Ceremony marks 70 years since VJ Day

Gen. Michael Hagee salutes World War II veterans, from left, Alvin Stotz, Sam Sorenson, Huey Lamb, P.B. Snyder, Jim Glazener and Ernestine Walker-Burnham.— Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

It may seem like a lifetime ago, but the effects of allied victory during World War II are still felt around the globe.

Six WWII veterans attended the “End of WWII” ceremony on Friday in the memorial courtyard of the National Museum of the Pacific War. And the grandson of the nation’s 41st president, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, gave the keynote speech.

Hostilities in the Pacific ended officially on Aug. 14, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered to Allied Forces aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

Michael Hagee, the 33rd Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and now president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, opened the ceremony. Hagee said the men and women “who wear the cloth of our nation” have qualities few others, if any, possess.

“When they meet adversity, they respond to it,” he said. “They don’t have to wait for orders, they figure it out and they make it happen.”


Fair queen to be crowned Friday

A new Gillespie County Fair Queen and her court will be crowned on Friday night as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair.

Six girls are vying for the title of 2016 Gillespie County Fair Queen.

The pageant to crown the new queen and duchesses gets underway at 7 p.m. on Friday night in front of the grandstand at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Contestants and their parents include:

•Jaleigh Brown, daughter of Jason Brown and Jennifer McAfee Brown.

•Callie Eckhardt, daughter of Daniel and Sheila Eckhardt.

•Marah Graef, daughter of Carissa Staats and Nathan Graef.

•Julie Krebs, daughter of William and Mary Krebs.

•Rachel Rothermel, daughter of Kathy Rothermel and Peter Rothermel.

•Mckayla Wade, daughter of Steve and Crystil Wade.

Serving as master of ceremonies for the pageant will be Leland Geistweidt. 


Schools to open Monday

By Joshua McKinney —

Area students are on the cusp of returning to school after a summer break.

Public schools in Gillespie County resume classes on Monday, Aug. 24, while private schools in the area return on various dates.

Fredericksburg ISD

As of Tuesday, Aug. 18, the Fredericksburg Independent School District has an enrollment of 3,052 students for the school year.

Fredericksburg Primary School expects 285 students in attendance on the first day.

Stonewall Elementary has 88 students currently enrolled in school and Fredericksburg Elementary has 1,021 signed up for classes.

Fredericksburg Middle School has 652 set to attend school and Fredericksburg High School has 1,006 students expected on the first day of classes.

Last year, FISD had a total 3,175 students in its school system.


Almost Patsy Cline to perform Sunday

The Almost Patsy Cline Band will perform this weekend in the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA) Marktplatz Concert Series.

The Bandera-based band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz.

Admission is free, and attendees can bring their lawn chairs, a picnic meal and friends.

Once the music starts, listeners are encouraged to dance. The concert will last around an hour and a half.

Classic country-era singer Patsy Cline, the band’s namesake, had hits including “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy.”


4-H barbecue fundraiser set Friday

The Gillespie County 4-H Adult Leaders Association’s annual barbecue fundraiser is set to follow the Gillespie County Fair Parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, at Marktplatz.

A drive-through to pick up dinners at Turner Hall will also be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 4-H will sell $10 meal tickets for plates of pork barbecue, potato salad, beans and trimmings.

Tickets for a prize drawing are also available for purchase for $5 a ticket or $20 for five.


Grill closure eyed to reduce course deficit

By Matt Ward —

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course will see food service trimmed and pro shop inventory reduced following the Fredericksburg City Council’s special budget workshop Monday.

Though no changes are official as of now, the council tentatively agreed to shut down the course’s Redbird Grille in order to reduce budget shortfalls in the golf department, which will lose $575,000 this fiscal year.

Additionally, the course is projected to lose $289,300 in the 2015-2016 budget, which could be approved as early as next Monday’s regular council meeting.

“I’d like to see the grille closed down because we know we’re losing money (there) and it may be an amenity, but it’s an amenity to a very small percentage of our taxpayers,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said Monday.


FISD meets standard in TEA requirements

By Richard Zowie —

Each Fredericksburg Independent School District campus earned sufficient marks in the Texas Association Agency (TEA) accountability survey for 2015.

Linda Hicks, FISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented a report Monday evening to the school board at its regular meeting.

Ronda Tomplait, FISD director of special programs, also briefed trustees on the school’s bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) program.


Under the TEA’s current rating system, school districts and campuses in Texas either “met standard” or “need improvement.”

“I’m really pleased that every campus in the district met the standard,” Hicks said.

As a district, FISD met 35 of the 41 indicators. This included 21 of 27 performance rates and perfect scores of 10 and four in participation and graduation rates, respectively.


Efficiency in demand

Les Metzler, the Director of Dispatch for Gillespie County, has overseen the merger of all emergency dispatch services in the county. Metzler says it made response easier and efficient. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

By Joshua McKinney —

Dispatch operations at the Gillespie County Communication Center have run smoothly since combining municipal and county departments more than two months ago, according to its director.

Les Metzler, Gillespie County’s Director of Dispatch, said the merging of the law enforcement and emergency medical service/fire service dispatch centers makes things easier on call center employees and response times quicker.

“Efficiency wise, it’s made it easier because those calls aren’t being transferred to another location,” Metzler said. “They’re all in the same room … they thought that for the benefit of the citizens and time, they would bring them together.”

He said EMS and fire can now respond to incidents that involve all three emergency services in a timely manner.


'Tuna' royalty Williams to attend play opening

It’s anybody’s guess what’ll happen when Aunt Pearl Burras (left, Daniel Melton) and Vera Carp (Ryan Bailey) get together. The two are among the many characters in “Greater Tuna,” which Fredericksburg Theater Company will perform this and next weekend at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater. “Tuna” co-creator Jaston Williams will attend the opening-night performance Friday. — Submitted photo

More than 30 years ago, three men put their collective funny bones together and wrote a Texas-based play that has woven itself into the fabric of the Lone Star State.

Fredericksburg Theater Company will open “Greater Tuna” on Friday, and the Texas-based comedy will run for two weeks.

Jaston Williams, who co-created “Greater Tuna,” will attend FTC’s opening night performance.

On Friday, the opening night gala begins at 6:30 p.m.

Artwork from Die Künstler von Fredericksburg will be in the lobby during the performances. A mural by Die Künstler president Donna Lafferty will be on stage as a backgdrop during the show.


Williams co-created the comedy along with Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Based in the fictitious town of Tuna, “Greater Tuna” is where “the Lions Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline lives forever.”


127th Gillespie County Fair to be celebrated Aug. 20-23

Shelby Winn of Montgomery County 4-H maintains control of her steer while waiting to be judged on Sunday morning during the Battle of the Cattle Race Day Classic Steer Show held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Livestock competitions continue in two weeks during the 127th Gillespie County Fair Aug. 20-23. Additional coverage of this weekend’s stock shows, including meat goat and lamb futurities, can be found on pages D1 and D6 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Four days of events and activities for the entire family are being planned as part of the 127th Gillespie County Fair Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 20-23.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the 127th Gillespie County Fair will include two days of live pari-mutuel horse racing, a carnival and midway, displays of agricultural and home products, a parade, a queen’s contest, antique machinery displays, musical entertainment, mutton busting, domino tournament and livestock shows.

And with the 127th celebration just around the corner, patrons are reminded that they can purchase tickets online in advance at

Online tickets are priced the same as those sold at the gate, and can be purchased using credit or debit cards.

The 127th Gillespie County Fair opens on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. with free admission to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.


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