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05
Jun

Galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg galleries invite everyone to join them in celebrating the start of summer with special events on Friday, June 7.

Eleven art galleries, all located within the Historic Shopping District, are joining in the First Friday Art Walk celebration on Friday.

Most of the galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each gallery will observe Art Walk by showcasing various artists and mediums through demonstrations, opening receptions and casual art talks.

Wines by Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards and Torre di Pietra will be served.

Each of the participating galleries will be designated by the new Art Walk flags.

For more information, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Wed
05
Jun

Cloud of scam has silver living


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

Thanks to the good-heartedness of a San Antonio woman who works in Kerrville, a Fredericksburg couple who’d recently been scammed out of $1,800 may be getting their lost money back.

The story of John and Gladys Edwards had been told in the May 8 issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

In April, Mrs. Edwards answered the phone only to discover it was her grandson calling and he was in Mexico and was in trouble with the law. He said he needed $1,800 for a lawyer or else he’d have to spend 30 days in jail.

Although the Edwardses had their doubts —  for one, she said the man’s voice didn’t sound like their grandson’s, but the caller dismissed that by saying he had a cold — the couple arranged to wire the money to help their grandchild.

As it turned out, the caller was not their relative and the $1,800 appeared to be lost forever.

This is where Ashley McGee steps into the picture.

Wed
05
Jun

Teen confesses past, ends drug use


DRUGS ON CAMPUS — A tip from a student informant this past week led to the arrest of a 17-year-old Fredericksburg High School student, who was caught carrying “Ice,” a type of methamphetamine, tucked away in his wallet. Because the possession was recorded on a zero-tolerance zone, the student faces a second degree felony, rather than a third degree felony, for this first offense. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Editor’s note: In the wake of two recent, but unrelated drug overdose deaths of Gillespie County males, the local community continues to mourn and grasp for ways to handle drug use among its teenage population.

One local student has made a powerful change and, in the process, decided to share his insights so others can better understand what is faced.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, his name has been changed to “John” to protect his identity.

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By Lisa Treiber-Walter

Fredericksburg High School (FHS) students who use drugs do it for different reasons — they’re bored, they have a hard life or they think it makes them cool.

Wed
05
Jun

Antique tractors to chug along to weekend show

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds will come alive with the sights and sounds of old farm machinery when the 29th annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Show returns Friday and Saturday, June 7-8.

 The show will be held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, just off State Highway 16 South and about two miles south of Fredericksburg’s Main Street.

Sponsoring the event will be the Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

Featured at this year’s show will be displays of antique machinery (some fully restored and fully operational) as well as exhibits of antique tractors and antique engines, a tractor pull competition, an antique tractor parade, farm machinery demonstrations, a blacksmith shop, vendors selling agriculture-related items, as well as food and drink concessions.

Also featured will be a kiddy pedal-powered tractor pull.

Wed
05
Jun

Town Pool to reopen Saturday

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and tour for the new Town Pool will be held Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m.

Day passes good at either Town Pool or Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool will be given out at the event.

Both city pools will open to the public Saturday, June 8. The pools will be open daily from 1:30-7 p.m.

Admission is $2 per swimmer for all age levels.

It was noted that swim diapers must be worn by all non-potty trained swimmers.

More information is available by calling the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department at 990-2018.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 and sign up today!

Wed
05
Jun

City to end special leaf pickup June 10

The City of Fredericksburg will be ending the collection of leaves and storm debris from the recent hail storms on Monday, June 10.

Residents are reminded of the following guidelines which will ensure pick up:

— Rake leaves onto the street 12 inches from the curb.

— Do not rake limbs, twigs, wire, rocks, bricks or other debris along with the leaves for collection. Any items other than leaves that are picked up will damage the leaf collection equipment and will not be picked up for that reason.

If residents cannot remove the debris from their leaf pile, they can make arrangements for a special pick up using a loader and dump truck with the City of Fredericksburg Street Department. There will be a minimum $100 charge for this servi

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May

Daily Update for Wednesday, June 5

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Wed
29
May

County hears update on Ranger Heritage Center


AN ARCHITECTURAL drawing of the proposed Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center shows the large project, planned for the town's east side.

By Lisa Treiber-Walter

A progress report on the planned Former Texas Rangers Foundation Heritage Center and an annual summary of The Good Samaritan Center were highlights on the most recent Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court docket.

Officials met Friday, May 24, to accommodate the county holiday for Memorial Day, which fell on their regular meeting day, Monday, May 27.

“We’re moving along at a fast pace,” said Joe B. Davis, retired Texas Ranger and president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation (FTRF.) “We are working with a good team locally and we plan to break ground in September. I think everyone in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is going to be proud of what we’re going to build out there.”

Davis explained to commissioners how the Heritage Center, which will be situated between the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site and the Hill Country University Center grounds, will be developed in two phases.

Wed
29
May

Council studies water rate hike


NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE for local drivers, work continues on the City of Fredericksburg’s Austin Street bridge project, currently under construction by BPI Environmental Services of Austin. The $412,458 project is on schedule, according to City Public Works Director Clinton Bailey, with a target completion date of Nov. 3. Meanwhile, Fredericksburg-based contractor Allen Keller Co. continues work on $846,526 worth of improvements along Morning Glory Drive. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Matt Ward

Despite increased rates on all utilities within the past 16 months, City of Fredericksburg water and sewer customers could see rates hiked again as soon as this summer as the city council continues to review fees in an ongoing utility rate study.

On Tuesday, council members received an update on the progress of the study — currently at 80 percent completion — from Tony Bagwell of HDR Engineering, the first of three visits from the city’s utility rate consultant.

The next council briefing is expected in early July, where the consultant’s rate model will be completed. This will allow the council to discuss potential rates and project expected revenue generation.

A third meeting is slated for late July, where the new rates will be voted on by the council.

Wed
29
May

Harper High plans May 31 ceremony

Getting an early start on the graduation season, Harper High School will hold its commencement exercises on Friday, May 31, in the HHS gymnasium.

The event comes two weeks after the school celebrated its baccalaureate service on May 19 at St. James Lutheran Church.

The seniors’ procession will start at 7 p.m. with the students filing into the arena in pairs.

In all, 48 12th graders are scheduled to receive their diplomas.

This year’s valedictorian is Alexa Guerrero, with salutatory honors going to Hector Jacobo. Both will address their fellow graduating seniors as well as those who attend the commencement ceremonies.

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