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Wed
04
Feb

Geistweidt, Bowman file for FISD seats

Dale Geistweidt and Natalie Smith Bowman have both filed to run in the May 9 Fredericksburg Independent School District board race.

Geistweidt, the FISD board vice president, is up for reelection. Bowman has filed to serve the remaining one-year term of the late Jerry Durst.

Wayne Harrell, who currently fills Durst’s position, has said he won’t run again.

As of Tuesday, no one has filed yet for the Doss Consolidated Common School District race.

Residents who want to run for seats on the FISD and Doss CCSD boards have until Friday, Feb. 27 to file.

Those filing for FISD can do so at the Central Administration building at 234 Friendship Lane, Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For the Doss CCSD race, candidates can file in Judge Mark Stroeher’s office at the Gillespie County Courthouse at 101 West Main Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon or from 1-5 p.m.

Wed
04
Feb

Remschel-penned drama will open this weekend

“No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall,” an award-winning drama written by Fredericksburg Middle School theater director David Remschel, will open here this weekend.

The play, which won the Texas Educational Theater Association’s 2014 playwriting contest, will be presented at the Fredericksburg High School auditorium, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, as well as Friday through Sunday, Feb. 13-15.

Show times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays.

Tickets for the show, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $8 for students with proceeds donated to the HCMH Alzheimer’s Hospice support unit.

Materials from the support unit will be available in the lobby.

“No Room for a Picture on the Blank Wall” focuses on a man early in the stages of Alzheimer’s and how he, as well as his loved ones, deals with the disease.

Wed
04
Feb

Daily Update for Feb. 4

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      • Filing continues through Feb. 27 for two open positions on the Fredericksburg City Council. After opening last Wednesday, incumbent Gary Neffendorf has filed for reelection.Candidate packets are available at the receptionist desk at City Hall. Council positions currently held by Neffendorf and Graham Pearson will be up for election, while Mayor Linda Langerhans, Jerry Luckenbach and Bobby Watson still have a year remaining on their two-year terms after being elected last May. The election will be held May 9.

Wed
28
Jan

City to make HOT funds request cuts

By Matt Ward —

Non-profit organizations seeking an additional boost from hotel occupancy tax allocations will likely either stay at 2014 levels or be cut, following a Fredericksburg City Council special workshop on HOT funding Monday.

The council established a preliminary framework for 2015 funding at Monday’s meeting, although Mayor Linda Langerhans said that the city still had the ability to “massage those (allocations) a little bit.”

City officials face decisions to cut the $727,350 in requests from 29 different organizations down to its $430,000 budget for allocations in 2015. Little relief can be provided from dipping into reserves as only $8,100 is uncommitted, according to City Manager Kent Myers.

No final decision was reached at the workshop and the council will continue its discussion at the next regular meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, in the Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center.

Wed
28
Jan

Band Boosters will draw thousands to turkey dinner

The Fredericksburg Band Boosters will host their annual turkey dinner and band concert, Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The dinner and concert will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost is $9 per plate pre-sale, or $10 at the door. Customers can either dine in or order their meals to go.

To get to the dinner, participants must go through the fair grounds main entrance only.

Items on the menu include turkey, dressing, gravy, noodles, green beans, cranberry sauce, bread, cake, coffee and tea.

Starting at 12:30 p.m., the Fredericksburg Middle School and Fredericksburg High School band concert will begin and provide music for the event.

Prize tickets are $2 each or a book of six for $10, and prizes will be given away during the concert.

Tickets may be bought at the door or from any band student. Those purchasing tickets don’t need to be present to win.

Among the prizes in the drawing include:

Wed
28
Jan

Jail expenses miff commissioners


In this file photo from last July, Sheriff Buddy Mills points out the new jail’s “eye in the sky” observation deck.

By Austin R. Eck —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday expressed their frustrations with the architect of the new jail.

County Judge Mark Stroeher voiced his discontent after a series of expenditures to the contingency fund were approved.

“I think they’ve blown a number of things, and it is adding to our cost,” Stroeher said about Wiginton, Hooker and Jeffry (WHJ) Architects, the architecture company tasked with jail construction.

Commissioners believe the reasons behind the expenses stem from a lack of foresight from WHJ.

 In an inspection, multiple issues were found that needed fixing, including placing a cage over lights, adding privacy shutters to several holding cells and replacing a door lock to provide added security to the jail.

The cost of making the changes to the jail will be $10,232, and without changes, the jail runs the risk of not passing the necessary inspections to open.

Wed
28
Jan

Smith, Weinheimer top Stonewall citizens


Stonewall Chamber President Brandon Weinheimer, left, congratulates Outstanding Citizen Greg Smith, center, and Golden Service Award winner Roy Weinheimer. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Ken Esten Cooke —

Stonewall’s annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet could have been a Weinheimer family reunion.

Two longtime Stonewall residents and business owners, including a Weinheimer, won top awards at the annual Stonewall Chamber of Commerce Banquet held Monday night.

Greg Smith, a water well company owner and operator, was named Outstanding Citizen. And lifelong rancher Roy Weinheimer won the Golden Service Award.

Chamber President Brandon Weinheimer lauded Smith as being a strong supporter of the town for many years. “I had no idea this was going to happen, but I thank you,” Smith said.

Roy Weinheimer was honored for being a volunteer, leader and “steward of the land, man of his word and indispensable part of our community.”

Wed
28
Jan

'Round and Round'

Jacelle Kneese, 4, a student at the Precious Moments Montessori Preschool, shows off the ball-handling skills she has learned while participating in the Teams of Tomorrow (TOT) basketball program. The Fredericksburg students performed during halftime of the Fredericksburg High School varsity girls’ basketball game on Jan. 20. Another photo is on A14 of this week's paper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Wed
28
Jan

St. Mary's ends observance with mass


Students of Carol Reyes’ 5K class, Ross DiCuffa, Sam Brewer, Kelsey Fiedler and Kate Fryburger, enjoy the opportunity to read books inside of a tent in preparation for National Catholic Schools Week. During the week, students participate in a spelling bee, book fair and parade. — Standard-Radio Post/Austin R. Eck

St. Mary’s School is continuing its festivities for National Catholic Schools Week with several events to close out the week.

National Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.

The week began Sunday, Jan. 25, and continues through Saturday, Jan. 31.

The theme for 2015 is:  “Catholic Schools:  Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Many parents, grandparents and friends will join the students for the 8 a.m. mass on Thursday. Additionally, many students from Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School will join in the school liturgy.

These St. Mary’s graduates will visit classrooms after mass and speak with students about Catholic education and their experience at Our Lady of the Hills.

Wed
28
Jan

Boy Scouts warm up to history, values at fort's 'Freeze-O-Ree'


As the cannon smoke wafted through the air, “Freeze-O-Ree” Junior Rangers (from left) Steven Maclin, Aaron Aleman and Zach Smith pay their respect during the morning flag-raising ceremony. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

An estimated 200 Boy Scouts and adult leaders from the San Antonio district gathered at Fort Martin Scott on Saturday for the Summit District Freeze-O-Ree 2015.

Camping in overnight temperatures below freezing offered scouts a chance to earn their “Polar Bear Award” patch.

Boy and Girl Scouts camping at Fort Martin Scott is something Walter Pletz hopes will become a regular event.

“The kids were well-organized, well-mannered and orderly,” said Pletz, membership committee chairperson for the Former Texas Ranger Foundation. “They treated the property with the respect that scouts teaches them. When those kids left here, the property was as good or better than before they got here. Part of their training is to leave no trace and for it to look as if you weren’t there.”

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