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May

Let's Ride


Cyclists leave the starting point behind Marktplatz on Saturday morning as part of the Second Annual Texas Gran Fondo Bicycle Race in Fredericksburg and around the Hill Country. Three different routes were featured that took partici-pants on rides of 36, 65 or 100 miles. More photos, results from the non-competitive, fully-supported timed ride can be found in the Gillespie Life section. — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann
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13
May

Minshew discusses CTE job training

By Richard Zowie —

Fredericksburg High School has a growing program that can help students learn skills today for tomorrow’s jobs.

Logan Minshew, coordinator of FHS’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) program, discussed details with the Fredericksburg Independent School District trustees Monday night.

Minshew referenced a recent $2,000 donation to the program by the Hill Country Builders Association’s Wine Country Division.

“You should’ve seen the looks on the students’ faces when they heard about what’s expected at the job, how much money they could make,” Minshew said. “Afterward, the students talked to the business leaders to try to secure a type of work after high school.”

“The major area we need to improve is in internships and in the practicum area,” Minshew said. “This will come from working with local businesses.”

Minshew added that giving students practical experience now will help them to find jobs sooner rather than later.

Wed
13
May

Harper VFD barbecue, roping fundraiser on tap

The Harper Volunteer Fire Department’s annual spring roping and barbecue fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 16.

All events will take place at the Harper fire station except the roping, which will take place at Harper Community Park. The books for the roping open at 9 a.m.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m. at the fire station and the barbecue dinner will start at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the dinner.

The Fireman’s Dance begins at 8 p.m. and runs until midnight, with special guest Felix Truvere providing music for the event. Texas Thunder was originally scheduled to play at the event but due to scheduling conflicts, had to cancel their appearance.

Wed
13
May

The hills are alive with community concerts

A wide-ranging program of works — including those by Irving Berlin, Giacomo Puccini, George Gershwin, Charlie Daniels and Louis Prima — will be featured Sunday, May 17, when the Austin-based group of Kay and Friends performs for the eighth and final installment of the Fredericksburg Music Club’s 2014-15 Concert Series.

The 3 p.m. appearance by Kay Rivers Kidd (piano and musical director), Art Kidd (percussion and vocals), James Warth (saxophone, clarinet and flute), Gerardo Ramos (tenor), Evan Arredondo (bass) and Javier Chaparro (violin) in the sanctuary of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church is free, although goodwill offerings are welcome.

The group is led by Rivers Kidd, a native of Elgin, who performs as both a soloist and in ensembles at home and abroad, in festivals, workshops and recording sessions devoted to chamber, popular and folk music.

Wed
13
May

Daily Update for May 13

News

• The Fredericksburg City Council is holding its quarterly retreat this morning at City Hall. Topics include the mid-year budget report, office space committee report, the possibility of a 2016 bond election and amendments to the city charter.

• The City of Fredericksburg has announced that the phones will be down for a period of time today. Time Warner will be reconfiguring a fiber optic cable. The only time frame available is that the outage will last about one hour and occur sometime during the workday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

• The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be at Fredericksburg High School today until 3 p.m. for a blood drive.

• Faith Baptist Church will host a presentation by Lainie Johnson from the Pregnancy Resource Center in Kerrville tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wed
06
May

City, county wait for each other on deal

By Matt Ward —

City and county officials may be close to striking a deal over a land-for-paving swap, but there’s a problem: the waiting game.

Both the Gillespie County Commissioners and Fredericksburg City Council have tabled the issue at their most recent meetings while waiting for the other side to make an offer.

Gillespie County owns eight acres along Barons Creek across from H-E-B and Old Fair Park, awarded to the county in a district court ruling in 1920, which was subsequently filed away and forgotten.

City Manager Kent Myers said Monday evening during the council’s regular meeting that city officials expect the county to present a proposal in the near future.

Advocating for the council to take no action on land swap discussions, Myers said he believed “the county is working on something that they want to present to us at some point.”

Wed
06
May

School early voting tallies nearly 4-to-1 to city's council race

Voters will take to the polls Saturday for both the City of Fredericksburg and Fredericksburg Independent School District general elections as early voting ended Tuesday evening.

Election Day voting for both the city and FISD will be held at Fredericksburg Middle School from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

In the Fredericksburg City Council race, newcomer Thomas Sigg is challenging incumbents Gary Neffendorf and Graham Pearson for two available spots on the council.

In the school board election, C. Brian Lehne is running against incumbents FISD vice president Dale Geistweidt and trustee Dave Campbell in the two seats for three-year terms.

Natalie Smith Bowman was the only candidate to run for the final year of the late Jerry Durst’s term, and she will run unopposed.

Wed
06
May

Weekend at the movies


Family-friendly entertainment under the stars was offered Thursday evening as the Hill Country Film Festival hosted a free outdoor screening of short films at Marktplatz. The four-day event continued with screenings at Fritztown Cinema through Saturday and a sendoff party Sunday at Pedernales Cellars. Additional coverage from the festival, including award winners, can be found on page D1. — Photo courtesy Manny Pandya

“Night Owls,” a romantic comedy that premiered earlier this year at South by Southwest, took home the Cinema Dulce (best of fest) award at the sixth annual Hill Country Film Festival, held Thursday through Sunday.

Over 90 short films and 10 feature length movies screened at Fritztown Cinema.

“This year’s film festival exceeded our expectations with over 60 filmmakers in attendance from all over the United States,” Chad Mathews, executive director of the sponsoring Hill Country Film Society, said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend of films in Fredericksburg.”

Other top award recipients honored at a closing night ceremony Saturday at the Nimitz Ballroom included “WildLike,” named best feature film, and “Mount Lawrence,” named best documentary film.

The festival’s audience choice award went to the short film, “Stray,” from director Tyler Glodt, whose feature film, “Buck Wild,” won Cinema Dulce two years ago.

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06
May

'Salute'


Members of the “Old West Rangers” give a firearms salute in front of the Ranger Ring of Honor at the Texas Rangers Heritage Center during Saturday’s cornerstone dedication ceremony. The event featured a Masonic tradition before installation of the cornerstone. See more photos on page A/B3 of this week's newspaper. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke
Wed
06
May

Art auction sales top $5.6 million


Auctioneer Kody Benett led a sale featuring 500 in-person buyers and more bidding by phone at Saturday’s Fredericksburg Art Auction. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

The success of the first Fredericksburg Art Auction means organizers plan to make it an annual event.

David Plesko, owner of InSight Gallery with wife Meredith, said the event, held Saturday at St. Mary’s Holy Family Center, “went unbelievably well.”

“We had huge attendance and got great feedback on Fredericksburg,” Plesko said. “Most of the people had never been here, and they loved the experience.”

Plesko said initial numbers showed more than 500 people attended to bid on more than 270 lots from 150 renowned artists. With post-auction sales information still coming in, Plesko said figures had surpassed $5.6 million in sales.

“With the success this year, we will make this an annual event,” he said.

Buyers included some “Texas royalty,” as former Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan and wife Ruth attended to take part in the bidding.

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