Community Orchestra to present 'Haunt-cert' concert Saturday

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra will present a “Haunt-cert” Children’s Concert on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Halle.

The orchestra members will dress in costume and perform a short program of “spooky” themed selections, designed for family listening.

Among the selections are “Theme from Symphony No. 1,” Gustav Mahler Arr. Pfeil; “Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen; “The Entertainer,” Scott Joplin; “Overture to William Tell,” Rossini; “Carnival of the Animals,” Saint-Saens, and “Star Wars,” John Williams.

After the concert, children will have the chance to meet and speak with the players and learn about their instruments.

Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., students of Britt Studio will present solos and ensembles.



Dogvember Fest slated Saturday to benefit FDPA

The Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA) is kicking off November with “Dogvember Fest,” a fundraising event.

From 8:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1 local dog-friendly organizations and businesses will be at the future sight of the Fredericksburg Dog Park, located in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

In addition to featuring local businesses, the festival will introduce the public to the layout of the dog park which is located near the entry of Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park on the right between the airport and Campers Loop.

The fundraiser will help raise construction funds for the dog park.

Groomers, pet sitters and veterinarians will be providing discounts on services for dogs.

Other planned activities include a pet photo booth, agility course, Clear River food truck and children’s activities.

Patty Williamson of Lizard Dreaming Yoga will teach a class titled “Yoga with Your Dog” at 9 a.m.


Breaking: $129,000 in county tax office funds "unaccounted for"

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners received a report Monday morning from Steve Dawson, an accountant at Dawson Forensic Group, on the investigation of the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

Dawson’s report found $127,641 in “unaccounted for” funds. The net shortage for other agencies — including the county, City of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg Independent School District and others — from the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office totaled approximately $129,000 with only $39,948 in the office’s account.

After Dawson’s investigation, he concluded there was no cause to believe fraud or illegal activity occurred.

He concluded his presentation by offering his recommendation to recuperate the funds and prevent a similar incident from happening by focusing on staff training.


Voters head to polls at brisk pace

Early voting in Gillespie County has begun and 768 people voted in-person on Monday and Tuesday, County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said.

Early voting ahead of the Nov. 4 general election continues through Oct. 31 at the County Courthouse, Room 104, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Weekend voting will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at the Gillespie County Courthouse.

The ballot

On the ballot are federal, state and six unopposed county races.

The marquis races include U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) facing Democratic challenger David Alameel, Libertarian Rebecca Paddock and Green party Emily (Spicybrown) Sanchez.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith faces Libertarian Ryan Shields and Green Party candidate Antonio Diaz.


Water, wastewater bond projects near construction

By Matt Ward

Several City of Fredericksburg water and wastewater bond projects are nearing design completion and are expected to begin construction by early 2015.

Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, briefed the Fredericksburg City Council on the progress of 11 different projects during the council’s regular meeting Monday.

Funding comes from a $6.5 million utility bond approved by the council last summer.

Four water department projects are in varying stages of preparation for construction, Bailey said, with the rehabilitation of the 1,000,000-gallon Windcrest Tank already out for bid.

The Windcrest project, estimated to cost $809,000, is expected to begin in early December and take six months to complete. A temporary fiberglass tank will be installed to accommodate water flow in the area while the tank is under repair.


Bomb threat suspect indicted in Louisiana

Reuben David Byon

By Austin R. Eck

Reuben Byon, 17, of Fredericksburg, was indicted by the Rapides Parish grand jury on Sept. 25 on four counts of Communicating False Information of Planned Bombing on School Property.

On Sept. 9, schools in Alexandria, Louisiana and Pineville, Louisiana received bomb threats via telephone. On the same day, Fredericksburg High School received similar bomb threats.

Authorities in Fredericksburg arrested Byon on a warrant issued in Louisiana. After interviewing him, FPD later arrested Byon in connection with the FHS threats.

Currently, the Gillespie County Grand Jury has not reviewed Byon’s case.

