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Feb

Poker tournament


Poker players flocked to St. Joseph’s Halle in Fred-ericksburg, Saturday, for the Fredericksburg Kiwanis annual poker tounament. The players were looking to take home the prize money which ended in $1,500 a piece for Bubba Schnelle and Rick Wilson after the two decided to split the winnings for first and second place instead of battling it out for first. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin
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03
Feb

City OKs housing tax credits for new apartments

By Scott Allen —

A resolution of support for housing tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) for Rolling Hills Apartments was approved by Fredericksburg City Council members on Monday night.

McDonald Companies, the group that will develop the apartments southeast of the Fredericksburg Elementary School campus, applied for the tax credits last year, but did not receive them.

 “In our region, we only qualify for one tax credit each year,” Kent Myers, city manager, said. “Unfortunately, last year, this project was number two in the region so they were not able to achieve tax credit funding.”

Justin McDonald, president and chief operating officer for McDonald Companies, spoke about the differences since last year’s application.

“Primarily, we are applying for tax credits this year, but only on a 72-unit complex rather than 80 units,” McDonald said. 

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03
Feb

State Senate hopefuls sound off on issues

By Ken Esten Cooke -

Six Republican candidates vying for the Texas Senate District 24 seat of retiring Sen. Troy Fraser attended a candidate forum last Wednesday at the Hill Country University Center.

Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, moderated a two-hour forum in which candidates answered questions ranging from higher education to water issues.

Attending were physician Dawn Buckingham, rancher Jon Cobb, health care administrator Ryan Downton, State Rep. Susan King, retired physician Brent Mayes and vineyard owner and retired oil industry executive Reed Williams. The lone Democrat who has declared, Jennie Lou Leeder, did not attend.

All seek to follow veteran Senator Troy Fraser’s footsteps in the district which encompasses Gillespie County and all or parts of 16 other counties to the north and east.

The event drew nearly 200 people, nearly filling the H-E-B Community Room at HCUC.

Wed
03
Feb

Ranch: 'Rethink electric lines'


Officials at Hershey Ranch outside Stonewall want the ranch to remain protected in a land trust instead of used to help house an electric power expansion project by Lower Colorado River Authority. — Submitted photo/Friends of Hershey Ranch

By Richard Zowie —

The future of 1,561 acres of land preserved by a conservation easement lies in the hands of a rehearing request with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas.

Owned by Jacob and Terese Hershey since December 1976, the Hershey Ranch is south of Stonewall, off of Ranch Road 1623. It is the largest piece of protected land — public or private — in Gillespie County.

Andrew Sansom has leased the ranch since July 2011. Sansom is the former executive director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

According to documents from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), they are working with Central Texas Electric Cooperative (CTEC) on this project but have total authority over it.

The Blumenthal Substation would not be in the Hershey Ranch. But it is not known how many towers in the 138-kV Transmission Line Project would be on the ranch.

Wed
03
Feb

Indian artifact treasures


Erin, left, and Jacob Mills admire a piece of stained glass at the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show that took place Saturday, Jan.30 at Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. See more photos on page A14 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin
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03
Feb

Fund-raising: A True Underdog Story


“Dodge this!” said Tim Seals of Fredericksburg as he fires a dodge ball at an opposing Average Joes’ player during The Burg’s first annual dodge ball tournament that took place on Saturday night at the First Baptist Church Gym. Seals was a member of “The Dodgefathers” team. The event was a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country’s Fredericksburg location. See more photos on page D1. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin
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03
Feb

The doctor's 'human touch'


Doctor and author Tom Hutton at a recent book signing. – Standard-Radio Post photo

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Like soldiers, doctors have lots of battlefield stories. Some are full of action, others are sad and still others point out determination in the face of life-and-death challenges. Most of these stories die over time, but it’s rewarding when they are captured for posterity.

Tom Hutton, neurologist, educator and now author, has done just that in his new book “Carrying the Black Bag,” from Texas Tech University Press.

During his 30-plus years of practicing medicine in West Texas and Minnesota, Hutton discovered that a doctor’s best teachers are often his patients. His patients were simply ordinary people taking on extra-ordinary challenges.

Wed
03
Feb

Wheelers and Dealers


Dwight Oestrich checks his hand while Doug Rowe eyes the flop at the Winter Kiwanis Scholarship Texas Hold ’Em Tournament that took place Saturday at St. Joseph’s Halle. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin
Wed
03
Feb

Huge turkey dinner on tap Sunday

Fredericksburg Independent School District Band Boosters’ annual Turkey Dinner and Concert will be this Sunday, Feb. 7, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Serving begins at 11 a.m. and the concert will start at noon. 

Admission is free and turkey and dressing, gravy, noodles, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread, cake, coffee and tea will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to those who buy food tickets. Food can be taken to go.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $9 from any band student or booster, or for $10 at the door.

There will be prizes given away during the concert, for which tickets will be sold for $2 a ticket or $10 for a book of six. Tickets can be bought in advance from any band student, booster or at the door as well and the ticket holder need not be present to win.

Wed
03
Feb

State senate candidates sound off

Six Republican candidates vying for the Texas Senate District 24 seat of retiring Sen. Troy Fraser attended a candidate forum last Wednesday at the Hill Country University Center.

Ross Ramsey, executive editor of the Texas Tribune, moderated a two-hour forum in which candidates answered questions ranging from higher education to water issues.

Attending were physician Dawn Buckingham, rancher Jon Cobb, health care administrator Ryan Downton, State Rep. Susan King, retired physician Brent Mayes and vineyard owner and retired oil industry executive Reed Williams. The lone Democrat who has declared, Jennie Lou Leeder, did not attend.

All seek to follow veteran Senator Troy Fraser’s footsteps in the district which encompasses Gillespie County and all or parts of 16 other counties to the north and east.

The event drew nearly 200 people, nearly filling the H-E-B Community Room at HCUC.

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