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Chorale, choirs to host program Thursday

The Fredericksburg Summer Workshop Chorale, and the Fredericksburg German choirs will present a program of new and old works at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30 at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

The program will include newly written works, such as original text and music, by Fredericksburg residents as well as older music, folk music and arrangements of traditional German songs sung by the Hermann Sons Mixed Choir and the Arion Men’s Choir.

Mark Hierholzer, director of the Fredericksburg Chorale and the German choirs, will direct the concert.

Works to be presented are “Soul’s Awakening” and “The Color of Life,” with music and text by Rachael Kraus; “The Ocean” and “Music,” two poems by Emma Sharpe, set to music by Hierholzer; and “Smoke Floats in an Azure Sky,” with music and text by James Kraus.

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Daily Update for July 29

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      • Friends of Enchanted Rock will present "Amazing!" today at the group pavilion at Enchanted Rock. Dr. Kent Rylander, professor emeritus Texas Tech University, will share some "amazing" things about animals. Participants are asked to gather starting at 10:30 a.m. and the program begins at 11 a.m. A guided hike will follow. There is no fee for the program, but standard park entrance fees apply. Those participating can bring a brown bag lunch. 

Wed
22
Jul

Golf course deficit grows to $575,000

By Matt Ward —

Expected deficits of just over $575,000 at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course have forced the Fredericksburg City Council to more closely examine the course’s future.

“We can’t keep going and putting half a million dollars into the golf course,” City Manager Kent Myers said.

Council members were briefed on the financial woes at the course during a budget workshop Monday afternoon at the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center. Other workshop topics included the city’s general, tourism and health insurance funds.

Original estimates for the expected golf course deficit in fiscal year 2014-2015 were projected at $245,200, but a significant increase in the number of bad weather days and major septic issues have pushed the deficit to a new projection of $575,006.

Funding to balance the deficit will come in the form of a transfer from the city’s general fund.

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22
Jul

Chief appraiser values striking out on his own

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Chief Appraiser David Oehler has guided the Gillespie Central Appraisal District through changes to its core function and the search for a new building to handle the additional duties.

But his successor will have to get the GCAD crew moved into a new building as Oehler tendered his resignation to his board of directors on Monday.

“I’ve been chief appraiser for 15 years, and I was chief appraiser in Kerr County for five years before that,” Oehler said Monday. “There are some things I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and after 20 years of service, it’s a good time.”

Last week, the GCAD began accepting tax payments in its expanded courthouse basement offices. The office was asked to assume tax collection duties after the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office could not account for more than $100,000 to disburse to tax-collecting entities.

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22
Jul

Central Texas College begins student counseling


Kerstin Brooks, associate dean at the Central Texas College central campus in Killeen, shows a student the fall course schedule. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Hill Country University Center’s new community college partner has begun counseling incoming students ahead of registration for the fall semester.

Central Texas College, which will replace Austin Community College as one of the area’s higher education offerings, plans to offer in-person, online and dual-credit courses this fall.

“We’re planning to have 24 classes here at HCUC,” said Kerstin Brooks, CTC associate dean. “We’ll also offer dual-credit courses at Fredericksburg High School and expect about 200 students for that.”

Brooks said CTC also is working on a dual-credit agreement with Harper High School.

“There has been a lot of interest, especially in the business courses,” Brooks said, adding that most courses will be core courses. “They will be able to transfer their community college credits to any public or private university.”

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22
Jul

Nosing out the competition


Jody Majestic (2) breaks away from the pack with Mg Silver Demand at the start of Saturday’s seventh race during the Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Over the two days of the NIOF Race Meet, 3,296 fans wagered $250,699 at the local Class III five-eighths mile track. Pari-mutuel horse racing will continue at the fair grounds with the Gillespie County Race Meet scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9. Additional coverage on the weekend meet is available on pages A/B14 and A/B17 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Another weekend of live pari-mutuel horse racing is in the books following the two-day Night In Old Fredericksburg Race Meet on Saturday and Sunday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, Inc., the two-day meet drew a total of 3,296 fans who wagered $250,699 on 24 races. The total payout to bettors was $194,795.

On Saturday, 1,996 fans wagered $138,688 while on Sunday, 1,300 fans wagered $112,011.

