Gillespie Life

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Aug

Higher education's roots reach deep into city's past


FREDERICKSBURG COLLEGE’S two-story limestone building, founded in 1876, served at one point near the close of the 19th Century as a backdrop for a group photo of Fredericksburg Independent School District students and teachers.

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles on higher education in Fredericksburg that are being provided periodically for publication in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.) 

By Terry Collier and Cathy Collier

They’ll be walking on the same paths and some of them will be sitting in the same classrooms, but most of the students returning to classes at Fredericksburg Middle School in a few days will be unaware that they are following in the footsteps of college students from long ago.

Getting a college education in Gillespie County is not a new idea.

A roomy, modern structure sitting on a large campus is not just an apt depiction of the Hill Country University Center, located at the eastern edge of town on U.S. Highway 290. It also describes the two-story structure on Travis Street that is now a part of the FMS campus.

Wed
14
Aug

Heritage School tabs Skinner as headmaster


Matt Skinner, Heritage Head of School

Heritage School trustees announced that Matt Skinner is the new Head of School. 

Skinner comes to Heritage from Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he served as Headmaster of Hilton Head Christian Academy. Prior to his tenure at HHCA, Skinner served as Headmaster of Landmark Christian School in Fairburn, Ga. From 2003-2011, and Headmaster of Bracken Christian School in Bulverde, Texas from 1996 to 2002.

Skinner also is an ordained minister and served as Executive Pastor of Dogwood Church in Peachtree City, Ga. in 2002. Prior to entering education, he was a CPA for many years and played professional minor league baseball for the Newark Orioles, an organization of the Baltimore Orioles.

Wed
14
Aug

New schol year ready for start at FES

Fredericksburg Elementary School is getting ready for the start of a new school year on Monday, Aug. 26.

And with that in mind, school officials have announced information for FES students.

New students

Parents new to the Fredericksburg Independent School District are encouraged to enroll their children as soon as possible. 

In order to enroll, parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card and the report card from the school last attended.

The registering parent will be asked for driver’s license or photo ID for proof of identity.

Registration hours will be Monday through Friday from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Elementary School office. 

Due to district in-service, the office will be closed the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Immunizations

Wed
14
Aug

'Country Showdown' slated during Gillespie County Fair

The 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown returns to Fredericksburg on Thursday, Aug. 22, the opening night of the 125th Gillespie County Fair.

Scheduled for the outdoor stage next to the race track, this year’s program will feature local and area contestants as they vie for the ultimate grand prize of $100,000.

The event is sponsored locally by radio stations KNAF AM 910 and KNAF FM 105.7/103.1 (“The Deuce”).

Designed to find the most promising country music talent in the United States for the past 30 years, the Texaco Country Showdown gives aspiring artists a chance to launch their professional careers. Thousands of performers compete annually for the Country Showdown title.

Wed
14
Aug

Pedernales Brewing to host WWII veteran's Honor Flight benefit Saturday

Pedernales Brewing Company, on Highway 87 South, will host a fundraiser from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, to help send 34 Gillespie County World War II veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial and other sites free of cost.

The 34 county veterans going on the Sept. 27-28 trip are: Bill Scott, Bernice Shafer, Betty Blalock, Kermit Eckhardt, Roland Borchers, Joseph Gordon, Larry Payne, Harold Tatsch, Fred Dietel, Lindy Kernan, Leo Itz, Willard Roseberry, Charles Sagebiel, Thomas Whetstone, Art Crenwelge, Marvin Prochnow, Vernon Johnson, Al Stotz, Lenard Tucker, Bob Skinner, Eugene Hartmann, Walter Fuhrman, Norma Taylor, Marvin Daniel, Anthony Knopp, Harold Couch, Edward Stein, Forest Rees, Harry Moldenhauer, Doris Pinner, J.T. Smith, Harold Kusenberger, Felix Neffendorf and Gilbert Esensee.

Wed
07
Aug

Misión organizer honored Saturday


GIVING THANKS for the work of Misión de Candelilla in several villages in northern Mexico, Santos Onate (left), a pastor from Coahuila, receives a hand from the group's co-founder Sara Allerkamp (right), who translates into English for over 300 atendees to the Misión de Candelilla Fiesta 2013 fundraiser Saturday at Oak Hills Church and Event Center.

