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Museum, new vet council set Memorial Day events

Local events on Memorial Day will be available to honor local service members who gave their lives while serving in American armed forces.

This year, Memorial Day will be Monday, May 25.

On Saturday, May 23, the newly-formed Veterans Council of Gillespie County will place flags at the graves of area veterans.

The National Museum of the Pacific War will hold a May 25 event in the Memorial Courtyard.

Flags on veterans’ graves

The Veterans Council of Gillespie County will sponsor a Memorial Day weekend event honoring the area’s deceased veterans.

On Saturday, May 23, they will gather at Der Stadt Friedhof (formerly City Cemetery) to honor the estimated 600 veterans buried at the cemetery.

Those participating should arrive by 8:30 a.m.

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20
May

Myers embraces town's character, growth


City Manager Kent Myers said previous leaders developed ordinances that made for quality growth, versus quantity. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
(Editor’s note: May 9 marked three years in the city manager’s seat for Kent Myers after following the town’s only previous manager, Gary Neffendorf. The Standard-Radio Post sat down with Myers to reflect on three years at the helm of this bustling town.)
 
By Ken Esten Cooke —
 

How do you find city government to function in Fredericksburg compared to other towns that you have managed?

In general, I found that the city had most of the basic qualities in terms of sound municipal practices, procedures and policies when I came on board three years ago. It has operated very well in the past with very few major controversies or problems.

In my opinion, this has been due to the quality of the city staff that existed in the past and that was in place when I was hired.

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May

New exhibit set to honor life, career of Bob Hope


Brodie Waters (right) of the World Golf Hall of Fame offers insights into the “Bob Hope: An American Treasure” exhibit now on display at the National Museum of the Pacific War to Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.) president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. The free exhibit, sponsored by the World Golf Hall of Fame, went on display Thursday and will remain open to the public through Sept. 15. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

A special exhibit honoring the life and career of Bob Hope went on display Thursday at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Admission is free for the exhibit entitled “Bob Hope: An American Treasure,” which continues through Sept. 15 and is sponsored by the World Golf Hall of Fame.

A museum ticket will not be required to see the exhibit, located in the temporary gallery of the George H.W. Bush Gallery.

“Bob Hope: An American Treasure” tells the story of Hope’s career through a series of 15 themed exhibit display units that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment and relationships with a number of U.S. presidents and his other passion, golf.

Wed
20
May

Crawfish feast returns to Marktplatz

Cajun food, live music, children’s activities and more will highlight the annual Fredericksburg Crawfish Festival, Friday through Sunday, May 22-24, at Marktplatz.

Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Jaycees, the festival includes activities for the entire family.

Festival hours are from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $10 for adults on Friday and Sunday and $12 on Saturday. Tickets for youth ages six to 12 will be $5 a day.

Two-day passes are available for purchase for $20 and three-day passes are $25.

This year’s musical entertainment will feature Texas country music artist Aaron Tippin, Rick Trevino, Almost Patsy Cline, Jean-Pierre and the Zydeco Angels, Zydeco Blanco, Bayou Roux and Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s.

Special guests this year will be the cast from CMT’s hit television show, “Gator 911.” 

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20
May

FMS art show set to open Tuesday

Fredericksburg Middle School will have its art show from Tuesday through Thursday, May 26-28, in the old gymnasium at FMS.

The art show will be open from 2-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday. Works will be judged on Tuesday at noon.

Admission to the gallery will be free each day and donations will be accepted.

The gallery will display art work from Studio 620, comprised of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at FMS who participate in Art I, II or III. 

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20
May

Memorial Day closings in town, Gillespie County

City, county and state offices, along with some school districts in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

Government

•Federal offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

•State offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

•County offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

•City offices: Closed on Memorial Day.

Postal Service

• The United States Post Office will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

Garbage, Recycling

•Trash Collection: Regular trash collection schedules will take place on Monday.

•Recycling Center and Landfill: The Recycling Center and Landfill will close on Memorial Day.

Financial Institutions

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May

Daily Update for May 20

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      • The Gillespie County Republican Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting today at the Officer’s Club at the Hangar Hotel. A social with light refreshments will begin at 11 a.m., followed at 11:30 a.m. with a short business meeting and program. This month’s guest speaker will be Michele Samuelson from Austin.

Wed
13
May

County, GCAD agree to old jail lease

By Ken Esten Cooke

Calling it “the best option at the time,” county commissioners on Monday approved a 10-year lease agreement of the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Building (LEB) for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

Last week, Gillespie Central Appraisal District’s board of directors approved the move after local taxing entities had weighed in.

Commissioners ok’d the lease after another appeal from Timothy Koock, chairman of the Courthouse Square Advisory Committee. Koock said the LEB should be torn down and a Master Plan for the square with room for more green space should be given top consideration.

“The decision to move into the LEB building comes after kind of a misuse of time and money by the appraisal board. Too much time and money was spent on the Tivydale site plan, and I have heard that from some on the commission,” Koock told the court.

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13
May

Trustees discuss district finances

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees now have a taste of what’s in store for the district’s finances for 2015-2016.

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, presented tentative plans for a budget for FISD’s next fiscal year on Monday night.

Bobby Kincaid of Pfluger Architects also presented trustees with campus master plans.

Preliminary budget
The proposed 2015-2016 budget, subject to change, includes $37.4 million in expenditures, a 5.31 percent increase over the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The current fiscal year ends June 30, and the new fiscal year will begin July 1.

The budget also would include an approximately three-percent increase in teacher salaries.

“This is the most in-depth budget I’ve seen for a school district,” said FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright.

“Everybody’s very aware of what they’ll be spending for next year,” Ottmers said. “It’s a detailed but very big process.”

Wed
13
May

Bond, incumbents get voter OK

Fredericksburg public schools will soon receive a facelift thanks to the passage of a $16.5 million Fredericksburg Independent School District bond, Saturday.

The bond, which passed on a 763-106 vote, will primarily focus on construction and upgrades at Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Primary School, along with improvements at each campus and additional items for custodians, transportation and technology.

Voters also opted for the status quo in government on Election Day, returning four incumbents to posts on the Fredericksburg City Council and FISD board of trustees.

Incumbent city councilmen Gary Neffendorf (328 votes) and Graham Pearson (282 votes) held off lone challenger Thomas Sigg (151 votes) for two-year terms on the council.

Dale Geistweidt (532 votes) and Dave Campbell (447 votes) were re-elected to three-year terms on the FISD board of trustees, narrowly edging out challenger C. Brian Lehne (419 votes).

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