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Officials remain silent on amendment lawsuit status

By Matt Ward —

City of Fredericksburg officials declined comment about the status of a pending lawsuit which could overturn portions of the recent charter amendment.

The city council met with attorneys regarding the litigation during an executive session prior to Monday’s regular meeting. No action was taken following the session.

After announcing the suit in late June, the initial two-week projected time frame to file in the Travis County District Court passed, though lawyers at Norton, Rose and Fulbright continue to work on briefs in the case.

Passed by voters in a slim 581-556 decision in May, the amendment regulates the ability of the city to transfer money from enterprise funds and requires approval by voters prior to the transfer.

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Oct

Texas mesquite festival to opens this weekend

The 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Association Art Festival will run this weekend at Marktplatz, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12.

The festival is free and open to the public.

Hours will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

The event will feature many participating artists, and this year’s featured guest artist is Roger Ellison. He specializes in fine heirloom furniture.

Al Carr, organizer of the juried show, called this event “the largest mesquite show in the world.”

Featured for sale will be large furniture items such as beds, dressers and chairs, along with crafted gift items such as turned lamps, scroll work, pen and pencil sets, Christmas tree ornaments, gun stocks and sculpted vases, and much more all crafted of mesquite.

Food and drinks will be sold on the grounds. 

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Oct

Panetti rehearing denied by high court

The United States Supreme Court denied without comment former Fredericksburg resident Scott Louis Panetti’s request to have his case reheard by the high court.

Panetti’s attorneys claimed that he is not competent to be executed, and an execution would violate his Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. 

Panetti, 56, was convicted for the Sept.  8, 1992 murder of his in-laws, Joe and Amanda Alvarado, at their Fredericksburg home.

Panetti forced his way into the home and assaulted his wife, who was staying there with their three-year-old daughter at the time. After being confronted by his in-laws, he shot both of them and took his wife and daughter to a cabin where they were held at gunpoint before Panetti released them later in the day.

The Supreme Court had heard Panetti’s case in 2007, when it concluded that he was improperly denied the chance to prove he was mentally unfit for execution.

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Oct

Ebola dangers low, but hospital takes steps


Connie Falk, RN; Rick Rogers, RN, and Nurse Educator Gina Enderlin, RN, take a moment in the emergency room to review Hill Country Memorial’s Ebola preparedness information for staff and patients. — Submitted photo

By Lindsey Bertrand —

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 30 confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas from Liberia.

“Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, it is important for Hill Country Memorial to remain vigilant and be as prepared as possible to protect our communities,” said Kelly DiCuffa, Hill Country Memorial Public Information Officer.

Ebola is a virus that is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids, including but not limited to saliva, sweat, feces and vomit, of an infected person. A person must come into contact with the virus directly through an open cut, broken skin or mucous membranes like the nose or mouth.

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Oct

Oktoberfest Dosey Doe


Dressed as a German beer maiden, Hannah Ramos of Houston and her husband, Raul, learn to dance the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” at Saturday’s Oktoberfest activities. The three-day German-flavored party — the biggest event of Fredericksburg’s activity-laden calendar — drew huge crowds to the city’s Marktplatz and featured bands, schnitzel and sausage and plenty of beer. See more photos on page D1 of the Oct. 8, 2014 edition. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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Oct

5th annual Kraut Run races into town


Five-year-old Golden Retriever Duke beats Joe Hannon of Fredericksburg at the finish of the 5th Annual Fredericksburg Kraut Run 8K race. Hannon and Duke finished with a time of 42:51. The two have raced in every Kraut Run so far. The race, sponsored by the Fredericksburg Morning Rotary, raised funds to support local literacy programs. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie
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Oct

West End Pizza hosts fundraiser for Wounded Warriors program


Hal, Will and Janet Degenhardt celebrate the Wounded Warriors at Nebo fundraiser with Ms. Texas, Rachel Fikes. – Photo by Lindy Segall

“Pizza for a Purpose” was the theme of a Sept. 27 event, organized to honor and support the Wounded Warriors at Nebo (WWAN) program. 

West End Pizza Company owners, Janet and Hal Degenhardt, hosted the fundraiser in their sunlit patio where over 100 patrons enjoyed pizza and pasta by donation, along with entertainment provided by country artist Aaron Kothmann.

All proceeds were directed to the WWAN program, dedicated to bringing wounded veterans and their families to the Texas Hill Country for healing retreats.

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08
Oct

Stonewall VFD sets fish fry Saturday

Fried fish with all the trimmings will be served by the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce grounds.

Serving begins at 5 p.m. at the 34th Annual Fall Fish Fry.

Cost is by donation.

The menu includes fried fish, French fries, sweet rice, beans, cole slaw, all the trimmings and a dessert.

There will also be a prize drawing, live auction and music.

The prize drawing will be held throughout the evening, and the live auction will begin around 7 p.m.

The grand prize is a $1,500 VISA gift card.

Other prizes include overnight stays, fishing trips, wine tours and tastings, guns, furniture, gift cards, gift baskets and more.

Tickets for the prize drawing are $5 each or six for $20, and are available in advance from any SVFD member. Tickets will also be sold the night of the fish fry.

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Oct

Animals to be blessed Sunday at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church will host an event in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.

The church will bless animals during the event at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 in the courtyard at the church located at 601 W. Creek St. 

All animals are welcome, but they need to be on a leash or in a cage.

Pictures of each animal being blessed will be taken and will be available for pick up (at no cost) in the Parish Hall the following Thursday.

For more information, call the Rev. Jan McGrath at 830-997-7690. 

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St. Mary’s to host Alumni Tailgate Party Saturday

St. Mary’s Catholic School is hosting an Alumni Tailgate Party from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

The party will be prior to the Apaches’ homecoming football game against the St. Anthony Saints.

Alumni, parents of St. Mary’s students and friends of St. Mary’s are all invited to the event. Officials encourage alumni — whether high school or eighth grade — to invite classmates to join them.

The event will feature appetizers and heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as beer, wine and tea.

At 4:45 p.m., there will be special recognition given to the St. Mary’s School Benefactors at the event. The benefactors have been longtime financial supporters of various SMS programs.

Besides recognizing the benefactors, former St. Mary’s Coach A.J. Loth will be there to tell about the history of St. Mary’s football. Previous St. Mary’s homecoming queens will be at the event along with the cheerleaders.

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