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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.

Wed
04
Sep

Community Foundation awards grants


REPRESENTATIVES from non-profit agencies gathered outside the office of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation recently to receive checks from The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country. Making the presentations was foundation executive director Paul Urban, extreme right. Those pictured from left to right are Case Fischer, chairman, Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Dr. James Lindley, president, Gillespie County Historical Society; Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO, Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Bill Pahl, St. Mary’s School, and Urban.

Officials with the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country have announced the Gillespie County recipients of their second grant cycle for 2013.

Those receiving grants include: Case Fischer, chairman, Admiral Nimitz Foundation; Dr. James Lindley, president, Gillespie County Historical Society; Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO, Admiral Nimitz Foundation, and Bill Pahl, St. Mary’s School.

“The Community Foundation is proud to continue our tradition of supporting the non-profit organizations with grant awards,” said Paul Urban, executive director of the foundation. “These agencies provide much needed support and services to the citizens of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County and have certainly earned every dollar awarded today.

Wed
04
Sep

Nimitz Foundation boosts Wounded Warriors


NIMITZ FOUNDATION DONATES — Gen. Mike Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, along with foundation supporters, Boot Ranch staff, and Mike Crownover of Valero present Sgt. Guillermo Tejeda and Sgt. Kenneth Fischer with a check for $14,000. Pictured are, left to right: Emil Hale, Bob Phelps, Bruce Nichols, Carol Ann Shepherd, Tejeda, Hagee, Fischer, Todd Huizinga, Mike Crownover, Barbara Heinen and John Pipkin.

The Admiral Nimitz Foundation held its fourth annual Nimitz Golf Classic on June 14 with the proceeds from the golf event resulting in a $14,000 donation to Wounded Warriors Outdoors.

The event drew golfers from all over the country.

Each year the foundation chooses another non-profit which helps military service members and donates a portion of the proceeds raised through the tournament to that organization.

The money will go toward funding hunting, fishing and camping trips for qualified Wounded Warriors.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc. is a non-profit organization exclusively founded to provide wounded servicemen and women with therapeutic outdoor adventures across North America. WWO gives active duty warriors in transition an adventure in the wilderness location of their choice.

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.

 

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