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Trustees favor GCAD project, but OK on hold

By Richard Zowie —

Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) could soon have approval for a permanent home, as three of the five county entities approved the $1.57 million proposal Monday.

Fredericksburg Independent School District approved it, 4-0, at its Dec. 14 general meeting.

“This is a permanent solution that will take us to 30-40 years down the road,” said FISD Supt. Dr. Eric Wright.

Both the City of Fredericksburg and Harper ISD approved it, while Gillespie County did not. (See related story.)

Doss Consolidated Common School District tabled the issue last week and has not yet voted.

To pursue this project, GCAD would need approval from four of Gillespie County’s five taxing entities. If that number isn’t reached, then GCAD’s search for a new home will begin again.

GCAD land, building

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17
Dec

Commissioners vote 'no' on GCAD proposal

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday voted down a proposal by the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) board of directors to purchase land and an office building.  

The proposal, a 6,100-square-foot building and land priced at $1.57 million, was disapproved unanimously.

Commissioners said they didn’t agree with the price and felt like the project was rushed.

“As a taxing entity, we’re the ones who have to go to the public and raise their taxes to fund this stuff, and when I’m making a decision on it, I have to look at it as is it in the best interest of the taxpayers,” Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think from the very beginning, this has had some problems with the way it was approached.”

The GCAD planned to purchase land with a complete building on it from Mark Cornett, owner of C2 FBG, LLC, a construction company.

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17
Dec

Youths take honors at Harper Livestock Show


Rhody Holmes and Taelyn Tatsch lead their hogs around the ring during the Harper Stock Show that took place on Saturday. See results and more photos on pages D8 and D9 pf this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Stock show season got off to an early start in Gillespie County on Saturday, Dec. 12, for some local exhibitors who competed in the 2015 Harper Livestock Show.

Eligible exhibitors included members of the Harper FFA, Harper 4-H, Doss 4-H or first through 12th grade students enrolled in the Harper Independent School District who are members of a 4-H club.

Entries totaled 166 animals and included two breeding sheep, 23 market lambs, 45 goats, 64 swine, three heifers, five steers and 24 Angora goats.

All of the judging took place on Saturday at the Show Barn in Harper, starting with the Angora goats and continuing with the lambs, hogs, goats, steers and heifers.

Jason Marek, an agriculture science teacher at Blanco High School, served as judge for the show, evaluating all divisions except for the Angora goats, which were judged by Bonnie Naumann.

Thu
17
Dec

'Tuna Christmas' cheer


Ryan Bailey (left) and Daniel Melton perform as Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis during the Dec. 12 performance of “A Tuna Christmas.” The show will continue Dec. 18-20 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen
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17
Dec

'You Can't Take It With You'


Essie Carmicheal (played by Camille Rhyne) pirouettes with Kolemkhov (Harrison Spisak) during the Fredericksburg High School Theater I staging of “You Can’t Take It With You,” held Sunday, Dec. 13 at the FHS Auditorium. The three-act comedy was written by George Kaufman and Moss Hart. See more photos on A/B11. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
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17
Dec

St. Mary's Band Christmas Concert


Joshua Olivares prepares to play his solo, while fellow band members Jovany Alva, Jenna Wallendorf, Nick Mikosh and Charlie Johnson look on, during the St. Mary’s School band concert on Thursday Dec. 10. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin
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17
Dec

St. Joseph's Art Show


Gary Montgomery shops for granite cravings at the Dec. 12 St. Joseph Halle Fall Craft Show. The show, held at St. Joseph’s Halle, featured items from Hill Country artists. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen
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17
Dec

Civil suit filed against county law officers

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A civil lawsuit has been filed by a Harper couple who say their home was searched on May 3 without consent by sheriff’s deputies and one of the homeowners was thrown to the ground in the process.

Plaintiffs Huntly and Susan Dantzler filed suit against defendants Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Joe Hindman and Deputy Hunter Westbrook for an early morning search of their property on the 16000 block of U.S. 290 West.

The case will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division.

Deputies claim they were performing a welfare search for a female who was with the Dantzlers’ son, Huntly Jr., 32, and deputies said they had reason to be concerned for her safety.

Accusations of pills slipped into a drink and the woman leaving with Dantzler Jr. in an intoxicated state were made by a caller who never gave his name, according to incident reports.

Thu
17
Dec

LBJ State Park to host tree lighting Sunday

Stonewall will illuminate as the 46th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting ceremony will be Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.

Everyone is invited to this event and its activities, which begin at 6 p.m.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, began this tradition nearly 50 years ago.

The main tree lighting program will begin at 6 p.m. in the State Park Courtyard, where the traditional native cedar Christmas tree will be lit at the conclusion of the program.

Children can also make a stop there and visit with Santa himself. Visitors may also view the photo program of tree lighting ceremonies of the past and exhibits featuring President Johnson and the First Lady in the auditorium.

Activities include caroling, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments and the tree lighting.

Wed
09
Dec

Animal shelter funds OK'd by council

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council members on Monday voted 4-1 to allocate a maximum of $1.5 million for the development of a new city animal shelter.

Councilman Graham Pearson is for the project, but he dissented because he wanted $1.7 million for the project and didn’t want a hurdle for the animal shelter in the future.

“I’d rather go with $1.7 million,” Pearson said. “That doesn’t mean to say we have to spend it when we get all of the information back. I’d rather that not be a hurdle to us going forward in this project.”

Animal shelter

After deciding on a maximum amount for the shelter’s development, council members heard from the public.

Kelly Musselman, spokesperson for the Friends of the Fredericksburg Animal Shelter, was happy with the council’s decision.

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