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Tue
24
Nov

Woman charged with murder

Margaret Elfstrom, 55, of Fredericksburg, was charged with the murder of her husband, 58-year-old Antone Alexander Elfstrom, after he died of gunshot wounds Wednesday night.

The Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office dispatched two deputies to Sunset Ridge Road at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 to investigate a disturbance call. Elfstrom had been shot and later died of his injuries.

Mrs. Elfstrom has been arrested and charged with murder in response to the deputies’ findings.

Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills said that their findings indicated there was an altercation between the couple, and Elfstrom was shot in the process. When the deputies arrived, they called EMS and Elfstrom was treated at the scene but he died before he could be moved for further medical attention.

Mills said he believed the couple had moved here in the past year to take care of Mrs. Elfstrom’s mother, the owner of the property, after Mrs. Elfstrom’s father died.

Tue
24
Nov

Community tree lighting is Friday at Marktplatz

Fredericksburg will light up for the holiday season on Friday night, Nov. 27, with the annual lighting ceremonies for the community Christmas tree and German Christmas Pyramid.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Marktplatz.

During the program, Korean War veterans will be introduced. They are the special guests at this year’s celebration.

Santa Claus will arrive in time to help light up Marktplatz.

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Tue
24
Nov

Daily Update for Nov. 24

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      • Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the re-platting of seven lots at Boot Ranch. Sara Neel was hired as the assistant county attorney and will help Gillespie County Attorney Chris Nevins with both felony and misdemeanor cases. Taylor Osbourn, who will graduate from Texas A&M University in December, was hired as the 4-H agent for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Gillespie County. 

Wed
18
Nov

East Main hotel plans revised

By Scott Allen —

A conditional use permit for a new hotel in the Central Business District (CBD) at 406 E. Main, was approved by city council members at a Monday meeting.

Shaesby Scott, owner of the property, between Elk and Washington streets, said he made major changes to initial plans. The building now will be two stories tall and have a total of 22 hotel rooms. The previous design was three stories and contained 63 rooms.

Scott said that an entrance from Main Street was eliminated and that parking spaces will go from 100 to 64, none of which will be in the 100-year flood plain, as dictated by current codes.

Since the hotel plans to be built in the CBD area, it had to pass city council review before continuing.

“In the Central Business District, a hotel requires a conditional use permit,” said Brian Jordan, director of development services.

Noise ordinance

Wed
18
Nov

Survey shows Oktoberfest brought 20,000 people to town

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Oktoberfest brings polka, beer, sausage and a huge economic boost to town.

Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance, presenters of Oktoberfest, commissioned an economic impact study done over the Oktoberfest weekend.

The survey, done by Sarah T. Page Consulting LLC, of Round Rock, showed 20,680 non-local attendees at this year’s festival and a collective economic impact of $6,189,202.

“Oktoberfest hired an outside firm to do a three-day economic impact study,” said Debbie Farquhar, Oktoberfest manager. “It has been several years since we’ve conducted such an in-depth survey.”

The study also showed that of the estimated 22,000 festival attendees, at least 90 percent were non-local.

“The numbers certainly indicate how important Oktoberfest is to our local economy,” said Buddy Frels, PCAA board president. “With Oktoberfest’s growth, everyone benefits.”

Wed
18
Nov

Pretty Pirouette

Princess Ballerina Clara, played by Callie Smedley, pirouettes during the Fredericksburg Dance Company’s holiday rendition of “The Nutcracker” at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater on Sunday, Nov. 15. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

Wed
18
Nov

An Artist's Touch

Die Künstler (the artists) von Fredericksburg secretary Barbara Mauldin paints a cactus during a live demonstration at the organization’s Annual Fine Art Show and Sale, held Friday through Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

More than 250 original works in acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolors, pencil and ink works were on display and offered for sale. Proceeds from the show go to fund art scholarships for high school and college students who plan to study in an art-related field.

Works from the more than 40 club artists also will be on sale Dec. 11-20 at Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

Wed
18
Nov

Veterans Day speaker says thanks

Prior to his keynote speech Nov. 11 at the National Museum of
the Pacific War Veterans Day ceremony in the Memorial Courtyard, Brig. Gen. James Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.) shakes World War II Army veteran Leo Itz’s hand. Seated to Itz’s right is Forest Rees, a WWII Navy veteran. In his speech, Bisson singled out World War II and Korean War vets and thanked them for their service. Veterans from various eras of service attended the event. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

American veterans from all branches gathered Nov. 11 at the National Museum of the Pacific War Memorial Courtyard to hear two words — thank you.

“America’s greatest generation, World War II veterans made America the great nation that it is today,” said Brig. Gen. James Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.), who was the keynote speaker at the event. “Thank you for your service.”

Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Gulf War and War on Terror, along with those who served in peacetime and those currently serving, attended the ceremony.

Bisson also recognized a group many consider underappreciated: Korean War veterans.

“They are the forgotten veterans of a forgotten war,” he said. “Thank you Korea veterans for your service to our nation.”

Wed
18
Nov

Night at the Opry

Singer Heidi Eubanks plays with Ben Watson and the Hired Guns during the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s Night at the Opry event on Saturday, Nov. 14. Proceeds from the event go toward the cost of running and maintaining the Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

Wed
18
Nov

Big Band Bash

Guitar legend Jimmie Vaughn plays with trombone player Mike Rinta during a Big Band Bash performance at Hill Top Café. Proceeds from the fundraiser, held Thursday through Saturday, benefits the Fredericksburg Independent School District theater camps and music scholarships as well as Schreiner University’s Writer’s Program. Special guests joined Johnny Nicholas for the performances. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

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