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Online dating

Patty and Clinton Kramer met online via FarmersOnly dating website. Patty said she searched through 1,118 profiles before finding Clinton Kramer of Fredericksburg.

By Christine Granados —

Fredericksburg singles, like the rest of the nation’s unmarried, take to the Internet to find love.

The peak for online dating is the months of January through February. However, Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason Fredericksburgers use online dating websites.

Gillespie County is considered a “thin market” for middle-aged, single, heterosexual people trying to find romantic partners, according to researchers. This is why many singles in the 45-55-year age range in town use online dating services such as Match.com, eHarmony or FarmersOnly when searching for a potential partner.

A “thin dating market,” according to Pew Research Center analysts, means people have a limited number of available partners within immediate social circles.

Jolene (not her real name), a 55-year-old divorcee, is a case in point. She jumped into online dating when she moved to Fredericksburg four years ago.

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FISD halts all transfers, citing student growth

Fredericksburg High School junior Travis Kilcoyne receives a Billie Pride Award from Fredericksburg Independent School District Supt. Dr. Eric Wright for his musical prowess. Kilcoyne is a first chair in the bass section for Small School All-State Choir. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Parents outside the boundaries of Fredericksburg Independent School District who would like to enroll their students here will have to get onto a waiting list.

Due to steady increases in enrollment and what he sees as an imbalance in the teacher-to-student ratio, FISD Supt. Dr. Eric Wright announced a freeze on enrollments from outside the district at Monday’s regular meeting of the school board.

Wright also updated trustees on a proposed property plan for the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD).

Payton Smith, who attends Fredericksburg High School, used his time in public forum to suggest student representation on the school board.

FISD enrollment

As of last night’s meeting, FISD has 3,129 students enrolled. That’s an increase of 84 from the start of this school year.

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Vereins Kirche model brought back to life

Local artist Ruby Lee Clark examines the details of the Vereins Kirche model as she gives it a fresh coat of paint. Clark originally painted the model in 1996 to commemorate Fredericksburg’s 150-year anniversary. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

By Scott Allen

 

                Standing at a foot tall and comprised entirely of iron, the Vereins Kirche model has rested on a pole on the east side of Marktplatz’s Vereins Kirche Museum for the past 20 years.

                The model was donated for Fredericksburg’s 150th anniversary, in 1996. Ruby Lee Clark, a local artist who helped found the Fredericksburg Art Guild, first painted the replica of the local iconic structure 20 years ago.

                Clark said the model was difficult to paint because of the detail of the Vereins Kirche.

                “It was very hard to paint the first time because I had to draw in the windows and it had to be to scale,” Clark said. “And there are a lot of subtle details on that building.”

                Now, after 80 season changes, the model is ready to be repainted. Clark plans to use artist oil-based paint, the same she originally used.

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Cover Artist

Artist Chuck Mauldin, second from right, and wife Barbara, visit with Dick and Jane Bowersox at Fredericksburg Art Gallery on Friday at a reception honoring Mauldin’s cover art on the 2016 edition of Fredericksburg Art Guide. The 30,000-copy edition is distributed in local galleries, Texas Travel Centers and at other locations in the tourist
district. The reception was sponsored by the gallery and Fredericksburg Publishing Company. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

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Tickets on sale for FTC musical 'Into the Woods'

Tickets are now on sale for Fredericksburg Theater Company’s upcoming musical, while auditions have been extended for the theater’s spring comedy.

“Into the Woods” will run from Feb. 18 to March 6, while the comedy, “The Nerd” will run April 15 to May 1. Show times will be 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Both shows will be performed at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

‘Into the Woods’

Opening night of FTC’s production of “Into the Woods” will begin with a celebratory gala at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18.

A selection of local wines will be served along with a variety of hors d’oeuvres. The cost to attend the opening night gala is included in the price of admission.

Executive Director Steve Reily recommends that anyone interested in attending the opening night gala to act quickly.

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Commissioners OK expansion of Veterans' War Memorial

By Scott Allen —

The expansion of the Veteran’s War Memorial Monument was approved by Gillespie County Commissioners during Monday’s meeting.

Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer, said they plan to expand the monument in front of the Gillespie County Courthouse to honor Phillip Neel (killed in Iraq on April 8, 2007) and Christopher Staats (killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 29, 2009).

“We were proposing that it say ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ for Phillip Neel and ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ for Christopher Staats,” King said.

The expansion will consist of Fredericksburg red granite, a concrete walk area on either side of the monument, two granite benches and landscaping consisting of native plants.

Total cost for the expansion will be $13,610 and will be paid for through fundraising from the Veterans Council of Gillespie County.

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03
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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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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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.

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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.

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