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Harper graduates urged to never settle


CONGRATS! Harper High School Valedictorian Alexa Guerrero gets a hug from her mother, Sherry, after the ceremony Friday, May 31. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Reassuring her fellow classmates that all will be okay in a seemingly overwhelming future if they just rely on their natural talents, Harper High School Valedictorian Alexa Guerrero led the 48-member Class of 2013 in its commencement Friday night, May 31.

“No matter where tomorrow finds us, I encourage all of us to never settle. Use your talents to do what you love. Then, the rest will take care of itself,” Guerrero told a packed Harper Gym.

“We all need to strive to do great things in the world. We all need to figure out what we are called to do. And, we all need to use the God-given talents that we’ve been blessed with. To do anything less would be a waste,” she said.

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City challenges county to join bypass effort

By Matt Ward —

 

Fredericksburg City Council members put the alternate truck route issue squarely in the Gillespie County Commissioners’ court as the city approved the formation of a task force to keep plans for a downtown bypass on track during their regular meeting Monday.

The composition of the task force is still to be determined as the county has yet to approve the task force.

The initial proposal suggested two city council members, two county commissioners, two citizen representatives, a Chamber of Commerce representative, Economic Development Commission representative and TxDOT representative.

 

Resolution of support

Additionally, the city okayed a resolution of support for the bypass, with the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce and Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau currently considering similar resolutions.

Wed
05
Jun

Irregularities delay petition; organizers pledge to continue

By Matt Ward —

 

A citizen petition limiting the City of Fredericksburg’s ability to utilize enterprise funds for use in other departments has been delayed after City Secretary Shelley Britton reported finding irregularities that disqualify nearly one-quarter of the 440 signatures on the petition.

The Fredericksburg City Council unanimously accepted Britton’s two-page report during their regular meeting after holding a lengthy executive session prior to Monday’s open session.

“We will continue to try and put the amendment on the ballot and wait to see what the next step is from the council,” Isabel Wertz, one of the coordinators for the petition, said Tuesday.

In response to an information request from City Hall about whether or not the full petition must be re-filed, City Communications Manager Juli Bahlinger said, “At this point, the city is not able to answer questions on the petition pending legal guidance.”

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05
Jun

Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg galleries invite everyone to join them in celebrating the start of summer with special events on Friday, June 7.

Eleven art galleries, all located within the Historic Shopping District, are joining in the First Friday Art Walk celebration on Friday.

Most of the galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks.

Wines by Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra will be served.

Each of the participating galleries will be designated by the new Art Walk flags.

For more information, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Wed
05
Jun

Cloud of scam has silver living


VALUABLE LESSON — Gladys and John Edwards were the victims of phone scammers. Their hope is that others won’t fall into the same trap. — Standard-Radio Post photo

By Danny Hirt

Thanks to the good-heartedness of a San Antonio woman who works in Kerrville, a Fredericksburg couple who’d recently been scammed out of $1,800 may be getting their lost money back.

The story of John and Gladys Edwards had been told in the May 8 issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

In April, Mrs. Edwards answered the phone only to discover it was her grandson calling and he was in Mexico and was in trouble with the law. He said he needed $1,800 for a lawyer or else he’d have to spend 30 days in jail.

Although the Edwardses had their doubts —  for one, she said the man’s voice didn’t sound like their grandson’s, but the caller dismissed that by saying he had a cold — the couple arranged to wire the money to help their grandchild.

As it turned out, the caller was not their relative and the $1,800 appeared to be lost forever.

This is where Ashley McGee steps into the picture.

Wed
05
Jun

Teen confesses past, ends drug use


DRUGS ON CAMPUS — A tip from a student informant this past week led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Fredericksburg High School student, who was caught carrying “Ice,” a type of methamphetamine, tucked away in his wallet. Because the possession was recorded on a zero-tolerance zone, the student faces a second degree felony, rather than a third degree felony, for this first offense. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Editor’s note: In the wake of two recent, but unrelated drug overdose deaths of Gillespie County males, the local community continues to mourn and grasp for ways to handle drug use among its teenage population.

One local student has made a powerful change and, in the process, decided to share his insights so others can better understand what is faced.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, his name has been changed to “John” to protect his identity.

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By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Fredericksburg High School (FHS) students who use drugs do it for different reasons — they’re bored, they have a hard life or they think it makes them cool.

Wed
05
Jun

Antique tractors to chug along to weekend show

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds will come alive with the sights and sounds of old farm machinery when the 29th annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Show returns Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

 The show will be held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, just off State Highway 16 South and about two miles south of Fredericksburg’s Main Street.

Sponsoring the event will be the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

Featured at this year’s show will be displays of antique machinery (some fully restored and fully operational) as well as exhibits of antique tractors and antique engines, a tractor pull competition, an antique tractor parade, farm machinery demonstrations, a blacksmith shop, vendors selling agriculture-related items, as well as food and drink concessions.

Also featured will be a kiddy pedal-powered tractor pull.

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05
Jun

Town Pool to reopen Saturday

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour for the new Town Pool will be held Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m.

Day passes good at either Town Pool or Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool will be given out at the event.

Both city pools will open to the public Saturday, June 8. The pools will be open daily from 1:30-7 p.m.

Admission is $2 per swimmer for all age levels.

It was noted that swim diapers must be worn by all non-potty trained swimmers.

More information is available by calling the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department at 990-2018.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 and sign up today!

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05
Jun

City to end special leaf pickup June 10

The City of Fredericksburg will be ending the collection of leaves and storm debris from the recent hail storms on Monday, June 10.

Residents are reminded of the following guidelines which will ensure pick up:

— Rake leaves onto the street 12 inches from the curb.

— Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason.

If residents cannot remove the debris from their leaf pile, they can make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck with the City of Fredericksburg Street Department. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this servi

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