Another year, another record

SALE RECORDS were smashed by local buyers Saturday as over $667,000 was spent purchasing 299 units at the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds. — Standard-Radio Post/Matt Ward.

Records were meant to be broken and buyers at the 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction did just that on Saturday.

A record $667,016 was paid for 299 units at the sale, held in the Exhibition Hall at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Last year’s record-setting auction brought in $523,227 for 297 units.

“I am constantly amazed how the community comes out and supports the youth,” said Blaine Hahn, president of the Gillespie County Livestock Show Association.

“A new record amount for the auction is a tribute to the generosity that is around us in Gillespie County each and every day,” Hahn said.

He added, “I am very proud of the sales committee for all of their hard work in putting it all together this year. They work hard to find a way to get more people out every year.”

“Our sale was very successful this year with a great group of buyers rewarding the youth for their hard work throughout the year,” Hahn said.


Texas Rangers Heritage Center site work begins

HEAVY EQUIPMENT from Fredericksburg’s Allen Keller Company begins working the dirt on the site of the future Texas Rangers Heritage Center, to be situated just east of the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site on East Main Street (U.S. Highway 290 East.) To be completed by fall are the center’s outdoor features, including a pavilion, amphitheater, bell tower, “Ring of Honor” and parking lot, while Phase II will feature the museum’s main building. —Photo courtesy Former Texas Rangers Foundation

The Texas Rangers Heritage Center moved a step closer to becoming a fixture in Fredericksburg’s landscape on Monday, Dec. 16, when Allen Keller Company began excavation on the city’s eastern edge.

Moving dirt on Phase I of the future destination complex adjacent to the Fort Martin Scott Historic Site on East Main Street (U.S. Highway 290 East) signifies the start of a multi-month construction project whose completion is scheduled sometime this fall.

Being built first are a pavilion, an amphitheater, a bell tower, a parking lot and the center’s “Ring of Honor” — an area centered around a 25-foot diameter granite star where the names of past Texas Rangers will be permanently memorialized. It will serve as a public space for ceremonies, as well as contemplation area for the memorial.

Phase II of the project will see the creation of the Heritage Center’s main building, with its 7,600 square feet allotted for five galleries with interactive displays.


Music Club to host mezzo soprano in concert on Sunday

PERFORMING on Sunday as part of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s concert series are pianist Richard Masters and mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen. The public is invited to attend the concert beginning at 3 p.m. at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

The Fredericksburg Music Club will present mezzo soprano Kathryn Findlen in concert on Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

Findlen will be accompanied by Richard Masters on the piano.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. with seating beginning at 2:30 p.m.

While there is no cost for admission to the concert, a goodwill offering will be accepted. 

Music for this concert will include works from Gershwin, Frazelle, Debussy and Schonberg.

Findlen and Masters made their New York debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall this May, presenting New York premieres of “Songs in the Rear View Mirror” and “Book of Blue Flowers” by composer Kenneth Frazelle.

Committed to the performance of concert and chamber works by contemporary composers, Findlen and Masters have worked with such composers as Daron Hagen, George Crumb, Daniel Catán, John Harbison and Robert Ward.


Hill Country Film Festival, Fritztown Cinema to stage independent screening series

The Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF), the annual independent film event to be held in Fredericksburg, May 1-4, has partnered with Fritztown Cinema to promote independent filmmaking through a monthly “indie screening series.”

The first film presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a screening of the Houston Film Commission Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase.

The screening of this block of Texas-made short films is free.

Fritztown Cinema is located at 2254 U.S. Highway 87 South.

Films included in the showcase are:

• “Cork’s Cattlebaron,” directed by Eric Steele (2011);

• “The Garden and the Wilderness,” directed by Craig Whitney (2011);

• “Hellion,” directed by Kat Candler (2014);

• “Little Lions,” directed by Tony Costello (2012);

• “Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John,” directed by Angela Walley and Mark Walley (2012); and,

• “Vultures of Tibet,” directed by Russell Bush (2012).


