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Fri
17
May

Breaking news: Wetz named police chief

Acting Fredericksburg Chief of Police Steve Wetz has been promoted to the position of Chief of Police of the City of Fredericksburg effective today, according to City Manager Kent Myers.

“Steve is well respected in the department and in the community," Myers said. "Steve demonstrates a high level of integrity and total dedication to Fredericksburg and our Police Department. He has served very capably as Acting Chief of Police for the past seven months.”

Wed
15
May

Parents want tougher stance on drug use

By Ken Esten Cooke —

 

About 20 parents attended Monday night’s Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meeting to demand the district take a stronger stance against student drug use both on and off campus.

In the wake of the overdose death of Samuel Herrera, three of the parents spoke and one said the FISD “has turned a blind eye” toward drug use.

“We need a no-tolerance attitude toward drugs for all students,” said Marguerite Westfall. She also cautioned trustees to pay attention to synthetic drugs, which are believed to have been the cause of death for Herrera, and another young adult from the Harper area in an unrelated incident.

“Synthetic drugs are a different animal than marijuana — they are 100 times more potent than normal drugs and cause violent reactions,” Westfall said. “Students caught using them should be asked to leave school.”

Wed
15
May

County unsure on future of alternate truck route

By Matt Ward —

 

One week after presenting his recommendations for pursuing an alternate truck route around Fredericksburg to the Fredericksburg City Council, outgoing city acting public works director Walter Ragsdale told Gillespie County commissioners top priority should be given to protecting the right of way for a potential route.

“What you don’t want to do is allow a building in that ultimate right of way,” Ragsdale said during the court’s regular meeting Monday. “It might be that through a planning process, you could reserve that right of way for future purchase. You’ve got to get out there and look at it parcel by parcel as it comes in and preserve and protect (the right of way).”

County officials, having dealt with Texas Department of Transportation staff on the possibility of an alternate truck route several years ago, expressed concern that the project would never come to fruition.

Wed
15
May

Update: Investigation ongoing in fatality plane crash


CRUMPLED DEBRIS continues to smoke on this small Cessna airplane following a fiery crash that claimed the lives of a husband and wife from Manfield, last Thursday, May 9. The cause of the accident will be the focus of what is expected to be a lengthy study by investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, who arrived on scene shortly after local law enforcement officers and emergency personnel took control of the scene. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

UPDATE: Preliminary investigation work by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) into the single-engine airplane crash that claimed two lives near Fredericksburg May 9 has revealed that the pilot had been concerned about bad weather and the plane erupted into flames only after it crashed.

Pilot Donald Frosch, 43, of Mansfield, had called air controllers before the flight seeking weather updates and had told a Fort Worth Spinks Airport employee he was concerned about “beating the (bad) weather” to Fredericksburg after he and wife, Jeanne Frosch, 41, got a late start on their weekend trip here to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

In light of weather forecasts, Frosch filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. While in flight, Frosch had also contacted air control seeking a weather update.

Wed
15
May

Neffendorf, Pearson outpace field in city council race

By Matt Ward

Former Fredericksburg city manager Gary Neffendorf will return to work at City Hall in a new capacity as he and incumbent Graham Pearson were elected to two-year terms on the Fredericksburg City Council in Saturday’s election.

Also on Saturday, voters in Doss chose David Lively and Kenneth Friedrich to serve on the Doss Common Consolidated School District board of trustees.

Just over 350 voters turned out on election day, Saturday, to cast their ballots in a four-way race for two open seats on the Fredericksburg City Council.

In all, 808 residents voted in the election, which saw Neffendorf receive 480 votes, Pearson pick up 393 votes, James (Mac) McAfee receive 322 votes and incumbent Scott Jones pick up 274 votes.

Wed
15
May

Police chief remembered by fellow lawmen, staff


POLICE, sheriff’s deputies, Texas Rangers, DPS officers and hundreds of family and friends give a final salute to Fredericksburg Police Chief Paul Oestreich. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

Fredericksburg laid to rest its police chief of the past 14 years on Monday with a packed house sendoff for the lawman at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Chief Paul Oestreich died Tuesday, May 7 after battling a blood disease — Myelodysplastic Syndrome, formerly known as “pre-leukemia” — for a year and taking chemotherapy treatments since October.

