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Wed
14
Jan

'Mr. Purvis and the published book'


“Mr. Purvis and Tiny” is Brian Eckert’s first published book. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

 

Growing up on a ranch near Fredericksburg, Brian Eckert wrote a lot of what he calls “cowboy poetry.”

These writings have gone on to inspire Eckert’s first venture into fiction, a new children’s book “Mr. Purvis and Tiny.”

WestBow Press published the book in November.

Inspired by true stories, this book is about a cowboy rancher named Mr. Purvis and his Brahman bull named Tiny.

“He’s an old cowboy who’s got a problem on his ranch,” Eckert said, describing Mr. Purvis. “He tries to take care of the problem without being mean or ugly, but just kind of in a fun, cowboy way. He deals with problems in his own way.”

Specifically, Mr. Purvis uses humor, wit and a “Tiny” solution to protect his favorite fishing hole from unwanted guests.

Wed
14
Jan

Commissioners approve platting for subdivision

By Austin R. Eck —

The preliminary and final plats of Harper Oaks Subdivision were approved on Monday by the Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court.

It is a bit unusual to have a preliminary plat and final plat for approval in the same meeting, County Judge Mark Stroeher said.

In June, officials approved the preliminary plat and asked for some changes before approving the final version. The six-month time period the developer had to make the changes passed, so officials had to reapprove the preliminary.

There was concern about water availability in the new subdivision. A study by Paul Tybor and the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District (HCUWCD) suggested the water supply may not last long-term.

Wed
14
Jan

'Rock out' at weekend gem and mineral show

Minerals, fossils, meteorites and other “rocky” things will be on display during the 46th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show this weekend at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park’s Pioneer Pavilion.

The Fredericksburg Rockhounds are hosting this free event, which also includes free parking.

Hours will be Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show will feature jewelry, geodes, stone carvings, exhibits and demonstrations. Experts will be available to identify mystery rocks that any visitors might have.

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Wed
14
Jan

Minister group to remember Martin Luther King Jr.

Gillespie County Ministerial Association will hold a service remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19, at noon at the pavilion behind the Vereins Kirche on Marktplatz.

The service will last about 30 minutes and include the playing of an excerpt from one of Dr. King’s more memorable speeches, followed by a song and a prayer.

“Race relations have come a long way in our country, but events around the nation over the last several years, or as recently as the last few months, remind us that there is still a long way to go,” said the Rev. Jeff Hammond, rector of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and planner of this year’s event. “And it’s not limited to racial issues. We divide ourselves along the lines of gender, age, political ideologies or any number of things.”

The Rev. Bobby Vitek, pastor at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church and president of the Gillespie County Ministerial Association, explained why the association chooses to sponsor this service.

Wed
07
Jan

City council eyes change to health insurance

Concerns over the city’s self-funded insurance plan have forced the Fredericksburg City Council to hold a special meeting this morning to discuss the issue.

Paul Rutledge of the Texas Municipal League, which administers the city’s insurance plan, presented an update on the status of the health insurance fund.

“Recently, costs have been increasing and the special council meeting will address how to handle these increased costs,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “Last year when we put together the budget, we told the council that we continue to have some financial challenges with our health insurance and we wanted to get back with the council after the first of the year to update and determine a course of action.”

Monday meeting

Wed
07
Jan

Extra patrols lead to five DWI arrests

Fredericksburg Police Department had extra patrol officers on the street during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Officers were assigned specifically to target impaired drivers and other unsafe driving behaviors. Those efforts resulted in six arrests, five of which were for Driving While Intoxicated.

Police officers assigned to the extra patrol shift also made 69 traffic stops that resulted in 21 citations and 73 warnings.

According to FPD, the department will continue to increase patrol throughout future holidays this year to keep roadways as safe as possible for those who travel.

Theft

During the Christmas holidays, the city often sees in an increase in theft. FPD increased the number of officers to combat theft by patrolling parking lots of the businesses throughout Fredericksburg. This practice began Thanksgiving weekend and was ongoing through Christmas.

Wed
07
Jan

Gillespie livestock show, auction opens Thursday


Greg Knopp and the late Jerry Durst are being honored this year by the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association. On hand Sunday night at the annual buyer appreciation barbecue for the plaque presentations were, from left, Lane Ottmers, vice president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association; Knopp; Durst’s wife, Kathy Durst; his daughters, Amber Elliott, Teresa Pope, Jennifer Barnett, and Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Association. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Youth and their animals will take center stage at the 2015 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 8-10.

Set for the Gillespie County Fair Grounds, the show puts the spotlight on 311 youths from Gillespie County 4-H clubs, the Fredericksburg FFA, Fredericksburg Junior FFA and Harper FFA chapters who have been busy over the last several months feeding, exercising and grooming their livestock projects.

While the county show is the only competition for some local exhibitors, a large number will be continuing on to other contests across the state.

Coming just after the county show will be the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, Jan. 18-24.

Wed
07
Jan

Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier joins Garrett Insurance group


From left, Stephen Schmerbeck and Kim Morales, of Garrett Insurance Agency, have joined Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier, represented by owner Greg Kaderli, vice presidents Tricia Herrera and Julie Kothe, and owner Lester Frantzen. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier, a longtime business fixture in Fredericksburg, has joined the Garrett Insurance Agency group.

“Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier is the premiere agency here, and it is run very similar to our own operation with a family-like focus on our clients and our employees,” said Stephen Schmerbeck, a fourth-generation insurance agent from Garrett Insurance Agency. “This growth gives us more purchasing clout so we can more efficiently serve our customers.”

Lester Frantzen, a 41-year agent, and business partner Greg Kaderli began thinking of an exit strategy in the past few years.

“You can leave either by design or by default,” Frantzen said, smiling. “You can either walk out or they carry you out.”

In 1983, Frantzen Insurance and Eckhardt & Klier Insurance companies merged to form Frantzen, Kaderli & Klier Insurance Agency to better serve the needs of their clients and the growing community.

Wed
07
Jan

First baby of new year arrives at HCMH

Welcoming Agustin Suarez Ramirez as the first baby born at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in 2015 were, in front, his parents, Francisco Javier Suarez Vargas and Maria Ramirez, and siblings, Francisco Suarez, 3, and Kimberly Suarez Ramirez, 11.

Also on hand were HCMH staff, in back from left, Erin Huff, director of obstetrics; Maureen Polivka, HCM chief nursing officer; Dr. David Cantu, pediatrician; nurse Maria Rodriguez; Dr. Michael Campbell, obstetrician, and nurse Jamie Bryant.

The first baby was born at 6:48 a.m. on Jan. 1, weighing eight pounds, eight ounces and measuring 22 inches in length.

— Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
07
Jan

A smooth stock show starts with months of planning


Cole Bourgeois of Fredericksburg FFA and Willow Creek 4-H uses shaving cream to buff up his shorthorn heifer at last year’s Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

By Austin R. Eck

It is a yearlong affair that culminates over a three-day period in January.

However, planning for the next Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction starts shortly after each year’s livestock show ends.

The 15-member board will meet four to five times a year to discuss ways to improve the livestock show, to hire judges or to address anything that is pertinent at the time.

In addition to the board, several committees tasked with everything from beverages to office work to the sale work independently to fulfill their duties. Together 150 volunteers serve on a committee of some sort for the livestock show.

Serving as the go-between and orchestrator of all the separate moving pieces is president Blaine Hahn.

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