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Early voting begins Monday

Early voting for the Nov. 4 general election begins Monday, Oct. 20 and goes through Oct. 31.

And prospective voters should continue to bring a valid identification. On Tuesday afternoon, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that the voter ID law will remain in effect for the Nov. 4 general election.

On Oct. 9, a U.S. District Judge in Corpus Christi ruled that the voter ID law (Senate Bill 14) requiring voters to present specific photo identification was essentially a poll tax used to suppress minority voter participation.

Attorney General Greg Abbott immediately appealed in hopes of getting a clarification before the election.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche would have continued to ask for ID though its enforcement before the Tuesday ruling was in question.

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Oct

Local officials continue work on amendment suit

By Matt Ward

City of Fredericksburg officials provided little clarity about the future of a yet-to-be-filed lawsuit challenging the recent charter amendment requiring voter approval for inter-fund transfers.

The Fredericksburg City Council met in executive session about the suit Oct. 6 and took no action following the closed discussion.

“The council has taken no final action regarding this litigation,” City Manager Kent Myers said in a statement. “It is taking time to examine all aspects of the potentially expensive litigation in a financially responsible manner.”

“Meanwhile, the city continues to follow all budget requirements of state law as well as its own financial policies which are more stringent for fund transfers than the requirements of state law,” Myers said.

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Oct

Farm Bureau leery of new EPA water regulations


Austin attorney Bill Knolle speaks to a crowd of 300 about potential Environmental Protection Agency changes that could affect private lands. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke

 

 “The Texas Supreme Court said water is subject to regulation by somebody. But you sure better be concerned who that somebody is.”

Those were words of concern from Austin attorney Bill Knolle, who spoke at the Gillespie County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Sunday.

Knolle addressed the 66th annual meeting of the Gillespie organization’s membership at the Farm Bureau Event Center on Equestrian Lane. He told the packed house — most of whom are landowners — there are two issues on which they should stay focused: state regulation and federal jurisdiction.

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Oct

Cornyn tours FHS technology, rocket programs


Using an Excel spread sheet, Fredericksburg High School senior Dot Walch explains a hybrid motor burn simulation and flight profile to U.S. Senator John Cornyn and his wife, Sandy. The Texas senator visited FHS on Monday and its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

U.S. Senator John Cornyn visited Fredericksburg High School Monday and spoke with students and teachers in the school’s technology department.

The Texas Republican and his wife, Sandy, observed demonstrations in high school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

FHS senior Dot Walch, who will study engineering at the Colorado School of Mines after graduation, briefed Cornyn on how students use an Excel program to monitor the numbers and physics in a hybrid motor burn simulation and flight profile, a measure of a rocket’s propulsion system.

FHS students and officials also briefed Cornyn on STEM education’s impact on America’s standards of living, national security, global politics and America’s global workforce prowess. They told him of FHS alumni who have gone on to careers in aerospace engineering and other high-tech fields.

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Oct

20th year of ‘sister city’ partnership celebrated


Members and friends of the Fredericksburg-VG Montabaur Sister City Verein traveled to Montabaur, Germany from Sept. 9-22 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship. Pictured at the farewell “Grillfest” in Germany are Fredericksburg/Gillespie County residents, unless noted otherwise (front row, left to right) Ernie Loeffler, Donnie and Shirley Hormuth (San Antonio), Beth Seelig, Sandra Houy, Karen Loeffler, Ursula Worrell, Barbara Usener, Shirley Adams (Karnes City), Sharon Lux (Boerne), Debbie Green (Longview), Guenther Ottmers, Nelda and George Vogel; back row, Dan and Donna Mittel, Larry and Violet Ottmers, Lenny Wick, son of German host family Volker and Tanja Wick (Lenny was born in Elgin, Texas while his parents lived here and now lives in Niederelbert, Germany), Annabel Wilkinson, Marjorie and Ken Otte, Janis and Ken Friedrich, Gary Green (Longview) and Carolyn Vogel (Austin). Not pictured are Fredericksburg residents Heide and Dieter Kemper and Charles and Loretta Schmidt. – Photo by Guido Feig of Montabaur

Members of the Fredericksburg-VG Montabaur Sister-City Verein returned recently from a two-week stay in Germany.

Leading the group were Annabel Wilkinson, past president of the verein, and Ernie Loeffler, president/CEO of the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The group was met in Frankfurt by Montabaur verein president Gerhard Wick and wife, Inge and also vice president, Susanne Kotschwar. The Texans were home-stayed for four nights.  Days were spent touring Koblenz, Braunfels and Dillenburg, birthplace of John O. Meusebach, founder of Fredericksburg. In Dillenburg, the group was hosted for lunch by Ursula and Hans Hatsfeld.

