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Tue
02
Dec

Daily Update for Dec. 3

      • Scott Panetti, who was convicted for the 1992 murders of Joe and Amanda Alvarado, is scheduled to die by lethal injection today after 6 p.m. barring a last minute stay of execution being granted. A full story on Panetti's most recent appeals will be in this week's edition of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

      • An Issue Identification Forum to help identify critical issues affecting local citizens will be held in Gillespie County to assist local Extension agents and the Texas AgriLife Extension Leadership Advisory Board. The forum will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building. Light refreshments will be served.

      •  Ticket sales for the annual New Year’s Eve dance at Turner Hall will begin today at 6-8 p.m. at the hall, located at 103 West Travis Street. Tickets are $20 per person.

Wed
26
Nov

Daily Update for Thanksgiving and the Weekend

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      • Happy Thanksgiving.

      • City, county, state and federal offices are closed on Thursday and some will remain closed on Friday while others observe a modified schedule on Friday and over the weekend. Regular garbage collection schedules for the City of Fredericksburg will be observed on Thursday and Friday.

Tue
25
Nov

Leaders eye new college ally at HCUC

By Ken Esten Cooke

Hill Country University Center could have a new tenant next year.

Austin Community College (ACC) and Central Texas College (CTC) are petitioning the state legislature to change the boundaries of their service areas. The proposal would transfer responsibility for serving Gillespie County, including the cities of Fredericksburg and Harper, to CTC.

ACC has had responsibility for offering community college services to Gillespie County since the legislature delineated service areas in the mid-1990s.

CTC already provides services in neighboring Mason and Llano counties, and the college can serve Gillespie County without significant additional cost, said Bob Hickerson, executive director of the Hill Country University Center Foundation.

The change also will allow CTC to strengthen its offerings in the southern portion of its service area, Hickerson said.

Tue
25
Nov

Tax assessor-collector OKs switch to GCAD

By Austin R. Eck

Tax Assessor-Collector Marissa Weinheimer told Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday she was willing to allow the county to move tax collection to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District.

But the decision to move the county tax collection to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District is not yet official, and a proposal to “fix” the tax collector’s office procedures is on the table.

Commissioners took no action on a proposal submitted by Dawson Forensic Group. Originally, the proposal from Steve Dawson outlined the type of action he would take to help make the TAC office more efficient, but in his proposal he noted, the type of action he takes would change depending if the office did not collect taxes for the county next year.

The proposed cost of the Dawson group’s services was $9,600, including a $2,500 retainer.

Tue
25
Nov

City to host tree lighting event Friday

Holiday lights will be turned on in downtown Fredericksburg Friday evening with the City of Fredericksburg’s annual tree lighting ceremony at Marktplatz, featuring the 30-foot community Christmas tree and German Christmas Pyramid.

The festivities are sponsored by the 2014 Fredericksburg Christmas Committee.

Ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the Ambleside Children’s Choir. The official lighting will take place at 7 p.m.

Featured items on Marktplatz include a privately donated nativity, 50-foot ‘Merry Christmas’ skylines and a ‘Gingerbread Village’ designed by local artist Margaret Hannum.

The tree will be decorated with ornaments designed by Hill Country artisans.

Entertainment for the evening will include Al Holzscheiter’s Brass Ensemble, Bethany Lutheran Church Carolers and dance to the music of The Power Section.

Free hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Tue
25
Nov

Wild Game Dinner raises funds for youth, ag education in county


Sam Brocato of Fredericksburg pulls back on a compound bow during the silent auction at the annual Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner, held Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall. The event featured a record turnout and fund-raising, all of which will be used for youth and adult agricultural education in the county. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Sam Brocato of Fredericksburg pulls back on a compound bow during the silent auction at the annual Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner, held Saturday at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds Exhibition Hall.

The event featured a record turnout and fund-raising, all of which will be used for youth and adult agricultural education in the county.  — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Tue
25
Nov

Home Tour, Tannenbaum Ball to be held locally over two weekends in Decemter

Events spanning two weekends are planned for December by the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum as part of its “Holiday Happenings.”

The 57th Annual Holiday Home Tour will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, followed by the Tannenbaum Ball on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Proceeds from both events will benefit the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum.

Holiday Home Tour

Six historical homes and a ranch home will be featured on the Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneer Museum’s 57th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The homes on the tour will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets for the tour are $25 per person through Friday, Nov. 28. After that, tickets are $30 per person.

Home Tour tickets can be purchased on line, www.pioneermuseum.net or by calling 830-990-8441.  

Tue
25
Nov

Stars of the stage

Fox, played by Jorja Hahn, devises a sinister plan in a scene from “The Tortoise and the Hare Hit the Road.”

It was one of several Freddyburg Youth Theater performances presented Friday and Saturday.

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!

 — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

Tue
25
Nov

Eisbahn ice skating tradition to begin

When Eisbahn opens for the season on Friday, Nov. 28, visitors can glide — or slip and slide — their way over the frozen surface as part of the holiday celebration.

Eisbahn, which means “ice rink” in German, will give residents of the Hill Country and their guests a chance to celebrate the holiday season with a bit of ice skating, regardless of the weather outside.

The rink is set to open at 10 a.m. on Friday and will remain open until 10 p.m.

Hours will be 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 1-8 p.m. on Sundays and 4-8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and 4-10 p.m. on Fridays (before school is dismissed for the Christmas holidays.)

Once classes are out for Christmas break, hours will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays–Fridays.

On Christmas Eve, the rink will have shortened hours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The rink will be open as usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Tue
25
Nov

Panetti lawyers appeal district court's ruling

By Austin R. Eck

The 216th District Court denied two motions by Scott Panetti’s lawyers to alter the date of his execution, and now his legal team is appealing Judge N. Keith Williams’ decision.

Panetti’s lawyers argue that Panetti, who was convicted for the 1992 murders of Joe and Amanda Alvarado, had his right to due process violated when the court refused to modify his date of execution.

“In denying Scott Panetti’s request for a stay of execution, assistance of counsel and funding for a mental health expert and investigator, the trial court made precisely the same mistake that Judge Stephen B. Ables made in this case over a decade ago — a mistake that, the United States Supreme Court held, violated bedrock principles of due process,” Panetti’s legal counsel, Greg Wiercioch and Kathryn Kase wrote in a brief to the Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) of Texas.

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