Local teen suffers shark bite in Port Aransas

Graham Hammond, age 14, and father Jeff, safe and sound back home in Fredericksburg. – Submitted photo

By Dan Parker

Port Aransas South Jetty —

A 14-year-old boy who got 78 stitches after being bitten by a shark at the beach on Mustang Island said the experience won’t keep him from swimming in the surf again.

“I definitely am getting back in the water,” said Graham Hammond of Fredericksburg. “I really love the ocean. It’s one of my favorite places. And it’s a one-in-a-million chance to get bitten by a shark. To be bitten twice is even less of a possibility.”

Hammond was bitten on Saturday, June 13. He and his family were visiting the Mustang Island Conference Center, an Episcopal Church facility. His father, Jeff Hammond, is minister at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg.

Graham and Jeff were among a handful of people swimming together at the beach near the retreat located just south of the Port Aransas city limits.


Water symposium eyes demand, conservation

Meeting Texas’ growing demand for water and practicing conservation were topics (from left) Texas Water Development Board’s Kathleen Jackson; retired Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger and Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District general manager Paul Tybor discussed at the June 18 Texas Water Symposium. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

Texas is growing, and a concern in the water industry is whether the Lone Star State can keep up with residents’ water needs.

A three-person panel discussed this and fielded questions at the 8th Annual Texas Water Symposium series June 18 at the Hill Country University Center.

Christy Muse, executive director of Hill Country Alliance (HCA), said a new series on water issues would begin next fall with two fall programs and two programs next spring.

The meeting featured moderator Richard Parker, who wrote the book “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America.”


Roots concert to feature blues music

Blues music will fill the night air at the Pioneer Museum Saturday, June 27, with the second summer Roots Music Series concert.

Austin-based band Blues Specialists will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

The band has been in existence for 28 years, and includes original band member/bandleader Mel Davis (vocals, harmonica, sax), Lawrence Bell (organ/bass), Rob Richardson (guitar), Isaac Bratchett (drums). The style of music is traditional Texas jump blues with a tinge of jazz.

At 7:40 p.m., the Cedric Burnside Project will perform. Burnside is the grandson of blues legend R.L. Burnside.

He won his fourth overall, and third consecutive Blues Music Award in May 2014, in the category of ‘Instrumentalist - Drums’. He is a five-time Blues Music Association Award winner, including Best New Artist and four wins for Drummer of the Year.


PCAA concert to feature Soul Machine

Austin band Soul Machine will perform at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, at the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance’s (PCAA) Marktplatz Concert Series event.

The concert will be at the Adelsverein Halle, in the 100 block of West Main Street.

The concert will last approximately an hour and a half.

Admission is free. Attendees can bring their lawn chairs, a picnic meal and friends.

Once the music starts, listeners are encouraged to dance.

Soul Machine performs Motown, soul and swing music for events such as wedding receptions and corporate parties. Their music has male and female vocals, a rhythm section and horn section and full instrumentation.


‘Fredericksburg Buildings’ author to attend Friday book-signing event

By Danny Hirt —

A Baylor University professor has recently published a book on the structures in and around Fredericksburg and the rest of Gillespie County.

Containing more than 200 photographs, “A Guide to the Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County,” was penned by Dr. Kenneth Hafertepe, chairman of the Department of Museum Studies at Baylor University.

Hafertepe will attend a book-signing event sponsored by the Gillespie County Historical Society between 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 26, at the Vereins Kirche.

Hafertepe said he chose the local historic architecture as his subject after being prompted by the head of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Abbott Lowell Cummings.

“(He) told me I should write a book about Germans in Texas. He knew it was a significant subject that had not been thoroughly covered,” Hafertepe said.


Land purchase may solve facility issue for appraisal district

By Matt Ward —

Gillespie Central Appraisal District may have finally found a new home.

The City of Fredericksburg will soon close on acquiring a 2.08 acre tract of land adjacent to the city’s consolidated warehouse on Friendship Lane, with the front portion of the site earmarked for lease to the appraisal district.

