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Tue
24
Nov

Commissioners approve new phase at Boot Ranch

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the application by Boot Ranch for their phase one subdivision. 

The re-platting of land will allow for seven lots in the subdivision at Boot Ranch, located just north of Fredericksburg.

Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher reviewed the paperwork prior to the meeting and didn’t have any serious issues with the application.

“The construction cost did match with the bond that Boot Ranch brought in,” Stroeher said.

The only issue brought up with the application was the surveyor needs to sign off on the paperwork and Boot Ranch will need to provide a CD of the re-platting to the county commissioners.

Fredericksburg attorney Gordon Sauer was at the meeting to represent the new owners of Boot Ranch and he said the commissioners’ requests will be resolved immediately. 

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Tue
24
Nov

Bizzell named new fire chief


Lynn Bizzell has been named the fire chief for the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department. He will begin the position on Jan. 11. — Submitted photo

By Scott Allen —

The City of Fredericksburg has hired Lynn Bizzell as its new chief of Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department, effective Jan. 11.

“Lynn was the clear consensus from all the Fredericksburg personnel and everyone agreed on him as the top pick,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “His outstanding background and experience will help our department, partially with our training, because Lynn’s a good teacher.”

Bizzell currently serves as program director at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute. He previously served with the Round Rock Fire Department for 26 years, including serving as fire chief for 24 years. He also worked as a firefighter for the College Station Fire Department.

Bizzell is the city’s first paid chief of the FVFD. The city implemented a paid chief position to help response times when firefighters are working their paid jobs.

Tue
24
Nov

Going wild for game


Auctioneer Greg Meier works the crowd during the live auction at the Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. Besides exotic wild game, the fundraising event included a silent auction and many prize drawings. More than 40 items were presented at the live auction. For more pictures, go to A14. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Tue
24
Nov

Book signing


San Antonio authors Patricia Hart McMillan and David Strahan signed copies of their new book “Christmas At America’s Landmark Houses,” Nov. 21 at the Pioneer Museum Store. Featured in the book, among 19 historic homes, is the museum’s Fassel-Roeder House, during past years’ Candlelight Tours in the Christmas season. McMillan and Strahan estimated it took a combined two years to produce and publish the book. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Tue
24
Nov

Sentimental Journey Orchestra


Clad in World War II attire, Ted Conerly blows on a trombone and leads the 17-piece Sentimental Journey Orchestra in a rendition of the Glenn Miller hit “In the Mood.” The orchestra performed various “Greatest Generation” hits at Fredericksburg Theater Company over the week-end, Nov. 21-22. For more pictures, go to A16. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
Tue
24
Nov

Goff grows 'Mo' beard for cancer awareness


As Kerry Goff’s beard approaches “mountain man” status, he continues to use it to spread the word about Movember and cancer. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Working in theater, sometimes long hair and facial hair are required — especially when playing period piece-characters like Inspector Javert in the Fredericksburg Theater Company production of the Broadway musical “Les Misérables.”

This month, however, Kerry Goff has been looking even more hirsute than usual.

“It’s not ‘mountain man’ big, but it’s close,” Goff said about his beard.

A trimmed beard has often been part of his look this year, and in mid-October he decided to quit trimming it, except for his neck and his cheeks.

“I figured, let’s just grow it and see how far it goes,” said Goff, whose father and uncle also have beards. “It’s been fun, you don’t think about it much. I’ve enjoyed getting the length on it. This year I decided to push through the hard part which is the itchy, not fun part. That didn’t take much time. Now, I’m kind of enjoying it.”

Tue
24
Nov

Woman charged with murder

Margaret Elfstrom, 55, of Fredericksburg, was charged with the murder of her husband, 58-year-old Antone Alexander Elfstrom, after he died of gunshot wounds Wednesday night.

The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office dispatched two deputies to Sunset Ridge Road at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 to investigate a disturbance call. Elfstrom had been shot and later died of his injuries.

Mrs. Elfstrom has been arrested and charged with murder in response to the deputies’ findings.

Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills said that their findings indicated there was an altercation between the couple, and Elfstrom was shot in the process. When the deputies arrived, they called EMS and Elfstrom was treated at the scene but he died before he could be moved for further medical attention.

Mills said he believed the couple had moved here in the past year to take care of Mrs. Elfstrom’s mother, the owner of the property, after Mrs. Elfstrom’s father died.

Tue
24
Nov

Community tree lighting is Friday at Marktplatz

Fredericksburg will light up for the holiday season on Friday night, Nov. 27, with the annual lighting ceremonies for the community Christmas tree and German Christmas Pyramid.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Marktplatz.

During the program, Korean War veterans will be introduced. They are the special guests at this year’s celebration.

Santa Claus will arrive in time to help light up Marktplatz.

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Tue
24
Nov

Daily Update for Nov. 24

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      • Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the re-platting of seven lots at Boot Ranch. Sara Neel was hired as the assistant county attorney and will help Gillespie County Attorney Chris Nevins with both felony and misdemeanor cases. Taylor Osbourn, who will graduate from Texas A&M University in December, was hired as the 4-H agent for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Gillespie County. 

Wed
18
Nov

East Main hotel plans revised

By Scott Allen —

A conditional use permit for a new hotel in the Central Business District (CBD) at 406 E. Main, was approved by city council members at a Monday meeting.

Shaesby Scott, owner of the property, between Elk and Washington streets, said he made major changes to initial plans. The building now will be two stories tall and have a total of 22 hotel rooms. The previous design was three stories and contained 63 rooms.

Scott said that an entrance from Main Street was eliminated and that parking spaces will go from 100 to 64, none of which will be in the 100-year flood plain, as dictated by current codes.

Since the hotel plans to be built in the CBD area, it had to pass city council review before continuing.

“In the Central Business District, a hotel requires a conditional use permit,” said Brian Jordan, director of development services.

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