King of the Rodeo

Leon Coffee, a Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame member, was in town last weekend for the Fredericksburg Professional Bull Riding competition, held Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Coffee helped protect riders who look for eight seconds of glory atop a 2,000-pound angry animal. Coffee has survived more than 140 broken bones and a near-death experience in the ring, but is renowned around the globe for his skills. See more photos on page D1. — Standard-Radio Post/ Richard Zowie

FHS celebrates Homecoming

Homecoming king and queen nominees from Fredericksburg High School step out onto the field at FHS Stadium Monday in advance of the annual homecoming coronation at halftime of the varsity football game, slated for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Llano. Nominees include (from left) Ty Franklin, Ariana Chavez, Kyle Grona, Paxten Keyser, Mark Rodriguez, Delta Wise, Braden Bowers, Brooke Rogan, Mason Clark and Kendyl Stevens. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A football game, crowning of a king and queen and a dance on Friday night will highlight the Fredericksburg High School Homecoming 2014 celebration.

Kick-off for the FHS varsity football game against Llano on Friday night in the FHS Stadium is at 7:30 p.m.

The new FHS Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime ceremonies and the dance will follow the game.

Nominees for homecoming queen and their parents include:

•Ariana Chavez, daughter of Doris Cardenas.

•Paxten Keyser, daughter of Vanya and Brent Keyser.

•Brooke Rogan, daughter of Tim and Monica Rogan.

•Kendyl Stevens, daughter of Missy Garcia-Stevens and Mike Stevens.

•Delta Wise, daughter of Linda Wise and Paul Robinson.

Nominees for homecoming king and their parents are:

•Braden Bowers, son of Audri and Chip Bowers.

•Mason Clark, son of Claudyne and Tracy Clark.

•Ty Franklin, son of Debra Franklin and Karry Franklin.


Cotillion returns to teach youth etiquette, social skills

Ballroom dancing is one part of Cotillion lessons.

Cotillion blends instruction in ballroom and popular dance with lessons in etiquette and manners, while helping students gain self-confidence and character building skills which can define them for the rest of their lives.

Courses will return to Fredericksburg this fall for its second year.

Instructor Ward Sear of Denver brings over 25 years of professional cotillion instruction experience to the class. Sear has taught cotillion all over the United States to a variety of ages, and has taught cotillion at the San Antonio Country Club for 23 years.

“Having a male instructor, particularly one as funny and personable as Ward, was effective, particularly for the boys in the class,” said Elizabeth Harris, Fredericksburg Cotillion coordinator. “When he talked about classes he had taught at the Naval Academy and for large corporations, it made them realize that etiquette and dance really are pretty masculine things to know about.”  


‘Little Free Libraries’ installed by Gillespie Democratic Club

Jerry Vaclav poses with the Little Free Library installed at his home on East San Antonio Street. – Submitted photo

The Gillespie County Democratic Association will launch a new community outreach project:  Free Little Library.

So far, the GCDA has constructed and installed two libraries, one at the home of Jerry Vaclav, 701 E. San Antonio Street, and one at the home of Terry and Cathy Collier, 408 Cora Street. 

These little free libraries are stocked with books that neighborhood residents, both adults and children, can peruse and take home with them to read. When finished, readers can either return the book or keep it, and return a different book to add to the library. 

The libraries are maintained by members of the GCDA.

“We are pleased to offer these small libraries to each neighborhood because we think they promote not only the reading habit, but also provide a small place of interest and pride in each neighborhood,” said Vaclav, club president. “It will be fun to see how each library expands and changes.”


Fredericksburg Shines sets Sustainability Home Tour

Fredericksburg Shines will host its second annual Sustainability Home Tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 10 locations around Fredericksburg.

The homes will feature some top construction methods and add-on projects such as solar panels and water reclamation, according to John Watson, executive director.

“In this tour, we’ll showcase clean energy, smart water solutions, zero waste applications and electric vehicles,” Watson said. “We hope that you are encouraged and inspired as you visit individual homes and homeowners and some of the installers.”

Homes or features are:

408 N. Pecan – Home of Michael Hurst is a 1920s home with additions and remodels. The Hurst home will feature a solar pool heater, rainwater collection system and electric car charging station.


Nimitz symposium talks to focus on special forces

Tickets remain available for this Saturday’s Admiral Nimitz Foundation annual symposium discussing “In Stealth We Trust: Special Forces and Their Origins in WWII.”

The Sept. 20 symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Theater Company, 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Maj. Gen. Gary Harrell (U.S. Army, ret.) will be the guest speaker. He was a Delta Force Commander, and his career of almost 35 years took him to every post-Vietnam hot spot, including Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Somalia and Afghanistan.

Harrell was a commander during the 1993 battle of Mogadishu when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. He also sustained wounds there.

This event is part one of a two-part symposium on Special Forces.

This year’s topics will include:

• 8:05 a.m. — An Historical overview of Special Forces;

• 8:35 a.m. — Underwater Demolition Teams and the Navy SEAL;


LBJ State Park to host annual seed stomp, run

A chance to help scatter wildflower seeds in a designated field will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, by the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site at Stonewall.

The Seventh Annual Seed Stomp takes place both days from 1:30-3 p.m.

There is no charge and children and their families are invited to help scatter the wildflower seeds provided by the state park.

The park will also be introducing the new Texas State Parks Junior Ranger Program to children during this event. 

Children ages 7-12 can learn about the natural world around them while exploring Texas state parks.

A special “Stonewall Seed Stomp Skedaddle” 5K fun run/walk and 10K run will be held in conjunction with the event, beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20.


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