According to the Louisiana law, a person convicted of Communicating False Information of Planned Bombing on School Property can serve no more than 20 years.


FHS band earns 'division one' rating at area marching meet

The ‘Pride of the Texas Hill Country,’ the Fredericksburg High School marching band received a unanimous division one rating for their performance of “Awakening” during the Region 11 University Interscholastic League Marching Contest in Hondo Saturday. Vocalist Faith Hearn (front), shown during halftime of the FHS varsity football game in Boerne on Friday, is a featured per-former in the show, which reflects the change in seasons from winter to spring and features music from Percy Grainger, Aaron Copland and Carol Chambers. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward


Both Gillespie County high school marching bands that competed at the Region 11 University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Contest in Hondo this Saturday earned top ratings.

Fredericksburg High School’s marching band earned a unanimous “division one” rating — the highest rating — for their performance of “Awakening.”

The band, under the leadership of Head Drum Major Hannah Cheeseman and Assistant Drum Majors Arabella Garcia and Drew Bonillas, will now advance to UIL Area E Marching Contest on Saturday, Oct. 25.  

“The Pride of the Texas Hill Country” will march Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at Calallen High School in Corpus Christi.

If FHS places in the top 10 in the preliminary round, they will march again at 8:15 p.m. for the right to compete at the UIL State Marching Contest on Nov. 3 in San Antonio. 

Harper Band


'Blithe Spirit' entrances FTC audiences

Dr. Bradman (portrayed by Richard Zowie) and Charles Condomine (JD Cole) check up on eccentric medium Madame Arcati (Dawn Hawn) who fainted in the middle of a séance Saturday evening during the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s production of “Blithe Spirit.” The British comedy continues weekends through Nov. 2. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward

Fredericksburg Theater Company’s latest production, the British comedy “Blithe Spirit,” will continue this weekend at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

Performances, which run weekends through Nov. 2, will be held Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

The Noël Coward comedy focuses on novelist Charles Condomine, who invites eccentric medium Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira.

“I am excited about the opportunity to direct this timeless comedy,” director Ashleigh Goff said. “The dry wit and effortless flow of Coward’s dialogue remains the standard that all comedic playwrights aspire. The script is full of wonderful personalities that any actor would love to portray.”



Harper High School celebrates Homecoming Friday night

Harper High School homecoming king and queen nominees for 2014 include (from left) Cole Elliott, Megan Myers, Briley Jalowy, Emily Richards, Lane Fajkus, Taylor Baethge, Grant Edwards, Kendall Baethge, Angie Pascarella, Micah Middleton, Sydney Collins, and Guy Stevenson. The winners will be announced at halftime of Friday’s game against Center Point, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. — Photo courtesy Mel Parker

Students at Harper High School are observing Homecoming-related activities all week, leading up to Friday night’s announcement of who’ll be the school’s next “king” and “queen” during halftime of the football game with visiting Center Point. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

With dress-up days carrying the motto of, “Would you rather,” people were encouraged on Monday to dress up in their favorite holiday attire: New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter.

Tuesday was billed as “Dress up as a hillbilly or a preppie” day. On Wednesday, students could wear clothing associated with either the decade of the 1920s or 1950s.

Students are encouraged to put on clothing either for a wedding or a rodeo on Thursday, then don the Harper school colors of green and gold on Friday.


Food, wine, cooking on tap for Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest

The 24th annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will return Saturday, Oct. 25, on Marktplatz, benefitting the continued beautification and upkeep of the downtown square.

The festival opens at noon Saturday and continues until 7 p.m. General admission is available at the gate at $20 for adults, $5 for those under 21, and free for children under 12.

The $20 admission includes one souvenir fest glass, six sampling tickets (which can be used for three two oz. sample pours or one glass of wine), Texas specialty booths, Texas wineries, a silent auction, entertainment, food court and the Great Gargantuan Grape Toss.

Texas wineries will be on hand pouring over 100 types of wine. Guests will also have an opportunity to visit with some of the wine makers. 



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