The payout to bettors on Saturday was $107,982 and $86,813 on Sunday.

“Everything seemed to run pretty smooth through the weekend,” said Robert (Henry) Sagebiel, president of the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association.

The NIOF Race Meet, the second of four scheduled at the Class III facility in 2015, was held in conjunction with Night In Old Fredericksburg on Saturday.

(Photographs from NIOF can be found on D1 in this issue of the newspaper.)

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22
Jul

Tickets now on sale for FTC Freddyburg show 'Annie Jr.'


Hailey Knudsen, 11, will perform the title role in Freddyburg Youth Theater’s production of “Annie Jr.” Knudsen, the daughter of Scott and Tracy Knudsen, also will bring their dog “Riggi’n” to the stage as Annie’s sidekick “Sandy.” – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

A musical about a redheaded orphan seeking a better future will run next week at the Fredericksburg Theater Company.

Tickets are now on sale for the Freddyburg Youth Theater production of “Annie Jr.” Show times are Thursday through Sunday, July 30-Aug. 2.

Freddyburg is the theater’s youth program.

All performances, which will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South, will be at 7:30 p.m., July 30-Aug. 1, with a 10:30 a.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Aug. 1.

The musical will conclude with a 2 p.m. show on Sunday, Aug. 2.

Admission is $12 for adults, and $10 for children 17 and under.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or by calling the box office at 830-997-3588.

Wed
22
Jul

Bensons are fundraiser's honorary chairs


John and Peggy Benson have been involved in many efforts in Fredericksburg since the couple moved here in 1985. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

It was a long way from the bank president’s office to a Mexican village on John and Peggy Benson’s first-ever mission trip.

The two crossed the river at Boquillas, loaded old pickup trucks to capacity, then sat atop the cargo, which included construction equipment and supplies. They slept on the ground and outside to take advantage of the slight breeze in the desert climate.

“One morning at daybreak, we heard truck motors running and realized we had bedded down in the middle of the dirt road,” John said, chuckling at the memory.

The Bensons have returned to Mexico several times and been in the middle of much civic work in Fredericksburg. The couple will be the honorary chairmen at the Aug. 1 Misión de Candelilla Annual Fiesta, the main fundraiser for the locally based medical mission.

Misión de Candelilla founders Curtis and Sara Allerkamp have found the Bensons’ help invaluable.

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22
Jul

Annual Scholarship Fest tickets on sale


Guns, jewelry, gift certificates, hunting and fishing equipment and more totaling an estimated $33,000 will be given away at Scholarship Fest on Saturday night, Aug. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Showing off some of the prizes available at this year’s event are co-chairman Greg Mohr, prize committee member Maxine Jung, event chairman Larry Burrow and co-chairman Chad Ellebracht. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Ticket sales are continuing for the 19th Annual Scholarship Fest on Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Sponsored by the Gillespie County Fair and Festivals Association, the event will include appetizers, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions, games, prize drawings and more.

“College Tailgating” is the theme for the event, which includes appetizers, a barbecue dinner, silent and live auctions, games, prize drawings and more.

Admission tickets for Scholarship Fest are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate.

Scholarship Fest tickets are available in advance online at www.gillespiefair.com.

In addition, tickets are also be available in advance at the office at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds and at Stroeher and Son/Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store.

Gates open at 3 p.m. on Aug. 1 and appetizers will be available.

Wed
22
Jul

Town Hall meeting, Fun Day set in Harper

A “Family Fun Day and Town Hall Meeting” will be held Saturday, July 25, in the Harper Community Park.

The event is sponsored by the Harper Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Harper Community Park Association for the benefit of the Harper Community Park.

Afternoon activities begin at 4 p.m. and include games, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs, baseball, a bake sale, car wash, hula hoop contest and more.

Also starting at 4 p.m. is the domino tournament.

A barbecue supper will be served at 6 p.m. before the town hall meeting at 7 p.m.

The Harper Community Park Board will present its proposed plan at the Town Hall meeting, and the public is encouraged to ask any and all questions about the new building and how it will be done.

Nothing about the size and construction of the building has been set yet, according to spokesman Jeanette Bode.

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