Hess files for reelection in FISD school board race

One of three incumbent trustees for the Fredericksburg Independent School District board has filed for reelection.

Board president Lorrie Hess filed at the FISD administrative office on Friday.

The other two board members whose seats are up for reelection in May include vice president Leola Mills and trustee Kay Stech. All three FISD officials have been on the board since the 2008-2009 school year and have served two terms.

Doss school elections

Doss Common Consolidated School District will also hold school board elections on May 10.

Three positions are open for reelection: Cecil Crenwelge, treasurer, along with Linda Kesler and Denver Mixon, both school board members.

Doss administration superintendent Terri Criswell said the three would be running for the school board in general. As of Tuesday, Feb. 4, none of the three incumbents have filed for reelection, and no one has filed to run against them.


City, TxDOT work to combat ice

By Matt Ward —

Icy road conditions have proved hazardous to Gillespie County drivers over the past week as two separate ice storms caused around 30 accidents reported between Thursday evening and Tuesday afternoon, with one head-on collision resulting in the death of a 42-year-old Kerrville woman.


Lieutenant Brian Pehl from the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office reported seven ice-related accidents on both Thursday and Friday, with an additional six incidents of cars sliding off the road with no damage reported on Friday.

Two accidents were also reported by the sheriff’s office on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Fredericksburg Police Department reported ice-related accidents on Friday and Tuesday as one incident of a car sliding into a fence was reported on each day.


Tax payments due Friday for county property owners

Gillespie County property owners are reminded that the deadline for paying their 2013 tax payments is Friday, Jan. 31.

Taxes for the county’s estimated 32,350 parcels of property must be paid either in person in Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer’s office (Room 104) in the Gillespie County Courthouse or through the mail.

For in-person payments, the tax assessor-collector’s office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mail-in payments must be postmarked no later than 4:30 p.m., Jan. 31.

County property owners may also pay their 2013 taxes online by going to and clicking on Gillespie County before indicating how much is to be paid, which taxing entities are to be paid and entering the local 6427 jurisdiction code.


Icy road claims life of Kerrville woman, 42

FREDERICKSBURG emergency workers attempt to extricate the occupants of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup following a head-on collision Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, shortly before 9 a.m. on Texas Highway 16 South when the 2000 Toyota 4Runner (at right) lost control on ice and spun into its lane. The driver of the 4Runner, Tamara Pfiester Pate, 42, of Kerrville, was pronounced dead, while her three-year-old passenger is in “stable” condition. The driver of the truck and her passenger, both Fredericksburg residents, survived the crash, although the driver is in “critical” condition in San Antonio’s University Hospital. — Photo courtesy Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office

A 42-year-old Kerrville woman died and a three-year-old girl survived a head-on collision, in which icy conditions contributed, and two others were injured around 8:55 a.m., Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, about six miles south of Fredericksburg on Texas Highway 16.

Tamara Pfiester Pate of Kerrville was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg by Dr. Todd Bell, according to Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper J.C. Spillman, who investigated.

Three-year-old Chloe Sage Pate was listed in stable condition at Hill Country Memorial Hospital later in the day, the DPS report said.

They were traveling southbound in a 2000 Toyota 4Runner on the Kerrville highway, when the vehicle reached an ice-covered part of the roadway, causing Pate to lose control of her vehicle, Spillman said.


Forest service eyes new facility at airport

COUNTY OFFICIALS listen to a proposal Monday morning, Jan. 28, from the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) to build a new regional hub facility here. The metal barn-type structure would feature bays for storing equipment, as well as an enclosed end for offices to house the expanding TFS staff, organizers said. The county is expected to construct the facility near its airport and then offer a long-term lease to the TFS, which would benefit from that particular location most especially during air-based fire-fighting operations. —Standard-Radio Post photo

By Lisa Treiber-Walter


Although normally known for extinguishing fires, the Texas A&M Forest Service has sparked a wildfire of enthusiasm among Gillespie County Commissioners at the prospect of building a regional hub here.

“I think it’s certainly a project that comes around once in a lifetime and we need to figure out some way to implement it,” said Commissioner Donnie Schuch, following a presentation by local and state Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) representatives at Monday morning’s regular county court meeting.

“The sooner the better,” responded Paul Hannemann, a Fredericksburg resident who serves as TFS’ statewide incident response department head.


