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County hears update on Ranger Heritage Center


AN ARCHITECTURAL drawing of the proposed Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center shows the large project, planned for the town's east side.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

A progress report on the planned Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center and an annual summary of The Good Samaritan Center were highlights on the most recent Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court docket.

Officials met Friday, May 24, to accommodate the county holiday for Memorial Day, which fell on their regular meeting day, Monday, May 27.

“We’re moving along at a fast pace,” said Joe B. Davis, retired Texas Ranger and president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation (FTRF.) “We are working with a good team locally and we plan to break ground in September. I think everyone in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is going to be proud of what we’re going to build out there.”

Davis explained to commissioners how the Heritage Center, which will be situated between the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site and the Hill Country University Center grounds, will be developed in two phases.

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May

Council studies water rate hike


NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE for local drivers, work continues on the City of Fredericksburg’s Austin Street bridge project, currently under construction by BPI Environmental Services of Austin. The $412,458 project is on schedule, according to City Public Works Director Clinton Bailey, with a target completion date of Nov. 3. Meanwhile, Fredericksburg-based contractor Allen Keller Co. continues work on $846,526 worth of improvements along Morning Glory Drive. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Matt Ward

Despite increased rates on all utilities within the past 16 months, City of Fredericksburg water and sewer customers could see rates hiked again as soon as this summer as the city council continues to review fees in an ongoing utility rate study.

On Tuesday, council members received an update on the progress of the study — currently at 80 percent completion — from Tony Bagwell of HDR Engineering, the first of three visits from the city’s utility rate consultant.

The next council briefing is expected in early July, where the consultant’s rate model will be completed. This will allow the council to discuss potential rates and project expected revenue generation.

A third meeting is slated for late July, where the new rates will be voted on by the council.

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May

Harper High plans May 31 ceremony

Getting an early start on the graduation season, Harper High School will hold its commencement exercises on Friday, May 31, in the HHS gymnasium.

The event comes two weeks after the school celebrated its baccalaureate service on May 19 at St. James Lutheran Church.

The seniors’ procession will start at 7 p.m. with the students filing into the arena in pairs.

In all, 48 12th graders are scheduled to receive their diplomas.

This year’s valedictorian is Alexa Guerrero, with salutatory honors going to Hector Jacobo. Both will address their fellow graduating seniors as well as those who attend the commencement ceremonies.

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May

One dead, one hospitalized in domestic crime

A 45-year-old Harper man died from a shooting incident and his wife is recovering in a San Antonio trauma center after being stabbed during the same family violence disturbance on Sunday, May 26.

Michael G. Bowlin, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene at 460 Kristen Lane near Harper by Justice of the Peace (Precinct 2) Carl Schoessow, after authorities discovered Bowlin lying on his back with probable gunshot wounds to the chest, according to Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Chief Deputy Lt. Jim Judd.

Aimee Bowlin, 42, had summoned aid by calling 911 and reporting the shooting/stabbing incident with her husband to authorities around 4:20 p.m. on Sunday, Judd said.

In addition to finding Bowlin’s body, his wife was discovered with a stab wound to her leg by GCSO deputies and first responders from the Harper Volunteer Fire Department, as well as Fredericksburg EMS paramedics.

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May

Police work to guide students away from drugs

Editor’s Note: The recent overdose deaths of two Gillespie County males has added fire to the topic of how to fight drugs in school. The following is an interview with Lt. Linda Lively, the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) officer who oversees cases with juveniles, and Patrolman Chris Ayala, the officer assigned to the Fredericksburg High School (FHS) campus.

 

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

 

Just a few weeks ago in his criminal justice classroom, Fredericksburg Police Department Patrolman Chris Ayala taught his students using examples from years spent enforcing the law in South Texas “where hell was just rampant,” he said.

“Unfortunately, now, I don’t have to revert back to my home areas. Now, I can say ‘It has happened here,’” he said.

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May

Seniors medal at UIL state competition


SHOWING OFF THE MEDALS they have won, Fredericksburg High School seniors Olivia McGowen (left) and Amanda Hinton (right) smile after earning fourth place at the UIL Academic State Meet held May 21-22 in Austin. Photo courtesy FHS Campus Comet

Fredericksburg High School seniors Amanda Hinton and Olivia McGowen gained recognition across Texas as they each took fourth place in their individual events at the University Interscholastic League Academic Meet held in Austin, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22.

Hinton competed in editorial writing where the goal was to take a position on a controversial issue, write an opinion and back it up with sources. 

McGowen’s competition was prose interpretation. Participants in the event give stories new life by reading stories aloud to a group of people.

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 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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May

Remembering those who gave all for country


REMEMBERING LOVED ONES — A wreath was presented during Memorial Day services that honor the lives of two fallen military people from Gillespie County — at left is James Breuel in honor of his brother, Pvt. Benjamin Chisholm, USA, while Lorna Eckhardt stands at right to honor her late son, Sgt. Chris Staats, who served in the Texas National Guard. Both soldiers died in Afghanistan. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

By Danny Hirt

Despite the intermittent rain drops of Monday morning, hundreds of U.S. military veterans and their families gathered in the Memorial Courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War during the center’s annual commemoration of Memorial Day and were encouraged to remember those military personnel who’d fallen in protecting this nation.

“From the soldiers who fought bravely during the American Revolution to the men and women of today’s armed forces, for almost 238 years, America’s warriors have responded bravely to our nation’s call to duty,” said keynote speaker, Capt. Rex L. Curtin, USN, Commodore of Training Air Wing Four Chief of Naval Air Training in Corpus Christi.

He went on to say that the American people owe a “huge debt of gratitude and honor” to those who “served in conflict to protect our land, sacrificing their dreams to preserve the hope of our nation.”

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May

Baccalaureate services for FHS Sunday night

A baccalaureate worship service to honor members of the Fredericksburg High School Class of 2013 will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s service will be at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church, located at 109 East San Antonio Street.

Delivering the message will be the Rev. Rick Hartmann, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church.

The service is sponsored by the Gillespie County Ministerial Association.

Ten clergy members from throughout the community will participate in the service, which is open to the public.

In addition to the message from the Rev. Hartmann, the service will also include scripture readings and music.

Congregational singing will be led by the Praise Team from Faith Baptist Church.

Special music will be provided by the FHS Choir, led by Michele Stehling.

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May

Roots concert series returns with doo-wop

Pioneer Museum will kick off its 12th year of the Roots Music Series in the Texas Hill Country Saturday, June 1, with a “Doo-Wop Sock-Hop Night” lineup of music, food and family fun.

The concert will feature The Moonlights at 6:30 p.m., Men in Black at 7:45 p.m., and the New Buddy Holly Band at 9:10  p.m.

All concerts take place on Saturdays from 6:30-10:30 p.m. with gates opening at 5 p.m. Guests can purchase a meal and refreshments of wine, beer, sodas and water. Parking is free.

Pioneer Museum is located at 325 West Main Street with event entrance on South Milam Street.

Admission is $12. Children under 18 are free. Net proceeds support the mission of the Gillespie County Historical Society.

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May

LBJ Ranch to host 'Movies Under the Stars'

Keeping with the tradition of President Lyndon Baines Johnson showing movies at the airplane hangar on his ranch near Stonewall, officials at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park will host Movies Under the Stars, with the first screening this Saturday.

Workers will screen “The Love Bug” on Saturday, June 1 in the field near the hangar on the LBJ Ranch, and the community is invited, said Barbara Sagebiel, chief of interpretation.

Ranch gates open at 7 p.m. and the film will begin near dusk. The event is free to the public.

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks. Portable restrooms and hand-washing stations will be available.

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