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Christy Woerner on Texas Tech champion meat judging team

WINNING an armload of awards at the American Meat Science Association’s International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb., on Nov. 17 was Christy Woerner of Fredericksburg. Woerner was a member of the Texas Tech University Meats Judging team that captured the national championship at the competition.

Texas Tech University students, including Christy Woerner of Fredericksburg, earned the school’s 11th national championship in meat judging on Nov. 17 at the American Meat Science Association’s International Meat Judging Contest in Dakota City, Neb.

Woerner was the first high individual at the contest and was named a First Team All-American Team member.

Members of the All-American Team are selected based upon scholastic achievement and competition performance.

This is the third consecutive year that Texas Tech has won the title, making it only the second university in history of intercollegiate meat judging to accomplish the feat, according to the university.

The team won the lamb judging, pork judging, specifications and reasons division. The students finish second in placings and beef grading.


Entries being taken in Century 21 yard decorating contest

Century 21 Sunset, Realtors will be sponsoring its annual Christmas Yard Decorating Contest.

Fredericksburg residents who would like to enter their home in the contest can get entry forms from a variety of sources including:

•In person at Century 21 Sunset, Realtors at 408 West Main Street.

•Online at

•By email at

•From the Century 21 Sunset, Realtors Facebook page.

•In the advertisement found in the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

All applications are due in the office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13.

The completed entries can be mailed, faxed or hand-delivered with the name, address and category to Century 21 Sunset, Realtors, 408 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624; faxed to 830-997-2400 or emailed to


Deadline now Friday for business decorating contest

The deadline to participate in the 2013 Storefront Christmas Decorating Contest has been extended to Friday, Nov. 29.

Theme for this year’s contests is “Home For The Holidays.”

Business owners throughout Fredericksburg are encouraged to “deck the halls” with an emphasis on bright and colorful Christmas lights.

The Mayor’s Christmas Committee will award cash prizes to the top four winners that best represent the theme.

Judging by a group of out-of-town judges will take place on Saturday, Nov. 30.

City of Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover and his group will notify the contest winners the first week of December.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center on Austin Street. Cost is $20 per entry.

Entries should be turned in to the front desk at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center.

For more information, contact Janie Kennedy at 997-4522 or Maggie McInnis at 998-4243.



RadioShack opens Fredericksburg location

RadioShack has opened a franchise store at 1425 E. Main St., Suite 1100.

Frankie Villanueva, owner of the Fredericksburg RadioShack, said he chose the town for business and family reasons.             

“I wanted my sons to have the same experience and values that come with growing up in a great, small community like Fredericksburg,” said Frankie Villanueva, owner of the Fredericksburg RadioShack. “This Thanksgiving, I am thankful to be back in Fredericksburg with my family and glad to be opening RadioShack.”

Villanueva has been loyal to the brand for 21 years as an associate and store manager for several RadioShack locations outside of Fredericksburg.

He returned to Fredericksburg with his wife, Hillary, and two sons, Frankie Jr. and Joshua.

Tech intensive


Golden Hub to offer Thanksgiving meal

The Golden Hub Community Center is hosting a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1009 North Lincoln Street.

Kelly Musselman, Golden Hub volunteer, said they will offer “food, fun and fellowship” to anyone who wishes to join them for the holiday.

She added, “We hope those who would otherwise spend the day alone will join us for a hot Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings and some friendly conversation.”

The event is open to anyone of any age.

Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing and drinks will be provided, and diners are asked to bring a side dish, vegetable, salad or dessert, if desired.

To make reservations, call 997-7131.

The Golden Hub is a non-profit organization that manages the local Meals on Wheels program, which serves disabled and homebound seniors with a hot, daily, delivered meal.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


HCM to host open house on Dec. 7

The Fredericksburg community is invited to a special Hill Country Memorial tour and celebration of the hospital’s renovated patient rooms in the north and south wings on Saturday, Dec 7.

The open house is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Visitors are invited to tour the new rooms while enjoying refreshments and celebrating the holiday season.

Staff members have tied red ribbons around the donor recognition signs that hang outside each room, so when the donor shows up for a tour they can “cut” the ribbon and open each room.

“Our team is excited to show off our new and improved rooms to the community. The rooms are designed to provide a comfortable, homey feel for patients and their families and promote healing and wellness,” said Maureen Polivka, HCM chief nursing officer. “We are proud that these beautiful rooms now reflect the remarkable care we give our patients.”


