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Trustees study tougher penalties for drug use

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

In light of the spring overdose tragedy of a Fredericksburg High School student, school trustees are mulling changes to the student code of conduct.

On Monday, Fredericksburg Independent School District Supt. Marc Williamson made suggestions to the board of trustees to strengthen what he said is a proactive policy. Trustees will study the suggestions and potentially offer others to adopt at their next meeting.

Continuing and expanding the district’s use of drug dogs and drug testing of students is an option. New tests could be expanded to include more drugs, Williamson said, though costs must be weighed against the benefits.

The district also will consider upgrading its Crime Stoppers program, a partnership with the local community crime prevention organization. That would let students offer anonymous tips to increase policing of drug use.

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FISD okays purchase of 275 tablets

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees on Monday agreed to enter the tablet era of computing in hopes of eventually leveling the playing field between haves and have nots.

Trustees okayed the purchase of 275 tablet computers to begin teacher training, and for use with some staff members, Supt. Marc Williamson said. Cost for the initial purchase was $161,000.

“The infrastructure needs to be in place before we offer this to students and every staff member,” Williamson said. “We are negotiating with Time Warner for additional bandwidth (to accommodate increased needs).”

Williamson said iPads or Dell tablets would be given to 242 teachers and the rest would be to administrative support services and a few non-contractual positions.

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Libation makers liberated


THE PIONEER PORTER is one of the Fredericksburg Brewing Company’s (FBC) beers. New laws passed by the Texas Legislature allow brewpubs, like FBC, to distribute their beer outside of the restaurant. Before the laws’ enactment, brewpubs could only sell beer onsite. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Austin Eck

 

The Texas Legislature passed a series of beer-related bills into law during their latest session. Both bills expanded how breweries and brewpubs could sell their products.

Senate Bill 515 allows Brewpubs, like the Fredericksburg Brewing Company (FBC), to sell their beers to retailers and distributors.

Before the law was passed, brewpubs could only sell their beers onsite in glasses, to-go cups or 64 ounce growlers.  

FBC will continue to sell their beer in the traditional ways while they consider future expansion.

The FBC makes about a 1,000 barrels of beer a year. Under the new law, brewpubs can make up to 10,000 31-gallon-barrels of beer. Before, brewpubs could only legally produce 5,000 barrels of beer.

“Our biggest problem right now is that we are at max capacity with this equipment,” said Rick Green, brewmaster at FBC. “We pretty much sell everything that we make.”

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Toe-tapping fourth


MEMBERS of the Lackland Air Force Base Color Guard presented and retired the colors during the Fourth of July program.

A nod to female veterans and a swinging set of World War II-era music highlighted the free patriotic program that followed the Fourth of July parade on Thursday at Marktplatz.

Lt. Cmdr. Michele Maasberg gave the keynote address, and discussed her service as a Navy Combat Search and Rescue helicopter pilot in Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and European Theaters.

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Haley to succeed Wetz as FPD patrol division lieutenant


Brian Haley

Brian Haley was named the new Fredericksburg Police Department patrol division lieutenant on May 24 to succeed Steven T. Wetz, who was recently promoted as the chief of police.

Haley holds a master peace officer certification and is a firearms instructor, a taser instructor and a “less lethal” instructor.

He has served with the Fredericksburg Police Department for 11 years, nine of which have been as a patrol sergeant, since he was promoted on June 23, 2004.

Haley graduated from Mason High School in 1992 before attending Angelo State University, where he played football for the ASU Rams from 1992-1994.

While at ASU, Haley said he became interested in a career in law enforcement. “I had some friends who worked in the prison system, and it always intrigued me,” Haley said.

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Behrends earns medals at national shooting contest


Hunter Behrends

Hunter Behrends represented Texas in the 4-H National Shooting Sports Invitational which ran from June 23-28.

The Texas team claimed first place in the contest, and Behrends won four medals.

Behrends earned a silver medal in the three-position air rifle event by scoring 553 points — one point shy of the gold medalist’s score. 

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Daily Update for Tuesday, July 16

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Commissioners look toward truck route, 4-H, honor flights

Ready to study the possibility of an alternate truck route around Fredericksburg, Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday appointed two of their own to serve on a newly-formed task force.

Commissioners Curtis Cameron and Donnie Schuch were unanimously chosen as the county’s liaisons on the committee looking into whether or not an alternate route is a viable option for improving pedestrian safety and relieving downtown traffic congestion.

County officials are also expected to appoint a citizen representative to serve on the task force and will consider adopting a resolution in support of the route at its next meeting, scheduled at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 22, at the courthouse.

In other business Monday, commissioners heard an update on the state of the Gillespie County 4-H program from some of its members, as well as Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Micah Walker.

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Program set for Wounded Warriors, therapy dogs

The healing bond between Wounded Warriors and therapy dogs will be on display free for visitors to see this Saturday, July 13, starting at 10 a.m. in the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

On hand will be representatives from Train A Dog Save A Warrior (TADSAW), along with their four-legged friends and the military members they assist.

The TADSAW program unites wounded servicemen, suffering with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,) with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two.

The result is a positive, non-judgmental, unconditional relationship needed by both, said Dennis Blocker, USAF (Ret.)

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Motorcycle ride to benefit Judds

A charity motorcycle ride has been scheduled July 27 to benefit Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Judd and his wife, Sheri, who were both severely injured in an accident on June 25.

The head-on, two-vehicle collision on Ranch to Market 1631 claimed the life of local resident David Charles Meurer, but also left Jim Judd in a quadriplegic state and Sheri Judd with 11 broken ribs and three fractured vertebrae, according to their son-in-law, Mike Goy.

Jim remains in intensive care in “critical condition” at San Antonio Medical Center, while Sheri has been transferred to medical care in Kerrville and is improving through physical rehabilitation, Goy said.

“As you could imagine, the medical bills will be a very big concern and this ride is dedicated to them to help raise money for those bills,” Goy said.

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