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Wed
24
Jun

‘Fredericksburg Buildings’ author to attend Friday book-signing event

By Danny Hirt —

A Baylor University professor has recently published a book on the structures in and around Fredericksburg and the rest of Gillespie County.

Containing more than 200 photographs, “A Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County,” was penned by Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chairman of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University.

Hafertepe will attend a book-signing event sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society between 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 26, at the Vereins Kirche.

Hafertepe said he chose the local historic architecture as his subject after being prompted by the head of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Abbott Lowell Cummings.

“(He) told me I should write a book about Germans in Texas. He knew it was a significant subject that had not been thoroughly covered,” Hafertepe said.

Wed
17
Jun

Land purchase may solve facility issue for appraisal district

By Matt Ward —

Gillespie Central Appraisal District may have finally found a new home.

The City of Fredericksburg will soon close on acquiring a 2.08 acre tract of land adjacent to the city’s consolidated warehouse on Friendship Lane, with the front portion of the site earmarked for lease to the appraisal district.

City council members approved a $300,000 contract for the land purchase from Mitchell Family Realty, LLC.

City Manager Kent Myers said the city has not begun negotiating a lease with the appraisal district as a site plan for a proposed facility has not been drawn up.

“There were two purposes of making the offer,” Myers said. “One is to try and accommodate the needs of the appraisal district for their new building and the back part of the property would allow for future expansion of our consolidated warehouse.”

Wed
17
Jun

'Evita' to open Friday at theater company

The Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “Evita” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

The musical, which will feature FTC’s new lighting system, is known for its song “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.”

It will run for three weeks.

Tickets are now on sale. Admission is $29 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under. Seating per show is limited to 250 persons. Tickets can now be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org.

Reservations can also be made at the box office, 830-997-3588. An answering machine will capture requests after hours.

Performances for “Evita” will be June 19 through July 5, Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

A special 3 p.m. matinee performance will be on Saturday, July 4.

Wed
17
Jun

Sunday plane crash leaves one dead, one critical


A 1974 Grumman AA5 light aircraft crashed in a nearby field upon final approach at Gillespie County Airport Sunday afternoon, killing John Clifton Dozier, 57, of Ingram, and seriously injuring Charles Edward Reed, 51, of Kerrville. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward —

An airplane crash near the Gillespie County Airport has resulted in the death of one Hill Country resident, while another is in critical, but stable condition.

John Clifton Dozier, 57, of Ingram was killed Sunday afternoon after a 1974 Grumman AA5 light aircraft carrying Dozier reportedly lost power and crashed in a field across State 16 South while on final approach to the airport.

Also in the plane was Charles Edward Reed, 51, of Kerrville, who suffered major injuries but survived. Reed was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Wed
17
Jun

Peachy Keen: Annual JAMboree features county favorite


It’s hard to resist a fresh-from-the-oven peach pie, and Stonewall Peach Queen Dana Warren shows off one of the tasty creations found at Gold Orchards, Inc., on Friday evening. One of the many highlights of the 54th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday is the peach pie and cobbler baking contests. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Hill Country peach growers will be joining residents and visitors alike on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, in Stonewall to celebrate Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, the two-day 54th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo will include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, music, baking contest, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Friday night

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday.

At that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 50 contestants.

The first heat of mutton busting begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday with the second heat during the rodeo performance.

Peach Queen contestants will be introduced at 7:30 p.m.

The CPRA Ram Rodeo by DVS Productions gets under way at 8 p.m.

Wed
17
Jun

Fox named senior director at Texas Tech regional campuses


Dr. Kelly Fox takes over as senior director for Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes beginning this week. Fox moves into the position after eight years of experience as the coordinator of the Texas Tech regional sites’ education program, TechTeach. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

Dr. Kelly Fox has been elevated to the senior director position for Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes.

Fox takes over the position after serving as the interim director since August 2014, and while some paperwork still needed to be finalized, her official start date was Monday, June 15.

“I’ve been with Texas Tech for many years in the Hill Country, and when this job became available, it was just something I always wanted to do,” Fox said. “I was just fortunate that it came open. I’m extremely happy that I got the job and I’m excited to work for Texas Tech.”

The position came open last year when Julie Martenson resigned.

As director for the two regional campuses, Fox will oversee enrollment enhancement, improving academic programs and adding new baccalaureate programs, community outreach, and oversight of the budget and fiscal management of both of the regional teaching sites.

Wed
17
Jun

Antique Machinery Show


The dust was flying on Friday afternoon when Will Weidenfeller of Fredericksburg and Buddy Webber of Center Point demonstrated wood sawing at the 30th Annual Hill Country Antique Tractor and Engine Club Show at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. More photos are on A/B5 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
17
Jun

Shootout instigator to serve 10 years

By Matt Ward —

A local veteran who attempted to commit suicide by instigating a shootout with local police at the Valero gas station on Dec. 18, 2013 has begun a 10-year sentence, following final judgment Thursday.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 25, pled guilty in Boerne to 12 counts of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated robbery on June 2, 18 months after a three-hour standoff ended with gunfire but no major injuries to law enforcement.

After a Kendall County jury rendered a sentence of 10 years in prison on the 12 aggravated assault counts and 10 years of probation on the two aggravated robbery counts, N. Keith Williams, judge for the 216th District, confirmed the sentence Thursday during a post-trial hearing at the Gillespie County Jail.

Wed
17
Jun

Chamber Fun After Five event slated for Thursday at Becker Vineyards

Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce invites all members, prospective members, employees, representatives and guests to a Fun After Five mixer from 5-7 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, June 18.

Hosted by Becker Vineyards, the event will be held under the covered, open-air pavilion, rain or shine.

Becker Vineyards is located at 464 Becker Farms Road.

The vineyard will be serving a selection of their award-winning wines.

Centennial Bank will be on-site with their cooker to serve sausage wraps and Kelani Yogurt will be serving up some cool treats, complete with many toppings.

Additional co-sponsors include ND2NO, Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, Luckenbach Texas, Joseph Financial Partners, Billy Johnson-State Farm Insurance, Gästehaus Schmidt and Dr. Christa O’Leary-Ideal Protein Weight Loss.

Wed
17
Jun

Little Rustlers camp set Saturday

Pioneer Museum will host a Little Rustlers camp from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, June 20.

They will have programs for students ages six to 12 years.

Admission is $5 per person.

The museum is at 325 West Main Street. For more information, go online to www.pioneermuseum.net or call 830-990-8441.

Herding sheep

John Lewis will demonstrate, with live animals, the art of herding sheep. Lewis and his Border Collies have competed successfully in sheepdog trials throughout Texas and the United States.

For several years, he and his dogs have presented programs to school children at the Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials in Meeker, Colorado.

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