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14
Oct

'Pride', Harper eye regional marching fests on Saturday


The drum corps of the Fred-ericksburg High School marching band kept the beat going during the FHS-Bandera football game on Friday night in Bandera. From left are Alex Contre-ras, Matt Maxwell, Chase Ottmers, Jackie Maldonado, Avery Stapleton and Addi Styles. The Pride of the Texas Hill Country will com-pete at 7:15 p.m. Saturday in the UIL Regional March-ing Contest in Hondo. The Pride took second place in the Class 4A division last Saturday at the Harlandale Marching Festival in San Antonio. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Two Gillespie County marching bands will head to Hondo for University Interscholastic League marching action on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Fredericksburg High School and Harper High School marching bands will be two of 28 bands taking the field in the UIL Region XI Marching Contest at Hondo High School, Saturday.

The FHS Band competes in the 4A bracket, and will march at 7:15 p.m. Harper, competing in 2A, marches at 1:15 p.m.

 

Marching success so far

 

The FHS Band, the Pride of the Texas Hill Country, will compete with 11 other marching bands in Class 4A, including Pearsall, Poteet, Jourdanton, Carrizo Springs, Pleasanton, Crystal City, Bandera, Devine, Lytle, Boerne and Hondo.

Wed
14
Oct

Renovations begin at Pacific Combat Zone


Flames erupt as the Americans push back Japanese troops during the Pacific Combat Zone reenactment in Freder-icksburg on Saturday, Oct. 10. This was the last reenactment until spring 2017. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen

The Pacific Combat Zone, an extension of the National Museum of the Pacific War, will begin renovations by next week.

Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.), president and CEO of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, said they plan to have renovations completed by March 2017.

“We plan to have reenactments beginning by Spring Break 2017, at the latest,” Hagee said. “And depending on renovations and construction, that date may be sooner than we expect.”

Phase One began in March and included shutting down the front part of the Combat Zone area and stopping guided tours. 

 

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Wed
14
Oct

NEW HARPER ROYALTY


The announcement of the new king and queen for this year’s Harper High School Homecoming celebration was made during halftime of the Longhorns’ varsity football game with visiting Sabinal on Friday night. The winners were “King” Roger Perkins and “Queen” Payton Reid. — Standard-Radio Post/Danny Hirt
Wed
14
Oct

FHS Choir students qualify for regionals


Among the Fredericksburg High School students who qualified for All-Region Mixed Choir are (from left) Tara Youngblood, Jasmine Jeffrey, Makayla Gonzalez, Drew Bonillas, Travis Kil-coyne, Dylan Barnes, Mac-kenzie Grumbles, Meghan Houston, Rebecca Sechrist. Not pictured is Matt Max-well. — Submitted photo

Ten of the 12 Fredericksburg High School Choir members who recently traveled to San Antonio and auditioned for places in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region XI All-Region Mixed Choir were selected.

“The FHS Choir did exceedingly well in this contest,” said Michele Stehling, choir director for both FHS and Fredericksburg Middle School.

These singers will now participate in the All-Region Clinic and Concert, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at John Jay High School in San Antonio and will work with guest conductor Dr. Suzanne Pence from the University of Texas.

Then, the students will prepare new music for the All-Area audition in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 9, 2016. It is at this final audition that they have the opportunity to be selected for the TMEA Small School All-State Choir. 

 

Wed
14
Oct

'MADE IN THE SHADES'


Josh Stolow and his daughter, Eileen, discuss how mesquite lamps are created with Susan Lankford, a woodworker from Abilene, during the 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Arts Festival held on Saturday at Marktplatz. The festival brings woodworkers who love the wood that is the bane of land owners. — Standard-Radio Post/ Scott Allen
Wed
14
Oct

Commissioners OK contract for housing inmates

By Scott Allen

Gillespie County commissioners on Monday approved a draft of a contract to house inmates from other counties in the Gillespie County Jail at a rate of $45 per day per inmate.

Counties lacking space to house their inmates can now send them to the Gillespie County Jail at the approved rate. Those counties will be required to pay for any health services provided to their prisoners, except for routine medical services and over-the-counter medications.

If the prisoner being housed has to be admitted to a hospital or other facility and a guard is required, the county will be required to reimburse Gillespie County at the rate of $45 per hour per officer used to perform the guard service.

“The $45 would be more than sufficient to cover our costs,” Sheriff Buddy Mills said.

Wed
14
Oct

Bestfest combines three favorites into one big celebration

Three German favorites — beer, sausage and polka music — will be combined into one celebration on Saturday, Oct. 17, when the Knights of Columbus Council 9765 hosts its sixth annual Bestfest on Marktplatz.

Starting at 11 a.m., the entry fee ($10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under) allows all the sausage, sauerkraut and German potatoes individuals can eat.

Tea and other drinks will be available for purchase, including beer, water, soft drinks, wine and margaritas.

A selection of craft and specialty beers will be available for purchase, giving those attending the opportunity to find their favorite ‘pairing’ of beer and sausage.

“We’re happy to be around after five years, and we feel like Bestfest has gotten better each year,” said event chairman John Eilers. “We still think our combination of great Texas sausage with some of the best craft beers around makes for a unique event. And the fact that it’s kid-friendly is really nice for families.” 

Wed
14
Oct

Indian Artifact Show back in town Saturday

The Fredericksburg Indian Artifact Show once again comes to town from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Pioneer Pavilion at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park.

A wide variety of artifacts will be on display, from Paleo-Indian arrowheads and tools to historic artifacts like beaded clothing, bows and arrows, jewelry and much more. 

Door prizes will be given away, and drawings will be held during the show.

Admission is $6 for everyone 15 years of age and older, while children 14 and under will be admitted free of charge.

Free admission is provided for Gillespie County law enforcement officers.

 

Wed
07
Oct

Hoping for rain in the Hill Country

By Richard Zowie —

In this past year in Gillespie County, rains have been like a seesaw ride.

After heavy rains early in the year, weeks have gone by with no moisture.

Area farmers and ranchers hope to see more rain soon to push the Hill Country out of the drought and take care of crops and livestock.

They and others also hope anticipated fall and winter rains will help replenish the wells and put more water into area creeks and rivers.

Local water levels

After heavy rains in May brought floods in Gillespie County, some thought the drought was over.

But the drought status and its severity depend on the drought index used, said Paul Tybor, general manager of the Hill Country Underground Water Conservation District.

Wed
07
Oct

City warns of utility collections scam calls

Businesses around Fredericksburg have received calls from an unknown scam artists who’s pretending to be with the City of Fredericksburg utility department, asking for overdue payments, according to Daisy Schneider, utility billing manager.               

The scammers have been calling businesses, including hotels and restaurants, during peak business hours to ask for late utility payments. Demands are made for a specific amount, and the caller threatens a shut off of services if payment isn’t received, sometimes within an hour.

They have been instructing these businesses to go to Walmart and make a transfer payment.

Schneider said the city never uses a third party for payments or late collections and the city only receives payment in three ways: via its website, a bank draft or in person. 

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