The group attended the 20th anniversary celebration of the founding of the partnership of the two cities. Fredericksburg presented the artwork of the Vereins Kirche, painted by local artist Horst Woitalla, to Edmund Schaaf, the mayor of the Verbandsgemeinde of Montabaur.

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Oct

FHS, Harper bands take the field at UIL contest


Fredericksburg High School’s Pride of the Texas Hill Country Marching Band performed its show “Awakening” in front of a packed home crowd Friday at FHS Stadium. The band’s show includes lights, backdrops and modern march moves. Pictured above are (front six, from left) Joe Tucker, Skye Strackbein, Nathan Weatherford, Christina Hernandez, Marissa Baker and Kaden Harrell. The music from the show is “Lincolnshire Posy,” by Percy Grainger, and “Appalachian Spring,” by reknowned composer Aaron Copeland. “Awakening” signifies the growth of spring overcoming the dreariness of fall. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two Gillespie County high school bands will be competing in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) regional marching contest, Saturday, Oct. 18 at Hondo High School.

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band, also known as “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country,” will perform its show “Awakening” at 8 p.m., Saturday in Division 4-A competition.

“Awakening” features music from Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland and Carol Chambers. The band is under the leadership of Head Drum Major Hannah Cheeseman and Assistant Drum Majors Arabella Garcia and Drew Bonillas.

If FHS receives the highest rating — a “one” — at the regional contest, the band advances to the area contest.

The FHS band has already received awards at its past performances. Since hosting the Hill Country Marching Fest, FHS competed in two contests.

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15
Oct

Farm Bureau lauds Roeder, remembers Durst on Sunday


Billy Roeder, left, accepts the 2014 Pioneer Award from Elgin Pape, Gillespie County Farm Bureau president. Roeder has had a lifelong involvement in agriculture and civic service. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The Gillespie County Farm Bureau held its 66th Annual Membership Meeting and Barbecue Meal Sunday at the Farm Bureau building on Equestrian Drive.

More than 200 in attendance heard speakers discuss water regulations. (See page A1 for more on the featured speakers.)

Elgin Pape, president of Gillespie County Farm Bureau, presented a memorial award to the family of the late Jerry Durst, who was active in the Farm Bureau and many other agriculture and education-related organizations.

Pape praised Durst, who served with the Farm Bureau for two decades and was instrumental in the construction of the building.

Pape also presented the organization’s 2014 “Pioneer Award” to Billy Roeder. Roeder has worked in agriculture all his life, checking on cattle with his father, and joining FFA and 4-H as a youth, while exhibiting many champion Hereford steers in the state’s major stock shows.

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Oct

Beer, sausage, polka are recipe for Bestfest

Sausage, beer and polka music will be combined into one celebration on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the annual Bestfest on Marktplatz.

Hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 9765, the fifth annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to about 11 p.m.

“We’re proud to be in our fifth year of producing this event along with three successful Texas sausage makers and some really great craft beers in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere,” according to event chairman John Eilers. 

The entry fee ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under) includes all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat. Tea is included with the entry fee.

Other drinks will be available for purchase, including beer, water, soft drinks, Becker wines and margaritas.

A selection of craft and seasonal beers will be available for tasting and purchase, giving those attending the opportunity to find their favorite “pairing” of beer and sausage.

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Oct

FTC's 'Blithe Spirit' comedy opens Friday

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s latest production, the British comedy “Blithe Spirit,” will premiere Friday evening at 8 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

Performances, which run weekends through Nov. 2, will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

A special opening night gala will be held Friday, beginning at 7 p.m., with hors d’oeuvres and wine as well as a variety of desserts at intermission.

The Noël Coward comedy focuses on novelist Charles Condomine, who invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira. 

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Oct

Property tax bills shipped Tuesday to area residents

Gillespie County taxpayers will receive property tax notices in the mail this week, as they were mailed out Tuesday, Oct. 14 by Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer.

Weinheimer said an estimated 36,742 statements were mailed.

Tax statements are due upon receipt, although taxpayers have until Jan. 31, 2015, to make the payment. Starting on Feb. 1, payments will have added penalties and interest fees.

Though the collection function may change to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District in the future, for now, the tax assessor-collector’s office collects for eight local taxing entities, including:

• The County of Gillespie;

• The City of Fredericksburg;

• Fredericksburg Independent School District;

• Doss Common Consolidated School District;

• Harper Independent School District;

• Stonewall Water Control and Improvement District;

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