Nielsen, Dueckers honored with civil awards

STONEWALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE president Brandon Weinheimer, right, congratulates Golden Service Award winners Henry and Kathy Duecker, left, and Outstanding Community Citizen Bradley Nielsen. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Bradley Nielsen was named Outstanding Community Citizen while Henry and Kathy Duecker won the Golden Service Award on Monday at the annual Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

The event, held at the Stonewall Chamber building, featured an introduction of new board members, recognition of outgoing members and a talk on the wine industry by Maureen Qualia, enology instructor at Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg (see separate story on page A/B6).

Incoming chamber president Brandon Weinheimer said he was proud to lead the organization, especially considering his family’s deep roots in the area.

Weinheimer highlighted the chamber’s 2013 accomplishments, including a Casino Night, hosting the Peach JAMboree, and the Stonewall Seed Stomp Skidaddle 5K Run.


Rabies vaccination clinics to continue around county

GRUMPY CAT — Dr. Travis Halfmann of the Gillespie Animal Center administers an inoculation to Mouse, a domestic long-haired cat. Many of the cats seemed content to stay in their pet carriers while receiving shots like rabies, leukemia and other health disorders. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

The second in the City of Fredericksburg’s 2014 back-to-back pet rabies vaccination clinics is planned this Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Pet owners are welcome to bring their furry friends to the clinic set up in the City of Fredericksburg Consolidated Warehouse, 233 Friendship Lane (behind Fredericksburg High School’s campus.)

Administering the vaccines will either local veterinarian Dr. Daniel Fritz of the Gillespie Animal Center or Dr. Curtis Eckhardt of the Fredericksburg Veterinary Hospital. Both have sacrificed a portion of their normal proceeds so that local citizens can protect their pets.

Rabies shots will cost $7 per dog or cat.

Other inoculations to protect four-legged family members against such things as rattlesnake venom, kennel cough, lyme disease, leukemia and other conditions/diseases will be available at the same time as a matter of convenience for pet owners.

Pet microchips will also be available for $10.


Austin Street bridge reopens to public

WAVING to a small crowd, Fredericksburg City Manager Kent Myers, Mayor Jeryl Hoover and Director of Public Works and Utilities Clinton Bailey take the inaugural first ride across a newly reopened Austin Street Bridge Monday afternoon in a ceremonial Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department truck. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Closed since last May, the Austin Street Bridge at the Washington Street intersection was reopened Monday afternoon during a special ceremony hosted by City of Fredericksburg officials.

Originally scheduled for Friday, the event was moved to Monday after cold weather forced a delay.

The $412,000 project was designed by Freese and Nichols, Inc. of San Antonio and constructed by BPI - Bauerle Partners, Inc. of Lakeway. Following the construction of the bridge, city crews worked to complete the sidewalks and the street entrances to the bridge.

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Turkey dinner slated for Super Bowl Sunday

Offering hot plates of turkey and dressing, a side of live music and a dessert of fellowship this Sunday, Feb. 2, just prior to the Super Bowl will be the annual Fredericksburg Independent School District (FISD) Band Boosters Turkey Dinner.

Dining in at the annual affair inside the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or until sold out) will come with the bonus of live music and prize drawings, while a drive-through lane just outside will offer the convenience of “to-go” service for those who want to show their support to this community’s music program, but cannot stay.

Either way, organizers of this year’s event are expecting to draw just as large a crowd or larger than in years past. That’s saying something since the local band turkey dinner is considered by many to be one of the largest fundraisers of its kind in the state.


County to begin taking HOT fund applications today

Gillespie County is getting ready to slice up a $120,000 Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund “pie” among local organizations and who proves they can “put heads in beds” will get the largest bites.

Deadline for applications by those seeking a portion of the funds are being accepted starting today, Jan. 29, through the close of business on Monday, March 3.

A final decision on who gets what is expected to be made by the Gillespie County Commissioners Court at its regular session planned Monday, March 24, in the county courtroom of the courthouse.

Purpose of HOT funding is to assist and support qualifying events, projects and programs in promoting tourism to the county, which increases business at overnight accommodations.

The $120,000 to be divided up among the local groups is a disbursement of actual funds collected from visitors/tourists who used overnight venues in the county over the last year.


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