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Wed
11
Sep

Equipment thefts have officers turning to public for info

Several thousands of dollars’ worth in landscaping equipment and chainsaws were reported stolen over the past week and local law enforcement officers are turning to the community to help solve those crimes.

Theft – Sept. 5

On Thursday, Sept. 5, a theft was reported at 603 Town Creek Court, where an unknown suspect or suspects made entry into a parked landscaping trailer sometime between 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, and 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, and stole the following pieces of equipment valued at approximately $3,375.66 in all:

• An Echo gas attachment trimmer (Model No. PAS230 and Serial No. S75212024354) valued at $303;

• An Echo gas trimmer (Model No. SRM225  and Serial No. S03912442971) valued at $238;

• An Echo gas trimmer (Model No. SRM225 and Serial No. S03912816247) valued at $220, with an Edge It disc on it valued at $90;

Wed
11
Sep

Saturday wreck claims life of local man, 58

Gillespie County resident David Russell Lane, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 7, as the result of a two-vehicle crash around 9:43 p.m. on U.S. Highway 290 West about a mile from Fredericksburg.

Lane was pronounced dead at 11:31 p.m. by Dr. Mark Muir at University Hospital in San Antonio, where he had been transported by Airlife helicopter flight medics directly from the scene.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Coy Morales, who investigated, Lane was driving a 1969 Chevrolet pickup westbound on U.S. Highway 290 and was about a mile from Fredericksburg when he attempted to make a left-turn onto Squirrel Run.

As he attempted his turn in the 70 mile per hour speed limit zone, Lane turned in front of an oncoming, eastbound-traveling 2000 Ford pickup driven by Jed Daniel Eilers, 35, of Fredericksburg.

Wed
11
Sep

TxDOT to begin more U.S. 290 widening work

Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Allen Keller Company are starting a project to make U.S. Highway 290 in Gillespie County safer for all travelers.

Work should begin in the next 10 days on a new 14-foot-wide continuous turn lane and four-foot shoulders that will make it safer for drivers on the busy stretch of highway between Jung Lane and Dusty Farm Lane, according to TxDOT.

Crews will initially reduce the current four-lane configuration (two lanes each direction) to one lane in each direction and a continuous left turn lane in the middle. 

This will provide enough room for the contractor to safely widen the culverts and pavement, explained officials with TxDOT.

When complete, this portion of U.S. Highway 290 will have five lanes with two lanes each direction and a continuous left turn lane in the center. 

The work is expected to take six months to complete.

Wed
11
Sep

School board OKs FHS band trip to Mexico

By Richard Zowie —

Under a proposal presented to the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees on Sept. 9, qualifying members of the Fredericksburg High School band could be taking their spring break trip to an exotic location.

Band director John Rauschuber presented the plan for a cruise from Galveston to Cozumel, Mexico to the board at its regular meeting on Monday night.

The board approved Rauschuber’s proposal 6-1, pending both qualifying band students getting the proper passports and the band officials discussing the idea with parents.

The last time the band went to Mexico on a cruise was 2001. Since then, for safety and medical concerns, the band restricted its trips (taken once every four years) to inside the U.S.

The band’s most recent trip was to Disney World. Every four years, the Band Boosters sponsor a trip.

Thu
05
Sep

Daily Update for Tuesday, Sept. 10

 

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Thu
05
Sep

County gets earful on jail’s tax rate jump

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Questions, answers and discussions at last night’s two public hearings at the courthouse centered on Gillespie County’s new jail project and how it will impact local taxpayers.

Commissioners hosted the public forums to provide information and hear citizens’ concerns regarding their proposed $30 million budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year and the proposed seven-cent property tax hike.

Both will be considered for adoption at the elected officials’ regularly scheduled 9 a.m. court session Monday, Sept. 9, in the county courtroom at the Gillespie County Courthouse, 101 W. Main St.

Proposed county budget

Gillespie County is expecting its budget to soar to about $30 million from $18.6 million — primarily due to the big-ticket item of the voter-approved construction of a multi-million-dollar Gillespie County Jail.

Thu
05
Sep

Council OKs original park pool plan, costs

By Matt Ward —

City voters will get the design they approved last May for renovations at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool, though the final total will end up $575,000-$600,000 over the $1.6 million construction budget.

During their regular meeting Monday, Fredericksburg city council members approved exceeding budget for the project by a 4-1 vote with Councilman Graham Pearson opposed.

“I am not in favor of overriding the vote of the people on a new pool,” Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover said. “I would opt to provide the pool that they thought they were getting at the price it’s going to cost.”

Financing the difference between project cost and the current budget is expected to come in the form of a limited tax note with approximately one percent interest. The council will approve the issuance of the note at a future meeting.

Wed
04
Sep

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg to be celebrated

Eleven galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Sept. 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Residents and visitors alike are invited to join in the celebration which generally takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Art Walk is an all-day event with most galleries hosting receptions on Friday evening.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks, along with serving wines by Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra.

Look for the new logo and new Art Walk flags at each participating gallery.

Visit the FFAWF website, www.FFAWF.com, for the latest news by First Friday Art Walk participating galleries.

Wed
04
Sep

Providence Hall welcomes students’ various learning abilities, styles


STUDENTS SIT AT THE HARKNESS TABLE to discuss ideas on various topics. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Last year, Leslie Spraggins and Elizabeth Beall began an afternoon educational program with four students. The program catered to the different learning styles of each student.

By Christmas, there were 16 kids in the program.

And this year, the program has evolved into Providence Hall, a college preparatory school serving students first through 12th grade. An estimated 27 students are attending Providence in its inaugural year.

The two ladies, who had been friends for about 10 years prior to moving to Fredericksburg, shared several things in common: backgrounds in child development, and children with both health issues and different learning styles. Their kids were in the same class at school.

Spraggins and Beall began talking to each other a lot about their children’s educational needs.

Wed
04
Sep

HCM welcomes new Chief Operating Officer


Mike Reno

Hill Country Memorial (HCM) has hired Mike Reno as Chief Operating Officer to replace Steve Sosland, according to Jayne Pope, chief executive officer.

Reno joined the hospital executive team on Aug. 26.

Sosland served as COO since 2010, but left recently to take a position with the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

“Mike’s exceptional skills and abilities were recognized by all our key panels, including the Executive Council, Leadership Panel, and representatives from the Medical Executive Council,” Pope said. “We look forward to him being a key part of our team.”

Reno holds a master of science degree in healthcare administration from Houston Baptist University. He most recently served as vice president and senior executive at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho, where he oversaw operations for seven non-profit, rural hospitals.

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