Rockhounds to gather for annual show

Rare and collectable pieces of rock will be featured at the Fredericksburg Rockhounds’ 45th Annual Hill Country Gem and Mineral Show Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19.

Set for Pioneer Pavilion in Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, the two-day event will again feature exhibits and demonstrations.

Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission and parking are free. 

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FISD tentatively adopts new wellness, health program

By Richard Zowie —

A new wellness and sexual health curriculum at Fredericksburg High School led the agenda at Monday’s Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meeting on Monday, Jan. 13.

While final plans are still being reviewed, the board tentatively agreed to adopt a program that focuses on reducing teen pregnancy, and avoiding risky behavior.

The meeting also marked the first official day of work for the new superintendent, Dr. Eric Wright, who was in attendance.

FHS principal Ralf Halderman also briefed the trustees on an update of the high school.

Wellness, Sexual Health

The wellness and sexual health curriculum the FISD is considering is from Temple-based Scott and White Healthcare. Their website is


Local banks, government to close for MLK Day

Slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929, and to honor his birthday, the third Monday in January is a federal holiday.

This year, King’s birthday will be honored on Monday, Jan. 20.

Some schools will be open, some closed and others will be open but will focus much of their day discussing King and his legacy.


•Federal offices in Fredericksburg will be closed on Jan. 20.

•State offices will also be closed.

•County offices will also be closed.

•City offices will be open during normal business hours.


City airs grievances with tax office work

By Matt Ward


Following several months of private discussions between three of the largest tax collecting entities in Gillespie County, City of Fredericksburg officials recently spoke out publicly about a potential change in tax collection amid concerns with the Gillespie County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office.

A special meeting of the Fredericksburg City Council was held Monday, Dec. 30, to discuss a possible move to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District for tax collection purposes.

“Accuracy of the reports (from the tax office) is in question at times. The timeliness of the reports and the timeliness of the collections are not always there,” City Manager Kent Myers said. “We’re like a customer to the county on this issue and we’re an unhappy customer. What is the county willing to offer us to meet our needs and our concerns?”


Dog park project ok'd by council

By Matt Ward


Fredericksburg’s canine residents will soon have a spot of their own as formal approval for a dog park facility inside Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park was given by the Fredericksburg City Council during their regular meeting Monday evening.

“City dog parks bring all kinds of benefits to the public, not just dog and dog owners, but to the whole community itself,” Jody Donovan, representative of the non-profit Fredericksburg Dog Park Association said, highlighting the emphasis placed on safety for the animals and humans, as well as the educational and recreational benefits of having a park in town.

“Socialized dogs that have been around other dogs regularly tend to be more behaving, not a nuisance in barking and chewing things up,” he added.

The fenced park will be constructed on 5.77 acres of land between the RV campgrounds at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park and the adjacent Gillespie County Airport.


Brian Roeder selected as 2014 livestock show honoree

PLAQUES OF APPRECIA-TION were presented on Sunday night to two individ-uals — Brian Roeder and Ronnie Ottmers — for their support of the youth of Gil-lespie County. On hand for the presentation during the annual buyer appreciation barbecue at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds were, from left, Blaine Hahn, presi-dent of the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show Asso-ciation; Roeder; Ottmers, and Lane Ottmers, vice pres-ident of the association. The 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and auction is dedicated to Roeder and Ottmers. — Standard-Radio Post photo

Whether it is setting up or tearing down for the next show, Brian Roeder has been involved with the Gillespie County Youth Livestock Show his entire life.

And this year’s 2014 Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction is dedicated to Roeder and Ronnie Ottmers.

Both men were recognized with plaques of appreciation on Sunday night at the annual buyers’ barbecue held at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds.

Roeder exhibited hogs, steers and turkeys during his 12 years as a 4-H member and four years in FFA. He received the 4-H Gold Star Award and was the recipient of a Houston Livestock Show Scholarship.


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