Superintendent urges parents to join in this school year

By Keith McBurnett.
In just a few days, the 2014- 2015 school year will be kicking off. We are excited to welcome new and returning students back to class on Monday, Aug. 25. Two keys to our success as a learning organization is parent involvement and effective communication. Decades of research show that when parents are involved at their children’s schools, students have higher grades, test scores and graduation rates; better attendance; increased motivation; better self-esteem; lower rates of suspension; decreased use of drugs and alcohol and fewer instances of violent behavior.

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Grand jury indicts Perry on two counts

By Ed Sterling.
AUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit.

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When the floods come, LCRA will be ready

By Phil Wilson.

If you grew up in Texas, you’re probably familiar with the adage that our state’s weather is one long drought interrupted by an occasional flood. We’re currently in the seventh year of a severe drought that may eventually prove to be worse than the drought that gripped the Colorado River basin from 1947 to 1957.

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Charges pending in overdose investigation

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —


As this community struggles to understand the “why” of losing a Fredericksburg High School (FHS) teenager to drugs last week, police here continue to work toward the “who” and “how” so they can charge those responsible.

“There will be charges filed, but who we are going to charge and what charges will be filed are yet to be determined,” said Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD) Lieutenant Steve Wetz.

Samuel (Sammy) Herrera, 16, son of David and Trish Herrera, was buried here last Wednesday afternoon, April 24, following a funeral ceremony that over-filled the capacity of Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

The tall FHS sophomore athlete died in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 20, shortly after he and fellow FHS student James (Jamie) Jarreau, 17, reportedly ingested “25c-NBOMe” — a designer hallucinogenic drug so new that it has yet to be outlawed.


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