Oestreich was unique among law officers in that he was born and raised in Fredericksburg, having graduated high school here in 1971, and went on to serve his entire career in his hometown. The lawman went from patrolman to deputy chief in 1989, then was named chief a decade later, the position he served until his death.

Wed
15
May

Huge hail storm damages cars, homes, wallets


TALE OF THE TAPE — Karen and Ralph Rode of Doss recovered several hail stones that measured more than two inches across from Thursday night’s storm. They reported “extensive” damage to trees and other vegetation, as well as having several windows broken in their home and garage. But worst of all, they said they couldn’t tell how much rain they received because their rain gauges were broken in the storm. — Photo courtesy of Karen and Ralph Rode

By Danny Hirt

The storm that struck Gillespie County last Thursday night, May 9, produced a wide range of damage due to the heavy rains, powerful winds and the destructive force of hail stones.

Local insurance agencies reported a great number of calls since Friday morning that were directly related to storm damage.

Greg Kaderli, manager of the property and liability department at Frantzen, Kaderli and Klier Insurance said his company fielded more than 180 just on Friday, with an additional 72 or so coming in on Monday.

In all, his company has received more than 400 inquiries and reports regarding damage to home, auto and commercial properties since the hail storm finished its local destruction.

With 35 years of experience in the insurance business, Kaderli said he knew he wouldn’t be able to sleep until he’d surveyed the damage, which he did Thursday night after the storm had cleared out.

Wed
15
May

Leaking water valve causes outage for residents Tuesday


REPAIRS on two broken valves and a third leaking valve on water lines at the intersection of San Antonio and Edison streets left a portion of Fredericksburg residents without water Tuesday as city water department staff, including (from left) Brian Peters, Brian Kirchner, Michael Behrends and Bernardo Jaimes worked to stop leaks. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward

Residents in southwest Fredericksburg spent most of Tuesday without water as City of Fredericksburg workers repaired two broken valves and a third leaking valve on lines at the intersection of San Antonio and Edison streets.

City staff identified the leak about four to five weeks ago, but the leak was classified as “minor,” and water department workers completed existing projects along Morning Glory Drive before moving over to the leak repairs Tuesday.

Wed
15
May

Commissioners authorize issuance of general obligation bonds

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

“Biting the bullet,” Gillespie County Commissioners have authorized the issuance of general obligation bonds not to exceed $15 million for construction of a new county jail.

By accepting an offer Monday afternoon, May 13, county officials capitalized on an interest rate of 3.173262 percent — a rate that is better than what planners originally expected.

“We’re excited” about the deal the county received, said Gillespie’s financial advisor, Robert (Bob) Henderson, managing director of RBC Capital Markets of San Antonio.

“We are looking at a transaction that is better than what we told the voters to expect” earlier last fall, Henderson said.

Aided by an “excellent” credit rating of “AA/Stable” from Standard Poors, the county will face a debt service amount of $1,021,485 as opposed to the originally estimated higher $1,035,000, said Larry Crump, county auditor.

Wed
15
May

Town Pool nears completion

By Matt Ward

After being closed for the past several years, the finishing touches are being applied on a brand-new Town Pool by contractor Cox Commercial Construction, LLC, with a grand opening slated early next month.

“We’re real happy (with the Town Pool project),” City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Director Jimmy Alexander said Friday. “The contractor has done a good job. They’ve met all the timelines and the quality of the work is good. All in all, this has been a very smooth project.”

In May 2012, voters approved a $1.4 million bond measure for a rebuilt Town Pool 1,502-537 as well as a $1.8 million bond measure for improvements at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool with 1,125-892.

The majority of the Town Pool project has been completed and city staff will meet with the architects and contractors this week to go over a final punch list before opening the facility to the public.

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