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Thu
30
Oct

Daily Update for Oct. 30

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      • Fredericksburg Farmers Market will take place from 4-7 p.m. today on the grounds of Pioneer Museum.

      • The Newcomers will hold their monthly “Out to Dinner” meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at Bella Vita Restaurant in Kerrville.

Wed
29
Oct

Audit finds $100,000 in unaccounted funds by tax collector's office

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court received a report on “unaccounted for” funds from the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office (TAC).

In the report presented during a regular session meeting on Monday, accountant Steve Dawson, of the Dawson Forensic Group, revealed that Gillespie County did not receive $127,641.62 from the TAC.

The report shows a net shortage — the amount unaccounted for owed to the county, City of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Independent School District and others — of $129,476.90.

The TAC has $39,948.63 in its account, which leaves the net unfunded shortages at $89,528.27.

However, Dawson found no reason to believe illegal activity took place.

Wed
29
Oct

Affordable housing issues linked to area labor shortage

By Matt Ward

Limited supply and high demand for rental units — especially in apartment complexes — are pushing local workers out of Fredericksburg.

Concerned about future economic growth and increasing home prices, the Fredericksburg City Council held a roundtable discussion with area and statewide leaders on the “affordable housing” issue during a quarterly retreat Thursday morning.

“Real estate prices are significantly outpacing salaries and wages,” Tim Lehmberg, executive director of the Gillespie County Economic Development Commission, said. “At minimum, we’re seeing double digit percentage increases in home prices here.”

According to a recent EDC survey conducted July 1, overall occupancy in Fredericksburg multi-family housing was at 97 percent.

Wed
29
Oct

Hunters hit Hill Country as whitetail season nears


Hunters will be looking for bucks like this on Saturday. With the most dense deer population in the state, the outlook for the area looks solid. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Ken Esten Cooke

Given warm seasonal temperatures, Saturday’s opening of whitetail deer season likely won’t be the biggest. But given that the Hill Country still supports more deer than any other area in the state, hunters still are expected in droves.

Scott Krueger, Gillespie County game warden with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said good forage and warm temperatures should make for an “average” season opening.

“It’s going to be warm and there still are a lot of acorns on the ground, so it won’t be a great opening, but some hunters still will find some good bucks,” Krueger said.

Local residents generally know to get to the grocery stores before the hunters’ arrival, when they may find meats and their favorite beers in short supply. But Krueger said even though this may not be a banner year, it is still better than most parts of the state.

Wed
29
Oct

Early voting ends Friday ahead of Nov. 4 election


Patricia and Raleigh Kreuz of Fredericksburg beat the crowd and participated in early voting last week at the Gillespie County Courthouse. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Ken Esten Cooke

 A hot gubernatorial race has driven more than 3,600 people to vote early in Gillespie County ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,675 people voted early through Tuesday with three days remaining.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 31, at the County Courthouse, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

 “Turnout has been pretty good,” Rusche said. “I think it’s pretty good for a governor’s race.”

Rusche said 2,698 people voted in-person by the close of voting on Tuesday. Also received were 792 of the 977 mail-in ballots which were requested, she said.

Votes are generally heavier during presidential vote years, but Rusche said the activity around the governor and lieutenant governor’s races have helped spike turnout.

The ballot

On the ballot are federal, state and six unopposed county races.

Wed
29
Oct

Make-A-Wish grants swimming pool to Marley Bedford


Four-year-old Marley Bedford takes her first dip in a swimming pool that was given to her during a reveal party as a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday afternoon. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

By Austin R. Eck

Even in late October, it is not too cold to take a dip in a pool. It is one of the perks of living in the Texas Hill Country.

When the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted four-year-old Marley Bedford’s wish to have a swimming pool, the calendar did not prevent Marley, her sisters or her friends from jumping in.

“Her parents knew a swimming pool is what she wanted, so we talked to her about that,” Judy Kramer, a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said. “It was very clear that’s what she wanted.”

Marley was born with a rare form of terminal dwarfism — rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata, or “rhizo” — that affects fewer than 100 children worldwide.

“We her told that when she was first born that she wouldn’t live to see her first birthday,” Marley’s mother, Crystal Bedford said. “She’s totally blown everything out of the water for what the doctors said.”

Wed
29
Oct

Stead earns first annual Oestreich service award


Frank Stead, second from right, is presented the first Paul A. Oestreich Community Service Award by Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club members, from left, Jayson Fritz, Bill Burns and Zach Pooser. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Fredericksburg-Nimitz Rotary Club awarded the first annual Paul A. Oestreich Community Service Award to firefighter and EMT Frank Stead on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

Stead is secretary for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Texas State Guard member and responder for the Gillespie County Emergency Medical Services. The veteran also teaches an EMS-related course at Fredericksburg High School.

He has worked with FVFD for more than a decade, and was first on the scene during the recent shooting incident with Fredericksburg Police Department officer Bradley Durst.

Stead said he was proud to have the award given in memory of the late Fredericksburg police chief, who died in May 2013 of a blood disease.

Wed
29
Oct

Harper homecoming


Angie Pascarella and Riley Jalowy were crowned as Harper High School’s Homecoming Queen and King during the halftime celebration of Friday night’s football game against Center Point. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck
Wed
29
Oct

FHS Band places first at area, heads to state contest

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band will compete in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 4A State Marching Contest, Monday, Nov. 3 in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

The band qualified for state after finishing first at the UIL 4A Area E competition Saturday in Corpus Christi at Calallen High School.

At state, the FHS band will march in the preliminary contest at 2:45 p.m. and then, if they advance to the finals, they’ll march again at 6:30 p.m.

At the area competition, FHS received accolades from various judges.

“Very good tone,” said Rustin Honeycutt from Troy Independent School District. “Great sounds from brass and woodwinds. Very effective use of percussion and mallets. Very musical performance. Great guard and great drill with challenging sections.”

Gary Monroe from Mesquite ISD commended the “great small ensemble and soloists” and added that FHS had “a nice, musical performance with great energy throughout.”

 

Wed
29
Oct

Community Orchestra to present 'Haunt-cert' concert Saturday

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra will present a “Haunt-cert” Children’s Concert on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Halle.

The orchestra members will dress in costume and perform a short program of “spooky” themed selections, designed for family listening.

Among the selections are “Theme from Symphony No. 1,” Gustav Mahler Arr. Pfeil; “Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen; “The Entertainer,” Scott Joplin; “Overture to William Tell,” Rossini; “Carnival of the Animals,” Saint-Saens, and “Star Wars,” John Williams.

After the concert, children will have the chance to meet and speak with the players and learn about their instruments.

Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students of Britt Studio will present solos and ensembles.

 

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