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FTC’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ to open on FTC stage Friday


CELEBRATING their new union, Mr. Mushnik (James Lacy, left) and his newly-adopted son, Seymour Krelborn (Will Vaughan), dance in front of their flower shop in the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s comedy rock-musical, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The production showcases a bizarre plant that Seymour names “Audrey II,” after the love of his life. As he cares for it, Seymour soon discovers that the plant can thrive... but only on human blood — posing a predicament as the up-and-coming florist struggles to balance his newfound successes with the guilt from what it takes to keep his ticket to fame alive. The three-week show debuts Friday, Feb. 21. For tickets, call 830-997-3588 or visit www.fredericksburgtheater.org. —Standard- Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

The Fredericksburg Theater Company production of the 1960s comedy-horror-rock musical “Little Shop of Horrors” opens Friday, Feb. 21.

The musical, directed by FTC artistic/technical director Kerry Goff, will be performed Feb. 21 through March 9 at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater located at 1668 U.S. Highway 87 South, with 7:30 p.m. showings on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. matinee showings on Sundays.

Tickets are now on sale, and they are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $5.50 for youth 18 years and younger ($7.50 at the door).

Little Shop of Horrors revolves around a hapless florist who is propelled to stardom by a blood-thirsty plant. The plant constantly requires sustenance. Seymour the florist aspires to win the heart of his co-worker, Audrey.

Also in the play are a Greek chorus of Doo-Wop singers, and a sadistic dentist who entered the profession because his mother observed that he “had a talent for causing things pain.”

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Feb

Nimitz Foundation reveals plans for combat zone


THIS RENDERING shows what a renovated Pacific Combat Zone could look like in five years. The zone is part of the National Museum of the Pacific War and provides reenactments of Pacific World War II combat. — Admiral Nimitz Museum graphic

By Richard Zowie —

In five years, the Pacific Combat Zone could look completely different than it does today.

On Feb. 3, Admiral Nimitz Foundation CEO Gen. Mike Hagee presented the Fredericksburg City Council with a plan to renovate the zone.

In the Feb. 5 issue of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post, the retired general had told the council they wanted to renovate the zone so that visitors would feel like they were “still at the National Museum of the Pacific War.”

According to Hagee, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Board and the Texas Historical Commission approved the concept of the Pacific Combat Zone renovation in 2012.

“We spent 2012 and the majority of 2013 developing the master plan,” he said. “We have briefed the master plan to the city staff, city council and chairman of the Texas Historical Commission.”

The project would be the first major renovation of the combat zone since 2001.

Wed
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Feb

Gillespie 4-H BB gun contest set Saturday

Young marksmen will be using the skills and knowledge they have learned over the past six weeks on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they compete in the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H BB Gun Competition.

Approximately 80 shooters in the first grade through 15 years of age will be competing in the county-level event in the Show Barn at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. and includes shooting in four positions — sitting, standing, prone and kneeling — and a written test.

A hamburger lunch will be served around noon and the awards presentation will follow the meal at around 2 p.m.

This year for the first time, an Orion scoring system will be used. In this system, scoring is done by computer, rather than manually.

Awards will be given in each age group as well as for the top three overall shooters.

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Feb

Pianorama set for Saturday

Five pianists, including local artist and former Asleep at the Wheel band member Johnny Nicholas, will perform at “Pianorama” slated Saturday, Feb. 22 at Pat’s Hall, 406 Post Oak Road, starting at 7 p.m.

Also scheduled to appear are Earl Poole Ball, Floyd Domino, Red Young and Danny Levin.

The setup is similar to a picker’s circle, only with pianos (and one drummer). Each player takes a turn choosing the tune. 

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Thu
13
Feb

Breaking news: Mother, daughter jailed after drug bust in city

A mother and daughter are in Gillespie County Jail this morning after they were arrested on drug charges in Fredericksburg yesterday, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD).

A narcotics search warrant was executed just after 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 907 Apple Street following a month-long investigation, said FPD Detective Terry Weed.

Arrested on site were residents: Karen Mills, 57, and her daughter, Sarah Dvorak, 34.

Mills was charged with “Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in a Drug-Free Zone” — a first-degree felony — for possession of 12 grams of methamphetamine (“meth”) in her bedroom, Weed said.

She was also charged with “Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone,” which is a third-degree felony because of the home’s proximity to a daycare facility virtually a “stone’s throw” from the house, Weed said.

The daughter, Dvorak, was charged with “Possession of Marijuana in a Drug-Free Zone,” he said.

Wed
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Feb

Committee recommends joint dispatch services at new jail

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

When it comes to dispatching emergency services, the citizens of Gillespie County would be better served if the county and city combined their operations in the new jail.

That was the claim made to Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday in the final report of the “Joint Dispatch Research Committee,” presented by chairman Kent Myers, Fredericksburg city manager.

“I think the committee did a good job. It was not an easy process … there were a lot of lively discussions in our meetings,” Myers said. “But I think all the members were committed to providing the best possible dispatching to the citizens of the county and city.”

The Joint Dispatch Research Committee was formed after a combined city council/county commission meeting last year.

Wed
12
Feb

School trustees approve move appraisal district for tax collection

By Richard Zowie —

Following months of discussion, the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees at its Feb. 10 regular meeting voted 6-0 to end the district’s use of the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector and begin using the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

The FISD’s use of the county tax assessor-collector will end on June 30, 2015. The district will then begin using GCAD on July 1, 2015.

“After discussing several different possibilities with the various folks involved, and after gathering all information, I think it’s in the school district’s best interest to allow Gillespie Central Appraisal District to collect our taxes,” said FISD superintendent Dr. Eric Wright. “This way, we have more control and oversight along with an annual financial audit.”

Deborah Ottmers, assistant superintendent for business and finance, described July 1 of next year as a good time to make the transition.

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Feb

Hometown Hero

"We unveil a statue which I hope will inspire the thousands of visitors who will pass by it. They will look up and see the man who, more than any other individual, won the Pacific War for the alies." -- Professor Emeritus Craig Symonds, U.S. Naval Academy

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Feb

An admiral unveiled


POWERFUL -- Gen. Michael Hagee (foreground) and other members of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation board took the cover off the 8-foot statue immortalizing Fredericksburg's native son. -- Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Richard Zowie —

Despite near-freezing temperatures, Fredericksburg residents and both local and state dignitaries gathered Friday, Feb. 7 at Nimitzplatz for the unveiling of a bronze statue of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz.

The eight-foot-tall statue of Fredericksburg’s native son faces west toward the Pacific Ocean to signify the admiral’s journey from the Texas Hill Country to the fleet admiral who oversaw America’s World War II victory over Japan in the Pacific theater.

The newly coined “Nimitzplatz” is an open area just west of the Admiral Nimitz Museum. The area was his grandmother’s garden, where he was often seen playing as a child.

Among the dignitaries who spoke were Fredericksburg Mayor Jeryl Hoover and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith. State Rep. Doug Miller was unable to attend the weather-postponed event due to a prior commitment.

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Feb

Three arrested for meth dealing at local apartments

Three people accused of dealing methamphetamine in Fredericksburg were arrested this week by officers working together from the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office.

Just under 10 grams of meth packaged for delivery were discovered during the execution of a search warrant by officers around midnight on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 21 Linda Drive, Apartment 4, off U.S. Highway 87, north of Fredericksburg, according Detective Terry Weed of the Fredericksburg Police Department (FPD.)

Oscar Ramirez, 26, who reportedly lives at that single-bedroom apartment, was arrested earlier in the day on a traffic violation for driving with no license, Weed said.

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