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Wed
02
Dec

Holiday season begins with two inches of rain

By Richard Zowie —

As the Christmas shopping season began last week, Mother Nature decided to give Fredericksburg an early Christmas gift — more rain.

Paul Tybor, manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District, described the rainfall as “widespread” and said western Gillespie County received about two inches over the past seven days, and between three to four inches over the past month.

“This will certainly provide recharge to the aquifers in this part of the state,” Tybor said. “Monitor wells are rebounding; however, they are still well below all-time-high historic levels.”

The manager said the rain fell slowly enough to not cause heavy runoff that could have damaged water gaps.

Wed
02
Dec

Thkating!


Sisters Kiley Methvin, 7, and Allie Methvin, 5, did have fun skating around the Eisbahn rink on Friday night with the help of their dad, Eric Methvin. The family from Katy took a couple of turns around the ice rink set up on Marktplatz. After opening on Friday for the holiday season, Eisbahn will remain open through Jan. 3. Eisbahn is hosted by Heritage School. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
02
Dec

Runners bundle up for cold, rainy 'Turkey Trot'


Over 100 runners and walkers took off on Saturday morning in the Fredericksburg Swim Association’s Fifth Annual Fredericksburg Turkey Trot. The 5K and 10K events, along with a one-mile fun run, began and ended at the Fredericksburg Elementary School. Chase Junell (in front #370) was the top male runner in the 5K event. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

One hundred and six runners stepped off in the cold and rain on Saturday morning to participate in the Fifth Annual Fredericksburg Turkey Trot.

Of the 106 runners, 69 participated in the 5K and 37 ran in the 10K.

Hosted by the Fredericksburg Swim Association, the event, which started and ended at the Fredericksburg Elementary School, also included a one mile fun run.

Proceeds from the Turkey Trot benefit youth swimming across the Hill Country.

Prizes were given to the top three finishers in each age category along with the overall top male and female runners in the 5K and 10K.

Overall top winners in the 5K were Chase Junell of Harper, top male runner, with a time of 16:30 and Madison Mayben was the top female runner with a time of 24:50.

In the 10K division, John Donley of Fredericksburg was the top male runner with a time of 37:29 and Shannon Hanna of Fredericksburg was the top female with a time of 49:30.

Wed
02
Dec

City lights up for Christmas


Sarah Zeko of Dallas got the opportunity to help Santa Claus flip the switch and light up the community Christmas tree and German Pyramid on Marktplatz. All youngsters 12 and under attending on Friday night had the chance to enter the drawing to help flip the switch and Zeko’s name was drawn just prior the “flipping of the switch.” — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
02
Dec

Let's Shop


Clothing at the Par Excellence booth of Yvonne Lindow of Houston at this past weekend’s Peddler Show caught the attention shoppers, from left, Lauren Wilson of Del Rio, Lori Alexander of Denver City and Autumn Adams of Fredericksburg. The Peddler Show returned to the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Friday through Sunday for three days of shopping. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
Wed
02
Dec

Local galleries to celebrate First Friday Art Walk

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Dec. 4, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

Gallery hours will vary. Many have modified their hours this month to accommodate the Light The Night Christmas Parade which also takes place on Friday night.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit www.FFAWF.com.

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

Agave Gallery — Fine Art. Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, will feature jewelry by Connie Stephens, silver buckles and money clips by Clint Orms, a new children’s book by artist Delia Hunt, and more.

Wed
02
Dec

'Light the Night' event Friday

The Light The Night Christmas Parade, presented by H-E-B, will roll rain or shine down Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

Approximately 100 illuminated entries are expected along the route that stretches along Main Street between the intersections of Washington and Edison streets.

For the first time, the first 30 minutes of the parade will be broadcast live on KEYE television, the CBS affiliate in Austin. The remainder of the parade will be live-streamed on the station’s website. KEYE will also broadcast the station’s 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts live from Marktplatz as part of their coverage.

The Fredericksburg High School Marching Band will lead the parade, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus in their sleigh and accompanied by the Fredericksburg High School Red-Hotts.

Organizations that wish to submit an entry may download the form from the parade website and return it to Segner’s Jewelers at 236 W. Main St.

Wed
02
Dec

Bethany Lutheran to host Christmas Journey Dec. 11-12

Bethany Lutheran Church will host its annual presentation of “A Christmas Journey,” on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12, from 6-8:30 p.m.  

The journey will feature nine scenes complete with live actors and animals that tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, a spokesperson said.

Attendees can drive their own vehicles along the lighted path or ride on the Bethany bus or wagons provided by the church.

The wagons will be located at the entrance to the church’s parking lot while the bus will pick up passengers on Main Street in front of Marktplatz.

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ unfolds as visitors move among the nine scenes while listening to music.

Tue
24
Nov

Insurance customers in for changes

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Even as health insurance costs rise with the Affordable Care Act, healthcare options for some local customers are being limited.

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS) discontinued its preferred provider organization (PPO) plan for individuals, claiming they lost more than $400 million in the Texas market last year.

As of Jan. 1, BCBS is transferring its customers to a health maintenance organization, or HMO, plan. But the company did not warn customers in its letter in a July newsletter.

Yet Hill Country Memorial Hospital and many local doctors have historically not accepted HMO plans, citing high costs and low reimbursements.

The BC/BS plan cuts won’t affect everyone though. Grandfathered individual plans issued prior to March 23, 2010 are exempted, as are employer-sponsored group plans or Medicare-supplement plans issued through Blue Cross.

Tue
24
Nov

Commissioners approve new phase at Boot Ranch

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the application by Boot Ranch for their phase one subdivision. 

The re-platting of land will allow for seven lots in the subdivision at Boot Ranch, located just north of Fredericksburg.

Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher reviewed the paperwork prior to the meeting and didn’t have any serious issues with the application.

“The construction cost did match with the bond that Boot Ranch brought in,” Stroeher said.

The only issue brought up with the application was the surveyor needs to sign off on the paperwork and Boot Ranch will need to provide a CD of the re-platting to the county commissioners.

Fredericksburg attorney Gordon Sauer was at the meeting to represent the new owners of Boot Ranch and he said the commissioners’ requests will be resolved immediately. 

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