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Wed
15
Jan

Hill Country Film Festival, Fritztown Cinema to stage independent screening series

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), the annual independent film event to be held in Fredericksburg, May 1-4, has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series.”

The first film presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a screening of the Houston Film Commission Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase.

The screening of this block of Texas-made short films is free.

Fritztown Cinema is located at 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South.

Films included in the showcase are:

• “Cork’s Cattlebaron,” directed by Eric Steele (2011);

• “The Garden and the Wilderness,” directed by Craig Whitney (2011);

• “Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler (2014);

• “Little Lions,” directed by Tony Costello (2012);

• “Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John,” directed by Angela Walley and Mark Walley (2012); and,

• “Vultures of Tibet,” directed by Russell Bush (2012).

Wed
15
Jan

Rockhounds to gather for annual show

Rare and collectable pieces of rock will be featured at the Fredericksburg Rockhounds’ 45th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19.

Set for Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the two-day event will again feature exhibits and demonstrations.

Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking are free. 

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Wed
15
Jan

FISD tentatively adopts new wellness, health program

By Richard Zowie —

A new wellness and sexual health curriculum at Fredericksburg High School led the agenda at Monday’s Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

While final plans are still being reviewed, the board tentatively agreed to adopt a program that focuses on reducing teen pregnancy, and avoiding risky behavior.

The meeting also marked the first official day of work for the new superintendent, Dr. Eric Wright, who was in attendance.

FHS principal Ralf Halderman also briefed the trustees on an update of the high school.

Wellness, Sexual Health

The wellness and sexual health curriculum the FISD is considering is from Temple-based Scott and White Healthcare. Their website is www.worththewait.org.

Wed
15
Jan

Local banks, government to close for MLK Day

Slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, and to honor his birthday, the third Monday in January is a federal holiday.

This year, King’s birthday will be honored on Monday, Jan. 20.

Some schools will be open, some closed and others will be open but will focus much of their day discussing King and his legacy.

Government

•Federal offices in Fredericksburg will be closed on Jan. 20.

•State offices will also be closed.

•County offices will also be closed.

•City offices will be open during normal business hours.

Wed
08
Jan

City airs grievances with tax office work

By Matt Ward

 

Following several months of private discussions between three of the largest tax collecting entities in Gillespie County, City of Fredericksburg officials recently spoke out publicly about a potential change in tax collection amid concerns with the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

A special meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council was held Monday, Dec. 30, to discuss a possible move to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District for tax collection purposes.

“Accuracy of the reports (from the tax office) is in question at times. The timeliness of the reports and the timeliness of the collections are not always there,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “We’re like a customer to the county on this issue and we’re an unhappy customer. What is the county willing to offer us to meet our needs and our concerns?”

Wed
08
Jan

Dog park project ok'd by council

By Matt Ward

 

Fredericksburg’s canine residents will soon have a spot of their own as formal approval for a dog park facility inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park was given by the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening.

“City dog parks bring all kinds of benefits to the public, not just dog and dog owners, but to the whole community itself,” Jody Donovan, representative of the non-profit Fredericksburg Dog Park Association said, highlighting the emphasis placed on safety for the animals and humans, as well as the educational and recreational benefits of having a park in town.

“Socialized dogs that have been around other dogs regularly tend to be more behaving, not a nuisance in barking and chewing things up,” he added.

The fenced park will be constructed on 5.77 acres of land between the RV campgrounds at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and the adjacent Gillespie County Airport.

Wed
08
Jan

Brian Roeder selected as 2014 livestock show honoree


PLAQUES OF APPRECIA-TION were presented on Sunday night to two individ-uals — Brian Roeder and Ronnie Ottmers — for their support of the youth of Gil-lespie County. On hand for the presentation during the annual buyer appreciation barbecue at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds were, from left, Blaine Hahn, presi-dent of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Asso-ciation; Roeder; Ottmers, and Lane Ottmers, vice pres-ident of the association. The 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and auction is dedicated to Roeder and Ottmers. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Whether it is setting up or tearing down for the next show, Brian Roeder has been involved with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show his entire life.

And this year’s 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction is dedicated to Roeder and Ronnie Ottmers.

Both men were recognized with plaques of appreciation on Sunday night at the annual buyers’ barbecue held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Roeder exhibited hogs, steers and turkeys during his 12 years as a 4-H member and four years in FFA. He received the 4-H Gold Star Award and was the recipient of a Houston Livestock Show Scholarship.

Wed
08
Jan

Wright accepts top FISD spot on Monday

By Matt Ward

 

Fredericksburg Independent School District will have a new leader at the helm beginning next week after the FISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Dr. Eric Wright as superintendent during a special meeting on Monday.

Wright, who served as Huntington ISD superintendent until his hiring by FISD, will begin on Monday, Jan. 13, as he transitions to take over from the retiring Dr. Marc Williamson, following 15 years as FISD’s superintendent.

“I truly think we have found the perfect candidate and that he will lead our district to success,” trustee Kay Stech said.

The board of trustees named Wright as the final candidate for the position on Dec. 11 after a search that saw over 60 candidates apply.

“I’m looking forward to working with our new superintendent and achieve our new goals and reach higher heights,” trustee Jerry Durst said.

Wed
08
Jan

Stevenson steps into Harper ISD superintendent role

By Danny Hirt

 

A former principal at Harper middle and high schools has been named the new superintendent for the Harper Independent School District as the result of a unanimous vote taken at Monday’s special meeting of the school board.

Chris Stevenson, who became principal at Harper in January 2000, was selected to be the new superintendent, taking the place of Pari Whitten who recently left the Harper post to become superintendent for the Sinton ISD.

“I am excited,” Stevenson said about receiving his new appointment, adding that he feels “honored and humbled” to be offered the position of superintendent. He started on the job Monday following school board approval.

Wed
08
Jan

First baby of 2014 born in Fredericksburg

GRABBING A NAP after his grand entrance into the world was Carson James Schuessler, who was the first baby born in 2014 in Gillespie County. The baby, who weighed seven pounds, six ounces and measured 20 inches in length, was born at 3:24 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Hill Country Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Pavilion. Proud parents are Cody Schuessler and Lisa Warden (holding the baby), both of Junction. Pictured with the new mother and baby are, seated, nurses Jamie Bryant, left, and Macy Starr, as well as Dr. Mark Eden, obstetrician. As parents of the year’s first baby, the couple took home a basketful of goodies and baby accessories (pictured behind Eden). – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

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