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Wed
23
Dec

In Tune With the Holidays

Jimmy (left) and Jackie Shim perform selections on violin during the Dec. 18 Fredericksburg Community Orchestra Christmas Concert at Hill Free Evangelical Free Church. Directed by Theresa Britt, the concert included classical
and contemporary songs. More pictures on C1. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Wed
23
Dec

FHS, FMS Choir Concert

Singing “Seven Feet of Snow,” members of the sixth grade Cambiata Choir performed holiday sections at the Fredericksburg High School and Fredericksburg Middle School Christmas Concert on Dec. 14 at the First Baptist Church. Doing the hand motions are, in front from left, Jalyn Baskin, Emma Robledo, Brianna Reza, Maria Renteria, Karlee Reyes and (in back) Skylar Denton, Mirenda Delgado and Natasha Giral. Under the direction of Michele Stehling, the
concert also featured the Kantorei choir from FMS and Ars Nova choir from FHS. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
23
Dec

Hikes, January closure cited at Enchanted Rock

For those looking for some outdoor adventure, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area will be hosting upcoming hikes and a New Year’s Day run.

On Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 26-27, there will be a summit trail hike from 9:30-11 a.m. Participants will meet at the gazebo at the summit trail and should bring sturdy hiking boots or shoes and drinking water.

Attendees will learn the flora and fauna of the area as well as some natural and cultural history of the rock. No reservation is required to attend the hike.

Another event will be on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1.

The event will feature the cultural and natural history of the park, an interpretive jog/run with a ranger to see the park from the “healthy living” perspective, or a trip to the other side of the rock to see Enchanted Rock from a different point of view. 

At 8:30 a.m., a three-mile run will occur with a park interpreter. 

Wed
23
Dec

Zweite Weihnachten celebration Saturday

Zweite Weihnachten, a German tradition of celebrating a “Second Christmas,” will continue from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at the Gillespie County Historical Society’s social hall.

The event will be at 312 West San Antonio Street, and the Fredericksburg German Club and Pioneer Museum will host it.

“Second Christmas” features warm refreshments and traditional baked goods, including such past favorites as Stollen (a fruit cake containing dried fruit and often marzipan and covered with sugar, powdered sugar or icing sugar), Plätzchen (cookies) and Glühwein (mulled, warmed wine).

Residents and visitors are invited to attend this German tradition of baked goods, drinks and singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday music in German on the day after Christmas.

The Fredericksburg Akkordeon Klub will provide music for the German carol sing-a-long.

Fri
18
Dec

Durst shooter Rendon sentenced to life terms

Thirty-one-year-old Robert Rendon, of San Angelo, (no relation to a local family) was given two life sentences on two accounts of aggravated assault by a San Antonio jury on Thursday, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department.

The charges came after a high-speed shootout that took place in San Antonio on April 19, 2014, as Rendon tried to escape from pursuing San Antonio police officers.

Rendon was on the run after shooting and wounding Fredericksburg Police Department Officer Bradley Durst twice during a traffic stop that had taken place in Fredericksburg.

Durst has since made a full recovery and returned to duty.

Rendon now awaits his trial in Gillespie County for the charge of attempted capital murder of Durst next month.

Thu
17
Dec

Trustees favor GCAD project, but OK on hold

By Richard Zowie —

Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) could soon have approval for a permanent home, as three of the five county entities approved the $1.57 million proposal Monday.

Fredericksburg Independent School District approved it, 4-0, at its Dec. 14 general meeting.

“This is a permanent solution that will take us to 30-40 years down the road,” said FISD Supt. Dr. Eric Wright.

Both the City of Fredericksburg and Harper ISD approved it, while Gillespie County did not. (See related story.)

Doss Consolidated Common School District tabled the issue last week and has not yet voted.

To pursue this project, GCAD would need approval from four of Gillespie County’s five taxing entities. If that number isn’t reached, then GCAD’s search for a new home will begin again.

GCAD land, building

Thu
17
Dec

Commissioners vote 'no' on GCAD proposal

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday voted down a proposal by the Gillespie Central Appraisal District (GCAD) board of directors to purchase land and an office building.  

The proposal, a 6,100-square-foot building and land priced at $1.57 million, was disapproved unanimously.

Commissioners said they didn’t agree with the price and felt like the project was rushed.

“As a taxing entity, we’re the ones who have to go to the public and raise their taxes to fund this stuff, and when I’m making a decision on it, I have to look at it as is it in the best interest of the taxpayers,” Gillespie County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think from the very beginning, this has had some problems with the way it was approached.”

The GCAD planned to purchase land with a complete building on it from Mark Cornett, owner of C2 FBG, LLC, a construction company.

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Thu
17
Dec

Youths take honors at Harper Livestock Show

Rhody Holmes and Taelyn Tatsch lead their hogs around the ring during the Harper Stock Show that took place on Saturday. See results and more photos on pages D8 and D9 pf this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Stock show season got off to an early start in Gillespie County on Saturday, Dec. 12, for some local exhibitors who competed in the 2015 Harper Livestock Show.

Eligible exhibitors included members of the Harper FFA, Harper 4-H, Doss 4-H or first through 12th grade students enrolled in the Harper Independent School District who are members of a 4-H club.

Entries totaled 166 animals and included two breeding sheep, 23 market lambs, 45 goats, 64 swine, three heifers, five steers and 24 Angora goats.

All of the judging took place on Saturday at the Show Barn in Harper, starting with the Angora goats and continuing with the lambs, hogs, goats, steers and heifers.

Jason Marek, an agriculture science teacher at Blanco High School, served as judge for the show, evaluating all divisions except for the Angora goats, which were judged by Bonnie Naumann.

Thu
17
Dec

'Tuna Christmas' cheer

Ryan Bailey (left) and Daniel Melton perform as Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis during the Dec. 12 performance of “A Tuna Christmas.” The show will continue Dec. 18-20 at the Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

Thu
17
Dec

'You Can't Take It With You'

Essie Carmicheal (played by Camille Rhyne) pirouettes with
Kolemkhov (Harrison Spisak) during the Fredericksburg High
School Theater I staging of “You Can’t Take It With You,”
held Sunday, Dec. 13 at the FHS Auditorium. The three-act
comedy was written by George Kaufman and Moss Hart. See
more photos on A/B11. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

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