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12
Nov

County OKs exemption in food bidding process

By Austin R. Eck

Gillespie County Commissioners agreed to use a provision in the Local Government Code that allows the county to change the way it solicits bids for food items at the new jail.

“We tried to find a company that was on one of the buy-in cooperatives that we could use,” said Larry Crump, county auditor, during Monday’s regular meeting. “We found one, but they haven’t been very responsive to our inquiries.”

The exemption allows the county to circumvent the sealed bidding process. Under the new process, the county is only required to solicit three bids that can be given over the telephone or in writing.

Crump plans on taking a month’s menu for the jail and asking companies to bid on how much it would cost to prepare it for 60 people.

Wed
12
Nov

Hill Country Memorial gets top honor with Baldrige Award

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday announced that Hill Country Memorial is one of four recipients of the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest honor for performance excellence.

The Baldrige Award is judged on an entity’s innovation, improvement and visionary leadership in both public and private organizations.

Twenty-two organizations competed for the award in one of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit, including government agencies.

“We are indebted to our community, supporters, physicians, volunteers and every single staff member for this remarkable accomplishment,” said Jayne Pope, Hill Country Memorial CEO. “We embarked on this journey several years ago, and to be recognized with a Baldrige Award signifies our continued commitment to improving and providing excellent service in all we do.”

Wed
12
Nov

Retired Marine general Salinas becomes first woman to speak at Nimitz Veterans Day ceremony


Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas visits with World War II veteran Sam Sorenson on Tuesday after the Veterans Day ceremony at the Admiral Nimitz Ballroom. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie

Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas (USMC, ret.) on Tuesday became the first woman to speak at a Veterans Day ceremony at the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Originally scheduled to be held in the Memorial Courtyard, a cold blast of weather resulted in officials moving the ceremony into the Nimitz Museum Grand Ballroom.

“On any other day, we are just ordinary men and women,” Salinas told the crowd. “To each other, we are a family. We are bonded by sacrifice and selflessness. Today, we stand proudly united in knowing we made a difference.”

Salinas began her Marine career as an enlistee in 1974 before earning her commission three years later. She retired in 2013 after 39 years of service.

At her retirement, she was the longest-serving woman in the history of the Marine Corps, the senior ranking woman and senior ranking Hispanic. Salinas was also the first woman to command a recruiting station in 1986.

Wed
12
Nov

Local gallery hosts Contemporary Master's Invitational Art Show

Fredericksburg Art Gallery was host to the Contemporary Master’s Invitational Art Show, held during the monthly First Friday Art Walk.

Twelve nationally celebrated artists were on display and patrons and judges both cast ballots for their favorites.

Winners, pictured from left, included: Fran Rowe, Best of Show, Collector’s Choice Award, and first place, Judge’s Choice, for “Afternoon Reflections”; Jill Holland, third place Collector’s Choice for “Beach Glass”; Chuck Mauldin, third place Judge’s Choice for “Hillside Herd”; C.J. Latta, second place Collector’s Choice for “Kiss of Color”; Phil Bob Mormon, Best of Show, Judge’s Choice, for “Heavenly Light”; Donna Strickland, Fredericksburg Art Gallery owner; and Kay Walton, second place Judge’s Choice and first place Collector’s Choice for “Light of the World.” – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke 

Wed
12
Nov

Wine make pioneer Oberhelman dies


Oberhelman

By Ken Esten Cooke

A patriarch of the Hill Country wine industry, died Friday. Robert (Bob) Oberhelman owned and operated Bell Mountain Vineyards since its founding in 1976, and counseled many a newcomer over the next nearly four decades to help the area become known as “Little Napa Valley.”

“He was truly one of the lead elements of this whole wine concept in Texas, and especially the Hill Country,” said Cord Switzer, who sought out Oberhelman’s advice before opening Fredericksburg Winery in 1983. “He did a lot of things that brought a different approach to wine-making. He was very adamant and intent about what he did and was constantly challenging himself to a higher level.”