City council members approved a $300,000 contract for the land purchase from Mitchell Family Realty, LLC.

City Manager Kent Myers said the city has not begun negotiating a lease with the appraisal district as a site plan for a proposed facility has not been drawn up.

“There were two purposes of making the offer,” Myers said. “One is to try and accommodate the needs of the appraisal district for their new building and the back part of the property would allow for future expansion of our consolidated warehouse.”


'Evita' to open Friday at theater company

The Fredericksburg Theater Company production of “Evita” will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

The musical, which will feature FTC’s new lighting system, is known for its song “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina.”

It will run for three weeks.

Tickets are now on sale. Admission is $29 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under. Seating per show is limited to 250 persons. Tickets can now be purchased online at

Reservations can also be made at the box office, 830-997-3588. An answering machine will capture requests after hours.

Performances for “Evita” will be June 19 through July 5, Fridays and Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

A special 3 p.m. matinee performance will be on Saturday, July 4.


Sunday plane crash leaves one dead, one critical

A 1974 Grumman AA5 light aircraft crashed in a nearby field upon final approach at Gillespie County Airport Sunday afternoon, killing John Clifton Dozier, 57, of Ingram, and seriously injuring Charles Edward Reed, 51, of Kerrville. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Matt Ward —

An airplane crash near the Gillespie County Airport has resulted in the death of one Hill Country resident, while another is in critical, but stable condition.

John Clifton Dozier, 57, of Ingram was killed Sunday afternoon after a 1974 Grumman AA5 light aircraft carrying Dozier reportedly lost power and crashed in a field across State 16 South while on final approach to the airport.

Also in the plane was Charles Edward Reed, 51, of Kerrville, who suffered major injuries but survived. Reed was taken to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he is listed in critical, but stable condition.


Peachy Keen: Annual JAMboree features county favorite

It’s hard to resist a fresh-from-the-oven peach pie, and Stonewall Peach Queen Dana Warren shows off one of the tasty creations found at Gold Orchards, Inc., on Friday evening. One of the many highlights of the 54th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo on Saturday and Sunday is the peach pie and cobbler baking contests. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

By Yvonne Hartmann —

Hill Country peach growers will be joining residents and visitors alike on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20, in Stonewall to celebrate Gillespie County’s most famous crop.

Sponsored by the Stonewall Chamber of Commerce, the two-day 54th annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo will include a parade, two rodeo performances, dancing, music, baking contest, queen’s pageant, peach show and auction and more.

Friday night

The gates open at 6 p.m. on Friday.

At that time, registration for the mutton busting begins. There is a $20 entry fee for the mutton busting, which is limited to the first 50 contestants.

The first heat of mutton busting begins at 6:45 p.m. on Friday with the second heat during the rodeo performance.

Peach Queen contestants will be introduced at 7:30 p.m.

The CPRA Ram Rodeo by DVS Productions gets under way at 8 p.m.


Fox named senior director at Texas Tech regional campuses

Dr. Kelly Fox takes over as senior director for Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes beginning this week. Fox moves into the position after eight years of experience as the coordinator of the Texas Tech regional sites’ education program, TechTeach. — Standard-Radio Post/Joshua McKinney

Dr. Kelly Fox has been elevated to the senior director position for Texas Tech University-Fredericksburg and Highland Lakes.

Fox takes over the position after serving as the interim director since August 2014, and while some paperwork still needed to be finalized, her official start date was Monday, June 15.

“I’ve been with Texas Tech for many years in the Hill Country, and when this job became available, it was just something I always wanted to do,” Fox said. “I was just fortunate that it came open. I’m extremely happy that I got the job and I’m excited to work for Texas Tech.”

The position came open last year when Julie Martenson resigned.

As director for the two regional campuses, Fox will oversee enrollment enhancement, improving academic programs and adding new baccalaureate programs, community outreach, and oversight of the budget and fiscal management of both of the regional teaching sites.


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