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15
May

Texas wineries take top viognier awards in Franch

Two Gillespie County wineries — Pedernales Cellars and Becker Vineyards —recently won top awards in the 2013 Lyon International Wine Competition in Lyon, France.

It is the first time since the 1970s that American-based wineries have dominated a division in the France-based wine competition. The other time it happened, wineries in Napa, Calif., swept the Bordeaux competition and drew the world’s attention to the wines of the United States.

 During the 2013 Lyon International Wine Competition held in March, Pedernales Cellars was awarded a “Grand Gold” award for its 2012 Viognier Reserve, while Becker Vineyards received the silver award for its 2012 Viognier.

Sat
11
May

Neffendorf, Pearson elected to council

Former Fredericksburg city manager Gary Neffendorf and current city councilman Graham Pearson were elected to two year terms on the Fredericksburg City Council today. Neffendorf led all candidates with 480 votes, with Pearson in second with 393 votes, James "Mac" McAfee in third with 322 votes and current city councilman Scott Jones in fourth with 274 votes, according to a release issued by the City of Fredericksburg.

Thu
09
May

Two confirmed dead in small plane crash


EXTINGUISHING the last of the flames on a downed air-craft Thursday afternoon, May 9, are two firefighters with the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department. The single-engine, fixed-wing airplane was reportedly carrying two passengers, who were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in a field off Hollmig Lane about one mile from Friendship Lane in Fredericksburg.

Update: The two people who died in a small airplane crash in a field near the 1200 block of Hollmig Lane at 1:25 p.m. yesterday, May 9, have been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as Donald Frosch, 44, and his wife, Jeanne Frosch, 41, of Mansfield. The couple was reportedly flying from Fort Worth to the Gillespie County Airport and leaves behind a daughter. The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate.

Two unidentified passengers have died as a result of a small plane crash in a field off Hollmig Lane near Fredericksburg Thursday afternoon, May 9.  

The crash, which involved a Cessna 182 Skylane single-engine, fixed wing aircraft, happened around 1:25 p.m. The plane was fully engulfed in flames — though it has yet to be determined whether the fire originated before or after the crash — and Fredericksburg Fire Department members were able to extinguish it within moments of arriving on scene.

Thu
09
May

Daily Update for Wednesday, May 15

News

Wed
08
May

City challenges county to get involved on bypass

By Matt Ward

The final message from outgoing acting public works director Walter Ragsdale to the Fredericksburg City Council was a simple one.

It can’t be done alone.

If an outer loop corridor — also called an alternate truck route — is to be constructed to alleviate traffic concerns on Main Street in Fredericksburg, city, county and state officials must work together with a “single voice and single plan,” he said.

Ragsdale, former Richardson director of transportation during the development and construction of the President George Bush turnpike in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, made a final presentation to the city Monday evening as new public works director Clinton Bailey takes over this week.

During discussion of the alternate truck route, Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover recalled a conversation with State Rep. Doug Miller on the issue.

Wed
08
May

Council ballot draws 450 early votes

More than 450 voters have already cast their ballots in a four-way race for two open seats on the Fredericksburg City Council after the close of early voting Tuesday.

Regular election day voting will follow on Saturday, May 11, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. in the Fredericksburg Middle School Cafeteria.

Exactly 250 residents cast their ballots in the first week of early voting April 29-May 3, while 87 voted Monday and 119 cast their ballot on the final day of early voting Tuesday for a total of 456 early voters, according to city communications manager Juli Bahlinger.

Early voting totals in the Doss Common Consolidated School District board of trustees race saw 44 voters cast their ballots April 29-May 3, with 21 residents early voting on Monday and Tuesday for 65 total.

Wed
08
May

Police Chief dies after battling blood disease


PAUL OESTREICH

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

 

City of Fredericksburg Chief of Police Paul A. Oestreich died yesterday, leaving behind a 40-year legacy in local law enforcement.

Oestreich, 60, had recently undergone a bone marrow transplant in an effort to survive complications from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS,) a blood disease formerly known as “pre-leukemia.”

He died around 10:30 a.m. yesterday, May 7, at The Life Care  Hospital in San Antonio.

Funeral arrangements are set Monday, May 13, at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Graveside services with honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. in the church on Sunday and from 7-8:15 a.m. on Monday at Schaetter Funeral Home, who is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
08
May

City receives favorable mid-year budget review


CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS (from left) Mayor Jeryl Hoover, Tim Dooley, Kathy Sanford, Scott Jones and Graham Pearson accepted a donation check for $20,000 from Optimist Club of Fredericksburg representatives Russell Immel and Winnie Steinweg. The donation, which was made prior to Monday’s regular city council meeting, was earmarked for improvements to a practice field at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. The field was recently converted into a game-ready t-ball field and rebranded the Optimist T-Ball Field.

By Matt Ward —

A recently completed internal review of the City of Fredericksburg’s 2013-2014 budget shows net gains in the city’s general fund and most enterprise funds, according to a presentation made to the city council Monday evening by city finance director Brad Kott.

This year marks the first time the city has completed a mid-year budget review, which will allow city staff to identify problem areas and recommend corrections if needed; use first six month results to better forecast yearly results; and to recommend any needed budget amendments.

General fund revenues are expected to be above projections by $174,200, with the bulk of the increase ($110,000) coming from sales tax revenues.

Expenditures in the fund are projected to be $80,400 over budget, but the projected added revenue in the fund will result in a net gain of $93,800.

Wed
08
May

Local couple scammed


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 —

The phone rings; you answer it.

On the other end of the line is your grandson telling you that unless you send him $1,800 he’ll have to spend 30 days in a Mexican jail.

You’re shocked, concerned, but also compassionate and you want to help. However, you’re also older and have a limited income.

But, after all, it’s a family member in need.

What do you do?

That’s the dilemma recently faced by local residents John and Gladys Edwards.

Unfortunately for them, the person making the phone call was not their grandson. And the other person who got on the line was not a U.S. Embassy official at the Mexico City bureau.

But their concern for family outweighed their skepticism and they wired the money via Western Union.

Simply put, the Edwardses were scammed.

Wed
08
May

Talking to Space


LARGER-THAN-LIFE — NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy appears in a huge projection as he video chats from his weightless environment on the International Space Station with FHS students gathered for a special assembly on Thursday, May 2. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A chance to talk with an astronaut live at the same time he is serving aboard the International Space Station (ISS) was afforded Fredericksburg High School (FHS) students in a special NASA assembly Thursday, May 2.

An estimated 1,000 high school students gathered to hear Congressman Lamar Smith initiate contact with Astronaut Chris Cassidy, who is aboard the International Space Station and appeared in a video projected on the back wall of the FHS auditorium stage.

“I hope you appreciate the support you have from all of us. You are our hero. We just appreciate everything you are doing for our country,” said Smith, who chairs the Science, Space and Technology Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and who has said he is impressed by FHS teacher Brett Williams’ aerospace program that uses the STEM system to stress science, technology, engineering and math.

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