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Film Fest expands lineup for fifth year

By Matt Ward —

This year’s Hill Country Film Festival will be “bigger and better” with an expanded lineup and two screening venues in its fifth anniversary, according to Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society.

Events kick off this afternoon, Wednesday, April 30, with free screenings at Fritztown Cinema beginning at 3 p.m. and a family-friendly outdoor screening at Marktplatz beginning at 8:30 p.m., presented by the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

The festival continues Thursday through Saturday at both Fritztown Cinema and the Fredericksburg Theater Company with a send-off party slated for noon on Sunday at Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City.

All-access passes are available for $125 each while day passes are available for $40.

‘Bigger and better’

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Rural rep introduced at local water forum


Doug Shaw, new rural ombudsman for the Texas Water Development Board, was in Fredericksburg last week to answer questions about his new position. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

With about 1,000 people a day moving to Texas, water will remain the state’s most challenging issue in the coming decades.

And many state lawmakers want to make sure the Lone Star State’s rural areas have a seat at the table, as Texas decides what to do with the $2 billion State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) created last November when voters approved a transfer from the state’s rainy day fund.

“I wanted to make sure Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston didn’t dominate the fund,” said Senator Troy Fraser, who ushered through much of the water legislation during the last session. “I want us [the state] to go to Bandera, and ask what does Bandera need in the way of water, and how we can assist you?”

Fraser and members of the Texas Water Development Board were at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg last Wednesday to meet with regional and municipal water planners.

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Galleries to host First Friday Art Walk celebrations

Thirteen galleries will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration on Friday, May 2.

The participating galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will be offering special events, demonstrations, art talks, meet-and-greets with the artists, opening receptions and more.

For more information, visit the FFAWF website at www.FFAWF.com.

This month’s schedule of events:

Agave Gallery, 208 East San Antonio, will feature an exhibit of photographic images by John Bennett and live music in the courtyard by Mike Childs.

Patrons are urged to visit the gallery throughout the day on Friday to see original art, meet the artists and enjoy wine and refreshments.

Artisans At Rocky Hill, 234 West Main, will host Kurtis Karr with his media pieces.

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Pasture of posies


Eric and Yolanda Garcia of Amarillo pose in a field of flowers Saturday afternoon at Wildseed Farms, which hosted the fifth annual Hill Country Wine and Music Festival. More coverage of this event can be found on page C1 of the April 30, 2014 edition of the paper. Readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post are invited to submit their 2014 wildflower photos (yes, cute kids are allowed) and we’ll post them to our Facebook page. Some of the best pictures might even find their way into print. Send photos at the highest resolution possible as separate .jpg attachments to: fbgnews@fredericksburgstandard.com or drop off a copy at our office, 712 West Main Street. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward
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100 Club hosts officer appreciation banquet


These officers were honored for their length of service, along with others not pictured. Front row, from left, are FPD Billy Hull, 20 years; Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. James Ahrens, 15 years; Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Walter Todd, 30 years; back row, FPD Sgt. Braxton Roemer, 15 years; Police Chief Steve Wetz, 30 years; Gillespie County Constable Warren Ottmers, 25 years. (See story for those not pictured.) – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Just four days after one of their own was shot during a routine traffic stop, peace officers were honored by the 100 Club of Gillespie County.

The event, held last Wednesday at Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, was somber in the wake of the shooting and two high-profile deaths last year. But the ninth annual banquet provided a chance for lawmen and women and their families to relax in an informal setting.

“We extend our prayers to Fredericksburg Police Department officer Bradley Durst and his family,” said 100 Club President Mike Carnes, “and pray for a speedy recovery.”

The shooting was on everyone’s mind as a reminder of the random violence faced by lawmen.

“We had a ‘come together’ situation last weekend,” Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. Todd Jennings told the crowd of 100 Club members and supporters.  “This multi-agency family atmosphere is unbelievable.”

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Early voting under way for city, DCCSD ballots

Early voting in both the City of Fredericksburg and Doss Common Consolidated School District May 10 elections began on Monday and will continue through Tuesday, May 6.

On Monday, 65 Fredericksburg residents voted, while an additional 63 voters cast their ballots as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

In the Doss CCSD election, six voters cast their ballot on Monday and seven residents voted as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Early voting in the city elections continues at City Hall weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Monday, May 5. On Tuesday, May 6, voting will be extended from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Election Day voting will be held at Fredericksburg Middle School from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Doss CCSD early voting continues weekdays through Tuesday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county’s judge’s office in the Gillespie County Courthouse. Election Day voting will be held at the Doss School Cafeteria from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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Urbina Jones to kick off PCAA concert series Sunday

The summer series of free concerts in the park hosted by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance (PCAA) will kick off Sunday, May 4, with the spotlight on Hill Country artist Stephanie Urbina Jones.

She will entertain in a free, open-air Cinco de Mayo-themed performance, starting at 6:30 p.m. and lasting until around 8 p.m. under Marktplatz’s largest pavilion, the Adelsverein Halle.

Music lovers are invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets or arrive early to stake a claim to the limited picnic table seating.

Picnic suppers are encouraged, as is dancing.

Urbina Jones was born in San Antonio but raised in Fredericksburg. She grew up hearing sounds from both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. She has now created her own unique style, incorporating various sounds from country rock to Latin blues-pop.

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Hill Country Run revs up Luckenbach

Motorcycle riders from around the country will visit Gillespie County this weekend for the 18th annual Hill Country Run, Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, in Luckenbach.

Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg, the three-day event consists of food, live music, fellowship and motorcycle rides throughout the Hill Country.

Organizers describe the event as a “leisure ride” rather than a race and “more than just a plain ole motorcycle rally.”

“Our rally is a laid-back, safe and friendly getaway with good music, nice scenery, and interesting people from all walks of life,” said event coordinator Debbie Farquhar-Garner. “It is a small town event that is getting big.”

The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, with a social and welcome at Hondo’s on Main Street. Guests are invited to an informal social gathering with music, food and extra surprises.

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Proponents, opponents of charter amendment give sides

By Matt Ward —

For the first time in city history, an amendment to the City of Fredericksburg’s home rule charter will go before voters during the upcoming May 10 election.

Fervently opposed by City of Fredericksburg staff, current city council members and all candidates running in the election, the amendment seeks to regulate the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and require approval by voters prior to the transfer.

Voters will be asked to approve or disapprove the proposed amendment, which reads:

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Apr

Retrofit of town's 1,080 light fixtures mulled by leaders

By Matt Ward —

The first step toward a “Dark Skies Initiative” in Fredericksburg may come to fruition as the Fredericksburg City Council held discussion about a potential outdoor lighting ordinance during their regular meeting Monday.

The primary focus of the ordinance would be on new commercial establishments and does not regulate residential lighting.

No action on the ordinance was taken, though the council will discuss the proposal at a second reading slated for the May 5 meeting.

A complete draft of the proposed ordinance can be found on the city’s website, www.fbgtx.org, in the meeting agenda for April 21.

Existing lighting would be deemed as nonconforming, but would not be required to come into compliance unless the business applied for a conditional use permit, subdivision permit, site plan permit or a sign permit.

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