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Thu
13
Feb

Breaking news: Mother, daughter jailed after drug bust in city

A mother and daughter are in Gillespie County Jail this morning after they were arrested on drug charges in Fredericksburg yesterday, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD).

A narcotics search warrant was executed just after 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 907 Apple Street following a month-long investigation, said FPD Detective Terry Weed.

Arrested on site were residents: Karen Mills, 57, and her daughter, Sarah Dvorak, 34.

Mills was charged with “Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a Drug-Free Zone” — a first-degree felony — for possession of 12 grams of methamphetamine (“meth”) in her bedroom, Weed said.

She was also charged with “Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone,” which is a third-degree felony because of the home’s proximity to a daycare facility virtually a “stone’s throw” from the house, Weed said.

The daughter, Dvorak, was charged with “Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone,” he said.

Wed
12
Feb

Committee recommends joint dispatch services at new jail

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

When it comes to dispatching emergency services, the citizens of Gillespie County would be better served if the county and city combined their operations in the new jail.

That was the claim made to Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday in the final report of the “Joint Dispatch Research Committee,” presented by chairman Kent Myers, Fredericksburg city manager.

“I think the committee did a good job. It was not an easy process … there were a lot of lively discussions in our meetings,” Myers said. “But I think all the members were committed to providing the best possible dispatching to the citizens of the county and city.”

The Joint Dispatch Research Committee was formed after a combined city council/county commission meeting last year.

Wed
12
Feb

School trustees approve move appraisal district for tax collection

By Richard Zowie —

Following months of discussion, the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees at its Feb. 10 regular meeting voted 6-0 to end the district’s use of the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector and begin using the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

The FISD’s use of the county tax assessor-collector will end on June 30, 2015. The district will then begin using GCAD on July 1, 2015.

“After discussing several different possibilities with the various folks involved, and after gathering all information, I think it’s in the school district’s best interest to allow Gillespie Central Appraisal District to collect our taxes,” said FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “This way, we have more control and oversight along with an annual financial audit.”

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, described July 1 of next year as a good time to make the transition.

Wed
12
Feb

Hometown Hero

"We unveil a statue which I hope will inspire the thousands of visitors who will pass by it. They will look up and see the man who, more than any other individual, won the Pacific War for the alies." -- Professor Emeritus Craig Symonds, U.S. Naval Academy

Wed
12
Feb

An admiral unveiled


POWERFUL -- Gen. Michael Hagee (foreground) and other members of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation board took the cover off the 8-foot statue immortalizing Fredericksburg's native son. -- Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Richard Zowie —

Despite near-freezing temperatures, Fredericksburg residents and both local and state dignitaries gathered Friday, Feb. 7 at Nimitzplatz for the unveiling of a bronze statue of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz.

The eight-foot-tall statue of Fredericksburg’s native son faces west toward the Pacific Ocean to signify the admiral’s journey from the Texas Hill Country to the fleet admiral who oversaw America’s World War II victory over Japan in the Pacific theater.

The newly coined “Nimitzplatz” is an open area just west of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. The area was his grandmother’s garden, where he was often seen playing as a child.

Among the dignitaries who spoke were Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith. State Rep. Doug Miller was unable to attend the weather-postponed event due to a prior commitment.

Wed
12
Feb

Three arrested for meth dealing at local apartments

Three people accused of dealing methamphetamine in Fredericksburg were arrested this week by officers working together from the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Just under 10 grams of meth packaged for delivery were discovered during the execution of a search warrant by officers around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 21 Linda Drive, Apartment 4, off U.S. Highway 87, north of Fredericksburg, according Detective Terry Weed of the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD.)

Oscar Ramirez, 26, who reportedly lives at that single-bedroom apartment, was arrested earlier in the day on a traffic violation for driving with no license, Weed said.

Wed
12
Feb

GCLC, projects, technology discussed at FISD meeting


A PLAQUE of appreciation and a gift were presented to Dr. Marc Williamson by the Fredericksburg Independent School District Board of Trustees on Sunday afternoon during a re-ception held in the retiring superintendent’s honor. On hand for the presentation were, from left, trustees Mark Cornett, Dale Geistweidt and Kay Stech, Williamson, and trustees Lorrie Hess and Jerry Durst. Not pictured were Dave Campbell and Leola Mills. The board hosted the reception at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau Events Center to honor Williamson who retired after 22 years with the FISD, 16 of which he served as superintendent. — Standard-Radio Post photo

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees heard updates on the Gillespie County Learning Center and capital project timelines, and it approved the purchase of wireless tablets for next year’s freshman class at its Feb. 10 regular meeting.

The meeting marked the first one presided over by new superintendent Dr. Eric Wright.

Update on GCLC

GCLC Principal Blaine Hahn announced that 17 students graduated last year from the GCLC and that, so far this year, about five students have dropped out.

“That is unfortunate,” Hahn said of the drop outs. “You’re going to have those, but we want to shoot for zero all the time.”

Hahn estimated about 20 to 25 students will graduate from the GCLC this year.

“We’re hoping for an even higher number,” he said. “If we don’t achieve that, it’s not because we didn’t try to reach out to them and let them achieve their goals.”

Wed
12
Feb

Hill Country Film Society event to showcase pursuits of 'uncommon artist'

The Hill Country Film Society will partner with the Will Walk Foundation, which uses art and film to create awareness about paralysis from spinal cord injury, for its second annual fundraiser “Eat. Drink. Be Inspired.”

The event will be held Friday, Feb. 21, beginning at 6 p.m., in the ballroom of the Admiral Nimitz Museum, 340 East Main Street in Fredericksburg.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at: www.eat-drink-inspire2014.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited.

All proceeds will benefit the Hill Country Film Society and the Will Walk Foundation.

The film society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering, encouraging and promoting independent film production.

This year’s event will again bring together the best of food, wine, art and film in the heart of the Texas Hill Country with an evening featuring artist Jared Dunten.

Wed
12
Feb

Tickets on sale for FTC's 'Little Shop of Horrors'

Tickets are now on sale for the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s upcoming production of the 1960s comedy-horror-rock musical Little Shop of Horrors.

The musical, directed by FTC artistic/technical director Kerry Goff, will be performed Feb. 21 through March 9 with 7:30 p.m. showings on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinee showings on Sundays.

Tickets are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $5.50 for youth 18 years and younger ($7.50 at the door).

Little Shop of Horrors revolves around a hapless florist, a blood-thirsty plant, a Greek chorus of Doo-Wop singers, and a sadistic dentist who ignores the “Do no harm” portion of the Hippocratic Oath. Set in Skid Row, the characters want nothing more than happiness and to leave Skid Row.

“I think rehearsals have been going quite well,” Goff said. “Great energy and enthusiasm from the cast, mixed with some great solo work from the principles and the chorus sounds amazing in the group numbers.”

Wed
12
Feb

Early voting for primaries begins Tuesday

Selection of local, state and federal candidates begins here Tuesday, Feb. 18 when in-person voting gets under way at the Gillespie County Courthouse preceding the March 4 political primary elections.

Two ballots, one Republican and the other Democratic, will be available through Friday, Feb. 28, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for qualified Gillespie County voters in the county commissioners’ courtroom.

The top primary vote recipients will be their party nominees in the 2014 general election, scheduled later this year on Nov. 4.

A special weekend voting session will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1-3 p.m.

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