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Harrell named to fill FISD trustee vacancy

By Richard Zowie

A familiar face is temporarily returning to the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees.

Wayne Harrell was unanimously appointed during a Monday special meeting to fill the term of the late Jerry Durst. He will serve until the May 2015 election.

Durst, a longtime trustee who had been serving as the board’s vice president during the 2014-2015 school year, died Sept. 18.

Harrell said he won’t run for the open seat in 2015.

“I felt it was important to have new people come on the board, so I decided in 2010 not to run again and open it up for other people,” Harrell said.

Previously, Harrell served from 1998-2010 and spent two terms as the president and secretary and also served as the vice president.

While others were considered for the vacancy, FISD Superintendent Eric Wright said Harrell stood out.

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Up close with jolly ol' St. Nick

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Texas A&M study trumpets state parks' economic benefit

The Texas State Park system’s more than 90 sites have a significant economic impact on the state’s economy, generating $774 million in retail sales annually, contributing $351 million in economic benefits and creating 5,800 jobs statewide.

Those were just part of the findings of a recent Texas A&M University study shared recently with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The commission was briefed on the results of a survey of park visitors and their spending habits conducted between March and June of this year by a team led by Dr. John Crompton, A&M professor in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences Department. 

According to Crompton, Texas state parks not only provide conservation, recreational and health benefits, but also greatly contribute to the economies of communities throughout Texas, far exceeding the state’s expenditures to operate these sites.

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Federal court gives stay of execution in Scott Panetti case

By Austin R. Eck

Hours before Scott Panetti was scheduled to walk to the executioner’s chamber, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay.

The court stayed the execution in order to allow the court “to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions.”

The order also said an oral argument will take place before the judges.

The order issued by the federal court on Wednesday, Dec. 3, does not specify a set number of days the stay will last.

Panetti’s lawyers have argued that he is incompetent to be executed for the murder of Joe and Amanda Alvarado in 1992.  

 “When people who have severe mental illness enter our criminal justice system, the system has a moral obligation to respond appropriately to the limitations and deficits presented by mental illness,” Panetti’s lawyers Greg Wiercioch and Kathryn Kase said in a statement issued after the stay was granted.

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Bethany Christmas Journey opens Friday night

Bethany Lutheran Church members will present their 14th annual depiction of the Christmas story from 6-8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13.

The drive-through presentation includes scenes depicting the prophet’s foretelling of the birth of Christ, the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary, the decree of Caesar Augustus, the journey of Mary and Joseph to the town of Bethlehem, the innkeeper’s refusal to accommodate the couple, the angels’ appearance to the shepherds in the field, the manger scene, the presentation of Jesus in the temple and the visit of the Magi.

Spectators are asked to line up eastbound on Schubert Street, turn right onto Adams Street and then right into Bethany’s back parking lot, where they will be greeted by volunteers, who will guide them to the tour’s start.

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St. Joseph Halle Arts, Crafts Show to feature handmade items

Shoppers looking for unique handmade gifts and accessories will find a variety of items at the annual St. Joseph Halle Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Artists and craftsmen from Fredericksburg and the surrounding Hill Country will be at the show with their unique handmade items.

Showcased at the event will be handcrafted Christmas decor, birdhouses, hand-knitted and hand-crocheted sweaters and scarves, crosses, fleece jackets, felted pillows, embroidery items, mosaic stained glass windows, heirloom silver-plated spoon jewelry, shabby chic hand-painted furniture and vintage inspired solar lighting.

In addition, a selection of baked goods and treats will be available at the show.

For more information, call 512-355-9041.

St. Joseph Halle is located at 212 West San Antonio Street.

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Dec

Death penalty case heads to final hours

By Austin R. Eck

Update

Scott Panetti received a stay of execution from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday. 

“We are grateful that the court stayed tonight’s scheduled execution of Scott Panetti, a man who has suffered from schizophrenia for three decades, for a careful review of the issues surrounding his competency,” Greg Wiercioch and Kathryn Kase, Panetti’s legal team, said in a statement today. “Mr. Panetti’s illness, schizophrenia, was present for years prior to the crime, profoundly affected his trial, and appears to have worsened in recent years.”

Panetti was scheduled to die by lethal injection on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Panetti was convicted for the murder of Joe and Amanda Alvarado 22 years ago.

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'Non-conforming businesses' receive relief on expansion

By Matt Ward

Businesses designated as “non-conforming uses” by city zoning codes were given the ability to expand one time by up to 25 percent through action taken by the Fredericksburg City Council on Monday.

The council voted 4-1, with Councilman Bobby Watson opposed, to amend portions of city code to allow non-conforming use properties the ability to expand without a conditional use permit.

Businesses seeking a second expansion or an expansion over 25 percent could still do so with a conditional use permit.

“Having come from P&Z, I think the ordinance as it sits allows businesses to expand and grow,” Watson said. “It’s a process, but I think it allows them to expand.”

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Night parade, 'After Glow' kick off Friday


Court Conway and Fredericksburg mayor Linda Langerhans flip the switch to illuminate the community Christmas tree along with every other light on Marktplatz. The tree lighting ceremony was held on Friday night to start the Christmas season. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Downtown Fredericksburg will shine brightly for the Light the Night Christmas Parade and After Glow on Friday, Dec. 5.

The parade, a production of the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street with a laser light show. Reserved bleacher seats in the 100 block of West Main Street are available at a cost of $15 and include prime viewing of the light show and dedicated bathroom access. Visit www.lightthenightchristmasparade.com for more details.

In addition to the parade, there will be a variety of free activities from 3-10 p.m. on Marktplatz. Retail vendors will sell an assortment of jewelry, Christmas décor, gingerbread house kits, German items, handmade soaps and lotions, apparel, antiques and specialty foods.

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Montabaur student group visits Texas Hill Country


Students from VG Montabaur, Germany, and their Fredericksburg High School German program friends, shared a copy of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post while visiting the Alamo in San Antonio. – Submitted photo

A group of 18 high school students and two teachers from the Mons Tabor Gymnasium in VG Montabaur, Germany visited Fredericksburg and surrounding areas from Oct. 16-Nov. 4.

For many, it was their first trip to the United States, and they expressed amazement about many things.

Students were paired with Fredericksburg High School students in the German program during their visit, and accompanied them during their normal school-day activities during the seven days on which they attended school. They experienced classroom study as well as pep rallies, football and band competition.

The Sister City Verein welcomed the group and their host families at a picnic given in their honor. The verein also arranged a number of outings in and around Fredericksburg.

The students visited the Admiral Nimitz Museum complex, Pioneer Museum, Der Stadt Friedhof, the LBJ Ranch and Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm.

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