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Wed
17
Jun

Little Rustlers camp set Saturday

Pioneer Museum will host a Little Rustlers camp from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 20.

They will have programs for students ages six to 12 years.

Admission is $5 per person.

The museum is at 325 West Main Street. For more information, go online to www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441.

Herding sheep

John Lewis will demonstrate, with live animals, the art of herding sheep. Lewis and his Border Collies have competed successfully in sheepdog trials throughout Texas and the United States.

For several years, he and his dogs have presented programs to school children at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials in Meeker, Colorado.

Wed
17
Jun

City skate park to officially open

The Fredericksburg skate park at Old Fair Park will hold its official opening ceremony at 5 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 17.

Morning Rotary Club President Karen Pooser will start the event by welcoming those in attendance, and introducing special guests and city officials.

Susan Kimbrell, the skate park’s project manager, will introduce special guests and present a short version of the skate park’s journey.

Pooser, Kimbrell, City Manager Kent Myers and Councilman Graham Pearson will perform a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:45 p.m.

The city and the Rotary Club decided on June 11 to go forward with the official opening of the park, which is yet to be named.

Wed
10
Jun

Conference center could bring business

By Ken Esten Cooke and Matt Ward —

Has Fredericksburg grown enough to support a conference center?

That was the question behind a 154-page report given last Tuesday at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center by consulting company HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment.

City council members, a county commissioner, Gillespie County Economic Development Commission and other business and civic leaders attended the slide-show presentation.

The HVS feasibility study allowed the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau to present to the Fredericksburg City Council both the challenges and opportunities relating to the meetings industry in Fredericksburg.  

Ernie Loeffler, CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, said the study showed the town’s strengths and weaknesses in deciding whether to pursue the project.

Wed
10
Jun

FISD, Harper show progress in early STAAR testing scores

By Richard Zowie —

The preliminary State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) results are in, and despite a few concerning areas, students overall did well.

Linda Hicks, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in the Fredericksburg Independent School District, presented the preliminary STAAR results to the district trustees during Monday’s regular meeting.

Trustees also appointed new leadership and authorized FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright to negotiate an education services contract.

Early STAAR results

Hicks presented trustees with the preliminary STAAR data for the 2014-2015 school year, and Fredericksburg students met or exceeded the standard in 12 of the 17 tested areas.

Students fell below the state standard in fourth- and sixth-grade reading, fourth-grade writing, high school Algebra 1 and U.S. History.

Wed
10
Jun

Class of 2015 strives to 'make each moment count'


Christopher Ayala, Fredericksburg Police Department officer, student resource officer and criminal justice teacher at Fredericksburg High School, gives an impromptu tie-tying lesson to (from left) Justin Durst, Robert J. Calzada and Nathan Brenner, prior to last Friday’s Fredericksburg High School Class of 2015 graduation. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

“I Lived” by One Republic, the class song for the Fredericksburg High School Class of 2015, talks about the importance of making every moment count.

As the students venture into life following graduation last Friday, many will try to live by that.

Two hundred and fifteen FHS seniors received their diplomas during the ceremony.

This year’s event returned to FHS Stadium, following renovations last year that resulted in a temporary relocation to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Salutatorian Dorothy Walch encouraged her classmates to pursue their passions in life and to approach their interests “at full speed with open arms.”

In his speech, valedictorian Samuel Studebaker told his classmates to not pursue only money and wealth, but also fellowship and joy.

“Let’s set out to make the world a merrier place together while having some fun and adventure along the way,” he said.

Wed
10
Jun

Harper graduates 56 in Friday night commencement


Harper valedictorian Jordan White takes a selfie of herself and many of her classmates during Friday night’s commencement ceremonies held in the high school gymnasium. — Photo courtesy Jordan White
By Danny Hirt — 
 
When Harper High School class valedictorian Jordan White gave each of her fellow graduating seniors a fortune cookie at Friday’s commencement program in the gymnasium, most couldn’t wait to break it open to see what messages they’d find. 
 
But there was a twist — the fortunes were blank.
 
“It isn’t that I think you are all destined for emptiness or that I pulled a Taylor Swift by giving you a blank space,” White explained. “These blank fortunes are the best blessing we could ever hope for! Neither I nor anyone else can write out what our tomorrows will bring, but that’s the beauty of life.”
 
She added that “all of our fortunes are up to us to write. We do not have to be defined by our hardships or accept  hatever
future we get.”
 
Wed
10
Jun

Central Texas College will be new partner

By Christine Granados —

Central Texas College will offer low cost face-to-face and online classes to Gillespie County residents at the Hill Country University Center and Fredericksburg High School this fall.

“We wanted to be able to offer low cost tuition to the Fredericksburg community,” said Janice Anderson, dean of CTC Central and Service Area Campuses in Killeen.

Hill Country University Center Foundation Executive Director Bob Hickerson said, “As Central Texas College begins to offer lower-division courses in the center this fall, students will see a decrease of almost two-thirds in the cost of tuition and fees. They will be able to take three courses for what one course has cost this last year.”

Austin Community College (ACC) and CTC petitioned the state legislature to change the boundaries of

their service areas in 2014 with Senate Bill 495.

Wed
10
Jun

Big catch


It’s a perch for Joseph Christensen, who, with older brother Andrew, fished in the Pedernales River during Fishing Day at LBJ State Park and Historic Site on Saturday. “Prizes” in the free, catch-and- release event were crappie, catfish, black bass and turtles. For more pictures, see A/B18 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Wed
10
Jun

Valero shootout suspect nets 10-year sentence


Victor Valdez at Valero station moments before shooting began in December 2013 incident. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Matt Ward —

Formal sentencing for a local veteran who attempted to end his life via “suicide by cop” during a shootout at the Valero gas station on Dec. 18, 2013 is expected tomorrow, Thursday, June 11.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 25, pled guilty in Boerne to 12 counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery on June 2, 18 months after a three-hour standoff ended with gunfire but no major injuries to law enforcement.

According to reports, Valdez was wounded in the buttock by one of the 177 bullets fired into the Valero Corner Store No. 980 — located at 516 South Adams Street — where Valdez had barricaded himself after ordering two employees off the premises with a 9 mm pistol.

A former lance corporal in the United States Marine Corps, Valdez had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by a Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital prior to the incident, according to his attorney, Pat Pattillo.

Wed
10
Jun

Man who shot officer waives plea

A San Angelo man charged with shooting Fredericksburg police officer Bradley Durst in April 2014 has reportedly declined a plea deal, according to a KENS5 San Antonio television news report confirmed by Durst’s family.
 
Robert Rendon, 31, awaits trial in 216th District Court on attempted capital murder charges following the shooting of Durst, who stopped Rendon for traffic violations on East Main Street.
 
After shooting Durst in the abdomen and neck, Rendon fled the county, leading area law enforcement officials on a multi-county chase that ended when he crashed and was arrested by Bexar County police in San Antonio.
 
Durst has since recovered from his injuries and returned to active duty with the Fredericksburg Police Department.

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