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Wed
28
Oct

Council talks changes to 'large home' policies

Fredericksburg City Council members met on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Hill Country University Center to mull potential changes to rules on single family structures, special events fees and awarding of hotel occupancy tax funds.

City Manager Kent Myers said several citizens have complained over the past year about the construction of large homes and how they impact the character of the neighborhood.

Brian Jordan, director of development services, showed examples of these homes. He also listed options for dealing with these concerns and cited examples of other cities’ regulations to determine a maximum floor-to-area ratio.

Council members also discussed city noise regulations. Fredericksburg Chief of Police Steven Wetz and his staff prepared detailed information on the regulations, which compared Fredericksburg to other cities. (See related story.)

Special event fees

Wed
28
Oct

Comfort man shot in Cain City altercation

Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a disturbance on Baethge Boulevard in the Cain City community at 3:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Dale Devin (Sting) Dodd, 51, of Comfort, had driven to the residence of Alex Michael Blackmond, 27, of Fredericksburg.

An altercation occurred where Dodd was shot and later succumbed to his injuries. 

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Wed
21
Oct

Council cites 'no chains' rule, denies permit

By Scott Allen —

Fredericksburg City Council members on Monday voted 4-1, with Mayor Linda Langerhans dissenting, against letting a chain retail store locate at one of the town’s busiest intersections.

A conditional-use permit on The Spice and Tea Exchange in the Historic District at 401 E. Main St. was denied.

Joel and Karen Marshall, applicants for the business, said The Spice and Tea Exchange has nine other locations across the country and wanted their 10th location at the southeast corner of Washington and Main streets.

But their proposed business goes against the 2008 ordinance, which gained the nickname “No Chains on Main.” That was passed by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to prohibit franchises and other chains from locating in the town’s “golden blocks” in an attempt to retain a unique retail environment. 

Wed
21
Oct

Early voting brisk before amendment election

Early voting totals ahead of the Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment Election hit nearly 300 in the first two days, Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche announced.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, the clerk had counted 288 total early votes in the seven-issue ballot.

That includes 98 early votes on Monday, 112 on Tuesday and 78 mail-in ballots, she said.

Early voting continues through Friday, Oct. 30 at the courthouse, 101 West Main Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Weekend voting also will be conducted Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25 at the courthouse. Weekend voting hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Applications for voting by mail will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 23, Rusche said.

On Nov. 3, voting will be held in precinct locations. Voters can find the number of their precinct on their voter registration card.

Wed
21
Oct

FHS band crescendos at marching contest

Fredericksburg High School band’s junior clarinet player Cristina Hernandez is “shielded from rain” by senior color guard dancer Mackenzie Grumbles while performing the band’s “Day in the Park” show during the UIL Region XI Marching Contest Saturday in Hondo. More photos on pages A9 and A14 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/ Danny Hirt

The Fredericksburg High School band, also known as “The Pride of the Texas Hill Country,” received division one ratings from all three judges during their performance this past Saturday at the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Region XI Marching Contest in Hondo.

John Rauschuber, FHS band director, was pleased with the band’s performance.

“I felt that the band played beautifully and represented Fredericksburg High School at the highest level,” Rauschuber said.

The judges for the contest were Mark Whatley, director of bands for Canyon Lake High School; James Snider, retired director for East Central High School and John Bridges, retired director of bands for Alamo Heights High School.

Whatley was satisfied with the performance in every way.

Wed
21
Oct

Harper band advances to area contest

Harper High School received a division one rating at Saturday’s UIL Region XI Marching Contest held in Hondo. The school will perform its “Fire and Ice” show this coming Saturday at the Area E Class 2A Championship slated for East Central High School in San Antonio. — Photo courtesy of Julie Stracke

Harper High School Band qualified for a trip to the Area E Class 2A Championship slated for Saturday at East Central High School in San Antonio after earning top marks last Saturday.

The band was in Hondo on Saturday for the University Interscholastic League Region XI Marching Contest where it earned a First Division Superior Rating from all three judges.

Harper's exact performance time on Saturday has not yet been announced.

The area round of the competition is composed of schools from South Texas.

For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!

Wed
21
Oct

Wilder's 'Our Town' to run this, next weekend at FTC

It’s the beginning of a new life for Emily Webb (Lucinda Harvey) and George Gibbs (Jacob Lacy) as they get married at the end of Act II in Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” The award-winning drama will be performed this weekend and next at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater, by Fredericksburg Theater Company. — Submitted photo/James Fox

“Our Town,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama and America’s most-produced play, will continue its run this and next weekend at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater.

Opening night for “Our Town” was Oct. 16. Tickets are now on sale.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under.

Special educational group rates for students are available. This offer extends to students, teachers and chaperones. The rate is $8 per student, with free admission to a teacher or chaperone for every eight paid student admissions.

The theater is at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

Then, on Halloween, FTC will air the 1959 horror film “The Tingler,” starring Vincent Price. The film will also be shown at the theater.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.fredericksburgtheater.org or by calling 830-997-3588.

‘Our Town’

Wed
21
Oct

Best Kind of Fest

Ken and Janis Friedrich of Doss take a spin around the dance
floor at the Knights of Columbus’ annual Bestfest celebration,
held Saturday at Marktplatz. The event featured food, beer,
music, prizes and much more. See more photos on page C1 in this week’s newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Wed
21
Oct

Museum Merriment

Pioneer Museum held a weekend carnival on Saturday with a petting zoo, games, toy-making, face-painting and more. Mason DeLong of Gillespie County 4-H shows a calf to Terry Batterton, age two. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Wed
21
Oct

Food, Wine Fest to mark 25th year

Food and wine lovers will learn more about gourmet cooking and the beverages to pair dishes with this weekend.

The 25th annual Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will be from noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Marktplatz.

This silver anniversary event’s festivities include food, wine, beer, music, specialty booths, food court and fun.

Organizers describe this event as a chance for gourmets, oenophiles and novice “foodies” to immerse themselves into the Texas food and wine culture.

Tickets are now on sale. General admission is $25 per person for adults; $5 per person for minors (under 21), and children under 12 are free.

The $25 admission includes one souvenir wine glass and six tickets (to be used for three, two-ounce samples or one glass of wine).

Organizers are also preparing three special events to enhance the experience of this year’s fest. These events have limited seating, and tickets are on sale now.

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