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Wed
10
Jun

Antique tractor show cranks up on Friday

The sights and sounds of farms will be at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds this weekend as the 30th Annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club Show will run Friday and Saturday, June 12-13.

Show times are from 2 p.m. to sunset on Friday and then from 8 a.m. to sunset on Saturday.

The Gillespie County Fair Grounds is on Texas 16 South, two miles south of Main Street.

Specific events those two days will be from 3-6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission is $6 for adults, while children 12 years old and under are free. Two-day passes for $10 will also be available. No pets will be allowed.

Parking is free, and vendors and exhibitors are welcome.

Among the events scheduled will be tractor and engine displays, blacksmithing, tractor pulls, agricultural machinery demonstrations such as threshing wheat and baling straw and several different corn processing demonstrations.

Wed
10
Jun

Daily Update for June 10

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      • Due to the construction at the Pacific Combat Zone, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation has announced the closing of the following streets to thru traffic effective today, June 10:  
      East Austin Street from Elk Street to Lee Street.
      Lee Street from East Austin Street to approximately 10 feet south of the private driveway for Schubert Street residents.

Wed
03
Jun

Appraisal district will consider new location

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Directors for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District will consider a new location for its upcoming tax collection services.

Representatives from the county’s taxing entities met Thursday morning at City Hall to consider an offer to lease soon-to-be-acquired land from the City of Fredericksburg, adjacent to its warehouse facility on Friendship Lane.

The GCAD called the meeting after public outcry when taxing entities chose to use the Law Enforcement Building (old county jail), built in 1974. Estimated renovation costs to make the jail compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act rose significantly.

GCAD directors were presented with a scenario from the city where it leases enough land to hold a new, 6,000-square-foot building and roughly 30 spots for parking on a two-acre site on Friendship Lane (south of the Friendship Lane and South Adams Street intersection).

Wed
03
Jun

'It's been a great ride'

State District 24 Senator Troy Fraser, a Republican from Horseshoe Bay, announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election to the Texas Legislature after 27 years of public service, including 23 years in the state legislature.

“The end of session has provided me a meaningful opportunity to reflect not only upon the past 140 days, but also the past 27 years,” Fraser said in a letter to constituents.

“There comes a time when leaders must take a look back at the trail they have blazed and reflect on all they have done. There also comes a time when leaders must allow others the opportunity to leave their mark. Today marks that time for me.”

Fraser served as a committee chairman for 16 of his 18 years in the Texas Senate, overseeing economic development, water, oil and gas, the electric market, insurance, real estate, banking, air quality, telecommunications and the cable industry.

Wed
03
Jun

Fredericksburg will award 215 diplomas on Friday at FHS Stadium


Getting comfortable wearing their gowns were Fredericksburg High School salutatorian Dot Walch, left, and valedictorian Samuel Studebaker. The duo will be at the front of the pack at the Class of 2015 graduation ceremony Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m. held at the Fredericksburg High School Stadium. — Standard-Radio Post/Autumn Bernhard

This week marks the end of more than a decade of education for senior students in the Fredericksburg Independent School District.

Both Fredericksburg High School and the Gillespie County Learning Center will hold graduation ceremonies — the GCLC tonight and then, FHS on Friday.

For the students, once they receive their diplomas, some will join the work force while others will attend college and others will join the military.

FHS ceremony

The FHS graduation will be at 8 p.m., on Friday, June 5, at FHS Stadium.

If it rains, the event will be moved into the FHS Auditorium.

Seniors should arrive at 7:15 p.m. to line up for the procession.

The senior choir members and Varsity Choir will sing the national anthem. The Navy JROTC will present the colors.

Student Council president Brooke Rogan, will lead the class, and those attending, in the Pledge of Allegiance and in the Texas Pledge.

Wed
03
Jun

Harper will have 56 graduates


Jordan White, seated, has been named valedictorian of the Harper High School Class of 2015 while Brittany Sanders earned the title of salutatorian. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt

Graduation ceremonies at Harper High School — slated for Friday, June 5 — will see 56 seniors receive their diplomas in commencement ceremonies set to begin at 7 p.m. in the Harper Independent School District Gymnasium.

Opening the program will be the processional, followed by the National Anthem, both performed by the Harper High School Band.

From there, Sydney Collins will give the invocation, with Taylor Baethge leading in the Pledge of Allegiance.

After Logan White gives welcoming remarks to the audience, Angela Pascarella will present a special reading to the parents.

Salutatorian Brittany Sanders and Valedictorian Jordan White will give addresses, respectively.

School principal Dean Eckert will lead in the presentation of awards and scholarships, followed by an introduction of the administration by Rachel Maner, followed by a response to the faculty by Dustin Wittkohl.

Wed
03
Jun

Pump station back online after F1 tornado damage


Roof and walls were torn off the city pump station on May 25. — Photo by Clinton Bailey

By Matt Ward —

Tornado damage to the Goehmann Lane pump station on Memorial Day, May 25, temporarily knocked one of Fredericksburg’s main water sources offline, but City of Fredericksburg officials have brought the facility back online.

“We’re fully operational, but we still have a little bit of work to do on reconstructing the building,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said. “We’ve run diagnostics on the electric motors and all the controls and we’ve had to make some repairs there, but we’ve now verified that it’s 100 percent operational at this point.”

The pump station’s roof and a structural wall were ripped off the building by the tornado, classified F1 by the National Weather Service. The tornado touched down for about two miles at speeds between 85-90 miles per hour.

Wed
03
Jun

Growing brewery eyes city's water services


Lee Hereford, PBC president and CEO, left, and Peter McFarlane, brewmaster, said growth has caused a need to look at future water options. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Matt Ward —

Selling beer has become second nature to Lee Hereford, president and CEO of Pedernales Brewing Company.

The company, now in its fourth year, is busting through production records with statewide sales exploding at an exponential rate.

Now, Hereford has a new product to sell with a sales pitch targeted directly to neighboring businesses along U.S. 87 South — annexation into the City of Fredericksburg.

Need for annexation

Significant growth at the brewing facility — located just outside the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction along U.S. 87 South — has forced the annexation issue.

Wed
03
Jun

Fredericksburg man found in flood waters

The body of Kenneth Reissig, 81, of Fredericksburg, was found in the Blanco River floodwaters after days of searching following the Memorial Day weekend floods near Wimberley.

Reissig was found Sunday near the Blanco River at Narrows Road near the Blanco-Hays county line, reports said.

Reissig had reportedly attended a wedding in Blanco on Saturday.

Family members forwarded an email saying Reissig’s son, Mark, tried to save his father, even as he was being struck by debris in the river, and other injuries.

Reissig was a regular at the Golden Hub and at Whataburger, which cordoned off a table in his honor last week when he was missing.

Reissig was among eight fatalities caused by storms and high water in rivers around Central Texas.

Several more are still listed as missing.

Wed
03
Jun

City, county near land-for-paving swap

By Matt Ward —

City and county officials are one step closer to finalizing a land-for-paving swap as the City of Fredericksburg looks to acquire property along Barons Creek.

The Fredericksburg City Council narrowly approved a tentative agreement with Gillespie County by a 3-2 vote during a regular meeting Monday with council members Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson opposing the agreement.

The agreement, which still awaits approval from Gillespie County Commissioners, would see the city pave Nimitz Parkway and the adjacent county parking lot for an estimated cost of $42,000.

Additionally, the city agreed to pave the roadway and parking lot three successive times in the future.

Neffendorf and Pearson opposed the agreement, city officials said, because the proposal was “too expensive” and would commit future councils to action.

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