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At the top...of this one


Almost at the top of the in-cline on South Milam near Main Street, this group of riders heads out on the first day of the eight-day cycling event, “Texas Hell Week.” Nicknamed “The Rides of March,” the event is cele-brating its 25th anniversary of trekking through Gilles-pie County. Hundreds of riders of all skill levels are taking part in the event, which features daily rides of varying distances. More photos on D1 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hart-mann
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Mar

Lyrics, laughter and life


“It’s a Hard Knock Life!” a group of young ladies sing during a scene from “Annie Jr.” at the March 12 unveiling of Season 19 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. Singing the song are (from left) bottom row, Kaylee Welch, Hailey Knudsen, Audrey Benefield; middle row, Lauren Benefield, Prayer Palau and top row, Jenna Rickerhauser, Josie Ford, Haley Cole, Teya Grace Martin. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Broadway musicals “Evita” and “Into the Woods” will be brought to life in the Texas Hill Country as the Fredericksburg Theater Company announced its 19th season, entitled “Lyrics, Laughter and Life!” during a special event for donors Thursday.

Also on tap for Season 19 are the comedies, “Greater Tuna,” “A Tuna Christmas” and “The Nerd,” the drama, “Our Town” and the Freddyburg Youth Theater production of “Annie Jr.”

“Without a doubt, this is our most ambitious season ever,” said executive director Steve Reily. “Last year for Season 18, we made the bold decision to expand our offerings to seven productions. The result was a resounding success.

“Looking to the future and building upon this achievement, FTC will continue to offer seven productions a season along with eight special events,” he added. “These events will be a collection of music, guest artists and classic cinema. Our goal is to present a wide variety of offerings throughout the year.”

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Mar

BB gun team to represent Gillespie at national tourney

Seven Gillespie County 4-H sharpshooters will represent Texas at the Annual Daisy National BB Gun Championship in Rogers, Arkansas, this summer after winning a state championship Saturday in Conroe.

Qualifying for nationals, July 4-5, was the Gillespie County #1 team of Darien Robles, Delaney Whitworth, Jacob Brown, Joshua Moore, Charles Schmidt, Joel Jenschke and Reed Spies.

The team earned a total of 2,310 points for the win ahead of runner-up Lake Houston (2,263) and third place Montgomery County (2,246).

Gillespie County #2 finished fourth with 2,226 points. Team members included Macie Rogers, Jace Williams, Kade Jenschke, Amy Dittmar, Autumn Adams, Hunter Frantzen and Tripp Dennis.

Finishing fifth with 2,163 points was Gillespie #3 that included Caleb Welch, Derek Whitworth, Clay Ellebracht, Amanda Phelps, Joey Wendel, Wyatt Turner and Gabe Cross.

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Mar

LBJ State Park sets 'Kite Day' this Saturday

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall will host its “Annual Kite Day” on Saturday, March 21.

The free event, which will be from 1-3 p.m., is a chance to turn back the century by building and flying an old-fashioned 1900s-style kite.

“LBJ Annual Kite Day” will welcome visitors to finish out kites from frames and materials for tails cut by staff and volunteers. The visitors may bring kites from home, or they can purchase kites in the state park gift shop.

After construction, the kites will be flown at the state park’s baseball field on Coronet Street.

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Paddy's Party slated Saturday at Pat's hall

Supporters of the Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are invited to Paddy’s Party on Saturday, March 21 at Pat’s Hall, 406 Post Oak Road.

Just as it has since 2006, the event pays tribute to “Paddy,” an abused dog who flourished after her adoption from SPCA.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue to midnight. The benefit will feature a live and silent auction, a meal and dancing to music provided by the Mo-dels. 

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

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Daily Update for March 18

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      • Fredericksburg Ex-Military Flyers Club will meet at 11 a.m. today at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites. The gathering will begin with a catered lunch followed by a program.

      • Gillespie County Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting today at the Hangar Hotel Officer’s Club. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with a social followed at 11:30 a.m. with the short business meeting and program. Members and guests are welcome to bring food available at the Airport Diner, located next door. Dr. Eric Wright, superintendent of the Fredericksburg Independent School District, will be the guest speaker.

Wed
11
Mar

‘Ransomware’ hits computer users in wallet

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Technology professionals in the area are warning the public about a new type of computer virus which literally locks up a user’s files until a ransom is paid.

Called “Ransomware,” the new threat has hit several users in Fredericksburg.

“There is already a third version of this Ransomware, and it basically holds your computer hostage,” said Steve OBrien of Quality Computer Repair. “Old ransomware used to block access to computers. The newer version of ransomware, called Cryptowall, takes your data hostage and forces victims to pay the thief a ransom for the decryption key to unlock their data.”

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Commissioners ok late penalty, study city's land-for-paving swap

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved a 15 percent penalty on any 2014 delinquent taxes after July 1, 2015.

The penalty will be used to offset the cost of Bryla & Schoessow, the law firm tasked with collecting delinquent taxes for the county.

Earlier in the meeting, officials approved a one-year contract extension with Bryla & Schoessow to collect for the county.

“Once a person becomes delinquent, each entity hires their own law firm or whoever they want to collect,” County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think Bryla & Schoessow collects for the larger entities in the county.”

According to the Texas Tax Code, the additional penalty can only be approved to defray the cost of collection.

“Whoever is a delinquent tax payer just pays (Bryla & Shoessow’s) fee,” Stroeher said.

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Mar

Shultz: It's a dangerous world


Flanked by Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz discusses Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, along with national and international issues during the Admiral Nimitz Dinner, March 4, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center. The World War II Marine veteran’s speech began the foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

A former Secretary of State, in Fredericksburg last week, believes America should rebuild its military in the face of global threats.

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz spoke of America and international affairs, Wednesday, March 4 at the Admiral Nimitz Dinner at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

Shultz, who also served in the U.S. Marines in the Pacific during World War II and has degrees from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the first speaker in the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series.

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Mar

Frantzen, Boone honored by Chamber


Award winners at the 95th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Thursday were, from left: Robin Boone, Outstanding Chamber Women; Lester Frantzen, Outstanding Chamber Man; Estela Avery, Volunteer of the Year; Bradley Durst, Outstanding Public Servant; Abigail Sauer, Student Community Achievement Award; and Debbye Dooley, representing Hill Country Memorial Hospital, which received the Community Service Award. See story and more photos, page A/B8. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

An insurance man and an investment broker woman were named outstanding members at the 2015 Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held last Thursday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall.

Lester Frantzen, who built his name with the Frantzen, Kaderli and Klier insurance company, was named Outstanding Chamber Man. Robin Boone, an Ameriprise financial advisor, was named Outstanding Chamber Woman.

Chamber President and CEO Penny McBride welcomed a sold-out house to the event, the organization’s 95th Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

McBride boasted 850 members for the organization. She spoke of the night’s theme, “Coming Home,” and relayed to the crowd plans for the upcoming renovation of a building at 306 E. Austin St. that will serve as the Chamber’s new home.

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