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Wed
17
Dec

Essence, Mid-Texas choirs to perform here Saturday

Two choirs will perform the Vivaldi “Magnificat” and Christmas carols during a 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, concert at the Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

Both the Essence Women’s Choir and the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Laurie Jenschke, will join forces to present the songs.

The public is invited. Admission is a free will offering and a food offering for the Fredericksburg Food Pantry.

The concert is underwritten in part by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance.

Dr. Eric Siu, violinist; Bethany Raynes, violinist; Dr. Eliza Jeffords, viola, and Dr. Elizabeth Lee, cello, all of whom play for the Mid-Texas Symphony and are string instructors at Texas Lutheran University, will also join the choirs.

Dr. Stephen McElroy of Austin will be the accompanist.

Wed
10
Dec

County files for $90,000 bond to cover office errors

By Austin R. Eck

The Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) will collect taxes for the county once the office is able, after Gillespie County Commissioners OK’d a switch from the tax assessor-collector’s (TAC) office.

In addition to voting to the change, the county filed a $91,987.85 claim with RLI Surety to cover unaccounted-for funds at the TAC office.

In October, the Dawson Forensic Group, a forensic accounting firm, reported to the court that $129,476.90 was owed to other entities, but unaccounted for by the TAC office.

On Monday, County Auditor Larry Crump received confirmation that the bonding agency will be investigating the claim.

Commissioners also approved a proposal from the Dawson Forensic Group to help provide assistance in the transition as well as some help reworking the way the TAC office collects taxes for the remaining time it will collect.

Wed
10
Dec

New bond issue eyed for FISD improvements

By Richard Zowie

Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees received high marks in the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) at its regular meeting Monday.

In an earlier special meeting that day, trustees also discussed potential building projects that could go into the upcoming proposed school bond in 2015.

TAPR report

In its 2013-2014 TAPR, the state determined FISD “met standards” in its accountability rating.

Each campus in the district also met standards and received notations for various “Academic Achievements.”

Linda Hicks, FISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the report.

The TAPR includes comprehensive information on a district’s students, schools, staff, programs, demographics and financial management.

Wed
10
Dec

Pearl Harbor remembrance held Sunday at Pacific war museum


Pearl Harbor survivor James Hardwick, 91, places a commemorative wreath with the aid of Fredericksburg High School Naval Junior ROTC Cadet Kadie Andrade Sunday. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Ninety-one-year-old survivor James Hardwick was one of many World War II veterans honored Sunday afternoon during a special program to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Held inside the Memorial Courtyard at the National Museum of the Pacific War, the program began at 12:25 CST (8:25 PST), the time the attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941.

“On this day, we honor those individuals who lost their lives on that day and those individuals who responded to that threat and defended this country,” Gen. Michael W. Hagee, USMC (ret.), CEO and president of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, said, noting that only around 1,000 Pearl Harbor survivors of the attack are still living today.

Guest speaker for the program was Thomas M. Hatfield, director of the Military History Institute for the University of Texas at Austin.

Wed
10
Dec

'Northern Lights'

Downtown Fredericksburg served as the backdrop for a 15-minute laser light show Friday evening prior to the start of the annual Light the Night Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

 

Wed
10
Dec

Harrell named to fill FISD trustee vacancy

By Richard Zowie

A familiar face is temporarily returning to the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees.

Wayne Harrell was unanimously appointed during a Monday special meeting to fill the term of the late Jerry Durst. He will serve until the May 2015 election.

Durst, a longtime trustee who had been serving as the board’s vice president during the 2014-2015 school year, died Sept. 18.

Harrell said he won’t run for the open seat in 2015.

“I felt it was important to have new people come on the board, so I decided in 2010 not to run again and open it up for other people,” Harrell said.

Previously, Harrell served from 1998-2010 and spent two terms as the president and secretary and also served as the vice president.

While others were considered for the vacancy, FISD Superintendent Eric Wright said Harrell stood out.

Wed
10
Dec

Up close with jolly ol' St. Nick

Wed
10
Dec

Texas A&M study trumpets state parks' economic benefit

The Texas State Park system’s more than 90 sites have a significant economic impact on the state’s economy, generating $774 million in retail sales annually, contributing $351 million in economic benefits and creating 5,800 jobs statewide.

Those were just part of the findings of a recent Texas A&M University study shared recently with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The commission was briefed on the results of a survey of park visitors and their spending habits conducted between March and June of this year by a team led by Dr. John Crompton, A&M professor in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department. 

According to Crompton, Texas state parks not only provide conservation, recreational and health benefits, but also greatly contribute to the economies of communities throughout Texas, far exceeding the state’s expenditures to operate these sites.

Wed
10
Dec

Federal court gives stay of execution in Scott Panetti case

By Austin R. Eck

Hours before Scott Panetti was scheduled to walk to the executioner’s chamber, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay.

The court stayed the execution in order to allow the court “to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions.”

The order also said an oral argument will take place before the judges.

The order issued by the federal court on Wednesday, Dec. 3, does not specify a set number of days the stay will last.

Panetti’s lawyers have argued that he is incompetent to be executed for the murder of Joe and Amanda Alvarado in 1992.  

 “When people who have severe mental illness enter our criminal justice system, the system has a moral obligation to respond appropriately to the limitations and deficits presented by mental illness,” Panetti’s lawyers Greg Wiercioch and Kathryn Kase said in a statement issued after the stay was granted.

Wed
10
Dec

Bethany Christmas Journey opens Friday night

Bethany Lutheran Church members will present their 14th annual depiction of the Christmas story from 6-8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13.

The drive-through presentation includes scenes depicting the prophet’s foretelling of the birth of Christ, the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary, the decree of Caesar Augustus, the journey of Mary and Joseph to the town of Bethlehem, the innkeeper’s refusal to accommodate the couple, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds in the field, the manger scene, the presentation of Jesus in the temple and the visit of the Magi.

Spectators are asked to line up eastbound on Schubert Street, turn right onto Adams Street and then right into Bethany’s back parking lot, where they will be greeted by volunteers, who will guide them to the tour’s start.

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