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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.

Wed
07
Jan

VVF hosts Dec. 31 Memorial Walk

Pat and Gail Gribbin participate in the Texas Volkssport Association Memorial Walk on Dec. 31, as they have for 26 years. Here, they’re walking on North Lee Street along Der Stadt Friedhof. Gribbin said that since they were recently in New York on vacation and didn’t get a chance to exercise, they decided to bundle up and walk. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
07
Jan

HCUC to host informational meeting Jan. 14

Hill Country University Center will host an important informational meeting for current and prospective students, and their parents, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Subject to expected approval by the legislature, on Sept. 1, Central Texas College (CTC) will assume responsibility for providing community college services to students in Gillespie County.

This change has been recommended by both CTC and Austin Community College (ACC), which has served Gillespie County for 20 years.

“The change will strengthen CTC’s operations in the Hill County — as they already have responsibility for Mason, Llano and Burnet counties,” said Bob Hickerson, HCUC executive director. “Most importantly, it will result in a dramatic drop in the cost of community college courses taken by students studying at the University Center in Fredericksburg.

Wed
07
Jan

Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction schedule

Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction

Thursday, Jan. 8

6 a.m. — Animals may start arriving at the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

4 p.m. — All entries must be in their stalls.

4 p.m. — Weighing of broilers and turkeys with superintendents. Poultry may not be caged until they have gone through sift.

4 p.m. — Pick up junior and senior showmanship numbers at Show Arena.

4 p.m. — Sign up for the sale on Saturday.

5 p.m. — Check in breeding sheep and Angora goats with superintendents. Judging will follow the weighing of the lambs and meat goats.

5 p.m. — Check in heifers with superintendents.

5 p.m. — Weighing and classifying of swine, steers and lambs.

5 p.m. — Weighing of meat goats.

Friday, Jan. 9

Wed
07
Jan

New cold front expected to chill area Wednesday

After four days of sunny weather with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s, a cold front is expected to return winter weather on Wednesday.

The new front is expected to drop temperatures. Thursday’s high is expected to be in the 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

And after last weekend’s thundershowers, more rain is possible with a 50-percent chance Thursday and continuing precipitation chances through the weekend. That could create icy conditions with low temperatures expected to dip near the freezing mark.

Tue
30
Dec

Volkssporters to host annual walks

The Texas Volkssport Association will give walkers a chance to start 2015 on the right foot with two special walks on New Year’s Eve.

Cost for each walk is $3.

The Memorial Walk is scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31 and is headquartered at St. Joseph’s Halle, located at 212 W. San Antonio St.

The Memorial Walk provides people with a chance to reflect on friends or family who have died during the past year. Anyone can start the trek between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., but all walkers must be finished and off the route by 5 p.m.

There is a 5K and 10K option for walkers. IVV credit is available.

As the clocks chime mid-night and fireworks explode to greet 2015, the Volkssport group will continue a tradition over a decade old.

Tue
30
Dec

New Year's hike planned Thursday at Enchanted Rock

Texas parks, including Enchanted Rock, will celebrate the new year with exercise-filled events.

New Year’s Day is Thursday.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will hold “First Day Hikes, Runs and Yoga” on Jan. 1 with events going throughout the day.

The park will be closed twice in January for wildlife management activities: from 5 p.m., Jan. 5, until 2 p.m., Jan. 8; then, from 5 p.m., Jan. 12, until 2 p.m. on Jan. 15.

“First Day” events include various trails, hikes and yoga. All hikes will begin at the gazebo.

Patty Williamson of Lizard Dreaming Yoga will host “Yoga at the Rock” at 7 a.m. To reserve a spot, e-mail her at patty@lizarddreamingyoga.com.

Following that, there will be a three to five mile “Run with the Ranger” at 9 a.m. E-mail scott.whitener@tpwd.texas.gov for more information.

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30
Dec

2014 – A year in review

Tue
30
Dec

Final stages of deer hunting season set to begin Jan. 5


Deer season in Gillespie County is drawing to a close. The final day of the general season for white-tailed deer is Jan. 4. Late youth-only season and late antlerless and spike season run from Jan. 5-18. — Standard-Radio Post file photo

Deer hunting season in Gillespie County is transitioning into the final stages of the deer hunting season approach.

Sunday, Jan. 4, marks the last day of the white-tailed deer general season. At the conclusion of the general season, two new seasons, Late Youth-Only Season and Late Antlerless and Spike Season begin on Monday, Jan. 5.

Hunters 16 and under can hunt any white-tail deer during that time period. The late youth hunting season often features the last push of youth hunts.

“The last two weeks is when we see a bigger push for youth hunts in the county,” Game Warden Sam Harris said. “They’re trying to get more kids out and interested in hunting.”

For the antlerless and spike, anyone 17 and older can hunt antlerless and spike deer.

According to the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife website, a spike deer has an antler or antlers containing no more than one point.

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