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18
Jun

New, 63-room hotel, boutique coming to Main


Architectural plans for the new 63-room hotel and retail boutique include building around the existing heritage oak tree and using limestone, stucco and metal throughout. – Plans by Furman & Kyle Architects

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Plans for a 63-room, full-service hotel with retail spaces, a restaurant and a parking garage, were approved by the city council during regular session Monday.

The new “boutique” hotel which will feature modern design but with Hill Country elements, will be built on 1.63 acres at 406-412 East Main Street (most recently, the site of Valeska’s), where a vacant gasoline station now sits.

The project will stretch from the sidewalks on Main back to near Town Creek and a bridge will be constructed over the creek for rear-site access from Austin Street.

Schaesby Scott is the lead developer and he introduced Phillip Keil from Furman & Keil Architects of Austin, who detailed the plan with a slideshow.

Keil showed plans for a modern structure with limestone, stucco and metal siding, along with deep-set windows to match some existing structures on Main.

Wed
18
Jun

Peach JAMboree blossoms Friday


Stonewall Peach Queen Baylie Vogel is surrounded by peaches at her family’s Vogel Orchard retail outlet at Stonewall in anticipation of the 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21. A special salute to the Peach JAMboree as well as photos of the queen’s contestants can be found in the “Gillespie Life” section. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

There’s plenty of reason to celebrate at this year’s 53rd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21.

Unlike last year, peaches are in good supply and Gillespie County growers are in the midst of harvesting the delicious and tasty fruit.

And while the growers are busy in their orchards and marketing their fruit, the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce has planned a two-day celebration that pays tribute to Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Activities include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, baking contests, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Activities are designed to entertain both young and old.

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 20.

At that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 50 contestants.

Wed
18
Jun

'Les Misérables' to open with 50-member cast

One of Broadway’s longest running and most famous musicals will be performed locally as the Fredericksburg Theater Company will present “Les Misérables,” which opens Friday evening at 8 p.m.

The musical, which continues weekends through July 6, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo set in 19th century France and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a man seeking redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister’s child.

Performances will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

“When I first saw ‘Les Misérables’ 20 years ago, I was drawn into the show because of the combination of very personal stories and the theatrical presentation,” director Jim Weisman said. “In our production, we’re adding the close up and personal element that you won’t get in the big touring theaters. We have an amazingly talented cast and I think audiences will be completely entranced.”

Wed
18
Jun

'Charles Beckendorf Day' proclaimed by city, state


Pictured at a Saturday reception were family members of the late Fredericksburg artist Charles Beckendorf, including sons, Joe Beckendorf, left, and Scott Beckendorf, right, and widow Dawn Beckendorf. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Tuesday was “Charles Beckendorf Day” in Fredericksburg, and fans, friends and representatives from local government celebrated the late artist for his iconic Texas art over the past five decades.

“He loved doing his art,” said son Scott Beckendorf at a reception held Saturday ahead of the proclamation day. “When he started doing prints, not that many artists were doing it at the time.”

To see Fredericksburg’s vibrant art scene with more than a dozen local galleries, it is hard to imagine that Beckendorf took a chance to sell his art.

Beckendorf grew up in Mathis, Texas, where he had permission to wander freely on large ranches, observing wildlife, becoming caught up in the flora and fauna of the Lone Star State.

Wed
18
Jun

'First One In'


Alexis Nixon was the first one in on Saturday at the soft opening of the Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park Pool. The newly redesigned facility reopened Saturday after an extensive renovation that completed the city’s two-year makeover of both the park and Town Pool locations. The new facility features a shaded tot pool, a sloped wading pool, and competition-length swimming lanes, as well as a diving board. Admission is $2 and hours are 1:30-7 p.m., daily. Lifeguards are on duty at all times. A grand opening and ribbon cutting for Park Pool will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24, to which the public is invited to attend. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
18
Jun

Jury indicts suspect in shooting of officer

Robert Adrian Rendon, 31, of San Angelo, has been indicted on  “Attempted Capital Murder-Habitual” charges in the recent shooting of a local policeman.

Rendon is accused of shooting Fredericksburg Police Department Patrolman Bradley Durst twice during a routine traffic stop April 19, beore leading other officers on a chase that ended in more gunshots and a San Antonio crash.

Durst has since returned to office duty. Rendon has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and has been  held under a combined bail of $750,000.

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Wed
18
Jun

Three-day Lenz Fest will benefit Pioneer Museum

Lenz Fest — a celebration to mark the spring season in the Texas Hill Country and commemorate the historical significance of the early German pioneers — is planned Thursday through Saturday, June 19-21.

The new three-day springtime festival is sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society.

As part of the commemoration of those early settlers, the museum has decided to honor an individual who has shown the “pioneer spirit” in the community and Gillespie county.

“It is with great pride that the board of GCHS selected the Dian Graves Owen Foundation and Dian Stai as our first-ever honoree,” said Annette Tilley, board member and event co-chairman.

Wed
18
Jun

July 4 Parade applications now available

The Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July Parade is now accepting entries for this year’s parade.

Applications are available for pick-up at the Fredericksburg Visitor Information Center at 302 E. Austin St. or by emailing fbgparade@gmail.com.

Applications need to be returned by Wednesday, July 2 via email, dropped off at the visitor center or faxed to 940-665-0076.

Applications need to include a brief description of the parade entry. There is no charge to enter the parade, and the only requirement is the entry must be patriotically decorated.

The Fredericksburg Community Fourth of July parade will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, July 4 on Main Street. Line-up for the parade will take place at 8 a.m. behind the Gillespie County courthouse. All entries are asked to be set by 9 a.m.

Wed
11
Jun

Purchase of radio towers debated

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners met on Monday to hear a report from The Good Samaritan Center, receive an update on the construction of the new jailhouse and to discuss the purchase of new radio dispatch consoles. 

Commissioners approved the purchase of the dispatch consoles, radios and related equipment for the new jail facility when city and county dispatch centers are combined into one center. The new equipment will upgrade the county from its current 900 MHz system to a newer 700 MHz system.

However, there is an issue because the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department is not upgrading its radio equipment systems from VHF to 700 MHz, but the fire department will not be shut out of the new system.

Wed
11
Jun

Newcomer among officers elected for school board

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees elected new officers for 2014-2015 and renewed four state waiver requests at their June 9 regular meeting at the Central Administration Office.

The trustees will next meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 16, at the central office to discuss the school district’s budget that will determine the tax rate to be adopted.

FISD board reorganizes

The trustees unanimously elected Mark Cornett as board president, Jerry Durst as vice president and Kerinne Herber as the secretary.

The vote was 6-0 (Cornett was not at the meeting).

Cornett had served as secretary. He replaces outgoing president Lorrie Hess, who will remain as a trustee.

Durst replaced Leola Mills, who did not run for a new term.

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