Dodd's Famiy Tree to close shop

JOHN DODDS stands outside his business, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery. Open since 1977, the nursery will close its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Dodds has sold the property and plans to pursue other ventures. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Business a Main Street fixture since opening in 1977

After 37 years in operation, Dodds’ Family Tree Nursery and Florist — located at 515 West Main Street — will close its doors effective Wednesday, Nov. 27.

“This business has been nothing but a blessing since we opened in 1977,” owner John Dodds said. “In 37 years, we have had our ups and downs but overall this community has given me and my family more than I could ever give back.”

 “Dodds’ Family Tree was built on the premise that if you sell a quality product and have the expertise to go with it, beautiful, healthy yards, gardens, flowers and plants will be the result,” he added. “For 37 years, we have delivered this quality in landscape, nursery and floral. Beautification has always been our aim.”


Stitching to a niche

SUPER STITCHERS — These members of the Vereins Quilt Guild contributed to a 23-person team quilt that recently won first place in its class at the International Quilt Show in Houston — the “Olympics” of quilting: (front row, from left) Ruth Bruner, Doreen Cardenas, Marilyn Mohr, Ronnie Hanifen, Marla Kelsey and Jane Murrell, and (back row) Deborah Russell, Coleen Zabresnik, Jan Graetzel, Joanie Wyatt, Helen Rode, Ann Armentrout and Kate Hunter. Other contributors to the prize-winning project not pictured are: Stephanie Lescavage, Mary Ruelle, Alice Segner, Diane Kammlah, Susa Glenn, Kerry Fisher, Marilyn Lampman, Linda Miller, Linda Kager and Mary Ann Hildebrand. —Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

Women quilt winning piece to position Fredericksburg on top of art medium

By Lisa Treiber-Walter— In the world of quilting, a win at the International Quilt Association’s annual judged show in Houston is like earning an Olympic gold medal.

A group of Fredericksburg women recently achieved just that — bringing home a first-place prize for their  quilt “Celebration of Feathered Stars and Wildflowers.”

“This is our Olympics,” said Joanie Wyatt, who along with 22 of her fellow Vereins Quilt Guild members put together an artwork quilt that won the top of the group category, while in the process besting second-place Japan, third-place Romania and honorable mention California.

“It’s a big deal to get into this show, let alone win a prize,” Wyatt said.


Fredericksburg man reflects on astronaut grandfather

SHEPARD COLEMAN shows one of his mementos, a model Boeing aircraft that was a gift to his grandfather, Alan Shepard.

By Richard Zowie— When Shepard Coleman was an adolescent attending school in Wimberley, his history textbook’s cover showed one particular iconic American from the 20th century.

Alan Shepard, the famous astronaut who, in 1961, became the first American to travel into space. Ten years later, he would command the Apollo 14 moon mission.

Coleman’s teacher then told the class, “Can anybody name the person on the book—besides Shepard?”

Coleman probably felt like covering his face and sinking in his chair. The teacher had just blown his cover.

“My friends loved it,” recalled Coleman, now in his early thirties and living in Fredericksburg. “They’d go around and say, ‘Hey, guess who Shepard’s grandpa is?’”

He and his sister are among the six grandchildren of Rear Admiral Alan B. Shepard Jr., who spent nearly 217 hours in space—of which nine hours and 17 minutes were spent on the moon.


Causing Double Takes —

TRIKING ACROSS TEXAS — Boerne resident Ray McCutcheon is riding from El Paso to Orange to raise awareness for diabetes and funds for a cure. On Thursday, Nov. 14, his trek took him through Fredericksburg that included a stop at Marktplatz. He has raised about $10,000 toward his goal of $100,000. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Cutcheon makes local stop on to McCutcheon makes local stop on tour of Texas to create diabetes awareness 


By Richard Zowie— On Thursday, Nov. 14, a man riding a trike across Texas to raise money for both awareness of diabetes and a cure for the disease passed through Fredericksburg.

Ray McCutcheon, of Boerne, began his trek in El Paso at Mile Marker 0 on Nov. 2 and plans to finish his ride in Orange on Nov. 24.

He is taking side and back roads due to not being able to use I-10. His trip is an estimated 1,027 miles long and should take 22 days. His daughter, Katy, follows him in an RV.

After leaving El Paso, they took I-20 from Balmorhea to Pecos, and then to Monahans, Odessa and Midland before heading down to San Angelo. Prior to arriving in Fredericksburg, they had gone through Eden and then Mason.


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