By Matt Ward

 

Carol Smith and her late husband, Jack, were honored by the board of Misión de Candelilla during their Fiesta 2013 fund-raiser Saturday at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center.

The couple is regarded as two of the founders of the local organization’s medical missions to Coahuila and Chihuahua in Mexico 27 years ago.

“Without Carol, none of us would be here,” Dr. Ottis Layne, said. “Jack and Carol were going and doing agricultural missions to these villages in Mexico for several years before Carol asked Sara (Allerkamp) if she could bring a medical trip into these villages. Without Carol asking Sara and Sara in turn asking me, there would be no Misión de Candelilla.”

Retired teachers from La Porte, Smith and her husband were working with the Southern Baptist HANDS mission, teaching proper soil fertilization and growing techniques in Mexico before approaching Allerkamp to provide medical services.

Wed
07
Aug

'Tech Teach' preps college students for classroom


TECH TEACH – Instructor Sara Beal goes over how to create lesson plan objectives while working with a cohort of 18 Tech Teach students. Classes are taught as a part of the TTU at Fredericks-burg’s College of Education offerings at the Hill Country University Center. – Stand-ard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

Area students are getting on-the-job classroom experience before finishing their university degree, thanks to a program offered by the College of Education at Texas Tech University.

“Tech Teach” gives upper division education majors the chance to simultaneously take their own university courses, while working alongside certified, mentor teachers in the classroom.

Field experiences in the public schools used to be reserved for last-semester student teachers who were about to graduate.

Now, the more rigorous Tech Teach program has the students working at Fredericksburg Elementary and other Hill Country school districts for two full years.

Last Wednesday, Arizona State University instructor Sara Beal and other professors helped a cohort of 18 education students learn state standards, write lesson objectives and lesson plans.

Wed
07
Aug

Fair Queen applications due Aug. 14

Coeds interested in competing for the title of 2014 Gillespie County Fair Queen are reminded that applications are now being accepted.

The applications are available in the office at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications are also available online at www.gillespiefair.com.

Completed applications should be turned in to the Fair Office or brought to a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. at the fair grounds.

Each applicant must be accompanied to the meeting by at least one parent or guardian.

The queen’s contest is open to all sophomore and junior girls who attended a Gillespie County high school during the 2012-2013 school year and are enrolled in a Gillespie County high school for the 2013-2014 school year.

Winners of the contest must maintain good academic standing throughout their reign.

Wed
31
Jul

Gearhead's paradise


EYEING 'OLD BLUE' — Billy Heimann of Kerrville checks out this 1929 Chevrolet Huckster, owned by Bob Gilmore of College Station. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

 

When asked if he had any interest in his 1929 Chevrolet truck for sale, Bob Gilmore of College Station said he’d had a lot of “Be Backs.”

“That’s what we call them,” he said. “They look at it and ask about purchasing, then say, ‘I’ll be back’.”

Gilmore was among more than 700 vendors at the 36th Annual Hill Country Auto Swap Meet, held Friday through Sunday at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and sponsored by the Fredericksburg Vintage Car Club.

The event has grown so much that the entire non-golf course area of the park is taken up by vendor booths. Car lovers, mechanics, collectors and treasure hunters packed the parking areas and circled around checking out vendors that sold everything from transmissions, to license plates, to fully restored autos.

Wed
31
Jul

Texas Tech has third class of viticulture grads


Dr. Ed Hellman, director of the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University, greets visitors to the viticulture certificate ceremony of TTU-Fredericksburg’s third, and largest, class on Saturday at Hill Country University Center. TTU directors and wine enthusiasts also are gearing up for the addition of an enology certificate program. See page A/B10 for story and graduate photos. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

 

“Wine making is a tremendous craft — both an art and a science,” said Dr. Ed Hellman, director of viticulture in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University. “And Fredericksburg is the obvious place to study this.”

Hellman greeted a crowd of more than 100 friends and family of the third graduating class of graduates of Texas Tech’s Viticulture Certificate program in a casual ceremony held Saturday at the Hill Country University Center.

“Previous graduates of this program have established vineyards and started wineries,” he said. “So we’re really excited for our 29 new graduates.”

Instructor Kirk Williams guided this cohort of students through the two-year program using in-person and online instruction. TTU-Fredericksburg also established its first teaching vineyard last spring on a plot of land at the Hill Country University Center.

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