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Daily Update for April 1

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• An accident on Tuesday, March 31, on FM 2093 claimed the life of Donna Ketchbaw, 73, of Fredericksburg. The accident occurred around 3 p.m., approximately a quarter of a mile west of Leyendecker Road.

      • Today is the deadline to submit scholarship applications to The Zonta Club of Fredericksburg. Girls in Gillespie County or surrounding counties are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.

Wed
25
Mar

County receives clean bill of financial health

By Matt Ward —

Finances for Gillespie County received a clean bill of health from independent auditor Keith Neffendorf of the accounting firm Neffendorf, Knopp, Doss and Company during a regular meeting of the Gillespie County Commissioners, Monday.

“This is the best opinion you can get,” Neffendorf said. “The county is in good financial shape. You’re in a real good position as witnessed by your bond rating of AA last time you issued bonds and your low interest rate.”

The county received a positive financial report in spite of findings late in fiscal year 2014 that nearly $90,000 was shorted from local government agencies by the county tax assessor-collector’s office.

“Most of the shortage is due to the county and appears to be due from improper accounting and processing of refunds,” the independent audit reported.

Wed
25
Mar

GCAD eyes expansion

By Richard Zowie —

As Gillespie County continues to grow, Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) is outgrowing its office space.

County tax entity representatives met Tuesday at Fredericksburg Independent School District’s administration building to explore GCAD’s problem and potential remedies.

Currently, GCAD works out of the Gillespie County Courthouse basement. Discussions included renovating existing facilities for GCAD to move into or even constructing a new building.

The meeting of approximately 30 people included officials of FISD, Harper ISD, Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg.

After more than an hour of discussion, officials met among their own individual groups to discuss possible solutions.

The entities set a meeting to further discuss ideas for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at the FISD administration building.

Wed
25
Mar

Smith pushes STEM bill in Congress

Strangely enough, “computer science” was not included in the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, curriculum.

But a revision to the definition of STEM education is now working its way through Congress, said U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith on a recent visit to Fredericksburg.

Smith sat down with the Standard-Radio Post to discuss issues ranging from education, to the EPA, to the current slate of GOP nominees lining up for a presidential bid.

Smith’s STEM bill passed 412-8 in the U.S. House and is on its way to the Senate.

“This is a bill we passed last year as well, but didn’t go anywhere in the Senate,” Smith said. “This is a job designed to help our young people prepare for the jobs of the future.”

Wed
25
Mar

FHS one-act play to compete at district


Fredericksburg High School drama students (from left) Meghan Houston, Jeremy Houston, Seth Cook, Eliza Goldsberry, Eric Koennecke, Tommy Easterwood, Kinsey Stevens, Ian Houston and Savannah Burns perform a scene from Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” during a performance at the FHS auditorium on Wednesday, March 18. The drama will be performed tomorrow as part of the District 29-4A One-Act Play Contest at Lytle High School. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Fredericksburg High School’s drama department will compete at the District 29-4A One-Act Play Contest tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, with a performance of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.”

FHS will perform second in the competition at Lytle High School with an estimated start time between 11:30 a.m. and noon.

A public performance was held at the FHS auditorium on Wednesday, March 18, with a second performance at FHS slated for a future date.

“This play has always been a favorite of mine, having played Abigail Williams in high school. It was a very challenging role and that’s what made it one of the most unforgettable roles of my past,” Fredericksburg director Randi Jackson said. “Having the opportunity to bring the play to life with the FHS one-act students has been an amazing experience this year.”

The Tony award-winning play centers around the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and was written as an allegory of McCarthyism. 

Wed
25
Mar

'Crimes of the Heart' tickets on sale Monday

Tickets for the final production of the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Season 18, “Crimes of the Heart,” will go on sale Monday, March 30.

“Crimes” will run three weekends from April 10-26. All performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 US 87 South.

Advance tickets are $29 for adults and $12 for 17 and younger. Tickets at the door are $35.

Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, located next to the Shepherd Theater, or by calling 830-997-3588 or 888-669-7114. The tickets can also be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org.

Show times are 8 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinee performances.

Wed
25
Mar

Indian Artifact Show


Lee Posey of San Marcos shows off some of his rare and ancient pottery Saturday during the Hill Country Indian Artifact Show held at Pioneer Pavilion inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. A fall show is slated for Oct. 17. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
Wed
25
Mar

Tribute in Song


Soprano Brynn Bowyer (center) performs “Gedenken-Vergessen” written by Fredericksburg native composer Frank Van der Stucken, accompanied by (from left) Fagner Rocha, Emilee Hall, Colin Meinecke and Andrew Nguyen. The annual Van Der Stucken Music Festival, which honors the local-born composer, was held Saturday at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.
Wed
25
Mar

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour to ride this weekend

The 8th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour will be held this Saturday, March 28, with the start and finish both being at the LBJ Ranch’s air strip.

The ranch opens at 7 a.m., and the ride begins at 9 a.m.

Cost to compete in the March 28 tour for adults is $50. For youths, the cost is $30.

For two to five immediate family riders, the cost is $105.

For registration fees and further information visit www.lbj100bicycletour.org.

Routes for the event are 10, 30, 42 and 62 and 85 miles. Riders on their bicycles will see the country roads and historical landmarks that played a part in the history of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his family. 

Wed
25
Mar

Harper Library, resale shop to host fundraiser

A variety of activities are planned as part of the Harper Library and Harper Resale Shop’s “Saturday in the Park” event on Saturday, March 28.

Set for the Harper Community Hall in the Harper Park, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the all-volunteer Harper Library, and this year, the doors are opening an hour earlier for visitors to have more time to view the silent auction items and wide array of books.

Live music will be provided by the Eklectic Swing Band.

Along with the silent auction and book sale, there will also be a barbecue chicken and sausage dinner with all the trimmings served at 11:30 a.m.

There will also be a cake auction and snow cones will be available.

The event will also include a prize drawing.

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