D.A. curry to retire after current term

Longtime 216th District Attorney E. Bruce Curry has announced he will retire when his current term ends in late 2016.

Curry is the longest-serving active district attorney in the state of Texas, encompassing 254 counties and over 450 judicial districts.

Curry has served as district attorney for the past 31 years, representing the State of Texas in Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall and Bandera counties.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as district attorney over the past three decades,” Curry said. “There obviously have been many changes within the district, as well as the criminal justice system itself during this period of time. However, the underlying responsibility of prosecuting felony cases in the district has remained constant.”


Decking the halls

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'Ocean's Eleven' teachers learn education ropes

During a meeting in Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new teacher mentoring program, designed to get new teachers acclimated with their jobs, Michelle Willis and Jason Younts roll play in a skit. Willis (the parent) explains to Younts (the band teacher) how her daughter would like to quit band. Younts explains his side, as new teachers learn how to conduct a “win-win” parent conference. Observing are (background, from left) Jordan Berry, Deanna Voltin and Michael Langford. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

When Deanna Voltin was in second grade, she adored her teacher.

“I loved her,” Voltin said. “She was amazing. She was a first-year teacher. I came home one day and said I was going to become a teacher, and since I was eight years old, I’ve wanted to be a teacher.”

Voltin, now a first grade self-contained teacher (she teaches all subjects) at Fredericksburg Elementary School, is one of 11 first-year teachers in Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new teacher mentoring program.

Dubbed “Ocean’s Eleven” due to their size and number that corresponds with the Frank Sinatra and George Clooney casino heist movies, these new teachers have met three times this semester and will meet three more times in the spring.

This is the second year for the new teacher mentoring program.


Gifts from around the globe

Karen Wall, of Comfort, takes purchases from Memorial Presbyterian Church volunteer Cheryl Moore at Saturday’s Alternative Gift Market. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Memorial Presbyterian Church reaches out in its missions around the globe by bringing a world of crafts to Fredericksburg.

The church, located at 601 N. Milam St., held its annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday.

Shoppers braved wet weather to find treasures not found in the average retail store. Handmade gifts, including clothing, metal works and jewelry, graced the fellowship hall.

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Die Künstler to host 23rd annual art exhibit

Die Künstler (the artists) von Fredericksburg donated $500 to the Fredericksburg Middle School (FMS) art department and an etching press was purchased with the funds.

“We wanted to help kids at the middle school level get involved in art,” Donna Lafferty, Die Künstler von Fredericksburg president said. “We believe in the preservation of education opportunities to the city.”

The press is a Blick Econo Etch Model II. The machine weighs in at 67 pounds and was manufactured in Brazil.

FMS art teacher Paige Conn said her art III (eighth grade) students have been using the press to design art that will be used for cards for the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA).

The press is currently free-moving, but Conn says they plan to bolt it to a table.


Big Band Bash to bring all-start lineup to Hilltop

Several special guests are scheduled to appear at the 16th Annual Texas All-Star Big Band Bash Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 12-14, at Hill Top Café.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 5:45 p.m.

The cost is $100 per person for the Lonestar dining room and $80 for the Cavern dining room.

A limited number of tickets remain for the Lonestar room, but Johnny Nicholas, owner of Hill Top Cafe, said the Cavern dining room still has a lot of availability.

“In between sets in the Lonestar room there will be musicians playing in the Cavern room,” Nicholas said. “So guests in that room will also be getting their own musical experience.”

Among those scheduled to perform are Gary Nicholson, Golden Triangle Swamp Blues, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Johnny Nicholas and Hell Bent, Al Gomez and The West Side Horns featuring Henry Rivas, David Greeley, Sam Broussard, Bruce Hughes, Scrappy Jud Newcomb and John-Morocco-Chipman.


Music Club to host Albert, Gage performance

The Austin-based vocal-musician team of Christine Albert and Chris Gage will perform Sunday, Nov. 15, in the third of eight 2015-2016 concert season performances hosted by the Fredericksburg Music Club (FMC).

Set for 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 1800 North Llano Street, the concert is free although goodwill offerings are welcome.

Seating begins at 2:30 p.m. on a first-come basis.

For Sunday’s concert, Albert and Gage will be accompanied by David Carroll and Chip Dolan.

“They can rock, boogie, swing, trot down country roads and stride down sophisticated boulevards and make it all sound as it should: like parts of a unified whole rather than a mishmash of different styles,” the Houston Press wrote, adding, “Albert and Gage have global class, musicality and charm. You can’t ask for more than that.”


General season fires off for white tail on Saturday

By Joshua McKinney —

Big game hunters in Gillespie County can finally dust off the rifles and hit the fields.

General season hunting season begins Saturday, Nov. 7 and despite a forecast for a wet weekend, hunters should be ready to take aim.

“It’s supposed to rain this weekend but hunters are ready for the season to start,” said Sam Harris, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden in Gillespie County. “They’ll be out there, for sure.”

Anticipated cold fronts later in the season, combined with the readily available food supply earlier in the spring should make the season “fantastic,” and help fatten the deer and support antler growth, according to Steve Lightfoot, a news media contact at TPWD.

“I think the recent rains we have should bolster some of the cold weather levels deer depend on later in the season,” Lightfoot said. “It might make things harder for hunters who depend on deer feeders.”


Gillespie voters OK all amendments

Gillespie County voters, like the rest of Texas, approved all seven state constitutional amendment items on Tuesday.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,368, or 18.7 percent, of the county’s 17,995 registered voters took part.

There were no local initiatives on the ballot.

Rusche said 1,466 took part in early voting and the remaining 1,902 took part on Election Day.

Box-by-box totals will be printed in next week’s edition of the Standard-Radio Post. Countywide totals for each ballot item are as follows:

Prop. 1 – Increases homestead exemption from public school ad valorem taxes.

For – 2,966

Against – 372

Prop. 2 – Provides ad valorem tax exemption for disabled veteran spouses.

                For – 3,011

                Against – 286

Prop. 3 – Repeals requirement of state officers to reside in the state capital.

                For – 2,167


Council gets an earful on 'noise'

Musician Graham Warwick addresses city council members and asks for musicians, sound engineers and club owners to have a hand in crafting a new sound ordinance. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Scott Allen —

More than musicians are passionate about their music.

Fredericksburg City Council members heard 19 people speak on a potential redraft of the city’s noise ordinance during Monday night’s city council meeting. A recent city council workshop had some local residents complaining about excessive noise, while social media chatter had a “live music ban” as a possibility.

All of the comments were pro-music that explored various ideas for controlling sound, such as installing foliage near the music venues or Plexiglas windows in nearby homes and businesses monitoring their own decibel levels.

The council took no action and they plan to continue receiving public comment and information from Police Chief Steve Wetz. Council members plan to put it on a future agenda item, Mayor Linda Langerhans said.


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