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Quiz bowl, food show winners qualify for state 4-H contest


ADVANCING to the State 4-H Roundup after finishing first in the senior division at the District Food Show and Nutrition Quiz Bowl competition held Nov. 16 in Kerrville are Gillespie County 4-H members from left, Elaine Lochte, Dylan Sione, Rachel Howell, Sean O’Leary and Amy Heimann.

One team and two individuals have qualified for state competition following the District 4-H Food Show and Nutrition Quiz Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Kerrville Church of Christ.

The 4-Hers compete in three divisions (junior, intermediate and senior,) but only senior division winners are eligible to advance to the state level.

Advancing to the State 4-H Roundup in College Station in June will be the Senior Quiz Bowl Team and Food Show winners Rachel Howell and Dylan Sione.

Serving as judges or volunteers/coaches at the District 4-H Food Show and Nutrition Quiz Bowl contest were Cheryl Sione, Danielle Granville, Shelly Verstuyft, Karen Watson, Megan Skelton and James Heimann.

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Nov

Beckmanns to close funeral home in 2014


END OF AN ERA — A heavy equipment truck tears down a wall of what was Beckmann Furniture Company. The furniture store, which closed on Jan. 1, 2013, will become a parking lot for Security State Bank and Trust while the Beckmann Funeral Home, closing sometime after the first of the year, will be re-modeled into Security’s new motor bank. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

The end of a nearly 140-year era is approaching for two Fredericksburg businesses with 19th century roots.

The Beckmann Furniture Company closed on Jan. 1, 2013, and the Beckmann Funeral Home will close in 2014.

The properties are being sold to Security State Bank, which is located in front of them at 201 West Main Street.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, a heavy equipment truck was at work tearing down the furniture store. That lot is being converted into a new parking lot for the bank.

Randall Beckmann, who has co-owned the businesses with his mother, Jan Beckmann, and his sister, Barbi Hagel, said the funeral home would close “sometime after January 1.”

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20
Nov

HCM Hospital earns Baldrige recognition

Hill Country Memorial Hospital has received special recognition in the Malcolm Baldrige Best Practice category for Leadership.

HCM Hospital and Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., are the only two hospitals in the U.S. to merit that distinction in the 2013 award process.

HCM will be recognized and presented the Best Practice Leadership achievement in April 2014, at the National Baldrige Quest for Excellence Conference in Baltimore, Md.

On Nov. 12, HCM Chief Executive Officer Jayne Pope received news of the Best Practice Leadership recognition from Robert Fangmeyer, executive director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Wed
20
Nov

Paper to publish early for holiday

Readers of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will be receiving their newspaper one day early next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28.

The newspaper will be published on Tuesday, Nov. 26, instead of the regular publication date of Wednesday, Nov. 27.

As a result, home delivery subscribers will receive their papers on Tuesday afternoon while local readers who normally receive their paper in the mail on Thursday should get their copies on Wednesday.

With the early publication date, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post has also announced that deadlines for inserting news items and advertisements in next week’s paper have been moved up.

Wed
20
Nov

Freddyburg Youth Theater announces fall showcase

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Freddyburg Youth Theater Program will be presenting its fall showcase of scenes Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22-23, at 7 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

Admission is by donation.

This program, which has been in session since September, includes youth ages nine to 18 years.

The Imagineers group consists of youth in grades three to five. They will be presenting a scene from “Peter Rabbit and Me.” 

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Daily Update for Tuesday, Nov. 19

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Nov

Trustees open FHS campus projects for bid

By Richard Zowie —

The Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees voted at their Monday, Nov. 11 regular meeting to begin soliciting bids for three projects that would be financed from the capital projects fund.

Those projects are a new ag facility, renovation of Fredericksburg High School Stadium and track and the replacement of the Fredericksburg Middle School’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

At the meeting, they also discussed possibly using effluent water for high school sports fields and money saved in an energy conservation program.

This week, the trustees will also continue their superintendent search and further narrow the field.

Special building projects

According to financial figures, the FISD currently has a little under $9 million in its capital projects fund.

Wed
13
Nov

Incumbents, one newcomer sign up for re-election in March 4 primaries

Filing opened Saturday, Nov. 9 for candidates wanting to run in the Gillespie County political party primary elections, set for March 4, 2014.

The primary races will define party candidates ahead of the Nov. 4, 2014 general election.

As of press time Wednesday morning, no contested races have developed.

County posts up for election this year include:

County Judge — Incumbent Mark Stroeher has filed for re-election.

County Clerk — Incumbent Mary Lynn Rusche has filed for re-election.

District Clerk — Jan Davis has not yet filed for re-election.

County Treasurer — Laura Lundquist has filed for re-election.

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13
Nov

'Passing The Torch' on Veterans Day


KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the Veterans Day program hosted by the National Museum of the Pacific War was Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.). — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Paying tribute to the men and women, past and present, who have served the United States, the National Museum of the Pacific War held its annual Veterans Day Program on Monday.

Serving as this year’s keynote speaker was Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.).

Monday’s program held in the Memorial Courtyard opened with a formation flyover and a Missing Man formation flown by the Hill Country L-Birds followed by a bagpipe prelude by Patrick Regan.

Presenting the colors was the National Security Agency of the Central Service Section based at Lackland Air Force Base.

Under the direction of Tricia Eilers, the Ambleside School Choir sang the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cadet Lieutenant Marcus Robles of the Fredericksburg High School NJROTC.

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13
Nov

Cinema coming back to 'Fritztown'


THE FINAL TOUCHES are still being applied, but Fredericksburg’s only movie theater — renamed Fritztown Cinema — is set to open Monday, Nov. 25 under the direction of new owner and operator Sloan Ruth. The “soft opening” will include the upcoming movie sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

By Matt Ward —

More than a year after the Stagecoach Theater closed its doors, Fredericksburg’s only movie theater will soon reopen under a new name, new ownership and vintage style complete with an “old-school” hand-changed marquee.

The rebranded Fritztown Cinema, owned and operated by Sloan Ruth, will be welcoming movie fans back to its location at 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South on Monday, Nov. 25.

Though a complete slate of films to be shown is not available, Ruth said that the upcoming movie sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be among the films shown in the theater’s soft opening.

“We want people to come watch the Hunger Games here, if they’re willing to wait three days,” Ruth said.

While next week’s debut will be considered a “soft opening,” Ruth said the theater plans to have a large grand opening celebration in December.

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