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08
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Fredericksburg hosts July 4th 'Star-Spangled' fireworks show


Prior to the Fourth of July fireworks show, Wounded Warriors at Nebo volunteers (from left) Joanne Owens and Rosemary Estenson share a laugh with U.S. Military Academy alumnus Capt. Jeff Anderson, who served six years in the Army. They watched the show from the Gillespie County Airport. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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08
Jul

BCFS given Head start reins

By Matt Ward

 

Approximately $1.1 million in federal funding previously allocated to Stonewall Head Start, Inc. has been awarded to BCFS Education Services for Head Start operations in Blanco and Gillespie counties.

Head Start services have been offered by Stonewall Head Start, Inc. since the federal program’s inception in the 1960’s, with former President Lyndon B. Johnson developing the local offering as Texas’ first program at the LBJ Ranch.

 

BCFS Education Services

Founded in San Antonio in 1944, BCFS is a global system of six health and human service non-profit corporations coast-to-coast and around the world. BCFS Education Services is the system’s entity focused on early education.

Wed
08
Jul

Pool party to celebrate name change Saturday

The City of Fredericksburg will host a throwback “Kick and Swim Party” Saturday, July 11, at the newly renamed Coach Tony Knopp Town Pool, located at 105 West Travis Street.

“The name change is in the honor and memory of the longtime manager of City of Fredericksburg’s pools, Tony Knopp,” Juli Bahlinger, city communications manager, said.  

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Wed
08
Jul

'Dialogues and Dances' takes stage Saturday

Dialogues and Dances will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at the Hill Country University Center.

It will feature improvisations on piano and accordion by Mark Hierholzer as well as improvisations by Madeline Jumes and new work by James Kraus.

John Sharpe will perform works by Brahms and Haydn, and Emma Sharpe will perform Mozart as well as sing a set of songs from scripture set to music by Hierholzer.

Hierholzer says the concerts are a good way for the community to come together through music and words.

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 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
01
Jul

End of an era

By Matt Ward —

Gillespie County is officially out of the business of outsourcing its prisoners.

The county has spent several million dollars farming out inmates to facilities in Bandera, Burnet, Comanche and Kerrville since 1992.

With the opening of the new 96-bed Gillespie County Jail facility in April, Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been slowly bringing long-term prisoners back to Fredericksburg, with the final outsourced inmates returning within the last couple of weeks.

“We brought them in small groups so we could try out the system in different pods, but now everybody incarcerated on behalf of Gillespie County is housed here,” Sheriff Buddy Mills said Thursday. “Everything seems to be working out pretty good.”

He added that future outsourcing of prisoners would only occur on a temporary basis if major repairs or maintenance were ever needed on the facility.

Wed
01
Jul

Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage; clerk to offer licenses

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Citing “the law of the land,” Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said she will issue same-sex marriage certificates at the Gillespie County Courthouse once marriage certificate software is modified to reflect the change.

But the change will have to wait on a software update from the county’s vendor, Rusche said.

“At this time, the Gillespie County Clerk’s office is not issuing gender-neutral marriage licenses,” Rusche said. “We have contacted our software vendor and once they have installed the application and program changes that are needed to conduct business to issue a license, I will do so as I have been mandated by the Supreme Court to do.”

On Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, Director of Ohio Department of Health. The decision made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Wed
01
Jul

Stonewall Head Start, birthplace of Pre-K program, loses funding


Paul Carlyle, Stonewall Head Start executive director, has made appeal to restore funding. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

LBJ’s educational legacy in Gillespie County has taken a massive hit.

Stonewall Head Start, Inc., developed personally by Lyndon B. Johnson while U.S. president following the creation of the national program in 1965, has lost federal funding.

The program saw $1.1 million in annual revenue wiped away today as a casualty of President Barack Obama’s re-competition initiative, which has seen nearly a quarter of the nation’s Head Start agencies have to fight to keep their grants.

“What really upsets us is that I feel we’re doing the community a disservice,” Paul Carlyle, Stonewall Head Start executive director, said. “People are trying to come in and sign up their kids (for Head Start) and can’t and we don’t have an answer for them.”

BCFS stepping in

Wed
01
Jul

Big parade will kick off local Fourth festivities


There will be all kinds of vehicles in the Fourth of July parade. Graham Kneale steers last year’s parade course on a Segway. — File photo

Fredericksburg will celebrate America’s 239th birthday in style this weekend with various Fourth of July activities.

Those events include the Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July Parade, Children’s Parade and other events commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

The parade will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, entering Main Street at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

A patriotic concert will follow the parade.

Entering the parade

Entry submission forms for the Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July Parade are due Thursday, July 2.

Entry into the parade is free, and forms can be picked up at the Visitor Information Center at 302 East Austin Street or may be downloaded from the official parade website at www.fbgparade.org.

Wed
01
Jul

Kids' parade Saturday at Kinder Halle


Brazos, Worrell, in aviator cap and goggles, awaits the start of last year's kids' parade. — File photo

Children will get to display a love of country in their own Independence Day parade.

  The children’s Fourth of July parade will take place at Marktplatz’s Kinder Halle pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4.

All children up to age 11 can participate in the Independence Day parade in an annual display of patriotism.

Children are allowed to bring small pets, decorated bicycles, tricycles or wagons.

Participants may enter in the various categories, including “Best Dressed,” “Most Patriotic,” “Mr. Fourth of July,” “Miss Fourth of July,” “Miss Liberty” and “Best Vehicle.”

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 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
01
Jul

Gillespie County Fair catalog now available

A season that includes pari-mutuel horse racing, Night In Old Fredericksburg, Scholarship Fest, bull riding and the 127th Gillespie County Fair gets underway this weekend at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

And just in time for the opening of the 2015 season, the new 127th Gillespie County Fair Catalog and Prize List magazine has been published.

The 56-page, full-color magazine is included in this week’s Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post and will also be available free of charge at many of the advertisers in the publication.

Copies are also available at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

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