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08
Jan

Memorial Walk

DOWNTOWN STROLL — Pat Roberts, left, of San Antonio, and Diana Battan, of Live Oak, walk down East Park Street as part of the annual Memorial Walk, held Dec. 31 in town. The event, sponsored by the Texas Volkssport Association, took in residential areas, parts of downtown and Der Stadt Friedhof. See more photos on page A/B8. – Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
08
Jan

Fort Martin Scott 'New Orleans Day' event on Saturday

Fort Martin Scott will host the “Battle of New Orleans Celebration,” a presentation of western music, cowboy poetry and storytelling on Saturday, Jan. 11.

The fort gates will open at 11 a.m. for visiting, wine tasting and catered appetizers with the show starting at noon and the finale at 3 p.m.

Admission is free but seating is limited if the event is moved indoors due to inclement weather. Freewill donations will be appreciated to help fund this event and events to come at Fort Martin Scott in the future.

“During the 1800’s, commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans was celebrated with the pomp and ceremony of a national holiday,” City of Fredericksburg communication manager Juli Bahlinger said. “Fort Martin Scott friends organized to plan the fort’s activities and fundraising, will rejuvenate that feeling and use this week in January every year to bring an additional entertainment event to Fredericksburg during the winter months.”

Wed
08
Jan

Dialogues and Dances to host monthly shows

Dialogues and Dances, begun in 2002 by Mark Hierholzer to be a forum for new composition, will host monthly shows at 7 p.m. every second Saturday at the Hill Country University Center.

The first show of 2013 will be Saturday, Jan. 11 at the HCUC. Director Hierholzer said this month’s show will feature solo piano and accordion music, along with newly composed and traditional classical music compositions.

Hierholzer said the shows were originally slated quarterly at Zion Lutheran Church.

“At first it was only my work and work written for me, but later involved student composers as well as works written for other instrumentalists specifically for these concerts,” Hierholzer said.

Wed
08
Jan

County unemployment rates stay below national, state average

Gillespie County’s unemployment rate is lower than the state and national averages. 

The latest report by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) shows Gillespie County’s November unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, just a shade lower than last month and November 2012. 

The county’s unemployment rate is lower than the surrounding counties. Mason County has the second lowest unemployment rate of the surrounding counties at 4 percent.

For the state, the unemployment rate dropped from 6 percent to 5.8 percent. This was the lowest reported rate since December 2008. The state’s unemployment numbers are below the nation’s, which also saw a dip in unemployment to 6.6 percent. 

Wed
01
Jan

Breaking news: City, FISD, Harper ISD consider property tax change

By Matt Ward —

After months of private discussion between the largest property tax collecting entities in Gillespie County, the Fredericksburg Independent School District, City of Fredericksburg and Harper ISD will all consider switching a change in tax collection amid concerns with the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

City Manager Kent Myers and City Finance Director Brad Kott shared their concerns with the Fredericksburg City Council during a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 30.

“Accuracy of the (tax) reports is in question at times,” Myers said. “The timeliness of the reports and the timeliness of the collections are not always there.”

Mon
30
Dec

Increased speed limits? Not so fast, county says

By Austin Eck

In its last meeting of 2013, the Gillespie County Commissioners approved a resolution to protest the increase of highway speed limits.

“We seem think it has more of an effect on the people receiving it,” County Commissioner Donnie Schuch said referring to the decision to issue a resolution over a letter.

Speed limit protest

With the increased speed limits looming on major highways in Gillespie County, county officials voted unanimously to approve a resolution protesting the increases.

Currently, stretches of roads including north and south portions of Texas Highway 16, U.S. Highway 87, U.S. Highway 290, which runs through Fredericksburg and the entire county, are going to have speed limits raised from 70 miles per hour to 75 mph. 

The resolution read and prepared by Schuch contained the following:

· A request for TxDOT to reconsider the speed limit change from 70 mph to 75 mph.

Mon
30
Dec

More charges expected for gunman

The man who exchanged gunshots with local law enforcement officers after a three-hour standoff at the Valero gas station and convenience store Wednesday, Dec. 18, remains in jail this week.

Victor Antonio Valdez, 24, of Fredericksburg, was initially booked on charges of aggravated robbery and continued to be in custody as of Friday, Dec. 27. Bond was set at $400,000 for the incident in which no one was injured, according to Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills.

Additional charges, including the possibility of capital murder, are expected to be announced when the case goes before the grand jury, possibly at its next regularly-scheduled session the second week of January, Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz said.

In the meantime, processing of the crime scene has been completed, and the investigation continues to be under the auspices of Texas Ranger Eric Wright, of Kerrville, and other key investigators.

Mon
30
Dec

2013 Year in Review


BREAKING GROUND on the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Museum were Mayor Jeryl Hoover, left, and Joe B. Davis, president of the Former Texas Rangers Foundation. -- Standard-Radio Post File photo

It is already time to say goodbye to 2013 — a year filled with ups and downs, highs and lows.

Whether it was renovations to the swimming pool at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the start of construction of the new Gillespie County Jail or a search for a new school superintendent, city, county and school leaders were kept busy throughout the year.

Festivals and events in the community continued to attract large numbers of visitors, and youth and adults alike made headlines with their accomplishments.

However, not all the news was good in 2013. Accidents and other events claimed the lives of Gillespie County residents and visitors.

Before the year comes to an end, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post is taking one last look back at the headlines making front page news in 2013.

Government

The year was a busy one for City of Fredericksburg, County of Gillespie and Fredericksburg Independent School District leaders.

Mon
30
Dec

Zweite Weihnachten offers traditional German celebration


SPREADING CHEER to “Second Christmas” celebrants attending the Zweite Weihnachten event on Thursday, Dec. 26, are accordionist Thomas Sigg, who gets a helping hand with his music from fellow Fredericksburg resident Wilfried Heuer as they fill the Gillespie County Historical Society Hall with music. Hosted by the Fredericksburg German Club, the afternoon reception serves to keep German holiday traditions alive, including singing the lyrics to familiar Christmas songs in German. — Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter
Mon
30
Dec

City receives treaty stone commemorating agreement


ACCEPTING a limestone slab carved to commemorate the signing of the 1850 Fort Martin Scott Treaty are (from left) Kent Myers, Fredericksburg City Manager; Dr. James Lindley, Gillespie County Historical Society; James McCrae, Fort Martin Scott Advisory Committee chairman; and Austin Ladd Roberts, Fort Martin Scott Friends. The treaty stone is currently on display at the Vereins Kirche Museum on Marktplatz.

A limestone slab carved to commemorate the signing of the 1850 Fort Martin Scott Treaty arrived in Fredericksburg on Dec. 19 and is on display at the Vereins Kirche Museum on Marktplatz.

The slab, signed by the southern Comanche, Lipan Apache, Caddo, Quapaw and Wichita sub-tribes as well as representatives of the United States, is on loan to Fredericksburg for one year from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin.

The Vereins Kirche Museum, located at 100 West Main Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The stone, carved with the name of Brevet Major H.W. Merrill, Commander of Company B, 2nd Regiment, U.S. Dragoons, along with a second stone listing the participants, were placed at the site of the signing on Spring Creek Council Grounds (now Wallace Creek) in San Saba County. 

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