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12
Jun

Superintendent answers critics over drug policies

By Ken Esten Cooke —

 

Asked to speak on behalf of the board of trustees, Fredericksburg Independent School District Superintendent Marc Williamson left no doubt he believes the district is being proactive with efforts to address drug use by students.

After the recent overdose death of a Fredericksburg High School sophomore, some have questioned if the district’s drug testing and punishment policies were strong enough to deter use. But Williamson maintained that while the board will discuss the issue at its June 18 board retreat, the district has been ahead of the curve with anti-drug efforts.

Wed
12
Jun

Needed repairs coming for wastewater treatment plant


WORN DOWN from over a decade of constant use, aerators at the City of Fredericksburg’s Wastewater Treatment Plant have deteriorated to the point where at least one unit is almost always offline. Replacing the aeration base, which operates 24 hours per day, is estimated to cost around $2 million. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Since 1997, an average of one million gallons of sewage per day has flowed through the City of Fredericksburg’s wastewater treatment plant, located at 1460 East Main Street.

With that amount of waste processed at the plant, the life expectancy of major portions of the plant — usually around 15 years — have come and gone, prompting city staff to take a more proactive approach to keeping things flowing.

“It appears to me that we have been fixing one small issue at a time and more or less putting a band aid on things to where it helps us get through, but we want to take more of an overall systems approach to the problem now,” City Public Works Director Clinton Bailey said.

Wed
12
Jun

Grads urged to go 'all in'


THUMBS UP for graduates Kim Ross Baethge and Eric Balero as they lead the professional line during Friday night graduation ceremonies at FHS Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

With “a new chapter, yet an uncertain future,” Fredericksburg High School Class of 2013 Valedictorian Seth Studebaker urged classmates to not be afraid to fail, but be defined by their resiliency.

Studebaker led the 227-member class of graduates through commencement at FHS Stadium on Friday evening, a day after school officially dismissed for the summer.

“Years from now, we’ll be disappointed more by the things we didn’t do,” he said, challenging classmates to experience life, yet make good choices and set the best priorities.

Retiring FHS Principal Lynn Blackwell said the number represented the largest-ever class, and an exceptional one where grades were concerned.

Wed
12
Jun

Homegrown Fredericksburg — Amish Market


QUALITY MERCHANDISE is what’s for sale at Amish Market, located at 410 West Main Street. The business sells furniture and other products produced by the Amish and Mennonites. Shown are owners, left to right, Michael and Mary Monahan and Mary’s son, Patrick Affatato. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Within the walls of Amish Market on West Main Street, visitors will find much more than a furniture store that sells a variety of other products.

For example, all of the furniture — including beds, dining tables, dressers, desks, chairs and cabinets — have been painstakingly hand-crafted by the Amish and Mennonites, ensuring a quality that’ll last for many years to come.

This also includes the outdoor furniture they sell, much of which is displayed on the front porch of the business.

It was store owner Michael Monahan’s appreciation of the Amish and Mennonite cultures that prompted him to open the business, selling the well-made products from the highly respected craftspeople.

After living in the Houston area (Cleveland, Texas), then on to the Austin/Elgin vicinity, the Monahans fell in love with the Hill Country.

Wed
12
Jun

Marine Commander talks servant leadership


COMMANDER Donovan Campbell, who has degrees from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, addressed leaders young and old at the Nimitz Ballroom. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

     Donovan Campbell said what moves him to get out and serve others each day is the fact that so many of his friends and fellow Marines no longer have that choice.

   Campbell, a Commander who served three combat deployments in the Middle East, spoke to a crowd of about 120 on Thursday in the Nimitz Museum Ballroom as part of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Leadership Series.

  Campbell was promoting his new book “The Leader’s Code.” Gen. Mike Hagee, Fredericksburg native and 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps, called Campbell’s earlier book, “Joker One,” the “best book about being an infantry platoon commander ever written.” Hagee is now the president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation.

Wed
12
Jun

Harper to mark 150 years with birthday bash

A unique event in the history of Harper will be held on Saturday, June 15, when the people there celebrate the town’s 150th birthday with activities for the entire family.

A Cowboy Breakfast in the Harper Community Park gets things going at 8 a.m. The cost of the meal is by donation.

Next up will be a parade at 10 a.m. led by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Chapter of Fredericksburg Lone Star Rifles Color Guard, in remembrance of Harper having been founded as a Confederate town in 1863. The group will also perform a Civil War cannon salute in the park at 2 p.m.

Events planned throughout the day include a tour of the Harper School, music, beard contest, domino tournament, washer pitching, Dutch Oven cooking contest and dance.

Other activities include games for children, vendors, prize drawing and more.

Wed
12
Jun

Cars pull into Luckenbach for annual show

Small cars, big cars, yellow cars, black cars, new cars, old cars, motorcycles, trucks and many other automobiles will flock to Luckenbach for the Luckenbach Rod and Custom Car Show scheduled for Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m at the Luckenbach Hill Side.

The event, in its 10th year, benefits the Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country. Donations will be accepted to help the club, and there is an auction scheduled. Money raised during the auction will go to the group.

Admission is free. There is a $20 fee to enter a car, but there is only room for 225 entries. Donations will be accepted at the event.

Wed
12
Jun

Community Orchestra benefit Thursday

An invitation is extended to the public to enjoy orchestra music and a buffet meal in the casual setting of Luckenbach during the Fredericksburg Community Orchestra’s concert and fundraiser tomorrow, Thursday, June 13.

Students lead off the evening performance at 5:15 p.m.

Dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the orchestra will play starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person for adults and children.

The tickets will be available at the gate as long as food lasts.

Guests who choose not to eat are welcome to come at any time and enjoy the music for a freewill donation.

Delicious Details Catering will serve the buffet meal inside the dance hall from 6-7 p.m.

Following the dinner, the members of the 20-piece orchestra will perform selections from this season’s concerts on the outdoor stage behind Luckenbach’s famous store.

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10
Jun

Daily Update for Tuesday, June 11

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Wed
05
Jun

FHS graduates number 227


READY TO LEAD the 227 members of the Fredericksburg High School Class of 2013 through commencement exercises on Friday night are Salutatorian Matthew Myers, left, and Valedictorian Seth Studebaker. Set for the FHS Stadium, the ceremony begins at 8 p.m. After graduation, the top two students will both study mechanical engineering — Myers at Texas A&M University and Studebaker at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

It will be the end of one era and the beginning of another for the 227 members of the Fredericksburg High School Class of 2013 when commencement ceremonies are held on Friday night, June 7.

Set for the Fredericksburg High School Stadium, graduation ceremonies begin at 8 p.m.

Leading the candidates through graduation exercises will be Valedictorian Seth Studebaker and Salutatorian Matthew Myers.

Studebaker, the son of Russell and Lori Studebaker, will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and study mechanical engineering.

Myers, the son of Michael and LeAnn Myers, will attend Texas A&M University and study mechanical engineering.

Friday night’s ceremony will open with the class song followed by the class processional.

The National Anthem will be sung by senior members of the FHS Choir.

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