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Wed
27
May

Floods, tornadoes destroy property


Water in Barons Creek rose to four feet above flood stage on Monday to cover Edison Street in between Austin and Travis streets. – Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

From staff reports —

Memorial Day was memorable, but for more reasons than the country’s late veterans.

After days of rain, rains flooded streets and roads and breached creek banks and dams. Tornadic activity also was experienced east of town, with funnel clouds destroying the city’s Goehmann Lane pump station and several utility poles, taking out a barn off Stahl Road and destroying 40 trees on another property.

And roughly 2,000 homes were without power at some point during the weekend, according to Central Texas Electric Cooperative. Crews responded around the clock and most situations were resolved within an hour, said Bob Loth, CEO.

Rainfall totals since last Thursday ranged from 3.05 inches at Cherry Spring to 6.7 inches in Harper.

Wed
27
May

Gary P. Nunn will kick off Roots series

Texas country music will fill the air Saturday, May 30, as Pioneer Museum will kick off its 14th year of the Roots Music Series.

Austin-based Rosie and the Ramblers will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., while Gary P. Nunn will perform a pair of sets at 8:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $13 each purchased in advance on-line with a $3 discount for Gillespie County Historical Society members. Tickets purchased at the gate are $15.

Children 17 and under will be admitted free of charge.

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Wed
27
May

Honoring war heroes


Veterans and their loved ones helped fill the Nimitz Ballroom Monday morning for a Memorial Day ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War, where attendees heard a message from Cap. John C. Ring, commanding officer of the USS Nimitz. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Paying respect to those who made “the ultimate sacrifice,” the National Museum of the Pacific War held a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, featuring Capt. John C. Ring, commanding officer of the USS Nimitz. 

“Memorial Day is a day to honor those who both served and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Ring said. “Often times, that sacrifice was made so that others of us could live on. It was always made so that all of us could live better, freer lives."

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Wed
27
May

A Mile for Marley


Crystal Bedford holds daughter Marley. The family is dealing with “Rhizo” disease. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Around 100 walkers laced up their sneakers and took to San Antonio Street on Saturday morning in the “Mile for Marley” fund-raiser.

The event was to benefit Marley Bedford, age four, who has Rhizomelic Chondro Dysplasia Punctata, or “Rhizo,” a rare disease that affects fewer than 100 children nationwide. Most with the disease don’t make it past age two.

The walk was sponsored by the eighth-grade class at St. Mary’s Catholic School, the second time the class has held a fund-raiser for the Bedford family.

“Marley’s Eyes” T-shirts are still available at Sweet Marley’s, 1005 State Highway 16 South, or at St. Mary’s School, 202 S. Orange. Orders may also be placed by emailing Bedford at crystal.bedford@gmail.com

Wed
27
May

PCAA gives $10,000 to TTU program


At presentation of a $10,000 check were, from left: Kelly Fox, HCUC interim director; David Mondt, TTU budget director; Ryan Sheckel, academic advisor; Buddy Frels, PCAA president; Lydia Thompson, director of TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts; Charlie Wilson, PCAA director; Robin Germany, TTU associate professor of photography; Pam Wilson, PCAA treasurer, and Bill Rogers, PCAA director. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, the organization which puts on Oktoberfest annually, last Wednesday donated $10,000 to Texas Tech University’s summer art program, and dangled a carrot for a larger donation.

TTU will move its summer art program from Junction to Fredericksburg in July for the Summer II semester. Students will be able to take upper level courses in photography, printmaking, experimental drawing and painting, and documentary filmmaking.

But PCAA, which promotes local arts efforts, promised another $50,000 to TTU if it would permanently move the program from Junction to Fredericksburg.

Lydia Thompson, professor and director of the TTU College of Visual and Performing Arts, said the offer would be considered, but made no statement on its acceptance.

Thompson instead praised PCAA for the donation and gave an overview of the TTU graduate level courses.

Wed
27
May

High school Jazz Ensemble kicks off series

A performance by the Fredericksburg High School Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, May 31, will open the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s summer concert series.

Set for the Adelsverein Halle on Marktplatz, the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

Those attending are encouraged to bring their law chairs, picnics, family and friends.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

The FHS Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire spans approximately 80 years and includes Big Band Swing of the Dance Band era, modern swing, rock, pop and vocal ballads.

Under the direction of Jason Younts, the ensemble performs in and around Fredericksburg throughout the year and Sunday’s performance completes the current season.

Members of the FHS Jazz Ensemble include the following:

Saxophone — Jazmin Galindo, Astri Smith, Chase Jenschke, Jonas Wikander, Bella Garcia and Drew Bonillas. 

Wed
27
May

Walt Wilkins to perform at re-scheduled fundraiser

Ambleside School of Fredericksburg’s second annual Starry Night — rescheduled for Saturday night after multiple weeks of delays — has moved to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

As originally planned, the evening begins with a reception for all guests at 6 p.m. Performers include Isaac Routh, DeAnn Spence, Fullhouse, and Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros.

Broken Arrow Ranch will serve a wild game dinner of Texas dirty rice, venison bratwurst and Dorper lamb kebabs, accompanied by salad and desserts, beginning at 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled to welcome Walt Wilkins as our headliner,” said Melissa Hughes, a spokesperson for the event.

A native Texan, Wilkins’ beginnings in the music business involved writing and performing around Texas, until he found his own style that caught the attention of producers in Nashville. He spent a decade writing music and taking advantage of the opportunities that were presented to him.

Wed
27
May

FHS collects for Wimberley flood victims

The recent heavy rains and floods have hit Wimberley hard, and Fredericksburg High School is reaching out to help the community during its time of need.

FHS will be collecting household items, including non-perishable snack foods, to send to families in Wimberley.

The drop-off dates and times will be today through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., at the baseball field. A bus will be in the baseball parking lot.

Parents can send these items for Wimberley to school with their students. They can also give them to the band director, John Rauschuber, or they can drop off the items at FHS.

List of needed items for Wimberley include:

• Black heavy duty trash bags;

• Gloves (rubber, latex, work);

• Cleaning supplies;

• Tools;

• Mops, buckets, brooms, etc.;

• Flashlights with batteries;

• Prepaid gift cards;

• First aid kits;

• Hand Sanitizer;

• Rakes, shovels, etc.;

Tue
26
May

Daily Update for May 27

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  • Dedication ceremonies will be held at the grand re-opening of Frantzen Park this afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Mayor Linda Langerhans will hold a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m.
Wed
20
May

Deficit increase, septic issues plague city golf course

By Matt Ward —

Finances at the previously scrutinized Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Golf Course continue to be troubling for the City of Fredericksburg, with the course expected to lose over $175,000 more than anticipated in fiscal year 2015.

The Fredericksburg City Council received an update on the golf course, as well as all other city finances, during the mid-year budget report presented by Finance Director Laura Hollenbeak on Wednesday, May 13.

In addition to overall revenue concerns, the golf course also is facing issues with the facility’s septic system and Red Bird Grille.

Decrease in revenues

City officials have indicated that a sharp decrease in expected revenues — just over $600,000 — can be largely attributed to a significant increase in bad weather days.

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