Commissioners ok late penalty, study city's land-for-paving swap

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved a 15 percent penalty on any 2014 delinquent taxes after July 1, 2015.

The penalty will be used to offset the cost of Bryla & Schoessow, the law firm tasked with collecting delinquent taxes for the county.

Earlier in the meeting, officials approved a one-year contract extension with Bryla & Schoessow to collect for the county.

“Once a person becomes delinquent, each entity hires their own law firm or whoever they want to collect,” County Judge Mark Stroeher said. “I think Bryla & Schoessow collects for the larger entities in the county.”

According to the Texas Tax Code, the additional penalty can only be approved to defray the cost of collection.

“Whoever is a delinquent tax payer just pays (Bryla & Shoessow’s) fee,” Stroeher said.


Shultz: It's a dangerous world

Flanked by Gen. Michael Hagee (USMC, ret.), former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz discusses Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, along with national and international issues during the Admiral Nimitz Dinner, March 4, at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center. The World War II Marine veteran’s speech began the foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

A former Secretary of State, in Fredericksburg last week, believes America should rebuild its military in the face of global threats.

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz spoke of America and international affairs, Wednesday, March 4 at the Admiral Nimitz Dinner at the St. Mary’s Holy Family Center.

Shultz, who also served in the U.S. Marines in the Pacific during World War II and has degrees from Princeton University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the first speaker in the Admiral Nimitz Foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Speaker Series.


Frantzen, Boone honored by Chamber

Award winners at the 95th Annual Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Thursday were, from left: Robin Boone, Outstanding Chamber Women; Lester Frantzen, Outstanding Chamber Man; Estela Avery, Volunteer of the Year; Bradley Durst, Outstanding Public Servant; Abigail Sauer, Student Community Achievement Award; and Debbye Dooley, representing Hill Country Memorial Hospital, which received the Community Service Award. See story and more photos, page A/B8. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

An insurance man and an investment broker woman were named outstanding members at the 2015 Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held last Thursday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall.

Lester Frantzen, who built his name with the Frantzen, Kaderli and Klier insurance company, was named Outstanding Chamber Man. Robin Boone, an Ameriprise financial advisor, was named Outstanding Chamber Woman.

Chamber President and CEO Penny McBride welcomed a sold-out house to the event, the organization’s 95th Annual Banquet and Awards Ceremony.

McBride boasted 850 members for the organization. She spoke of the night’s theme, “Coming Home,” and relayed to the crowd plans for the upcoming renovation of a building at 306 E. Austin St. that will serve as the Chamber’s new home.


Pioneer Museum celebrates Spring

James Sanford, 10, of Cleveland, Texas, got to try on a different type of wardrobe while attending Spring Break at the Pioneer Museum with his dad. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

Spring Break at Pioneer Museum goes on after opening last Saturday. The spring break program lasts until March 14. The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Visitors will have a chance to experience a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations and reenactments.

Planned demonstrations include rope making, quilting, spinning and hammering at the blacksmith’s forge and a chuck wagon display.

Reenactors will help guests experience the days of the Buffalo Soldiers. Some reenactors will be dressed as “red rovers,” who defended Texas on the frontier, along with a “mountain man” display on Saturday, March 14. Children will be allowed to participate in the mountain man activities.

Attendees can experience a one-room schoolhouse, share in storytelling and sing folk songs.


FTC to host jazz concert, comedy this weekend

The Fredericksburg Theater Company will host two award-winning acts this weekend.

The musical group, Mother Falcon, a contemporary jazz orchestra, will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13.

Then, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, the Austin improvisation comedy group, The Hideout Theater, will perform.

Both performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, located at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Tickets are now on sale at $29 for adults and $12 for those ages 17 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased at the theater box office, located next to the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, or by calling 830-997-3588 or 888-669-7114.

Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The tickets may also be purchased online at

Mother Falcon


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'Texas Hell Week' marking 25th year

The eight-day cycling event, “Texas Hell Week,” will celebrate its 25th anniversary of trekking through Gillespie County’s hills from March 14-21.

But, contrary to its name, the event isn’t just for hard-core cyclists. Riders of all skill levels are offered daily routes of varying distances to encourage more participation.

In fact, the philosophy of Hell Week is: “Riding is the first and foremost activity, regardless of one’s speed or endurance on the bike.”

The locally-based event is nicknamed “The Rides of March” and features daily routes of varying lengths for riders of all skill levels.

Texas Hell Week has announced that it will donate $10 of each entry fee to, a non-profit group that provides learning and recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities and focuses on putting kids on bikes.


Apollo Chamber Players to perform Sunday

Exploring a blend of Western classical and ethnic folk music will be the program of the Apollo Chamber Players when they perform here Sunday, March 15, in the sixth installment of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-15 Concert Series.

The 3 p.m. appearance by Houston string musicians Matthew Detrick (violin), Anabel Ramirez (violin), Whitney Bullock (viola) and Matthew Dudzik (cello) in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

In addition to helping fulfill the ensemble’s commitment to providing innovative, thematically-programmed concerts and culturally-enriching educational activities, Apollo’s performance is also part of a multi-year commissioning project — 20X20X20 — launched in September with a new work by Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen.


Austin Baroque Orchestra, Chorus in concert at St. Mary's

“A Cantata By Any Other Name …,” a concert of music for orchestra, choir and soloists will be presented at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday, March 15, by the Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus.

There is no charge to attend the 4 p.m. concert although donations will be accepted.

An informal, 20-minute pre-concert talk will begin at 3:30 p.m.

This is the Austin-based ensemble’s second appearance in Fredericksburg.

The Austin Baroque Orchestra and Chorus was founded in 2011 as Ensemble Settecento, a 10-member chamber ensemble.

The combined orchestra and choir is now made up of some 35 young musicians eager to share their love for music composed before 1800, according to Billy Traylor, the ensemble’s artistic director and a former student at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute where he studied musicology, baroque oboe and harpsichord.



Water supplies healthy, but drought a concern

By Matt Ward

Fredericksburg City Council members heard positive news about ground water supply in Gillespie County during their regular meeting Monday evening.

“It seems like 90 percent of the calls I get through my office are regarding our water supply,” Clinton Bailey, city public works and utilities director, said.
“People are curious about watering restrictions, how much rain we’re getting and what we’re forecasting for the future.”

After several years of particularly arid conditions locally, things seem to be trending back up, Bailey said.

“Our wells are doing fairly well and better than this time last year,” he noted.
Fredericksburg currently operates seven primary ac-tive wells in their Knauth and Boerner well fields. A third well is expected to come online at the Knauth field later this year.


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