General season fires off for white tail on Saturday

By Joshua McKinney —

Big game hunters in Gillespie County can finally dust off the rifles and hit the fields.

General season hunting season begins Saturday, Nov. 7 and despite a forecast for a wet weekend, hunters should be ready to take aim.

“It’s supposed to rain this weekend but hunters are ready for the season to start,” said Sam Harris, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden in Gillespie County. “They’ll be out there, for sure.”

Anticipated cold fronts later in the season, combined with the readily available food supply earlier in the spring should make the season “fantastic,” and help fatten the deer and support antler growth, according to Steve Lightfoot, a news media contact at TPWD.

“I think the recent rains we have should bolster some of the cold weather levels deer depend on later in the season,” Lightfoot said. “It might make things harder for hunters who depend on deer feeders.”


Gillespie voters OK all amendments

Gillespie County voters, like the rest of Texas, approved all seven state constitutional amendment items on Tuesday.

County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche said 3,368, or 18.7 percent, of the county’s 17,995 registered voters took part.

There were no local initiatives on the ballot.

Rusche said 1,466 took part in early voting and the remaining 1,902 took part on Election Day.

Box-by-box totals will be printed in next week’s edition of the Standard-Radio Post. Countywide totals for each ballot item are as follows:

Prop. 1 – Increases homestead exemption from public school ad valorem taxes.

For – 2,966

Against – 372

Prop. 2 – Provides ad valorem tax exemption for disabled veteran spouses.

                For – 3,011

                Against – 286

Prop. 3 – Repeals requirement of state officers to reside in the state capital.

                For – 2,167


Council gets an earful on 'noise'

Musician Graham Warwick addresses city council members and asks for musicians, sound engineers and club owners to have a hand in crafting a new sound ordinance. — Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

By Scott Allen —

More than musicians are passionate about their music.

Fredericksburg City Council members heard 19 people speak on a potential redraft of the city’s noise ordinance during Monday night’s city council meeting. A recent city council workshop had some local residents complaining about excessive noise, while social media chatter had a “live music ban” as a possibility.

All of the comments were pro-music that explored various ideas for controlling sound, such as installing foliage near the music venues or Plexiglas windows in nearby homes and businesses monitoring their own decibel levels.

The council took no action and they plan to continue receiving public comment and information from Police Chief Steve Wetz. Council members plan to put it on a future agenda item, Mayor Linda Langerhans said.


Harper finishes 12th in UIL state contest

Harper High School band member Sierra Fritz performs during the Oct. 28 UIL area contest. More Harper band photos are on page A14 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

After advancing to the University Interscholastic League State 2A Marching Band Competition Monday in San Antonio’s Alamo Dome, the Harper High School Band fell short of its goal of winning it all.

The band, which presented its “Fire and Ice” program by Barry Hurt late Monday morning in the preliminary round, finished 12th in the overall standings, not high enough to advance to the finals later in the day.

Following a Division One rating at the Region XI event in Hondo on Oct. 17, the Harper band continued its quest by qualifying in the Area E competition held Oct. 28 at Fredericksburg High School.


Galleries plan exhibits, receptions for First Friday Art Walk event

A number of galleries will be offering special events on Friday, Nov. 6, as part of the First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg celebration.

Participating galleries will feature demonstrations, art talks, receptions, visits with the artists and more.

Gallery hours will vary.

For more information and the latest news from participating galleries, visit

Participating galleries will be flying the Art Walk flags.

The following galleries have submitted information concerning their First Friday Art Walk events:

Agave Gallery — Fine Art. Texas Style!, 208 East San Antonio, will showcase some of the last paintings by Roy Lee Ward.

The gallery will also exhibit new paintings by Herman Walker and Kathleen Cook along with pet portraits in watercolor by Annette Bennett and handcrafted jewelry by Connie Stephens.


Up and over

Kathy Fryburger and her Beagle mix, “Monkey,” try out their agility skills on Sunday afternoon during Dogvember Fest, a fundraiser for the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association’s efforts to build a dog park at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. The event included contests, vendors, prizes and more. Additional photos on D1 of this week's newspaper. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

FTC announces benefit, special November shows

With November here, the Fredericksburg Theater Company has a fundraiser and shows designed to entertain and get local residents into the autumn spirit.

All performances will be at the Steve W. Shepherd Theater at 1668 U.S. 87 South.

FTC will host its second annual fundraiser, “A Night at the Opry,” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14.

Back by popular demand, the Sentimental Journey Orchestra will have three performances: 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Then, the Fredericksburg Dance Company will perform “The 12 Days of Christmas” for two performances, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

Tickets are available at the FTC box office. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 830-997-3588 or online at

A Night at the Opry


City to introduce five finalists for fire chief position

By Scott Allen —

The City of Fredericksburg invites the public to a “Meet the Finalists” event for the city’s fire chief position. 

The five remaining candidates for the City of Fredericksburg Fire Chief position are available to meet the public on Nov. 10, 13, 16, 18 and 19.  The meetings will be held in the City Hall Conference room at 5 p.m. each day. 

There will be a different candidate each night and the public is invited to attend every night, said Juli Bahlinger, City of Fredericksburg communications manager.

The new fire chief is expected to start on Jan. 1.

The full-time paid fire chief will be a department head working directly for the city manager and a full-time lieutenant firefighter, said John Culpepper, director of emergency services.


Turkey shoot, benefit fish fry slated in Harper this weekend

Two organizations in Harper are planning events this weekend to coincide with the opening of the 2015-2016 big game hunting season.

The Harper Turkey Shoot will take place on Friday, Nov. 6, followed by the annual benefit fish fry sponsored by the Harper Volunteer Fire Department and EMS on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Turkey Shoot

Sponsored by Harper American Legion Post 650, the turkey shoot will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at the rodeo grounds in the Harper Community Park.

The event continues until 5 p.m. on Nov. 6.

There will also be a paddle wheel with a large selection of prizes for the winners.

The auxiliary will be offering food and drinks throughout the day.

Harper VFD fish fry

Harper Volunteer Fire Department and EMS will host their annual benefit fish fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the HVFD station.


Newspaper to publish early next week

Two early publication dates for the month of November have been announced for the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post.

The early publications are due to the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 26.

Veterans Day

Because Veterans Day falls on a Wednesday this year, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post will be publishing one day early next week.

The newspaper will be published on Tuesday, Nov. 10, instead of the regular publication date of Wednesday, Nov. 11.

With the early publication date, the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post has also announced that deadlines for inserting news items and advertisements in next week’s paper have been adjusted to meet the earlier printing schedule.

The deadline for submitting advertising for the real estate section as well as display advertising is 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6.


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