Oberhelman worked in the food industry and later followed his passion into the wine industry. He planted his first trial vineyard in 1976. His first Bell Mountain wines were released in 1984.

Wed
12
Nov

Wild Game Dinner slated for fair grounds Nov. 22


Donations totaling $72,108 have been donated to Gil-lespie County youth and adult agricultural programs so far this year by the Gil-lespie County Wild Game Dinner. Holding up the large check are, from left, board members Billy Teague and Charlie Wilson and event chairman Lester Meier. The 2014 Wild Game Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post Photo

The annual Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for an exhibit of games, exhibits, food and prize drawings.

Tickets for the annual event are $20 and are available in Fredericksburg at Arrowhead Bank and Lochte Feed and General Store and in Stonewall at Allied Ag.

The tickets will also be available at the gate for $20.

Tickets include the food, drinks and door prizes.

In addition, prize drawing tickets are also available where the admission tickets are being sold.

Proceeds from the event benefit youth and adult agricultural education in the Hill Country.

So far this year, $72,108 has been donated to local organizations.

Wed
12
Nov

Jazz & Cocktails to be held Saturday at Nimitz

Jazz & Cocktails, an evening of music and cocktails evoking the World War II era will be held in the Nimitz Museum Grand Ballroom on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Hosted by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation, the event will take place from 7:30-11 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and can be reserved online by visiting www.pacificwarmuseum.org and clicking on the events tag.

If available, tickets can be purchased at the door on Saturday night.

The evening starts with a presentation by Philip Greene, co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail.

He will demonstrate how to mix famous military cocktails, including the Leatherneck Cocktail, the Guadalcanal Cocktail, the original Daiquiri and Ernest Hemingway’s “Montgomery Martini.”

Guests will be able to sample each drink during Greene’s presentation, then stay and enjoy the music of the Kris Kimura Quartet.

Wed
12
Nov

Youth to compete in 4-H food show challenge Saturday

Youth will be putting their knowledge and skills to the test when they participate in the Gillespie County 4-H Food Show and 4-H Food Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Gillespie County Extension Office.

Contestants will be judged beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The public is invited to attend the live food challenge preparations and awards presentation.

Nineteen youth will compete in the Gillespie County 4-H Food Show and 16 youth will compete in the 4-H Food Challenge.

The 4-Hers will be competing in three age divisions — junior, intermediate and senior.

First place winners will qualify for the district contest that will be held in San Marcos on Dec. 13.

 

Wed
12
Nov

Fall Antiques Show on tap at fair grounds

Well-known dealers and some new faces will be on hand this weekend for the 22nd Annual Fredericksburg Fall Antiques Show at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15-16, and will feature a wide variety of antiques.

Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $5, which is good for return visits either day, and free for children 12 and under.

Vendors are expected to again fill the Exhibition Hall at the fair grounds as well as the nearby covered pavilion.

“Shows Celebrating American Heritage” is the slogan for the Fall Antiques Show presented by Texas Presentations.

The show will feature furniture, architectural and select collectibles along with treasures from Christmases past.

Wed
05
Nov

Abbot, Patrick affirmed by county vote

By Ken Esten Cooke

Gillespie County’s 8,875 voters participating in Tuesday’s general election showed they prefer things the way they are in Texas.

This year’s races held few, if any, surprises — from unopposed local candidates in Gillespie County to landslide contests at the statewide level.

Election judges and alternates at the county’s 13 polling locations reported brisk activity throughout the day, in spite of the rains which began in the afternoon.

Of the county’s 18,174 registered voters, 8,875, or 48.8 percent, took part in the election. More than half of those who voted, 4,913, took advantage of early voting options at the county courthouse.

“It was a good turnout,” said Mary Lynn Rusche, who was re-elected as county clerk in an unopposed race. “The rain didn’t seem to keep away too many people and the election workers did a great job.”

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