Breaking news: City, FISD, Harper ISD consider property tax change

By Matt Ward —

After months of private discussion between the largest property tax collecting entities in Gillespie County, the Fredericksburg Independent School District, City of Fredericksburg and Harper ISD will all consider switching a change in tax collection amid concerns with the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

City Manager Kent Myers and City Finance Director Brad Kott shared their concerns with the Fredericksburg City Council during a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 30.

“Accuracy of the (tax) reports is in question at times,” Myers said. “The timeliness of the reports and the timeliness of the collections are not always there.”


Increased speed limits? Not so fast, county says

By Austin Eck

In its last meeting of 2013, the Gillespie County Commissioners approved a resolution to protest the increase of highway speed limits.

“We seem think it has more of an effect on the people receiving it,” County Commissioner Donnie Schuch said referring to the decision to issue a resolution over a letter.

Speed limit protest

With the increased speed limits looming on major highways in Gillespie County, county officials voted unanimously to approve a resolution protesting the increases.

Currently, stretches of roads including north and south portions of Texas Highway 16, U.S. Highway 87, U.S. Highway 290, which runs through Fredericksburg and the entire county, are going to have speed limits raised from 70 miles per hour to 75 mph. 

The resolution read and prepared by Schuch contained the following:

· A request for TxDOT to reconsider the speed limit change from 70 mph to 75 mph.


More charges expected for gunman

The man who exchanged gunshots with local law enforcement officers after a three-hour standoff at the Valero gas station and convenience store Wednesday, Dec. 18, remains in jail this week.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, was initially booked on charges of aggravated robbery and continued to be in custody as of Friday, Dec. 27. Bond was set at $400,000 for the incident in which no one was injured, according to Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills.

Additional charges, including the possibility of capital murder, are expected to be announced when the case goes before the grand jury, possibly at its next regularly-scheduled session the second week of January, Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz said.

In the meantime, processing of the crime scene has been completed, and the investigation continues to be under the auspices of Texas Ranger Eric Wright, of Kerrville, and other key investigators.


2013 Year in Review

BREAKING GROUND on the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Museum were Mayor Jeryl Hoover, left, and Joe B. Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. -- Standard-Radio Post File photo

It is already time to say goodbye to 2013 — a year filled with ups and downs, highs and lows.

Whether it was renovations to the swimming pool at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the start of construction of the new Gillespie County Jail or a search for a new school superintendent, city, county and school leaders were kept busy throughout the year.

Festivals and events in the community continued to attract large numbers of visitors, and youth and adults alike made headlines with their accomplishments.

However, not all the news was good in 2013. Accidents and other events claimed the lives of Gillespie County residents and visitors.

Before the year comes to an end, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is taking one last look back at the headlines making front page news in 2013.


The year was a busy one for City of Fredericksburg, County of Gillespie and Fredericksburg Independent School District leaders.


Zweite Weihnachten offers traditional German celebration

SPREADING CHEER to “Second Christmas” celebrants attending the Zweite Weihnachten event on Thursday, Dec. 26, are accordionist Thomas Sigg, who gets a helping hand with his music from fellow Fredericksburg resident Wilfried Heuer as they fill the Gillespie County Historical Society Hall with music. Hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club, the afternoon reception serves to keep German holiday traditions alive, including singing the lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in German. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

City receives treaty stone commemorating agreement

ACCEPTING a limestone slab carved to commemorate the signing of the 1850 Fort Martin Scott Treaty are (from left) Kent Myers, Fredericksburg City Manager; Dr. James Lindley, Gillespie County Historical Society; James McCrae, Fort Martin Scott Advisory Committee chairman; and Austin Ladd Roberts, Fort Martin Scott Friends. The treaty stone is currently on display at the Vereins Kirche Museum on Marktplatz.

A limestone slab carved to commemorate the signing of the 1850 Fort Martin Scott Treaty arrived in Fredericksburg on Dec. 19 and is on display at the Vereins Kirche Museum on Marktplatz.

The slab, signed by the southern Comanche, Lipan Apache, Caddo, Quapaw and Wichita sub-tribes as well as representatives of the United States, is on loan to Fredericksburg for one year from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin.

The Vereins Kirche Museum, located at 100 West Main Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The stone, carved with the name of Brevet Major H.W. Merrill, Commander of Company B, 2nd Regiment, U.S. Dragoons, along with a second stone listing the participants, were placed at the site of the signing on Spring Creek Council Grounds (now Wallace Creek) in San Saba County. 


First Friday Walk to usher in new year's art on Jan. 3

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg will celebrate the new year with a variety of activities on Friday, Jan. 3.

Special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more are planned during gallery hours, which are generally from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New Art Walk flags will fly at each of the participating galleries.

Visit the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg website,, for the latest news by participating galleries.

This month’s schedule of events includes:

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Historical Society hosts candlelight tour

GILLESPIE COUNTY Historical Society hosted a candlelight tour at Pioneer Museum on Saturday, drawing around 100 visitors to enjoy the grounds and get a glimpse into the history of the area’s early settlers. In this picture, a couple strolls along the grounds around cans and glass jars that lit the walkways with candlelight. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

New Year's Day means business offices shuttered

Whether it’s a quiet celebration at home or out with friends and family, it’s time to celebrate the end of 2013 and the start of a new year.

And with the arrival of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day on Tuesday and Wednesday, offices, businesses and stores will be observing special hours during the holidays.

Among those closing their doors or altering their hours for the New Year’s holidays are city, county, state and federal offices.

Because New Year’s Day falls on Wednesday, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is publishing early this week on Monday, Dec. 30.

After the early publication, the newspaper office will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 31, but will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1.

For special information on holiday closings, refer to the advertisements found elsewhere in this issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.


Memorial, New Year's walks to step off at St. Joseph's Halle

The Texas Volkssport Association will give walkers a chance to start 2014 on the right foot with two special walks on New Year’s Eve.

The Memorial Walk is scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 31 and is headquartered at St. Joseph’s Halle, located at 212 W. San Antonio St.

The Memorial Walk provides people with a chance to reflect on friends or family who have died during the past year. Anyone can start the trek between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but all walkers must be finished and off the route by 5 p.m.

There is a 5K and 10K option for walkers. The routes will take volkssporters through residential paved streets, the old peanut factory and a cemetery.

The fee for all participants is $3. Donations to help defray costs are appreciated. IVV credit is available. 


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