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Dec

St. Mary's Band Christmas Concert

Joshua Olivares prepares to play his solo, while fellow band members Jovany Alva, Jenna Wallendorf, Nick Mikosh and Charlie Johnson look on, during the St. Mary’s School band concert on Thursday Dec. 10. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin

Thu
17
Dec

St. Joseph's Art Show

Gary Montgomery shops for granite cravings at the Dec. 12 St. Joseph Halle Fall Craft Show. The show, held at St.
Joseph’s Halle, featured items from Hill Country artists. — Standard-Radio Post/Scott Allen

Thu
17
Dec

Civil suit filed against county law officers

By Ken Esten Cooke —

A civil lawsuit has been filed by a Harper couple who say their home was searched on May 3 without consent by sheriff’s deputies and one of the homeowners was thrown to the ground in the process.

Plaintiffs Huntly and Susan Dantzler filed suit against defendants Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Joe Hindman and Deputy Hunter Westbrook for an early morning search of their property on the 16000 block of U.S. 290 West.

The case will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division.

Deputies claim they were performing a welfare search for a female who was with the Dantzlers’ son, Huntly Jr., 32, and deputies said they had reason to be concerned for her safety.

Accusations of pills slipped into a drink and the woman leaving with Dantzler Jr. in an intoxicated state were made by a caller who never gave his name, according to incident reports.

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17
Dec

LBJ State Park to host tree lighting Sunday

Stonewall will illuminate as the 46th Annual LBJ Tree Lighting ceremony will be Sunday, Dec. 20, at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site.

Everyone is invited to this event and its activities, which begin at 6 p.m.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, began this tradition nearly 50 years ago.

The main tree lighting program will begin at 6 p.m. in the State Park Courtyard, where the traditional native cedar Christmas tree will be lit at the conclusion of the program.

Children can also make a stop there and visit with Santa himself. Visitors may also view the photo program of tree lighting ceremonies of the past and exhibits featuring President Johnson and the First Lady in the auditorium.

Activities include caroling, a live nativity, Santa Claus, refreshments and the tree lighting.

Wed
09
Dec

Animal shelter funds OK'd by council

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council members on Monday voted 4-1 to allocate a maximum of $1.5 million for the development of a new city animal shelter.

Councilman Graham Pearson is for the project, but he dissented because he wanted $1.7 million for the project and didn’t want a hurdle for the animal shelter in the future.

“I’d rather go with $1.7 million,” Pearson said. “That doesn’t mean to say we have to spend it when we get all of the information back. I’d rather that not be a hurdle to us going forward in this project.”

Animal shelter

After deciding on a maximum amount for the shelter’s development, council members heard from the public.

Kelly Musselman, spokesperson for the Friends of the Fredericksburg Animal Shelter, was happy with the council’s decision.

Wed
09
Dec

Bethany Lutheran will host annual 'Christmas Journey'

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.

Wed
09
Dec

Light the Night

North Pole residents Santa and Mrs. Claus, assisted by helpers
Mark Peterson and Mary Krebs, made a visit to Fredericksburg
for the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Parade, held Friday
on Main Street. Chamber CEO Penny McBride estimated record
crowds lined the streets and thousands more tuned in as KEYE-TV in Austin televised the first half hour of the event. One hundred floats and entries took part in the annual event. See more photos on page D1 in this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Wed
09
Dec

Pearl Harbor survivor remembers fateful day

Petty Officer 2nd class Kayla York of the Fredericksburg High School Navy JROTC, talks with Pearl Harbor survivor Richard Cunningham about his World War II service during the National Museum of the Pacific War’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

A few hours earlier that morning on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Cunningham and other U.S. Navy sailors enjoyed some downtime at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

That ended as the abrupt air raid sirens blared and Japanese aircraft zoomed overhead, attacking the United States Pacific Naval Fleet.

Cunningham found himself thrust into an impromptu, emergency job trying to put out a fire on the USS Arizona, which would sink into the water.

It’s something he still thinks about when he visits Hawaii.

“It’s very humbling to me (to be alive), when I think of all the guys who went over and didn’t come back,” said Cunningham, now 94 years old. As a Pearl Harbor survivor, Cunningham was honored during the National Museum of the Pacific War’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremony Monday, Dec. 7.

This year marked the 74th anniversary of the attack.

Wed
09
Dec

Canto Chamber Choir Christmas Events

Canto Chamber Choir presented its 13th annual Christmas concert to benefit The Good Samaritan Center on Monday night at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church. Theme for the concert, which featured a mixture of readings and songs sung by the choir along with some audience participation, was “Christmas Events.” Jerry Neuenschwander directed the choir and Charlene James was the accompanist. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
09
Dec

Time For Giving

Sloan McBride gives out a goodie bag as Santa for the Fredericksburg Jaycees Santa Day Parade, Saturday. During the parade, Santa rode down Main Street atop a fire truck, loaned by the Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department. Santa then stopped at the gazebo behind Pioneer Memorial Library where he listened to children’s Christmas wishes and gave out goodie bags. Santa later visited local nursing homes to spread cheer. — Standard-Radio Post/Tyler Gaudin

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